CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com Career Advice & Job Search Magazine Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:50:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Empowered Employees Equals Empowered Company http://www.careerealism.com/empowered-employees-company/ http://www.careerealism.com/empowered-employees-company/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:50:13 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39779 Employees are the most valuable asset of a company, but how do you empower employees? Here are five principles to follow to reinforce employee empowerment.

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Employees are the most valuable asset of a company. They are the depot of skills and knowledge which can set the company apart from competitors. Technology and equipment can be easily reproduced, but a motivated, well-performing employee can never be imitated.

Related: 5 Ways To Attract (And Keep!) The Best Employees

Empowered employees, though, are not easy to develop. Oftentimes, employees get trapped in the leader-follower relationship at the workplace. They stay in the shadows of their bosses and depend mostly on them for instructions. Only few leaders and executives are able to develop self-guided employees.

These are what researchers from Pennsylvania State University, Tsinghua University, and Claremont McKenna College call as “transformational leaders.” These are leaders who see empowering not as something required of them to do, but rather as a strategy to develop competent, capable, and knowledgeable employees who can help them bring their company to the top.

5 Principles For Employee Empowerment

So, how do you empower your employees? Dan Sanker, CEO of CaseStack, a logistics outsourcing company, cites encouraging open communication, providing plenty of contexts, and requiring accountability as key factors in employee empowerment. Here are five other principles to follow to reinforce employee empowerment:

1. Share your plans

Employees perform better when they know what they are working on. They will contribute better if they know they are part of something big in the company. Give them a clear picture of what you wish to accomplish and they will willingly set their course without requiring so much supervision from you.

2. Don’t put blame on people

Putting blame on people won’t get you the response or answer you seek. Instead of pointing fingers, look at what is wrong with the system. Perhaps something needs to be changed in the work flow that’ll help employees perform better.

3. Listen

This is something a lot of managers and executives forget. Oftentimes, they simply hear their employees but never really listen. As employees aspire to get their voices heard, leaders should be more mindful of these voices in order to inspire professional development and performance. People perform better when they know they are heard. Remember that a little humility goes a long way.

4. Value your employees

Whether it is through language, facial expression, or words, it is vital that you show your employees how much you value them. Show your appreciation for each unique insight and never falter to show gratitude when it is due no matter how minuscule the achievement is.

5. Reward and recognize

Under-noticed, under-valued, and under-praised employees don’t provide consistent results. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index estimates that unhappy employees cost a whooping $300 billion per year in lost productivity. That figure alone is enough reason to encourage employers to recognize and reward employees who show great effort in accomplishing their tasks as needed. Set goals that are appropriate to each employee and give praise openly when necessary. This will provide the motivational push needed to keep them committed to the company.

Empowered employees create an empowered company. As they are well motivated, they won’t hesitate to go the extra mile for the company. In today’s cutthroat competition, companies who are able to fully utilize and empower their employees stand the greater chance of success.

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Looking Back On My Job Search, I Shouldn’t Have Looked Back http://www.careerealism.com/job-search-looking-back/ http://www.careerealism.com/job-search-looking-back/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:40:29 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39773 Getting thrown into unemployment unexpectedly can easily trigger negativity. Here are five reasons you shouldn't look back during your job search.

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Several years ago, I believed I was ready to take the next step in my career. I had achieved the role of Treasurer at my last company but I was ready for something more. While I was there, we merged with another company and I was traveling back and forth to both offices as Treasurer of both companies. Unfortunately, and as I had anticipated, senior management wanted me to move to where the other company was located, and I declined. So, with a strange twist of events, I found myself unemployed.

Related: 3 Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Job Search

Right as I was leaving my company, a recruiter contacted me saying they were conducting a search for a company in need of a Treasurer. And with my industry experience, there was no doubt it was a perfect match. I met the recruiter, he believed I was right for the job, and he submitted my resume. After three weeks with no response, I contacted the recruiter and he told me the company hired the first person they interviewed!

I was astounded! I thought “That can’t be. I am a perfect match for that job! I have excellent Treasurer experience and I have worked at major companies in their industry. This just isn’t right.”

Every day, I lamented the fact that I had not been given an opportunity to interview for that position. Finally, three months later, still lamenting the lost opportunity, my computer hard drive crashed rendering it unsalvageable. Also, not one interview, phone call, referral, or response to a resume submission came my way during those three months.

