Saturday, March 14, 2020
7 tips for dealing with a psycho baboEven the best anfhrer can seem like a tyrant sometimes. But did you know that some bosses are actually psychopaths? According to an Australian study, 1 out of 5 corporate executives exhibited clinically psychopathic traits. (For reference, the rate of psychopaths, in general, is 1 out of every 100 people.) Whether your difficult boss is psychotically inclined or not, here are 7 strategies you can use to deflate potential schwimmbad boss situations. googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display(div-gpt-ad-1467144145037-0) ) 1. Determine what youre dealing with.Is your boss just having a bad day, or is he like this all the time? Is she dealing with other factors (pressure from above, employees flaking out, etc.) that are making her be extra hard on you? Or are you being too hard on her? Think about what may be causing the behavior. It might not justify it, or make the behavior any more pleasant to deal with, but everyone has a bad day. Its import ant to consider whether this is truly your bosss default way of working, or if its just a one-off problem.2. Get everything in writing.If your boss is a chaos-producer by asking for something, then claiming later that you were asked for something entirely different, its your word against theirs. Write down what you canfor example, if you were given verbal instructions, confirm in a quick email just so everyone has a written record of what was discussed/asked.3. Stop and take a breath.If youre having a conflict with your boss, jumping right in with a heated reaction could be something youll regret later. Take a minute, breathe, and think about your reaction. Again, thinking about the why behind your bosss behavior can also help prevent you from reacting from a place of pure stress.4. Know and avoid the triggers.Does your boss always fly off the handle when someone is late? Be extra mindful of your arrival time. Rant about typos in an email? Proofread twice before you hit send. If the res a pattern to Angry Bosss behavior, its definitely in your best interest to know what that pattern is and learn how to counteract those triggers before they happen.5. Use communication strategies.This is a common therapeutic method for improving communication. Use active listening by repeating back what was said, and asking for clarification if necessary. Many conflicts are due to people not feeling listened to or understood, so if your boss thinks youre not listening, it can escalate a conflict.6. Dont let it derail you.You have a job to do, and if you let a toxic relationship with your boss affect your work and your behavior, thats not going to help you. Try not to take it personally or let it affect the quality of your work. If you find yourself blowing things off out of frustration with your boss, that can make your professional rep suffer.7. Escalate if necessary.If your company has ways to confidentially air your concerns to HR (or a similar employee resource) and you feel like things are reaching a breaking point, consider taking your issues to them. If you dread going to work every day because of the misery that awaits you for the next eight hours, thats not a situation thats good for you or your companyconsider finding an internal (and neutral) way to bring up the situation.Weve all had a toxic boss at some point in our careers. Sometimes it gets better, and sometimes you just have to move on. Either way, dont let it ruin your professional life in the meantime.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Self-Care Activities That Are Actually Affordable Ill bet that this is bedrngnis the first article youve read about the importance of self care. Just in case it is, Ill repeat the standard spiel (but Ill keep it snappy). Engaging in self-care is psychology speak for, Making time in your life for doing stuff you enjoy. Therbeies solid research evidence that people who engage in mora self care activities feel happier and experience less stress, contributing beneficially to their mental health. They also tend to have better physical health, including lower blood pressure and weight. People who feel relaxed at the end of the weekend even perform better at work the next week.Now that Ive told you everything you already knew about self-care and self care activities, Im going to confess something. Making time for leisure activities is a struggle for me. I have a full-time job and a toddler, so some days I dont even sit still until 930 PM. Self-care has also gotten a lot mora expensive since my son welches born (Babysitters are not cheap). Yet, even though finding time for myself is challenging, its necessary. Without some kind of regularly scheduled relaxation in my life, Im a frazzled mess. This means that I have had to become more creative about my self-care management and the kinds of self-care activities I do.Below is a list of 10 self-care activities and that I find actually affordable, both in terms of time and money. Not every activity on this list is for everyone, but I hope youll find at least one worth trying. fruchtwein importantly, I hope you have fun experimenting with embracing new behaviors and finding more time for relaxation in your life1. WalkWalking