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3 Simple “A’s” To Defining Success

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:23

I was interviewed on a podcast on the topic of success recently. Much like most of the meaningful events of my life, I had a very impromptu response to the question on how I define success. I believe when it comes to defining individual success, it can be a very personal journey. Defining career success is not a one size fits all. I was not as surprised by my answer when I reflected on it because for me, it’s been true. Finding what motivates and makes you happy can be a difficult process because you can be so afraid of making the wrong choice. Digging past your fear, requires quiet contemplation, focus, and a willingness to be vulnerable. Being self-aware helps you weed out what you want from what you don’t want in your life and better enables you to hone in on how you personally define success.

When I look at all of the many opportunities in my life I can say I was just lucky, the timing was right or, I deliberately, if not subconsciously, steered myself to my desired course. You might ask how you can move yourself in an entirely new direction when you’ve been on the same path for 20 years?

The process starts with three easy words that I call the “3 Simple A’s to Defining Success”:

1- You’ve got to Ask: Asking yourself what your ideal work life would look like is the easiest way to start. It could be as simple as “I want to work 3 days a week and earn $5000 and work close to home.” That’s it. That’s all. Nothing more is required unless you feel the need to be more specific like, “I want to work 3 days a week, earn $5000 a week and work with people I love and find the work exciting.” You can keep going until you get it right. Whatever it is, whether your goal towards defining a successful career is achieving a certain “work-life balance,” or you just want to make more money, how you ask for what you want defines how you will get what you want, every time, no exceptions, I promise.

2- You’ve got to wait for the Answer: Here comes the hard part, once you’ve asked, you’ve got to be patient for the answer. It will come and maybe not in the exact way you suspected, but trust me the answer to your ask will reveal itself to you and it won’t take years! The trick here is not to jump at everything that appears to resemble the ask. So maybe it’s you have to work 4 days instead of 3 days a week but you have the ability to make more money, or the people are great but the commute is a little longer than 5 minutes-it’s okay, that’s why they call it a process. Your free will and ability to choose will guide you in the right direction every time, once again, no exceptions, I promise.

3-Now it’s time to take Action: Once you get to this point, it’s time to move. I don’t mean go for a run, I mean move and take action. Some people get stuck at this point, they think they have figured out what they want and they keep asking themselves the same questions over again and insist on getting everyone else’s point of view before making a decision and taking action. I refer to this as “analysis paralysis”. Your next steps are critical in order for you to put into action what you have desired. You can’t get it wrong. If you think you know what you want and you’ve figured out the answer, then making a move when an opportunity presents itself even if you are not sure how the story will end is the leap of faith you need to have in order to come close to achieving the kind of success you want.

Having enough self-awareness to realize even though you think you may have figured out what makes you happy, it’s okay to make a change. Circumstances in your life are ever changing. What works for you today maybe different for you 3 years from now and that’s ok too. Trusting you know what you want, when you want it and what makes you happy is the first stop on the A train towards career success.

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How To Be Semi-Employed?

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 10:30

Most folks spend their entire careers working hard, investing in a 401k and pension plan looking forward to the concept of retirement or semi-retirement. Is there even such a thing anymore? With more and more folks working into their 70’s the idea of someone “retiring” is nearly non-existent! The Baby Boomer generation was taught that getting a safe job offering great benefits was a guarantee of lifetime employment until you decide to spend time with the grand kids. The next generation had a similar plan although retirement was not something they focused on and well it was a little more like “carpe diem” because you never knew if the company or pension plan for that matter would be around long enough to collect! Here’s where we come to the term, “semi-employment”. When you might not be ready to pack your bags and live on a beach, but you sure would like some downtime in between projects, semi-employment might be the new thing for you!

Here are a few ways being semi-employed can define your new work-life balance.

  1. Pick & Choose: When you are in a situation and have amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience you are a virtual talent bank for ripe opportunities. You may not think your skills are transferrable or that you are able to move from one opportunity to the next, but knowing that you are worth more than you are likely getting from one employer should be enough motivation to get you to start thinking about the people and places you would like to work. When you are semi-employed, you can pick and choose the projects, people and companies you want to work for. Does it really get any better than that?
  2. Work When You Want: Feel like taking the summer off? Planning a trip around the world? Want to spend more time with the family and friends? Working when you want and how you want offers you the flexibility most people only dream of. It’s possible to not only pick and choose your assignments, but also when and how you want to work as well? You are not a slave to your job any longer, that concept went out in the 90’s. Technology has made it possible to be anywhere and everywhere at the click of your space or tab bar. You can work from a hotel, the beach or an office-you get to choose when you are semi-employed and love it.
  3. Making it Fun: When was the last time you actually enjoyed what you were doing at work and could not wait to get into the office to jump into a project? I’m sure there have been times over the course of your career where you actually had that adrenalin rush and were more excited about the work than the paycheck. When you are semi-employed you strive to pick and choose projects that are rewarding, challenging and well, fun. You don’t have to settle for the mundane you are the master of how and where you want to spend your time. There is no greater freedom of expression than to be in a position where all you need to focus on is how to have a good time and not worrying about office politics.
  4. Earn Your Keep: You may feel like you need to prove yourself at your current job to even be considered for a bonus or a pay increae. When you make your own way you are compensated based on your results and your experience going into the job and not the other way around. You don’t have to prove yourself to be rewarded. You are able to leverage your talents, experience and knowledge and earn what you feel you deserve based on the work you perform. Nothing feels better knowing you are in the driver’s seat as it relates to your earned income and that you are not beholden to someone else to feel pity on you and give you a 3% pay raise.
  5. It’s All About The Work: When you focus your mindset on being semi-employed you are focused on your client’s and moving towards results. You are project driven and you are not concerned about politics or making sure you are liked. Being semi-employed ensures you are focused on the number one reason you do what you do and that is all about the work. When it becomes about something else, you know the job is not for you.

