Category: Your Career

Career Training Camp: Are You Prepared for Your Next Season?

Filed under: Professional Development, Your Career

NFL players are in full swing at training camp, and by July 27th, all teams will be busy evaluating players and prepping to get the top spot in the league come Super Bowl.

As players get into rigorous exercises and testing, it’s only natural for me to think, in terms of career, how professionals can take a page from the NFL and conduct their own professional training camp that will allow them to evaluate whether they’re prepared for their next season.

Coaches often have to make hard choices to accommodate the needs of the bigger picture. They answer to players, owners, fans and their own desire to excel.

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Why ‘Follow Your Passion’ Is Bad Career Advice

Filed under: Best Advice, Passion, Your Career

Self-help books and career-building workshops love to peddle one secret to a successful career: Follow your passion. Ever since Confucius proclaimed, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” chasing one’s passion has been frequently served up as a quick fix for career happiness.

“Following your bliss” may be perfectly good (if a little hackneyed) advice, but when it comes to building sustainable success in your career, the answer might not be that obvious, according to Monique Valcour, a professor of management at EDHEC Business School in France, who has spent 15 years researching careers.

“The ‘follow your passion’ self-help industry tends to under-emphasize this key point: all of the self-awareness in the world is of little use if you can’t pitch your passion to a buyer,” Valcour wrote in a recent Harvard Business Review blog. “A sustainable career is built upon the ability to show that you can fill a need that someone is willing to pay for.”

So what would a sustainable career even look like? Click the link to read more at Huff Post >>

How Temp Work Can Help Your Career

Filed under: Temp Work, Your Career

During the job search, job seekers overlook temp jobs as jobs that aren’t worth the work they’re willing to put in. Job seekers don’t believe it’ll help them in their career, but the truth is that temp work like any other work will give you valuable skills and help you grow as a professional. It’ll also fill in that gap in your resume with a job title.

Temp work can be found in almost any industry, meaning that you can find temp work in the industry you’re pursuing a full-time career in. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door. Even though you’re expected to leave at a certain point, don’t look at the work as only temporary. Many of the skills you learn and utilize in your temp job can be carried over to future jobs.

Temp work like part-time employment, will provide you with an income to have while you search for your full-time job. It’ll take away the anxiety of not having money to pay bills. Earning money at your job also makes you feel valued and this will boost your confidence in your work performance.

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Dealing with Office Politics

Filed under: Best Advice, Office Politics, Your Career

“There’s too much wrangling and maneuvering going on – I just hate this office politicking”. “Joe, well he’s a smart political mover – knows exactly how to get what he wants and how to get on.” Whether you hate it, admire it, practice it or avoid it, office politics is a fact of life in any organization. And, like it or not, it’s something that you need to understand and master to be sure of your own success.

“Office politics” are the strategies that people play to gain advantage, personally or for a cause they support. The term often has a negative connotation, in that it refers to strategies people use to seek advantage at the expense of others or the greater good. In this context, it often adversely affects the working environment and relationships within it. Good “office politics”, on the other hand, help you fairly promote yourself and your cause, and is more often called networking and stakeholder management.

Perhaps due to the negative connotation, many people see office politics as something very much to be avoided. But the truth is, to ensure your own success and that of your projects, you must navigate the minefield of Office Politics. If you deny the ‘bad politics’ that may be going on around you, and avoid dealing with them, you may needlessly suffer whilst others take unfair advantage. And if you avoid practising ‘good politics’, you miss the opportunities to properly further your own interests, and those of your team and your cause.

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The World’s Most Powerful Women 2013

Filed under: Professional Women, Your Career

Forbes’ annual snapshot of the 100 women with the most impact are top politicians and CEOs, activist billionaires and celebrities who matter. In roughly equal measure you’ll find next gen entrepreneurs and media mavens, technologists and leaders in philanthropy — all ranked by dollars, media momentum and impact (see full methodology here).

They’ve selected women that go beyond the traditional taxonomy of the power elite (political and economic might). These change-agents are actually shifting our very idea of clout and authority and, in the process, transforming the world in fresh and exhilarating ways.

