Career Advice

What’s Your Job Box?

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:27

Knowing what you want to do and whom you want to do it with is not as easy as it might seem.  Some people come out of the gate knowing exactly who they want to be when they grow up and who they’d like to be with.  For the rest of us, finding out which job box you fit into maybe the missing key.  I often realized that I did not fit into any one-job box.  Not the marriage box, not the traditional employee box nor the athlete box.  I kind of created my own box along the way although I don’t think that was what I ever really set out to do.

We start out with the best of intentions, whether it’s thinking we’ll get married and have kids to longing to make a million or buy your first home.  There are milestones along the way we can celebrate but sometimes, they remind us that we might not be on the path we chose for ourselves long ago.  Maybe you had pressure to become a doctor, writer, and musician because that was what was expected of you or you are following a long-standing family tradition.  Maybe you jump from one job to another not sure which one feels right only to realize you like the idea of something new and different and have made a career out of the job-hopping process.  Finding your job box means you are willing and happy with jumping into something that fits your personality, your work habits and propels you to do great things with your talents.

It may take you some time to realize what you are good at or, you may know that you are good at many things and can’t seem to choose which career path to take.  Finding and jumping into the right job box is in itself a process where you need to be both patient and trusting of yourself.  Knowing which job box is the right one for you can be overwhelming. You may not fit neatly into any one box but like to hop-the-top so to speak of each finding pleasure in doing many things well.

No one is holding a gun to your head and asking you to choose one job over another.  You have to know what you love to do and where you see yourself doing it in order to make the right choice for you. Following your passion is one way but when that passion can’t pay the bills or won’t yield the lifestyle you envision for yourself it’s time to hop into another job box that might be a better fit.  Prioritizing your wants, desires with your passions, skills and abilities may make the process of choosing your job box easier for you when it comes time to make a change in your career.

Remember, no one-job box is right for everyone.  Knowing yourself and what you want from your job, your career and your life, is the only true test in making sure you are choosing for you and not to please someone else.

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Catching Job Fire….

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:05

Like the Hunger Games you might be ready to do battle and fight for your job survival at any cost. But how well you play the game is just as important as whether or not you are in it to win it.   Catching job fire means you are ready to take on your career game for the fight of your life.

Like any good winning champ, you’ve got to first discover what you are really good at and what makes you stand apart from your competition.  Highlighting your skills on a resume is one thing but really being a subject matter expert in your field and showcasing your accomplishments is another.  How do you do that exactly you might ask?  Well, making sure you are seen and not just heard is one way to showcase your talents to the world.

When was the last time you were asked to speak on a panel?  When did you judge a competition in your field?  When were you asked to be a keynote speaker at an industry conference?  Being your own press machine helps you promote your skills and talents to a wider audience than to just your co-workers and to your boss.  It’s good to be recognized by your peers but being acknowledged and revered by your industry is a way to know you are not just well liked but you are loved in return!

When you know what you are good at you can promote your expertise and showcase your knowledge and maybe give back a little something in return.  Even if you are not looking for your next job, realizing that you need to be seen AND heard in order for people to know who you are is important when it’s time to ratchet up your game to the next level.  Your ability to make yourself known for all the right reasons means you are able to traverse your accomplishments and skills to the next level playing field which will set you apart from all the others out there trying to do the same.

You are a master at what you do and knowing how to leverage your skills and highlight your accomplishments beyond your LinkedIn page is what the world of Facebook and Twitter is all about.  Self-promotion is the way to become the lead horse in the race to your career like no other vehicle.  We tend to think promotion is left for product-placement and brand strategy.  But when you start to think of yourself as a brand than you are making a larger connection to showcasing your talents on a whole new level.

Being good at something and getting a raise in title and compensation is one way to catch job fire.  Figuring out how to scale to the highest levels in your field is another way to show off what you have to offer and help others in your field do the same.

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Restless Ambition

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 21:00

There maybe times in your life when you feel you can’t move fast enough and that you’ll never get to where you want to go no matter how much you sprint.  It’s nice to have so many options rolling around your head but when it comes time to making a move do you know which direction you will take? There are those who procrastinate and find it challenging to make a decision even if it’s about what to have for breakfast in the morning let alone what to do with their career life.  Then there are those that have so many ideas, so many interests that the thought of choosing just one makes them mad!  There are ways to tame your restless ambition even if you are not sure which career is right for you.