So if you have doubts about how you should spend the rest of your career whether you should keep looking for a new job or stick with the one you have, remember you have options. When you change your point of view on how you perceive “going to work” and treating each and every employee as a “client” you are in it for the service and rewards of doing a great job. Think of how productive the world would be if we could all work around the concept of semi-employment? We’d certainly be a more productive and well-balanced group of people with less work-related stress that’s for sure!

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10 Things To Sabotage Your Job Interview

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 05:12

When it comes to your job search you may think you have the right skills to land any job you want. Your contacts may be strong, your networking skills are the envy of your colleagues but do you know it’s not what you say in an interview that matters but what you do after that counts the most? Most candidates think the interview stops when you leave the office and are on your way to Starbucks to celebrate your great meeting. Wrong. Your interview continues long after the last handshake. Most people forget to do the most important thing after an interview and that is to follow up.

Here are 10 things you should make sure you are aware of BEFORE you interview for your next job. Knowing how not to sabotage your chances even if you nailed the interview, is a sure way to ensure you actually get a job offer:

1- Forget to get a business card or email contact of the person who interviewed you.

2- Forget to send a follow up with a thank you email INCLUDING NEXT STEPS on how best to follow up on the opportunity and if there are any additional folks to meet who are necessary to the hiring decision.

3- Doing poor homework on the company BEFORE the interview and AFTER you have met with key individuals in the company. What lessons did you learn? Was there valuable information shared during the interview that can help you strategize about career opportunities there. What did you do with the information you learned?

4- Do all of the talking and FORGET to ask the interviewer important questions about the job while you are in the actual interview. Were there any follow up questions you forgot to ask that might further keep you engaged and the dialogue going long after the interview has ended?

5- Forget to disclose any information that might prevent you from accepting a job if offered, such as under a contract, have issued clearing a background or drug test, have personal reasons that would prevent you from accepting an offer at this time?

6- Forget to discuss compensation expectations during or after a follow up interview even before an offer is extended. It helps to know you are both on the same page as to compensation expectations.

7- Forget to complete or request to complete an employment application BEFORE the interview.

8- Forget to provide update and inform your professional references that they might get a call from the company you are applying to and tell them a little bit about the job you are up for.

9-Forget to bring a hard copy of their resume/bio to the interview or follow up with an electronic one after the interview to make sure the company has the right version.

10-Forget to update your LinkedIn profile and check any and all social media outlets to ensure there is nothing erroneous or controversial posted that could prevent anyone from extending you an offer.

Your job interview is not the only way you can sabotage your efforts to land an offer. Good preparation before and after the interview is over is the best way to make sure you are still in the running and there are no surprises left to discover!

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Knowing When To Leave Your Job

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 13:35

You may be at this job now for sometime. Coming into the office at the same time, looking out of the same view from your cubicle or having the same conversations with your co-workers or sorting through the piles of work that keep accumulating on your desk just as you’ve always done. You might like the way you handle your workflow and have settled into a comfortable routine at work. Or, you may feel like there is no better way to approach your work and you feel that no matter what you do there is just no way out of this miserable situation. Comfort is one thing but when bitterness and discord set in it might be time to take a look at your job to see if it’s time to make a move.

Here are some not so subtle queues that tell you it’s time to move on.

  1. Living For Your PTO– when you are more concerned with how much paid time off is in your account, and you are looking forward to summer Fridays it might be time to evaluate just how much you like being at work? Your job comes with a lot of perks but counting the number of days until your next paid break might give you a clue that you like being away from the office more than you like being in the office. When you can’t get enough “downtime” it might be time to pack the bags and move on.
  2. Faking It Until Making It – Going through the motions of your job like it’s a carefully scripted reality show might feel like it’s a genuine reflection of your work ethic but others can see through the façade. You may have gotten so bored with your duties that you feel like you have to justify every task, every email, every event as if your life depended on it. When you feel like your job performance is worthy of an Academy Award then it might be time to look for a role that suits your true personality and not the pretend one you choose to play at work.
  3. Title, Title, Title– If you find you are spending more time worrying about the grammatical structure of your job title, how your title compares with your peers or how you should reflect your title on a business card, chances are you are spending time evaluating the wrong things. You may feel like you need a raise or are operating well below your pay grade, but when you are more concerned with how you look than what you do-it’s time to make a move.
  4. A Little Too Obvious – You may think it’s politically correct to be open and transparent about your career path and what you’d like to accomplish. But when you take it a little too far like verbally discussing your interview schedule with competitive companies with your co-workers, leave copies of your resume on your desk for all who pass by to see or talk about the new “work clothes” you need to buy just in case you get an offer, you might be feeling a little too relaxed in your work environment to give a care about how you come across to your co-workers. If you spend more time looking for a job then focusing on the one you have, then you definitely know it’s time to get out of there before someone pushes you out!
  5. Memory Lane – When you find yourself spending more time recanting the many titles, positions and jobs you have held in your illustrious career and have more interest in talking about your experience, skills and professional history rather than focus on the skills you bring to the table in your current position, then maybe it’s time you pack up your knapsack and head out the door.

