Have you ever thought about being able to tell your younger professional-self career advice? Many of us have. We can’t go back in time, but you can pay it forward. Hindsight is 20/20, and some of the best insights come from past experiences. Here is some advice from well-established professionals on what they didn’t know then and what they’d pass on to their younger selves now. Love What You Do You will be more successful if you like what you do. Your passion will show through your work, and you will inevitably be more engaged in your career. Start Saving Your Pay Immediately When you start your career, Saving consistently will offer you more financial freedom in the future. Never Work For Horrible Bosses Life is way too short to tolerate terrible bosses. If you find yourself working for one, unless you are starving or desperate, start looking for a new job. Immediately. Recognize That [...]
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One of the most common interview questions is, “Tell me about yourself.” Open-ended questions like this frequently trip people up. It’s a somewhat vague question, and it’s hard to understand what the interviewer is asking. Don’t find yourself unprepared in an interview. Use this question as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Practice your answer to the question. Ask yourself the following questions: What is different about my life that qualifies me for this position? Why am I interested in this role? Are my passions & interests aligned with this position? How do my hobbies & community engagement relate to this role? Is there anything about my previous career experience or education that would help me excel in this position? Are the company’s values and vision aligned with my own? Keep in mind that this question can set the mood for the rest of the interview since it’s usually one of the first [...]
Several people fall into the trap of overthinking job descriptions. It can feel overwhelming for job seekers to read an extensive list of job duties. Try to remember that most hiring managers do not create the job description at most major corporations. They are typically written by human resources, which have never worked a day in the actual position. Job descriptions commonly use corporate lingo and can sound intimidating. But, don't be scared away from a job application entirely based on its description. Work history, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn will go a long way with any hiring manager. We can help you communicate this through your resume, cover letter, and interview coaching that you can manage the primary responsibilities for the job and learn the rest. Even if you think the company looks like an excellent fit, but the job itself seems like it's a little too complicated, you can still use the interview to [...]
While introverts and extroverts equally can be successful in any role, people with introverted personality types might be attracted to some jobs over others. Many introverts might also find that they excel in positions with specific qualities. As an example, it can be energizing for people with introverted tendencies to have a job that provides a decent amount of independent work time. To assist you in your career search, check out the following tips and some good potential careers for introverts. What should introverts be looking for when searching for a career? An introvert isn't always shy, speaks softly, and strives to avoid social interactions. Introverts can possess excellent interpersonal skills and be highly sociable. However, unlike extroverts, who feel energized by working in group settings and leading meetings, introverts often need time to themselves to regain energy after these types of occurrences. While introverts are capable of completing the same tasks as extroverts, they're [...]
Many people are hesitant to say no at work and feel that management wants a yes person. But, often saying no will earn you respect and even benefit your organization. However, saying yes can indeed cement your reputation and provides more responsibilities. Being able to say no, in the right way, can help protect you from burnout and feeling overloaded. Here are three situations when it is okay to say no: The task falls outside your actual responsibilities. You should be mindful of your job expectations and be willing to turn down a task that does not fit your goals. It may distract you from performing your job. You are not qualified or the best person to complete the task. Typically this comes up when a coworker asks for your help. In some instances, there may be another person in the office who would be better suited for the task. You find yourself [...]
Covid-19 has been rising across the nation, leaving most schools to decide to reopen virtually this fall while workers continue to work remotely. It may be difficult for working parents to strike a balance juggling the demands of parenting while meeting requirements at work. Managing projects and sticking to deadlines is hard enough, let alone try doing it while also tending to children who are schooling from home. Setting boundaries is essential to be successful when schools reopen virtually. Create a schedule to plan your days ahead of time. Write out when to start your workday, and when you can take breaks to help your child(ren) with their schooling. It will require some planning, self-discipline, and practical time management skills. The key to making back-to-school and working remote successful is to develop a support system and to set reasonable expectations with your boss, your child(ren), and educators at school. If you can, try to get [...]
You may be wondering if it's acceptable to put volunteer work on your resume when you're applying for jobs. It absolutely is! Volunteer work can be a great way to show your passion, skills, and community involvement. It can also help provide additional support for a resume that lacks valuable work experience. Volunteering is not only great for your community; it is also great for your career. The skills you can acquire, the people you can meet, and the experience you can build up through a volunteering position can be invaluable in enhancing your resume and making your qualifications stand out to potential new employers. Volunteering is so vital that LinkedIn, the number one career networking site, recently added a "Volunteer Experience & Causes" field on user's profiles. In a survey conducted by LinkedIn, they found that almost half of hiring professionals evaluating potential candidates for jobs consider volunteer work as valuable as paid work [...]
Having a positive attitude is the key to success. Successful people think differently about the workplace, and it shows with the words they use. Here are 5 Things Successful People Never Say. "It's impossible." Something you will never hear successful people say is, "It's impossible". They understand that the answer to any problem is not always inherent, but there's always a way to find a resolution. "I don't care." Another phrase you will never hear is, "I don't care." Successful people are passionate about what they do. Having passion and drive is what sets achievers apart. "I can't do that." Successful people never say, "I can't do that." They are natural problem solvers and will take whatever is needed to learn and achieve the desired outcome. "This is not my fault." Never will you hear successful people say, "This is not my fault." They always take ownership of mistakes and never point out where others [...]
Success is in the eye of the beholder. It is a personal definition, but there are habits that all successful people follow. Success is not a destination; it is a journey. These habits that can help along the journey to success: Be deliberate Start every day with an intention and a purpose. Set meaningful goals to help you get to your desired outcome. If you find that something isn't aligning with your purpose, move away from it, and be deliberate in your daily actions to move closer to your goals. Learn from mistakes All successful people have experienced failure and made mistakes. A productive way to grow from this is by objectively looking back on your failures and gain wisdom from them. Think about what you would do differently next time, and how you can avoid future pitfalls. Develop a strategic routine There are 24 hours each day, we all get them, but some seem [...]
Like most people, you may have no idea what you want to do next in your career. You want to make a change, but it feels like such a huge undertaking that you're stuck worrying about it instead of focusing on the next, single thing you could do to move forward. Plan for the future and stop avoiding the present Planning ahead is an excellent idea, and preparing for the worst is a smart move. And yet, plans can fall apart, and the worst thing that you planned for is unlikely to happen. Challenges may come up that you could have never anticipated. However, unless they're causing you a significant problem right now, they don't deserve to be taking up so much of your attention. Why would you spend your time worrying about a problem you haven't got to yet? Could it be because worrying about the far-off future is a convenient distraction from the [...]