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?



Friday, December 5, 2014

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: How to Choose the Right Career Track

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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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Your Career To-Do List for a Successful 2015

A recent article noted 35 Things You Should Do For Your Career Before You Turn 35, and while 35 might be a little intimidating, we've broken the list down into something more manageable: 5 Things to Do For a Successful 2015.

1. Understand your strengths. To be successful you should know exactly what it is you're good at and be able to share those strengths with others, including at a job interview.

2. Know your weaknesses. It's also important not to be blind to areas of weakness. However, instead of spending too much time trying to work on your weaknesses learn how to work around them and delegate tasks to others who might be stronger in these areas than you are.

3. Clarify your elevator pitch. Be able to tell someone in 30-45 seconds what exactly it is you do and what your skills and strengths can offer. What message about yourself do you want to leave others with?

4. Clarify what you want. Be sure to understand as clearly as possible what you're looking for in a job or in your career.

5. Build support. There are others out there who can help: mentors, friends, previous employers, current managers. Don't be afraid to let others know what you need and what you're looking for.

What is on your career to-do list for 2015?