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Job Divide

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 10:44

You may think you are on the right track when it comes to your career.  You hired someone to help you with your resume.  You have been interviewing up a storm and came close to accepting a few jobs.  You may have even splurged on a new wardrobe in the hopes of landing your next big gig.  Well, when it comes to making sure you truly are on the right track do you understand what you really want from a company, an employer and what is expected of you in your new job?

Having your career goals align with who you are working for and what you actually do means that you are not only on track in your career but also in how you hold yourself and others accountable.  When you look at options available to you, do you consider how your new job might make you feel?  It’s one thing to check the boxes off when it comes to your salary, benefits and title but do you spend any time understanding how your job will fit within your own moral compass and whether you are heading for a job divide?

We are all guided by principles, legal, religious and moral.  When was the last time you were tested on applying any of those principles to your job and the position you hold?  How would you handle being placed in a compromising position at work?  What if your boss told you to “spin” something about your job that you knew was a stretch-how would you feel?  Would you go along with the script or challenge it?  What if you were asked to do something that went against every moral fiber in your being?  Would you do it or would you say “No”.

Taking a job is not just about the career move but it’s about how you align with the company’s goals, missions and objectives.  If you work for someone who has a very different philosophy from yours, that could be a problem in the long run.  Making every effort to vet your new employer the way you would ask the dealer about every detail of the car you want to buy.  No detail is too small to overlook.

Your job like anything in life defines you in ways you may not readily imagine.  You probably think you have a full life outside of work so it does not matter how you are treated or whether you believe in what your boss or company stand for.  It does.  You spend most of your waking hours either in an office or working with people who are not your family.  This means your environment, no matter how toxic, effects how you perceive the world and your career.   Surrounding yourself with people who support you in your goals and where you are aligned with one another, even if there are subtle disagreements along the way, means you are in an environment that will afford you growth and stability in the long run.

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How To Answer Tough Interview Questions

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:30

Hey sometimes just showing up for the interview is half the battle? When you finally get the call from the recruiter on a job you are very interested in you might be nervous, excited or in a quandary about your interview performance! Nothing like a little pressure to show people what you are made of! When it comes to interviewing for a job you want, how do you prepare?

Do you tend to do a lot of research on the company or position you are interviewing for? Have you been doing “mock” interviews to better prepare your answers to tough interview questions? Is your iPad or Kindle filled with “how to” books on prepping for your best interview? If you are plagued with fear here are some tips on how not to hit the interview panic button:

  • Knowing you got in for the interview means you have something of value that someone else wants. Focus on your skills, qualifications and not what you don’t know about the job. If someone asks you a question that does not seem related to the position you are interviewing for, ask the interviewer how much of the job is focused on that specific skill or task? Making sure you know the full job description before you interview will help you prep for the interview questions before they are asked of you.
  • Don’t fudge! Scrambling and nervously deflecting the answer to a pointed question does not earn you any points in the interview. If you don’t know the answer, be honest and state that. If you can answer the question by asking another question for more clarification, by all means do that. Whatever you do don’t try to say you “don’t know” or “have never been asked that before,” and of course, “have no experience with that sort of situation.”
  • Make sure you have a list of specific examples to point to that demonstrate your qualifications in real life scenarios. It’s not about what you learned in school or ten years ago that matters, but make sure you can point to recent examples of your work that illustrate your capability and experience in handling similar situations.
  • Ask questions of the interviewer if given the opportunity. You should come prepared with questions not only about the job, the company but also about the interviewer’s experiences working there or working with the company. Learn as much as you can to better prepare you for the next round of interviews assuming you ace the first one!

When it comes to preparing yourself for the tough questions, your experience, honesty and direct communication skills will help you move to the top of the interview list.   Never be afraid you won’t be able to answer a question. If worse comes to worse and you are uncomfortable thinking fast on your feet, ask the interviewer for time to consider your response, “That’s a great question, I’ll need to think about it, may I get back to you with my response?” This also allows for you to follow up again and get a status on the interviews. Never allow yourself to feel boxed in when responding to tough interview questions, even when the answer is not always readily available.

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Post-Holiday Hustle

Sun, 01/08/2017 - 15:23

Now that you have neatly packed away the holiday décor, tossed away the greeting cards, as you reluctantly look down at the scale wondering how you are going to lose the butter cookie extra pounds, you might not fee like you have time to even wonder what the future has in store for you.. It’s not about making those meaningless resolutions that always seem to make you feel more guilty than hopeful. It’s not about thinking about what you’d like to accomplish knowing full well that you are not ready to take any meaningful action against your intentions.