Making a plan and sticking to it seems like a good idea when you are fresh out of school and the world is a blank page from which you can write your own story.  Then there is “life” and all that comes up in the course of a day, week, year that forces you to twist and turn with uncertainty and makes you anxious to make a career commitment.  You may have a job you love but hate the pay.  You may make tons of money but hate the work you have chosen to do.  You may long to be an entrepreneur but need to support a family.  You may wish to go it alone but work in a family business.  Whatever your ambition, you need not make the choice a stressful one no matter how restless you are to get ahead.

Managing your ambition is like maintaining self-control when the options, choices and possibilities seem endless or overwhelming. Knowing how to say “No” to what does not work and “Yes” to what feels right is the difference between knowing when too much chocolate is a bad thing. Whether you know what you want or you can’t decide, managing your expectations about the future will help you overcome feeling like the world is rushing ahead without you.

Playing catch-up with your career goals may have you looking over your shoulder at every passing opportunity in hopes of getting a second chance at success. Don’t press the panic button just yet!  If something passes you by it just means it was not right for you.  Becoming anxious over any missed opportunity will not help you get to your career goals any faster.  Being restless about your next move may make you jump into the wrong situation before you’ve had a chance to really think it through.  Moving too fast especially when you have many options to consider may cause you to make an abrupt choice in your next move towards success.

Being restless can work to your advantage in that nothing generates more opportunity for you than when you start to obsessively focus on what you want next from your career move.  Restless does not have to spell reckless when it comes to making a decision about where you want to spend the rest of your career days.

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It’s Not Love, It’s Business…

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:31

Knowing when to love your job vs. leaving it is not an easy decision to make.  Like a marriage that has run its course, your job is like any relationship where you have to invest in it to make it work. Understanding your feelings about your relationship with work, with your boss and with your co-workers will help you create the necessary boundaries in order to remain objective.  Remember, your work relationship is not about love, it’s about business!

Yes, I believe you have to love what you do in order to be truly successful.  When you are just phoning it in you are not doing yourself or your employer any justice.  Loving what you do and who you do it with is as important as making sure you commit to the right partner. When you commit to an employment arrangement you are entering into a relationship where both parties need to feel the love.  If you are not 100% “into” the relationship than you won’t be motivated to make it work no matter how much you love what you do.

Finding and maintaining the right relationship balance means you need to put your needs and wants into perspective without making it personal. After all, it’s business right?  What does that mean when you love what you do but you may not be crazy about whom you are doing it with?

  1. Get Real:  Being realistic about your expectations of others is a good place to start when you decide whether you’ve made the right decision in your working relationship.  You may not always agree and you may feel like you are better off without that other person around, but until you can manage your way around your working relationship and setting the proper boundaries will help you until you can make the right move.
  2. Keep Focused:  Remembering why you said, “Yes” in the first place will help you remain focused on what you love instead of wanting to quit the one you no longer love.  Keeping the work you love front and center while you plan your next move means you are not being unfaithful to yourself or to the work you cherish.
  3. Set Boundaries:  It’s all about understanding where your work life ends and your personal life begins.  Knowing your boss is your boss and not a member of your family helps to keep your perspective in check when the going gets tough at work. You can always quit your boss but it may be harder to quit your parents!

Knowing why you entered into the relationship in the first place will help you make the right decisions about whether you need to stay or move onto new horizons.  Knowing that you can take what you love to do anywhere should make the decision easier for you when it’s time to make a change.  Remember, it’s not love it’s business so save the marriage vows for the one you love not the one you work for!

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Career Politics

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:57

It’s not like you decided you would run for office when you accepted your first job offer out of school.  Politics was something you thought only mattered in Washington or at the United Nations.  When it came to your job, your career and even whether you like your boss or not, career politics was something you did if you didn’t have the right stuff to get ahead in business.  Working for your self or working for the Chief Executive Officer does not make it any less difficult when it comes to navigating career politics.

Every career has it’s own set of politics no matter what your profession. If you are an accountant, teacher, animator, engineer or human resources professional, politics no matter how open the environment finds its way into your daily career life.  So what does that mean to you?  Well, no matter how technically good you are at your job, if you don’t know how to navigate the political landscape that is your workplace, you might as well cash it in and set yourself up to sell sea shells by the sea shore!

