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Your Job: Get Over It!

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:27

“If first you don’t succeed, try, try again” so says Thomas H. Palmer in his “Teacher’s Manual” published in the 1800’s. This sentiment still holds true today. Yes, it takes more than a few attempts at something to move the needle forward. Your job search is no exception. Anytime you put yourself out there you are subject to the dreaded notion of rejection. Even if you are looking for a new job, up for a promotion or trying to secure a new client, rejection is part of the plan and there really is no way around it. The sooner you get over it the faster you will move past it.

For every 10 times you go after something figure it will take at least 8 times for you to hear, “No”. So the lesson here is you embrace rejection as part of your road towards success. In a recent article, published by Adam Grant on LinkedIn, where he asked several innovative entrepreneurs what they feared most the response was, “Ultimately, what we regret was not failure, but the failure to act.” It takes many attempts before you realize you are either going down a rabbit hole or are relentless in your pursuit of your goals. In some cases it maybe both.

How do you react when you are rejected? Do you shut down and hide? Are you embarrassed? How hard to you feel you have been punched in the stomach? Feeling any and all of these emotions is a normal part of the process. What you do next makes or breaks your chances at success. Many people don’t even try to move past the feelings of rejection, hurt or fear. When sometimes all you need to do is “get over it!”.

Finding the courage to push past your fear of rejection might be all it takes to move from one opportunity to another. You might know you hate what you are doing now but you have no idea what to do next? Just by asking the question you are taking the first step in your ability to get over the fear that no one wants you or that you will never work again.

Rejection will take many shapes and forms in your job life. You may put a proposal out for a new client only to be told that there is no money in the budget to move forward. You have been on the 10th interview and find out that they have decided to go with another candidate and you have no idea why? Or, you could be up for a big promotion and the company is sold or you have a new boss and the promotion has been put on an “indefinite” hold. Life happens and things change and so long as you realize that there is ALWAYS something better waiting in the wings than your optimism will carry you into the action you need to take in order to move ahead.

Having the ability to stare rejection in the face and shrug your shoulders and say, “What’s next?” is the best way to fight the fear and move onto the next job offer with your name on it.

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Your Job- Bigger, Better, More

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 01/31/2016 - 15:12

When it comes to your career the first step in getting what you want is to know what you want. It may seem like just realizing it’s time for a change is all you need. Wrong. Your career can magically take shape only if you are absolutely clear on all points. You get what you ask for even if you are not sure what that is. If your career has been smooth sailing maybe you were in the right place at the right time. If you seem to struggle against the tide, then it may be time to rethink your priorities and put out only that which you want to take in.

Getting clear doesn’t mean that you know you need a change. Getting clear means you know exactly what you are looking for when it comes to making a move. Like looking for a house, a spouse or a car, the specific details you provide helps you to materialize what you want in a way no one else can predict. There is a reason why certain job offers come effortlessly and others seem to disappear as fast they show up. You may wrack your brain over the job that eludes you or maybe you are smarter at the process than you give yourself credit?

Just because the job you want suddenly no longer wants you seems a sure sign that something in YOU has shifted. Getting clear on knowing what that that is means you are eliminating what you don’t want and making room for something new. If you are really honest with yourself you will know exactly what feels right even though you may think you want a particular job. Here is an idea from a very successful business professional who has manifested exactly the career she’s wanted by following her simple list of “asks”:

  1. Bigger: The role I want needs to include a global component. Something that stretches me to learn a new language, deal with new cultures and travel the world. I want to be able to have an international component and learn my skills in a new way affecting a larger scope of responsibility in a diverse and fascinating work environment.
  2. Better: I want better professional connections with people and to work within innovative and inspiring teams. I want to create long-lasting relationships that extend beyond the workplace- I want to be part of a “work family.” I want to better utilize my talents in helping others and to work collaboratively, creatively and consciously towards my career goals.
  3. More:  I want a role where my contributions are rewarded handsomely. I want more money, more equity, more responsibility and more long-term rewards that help me to pay off my mortgage, my credit debt and to help save more for the future for long term financial stability and success.

When you truly know what you want and are very specific about your intentions, doors will open up for you to allow only those opportunities that will align with your goals. You may not believe that it can work that way, but there is no harm in trying it out and spending some quiet time making your “Bigger, Better, More” list of asks and wants. If you don’t know what you want, why do you think anyone else will? You can continue to throw caution to the wind and accept any job offer that seems to come along or seems right for the moment. Or you can really spend time perfecting your career recipe and know what you really want so you can say “Yes” when it does finally come along!

