Monday, December 22, 2014

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: Building Self-Confidence

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

In our video today personal development trainer Brendon Burchard shares 5 steps to building self-confidence. According to Brendon, “Confidence means you’re being who you are, authentically, for no other reason. Nobody gave you permission; you just decided to be who you are.”

Enjoy the video and become more self-confident today!



Friday, December 19, 2014

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Personal Branding, Social Media, and Innovative Leaders

This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!

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  • 5 Personal Branding Tips"They should treat themselves like a brand regardless – day job, home, personal life. They have to put their personal brand in two to five words, and they have to be very honest in what they stand for."

  • Tips for Using Social Media to Get a Job"There are lots of local groups sharing job opportunities on Facebook if you search by job type and location."

  • 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders"These leaders believed that the best and most innovative ideas bubbled up from underneath. They strived to create a culture that uncorked good ideas from the first level of the organization."

  • Top 10 Skills to be Successful"You don’t need to know how to build the next Facebook, but a basic understanding of how the Web works and how software and apps are built can be a game-changing advantage."

  • How to Future Proof Your Career"Future-proofed skills can either be essentials (e.g., health, security, utilities, etc.) or play an important part in facilitating a drastic change in the economy, like technology."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Be More Productive

We have a family tradition in our home of asking each other a simple question while we're having dinner: "How was your day?"

Often, when it's my 4-year-old son's turn he will say, with a mischievous smile and a slight wink in my direction, "Oh, I had a productive day."

Apparently I often answer the "how was your day" question in terms of productivity so it seems
appropriate to highlight some tips to help you (and me) be more productive with our time.

1. Having a productive day starts the day before. Before you leave work for the day or later that evening during some quiet time at home, set your priorities for the next day and list the tasks you need to accomplish. You'll find this enables you to focus more quickly on them the next morning.

2. Get enough sleep. You'll be much more productive if you're not tired and using coffee or sugar drinks to provide you with some temporary energy.

3. Start your day with some exercise. Get moving early and you'll find you have the energy to tackle that list of priorities you set the previous evening.

What suggestions do you have for increasing productivity?

For more tips check out this article.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: What Trait is Necessary for Success?

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

Today we focus on the trait most necessary for success. This trait is not social intelligence, high I.Q., good physical health, or good looks. In this video psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the trait she's identified in research as the most responsible for success. 

What do you think that trait is?



Friday, December 12, 2014

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Networking Tips and How to Start a New Job Right

This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!

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  • 6 Holiday Networking Tips"Be curious, and show an interest in others ... ask interesting questions that demonstrate you know something but want to know more."

  • 10 Warning Signs You Need a Career Change"If you lose sleep over the thought of going to work in the morning, it may be time to pack up with the little shred of sanity you have left."

  • 3 Tips to Hit the Ground Running at Your New Job"Your company would not have hired you if you were not exceptional. So be true to who you are, be comfortable being who you are, and be comfortable letting your voice be heard."

  • What to do (and not do) at the Office Holiday Party"Introduce yourself to key players within the corporation and make a good impression by maintaining eye contact, shaking hands and remembering names."

  • What to Do When Your Boss Doesn't Like You"No matter what the situation or the cause of the issue, get stuff done, share the credit, and ask how else you can help—those are tried-and-true strategies for building a solid relationship with your boss."

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tips for Staying Positive During the Job Search

It can be difficult to remain positive and upbeat when you're unemployed and looking for a job. 

The holidays can make it even more difficult as some employers will wait until the new year to fill positions or the end of the year causes you to reflect on your current situation or circumstances.

Your attitude is important during the job search and so we recommend taking some time to check out this article offering 5 Tips for Jobseekers to Stay Positive

As the article notes, it's important to provide yourself with the right messages, such as I am qualified: "Cultivate your trust in your abilities and focus on what you can do."

How do you stay upbeat and positive while looking for a job?




Monday, December 8, 2014

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

Today we focus on the importance of creating your personal brand, with five tips from career expert Amanda Rose. 

Are you working on your personal brand?