Mom’s Thank-you Notes and Follow Up Turns out, your mother was right! Sending thank you notes is the right thing to do. However, in the job search process it is also required. The benefit in conducting good job search follow up is that it shows great persistence and professionalism. You can use the opportunity to expand, reinforce or...

Side Hustles:  3 Ways to Thrive in Today’s Gig Economy It’s no secret: side hustles are the newest norm in business today. From student debt and low retirement benefits to fear of job loss, many people of all ages are turning to entrepreneurial endeavors for peace of mind and...

Can you imagine a world where companies devote as much energy and resources to the job candidate experience as they do to the customer experience? Nice dream, eh?  Unfortunately, reality is not so pleasant; it’s actually trending in the opposite direction. According to a recent Manpower Group Solutions survey, 58 percent of job seekers say that...

Employee Communication and the Bottom Line  Motivating employees is a real art. But it’s easier said than done. Employee communication and engagement are techniques that are cultivated over the lifetime of a career, and one strategy that I’ve found works almost universally is to show staff how their work affects the company’s bottom line. ...

How to Create A Corporate Environment That Embraces Gender Diversification  The business world is long overdue for a wakeup call, especially when it comes to understanding the value of the blended perspective that comes from having both men and women in top executive positions. We should not need to enact laws to protect social classes, ethnicities, and...

Stressed or Not? Your Business Chemistry Might Be the Key  In today’s corporate environment, workplace stress seems inevitable – but people can react to pressure differently. Faced with the same trigger, one person may remain cool as a cucumber while another melts down.   A newly released study by the Deloitte Greenhouse™ Experience asked more than 23,000 professionals about their stress levels at work and...

How to Overcome Common Mental Hurdles for Budding Entrepreneurs Norma Forastiere is a successful entrepreneur, mentor, natural therapist, and certified Joy of Business facilitator. Yet she knows well the self-doubts and uncertainty that can hold you back.   When Forastiere launched her first business – a translation services...

3 Ways to Leverage Positions of Leadership to Effectively Pay It Forward  “Start where you are.  Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe  If you are in a position of leadership, chances are you didn’t get there on your own....