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Figuring It Out….

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:40

Sometimes the choices seem obvious other times you are confused with what road seems likely to lead to success. You may not have all the answers but sometimes the process of figuring it out will lead to some remarkable results. You may have been at the same job for sometime thinking this is my path and I’ll stick to it. You can’t imagine another choice no matter how tough the road gets. Feeling complacent may be a job strategy but what if you allowed yourself the luxury of thinking outside your proverbial career box?

Finding what you love from loving what you find, may seem harder than it actually is when you are not even certain the first place to look. Listening to others career stories may provide some inspiration for you as you sort through your options but believing you can and will deliver on the promise of following your career desires is a better option for you to consider.

Living up to your full potential does not always mean the same thing for everyone. For some it means sticking to the same job and pulling down a steady income to support your family is fulfillment enough. For others, taking risks, following your passions and throwing caution to the wind feels right when considering a career with potential from a job with benefits. Knowing what motivates you to put your very best effort not only into your work but into your vision of who and what you want to be and accomplish helps you figure out if you are on the right path from any path when it comes to following your career ambitions.

When you are not sure if you are on the right career path start by asking yourself these few questions:

  1. Do you love getting up in the morning and going to work? Even if your job does not take you further than the dining room table do you love what you do no matter where you are doing it? If the answer is yes, then by all means stick to it. If the answer is no, then find out what would make you excited to get up in the morning and start following those road signs wherever they may lead.
  2. Do you find reward and self-satisfaction in what you do? If yes, then you know you have chosen wisely. If you wonder how the hell you got where you are and how on earth do you find the main road again, start thinking about the choices you made and ask yourself if you were really following your own guidance or that of someone else? It does not matter how you got here, it matters that you find the road out if you are not feeling like your work is meaningful and rewarding.
  3. Do you have an optimistic outlook?   You may not think about it much but do you consider yourself to be a positive and a happy person? If you are not generally content with who you are then you will forever second-guess the choices you make no matter what career you have chosen for yourself. Being happy with yourself signals that you are confident in your choices and that you believe you will make the right decision for you no matter how hard the career path you have chosen.

Figuring it out might not always be easy but beginning to ask yourself questions about who you are and really understanding what makes you happy may be a first step in an otherwise overwhelming process no matter how successful you’ve become in your so-so career.

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Job Holiday Hustle ….

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:31

Running around, following the crowd, jumping in and out of lines and burning it on either side and in the middle may feel like the right thing to do during the holiday season but what ever happened to just kick back and relax? You may be feeling the pressure now more than ever as you try to tie up loose ends before the New Year and forget about figuring out your resolutions – who has time for that? You can keep going at the pace you have become accustomed or find some down time no matter how crazy the weeks ahead appear.

You are NOT going to finish it all so don’t even try. Putting undo pressure on your self now is a waste of your valuable time and resources. Actually shutting down may be the best thing you can do for yourself and for those you love. As contrary to your beliefs as this might seem, finding time for you now is not only the most productive thing you can do but will help you prepare for the hustle of finding or securing a job in the new year. Needless distractions are great for avoiding the obvious, but actually sitting still may seem the hardest yet most important gift you can give to your self this holiday season.

Like anything that is difficult to do, getting quiet and really allowing the feelings to surface will help you get clear on what has not worked for you in the past. Your career may have hit some bumps in the road, or you may be looking for a new challenge, but unless you are quiet and truly let yourself be inspired by the world and people around you, you may never get out of the job hustle that is all around you. It’s always good to make a list but even that might be too much work for you now. Just sitting and staring at the sky may be all it takes to find the inspiration you are seeking when it comes to your job search. You may not feel that counting clouds is very productive, but silencing the mind in a way that allows you to be calm, focused and clear may help you get to the answers you seek when it comes to your next career move.

