Saturday, January 4, 2020
Embrace Your Passion to Grow Your Career Chances are you worked extremely hard to get to where you are right now. From making sacrifices to get the education and experience you need to the hours of sleep lost honing your resume to perfection, youve poured effort into every step of your journey and it has paid off in the form of a career-worthy job.The question, then, is Whats next? Do you remain complacent in the success youve already obtained, or do you want more? If you fall into the former category, this article isnt for you. If, however, you are always striving to be the best version of yourself, you may find some inspiration and useful advice below.Avoid ComplacencyThose who have lost their drive have already lost their way. If you wish to grow your success, and subsequently your career, you cannot allow yourself to become complacent. Instead, focus on remaining hungry for more.This sounds easier than it is. Life can be demanding, responsibiliti es add up, energy levels are eaten away, and unforeseen circumstances arise to distract you from work. These factors are unavoidable. Those who fight through them and hold on to their passion are those who find success.The key is to find what motivates you and exploit it. Perhaps you are intrinsically motivated and have everything you need to remain driven within yourself, whether its a sense of pride in a job well done or simply a strict, ingrained determination to always be your best. Intrinsic motivation can be a powerful device in furthering your career.If you tend toward extrinsic motivation, the same principles apply. It may be a monetary goal, the desire for a particular car, or a drive to compile the most extensive collection of rare stamps in the world Whatever it is, embrace it and use it to keep your passion and energy at high levels.Develop a PlanWhile not all who wander are lost, those who wander at work are essentially treading water. You need to have specific, attaina ble goals in place, as well as realistic steps to reaching them. Without a vision and plan, you will likely remain stuck barring divine intervention.Thankfully, there are more than a few options for developing a plan and laying out a path for your career. It all starts with you, of course, and you should begin by determining exactly what it is that you want. What is your endgame and what are the ideal stops along the way?Once you have a clear picture of your goals, write them down. Not only does this cement them in your mind, but it gives them a tangibility that can be highly motivating. It also demonstrates that youare serious about youraspirations.Many companies have career development programs, which can help you both fine-tune your plan andfollowit. Even if your company does not have such a program, informing your superiors of your plan is never a bad idea. You may find a mentor and receivevaluable guidance.Whether its your favorite video game or your physical appearance, you s trategize about the things that matter to you. If you apply that mindset to entertainment and in the gym, why not approach your career the same way? Identify your goals, develop a plan, and take the steps necessary to achievewhat you want to achieve.Maximize Your ProductivityYouve likely heard the expression, Theres only so much time in the day used to emphasize the necessity of prioritization. What do you dedicate your time to throughout the day? The things youre passionate about, right?You go home after work and spend time with your family. On the weekends, you take your boat out on the lake (or dream of having a boat). You spend time, effort, thought, and money on what you love, and thats a good thingIf growing your career is important to you, shouldnt you approach it the same way you approach your other passions? Instead of spending 20 minutes on social media during lunch, consider getting ahead on an important assignment or connecting with your office mates. Rather than wasting your commute on the top 40, listen to something related to your career that will motivate and educate you.In other words Grab those moments that slip away throughout the day and turn them into something useful. Minutes add up. Hours turn into expertise. Time is your most valuable resource, so allocate yours appropriately to get ahead in your careerBen Walker is the founder and CEO of Transcription Outsourcing.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
1 in 4 would consider cosmetic treatment to look younger at work1 in 4 would consider cosmetic treatment to look younger at workIn an ideal world, every employee and job candidate would be considered on their qualifications for the job. But we know better. Despite federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, we know that bias can creep into the workplace.We worry that our looks can matter just as much as our resume. Forty-three percent of American tech workers said they worried about losing their jobs over their older age. More than 40 percent of Americans identified as obese said they faced daily stigma about their weight, a new Highline report details.Facing this intense scrutiny, employees are taking their looks into their own hands.To stay competitive in the workplace, many employees are researching plastic surgery, a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf ofRealSelf, an online cosmetic marketplace, found out.Employees considering cosmetic treatment to appear yo uthful at workOf the 2,000 Americans adults surveyed, one in three were considering a cosmetic treatment like Botox, dental work or a tummy tuck in the next twelve months. And for many, these cosmetic treatments are being considered out of a motivation to look younger in the office. One in four said they were influencedby the desire to appear youthful at work or because they were looking for or starting a new job.Beauty is a subjective voreingestellt that we use to judge our colleagues worth. Men may be feeling this pressure more than women.Men were twice as likely as women to report that a desire to look young at work or start the job hunt with a new body were factors, at a 36% rate compared to womens 18% rate.How you look is proven to make a difference with how your coworkers see you as a leader. One study found that men with hair transplants were seen as more attractive, approachable, and successful than men without them. The stakes are high to physically manage other peoples per ceptions. How we present ourselves at work is the first impression we show others. Some of us are willing to physically transform ourselves so that the impression in our head matches what we want others to see.
