Sometimes the simplest things attract us to certain organisations. It could be the atmosphere or even the family like nature among coworkers. We’re all searching for that click when you know it’s the right place to be. But unfortunately that click doesn’t just happen, and sometimes you just have to keep searching. That’s all for that dream job that we envision in our minds and before landing that dream job, we have to go through some not so dream jobs to get there. But it’s always good to have an idea of what you want and what to look for when searching for a job. If you have been working for a while, you’ve probably figured out what works for you but if it’s still your first few, here are some things to look for when you go on that job hunt.
I ran into a former HR colleague at a conference last month. We got to talking and she mentioned she was finding it difficult to hire a cybersecurity expert. I wasn’t surprised. Security talent is scarce in the tech sector right now. “I found someone phenomenal, but she’s in Washington State, and she won’t move to our cybersecurity group in San Francisco,” my friend lamented.
FEBRUARY 09, 2016
When mountaineers ascend rapidly to very high altitudes, they sometimes suffer from a condition called acute mountain sickness. The severe nausea and headaches are much like a bad hangover, but left unaddressed, can be debilitating and even fatal.
FEBRUARY 08, 2016
While successful female leaders have made headlines in recent years — Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, and Indra Nooyi all come to mind — they remain the exception to the rule.
Yet in the U.S. women make up nearly 40% of MBA graduates and 40% of managers. In many countries they make up an equal or greater share of tertiary graduates and the professional and technical labor force. And worldwide they are catching up to men in levels of education and workforce participation. So why do women remain hard to find in the corporate boardroom and the C-suite?
No matter how many times you go through an interview there’s always going to be that feeling of nervousness within you every time you walk into the room. Grant it the first few are bit more terrifying than the rest that follows. Although the feeling is not as strong it doesn’t fade away completely. Its human nature to feel a bit nervous before a milestone that decides the next step in your career. We tend to say some elaborate partial truths that we prepare for ahead of time. From the very first, “how are you today?” “Great!” the rest of the interview is usually pre prepare answers that sometime turn out to be some elaborate truths or just plain lies. And although we are under the impression that we are fooling the interviewer its fair bet to say that it’s not the first time that persons hears the same story.
Think about the best boss you've ever known. Here are 20 things I'll bet he or she never stopped doing.
BY BILL MURPHY JR. Executive editor, TheMid.com, and founder, ProGhostwriters.com@BillMurphyJr
Think about the best boss you've ever had.
Maybe you're fortunate, and we're talking about the person you call your boss today. Maybe it's someone you recall fondly from years ago. (Maybe you don't have a boss--good for you!--but I'll bet you've had one at some time in the past.) Regardless of who this person is, I'm confident I can describe him or her. That's because highly respected bosses often have a lot in common with one another. Here are 20 of the key things they do almost every day.
1. They share their vision. The most important thing a leader can do is provide his or her team with a goal that is worth their time. Granted, the boss doesn't always get to set the agenda, but a great one will advocate for something worthy, and ensure that he communicates it effectively and often.
BY PETER ECONOMY The Leadership Guy@bizzwriter
The average employee spends about 25 percent of their workday dealing with email. Why not get it right the first time?
A new problem of our super tech-savvy world is email communication. When do we send them? How often? And, most worrisome of all, what do we say? Studies show that the average employee spends about 25 percent of each workday simply sorting through, responding to, and creating their email messages. Yet, despite all the time we spend writing electronic notes, very few people actually know how to send good emails.
In order to execute emailing successfully, you have to master grammar and punctuation--as well as know when to switch from being overly formal to carrying more casual conversation on the web. In her book, The Essentials of Business Etiquette, career coach Barbara Pachter reveals some email etiquette tips to keep you from looking unprofessional.
Moving on from a bad career starts with a clear plan for a better one.
BY J.T. O'DONNELL Founder and CEO, CareerHMO.com@jtodonnell
You've finally come to the conclusion that your career isn't right for you. You're ready to move on. Easier said than done. How do you get out of a career path you've been on for a while?
Step 1: Get clear on your pivot. You need to choose a new career direction based on the facts. What problems do you want to solve? What skills do you want to leverage? How do you want to provide value to an employer? The more specific you can be about your new career direction, the easier it will be to connect the dots and get a new job doing what you want.
There are many different personalities that we come across at work. Some become our best friends some our enemies and some acquired tastes where it’s only limited to an occasional “hello” in the hallway. No matter how unbearable or pleasant these personalities are, you are stuck with them until you leave the office. In reality we all enjoy these personalities as they bring life and flavor to what could be the possibly the most boring hours of your day.
After spending a good amount of time thinking of what creative names one could use for these different personalities the best approach, were Disney characters. It’s not too harsh, and its one thing we all associate with the most wonderful time of our lives, our childhood. So what will it look like when the Disney characters head to work?
A study finds that leaders who underrate their own performance are ranked higher by their employees.
Staff writer, Inc.@WillYakowicz
As a leader, you need to be self-aware. Unfortunately, recent studies have found that's a trait too many leaders painfully lack.
Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman of leadership development consultancy Zenger/Folkman write in Harvard Business Review about their studies that compared how employees rank leaders with how leaders rank themselves. Zenger and Folkman studied 360-degree feedback reports on 69,000 different managers from 100 different companies. After crunching the data, they write, they found this telling nugget: "Leaders' views of themselves generally don't fit with how other people perceive them."
The duo compared a manager's self-assessment with an average of all the feedback from the manager's co-workers, to see how self-aware the managers were in regard to their performance. The answer? Not very.
Next they looked into whether the managers' inaccurate self- assessments were overrating or underrating their abilities. It turns out they were doing both. Then Zenger and Folkman plotted the leaders' effectiveness, based on the feedback of their superiors and subordinates, along with their own self-assessments.
"Surprisingly, the most effective leaders did not have the highest level of self-awareness. Indeed, the more they underrated themselves, the more highly they were perceived as leaders," Zenger and Folkman write. "We assume this is caused by a combination of humility, high personal standards, and a continual striving to be better."
Instead of projecting an air of infallibility, you want to be humble in the eyes of your employees. Why would people want to take orders from someone who believes they are better than they really are? Zenger and Folkman say leaders who overrate and underrate themselves both have blind spots, but truly effective leaders know they must strive to better themselves and continue to learn.