is a fantastic self-care activity for many reasons. It requires no special equipment (although I do love it when my Fitbit departures buzzing at the 12,000 step mark). You can walk almost anywhere, and, now that its spring, the scenery can be quite enjoyable. Its also a much cheaper way to spend time wit h friends than brunch or drinks.The best part is that walking is one of the easiest types of exercise and has enormous health and emotional benefits. Just one, fast-paced, 30 minute walk a day can help you lose weight and lower your blood pressure. Walking can even help reduce symptoms of depression. My daily walk at lunch clears my head and helps me focus during the second half of the workday. I also love walking with my little guy to the park on Saturday mornings. Our pit stop for croissants on the way is an added bonus.2. Practice MindfulnessI first started practicing mindfulness when I was working as a clinical psychologist. At that time, I was getting trained in dialectical behavior therapy. One of the training program requirements is to develop a regular mindfulness practice. To be frank, its unlikely I would have taken up mindfulness if it hadnt been a condition of my employment. However, I learned that mindfulness can be both a very practical and very beneficial addition to your personal care repetoire.I had always imagined that practicing mindfulness meant contorting myself awkwardly in yoga class or going to a silent retreat. These are absolutely legitimate ways of practicing mindfulness but a very poor fit for my talkative and uncoordinated self. I was relieved to learn that practicing mindfulness for a few minutes daily has mental health, physical health, and even work payoffs.I was also excited to learn that there are literally thousands of ways to practice mindfulness. The most basic mindfulness exercise is to simply observe your breathing for a few minutes. If like me, this is something you are not used to doing, there are free apps to help. Two of my favorites are Stop, Breathe Think and Calm. If it feels too ironic to use your phone to unplug, Ill recommend two books on this topic Mindfulness for Beginnersby Jon Kabat-Zinn and Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg. Both are accessible, readable, and written by world-renowned experts in this field .3. ReadReading has been my favorite self-care activity since I was four. It always saddens me when friends or co-workers tell me they hate reading or no longer have time for it. My sense is that most people dislike reading for two reasons. First, they mistakenly believe that all reading has to be as painful as it was in ninth grade English class. Second, no one ever taught them to find books they actually enjoy. If either of those applies to you, this article has some tips on how to make reading a fun activity. Trust me when I say its worth the effortIf youre ready to start (or continue) reading as one of your self-care behaviors, I highly recommend using your local library. Not only will you save money, but you will be supporting a community resource that provides books for everyoneall while contributing to your own personal care. Libraries are also a great place to meet other bookworms and participate in local groups and events.4. Spend Time with Your PetsI have two rescue chihua huas (Starsky and Hutch) who can occasionally induce more stress than relieve it. They can also be expensive (I have the $250 vet emergency bill to prove it). However, research and my personal experience continue to demonstrate the multiple health and emotional benefits of having pets.If you already have pets, spending time with them wont cost extra money and doesnt have to take much time taking care of them is just one of your routine activities of daily living. In fact, I am rubbing Hutchs belly while writing this blog. Starsky is snuggling my knee. With the exception of Hutch, who cowers whenever he sees his leash, most dogs will also encourage you to walk. Its like two-for-one self careHaving a pet is not a realistic option for everyone. However, there are ways to get animal companionship without having one in your home. There is a 100% chance that your local humane society or animal shelter could use extra volunteers. This gives you a chance to help animals in need, meet other animal lovers, and get fur kisses.5. Get CraftyCrafts are not just for kids, although they can be a fun self-care activity to do with them. Ive recently been experimenting with making homemade play dough, which my toddler promptly tries to feed to our dogs. We have also tried playing with crayons. Unfortunately, he is more interested in throwing them at the walls than in coloring with them.If you also have an uncooperative toddler (or no kids at all), there are many adult crafts to try. You dont even have to make Etsy-quality artwork to reap the benefits of being creative. A great activity for craft beginners is coloring. This is another two-for-one self-care activity because it doubles as mindfulness. Just like other forms of mindfulness, mindful coloring has some well-documented emotional and health benefits and can easily fit into daily living routine.6. BakeBaking makes your house smell amazing and provides you with something yummy