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Are You SFW?

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 07:05

 

When you think about your job and how you show up each day for work, do you consider yourself SFW? For those of you who are not familiar with the abbreviation, SFW stands for “Safe For Work.” It’s an ever-changing world out there. What once was norm, (take the staff in “Mad Men” for example), drinking, smoking and having sex in the office was probably not condoned but it certainly was encouraged. It’s indeed a different time and a different place. With mandatory sexual harassment training, non-violence in the workplace seminars, and adopting “safe” work habits, it’s no wonder more people choose to work from home!

For most of you your job defines how you choose to spend your life. For some, it is something you need to do in order to survive. Your career may take many shapes over the years as you grow, learn and develop new skills and a higher level of experience. One thing does not change however are the expectations of how you need to behave and perform when you physically show up for work. You may have some control over who you work for, what projects you get assigned and how much money you earn. You do not however have much control over the way in which you are expected to act at work.

Examples of work habits that would deem you not-SFW might include:

  1. Inappropriate pictures, photos or desktop screen savers
  2. Twitting for the sake of twitting
  3. Binge watching ANYTHING
  4. Surfing the net
  5. Online shopping or auctions on eBay
  6. Video games
  7. Habitual posts and friending folks on Facebook
  8. Checking out who viewed your LinkedIn profile
  9. Overuse of bitly
  10. Fantasy-anything

Showing up for work does not mean you are about to do a life-sentence. You are expected to be engaged even if the mood or the work does not particularly suit you. Knowing what you can and can’t get away with at work will help you know your limits and boundaries. Some workplaces have a more relaxed approach to being able to do any of those things listed above. Others have strict firewalls that will alert the IT department if you are meandering in a restricted area when you should be working.

It’s not that you wanted to work for Big Brother but today companies are expected not only to protect their employees but also the company’s bottom line when it comes to work productivity and accountability. If you are tired of being held to a different standard and feel that your work environment is too restrictive for your creative soul then maybe it’s time to find a way to work from home or find another career that affords you more flexibility. No one wants to feel trapped or tied to a desk but knowing what is expected of you will help you define what work environment is right for you. Knowing how to be SFW before you say yes to your next job offer might make you love to show up for work each day and not open you up for a legal nightmare if you just can’t seem to follow the rules.

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Are You Happyish?

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:44

There are degrees to every ones level of happiness when it comes to appreciating their job. In the HBO series, “Happyish” they refer to it as a “joy ceiling” – the highest level of happy you can possibly expect to achieve. Some people have high and low “joy ceilings” based on how they choose to deal with the ups and downs life throws at them. So, what’s your joy ceiling? When you describe your relationship with your job would you use words such as joyous, jubilant or jovial? Or are you just “happish”?

They say it doesn’t matter what you do in life so long as you are happy. Some say it’s the passion in your work that should drive you and make you content no matter how much you get paid, where you work or whom you work with. Maybe that works for some people but does it work for you? When you think about all the options and career choices you could have made, did you choose wisely or just fall into your career? It doesn’t really matter how you got there. What matters is what you do when you show up.

You can make the best and worst of any situation based on your “joy ceiling.” You can embrace change at work as a new opportunity, a challenge or a just another piece of BS you have to deal with to get your lousy paycheck at the end of the week. So many people work because they have to not because they want to. Name the last person you spoke to who said they worked because “they loved what they did” not because they needed to make a living and you probably have met the only person in the Universe with a high enough joy ceiling to not give a crap about what others think.

It’s hard to imagine what your life could be like if you were truly happy in your job? Do you ever fantasize what that might feel like just for fun? The next time you are having a day from hell, allow yourself to meander awhile in the fields of fantasy and just think about anything other than what you are doing. Here are a few steps to help you along the way:

  1. Close Your Eyes & Breathe: When you are having a particularly bad day take yourself someplace quiet, close your eyes and take a few deep belly breathes to center yourself. When you’ve had enough air not to feel faint, start to imagine that you are in your “happy” place wherever that is and see what comes up for you. It might be you are on a beach, on top of a mountain, or at home. Wherever you land just imagine if everyday at work looked something like this how much better would your work-life experience be?
  2. What Are You Doing? If you had nothing but time what would you love to do? Would you binge on Netflix or would you write, create art, put a business plan together or build a car? If you had the luxury of doing what made you happy-what would you be doing?
  3. Come back: Now that you’ve spent a few minutes imagining your perfect, happy existence-does it give you any insight into what you might try your hand at if you had nothing but your giddy, happy self to deal with?

