How to Attract the Best East Texas Employees Part 1 — Identify Key Characteristics

How to Attract the Best East Texas Employees Part 1 -- Identify Key Characteristics

What happens when you combine low unemployment with retiring baby boomers and technology that allows East Texans access to jobs all over the globe? The challenge to attract top talent becomes intense.

Gallup meta-analysis suggests companies that choose the top 20 percent of candidates when it comes to talent have increased productivity, sales and profitability. They also have a significant decrease in turnover and absences. The productivity gap is huge, and it widens as job complexity increases.

That makes sense, but employers wonder how to secure that top 20 percent. The first step isn’t creating a job posting; it’s looking at the characteristics of your current top performers.

5 Characteristics of Top Performers

As soon as you read “top performers,” names probably came to mind. You already know the people at your company who unerringly accomplish more than anyone else. They seem to always make the right decisions, never require hand-holding and encourage others to do the same.

Every position requires a different skill set, and when you’re hiring there are non-negotiable qualifications, certifications and degrees for each. That’s what your employees do.

What we’re talking about here is what your top performers are. When you look at the people whose names popped into your head, you will probably find they share these characteristics:

  • They’re consistent. Top performers consider quality their chief priority every time. They don’t quit because the clock says they can leave. For each task, they seem to have a timeline in their heads for what must be accomplished to deliver superior results, and they always deliver. You can depend on their character as much as their competence.
  • They thrive when challenged. They are willing to take on the toughest assignments because they feel like they can make a difference. They don’t wait for opportunities, they create them. They have the ability to see the big picture for each project, zoom in to understand and solve for every detail, then reframe to evaluate progress.
  • They rely on facts and data, not emotion. They are always looking to expand their knowledge base. They research for work, but they are constantly learning in other areas of their lives as well. While they listen to their instincts in decision making, they also ask probing questions, look at industry best practices and analyze data.
  • They are comfortable with both teamwork and leadership. They have a confident, positive attitude that makes them an asset to any team. Other team members tend to look to them for advice and encouragement. They are comfortable giving and getting feedback. They don’t get defensive when receiving criticism because they see their weaknesses as areas for improvement. They praise others for a job well done and see success as a group effort.
  • They feel company goals align with their personal goals. They recognize that as they help their organization succeed, they’ll have more opportunities for advancement and professional growth. They feel they have a personal stake in helping meet organizational goals that creates a relentless drive.

How to Attract the Best East Texas Employees Part 1 -- Identify Key Characteristics

What High Performers Want in an Employer

Right now you’re probably thinking, “That sounds accurate of my top employees, but people like them are hard to find.” Hiring managers often express frustration saying when they interviewed job candidates, the applicant seemed great, but once hired he or she didn’t perform as expected.

Some performance predictors are role-specific. The characteristics that make a good loan officer don’t necessarily make a good insurance adjuster.

However, just like high quality candidates share a set of characteristics, there are ways they respond to interview questions that indicates their mindset across a range of roles.

Excellent candidates are attracted to companies with similar beliefs and values. They are well qualified for the role, and they say they want the job because it fits what matters to them and what they are best at. In contrast, lower quality candidates say they want the job because it offers the pay, hours or benefits they’re looking for. These things matter to top candidates, but they’re not what excites them most about the position.

Top performers want challenge and opportunity. When you ask potential employees what they enjoy most about their work, they talk about being able to make a difference in peoples’ lives or solve challenges no one else could. Interviewees who aren’t as likely to be top performers might say they enjoyed positive interaction with their co-workers, appreciated their schedule or felt supported by management. Again, top performers appreciate those things, but they thrive when they have a mission.

The best candidates want growth. When you ask what their dream job looks like, they mention the importance of ongoing professional development or opportunities for advancement. Less qualified candidates think more in terms of high income, reduced stress or a position of authority.

Top candidates apply at top companies. They do their research. That doesn’t mean they only apply to large corporations. They’re also interested in small business that shows innovative thinking and strong brand values. When interviewed, they are able to tell what company strengths make them feel it would be a great place to work.

Where to Find the Best East Texas Employees

At Brelsford Personnel, we recognize the process of recruiting, interviewing and hiring top performers is time consuming and expensive. A bad hire is even worse. We evaluate each resume and conduct one-on-one interviews to find the best fit for each position no matter how long that takes. We have many years of experience that allows us to spot those top performers and place them in roles where they thrive. Get in touch to find out more about our process and access the best East Texas job candidates today.

 

Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

If your new job is bringing you to East Texas, congratulations! You’re relocating to one of the most beautiful parts of the state, maybe even the nation. When individuals move for employment, it’s like a fresh start, but there are many unknowns. Here Brelsford Personnel provides links and information to help make the transition a little easier.

Connecting Utilities When Moving to Tyler

Inside the city limits Tyler Water Utilities provides water, sewer and trash pickup. If you don’t currently have service with them, you’ll have to stop by their office at 511 W. Locust Street or fill out an online application. They’ll ask for your picture ID, a lease or contract for the address you want service and your social security card.

If you’re moving from out of town you can upload your documentation. Tyler Water Utilities charges a non-refundable $50 connection fee and usually connects service within a business day.

Centerpoint Energy is the gas provider for the area. It’s possible to connect service by filling out their online form or contacting a representative.
Deposits range between $55 and $100 depending on your credit. They usually take a few days to turn on service and require someone be present when they do. They provide a window for their arrival that can stretch over several hours.