Life has a funny way of making a point to us. This was a clear message to forget about the past. I immediately started laughing knowing the message. Therefore, the next day I put the past behind me and re-focused on my networking. Later that week, while meeting with a new connection, I was referred to a particular recruiter. My contact highly recommended I call her. I called her the next day and she answered (that was a good sign!). She told me my background was perfect for a job opening they just received looking for a Treasurer. But there is much more to this story.

As I mentioned, I really was looking for the next step in my career, and wanted more than just a Treasurer role. She informed me that this person would also head up Investor Relations, thereby making this a very strategic role. I would be continually working with the CFO, CEO, and senior management because of these two responsibilities.

I landed that job. Within three months, I was given additional responsibility: Budgeting, Planning, and then Public Relations. The job was exactly what I had my heart set on.

Looking back, it was a massive mistake to be looking back. What I learned was:

1. Looking back is a waste of time and energy

Looking back lamenting what might have been wastes precious time and energy better spent on a job search.

2. You can’t change the past

Spending time wishing the past would be different is futile. By dwelling on it, you are telling yourself the future will not be better than your past. We must always be under the belief our future holds promise.

3. You radiate negative energy

The negative energy you create by looking back and being disappointed gets carried into your conversations, handshakes, and emails. This negativity is intuitively picked up by everyone you connect with and meet.

4. You can only see what is in the direction you are facing

The key is that my desired job opportunities were not appearing in front of me because I kept looking behind me.

5. Creating job search confusion

Because I was looking at a job that in my heart I knew I did not want, I was creating my own dilemma and confusion. I wanted a different type of job, yet was letting myself be upset for not obtaining an interview on a job that was my second choice.

Sure, we can learn from our past, but spend very little time there. We can waste precious time and energy looking back wondering “What if?” There is little value in looking back because that is not the direction we are headed. When I put my full attention on my future and was totally committed to where I wanted to be, opportunities appeared.

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How Your Avatar Can Impact Your Job Search Plans http://www.careerealism.com/job-search-plans-avatar/ http://www.careerealism.com/job-search-plans-avatar/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:30:02 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39758 Consider these tips below to help you select the appropriate avatar, as well as tips on what’s not appropriate to help with your job search plans.

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Even if you’ve only submitted your resume for review, employers are also checking out your presence online.

Related: 5 Reasons Your LinkedIn Photo Is Terrible

Social media like your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profile, as well as any links you may have included to your blog or website are serving as a first point of connection with the employer. And the first thing they see is your avatar, or photo, that’s associated with your online presence.

Given this, you want the first impression to be a good one.

4 Tips For Choosing An Appropriate Avatar

Consider these tips below to help you select the appropriate avatar, as well as tips on what’s not appropriate to help with your job search plans:

1. Put A Face To Your Name

The best connection you can make with your avatar is putting a face to your name. Include a headshot that clearly shows your eyes with a pleasant smile to your face. The eye contact will help form a more immediate connection with the viewer, so avoid headshots with you looking away.

2. Make Sure It’s Up To Date

Use a photo that is current and represents you the way you are now; not 10 years ago. Again, it’s about making a connection right away and if what you show makes you unrecognizable for an in-person meeting, it can throw whatever connection made off.

3. Be Aware Of Your Background

Avoid a background that can be a distraction from you in the photo. Stick with a plain background that is uncluttered. But, if you’re work is in the field of nature preservation, then a photo of you with a background of trees may work more appropriately.

4. Things To Avoid

Take the time to have your photo properly taken. Selfies and photos snapped from your webcam can come off as unprofessional. Remember the focus is on you, so don’t add props when taking the photo. Also don’t include other individuals with you in the photo.

Having the right avatar with your online presence can mean making a deeper connection faster with contacts in your job search.

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Don Goodman’s firm was rated as the #1 Resume Writing Service in 2013 & 2014. Don is a triple-certified, nationally recognized Expert Resume Writer, Career Management Coach and Job Search Strategist who has helped thousands of people secure their next job. Check out his Resume Writing Service. Get a Free Resume Evaluation or call him at 800.909.0109  for more information.

