Friday, July 20, 2018

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 4 Coping Strategies When You're Overwhelmed at Work



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!
  • 4 Strategies to Schedule a Productive Workday: "While it may be tempting to tackle the easiest items on your to-do list first and save the more time-consuming and demanding tasks for later.... Instead, it's vital that you prioritize the tasks that will bring you the most benefit."
  • 7 Skills That Aren't About to Be Automated: "if you have a reputation for excellence in a domain, it will feed on itself and give you preferential access to new knowledge and information because of your insider status."
  • Best Beach Reads on Leadership: "In a world where we face the reality of digitalization and our increasing reliance on technology like artificial intelligence and augmented reality, the need for soft skills like empathy is vital"

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

3 Signs You Are Stressed at Work (and what to do about it)



You cringe whenever you see that email or phone call from your boss. Maybe you’re avoiding everyone at the office, hiding out in your cubicle.

These are just a couple of the signs you’re stressed out at work and need to make some changes.

Here are some additional indicators you might be stressed out, along with a few suggestions for managing the stress in healthy ways.

You hate everyone. Ok, hate is a strong word, but you find yourself frequently irritated by others. This is a clear sign you are stressed out and should give you pause. Yes, pausing is part of the solution here. Pause and take some time to breathe and focus on what you’re feeling and experiencing. In other words, slow down and meditate. Make this part of your morning routine and your stress levels will decline.

Sleep is an option. This is not true. Sleep is not an option and if you’re sacrificing a good night’s sleep to be overworked or stressed out you’ll not only suffer in your career, but your personal life will feel the impacts. This week set a goal to get eight hours of sleep each week night and stick to it! Turn off the TV or shut down the laptop and get into bed on time. You’ll feel more energized and less stressed.

The bottle is your new best friend. If you’re drinking too much as a way to manage stress it’s time to do something about it. That bottle of wine or that craft brew is not your best friend and will only prevent you from dealing with the stress in healthy ways. It will make it more difficult for you to sleep well and might lead you to make mistakes on the job. So, get rid of those bottles and consider talking to a therapist or other professional about the stresses you’re currently undergoing.

Stress in the workplace can often result from ineffective communication and unrealistic expectations. If you discover that workplace stress has got a grip on you have a conversation with your manager. Often your supervisor will be happy to work with you to reduce the work stressors and help you develop a more manageable work load.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: What to Do When Coworkers Can't Pronounce Your Name

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 Fast Company offers some humor for your Monday with some funny tips for handling coworkers who have difficulty pronouncing your name correctly.

Friday, July 13, 2018

High Five Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: What Employees Really Want at Work



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!
  • What Employees Really Want at Work: "It’s clear that the strict nine-to-five workday is outdated – and it won’t help employers attract or maintain today’s top talent.... No matter the industry, flexibility is incredibly important to employees and job seekers across the nation."
  • 10 Ways to Beat Creative Burnout: "I schedule out hours to work. I know that if I’m working during those hours, then I can have that night to myself to exercise or watch a TV show or read a book or whatever."
  • Be Tough on Yourself: "Being a hard person doesn’t mean you are constantly upset or an unhappy person. It means you are developing into someone better and you are committed."
  • 7 Tips to Keep Yourself Motivated: "If you're not motivated, or are lacking energy, set yourself a small goal. Tell yourself you'll do one more email, five more Excel rows, or one more call to a customer. Chances are that every small goal you complete will keep you motivated to do more and more."
  • 9 Small Steps That Will Make You Happier: "practicing acts of kindness gives people a happiness boost. In addition, the recipient becomes happier and this even extends to people who merely observe the act."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

4 Career Skills You Should Constantly Be Developing



You probably don’t need to be told how quickly time passes or how rapidly everything changes; you might be noticing a few new wrinkles or greying hairs when you look in the mirror.

It can be easy to settle into a routine in our work lives and before we know it we’ve “lost” a few years with our career on autopilot. Unfortunately, careers on autopilot are rarely successful and employees operating in this way tend to be the first to experience the impact of staff reductions or downsizing.

Our careers and work lives need regular attention and we should be constantly updating and developing our skills.

Here are a few skills you may want to concentrate on throughout the year.

Computer skills. Stay up to date on new technologies, new programs, new gadgets, and learn how to code. The world becomes more automated daily through computer technology and, regardless of your current career path, it pays to be aware of the trends in technology and stay current with your computer skills. There are many free classes you can take online so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on training sessions to stay up to date.

Networking. Continue to develop your network by becoming more engaged at your workplace, being involved in your community, attending networking events, and going to conferences and workshops relevant to your work. Expanding your network is a great asset and can help you find a job quickly if you end up in need of one.

Public speaking. Learning to speak effectively in front of an audience is a skill that can bring other opportunities for you and demonstrates leadership and expertise in your field. Take advantage of opportunities to speak to groups at your job, place of worship, or in your community throughout the year. You might even make some extra money and turn your public speaking skills into a side hustle.   
Self-care. You should always be considering your lifestyle and refining it so that it works effectively for you. This can involve physical activity and exercise, a change in diet, improved sleeping habits, or a new spiritual practice such as meditation. Pay attention to the practices you can implement to have more energy and to be more effective and productive in your work.

Give yourself a reminder to evaluate your progress in these areas every few months.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: Increased Productivity, Clarity & Mental Health Through Journaling

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 Matt Ragland offers tips for developing a daily journaling practice that can provide increased productivity and clarity, and supports your mental health. Watch the video for more.

Friday, July 6, 2018

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Why Nurturing Your Health is Good for Business



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!
  • 3 Common Hiring Mistakes New Managers Should Avoid: "By investigating the emotional 'job-to-be-done' of a new hire, as well as the actual job we need them to do, we become less likely to hire the wrong person for the wrong role, and more likely to hire a great person for a great role."
  • How to Find Strength in Differences: "It's a matter of knowing the whole is greater and better than the sum of its parts, even when the parts are a little mismatched and don't seem to fit together."
  • 7 Ways to Rebrand Yourself for a Career Change: "Use social media to your advantage to rebrand yourself in your new career area. Follow thought leaders in your target industry and comment on their posts. Connect with relevant industry groups and associations."