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5 Things You Should Know Before Starting a New Job

Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly an easy task to find a job these days. While the economy is on a steady, but slow rise, the job market is extremely competitive. Employers are very aware of that fact and because of it they know that they’re able to pick and choose their employees. Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to become employee of the month every month, but you should at least be making a solid effort to stay ahead of the rest of your co-workers. Not only will this ensure that you keep your job, it may land you an early promotion.

1. Always be honest

Dishonesty is one of the largest reasons why people are let go from their jobs. Employers want a worker who they can trust even when nobody of authority is around. Make sure that you don’t lie on your application as this can come back to bite you.

2. Don’t be late

This may seem obvious, but it is extremely vital to keep your employer happy. Only take a day off when it’s absolutely necessary, especially during your first few months of employment. Showing up to work twenty or thirty minutes early also shows that you’re eager to work and serious about your position.

3. Be independent

There’s nothing wrong with asking questions, in fact you should be asking questions to ensure that you’re performing your job correctly, but you should also be using your best judgment. If you find yourself calling for assistance every 20 minutes, it’s probable that you should use your common sense rather than asking for assistance.

4. Don’t waste company time

If there’s one thing that employers hate, it’s paying someone who isn’t working. Try to keep personal phone calls to a minimum. Also, think twice before you decide to leisurely use the internet, a lot of employers are starting to monitor internet activity and may discipline a worker for doing so.

5. Dress for the job

A first impression is a lasting impression! Make sure that you look your best in your interview and just because you got the job doesn’t mean that you can come to work in casual wear. Maintaining a professional appearance can go a long way in the workplace. Put together a nice pair of outfits for each day of your work week. This cuts down on the time it takes to get ready and keeps you looking good.

5 Lazy Mistakes That Hurt Your Job Search

Whether you’re unemployed and looking for a new job, or you’re just ready to change companies, a job search can be a lot of work.  If you’re not getting interviews, or the interviews you do get don’t translate into offers you might be worried that you’ll never land a good job.  While there are many reasons a job search will have struggles, one of them is that people today are not putting in the work required to get the jobs they want.  The following are five of the biggest mistakes people make on a job search that can make, many of which are simple to correct with a little work.

1. Using the Internet Exclusively to Find Jobs – With dozens of different websites dedicated to finding and applying for jobs it is no surprise that this is where most people turn first when they are on the hunt for employment.  While this is absolutely a great place to start, it should not be the only resource you use.  Unfortunately, almost everyone uses these web pages so there is lots of competition

2. Generic Cover Letters & Resumes – While it is simple to send out hundreds of resumes online, there is a big downside to this.  Your resume and cover letter should be tailored specifically to the job you’re applying for.  Including, for example, accomplishments that would translate perfectly to the job you’re applying for will get you much more attention.

3. Post-Interview Follow Up – When you do get an interview you need to remember that this is just the first step.  You should always send a quick thank you note to the people who interviewed you.  This will not only help ensure you appear professional, but it will be another opportunity for you to put your name in front of them.  The thank you note can be something short and sweet thanking them for their time and offering them your contact information in case they have any additional questions.

4. Networking – Today more than ever it is critical to work with other people when looking for a job.  Reaching out to friends, family, co-workers and even just ‘Facebook friends’ asking if they are aware of any job openings at their places of employment can be a great opportunity.  Most people love helping others, and they know if they can help you today, you may be able to help them down the road.

5. Preparing for an Interview – When you finally get the call for an interview, make sure you immediately start doing your homework.  You should go into every interview with as much knowledge as possible about the company and the position you’re interviewing for.  Asking intelligent questions and being ready for their questions will help you appear qualified, eager and confident. 

How to Act Like a CEO

If you’re looking for career advice you don’t need to go to a career coach, you just need to look at the way Steve Jobs managed his business and you’ll have all the advice you ever need. He is my all-time favorite CEO. He turned around a near bankrupt company and made it the most valuable company in the world. The fact is, he was an incredibly talented man and a visionary but we all have the ability to be and do the same if we put our minds to it.  To that end here are a few tips that will lead you in the right direction.

If there was one thing that Steve Jobs had it was the ability to visualize what he wanted.  Visualizing can make things more ‘real’ and make them easier to bring to reality, even on a large scale.  If you can create a vision of what you’d like to do, who you’d like to be or where you’d like your career to go you will be on your way before you know it. One thing you can do is to write your resume as if 5 years have passed. What do you want your resume to look like 5 years from now? By putting your vision down on paper, you will greatly increase your chance of achieving it.

Like a sailor you’ll need to set a course and chart your way if you want to make it to the next ‘port’, the port of success. Setting long and short-term goals is vital if you want to accomplish this.  These smaller goals will help your vision to materialize and, if you keep track of them, will help you reach whatever your main goal is in your work life. Daily, weekly, and monthly goals are excellent, as well as 1 year, 5 year and 10 year goals. Goals without a deadline or just wishes.