Understanding that politics exist in every work environment is one thing, knowing how to survive and actually succeed in tough situations is another.  No one teaches you how to manage office politics in school.  There are no books about, “How to Survive When Someone at Work Sticks a Knife In Your Back.”  You are not taught that working means not just knowing how to do the job you were hired for but knowing how to do the people you work with as well.  You are not meant to show up to work with a suit of armor ready to do battle, but understanding the subtle queues may help you avoid being sucked into unnecessary drama and understanding how the game of “work” is played.

  1. Know Who’s In Charge:  Just because someone has a big corner office and an even bigger job title does not necessarily mean they are “in charge.”  Whoever is calling the shots in front of or behind the scenes is the real power behind the throne.  Knowing who that person is even if it is not glaringly obvious is your first test in knowing how to assess the political landscape to ensure your own career success.
  2. Create Allies:  Once you have figured out who is calling the shots, it’s time to align yourself with the right people in the organization who may influence and help you when the time comes. Creating internal allies within the organization helps you not only manage those in charge but also can assure you a place at the proverbial table when it comes time to show your stuff.
  3. Fly Under the Radar:  You may or may not have aspirations of getting ahead in the organization, but until you are fairly comfortable in understanding who is playing the game and what the rules are, it’s advisable to fly under the radar and assess from a secure position on the sidelines until you have a better grip on how to play the game of career politics.

Knowing who the players are, how the game is played and who is the favorite means you are more than hedging your bets on who the winners will be, but are also making sure you land in a good position when the battle lines are drawn and it’s time to pick sides. Being politically savvy at work ensures you not only a seat at the table but may make you yearn for a higher position one day-you just need to learn how the game is played first.

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Putting Spring In Your Step

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 03/16/2014 - 11:39

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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Are You An Elite Job Seeker?

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 23:55

What does it take to win?  How much effort do you need to expend when the job search has become impossible?  Are you willing to push towards the finish line to succeed or are you satisfied with coming in second place?  There is no right or wrong answer but it’s time to think about what you would do and what it would take to become the elite job seeker you were born to be.

Being an elite job seeker means you are ready to cross the finish line even when the opposition is closing in.  You may have many distractions along the road to your next job but keeping your focus under adverse circumstances is your key to crossing the finish line and not coming in second place.

Here are a few tips to help you achieve your elite job seeker status:

  1. Keep The Pace:  Finding your rhythm in the job race is like keeping time with yourself.  You need to know how much energy to expend and when to push to the finish no matter how close you think you are to getting the job you want.  Following up on your job leads, reaching out to the people you know who can help and not settling for any disappointment that may arise regardless of how hard an effort you make, helps you to keep the pace with changes in the job market and out run the number of other qualified applicants all vying for the same job.
  2. Ignore Distractions:  Like the motorcycle cop riding on the heels of the marathon runners or the cyclists weaving in and out of the race, distractions in your life can make any effort you put into your job search a never ending game of hide and seek. If you find you are always looking over your shoulder at a moments notice wondering who is catching up to you in your race to the job finish line, then you need to make every effort to keep your eye on the real prize which is getting across the job offer. Staying focused on your job search under any condition will have you running faster and keeping pace with your competition no matter what distractions life throws in your path.
  3. Focus on the Finish: Distractions aside you know what it will take in order to keep the pace and follow through on the pursuit of your dream job.  There may be plenty of other candidates who are better suited for the job you want, but knowing that you are determined to follow through with your efforts means you have a better than average chance of beating out the competition.  There is the physical effort you put into your job search but your mental stamina and determination will win out no matter how tough your chances of beating out your competition.

Honing and perfecting your elite job status means you will train and work and focus your attention in getting the job you want no matter how tough the career landscape has become.  Keeping your skills sharp and maintaining a keen focus on getting the job you want will make you stand out from the crowd no matter how close you come to crossing the finish line.

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Be Your Own Oscar, “Keep On Chasing…”

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 10:26

In a competitive Oscar race this year there were many stand out acceptance speeches. Preparing to win takes as much work it seems as the Oscar-winning performance.  Knowing who to thank, how to be grateful and of course giving hope to the dreamers is part of the script.  Matthew McConaughey’s speech however was a stand out as he thanked God, his family and offered up this wisdom, “My hero’s always 10 years away. I’m never going to attain that. That keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing…”

When it comes to setting and attaining your career goals where do you see yourself in 10 years?  Are you ready to chase not just your dream but also your self?  Seeking out the best you can be means you are wiling to sacrifice all it will take to get you what you want. Having it all does not mean you are content today with your job, your paycheck or even your title.  It means there is always something more waiting for you and to become complacent means your are committing career suicide if you are not always striving for bigger, better, more.