It’s not an indictment if you no longer care or want to be in your current job. You may need to make sure your financial needs are met, but at the end of the day you should be honest with yourself about what you want from your career and if you are in the right job. If you come to the conclusion that you are just not happy, stop complaining and making unnecessary excuses and get up and out and find another job! Don’t waste anymore of your valuable time and start focusing on a prosperous future instead of your current situation.

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Mid-Year Career Checklist …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 05/15/2016 - 10:52

With the start of each year comes the endless promise to take care of everything from losing weight, to paying down your debt, to finding that perfect job or any job for that matter. We have the right idea by starting the year off with the best of intentions. But what do you do to check in and make sure you are still on plan? There is only one priority when making resolutions and that is YOU. Selfish as this may sound you will not stand a fighting chance to succeed at any of the goals you have set for yourself if you neglect the one most important person in your life and that is you.   Do yourself a favor and create a Mid-Year Resolution check in and make sure you keep yourself on track.

How do you even go about that you may wonder when you have so many obligations and responsibilities to everyone and everything else in your life that also matters as much as yourself? You might even think it is not possible to spend time focusing on you when your commitments continue to mount and you have nothing left to give anyone else let alone yourself. When you get caught in the scramble of everyday life and you begin to lose sight of you, stop, regroup and remember to re-prioritize. If you are not at the top of your to-do list this year than something is woefully wrong with your priorities. It’s not just about making time for yourself, that’s a given. But ordering in a sense of balance and an investment in taking care of what’s important to you as your number one priority is what counts.

Creating balance is really about knowing what it is you want, taking stock in what you have, and setting your mind to creating and realizing the goals you want to accomplish. Life does get in the way, but if you keep yourself front and center at all times you have a better than average chance at succeeding at what you set your mind to.

  • Yes, this is about making YOU your number one priority.
  • Yes, this is about creating what YOU want.
  • Yes, this is about setting YOUR boundaries.
  • Yes, this is about eliminating people and situations that no longer work in YOUR life.
  • Yes, this is about honoring YOUR feelings.
  • Yes, this is about honoring YOUR authentic self.
  • Yes, this is about caring for YOUR own needs.
  • Yes, this is about knowing when to say NO.
  • Yes, this is about allowing guilt to rule YOUR decisions.
  • Yes, this is about becoming YOUR own best friend.

If you don’t start here, if you don’t allow yourself the respect you deserve by honoring you, no matter what goals, intentions, resolutions or lists you think you are creating to realize your dreams, than you will not succeed no matter how much effort you put into it. Why? Because you will allow “life” to get in the way with its schedules, meetings, appointments and meaningless lists of things you need to take care of because somewhere you decided those things were more important than taking care of you.

So remember to do your mid-year check in and keep yourself on track no matter what your friends and family might think of your newfound self-love. In the end, you are all you have and if you don’t treating yourself like you are number one, what makes you think anyone including your employer will in the future?

Here’s to you in the New Year!

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Your Career In Politics ….

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 05/08/2016 - 15:42

Whether you are a Hilary, Bernie or Trump fan your career may have the same battle scars as a political debate!  You may be a high-ranking executive, or someone who is still working his or her way up the corporate ladder, or perhaps you are just trying to break into the business. Wherever your position on the career chain, you may now or in the future be in a position where you have to navigate the politics of your work environment. Knowing how to maneuver in a complicated system holds the same challenges whether you are a veteran or a newbie in the business. If you are figuring out your next career move within your own company, or exploring what opportunities might lie elsewhere, remember that wherever you may roam the politically savvy attributes you hone will come in handy along the way.

By being politically savvy I am not meaning to imply that you need to suck-up or kick ass in order to get ahead in your career. Politically savvy people are opportunists. They find a way to make a situation work regardless of the challenges. People who possess strong communication, listening and negotiation skills often find themselves in a good place when it comes to finding, exploring and creating opportunities for themselves-even if it’s outside of their own company. Learning to notice the signs allows you to be open to change and politically savvy people know the difference. Having a strong sense of self and knowing when to lay down your pride is essential in winning or losing the battle. It’s not just about having intellectual smarts that helps you get ahead in business, it’s knowing when to pivot to the right when the odds are stacking up against you and to not view this as a failure or giving in.