How do you manage your post-holiday hustle?   Feeling pressure never helps. Your to-do list will never end and although it might feel great to check the boxes, know you will never be done. So stop making excuses about all the stuff you have to do in order to get to the stuff you want to do and take some productive action to make sure you don’t waste anymore of your valuable time.

Your efforts will not go unnoticed. You don’t have to make great strides in order to measure your incremental progress. Sometimes just thinking about what you want to happen is enough to make things move in your direction. Little angels of support are always waiting in the wings to assist- you just have to ask. Do you ever wonder when you think about someone or something you’d like to happen it miraculously appears? You just need to flex that muscle a little in order to get your career mojo in gear.

Your post-holiday hustle does not need to represent a sprint to the finish line. Small and deliberate steps will work when you start to plot your next career move. Maybe it’s as simple as making of a list of the people you would like to work with? Or, maybe you have an idea for a new business or product you want to test and you start to do some preliminary research. It does not take much to get your hustle on.

The only one pushing you towards your next result is you. You can either respond well to the pressure or decide it’s too much for you to have to deal with and go about handling all of your other busy work instead. Making lists is helpful, networking is always preferred but running around taking one meeting after the next with no idea what you want to accomplish could seem like a waste of time instead of a secret strategy towards career success.

You are not alone when it comes to putting pressure on yourself. That does not mean you have to respond by challenging yourself at every career corner. Take this time to not only count your many blessings but to also give yourself permission to succeed by not pushing so hard and to allow the good things that are headed your way to actually appear. You are able to move fast anytime you like. It does not necessarily mean moving fast will get you any closer to your desired result. You’ll still have time to get where you are going long after the holiday carolers have gone home-take time to relax into your next career move without the fear you will miss out on something if you don’t hustle ahead of the pack.

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How To Get Rid Of Your Career Hangover

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:10

When it comes to making your New Year Career Resolution you need to make sure you do not carry bad habits over from one year to the next. Your career hangover needs to end with the confetti clean up and the empty bottles of bubbly. What does that mean to you? Well, if you are out of work there may be a good reason for why you have not found a job-do you know what is standing in your way? If you are currently employed and wonder whether you are in the right job- what steps have you taken to evaluate your street-cred and your overall value to your current employer?

It’s easy to get lost in making a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Yes, all of that is helpful but when it comes to really making a shift in your career strategy you need to be real and ask yourself what you DON’T want from your job or from your future career goals. Some people get stuck when you ask them to make a list of what is working vs. not working in their career lives. The idea of writing down what you want sometimes is a daunting task especially if you do not know what you want or even what it will take to get it?

It’s funny, but when you ask people what they don’t like about their current job-no problem, the list is rambling litany on everything from the lousy commute to the lack of pay or career growth. It’s okay to start with the negative, because in order to know what you do want, you got to be clear on what you don’t want. The idea is that, in order to be focused on your career goals, you’ve got to get rid of what is standing in the way. Like clearing out a closet or old sock drawer, acknowledging what is not working for you is the first step in getting you to recognize what you might like to achieve moving forward.

It might seem counter intuitive to you to focus on negative issues in your career life. But, what you are doing is calling out the very things that don’t work for you so that you know moving forward you won’t repeat past mistakes. The choice is always yours to make a move and to know if you are ready and willing to do what it takes to get the job you want. If you hate your boss but know that if you stick it out for another year it will help you in the long run with your career progression-your choice do you stay or do you go? You may feel like you are underpaid but you don’t have enough experience or confidence to ask for a raise-your choice do you stay or do you go? You love your job but you hate the commute and are thinking of pitching a proposal that will make it easier for you to work from home vs. spending your time in the car- your choice, do you stay or do you go?

Having the courage to ask the tough question about what is not working for you and focus on how that makes you feel will make the decision about what you do want a lot easier. Go ahead and indulge in that career hangover because you may be much clearer the morning after.

