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Consciously Uncouple Your Job …

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:28

When you know it’s time to move on from your current job how prepared are you? Are you ready for the changes you know are inevitable whether leaving your job is your choice or that of your company? It does not matter whether you are dying to leave or are being forced out by a layoff, new boss, reorganization, or job performance, consciously uncoupling from your position means that you are mentally, physically and emotionally prepared to make the break no matter what the circumstance.

Just like the end of any relationship, knowing what your options are and processing your emotions means you are taking the necessary steps to move forward in a new and exciting direction. There are a few things you need to consider before you make the break however in order to make sure you are honoring not only yourself but also the process of making the change itself.

In order to consciously uncouple from your job here are a few things to consider:

  1. Analyze It: Making a list of what you are leaving both good and bad will help you sort out the facts of the situation and help you put the move into perspective. Taking an inventory of your successes, accomplishments, likes, dislikes and areas you wish you had worked on is an important part of the analysis. This is not suppose to be an exercise in humility as much as it is a way to put your job in perspective and learn from your successes as well as your mistakes.
  2. It’s Not Personal: Honoring your emotions during a process of change is not always an easy task. Wondering where you went wrong or what you could have done different does not serve to help you power through the feelings you may have during your job change. Keeping your emotions in perspective means you are not pointing blame on anyone including yourself and you are managing to objectively look at yourself without making it personal.
  3. Let’s Get Physical: Sometimes the best way to process emotions, pent up frustrations and moving through any level of change it to physically get moving. Even if you normally exercise and are diligent about your daily routine, movement could involve more reflective work like yoga, meditation, deep breathing and stretching. The key is to allow your body to help you heal through the process of change and not to rush your movement to get through it. Allow your body to deliver the messages you need to hear when it comes to learning how to move and to process the much needed change you are experiencing.

Making a change in your job, breaking from an existing relationship and learning the necessary life skills to move forward takes time, attention and a level of self-respect that you cannot muster up over night. Going through the process of change does not mean you have to do so in the dark and blindly accept what is happening to you. You have a choice in how you want to accept what is happening to you and you don’t have to feel powerless in the process. You can and should prepare for the next step in your new job relationship whether the choice to uncouple from your job is yours or not.

 

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Stress For Success- Your Job Search Under Attack….

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 12:58

We all know stress is not good for you or anyone else for that matter. But what if you could use it for your benefit? What if stress were your friend? If you could harness the energy that comes from the nervous knot in your stomach, you might be able to use it to your advantage when the competition heats up and you need that extra push towards achieving your goal. It’s not enough to look your best on an interview but being on your toes with a little self-directed stress might just do the trick.  When you are fighting your best battle to compete in this job market, using stress may actually help you push towards your goals a bit faster.

Here are a few tips on how to use stress for success:

  • Biting Your Nails is a Good Thing? Worry for the sake of worry really is a waste of your time. Whether you bite your nails, pull your hair or have developed any other weird habits, make sure you use your worry in a productive way. Worry can be used to calculate your next move so when you do find yourself worrying, have an end result that is productive other than stubby finger nails.
  • Worry ‘Til Your Hair Falls Out  Worry can be used to your advantage, but when you worry about what you are not doing right in your job search it could be your instincts at work trying to provide you with valuable information. Sometimes worry is a warning sign to help you watch out for danger and signal when you need to change direction when things are not working out for you. Instead of pulling your hair out, make sure the falling strands are a sign that you might need to change career direction and to learn to trust your instincts.  Fight or flight is a real sign that things in your career are not the only things you need to change. Being in touch with yourself and trusting your inner voice to guide you is a good way to keep stress at bay and use it to your advantage.
  • Who Needs Sleep Anyway  Babies need sleep, people who are recovering from an illness need sleep, but if you find yourself sleeping through your key interview hours, then something else is wrong. Depression is a very real problem when you worry yourself sick over not finding the right job. When you find yourself sleeping too much or maybe not enough use those waking hours to work out your job plan productively and not about why no one wants to hire you.  Sleep deprivation can play havoc on your job health and your stress level.
  • Binge Your Way Towards Your Next Job Eating, drinking and having a good time is everyone’s best friend, but staying up all night raiding the refrigerator is not going to help you look any better in your interview suit the next morning. Count your job leads instead of counting calories when you reach for the bag of chips. Learn to focus your attention on building your interview list instead of building what’s on your plate. Bad habits are a sign you could be avoiding what’s really bothering you and not dealing directly with the problem.  Put the fork down and listen to what your body is trying to tell you and don’t be afraid of the answers you might hear.
  • Butterflies Are Everywhere The sound of butterfly’s wings might be soothing but when the flutter is in your stomach, it might feel like you are going to be sick. Following the flight of the butterflies can be fanciful but when you let the flutters distract you from your goal, you are going to need to learn how to fly and fly fast. Know that you are going to have nervous feelings from time to time, but make the most out of this adrenalin rush and use the excess energy to work out a fitness plan not just for your body but for your mind and your job search.