to eat. Baked goods also make personalized and very affordable gifts. There are now so many healthy recipes on the web that you can even bake things that are reasonably nutritious. Of course, adding self-care to your life is about occasionally splurging, so making a batch of chocolate-chip cookies is also completely acceptable.At my house, baking doubles as meal prep. On Sundays, Ill make a quiche or batch of muffins that then becomes my breakfast for the week. That way, I start Monday morning with a warm, delicious treat at my desk (and jealous glances from my co-workers). My toddler is also less likely to fling the zucchini on the floor if it has been baked into a muffin. For the parenting win7. Play Board GamesThis is another self-care activity that is not just for kids, although you can certainly include them in many board games. In the last decade, the board game industry has exploded, and there is a large market for adult board games. If you and your friends are tired of the brunch/coffee/drinks routine, board games can be a fun alternative for the next time you want to get together. Regularly playing board games has plenty of other benefits as well it may even prevent dementia.If youre open to trying this self-care activity but dont know where to start, check out TableTop. This is a YouTube show where Wil Wheaton (of Wesley Crusher fame) plays board games with other celebrities. The episodes are pretty funny, and you will get some great ideas for different games to play, as well as directions for how to play them).8. Get MusicalListening to music is another self-care activity with multiple physical and mental health benefits. It is also completely free and can be done in the middle of other activities and obligations. Want an added self-care boost? Try singing along to your favorite tunes. I promise you can still reap the benefits, even if youre off-key. I have also found that singing makes diaper changes and car rides significantly less painful experiences.9. JournalDeveloping a regular journaling practice can help people get through difficult life transitions, increase happiness, and even improve immune functioning. Many people start experiencing the benefits of journaling after trying it for just 15 minutes for three days.James W. Pennebaker is the professor who has pioneered much of the work on the benefits of journaling. Here is what to do if you want to try his journaling method. First, pick an event to write about. This should generally be an incident that was difficult for you and had a significant emotional impact on you. Second, write down all your thoughts and feelings about this emotionally-impactful event. Dont hold back and do not stop writing, even if you get stuck. Just write, Im stuck over and over until a new thought comes to you. Third, make sure to focus on what this event means to you. How has the event impacted your life, relationships, and values? Fourth, dont worry if your writing is good or grammatical its not for anyone else to read or judgeits just f or you.If this method sounds too intense for you, there are phone app.10. VolunteerIt may seem paradoxical, but its true helping others can be an excellent way of helping yourself, too. Volunteering can be a fun way to get out of the house and meet people with similar interests, values, and beliefs. Volunteering can also remind you that, as bad as things are for you at a given time, someone may be having an even harder time. This, of course, builds gratitude for your own experiences, along with all the attendant health benefits I discussed in the previous sections. The best part of volunteering is you get to go home feeling like you made the world a better place and helped many individuals as well. There are very few ways for you to top that kind of mood boost.There are literally thousands of ways to volunteer your time and countless organizations that would like your help Your local food bank, hospital, humane society, and library are great places to start. You can also research op portunities to volunteer online. Many communities have databases of local volunteering opportunities and resources for identifying places that host volunteers and would benefit from your help.Now that you have finished reading about self-care activities and opportunities, I challenge you to find 15 extra minutes this week for some personal self care. Now you have plenty of new ideas that wont break the bank and are actually fun to do.______________________________________________________________________________________Rebecca Fraynt has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is an all-around healthcare nerd. She lives near Seattle with her husband, toddler, and two rescue chihuahuas. When shes not working or chasing her dogs or child around the house, shes guzzling coffee, reading, or binge watching Star Trek.______________________________________________________________________________________Rebecca Fraynt has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is an all-around healthcare nerd. She lives near Seattle with her husband, toddler, and two rescue chihuahuas. When shes not working or chasing her dogs or child around the house, shes guzzling coffee, reading, or binge watching Star Trek.
