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Summer motivation booster

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on August 10. 2017

Summer can be slow in terms of employment activities, but it does not mean you can?t do anything to prepare yourself for the fall. There are a few activities you can start right now to help your career and secure many interviews in September. Today I want to share with you 3 tips to move your career forward. Tip 1: Learn to take a step back to uplift pressure Do you find in [...]

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Building a career in Switzerland as a newcomer expat

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on July 10. 2017

Being an expat is not easy. The thrill of travelling the world, meeting interesting people and enriching a career is a positive side, but you also have to take into account different cultures and integration/ work issues, which may not be compatible with your objectives. Below you will find some tips to help you make a successful transition and hopefully achieve your career goals [...]

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The more you learn, the more you earn

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on May 25. 2017

Knowledge is power.  Unfortunately, most of the information we hold when we are young is mostly a straight download of parents telling us what to do and not do, especially taking risks.  This pattern is inherited from their parents telling them the same statements; a full history of limiting beliefs.   You only have one life and taking risks is your biggest chance to grow as [...]

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Your potential is greater than you think

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on April 23. 2017

Self-awareness is the first step to career success.  Knowing what you are good at but also what you are not good at would save you money, heartache and frustrations.  How many of you felt mismatched in a job before?  How many of you spent years in a dead-end job and finally how many of you have not found your true career calling yet?   As a trainer, I can say with [...]

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I don't have a job so I can't

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on March 27. 2017

I have been in the Talent Management field long enough to understand a few things about people, motivations and beliefs I will share with you below. Not having a job is a synonym of not having money, hence freedom, being dependent on another person (spouse, parents..) and finally having low self-esteem when speaking to the external world about it. Based on where you live the stress could [...]

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5 best networking hubs to find a job faster

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on March 13. 2017

Networking can be either the key to job search/ career success or a great waste of time.  I wanted to make a quick list of the best places to network tested and recommended by Pleiades HC.  The list below hopefully will bring some clarity and boost your career in the next months ! 1- LOCAL UNIVERSITIES : In my view, some of the best Meetups I experienced where at [...]

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Solopreneurs 3.0: Whizz-up now!

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on January 24. 2017

I recently went to a forum in Geneva, where a young entrepreneur was explaining how he was monetizing his presence on the You Tube channel via providing reviews on Tech equipment hence turning his passion into a job. This is just one example among many other possibilities on how you can easily start a career online in the 21st century. Many questions in the room started to pop up around [...]

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A career by Design

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on January 10. 2017

In 2017, rules changed, you no longer can rely on a solid college education to get you a job.  It used to be that you knew what to expect ahead of time.  You would study in the best college, get the right internship(s) and land the right job with regular promotions from there until retirement.  This is no longer the path.  As Seth Godin states in his book - The purple cow [...]

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Motivation resources for job seekers

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on November 26. 2016

Early 2017 will come the time when you probably want to hit the gym 5 days a week, find a new job, take a new language class and climb the mountains!  We all start the year with a long goals wish list and then the following year we still have the same checklist.   The first thing I would challenge you to do is a simple task.  This exercise is based on years of research done [...]

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I am looking for a job dilemma in networking

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on October 23. 2016

I talked about identity in a blog post before.  Having a job with a company and a title is a big part of our self-worth.  When one loses this connection, there is a sense of self-depreciation as if you are losing a limb, a part of yourself.  The length of time spent in the company also plays a big role.  If you were working many years somewhere, chances are you kept some of [...]

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Financial Planning is Career Planning

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on September 11. 2016

- How to fix money issues and gain more freedom of choice -   One of my passions in life is movies and one of my favorite storytellers of all times is Woody Allen.  Recently I watched Blue Jasmine, a profound dark story about a millionaires wife who lost her social status, her money and hence her sense of self.  In my career consulting job, I do think both men and women [...]

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Job references: Dos and Donts

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on August 29. 2016

Looking for a job in this day and age can be a long process.  After spending hours researching the companies, more hours preparing your interviews and actually having them, you probably think:  This is it, I will get an offer.  Well, not too soon...   If you are lucky to be amongst the final round, you should be proud of yourself, it means three things:  You are [...]

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Avoiding procrastination and building motivation

Article published by isabelle Litzler on July 21. 2016

Procrastination is something we all face at one time or another.  We want something, we want to start it and then nothing happens.  Why?  There are many reasons, but I will try to cover three main reasons.  The first reason in my view is your family background and environment.  If you grew up in a mellow type of family, probably you will repeat a similar pattern as [...]

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Skills Assessments: Luxury or Necessity?

Article published by Mercy Odhiambo on June 24. 2016

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Increase your job market potential in 5 easy steps

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on April 14. 2016

According to the Bloombergs Employer survey, conducted in 2014 in partnership with Cambria consulting, corporate recruiters revealed the skills they were looking for.   If you read the report, you can quickly identify these golden tickets to your next position. Strategic thinking Creative problem solving Leadership skills Communication skills Of course you can [...]