Meditation, journaling and self-contemplation are all valuable skills not taught to you when job seeking that may come in handy now when all you need to do is reflect on your goals and what it is you really want out of life. Being thankful for all you have and all that you have accomplished is a good start to understanding what you have from what you will do in the future. You are your best advocate and counselor so isn’t it time you stop the holiday hustle and listen to the little voice inside your head for true inspiration? Finding a little “me” time during this holiday season may be all you need to figure out the road ahead no matter where your career may take you.

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Career Uncertainty…

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:58

Everyone feels uncertain from time to time. You have pressure from every direction and the voices in your head are not helping you get any closer to figuring out what you really want. The holiday will herald even more family pressure as you hear your aunt tell you how great your cousin is doing in his new career as a mixologist and you wonder whether you should have turned down that free invitation to attend Bartending School? When life has you second-guessing your career choices all you have to do is shut the noise out and get real with yourself. Easier said then done? Maybe, but what else is there to do, stew in your own madness?

So you may not have been a math wiz in school so becoming a doctor or engineer was not a likely option for you. Or you may have stage fright and speaking in front of anyone sends you into a cold sweat. There goes any chance of being a trial lawyer or sales person. You may have made choices in your career based on your own very real fear but that should in no way stop you from pursuing what you want. Career fear is real and catches up to everyone no matter what stage of your career you are in. It does not have to paralyze you or make you feel inadequate in any way when you are forced to choose one career path from another.

Combing through the uncertainty in what you want from your career is a process you should not be afraid of. As someone profound once said, “It’s the journey, not the destination or goal that is important” I’m paraphrasing here but you get the point. Now that might not make you feel any more confident in your inability to choose from one career over another but you are the one who has to choose and that is not a task you can delegate to anyone else.

Finding and holding onto a career takes more than just a fancy resume or the right connections it takes your unwavering desire to be and do what you love best no matter how well you believe you can excel at it. Choosing a job that is “safe” over one that makes you quiver does not mean you are likely to fail at something that gives you butterflies in your stomach. Pushing yourself towards what really makes you excited is a true test in choosing between the career that will give you a steady paycheck from the one that will make you feel great.

Career choices are not always logical and sometimes a door opens that you walk into and you can’t figure out how you have been in a job you love when you didn’t even know what you were walking into in the first place. It does not matter. Following your instincts means more than the degree you studied so hard for in school because it tells you that you are doing something you love over something that someone told you was a good career choice. Keeping every option open affords you the luxury of picking and choosing from a career that makes you glad to wake up each morning from a one that has you wondering how you ever got there. Career uncertainty does not need to follow you all the days in your job life but knowing when to choose wisely will help you make the decision that’s right for you.

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Black Friday Job Search ….

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:37

Finding the time in your busy schedule to accomplish the things that are important to you should not make you feel guilty. You are likely being pulled in many directions during this holiday season but that should not mean you give up on your job search and finding an opportunity that is right for you. The holidays are a time when you give back and not when you give up no matter how mad everyone is dashing around you. Look at your job search as your own Black Friday and prepare, strategize and by all means get in line early to beat out your competition.

Sometimes it’s easier to stay focused when the rest of the world is distracted. This could be a very important strategy over the holiday when you should be taking the time to figure out your next career move just like you would try to figure out which store has the best deals. You are a commodity and you need to package and market your skills in much the same way you would if you were the launch of a new product. You have something others don’t have and you need to make sure the company you are interested in working for knows that as well.

Having the ability to prepare yourself during the down time of the holidays, helps you move through the crowd a lot faster when the time comes for you to hit the job market hard. You need to be mentally as well as physically prepared for your next move. If that means you need to psych yourself into being in the right frame of mind or it means you need help making sure you have an appropriate wardrobe, staying prepared in the midst of your Black Friday will help you get what you want.

When it comes to your job search you need to be first in line and make sure you stay top of mind with the hiring manager during the interview process. Following up is key but making a strong and lasting impression out of the gate will guarantee that you are not lost in the crowd no matter how many people show up to interview. You have what it takes to succeed you just need to stick with the commitment to the cause in order to cross the finish line.

