Jeriann Watkins Ireland

Jeriann Watkins Ireland

Jeriann is an editor, blogger, and trainer who has spent years bouncing in and out of middle management. You can find her on twitter or at her blog,

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3 Essential Tips for Navigating a Career Change

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  September 26, 2018

The idea of a lifelong career has changed a lot in recent years. In the past, the majority of people focused on getting in on the ground level and working their way up a company until they retired. But today's typical career arc includes several workplace changes-and even career changes. There are a lot of reasons to want to change careers, including not feeling appreciated in your job, wanting higher compensation, lacking passion for your job, wanting to do something new, and discovering... Read More >

How to Ask for a Raise or Negotiate Your Salary

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  July 23, 2018

Whether you're negotiating your incoming salary for a new job or asking for a raise in your current position, here are some points you'll want to address in order to have a professional conversation regarding your salary.  1. Know the Typical Wage for Your Position and Field  The first step to justifying your request for higher pay is to compare it to what other people in your field and position are making. If you're making significantly less, you have an easy opening. If you're making... Read More >

Tips for Communicating with Hiring Managers in Interviews

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  May 21, 2018

Communication is key during your job search, and it's especially important during the interview process. So here are several tips to help you better communicate with potential employers before, during, and after your interviews.  Scheduling the Interview  Dealing with schedules can be stressful for anyone. If a potential employer suggests an interview time that doesn't work for you, you may feel nervous telling them you can't make it work. Of course, being flexible and able to fit things... Read More >

How to Contact an Employer for the First Time

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  April 16, 2018

Job searches almost always have some element of stress, but when you're sending cold emails to companies you've never interacted with, it can be difficult to know if you're saying the right thing. Communication is one of the most important aspects of any job, especially with companies looking for people to fit with their teams, rather than seeking candidates that necessarily have all of the trainable skills required for day-to-day work. Below are some business communication etiquette tips... Read More >

How to Decide Your Next Career Step

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  February 26, 2018

Many employees eventually reach a point where they know they don't want to stay where they are, but they're not sure exactly what they want for the next step in their career. Below are some options for moving up in your professional life and steps to take in making advancement-related career decisions. Moving Up at Your Current Company If you generally enjoy your job and work environment, but just want more challenging work, higher pay, or more responsibilities, moving up at your current... Read More >

How to Create a Résumé That Stands out From the Rest

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  January 16, 2018

Creating a résumé sounds deceptively simple with all of the available templates and technology out there. But in today's job market, crafting an effective résumé is actually more difficult than ever. There are countless résumé templates available to job seekers for free, and even more that are available at varying costs. The unfortunate truth is that no template by itself is going to be effective. If there were a magic template to help you get hired, it would quickly become overused and... Read More >

5 “Magic” Résumé Myths: Busted

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  December 27, 2017

If you're looking for a job, chances are you've come across a lot of résumé advice. Anyone who wants to build their reputation in the hiring field has written an article on LinkedIn with "magic" tricks to use in your résumé that will purportedly help you get hired immediately. Many résumé writing services and recruitment agencies provide advice that ultimately serves to convince you to utilize their services and give them money. And many of these supposed career experts perpetuate myths... Read More >

How to Protect Your Personal Information During a Job Search

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  November 21, 2017

Finding a job is often a lengthy, stressful process, and it can be tempting to take shortcuts in order to raise your chances of finding useful networking connections. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who use people's willingness to give companies their personal information to their advantage. Below are some tips on protecting your personal information during a job search. 1. Only Provide Necessary Personal Information Your resume will have to have some personal... Read More >

How to Protect Your Mental Wellness at Work

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  October 10, 2017

Today, more and more workplaces are providing accessible work conditions and leave policies that account for different mental conditions and work styles. Technology allows for more flexible schedules, and a better understanding of how different people require different environments to flourish and increase productivity in the workplace. Of course, there are still improvements to be made, but in the meantime, there are many ways to protect your own mental wellness at work. 1. Demand Policy... Read More >

Are You Taking Full Advantage of the Cloud?

by Jeriann Watkins Ireland  |  September 15, 2017

The prominence of the cloud has made conducting business easier than ever. People can collaborate in real time, making remote work simple and effective. This ends up saving many companies lots of time and money. But is your business taking full advantage of the cloud? We've got the 3 categories where focus on improvement is vital to successfully using the cloud. 1. Allowing Flexible Schedules People work best when they can build their workflow a Read More >

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