Selfish?  Self-absorbed? Egotistical?  Maybe?  But there is nothing wrong with chasing the best version of you no matter how far off in the future that may be.  Some of us achieve career success early on in life, Zuckerberg, Brin, Jobs and some later in life Mandela, O’Keefe, and Best Supporting Actress Nominee June Squibb. Does that mean you should give up if you are not holding your career trophy by age 25?  No it means you need to keep chasing the better part of yourself to make it happen.

Finding and keeping career success means you are not giving up on what you want and you will take the necessary steps to ensure you will attain it.  Maybe you need to go back to school, move to another country, or make a career change to find your passion.  Maybe you are already doing what you love but you are struggling to make ends meet and think you need to be doing something else in order to be successful.  It does not matter if you are a filmmaker, actor, accountant or engineer, there is greatness, inspiration and success in knowing you are expressing the best part of you and success will surely follow.

Keeping distant goals in mind might seem like a long shot when you are looking to be the hero of your own story today.  Striving to be the best version of yourself means you know what you want and you are ready to make it happen.  Honoring yourself puts you in a position to honor those that matter in your life as well.  Giving thanks to a higher power, your family, your friends humbles you enough to recognize the road to success is not easy but if you are capable and willing to do it all for you and for someone you love success then is not far off. Keep on chasing your dreams and continue to dream bigger and a more powerful version of who you want to be.  You are your own career hero make your story count!

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Jobication

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:28

When it comes to preparing yourself for your next career move how much thought do you actually put into the process?  You are smart, you have a solid work background, and you know the right people.  What if that were all there was to landing your next gig?  Maybe you know how good you are but do others?  Educating the world on your many accomplishments might feel like “overkill” when you are out promoting yourself, but providing a bit of a “jobication” in the process, may go a long way in broadcasting to the rest of the working world just how great you really are.

Finding the right words, the best points to highlight when it comes to putting together a compelling story about your work history is not as easy as it seems.  No one likes to brag but brag you must if you want to make sure others fully understand what you have to offer and how qualified you are for that next big opportunity you are seeking. Punching up your resume is hard when you have so many kudos you might not know which ones to point out that you may tend to ramble on just about anything to get your point across.

Here are a few tips to help Jobicate your resume to help educate your viewing audience:

  1. Quantitative vs. Qualitative:  It might be easy to get lost in the numbers especially if you are an accountant, but making sure you balance the “touchy-feeling” soft skills with quantifiable results is a must no matter what your profession.  Helping to measure results whether you are in a professional, creative or technical field makes your value and contributions stand out no matter what level position you are applying for.
  2. 2.     Strategic vs. Tactical:  You may be starting out or you may have years under your belt, in either situation sharing examples of how you think vs. how you act is as important as stating you are a “multi-tasker” or are adept at working in a matrix environment.  Sharing specific examples of how you process, analyze, research, and come to conclusions vs. merely how you execute sets you apart from those that take orders from those that make orders.
  3. 3.     Problem Solver vs. Doer:  How you derive at results is as important as how well you can execute against them.  Sharing examples of how you are able to “figure it out” as well as how well you can execute your job responsibilities is an important distinction when you are showcasing your talents on multiple levels.

Finding the right words and sharing specific examples of how you illustrate your skills takes time and attention.  If you feel you won’t do justice to yourself, it’s worth hiring a professional to help you promote your accomplishments and market your skills to make you ever-so appealing to the anxious recruiter.  Jobication is not just about educating the rest of the world about your skills as much as it is about showcasing your talents in a way that makes you stand out from the rest of the weary job seekers all looking to land their next assignment.

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Career Politics-Building Your House of Cards

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 02/17/2014 - 21:50

After power-watching Season 2 of “House of Cards” on Netfilx this weekend, I realized that the notion of “politics” has taken on a whole new meaning. I’m not suggesting we redefine politics by your sense of who you’d like to bump off in your work place, but there is something to be learned from someone who has enough passion to not only fuel his own career ambitions but who can certainly take care of those around him as well (brilliantly portrayed by Kevin Spacey in his character, Frank Underwood.)

