Career Tools is a weekly podcast focused on specific actions you can take to grow and enhance your career, whether you are a manager or not. Career Tools won the Podcast Awards Best Business podcast in 2010 and was nominated every other year it has been eligible. Whether you are interested in jump-starting a stalled career, or sharpening your edge, Career Tools is the podcast for you. Go to to read what others are saying about the impact Career Tools has had on their careers and lives.


  • Do YOU Need to Apologize?

    Do YOU Need to Apologize?


    You’re a manager, and that makes you human. You’re human, and that makes you mess up. You mess up, and that means you apologize. It’s really that simple. So how come no one seems to apologize anymore? Unfortunately, for all kinds of reasons, the art of apologizing has fallen from favor. We [...]

  • Contacting Recruiters

    Contacting Recruiters


    In a previous cast, we talked about how many managers don’t understand the importance of taking recruiters’ calls, and walked through step by step (hey, this is Manager Tools) how to handle those calls. What to say, and what to learn, and how to proceed. But there’s another side to the recruiting relationship, isn’t [...]

  • Accomplishments - Connecting Resumes and Interviews

    Accomplishments - Connecting Resumes and Interviews


    Most folks just don't realize HOW important resumes are, and not just as pieces of paper. In our Resume Cast (Your Resume Stinks), we talked about the PURPOSE of resumes: to create an interview. Now just imagine...wouldn't it be great if its value didn't end there? It doesn't! yes, the resume itself gets you the chance to sell yourself, but buried in the resume are the PERFECT seeds of success, if you've followed our guidance. Listen in to an interesting cast about how your resume and your interviews can be perfectly connected.

  • Meal Etiquette (Part 2 of 2)

    Meal Etiquette (Part 2 of 2)


    Can there possibly be anything more to say about business meal etiquette? Yep! Today we conclude our 2-part series on Meal Etiquette.

  • Meal Etiquette (Part 1 of 2)

    Meal Etiquette (Part 1 of 2)


    Good business practice demands good relationships - with customers, suppliers, team members, and bosses. And good relationships usually means breaking bread together. So, are you up to speed on how to have a business meal? Or even worse, HOST the meal yourself?You are? GOOD! Then you already know when to start talking business, and whether it's different at breakfast, lunch and dinner. You know how much alcohol to drink, and how many glasses of wine there are in a bottle. And the ideal way to pay for a meal, or what to do when the check comes. If you know all THAT, then we bet you also know where to seat your guests, and yourself, whether there are 2 or three of you. And, of course, what to order, and what NOT to order. Soup, you say? NO.And if you're not sure... that's why there's a Manager Tools podcast covering all that and more.

  • Preparing For Your Review (Part 2 of 2)

    Preparing For Your Review (Part 2 of 2)


    Today we cover the 2nd part of our series on Preparing For Your Review. After you've listened to the podcast, I think you'll agree that if you follow this simple process you will be in a position to not only get the best possible review possible this year, you will also have all the information you need to improve your performance (and your next review!) over the coming year.

  • How to Resign (Part 3 of 3)

    How to Resign (Part 3 of 3)


    Today's show is the third and final part of our series on resigning. If you have to resign, distinguish yourself my resigning professionally. With the completion of this series, you now know how!

  • Preparing for YOUR Review (Part 1 of 2)

    Preparing for YOUR Review (Part 1 of 2)


    We spent a lot of time at the end of last year talking about how to write someone else’s review.What should you do to prepare for your own?Think of it this way. Suppose you had three folks working for you, and one of the three spent a couple of hours over the previous months preparing for their time with you. They had reviewed the entire year, prepared better information for you for their review, and had taken their time writing their self-evaluation, including specific data to support their points.Wouldn’t that be impressive? If there were a close call to be made, might it go in your direction?In this cast, we walk you through everything YOU need to do to prepare for YOUR review with YOUR boss.And if you think it’s too early, think again – the timeline is THREE MONTHS! ;-)And, by the way, during the show we promised a couple of things. You'll find all of these in the Manager Tools website under Tools section under Preparing for Your Review Documents (

  • How to Resign (Part 2 of 3)

    How to Resign (Part 2 of 3)


    Today, we follow-up with part 2 of our 3-part series on Resigning. Usually not a lot of fun contemplating, and certainly no more fun executing. However, IF you have to do it, there IS a professional way to resign. You CAN leave your job and feel good about HOW you did it, AND leave a great impression on the way out. Now, how often does that happen in your workplace today?

