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How to Achieve Your Career Goals

Sep 28 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

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It may seem outdated, but it really is in your own best interest if you take time to have lunch with the important people in your company and industry.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.

 

 

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10 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Business

Sep 21 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

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.

 

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Starting Your Work Week Off Right

Sep 14 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

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.

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The Wait: Should You Call or Email?

Sep 07 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

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.

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Ready to Make a Lasting Impression?

Aug 31 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Clothes, attitude and confidence can definitely affect your chances of succeeding or failing in an interview. It is true, yes, but there are so many other things that affect the impression you make on someone- especially if that someone is a hiring manager. While these may not be as obvious, they have the potential to cost you.

With this in mind, here are 3 factors you should always consider before going to an interview that will help you make a lasting impression.

Timing, Timing, Timing

The hiring manager is human, as hard as it may be to believe. As the day goes on, they get tired and lose the enthusiasm mustered at the start of the day. This means that it can be pretty unfortunate for you if your interview is scheduled at the end of the day.

If you have the option, try to ensure that your interview is at the start of the day as the interviewer will be more receptive at the start. However, if that is not possible, prepare short, engaging answers to questions so that your interviewer remains focused on you. In fact, if you play your cards right, you may even be the person the interviewer will remember after the day ends.

Relationship Building

Again, your interviewer is a human. He will be less inclined to hire you if you appear emotionless and reserved. On the other hand, if you build a relationship with him and attempt to get along with him, that could be the key that opens the door to a new job. If possible, try to engage your interviewer on a personal level as well as a professional one- but don’t get too personal. Definitely don’t overshare.

Availability, Baby

Unfortunately, you cannot control this factor as you can’t really clear up your interviewer’s schedule. If your interviewer has a million things on his mind, he may not be as focused on you as you would want. In such a case, you need to prepare a list of points which can help quickly and efficiently convey why you are the best candidate for the job.

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Interviews Made Easy

Aug 24 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Everyone is bound to go through some tough interviews. After all, anyone can have a bad day. If you tank an interview, don’t beat yourself up over it. Pick yourself up and move on. Learn from it. Even if you don’t get the job, it doesn’t mean you don’t make the grade. It certainly doesn’t mean all hope is lost. At the very least, you have hopefully made a lasting impression on your employer. One that will only help your chances in the future.

With this in mind, here are some tips to ensure that your interviewer remembers you.

Seize the initiative

Even if you messed up every single question in the interview, hope is not dead yet. Once the interview is over, you can try talking to the interviewer informally, building a positive image of yourself. This way, even if you aren’t hired, you will have someone who can recommend you for other jobs while also building up a network.

Assess your interviewer’s attitude

No matter what feedback you get, you need to gauge how the interviewer delivers it. If he seems relaxed, upbeat and jovial, that is a sign that it may be a good idea to continue this budding relation. On the other hand, if the interviewer seems angry or reserved, then forgetting about the interview and moving on may be the best approach.

Read between the lines

Instead of simply taking what the interviewer says at face value, try to understand what he is trying to convey and try to show him that you are ready to attempt to improve. For example, if the interviewer says you have failed to attain the minimum experience required for the job, ask about a different position where you can work while attaining the necessary experience as well.

Don’t stop at just the interviewer

While the interview may be the most conventional way to get a job, there are various other possible approaches possible due to the influence of social media. You can attempt to reach out to other members of the relevant department through websites such as LinkedIn and demonstrate your abilities, which in turn may convince them to hire you, or at least give you a chance to prove your worth.

Maintain contact with the interviewer after the interview

Keep the interviewer informed about your job hunt progress; while this is not as relevant if your interview tanked, this is necessary if you are being seriously considered for a position. A manager may be unwilling to hire you even if you demonstrated exceptional skills but he is unaware of your availability. Keeping in touch with the interviewer regularly will help ensure that the manager knows about your availability.

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Interviews: What Not to Say

Aug 18 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Let’s face it, the job market is competitive. There are way too many applicants and simply not enough jobs. During an interview, every single action can have either a positive or a negative consequence. One wrong answer could be the difference between getting the job and another seemingly endless future of filling out resumes for the future.

