Getting in Sync With Valued Employers

‘JT & Dale Talk Jobs’ is the largest nationally syndicated career advice column in the country and can be found at JTandDale.com. Dear J.T. & Dale: I am a 56-year-old female surgeon, and I would like to retire from my medical practice in three years. I would like to work for a company whose values are in sync with mine; I would like to work for Whole Foods. How might I make myself a more attractive employee? For example, do you think further training in alternative medicine would be beneficial? — Ann J.T.: I love that you're thinking ahead. Three years will give you plenty of time to explore your options, and as you do, perhaps you can find 10 companies to put on your employment wish list. If so, I'll guarantee you that you'll start to see patterns in what they do and how they do it. Not that there's anything wrong with going for Whole Foods — it's a wonderful company with a progressive corporate culture — but what ELSE are you looking for? Once you see the patterns in the jobs and companies, you'll be able to identify how to supplement your experience to make yourself attractive to them. Dale: Perhaps Whole Foods will contact us and ask how to get in touch with you. However, I doubt it. As a surgeon, you are paid well for your hands, which can't be said of many executives. I know, I know — you have lots of medical and health knowledge. But management is communication. Before you are ready to start talking to corporations, you're going to have to learn to talk to corporations. What does NOT work in job hunting is to say, "Here are my skills — how could you use them?" J.T.: You are going to have to market yourself to companies, and that means finding a need to fill. This is good news, because you want the next phase of your career to be something new and different. Dale: So you — I'm saying YOU — must figure out the point where your interests intersect those of companies you admire, and then the path to that point will become clear. jt-dale-logo Jeanine "J.T." Tanner O'Donnell is a professional development specialist and the founder of the consulting firm, jtodonnell.com, and of the blog, CAREEREALISM.com. Dale Dauten resolves employment and other business disputes as a mediator with AgreementHouse.com. Please visit them at jtanddale.com, where you can send questions via e-mail, or write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019. © 2010 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

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During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

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Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if a recruiter called you a day EARLY for your phone interview (and you were NOT PREPARED!)

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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