As you prepare to consume large amounts of turkey and stuffing this holiday season, be thankful for the fact that you have the ability to get any job you want with a little effort and endurance. You are your best asset so make sure you let the rest of the world know that as well. Pushing your way through your Black Friday job search will be easier once you stay prepared and go after what you are looking for no matter what the obstacles get in the way. Remember, getting in your job line early shows your dedication and might get you a front row seat in the interview process and ensures you can beat out your competition.

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10 Things To Be Thankful for this Holiday…..

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:54

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:

  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 of friends and co-workers;
  6. Thank you for my 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;
  10. 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.

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3 Tips To Harvest Your Career…..

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:30

You may think that you should be relaxing and not worrying about your job search at a time when Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. It’s not that you are lazy and think you should take some time off but knowing how to use the down time associated with the holidays is a smart strategy if you need to gear up your career search. Maybe you’ve been putting off that resume rewrite. Maybe you are just not feeling like networking and applying for those jobs you are hearing about. It’s okay to take a break, but knowing how to be productive when you are coasting is smart for you and for your career.

When you think you just don’t have another job interview in you, follow these useful tips to harvest not only what’s on the dinner table but also what you put into your job search:

  1. Breathe and Focus: As much as you believe pulling your resume together is important, knowing what you want in the first place is the key to starting a successful job search. The good news here is it takes little manual effort to achieve this goal. Taking time to relax, meditate, focus and listen are the steps you need to take in order to kick your job search into high gear. Having some much needed alone time even if you have to schedule it will help you to unwind and really listen to what is making you happy or unhappy with your current job search. Paying attention to your instincts about the direction you need to take even if that means you are feeling you need to go back to school or get some additional training are all invaluable pieces of information that will help you move ahead. Taking time for yourself now before the holidays hit will help you stay grounded and feel like you are accomplishing a great deal towards your future career goals.
  2. Fantasy Game: Playing a little mental game with yourself and visioning your ideal career environment takes no time and is a fantasy game that will help you materialize and harness what is truly missing from your career now. Picturing your career the way you always wanted from what you are doing, to whom you are doing it with, to where you are working and what your office or life looks like will help you visually put the pieces of your career together for you in a fun and imaginative way. Playing the fantasy game will help you not only feel what you want but will actually deliver it in buckets just the way you want as long as you keep your focus.
  3. Talk To Yourself: Some people may think you are losing your mind but mentally interviewing yourself and asking a series of questions about what you want from your life, your career and your work are important steps to putting the pieces together of how you need to move forward with your job search when the time is right. Asking yourself, “What do you like about what you are doing now?” to “What would you like to change in your current work situation?” will lead you to answers that will help you move your career in the right direction. Listening carefully to the feelings and responses that bubble up will help motivate you towards seeking a career that’s right for you even if you are a little surprised by the answers you hear!

Using the down time as you gear up for the holiday season is a good way to stay focused, figure out what you want and start to plan for your future without stressing yourself out and making you feel inadequate if you have not sent out multiple resumes. Harvest your alone time to your advantage and watch the fruits of your labor unfold to the career you’ve always dreamed of.

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Your Job Race…

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 14:15

Endurance, focus, practice, determination and perseverance may be what it takes to win the New York Marathon, but some might say these same attributes are what it takes to make it to your job finish line. Whether you are in transition, a recent grad or someone who is happy where they are in life, harnessing what it takes to win the job race takes time and yes a little more than just dedication.

Being a winner in anything you undertake may feel good when the race is over but how many of you actually recall what it took to get there? You may have a natural instinct towards winning that comes easily to you or, like so many you have to work at it in order to move forward just a little. Whatever your inclination towards winning, no one can deny that with the right amount of effort you will master just about anything you set your mind towards no matter how long it takes.