Knowing that you can make any situation bearable is one thing, but realizing that it is possible to be truly, deliciously, deliriously happy is quite another. Next time your job makes you want to plunge yourself deep into a depressed state, take a minute, breathe it in and go to your happy place for inspiration.

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How Much Is Too Much?

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:51

Do you possess a good sense of self? Do you have a filter and understand when a boundary has been crossed? When it comes to your job search, the interview process and negotiating a job offer, how much is too much and do you know where you need to draw the line before you are considered unreasonable? When it comes to knowing what you want or don’t want from your next job, knowing how to show up without sabotaging your efforts is a good first step to ensure you are not blowing it before you get your foot in the door.

You may have only one shot at getting the job you want. Knowing how to work your job contacts without becoming an imposition is a crucial part of the job search equation. You may have been referred by someone you trust for a job you are interested in or you may want to reach out to someone through your LinkedIn network but are afraid to make a move. You don’t need to be a great networker but you do need to know whom to ask for help and when. Using the “three times a charm” rule means you can reach out to follow up and send an inquiry when there is 1) a job you are interested in applying for, 2) a follow up is required after a job interview or 3) you are negotiating the final details of your job offer. When it comes to managing your job search and offer there here is a fine line between being assertive and being annoying.

As it relates to the job interview process, having at least three shots to follow up on a job you’ve interviewed for is not unreasonable. If it is radio silent after you’ve applied to a job or you have gotten the message that they like you but are interviewing other candidates, waiting awhile to follow up in a positive way is acceptable. Asking permission to follow up in a specific time frame is reasonable even if it’s considered your third and final shot. You should make sure you ask for feedback if further time is needed and be polite about any necessary attempts to reach out again. Following up works both ways. If you are not interested in a job or you find out information about the position that no longer makes you a viable candidate best to cut yourself loose and not drag out the process. Being courtesy will go a long way when it comes to accepting your next job.

If you are at the final stages of the interview process and get a job offer that is less than what you want, it’s okay to ask for more as long as you are clear and you manage your expectations accordingly. If you ask for double the offer you are probably not going to get it. Knowing how much is reasonable based on doing some homework in advance understanding your worth in the market place is an important part of the negotiation.

Knowing how much is too much in any negotiation is vital for your success and ability to ask for and get what you want. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want as it will be given! You just need to be aware that asking is not the issue but setting your expectations on appropriateness is and as long as are aware of your boundaries you should be in good shape.

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Graduating & Need A Job-Now What???

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 08:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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College graduate in need of a job

College graduate in need of a job

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Full Disclosure & Your Job Search….

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:06

Many of us have a need to be fully transparent when it comes to job interviews and telling a recruiter or hiring manager the entire history of our job search. Others take a different approach, leaving clues and hints like a murder mystery trail yet to be solved. There are no right or wrong approaches to speaking your mind. You are the only one who knows how much is too much when it comes to disclosing information during your job search. Do you tell the recruiter that you are interviewing for multiple jobs? Do you tell your supervisor you are a finalist for a job offer? How much negotiating of your salary do you do BEFORE you get a formal offer?

When it comes to setting the stage for a job offer negotiation playing your cards close to the chest is not a bad strategy. Sometimes in our need to be transparent we can reveal too much. Here are some examples of when less is more when it comes to negotiating your next job offer:

