Friday, March 27, 2015

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Stop Sabotaging Your Success!

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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  • 4 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Your Success"No matter how skilled you think you are at dividing your attention, you really are more effective when you focus. Don’t jump ahead or try to do it all at once in an effort to save time. You’ll feel more accomplished, building momentum you need to go onto the next task, if you complete just one task at a time."

  • Tips for Being Super-Productive When Working from Home"Set limits and focus on time sensitive projects first. It is also important to schedule more important tasks at the time of day when you are most productive. Tune into your body and learn when you are most alert and concentrated."

  • Empathy is Key to a Great Meeting"Empathy is a competency that allows you to read people. Who is supporting whom? Who is pissed off and who is coasting? Where is the resistance? This isn’t as easy as it seems."

  • Keys to Overcome Fear and Do Better at Work"To dare risk jumping out of your comfort zone changes the way people respond to you ... That changes the way you see yourself."

  • When a Co-worker Becomes Your New Boss"Use this as an opportunity to clean up your behavior. Ditch the jealousy, and look to your new manager as a role model. How is she delivering on what the company values?"

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

5 Keys to Career Happiness

Are you happy with your career? Unfortunately, many of us spend a great deal of time and energy
complaining about our job or our boss to anyone who will listen.

Instead of complaining let's consider 5 keys to job satisfaction and career happiness.

1. Your work is meaningful. The company you work for and the position you fill helps to bring value to the world. In other words, your work is not unethical or promotes products or services that do harm.

2. You have work-life balance. The job you do allows you time to relax with family, engage with your hobbies, and does not cause you to be in a constant state of stress.

3. You are fairly compensated. This is obvious but you'll feel better about your work if you feel that you are valued and paid appropriately for the value you bring to your job.

4. You have valuable relationships at work. Many long-lasting friendships start as co-worker relationships. It's much easier to enjoy your job if you enjoy those you work with.

5. You have opportunities to advance and develop your skills. It's easy to feel stuck in a job or career if we see no opportunity to advance or move up. A satisfying job allows you to continually grow, learn, and develop.

Consider these keys to help evaluate your current situation and determine whether it's time to change your job or change your attitude.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: Entering the Job Market or Looking for Something New?

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 the following video, OWN TV co-president Erik Logan offers guidance for those entering the job market for the first time or anyone looking for something new.

“Be passionate about what it is you’re doing and really embrace it,” Logan says. Watch the video below for more.
 

Friday, March 20, 2015

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 7 Myths about Success

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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  • 7 Myths about Success"Success can be experienced every day in sharing a smile, completing a project, and serving someone. It's about thinking differently every day about life."

  • Who Chose Your Career Path for You?"You get to choose your career path and you also must choose. It’s your life, your path and your career. Who cares what your guidance counselor told you years ago or what your mom always wanted you to be?"

  • 9 Tips for Making College and Career Choices"If you've been working for just a few years and feel really relaxed and comfortable, then it’s time to shake it up. You should be in a constant state of learning—especially this early in your career."

  • How to Stay Motivated While Working from Home"While you should take advantage of professional networking websites, the important thing is to take these connections offline – especially when you don't have a regular routine that allows you to bump into colleagues in the elevator or chat up a potential new client while waiting in line to grab coffee."

  • Are You Setting Your Sights Too Low?"You need to keep in mind that a company often doesn't know exactly what kind of person it's looking for until it finds him or her."

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

6 Resources to Learn Something New

If your are looking to advance in your career, develop new skills, or learn something new
you are living in the golden age of free, online educational resources. You can learn just about anything for free online through many great resources or MOOCs (massive open online course). 

Below are 6 resources to get you started with enhancing your skills and knowledge for fun or to help you get that promotion.

1. The School of Life is "devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture." 

2. Coursera is an "education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free." 

3. Codecademy is "teaching the world how to code." 

4. MIT OpenCourseWare is "a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content."

5. Khan Academy"offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom." 

6. Open Culture offers "high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community." 

Do you have a resource to recommend?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Find Fulfilling Work

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 the following video, the School of Life suggests several keys to help one find meaningful and fulfilling work. The first step if to realize that anxiety and confusion about career choices is perfectly normal. Enjoy the video below and start on the path to a more fulfilling career.

Friday, March 13, 2015

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Standing Out in a Job Interview

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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  • Career Advice from Bill Murray"You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what it is, no matter what your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are."

  • 10 Ways to Make Career and Motherhood Work"Rather than define success by external standards, look at your family. How are they doing? If they are happy and well adjusted, don’t get caught up in what you are supposed to do. And, in case you forgot, stop comparing."

  • Standing Out in a Job Interview"Note down before the interview two to three outcomes that will make the job successful. Select stories and experiences from your background that demonstrate you can deliver those characteristics."

  • Tools for More Productive Meetings"Taking good, searchable notes makes meetings much more valuable, and the right note-taking tool will make it easy for you to file your meeting notes with the project or topics they relate to."

  • 4 Tips to Start Strong at Your New Job"You should deliberately seek out company knowledge and your boss’s expectations in order to understand how things work and how you can add value."