Worklife Survival

Your Job-Selfie…

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

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

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

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

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

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My First Job-What I Need to Know …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spring In Your Step

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

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

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

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

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

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

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original post March, 2014

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Your Job Search-Recalculating

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You Career: An Inside Job

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Original post, October, 2014

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5 Things That Drive Your Recruiter Crazy

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Ways To Know Job Luck

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

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

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

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

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Your Job Engagement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Job – March Forward and Spring Into Action

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 02/28/2016 - 13:47

A few things come to mind when March is in the air. March Madness, The Easter Bunny, the smell of night Jasmine, spring cleaning, Mid-Season of “The Walking Dead,” just to name a few. When it comes to your job search however, I think all of these can apply. Here are a few things you can do to March forward and Spring into Action when it comes to your career:

  • March Madness: You feel like you’ve done everything from investing in a career coach, re-writing of your resume, networking effectively and focusing on your career search until you have learned the in’s and outs until you are blue in the face. When you truly have reached your “March madness” and you think your next job will likely be had by the bets you’ve played, think about how well you’ve played the game so far and don’t give into temptation.
  • The Easter Bunny: When your job search resembles an Easter egg hunt, and running up that hill and looking under every bush for your prize has become a routine task, believe, believe, believe even though the Easter Bunny may have hopped on past you. Keeping the faith regardless of your religious beliefs is more about believing in yourself and knowing that if one thing you were hoping for does not materialize, than truly something better is in the works. Trust that there is a bigger plan at play even if you don’t always know the details.
  • Spring Cleaning: Clearing out your closets is one thing, but clearing out the negative thoughts that have held you captive is another. Staying positive during the process is as important as getting rid of several old pairs of shoes or trying to keep clothes that no longer fit you. Making yourself understand that you are going through what everyone goes through at one point in their lives should help you know you are not alone and that you will get to the other side of this.
  • The Walking Dead: Yes, zombies are at your door hungry for your blood but it feels more like the bill collectors since you’ve been unemployed for a while and can’t seem to kill them off fast enough. Your instincts are right, you need to work and you need to work fast. Jumping at the first thing that bites you is not going to help you any better than if you were to take your time and plan out your next step. Be well armed, be prepared and by all means bandage up any open wounds so you can attack your army in full force with all you’ve got.

Finding your true North in the midst of your career madness may not be all that you wanted to deal with this spring, but getting to know yourself and getting rid of what no longer works will take you one step closer to realizing your goal. Maybe you’ll have that job before the 4th of July and you’ll have a great reason to celebrate.

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Your Job-When You Give A Shift

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 02/21/2016 - 23:32

Whoever said life is tough may have declared the biggest understatement of all time! No matter what your profession, there are likely days when no matter what you say or do you encounter adversity, dissension and deceit. Some might say it’s just another day in the office but for others it might be time to look for another job. When you find yourself in the middle of a “shift storm” there is only one course of action to take and that is to literally “shift”.

Yes, you can get caught up in the drama happening all around you or you can easily shift your perception of events and cast yourself in the role of bystander instead of opening act. Having gone through tumultuous management changes in my career first as an employee and then as a management consultant, you become tough in areas you never expected you’d have to be. It’s not that your resilience to things is mandatory in order to survive, but it sure helps you float above the “shift” when all you need to do is remain calm and collected.

When you believe you are being pushed and pulled against your will in your job, your career or in your daily interactions with your boss or your co-workers, you need to shift your perspective from feeling like the victim to feeling like you are above the drama. It may be easier said then done but at the end of the day you are the one who is in control of your job future and you need to take your career into your own hands. Feeling like you are at the mercy of others might be hard if you feel you need your job, your income and your sanity. When you allow yourself the freedom of choice and you begin to feel that you are not tied to any one job or any given outcome, you immediately shift your perspective and your sense of freedom and accomplishment to tackle anything is beyond liberating.

How you move through any shift storm when it comes to your career is the difference between just surviving and truly thriving in your work environment. It may be hard to manage your career choices even when you love what you do but have inevitably hit a few obstacles along the way. It doesn’t mean you have to quit every time the going gets rough, but it does mean you have to know when it’s time to shift from survival mode into action mode.

Giving yourself the permission to set yourself free from any limiting behavior, action or individuals makes you stronger and more resilient when shift happens. Fine tuning your point of view and dialing down the drama helps you to stay focused and be clear on your direction even if the world around you is falling apart. Rising high above the shift storm is not as hard as you might imagine, but staying there can be. Remember, you’ve got to shift before you can walk.

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3 Ways To Find Job Love

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 02/14/2016 - 14:37

There is more to love than loving the one you are with! As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, we may find there is more to love than loving just your significant other, your pet or your mother! Love comes in many forms but wouldn’t it be nice if we were able to celebrate another meaningful relationship-the one you have with your job? I don’t mean you should be having an affair with your boss or co-worker kind of love, but a love that says I really, really, really dig what I do and I would not want to be doing it anywhere else kind of love?

If you never thought of falling in love with your job as a way to celebrate all that is right in your world, here are 3 reasons you might think about when it comes to the only other relationship you spend as much time with as you do your family:

  1. Your Work: You may have studied hard in school, excelled at all the right post-college learning to land the position of your dreams. How often do you reflect on the love of what you do? Do you get up excited about your job and the position including the title you hold? Are you an entrepreneur or a corporate executive responsible for the lives of many? Are you starting out but hold the opportunity of great things to come in a company that acknowledges and promotes your successes? If you can answer with an astounding “Yes!” than you are the rare few who are truly in love with your job so it’s time to celebrate! When you are able to contribute your skills, intellect and are acknowledged for your contributions you are operating with your whole heart and have much to be thankful for in terms of loving your job. This is the kind of job love we all yearn for!
  2. Your Boss: Working for someone is like marriage, you either love the relationship you are in or you are looking for any reason to cheat! If you find that you are working for and working with people you LOVE than your job is more than just a three-letter word. Finding and working with people that inspire you to greatness, share in your successes and really believe in your gifts is a beautiful thing and makes for a very special kind of job love. It’s not often that you hear working for someone makes you happy and you feel appreciated beyond your wildest dreams! Your boss may not be in a position to shower you with candy or with flowers but complimenting you on a job well done and allowing you to bask in the accolades of your professional success is all that is needed to truly fall in love with your job.
  3. Your Company: Working for someone you love is great, doing meaningful and fun work is important, but if you don’t respect and honor the company you work for, it might feel like you are in an empty relationship. Your company should stand for and reflect the same principles’ that you do otherwise the relationship is a farce. That does not mean you have to agree with every corporate decision that is made, but you do need to feel that you can stand behind your company brand and all that it represents to the community. Having respect for what your company stands for makes it easier to fall in love with the work and those you work with. When you love your company, everything else makes sense and you can’t wait to show up for work each and every day.

Finding a job you like is one thing, but falling in love with one makes you ever more grateful for the opportunities you’ve been given and the chance to find long lasting job love.

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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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