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Hello, Can You Hear Me?

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 01/25/2016 - 14:57

When it comes to asking for what you want do you feel like no one is listening? You may be looking for your next big assignment, searching endlessly for a new job, or pitching a promotion at work all to have your efforts fall on deaf ears. When your career outreach feels like dead air and you find yourself asking, “Can you hear me now?” it’s time to revisit your strategy and find a better way to engage.

  1. Overcoming Dead Air: No one likes to feel they are being ignored. When you begin to understand that it’s not deliberate or personal you might be able to find a way to maneuver around the silence. Knowing when not to be a pest means you are giving it that good college try. Follow up skills are the most important skill you can develop when you are networking, negotiating or just plain trying to engage a response.
  2. Knock 3 Times … When it comes to following up, there is a magic number and that is 3. The first attempt is either in the form of an introduction call or email, a follow up thank you or a request for a meeting. The second attempt is to make sure they got the first attempt and your follow up is in the form of a “Hey did you get my first request?” The third attempt is critical, a phone call, email or in person or any other direct way to connect with the person is your best shot at moving the request forward. If you are unsuccessful, wait at least 3 weeks and try the knock 3 times strategy until you get a response. Even if the response is “Thanks but no thanks,” it’s something and you know when to move on.
  3. “Hello?” You might feel like you are caught in the Adele song, but knowing when to keep at it or when it’s time to give up and move on is critical in how you develop your strategy. Your career is a work in progress whether you are in the middle of a negotiation or you are trying to get someone’s attention about a job opportunity. If you don’t follow your instincts about timing and what is right for you, you will wind up wasting a lot of time.

Finding the right opportunity even if it means starting over again in order to move ahead is all you may need to jumpstart your job search. You are not a failure if no one is calling you back. Believe it or not, there maybe a very good reason why something you are focusing on does not come through for you when you think it should. Even if you don’t believe in divine intervention, rejection of any kind keeps you sharp and on your toes and helps you to weed out the good opportunities from the bad. You may think if you scream “Hello!” loud enough someone is likely to listen. Maybe so but casting the widest net possible and following up and every likely lead may get you further along than you think.

 

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2016 Your Job Makeover

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 12:15

Well there is no getting around the idea of pulling together a plan for the New Year whether you call it a resolution, a wish list or a job makeover. We all need a little motivation sometimes even a big shove to get things moving in the right direction. Procrastination coming out of the holiday haze is to be expected but knowing when it’s time to kick into high gear is your next step if you want to get going on checking off items from your list.

When it comes to figuring out what your job makeover should include, here’s a list of the top things we believe are important considerations when making over any job whether you love it or you hate it:

  1. Tweaking Your Hair: Whether you like the way your hair looks or not starting from the top down to get the new you in shape for the new job interview is not a bad idea. Parting your hair a new way, changing the color or going for a drastic cut will help you look at you in a new light and give you the self-confidence to go for something different and more noticeable. Changing your appearance in a positive way helps you feel better about your choices.
  2. Changing Your Clothes: A change of jobs is like a change of clothes, it needs to fit right in order for you to feel comfortable. Investing in a good wardrobe even if it’s a new jacket, a pair of shoes or a new dress is a good way to begin the investment in yourself even if you have no intention of accepting a new job offer. Taking pride in your appearance is a good first step in taking pride in what you choose to do for a living.
  3. Rewriting Your Resume: You might need to invest in having someone help you to fine tune your resume, but making even minor changes, like changing the font size, or format or including hobbies or new skills you’ve learned will help keep you stay current and ready for when someone does ask to see your credentials.
  4. Updating Your Profile: If you are on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Vimeo, or any social networking site that is personal or professional it’s time to take a new look at what you have been posting. Keeping it fresh and professional when you are about to embark on looking for a new job may mean you take down the party photos of you getting trashed at New Years or your wild holiday vacation shots on Instagram. Keeping a consistent, focused and professional image means not just in your persona but in your online profile as well.
  5. Contacting Your References: Reconnecting with folks to look for a job is one thing, but what about those forgotten few you list regularly as a reference-when was the last time you reached out to one of them? It’s nice to network but making sure you are connected to the people who worked with you in the past is equally as important. Do they know what you have been up to? What would they say about you now? Keeping your connections current even if you have not worked with someone in awhile is a must if you want a good recommendation.
  6. Defining Your Goals: It’s nice to wish for what you want but how many of you actually “ask” for what you want? Being clear on things like work life balance, money, opportunity, commute and office environment BEFORE you accept a job offer will help you from many sleepless nights wondering how you could have been so wrong about making a career change.
  7. Being Subtle But Savvy: Telling your closest friends that you are on the job market after several rounds of martinis may have seemed the right thing to do but being quiet and reserved about your job search may be the more savvy approach especially if your friends also happen to be your co-workers. Keeping your cool and adopting a more subtle approach to how you are moving ahead is a smart strategy especially if you are confidentially looking to make a career change.
  8. Asking For Help: You may be a very independent person and have no problem making decisions on your own. You may even pride in yourself on your ability to be decisive and smart. However, asking for help every now and again and “putting it out there” to your trusted and confidential network is not a bad strategy when you are thinking about a change and how best to approach any new career opportunities.
  9. Being Self-Supportive: Making a career change no matter how subtle is not always easy. You have to be kind not only to the folks you are interviewing with and those that are helping you along the way but you also need to be most kind to yourself. Giving yourself permission to take a break from a rigorous interview schedule does not mean you are a flake or need to give up if you have not landed a job offer in record time. Being your own best ally in your support of change is the best way you can makeover any career even one you love.

