October is “National Women in Small Business” month!

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October is “National Women in Small Business” month. As a woman-of-color who has been in a small business partnership as an executive recruiter for approximately 25 years, I am really excited about the statistics indicating that Black female-owned businesses are the fastest growing economic force in the U.S. As of 2017 African-American women owned 19% of all women owned businesses. Shawntera Hardy and Camille Thomas did an outstanding job last year showcasing several Black women entrepreneurs here ...

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Let’s Get Promoted!

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You are a professional with a plan. You are a dedicated worker and great team player. You are “on board” in doing what you can to make your company the best that it can be. Now you are preparing to ask for a promotion.

Being that you take your career seriously and like to put yourself in the best position to accomplish your goals, you want a game plan. How do you best position yourself ...

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Be Persistent In Pursuit Of Your Dream Job

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Do you have a dream job or company that you want to work for? Let’s say that you’ve mapped out a career path, down to the steps that you need to take to make it all happen. While we must all leave some room for things to change or go a bit different than we expect, since life is just that way, we should all have a vision and a plan to achieve what we want.

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How Technology Is Changing The Executive Suite

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Disruption.

I am sure that you hear this word a lot. It refers to the changes that technology is bringing to all corners of our lives. From the smartphones that we carry in our pockets that serve as everything from a phone to a news source to an alarm clock; to the ways digital platforms have quickly altered the landscape. For example, Uber and Lyft have upended the taxi business, and Airbnb has quickly taken ...

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The Best Leaders Live In And On Purpose

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Companies that are successful tend to share one common trait: They pursue a specific purpose, in addition to pursuing profits. For example, Whole Foods’ mission statement is, “Our deepest purpose as an organization is helping support the health, well-being, and healing of both people — customers, Team Members, and business organizations in general — and the planet.” Organizations look for employees, particularly leaders, to buy into their purpose. These are the companies that have impact and ...

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Establishing Credibility At Your New Job

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You got the job! Congratulations! After telling all of your loved ones the good news and, deservedly, feeling great about being the candidate that got the nod instead of all of the others interviewed, the day has arrived: your first day at your new company in your new role.

The main thing that you should concern yourself with when beginning a new role is establishing credibility. The dictionary defines credibility as “the quality of being ...

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Actionable Steps To The Top

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Though African-Americans, Hispanics, and Indigenous people represent roughly 30 percent of the population, they fill only 3 percent of senior management positions at American corporations and nonprofits. For minorities entering the corporate world, these numbers, in addition to other obstacles that they face, may make breaking through to the top seem impossible. It is not. There will certainly be challenges, but let’s discuss a few ideas in the effort to create a game plan.

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Including Volunteer Experience On Your Resume

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With the Holidays upon us, many people are looking for ways to give back in their community. This is one of the great things associated with the Season: people donating their time and money to those less fortunate and in need. Of course, those needs do not end on December 26th. As we mentioned in our December 2015 blog post, Actions To Stay Positive During Your Job Search, there is no greater joy than volunteering and ...

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7 Common Interview Mistakes Made By Candidates

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You have made it through the process to being one of the final candidates for a position. The interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that “I am the best candidate for this position. Let me tell you why.” Any hint or red flag that might indicate you are a bad hire will put you out of the running. Employers cannot afford to make bad hires. With reviewing resumes, reference checks, interviewing, training and more—hiring a replacement is ...

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About Team Robinson!

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When people find out that as principals of Robinson-Robinson & Associates Sam and I are also a husband-wife team they ask, “How can you two work together?” Or sometimes the response is, “I could never work with my wife/husband.” We never thought too much about these comments until I read a Success.com online article (2013, Dec.) by Emma Johnson entitled, How to Make Husband-Wife Business Partnerships Work. In it, she quotes Marion McCallom Hampton, Ph.D., ...

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