Building your allies both internally and externally helps to establish your power base whether you are in an entry-level job, or in a leadership position. Building partnerships within the organization means aligning yourself to others who share your vision and your goals and who may have similar experiences than you do. Remember to check any behavior that will potentially get in the way of forging those key relationships and knowing when to set appropriate boundaries with your co-workers and peers. Being open to changes means that you remain accommodating and cooperative even if you potentially disagree with the direction the companies is moving in. If you are authentic in your opinions, you will know how to express your differing point of view without alienating the rest of the team-this is crucial if you want to stay in your job or move up in your position. Of course if you don’t care much what anyone else believes, than by all means, continue to piss off the masses and see how far that will get you in your career!

Another way to survive the maze of office politics is to maintain a high integrity in what you are trying to accomplish.   Know that it’s okay to be selfish over being stubborn. Selfish people have self-interest and motivation and that does not always need to imply a negative thought. People with a strong self-interest have a need for a greater good and know that if they achieve their goals, it will benefit others not only themselves. Being stubborn in your point of view implies you only have self-interest for YOU and no one else. There is a subtle but distinct difference when you are planning your next career move and learning the best ways to survive office politics. Remember acknowledging your own vulnerability is admirable and breaks down the prideful walls that keep you apart from others as well as your next job. Think of being a guest in someone homes the next time you are in a meeting that gets out of control or you are in a disagreement with someone over a matter, step back and remember your manners and check your ego at the door.

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Graduating? Here’s 5 Ways To Ace Your Job Interview…

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 09:41

Getting ready to graduate? Wondering when the job offer will come? Worried you did too much post graduation partying? How you get yourself ready for your next big career move is no laughing matter! You may have been valedictorian but do you have what it takes to ace your first job interview? You may walk into the interview cocky and sure of yourself and you may wonder why you even need to interview for the job in the first place? You may not be as good as you think! It’s great to possess self-confidence and to be self-assured when you are out in front, but how do you really know you are acing the interview or living up to a higher standard?

Here are five ways to know you are hitting it out of the park whether you ultimately get a job offer or not:

  • Body Language: It’s always good to know your audience but do you know how to read them as well? Sizing up someone’s body language is key in knowing whether you are engaging or enraging your prospective boss. Does the interviewer seem relaxed, leaning back in his/her chair, feet up, remaining attentive?   Or, is the person sitting across the desk, fidgeting, staring at the clock or looking outside a window, nervously tapping their feet looking like they want to fly out of the room at any given moment? Knowing whether you are setting a relaxing and calm tone in your meeting tells you this is someone who not only likes you but also doesn’t mind spending time speaking with you. This is a good sign so take it for all it is worth.
  • Meet & Greet: When they start rolling out the red carpet or ask you back to meet the “family” it’s a good sign that you’ve done something to impress them in the first place. Not everyone gets to meet prospective co-workers or future staff members even on an initial interview. If they happen to say, “Hey let me see if so and so is around as I’d love for you to meet him/her,” you know you’ve done or said something that makes the interviewer think you’d be a “good fit” for the company.
  • Checking Your Availability: Kind of like a first date, when they ask you for your number or availability over the course of the following days, weeks ahead, it’s usually a pretty good indication that they want you to be around for future follow-up meetings. Knowing your schedule ahead of time can help you plan for an upcoming meeting while you have their attention and sends the message that you are interested in coming back for more meetings as well.
  • Le Grand Tour: It’s always nice to have in person meetings with folks but when the interviewer offers you a “tour” of their campus or offices, it’s a good sign they are seeing how well you’d “fit in”. Giving you a tour is a way to boast and sell other perks the company has to offer, but it also gives the interviewer a chance to uncover other information about, your work environment and preferences in a relaxed setting. Giving you the grand tour helps them visualize you in the physical setting as much as it is determining you as a cultural fit.
  • When Will We Meet Again? When you are given a follow up appointment and are ENCOURAGED to call or write in the meantime with any follow-up questions or concerns, it’s a pretty good sign that they like you enough to want you back and to keep the lines of communication open. If they know you are interviewing elsewhere and have asked you to keep them informed on your status, that’s also a good way to know they are interested in you and may not want to lose you to the competition.

Understanding and learning how to read the subtle queues in gestures, communication and body language helps you know whether you are acing the interview or disgracing yourself in the process. If they like you and want you, they will call back, it’s that simple.

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Your Job-Selfie…

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 04/24/2016 - 10:50

When was the last time you took a “job-selfie”? You may spend most of your time focusing on what happens during the interview process, but are you prepared for what happens when the offer finally comes? Taking inventory of who you are is one thing, but do you know how the world sees you? Focusing on your resume, the interview and how much money you will accept are all important parts of the job process but when it comes to checking out your references, your online profile and any information out there that could be potentially damaging or misleading-just how good a sleuth are you?