Monday, January 6, 2020
How to Source College Students For Clients Future Open Roles - Spark HireThe newest generation of young professionals has made its debut in the workforce. Surprise in richtungeration Z is here to make their mark on the recruiting process earlier than you thought. The ambitious and passionate students of this generation search and apply for their dream jobs long before they graduate college. In fact, according to a Yello Recruiting study, only one in ten plans to wait until graduation to begin their job search.Understanding what drives Gen Z is essential to source this fresh new talent. This generation is determined and confident. Gen Z isnt cutting corners in their quest for the perfect career. The previously-mentioned Yello study also found as many as 35 percent of Gen Z expect to receive more than one job offer before they graduate.College students are an exceptional pipeline of talent you need to access to stay ahead of the competition and prepare for your clients future talent ac quisition needs. Heres how you can start building a pool of top talent to funnel directly into your clients hiring processes after college graduation1. Work with clients to anticipate future talent needsYour clients have major strategic plans for the future. Its easy to get caught up in finding talent to fill clients current open roles. Be sure youre also aligning your sourcing strategy with your clients forecasted talent needs. This could mean learning details of projected company growth, the development of new roles, or even knowing which roles are likely to open up due to employees reaching retirement age. No matter the reason, sourcing young talent early gives your clients an advantage in their market.Discuss hiring goals with clients for the next one to five years. Determine what skills their company will need to keep up with their competitors and how theyre preparing their team for shifts in the talent market. Use this information to screen current college students in your net work. Make connections with those pursuing specific degrees and certifications that will be in high demand and learn more about their interests to start assessing for fit. Find out how students prefer to connect with recruiters and staffing pros and use these conversations to be an ambassador for your clients future job opportunities.Discuss projected hiring goals with clients and determine a plan for their future hiring needs, not just current open roles.Click To Tweet2. Attend college career eventsTechnology hasnt suppressed Gen Zs desire for fitting face-to-face time into their fast-paced lives. In fact, the previously mentioned Yello study found 51 percent of Gen Z prefers face-to-face communication. Yellos research also revealed Gen Z candidates hold the information they receive from conversations at college career centers and hiring events in very high esteem. They rank these sources nearly twice as high as their millennial counterparts.Attend career fairs and hiring events re gularly. Dont just collect names or hand out branded goodies. Make thoughtful and personal connections that leave a lasting impression by tapping into students career ambitions and expectations. Use this time to assess their personalities and soft skills. Clearly communicate why theyd fit into your clients team and when possible, connect them with current employees to reinforce their experience. Nearly 62 percent of Gen Z values referrals from a companys current and former employees, according to Yellos Recruiting study. This means they will appreciate the opportunity to collect more information and nurture an internal connection of their own.3. Follow-up with personalized communicationThis rising generation of talent believes recruiters make a big difference when it comes to their candidate experience. Yello reported nearly half (44 percent) of Gen Z candidates agree recruiters have the most significant impact on their decision to accept a job. Recruiters, as trusted advisors, rank ed 5x higher than technology and almost 4x higher than a speedy vorstellungsgesprch process. In comparison, only 29 percent of millennials in Yellos aforementioned study ranked recruiters No. 1 for the impact they make on their future job decisions. This means making a positive human connection and showing current college students they are valued individually is critical when sourcing this group of top talent.Ramp up your personalized communication to make a positive impact on students. For example, you can create custom video messages following an in-person introduction to nurture the connection. Follow up with a video response to a question they asked at a career fair you didnt have the answer to or check in with a fun company update from a client that piqued their interest.If a student expresses a desire to be considered for future job openings, send them a one-way video interview invitation with a set of structured interview questions for the role they are best suited for. Candi dates can always submit a new video interview if their career ambitions or skills have shifted when contacted in the future. Keep these video profiles in your talent library to revisit and share with clients as roles open up.Recruiters make a difference in the candidateexperience. Focus on