This year the list features nine heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of $11.8 trillion — including the No. 1 Power Woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 24 corporate CEOs control $893 billion in annual revenues, and 16 of the women here founded their own companies, including two of the three new billionaires to the list, Tory Burch and Spanx’s Sara Blakely. Speaking of, this year’s class has 14 billionaires valued in excess of $82 billion.

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Most Americans Work While on Vacation, Report Finds

Filed under: Vacation, Your Career

Remember when summer was for relaxing? With laptops, smartphones and tablets, we are more connected than ever before. Even when we’re trying to unplug.

Nearly 60 percent of U.S. employees check email regularly, take a work-related phone call or otherwise check in with the office while they are on vacation, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 American workers by Pertino, a cloud-based networking business in Los Gatos, Calif.

It’s not all bad news. For many, being able to check in makes it easier to check out for a while, the survey finds. Almost half (47 percent) of survey respondents say they experience less stress on vacation if they can stay in touch with the office while they are away. Men are slightly more likely to check in with the office than women, according to the survey.

If you plan to check in with the office while you’re away, here are a few tips from Pertino on how to make sure you don’t let your inbox overwhelm your play time.

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How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously

Filed under: Best Advice, Success, Your Career

You’d like to be successful in everything you do, of course. Here’s how to make it happen.  Getting what you want in your career and in life isn’t as difficult as it may seem. I mean it.

Listen First and Never Stop Listening

Listening is the single-most important skill in professional and personal relationships. Ernest Hemingway said, “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” It’s sad, but true: Most people have their own agenda and are too busy talking (or waiting to talk) to listen to you. So here’s the paradox: If you, unlike most people, can truly listen with empathy, then people will like you–and eventually help you get what you want.

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LinkedIn: How It’s Changing Business (and How to Make It Work For You)

Filed under: Best Advice, Networking, Professional Development, Publishing, Your Career

Shortly after Sallie Krawcheck got pushed out of Bank of America, the high-profile banker found herself in need of a professional makeover. As she tried to figure out what to do next, she wrote a few newspaper opinion pieces to build her reputation. She didn’t get much response. When she published something, she’d hear from a friend or two, but that was about it. Then, last fall, LinkedIn recruited her to be a member of its Influencer program, which publishes blog posts and promotes them to the social network’s members. In an early piece she offered advice on being fired. “No one cares about it nearly as much as you do,” she wrote.

LinkedIn readers loved it. The piece has garnered 212,000 page views to date, and several other publications have excerpted it. More than 1,300 people have commented on it, and for the most part their comments are civil, because they have logged on to LinkedIn with their real, professional identities. 

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5 Ways to Look Relaxed During a Job Interview

Filed under: Best Advice, Interviews, Your Career

Few people actually like job interviewing. It’s nerve-wracking trying to show your “best” self to a perfect stranger. You’re trying to prove you’re the man or woman for the job and that you can handle stressful situations like this one. That’s not easy, but there are some ways to pull yourself together and feel more confident.

 Even if you’re getting butterflies during your next interview, here are five ways to at least look less nervous.

Prepare solid talking points. It’s always best to over-prepare for possible questions by not only researching the company and the person interviewing you, but also by preparing answers and practicing those responses. “Review the skills and experiences requested in the job announcement and have two to three examples of how you have demonstrated each one,” said Distinguished Toastmaster and career consultant Jennifer Blanck. “This will strengthen your answers and allow you to show how your experience is relevant to the job or organization for which you’re interviewing.”

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How to Be Superb at What You Do

Filed under: Best Advice, Success, Your Career

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.” —Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

Competence. These three syllables mean everything in business, art, and industry alike, embodying as they do an individual’s overall capability as a practitioner of their chosen field.

Like the older terms “able seaman” or “journeyman,” competence signifies an individual’s capacity to handle all aspects of a particular job, and even in our over-hyped world remains something to be proud of.

Yet competence is a moving target, since it doesn’t always translate from one task to another — and in the modern business era, the tasks that define your competence will inevitably change over time. When some new job requirement pops up, you may discover you can’t even manage the minimal standards right out of the gate.

Read the full article at TLNT >>