Now the old expression, “Hitching your wagon to the right horse,”  may have merit but making sure you align yourself with the successful and the powerful and knowing who can help you in your rise to the top is not necessarily a bad strategy so long as you don’t get caught in the crossfire. Career politics can bring out the stalker or the prey in all of us.  In any event, knowing how to play the game is as much about learning how to survive as it is about how to win.

It’s okay to think you don’t need to learn the rules of engagement when you are planning your next career move.  Maybe your resume speaks for itself or maybe you have great contacts that can help you generate enough job leads that you don’t really need to “politic” your way into your next job?  Career politics is not so much about maneuvering your next job move as it is about helping you sustain in the job you do have.

You may think that by just doing a good job, working hard and showing up on time it’s all you need to do in order to advance in your career.  Think again.  When you accept a position, the expectation from your boss, the board or whoever is in a leadership role is that you perform to your maximum capabilities.  The powers that be don’t care if you are busting your butt they just care that you are getting results.  The top brass do not much care whether you are liked or respected by your peers, subordinates or colleagues-they just want to see you can make stuff happen.  What you don’t know or perhaps what they don’t teach you in grad school is just because you are smart and can think out of the proverbial box, does in no way entitle or ensure that you will move to the top of the career chain no matter how many degrees you have.

Learning how to manage the hierarchical powers that be and by orchestrating your career the way you would a trip aboard means you have to not only be two steps ahead of the game but you better be in top form if you are going to master your career politics. You can be called a true “career strategist” if you are plotting and manipulating your next move, and are “seizing the opportunity” before your boss has a chance to pour their morning coffee. Making sure you stay alert and aware and block your opponent before they try to move in and take over means you are savvy to career politics.  Every job, every company, every work situation has its own level of politics whether you are leading the company or count yourself among the many foot soldiers who take orders.

Learning how to read the signs of career politics means you are a survivor amidst the political apocalypse that is your work place. Knowing how to take out the enemy, identify your allies and manage the casualties means you are not only ready for the next step in your career but also may mean your time to move up the career ladder is imminent. Here are some words to live by and to turn your career politics into an art form:

“If you want to earn my loyalty then you will have to offer yours in return.”

“I’ve worked too hard to get in arms reach of the prize only to have my hand cut off before I seize it.”

“ How quickly poor grades are forgotten in the shadow of power and wealth.”

“I must not lose my resolve. I will march forward even if I have to do so alone.”

-       Frank Underwood, “House of Cards”

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Falling In Love With Your Job…..

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:18

Valentine’s Day may be be a time to celebrate love, life and the one your with but for some, it’s a time to celebrate all the loves in your life including your job.  It might not seem appropriate to send your boss a Valentine’s card telling him/her how much you love to work at the company, but honoring and celebrating what made you fall in love in with your job in the first place is not a bad way to  celebrate the day.

Your job, like any relationship has its ups and downs.  You may not like the way it looks one day or you are easily tired of the same old, same old year after year.  You may think, “Did I settle?” or, “Maybe I could have done better?” only to once again look lovingly at your paycheck to know, it could be worse or, maybe the grass isn’t as green as I imagined?  Doubts about your job may creep in as they do with any long lasting relationship.  That does not mean it’s time to ditch and run.  You may want to look at the things that attracted you in the first place and rekindle the fire, passion and love you once felt when you drove into the parking lot each morning and longingly walked the hall towards yet another meeting.

Finding and keeping what makes you passionate about your job is not always easy.  There are times when you may have had bad encounters with your boss or co-worker, or you feel unappreciated for your hard work or believe you have been passed over yet again for another more attractive co-worker-“the new flavor of the month.”  Turning a blinds eye to what makes you feel insecure and unloved is one way to tackle your passion or you can engage in activities that ignite the flame you once felt no matter how thick the smoke has become.