You must remember that change no matter how small does not happen over night and for it to really stick you need to maintain a consistent focus on the prize in sight. Your job makeover is most reliant on your ability to change and more importantly to be ready for the change. Timing is everything and forcing yourself when you are not ready mentally or emotionally will not make your progress move any faster.

Your 2015 job makeover is waiting for you to be ready and the changes you will make will be well worth the wait if you stay the course and take one job step at a time.

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Asking For Help

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:31

There are times in life when you might think it’s okay to ask for help. Whether you are moving, clearing out your house, or taking care of a sick child or parent, you may feel asking a friend for a helping hand is both normal and expected. But when it comes to your job search, how often do you ask for help? Some people think asking for help with a job introduction is like asking for a favor. It’s neither polite or in good form. What you don’t realize is that asking for help with your job search is not necessarily a bad thing and should be encouraged no matter where you are in your career.

Asking for help is not like begging. No one is expecting to help someone who cannot help him or herself. If you are starting out in your career but have little connections in an industry you want to break into, then ask those around you for help. Like with everything there is a right way and a wrong way to ask for help before someone starts to think you may be taking advantage of the relationship.

Here are a few ways you can consider asking for help that won’t make you seem like a poor relation or a job intruder!

  1. I saw you have a connection on LinkedIn …: Doing your research about a job or a contact that you are interested in pursuing shows that you are not leveraging a particular relationship but are canvassing the entire universe of possibilities. If you are looking for an in with a company or an introduction to an individual, asking someone who might know this person is not an intrusion but smart and is a professional way to approach the subject.
  2. I read about your background … Doing research on the person you are asking help from is a smart way to not “assume” you know anything about that person, but also shows you are interested and grateful for any knowledge, experience or insights they might choose to share with you about the company or the position you are interested in pursuing.
  3. What do you think are good companies to work for … Asking for help can also mean, asking for someone’s advice and counsel when you are considering your next step or would like another person’s opinion. Assuming you have all the answers and just want someone to pull a favor for you is not going to gain you any extra points if you are trying to ingratiate yourself and need someone to help you make a connection. Showing some interest in that person shows you care and are respecting that person’s time and commitment to helping you with your request.
  4. I’d like to run something by you…. Asking for help means you are asking for permission on whether this individual is open to assisting you? Don’t assume that just because you’ve known the person for a long time or are a distant relation that they are obliged to assist you. When you ask for assistance you are putting yourself out there and are somewhat vulnerable. You might as well approach the request with a little dignity and respect and learn to be humble about the process in order for someone to feel good about wanting to help you with your job search.
  5. Not everyone is in a position to offer assistance … When you ask do not expect everyone to jump at the chance to help you. It’s okay if someone can’t help you for whatever reason they have or have not given you. Don’t take it personally, just be gracious and ask them if they can think of anyone else who might be able to assist you? Just because someone says, “No” does not mean they can’t be helpful in referring you to someone else who might be able to help. Don’t hold a grudge or become disenchanted, asking for help is a gift not a right.

When you are most sincere about your intentions and really have a thoughtful and respectful approach to asking for someone’s help, don’t be surprised at the overwhelming response you may receive. Rejection may be part of the process, but if you don’t ask, you may never receive the help you truly need.

