Starting Off on the Wrong Foot: Five Career Change Blunders and How to Fix Them: Part II

Last month, we explored career change mistakes and how to fix them.  In the conclusion of our blog post on career change mistakes, we’ll look at the value of doing your homework, updating your resume, and more. 6. Not Doing Your Homework Once you’ve committed to making the change, you jump in with both feet. You apply for every job available, but are surprised when you don’t receive any calls. Why isn’t your new industry welcoming you with open arms? The reason could be that you didn’t stop to do your homework on your new field. What’s a reasonable position you might be able to acquire with your experience? What salary range should you expect? In what ways should you beef up your resume, and what skills should you acquire? Taking action is great, but having a smart plan first will ensure your action yields results. The way out of the blunder: Where you do look for information on your new career? Try the Onet, http://www.onetonline.org, professional association websites, or … [Read more...]

4 Tips for Being Comfortable at Events

Research tells us that 60% of people in America are shy when it comes to attending events with a room full of strangers! Does that make you feel better? Additionally, 75% said they don’t know what to talk about and 40% are anxious even when they know people in the room.  So, if you aren’t comfortable socializing—you’re not alone. Try these proven tips that are part of my Professional Presence program. 1. Know your value. Recognize and appreciate your BRAND ATTRIBUTES that could include your talents, gifts, expertise and wonderfulness. Own them and walk into that room full of strangers knowing YOU have VALUE that you could bring to others. What are those things about you that someone might find compelling? What brand impression do you want to leave with new people in your life? How can you let others know where you shine? Don’t diminish those things that come easily for you and maybe not for others. Things like: You know a lot of people You have expertise in a subject You … [Read more...]

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...]

Show Presence & Brand Your Elevator Pitch Part Two

In our last post, Show Your Presence and Brand Your Elevator Pitch covered why you need a compelling elevator pitch and how to deliver it with impact. Part Two continues with more tips. Steps and Suggestions: 1. Begin with a handshake and a smile. 2. Then the hook - a statement that gets and holds the listener's attention... like, "I'm a team player you can count on for that winning play in the final minutes of the game." 3. Tell not only what you do, but how you do it - and be enthusiastic. 4. How does what you do benefit your customers/clients. 5. Make your request - a business card, an appointment, etc. Watch my video, Brand With a Strong Elevator Pitch for more info. Examples of quick openings: "I’m the guy behind the scenes that makes sure when you order something, it gets to you on time. I love being on the logistics team - making things happen." "I manage a team of scientists who design drugs for very rare diseases and make a difference in people’s … [Read more...]

Gratitude: A Benefit for You and Your Career All Year

  Five Reasons why you should have an attitude of gratitude all year long: Gratitude Generates Social Capital Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. All of these help to improve relationships, whether with a stranger, a recent acquaintance, or long time friend. Gratitude helps improve physical and mental health---which makes us happier overall. Grateful people report feeling better physically, with less aches and pains. And they even sleep better. Gratitude can also reduce negative emotions such a envy, resentment, and frustration. Gratitude makes us less self-centered The nature of gratitude is to focus on others and their benevolence; it encourages empathy and sensitivity towards others. With this new mindset, we are less inclined to push our own agendas. Gratitude improves self-esteem As others display acts of gratitude toward you, you will feel more confident. As you feel more confident, you will respect … [Read more...]