Challenges, obstacles, adverse conditions are a part of any course you take when it comes to winning the job race. You have options like with anything in life. You can quit, go at your own pace or you can push through to you get to your goal. Whatever course of action you choose, the goal is the same: make it what you want and you will reach your goal. Not everyone takes on a race to win. Sometimes just being part of the process is winning enough. Take for example if you are in a job or career you really love. Your natural inclination may be to rest easy and enjoy the ride and put little or no effort into the thought that you should interview for another job opportunity. Wrong. Even when you think the race is won or you are not even sure you want to jump in to the race, that’s when you need to put even the smallest amount of effort into it in order to keep yourself prime and in good shape.

Interviewing for another job when you already have one and one that you like is the very BEST time to practice, get in shape and learn how you stack up against the competition even if you are not interested in jumping into the job race. It may seem counter-intuitive but you are at your very best when you are not trying so hard to win a job offer, another chance to interview or a higher salary when you are relaxed, focused and in a good mental and physical shape. Just like an athlete with a few wins under their belt, it does not mean you have to ease up on the effort you put into it, but you definitely come at the process of winning from a very different mind set if you are comfortable and confident in your own skin.

Winning means different things to different people. Just being part of the race is accomplishment enough for some while charging towards the finish line is all anyone else can see. Whether you are a joyful participant or a hungry athlete, learning how to manage your job race at your own pace will help you gain the courage and momentum you need no matter how hard you are driving towards the finish line.

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Kill The Messenger…

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:28

Finding yourself in a political dilemma at work? Are you feeling like you don’t know who to trust let alone open up to? If you find yourself sitting on some news you need to share with a co-worker or boss but you don’t know how or where to start remember, you are always playing a game of “Kill The Messenger.” Taking risks at work are never easy but knowing how to deliver the news regardless of how grime really is an art form if you are to survive in the corporate world.

You are either in a position where you have access to information or are in the flow of communication but knowing which end your on is important when you are considering sharing the news. If you are lucky enough to be the keeper of the cloak, then knowing where the bodies are buried is an unenviable position because in essence you know too much. There is an inherent threat in being that well versed in the comings and goings of an organization and knowing how to manage and leverage that knowledge and information takes tact and guts. If you are in a position close enough to the power source but not directly in the flow of knowledge, it’s best to keep your “He said/She said” conversations to yourself. There is no way to win at that game no matter how high up in the organization you are.

The expression, “Where there is knowledge there is power” is never more true when you are in a position at work and in the flow of information. No matter what level you are at, you will inevitably hear, be part of or know about circumstances involving the company and individuals that can impact the way you operate. Understanding how to use this information carefully will make or break you in your survival at work.

Being able to relay information in a non-threatening way often requires a certain level of diplomacy not taught in school. When you find yourself in a position to deliver any news where you directly involved, it’s best to start from the beginning Using phrases, like, “I have some feedback to share, are you open to the information?” or, “I have some information and I’m not sure the best way to share it?” signals that you are asking permission to involve the other person in the knowledge you possess.

If the information is particularly challenging to deliver, it’s always best to receive permission first before offering up the advice or feedback and not appear that you are gossiping or looking to share the information to be hurtful. Offering any information in a respectful and considerate way will help lessen the blow no matter how hard the news is to hear. It’s never easy being in a position where you need to share information for the purpose of solving a dilemma. Knowing how to manage that properly and in the context of being helpful not hurtful will make the delivery much easy as well as gain you a few points on diplomacy.

 

 

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All Employees NOT Created Equal…

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 09:23

Many successful companies today are getting away from creating a hierarchy based on position, title and reporting structure. You may think this innovative approach at organizational redesign is a creative way at leveling the employee population and maintaining the focus on the work and not on individual contributions. As much as this seems like a noble response to making sure all employees are created equal, what it may actually do is create an environment where people are not sure what they are doing, what the goal is and how to get there?

Yes money and title are important factors but ask any creative or entrepreneurial person and they’ll tell you the work is sometimes even more important. Whatever side of the fence you are on it’s important to know the culture, environment and expectation of the job for which you are applying. Not every work environment is right for everyone. It’s like any long-term committed relationship you have to know what you are walking into before you sign on the dotted line. It’s not like you are signing your life away, but you are making a commitment to change the way you behave and the expectations of what you receive from your job the same way you would a relationship.