  1. I’m So Popular! You may be interviewing with many companies and the job offer you receive from a company may be right but not perfect. You wonder whether you should leverage your current employer knowing it could back fire or, play hardball with the prospective employer until you get the offer you really want? It’s not wise to negotiate with a prospective offer if you are ultimately going to use it to leverage your current situation. Many times this approach can backfire. If you are interviewing for a new job and are up for a promotion at your current job and are wondering which road to choose it’s best to lay out your terms clearly so you are not playing both sides against the middle. Know what you want and what it would take in order for you to make the move and know what your bottom line is so if the new job offer does not meet your expectations no matter how badly you want to make a move, then sit tight and play out your current opportunity. Just because all things don’t fall into place at the moment you want does not mean you are stuck forever. Playing one employer against the other is a tricky game and unless you are a master negotiator, save that move for the experts.
  2. Let’s Make A Deal! When it comes to negotiating what you want whether this includes money, title or even reporting relationship, again, make sure you have your priorities straight and only ask for what really is a deal breaker for you. Whether you are negotiating a promotion or a new job, knowing what you are worth and playing that hand when the opportunity is right makes you a valuable asset no matter what side of the desk you are sitting on. You can have what you want you just need to know how to set the stage in order to make sure you do not come across as too demanding or unappreciative. Doing your homework, stating that you have interviewed for similar jobs in the industry and the going rate is X, makes you look like you have done your research and you know what you are worth on the open market. Don’t even begin the process of negotiating unless you are very clear on the market salary and in the end what will make you happy and accept the job offer.
  3. Don’t Settle for Less! Unless you have been on the job market for a long time or have no relevant experience in an industry you are trying to break into, accepting less in terms of title, salary or position is not the way to go. Letting people know your worth also means setting the boundaries of what you are and are not willing to accept in a job offer. It does not mean you have to play hardball out of the gate with a list of demands, but you again need to be very clear on what you want by having done the research and leveraging your skills in an appropriate and professional way. People respect you if you are able to stand up for yourself especially if you are being given an offer that is much less than you expect. If you have a good job but are looking for more, don’t panic, make the most of what you have while you have it and it’s okay to let the hiring manager know what you expect from your next career move-even if it’s more than what they want to pay you.

Full disclosure means that you are calculated in your response to your job search and negotiations and are not giving the information away just to make a point. If you are unhappy and are making a decision out of desperation it will show. If you are confident and know your market value than you are in a better position to ask for and get what you want.

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Spring Into Your Job Search ….

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 11:13

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

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

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

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

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

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Your Job-Without A Doubt…

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:52

It may seem like you know who you are and what you want and have always found it easy to find the path along the long road to your career. You may not have had to struggle along the way or you may have what others call, “an easy time of it.” Where ever your journey has taken you your job, your career, your calling has been one of the most important roads you’ve ever traveled in your like-without a doubt.

Now for the rest of us that road has been filled with challenges, uncertainties, and even wrong turns. Even when we thought we knew what we wanted life revealed a few other options for us to ponder and we were all to glad to try. It’s not that you lacked focus but doubt became the compass by which you navigated your career choices. You may have made some questionable decisions along the way, but you learned, grew and had at least some funny stories to tell about your crazy boss and your long suffering co-worker.

Even though you may have suffered the consequences of your questionable choices, your doubts about what you wanted steered you mysteriously into trying new careers, working in new industries and taking on jobs others would have naturally turned away from. You have been the master of your career destiny but what would you do differently if you knew for sure the career that was right for you? If you had the chance to choose again would you go to school, study a trade and apply your skills to a profession that would last a lifetime?

With doubt, comes an innate ability to push fear aside and try new things because we have no preconceived notion that we might fail if we give it a shot. When we have doubt about our choices, it helps us to weed out what we most like about what we do from those things we hate. Choosing your career when you are not so emotionally tied to the outcome may actually yield some interesting opportunities. Although I’m not suggesting you adopt a career strategy that employs a trial and error approach. But for those of you willing to take a gamble, are given a rare glimpse into new possible careers and fields of work to explore.

You may not think you’ve got it all figured out when it comes to making the right career choices. Maybe you would have been better off sticking to one thing and mastering your skills in a career that would span a lifetime. Just because you may have taken the scenic route along the way to your next job, you knew there would be many exits along the way for you to explore until you discovered what it was you really wanted to do. Having doubt makes it easier for you to try new things even if you are not sure what it is you really want. It does not mean that job-hopping is necessarily the way towards career advancement, but it sure makes for colorful reading on your resume.

If you feel that you have made choices based on doubt, uncertainty or just plain “luck” then you can count yourself among the vast majority of people who sometimes need to figure it out along the way before making a firm decision-without a doubt.

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Job Hop …

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 11:42

It use to be that having more than one job in a five year period of time was considered “flighty” and that you were labeled a “job-hopper.” No one wanted to look at your resume unless you can show longevity and commitment to a job. Getting an interview if you were not seen as a lifer was next to impossible if you could not prove that you had a valid reason for leaving your job in a short period of time—which was like five years or less! Job-hopping is not something you do with the Easter Bunny-it’s something you do when you are trying to figure out what you want or, you are so good at what you do everyone keeps offering you a job you can’t seem to turn down!