Your job search comes in many forms but focusing on your profile means you are clear that nothing negative will come up during your background or reference check process. An employer will likely wait to extend an offer or make the offer conditional until all areas of your background are fully vetted. Here are a few items you should look into before someone extends you a job offer:

  1. Google Yourself: What comes up? Are there images, posts or articles about you that you wish were not there? Did you know about them or are you in shock? Whether your online-selfie reads like a who’s who, or you are cringing at some photos you see online, heading off this type of damaging information to a prospective employer BEFORE they find out about it is a wise move especially if you are serious about accepting the job offer when it comes.
  2. Social Media: Are you “friending” people you interview with? Are you part of a photo tagging frenzy? Before you decide to broaden your friendships by adding prospective employers to your list-think again. Making sure your photos, posts and images whether on FB, Instagram or Pinterest are “safe for work” is a smart idea if you again think no one is watching. Hiding items that might not show you in the most favorable light is a smart way to clean up your online profile before a nosey recruiter starts snooping around.
  3. References: Who are these people that you think will say a kind word or two about you? When was the last time you reached out to touch base? How well do you know these people and do you really know what they will say about you when asked? Knowing what your references think about you ahead of time and what they might say about you when asked, is critical if you are going to amass a group of supporters who will help you land your next job. Just because the list is impressive does not mean they even remember you or would have a good word to say about you. Asking your references if they are willing to support you in your job search should be done before you provide their name and contact to a prospective employer. Pick your friends carefully but be selective about who your references include
  4. Credit Scores: Not only do you have to worry about whether a bank or financial establishment thinks you are a safe bet, you better believe your prospective new employer might feel the same way as well. When it comes to your credit history and how well you look on paper, make sure everything is in order. Run periodic free credit checks and make sure nothing shows up that shouldn’t. Checking to make sure your social security and name match is accurate and that you are not being confused with a person in prison might be wise if you don’t want anything to stand in the way of a job offer.
  5. Drug Tests: Unless you have a history of partying hard before a pre-employment drug test, it might be wise to make sure you are on your best behavior before someone hands you a plastic container. Understanding your legal rights about pre-employment testing differs from each state so make sure you know your rights before heading into the screening center.

Your job-selfie is not just a way to get ready for your security photo but is a way for you to understand fully what is expected of you when and if you are made a job offer. Doing a bit of housekeeping in preparation for your next job is not only smart but also necessary if you do not want anything to stand in the way of you and your next job offer.

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My First Job-What I Need to Know …

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:15

Prom night, party rentals, invitations, commencement speeches, long walk to the podium, framing your diploma, parties again, hot summer fun with friends and then…? You are not what your parents made at least not when it comes to your potential career choices. You stare at your resume, uncertain as to whether you put your educational successes first or highlight all of the summer internships you’ve had leading you to this point? Nothing makes sense. One minute you were having a blast and now you have to get serious and actually put all those years of study to some good use-after all EVERYONE is watching your next move!

Not that you need any more pressure than you already have right? Recent grads are entering the workforce in droves and older workers are not retiring fast enough to make room for you newbies. Now what do you do? If you are lucky enough to have a job then maybe you stick to it for awhile even if you are not that happy. Or, maybe you decide to hit the road with the band for a few years and sew your wild oats so to speak-let the job rush die down a bit? Or maybe you get cracking and figure out how to make the best of a depressing situation and find a job before your parents kick you out of the house.

You have undoubtedly by now read everything you can get your hands on regarding how to network, how to put a resume together, how to dress for an interview and of course how to accept a job offer when presented to you. So, I don’t want to cover old, tired ground, but here are a few things to think about that maybe your teachers, career books and advisors have not shared with you until now:

  1. They Lied To You: Well, maybe not intentionally but yes, job search is not what it once was. You have to do more than apply for jobs on the Internet or through referrals from your college career counselor you have to hit it hard and be smart about it. Sending mass amounts of paper into the ether is not going to raise the odds any although it might sound impressive when someone asks how you are doing on your job search. You will likely NOT get a job using only this approach. You need to work every and ANY connection you have and make a short-list of jobs, companies and contacts that you need to target like a sniper getting ready for combat. Get in the door any way you can and in person-use your computer for research and make sure you work all your connections!
  2. It’s Harder Than It Looks: As much as you think you are the best thing to graduate school and had the best grads, securing the job you want at a decent salary to pay the rent is harder than it may seem no matter what they told you. You are competing against yourself as well as all the others who are pounding the payment no matter how qualified you think you are. What does this mean? You should not quit before you even start but you should be realistic about your expectations. If this means you have to take, yes, wait for it, another internship to get your proverbial foot in the door-do it! You are not only competing against other recent grads, folks who have a few years under their belt but those baby-boomers who just won’t retire. It’s a tough out there and if you think your high grads, good school and strong work ethic are enough to land you a jog think again. You need to be creative and flexible about your approach to finding and accepting work even if it’s not the job you really want or the company you desire. You have got to build the foundation of your career and a resume full of summer jobs is not going to cut it against all the others who are battling the same job fight. Pick wisely, but by all means pick. Sometimes you got to start somewhere and getting a job on the resume may be your only option so loose the pride and take the job.
  3. End of the Rainbow: You have to make sure that no matter how hard it gets know that you may fail a few times before you find the success you are looking for. Being afraid to fail will inevitably lead you down the wrong road. Starting out is usually the hardest part of any project or venture you take on. Knowing that there is always an option to every job even if you have to accept a job that is lower in salary, responsibility or title-it’s okay. Take the job. Start your career. Worry about finding the end of your rainbow later. Don’t delay until things are perfect because they will never be perfect. You can change your mind later but the key is to choose and to make the best choice available to you at the time.

