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  • Dream Job
    shiny fresh resume the whole process can instantly feel overwhelming As your long to do list is continuously filled with more pressing tasks and resume updating gets pushed further down the list you may find yourself scrambling to recall the important contributions you ve made in your current or most recent position But while drawing a blank is normal especially if you ve been with the same company for years describing the impact you ve had doesn t have to feel so burdensome In fact there s one simple action you can take now that requires mere seconds and doesn t interrupt your workflow Create a brag folder in your inbox Every time a client sings your praises a colleague gushes over your contributions to the latest team project or your boss asks you to take on a new responsibility go ahead and drag that email on over to the folder Even if every compliment or activity isn t necessarily resume worthy scrolling through a folder full of flattering messages may get your gears turning on other achievements Plus knowing there s one place to look makes the entire process feel much less daunting See Full Story on www themuse

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  • Opportunity
    a little bit there is a world of opportunity right in front of you Stimulating growth is a proactive everyday activity involving all your senses 1 Get out of the office It s tough I understand We all get caught up in our business front burner issues But you need to make time to regularly break away get out of the office and get inspired by what others are doing It s simple Attend conferences Not just those for your industry but those serving other industries to give you fresh perspectives go to a workshop or join a peer mastermind group If you manufacture consumer goods or are a retailer look for clues about what consumers are thinking saying and doing Walk don t cab when visiting another city Take time to window or mystery shop to see what product leaders in other categories are doing Above all join relevant LinkedIn groups and read the latest industry news and comments This torrent of industry intelligence provides immediate inspiration and feedback as well as resource experts and potential prospects to exchange ideas with 2 Listen more speak less When I shifted from running a manufacturing business to being a consultant I was told that if I was speaking more than one third of the time I wasn t doing enough listening and that meant that I was going to miss the challenges and pain points my clients were expressing Learn to do the same thing in your business Listen to your customers Take them for lunch every quarter or so just to talk Ask them what s keeping them up at night and what they are worried about six 12 and 18 months down the line There s no better way to grow your business than to solve your customers challenges before your competitors do 3 Realize that you are not an island Most entrepreneurs start their businesses as one or two people often out of their homes But as business grows you must recognize that you have a team employees advisers friends who see and hear things different things on a daily basis They generate ideas and from these ideas come opportunities Make sure you have a system to solicit and capture their input Remember when you choose your advisers or set up a formal advisory board make sure that some of them represent industries other than your own You can always benefit from additional perspectives See Full Story on www theglobeandmail com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Business Generate Ideas Opportunity Proactive Speak Less Stimulating Growth A Simple Trick to Always Keep Your Resume Updated 9 April 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Picture this That dream job suddenly becomes available you have an opportunity to secure a promotion or your annual review sneakily shows up on your calendar You realize you haven t updated your resume in well too long After putting in all the work you want to ensure your biggest accomplishments are reflected But well

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  • Promotion
    place to look makes the entire process feel much less daunting See Full Story on www themuse com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Career Dream Job Opportunity Promotion Updated Resume New managers Don t make these newbie mistakes 19 March 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Congratulate yourself you are no longer a worker bee Unfortunately basking in the warm afterglow of landing a promotion to team leader quickly fades for many people as they find themselves faced with a reluctant or even mutinous new team Most professionals still aspire to take a step up the corporate ladder to a management position with a better salary But the management school of hard knocks includes a lot of beginners mistakes And if you ve ever worked for a newly minted manager or been one yourself you know those cringe worthy mistakes can stick with you for a while We went to question and answer site Quora to find the most common mistakes new or inexperienced managers make You re fired Stephanie Vardavas experienced one of the toughest new manager tasks one many handle poorly immediately after assuming a more senior role She wrote On the very day I was first promoted to Vice President at one job I had to fire someone It was awful but necessary he was stealing and it toughened me up for the few times afterwards when it was necessary to make that kind of change Having said that she added I ve seen new managers fire people just to flex their muscles and prove that they can and that s just horrible Performance problem anxiety Jason Sobel who works for a data analytics firm in California pointed to a mistake that can haunt both manager and employee New managers tend to have a hard

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  • The secret to gaining more career bargaining power
    Sense Millennial blogger Kali Hawlk advises Millennials and really everyone else to create a fund that will allow them one day to simply tell their bosses to well go to Hell This is a special savings account where you set aside money with the express goal of being able to use it should you ever really need to leave your job In an interview on the website Stacking Benjamins Hawlk clarified that she doesn t mean actually burning your bridges always resign politely but rather just be prepared should you need to walk out that door How this helps you negotiate When you have that option to to walk out the door you can be more confident in your requests Your boss doesn t need to know you can walk away because that sounds like a threat anyway but you ll present your arguments in favor of a flexible schedule or additional vacation or a transfer to a more exciting team because you know that being turned down isn t the end of the world Cross train Cross training is where you learn to do more than one job Some managers require you to do this but many don t

