Tag Archives: career

Are YOU a Good Employee? Take This Quiz

26 Aug

We’d all like to think that we are good employees — hardworking, productive, and so on. But are we really?

Take this thought-provoking quiz from Careerealism and learn more about yourself. Be honest. :-)
 
 

 

Self-Branding for Personal and Career Success

15 Aug

Recently, I did a full-length radio interview with Dr. Suzanne Phillips for her CoSozo Psych Up Show  on the topic of self-branding for personal and career success. In this interview, the discussion goes far beyond the concept of self-branding for career success, the subject of earlier posts at this blog.

Self-branding is relevant for every role in which we engage — family member, friend, boss, employee, etc. And (1) our persona varies for each role and (2) we need to understand how others perceive us in these various roles. If we are not perceived as we would like, maybe we need to sharpen our messages and/or change our behavior.

If you have a few minutes (48 overall :-) ), then click on the play button.
 

 

http://www.cosozo.com/sites/default/files/radio/audio/full/pu0039_podcast.mp3

 

Having Realistic Career Expectations

12 Aug

Are you realistic in your expectations regarding your current job and your long-term career prospects?

“Our expectations serve us like a yardstick where we kind of measure people both ahead of time and after an event. We think we know what to expect of others and ourselves, so we check to see if all of that expectation is missed or met. What happens when our expectations are continuously missed? We turn grouchy, to start with. If our expectations are continually abused, it can become the catalyst of unrest and great unhappiness. We hate to be disappointed. The question is – Are your expectations realistic or are you a control freak? It’s good to be good, but it’s annoying to work with someone who wants to be perfect. Besides, it’s just not possible, so you could be unrealistic and also be a real pain in the backside.”

Here are Tannahill-Moran’s seven questions to consider:

 

 1. Are your expectations clear? “Sometimes we have them, but we can’t exactly pinpoint what they are. If you can get clear first, you can examine them more closely.”

2. How did you form your expectations? “We sometimes cook up expectations and fail to communicate them.”

3. Are your expectations consistent? “You’re confused and don’t know WHAT to expect. Time to ask.”

4. How do your goals compare to peers? “Make sure you know where the bar is set for your peers to see if it is within a reasonable range of your own.”

5. Are you properly communicating your expectations? “We often go about doing our work without really communicating what we need, when we need it, and what details go with it.”

6. Do you seek feedback? “Depending on your situation, you could do that with your boss; but if that isn’t an option, consider a respected mentor or peer.”

7. Are your expectations adversely affecting your work or career? “One sure way to know if your expectations are reasonable is if your work is being negatively impacted by someone else. It’s not unreasonable to expect others to meet quality, quantity, and deadlines as it relates to the work you do.”

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Making a New Job Less Stressful

27 Jul

Starting a new job can be a stress-filled time. So, what can you do to reduce your anxiety and optimize your relationship with your boss?

According to Careerealism:

“Building a relationship with your new manager isn’t complicated. It must be intentional, genuine, and built on a foundation of respect. As a new employee, ideally you should be spending some time with your manager every day for the first couple of weeks, even if only for a brief check-in. These meetings are ideal opportunities to jump-start the dialogue. Here are five simple conversations you need to have with your boss when you start a new role.”

 

 

Lessons for Potential Entrepreneurs

3 Jul

Looking to be an entrepreneur? Do you have what it takes? Read this article for many tips and things to think about.
 

 

A Self-Branding Slideshow

1 Jul

Because of its importance to readers of this blog, we’ve devoted a lot of attention to career planning and opportunities – with a special emphasis on self-branding. This could be the most important concept for us as we plan out and move through our careers. What is our personal brand and how does this make us stand out from the crowd?

Here is a slideshow synopsis on self-branding.
 

 

What Do Hiring Managers Want from Job Applicants?

24 Jun

According to Tracey Parsons, the CEO of CredHive (a networking firm), there are many things that job applicants can do to facilitate the hiring process for potential employers.

Here are six tips from Parsons:

  1. Follow instructions — “It is refreshing when a candidate does exactly what we ask when applying for a position. At my company, we require you to join our database. We only use our own tool to identify talent for our open positions. We don’t take resumes. We don’t believe them. But, that’s our requirement. So, when people do what we’ve asked, we are happy.”
  2. Use focused communications — “When a candidate tells me exactly what they are going to bring to the table to solve my business challenges, I pick up the phone and call them. And who doesn’t love it when the hiring manager calls them directly to talk about their experience. When you are writing to a hiring manager, try to keep the following in mind, ‘What’s in it for the hiring manager?’”
  3. Be on brand with the company — “I love it when people send me contact requests or inquiries that sound like someone here wrote it. This tells me three things: First, you took the time to read our site and understand our personality. Second, you understand our brand enough that the learning curve when you start isn’t steep. See, I can already see you working here when you write in our voice. And finally, it tells me that you also see alignment.”
  4. Show examples of past work — “Nothing beats examples! Examples are awesome and help you stand out. If you have a portfolio, Slideshare, CredHive, links to documents, spreadsheets, reports, project plans, ideas, and presentations from Dropbox, send them.  It helps me see what you’ve done so that I can better imagine you working on our team.”
  5. Ask good questions — “You should be curious about our company, its trajectory, my management style, and the team. When you ask good questions, I can tell you are curious and that you are thoughtful. These are my top two desired skills.”
  6. Follow up smartly — “Nothing seals the deal like a smartly crafted follow-up message. The net, always send a thank you note. The real deal-sealer is when a little time has passed; the candidate sends me a news article or blog post that is thought provoking based on our conversation.”

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