Fear is a good motivator even if it makes you realize that the normal, safe and appropriate job search strategies might not always be your best option. Realizing that sometimes you have to think creatively and assertively about what you want and how you will go about getting it may be all you need to get the job you want. Determination is as strong a motivator as fear and sometimes more powerful.

So the next time you want to hide behind the resume, the suit, or the interview prep questions, think about what you really want, find out who has the job you really want and get into see that person or persons and find out how you can do ANYTHING it takes to work there. That might be your best most sound advise you can take to finally get the job you want.

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Spring In Your Step

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:44

It’s that time of year when losing one hour sleep to gain more daylight and herald in the spring seems like a welcome relief to winter. For some losing that one-hour sleep may feel like a take away no matter how warm the weather is outside. Getting that spring in your step may be a slow start for some but getting up and moving is important if you want to get a jump-start on the college grads looking for work in a few months.

Springtime is a wake up call if you are in a job you hate or are about to embark on a job search for the first time. You need to find the right motivation and deliberation when it comes to your job search. Procrastination seems like a noble cause when the weather outside is delightful and your job search prospects are frightful. You don’t need an excuse to put off updating your resume, searching the job boards or following up on a job lead when all you really want to do is to go out and play.

Like the inevitable spring cleaning and filing of your taxes, procrastination has a way of keeping the spring out of your step no matter how badly you need or want to change your career. Nothing makes it harder to motivate you to get going on your job search than a beautiful spring day or friends calling you up to hang out. Finding a balance between work and play may mean you have to dedicate a few hours each week to helping you stay on track with your job search.

It’s never easy making change and procrastinating is just one way to avoid taking the reins of your career and moving forward. You don’t need to drop all other activities to get going, but devoting a few hours a week or even 20 minutes a day will help you move the ball a little further down your career court. Making a list each week of the things you need to process will make it easier for you to feel like you’ve accomplished something especially when you check off one item or so each and every week. You don’t have to make great strides in pushing your career search along but one step at a time will work wonders in keeping you moving forward and motivated when the sun is shining bright.

Your career search does not have to feel like a work out or a chore when all you want to do is play. Make sure you have fun while looking for your next job and find ways to invigorate your job search activities that make you feel good about what you are doing and not like you are piling on more work. It’s time to make the most out of spring and balance life’s pleasures with the goals and dreams you set for your career. Who knows, you may just find the perfect job while having a great time just when you least expect it?

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Your Job Search-Recalculating

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 10:13

When it comes to looking for your next job or changing the one you have, how well do you navigate? Do you stop and check your career direction from time to time? Are you willing to “course correct” when you feel you are moving in the wrong direction? How well do you trust your internal compass to keep you on course or do you have to stop every so often and ask for help? If you feel like every time you make a move you are “recalculating” then, maybe you need to trust yourself a little bit more and follow more than just a road map.

You are the only one who knows what’s right for you when it comes to anything in your life but particularly when it comes to a job. You don’t have to take a position just because it’s offered to you for fear nothing better will come along. You don’t have to jump at the first offer either for the same reason. Trusting who and what you value in you and in the work you do is your first step in recognizing no one can throw you off course in your career direction unless YOU let them.

Searching for a job is easy. What’s hard is deciding which job, company and environment is the right one for you. On the surface, all may appear grand. You interview, are asked back, are made an offer, but before you say “Yes,” you should ask yourself one important question, “Will this job make me happy?” We all need to work to pay the bills, to further our ambitions or to keep the kids in school. In some cases, we keep our own needs and desires in check when we think it does not matter how a job makes us feel, just so long as we can keep cashing a paycheck.

Finding and keeping a job you love maybe your only focus but making sure you make the right choice as you navigate the career landscape is also crucial to your career choices. What do you do when you feel your career has moved off course? What tools do you rely on to make the most out of your situation before calling roadside assistance? Maybe you are the type who likes to work through problems on your own and are loathed to ask for help?

As they say it’s always good to look for a job when you have one. It holds true when asking for help. It’s always good to ask for help when you don’t really need it. When you are calm and in control of your decision making process, you tend to make better and more meaningful choices when it comes to your career. Panic only leads to more panic. Having the right resources at your disposal BEFORE you need them, puts you in a more strategic position and aligns you with your goals much quicker. It’s never bad to ask for help especially if you’ve been circling the career block for hours. What you need to focus on is asking for the help when you need it the least and using your internal guidance system to take you where you need to go. Your career is waiting you just need to buckle up and drive.

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You Career: An Inside Job

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 10:25

Your job search may feel like a hired hit, when you’ve got your target in sight but you wind up being the victim in your own game of kill or be killed. It’s not like you are the star in a Scorsese flick, but it sure feels like you will need more than a little help from the likes of Rick Grimes when it comes to protecting your career. When your job search is starting to feel like an “inside job” you have to quickly figure out who your friends are and eliminate your enemies if you ever stand a chance at winning your next job offer.

