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Job Divide

You may think you are on the right track when it comes to your career.  You hired someone to help you with your resume.  You have been interviewing up a storm and came close to accepting a few jobs.  You may have even splurged on a new wardrobe in the hopes of landing your next big gig.  Well, when it comes to making sure you truly are on the right track do you understand what you really want from a company, an employer and what is expected of you in your new job?

Having your career goals align with who you are working for and what you actually do means that you are not only on track in your career but also in how you hold yourself and others accountable.  When you look at options available to you, do you consider how your new job might make you feel?  It’s one thing to check the boxes off when it comes to your salary, benefits and title but do you spend any time understanding how your job will fit within your own moral compass and whether you are heading for a job divide?

We are all guided by principles, legal, religious and moral.  When was the last time you were tested on applying any of those principles to your job and the position you hold?  How would you handle being placed in a compromising position at work?  What if your boss told you to “spin” something about your job that you knew was a stretch-how would you feel?  Would you go along with the script or challenge it?  What if you were asked to do something that went against every moral fiber in your being?  Would you do it or would you say “No”.

Taking a job is not just about the career move but it’s about how you align with the company’s goals, missions and objectives.  If you work for someone who has a very different philosophy from yours, that could be a problem in the long run.  Making every effort to vet your new employer the way you would ask the dealer about every detail of the car you want to buy.  No detail is too small to overlook.

Your job like anything in life defines you in ways you may not readily imagine.  You probably think you have a full life outside of work so it does not matter how you are treated or whether you believe in what your boss or company stand for.  It does.  You spend most of your waking hours either in an office or working with people who are not your family.  This means your environment, no matter how toxic, effects how you perceive the world and your career.   Surrounding yourself with people who support you in your goals and where you are aligned with one another, even if there are subtle disagreements along the way, means you are in an environment that will afford you growth and stability in the long run.

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How To Answer Tough Interview Questions

Hey sometimes just showing up for the interview is half the battle? When you finally get the call from the recruiter on a job you are very interested in you might be nervous, excited or in a quandary about your interview performance! Nothing like a little pressure to show people what you are made of! When it comes to interviewing for a job you want, how do you prepare?

Do you tend to do a lot of research on the company or position you are interviewing for? Have you been doing “mock” interviews to better prepare your answers to tough interview questions? Is your iPad or Kindle filled with “how to” books on prepping for your best interview? If you are plagued with fear here are some tips on how not to hit the interview panic button:

  • Knowing you got in for the interview means you have something of value that someone else wants. Focus on your skills, qualifications and not what you don’t know about the job. If someone asks you a question that does not seem related to the position you are interviewing for, ask the interviewer how much of the job is focused on that specific skill or task? Making sure you know the full job description before you interview will help you prep for the interview questions before they are asked of you.
  • Don’t fudge! Scrambling and nervously deflecting the answer to a pointed question does not earn you any points in the interview. If you don’t know the answer, be honest and state that. If you can answer the question by asking another question for more clarification, by all means do that. Whatever you do don’t try to say you “don’t know” or “have never been asked that before,” and of course, “have no experience with that sort of situation.”
  • Make sure you have a list of specific examples to point to that demonstrate your qualifications in real life scenarios. It’s not about what you learned in school or ten years ago that matters, but make sure you can point to recent examples of your work that illustrate your capability and experience in handling similar situations.
  • Ask questions of the interviewer if given the opportunity. You should come prepared with questions not only about the job, the company but also about the interviewer’s experiences working there or working with the company. Learn as much as you can to better prepare you for the next round of interviews assuming you ace the first one!

When it comes to preparing yourself for the tough questions, your experience, honesty and direct communication skills will help you move to the top of the interview list.   Never be afraid you won’t be able to answer a question. If worse comes to worse and you are uncomfortable thinking fast on your feet, ask the interviewer for time to consider your response, “That’s a great question, I’ll need to think about it, may I get back to you with my response?” This also allows for you to follow up again and get a status on the interviews. Never allow yourself to feel boxed in when responding to tough interview questions, even when the answer is not always readily available.

