At this time of the year, many people feel stressed about holiday shopping, end-of-year “must do” activities, work responsibilities, final exams and term papers, and other factors.
So, what can we do to reduce our stress levels?
According to Bite Size Wellness:
“Sights: Being a visual person, visual-based activities tend to be soothing and uplifting as they bring my mind to another place. Close your eyes and breath! Sounds: Are you an auditory person? Do you love music? If so, experiment with sounds to reduce stress and exercise your acoustic muscles. Smells: There is something about a burning lavender candle that instantly puts me in the calm zone. Surround yourself with energizing and soothing scents to comfort you when you are frazzled. Touch: If you are a hugger you know how beneficial the power of touch is. Experiment with tangible sensation and focus on those that relax and renew. Taste: Mindfully indulge your sense of taste. Slowly savoring a favorite treat can help focus your stress elsewhere. Just remember the key is to pamper your tongue in moderation so that your stress doesn’t impact your waistline.”
Check out this infographic to learn more.
As has been reported by various sources (see, for example, 1, 2, 3, 4), there are many rewarding career opportunities in marketing. And the potential for career advancement and good earnings (six to seven figure annual compensation if one reaches the top) is strong.
The late Steve Jobs’ greatest talent was his marketing vision regarding product design and innovations, along with his passionate promotion of Apple products. Mark Zuckerberg is first and foremost a great marketer for Facebook! Every big accounting firm needs marketing professionals to get the message out to prospective clients.
According to Kyle Kensing, writing for CareerCast:
“The advertising and marketing industries’ influence is ever present. Open a Web page, turn on a radio or television, walk outside and see a billboard or bus bench, and that impact is clear. The best jobs in advertising and marketing bring products and services into the public consciousness.”
“If a tree falls in the forest but no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?, asks an old proverb. Apply the same principle to marketing. Without consumer awareness, does a product exist?“
“Consider that Samsung spent a reported $11 billion in marketing and advertising in 2012. And that’s just one company. Google’s advertising revenue topped $20 billion in the United States last year, surpassing print outlets for the first time. The staggering sums of money being spent in marketing and advertising are an investment in even higher returns. Thus, professionals in these industries are faced with high-stakes decisions on a daily basis.”
As we have discussed before (also click here), creating a strong personal brand is one of the most important things that you can do for getting a job and advancing in your career. So, if you have not taken this seriously yet, you should so so now.
Consider this observation from Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, writing for Careerealism.com: “Your resume is an amazingly important document. It not only speaks to your past accomplishments, but it also acts as a predictor of your future capabilities. However, your resume can’t successfully complete this task if it isn’t packed with quality information. This includes an outstanding personal branding statement.”
Click the image to read three personal branding tips from Holbrook Hernandez.
While we plan out our careers, we certainly need to determine what activities interest us (as part of our self-assessment).
As Matt Wesson observes for Pardot (B2B marketing automation provider and a part of salesforce.com):
“Technology has given marketers the ability to track, quantify, and optimize marketing processes at a level that was unheard of only a year ago. The marketing scientist has come to dominate this new arena of objective measurement and data-driven thinking, while the marketing artist continues to thrive on creative ideas and a more abstract way of thinking. But while these two differently-minded marketers may sometimes disagree over where the focus should lie, the marketing departments that will truly excel in this new age of marketing are those that recognize the value in both approaches.”
Take a look at the infographic prepared by Pardot.
How would YOU answer these questions raised by City & Guilds? “What makes young people happy in the workplace? How do they see themselves progressing in their roles in the future? And who or what inspired them about their careers? Our infographic has the answers.”
Virtually everyone wants to spend their time more efficiently and effectively.
Consider this observation from Kevin Daum, writing for Inc.: “Most everyone would like to be more efficient. Just think, you would spend less time doing the things that you don’t enjoy and more on the things that bring satisfaction, happiness and profit. Some people are actually very adept at efficiency. They manage every manageable moment so they have more time for themselves to do the things they love.”
Click the image to read Daum’s eight techniques that efficient people use. The first one may surprise you!
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