Monday December 9, 2013
With the busy schedules we all keep, it can become quite a chore to stay in touch with network contacts. The rules of networking, however, dictate that we check in with them occasionally and not just when we need something, so this is a problem worth solving. The holiday season is here and that presents a perfect opportunity to send holiday or New Year's greetings. Feel free to get in touch after January 1st when everyone is back in work mode since you don't want your greetings to get lost in the shuffle of the holiday season. Give your contacts a brief update on what you've been up to, find out what they've been doing and make a date to have a cup of coffee.
Don't forget about all those holiday get-togethers. They give you the chance to meet new people and revisit old relationships. For example you can add those cousins you haven't seen since you were a teen, your best friend's husband's brother and your in-laws' friends to your professional network.
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Friday December 6, 2013
It's that time of year again: time to talk about the office holiday party. Why does this have to be brought up year after year? I know it's just a few hours of your life and how you do your job is so much more important and says so much more about who you are as a professional and yada yada yada.
I know all that but that one drink too many, that teeny tiny short skirt, that hand on your colleague's knee can all have a detrimental effect on that career you are working so hard to build. That is why this advice warrants repeating. Don't give your coworkers a story to share with everyone who wasn't there. Don't give yourself any reason to feel embarrassed about walking into work the next day. And do not give your boss a reason to think less highly of you than he or she did before the party. It's a helpful reminderfor those who choose to listen to itof what behavior to avoid.
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Thursday December 5, 2013
Would you like to take a test that can tell you what career is the best one for you? We've come to expect instant gratification for many things these days so why wouldn't you expect to get an easy answer to the question "What career is right for me?". As it turns out, there's no such thing as a career test, although that term is so commonly used you would think there was.
When you hear the words "career test" you may think of a single exam that tells you what career is best for you. Actually, there is something that can help you find suitable careers, but it isn't really a test and it doesn't provide simple answers. It's called a self assessment, and it consists of using several instruments in order to uncover your interests, personality type, work-related values and skills. The information you get from this crucial step in the career planning process can help you find occupations that could be a good match for you. The work involved in choosing an occupation, however, doesn't end there. Even if an occupation seems suitable based on the information gathered during your self assessment, you still need to learn a lot more about it before deciding whether it is or isn't the right career for you.
Monday December 2, 2013
When I'm sitting staring at a screen, whether it's my phone or laptop, my listening skills take a nosedive. I know many people can relate to this phenomenon either because it happens to them or because it happens to someone with whom they want to communicate. I can usually hear what the speaker is saying, but if I am asked to repeat it, I can't. That's because there's a big difference between hearing and listening. Hearing is a physical ability while listening is a skill. Like any other skill, you can improve upon it and it's a good idea to do so. It will not only help your relationships with family and friends but your career will benefit as well.
How can good listening skills help your career? Your understanding of assignments will improve and so will your rapport with co-workers, bosses and clients. When you are a good listener you will function better on a team. Read Listening Skills: Why You Need to Be an Active Listener to learn how this skill can improve your performance at work. Find out how to be an active listener. See what barriers may get in your way and how to get past them.