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Your Comfort Zone Is Killing Your Success

Filed under: Best Advice, Insights, Success, Your Career

Applying for jobs just out of college or grad school, comfort may have seemed like the ultimate goal: to find the perfect job that was a natural fit and have a long, fulfilling career there.

Forget all of that: comfort is the enemy. If things are easy, it’s time to shake up your career.

Remember when you were young, and you first attempted to write a bicycle? Were you scared at first? Absolutely. Was the end result worth it? I’m betting it was.

Hopping into a new job or career path is indeed a lot like that first ride on a bike: a heart-pumping, adrenaline-inducing risk– and the payoffs can be as meaningful as the life-changing freedom of mastering two wheels.

Getting out of your comfort zone is a must if you want to achieve extraordinary success. I like to think of it as a shift into your “strength zone”: identify, highlight and hone in on what makes you unique and lean into it so you stand out.

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10 Tips For Adding Value By Showing Initiative

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Quick Tips, Your Career

In these tough times, it is absolutely critical you continue to demonstrate your value to your employer, clients, and colleagues on a daily basis. Adding value is THE buzzword for “safe-guarding” your career and propelling yourself to the top of your profession.

Showing initiative is a must-do in demonstrating your value at work. Initiative correlates strongly with personal achievement and professional development. It is the act of taking personal responsibility for your growth, and it is a clear sign of your capacity to develop as a leader.

So, what are you waiting for? Take action today; don’t wait to be asked – be proactive. Consider the following ideas for lighting the fire of initiative in your daily work life:

  • Always be alert for ways to make something work better. Make the suggestion.Volunteer to take ownership for getting it done.
  • Take it upon yourself be the first to adopt and implement the newest company policy.

Click here to read the rest on Careerealism >>

5 Ways to Get Recognized as an Outstanding Employee

Filed under: Career Advice, Insights, Quick Tips, Your Career

If you think about the best employees at your company, what qualities do they have? Sure, being a valuable employee involves being intelligent, reliable, and competent, but it’s about so much more than that.

Many people don’t realize that work success is often a reflection of your character traits. For example, if you’re unselfish, passionate, and enthusiastic, chances are you are the kind of person most people want to work with. Those qualities translate to success regardless of your industry.

“There was a time when success was measured by the title you held at work, the size of your home, or the make of your car,” explains Sheryl Connelly, global consumer trends expert. “But it seems society has been moving away from these traditional markers of success and making way for much more individual expressions of success.”

Here are five ways to be a better employee — and ultimately, to get more recognition:

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7 Job Interview Habits of Super Persuasive People

Filed under: Confidence, Job Search, Recruiting & Hiring, Your Career

A job interview is an opportunity to sell yourself. It is your opportunity to prove to the interviewer that you possess the skills necessary to take the company forward and that you are someone who can be trusted.

The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.–Zig Ziglar

If the interview was successful, then you have clearly communicated what you have to offer, and have gained another friend–and hopefully a new job.

Persuasive people know how to prepare for and excel at interviews. Here are 7 things super persuasive candidates do to gain the trust and enthusiasm of the interviewer.

1. They study up

Prior to the interview, learn everything you can about the job you are applying for and the company. You can be far more persuasive when you understand and discuss how your skills align with those of the position you are interviewing for and the company’s mission and future vision.

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5 Ways to Lead in Challenging Times

Filed under: Career Advice, inspiration, Leadership, Your Career

What do leaders do when their stock price has dropped 75 percent and it’s their job to get it back up? What should leaders think when the thrilling vision they had for the future has been clouded by economic uncertainty? How do leaders get inspired when their employees are dejected, worried, and distracted–and let’s face it, on some level so are they?

Wait–don’t answer that. You can’t.

Because no matter how much you know about leadership, regardless of what the research says or what best practice implies, there’s only one way to find the right answers to these questions. Leaders need to find them for themselves.

In a time of unprecedented challenge, leaders don’t just need to lead their companies. They also need to lead themselves. They need strategies for improving their effectiveness while sustaining a sense of professional well-being. Every one of us has an internal source of strength and stability. Without care and consideration these renewable resources are seriously at risk.

In order to survive and thrive, leaders can’t just go about business as usual. Business isn’t “usual” anymore. It’s undergoing a seismic shift. Leaders need to get their footing in a shaky reality and learn to embrace the possibilities ahead.