So how do you address title, compensation and reporting ambiguity in an otherwise exciting and dynamic company? The leaders of your organization may not be ready or equipped with handling any recommendations if it means altering the delicate balance of the eco-system they have created. You can inquire as to how the organization will work if there is uncertainty about where and whom a team should report but pushing your agenda if you are not comfortable with the structure will likely alienate you rather than ingratiate you with the powers that be.

Organizations who thrive on a “leveled” organization attempt to blur the lines of what is historically an accepted way of doing business, title, reporting, etc. in an attempt to redefine the culture based on the work and not on the individual. It may seem very socialist in theory but what companies in this space are attempting to do is to redefine the emphasis of work on strategy and planning to charge to the finish line. I have seen this culture work in many start up organizations, technology companies and creative environments. You have to be a very adept leader to pull this off and to keep the staff and employees motivated and enthused.

When it comes to researching the type of environment that is best suited for you, consider that leaving a more structured hierarchical environment for a all out free for all may not be in your best interest if you are use to a more structured work style. I’m not advocating one environment works over another but it really does come down to an individual choice and what will work for you and for your family. When you go out to search for your next job, remember all employees are NOT created equal and in order to find your place it’s a good idea to ask questions about the corporate culture and work environment before you say yes to the offer.

 

 

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Inside Job…

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:23

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 Nucky Thompson 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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What NOT To Wear To Your Interview….

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 09:04

Dressing for success may be an overused term these days but knowing how to physically show up for an interview is as important as what is on your resume. Having the ability to know the corporate culture and environment of a workplace also helps you figure out what to wear when you are called for an in person interview. Over dressing can be as deadly as under dressing when it comes to making a good first impression. How do you know what to choose that will work for you and not make you look like you are going to the opening of an Art Gallery or the Royal Ballet?

Understanding a corporate culture is as much about what the work environment is like as well as what is and is not appropriate to wear to work. In a day wear “flip flops” are the norm in some work places, knowing how to dress for your very first interview will either make or break your chances for the job.

When in doubt follow these few simple rules when it comes to dressing up:

  1. Tie or No Tie? For men, this can be a real challenge. Even in the most casual of work environments, wearing a tie can immediately signal that you are not the right type to work at a company. If you are looking to work in technology, a creative environment or production, wearing a tie may seem too formal or that you are over-dressed for the occasion. Make sure you bring a tie with you and check out the scene in the lobby. If it looks like there are a few folks wearing ties, then by all means, slip into the men’s room and put one on. If not, best to keep it in your back pocket for another interview.
  2. Hose or no panty hose? For woman, some people are blessed with great, tan legs others need a little help. Panty hose even in the hottest days signals that you are put together and dressed. These days woman are rarely expected to wear panty hose with any outfit. Whether you choose to wear a skirt, dress or pants to an interview, having a pair of hose handy might help if you notice the environment is more formal than you expected. If not, make sure the length of your skirt is fashionable and appropriate so it does not matter whether you are wearing hose or not.
  3. No Brainers: No matter what the situation here are a few items that are NEVER appropriate in any interview situation even if the work environment is casual, these include: Flip flops, barefoot, shorts, capris, cut offs, swim trunks, graphic tee shirts, wall art, short shorts, no bra, tank top, belly risers, body piercings, overly inked forearms, good luck talismans, overly accessorized, etc. You get the picture.

When in doubt if it makes noise, does not cover your body parts and is something you would not wear in front of your grandmother or church, best to switch it for something a bit mainstream. I’m not suggesting you change your look in order to get the job offer, but toning it down particularly if you have a “fashion flair” might be more suitable. You can whip out your wears AFTER you get the job offer!

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Two Words: Google Yourself!

