8 Nifty Ways to Get a Career Boost from the Summer

When summer hits, the packed weeks of spring slide into long, lazy days, and it’s tempting to grow a little lazy about work and your career, too. Yet the summer months allow you extra time, which can be an opportunity for a solid career bounce. What steps can you take to further your career during the summer? Network. Many professional associations or organizations plan fun seasonal get-togethers that — bonus! — are held outside. Take advantage of these events not only to enjoy yourself by the pool, but also to expand your contact pool. You never know who you’ll meet at the bar.  Join a Professional Association. If you are not already a member of an association, now’s the time to join. By doing so, you’ll already be familiar with the group’s routines come fall. If their Fall event’s schedule is posted, check it out and plan ahead for your Fall networking opportunities.   Volunteer for a New Project. Take advantage of others’ vacations to let your star shine. You may … [Read more...]

Follow the Lead of Successful Career Change Artists

When you go to work each day, you feel like you’re punching a clock. You lack passion for your work, a true love for what you do. You’ve heard “love what you do, and you’ll never work another day in your life,” but can’t imagine such a saying applying to you. You’ve thought a little about career reinvention, but don’t know where to begin. Does the above scenario sound like you? If you’re not fulfilled with your current career, you might want to make a change. How do you determine which career to move to, and how to make the change? One thing can help: listen to people interviewed in Aspire!’s Change made simple podcasts series. These are change artists who have been in your shoes, feeling what you’re feeling.  While these four professionals worked in fields ranging from finance to marketing, they all had one big thing in common — they felt unfulfilled and needed to make a change. In the podcasts, you’ll hear these stories: John G. left a successful career as a business … [Read more...]

How Can Your Brand Engage People’s Hearts and Minds?

I’ve learned that leadership in business is about three things: Your head, your hands, your heart. Here’s what I mean. If you wonder how effective you are as a leader, look behind and see how many are following you. The fact is ... you earn the right to be respected as a leader IF… * You have the knowledge, the experience and the intellect it takes for your role. * You secure the resources necessary to run the business and you give others the tools, training and ability to do their job. * You are not self-centered. Self-centered people are not leaders, no matter what their business card reads. It’s about actions that are observable – not just talk. As the saying goes, "walk the talk." If you don’t, you’ll look behind and see you are more of an individual contributor with few followers committed to giving their best for the success of the company. So how can you engage people's hearts and minds? 1- Get Together Just for Grins — Work is all about work. But don’t … [Read more...]

3 B’s to Stay Motivated!

BE  — an Encourager Research shows that 77% of the messages we get every day are negative. Open the newspaper, listen to complaints, watch the news. Much of what occupies our minds is anything but uplifting. Take heart and use heart. Be that person who finds ways to encourage others – every day. A pat on the back will do. A kind word is awesome. Giving someone a compliment could make their day. Think of ways you can be a VALUE GENERATOR. That simply means you have made someone feel more valued and everyone deserves that! Who is a value generator in your life?  Who is your mentor? Who believes in you during those times you don’t believe in yourself? If someone comes to mind – tell them. BE — in the Moment Time is either well spent or well squandered. So use it wisely. Be fully present with an employee. Stay focused on family when you are WITH family. Be present! Oh how easy it is to be distracted. Cell phones, multi-tasking, interruptions. Be intentional about where you … [Read more...]

Does Your LinkedIn Profile Pass the Seven Second Rule?

You may already know it takes about seven seconds to make a good first impression, but are you considering this rule when it comes to your digital brand? LinkedIn is further putting this to the test with its new design. In case you haven’t noticed, LinkedIn has switched things up again. But this time it’s not just a matter of playing hide-and-go-seek with common features. You may also need to update your profile. A noticeable change impacts the way your Summary displays (or should I say, does not display). Now, anyone who visits your profile will only see a teaser of your Summary. To see your full Summary, your audience will have to click “See more." Otherwise, approximately 90 to 200 characters will show depending on whether your profile is viewed on a mobile application or desktop. Although this concept is new to LinkedIn, it’s used for other platforms. For example, on Forbes, an author's bio is a one-liner, and you have to click a link to read the full bio. (You can see … [Read more...]