When you are an expert “job-hopper” you have taken the best of your current situation and are looking for the next best gig just like an Easter egg hunt gone awry. You may stumble from one job hole to another but hey you are having fun right? The job –hopper profile goes something like this:

  1. You need to keep moving otherwise you feel like you are stagnant and are not going anywhere in your career.
  2. You want to be liked so when someone offers you a new opportunity you don’t want to say no.
  3. Because it’s shiny.
  4. You may not have won at every game you played as a kid and you feel like it’s a race to fit 10 jobs in 10 years on your resume.
  5. You never liked staying in one place too long for fear of unhealthy attachments.
  6. You are a go-getter no matter how many times you like to run and fetch things.
  7. You don’t like to stay too long at the party- no matter how popular you have become.
  8. Change is good and you like to learn new things even if it has nothing to do with what you studied in school.
  9. Working in a variety of places makes you feel like a well-rounded person with much to offer someone new given the next chance.
  10. If you don’t like it you can leave.

Being a job-hopper these days is not a negative sign as it once was. Working in many places shows that you are curious by nature and have the ability to fit into new environments and to move with the rolling tide. As long as you know how to effectively “spin” your many career choices over a short span of time, most employers these days don’t necessarily look poorly on someone who has had many jobs. As someone who likes to move from one place to another knowing that about yourself is a huge plus in choosing the type of jobs you want and the type of people you would like to work for.

Just because you like to move around a lot does not mean you would not make a valuable addition to any team. You just need to make sure you don’t hop yourself off the career trail because you can’t seem to stay around long enough to offer up your contributions in a meaningful way. Have a list, check it off and hop on to your next great career adventure!

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Find Your Footing….

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 23:18

When you feel like all else has failed, and you are not sure which if any choices are available to you it’s easy to loose your job footing. The balance between what you want and what you have seems treacherous and you think about all of the ways you can and will fail at your job. Everyone fails. It’s the way of the world and yes, there are always lessons to learn no matter how unlikely and painful the process seems. You are not always going to fail. You will find your footing even if you think like you’ll be hobbling all the way to your next job offer.

Yes when you least expect it, yes when the stars align, yes when mercury is not in retrograde and yes when you’ve got nothing else to loose. These are the times that test your resolve and really see what you are made of. It’s like the Universe is working overtime in any way possible to make the choices or work situations you are dealing with any more stressful but some days you are just not sure if there is a higher power working against you? When you feel like it’s impossible and the offers are just not coming fast enough or not coming in at all that’s when you’ve got to power through like no other force inside you as if nothing can ever hold you back. That does not mean you have to wait for a reply from the thousands of resumes you’ve sent out or check your email and texts to see if anyone is listening. This is when sitting around waiting for the phone to ring is not your best option.

Finding your footing means balancing against what feels most uncomfortable for you even when that means taking a job that might not thrill you or sticking to a job that has no where to go. Pushing through what’s painful builds resolve and tests your ability to really get clear and focused on what it is you really and truly want. Some people have it easy and know from the time they were born what they will be when they grow up. Most of us however, have no clue and have either fallen into it by accident, luck or impeccable timing.

Just because you are where you are does not mean that you will forever be stuck in the quicksand of your miserable job. Finding your way out of the sinking sand means you are willing to do whatever it takes to pull yourself up and out of your dire situation. Some people propel themselves into greatness under extreme circumstances when life leaves them no other choice. Others, cling to the success of those around them hoping that someone will eventually throw them a safety rope to climb out of their sinking hole. Whatever your situation knowing that you are the only one who can balance your work situation one foot and one step at a time even if you are not great at the balancing act means you will find your footing and land on both feet.

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Digital Distractions….

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:08

In a world filled with smart phones, tablets, watches and eye gear all able to transport you into a different situation and distract you from your goals, how do you even attempt to get focused? When it comes to your job, or trying to do it anyway, digital distractions are not the promise of an easier, smarter and technology savvy tomorrow. Your technology may actually be contributing to your inability to do or find the work you want.

When we become so reliant on texting, email and any form of messaging we lose a little in the art of communication every day. It’s not that our thumbs are any less important than our tongue, but when we lose the method by which we show up for a job interview or even for work, we lose a part of who we are in the process. Being able to look someone in the eye, engage in a conversation and listen all play an important part in how successfully you are able to get your message across even if that means you are pitching a new sales plan or going for a job interview.