It’s okay to stress out a little as you pursue your career goals, just make sure you get back to center and stop indulging in self-pity and worry for no reason. You won’t get a job offer any quicker if you worry your way to the interview.

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2015 New Years’ Job Re-SOUL-ution….

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 17:13

We are all given the opportunity to hit the reset button and start over again as each New Year is upon us. No matter where you are in your life there are people or situations you can probably do without if you are truly being honest with yourself. It’s not that you are being asked to throw out everything in life that no longer works. But it is time however to reflect on what you do want in life and make room for the people and situations that truly make your soul sing!

As a guide to get you moving in the right direction, try focusing on and answering these five (5) questions that may help you define your New Years’ Re-Soulution and bring you closer to finding the happiness you seek:

  1. What in my life makes me feel sad? Making a list of the people and situations in your life that are “toxic” and cause you stress and harms your soul is a way to start looking more deeply at your life and sorting out the good from the bad. It might take time to come up with a list as you dig deep and are honest with what is happening in your life. It may mean you have to distance yourself from certain people even family members for a while that no longer make you happy. Seeking joyful people and situations is your number one goal in making a meaningful “re-soul-ution” this year.
  2. What in my life makes me feel joyful? Focus on what truly makes you joyous whether that includes being more active in nature, or finding more meaningful work or just being around people that make you laugh. Reflecting on those people and places that truly make your heart sing is a way to remain true to who you are and help you more easily eliminate those situations and people that don’t fit that bill. Your main goal in the New Year is to find those things that make you happy and keep repeating those situations as often as you like.
  3. What are some action steps I can take to change my life? Creating a plan helps you to formulate some action steps that can change your life for the better. Look at the list of things that make you happy and for each item listed, add one action item that you can incorporate into your life on a more regular basis. If you like being around a certain individual, find a way to connect with that person that allows more quality time. If you enjoy being in outdoors, find a way to add an activity that includes what you most desire in the New Year.
  4. What is a reasonable timeline where I can achieve my goals? Setting a reasonable time line to set your goals is part of building your action list. Put dates, times and build a schedule around all the things on your list that you like or want more of and make sure you stick to your timeline. You are in control of how much time you devote to your happiness so by making time for it each day it allows you to focus on the people and activities that bring you joy.
  5. How will I measure my success? If you find yourself laughing more, or are less stressed and are truly enjoying where you are in your life and work than you are living the dream and truly walking the talk. Your success is measured by how many laughs you manage in a day and how many times you experience that nervous anticipation of something or someone fun in your life. If you don’t have butterflies at least once a week you are not doing what you love or being around those you love.

Your happiness is your number one goal this coming year and feeding your soul the nourishment it needs no matter how small will make your re-soul-ution more meaningful and joyous for years to come.

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Your 2015 Job Makeover Checklist….

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 17:48

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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2014: Your Job Year In Review….

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 16:55

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

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

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

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

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A Few Of Our Favorite Things …..

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 21:05

The holiday season brings about many gifts those of friends, family and silent reflection on holidays past. When you think back on all that you have received in your life how do you feel? Are you filled with fear, anxiety, hope or gratitude? You may be afraid of what the New Year has in store or grateful that this year is coming to an end only to start anew. No matter where you are in your life, here are a few of our favorite things that might make you reflect on the joys and wonder of the holiday season.

Raindrops on interviews and whiskers on recruiters;

Bright copper coins and warm breakfast meetings

Brown paper packages tied up with checks

Cream-colored resumes and crisp new interviews

Wild job offers that fly with the moon on their wings

Girls in white dresses with boys in blue suits

Snowflakes that stay on my words and my actions

Silver white promotions that melt into success;

When the job bites, when the phone rings, when I’m feeling sad,

I simply remember how lucky I am with a great job future and then I don’t feel so bad!

Giving thanks for all of all of your favorite job things allows you to make room for all of the new opportunities that are just waiting for you in the New Year and beyond!

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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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