Thursday, December 26, 2019
The Difference Between Pro Bono and Volunteer ServicesThe Difference Between Pro Bono and Volunteer ServicesPro bono services are not the same as volunteer services. There are several similarities, but theyre different in some fundamental ways, particularly with regard to taxes. Pro Bono Services Pro bono means for the public good in Latin, and you may come across the term when youre dealing with the legal zu nutz und frommenfession. Services are offered for free, or sometimes at a cost, to benefit a cause or the general public.The American Bar Association suggests that attorneys should commit themselves to do 50 hours of pro bono legal work annually, and some state bar associations require that lawyers report their pro bono hours and activities regularly in order to maintain their licenses to practice. Pro bono services are not something you do for your neighbor for free, and they dont involve volunteering to run the Girl Scout cookie station for an afternoon. From a tax standp oint, pro bono services must be donated to charitable organizations or causes. The IRS treats pro bono services and free or discounted services and volunteer services differently. It uses separate guidelines to govern how you can deduct associated costs and expenses. Pro bono services are sometimes offered at cost. For example, a professional consultant may donate his time and expertise but ask for payment to cover traveling expenses. Volunteers for charitable organizations may also be able to deduct travel expenses, but with more restrictions and at a lower percentage rate than for true pro bono services. Volunteer Work Volunteers also offer time, knowledge, skills and expertise for free to help other people or organizations. The IRS classifies volunteer services into two basic categories Non-GAAP Volunteer Services ansicht are not tax-deductible for the individual donating his time and services.GAAP Volunteer Services GAAP servicesor professional services are sometimes at leas t partially tax-deductible. GAAP is an acronym that means generally accepted accounting principals. These principles cover the most common practices and rules for financial reporting of business income.This is an important distinction because of the tax treatment of volunteered time and services. Normally, the Internal Revenue Service does not allow non-GAAP, non-business taxpayers to take tax deductions for the monetary value of the time they commit to volunteerism. If they incur expenses in volunteering, however, these may be deductible as charitable donations. But claiming such a deduction requires itemizing rather than claiming the standard deduction, something that is not always advantageous to all taxpayers. The Big Difference The big differencebetween GAAP services that may qualify as pro bono services and non-GAAP volunteer services is that pro bono services are typically offered as professional services. An individual, business or organization would ordinarily have to pay the donor for this work. The tangible expenses of providing pro bono services can be at least partially deducted on business tax returns. Volunteer services come from individuals who would not normally charge for their time and the skills they donate.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
How to Have More Confidence in Yourself - The MuseHow to Have More Confidence in Yourself So, what exactly do you do? a new acquaintance asked me while I sipped cheap chardonnay at yet another one of my husbands work functions.I took a deep breath and braced myself to spit out the canned response Id repeated so many times before. I work for myself as a freelance writer, I replied, pausing to take a look at the confused face Id become so used to seeing in response to my answer- a face that conveys the messages, Oh, so you dont really work and Hey, whats daytime TV like these days? simultaneously in one simple, judgmental look. Oh, so youre, like, writing a book? she pressed, obviously hoping to get extra clarification on how I managed to score a career as a professional lazy partie at such a young age. No, not at all, I responded, subtly scanning the room for how I could manage to snag another glass of free wine without looking rude, The majority of my work is writing career advice to help people find jobs they love and then succeed at them. She paused, bit her lip, and then looked at me as if I had just spoken Gibberish. Well, how do you know enough to write that? she asked, How can you offer career advice when you dont have a real job? Immediately, I was irked by her question. But, not for the reason you might be thinking. I wasnt irritated because she had flat out insulted me and my career choices. I wasnt even all that militrischer abschirmdienst about the fact that she was keeping me from that buffet table of lukewarm chicken skewers and more wine (alright, that was a little agitating).No, instead, I found myself most annoyed by the fact that she had just put into words all of those nagging thoughts that had been keeping me awake at night How am I qualified to do what I do? How did I go from reading other peoples advice to writing it? What if everything Im telling people is wrong?Call it imposter syndrome, call it a lack of confidence, or call it fishing fo r compliments. Slap whatever label you want on it, but Ill just put it all out there I dont always know how I got here. True story I almost choked on my afternoon Diet Coke the first time an article cited me as a career expert.But, that doesnt change the fact that people really do listen and value my suggestions and opinions. Even more, people seem to respect them. Scratch that, not seems, but do. And I know this because I receive numerous emails from readers who ask me for further advice about a specific topic I wrote about because