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Do Nothing This New Year …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 01/03/2016 - 14:13

If you think the “New Year, New You” tag line has been over used this year with ads, emails and promotions prompting you to lose weight, find love or get a job, you are not alone. Nothing like jumping into the New Year with a list of “to-do’s” before you even have strength to make a cup of morning coffee! Pressure aside, what do you want to see happen this year with your job search or in your career?

Without creating more work, how about sitting with that coffee and think about your job this past year, what you liked about it, what you hated and are you where you want to be in general? It’s okay if you are drawing a blank stare as you emerge from the holiday haze. You are not supposed to have all the answers or even some of the answers. All you should be doing at this point is well, nothing.

When it comes to your job and your career sometimes doing nothing is actually doing something. Being in “action” mode all the time makes you tired and the feeling of being overwhelmed sets in. That is not the right headspace to be in if you are trying to figure out your career. You need to give yourself some space and time to reflect and to really figure out what it is you want. There is no better time to do this post the holiday madness and before the New Year work crazies set in.

Here are 3 quick “tips” to help you restart and rethink about your career, your job search and what you’d like to accomplish in the New Year:

  1. Do Nothing: Turn off all media devices and remove any distractions including your loving pet and sit alone for a while. Doing nothing means that, NOTHING. This might be a hard task for some people but sitting still and clearing your mind of any “noise” imaginary or otherwise will help you remain focused. Getting quiet is really all you need to do in order to prepare yourself for what will come next. Ask the guests to leave, have someone take the kids out or walk the dog.   When you are truly alone and you can clear your surroundings of any distraction and allow the silence to “speak” to you, suddenly you are in a calm space to actually get clear on what it is you may actually want to happen this year with your career.
  2. Ask A Question, Wait, & Listen For The Answer: Sometimes talking to yourself is not such a bad idea. Believe it or not, you probably have the answer you are looking for and no one really knows you better than you know yourself! When you finally get quiet and are able to reflect on your job, your life and what it is that will truly make you happy you are ready to ask the all important question, “Does my work bring me joy?” Listen for the answer and don’t let whatever comes to you surprise or concern you. When you truly listen to yourself, miraculous help will appear to guide you to making a career choice that is best for you.
  3. Now You Can Move: When you have received direction on what makes you happy about what you do next, then you have made an informed observation of where you are and of course what you want from your next career move that will make you happy in your work.

Sometimes the best advice you can give yourself is to do nothing, think about what you want and let events unfold, as they will to take you to your next job journey.

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2015 Your Year End Job In Review ….

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 12/27/2015 - 19:12

When you look back on your job and the work you’ve put into it this past year what comes to mind? Do you feel you have made progress whether you were trying to advance in your current career or in your effort to find a new job? What did you learn this past year and how will it help you in your future career goals? It’s always easy to make New Year’s Resolutions but what about spending some time to reflect on lessons learned before forging new ones you may not be ready to take on?

Finding a balance in what you know and what you need to know offers you some insights into making sure you are on the right career track. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself as you look back on the year in review:

  1. What was my greatest work accomplishment this year and how did it make me feel?
  2. What was the greatest work challenge this past year and how did I resolve it? If you have not resolved it, what steps do I need to take to address the issue?
  3. Hitting fast forward, what will next year look like and what will I be most proud of accomplishing in my career?
  4. Who do I know in my professional network that can help me along the way?
  5. Who should I know in my professional network that could help me along the way?
  6. How much money do I plan to earn and what do I need to do to obtain it?
  7. What skills have I learned that have made me a more valuable asset to the team?
  8. What new skills do I need to learn to help me grow in my career?
  9. What do I love about my current job? What would I change if I could?
  10. One year from now, what am I doing in my career and where am I working?

Planning ahead might be easier if you spend time reflecting on what is happening in the here and now with your career and not focus too much on what you don’t have. Making sure you acknowledge your accomplishments no matter how small helps you build confidence in the months and years ahead as you slowly edge your way to the career and job you are really after.

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originally posted 12/2014

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Become A Secret “Job” Santa ….

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 11:53

Ho, ho, ho what will Santa bring you this year? Will it be a shiny new car? Did you wish for a new house or perhaps a new girlfriend? Or, just maybe that job offer you’ve waited for all year will finally come through? When it comes to making wishes, you don’t need to hold back. Remember, you didn’t edit your Christmas List for Santa when you were a kid. But wouldn’t it be nice this year if you were to play Secret Santa and help someone who really needs the extra help this holiday season!