Finding a job is as much work as keeping a job. You need to not only comb the Internet and use every opportunity available to you but you may even have to make friends with your enemies in order to get ahead. What does that mean exactly? It means you have to put down your pride, occasionally kiss butt and take prisoners if you are going to be more than just assertive in your job pursuit.

Your single most important asset when looking for your next job are the friends you keep along the way. Even if that means you don’t have many friends, it’s time you start collecting them and shore up your defenses in times of crises. Knowing the right people, no matter in what industry you are seeking work, is your biggest asset when trying to get a foot in anywhere. Yes a great resume helps, the right wardrobe can work wonders, but if you are not connecting with the best people that can help you attain your goals, than you are not doing all that it takes to get your next job.

Creating your own band of brothers’ means you are leveraging not only the network you may already have, but any new recruits you can muster up along the road as well. You may be able to get ahead with your looks or your smarts but as the song says, “You get by with a little help from my friends” never rang so true. People can make or break your chances at moving ahead. When you think you’ve got what it takes to make it, if you are not connected and aligned with the right people who are moving up, your chances of finding and securing your next job fall off considerably.

The next time you are thinking of making a career move, evaluate who you have as your hit team and create your job search the way you would an inside job, by hitting up one member of your gang after another. Knowing whom your friends are is an important part of the job search process. Don’t fall victim to thinking blind resumes and your LinkedIn network is all you need. Reach out and touch EVERYONE who is able to help you secure your next job and don’t let up until you’ve made the final score.

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5 Things That Drive Your Recruiter Crazy

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 10:44

When it comes to making a good first impression do you tend to “over compensate” and push too hard? Listen it’s hard to know how you should behave to a total stranger especially one who has the power to get you your next job. Knowing how to act and knowing what drives recruiters crazy is the first step to not making it your last step when you show up for an interview.

Next time you find yourself in front of a perfect stranger who has your career in the palm of their hands here are a few things to avoid if you want them to ever call you back:

  1. Fidget & Fuss: We all get nervous especially on an interview for a job you really want. But acting like you can’t hold it together is not going to score any real points with the recruiter. Shifting in your chair, biting your nails, playing with your hair or an object, chewing gum are all signs that you are not able to act and behave professionally when under pressure. You are being judged for your professionalism as well as your skills so remember when interviewing for the part you better learn how to act the part first.
  2. Sweaty Hands: Some people just naturally sweat and some people take it to an art form especially when they are nervous. No one likes to shake a wet towel and then have to wipe their hands off on their clothes afterwards. If you are one of those that have to wring your hands (and feet) from sweaty glands, you can try a little trick before you are introduced to a recruiter. Try carrying small can of deodorant spray or wipes in your pocket and gingerly apply a small amount to your hands. Avoid using powder or dry deodorant as they leave a sticky feeling and white residue that will likely get all over the recruiter’s hands. Alcohol wipes or Purell also act as a drying agent if you have room to carry them. Remember dry before you apply.
  3. “You Think I’ll Get The Job?” Asking the recruiter about your chances before you even get through the first interview shows you are too eager and maybe just a little desperate – no one wants to be harassed! You may want to know about your chances and how well you stack up against the other candidates but best to save that for a follow up email or the next round of interviews assuming you get a call back. Don’t be too pushy or forceful please learn to play it cool.
  4. “Do You Have Any Questions? When asked if you have any questions either about the job or the company, don’t sit there with a blank stare or simply state, “Nope, I got it!” The recruiter does not want to be the only one talking and asking questions and it’s good to show you did your homework before you came in for an interview. Being prepared with a few questions, even if they are general ones, shows that you have given the process some thought and that you are interested in the company and knowledgeable about its products and services. Staring down the recruiter should not be your only response.
  5. “How much?” We all want to be paid fairly for work but putting the recruiter on the spot about salary and compensation in a first meeting may not be the right approach. If you are asked about your compensation requirements be honest and tell them what you are currently making or, that you did some research and would like a salary between a specific range. It’s best if you do not initiate conversation about salary unless asked on a first meeting or you will likely put the recruiter on the spot as they sometimes are not fully aware of the budget or range. Trust me, if they like you, they will make the compensation work for you-wait until you are asked.

Making sure you make the best first impression means you are aware of how you come across in making the interviewer feel comfortable and relaxed. That doesn’t mean you should pull out pictures of your family vacation, but learning to read the queues and keeping it professional will ensure you at least a follow up interview if not a job offer.

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5 Ways To Know Job Luck

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 03/13/2016 - 13:02

You may not feel as lucky as a Leprechaun on the eve of St. Patty’s day but carrying around a four-leaf clover is not going to necessarily make you love your job come Monday morning. When it comes to feeling the luck of the Irish here are 5 things you can remember the next time the drive to works feels like a trip around the world!