my words connected with them in a way they hadnt experienced before. That during a long job search or a stressful day at work, what I said to someone helped him or her feel better and ready to tackle the next challenge. And thats my job in a nutshell- making people feel more confident about their career choices and chosen paths. While you may not be a writer like me, Im guessing youve still experienced similar feelings of inadequacy at times. Perhaps you recently moved into a management role. Or, maybe your department has experienced a great absprache of turnover, and youre now the most senior person there- despite still feeling like a total newbie. That feeling of self-doubt can be universal. Lets face it- making the transition from being the one asking the questions to the one answering them can be strange, and its usually enough to inspire a hefty amount of self-deprecating thoughts. But, Im here to remind you (and, admittedly, myself) that- despite what that critical voice in your brain has to say- youre good at what you do. And, that means youre more than qualified to share your knowledge and your expertise.Think about it this way If people are flocking to you to get your thoughts, insights, and opinions, theres likely a pretty solid reason behind that- you obviously look like you know what youre doing. Either that, or youre one heck of a convincing actor. Believe me, I get it- theres a little sense of arrogance that comes alo ng with declaring, Hey, Im great at what I do And, I know that it can feel totally unnatural to think of yourself as an expert or a thought leader in your chosen field.However, in those moments when you feel like a no-good, no-talent hack who should be receiving instructions- rather than giving them- remember that youre smart, youre resourceful, and you deserve to be respected and commended for the things you know and have accomplished. You dont need to know it all in order to know something.Yes, Ill likely always feel tempted to be the first to scoff or roll my eyes whenever Im referred to as a career expert. But, Im going to make my best effort to stop shying away from that acknowledgement and instead own that respect and recognition. And, I hope youll join me in feeling good about the fact that- while youre by no means perfect- that doesnt mean you cant be admired.Photo of person at work courtesy of Hero Images/Getty Images.
Monday, December 16, 2019
The Courtship and Marriage of Millennials and the Staffing Industry The Courtship and Marriage of Millennials and the Staffing Industry Gone are the days of the traditional workplace, where employees started at the entry level and worked their way up through the countless rungs of the company ladder through years of hard work and determination along with some luck.Tenure was an integral part of your success, parallel to your overall production.Today, things are much different. Manufacturing has long been waning in the U.S., whereasjobs within the service and technology sectors have blossomed. The mindset of the employee has changed along with the economic landscape.Millennialsfrequently boast entrepreneurial spirits and prefer to see success much more quicklythan previous generations. They want be part of environments where theyre allowed to combine their hard work and success in school with best-in-class training. They want to be productive after a shorter period of time than the ir Gen. X and baby boomer predecessors.Enterthe staffing industry, where millennialscan achieve speedy, entrepreneurial success within a well-established, corporate environment.Although they may have just met, millennials and staffing have quicklyfound themselves heading down the road toward a perfect marriage.The courting process begins with an interview, a company history lesson, the promise of development, and the understanding that, in staffing, there is no corporate ladder. Once interest has been raised and staffings entrepreneurial structure has been explained,the engagement ring is offered and accepted. Time to move on to the serious part of the relationship training and development.The most successful staffing firms understand that investing in people meansinvesting in the companys future. Not only must you hire the right people, but you must also have training programs that give every new employee what they need to succeed.Eliassen Group itself has invested heavily in techn ology and training resources to ensure those who are determined to succeed quickly develop along accelerated career trajectories. We hire only those coming in the door with tireless work ethics and relentless determination. When we find someone with these traits, our regimen of rollealized group training and the technological tools we provide them ensure their success. This Resource Specialist Program has been tremendously successful for the company.The millennial determines their own success through a combination of how hard they work, how savvy they are when it comes tonavigating the seas of company training, how well they leverage hands-on recruiting technology (LinkedIn, Indeed, advanced social searches, etc.), and how much they understand about what makes people tick.So much goes into finding the right person with the right skill set for a position. To support the employees success, staffing organizations must offer consistenttraining that involves the userecruiting technology, the assessment of candidate skill sets and psychology, and the negotiations the often attend the recruiting process.Staffing rewards each and every start, so if a millennial is putting as many people to work as someone tenured in the industry or company, they are rewarded equally in praise and in dollars. In staffing, you do not have to wait to be successful you can do so right away. Goodbye corporate ladder, hello immediate successIt all starts with that initial conversation. The millennial learns that, in the staffing world,they can in become an entrepreneur in a corporate environment, reap immediate financial rewards, experience rapid career growth, be showered in company recognition, and take the much anticipated walk down the aisle toward the kollege of career success.This article originally appeared on the Eliassen Group blog.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