 


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3-Step ‘Big-Fish’ Approach Practically Guarantees Career Success http://www.careerealism.com/career-success-big-fish/ http://www.careerealism.com/career-success-big-fish/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:20:38 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39753 Imagine getting your post-secondary degree and being presented with a multitude of job offers… within the next week! Related: 4 C’s To Career Success You’re overwhelmed and excited at the same time; the world is your oyster! There’s no trace of fear, no worrying about paying your loans or making your way in the world.…

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Imagine getting your post-secondary degree and being presented with a multitude of job offers… within the next week!

Related: 4 C’s To Career Success

You’re overwhelmed and excited at the same time; the world is your oyster!

There’s no trace of fear, no worrying about paying your loans or making your way in the world.

You have guaranteed your success in life, and you’re going to be great.

Doesn’t that sound nice?

Well, years ago when people with college degrees were the BIG fish in a small pond, that may have been a graduating student’s reality.

But for those of us in the first stage of our career TODAY, we know this is just a dream.

Because today, having a college degree is the norm. It’s the new standard for entry-level jobs, and (if you’re lucky) you’ll be able to pay all your bills each month with your first job out of college.

Nowadays, things are different. There’s more competition than ever, and the best companies out there can take their pick from an ocean full of qualified, normal sized fish.

This Doesn’t Have To Be You

I want to give you something.

See, there’s a simple, proven way to create your own pond – where you’re the big fish once again – and then attract the dream employers you want to catch you.

No need to compete.

No need to worry about getting a job or paying the bills.

3 Steps To Being A “Big Fish” And Getting Your Dream Job

And that’s what I’m going to give you in this article – a way to do things different, so you stand out in a unique way that attracts the people and opportunities you want, and practically guarantees your success.

(There’s also a great free resource at the bottom that’ll help you take the next step.)

1. Take Charge Of Your Education

One of the most important moments in my life was when I was sitting at a conference listening to a millionaire on stage talking about his keys to success…

And I’ll never forget what he said:

He spent more than $10k/yr on his education… outside of post-secondary school!

He had his bachelor’s degree and was probably in his 40’s – and he was still spending a HUGE amount on growing and developing himself.

He spent more than $10k a year on coaching, seminars, conferences, books, and courses created by people he looked up to who were getting and doing what he wanted to get and do.

It was that simple, he said.

I’ve taken this to heart, and you should too. If you want to practically guarantee your success, get your dream job, and create the life of your dreams – never stop investing in yourself.

2. Get A Mentor

A few years ago I was fortunate to build relationships with a few key people who would become my mentors…

And I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without them.

They helped me launch my career, and opened doors that I didn’t know where even there.

They gave me the confidence to chase my dreams…

And the tools to get there.

So if you have big dreams, but you’re not sure how to get there – then find someone who has done what you want to do, and find a way to get them to mentor you.

Most people are more than willing to help the next generation succeed – because they had mentors along the way as well.

3. Follow The Great Ones

Here’s a small tidbit of wisdom that could change your life:

You don’t have to figure everything out yourself. Many have come before you, and many more will come afterwards… all you have to do is follow the path laid before you by the Great Ones, the leaders in your field – those who have done what you want to do.

If you’re a bit stubborn, like I once was, then you’ll find this truth to be relieving. Like a weight lifted from your shoulders.

I accepted it years ago by finding a mentor and following his formula, and it led to me getting my dream job – and now, a few years later… I’m helping others follow his formula to get their dream jobs as well.

So, wherever you are in life and whatever your dreams are – take charge of your education, find a mentor, and follow the Great Ones, and you’ll practically guarantee your success.

And if you need a little help getting started, you can check out the free video I put together along with my mentor. In it, I share three practical tips you can apply today to find and get your dream job.

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The Image Factor In Buying A Business http://www.careerealism.com/buying-business-image-factor/ http://www.careerealism.com/buying-business-image-factor/#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:10:13 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=39725 You're interested in buying a business for yourself. Great! But have you thought about the business image factor? Not its reputation, its image. Learn more.

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You’ve made the decision you want to go into business for yourself. You’ve set out a list of criteria, but have you included image? Can you separate the dollars and cents from the sense you get from the business? Or do some businesses give you the heebie jeebies, even if they are known moneymakers? Are there businesses you would rather not associate your name with?