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4 Steps to Get to Success by Destroying Your Inner Critic

Filed under: Good Habits, Self Reflection, Success, Your Career

Have you ever remained silent in a meeting because you were afraid of saying something stupid or have you ever talked a lot in a meeting without really saying anything because you were afraid of being irrelevant? Do you know who made you do that? Well, I have a pretty good guess at who was responsible for this. We all have inside ourselves a little devil called the inner critic. This little demon can be an occasional mild annoyance or a raging lunatic depending on your past experiences.

Self worth and self confidence are two different things. You can be high functioning and successful and still have no love for yourself. When it comes to self esteem its either you or the critic and if you want to be happy you need to blow this little stinker to bits. Below are some tips on how you can come out of this battle on top.

Observe how much of YOU dares to show up around others:

  • When someone offends you, do you tell them? Do you feel guilty if you tell them?
  • Do you ever pretend to be like someone else or agree with them needlessly so that they like you?

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7 Things You Must Do Before You Say ‘I Quit!’

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Decision Making, Your Career

Feeling trapped in your career is a lot like being trapped in a bad relationship. You’ve invested in countless years of training and climbing the corporate ladder only to leave you wondering, “How can I possibly get out now?”

And then what if you are really good at your job, where your boss loves you, you earn a six figure salary, and you’ve been promoted, but then you’re still miserable? Leaving a successful career for something more meaningful is incredibly difficult, but it can be done. It should be done, actually, because living a life without a meaningful career can put extreme stress on you, your family, and your health.

I know this all too well because I have been there. I have been an entrepreneur and my first company put me in $350,000 in debt. Despite its failure, I was able to rise above and start a new company that awarded me with enormous financial success. But even with all that money and buying my dream luxury car, something was still missing. I was 37 years old with a wife and two kids, and our new life of luxury had painted me in a corner. I needed to start over, and find a meaningful career, but I didn’t know how.

Click here to read the rest on The Huffington Post >>

It’s Never Too Late (or Early) to Set Goals

Filed under: Career Advice, Goals, ideas, Your Career

This past weekend my wife was cleaning out some boxes she had received from her parents full of school projects from elementary school. Included was a timeline she drew up in 5th grade and after inspection, she came eerily close to achieving every goal she had set out for herself over 15 years ago. She predicted her college playing and coaching career, she predicted the completion of her Master’s degree (to the exact year) and even predicted she’d one day marry a prince. Okay, maybe I made that last one up.

The point is, it is remarkable how much writing down your goals prepares you to achieve them. I write down goals every day, every week, every month, every year and have a bucket-list of lifetime goals I’m hoping to accomplish in my personal and professional life. It’s a way to say “this is where I want to be someday,” if you don’t have the roadmap, how will you ever know where you going (or when you get there?) I’ve included some of the following tips for creating a goal list. This is the year to dream big, work big and live big.

Make your goals SMART

Smart goals are defined as: specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound. Too often people make goals that sound like “lose some weight,” “workout more,” “save more money,” “get a promotion,” but none of these goals define exactly what it is going to take to get there.

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When You’re Not The Manager ‘Type,’ How Do You Move Up The Corporate Ladder?

Filed under: Best Advice, Feedback, Insights, Your Career

A frontline engineer or salesperson can be a company expert and still receive the same pay raises and promotions as the manager who leads her team, says Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite.

At most companies, climbing the corporate ladder still starts with assuming a management role. As your control extends over larger and larger teams, and eventually entire departments, you ascend in an organization’s hierarchy. Advancement – in terms of title, pay and recognition – is inextricably tied to people management.

But isn’t it time we asked whether this actually makes sense? After all, managing people is a specific skill set. Not everyone has it. Not everyone wants to develop it. And there’s a strong case to be made that shunting top performers down a one-size-fits-all management track is hardly the most effective use of company resources.

Click here to read the rest on Fortune >>

5 Myths Debunked About Temporary Jobs

Filed under: Hiring, Insights, Job Search, Your Career

Despite its growing popularity, there are still some misconceptions about temporary jobs. The bottom line is that you should choose a job that suits you and your career needs. Don’t base your decisions on outdated myths.

Myth #1: Temporary jobs are mainly for administrative roles or low-level work.While it’s true that decades ago temporary staffing began with administrative and light industrial roles, today temporary jobs are found in a very wide range of industries and professions. For instance, a company that is going through a public offering may have a need to take on finance experts for a period of time. The work is not low-level at all, but is temporary by nature. Another company may be going through a hiring burst as a result of a move into a new area and wants to bring on HR professionals to help them through the transition. The work is temporary because it ends once the project is complete.

Click here to read the rest on Boston >>