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How to Control Your Professional Destiny

first_imgTimes have changed in our working lives, and loyalty, hard work and sacrifice are no longer sure pathways to success. Yet traditional wisdom has not changed with the times and is crippling the professional advancement of many—even those in the HR community. The traditional advice that blind loyalty, hard work and sacrifice will earn you job security and a comfortable retirement is an outdated myth. Because corporations focus solely on profitability (as they must) and have little interest in your continued well-being, holding onto such a belief is nothing short of suicidal.In Knock ‘Em Dead – The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2017, I offer a fresh approach to managing your career that puts you back in control of your destiny. Now in its 31st edition, the book has been substantially updated to address the modern realities facing anyone making a strategic transition. It acknowledges what we all secretly know: The old approach of pledging blind loyalty to a corporation that might, at any moment, replace us with a piece of software or someone cheaper completely ignores our reality.Adopting effective job search and interview strategies starts by positioning your economic stability and well-being in a way that sparks your professional growth. In my book, I provide a career management blueprint by outlining a plan for your long-term success, stability and fulfillment.Taking a more businesslike approach to your career development requires recasting your professional identity into “MeInc.,” a small business that anticipates challenges, faces them squarely and makes decisions with the objectivity of a corporation. Research shows that our professional lives include job changes about every four years (tenure is declining rapidly) and three or more distinct career changes. Yet most of us have never developed the skills that are critical to survival and prosperity amid such changes, including how to:Build your career like a business with you as the CEO.Write a resume that gets results.Leverage professional networks.Quadruple the interviews you get.Turn interviews into job offers.Negotiate effectively.Anticipate layoffs.Fight age discrimination.Successful careers don’t happen by accident. The key to success is preparation. To keep yourself employable, you must stay in tune with the new skills that employers are seeking when they hire people like you.Twice a year, collect half a dozen job postings for the job you have now and the job you would likely pursue in the event of an unexpected layoff. Review those job postings to identify the skills employers are seeking. Consider adding any skills you do not have to your professional development program.It may be a sunny day, but you know the deluge will come—and your survival and success depend on your being prepared.Martin Yate, who writes SHRM’s career column, is a New York Times best-selling author and an expert on career management. His company, Knock ’em Dead, delivers professional resume and coaching services.Originally published on the SHRM Book blog.last_img read more

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The Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) Announces New Director of Operations

first_imgThe Loss Prevention Foundation announced that Mathew Schriner, LPC, has been named as its director of operations, effective March 5, 2018. The appointment is to enhance the foundation’s ability to continue to deliver on its mission and passion to advance the retail loss prevention and asset protection profession by providing relevant, convenient and challenging educational resources.“I am extremely excited about having a talent like Mat join the Foundation. His experience and enthusiasm for the Foundation’s mission will be a tremendous asset to our team and the industry,” said Terry Sullivan, LPC and LPF’s president. “Schriner joins the Foundation after serving most recently as safety manager for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. He has held numerous other positions at Lowe’s, to include corporate manager of loss prevention, safety and operations support and loss prevention core business manager (LP process and strategy), loss prevention operations technical project manager (LP operations) along with six years of area manager experience. Prior to Lowe’s, Schriner served the soft-lines industry for five years with Kohl’s, L.S. Ayers and K-Mart.”Schriner is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. “Go Hoosiers!” emphasizes Schriner.- Sponsor – “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve the Loss Prevention Foundation and the loss prevention/asset protection industry. I’m looking forward to being part of the organization’s ongoing success,” said Schriner.Schriner will be responsible for overseeing operations, marketing, strategy, industry outreach, and all program enhancements of the organization. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Mom Accused of Leaving Child in Hot Car While Shoplifting

first_imgThe Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office in Texas says a mom is facing a child endangerment charge after she was allegedly caught shoplifting inside a Walmart. A deputy responded to the store and located the suspect, identified as Dimitric Knight. Knight is accused of hiding over $70 worth of makeup in her purse as she attempted to leave the store without paying. Investigators also learned that during the crime, Knight left her 7-year-old son in the backseat of her vehicle for over 40 minutes. “At some point it came out ‘did you drive here?’..we determined she had a vehicle when we went out, we found a child in the vehicle” said Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman.Deputies said the vehicle was found not running, with temperatures above 100 degrees and only one window down approximately four inches. Deputies said the child was reached just in time and they had to press on his legs for him to regain consciousness. When he woke up, he told them he was very hot. “This could have had a very bad turnout. First of all, you should never leave a child in a vehicle by themselves, whether it’s summer, winter, whenever. It’s just not good to do that and there are so many things that could happen.” said Herman.The child was treated on scene before being released to a family member. The stolen makeup was returned to the store. Knight was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail on a charge of child endangerment. Her bond was originally set at $1,000 but late Thursday afternoon, a judge raised it to $15,000 because she is a habitual offender.   [Source: KHOU11 News]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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2014 Data Centers: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

first_imgThe cloud. More services and infrastructure are migrating to private and public clouds as the comfort level rises for this form of data center resource augmentation. Interactivity. While server shipments were down slightly in 2013, server workloads will continue to explode in 2014, especially in the area of smart phones and other devices that require highly interactive functionality to meet user service-level expectations. High-performance computing (HPC). The compute resources that remain in the data center are evolving to address more customized workloads and to boost service levels and processing throughput. Security. All of the above trends as well as the increasing incidence and severity of cyber-attacks are straining traditional data center defenses.Let’s look at each trend in more detail, and then review best practices and solutions that can minimize the potential negative impacts.To read the full article please click here This article originally appeared on Datacenter JournalSummer has ended, and 2013 is almost over. This is a great time to look ahead to the coming year, especially in the data center where predicting future requirements can sometimes seem more like an art than a science. Fortunately, industry trend data can help answer some important questions. What insights can we extract from the numbers? What data center trends loom large? And what will be the biggest IT disruptors?Combined with what we’ve heard directly from data center managers, the industry trend data is pointing to at least four major trends that will impact data centers in 2014. To bring these trends into focus, first consider what we learned about server deployments from 2013 industry data. The enterprise platform team at International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that year-over-year server unit shipments decreased in the second quarter of 2013. This was, in fact, the third consecutive quarter with declining server shipments. The decline can be attributed to the successful focus on consolidation, virtualization, and other cost-cutting initiatives adopted by enterprises around the world. Data center efficiency has gone up; infrastructure costs have come down.These 2013 successes are definitely driving some of the 2014 data center trends, which include:last_img read more

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