With so many things to do, here are a few tips on what not to say or do during your next interview.

What are the operations of your company?

The moment you utter these fatal words, you can start considering other places. Your interviewer will feel insulted and angered that you do not even know the basics about the company you are applying it. You will come across as underprepared and unambitious as well. Always ensure you know even the minute details regarding the company you are applying at.

My faults? I don’t settle for anything less than perfection.

You will come off as attempting to cover up your weaknesses, which may indicate that you have either a lot of weaknesses or major ones. This is considered a cliché and unoriginal as well, which will further portray a negative image.

Instead, try to mention some negative traits along with how you have since managed to overcome them, to appear more human to the interviewer.

What’s the timeout policy?

If there’s ever a foot in the mouth, this is it. You will leave your interviewer wondering whether you have any intention of working or whether you’ll simply count down the clock in order to collect the cheque. Hence, it is always preferable to leave that question for later; once you have actually been hired.

My old boss was pure evil

Your interviewer will question your professionalism as well as the respect you have towards your colleagues. He will further wonder whether you will do the same once you leave this job. Overall, this will do nothing except hurt your image.

Always compliment your old colleagues. Or if you don’t have anything good to say about, don’t dwell on the topic too much. But under no circumstances should you criticize them vehemently.

Any buzzword ever

Chances are, this is not the first interview your interviewer is conducting. He has probably heard all the buzzwords and clichés in the world. He will not be impressed if your answers are typical as that will show unoriginality and a lack of creativity.

Try to come up with original answers. Humorous answers can, in some occasions, help to break the ice and actually impress your interviewer.

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4 Recommendations From Hiring Managers

Aug 10 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

There is a significant gap between the number of applicants and the number of jobs available today. This means you need to do whatever you can to make your first impression count. While there are many ways you can go about this, here are some of the ways recommended by hiring managers themselves.

Humor

Ever since man has learned to talk, humor has probably been more important than any other form of conversation. This is due to the fact that humor makes you stand out and the other person is more likely to remember you if you said something funny. Of course, you always need to remember that there is a line which you cannot cross or you will be remembered, if only for negative reasons.

A mutual friend

The importance of a mutual friend between you and the hiring manager cannot be understated. While it may seem unfair, the mutual friend has a better chance of explaining your character and the benefits of hiring you. Furthermore, the hiring manager is more likely to believe someone he knows previously than someone he is meeting for the first time.

Share your ideas

If you have extensive knowledge regarding the company or even better, a specific project that the company is carrying out, you can share ideas you have that will help in the execution of the project. This will show that you can adapt to the needs of the company and play a vital role.

Persistence

There is a chance that you will not be appreciated at the level you deserve immediately. You may need to persist and continue to convince them that you deserve a chance. There’s a possibility that the company may consider your persistence as a sign of your dedication.

However, as with humor, there is a thin line which you need to avoid crossing or else you may be considered to be annoying and even creepy, which are attributes that will destroy any chance you have of getting the job.

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Personal Problems at Work

Aug 03 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Dealing with personal problems at work isn’t easy. Everyone knows that keeping your personal life separate from your work life is a good thing. Unfortunately, one often spills onto the other. We invest a lot of time and energy at work, so when things go bad it’s hard to leave it at the door when you clock out. The same thing is true for our personal lives.

The fact is- It’s difficult to keep our lives compartmentalized, no matter how hard we try. If something is going on at home or in your personal life, there are things you can do to ensure that it has minimal impact on your work life.

Don’t Over Share

There are some moments when it’s important to share what is going on- especially if you know it’s going to impact your performance. It’s not an excuse for poor performance, but rather an explanation if you just aren’t yourself. In some situations, such as a death in the family, you need to acknowledge what is going on and communicate that with your boss and coworkers. However, it is important not to over share and tell too much.

Instead of confessing your life story, simply state the obvious but try not to dwell and divulge every detail. How much is too much is subjective to a degree as some office settings are more relaxed than others. Whatever your news, be prepared for questions. Planning ahead can help prevent any over sharing. Anticipating these questions can help you mentally prepare yourself before you share and help guide how much you share.