Make your goals realistic.  What you want to do is strike a balance between setting unrealistic goals and easily reached goals.  Make them big enough so that you feel that it will stretch your comfort zone to achieve it. Having goals will keep you motivated and excited.

Never stop learning.  The simple fact is, younger people will always be coming into your work with newer ideas and newer ways of doing business.  If you don’t want to be ‘outdated’ you need to keep up on the latest news, trends and outlook.  If not you will literally force yourself out of your own career because you become stagnant. More and more businesses are offering courses to enhance your career so take advantage of them  if you can.

To that same end, if there are opportunities at your workplace to expand your horizons,  skills that you need to improve or even an opportunity to take on more responsibility you should always take them. 

Here, in no particular order, are a few other Tips that would make Mr. Jobs proud.

  • Get feedback about your performance whenever you can and from whomever you can.
  • Stay on top of the latest technologies.
  • Know your market inside and out.
  • Learn from people who are more successful  than you.
  • Become an innovator.  Take what’s being done and do it differently.

If you can do these things, and more if possible, you will be sure to end the game as a winner and have the career that you deserve.

5 Tips for Your New Job

Let’s be honest, it’s not exactly an easy task to find a job these days. While the economy is on a steady, but slow rise, the job market is extremely competitive. Employers are very aware of that fact and because of it they know that they’re able to pick and choose their employees. Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to become employee of the month every month, but you should at least be making a solid effort to stay ahead of the rest of your co-workers. Not only will this ensure that you keep your job, it may land you an early promotion.

1. Always be truthful

Dishonesty is one of the largest reasons why people are let go from their jobs. Employers want a worker who they can trust even when nobody of authority is around. Make sure that you don’t lie on your application as this can come back to bite you.

2. Don’t be late

This may seem obvious, but it is extremely vital to keep your employer happy. Only take a day off when it’s absolutely necessary, especially during your first few months of employment. Showing up to work twenty or thirty minutes early also shows that you’re eager to work and serious about your position.

3. Be independent

There’s nothing wrong with asking questions, in fact you should be asking questions to ensure that you’re performing your job correctly, but you should also be using your best judgment. If you find yourself calling for assistance every 20 minutes, it’s probable that you should use your common sense rather than asking for assistance.

4. Don’t waste company time

If there’s one thing that employers hate, it’s paying someone who isn’t working. Try to keep personal phone calls to a minimum. Also, think twice before you decide to leisurely use the internet, a lot of employers are starting to monitor internet activity and may discipline a worker for doing so.

5. Dress for the job

A first impression is a lasting impression! Make sure that you look your best in your interview and just because you got the job doesn’t mean that you can come to work in casual wear. Maintaining a professional appearance can go a long way in the workplace. Put together a nice pair of outfits for each day of your work week. This cuts down on the time it takes to get ready and keeps you looking good.

5 Tips to Deal With Difficult Colleagues

Spending hours working in close proximity with others can often lead to tension in the workplace. Whether working on a large-scale project or in a small group setting, people can often find themselves having trouble positively relating to their coworkers. If you are in need of assistance in dealing with problems in the workplace, here are a few tips to help you out:

1. Stay calm and let go of your anger. One of the worst things you can do when confronting someone in the office is to approach them with anger. While it is often difficult to get past your own emotions, keep in mind that they will only prevent you from solving the situation at hand. Instead, write your feelings down in a letter to yourself or in a journal entry. This will allow you to let out your anger completely without making the situation worse.

2. Inform your coworkers of the impact of their actions. If your coworker’s actions are decreasing productivity or causing you to miss an important deadline, let them know how they are affecting everyone professionally. When you put the impact of their actions in a better light, you may have an easier time getting your point across.

3. Make sure you stick to the point. When confronting a difficult coworker, always be sure to clearly address the points of your argument. This will help you to get your point across with less chance of creating any more hostility. To help organize your thoughts, write out a detailed list of your points before approaching your coworker.

4. Keep an open mind. Before addressing a situation with a coworker, make sure you look at it from both perspectives. Be open to any criticism that you may receive, and find out any ways that you could improve your own performance and/or relationships. Your open-mindedness could be a great opportunity for growth within the workplace.

5. Set goals to ensure progress. Once you have viewed a situation in its entirety, work out realistic goals with your coworkers to ensure that the situation improves. Be careful not to set your goals to high, or you may be unhappy in the long run. Setting small, measurable goals will help you to track progress overtime and will be beneficial for any interactions in the future.

Whatever your problems in the workplace may be, these tips will help you to deal with difficulties that arise with your coworkers. Building healthy relationships at work is essential in guaranteeing your success.  

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