Friday, October 30, 2015

Job Search Quotes of the Week

”Someday is not a day of the week.” ~ Denise Brennan-Nelson

"Don't wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect." ~ Anonymous

“Action is the real measure of intelligence.” ~ Napoleon Hill

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. ~ George Kneller

“Talents are common, everyone has them - but rare is the courage to follow our talents where they lead.” ~ Anonymous 

Friday, October 23, 2015

CAREER TIP – Take Your Break

Workers often post and bloggers frequently write articles about employees not taking breaks or their lunch hour in the workplace.  Think about it, all that wasted break time when you could refresh your coffee, eat your lunch, chat with a friend or loved one on the phone, play a game, take a walk, or just veg out.  Your breaks are not paid time, technically you have a four hour work day with a half-hour break, or an eight hour work day with two half-hour breaks, which means a half hour for lunch and two 15 minute breaks during the day or however you would like to break that time up.  Besides the obvious problem of working and not truly being paid, you are actually making things worse for your productivity and mood by not taking those rest opportunities at work.   

Recharging your batteries during the day is important and if you constantly work through lunch and your breaks you will often work slower, make more mistakes, have less patience for issues that come up, and begin to suffer from burn out.  Take your breaks, for both yourself and your company and see your productivity and attitude improve.  To your career success!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Job Search Quotes of the Week

 An obstacle is often an unrecognized opportunity. - Petteri Tarkkonen

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” - Andy Warhol

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Colored Fonts and Resumes – That’s a Big NO!

From critiquing resumes brought to me by students seeking jobs after graduation or during the summer, to fielding applications in the past, I am surprised at how many job seekers use colored fonts in their resumes.  Sometimes it’s because they don’t know how to reverse the blue color in a web address (put the cursor at the end of the web address and hit the backspace key), but at least this one I understand.  More often than not, it’s purely an issue of neglecting to change the printer cartridge or selecting black in your print choices. When color shows up on a printed resume the reader immediately has less respect for the document.  Perhaps it shouldn't be that way, but presentation is everything.  Always print your resume text in black to ensure you showcase a professional document and present yourself in the best possible light.  To your job search success!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you are willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do." Anonymous

Friday, October 9, 2015

Changing Careers: Is it really the career causing the problem?

Before you change careers assess why you might want a change.  Often it isn't a change of career that is necessary.  Here are some questions you can ask about where the dissatisfaction exists:

--Do you like your current company?
--Do you like your current boss?
--Do you like your current fellow employees?
--Is there an issue in your home life affecting your work?
--Do you like your daily work?
--Do you like the potential of working at a job related to your current career?
--Do you prefer to work alone, in a team, or a bit of both?

Frequently a person wants to change careers when the issue is the company the work for, the boss (one of the most common reasons), or fellow employees and their actions.  You must first analyze whether your unhappiness is truly with the career or another reason.  Sometimes the motivation has nothing to do with work, and is something happening in your personal life.  If, after evaluating the above, you determine the reason is still the work, then you need to ask yourself if you might like a related career,  something different within your current company (maybe you aren't challenged anymore in your current role), or if you are working within an environment that isn't ideal?  Too many people have changed careers when the real issue was something else entirely.  Make sure you investigate all the possibilities before reaching a decision.  To your career success!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act.  The rest is merely tenacity.  The fears are paper tigers.  You can do anything you decide to do.  You can act to change and control your life and the procedure.  The process is its own reward." ~
Amelia Earhart 

"Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go." ~
William Feather

Sometimes a storm in your life is what will blow you to the place you are longing to be. ~ Beth Moore

Friday, October 2, 2015

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Without passion, you don’t have energy. Without energy, you have nothing.” – Warren Buffett

“If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.” – John D Rockefeller