Monday, May 23, 2016

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Say No in Order to Achieve Your Goals

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 from Entrepreneur, Emily Richett shares some tools to help you learn to say no and properly budget your time and energy.

Friday, May 20, 2016

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 3 Tips for Finding a Mentor

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 Tips for Finding a Mentor"Many people seek out the most successful person they can -- but that’s a mistake. The best mentors are not loud, outspoken and quote-ready. They’re those who gain respect among peers."
  • Learn 5 Mindsets of Highly Successful People: "Successful people know they have much more control over the trajectory of their lives than others realize."
  • How You Can Tell if Your Boss Appreciates You: "Your participation in important and high-profile projects is a message from your boss about your importance to her team. If you’re as involved in the action as you want to be, then you are a key player on her squad."
  • 6 Habits of Managers Who Have Loyal Employees: "Ultimately, employees appreciate it when their manager makes the effort to think thoughtfully about what they have to say. Beyond the recognition gesture itself, this creates emotional connections."
  • 2-Minute Habits That Will Make You Feel Better at Work: "To put this into practice in the office, each night before bed, spend two minutes identifying and writing down your top five 'non-negotiable' goals that you want to achieve the next day at work."

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

4 Practices to Implement When Starting a New Job

Starting a new job is an exciting and anxious time, and it provides a great opportunity...

The opportunity to start over and to start fresh.

These new starts in our lives allow us to makes changes to our routines, habits, and attitudes, and to move past any failures or struggles in our previous job.

So, when starting a new position consider implementing the following four practices in order to get your new job off to a great start.

1. Start with gratitude. When you get up every morning and when you arrive at work express gratitude for the job and for the opportunities and benefits it provides for you. This will help you approach your work with a positive and optimistic attitude and help you avoid cynicism and dissatisfaction with your job. You don't have to say anything profound. You can just start your day with a simple statement: I'm grateful for another day and I'm grateful for this job and I look forward to doing my best today.

2. Be social. Meet people throughout the company, don't eat lunch alone, and take a few minutes for a brief conversation around the coffee machine. You'll feel more comfortable in the job and enjoy work more when you come to enjoy those you work with and develop a team of support around you. But be sure to stick with colleagues who are positive and enthusiastic about the work.

3. Learn everything. No one expects you to know everything so be humble and ask a lot of questions. You want to learn as much as you can when you first arrive at a company (and continue that curious desire to learn throughout your career) and no one looks down on you for not knowing something. After all, you are the "new guy". In addition, like the point above, the quicker you learn about the job and the company, the more comfortable you'll feel in your work.

4. Volunteer and be helpful. A great way to meet new people and to learn as much as you can is to volunteer for anything and everything, from special committees and task forces to new projects. Others will view you positively and you'll gain knowledge and confidence in your work.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: It's Not Too Late to Start Something

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 Gary Vaynerchuk encourages and challengers viewers to realize it's not too late to start something big, to change careers, or to become an entrepreneur. The time to start is today.


Friday, May 13, 2016

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 4 Resume Tips for Career Changers

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 Resume Tips for Career Changers"We call these 'transferable skills' – a term that refers to the skills you've obtained and used in your existing experience and which you would also be able to leverage in your new career."
  • Reboot Your Heart and Mind: "The question of how to achieve continual improvement in one’s career and with one’s team should be front and center for every serious adult."
  • 6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches: "What I wish for all of you—the bad as well as the good. Fall down. Make a mess. Break something occasionally. Know that your mistakes are your own unique way of getting to where you need to be."
  • 50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You to Do Anything: "The next time you feel unmotivated, use any of these 50 positive thoughts to reenergize yourself. Really: They work!"
  • These are the Best Places to Work for New Fathers: "Millennials have been more vocal in demanding to be part of their children’s first months, and the industry has responded with extended benefits in order to attract these hires."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

5 Rules for (First-time) Managers

You just got that promotion to manager and your team of ten staff members is looking to you for leadership and direction. Now what?

Becoming a people manager for the first time (or any time, really) can be a daunting task, and it's not a job for everyone. However, here are five rules to become an effective manager:

1. Learn everything about the job. Take time to learn all aspects of your job and the work of your employees. You'll be a better advocate for your team and be a better problem-solver when you understand every aspect of your employees tasks.

2. Listen (and Learn) from your employees. Your employees are the experts. Learn from them and make an effort to listen before jumping in with suggestions. Be know as a someone who really hears his or her employees and you'll become a successful manager.

3. Communicate effectively and often. Don't hide in your office or cubicle all day. Be visible, and communicate with your employees often in person and by email. Become a student of effective communication.

4. Admit your mistakes. You will make mistakes and your employees will notice them (and talk about them behind your back). Make an effort to own your mistakes, admit them when appropriate, and correct them. Your team will come to respect you when you can take responsibility for your errors and work to fix them.

5. Praise your employees and put them in position to succeed. People respond well to praise and encouragement and you'll want to make this a regular part of your management style. Find unique and innovation ways to praise and acknowledge good work, but don't ignore the importance of a simple thank you. In addition, put your employees in position to succeed by allowing them to utilize their strengths in their jobs.

Follow these five rules for management and you'll make the transition from first-time manager to experienced supervisor that much easier.


Monday, May 9, 2016

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Go from Grit to Great

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 Jessica Abo gets some tips from advertising gurus Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval on how to go from Grit to Great in business and life.