building strong relationships with GenZ candidates.Click To Tweet4. Prepare to berater them through the hiring processWhen sourcing talent just entering the workforce, they may require more guidance through the hiring process. However, by guiding high-potential talent from student status through to your clients hiring process, you nurture a connection that improves your placement rates, the candidate experience, and your clients hiring outcomes. Everybody wins.Rather than overextending and exhausting your availability, provide advice for determining what skills they should build on, tips for interviewing, and other insight through short informational videos. Not only does this help candidates, but shows you as an invaluable resource.Adapting your recruiting strategy to accommodate to the needs of each generation as they enter the workforce is par for the course. Understanding those unique needs and establishing genuine relationships with talent, especially candidates that value the human side of recruiting, ensures top talent trusts you and your clients as they chart their career paths well into the future.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
5 ways to show that you would make a great manager one day5 ways to show that you would make a great manager one dayEyeing a promotion for next year? You might want to take a long, hard look at your behavior.Are you easy to work with, or do your coworkers avoid collaborating with you at all costs? Do you lighten the mood or lurkby the water cooler so you can join in on the latest gossip? Do you make sure your work is done accurately and efficiently, or waste time hemming and hawing about the task at hand?Wherever you stand, you could probably stand to do better - heres how to demonstrate your leadership potential in the office.Be someone your coworkers like talking to - because you listenHow often do you lend an ear?Make sure you listen actively - this means genuinely engaging in conversation by really hearing what the other person has to say before responding with a paraphrased version of their thoughts.So dont scroll through your phone, constantly check your watch, or let distra ctions steal your attention instead.Dont just focus on yourselfTheres mora to work than just your job - its a piece of the puzzle.Erika Andersen, founding partner of Proteus, keynote speaker and author of Growing Great Employees, Being Strategic, Leading So People Will Follow and more, writes in Forbes about how shes heard from work leaders that their reports focus too narrowly on their own needs and constraints.She supplies a tip to help employees look at the bigger picture.If you want to be seen as a leader, make it your business to understand the larger organization How does you business work? What are the factors, in your organization, that lead to growth, and what gets in the way? What other functions does your part of the business interact with most, and how do you support each other? Take a step back from your particular job and look at how everything fits together, Andersen writes.Dont get caught up in all the office dramaIts one thing to feel left out of the office tribe, but its another to be the keeper of all questionable office secrets.Youll most likely want to find a middle ground here be someone whos well-known for their work, generally has their finger on the pulse of other teams, and knows how their department fits into the companys larger picture.Show that you can delegate tasks effectivelySay you have to head up a big team project - heres your chance to show that you can break up the work well and check in just the right amount.Jesse Sostrin, PhD, author and a Director in PwCs Leadership Coaching Center of Excellence, writes about why its important to engage at the right level in the Harvard Business Review.Its essential to stay involved, but the degree matters. You should maintain engagement levels sufficient for you to deliver the agreed-upon mix of support and accountability. However, there are risks when the mix is not right Too involved, and you could consciously or inadvertently micromanage those around you too hands-off, and you coul d miss the critical moments where a supportive comment or vital piece of feedback would be essential, Sostrin writes. To pick your spot, simply ask people what the right level is based on their style. This not only clarifies the frequency of touchpoints they will find useful but also gives them autonomy in how the delegated work will move forward.Have an eye for detail, but dont nitpick or act like you know everything - your coworkers wont like feeling stifled. Definitely resist the urge to be a micromanagerif you constantly like to be in control.Have a knack for getting the job done efficientlyMake sure your boss knows that he or she can count on you.Being a reliable employee isnt just showing up on time and not causing trouble - its about scoring highly in the performance department, plus thinking of ways to constantly improve.You can be a people person, but also make sure that your work speaks volumes for you.While theres no guarantee that putting all these tips to good use wil l automatically help you climb the corporate ladder, making a habit out of them could potentially draw attention to you for all the right reasons.