Can’t find the perfect career gift for the one you love? Well here are a few things you can offer your out-of-work friends that will be a gift that keeps on giving. You don’t have to be a career coach or a recruiter to help a friend in need find a job this year. Think out of the box and your gift will be the best present anyone could wish for:

  1. Remember everyone needs someone to talk to. Even if you think your friend who has been looking for a job for months has enough support around him/her, don’t assume anything. Offering advice or even some of your valuable time to hear them vent is a way to offer up your support even if you think they don’t need it.
  2. Offer to read your friend’s resume or maybe even offer to help write it. You have valuable advice to give even if you think no one wants to hear it. It would be nice to offer your fresh perspective and sage wisdom by giving some feedback on your friend’s resume or even offer to hire them a career coach.
  3. Invite your “in-between jobs” friend a chance to network with some of your employed peeps. Hosting a holiday brunch or networking party in their honor is a nice way to offer them exposure to people who can help without making it seem desperate or intrusive.
  4. Offer to attend a career fair or set up a meeting with a recruiter to help them get started. No one likes to go it alone on something as important as looking for their next job, so be the kind of friend who will support them even if it means driving them to their appointment or meeting them after for coffee to listen to feedback on the meeting.
  5. Buy your friend career coaching sessions with a qualified career professional or an online membership to a career site to help them jump start their career. Even if you don’t have the time to invest in helping them offering them a professional service would be a nice way to help someone out who really needs it.

There are many creative ways you can help someone out in their career and be their Secret Santa this year. Traditional gifts are fine but ones that mean the most often don’t require a lot of money but a simple investment in time and attention for someone you truly care about.

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4 Steps To Defining Your Job Relationship …

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 12/14/2015 - 14:32

Like any relationship there is a beginning, middle and an end. Each part holds a special memory for you whether it was a good relationship or not. Your reaction to and your unique situation tells you a lot about your coping skills and how emotionally invested you are in the relationship. This holds true whether we are talking about a relationship with your spouse, child, sibling, co-worker or boss. You are as much a part of the equation as the next person and your ability to handle the complexities of your work relationship has everything to do with your ability to move on and move up in your career.

In a recent post by Esther Perel, “Relationship Redefined” she talks about the four areas she defines as “relationship accountability” that can easily apply to the relationship you have with your job. I’ve taken the liberty of applying those principles here. No matter what stage you are in your career relationship, you might be able to relate to some if not all of the stages when you know it’s time to move on:

  1. Ghosting: When you are at the point in your job relationship that you no longer want or need to share information with anyone and you are in a funk or worse yet, you have no desire to even show up for work under any circumstances. Your reaction to your boss or your co-worker may be so extreme they can hear, “crickets” when dealing with you and you are in no position to confront or react to the frustration or pain your job relationships have caused you. You basically shut down and are operating on autopilot.
  2. Icing: You can’t show up for meetings, you don’t want to participate in after work social activities, you are avoiding one on one time with your boss or your co-worker just to prove a point and hoping someone will read between the lines. You may have built up so much anxiety over your work relationship the best thing for you to do is to make yourself so “busy” with other duties as to not have to deal with the situation or people that are now causing you job stress. You start to build up resentment towards your boss and co-workers because you don’t have the courage to end it. EVERYTHING at work bothers you from the old coffee filters to the new plants in the conference room.
  3. Simmering: You may have been suffering through a bad work relationship for quite sometime but you see no other options and are afraid to end it without another job lined up. You begin to distance yourself from your co-workers and your boss and make excuses for your work and your inability to communicate and be “part of the team”. You don’t like what you are dealing with but you don’t have enough courage to make a clean break. Your fear is keeping you from hating where you are in your job and afraid to make a move for fear you may repeat the same mistakes over again. You are experience inertia.
  4. Power Parting: You’ve come to the end of the road in your relationship with your job and you know it. You see no way out but to leave. You may have tried any and all of the previous steps in an effort to re-engage with your boss or co-worker to no avail. You are clear that leaving your job is the only step to your future success and you tender your resignation happily. No regrets, no excuses you tried your best and you are clear that you are making the right decision for you. You trust your decision and you don’t look back.

You may have experienced the slow and steady decline of a work relationship but knowing which stage you are in may help you navigate how quickly you can either resolve or quit your current role without feeling like you will hurt the one you love. Remember not every work relationship is meant to last forever but knowing when it’s time to move on is the first step to building a healthy career.