  1. Love’s Labor Lost: It may be time to think about the wonderful moments you’ve shared with your job since accepting your first date and make the most out of what you love to do each day.  You don’t have to pretend to like what you don’t but remembering all the reasons why you said “yes” to begin with might start the process of healing your broken heart and make you fall in love with your job all over again.
  2. To Thine Own Self Be True:  Loving yourself more than loving your job is your first step to honoring who you are and what you love. Taking care of yourself, buying yourself flowers each week, treating yourself to a lunch at a nice restaurant once a month or taking needed breaks during the day will help you energize and feel invigorated again.
  3. “Happy Valentine’s Day Every Day’s the 14th”  In the words of “Outkast” feeling like every day is Valentine’s Day makes you believe that you can turn a bad situation into a good one no matter how difficult your current work situation has become.  Remembering that every relationship has it’s breaking point, knowing what’s good in your relationship now and focusing on that will help you get over any doubts you have about breaking up or moving onto something else that you think might be better for you.
  4. How Deep Is Your Love?  Evaluating your trust, respect and admiration for your job and the work that you put into the relationship will make the love grow deeper. Understanding that you have made a commitment to the job at hand and that you need to see it through will help you push through no matter how hard the relationship has been for you to manage. Realizing how much you love what you do will help you.
  5. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do  And when all else fails there is the inevitable feeling that you might have put more into the relationship than it’s worth.  Only you know when you’ve given it all you’ve got and it’s time to turn around.  When you know you’ve tried to make it work no matter what the obstacles, it makes the decision easier if you do decide you have to end the relationship at some point.

Falling in love with your job is no different than falling in love with a person, you go through the same flurry of emotions, you have the same push/pull you do with any other relationship and you are always ready and willing to give it just one more try for the sake of all that you hold dear.  This year, instead of binging on chocolates find something in your job to celebrate and remember the butterflies you once felt when you first said, “I do.”

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DeToxing Your Career

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 16:34

We all have things in our life we need to get rid of.  Whether that includes toxic relationships, situations, or clutter we’ve amassed over the years, there comes a time when you need to purge.  Although maybe more difficult, this holds true for those things that no longer work for you in your career.  I’m not suggesting you get up and quit your job but of course, if it does not feel right than it might be time to make a move.  Knowing when to detox your career of work habits, people and a bad environment makes you more likely to move in a positive direction as opposed to setting yourself up to fail when it comes to making the right career choice for you.

Detoxing your career helps you clear the path ahead to make healthy choices that are right for you.  Taking inventory of what people, situations or work habits that no longer work for you helps making the clearing out process easier.  What do you want from your career that you are not currently getting?  Are there people who are not supportive of your efforts?  Does your work environment foster creativity and trust or do you hate to show up to work each day?  Asking yourself these questions helps frame how you feel about your work vs. what you are willing to tolerate which makes the detox process easier.

When you make a concerted effort to eliminate the things in your life that no longer serves your higher potential you are making a very loud and clear statement that you are ready to take care of yourself.  It’s hard to go to work each day not liking or trusting the people you’ve come to know and work with.  Knowing when enough is enough helps you to make the purging possible.

Taking stock of what you’ve got helps you evaluate what you need from what you are able to lose in your detoxing process.  Here are a few areas you can look at when it comes to knowing when it’s time to detox your career:

  1. Feeling What You Want:  Knowing what you want from your career helps you realize what is no longer working.   It’s really simple when you have strong feelings or dislikes don’t easily dismiss it.  This is a sign that in your gut you know what you want from your surroundings including your work environment.  Next time you get that strange feeling don’t ignore it pay attention and let it speak to you and listen to your own advice.
  2. Setting Positive Goals:  Once you know what you don’t want, it’s easier to outline what you do want and start to set goals that will help you create an execution plan to achieve your career objectives.  Setting positive goals keeps you focused on your career while helping you to eliminate the people or situations that no longer move you forward.
  3. Keeping It Clean:  Picking and choosing from the long list of areas in your life that need to be purged may seem overwhelming but keeping it simple and keeping it clean will make you immediately feel the results of your efforts.  Purging your work environment by distancing yourself and protecting yourself from people you work with helps you begin to clear the path.

Not everything in your career life needs to be purged when you are getting ready to make a change.  But knowing the difference between what makes you happy from what does not is a good start in helping you sort through the many choices and will make your detox process more productive.

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Meaningless Movement

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 01/26/2014 - 12:20

I always marvel at people who find the time every day to spend hours at the gym, in a work out routine that has them bending, pulling, moaning and curling towards some sort of result.  That is not to imply that working out is a time suck but what if all of that movement actually produced something more than tight abs and a firm bicep?  I watched a bunch of stationary cyclists in Manhattan over the holidays under a tent in Times Square, spinning away only to realize all of their efforts were going towards powering the electricity that would allow the Times Square ball to drop at midnight.  I thought, “What if we were able to harness all of the collective man hours of those avid gym-seekers and actually produce “meaningful movement?”