Friday, December 27, 2019
8 Ways to Be a Networking Superstar 8 Ways to Be a Networking Superstar Even if its the bane of your existence, networking is your best bet for getting a job. And you can be a great networker, if you remember a few simple tips. Whether youre a networking aficionado or loathe the thought of another networking event, you can use one of these eight tips to get your networking game in shape.1. Introduce yourself.Nobody at networking events knows everyone there. Many people are shy or uncomfortable networking. So, it isnt strange networking behavior if you introduce yourself to others. Someone who could really help you in your job search could be grateful if you make the first move.2. Find ways to departure conversations.There are easy ways to start conversations at networking events that dont have anything to do with work. You could compliment someones handbag. Or you could talk to someone who is standing alone on the sidelines. Easy conversation starters can be discussing the quality of the food or asking what drink someone has chosen.3. Stand somewhere at the event where youre easy to meet.Since its easy to talk to people about food or drink to break the ice, try standing near the bar or the food table to make your job even easier. Other attendees might be more likely to talk to you there, as well.4. Read the situation.If you want to make a good impression, you need to understand the kind of event youre attending. Figure out whats expected at an event by calling a coordinator, so you dont prepare for something entirely different than whats really going on. For example, if the event is informal, you want to show up in geschftsleben casual not a suit and tie.5. Act like someone others would like to know.Youre not attending networking events solely to make business connections. Instead, you want to attend the event in the mindset that youre there to make friends. That means you dont want to come off aggressive or desperate for a job instead, you want to make a rea l connection with someone, you know, in the way you might make a friend. That means be gracious and definitely smile.6. Be altruistic help others first.One of the networking best practices is to help others before you expect them to help you. Offer to do something to help out your new contact. This kind of altruistic networking really helps bond your new contacts to you. Put them in touch with a colleague with whom theyd like to receive information. Or offer to take a read through their newest business plan. Once youve done something for them, theyll be more willing to help you, as well.7. Bring the right materials.Whether youre becoming a member of networking groups or are meeting with a contact in a one-on-one setting, you want to bring your networking resume. A one-page document listing your career history, your major accomplishments, and your future goals, your networking resume is designed to encapsulate you as an employee immediately. Dont leave it at home. Also, be koranvers to bring along business cards for when handing out your resume isnt the right move. These cards should have your phone number, job title (even if its just your desired job title), professional email, and LinkedIn link. Make sure you get your LinkedIn page in good shape for your new contacts to peruse. 8. Be ready to submit a resume to a company.If youve met someone at an event who suggests a job that might fit you well, you want to be ready to apply. Make sure your resume is a logical fit for the company by running it, along with the job posting, through Jobscan. Jobscan makes your resume applicant tracking system-ready by matching the job posting keywords to those words used on your resume. And, even if your resume is headed into the hands of a real person, Jobscan helps you tailor your resume to that specific position. You also want to make sure your resume is posted online for LinkedIn networking.
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Tips for a Successful Mid-Career ChangeTips for a Successful Mid-Career ChangeHave you been feeling bored or frustrated at work lately? Or, do you work in an industry with falling job opportunities or wage stagnation? If youre a mid-career worker considering switching careers for whatever reason, heres good news Transitioning to a new career and industry doesnt mean that you will need to begin from the bottom. Even if its not in the saatkorn field, your experience mucksmuschenstill counts and can help you skip over entry-level lages. If youre considering making a change to your career path, abflug by evaluating what you want to be doing, and what job would make you happy. Take a look at this advice on how to know if you should switch jobs- or switch careers. Then, see how to create a transition plan to ensure a successful career switch. Why Do You Want to Transition- And to What? If youve reached the mid-career level, youve worked for around 10 years, if not longer. Its not unrea sonable that you may feel a desire for change. The question is, whats the right change for you? Here are some of the possibilities to consider New Job in the Same Field If you fundamentally enjoy the work your work and are engaged by your industry, you may just want a new job. In this scenario, it may just be your particular job- the co-workers, the hours, the culture, etc.- that isnt a good fit, rather than this type of job or career in general. Often, mid-career professional workers are promoted into management positions that are less personally satisfying than when they worked directly on projects. If thats the case for you, you may want to move down the career ladder within your field. New Career in Different Industry, Using Similar Skills If your industry is contracting or growing obsolete, or you feel ready for a significant change in focus, a job that utilizes your same skills, but with a twist, might be your best option. For instance, a journalist might want to switch to pub lic relations, still using storytelling and communications skills, but in a different arena.A Total Pivot Sometimes a complete change is necessary. At mid-career, many people want to reinvent their work life (and themselves) entirely. Think of the corporate worker who yearns to leave the city entirely and work on a farm. Thats a big