You are what you type and you are what you say. If you are not allowed enough situational opportunities to communicate effectively, like everything else you don’t use you will undoubtedly lose. Putting down the iPad to converse, using the phone instead of email or messaging are ways to help you remain engaged when you would like nothing better to do than to hide behind the digital toys imagining a world where you can multi-task your way to success. Finding the right ways to communicate does not mean you have to give up on technology all together.

Understanding that it takes focus and your attention to stay engaged means you are consciously aware of when you are relying too much on your gadgets and less on your innate communication skills. Try going for one day with out texting or emailing. Could you do it? What if you were to go back to the old fashioned way of actually picking up a phone and making a call without relying on the “LOL” abbreviations to say how you really feel?

When it comes to your work you may have fallen into what seems like socially acceptable means to communicate with your co-workers or even with your future boss. Knowing how to form a sentence, speak intelligently and to deliver a message using your thoughts and words is not a lost art, it is the only way to articulate what you truly want and to make a good impression on someone you may want a job from someday. The next time you are tempted to text or email instead of calling someone even if it’s to follow up on an interview, try picking up the phone and at least leave a message. See how that alien practice makes you feel and what result you get if you actually do connect with someone live. Leave the digital distractions behind you and remember how to have a real conversation with an actual person and not a hologram-it’s actually fun.

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Fake It Until You Make It ….

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:07

We may all imagine that it’s nice to be somewhere else or to be someone else even if it’s for a little while. It seemed to work for “Cinderella” when she pretends to be the princess she eventually becomes. There is nothing wrong in living and acting in a state of denial as long as you don’t live well above your means as you follow your delusion. Fantasy or fiction, sometimes pretending a life you really want even working in a job you often dream of is the way to get you a little closer to living out your dream for real.

You may heard of the expression, “fake it until you make it” but there may actually be some truth to that when it comes to figuring out how to get what you want from your career. It’s not like you have to play dress up and go into the office disguised as your boss or someone you want to emulate in order to get ahead. But there may be some truth to acting as if you got that promotion, landed that hot assignment or just generally are where you want to be in your career. You may think living in your fantasy world will only distract you from obtaining your real job goals. But faking it until you make it may be the little incentive you need in order to keep you focused and alert to new and exciting opportunities.

We all want to work for a winner. Acting like a winner is one way to garner the support and encouragement of others even if deep down inside you don’t feel you deserve it. It’s okay to have self-doubt from time to time but allowing those feelings to keep you from your goals and the job you truly want is what may halt your career dead in its tracks. When you motivate yourself by believing in what you want and that nothing or no one will stand in the way you are on the road to success whether you like it or not. Living in a world that is abundant with opportunities gives you encouragement and enthusiasm even if you are still trying to figure it all out.

I’m not suggesting you lie on your resume or fabricate how much money you make in order to impress your friends and co-workers. But believing that you can accomplish large scale projects, stretching yourself beyond even your wildest imagination will help you gain the respect and moreover the confidence you need in order to finally push through to getting the job or promotion you really want. It’s very hard to go after what you want when you live under the stress and strain of your everyday life and the pressures of working in a job you hate. Pretending to love what you have while you search for what you want opens you up to new opportunities and develops you in ways that you may have never imagined. So next time some one tells you denial is a river in Egypt, ask them when the next boat takes off and hop on for the ride of your life.

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Job Bondage…

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:13

We have all felt shackled to our job at one point or another whether we were physically handcuffed to a desk or just compelled to answer those texts or emails from the boss at 2am. No matter how you define your “Fifty Shades Of Grey,” being bound to your job like a hostage negotiating your way out of captivity is not the way you should embrace your career aspirations under any circumstances.

There are times in everyone’s career where you have felt the tight ropes of bondage take hold no matter how much you say you love what you are doing and you are “satisfied.” You could be suffering from “job abuse” the way some may experience “battered wife syndrome” and you may not know how to get out from under your own captivity. Your job is not meant to be a prison sentence but for some the abuse you may experience has become as common as the same route you take to work. Just because you feel bound to a job that crushes you does not mean you can’t get out at anytime. You may not feel like there are choices and options available to you but no amount of bondage is worth the sacrifice of a paycheck.

Job bondage may come in many forms from the boss who has no boundaries and expects you to be his or her shrink, confidante, house keeper, baby-sitter, pet walker and general go-to person from the person who decides to have an all staff meeting just as you are sitting down for Sunday dinner with the family. You may feel like you have no options but to comply but setting clear boundaries when it’s imposing on your personal time should not only be a priority but a requirement of your working conditions.