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Time To Get Your Job Jingle On

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 11:53

You may be getting ready for a long holiday break, anticipating the much-needed rest and relaxation, or you may be working yourself to the bone before you take some time off. This may have been a tough year where you lost a close friend or family member, or you fought the good fight when it comes to your own health and well being. You may still be reeling from the recent election results, no matter what side of the fence you were on. You could be battling with the notion that you are not sure what the future holds and the uncertainty is making you nervous. Change is happening all around you whether you are having your first child, getting into a new relationship or making a career change.

The holidays bring out the best and the worst in some of us for no apparent reason than it’s a time that makes us focus on everyone but ourselves. It could be the stress of the season but finding time for contemplation and what they call a little “alone time” might seem impossible but nonetheless necessary. Your holiday wish list should include something for yourself. Your focus and attention may be on what to get the kids, how to take care of a loved one or elder parent, or trying to make time to see all of your friends over the holiday lest you offend someone. Juggling the demands of everyone and everything besides taking time out for you is a bad way to start the New Year.

Creating a little space in all the holiday hustle might seem impossible but might also be the only thing that can save you from yourself. Taking time to recount your blessings seems like a given when it comes to how you spend your time with friends and family. But do you really spend time alone thinking about all you’ve accomplished and all that you’d like to accomplish in the coming year?

Maybe this is an exercise best done when you are alone with your thoughts vs. trying to one up the next person around the dinner table. Having some time alone or creating small breaks between errands allows you to be quiet and focus on what is working and not working in your life in order to help you devise a plan in the New Year.

You are not neglecting your holiday duties if you take time for yourself in all of the buzz and jingle of the season. Maybe the biggest gift you can give yourself in the New Year is the gift of clarity and focus. Staying calm and clear are the pillars you can lean on when you are not sure what your next move needs to be. Your career success is waiting for you and anything else you desire for that matter. You might as well be in a place of receiving and acceptance for all the good cheer that awaits you now, and in the New Year.

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Stranger Things and Your Job

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 16:16

You may have woken up in the morning thinking I can’t take do another day at that same old job. You may not think you have options. You may think you need time to figure it out. Maybe if someone would just present you with a few choices you would know what to do? It might seem like you can’t stand another day in the office or maybe you have resigned yourself to the fact that you can coast for as long as it takes or until you retire, or get fired, or have a chance encounter that will forever change the course of your career.

You may be feeling the effects of an uncertain future with our politics in disarray, lack of clarity about job growth and where you fit into the new world order. You may never in your wildest dreams have thought you’d be in this situation and that you’d be wondering how the bigger world would affect your smaller one. It’s a strange time indeed. How you figure out your next move maybe daunting but it does not mean you should stand still and become paralyzed. You are not alone in feeling like you woke up and landed on another planet and you have no idea whether it’s safe to breath the air without the necessary head gear.

If it’s any consolation and as my wise mother would always say, “This too shall pass.” It may take awhile but nonetheless there is a proverbial light at the end of your career tunnel. How do you manage the chaos and uncertainty when you are not quite sure where you fit into the grand scheme of things on the world stage? It comes down to a matter of timing and focus. Knowing what you want and where you want to be in the next five years will help. You don’t need to be concerned or even particularly focused on the details. The details are not important when you are trying to figure out the big picture and long view approach to your career regardless of what happens to you on a day-to-day basis. Distraction of any kind is a lethal danger to your ability to stay the course and remained focused.

Staying focused on the end game means you don’t get side tracked on the small bumps in the road along the way to achieving your career goals. When you know the time is right to make a move nothing will stop you from moving forward. You need to know how to trust that process and not force a decision even if you think it’s the right one in the moment. Making sure you are clear on the approach means you have a big picture idea of what you want and not necessarily on all the small steps along the way to ensure you are going to get it. Trusting in the process of “unfolding” and allowing it to happen when it’s suppose to means you are staying focused on the ultimate outcome and not on the gory details.

When you think there are stranger things occurring than how you will manage your next job progression, think again. You are on the right track so long as you don’t spend too much time on self-doubt and confuse yourself at every turn.

 

 

 

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Buyer’s Remorse-Not The Job You Wanted

Mon, 12/05/2016 - 11:37

You may have been the most excited person on the planet when you accepted the new job, or the promotion, or the chance to accept a new assignment. Without so much as a second thought you were all to glad to say “Yes!” and leap into the new opportunity like a kid on the first day of school. Excitement has a way of blinding you to the starry eyed glow that can make everything around you seem like you are in a dream. You may think nothing can be better than this until one day you walk into the office to see your work- world may not be as rosy as you once thought.