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Calling Your Job Angel …

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:59

There may be no better time of year than the holidays to believe in miracles. Whether you are gainfully employed or unemployed, you are ready to share in the miraculous power of help no matter where it comes from. Even if you don’t believe in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy there is maybe one thing you can get behind and that is the Job Angel sitting on your shoulder. You may not think there is anyone out there ready to lend a helping hand but when was the last time you called upon your Job Angel to offer an assist?

Support comes in many ways. It could be the neighbor next door. It could be someone from your past that you ran into at Starbucks or it could be a family or close friend who is there to help you when you need it. Your support system need not only extend to your professional network-help can come from any direction if you are willing to do one thing, and that is to ask.

Here’s how to invoke your Job Angel support network:

  1. Get Real: Know what you want in the way of a job, income, new client or profession. Once you get clear on what you want, then let it go. Trusting that you put it out there sometimes is all you need to make things happen.
  2. Visualize: Think about the situation you want. Even if you fantasize about it a few times a day, thinking about all that would make you happy in your job is all it takes to get your Job Angel’s attention.
  3. Be Ready for a Miracle: Seriously out of the blue start to watch little things change. You may get a call out from someone who referred you for a job. The interview you’ve been dying to line up finally comes through. You meet someone at a holiday party who is willing to help make an introduction to the company you would love to work for. You start to get the picture.

Your job angels are everywhere and they are ready to assist you at a moment’s notice. The more you trust in the process of being clear on your job intention and letting the Job Universe take it from there, the closer you will realize your job dreams. Sometimes the fear of what you want most, a new job, a salary increase, a promotion, is all that stands in the way of manifesting your true calling. When you get caught up in the belief that having what you want is only gained through struggle, than that is exactly how your job drama will play out.

Even if you are not much into the Angel game, just for fun try playing with the idea and see what might happen? You never know your Job Angel may have a wicked sense of humor and give you something you want just to show you who is really boss!

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Job Gratitude …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 11/29/2015 - 14:37

As you clear away the leftovers, battle your way through Black Friday and prepare for the post holiday blues, did you stop and think about what you are most grateful for when it comes to your job and the people in your job life? It might not seem there is much that could get you excited about your work, but as you give out thanks to those around you, your friends, your family, your neighbors, did you make a list of things you might be grateful for about your job and those you work with?

If you are struggling thinking about what you might be thankful for when it comes to your career, here are a few suggestions that might help get you started:

  1. I’m thankful that I have a job, can look for a job and am employable.
  2. I’m grateful that I can earn steady income to pay all my bills.
  3. I’m grateful that I can support my friends, my family and myself.
  4. I appreciate the opportunities I’ve been given in my career.
  5. I honor those who have helped me along the way in finding work, providing a good reference or helping me to network for a new job.
  6. I am thankful I have great co-workers who I can share knowledge and learn new skills.
  7. I appreciate my boss and the leaders in my company who believe in me and have given me a chance to prove my capabilities.
  8. I am thankful I may now be in a position to help others, share my knowledge and mentor those who are starting out in their careers.
  9. I am thankful I have a great place to go to work every day.
  10. Finally, I am thankful I have my health, abilities and skills to make me a valuable contribution to my company, my community and society.

When you are grateful for what you have today you pave the way for a more prosperous and abundant tomorrow. In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season there is no time like the present to give thanks for what you have now instead of focusing on what you may be missing. More importantly, taking time to thank those you work with and show respect and appreciation is a good place to start. So when you head back to work this week, take a moment to be grateful and share your gratitude with your work family.

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Giving Job Thanks…..

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:30

When you think about the past year what are you most grateful for? Are you grateful for the job you have or the one you expect will come? Are you still wishing for something big and wonderful to come into your life? Opportunities abound and the future lay bright and sunny but do you ever stop and give thanks to what you have today?

When Thanksgiving represents what you give thanks for in your life here are some things you might consider when you give yourself time to reflect on your job and your career in a meaningful way:

Thank you for the gift of work;
Thank you for the ability to provide for myself and my family;
Thank you for the new opportunities ever present in my life;
Thank you for the abundance I have in my life;
Thank you for my professional relationships of friends and co-workers;
Thank you for my many mentors I have had in my career;
Thank you for the ability to learn new things in new ways;
Thank you for the chance to use my skills in productive ways;
Thank you for my ability to help others in their career;
Thank you for all of the many chances I have to grow, learn and become who I am really meant to be in my career.
Giving thanks for all of what you have now allows you to make room for all of the new opportunities that are just waiting for you.

