A Surprising Secret to Success

Don’t forget to show gratitude every day for what you have.

This is a refreshingly positive little article on Inc.com about what leads to true success in a career — and it’s not what you may think.  It’s about gratitude.  We’re all so stressed and so busy (present company included!) that most of us don’t take enough time to stop and be thankful for what we have, what we contribute to our companies, clients or customers or for the people around us who support us (spouse, loved ones, business associates, childcare professionals).

There are so many people out there without jobs or in jobs they hate that it’s worth setting aside a few minutes a day to appreciate what you have. We know we will.

Quitting Is on the Rise: How to Retain Quality Employees

According to a recent article on Monster.com, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in October that the number of employees voluntarily quitting their jobs had eclipsed the number terminated through layoffs and other types of discharges. As we come out of a long recession, the job market is changing–which is, of course, a good thing–and more opportunities are opening up for worthy candidates. That means that there may be more choices for job-seekers but also a greater need for employers to inspire, engage and retain quality talent. Whereas a couple of years ago in the midst of the Great Recession, we could say to our staffers, “Well, really we should all just feel lucky to have a job,” nowadays that rationale no longer works. Across the board, people are being asked to do more with less and, now that the market is improving, we need to make those folks feel valued and recognized for their hard work.

According to a recent study by HR consultancy Right Management, four out of every five workers are planning to, or at least contemplating, leaving their current employer. Hiring and training employees is time- and money-intensive so it’s vital to focus on retaining quality people so they don’t leave for other opportunities.
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How to Kick-Start Your Career as the Job Market Rebounds

It was just reported by Crain’s New York Business that, for the first time in 19 months, the jobless rate in New York City has fallen below 9 percent (granted, it was at 8.9% for December 2010 but still…) and the national rate was at 9.4%, the lowest it’s been in many months. While this is still not what we’d like the figure to be and the decrease may be due to some folks coming off unemployment, it also could indicate a slow recovery and a job market that’s opening back up again.

With the new year up and running, it’s vital that the unemployed, underemployed and unhappily employed take stock of where they are and make a plan for their career future. Whether you need a job or are in one but looking to make a move, now is the time to get going. Here are a few ways to kick-start your job search for 2011:

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