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Having a hard time finding energy and inspiration this week? You’re not alone. Many experts consider this stretch to be the most depressing one of the year. The reasons behind the melancholy include crummy weather, low amounts of daylight, post-holiday letdown and debt, and failure to keep one’s New Year’s resolutions. There is even a fancy equation that takes all of these variables into consideration to predict the most depressing day of the year, which falls on the Monday of the last full week of January. (Calendar-watchers will immediately note that for 2013, this would be January 21. Being that many people are off of work that day for the Martin Luther King holiday, perhaps “Blue Monday” won’t...Read More »
It’s no joke. In an uncertain business world, it pays be able to think on your feet. That’s why some companies offer improvisation workshops to help employees develop creativity and leadership.
“It creates an awareness of what’s around you,” says Matt Fotis, assistant professor of theatre at Albright College in Reading, Pa., who teaches improvisation at corporate training and team-building workshops. “Also, in improv you have to support your partner, and that can help change an office culture.”
Fotis offers three basic rules of improv that help employees:
The first rule of improv is that you agree -- a scene can’t go anywhere if you don’t go along with the situation your partner has...Read More »
A bad reputation isn’t just something you need to worry about in high school. Your professional reputation plays a big role in your career success—especially these days when social media makes it so easy for information to spread through your network (and everywhere else) so quickly.
Employers can afford to be picky, and they don’t want to take a chance on hiring someone with an iffy reputation. And even your current employer may start treating you differently if he hears negative things about you.
So how do you maintain a good professional reputation? This article shares some pitfalls you should avoid. First, don’t miss deadlines. This is a...Read More »
- Scoring a Promotion in 2013: 7 Tips for Making Your Case [LinkedIn]
- How to Deal with a Difficult Boss [Glass Door]
- Thinking of Quitting Your Job? Think Again [US News]
- Be Productive and Counteract Low Productivity [Lifehack]
- Dealing with Office Politics [Jobacle]
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Does today’s workplace and job market give people valid reasons to be angry? Yes, says career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. From résumés that don’t get a response to bosses pressuring to work more hours, anger is a common response.
Anger, however, comes at a cost. “All that anger, although justified, can take a toll on your career,” Brown-Volkman says. “I am not saying to not let things bother you. I am saying to let it go, because you know deep inside that anger is not good for you and it is keeping you from being fulfilled in your career.”
To accomplish this objective, she recommends the following:
Get It Out
What are you angry about? Say...Read More »
Continuing our conversation about professionalism, I’d like to share some excellent thoughts put together by Jocelyn Brandeis, office and project manager/executive admin at P3 Global Management, Inc., in New York City. Her practical suggestions show how admins can put the concept of professionalism into action:
1. When going on vacation (or leaving a company), it's appropriate to leave a document containing all pertinent info on projects you've been working on for anyone who might be filling in for you while you're gone, including an emergency contact # or email. A conversation will not do, as things discussed may be forgotten.
2. Don't tell rude, lewd, or racist jokes while you're...Read More »
These days, it is more important than ever to impress a potential employer. In today’s job market, you need to make the most of every opportunity. But many job seekers commit common mistakes that can doom their chances, says Andrea Kay, career consultant and author of the upcoming book, “This is How to Get Your Next Job: An inside look at what employers really want.” This is the second part of our interview with Kay. (Read part 1 here.)
TOP: What’s something you should never do when job hunting?
Kay: I cover 15 of these "Don'ts" in the book. #12 refers to the job interview: Don't Be Uptight...Read More »
- Seven Tricks to Waking Up Earlier [Business Insider]
- Prepare for Your Annual Performance Review [CBS News]
- Tips for Effectively Managing Email [Jobacle]
- Clean Up Your Messy Gmail with these Extensions and Services [Lifehacker]
- Four Secrets to Career-Change Happiness [US News]
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Yesterday, professional résumé writer Tiffani Murray of Personality on a Page shared some of the most common errors she encounters when working with clients. Today, the career coach and author of Stuck on Stupid: A Guide for Today's Professional Stuck in a Rut offers more advice to get your material in tip-top shape.
“(Watch out for) abbreviations that are only known to internal co-workers or are specific to professionals in the same field of work. If an acronym is something that was devised internally within the company, a recruiter at another organization is not going to be familiar with it. Similarly,...Read More »
As we started discussing yesterday, professionalism is a quality that can have a huge impact on career success. Eager to have others view you in a better light regarding this trait? Take some cues from these ideas about what professionalism means:
“To me, professionalism means being respectful of others' time. That means being on time for meetings and appointments, asking people when you call them if it is a convenient time for them to talk, and thanking them for taking the time to meet or speak with you. Professionalism means that you do your job and hopefully live your life with integrity and in a way that easily commands the respect and admiration of others. True professionals don't...Read More »