Original Post 11/2012

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Preparing For Your Job Attack….

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 16:31

There are many wars we wage whether we start it or are just an innocent bystander. When you live in a world that it is in context flux, how do you best safeguard your efforts and stay the course? You might think you know what you want when it comes to your career, but are you prepared to do battle when you are fighting against the odds? You may have the skills, qualifications and experience but do you have the ability to defend yourself against unforeseen enemies lurking to derail you in your career efforts? When it comes to your job are you ready to take up the fight and defend your place in line?

How you treat your job search is after all a job. You have to work at all seen and unforeseen challenges and be prepared no matter what. When it comes to preparing for a job attack are you really ready? Here are some questions you might consider in order to prepare yourself so you are not caught off guard under any circumstance.

  1. Do you have a list of professional references current and ready who will speak on your behalf?
  2. Have you saved more than 6 months of salary in the event of a layoff or termination of employment so you are not financially stressed?
  3. Do you know if your credit history and background reports are cleared of anything that might stand in the way of a job offer?
  4. Have you updated your LinkedIn profile and other professional listings?
  5. Do you have copies of work product or projects that you could use for future in the event someone wants samples of your work?
  6. Have you cultivated good relationships with your co-workers or is there any unfinished business you need to clear up?
  7. How have you stayed connected with your clients and professional network and have you laid the groundwork to ask for their help when needed?
  8. Do you know how you will handle your insurance and other financial information if you don’t have a job?
  9. Do you have the right skills needed to pursue your next opportunity or does it make sense to take a few classes to sharpen those skills?
  10. How well do you know what you want to do in your next job and what steps are you taking now to ensure you are qualified ?

They say knowledge is power and there is no time like the present to be prepared in the event a sudden change in circumstances has you out in the job battle field fighting for your life. You may not know what’s around the corner but learning to get organized even if you don’t need to pull the trigger on your job search will help you stay razor sharp and ready to move at a moments notice. Thinking through the process and taking a few necessary steps now means you may move closer to another job offer before you even need it.

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Knowing Your Job Audience …

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 11/08/2015 - 08:41

Sharing is the name of the game whether you find you spend your time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or any other means where you can spread the word about what you are up to. It’s not that privacy should be your main concern I think the Internet has taken care of that. But when it comes to knowing who is looking, reading and digesting all the juicy tid-bits about your life do you really know your audience?

When it comes to embarking on your job search it’s wise to do a forensic audit of your life. I don’t mean just clear out the cobwebs on your resume or LinkedIn profile but really dig in deep when it comes to what you post out to the world. You may think it’s cute to show vacation shots on FB but how many of your “friends” are part of your professional network? If you tend to make benign postings of your kids, pets and grandparents, fine but make sure you audit anything that could be potentially controversial. It was not too long ago where you could keep certain things about your life private. There is nothing private about anyone or anything any longer unless you truly live “off the grid.”

If you can’t hide your personal life from the world my advice is to make it as harmless and as “vanilla” as possible when you are looking for your “friends” to become your potential boss in the near future. It’s not so much that your background or reference checks may lead to a scan of your social media pages, but you should be wise about your choices in posting anything that could potentially raise a red flag to anyone you may be looking to impress. Yes, posting that you hate your job or that you work for an idiot is a no brainer, but make sure you refrain from political debates, arguments or positions that could fly directly in the face of what you might be after. It’s not that freedom of speech is dead, but editing and positioning your message is just as important as how you show up for an interview or how well you present yourself in general.

Knowing your audience means you should address your statements, opinions, pictures and posts in a way that you are not embarrassed if ANYONE sees it. Making wise choices about your image means you are aware of how you come across and are confident to know when something may be too much or crossing the line. You are your biggest advocate when it comes to positioning yourself in a positive way. If you are looking to impress, make sure everything in your now very public life supports that image. What might appear funny and humorous to your close circle of friends might not be so to your professional network.

Assuming everyone “understands” where you are coming from also can hurt you if you are not thoughtful about what you showcase as part of your life story. Knowing that anything you put out there is up for grabs in a positive or negative way should make you pause and think twice the next time you are about to hit “share.”

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It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know…

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 09:35

We all think we can get our next big assignment through hard work, a great resume and an uncanny ability to be at the right place at the right time. This is not necessarily true. You may have an ivy-league pedigree or are a rock star in your profession, but it’s not always about how much you know but more about who you know that might land you your next job. Serendipity is defined as a “fortunate happenstance” but really knowing the right people and showing up at the right time is all it could take to land you your next assignment.