Related: The Entrepreneur’s Checklist: 7 Things You Need To Start A Business

Let’s be clear, we’re not talking reputation, but image. Do you see yourself driving the Cadillac, or is any motor on wheels sufficient? Both will get you to the place you want to go, but you may feel that extra ounce of pride driving one over the other.

Like beauty, image is in the eye of the beholder, but you may have already decided certain businesses are not for you, whether these be drug-testing, check-cashing or janitorial service operations. Maybe you picture yourself doing something you perceive as helping people, like tutoring or providing green energy options.

But when you embark on such a big decision, you want to make sure you understand all the factors before committing yourself and your money to a business that will impact your life and income for years to come.

First you have to decide how important image is to you. If you’re the type of person who readily sees the positive side of things, you will see a pooper-scooper business, which goes to clients homes to clean up after their dogs, as a benefit to its customers. After all, there are people who due to disability or illness, would never be able to keep their pets without such a service. But maybe you don’t want to be in a certain type of business.

Criteria For Selecting A Business

So, before embarking on your quest for a business, you should first determine the criteria by which you intend to make your decision.

Earning Opportunity

For some people, business is business.  They become a business owner to make a profit, and don’t have other criteria.  They want the biggest upside and the highest return on investment. Nothing else is near as important.  But for others, they balance many different factors.

Your Experience And Skills

While it may seem obvious that you should choose a business that matches your background, if you choose a franchise, you can rely on the franchiser’s support and training to help you learn everything you need to know to succeed.

A Growing Market

Is the demand strong for the service or product, and do the demographics support such a business at this time and into the future? This component is integral to any effective business plan and requires thorough research.

A Passion And A Vision

Many people start their own businesses to bring a dream to life, creating a special product or delivering a unique skill or service to the marketplace. Of course, to be successful, you also need a viable business plan and good support, capital, and planning.

Image

In the world of marketing, where people are paid to make even the most seemingly yucky things seem appealing —think juice cleanse —image would seem to be at the bottom of the list. But you will need to decide how important image is to you. That is an individual choice for each of us.

When weighing the above criteria, you want to consider what’s most important to you: sounding impressive in cocktail party conversation or making a really good living. Either way, start your research today.

Ready to make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true?

Get your free evaluation today!

Contact Dan Citrenbaum to help you create the career you’ve always wanted. As a business coach, Dan brings years of experience helping people select and buy a franchise or existing business. You can reach Dan at dcitrenbaum@gmail.com or at (215) 367-5349.

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Had It With Corporate America? Start Your Own Business And Save Your Career http://www.careerealism.com/start-business-save-career/ http://www.careerealism.com/start-business-save-career/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:50:35 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=43585 Hate your job? Worse yet, you fear your employer may cut your department at any time. Argh. What to do? Start your own business and save your career!

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Hate your job? Worse yet, you fear your employer may cut your department at any time. Argh. What to do?

Related: Top 5 Reasons To Start Your Own Business

Save your career by going out on your own!

All you have to do is pick up the newspaper to see how many corporations regularly “downsize” their workforce” while generally asking ever more of their employees.

You know the story too well. Corporate profits have reached new peaks, the highest since 1929. Workers are often asked to work more hours for the same pay, especially since the Great Recession. Your life may feel increasingly out of your control as your quality of life suffers.

Does this lose-lose proposition sound familiar?

If you’re in a job where the writing is on the wall, you have more options than you may have realized.  You have great skills you have gained with experience.  How can you put that great cache of skills to work for yourself?

A franchise can be your ticket to a new career

We believe a great way to take control of your career and get all the value from your work is to run your own business. And the best way to minimize your risk is with a franchise. A good franchise offers many advantages to help you be successful, especially if you’ve never run a business before.

You get an operating system, time-tested by a network of franchisees, who offer ready support and guidance. The franchisor offers a set of tools and guidelines to help you set up your business, including how to find a good location and hire and retain employees. You get a list of suppliers, and marketing and advertising support, as well as a full rundown of your start-up costs.

You will have all this information in hand before you sign any contracts. How does that work? As a result of Federal Trade Commission regulations that require franchisors to disclose all this information in a franchise disclosure document, all easily understandable as the requirements include it be written in standard English.

All that training and support helps the franchisor, as well as the franchisee, succeed. That’s the beauty of the franchise business model. The better you succeed, the more the franchisor succeeds.

You get all the benefits of a large operation with the advantage of running your own small business.

The most important part of your transition comes in choosing the right franchise to suit your mix of talents, skills and interests. After all, you want to like as well as succeed in your new job as business owner.

Key to this process is doing your research, and a consultation with a franchise coach is a free, no-strings-attached way to get you started. With some expert advice, you can focus your research on what’s most important, learn which franchisors have some of the best support and make a selection that works for you in the long term.

So say good-bye to office politics and the unreasonable demands of your job and start exploring your options for a new career today.

Ready to make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true?

Get your free evaluation today!

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About the author

Ready to make your dream of becoming an entrepreneur come true? Get your free evaluation today! Contact Dan Citrenbaum to help you create the career you’ve always wanted. As a business coach, Dan brings years of experience helping people select and buy a franchise or existing business. You can reach Dan at dcitrenbaum@gmail.com or at (484) 278-5489.


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5 Personal Branding Resume Techniques You Must Try http://www.careerealism.com/personal-branding-resume-techniques/ http://www.careerealism.com/personal-branding-resume-techniques/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:40:00 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=18261 Always highlight your unique traits. To help you get started, here are five personal branding techniques to try when working on your resume.

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You’ve probably heard it a million times: Personal branding is important to the success of a job search. Why is it so important?

Related: How To Be The Brand Manager Of YOU

Because as a unique job seeker, it helps define you as an individual and makes you stand out as a prime candidate.

Must-Try Personal Branding Techniques

There are aspects of your background that make you incredibly unique and highly qualified—and your job is to highlight those aspects so that hiring managers don’t have to guess whether you’re perfect for the job. To help you get started, here are five personal branding techniques to try when working on your resume.

1. Develop A Strong Title/Job Target

Your title/job target is the first impression a hiring manager will have when reading your resume. This short phrase provides a quick summary of what you’ve accomplished and why you are the right person for the job. It helps to set the tone for who you are as a candidate. This tone should remain consistent throughout the resume and any other information the manager receives about you.

2. Add Links To Your Professional Profiles

Another great technique for building your personal brand is to link to your professional profiles. Keep in mind, most times, your resume is submitted online and can easily be linked to Web sites. If you link to your LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, as well as one or two other professional sites you have, you give the employer a chance to learn more about the contributions you’ve made in your field.

3. Summarize Your Career Highlights

You can also develop your personal brand by creating a career summary section. You want the most important moments of your career to stand out in this section. These moments might include your winning salesperson of the year five times, or your efforts as a team leader that resulted in record revenues. It’s good to list at least four highlights, but make sure they’re tailored to the job for which you’re applying.

4. Turn Your Duties Into Initiatives

Instead of listing the duties you were given on any job you’ve worked, it’s great to brand yourself by listing your initiatives. So if you were in charge of taking phone messages and created a new system that made message delivery more effective, don’t just write, “Answered calls and delivered messages.” Write a couple of sentences starting with “Developed” or “Initiated,” then talk about what you created and how it helped the message-taking process flow more smoothly throughout the office.

5. Consider Testimonials

Adding testimonials to resumes is still a unique concept to many job seekers, so taking this route could automatically make you stand out. Find two or three reputable references in your field to vouch for your greatness in a one- or two-sentence quote. This could really help to back you up as a strong candidate.

There’s nothing better than standing out as the strongest candidate each time you apply for a job. Increase the odds of being that person by developing your personal brand in your resume.

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How To Find The Hiring Manager’s Contact Info http://www.careerealism.com/find-hiring-managers-contact-info/ http://www.careerealism.com/find-hiring-managers-contact-info/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:30:55 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41451 Don your sleuthing cap, get out your magnifying glass, and do some good, old-fashioned investigating. Here’s how to find the hiring manager's contact info.

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Do you want to increase the likelihood that you’ll land interviews from 2% to more than 40%? Simply hitting the “apply” and “submit” buttons for the openings you see on the major job boards won’t get you there. The critical factor that makes or breaks job search success is your ability to make direct contact with the hiring decision maker.

Related: 10 Little Things That Make A Big Difference To Hiring Managers

Put on your sleuthing cap, get out your magnifying glass, and do some good, old-fashioned (or, in these days of technology: new-fangled) investigating to come up with the name of the right person. Here’s how to find the hiring manager’s contact info:

Google your way to greatness.

Be sure not to overlook the obvious. Google is the place to start. Googling works best when you have a specific company or a list of companies in mind. By the way, best practices in successful job search call for targeting companies. You need to know where you want to work in order to increase the likelihood of landing there.

Using Google, enter, “Human Resources Director” + “Company ABC” and evaluate the results. Apply this strategy to also identify potential decision makers in your area of expertise, for example, “VP, Marketing” + “Company XYZ.” To drill further down, include the city where you live or where you’d like to relocate.

Sail through social media.

Looking at the “about us” page of the company web site is likely to point you to the decision makers’ social media profiles. LinkedIn is the #1 social network for professionals, so this is where you need to begin your research. Choices abound on LinkedIn. You can enter the same search terms as you would in Google. You can follow the company and LinkedIn will tell you who in your network currently works there.

Additional avenues are Google+, where users are likely to write an entire biography about themselves, rich with contact information. Twitter can also be a gold mine. Both of these social networks present fewer barriers to entry than LinkedIn, making it easier to directly contact the person you need for free.

Dial the digits.

You know those automated phone systems everyone hates because they take so long and offer too many choices? These voice response systems can be your best friends when you’re in the midst of job search. They usually click on at 5:01 pm, so you can call in the evenings to find out the names of the people you need.

This strategy works not only in identifying the decision maker, but also in getting past the gatekeeper. Often the automated system will provide the opportunity to leave a voice mail directly in the decision maker’s inbox.

Finding the hiring decision maker’s contact info takes a little time and research. However, the payoff is huge. You’ll get out of the job board black hole, and get into dialogue with more people who have the power to bring you on board at the organization you want.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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About the author

Jewel Bracy DeMaio finds out who you are, what you do, and the value you bring, and articulates that in a way that invites the employers and recruiters to call you. Ms. DeMaio is a triple-certified, nationally-recognized executive resume writer and job search coach. Learn more at www.APerfectResume.com or call 855-JOB-FOUND.

 


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The #1 Secret To Excelling At Your First Job http://www.careerealism.com/excelling-first-job-secret/ http://www.careerealism.com/excelling-first-job-secret/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:20:05 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41421 You just landed your first job - how stoked are you!? You really want to do well. So, what’s the secret to excelling at your first job? It's...

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There’s nothing that can quite explain the feeling of landing your first real job. After years of school and months of job searching, you can’t quite believe you’re FINALLY at this point in your life. You’re excited, proud, and terrified all at once. And so begins the next chapter in your life – the full-time working part. So, what’s the secret to excelling at your first job?

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If you want to start your career off on the right foot, you need to develop a system that keeps you motivated and accountable. Having this will lead to raises, promotions, and – most importantly – happiness.

Here at CAREEREALISM, we’ve developed something called the Core, Reach, Passion system. It’s easy to follow and has worked amazingly for us so far. Here’s a breakdown of how it works:

Core

Consider all of the tasks in your job description as your Core responsibilities. These are the tasks, activities, and projects you were hired to do. Consider these your base responsibilities. If you do anything less than these things, you’re not doing your job.

These are the first things you should focus on each day. You can’t skip these duties and just work on your Reach and Passion projects (you’ll learn more about these in a second). These babies always take priority.

Reach

Now, although you were hired for your Core responsibilities, limiting your job to those tasks isn’t going to get you a raise, and it DEFINITELY isn’t going to get you promoted. If you want to get more, you need to give more. That’s where your Reach projects come in.

Your Reach projects build off of your Core responsibilities. For example, if you were hired to manage social media, a potential Reach project could be to research, propose, and implement a new social scheduling platform that saves you time and allows you to be more creative with your social campaigns.

Taking on Reach projects is a great way to show your employer your increased value to the company – which justifies paying you more. Cha-ching!

Passion

Your Passion projects marry your personal interests with your skills to add value to the company (make it money). These are the projects that not only get you promotions, but also keep you happy and motivated at work.

Similar to your Reach projects, your Passion projects should build off of your Core responsibilities. These projects are your chance to create exceptional value as well as pursue a personal interest.

For example, when I was the Content Manager for CAREEREALISM, I spearheaded a content series called the “Happy Grad Project.” This series not only increased opt-ins for the site (value), but also showcased an area I’m passionate about (helping new grads kickstart their careers).