  1. You Have a Job: Sure unemployment may be on the decline, college students are fighting for internships but you have a steady paycheck, benefits and a place to go every week. You might feel like you are trapped in a no-win situation at work, but chances are you can count yourself among the lucky few who are gainfully if not lovingly employed.
  2. You Are Competent: There may be days where you wonder how you can possibly dial it into work just one more day but keep in mind, if you were not competent and capable at the job at hand you probably would not have gotten the job offer to begin with. Be thankful you have a place that values your contributions even if you were passed over for that last promotion.
  3. You Get To Interact With People: You may feel like you are on an island where no one listens to your ideas or feedback, but the fact that you get to engage with people with varied backgrounds and life experiences puts you in an enviable place even if you don’t want to have lunch with your co-workers every day or after dinner drinks with the team.
  4. You Get To Learn New Things: Even if you feel like you are in a dead-end job, the fact that you may be exposed to new technologies, or company sponsored educational courses should make you feel a bit grateful for the fact that you have more than just a paycheck to take home with you. Wearing that company name badge at the next conference may not make you proud but take what you learn and do something with it.
  5. You Get to Build Your Resume: It may be that you are counting the days until your next vacation, a holiday break or when you can turn in your resignation but the fact remains, any job, no matter how painful is an opportunity to learn and to build on your experiences and also your resume in ways you probably can’t appreciate.

When you think that you have no job luck and that you are paddling up the career stream without a skill to call your own, think of all those who would LOVE to trade places with you even for one day. You are lucky if you have a job, can keep a job, can learn from a job, can make new friends, can build on your professional experiences and have a place to go to everyday. In addition, if the company offers you great benefits, a fast track to a promotion, pension, a flexible schedule, free food, great company perks and an opportunity to contribute-you are truly sitting on a pot of gold! Enjoy your job luck because you never know when your rainbow may fade.

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Your Job Engagement

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 03/07/2016 - 13:10

We all want to feel that sense of connection, commitment and contentment when we finally say, “I Do” to that job offer. Sometimes you may feel that your sense of loyalty may come into question when you entertain meetings, interviews or just feel like kicking the tires on other opportunities that sound interesting. Just because you are willing to “take a meeting” does not mean you have any less sense of commitment to your current employer. Just like knowing what your house is worth on the market by doing your homework and comparing other comps in your area, you should do the same when it comes to your career and know what your market value is on the street before you decide how committed you’d like to become.

Being engaged to your career does not mean you can’t look and test the waters a bit. Being aware of your value not only to your own organization but also to your industry, as a whole is a smart way to keep informed and alert to potential new opportunities. Many people feel that so long as they are “working” whether in a full time or consulting role that they don’t need to find out about other job opportunities or follow a natural lead that might present itself.

This is one of the biggest mistakes anyone could make if they are truly engaged and involved in their career progress. Your job engagement means more than showing up to work on time. Truth be told you will likely have many job engagements in your career lifetime. In order to confirm you are in the right job at the right time, you need not be afraid to step out and explore your job landscape. This is not only true to understand whether you are compensated fairly or not, but you also should have conversations with your peers, trusted advisors and yes the occasional recruiter to get a good sense of what your true market value is worth.

How committed you are to your job is one thing but how you recognize and retain your value over your career is another. Knowing how you compete against others with a similar background, experience and education level makes you aware of how valued you are at work no matter how many hours there are in your day. Your commitment to your work is best defined by how you are valued not only by your current boss but by those who see you as an industry leader.

Job engagement comes when you are fully aware of your value and you are respected and admired for the work you contribute. It’s always good to take a phone call, have coffee or go to a networking event when you can get information on available opportunities in your field or just know what the other half is up to. Being isolated in your own job sets you apart and you become cut off from opportunities that might be right for you.

So the next time you get a call from a recruiter or someone asking for a referral, be a bit curious and find out a little more about the opportunity. Even though you are in a committed relationship with your job, there is nothing like exploring what others might be doing and by asking a few questions, it’s not likely you’ll be labeled as a cheater! Go on, get engaged to your job but before you do, it’s always wise to date awhile.

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How Will the Volatile Economy Affect My Job Search?

Career-Line - Thu, 08/11/2011 - 13:21
We know the real question on most job seekers' minds this week is "will the fledgling stocks affect my job, or my job search?"

Fox News’ Twitter Gets Hacked

Career-Line - Tue, 07/05/2011 - 13:49
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Does Hiring Slowdown During the Summer?

Career-Line - Wed, 06/22/2011 - 18:08
Most experts say no. Who started the “nobody hires during the summer myth?” And what could the reasoning behind it be? The powers that be are on vacation? The office is just to hot to cram another person into it? Whatever the reason is, most job search experts say it is a myth. Even seasonal jobs need [...]

Anthony Weiner: Can the Congressman Recover from a Workplace Scandal?

Career-Line - Wed, 06/15/2011 - 18:07
By now everyone knows the tale of New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.  Mr. Weiner’s overexposure has many calling for his resignation including President Obama. While we hope that you never have this type of faux pas in the workplace it forces the question “would you resign after a major flub?” TheLadders columnist Scott Ginsberg says, in his [...]

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