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So, you want a raise but you’re not sure how to ask for it? You’re not alone. Whether you’re someone who marches into the bosses office and asks for what you’re worth or you find the raise talk uncomfortable. There are ways to go about it that will help you get what you want. Money […]

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Fast Company asked Eli Howayeck, the founder and CEO of Crafted Career Concepts, for the signs that you’re in a career rut. If you’re feeling bored, a lack of motivation and just plain tired you might be in a career rut. Fear not. There are steps you can take to make your day to day […]

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Resistance Is Exhausting

What core aspect of your personality or nature are you resisting? Do you schedule exercise at a suboptimal time? Are you a morning person but staying up too late at night? Do you struggle with managing stress but insist on keeping a stressful schedule? What patterns do you notice? Figure out what’s behind the pattern and what a change to that pattern might mean for you. Then make an active choice to change the behavior or accept the behavior without judgement. Either way, be empowered. Be mindful. Continue growing.

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Will You Give Me Feedback? Or Will It Be Smokescreen?

Will You Give Me Feedback? Or Will It Be Smokescreen? Whether giving or receiving, feedback is hard. It’s hard to ask for it It’s hard to know who’s best to go to for it It can be hard to give it - especially the negative kind You might feel awkward around people...

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Karmic Lightning: When Will You Be Struck?

Watch as I discuss the importance of Karmic Lighting in our career and personal lives. Karmic Lightning is a force of nature and of our own creation. It strikes when we least expect it. But it tends to strike those who make themselves susceptible or vulnerable to a...

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Our 2017 Book List for the Career Optimist

As 2016 comes to a close, many of you are reflecting on the past twelve months and setting some goals for next year. Whether a new position is on that list or not, we believe everyone can find fulfilling work. But we also know that process takes work itself. If you’re...

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Finding the Right College for You

By the time I was 15 years old, I had picked my college. Boston College was my future. I imagined walking the tree-lined streets, adapting to the New England culture, pushing myself academically, etc. Mind you, I had never visited, spoken to a university...

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How to Answer the Question: “What’s Your Weakness?”

Here at Crafted Career Concepts we believe authenticity is key to finding meaningful work. If you’re not being honest about yourself, your talents and your goals, then where will you end up? In interview settings, candidates often feel the need to please or say what...

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How to Bounce Back from a Job Loss

The Harvard Business Review describes getting laid off as, “perhaps the most professionally traumatic experience you’ll ever have.” After losing a job, a person can feel hopeless, stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. Gaining motivation - but also knowing HOW to navigate...

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Integrity Wins The Gold!

Integrity Wins The Gold! Integrity is not the only thing that matters in business, but when it’s missing, it’s EVERYTHING. The reason Ryan Lochte lost his endorsement contracts has less to do with his behavior that unfortunate night in Rio when he and his US Olympic...

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Will Self-Driving Cars Change The Way You Work?

  Will Self-Driving Cars Impact Change The Way You Work? What would you do if a major aspect of your job was automated or outsourced? I used to think about this when I visited my family in Fall River, Massachusetts. An industrial pendulum swing rocked the labor market...

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The Achievement Trap: A Little Fish in a Big Pond

As we discussed in our last post, we've all been taught a number of myths about how to be happy and successful in our career. Here at Crafted Career Concepts, we believe the key to a fulfilling and yes, even happy, career is professional alignment. Professional...

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Are You One of the Two Out of Ten?

Last week we introduced the idea of professional alignment: When our interests, talents, values and requirements  intersect. This week, we want to take it a step further, exploring our interests and talents - Specifically, our strengths. The thing about strengths, is...

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The One Thing Every Professional Wants

Whether we are launching our career as a bright-eyed young professional ready to take on the world, or wading through the complex choices and paths experience brings, we are all asking the same question - What am I looking for? Perhaps it’s the job title or the...

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Two Ways to Make the Most of Any Internship

Let me tell you - There is nothing more frustrating than a passive intern. Show up. Complete tasks as assigned. Clock out. Check it off the list. This is no way to earn a job, let alone grow in skills and abilities. Many interns look at internships as the necessary...

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Interview Preparation Worksheet

  Use this worksheet and Interview Preparation Guide to get yourself prepared and ready for a great interview!   Give yourself a competitive edge by being able to provide well-organized, confident answers in the interview. You can prepare for many of the...

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Networking: Local, Organic and Natural

Many have embraced the idea of eating foods that are local, organic and natural. I propose that we approach our ideas about networking and the activity itself in much the same way. Local Networking, like produce, will naturally be fresher when sourced locally. It...

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Job Seeker: Do You Know What you Want?

You’re at a dinner party, event with your family, at a networking event or just having a beer at the corner bar and someone you’re talking to asks you any one of these questions: "So, what do you want to do?" "What are you looking for?" "How can I help you?" These are...

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Top 20 Elements of a Crafted Resume

Your resume serves three primary purposes: To get your foot in the door to be screened/interviewed To positively represent your "brand" To anchor interview questions and discussion around your experience   Keep these three things in mind as you prepare your...

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7 Things Successful Job Seekers Do

The Best Practices For Career Transitions You’re ready - or beyond ready - to make a change in your career. No matter what the reason, making a career change and starting a job search feel overwhelming. The process takes time, effort, practice and patience. The tips...

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Time for a career change?

A friend said to me recently, “I’ve been thinking it's time for a career change but….” I did not admit this to him in that moment, but I didn’t listen to a single word that came out of his mouth after the word “but”. I recall learning in a college course or...

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