Increase Your Face Value

In my role as Hub of the Universe, the most important tool in my toolbox is my smile. Not because of my dental work, but because I’m the first face the public sees when they enter our building. Transitioning folks who come to us arrive in a variety of mindsets, and most of them are [ ... ]

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Celebrate the Little Things

The Winter Olympics are now history, and the medal winners have all gone home victorious.  Big reasons to celebrate!  What about the athletes that went home without medals?  I think they too are winners just because they are Olympians, and they too should celebrate. Not all athletes can make it to the Olympics, and not [ ... ]

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Time to Go Back to Leadership 101

It’s time to get back to Leadership 101!  Back to a time when a handshake meant something, when respecting others was just basic human nature, and when helping others felt more powerful than hurting others.  Leadership basics pertain to all of us, not just to those in a position of power.   Leadership is about making [ ... ]

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The Truth about Your Age and Your Value to Employers

Many job search candidates are over 45, and concerned that their age is a large obstacle to finding a job. Research indicates that this is not the reality in today’s job market. Mature workers bring value: they are able to make better decisions, train/mentor others, and work as part of a team. They bring a [ ... ]

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The Multiple Phases of Negotiating a Job Offer

You may believe that the negotiation of a job offer begins after that offer has been extended.  A careful review followed by the decision of which components you wish to negotiate followed by your counter-offer.  Basically, getting an offer (in writing) and then turning it into more!  And you would be absolutely correct in doing [ ... ]

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You are not selling your job title!

During times of career transition we often wonder what’s next. Who will hire me? Will I make enough money to pay the bills? Most job seekers move directly to resume development and networking. If the goal is to identify a quality career that is right for you at this time of your life, then it [ ... ]

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Extra, Extra! New Assessment Offering!

Have you ever wondered what motivates people to behave the way they do in the workplace? Our Leadership Development Consultant/Coach, Roberta Bemiller, recently return from a FIRO-B (Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation Behavior) certification workshop where she gained valuable insight into 3 unique interpersonal needs that strongly motivate us.  The assessment measures our need to belong [ ... ]

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Hiring Trends: 2017

With a job market that is continuing to improve, CPIBN and CPI agree with Forbes’ Dan Schwabel’s best practices for hiring and retention in 2017: 1. Improved Candidate, Employee Experiences 2. The Rise Of The Blended Workforce 3. Reviews Evolve From Annual To Continuous 4. Millennials Meet Gen Z 5. Augmented, Virtual Reality Revolutionize Recruiting and Training 6. [ ... ]

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Auld Lang Syne

It truly has been an amazing 2016.  We got a new look, celebrated our 30th Anniversary, were a part of the inaugural DisruptHR, welcomed a new CPIBN staff elf, enjoyed volunteering and giving back to our Buffalo community, and so much more! Thank you to all of our clients, partners, friends, and community peers for [ ... ]

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#GivingTuesday

‘Tis the season! The giving season, that is!  While “giving back” is typically synonymous with the winter holiday season, people (and companies!) are finding the importance of volunteering and spreading of good will throughout the year.  Volunteering can actually help advance a person’s career or a company’s growth! Five ways volunteering can advance your career: [ ... ]

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