Establish Boundaries

Depending on the nature of the problem, it may not be anyone in your office that you need to worry about. In fact, you may find that well-meaning family members are reaching out to you during business hours. This is especially true when there is grief- such as a death in the family, etc. You will need to establish boundaries with your friends and family. When you are at work, you need space to work through that aspect of your life in relation to your grief.

Your friends and family may have good intentions, but often this creates unnecessary turmoil when you’re back dealing with the every day stresses of work. With that in mind, however, it’s okay to have a “bad day” at work. Acknowledge them and if necessary, set aside time to address the issue before it becomes a problem. A 15 minute guided meditation, for example, can work wonders.

Dedicating time to yourself when you’re experiencing inner or outer turmoil is essential to healing. Self awareness will help you stay grounded and better equipped to handle the daily grind.

Be Compassionate

When you’re upset, you aren’t yourself. As much as you want to turn it off when you walk into the office, it’s simply not realistic. So, be kind to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake or aren’t your most productive self. Understand that this too shall pass, and take things one day at a time.

Whatever is going on is temporary. Allow yourself the time and space needed to work through it, knowing you will come through on the other side. Being mindful of this will enable you to stay focused and get through the day until things get easier.

Remember Your Benefits

Sometimes things are simply too much for you to handle alone. Depending on where you work, there may be options available to you to help. Many companies offer benefits that are commonly overlooked, including counseling, childcare and legal services. These things, when appropriate, should be explored as they can help alleviate emotional and financial burdens.

Don’t assume that everything is up to you. It’s okay to ask for help. In fact, you should. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness—it takes courage. Everyone goes through bad times. Acknowledging that can make the transition back to the “old you” easier.

 

 

 

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Dealing With That One Annoying Person at Work

Jul 27 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

In life, there’s always that one person. At work, it can seem worse because you see that person day in and day out. If it’s your boss, or someone you work closely with, the problem is only amplified.

If you’ve never worked with someone you couldn’t stand, consider yourself lucky.

It may be a colleague whose sole purpose in life is to make your life difficult. It could be a boss that loves to micromanage. It could be a personality, a work ethic, or a little bit of everything. Whatever it is exactly, it can result in dreading work—not because of your job, or the work itself, but because of that one person.

Before you jump ship and quit, take a step back and consider the good. If not for that one person, would you enjoy work? If so, don’t give up and walk away. Stay and fight.

Research indicates that good relationships at work equal higher rates of productivity, success, and satisfaction. So, why give up a job you enjoy because one person is holding you back. After all, another version of that person may be waiting for you at a new job. Instead, it’s in your own best interest if you stick it out and learn how to work around the problem. It’s not impossible to deal with that one annoying person at work—here’s how.

Look Beyond the Problem

When someone is abrasive or annoying, etc. you may be tempted to set up a wall and let your anger and frustration build. Instead of distancing yourself, try to get to know the person behind the persona. Chances are, you’ll find a few things in common and it will lead to a greater understanding.

Getting outside your comfort zone a little and getting to know the problem coworker can help your relationship. While it may confirm what you already believe and prove impossible, it may end up surprising you by allowing you to connect on a level that helps you look past the annoyances. At the very least, it will give you a better understanding of the person and what drives them, which will help you to equip yourself psychologically to look beyond their hang ups.

Set Some Boundaries

Another strategy for separating your work from your annoyance is to set boundaries. Distance yourself as much as possible from the negative. Sure, there will be moments that you will have to interact with this person, but it will help to set some rules.

Think about what specific behaviors and/or interactions bother you. Maybe it’s a manager that constantly comes at you with a vague to-do list. No, you can’t avoid your manager, but you can learn how to manage him or her in a way that benefits you. It’s all about communication. Don’t let the anger build, tell him or her what you need and let him know that a specific list of action items is more beneficial than vague panic.

Step Away

Sometimes there is only so much you can take. Acknowledge that and move past it. Take a break. Step away. Allow yourself to step away from the situation or person that is holding you back. Trying to simply push through it hurts not only you, but your work and essentially everyone.

At the end of the day, you only control you. You have no control over someone else. Letting go of the notion that you can do anything about the person that is bothering you will help you stop a lot of the frustration and anger you feel before it even starts.

 

 

 

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