What Happens to My Resume After I Send ItWhat Happens to My Resume After I Send ItWhat Happens to My Resume After I Send ItOnce you submit your resume and cover letter to an employer, it can feel as if your precious career documents have been sucked into a vortex, never to be seen or heard from again. At best, you might get an auto-reply email that acknowledges your application (but promises nothing). Wouldnt it be nice to know whats happening to your resume after you send it?While I was pondering how to approach this topic, AskAManagers Allison Green beat me to the punch. Her recent post, How the Hiring Process Works on the Employers Side, not only spells out what happens to your resume, it also provides a window into the hiring managers mind. Be aya to read zu sich whole post,but meanwhile Ill touch onsome of the main points. After your resume leaves your computer, the typical screening/hiring process will go something like this 1) Applications start pouring in to the employer. Pou ring is the operative word. Allison is a hiring manager for a medium-sized non-profit, where they rarely get fewer than 100 resumes for any job posting 200 to 400 is the norm. (Four hundred) And these numbers are not unusual. No one can review that many resumes, so the vast majority of them will have to be eliminated.TIP Dont give them a reasonto eliminate you.2) Applications get passed to the decision maker(s).Depending on the organization, the initial decision maker might be the hiring manager for the open position, an HR person, or a staff recruiter. Many people use hard-copy printouts of the resumes and cover letters but larger companies are probably still keeping it electronic at this stage. TIP Make your resume attractive and organized, with plenty of white space so its easy to read on screen or on paper.3) They scan the submissions and eliminate MOST of them.We talk a lot about the 10-second rule (you have only 10 seconds to pique the readers interest), but Allison is generou s. She says her first visual scan of the cover letter and resume lasts at least 45 seconds. At other companies, it might be a computer doing the scan, searching for certain keywords. TIP Dont apply promiscuously if youre not qualified (or at least almost qualified), youre wasting your time.4) They scrutinize the survivors and cut some more.At this point, if youre still in the running, someone will take the time to fully read your cover letter and resume. (Yay) But in the end, more applicants will be eliminated. (Aww.) The final candidate pool might be as few as 3 or 4 people, or as many as 10 or 15. TIP Previous steps were all about first impressions this step looks for substance to support those impressions. Without it, youre gone.5) They start contacting the remaining candidates.This is where things start to vary from employer to employer. Allison typically asks candidates for a writing sample, a written exercise, or some other relevant material. Other companies (e.g.,) go right t o phone interviews, but ask for homework at a later stage. Some go straight to in-person interviews. TIP If youre asked to do some homework, do it, and follow the instructions to the letter. If you balk, you walk.6) They conduct phone interviews.The goal of a phone interview is to get a sense of how the candidate communicates, or as Allison puts it, to find out whether or not shes crazy. mora people get cut at this point, usually because they have the wrong experience, or commit some behavioral faux pas. TIP Ifthey call you out of the blue and its not a good time to talk, dont wing it. Politely ask to reschedule for a time when you can be at your best.7) They determine finalists and schedule interviews. At this point, the process becomes familiar, because you (the job seeker) are back in the picture. Its the usual sequence of in-person interviews (possibly 2 or 3), thank-you notes (from you to them), reference checks, and eventually when you and an employer find the right fit a job offer, negotiations, a handshake, and a starting date.Now that youve got some insight into what happens on the dark side (wink, wink), I hope its clear how incredibly important it is to make your resume and cover letter shine with a summary of your specific, relevant qualifications targeted to that employer.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
The One Thing to Do for High School Student Resume with No Work Experience Template High school may be a challenging time in the life span of a student because he or shes anticipated to bag a job after graduating. While it might appear a tiny premature, its very important to students to create good social networking habits from the get-go. Unique students may buy the classes, one special question at the exact same period, and learn to address difficult problems based in your example. An excellent means to departure on your resume as a high school student is to examine examples of resumes and read tips about what to include and the way to format your resume. Keep reading to discover more, and dont neglect to have a look at our sample high school resume for inspiration Your cover letter will be able to help you tell your story to a prospective employer, and should you need a person to take an opportunity on you as a high school student, you must use every tool available. 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