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  • Is Dressing for Success Still a Thing?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - December 30, 2019
    The workplace continues to evolve, and with this comes changes in almost every aspect of business, such as office processes, business transactions, and even dress codes. As companies become more and more open to the idea of employees showcasing their personalities through their work and the way they dress, does the old adage “dressing for success” still ring true? The answer is yes, and here are the reasons why:...
  • Invest in Yourself – And Others
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - December 16, 2019
    In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, make sure you carve out time to consider what you need to honor your life and career in 2020. Professional development is a great investment in your continuous career journey, whether you are starting a new role or entrepreneurial venture, or trying to maximize your career growth in an existing organization. As the Queen of Transferable Skills – I also know how import...
  • Playing To Your Strengths: Finding Your “Zone”
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - November 14, 2019
    We hear it often…it’s better to play to your strengths rather than trying to fix your weaknesses. While that may seem like a “no-brainer,” especially when it comes to work and career, it’s surprising how many of us continue to work against our own proverbial grain. We’ve all heard about the challenges of trying to fit square pegs in round holes. If you’re in a job where you find...
  • Work Boundaries: Say Goodbye to Super Woman Syndrome
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 23, 2019
    One month into my new job, I’m incredibly excited thinking about the positive inroads I’ll be able to make for my organization. To say that I’m energized, and ready-to-go is an understatement. At the same time – as a Type-A personality and recovering workaholic – I’m also doing my level best to calm the racehorse wanting to burst full-speed out the gate – knowing that my desire to &...
  • Workspace Wellness
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 4, 2019
    As part of my continuing experience as the “new girl” after my recent career change, I am grateful to have an opportunity to look at my work environment through a fresh lens. I’m in an open concept workspace, which is brand new for me. I will admit that the spacious cubicle, even with an automated standing desk feature, at first threw me for a loop. I have always had an office with a door that closed....
  • Practice Intentional Acts of Kindness Throughout Your Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 17, 2019
    You’re stressed beyond measure at work – toiling away on the umpteenth iteration of a new campaign; racing the clock to get a grant proposal in; or working overtime to iron out a distribution snafu – then a colleague sets aside their own project to pitch in on yours, or a friend, who’s been through something similar, picks up the phone to share advice…and everything changes for the better. A k...
  • Stop the Busy Brag
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 10, 2019
    Busy-ness is a dangerous trap that relinquishes our control to find meaning and fulfillment in life and career when we are stuck in the quicksand of being busy. I am on a mission to disrupt the busy culture and focus on a life that is measured by meaning, value, fulfillment and other factors we can customize to celebrate our unique happiness and satisfaction. Busy Doesn’t Mean Important – as a recovering work...
  • Organizations are Serious About the 'No Jerks' Policy When Hiring
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 30, 2019
    Over the last 19 years as a career & professional development consultant, I have worked with countless employers seeking ideal candidates to fill critical roles in their organizations. Regardless of the career field, recruiters and hiring managers agree that after the basic criteria of skills and experiences are met, candidates are accepted or eliminated based upon how they fit into the culture of an organization....
  • The Role of Confidence in the Career World
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 16, 2019
    A limp handshake, lack of eye contact, and shaking voice: sound familiar? If you don’t feel confident in yourself, you may have trouble presenting yourself in an effective and professional way. Whether we like it or not, moving up the career ladder and achieving your professional goals often depends on more than just your work: it’s also often based on the way you carry yourself and interact with others. I of...
  • Grit Defines Achievement in Your Career
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - July 24, 2019
    Grit is defined as firmness of mind or spirit – an unyielding courage in the face of hardship. The career world is changing so fast that grit has also become a sought after competency for hiring and a necessity for entrepreneurs and innovators. The emerging research indicates that grit can determine success or achievement far better than grades, credentials or professional pedigree. Linda Kaplan Thaler and initiati...