You may think well that might work for some but not for me since I’m in a leadership role and must answer to a higher power. Well if you don’t lead by example, even your bosses won’t know where to draw the line! You can easily become your own prison guard if even you don’t know when to say, “No!” Knowing when enough is enough should not force you to quit your job but instead to set clear and direct expectations when it comes to what you are willing to do or not do when it comes to your working relationships.

We all want to please and when we work for someone who is in a higher position of power we feel like there are no other options but to do as one is told. You may not have the luxury of a self-directed work schedule or self-employment but when it comes to setting reasonable expectations you are the master of your own destiny no matter how many bosses you have. Not being taken advantage of even in your work environment does not mean you lack work ethic or integrity, it just means you have your own best interests at heart and know when someone is crossing the line in expecting you to work against the odds. So the next time your boss makes an unreasonable request or assumption, take a breath, smile and politely decline. There is nothing like the feeling of escape from job bondage and being able to hold your head up high and to regain your personal life freedom.

 

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Are you successful?

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:10

However you define success one thing is for certain, successful people don’t work hard they work smart.  Just because you power through the day with more work than 10 people can handle, should not be the definition of how successful you think you are.  Keeping the big picture in sight means you don’t allow yourself to become distracted by the small stuff.  Yes, successful people rarely focus on the details and minutia, instead successful people keep their sights focused on the end game and not the play by play.  It may seem hard to know what success may look like when you are so caught up in the day to day, but it’s not just important it’s critical to achieving what you ultimately want.

If you define success by how much you can accomplish in a given day, week or year then you are still focusing on the short-term goal.  As much as it is important to recognize your accomplishments along the way, true success is not achieved unless you can keep your focus towards your long-term goals. So, are you successful?  Do you find yourself caught up in the da-to-day or are you a visionary thinking far into the future?

If you still find you can’t seem to get out of your own way when it comes to thinking big, here are a few things to remember that might help you sort through the small stuff:

1.    Throw Away The To-Do List:  Keeping track of the small stuff is important but not if it keeps you stuck checking off items from your to-do list and losing sight of the big picture.  Focus on your one goal, your top objective and your main reason for getting what you want. Losing sight of this can be the make it or break it when it comes to actually achieving your goals despite the distractions.

2.   Stay Focused: It’s hard to keep calm and move on but try you must if success is your end game. Distractions are going to occur it’s inevitable. Keeping your objectives in your line of sight on a regular basis may not be easy when the phone is ringing, you are getting text messages, and the kids are calling for you. Surrounding yourself with people who are motivated to help you succeed and keep you balanced is essential for you to navigate the day-to-day madness and stay on the road towards success.

3.   Keeping it Real:  Having lofty goals helps you push threw even the hardest of times to get to what you want.  Keeping your goals, action plans and objectives in focus is important but keeping them real and tangible is equally as crucial.  Checking in with trusted sources, keeping your facts straight and recognizing your challenges and opportunities even if they change, helps you understand where you are at all times and makes you able to anticipate a change in strategy if necessary to ensure you are successful.

Determining your success is not an all or nothing proposition.  You can measure your success in small steps but remembering to keep your main goals in line with your daily actions is part of your ability to make sure you achieve what you truly want from your career.

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Your Job: And The Winner Is….

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 16:13

 

If you feel like a hopeful nominee, a reluctant runner up or a cocky winner, stand in line because your job search is a far cry from the glitz and glamour of The Oscars. You may feel like you have to dress the part or at least give good face to the crowds who are cheering you on. But, inside your stomach churns in tangled nervous knots and you wonder how you got here and whether being the job spotlight is such a good thing. Having the feeling that every interview is like the opening of a gold envelope and that all you have to do is sit, smile and wait-makes the process maddening at best and at the very least, glad you don’t have to do the red carpet walk.

Not knowing the outcome all your job efforts have made may give you a sense of wonder or a dread. Patience in this game fades with every notice of rejection, every inquiry gone unanswered and every job offer you didn’t get. That’s not to say the next one won’t be your one, but in the meantime the wait may just kill you. Here’s a tip, while you wait for the opening of the envelope, prepare your acceptance speech. You may think what a waste of time! You may be under consideration but you are a long way off from a win. It doesn’t matter, knowing who you should thank along the way and what you are most grateful for in helping you carve your career path to fame will help you prepare and stay focused on the win and not on the wait.

