6 Ways To Turn Your Core Passions Into A Successful Career

Riley-for-ForbesAuthors: John Schneider and David Auten
Source: Forbes

Patrick L. Riley is an independent producer, media personality and writer based in New York City. Until 2012, his primary client was The Oprah Winfrey Show. Riley field-produced entertainment and human-interest story segments for The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1998 until the show wrapped.

How did a gay, African-American man from a religious household in Atlanta build a successful career as a creative who continues to work with The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), The Wendy Williams Show, BET Creative Services, NBC and others?

We met Riley when we spoke at Prudential’s LGBT Financial Experience Symposium last June. Riley gave the opening presentation and was a hard act to follow. After hearing his story, we knew we needed Riley to come on Queer Money to talk about how he blazed a successful career that fueled his core passions.

Below is some of Riley’s career advice.

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How to Ace an Initial Phone Interview

pilbox.themuse.comAuthor: Jenny Foss
Source: The Daily Muse

Congratulations. Your resume (or LinkedIn profile) just captured the attention of a recruiter. Take a moment to high-five yourself, for real. You done good.

Now what?

Now, you will likely be invited to participate in a phone interview—via phone, Skype, or Google Hangout or in-person—with the HR person or recruiter who just found you. Wowing this person is very important, because if you fail to, you’re not going to have the chance to dazzle the hiring manager with your mad skills at all. Your goose, as they say, will be cooked.

So, how do you stack the odds in your favor and ensure that you sail through this critical stage in the hiring process? By understanding what the recruiter’s role is, what he’s looking for, and what he stands to gain by finding the right candidate, and then strategizing accordingly.

Here are four ways to rock the screening call with a recruiter.

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Does Certification Help You Get a Better Job?

certAuthor: Larry Alton
Source: Undercover Recruiter

As a new professional looking for your first job experience straight after graduation, you’ve probably heard that earning certain certifications can help you get a job. However, these tests are costly and time-consuming, and some people report that the certification did nothing to help them land the job of their dreams. Is it worth it for you?

Necessary vs. unnecessary certifications

In answering that question, you must first define whether or not the certification is necessary. For example, if you’re applying to be a truck driver and will be driving a semi-truck, you must have your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). There’s no way you can get the job without this license. Likewise, an entry-level nurse must pass the NCLEX exam, an accountant must get a CPA certification, and realtors must pass an exam to get their license in order to practice.

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7 Soft Skills to Help Your Career Hit the Big Time

You’d be hard-pressed to find professional skills that matter more than these.


Author: Daniel Bortz
Source: Monster

You’ve got a reputation for being the best coder/editor/mechanic/whatever, but it amounts to little if you don’t work well with others. Some of the most important professional skills for workers and employers alike simply can’t be taught in a classroom or measured on paper. These traits are called soft skills and they’re more crucial to your job search and overall career than you think.

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5 Overlooked Email Sins

emails.jpgAuthor: Kat Boogaard
Source: The Daily Muse

By now, I’m going to assume that you’re well-versed in those email etiquette basics. You know, things like always including a subject line and resisting the temptation to CC every single warm body in your office.

Yes, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt here. But, does that mean I think your messages are flawless? Absolutely not.

There are a few email sins that aren’t as oft-repeated—but are still just as cringe-worthy. And, chances are, you might just be guilty of committing them (hey, I’m right there with you!)—whether you were aware of it or not.

If you find yourself blushing at the mention of one of these faux pas? Well, my friend, your emails still have some room for improvement.

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Career Advice from Your Future Self

We had a conversation with your future self. We found you more relaxed, much funnier, and even wiser than you are today.


Author: Asit Sharma
Source: The Motley Fool

Would you believe me if I told you that in one of my late-night channeling sessions, I made contact with your future self and brought back some really helpful career advice?

That serene, battle-tested version of you simply brims with useful tidbits to enhance your success. And I must add: The person I met is quite the storyteller.

OK, so I didn’t actually fire up my crystal ball — it’s on hiatus, tucked away deep in my bedroom closet. But at the request of my editor, I did envision that conversation. Curious to know what you saw at the end of the earnings rainbow? Here are my notes from the dialogue, edited for length and clarity.

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15 Common Pieces of Career Advice You Should Ignore


Author: Forbes Career Council
Source: Forbes

When it comes to job searching or building a career, there’s lots of advice out there, and a lot of it can be conflicting. Different companies are looking for specific traits or skills, and those key traits or skills can vary easily, depending entirely on who is making the decisions and what philosophies they follow.

With all the moving parts to the system, it’s easy for someone to see patterns where there’s only noise. While someone can quickly dismiss superstitions like “sleep with a glass of water under your bed,” or “you have to wear a red suit, or they won’t consider you,” there are a number of tidbits floating around out there that everyone abides by, but aren’t actually true.

To help people sort fact from fiction, members of Forbes Coaches Council, below, talk about some common advice they’ve heard, and why it doesn’t really work. Here’s what they say:

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