Unlike years past. workers today change jobs multiple times over. We come to expect it. Sure, we all want to find that elusive dream job, but we also know that things change. Because of this fluctuation, it’s good to always be prepared. in Today more professionals have been changing jobs than they have in the past.
These tips will help make sure you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice, so that you can easily achieve your career goals.
Maintain Resume & LinkedIn
Be sure to write down all of your accomplishments from the past year. This will help you determine what your worth is in the market. It is important that you always keep track of what you have done, so that you can be prepared when it’s time for your annual review. It’s not all about the next best job, sometimes, it’s about that next promotion. It’s a win-win. Stay visible at work, as well as in the job market.
Go on Lunch Dates
It may seem outdated, but it really is in your own best interest if you take time to have lunch with the important people in your company and industry. You don’t have to be best friends. Your lunch dates are about keeping visibility so that you are who they think of when it’s time for that promotion or time to fill that position.
Don’t Forget to Network
Treat every work social event- even if it’s just water cooler chatter- to network. You can extend this to the online world. Dedicate time to spend each week to spend with others in your field and keep your network open- so that your options open up as well.
Keep Your Image Up
Don’t slack. Always make sure that you maintain a professional look. Update your hair. Update your wardrobe. Update your accessories. You don’t want to be too trendy, but you also want to make sure people know you care.
These small things can make a big difference in achieving your career goals.
Starting your own business is fun and exciting. Of course, it can also be terrifying. There is a lot to take into consideration. There is a lot to know. There is a lot to do. There’s a lot of unknown. For the best possible outcome, you need to understand what you’re getting into.
If you’re planning on starting a business then there are 10 things that you will need to know before you launch your business. These ten things will help you make the right decisions that will lead to a successful business.
- Being ready for the startup lifestyle – Making the transition from working for a company to working for yourself is a lifestyle change. It is important to know that it will take time to earn money. It requires long hours and determination but the payoff in the long term is a long one.
- Do your target customers have money? – While customers like a lot of things, they are usually only willing to pay for the things that they need.
- Is the opportunity in the market large and growing? – It is best that you research market analysis data for the market which your business is geared toward. Gartner, Forrester and IDC or any other nationally known market is the ideal place to start.
- Is the space crowded already? – Do a simple Google search to determine if there are too many solutions already to the problem or problems that you are trying to solve with your business. If the answer is yes, then it is best to make changes.
- Are there hidden costs? – It is imperative that you have an understanding of the costs, sales channels and any marketing requirements before putting any money into your business idea.
- Will you have to defend intellectual property from your competition? – Check Google Patents, the US Patent Office and Free Patents Online to make sure that a patent for your idea isn’t already in place by someone else.
- Do you have the tools to build a qualified and motivated team? Your team will be the ones to help you get your business off the ground if they have the right qualifications.
- Look at the costs realistically – You will need to write a business plan for yourself that will make sense financially for your goals and then once you have a plan let an expert review it.
- Do you have the stamina and skills for running a business? Keep your focus on improvements and learning.
- If you want to start a business you have to make sure you’re not going from something like an unsatisfying job to your business. Some people find trying to have a startup is more stressful than the previous than the job that they had.
Weekends offer the perfect release from the pressure during the week that comes from work and gives us the chance to spend time doing things we love with those we love. As the weekend starts coming to a close there are some things you can do in order to ensure that you start each work week off on the right foot.
Getting to work 30 minutes early
You should use this extra thirty minutes to start planning out how you want the week to go. You should do the following:
- Look over last week’s calendar and the current week as well as next weeks.
- Go over your project list
- Examine your “to-do” lists
- Evaluate your yearly business and personal goals
- Review your paper inbox
- Make a note of your inbox and the key folders but avoid answering emails just yet
You should also include in this are the three really important task or projects that are needing completion and also decide what could be delegated to another person for completion.
Create and protect time blocks
These created time blocks are time marked on your calendar that are dedicated to your top three aforementioned goals for the week. It is best to schedule these blocks at 60 to 90 minutes to give yourself plenty of time to focus on those goals. This time should be spent behind closed doors or even away from your office if need be.
By starting off each work week with a focus on goals, having a plan of action that is clear and giving yourself the right amount of time to focus on your scheduled work will help you to feel better, stop dreading Monday quite as much and you will start to notice a positive impact on both productivity and the results achieved during the week.
In some instances it may be better that an applicant call the hiring manager or the potential employer and other cases they may be better off sending an email. Making the right decision in terms of contact methods can help give an applicant a one up on the competition while searching for a job. While it is true that a phone call is a more personal approach, it can be construed as being to forward.
So, should you call or email? Well, it depends. There are two types of waiting periods that everyone is familiar in the job search process. They are the wait for the interview and the wait for the job offer.
The Interview Wait
Everyone knows that waiting to receive an interview call can seem like pure torture as you check your phone several times a day in anticipation. After sending your resume and waiting for three to four business days, you should place a follow-up call to the hiring managers to inquire if they have started their interview process or if they are still accepting resumes.
Many people wonder if they should call so soon after submitting the resume but it pays to be proactive about the job you wish to have and when you work to get your foot in the door it shows the employer that you have initiative. Anyone who really wants the job and puts forth their best effort to get it, will be the winning candidate in the eyes of the employer.
The Job Offer Wait
Your resume has been sent and the interview went well and you are now waiting to hear back with a job offer. This wait period can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. A good practice is to thank the interviewer via email within the 24 to 48 hours following your interview. However, by calling and sending an email you can come off as being presumptuous and you want to avoid that. In its place, send a positive email that shows your interest in the position. If a week or two pass, then you can call or if you’re nervous you can follow up with an email instead. If they have not come to a decision yet you can ask if you are one of the candidates they are considering and if they can provide you with a time frame. This phone call can help ease your mind and let you know where you stand.
It is crucial during this process to stay professional, appreciative and friendly.
The form of communication you use and when depends on your ends- what is more appropriate in one instance may not be in another. So, what are you waiting for? It matters.