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Post-Holiday Hustle

if-not-now-300x269Now that you have neatly packed away the holiday décor, tossed away the greeting cards, as you reluctantly look down at the scale wondering how you are going to lose the butter cookie extra pounds, you might not fee like you have time to even wonder what the future has in store for you.. It’s not about making those meaningless resolutions that always seem to make you feel more guilty than hopeful. It’s not about thinking about what you’d like to accomplish knowing full well that you are not ready to take any meaningful action against your intentions.

How do you manage your post-holiday hustle?   Feeling pressure never helps. Your to-do list will never end and although it might feel great to check the boxes, know you will never be done. So stop making excuses about all the stuff you have to do in order to get to the stuff you want to do and take some productive action to make sure you don’t waste anymore of your valuable time.

Your efforts will not go unnoticed. You don’t have to make great strides in order to measure your incremental progress. Sometimes just thinking about what you want to happen is enough to make things move in your direction. Little angels of support are always waiting in the wings to assist- you just have to ask. Do you ever wonder when you think about someone or something you’d like to happen it miraculously appears? You just need to flex that muscle a little in order to get your career mojo in gear.

Your post-holiday hustle does not need to represent a sprint to the finish line. Small and deliberate steps will work when you start to plot your next career move. Maybe it’s as simple as making of a list of the people you would like to work with? Or, maybe you have an idea for a new business or product you want to test and you start to do some preliminary research. It does not take much to get your hustle on.

The only one pushing you towards your next result is you. You can either respond well to the pressure or decide it’s too much for you to have to deal with and go about handling all of your other busy work instead. Making lists is helpful, networking is always preferred but running around taking one meeting after the next with no idea what you want to accomplish could seem like a waste of time instead of a secret strategy towards career success.

You are not alone when it comes to putting pressure on yourself. That does not mean you have to respond by challenging yourself at every career corner. Take this time to not only count your many blessings but to also give yourself permission to succeed by not pushing so hard and to allow the good things that are headed your way to actually appear. You are able to move fast anytime you like. It does not necessarily mean moving fast will get you any closer to your desired result. You’ll still have time to get where you are going long after the holiday carolers have gone home-take time to relax into your next career move without the fear you will miss out on something if you don’t hustle ahead of the pack.

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How To Get Rid Of Your Career Hangover

images-1When it comes to making your New Year Career Resolution you need to make sure you do not carry bad habits over from one year to the next. Your career hangover needs to end with the confetti clean up and the empty bottles of bubbly. What does that mean to you? Well, if you are out of work there may be a good reason for why you have not found a job-do you know what is standing in your way? If you are currently employed and wonder whether you are in the right job- what steps have you taken to evaluate your street-cred and your overall value to your current employer?

It’s easy to get lost in making a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Yes, all of that is helpful but when it comes to really making a shift in your career strategy you need to be real and ask yourself what you DON’T want from your job or from your future career goals. Some people get stuck when you ask them to make a list of what is working vs. not working in their career lives. The idea of writing down what you want sometimes is a daunting task especially if you do not know what you want or even what it will take to get it?

It’s funny, but when you ask people what they don’t like about their current job-no problem, the list is rambling litany on everything from the lousy commute to the lack of pay or career growth. It’s okay to start with the negative, because in order to know what you do want, you got to be clear on what you don’t want. The idea is that, in order to be focused on your career goals, you’ve got to get rid of what is standing in the way. Like clearing out a closet or old sock drawer, acknowledging what is not working for you is the first step in getting you to recognize what you might like to achieve moving forward.

It might seem counter intuitive to you to focus on negative issues in your career life. But, what you are doing is calling out the very things that don’t work for you so that you know moving forward you won’t repeat past mistakes. The choice is always yours to make a move and to know if you are ready and willing to do what it takes to get the job you want. If you hate your boss but know that if you stick it out for another year it will help you in the long run with your career progression-your choice do you stay or do you go? You may feel like you are underpaid but you don’t have enough experience or confidence to ask for a raise-your choice do you stay or do you go? You love your job but you hate the commute and are thinking of pitching a proposal that will make it easier for you to work from home vs. spending your time in the car- your choice, do you stay or do you go?

Having the courage to ask the tough question about what is not working for you and focus on how that makes you feel will make the decision about what you do want a lot easier. Go ahead and indulge in that career hangover because you may be much clearer the morning after.

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