Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Copeland Coaching Podcast with Glassdoor Career Trends Analyst, Scott Dobroski (Glassdoor.com)

Episode 8 of the Copeland Coaching Podcast is live! I'm so excited to share this great episode with you! If you haven't listened to one yet, this is the one to start with.

This week we talk with Glassdoor.com Career Trends Analyst, Scott Dobroski. Scott shares great insights on salary negotiation, company research, and leveling the playing field in your job search.

You can listen to the podcast below, or download it for free on iTunes (search for 'Copeland Coaching Podcast')! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Career Transitions for Scientists

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Career Transitions for Scientists.” In it, I provide advice on how to transition your job between different industries.

I’ve recently received multiple letters from scientists in the research community with questions about their career transitions. Researchers struggle with a problem workers in all sectors face: how to change industries. Most get into research with a three- to five-year contract. But this is not before completing a lengthy Ph.D. program. By the time their contract ends, the researcher may be in their 30s or early 40s.

With no experience in corporate America, and with little support about where to begin, many of these brilliant scientists struggle to decide what’s next.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can transition to a new industry, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Also, if you have a friend who is in this situation (nearing the end of their research contract), please forward a copy of my article to them. I was truly surprised to learn how many people are struggling with the issue of whether or not to leave research, and how to get into corporate.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Memphis Daily News: Conquering Rumors

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Conquering Rumors.” In it, I provide advice on how to prepare when you hear rumors that a layoff may be coming at your job.

It seems that every week there’s another rumor. Some big corporation is going to lay off its employees. A company’s going to relocate to another city. A department is going to be restructured.

Whatever rumor you’re hearing, it can make you nervous. It can even keep you up at night. You may wonder how long it will take to find another job – or worse, if you’ll find one at all. What if you have to move? What if you can’t sell your house? Most of all, you may worry about how the situation could impact your family’s future.

If you find yourself in this boat, you’re not alone. Whether or not a layoff ever occurs, the thought can be daunting. The best thing you can do is be prepared. In fact, this even goes for when there are no rumors at all. It’s better to start early than late.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can conquer layoff rumors, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dressing for Career Success

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Dressing for Career Success.” In it, I provide tips on what to wear to 'knock 'em dead' at your next interview.

You’ve been applying online for months, and finally something has clicked. You have an interview in a few days for the perfect job at the best company in town.

This scenario sounds great on the surface, but can often lead to stress and anxiety when job seekers prepare to suit up for their next interview. And it makes sense, because your outfit can impact your overall interview success.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can dress for success, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Copeland Coaching Launches Podcast: Listen Now!

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! The important holiday honoring our veterans is always a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and loved ones.

As you continue your job search, keep those close to you in mind. They can be a great resource for learning.

Of your friends, think of the one with the most interesting job. You know, the friend whose job you secretly wish you could have.

Have you ever thought about calling that friend and asking them to have an informational interview with you? An informational interview is when you sit down with another professional to learn about their career.

It's not a job interview, but it is an excellent learning and networking opportunity. It can often help you to identify jobs you don't want, and can open your eyes to jobs you hadn't considered.

You might be surprised at just how easy it is to ask someone for an informational interview. Most people love to talk about what they do, and are more than happy to share with you.

I have found this to be true in both my personal job searches, and with my new podcast. As the title of this blog suggests, this is an exciting day. Today, I'm launching the first episode of the Copeland Coaching Podcast!

I sat down and interviewed my friend, Amy Ware, to get her perspective on the job search process. Amy is a long time career coach and Director of Career Services at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.

In my interview, Amy shares tips on job searching, dressing for success, and nailing the interview. If you've ever had questions about what you should or shouldn't wear to an interview, this podcast is for you! Amy also gives great tips on what to do after an interview to follow up with employers and to increase your chances of getting the job.

You can listen to the podcast in two ways. First, it's available for download on iTunes. You can also listen on SoundCloud.com. So, whether you want to listen on your desktop, laptop, mobile phone, or tablet, you're covered! Listen from wherever, whenever.

If this is your first time to listen to a podcast on iTunes, you may not see the episode above listed right away. If you're having trouble, search for "the podcast app" in the App Store. After you download The Podcast App, you can search for the "Copeland Coaching Podcast." You should then be able to view the podcast episode for download. Once you download it, you can begin listening!   

I hope you will enjoy this first episode of the Copeland Coaching Podcast. Tune in each Tuesday for a new podcast and expert guest. We will be discussing everything from getting an interview,  switching career fields, offer negotiation, and finding happiness at work.

And speaking of switching fields and findings happiness, I'm searching for a Social Media Intern for Copeland Coaching.

This person should have extremely strong organization and time management skills, with the ability to work independently and meet deadlines. They should have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

At a minimum, they should have experience personally using social media. But, it's not critical that they've used social media in business before. This will be a great learning opportunity for the right candidate.

This is a paid internship, and the intern may be located in Memphis or may work virtually.

The full job description is located here (note: this is a PDF document). Interested candidates are asked to send their resume, cover letter, and social media links to intern@CopelandCoaching.com.

I hope these tips have helped you. Visit CopelandCoaching.com to find more tips to improve your job search.

Happy hunting!

Angela Copeland

Friday, May 23, 2014

Scaling Your Career

My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Scaling Your Career.” In it, I encourage you to consider transition between different industries - and to learn about the differences that may hold you back during your search.

One of the most exciting career transitions job seekers make is changing industries. You may want to move from nonprofit to corporate or from a large organization to a small business. These moves expose you to a new workplace and can reenergize you if you’re feeling burnt out in your current environment.

However, the one issue many job seekers struggle to understand is scalability. Scalability is an understanding of how your old work environment translates into your new work environment.

For example, a friend was recently working as a manager at a major university. He had 75 employees, large-scale projects and an impressive budget. Interested to move to a corporate job, he was concerned about titles such as “manager” and “director” that appeared on job postings. In the university setting, these titles were reserved for a select few with expansive responsibilities.

To read my entire article, and learn about how you can learn more about how to scale your career, visit the Memphis Daily News site here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Does this resume make me look old?

My latest newsletter is out, "Does this resume make me look old?"

If you're in the later part of your career and find yourself starting over, you may be worried about a number of things. In particular, many older job seekers are concerned about the discrimination they may face during the interview process.

And honestly, it's for good reason. First impressions happen quickly and make a lasting impact.

Even the Bureau of Labor Statistics agrees. Unemployed workers who are 55 and older stay out of work 20% longer than those between 25 and 54.

To learn the steps to take to avoid this dilemma and shave years of your resume, check out my latest newsletter here

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