Finding enough good things to honor in your job search efforts, remembering the people who helped you and giving thanks to the many opportunities that made it your way should keep you positive, focused and above all hopeful. Making it past the noise, applause, (even if it’s not for you) and the uncertainty that comes with everything that is worth the wait, will give you the foresight to know that no matter the outcome, you gave it your all.

There are winners and losers in every aspect where there is one thing that more than one person wants. In this case your job search is no different. Remember, you may be thinking, “Let it be me” the next time you are faced with the opportunity of being selected for a job you want. Coveting an award, or a job, a chance to win something that is perceived as making your life in someway a little better, challenges you to stay the course and acknowledge what you can do to make the journey a little more exciting.

Whether you are the presenter, a performer, a nominee, runner-up or the winner in your own job search show, your participation and acceptance of how well you did or didn’t perform makes you a winner no matter what the outcome. Accept, acknowledge and be grateful your turn will come whether it’s this job or the next.

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3 Ways To Have It All In Your Career…

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 15:35

What does it really mean to “have it all?” When it comes to knowing what you want from your career when do you know it’s time to make a change if you feel you are not on the right path? Having all that you want and desire from your work life may seem like a pie in the sky concept that no one can ever truly achieve. Being in the right place at the right time, or being very lucky in succeeding in your career are misconceptions that roll around in your head when you battle the choice between keeping your day job and pursuing your dream job.

When it comes to thinking you may not ever be able to pursue what you have always dreamed of doing, think again because there is a way to have it all and not give up your day job to accomplish it:

  1. Think Before You Act: When it comes to making a change into a career that you always wanted to try but didn’t have the courage to pursue, make a well-thought out plan of action before you actually strike out. Having an idea of where you want to go and how you want to get there will make any transition easier, even if after the analysis you decide the timing or the plan is not worth the risk. Visualize where you’d like to be in the next 2, 3 5 years after you have made the move to a new career. Picturing what it looks like will help you map out the road to accomplishing your dreams. Jumping into something head on without thinking it through maybe a dangerous choice when you are trying to make a change into something you love. Leaning on a group of advisors, or maybe speaking with a career counselor may lead you to make a more informed decision even when you don’t have all the pieces to your career puzzle mapped out.
  2. Talk It Over: Nothing helps you process an idea, thought or plan more than having a confidante or a group of people you can discuss your plan with. It does not mean you have to take anyone’s advice because in the end the idea to make a change is really only your decision. Having someone you trust help you think through the pros and cons of a choice to change career direction even if one of those choices is to quit your job to go back to school or to stick with what you have until you are better prepared to make a change. Confiding in someone you trust will help you discover your true motivation in wanting to switch careers and pursue another path and may help you to decide if you are considering the change for the right reasons.
  3. Look Before You Leap: Once you’ve gone through the process of thinking through your decision, it might be wise to test the waters a bit before making the leap. If you were thinking about a career change, is there something you can do in your spare time that will allow you to dabble in your new area of interest without sacrificing your rent check? Maybe moving home with mom is not an option until you figure out what you want to do, so what can you do to explore your desire to be a movie producer, songwriter or athlete without quitting your day job? When it comes to wanting it all maybe you can gradually explore your options by volunteering in your field of interest, cultivating a new group of friends in the area you want to explore or even taking some classes or webinars to learn a little more about the field you are interested in pursuing? Just because you may have feelings that you are not living up to your full career potential does not mean you have to jump ship and dramatically switch directions.

You can still pursue your dream job or career passion by keeping to a plan, having a trusted group of advisors and making sure you watch where you are going no matter how anxious you are to make a change. You can have your cake and eat it too one bite at a time and by being smart about it.

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10 Reasons To Fall In Love With Your Job…

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:43

It’s not enough to give flowers, cards and candy this Valentine’s Day to the one you love, but what gesture of love and kindness do you show the one you spent probably the most time with in your life? When it comes to important relationships, how much time and attention do you show your job? If you are happy and content in what you do then your job can not only be your one great love but also the place you run to when times are tough. But, when you are not sure if you are in the right job, learning to love your relationship may take more than a career counselor, you may just need Cupid’s arrow to create the love you’ve been looking for.