  • How to Resign (Part 1 of 3)

    How to Resign (Part 1 of 3)


    Today's show is an interesting one ... At least once in your career, and perhaps as many as five times, you're going to have to resign from a position. And this is another one of those tasks or responsibilities that no one talks about, no one knows how to do, and therefore many do it poorly. It's not hard to do well, and in this series of casts, we make it a simple step by step process. If you're thinking that you already know how, consider that we recommend you need SIX WEEKS to do it well.

  • Basics of Mentoring - Part 2 of 2

    Basics of Mentoring - Part 2 of 2


    Today we cover the second in our 2-part series on mentoring. Also, June 26th represents the 1-year Anniversary of Manager Tools. We previously discussed having a special second part of today's podcast where we would discuss our thoughts about this last year, as well as discuss our plans for the coming year. Unfortunately, the "discussion" was an hour long! So, rather than bundle it with this podcast and create an incredibly large download, we will release an additional podcast in the next day or two with that discussion. Look for it in your podcast player of choice shortly!

  • Basics of Mentoring - Part 1 of 2

    Basics of Mentoring - Part 1 of 2


    Every week, we get questions about people's resumes on the discussion boards. Our resume casts are some of the most wanted of all our work. It's pretty obvious that more and more folks are tuned into their own careers, and how to manage them. That's a good thing, as we've said before, because no one else is managing it for you. And, because so few people manage their careers at all, it only takes a little to get a competitive advantage.

  • Time Management (Part 2 of 2)

    Time Management (Part 2 of 2)


    Today, we cover the second in a two-part series of podcasts on Time Management.

  • Time Management (Part 1 of 2)

    Time Management (Part 1 of 2)


    The first of two podcasts on Time management.

  • Building a Network

    Building a Network


    If you're a manager, don't think for a moment that someone else is managing your career. Those days are long gone. YOU are managing your career. What you do - not only in job skills, but also in what we call "Transition Skills" - will be the primary determinant of your career success. You're not going to have the richest, most rewarding series of roles and opportunities by allowing someone in HR to know enough about you to get you where you need to be. And succession planning won't save you either.

  • Secrets of a Great Handshake

    Secrets of a Great Handshake


    The hand shake is the most important professional greetings in the world today. There are many cultures in the world, and there are places to bow, and places to hug, and places where cheek-kissing is perfectly appropriate. The handshake, though is the preferred greeting for most of our audience.

  • Micro-Communications - Part 2

    Micro-Communications - Part 2


    Last week, we discussed the "Listening" side of communications. This week, we cover the other side, the "Responding" side. Of course, responding when you're in agreement is the easy part. However, how do you respond when you disagree or there is potential conflict? That, my friend, is what this week's podcast is about!

  • Micro-Communications



    We talked recently about managerial communications, looking at the various ways you as a manager can deliver your message and the organization's messages to your team. There's more to talk about there, but we're going to tackle a different type of communication this time.

  • Self Development

    Self Development


    In this special podcast for our registered subscribers, we're going to share our first set of recommendations in self-development. We believe that you cannot consider yourself an effective, professional manager unless you engage in regular reading. To that end, we have a suite of recommended reading, both periodicals and books, and some suggestions on how to fit them into your schedule.

  • Your Resume Stinks!

    Your Resume Stinks!


    This week's podcast addresses a topic that many of you might be surprised about: your resume.

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