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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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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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