I suppose much can be said for how you choose to power your career?  Floating from one job interview to another, passing out countless resumes and making it a “career to interview,” all seem fruitless if you can’t seem to find or focus on the job or career path that is right for you.  When we move from one direction or one job without meaning, we waste a lot of time, energy and effort that will yield little or no results.  Having a purpose in what you do especially if you spend a lot of time doing it is what will make or break your ability to succeed and garner real results.

Here are a few ways to avoid meaningless movement and make sure your efforts truly pay off:

  1. Be Ready:  Just because everyone is doing it does not mean it’s the right time or place for you.  Like following the herd whether you are graduating and looking for your first job or are employed but have to find a new job, being ready to make the move is as important if not more than actually making the move towards your next career.
  2. Know What You Want:  It’s good to test the waters and see what’s out there but exploring your options without giving a lot of thought to what you truly want from your career is as useless as hours at the gym walking the room and checking out the equipment.  You can look all you want, but eventually you are going to have to choose a career path that’s right for you.
  3. Make It Count:  Going from one interview to the next sure makes it seem like you are making the effort but make sure the jobs you are considering are the right ones for you.  Knowing the company, people and work that truly excites you is as important as accepting the first job offer that comes your way.
  4. Take Your Time:  Rushing through the process only looks like you are making progress but in reality you may be causing more harm than good and defeating the purpose of finding a perfect job.  Thoughtful, deliberate and considerate movement will help you not waste time. By choosing your movements carefully you will focus on what really is important to you.
  5. It’s OK To Say “No”:  Just because something sounds to good to be true chances are it just might be.  It’s okay to say “No” to something or someone that just does not feel right to you.  Honoring yourself in the process by knowing what you want from your next career move and by not accepting anything less is a way to know you are not wasting your time by accepting a job you truly do not want.

Realizing that every step you take is an important one in determining how successful you will be in finding and securing the job that’s right for you.  Wasting time is not an option when you are on a mission to find your perfect career.

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Committing To Your Boss

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 01/19/2014 - 13:54

Yes we all like to make a lot of money and want a great job we can go to every day.  But what may motivate you towards excellence is not always in a paycheck.  Most people find that it’s not what you do but whom you work for that makes a difference. When a company throws money at an employee in the hopes of retaining its star players, it may not have the right priority in order even though the intent is there.  What makes anyone commit to anyone else in the workplace is about wanting to work for a particular someone and not just wanting to work for the size of your direct deposit.

So, next time you go on a job interview make sure you are not just focused on the position but the person you’ll be working for and those you’ll be working with.  When you commit to a job you are not just committing to the company but you are actually committing to the person you will be working for.  Like any good relationship, there has to be chemistry, trust and respect.  This holds true for the people you work with as well.  You may not make it work with everyone you meet, but you’d better make sure the person you plan to work for hits all the criteria necessary in order to make your working relationship a success.

Here’s how it should work:

  1. Chemistry:   You’ve got to ask yourself one question “Is this someone I would want to have coffee with every morning and spend most of my waking hours with on a daily basis?”  If the answer is no, then move on no matter how great the job may seem.  You’ve got to be honest and know that you can’t work around a relationship if there is no foundation and nothing in common with the other person especially if s/he is your boss.  Liking the person you work with is as important as respect and trust because nothing will make it more difficult to stay motivated in the job if you can’t stand to be around the person you report to every day.
  2. Trust:  Like any good relationship you have to know that person has your back as much as you have theirs.  Being a good soldier in the workplace is great but if you don’t have a true “Commander In Chief” leading and guiding with clear direction and communication than all is lost. Trusting that your boss can make a decision means you have faith that your career is in the right hands.  No one wants to back a loser.  When trust is gone no matter how much you “like” the person, nothing will save the relationship and you will likely be placed in a difficult position asking yourself-should I stay or should I go?
  3. Respect:  Without trust there is no respect.  You cannot respect someone no matter how likable they are if you do not trust they can lead the company and you towards success.  It’s important you recognize this when you are interviewing or looking for a new job because knowing how others feel about the leadership in the company is a true sign whether you have an opportunity to succeed or fail in your next career move.

Working for a leader who can lead and manage the company as well as who can lead and manage the people is a winning combination.  You may have aspirations of leading and managing a company on your own one day.  Looking up to someone who leads by example is a good way to emulate the leadership qualities you admire.   So next time you are in a situation where you need to make a choice about your job, make sure you evaluate all the players on the team before you make a decision.  Liking someone is great but trusting and respecting they can manage the company as well as manage your career is as important as how big your pay check is.