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:50

You may think you know who you are and how you come across to others. You’ve built a great reputation in the industry and have many unsolicited Linked In endorsements to your credit. You are often asked to speak at industry events, offered great assignments at work and let’s just say you are considered a “fan favorite “when it comes to being offered new career opportunities without so much as lifting a resume. That may all be well and good and congratulations for coming so far in your career. However, do you really have a handle on how the world out there views you?

There is one very over looked area of your career that can make the mightiest of you tumble without so much as a warning. When it comes to really making sure you put your best professional foot forward one question comes to mind, “Do you Google yourself?” It’s not like you are so self-obsessed you are wondering what the rest of the world may think of you and every given minute. As much as you may think you don’t have to worry abut being confused by the other person sharing your same name and professional groups, it might not be a bad idea to make sure you at least know who you are being compared to when it comes to being checked out before you even interview for the job.

Not long ago I tried this myself and was surprised to see what came up. To my surprise “Lisa Kaye” was also a 23- year old Clique model brandishing a little more than a string bikini in most photos. Not that I would mind others confusing me for that Lisa Kaye, but when you are trying to build a professional reputation, looks count. Being prepared by knowing how your web profile appears is not a bad thing when it comes to the invisible world of the Internet and the things you think you have no control over but you do. If you find that you have googled yourself and you don’t appear anywhere that is another piece of information to help you better brand, market and highlight who you are in your profession lest you be completely forgotten. As much as you may be concerned about whom you are compared with, not being compared to anyone or not showing up at all is just as big a problem for your professional career as being compared to the wrong person.

It’s good to know you are liked and respected by those in the profession who know you. But for those who do not, making sure you button up the other parts of your professional life by ensuring that your Google profile ranks you in the way you want to be represented is an important factor. If you think that no one will check you out before they meet you for an interview or meeting, guess again. Just as important as making sure your Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or Twitter profiles represent you well, you need to be mindful that we live in an age where anyone could know everything about someone they have not even met in the tap of a key stroke!

Making sure your online presence maps to your resume is something to keep in mind and not take for granted. It’s a good rule of thumb to check your profile and search your name and industry to see what comes up to make sure you are not only in the best of company but that the information in the world wide web is accurate and concise. Finding a job and making sure your reputation remains in tact may not have been something they taught you when you were first applying for jobs, but it’s the new age common sense when it comes to making sure you are who you say you are and not someone else.

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5 Things To Ask BEFORE You Accept The Job…..

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 10:22

We all want to make the best decision when it comes to our career choice that sometimes we are willing to overlook the obvious. In our excitement and sheer delight, we accept any and all conditions of employment as part of the job offer without hesitation. This is not a one-sided negotiation. When it comes to accepting a job offer, here are a few things you should think about and ask BEFORE you sign on the dotted line:

  1. How does Compensation work? You may be so caught up in the fact that you are earning more with the new job, that you do little to inquire about how the company’s future compensation system works. How often do you receive raises? What are the merits or parameters for additional increases? What does the bonus opportunity look like? Is there equity? How do you move from one pay grade to another?   Some people shy away from discussing compensation even after they have received an offer because they think it’s bad form. It’s naïve of you if you DO NOT ask about compensation after you have expressed interest in the job and before you accept a formal job offer. If there is room to negotiate, it’s before you start your job not once you are in it.
  2. Upward Mobility: What are your chances for advancement? What happened to the other person in the job assuming you replaced someone and this is not a new position? How are promotions and advancement in the company treated? Your ability to not only accept your current job but also think towards the future is important if you want to get ahead. Knowing how the company treats employees once they are hired vs. being in the job for many years is a sign on how well you will be treated. The last thing you want is to go into a dead-end job or wind up in a worse situation than the one you may be leaving. Think ahead.
  3. Company Culture: Equally as important as the duties of your job are the conditions which define the company’s corporate culture. Do they have a formal or informal dress code? Does the company provide meals to employees? How are the benefits valued? Do they allow dogs to work? What is the communication style and how well do they communicate to staff? Are there formal work systems in place or is it open and non-structured? Knowing how the company operates before you say, “Yes” will help you manage and navigate the company better than hoping and praying you will just fit in.
  4. Communication: Whether formal or informal, knowing how well the company communicates internal and external businesses is crucial to your ability to succeed in your position no matter what level you are in. Does the company have an open communication plan, regular Town Hall meetings, posting updates on Wiki’s or just having an “open door” policy on being able to express concerns or ideas, are all important to know ahead of time before you accept a job offer. Healthy communication of the lack of it can really dampen an otherwise great work experience. Get your company’s report card before you accept the job offer.
  5. Organizational Structure: Understanding and knowing who reports to whom and how the company is set up not only in your department but in the rest of the company is helpful to you on many levels. Understanding the lay of the land will help you to know how workflow is managed, who has approval authority and how the lines of expertise and communication are drawn. Understanding not only the make-up of your department but the names and positions of your co-workers, helps you to not only assimilate quicker, but gives you a better understanding of how the company manages its lines of businesses and where you fit into that equation.