Here are a few ways to fall in love with your job just in time for Valentine’s Day:

  1. Love the Job You Have: Learning to love what you are doing is the first step in learning how to love who you are doing it with.
  2. Love the Little Things: Whether it’s the size of your office, the great coffee in the break room or the company gatherings, loving the small but significant things in your job life makes you appreciate it more.
  3. Love Your Boss: Well maybe not literally but having a mentor and someone you can share with makes the job more enjoyable no matter how tough.
  4. Love Your Co-Workers: Giving and receiving advice from colleagues and enjoying their company helps you want to go to work and stay there even during a heavy workload.
  5. Love The Pay: Even if you’ve been angling for a raise, loving that you earn money and that it comes in a steady paycheck helps you to be appreciative.
  6. Love The Work: There may be times when you’ve been tasked with something you did not sign up for but embracing even the small jobs makes the big ones seem better.
  7. Love The Opportunity To Learn: Every job comes with new learning opportunities and being open to them helps you love and learn even more.
  8. Love The Commute: How you get to work each day sets the stage for the day you’ll have. Try a different route to shake things up but learn to love the ride however you choose to get to work.
  9. Love The Accolades: Whether you or a colleague is getting praise for a good job, remember to take time to acknowledge and celebrate the wins.
  10. Love the Challenge: Every job relationship comes with ups and downs. Loving the whole process as a learning opportunity and a way to grow is part of the way you learn to love your job each challenge at a time.

Loving your job may not always be easy but learning to fall in love all over again can be a fun process!

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5 Winning Ways To Work With A Recruiter…..

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 13:29

Even if you think you’ve got the best resume money can buy and your network rocks the professional world, you may not always find yourself getting your next job through a referral or professional contact. When you find that the job you want is being represented through an internal or external recruiter, how do you penetrate the iron curtain and get past this recruitment gatekeeper? Knowing how to leverage your assets, connections and skills is one thing, but how do you establish a connection with someone you don’t even know?

Recruiters are hired for one purpose only and that is to weed out those over-zealous candidates from those that might be considered a “perfect fit.” Keep in mind the recruiter has to please the client and to make sure that they are addressing the client’s needs and wants in the best way possible by presenting the very best “short-list” of qualified candidates. Client is defined here as the employer or hiring manager. It might seem like an easy task, but when the market is flooded with good people all vying for the same job, the recruiter’s task has just become that much more challenging.

If you find yourself one of those qualified candidates in front of a recruiter trying to get a leg up on the competition, here are a few ways you can actually have the recruiter help you move ahead through the process:

  1. First Impressions Count: You may be meeting the recruiter for the first time but making sure you are on time, dressed appropriately and prepared by doing your research on the recruiter and the company is a good sign you will make a good first impression when you have no prior connection to the recruiter who is tasked with filling the job you want.
  2. Following Up By Not Being a Pest: Good follow up skills are important in any job search but there is a fine line between checking in for updates and becoming a pest. The recruiter has a list of priorities to get through and other candidates to meet. If you have passed the first test and are going on to round #2 (in person meeting), then sit back and let the process unfold naturally. A good recruiter will keep you in the loop as to next steps throughout the process and let you know if you are advancing to the semi-finals.
  3. Don’t Try So Hard: Looking to please is a nice habit for your elderly relative but when it comes to looking for a job nothing screams “desperate” more than someone who is trying to compliment their way through an interview. Being overly “nice” does not win you any points because anyone astute enough can see through this tactic and in the end you do not win any extra points for trying to kiss up and through the interview process.
  4. Don’t Send Gifts: In the same category as being “too nice” sending inappropriate “thank you” gifts to a recruiter will not earn you any points or move you up further in the queue for consideration. Keep bribery out of the job search equation at all times!
  5. Be Considerate: Acting as if you want the job is important and you do that by asking the recruiter really good questions about the company, the people, the culture and the environment. Assuming that you already have all the answers and rather wait to speak with the “employer” makes you come off as arrogant and thoughtless. And remember to always circle back for feedback with the recruiter along the way even if you don’t wind up getting the job. Use this as a learning process to help you the next time you may be up for a job represented through a recruiter.

In the end the recruiter is your friend and ally in your job search and should be respected and treated as such. Trying to bypass the process by cutting the recruiter out or going behind the recruiter’s back is a sure sign that you will not make it to the first cut of candidates presented to the employer. Some recruiters have a bad reputation when it comes to dealing with the candidates and that is too bad for the rest of those who try hard to make a difference and to help both sides in a winning proposition. Don’t forget the recruiter is there to help move the process to a successful conclusion even if you are ultimately not the one who is offered the job by the employer.

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