The Forgotten Women Left Behind

By Lucy Baney

While a considerable amount of research focuses on the currently and formerly incarcerated, little attention is paid to the women left behind. They live in an alternate world from most of us. It is the wives, mothers, “baby mamas,” grandmothers, aunts, significant others, and sisters of men who are or have been in jail or prison. These women are the ones who:

  • Care for the children of family members in prison.
  • Work to hold together and meet the needs of a family that is often broken apart and fragmented.
  • Are forced to provide for themselves and the family with limited and often reduced financial resources.
  • Frequently experience social stigma and shame.
  • Feel voiceless and powerless, which may lead to mental issues of anxiety and stress.

Useful Techniques for the Career Professional's Motivational Interviewing Toolkit

 photo Useful Techniques for the Career Professionals Motivational Interviewing Toolkit.jpg As a Career Professional, you may be familiar with the concept of Motivational Interviewing (MI). This is a method for helping people improve their change readiness and behaviors, including those related to employment. Check out the Motivational Interviewing section of this blog for more information.

MI leverages many different techniques throughout the Stages of Change. While the list is extensive, this article will focus on those that are most relevant to your work with individuals who are trying to change their career-related behaviors.

Tips for Choosing the Right Resume Format for Your Situation

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While many people think a resume is intended to get you a job, it’s really only designed to get you an interview. If someone hands you a sales brochure for a high-investment product, do you immediately want to buy the product? Probably not. If the sales brochure interests you enough, however, you might visit the store or call the salesperson to learn more about it. It’s the same with your resume; it must highlight your skills and accomplishments in a powerful way, so that you can stand out from your competition in the job market. In this way, you’ll be able to gain the interest of potential employers and recruiters, so that they'll call you to learn more.

Working with Difficult People: 3 Questions to Help You Turn Your Tormentors into Teachers

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By Judy Ringer

Kurt Vonnegut uses the phrase “wrang-wrangs” to describe great teachers who are placed in our life disguised as difficult, confrontational, disrespectful, and sometimes horrible people. “Wrang-wrangs” are placed there on purpose and can teach us important lessons, if we’re willing to listen and learn.

Three Key Components of Effective Onboarding

 photo Three-Key-Components-of-Effective-Onboarding.jpg Jack listens as a company representative lectures for several hours about ABC, Inc. He leaves the meeting feeling disoriented, remembering little of what he has heard, and wishing he had gotten to know some of the other participants. Upon returning to his department, he is told by the secretary to read the Employee Handbook until his manager has some free time. Three hours later, his manager drops by his desk (which, because his own computer and telephone have not yet been set up, is actually the desk of a vacationing co-worker). Before rushing off to another meeting, his manager instructs him to sit with Jill to observe her as she performs her duties. Not only is Jill unprepared to train Jack, she isn't even aware that someone new has joined the department. Furthermore, dissatisfied with her recent performance appraisal, Jill spends more time complaining than working. At the end of the day, Jack leaves work famished because no one had invited him to lunch or even bothered to show him where the cafeteria is located.

Sound familiar?

As in any relationship, first impressions count. Unfortunately, Jack's introduction to ABC, Inc. did not set a positive tone for his career with the company. His first day was a huge disappointment; it was confusing, disorganized, and disconnected. Only hours after arriving at work so full of excitement and high expectations, he began to regret his decision to accept the position.

Perception is Reality: 8 Steps for Changing How Others See You

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By Joel Garfinkle

James is an up-and-coming sales manager for a Fortune 500 company. He sees himself as outgoing, friendly, fast-moving — a real deal maker. Some of the people he works with, however — as well as some of his clients — see him as a fast-talking backslapper and a bit of a phony. Which perception is accurate? And why does it matter?

Delivering Negative Feedback to Employees is Tricky, But These Tips Will Help

Delivering Negative Feedback to Employees is Tricky, But These Tips Will Help
Performance appraisals can be tough on both managers and employees, especially when a problem or weakness needs to be addressed. To further complicate matters, feedback should be provided on an ongoing, year-round basis, not just during yearly review meetings. The following tips will help these conversations flow more smoothly, and ensure that employees receive the information they need to successfully turn things around.

Avoid Making Assumptions About Candidates' Soft Skills When Interviewing

Don’t Confuse Disability with Inability!
Some job candidates will be quite personable during the interview, which may lead you to believe they possess a broader range of soft skills than they actually do. Other candidates, however, might make a more neutral or even negative first impression. Whether due to nervousness, lack of knowledge about the interview process, or social deficits which may or may not be related to a disability, it’s important not to make snap judgments about a person’s skill set or ability to do the job.

Time Management for Managers: Five Practical Ways to Make the Most of Your Time

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As a manager, you are responsible for overseeing both people and processes. You may, at times, feel there aren't enough hours in a day to do all that you need to do. Here are some simple tips for freeing up your time to focus on the most important aspects of your job.
  1. Consider the "payoff" when planning and performing your work.

    High-payoff activities are those that provide the greatest long-term value, as they are important to the fulfillment of your goals. They are often complex, time-consuming, and require uninterrupted concentration. Low-payoff activities are typically short, quick, and easy to do, but provide no real benefit. They tend to outnumber and take time away from high-payoff activities. Here are some strategies for effectively performing each:

Focusing on Career Development with Inmates

By Amy Thul-Sigler

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At 25 years old, I signed a one year contract to work as an adult educator in a county prison. It was my first job after receiving a master’s degree in counseling. The job granted me hundreds of eye opening experiences. It was through this experience that I learned essential strategies for helping those who were incarcerated with career preparations.

My experiences did more than just improve my career counseling skills. I learned about ‘the hole,’ counted the pencils I brought to work, and heard countless times not to tell the inmates my last name for safety reasons. This was a new position, and I was hired to fill multiple roles that included teaching GED subjects, prepping inmates to find work upon their release, and teaching them skills needed to be a working citizen, such as interviewing skills and workplace etiquette. Without any resources to begin, I tried various ways to build the class with pencils and paper only.