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  • Bargaining Power
    to Hell fund Common Sense Millennial blogger Kali Hawlk advises Millennials and really everyone else to create a fund that will allow them one day to simply tell their bosses to well go to Hell This is a special savings account where you set aside money with the express goal of being able to use it should you ever really need to leave your job In an interview on the website Stacking Benjamins Hawlk clarified that she doesn t mean actually burning your bridges always resign politely but rather just be prepared should you need to walk out that door How this helps you negotiate When you have that option to to walk out the door you can be more confident in your requests Your boss doesn t need to know you can walk away because that sounds like a threat anyway but you ll present your arguments in favor of a flexible schedule or additional vacation or a transfer to a more exciting team because you know that being turned down isn t the end of the world Cross train Cross training is where you learn to do more than one job Some managers require you to do this

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  • Career Progression
    the door you can be more confident in your requests Your boss doesn t need to know you can walk away because that sounds like a threat anyway but you ll present your arguments in favor of a flexible schedule or additional vacation or a transfer to a more exciting team because you know that being turned down isn t the end of the world Cross train Cross training is where you learn to do more than one job Some managers require you to do this but many don t Do it anyway Having the skills to do multiple jobs in a department increases your value See Full Story on www cbsnews com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Bargaining Power Career Career Progression Secret How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don t Want To 27 February 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment There s that project you ve left on the backburner the one with the deadline that s growing uncomfortably near And there s the client whose phone call you really should return the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time Wait weren t you going to try to go to the gym more often this year Can you imagine how much less guilt stress and frustration you would feel if you could somehow just make yourself do the things you don t want to do when you are actually supposed to do them Not to mention how much happier and more effective you would be The good news and its very good news is that you can get better about not putting things off if you use the right strategy Figuring out which strategy to use depends on why you are procrastinating in the first place Reason 1 You are putting something off because you are afraid you will screw it up Solution Adopt a prevention focus There are two ways to look at any task You can do something because you see it as a way to end up better off than you are now as an achievement or accomplishment As in if I complete this project successfully I will impress my boss or if I work out regularly I will look amazing Psychologists call this a promotion focus and research shows that when you have one you are motivated by the thought of making gains and work best when you feel eager and optimistic Sounds good doesn t it Well if you are afraid you will screw up on the task in question this is not the focus for you Anxiety and doubt undermine promotion motivation leaving you less likely to take any action at all What you need is a way of looking at what you need to do that isn t undermined by doubt ideally one that thrives on it When you have a prevention focus instead of thinking about how you can end up better off you see the task as a way to

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  • Secret
    anyway Having the skills to do multiple jobs in a department increases your value See Full Story on www cbsnews com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Bargaining Power Career Career Progression Secret Secret to getting Promotions Raises and Power 4 April 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment An interviewed with Jeffrey Pfeffer Stanford MBA school professor about how power works how you can increase your influence in the office and the mistakes most people make when trying to get ahead How hard you work is not the most important thing Jeffrey In order for your good performance to have any effect on your career somebody needs to notice your good performance And that requires probably more self promotion than many people are comfortable with or having at least other people sing their praises So while job performance is significantly in a statistical sense related to your career success and your salary the effect sizes tend to be relatively small And you need to do things besides doing a good job if you want to be successful How do you become the kind of person who gets promoted Jeffrey First of all you need to figure out what your boss actually wants Many people assume they know what how they re going to be evaluated and the criteria that other people in their organization are going to use but unless you re a mind reader you probably would be well served to actually check that out That s number one Number two you should make sure that your performance is visible to your boss and your accomplishments are visible Your superiors in the organization have their own jobs are managing their own careers are busy human beings And you should not assume that they re spending all their time thinking about you and worrying about you and your career And the third thing you need to do which is I think even less obvious is you need to build relationships with people in the organization Basically people are the name of the game Life is really about relationships and your success in getting promoted and getting raises and getting hired depends on the quality of the network and relationships you were able to build with a large number of other people inside your company and for that matter outside your company What s the single most important tip you would give someone on getting ahead Jeffrey Keep your boss happy If your boss is happy with you everybody will be happy If your boss isn t happy with you I don t care what else you re doing you re going to have trouble Other than Power what book should someone interested in this subject read Jeffrey Robert Cialdini s Influence What mistake do most people make that stops them from gaining power Jeffrey They opt out of the game So many people when I talk about this or people read the book or read some of the other

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  • Why Working Too Hard Could Be Bad For Your Career
    you will have no time and energy left to take proper care of yourself You won t find the time to exercise eat foods that fuel your body or get enough sleep Skipping on these three elements of a healthy lifestyle is a recipe for illness Moreover spending too much time at work will leave you feeling worn out and stressed Again high levels of stress are a recipe for illness In the long run nobody can keep up a crazy work schedule Whether it happens sooner or later you will get ill and working yourself until you collapse is not something that will impress anybody at work 2 Working too hard will damage your creativity You need time off from work to reframe and refocus If your work schedule is so hectic that you have no time left at all for any of your hobbies your imagination will simply dry up In The Art of Thought Graham Wallace analyzed the creative process of famous scientists He found out that an important step in the process is incubation a time period during which thoughts are in the back of someone s mind and sitting aside in a sort of stew

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