Being prepared when you start your job will not only help you have a stronger foot hold in your new job, but will help you manage and grow your career in a more insightful way.

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This Is Where I Quit….

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:30

You may have days where you think the job you are in is the right job, right now and you can walk at any time with little or no provocation. You may love your job some days and you may be waiting for the phone to ring hoping your next best offer is just around the desk waiting for you to take a leap of faith. When the job you love no longer loves you do you have what it takes to just quit? No one likes to feel like jumping ship is the best option. But, when you’ve tried all you can and you know this is not where you want to be, do you ask yourself, “Is this where I quit?”

Finding work life balance may be one issue that is making you second-guess your career choices. Being passed over time and again for a promotion or raise when your co-workers fly up the corporate ladder of success may be yet another. You may have thought it would be a lot easier for you by now to get what you wanted from your job or your career only to find that the road was much harder than you imagined. If you had to do it again, would you choose your current career path or would you go another way? Finding and keeping the right job is not as easy as it use to be especially as personal and professional pressures continue to mount.

You may have a family to support, kids in college or aging parents who depend on you for financial assistance. Pressures will always be there pulling you in one direction or another, but when the job just becomes a means to pay the bills you know you have to start thinking about other options. You may feel you have no options and that all you need to do is keep the pipeline moving with cash and the world will be a better place. Getting stuck in a rut when it comes to paying bills and staying in a job you hate can be overwhelming and well at times paralyzing.

Creating options for yourself can be as simple as going to lunch once a week with a different colleague and exploring what other companies are doing and how you might fit into their plans. Keeping up on all that’s happening in your world outside your company may ensure some hope when you think you have nothing more than what is in front of you today. You may decide to take side consulting jobs while keeping your full time job in an effort to break out of a pattern of misery and offer you a way to earn extra money doing something you love.

Walking away from a job is never easy but making a conscious decision that the job you are in no longer works for you is important step to ensure your long-term happiness and success. It might not always be a bed of roses at the office, but knowing when it’s time to quit something that quit you a long time ago takes courage and guts and makes you see that the working world can be more than a means to an end-it can be the beginning of a world of professional success.

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The Number One Thing You Can Do To Get a Job….

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:22

In the land of what to do when it comes to your career you have many choices. You can be aggressive about sending out your resume to anyone and everyone who would have a look. You could network your butt off with anyone and everyone who will speak with you. You can attend every networking event, industry mixer or meet-up group until everyone knows you by your first name. But there is one thing and really only one thing you can do that will hands down guarantee your success no matter what the job, what your job level and how many interviews you are lucky to snare.

The only thing you need to be not just good at but GREAT at is your ability to – wait for it- “FOLLOW UP!” Yes, you heard it hear first. You can do just about anything well, your resume could be a work of art, your network can be the envy of your friends but guarantee if you do not know how to follow up on a job lead, an interview and even a thank-you, your chances for success drop down significantly in your search for the perfect job.