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Understanding Life Through Art

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 01/12/2014 - 14:16

It doesn’t matter if you are a writer, producer, artist or accountant.  We all learn about what motivates our career choices through life, art and what chooses to inspire.  Even if you are not sure what you should be doing with your life and your career, there is something in watching a great movie, reading an award-winning novel or binging on great TV where you can find threads of your life in the art you experience that perhaps leads you to discover your career choices.

Call it inspiration, divine intervention, or just dumb luck, but what moves you to greatness is not always obvious in your everyday choices. When you are moved by the world around you through the art you experience, you are poised to choose a career that speaks to your soul.  Sometimes just a walk through a museum or through a snowy park may ignite a spark of inspiration that makes you consider an idea for a new business, a new concept or inspires you to choose a career that not only pays the bills but truly satisfies you.

When you check your surroundings and allow yourself to become absorbed by the art of life and what moves you, you open yourself up to a whole new set of choices and opportunities that allows you to find a career that feeds your soul.  It’s okay if you are not a “creative” type or you can’t sculpt, paint or write.  You can find inspiration in the simplest things.  Tapping your soft skills allows you to open up to new career choices. Whether you have hobbies you refer to as “tinkering” or you like to explore new ways of looking at things don’t dismiss your mindful meanderings they might just be a message from the universe that you might be onto something big.

When you know what motivates your choices no matter where you find your inspiration, you are poised to unlock the unique qualities and skills you possess. Understanding the lessons life offers when it comes to love, death, loss, joy, birth, etc., helps you to prioritize and find inspiration where you might least expect it. Your career is but a journey where life through art can offer you a road map to discover what truly makes you happy.

A life with purpose is more than just looking for your next job.  It’s what makes you feel joyous and want to get up each morning. It’s what propels brilliant thought, innovation and the next big idea.  The next time someone asks you to a movie, an art exhibit or to a concert, instead of just enjoying the show, let the experience absorb you and help you to discover what your next move is even if you aren’t the world’s best artist.  Finding who you are and what really moves you in the happenings of the world around you inspires you to make the most out of your surroundings and may lead you to your true life passion and your next best career move ever.

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Wait & See

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 01/07/2014 - 21:33

You may feel like the New Year has gotten off to a slow start.  You are just waking up from our holiday haze and wondering what day it is and what are you suppose to do next? Hard to believe another year, another set of resolutions and a new “list” of accomplishments awaits you.  Great you may think and all before you’ve poured your morning coffee!  When you think you can’t even start a new year let alone a new list of things to deal with including your career, maybe the best course of action is to wait and see?

Sometimes doing nothing is as good as plowing through a list of tasks, including personal and professional ones, only to discover you didn’t have to rush to finish anything because no one is ready for you anyway.  Making resolutions is as stressful as trying to keep them.  I don’t know about you, but being prepared does not always mean making a list of action items that loom over your head waiting to cross something off your list.  It’s okay to put some pressure on yourself but sometimes just focusing your attention on what you want and waiting to see what unfolds is not a bad strategy either.

When you feel the need to rush to the resolution list stop and wait.  Preparing yourself for the next step whether it’s a career change, a personal change or a spiritual reawakening requires your focus and attention.  Putting words down on a piece of paper may help you to focus but it can also distract you from your intended goal.  If you put your resolutions down on paper and place it in a draw or box hoping to manifest your dreams you are essentially shoving aside your goals and delaying any real results.

Like any plan of action you need to be ready to take the necessary steps.  If you are not ready no matter how noble and long a list you create, your intentions will not manifest.  This holds true whether one of your goals is to lose weight, buy a house or change your job.  Waiting and seeing what happens once you focus your intention helps you release the outcome and takes the pressure off of trying to jump start an initiative you are just not ready to undertake.

When you force yourself to come up with a list of resolutions no matter how badly you may want to change, you are essentially and unwittingly setting yourself up for failure.  It’s okay to wait and see what happens with your life, whether that’s with your career, your personal life or any critical life-changing decision you may have to face.  Nothing will work against you more than trying to force a decision, a change or a situation if you are not ready, able and willing to move forward.

So next time someone asks you what your New Year’s Resolutions are, tell them you’ve decided to wait and see what the great Universe has in store for you!

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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

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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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