One thing that frustrates me in speaking with many college grads or people who have a few years under their belt is that nowhere in their brief educational or professional experience has anyone drilled in the concept of “networking!” Oh sure there is LinkedIn for that and to some extent Facebook and of course Alumni Associations that provide good ways to network but what does all of that really do for you when you are pounding the keyboards applying for every job under the Job Board sky?

Nothing. You will NOT get your next job if all you do is focus on is hitting enter on the keyboard waiting for the Job Board Universe to respond. You have to work it. What do I mean by working it? Well, it’s not enough to have a great group of friends and colleagues you can go out after work with – you have to know who and when to ask for help. Yes, that’s right you have to ask for the job you want. I’m not suggesting you beg and plead your way to your next job interview but your friends and professional colleagues are not mind readers, if you don’t ask no one will figure out what you are looking to do.

When it comes to building your network it is much like six degrees of separation. Social Media sets a good example of this. Building your network means not just asking the people you know but asking the people you know who may know someone else in a company or position who might be able to help you. Most people stop at the first level of introduction. If you don’t move to the next level and the level after that and ask for introduction to the job or company you want you will never navigate the career landscape successfully.

Yes it’s important to be skilled in your profession and experience does get you so far. But even the most experienced person in a given field won’t move to the next level of career engagement if they don’t know how to ask for and receive an introduction, an offer or a meeting. It’s not enough to be smart. How you work your network will get you much further than the 14 degrees you hold. First things first when you begin your career search, make a list and check it twice, three times, four times and so on. Someone on there knows someone else that you’ve been dying to meet. Don’t be shy. Don’t think it’s inappropriate to ask for an introduction. Just do it and see how far your connections will lead.

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Your Resume Under 30 Seconds…

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 10/25/2015 - 11:45

Recently I posted a great article from “Quora” written by Ambra Benjamin an Engineering Recruiter on what recruiter’s look for in a resume. It might seem pretty obvious, but since there was so much controversy over a recent blog post I wrote on the merits of throwing out the cover letter, I thought it might be worth a second look from another recruiter’s perspective.

When it comes to your resume as we said in the past less is more. Not that you need to hold back on your accomplishments, but getting your resume to read in a short and concise format will help you stand out when the resume review clock starts ticking. It is no exaggeration that it takes a seasoned recruiter a Nano second to scan, assess and either moves forward or passes your resume onto the hiring manager. An adept recruiter will know what they are looking for like a CSI investigator combing for clues. It does not take a rocket scientist to determine whether someone has the right qualifications for the job but it does take an enormous amount of patience and insight to make a quick read in the resume review process.

In the 30 second or less rule, think of how your resume reads if all you have is that amount of time to capture someone’s attention. It’s important to note from this recruiter’s point of view some of the things that stand out in a resume and that will likely get you noticed:

  1. Most Recent Roles
  2. Company Recognition
  3. Overall Experience
  4. Overall Organization
  5. Keyword Search
  6. Gaps
  7. Online footprint

Likewise, some of the things that are of lesser importance include:

  1. Education
  2. Fancy formatting
  3. Uncomfortable personal details
  4. COVER LETTERS

And some things that are just plain outdated and/or annoying to a recruiter are:

  1. Long resumes (more than 2 pages)
  2. Poor grammar and writing in the first person
  3. Using an MS Word standard template
  4. Including an “objective” as the header
  5. Mailing, faxing or hand-delivery of a resume
  6. Title jumping within the organization to get your resume read
  7. Exaggerating titles and responsibilities

Even though you may have the perfect background for a position you are applying for, getting through the thousands of submissions means there is a human on the other end of that resume pile reading and sifting through to find you-so do them a favor, make it easy! Even if you were taught to include your GPA in high school or to include an over-reaching professional “objective” this is the digital age, when was the last time your professor or guidance counselor applied for a job!

Some things you might consider to bring your resume to life on paper would be to include personal projects and any contributions you are making to your personal and professional community that might be considered note-worthy. Making sure your LinkedIn profile matches the timeline and sequence of your resume is important-yes recruiters will likely check that out BEFORE reading your resume!

So when it comes time to apply for that next job make sure you pay attention to your audience and give them something interesting to read. Next time, think of that poor recruiter who is on their tenth cup of coffee and has not gotten half way through the resume clicks on their way to finding 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?

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

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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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