Monday, April 24, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Find a Mentor

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 Forbes, company founders talk about the best ways to go about finding and approaching a potential mentor.

Friday, April 21, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Nine Strategies to Find Your Next Role

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 Strategies to Find Your Next Role: "Hunting and applying for jobs online is frequently frustrating and fruitless. The best way to search for jobs online is to become "the hunted" by developing a strong online personal brand."
  • 11 Ways to Stay Productive When You're Tired: "consider switching up your environment at work to keep you energized and inspired. Try doing a couple of hours with your laptop in a nearby cafĂ© or library, or at least moving closer to a window where the fresh air and daylight can improve your performance."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Five Tips for Building Mental Strength in Your Career and in Life

It is inevitable that we experience setbacks in our lives and our careers. Success requires failure, and it necessitates failing many times and trying again after each disappointment or difficulty.

A Japanese proverb encourages us to "fall seven times, stand up eight."

We must develop mental strength in order deal with the failures and setbacks we experience in our personal and professional lives if we want to see those failures lead to success and positive outcomes. Too many of us retreat from failure, allowing it to define us, or allow difficulties to make us feel trapped, unworthy, and unable to move forward and reach our goals.

Instead we need to continually work to develop our mental strength and the following five practices will help do just that.

Let go. Put the past behind you and move on from your previous failures and disappointments. Learn what you need from them but don't be held back or defined by setbacks. This might require you to focus on changing your thoughts when you are troubled by the failures of the past. Telling yourself something simple like "that is behind me and today is a new and successful day" can be a effective technique to change your focus from the past to the present.

Practice meditation. Take some time each day, preferably just after you wake up, to set your day with some mindful meditation. Focus on breathing deeply and use this time for prayer or to repeat a short mantra that inspires you. This practice will help calm you, give you greater clarity of purpose, and will put your thoughts in a positive place to start the day.

Surround yourself with like-minded people. It's very important to have friends and colleagues around who encourage and inspire you. Be around people who understand the importance of taking risks and failing, who applaud you for taking action and trying something new. It is equally important to avoid time with people who frequently complain, are negative, discourage you from going after your dreams, or seem to take some pleasure in pointing out your weaknesses and failings.

Watch what you take in. We are what we eat and we are what we consume through the books we read, the movies we watch, the podcasts or radio programs we listen to, or the music we enjoy. Eating healthy food and surrounding ourselves with positive and encouraging media can be a tremendous source of strength, similar to being around a wise mentor or a great friend.

Act and fail and act and succeed, and be grateful for it all. The process of taking some action, of failing and getting back up, and trying again, and achieving some success builds our mental strength and enables us to continue to act, fail, and succeed. Pay attention to the process, and work at enjoying all of it, while expressing gratitude for what you're building and the strong and resilient person you're becoming.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less

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 Inc., David Pham, CTO/CPO at Mogul, a publishing platform for women, explains his counter-intuitive technique for boosting productivity.

Friday, April 14, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 5 Career Tips Every New Graduate Should Know But May Never Be Told

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 12, 2017

How to Stay Focused and Organized When Working at Home

Many companies and businesses offer their employees an opportunity to work at home regularly. This can be a great benefit for employees looking for more flexibility.

However, as more employees take advantage of these opportunities, many find that working at home can pose some unexpected challenges.

Here are some tips for staying focused and organized while working from home:

Avoid social media. The temptation can be even greater to check out Facebook or Twitter while you're in the privacy of your own home. Do yourself a favor and don't even open your social media channels in your browser or look at the apps on your phone. You can give yourself some time to take a look during lunch but be sure to log off your social media accounts after your break.

Keep the TV off. You might want a little noise in the background to keep you company but avoid getting that background noise from your TV. The added stimulation of the image can be particularly distracting and cause you to become engage in a show, rather than staying focused on your work.

Use a timer to sustain your focus. Work in short bursts of 45-50 and then take a break. Setting a timer will help you stay on task for a dedicated period of time. This short time of focus will enable you to be single-minded and get a lot done. Take a short break and then repeat.

Give yourself a break. Take a brief break after each 45-50 minute work session. A good way to utilize this break is by taking a quick 5-7 minute walk, preferably outdoors. You'll find yourself refreshed and energized to take on that next task. But it would not be a good idea to take a break by laying down. You just might find yourself taking a long nap and missing the afternoon!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: 6 Actions You Can Take Every Day to Build Your Self-Confidence

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 Entrepreneur, suggests six actions to take in order to build your self-confidence, including being prepared.

Friday, April 7, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 10 Verbal Skills of the Most Likable People

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 Tips to Start Living: "
    Everything can become so intense and distorted when you're in the middle of it. Sometimes you need to step away and give yourself room to breathe, to think, to get a fresh perspective."

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Join a Professional Organization

If you haven't yet joined a professional organization relevant to your field you're missing out on a great opportunity to strengthen your career.

There are a number of advantages to joining a professional organization and we'll consider four reasons you should join one today.

Great networking opportunities. Professional organizations often host regular events that provide the chance to meet new people, talk to leaders in your field, and learn from others in your area. These events, including annual conferences, provide an excellent resource to expand your network.

A way to showcase your skills. Organizations are always looking for qualified people to provide training, speak at events and conferences, or host a webinar. By showcasing your knowledge and skills you set yourself up as an expert in the field and make it more likely other opportunities, including possible job offers, will come your way.

Increase your knowledge. The conferences, webinars, and publications sponsored by professional organizations all offer you the chance to stay on top of the latest in your field, increasing knowledge of your career, and making it more likely that you'll continue to have a variety of offers come your way. These learning opportunities are often available at more reasonable costs for members, too, so you can save money on your personal and professional development.

Gain official certifications. Some professional organizations offer their members a chance to take classes or training to earn specific certifications in their field, such as becoming certified in substance abuse treatment, product management, or medical billing, and these certifications can be a path to a better job or increased pay.

These are just some of the advantages to joining a professional organization. If you're unfamiliar with an organization in your field do a quick search online. You'll likely find one or two relevant groups that can offer the advantages described above, along with many other benefits.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: Clean Up Your Career With The KonMari Method

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 Forbes, Emily Drewry speaks with KonMari Method creator Marie Kondo about how to quickly organize your office space and clean up your career.