Monday, May 2, 2016

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: Stop Waiting for the Perfect Time, Start Now

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

In the video below Alex Heyne from Modern Health Monk urges us to get started with the change we seek, noting some of the habits necessary to make real change. He says, "the sooner you start, the sooner you arrive."

Friday, April 29, 2016

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 9 Things You Need to Know Before You Job Search

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!
  • 9 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Job Search"HR professionals say to bring a portfolio of your work. Yet only 19 percent of job seekers used this approach to stand out in their search."
  • 7 Actions That Make You a Leader: "Whether you’re talking to the janitor or junior partner, there’s a person behind every job title, and that person represents a family. You have the chance to influence a family by the way you interact with every team member."
  • Should You Hire a Life Coach: "As a coach, I’ve learned first hand that the only way out of pain is through it. A talented professional coach will know how to guide you through your pain and memories in a way that helps you heal and let go."
  • How to De-Clutter Your Career: "Wasting time is much worse than wasting money, since time cannot be recovered while you can always earn back money. The time available to us is priceless: no amount of money can buy us back one day of our life."
  • 7 Conferences That Will Level Up Your A-Game: "Based on the question, “How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world?” this event aims to build a foundation on which attendees can pursue their dreams and positively impact their communities."

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

6 Simple Ways to Be More Innovative in Your Job and Career

Your career development and success depends on being innovative in your work, finding news ways to do things, and seeing obstacles, challenges, and opportunities before others see them.

Sometimes we're tempted to think that innovation requires some mystical process or is an innate skills possessed by the few. However, we all have the ability to think creatively and innovatively and we can implement some simple strategies to aid in the process.

Here are six ways to become more innovative:

1. Take a walk. Studies have shown that we get some of our best ideas when walking. In addition, walking, particularly in nature, provides a boost to our feelings of well-being, lowering stress, and making us more open to new ideas.

2. Learn a language. Spending some time on a new language challenges your brain to think in ways that are unfamiliar to you and opens you up to some new experiences and knowledge.

3. Meditate. You don't have to become a monk or some kind of guru to experience the many benefits of meditation, however, taking just a few minutes to calming breathe each day can make you more aware of new ideas and ways of doing something.

4. Meet with friends. Don't isolate yourself. Be sure to have fun and spend time with your friends and colleagues, especially a diverse group that holds different views. You'll be challenged to think differently.

5. Create something new. Anything, it doesn't really matter. Write a short story, compose a song, or paint a still life. The act of creating something new will inspire you to see things in new ways.

6. Read a book. Of course, reading is a great way to explore new worlds, meet new people (past and present) and learn about new subjects and fields, therefore, encouraging innovation and new ideas.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: 3 Ways to Master Your Time

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

In the video below Entrepreneur Network partner, Daniel Ally identifies 3 time-optimizing tips:


Friday, April 22, 2016

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 6 Essential Habits for Getting the Career You Want

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!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

5 Things to Consider Before You Take a New Job

Each person has some specific criteria they consider when looking for a new job, and sometimes we feel like we can't afford to be picky so we take the first thing that comes along. Bills are mounting or we've been turned down for other opportunities.

However, when possible, consider the following five things before taking a new job:

1. Advancement: Do you have opportunities to advance in this new position or will you quickly feel stuck? You might not want to take a job that will soon have you needing to look elsewhere.

2. Training. Does the new job provide opportunities for additional training or education? The world of work is changing rapidly and you'll want to be in a position that affords you the opportunities to keep up with the latest trends, technologies, and ideas.

3. Commute. Are you taking a job that will require you to drive for an hour or two, or can you take public transit to get there? You might reconsider taking a job that will require you to spend long hours in your car, not to mention spending large sums in gas.

4. Culture and values. What is the company culture like, and what does the company truly value? Are they committed to their employees and provide them with the tools and the culture to do the job well?

5. Leadership. Does the company have effective and approachable leadership? And does that leadership value input from its employees?

These are some of the questions you might want answered to your satisfaction before taking that next job.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: Productivity 101--6 Easy Tricks That Will Make You More Productive

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

The video below from Forbes highlights 6 ways to increase your productivity, including tackling the most dreaded tasks first. See the other five tricks in the video below: