CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com Career Advice & Job Search Magazine Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:36:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 This is weekly program whether career expert J.T. O'Donnell reviews skills and techniques needed to succeed in your career. She also answers question live from our views. Tune in Tuesdays at 1pm ET on www.careerealism.com to join our weekly Career Q&A! CAREEREALISM clean CAREEREALISM info@careerealism.com info@careerealism.com (CAREEREALISM) Career Q&A with J.T. O'Donnell CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com/home/jtodonnell/careerealism.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/CTV_Podcast_Image-01.png http://www.careerealism.com 5 Things Successful Job Seekers Do Before Applying For A Job http://www.careerealism.com/successful-job-seekers-applying-job/ http://www.careerealism.com/successful-job-seekers-applying-job/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:37:31 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40181 Are you a 'serial applier'? If so, you need to rein it in. Here are five things all successful job seekers do before applying for a job.

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There are very few things that a job seeker can control in the job search, but choosing to apply for a job is one of them. The positions you choose to apply for should be calculated and focused. Applying for every job on a company’s career site gets you a label… it’s called “serial applier.”

Related: 5 Things You Must Do Before Applying For A Job

You do not want to be a serial applicant. It is a quick way to enter the deepest, darkest, blackest location of the application black hole. You really want to be discerning about the roles you apply for. To do that, here are a few tips and tricks to try to make sure you are really going for the jobs that can get you closer to career nirvana.

1. Know what you want

Before any big life change (and changing jobs is a big life change), it’s key to know what you want. Because you cannot find what you want unless you know what you want. This is going to include a deep understanding of your professional goals and personal needs. You should try to document these things and keep them close by. Look at them before you apply to a job and re-read the job description to be sure there are no red flags in the marketing-speak of the position listing. Do not apply for a job that will not help you meet your professional goals nor force you to sacrifice your personal needs.

2. Get feedback on your accomplishments

When I am applying to jobs, I like to write really tailored cover letters that tells a few stories that are aligned with the job description. The best stories come from people I’ve worked with. I like to gather feedback from people who I reported to as well as people who reported to me. I like to talk with teammates to see what they thought about our work together and I ask them to share with me what I did well and where I could have improved. And now, I have already answered the “strengths and weaknesses” questions in the interview because I have stories from others to back up what I am saying. You can also use this feedback to see where you may or may not shine against the job description.

3. Know what you can deliver

You know what you want to achieve in your career and what other people think you rock at. Now, you should figure out what you can really deliver to a new company. I always focus on accomplishments and achievements. It is measurable and it is easy and quick to communicate. And when you know these things and the stories that back them up, it makes the application and interviews a much for focused and engaging experience, because people love stories!

4. Network with companies that fit

You should be focusing your job search on specific companies that align with your values. You should not be looking at companies that are not family friendly if you are a mom re-entering the workforce. Research companies to create a list of employers who align with your values and needs. Study up on them and then start networking with them in social media. Find people you may know that works there and then set some time to chat with them or meet for coffee. Finding a job that fits starts before the application, it starts in your targeting companies that are going to be really aligned with what you need and can deliver.

5. Get your stories together

There are countless ways to stand out to recruiters and it doesn’t need to be gimmicky. You can reach out directly to recruiters to learn more about the company and the job. You can use your connections to become a referral because those are a top source for employers. You should consider visual ways to stand out. I’ve written about them here and here. Tools I’ve referenced in the past were: Word Clouds, SlideShare, LinkedIn, CredHive, Prezi, Adobe Voice, and Haiku Deck. You can use these tools to share your story in a more visual and compelling way.

What do you think? What do you do before you apply to a job? I love your comments, so keep them coming!

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Tracey Parsons

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With passion and an innate curiosity, Tracey strives to push the envelope to create great experiences for talent. Tracey has been developing digital, mobile and social solutions for nearly 20 years in the talent acquisition space. Currently CredHive’s CEO, she is dedicated to changing the way hiring is done to create a more level playing field for talent. Visit CredHive to learn more.

 


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4 Steps To Beating Your Fear Of Failure http://www.careerealism.com/beating-fear-failure/ http://www.careerealism.com/beating-fear-failure/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:17:51 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40174 Fearing failure is a common thing. But what can you do to change your mindset? Here are four steps you can take to beat your fear of failure.

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Everyone fears failure, especially as adults. Think about it: As a kid, you made mistakes and you had some failures. So, naturally, as an adult, you don’t want to experience those negative feelings associated with failing again.

Related: How Do I Respond To Being Called A ‘Failure’?

According to J.T. O’Donnell, founder and CEO of CAREEREALISM.com, that’s the number one thing that limits your career growth – being afraid of failure.

So, what can you do to change your mindset? Here are four steps you can take to beat your fear of failure:

1. Admit You’re Scared

Get a piece of paper and list everything you’re afraid of in your life and career. Are you afraid of failing, having people laugh at you, or having people judge you? No matter what it is you’re afraid of, write it down, and get it out there.

Here’s the fun part: Once you’ve written down all of those fears, crumple up that piece of paper and throw it away!

“If you can identify the fear, you can beat it,” says O’Donnell.

2. Own Your Fear

In order to beat your fear(s), you need to really commit yourself. Worrying about it is a complete waste of your time because you’re not accomplishing anything. You need to step up and own it.

3. Take Action

Instead of trying to do a whole lot at once, find a baby step. What’s one little thing you could do that will help you to face this fear?

“A lot of us have false assumptions about our careers and what we’re capable of doing,” says O’Donnell. “Those assumptions almost become like laws in our head, and they shouldn’t be there. We need to break them, SHATTER them, and we can do that one baby step at a time.”

What simple action can YOU take today that will move you closer to shattering your fears?

4. Control What You Can Control

There are tons of things you have no control over, however, there are things you do. What are they? Figure out what areas you can control and go after them.

“The more control you have, the less fear you have,” says O’Donnell.

So, don’t live in fear any longer. Use these steps to break free from your fear of failure (or anything else!) and take control of your life.

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6 Reasons Why Your Resume Isn’t Getting A Response http://www.careerealism.com/resume-isnt-getting-response-reasons/ http://www.careerealism.com/resume-isnt-getting-response-reasons/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:45:19 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=36921 How do you know if it’s really your resume or if it’s something else? Here are a few reasons your why resume isn’t getting a response...

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It can be hard to ascertain if it’s your resume, the job market, or who knows what else when you’re job searching and your phone just isn’t ringing. I’m sure your mind begins to wander as you anxiously await an employer’s call or e-mail. Many job seekers have called us and said “I think it’s my resume, but I’m not sure ….” After reviewing their documents, I find myself telling them “Yes, it’s your resume” 99% of the time.

Related: Top 10 Resume Trends For 2014

So, how do you know if it’s really your resume or if it’s something else? Here are a few reasons your why your resume isn’t getting a response:

1. It Still Has An Objective Statement

An objective is a statement that expresses your goal of securing a future position. What this statement fails to do, though, is substantiate your fit for the opening—or articulate the value you offer the employer should they choose you over another candidate. Ditch the objective statement and utilize a job target/job title and personal branding statement instead.

2. It Lacks Any Form Of Personal Branding

As an employer, when I read a resume, I need to see what attributes you bring to the position. It helps me to differentiate between you and other viable candidates. Are you deadline-driven and customer-focused? These are important to me and how I operate my business. What is it that’s important to the employer from whom you’re seeking to obtain employment? And how do your expertise and experience correlate to their greatest need?

Branding is about how you market yourself to the potential employer. They have a need to fill, and you have to figure out how who you are and what you offer meet that need—then effectively communicate that to the employer. If you can’t meet a need, then they won’t see the value in choosing you over another candidate who does.

3. It’s Fluffy

Your career summary is full of fluff and filler words that could apply to every job seeker on the market. Here’s an example of what I mean:

Dynamic, results-focused IT specialist with broad-based expertise in project oversight, systems implementation, process improvements, and integrating cutting-edge technology that exceeds expectations. Proven ability to quickly analyze key business drivers and work directly with internal/external staff, leveraging a team-centered effort that increases profitability.

Sure, it might sound good, but it hasn’t told me anything specific about who this candidate is, his experience/expertise, and what he offers me, the employer.

It would be better to address how many projects the candidate has overseen, which processes he improved, the outcome of the improvement, and how the cutting-edge technology he integrated exceeded expectations. But just saying he exceed expectations is vague; tell me which expectations were exceeded and by how much.

4. Accomplishments Are Not Highlighted

The top 1/3 of the resume is the most important section when the hiring manager is giving it his or her initial scan. This is your prime opportunity to market your achievements. Use a highlighted accomplishments section to point out career successes that you’re proud of and that correlate to the position opening.

5. Duties And Responsibilities Have Taken Over

Bullet points that only share basic duties and responsibilities fall very short. Maximize the space on your resume by using a challenge-action-result format. Talk about challenges you faced, how you addressed them, and what the outcomes were. This makes the information contained within your resume much more impactful.

6. Metrics, Facts, And Figures Are Nowhere To Be Found

Give the employer something to remember you by. Don’t just tell them you reduced costs; state a percentage or dollar amount. Manage projects or clients? Put a number to it. Ask yourself questions like how much, how many, for how long? Asking yourself questions like these leads to answers that help you to define your successes, develop your personal brand, and market yourself more effectively to potential employers.

The Next Step

Review your resume with the six points above in mind. Ask yourself if your resume reflects any of the above—and if it does, then use the tips and advice I’ve provided to correct the issues within your resume—and ultimately improve its response rate.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. Want to work with the best resume writer? If you would like us to personally work on your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile—and dramatically improve their response rates—then check out our professional and executive resume writing services at GreatResumesFast.com or contact us for more information if you have any questions.


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How To Write A Cover Letter That Will Get You Hired http://www.careerealism.com/write-cover-letter-get-hired/ http://www.careerealism.com/write-cover-letter-get-hired/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:42:56 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=37194 Can you write a cover letter that will actually land you the job? Well, it can be a major factor in you landing an interview, which could get you hired...

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Can you write a cover letter that will actually land you the job? I’m sure there are unique cases where someone has written a cover letter that has played a major role in their candidacy, but to say that universally, a cover letter could get you hired is a pretty far stretch. I think job seekers should instead aim to write a cover letter that gets their resume read—or even plays an instrumental role in getting them the interview.

Related: 7 Examples Of Fresh New Ways To Start Your Cover Letter

I can tell you with a great deal of certainty that there have been several resume writers that I’ve chosen to interview based on the information they included in their cover letters.  A cover letter is a marvelous tool in your job search because you can use it to communicate information that doesn’t have a place on the resume—and it gives you the opportunity to show, in even more detail, how great a fit you are.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you write a cover letter:

Showcase The Benefits

The best cover letters showcase the benefit you can be to the employer. For example, in my line of work, we’re very serious about deadlines and customer care. When a resume writer takes the time to review my website and then backs up her claim to always meet deadlines and take exceptional care of clients by providing examples such as: “never had a customer complaint” or “trusted to resolve escalated client projects,” I pay attention—because statements like these show me the benefit the writer can offer my company. Show the company the benefits you can offer them.

Hit Their Pain Points

Most employers will touch on their greatest needs within the job posting. If the last person was really weak in detail orientation, cost savings, project management, or customer service, you can be sure these will be a central focus and top priority on the job announcement. Find the employer’s pain points—and what’s most important to them—and give examples of how you’ve successfully addressed similar issues in the past. Nothing speaks louder than verifiable experience.

Add A Personal Touch

Give your resume a personal touch. Some great resumes I’ve seen have given a personal reason for the person’s interest in the position. For example:

… Being a Utah native and graduate of the University of Utah, I’m very excited about the Business Administrator position with the University and the possibility of returning to my home state.

It also shows the employer you’re personally invested in the opportunity, which means it’s of worth to you—and it’s a good move for them to consider someone who’s personally interested in the opportunity and not just applying to any and everything they see on the job boards.

When in doubt, share why you’re interested in the opportunity. It takes time to customize the cover letter—but the employer will appreciate it. At a time when hundreds are applying—and no one is customizing his or her cover letter—it speaks volumes. BELIEVE ME.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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About the author

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, CEO of Great Resumes Fast is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter. Want to work with the best resume writer? If you would like us to personally work on your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile—and dramatically improve their response rates—then check out our professional and executive resume writing services at GreatResumesFast.com or contact us for more information if you have any questions.


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Follow-Through: The Most Underestimated Career Ingredient http://www.careerealism.com/follow-through-career-ingredient/ http://www.careerealism.com/follow-through-career-ingredient/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:04:39 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40179 There's a very old-school skill that is very, very basic, yet so neglected, these days: Follow-through! Here's why it's an essential career ingredient.

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One thing career and job hunters certainly do not suffer from is lack of advice. There is a plethora of sources and experts that present the ultimate solution and the quick fix for your resume. You probably read all about the “ultimate career move,” the “latest must have social media network,” “video resumes you need to know about,” if you want to move up the career ladder, and so on.

Related: 5 Simple Career Success Factors

As a career coach and LinkedIn moderator of a group dealing with Personal Branding, I feel obligated to go through most of these articles no matter how lurid the message might sound. After all, I have to stay current and spot potential new trends quickly.

Today, however, I want to focus on nothing fancy or new, but on a very old-school kind of skill that is very, very basic, yet so neglected, these days: Follow-through!

Lack of follow-through is all around

By follow-through, I simply mean acting on your word. I recently noticed that people from all ends involved in the career sector have absolutely no follow-through:

New business contacts that forget to connect on LinkedIn as discussed, job hunters that don’t bother to inquire about the respective HR person’s name for their cover letter, interviewers that never get back to candidates who traveled several hundred miles to make to an interview. I could continue this list – but you get the gist…

Now, I know we live in a busy time. But we also live in a time where everybody is their own brand in a global employment market. And how do you think your brand will do if people can’t rely on your word in the first place?

There is an actual risk that you might appear undetermined or even unreliable. An assumption you cannot afford – neither as job hunter nor as business owner. Even the best resume, LinkedIn profile, business presentation or company website will have a hard time to overcome an assumption like this.

A practical example

Let me give you a recent example from my own practice. There is a person in one of my business meet-up groups whom I started referring business to this spring. Let’s call her Stefanie. Stefanie liked the fact that I referred business up her way, and asked if she could do anything for me. As I had just published my new DIY resume book, I took her up on it, and asked her if she was interested in reviewing the book if I would provide her with a free copy (Stefanie was very interested in all career topics in general…). I followed-up a few times and got some lukewarm “soon” feedback. This is now almost three months ago. However, still no review.

In the meantime, I have stopped referring business to Stefanie. Not because I am disappointed or as some kind of passive aggressive “retaliation.” No, the actual reason has to do with my own business interests. If I refer my business contacts to someone, I need to be sure that a dedicated professional takes care of them, where words are followed by deeds. Every single time.

Otherwise, my own business might be affected in a negative way.

The take-away

The take away is so simple: always follow-up on your word. If you leave a business meeting or career fair by saying to someone “we should catch up over coffee,” then make sure you do everything from your end to make it happen. But be careful: after a while you might notice serious changes in the quality of your professional network.

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Tim Windhof

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Tim Windhof is a published and enthusiastic Resume Writer and Career Coach who is fascinated by helping people take their careers to the next level. Tim is a resume expert and educator for the American Writers and Artists, Inc. and their Resume Writer Training program. Tim has written interview-yielding resumes for clients from the US, Canada, India, Australia, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands.

 


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7 Reasons Why You Need A LinkedIn Routine – Employed Or Not http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-routine-employed-not/ http://www.careerealism.com/linkedin-routine-employed-not/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 06:00:23 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=36772 LinkedIn has become a crucial tool for your career. Here are seven reasons why you need a LinkedIn routine - whether you're employed or not...

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As a Job Search Coach, one of the most common mistakes I see professionals making is spending too little time on LinkedIn. Yet, not only is LinkedIn a powerful job search adjunct; it’s also a formidable career management tool.

Consider these statistics:

  • LinkedIn is the #1 candidate sourcing tool used by recruiters.
  • 96% of recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates for open positions.
  • Most adults change jobs every 2 to 3 years on average for a total of 8 to 10 job changes throughout their working lives.

If frequent job changes are a fact of life (and they are), and if recruiters and hiring executives are hanging out on LinkedIn in droves (and they are), then doesn’t it make sense for you to do the same, whether you’re employed or not and actively job searching or not? It most certainly does.

In fact, I recommend that unemployed job seekers spend 3-4 hours per week on LinkedIn. For those who are in active search while employed, 1.5-3 hours per week will do. And for those who are employed but not seeking work, 1.5-3 hours per month will be sufficient for proactive career management.

The bottom line is that as a professional you need LinkedIn for job search support or career management regardless of your employment status. Here are seven reasons why you need a LinkedIn routine – whether you’re employed or not:

1. LinkedIn Changes Frequently

LinkedIn management is fond of making frequent, unannounced changes to the social media giant’s system, look, and features. If you don’t want to be left out of the loop or to appear not to care, you need to stay active on LinkedIn to keep your profile looking current and relevant. Keep in mind that, as a result, the strategies that work today on LinkedIn won’t necessarily work tomorrow. Therefore, it’s important for you to stay abreast of LinkedIn changes.

2. Not Updating Your Profile Regularly Can Hurt Your Searchability

LinkedIn profiles that aren’t updated frequently slide in search rankings. The technology that runs LinkedIn is a massive database, and databases have a built-in preference for fresh data. If 2 people have identical backgrounds, work histories, academic credentials, and key words in their profile, LinkedIn will rank the one with a more recent update higher. To keep your profile ranking high, leverage regular status or profile updates – once a week if you are in active search or once a month if you are in career management mode.

3. Status Updates Keep Your Candidacy And/Or Career Brand Front-Of-Mind

Found on your profile’s Home page, the status update feature allows you to share your career brand with your network without sending them a formal message. It also shares your update with the entire LinkedIn membership. By designing short updates or using this feature to comment on articles or blog posts, you can create buzz about your candidacy or shape recruiter perceptions long before you start looking for your next opportunity.

4. Keywords Are Constantly Changing And Evolving

Just because you load your LinkedIn profile with key words once doesn’t mean you never have to do so again – quite the contrary is true. Key word trends change over time and new words, methodologies, certifications, and phrases are constantly emerging. Whether you’re employed or not, it’s inherently wise to monitor key word shifts in your industry and replace or update those used in your profile on an ongoing basis. Make sure, for example, that you use the full complement of 50 skills LinkedIn allows you in their Skills & Expertise section.

5. Fresh LinkedIn Content Boosts Your Google Ranking

A key word-rich profile will elevate your standing with Google. Why does that matter? Because LinkedIn limits search results based on the size of the searcher’s network. Conducting a LinkedIn search via Google (known as X-raying into LinkedIn) produces more results, which in turn means that getting noticed by Google can help enhance your access to career opportunities.

6. Participating In LinkedIn Groups Will Help Your Brand Stand Out

Groups are one of the most powerful LinkedIn features; gaining visibility in key groups helps you gain visibility for your career. Since groups evolve over time, staying on top of your group memberships requires a little weekly homework to read post digests, catch up on discussions, and identify ways to help your brand stand out. Read my recommendations on how many and which groups to join.

7. Proactively Managing Your Network/Profile Is Good Branding

Proactive management of your network, invitations, endorsements, and testimonials makes you look good. Taking weeks to months to respond to messages, invites, and testimonial requests or failing to reciprocate endorsements when appropriate are the actions of a career isolationist. Staying on top of these activities, on the other hand, makes you appear to be on the ball, synced in to what matters, and investing energy in your career. Which sends the better message to prospective employers?

LinkedIn is a powerful recession-proofing strategy when used wisely. Why not invest in periodic “maintenance” to fine-tune your online presence? A great LinkedIn weekly routine includes so much more than accepting your most recent connection invites:

  • Create a status update.
  • Review your profile’s key words and add or upgrade as needed.
  • Accept relevant invitations to connect with a personalized message.
  • Review your group memberships and stay involved in those that offer you the most relevant benefits.
  • Review weekly group discussions and look for 1-2 to which you can offer advice, insight, or comments.
  • Reciprocate endorsements when appropriate and relevant to do so.
  • Thank those who endorse you with a personalized message.
  • Solicit testimonials on an ongoing basis; don’t wait until you need them.
  • Review the automated updates LinkedIn sends you about your network. Send personalized congratulatory messages to connections reporting happy news.
  • Source new recruiters, hiring executives, and influential contacts to connect with and follow.
  • Source new companies to follow and leverage your network to build inroads to hiring executives.
  • Manage relationships with key connections by periodically offering valuable resources or information without waiting to be asked.

By investing mere minutes a day in your managing your career, LinkedIn can help you build bridges to prospective opportunities long before you need them. By investing a few hours a day on LinkedIn during an active job search, you can transform your online connections into “Brand You” advocates. What have you got to lose?

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Cheryl Simpson | Executive Job Search Coach

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A 15-time, award-winning resume writer, Cheryl Lynch Simpson serves mid-career to senior executives as a credentialed resume writer (ACRW), LinkedIn strategist (COPNS), and Get Clear, Get Found, Get Hired (G3) coach. Like her advice? Check out her website, ExecutiveResumeRescue.com for a complimentary copy of her popular Polish Your Profile LinkedIn presentation, or follow her on Twitter!

 


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3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Taking A New Assignment http://www.careerealism.com/new-assignment-questions/ http://www.careerealism.com/new-assignment-questions/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:43:24 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40171 Here are three simple questions to ask yourself the next time you are approached with the opportunity for promotion or a broadening assignment.

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As a coach, I am often asked, “How can I tell if this is the right opportunity for me?” When opportunities to advance your career present themselves, it is critically important that you make sure the opportunity is RIGHT for YOU! 

Watch: 9 Things You Can Do Today To Create Career Success

Here are three simple questions to ask yourself the next time you are approached with the opportunity for promotion or a broadening assignment.

1. Will you gain additional exposure?

If your goal is to advance to the highest levels in your company, make sure the role is in a mission critical area of the company and provides you with P&L (Profit & Loss) responsibility. If you are not at a level where P&L responsibility is appropriate, make sure the role creates opportunity to work with key leaders at the Executive Level, and showcases your unique skills and abilities.

Will you enhance core skills like strategic planning?

Leaders will take a chance on you when they believe they can trust your judgment. That means demonstrating key management skill like strategic planning and execution. Make sure the opportunity allows you to demonstrate your ability to resolve complex issues.

Does the opportunity align with your personal career objectives?

I have seen it happen all too often – in the name of a broadening assignment, you choose to do work that does not support your long-term career objective. It is not enough to take on an assignment simply because your company thinks this is the “right” next role for you. Make sure you will gain the necessary skill to take you to your desired next level of career success.

The more complex and high profile the new role, the more critical it is that you have strong sponsorship support to advocate when you are successful and mitigate your risk in the event you fall short of the companies expectations. As you evaluate this new opportunity, make sure you will be supported and given the resources necessary to be successful.

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Career Management: Top 10 Career Limiting Moves http://www.careerealism.com/career-management-moves/ http://www.careerealism.com/career-management-moves/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 05:00:40 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=19399 There is nothing on this list of career management moves that is difficult to avoid. Are you guilty of any of these career limiting moves?

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Good career management is a key factor in success. If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need to worry too much about bad decision making or judgment. Most of the time, people who amble through life are barely making it, and give as much “thought time” to their behavior as a cow does. Nevertheless, it’s good to occasionally think about this issue before you seriously trash your future.

Related: 6 Career Management Hacks That Will Get You Ahead

I would point out that there are things that don’t show up on this list, like leaving the microphone on while you discuss top secret information, simply because they are so rare.

Career Management: Top 10 Career Limiting Moves

This list is all about the CLM’s (Career Limiting Moves) that are most common.

1. Lack Of Real Insight Or Thought

The impact of this leads to situations that exist purely based on the fact some people fail to pay attention to how things work and their own behavior.

2. Confusing Actions For Results

We get paid, not to show up, but to actually get some type of results. Unfortunately some people think that simply just doing stuff is what it’s all about.

3. Chronic Absence Or Tardiness

If you are absent too much or late too much, you won’t be going anywhere because YOU are undependable.

4. Refuse To Admit You Made A Mistake

We all make them. We’re supposed to learn from them. When you don’t admit a mistake, we not only know you’re clueless, we kind of expect you to repeat it.

5. Inappropriate Computer Use

It doesn’t matter if you view porn, check your Facebook page, or shop at work. You’re wasting company resources and it will catch up with you.

6. Not Fitting In With The Culture

You can either change, leave, or get fired if you don’t fit in. There may be companies you just can’t adjust to; be smart and figure that out before it damages your career.

7. Missing Commitments

Nothing will destroy trust faster than being habitual at not meeting your commitments. No one will want to work with you and no one will want you to work for them.

8. Sense Of Entitlement

People who think the company or boss owes them for simply breathing air at work can be sniffed out quickly. It’s a disagreeable quality. Everyone is expendable.

9. Not Thinking Outside The Box

If you can’t think outside the box or won’t do it because you’re too lazy, the boss will find someone who will. “Just” doing your job can be done by hundreds of other people.

10. Bad Mouthing The Boss Or Someone Important

You have to assume anything you gossip at work to someone you work with will be shared or spread. Most of the time the “code of silence” simply doesn’t exist no matter how close your relationship is.

There is nothing on this list of career management moves that is difficult to avoid. As I said, the people that tend to really kill their chances of going anywhere in their career  simply do not think about their environment and their purpose of being employed.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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5 Tips For Creating A Successful Career In Art http://www.careerealism.com/successful-career-art-tips/ http://www.careerealism.com/successful-career-art-tips/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:49:10 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=40177 Want to be an artist? Becoming a professional artist can be exciting and challenging at times. Here are some helpful tips for a successful career in art.

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The pool of talented individuals is dramatically increasing these days, and the competition for jobs is expected to be keen. Being competent artist isn’t a magic wand. Determination, hard work, persistence, and hard selling are what it takes to stand out.

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Becoming a professional artist can be exciting and challenging at times. After learning the artists career information, it is time to take a peek at some of the helpful tips for a successful career in art.

1. Take advantage of social media

It is possible to get a career in arts but selling yourself or your artwork is really tough. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are some of the best places to promote your art and when people find it stunning, they will start to talk about it. Additionally, when you are looking for work, words will easily spread like fire and people might recommend you.

2. Allow multitasking

Due to the stiff competition in both salaried and self-employed jobs in the art world, artists find it difficult to earn enough money by only selling their artwork. Multitasking is important in the existence of many artists. While you work in a certain company, you can make use of your spare time by working as a freelance in another firm. Applying for awards and residencies are also helpful in broadening your network and raising your profile.

3. Keep a calendar of events

If you are planning to sell your artwork or get noticed, sitting on your room may not be the best option for you. Although browsing on the Internet and promoting yourself and your artwork is useful, still you need to go outside and see the real art world. Know and keep track of the important dates for auctions, fairs, and exhibitions and try to be present to as many of them. This offers a higher chance of getting noticed and earns profit.

4. Build an impressive portfolio

A portfolio shows evidence of your talent and skill. It is a collection of hand-made, computer-generated, photographic, or printed samples of the artist’s artwork. No matter how seasoned artist you are, it will be difficult to find recognition for your work whether it is from an employer or a gallery. A portfolio is a great way to back up your talent. Employers and gallery owners don’t have the time to research on how great you are and your artwork. There is a big difference between a portfolio and a resume. A resume is intended to showcase your educational background and work experiences while portfolio is intended to show off your ability in a certain field or art.

5. Apply for a job effectively

Just like selling your art, landing for a job is quite hard in the art world. If you are just emailing your resume and portfolio to random organizations, then you may need to reconsider your strategies. Learn to pick up the phone and be direct, check if you can speak to the director of the art agency and confidently introduce yourself. Explain how you would like to work in their organization and ask if there are any available positions for you.

When you have learned the basics of an artist’s career information, you will find yourself confident in selling yourself and your artwork.

This is a guest post.

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Your Resume Is A Sales Document http://www.careerealism.com/resume-sales-document/ http://www.careerealism.com/resume-sales-document/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:45:35 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=21742 Businesses have brochures. People have resumes. Want to write a great resume? You should think of it as a sales document. Here's why.

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Businesses have brochures. People have resumes. You should think of your resume as a sales document. Both brochures and resumes are a summary of experience, skills, credentials, and achievements that differentiate the business or job applicant.

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Let’s break that last sentence down:

Summary

Brochures and resumes are not life stories. The customers who look at brochures and the recruiters who look at resumes are focused on what they need at that moment. In the case of resumes, the focus is on finding the right employee to fill a specific position.

Experience, Skills, And Credentials

Like customers, recruiters want to know they are getting the best value for their dollar. If you lack the experience, skills, and credentials—the requirements for handling the job—you are unlikely to be called in for an interview.

Achievements That Differentiate

Every dry cleaning establishment is the same, right? But suppose a dry cleaner’s brochure spotlights their experience preserving wedding gowns. Now that dry cleaner has a niche. Your resume should spotlight your niche, whether that is working in teams, bringing in more sales than your fellow salespeople, a willingness to travel, experience working with regulatory agencies in your industry—your achievements in your career set you apart from everyone else. 

The best brochures let customers know this company has what the customer needs. The best resumes let recruiters know you can deliver what they need.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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