What do you do when buyer’s remorse sets in? It may take years, months or for some it can happen during your orientation period, but when do you know the good thing you thought was happening to you may not be as good? Everyone gets caught up in the moment whether it’s a new job, a new relationship, or something wonderful that is happening in your life. You may be so focused on change no matter where it comes from that you forget what it is that really makes you happy.

Buyer’s remorse can come in many forms. You may feel you are taking on more than you expected or had room for in your life. You could doubt you have what it takes to truly succeed at a new level. Or, you simply may have decided that the job or new opportunity is just as fraught with issues and problems no matter how good the recruiter was who convinced you to take the job. Even if all seemed like it was perfect, reality may be showing you another side to the dream you may not have thought was possible.

When you start to experience buyer’s remorse you can do a few things to get out of your own way. You can embrace the new opportunity as a challenge to push yourself and turn the situation around. You could see this an a chance to reach out to others in your network who do have more experience and can be in a position to help you and guide you along the way. Or, you could simply quit and look for another opportunity that may be more in line with what you want. You are not stuck. No matter the choices, your decisions are not carved in stone and you have the ability to learn and accept the choices you make and grow from those experiences

Nothing about your job or your career is meant to be perfect. You will have times in you life when you are at odds with your boss, your co-workers and sometimes even yourself when you may feel you have no where to turn. Knowing that your remorse is temporary and that you might even learn to love the job you have and push through any shortcomings might be all the incentive you need to stay the course no matter how hard overwhelmed you may feel.

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Before You Say “Yes” To The Job

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 12:06

When you are beyond excited about your job prospects after months of campaigning and pulling out the stops in an effort to nail the job or your dreams, you might need to hit pause before you sign the offer letter and make sure you have thoroughly read the job description. Before you say, “Yes! to the job!” you may need to read the fine print in terms of what the job entails and what you think you should be doing before you accept your new role.

It may all look great from the outside. You could be swept up in the excitement of the title, the position, the prospects of a larger scope of responsibilities, travel and all the perks that may come along with accepting a new position. You may have charted this course for a long time and it’s now finally arrived. Hold up just a minute please! Now you’ve heard a rumor that they may need for you to move to change your physical location and you may report to someone else and work with another team. Before you start packing, it might be wise to pause and make sure this is all that it was intended to be and there are no more surprises waiting for you. You may have been blinded by the light of the offer and forgot to fully read the details of your new position and who is really calling the shots here.

You’ve got to ask yourself, Are you ready to lead or are you ready to follow the lead? If you think you are the job, and it doesn’t really matter, think again. You need to make sure you kick the tires in terms of what your role will include and not take for granted that you will figure it out once you get in. Knowing the full scope of your role includes understanding your professional relationships and evaluating the interpersonal dynamics of your new work environment and the people you will be forced to work with as well. Your job description should provide a road map for you to dig deeper in terms of the expectations you and others have of you before you say yes to the offer. Working above or below your pay grade will determine how well you succeed in the job. Know what you are getting into before you tender that resignation.

You may think you bring a unique set of skills or point of view to the new job. But, if you are not a match with what is expected of you changing the rules mid-stream is not necessarily a good or available option. You have to not only think of how the new job will effect you but how will it effect your family. Maybe you have a spouse or partner who is not interested in making a move. Maybe your kids have special needs and your new role will force them out into the spotlight before they are ready or able. Taking stock of your situation personally as well as professionally, before you agree to accept the full responsibilities of your new role whatever that may be, is a crucial step in being honest with yourself and with those that really matter.

It’s not a sign of failure if you decide this job may be more than you bargained for. Even if you won the final offer after exhaustive interviews, you need to make sure this is what you really want and that it’s right not only for you but for your family as well. When you rely on the opinions and comments of others you may be forced to make and accept decisions that are not right for you. Think long and hard before you say yes to the job, no matter how tempting the offer appears to be.

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10 Things To Be Thankful for …

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 09:26

It is time once again to give thanks for all that has transpired this past year. As you gather with friends and family, you may find it tough to give thanks because you are still reeling from the political scene, or maybe you lost someone close to you this year, or you may be in a job transition. Sometimes it’s hard to feel thankful-you may have to really work at it. Your thoughts may take you to an uncertain future not really sure of what will be, or you may be stuck in trying to figure out the events of the past hoping in vein for a different ending.