Following up is often an underestimated skill not everyone has the ability to master. Whether it’s you ability to follow up on work tasks, or personal chores in a way that ensures you can check them off your list once and for all, the need to be great at following up when it comes to your career is no less important and may be what makes or breaks you when it comes to landing your next job offer. You are good at so many things but those who don’t or choose not to follow up are setting themselves up for great disappointment when it comes to making sure you are in line for a great job opportunity.

It’s okay if you are not qualified for a job you interview for. But do you know what else is out there if you don’t send a note, follow up on a job lead or even “ask” someone with a follow up question what else they may know of? Having an arsenal of follow up questions, comments and tactics ensures that you know how to master not only the job interview but what comes after as that is sometimes more important than making the initial connection. Sending someone a thank you note after an interview, following up a few weeks after you met with someone, making sure the people you meet or have recently been introduced to you remember you weeks or months later, are all good steps to ensure you are appropriately following up. Even if you meet someone and there isn’t a right opportunity for you at that moment in time, following up with them does not mean you are being a pest or annoying, it means that you are keeping them front of mind and that you have the sense to know there maybe something there if you are just a little patient.

Following up is really having a good dose of common sense. There is no other way to put it. Following up shows a level of professional etiquette that you either have or you lack but can make the difference if someone remembers you or not. Following up with someone about your career is not a boring or bothersome chore, it is practical business keeping if you are to succeed in business or in finding your next job no matter how many interviews you have been on.

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“My Career’s Not Dead, It’s Just Resting…”

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:06

It’s the end of the summer and as the kids are heading back to school, the traffic grinds to a slow crawl and the stores are packing it in with Halloween candy. You are reminded that the end of the summer does not mean the end of your job search. The war continues to wage on as you may have taken the summer off to enjoy some much needed R&R with friends and family, but it does not mean you are dead if you have not landed your next job. Consider this summer your career resting post – it’s okay to take a rest for awhile.

The summer is a time to relax-no really it is. No matter whether you live in the forever summer state of California or somewhere in the North East, summer denotes a time of relaxation, reflection and oh yes bug spray. If you are feeling guilty about not putting the pedal to the metal with your job search over the summer months- stop beating yourself up! September is a perfect time to regroup, rethink and re-engage your job search before the first snowflakes suddenly appear.

  1. Make a Plan: Even if you have no clue what to do or where to begin, enlist the help of a trusted friend or hire a professional. Mapping out your career direction may not land you the perfect job, but it will give you hope that there are opportunities out there that you may not have thought of before.  Making a plan may seem like a waste of time, but while you wipe that sun tan lotion off from your last soak of  summer, remember, thinking about your next job move no matter how far out there is NOT a waste of time. You have to start somewhere.
  2. Reach Out and Touch Someone: You may think you were raised with great manners and a sense of professionalism that sets you apart from the rest of the hopelessly unemployed. Making sure you not only “thank” anyone and everyone who may have made an introduction, sent an email on your behalf or even accepted your LinkedIn request, means you are able to share some acknowledgement to those who matter. Having common professional courtesy does not mean you have to bribe your way to the top with gifts of tickets to the US Open. Being professionally courteous and being grateful and thankful to those who have or will help you along the way  with your job search, ensures that you will remain front of mind when a friend or colleague hears about the next, best opportunity that’s right for you.
  3. Ask and You Shall Receive: Nothing is easier than to help someone who knows exactly what they want, whether it’s an introduction to a company, or to an individual or to participate in a networking event. Being clear on your objective, even if you are not sure on what the job is, will help others help you in a way that is positive and meaningful to both of you. You will never know about the job, event, or individual who may be the next step to your future job if you don’t figure out a way to ask for help from those who are in a position to offer it to you. No one is suggesting you “beg” for your next job, but inquiring about new leads, contacts, events or even volunteering opportunities that will connect you to the right people is not a waste of time, it makes for smart business.

So long as you keep moving towards your career goal no matter how insignificant the steps may seem means you are far from dead in the career water-it means you are wading and resting through your options towards your next big, career win.

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