transition- but its doable.For a strong, successful transition, youll need to identify what is currently making you unhappy, and what will make you happy in the future. Take a look at ansicht tips for evaluating whether your career needs a makeover. Speak with co-workers and friend, and get their take. These conversations may help clarify how big a move you should make.Think about all the jobs youve ever held, stretching back to after-school and summer job as a teen, for more insight into what you do well, and what you enjoy most. If your first job was in retail, for instance, was it helping customers find what they wanted that was most satisfying, or le aving the shelves orderly at the end of the day? If youre struggling to figure out what you want or are overwhelmed with the possibilities, take a look at some of these free career quizzes, aptitude tests, and self-assessment tools. Create a Plan Once you identify your ideal job, your next step is to come up with a plan for how to get it. Youll need to engage with real-world considerations (think monthly bills your kids schools etc.) to ensure that your dream career is realistic based on your existing responsibilities. And, youll need to evaluate which skills you have, and which skills youll need to add. In some cases, youll be able to change careers without going back to school. Identify Your Current Skills List out all your skills and abilities. What skills and talents do you possess, and how could they be applied to your new field? Remember, as a seasoned worker youre in luck many of the skills employers seek out the most are transferable. Unlike an entry-level employee, you re not starting from scratch. If you have worked in television production, for instance, but want to move to human resources, your interpersonal skills, as well as problem-solving abilities, and a knack at juggling tasks and managing personalities, can be tremendously helpful. Identify the Skills You Need to Have Next, look at job postings for the position you want to have. What requirements are listed? Remember, you dont need to have every requirement listed on a job posting to apply- but there are some that are often deal-breakers. You may need to take a class or get a degree. You may need to take a salary cut and start at a lower-level position than the one youre at currently. Or, you may need to think of creative ways to add experience to your resume, such as taking on a volunteer position that allows you to learn new skills. Use all of this information to create a timeline and to-do list for your transition to new work- this may involve taking classes, Transition Tactics fo r Mid-Career Candidates Youve identified the transferrable skills that you can bring to your new career, as well as the skills you need to add on. Now, here are a few strategies to make your job search in a new industry a success Update Your Resume Lean heavily on the summary statement or objective section to express your story and show how your current skills and abilities are transferable. Also, check out tips for what to cut from a mid-career resume, and how to write a powerful career change resume. Be sure, as well, to target your cover letters to the new jobs for which youre applying.Use Your Existing Network Dont feel like you need to start a whole new network, just because youre switching gears. Inform close friends and trusted confidants that youre considering a move, and share the details on what youre looking for. You never know what jobs will come into peoples inboxes. Heres more information on how to use networking in your job search. Look Within Your Current Company Wh o knows you better than your current company? Even if you are making a big switch- from HR to sales for instance- your current workplace may be willing to work with you to make this transition. Because management knows your skills and accomplishments, they may be more willing to take a risk and try you out in a new position.Expand Your Network Start going to networking events in the field you want to work at. Prepare an elevator pitch, and use it while you take classes, socialize with friends, etc. Let everyone know the type of position you want, and how it logically fits with your work history, even if it seems like a bit of a leap. Do Informational Interviews One easy way to expand your network, and learn the lingo of the new field you want to enter, is to do informational interviews.Prepare for Job Interviews When your changing careers youll need to convince the interviewer that youve got the right qualifications for the job. These tips will help yousell your skills andace a care er change job interview.One Last Tip Consider going slowly, especially with drastic changes. If you have a marketing position ???but yearn to do something with hands-on creativity, consider starting an Etsy store, or creating a website selling your wares. Work on this during evenings and weekends, until you have a clear sense if its financially sustainable and fulfilling. Also, there are strategies you can implement at your current job to help ensure your next job change will be successful. At every step of your career transition, think of your years of experience as an advantage, and not an impediment. Your experience is still meaningful and can inform your future career, even if its a departure from what you were working on previously.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
American Job Duration Increases but Remains Low American Job Duration Increases but Remains Low Career-long jobs never existed for most workers, Craig Copeland, EBRI senior research associate and author of the report, said. Historically, most workers have repeatedly changed jobs during their working careers, and all evidence suggests that they will continue to do so in the future.Historically, the U.S. workforce has had a relatively low median tenure and even older male workers (aged 55 to 64 years), who saw the largest change in tenure, plummeted from 14.7 years in 1963 to just 10.7 years in 2012. The overall trend of decreasing median tenure for men, however, has been mora than offset by an increase for women workers. Also, the once wide gap between the traditionally long-tenured public sector and the shorter-tenured private sector has narrowed significantly.