You will likely have to discuss these projects with your manager before actively pursuing them. If they like your idea, they can help you focus your efforts to add as much value as possible.

How will this system help you excel at your first job?

By following the Core, Reach, Passion system, you will be able to monitor your own performance more effectively.

  • It keeps you accountable.
  • It shows you where you need to improve.
  • It motivates you to exceed expectations.
  • It builds fundamental understanding of how to achieve success.

The best part? Having this fundamental understanding of how to achieve success will help you in other areas of your life, too (i.e. school).

What are your Reach and Passion projects, and how will they add value to YOUR company?

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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The Pain-Free Guide To Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile http://www.careerealism.com/optimizing-linkedin-profile-guide/ http://www.careerealism.com/optimizing-linkedin-profile-guide/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:10:27 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41385 Have you maximized your LinkedIn profile, polishing it until it shines? Here's the pain-free guide to optimizing your LinkedIn profile.

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Is LinkedIn an active part of your job search? Have you maximized your profile, polishing it until it shines?

Related: 10 Tips For Giving Your LinkedIn Profile A Facelift

If not, there’s a good chance you’re behind the curve — by about a decade.

According to LinkedIn, 5.7 billion job-oriented searches were done on the platform in 2012. This means that recruiters in your industry are hopping on the social media giant any time they need to locate new talent.

So, consider what they’re going to find. One professional has a bare-bones LinkedIn profile that includes his name, title, and a basic summary — more or less a copied-and-pasted resume. Another professional includes the same information, but her tone is conversational and full of powerful keywords. She describes past roles in first person, providing insight into critical duties and how she overcame challenges.

Which professional would you pursue?

More importantly, which professional are you?

Spending time on yet another online profile might seem unnecessary, but you should approach it like every other part of the job search. You get your resume just right. You find the perfect interview outfit. Put the same effort into LinkedIn, and recruiters will flock to you.

Here are four steps to optimizing your LinkedIn profile so it stands out to recruiters:

Keep your basic information updated.

If you’re employed, include your current company and title. This helps searchers know where you stand on the job front. Some in-house recruiters may not be free to contact you if you work for a competitor, but a staffing agency certainly can.

Make sure you have an accurate professional timeline so recruiters can see how you measure up to the job requirements.

Although it sounds simple, updating your contact information is a crucial but commonly overlooked step. You should also include a professional email address (e.g., yourname@gmail.com versus ilovepizza@hotmail.com). If you’re more likely to answer the phone than an email, provide your phone number, as well.

Leave out anything that could harm your image.

As a general rule, if the information makes you think of Facebook, leave it off. Your dog’s name, your kid’s bath pictures, and the funny joke your best friend told you should never make it to your LinkedIn profile.

Also remember to keep quiet about trade secrets. Broadcasting your current employer’s proprietary information will be a red flag to recruiters and make you appear untrustworthy. Besides harming your job search, you could potentially lose your current job or face lawsuits.

Capitalize on relevant keywords.

Use your areas of expertise and specialties to trigger keyword searches. Let’s say a recruiter in your area needs a copywriter. She’ll get on LinkedIn and search for those parameters. The more times you incorporate “copywriter,” “advertising content,” “campaign development,” and other industry words into your profile, the more likely you’ll appear in her search results.

Don’t just list words in bullet points, though. Expand on your areas of expertise with compelling prose, and position yourself as a subject-matter expert.

Don’t forget about the extras.

Categories, groups, articles, and awards are all extra areas that should shine on your profile. They’re typically farther down the page, so recruiters scrolling down to see them are likely interested in you as a candidate.

The relative importance of each of these areas varies by industry. For example, in nonprofit industries, participation in LinkedIn and physical community groups is important. But in warehouse management, not so much.

Be selective with the categories and groups you choose. Find five to 10 within your industry that garner the most engagement and attention. Besides looking good on your profile, if you become active in these groups and leave insightful comments, you’ll expand your industry knowledge and position yourself as a thought leader. Don’t hesitate to show off your awards, either. Potential employers want to know anything that differentiates you as a candidate.

LinkedIn has leveled the playing field for in-house recruiters and smaller staffing firms alike —providing a powerful pipeline tool once reserved for deep-pocketed agencies. With such a massive pool of potential candidates out there, you need to stand out any way you can. And with a little effort on LinkedIn, it’s not too difficult.

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