When you are together with friends and family this year what one thing can you point to that has either changed you in some way or made you think of your career in a new and different way?

If you are in doubt about your future, or you just feel lost, think of what gifts you have to offer and all of the wonderful opportunities that lay ahead for you in the coming year.

  1. Thank you for the gift of work;
  2. Thank you for the ability to provide for myself and my family;
  3. Thank you for the new opportunities ever present in my life;
  4. Thank you for the abundance I have in my life;
  5. Thank you for my professional relationships, friends and co-workers;
  6. Thank you for the many mentors I have had in my career;
  7. Thank you for the ability to learn new things in new ways;
  8. Thank you for the chance to use my skills in productive ways;
  9. Thank you for my ability to help others in their career or in their work;
  10. Thank you for all of the many chances I have to grow, learn and become who I am really meant to be in this life.

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 in the future. And if all else fails, there is always another helping of pumpkin pie and a to go bag that will surely last for days!

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How To Win …

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 13:56

The famous Garland Rice quote never held more meaning post election than, “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game,” that counts. Despite which side of the party politics you find yourself on this week, one lesson can be learned from this election process, and that is how to win. Playing the winning game when it comes to looking for a job, or angling for a promotion or if you are considering a new career means you have choices to make in how you show up for the challenge. Whether you believe a winner is born or made doesn’t really matter, what matters is how badly you want something and all that you will you do to get it.

There has been a lot of bad behavior associated with the high-stakes game of winning. That does not mean you have to choose to act in a way that is not comfortable or natural to you. Believing in who you are and what you want is the most important thing when it comes to your chances of winning. That passion for what you want whether it’s a title change, a salary increase or an altogether new career means you have what it takes to fight the good fight no matter what obstacles lay in wait.

There are only two things that will assure you win the top prize of whatever it is you are after. That is, being clear and staying focused. When you are clear on your direction, your message and what you want to accomplish and can see the end game; nothing will deter you from going for the win. When you remain focused on the path towards success, keep the plan simple and stay true to what you believe in, you can’t help but make it across the finish line. Now whether you come in first, second or last does not mean you lost. The only goal you have is to cross the finish line and make it towards your intended goal.

If you don’t succeed, you have learned valuable lessons along the way that will help you to move forward in the future. You can wallow in your failure, call the job game “rigged” or feel like you are being discriminated against if you don’t ultimately get what you want. Again, it’s your choice on how you show up to play the game, and your reaction of the outcome. Having the chops to go after what you want may not be easy but you have no one to blame but yourself if you don’t at least try.

Your job and your career choices are yours to win or to lose. How well you show up and engage with your audience, and are clear on what it is you want and remain focused, will determine if you come in first or in second place on the race to winning your new job.

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Falling Back

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 11:52

Whether you are running for President, a promotion or are a finalist for a new job, how you choose to show up and take the win will determine how well you are equipped to do the job. It’s not so much about your credentials, your experience or whom you know that will determine whether you win or lose. How you project who you are and what you stand for will seal the deal in your efforts to take the top prize. You are your words and your actions. There is no taking it back once you put it out there. Choose carefully otherwise it will haunt you your entire career.

How you win depends on how well you stay true to your platform, your mission and your goals. It means not speaking out of turn, respecting your allies and adversaries and being humble about your position. But when you are compromised because of your gender, your race, your sexual orientation or any other protected class you are in essence in a free fall with nowhere to land. In a sad commentary on the state of affairs, we no longer have to worry about leaning in but whether we will even be allowed to participate in the same conversation, meeting or path to the top.

Fighting the good fight no longer means, raising the bar to a higher standard. It no longer implies when “They go low, you go high.” What do you need to do to ensure you get heard no matter what your position or point of view? Whether you lost out as a job finalist, or on a promotion or as President of the free world, how you move forward after the fall will depend on who you are as a person not what gender, color, orientation, religion you are wrapped in. Being fearful because there are no other options will surely make it hard to figure out your next right move.

When you are in free fall you can do a few things including hoping for a soft landing or waiting to hear the sound of breaking bone. How you choose your reaction to falling back will determine whether you ultimately survive the fall or not. You may feel like you can’t get up, move up or find the door. But falling back does not mean you can’t move forward. The path may be slow, longer, harder but so long as you remain clear and focused on your direction and choose your steps carefully, you will get to the finish line-one way or another.

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