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Feedback - Boost your career now!

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on March 29. 2016

Growing a career does not necessarily have to include trainings and extensive changes to go from the job you currently have to the job that you dream about.  Maybe in your current organization, you have growth potential, but unexploited ways to tap into the resources around you.   The first step is about the company culture.  Maybe you work for a company that supports giving [...]

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Online website creation: steps to a successful launch

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on February 29. 2016

Creating an online business is a big decision.  You will need two things to start the journey.  The first one is the passion for the product or service you are creating online so you can come back to your why when times get rough.  The second one is the right planning and partners to walk with you on this journey. Passion is what will drive you to start your project and make you [...]

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Embracing the freelance economy: Q&A

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on February 16. 2016

After the world wide web evolution came the social network revolution which opened up creative ways to sell services directly and make your own opportunities.  A report called Future Working: The Rise of Europe Independent Professionals predicts an increase of freelancers.  Statistics increased by 45% from just under 6.2 million to 8.9 million in 2013, making freelancers [...]

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Registering your business in Switzerland: How it works

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on January 18. 2016

The first thing expats need to know is that there is not one single "fits all" answer.  You have different layers of information you need to consider so that you can decide the next steps.  Some of the areas to cover before you do anything are:   - Your citizenship and the type of work permit needed - Your work history and relevance to the project - The concept you [...]

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Boosting your startup with social media!

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on January 06. 2016

When speaking to aspiring entrepreneurs, typically the main concerns at the early stages revolve around setting up the business properly and finding clients.  Of course I immediately tell everyone that finding clients is the uttermost priority before you set up any type of formal business.  In Switzerland specifically, you will need to show proof of an activity anyway before you can [...]

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Why failure is the beginning of success

Article published by isabelle Litzler on December 30. 2015

Recovering from failure is never easy.  It is a mix of many emotional negative connotations.  Maybe you ran a business with a family member and it went sour.  Or you were treated badly in your last company and left with bitterness and pain.  Failure can represent a huge hurdle in the change making process. You will need to go through several stages to re-invent yourself.  [...]

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Personality first, CV second

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on November 11. 2015

As a Career Consultant, first thing most people ask me is to help them with their resume.  By that I mean what it looks like, if the content is relevant and which parts should be changed... Well folks, I have bad news.  A resume is what helped you get a job in 1990.   So forget your resume for a moment and what you did in the past and focus more on how you can develop skills [...]

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SEO - Tips for beginners

Article published by isabelle Litzler on September 06. 2015

Lately the only word I hear everywhere is a three-letter one: SEO.   If you are a guru in digital marketing, probably you will laugh and say of course SEO: traffic, backlinks and blogs.  Well folks for the rest of the world, it is a foreign language. Do you remember the days when smartphones came out?  If you had no clue what a smartphone was, it was a deal breaker in a [...]

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Online Resources For Job Search

Article published by isabelle Litzler on September 05. 2015

If you are currently looking for a job, you will find below a few job boards to help you identify leads where you can send an application.  Pleiades HC encourages you to check the links regularly however it is only one activity amongst many others which will help you get back into the workplace.  Increasing your network and targeting companies directly are just as [...]

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Living the life of an entrepreneur: Time for a reality check

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on August 10. 2015

So this is it folks!  You made one of the biggest decisions in your life:  Starting your own business.  Your plan is lined up, you are 100% clear on your mission and ready.  You may even have clients already waiting to buy your services.  At the beginning, chances are your clients are ex-employers, friends of friends or at least people in your close circle.  And [...]

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3 tips to find job leads and get an offer

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on July 24. 2015

When I meet clients for the first time, 99% of their agenda tends to be booked doing online job applications.  Unfortunately in 2015, this is not the way to secure a job offer.  Of course applying online should be part of the routine but is not sufficient.  So how do you get other job leads?   ONLINE SEARCHES OTHER THAN JOB BOARDS : If you are not familiar with [...]

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Summer travel: 4 tips to take your career from blah to wow!

Article published by Isabelle Litzler on June 21. 2015

When looking for work, typically travel is something that would have to be put off: not the right time, no money, right?   As a career consultant, I would argue the opposite.  Going on a trip will provide new circumstances you did not even imagine existed.  Opportunity does not like a routine lifestyle.  I will provide you with four small tips you can activate immediately [...]

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Leaning out and falling off

Article published by Poppys note on May 07. 2015

I must say, I do admire the Sandbergs and Huffingtons of this world. I mean, good for them. Leaning in, standing out, having it all - with an army of maids, cleaners, child minders and assorted dogsbodies on hand to help out? But what do you do when you have leant so far out that you have fallen off your chair and lost your place at the table? Stay in the kitchen and make a cake? [...]

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