There are several choices when it comes to electricity, so it helps to shop online for what best fits your family’s needs. Choose Energy and Power2Switch allow you to compare plans from TriEagle, Frontier, Bounce Energy and other providers.

TXU Energy is the most widely used electricity supplier. They have several billing plans available, and people can order service online or over the phone. TXU runs your credit to evaluate the deposit, and if your credit is good they may waive it altogether. People with credit problems might have to pay up to $250.

Moving to Tyler and School Enrollment

Tyler Independent School District (TISD) provides education for students from kindergarten through 12th grade and offers an online registration process. If your child hasn’t ever attended a TISD school, they ask once you’ve completed online enrollment you bring these documents to your child’s campus:

  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  • Current immunization records
  • Proof of residency like a utility bill or lease agreement in your name
  • Evidence of withdrawal from previous school if your child attended somewhere else
  • Your photo ID

If you’re not sure what school your child should attend, check out the Tyler ISD attendance zone map for the current year, as geographic areas for attending specific schools are in the process of changing.

Resources You’ll Need When Your Job Brings You to Tyler

Smartphone Apps for Moving

Reduce stress during your move by staying organized. Technology can help you take a systematic approach to everything you need to accomplish. Download one of these apps to keep your to-do list handy at all times.

  • Moving Organizer Lite is a free download for Android and iPhone. It comes with checklists for common tasks and helps you keep track of what’s in boxes.
  • MoveAdvisor is basically a calendar app that tells what you need to accomplish week by week when you put in your intended move date.
  • Moving Tips is also free, and offers ideas for expert packing, long-distance moving, protecting your furniture and unpacking at your destination.

If you’re still looking for a job that will allow you to move to Tyler, Brelsford Personnel can help. Check out our online job postings or contact us today.

Sources:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/11/20/8-tips-for-a-successful-job-relocation/
https://www.tylerisd.org/
http://www.cityoftyler.org/Departments/TylerWaterUtilities/WaterServiceCenter.aspx
https://www.txu.com/view-plans.aspx?customerclassification=residential&cint=4&dwel=01&prom=ONGMINITPS&zip=75703&tdsp=ER_ONCOR&eLease=false
https://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/

Learn to Play Big at This Tyler Event for Professional Women

Learn to Play Big at This Tyler Event for Professional Women

The road to professional success is full of challenges, especially for women. It helps to have a mentor who has faced those challenges and come out on the other side.

This May 17 the Tyler Executive Women’s Network (TEWN) is reaching out to young professional women to offer support. Tyler’s former Mayor Barbara Bass is leading the event and Kim Lewis is the keynote speaker. Kim Lewis is known for being lead designer of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and she was born in Tyler, Texas.

Why Women Need a Mentor

Mentors help women succeed in business despite the unique challenges they face. When asked in an interview if she had experienced being mentored, Barbara Bass said when she was starting her career, there were not a lot of professional women.

“They were mostly guys who had daughters,” she said, “And they were being great dads by taking where I was and thinking what they would want if I were their daughter. They guided me and made recommendations, and I had doors open because they were so generous with their time.”

Ms. Bass was one of the original members of TEWN, an organization that started 35 years ago when Tyler didn’t have many female executives. The group helps women network with other professional women because mentorship provides these benefits:

  • Female mentors can relate – Each woman has unique hurdles to overcome. Sometimes men have difficulty understanding a woman’s thought processes and outside responsibilities. A woman mentor is more likely to have been through similar situations before.

 

  • Mentees benefit from the mentor’s experience – When women interact with other women who are further along in their career, they have someone who can help set goals, give specific advice and make introductions to other related professionals.

 

  • Mentors offer outside perspective – Sometimes it’s hard to see one’s own strengths and weaknesses. A mentor can see potential pitfalls while they are still in the distance and nurture strengths the mentee may not realize she has.

 

  • The relationship offers mutual benefits – While the focus is often on the mentor providing support, encouragement and advice and the mentee growing personally and professionally, it’s more than that. Both parties learn through sharing thoughts, ideas and professional challenges. Both gain career discernment or lifelong friendship, often both.

Learn to Play Big at This Tyler Event for Professional Women

What is Playing Big?

The theme of this year’s reception is “Playing Big.” When asked what that meant, Barbara Bass said the event’s theme is based on the book by Tara Mohr.

“Playing big is about getting over your fears, about not holding yourself back,” said Ms. Bass. She said throughout her lifetime she has noticed when presented with an opportunity, women tend to think they’re not qualified enough, that they need more skills, or that someone else is more deserving of the role.

She says playing big is about, “What we do to face the fears, most of which are unfounded, to look at ourselves and get beyond the inner voices we hear that are giving us false information.”

For example, when a woman sees a job posting for which she has all of the qualifications, she might not apply because she assumes someone else is already more capable. She doesn’t give herself a chance at success because she is afraid of failure.

The book by Tara Mohr counsels women to identify the inner voices that whisper they’re not qualified and dissect that message. She suggests looking at what might be the worst case scenario. In the above example, it would be not getting the job. She encourages women to face their fear, set their goal, look at what they need to do to achieve it, and then go for it.

Tyler Executive Women’s Network Connects Mentors

When women gather at events like the TEWN reception, they share their stories and encourage each other to play big. “When I was mayor and was at events all the time,” Ms. Bass shared, “I started seeing a lot of professional women who are our future. I saw them go through the same angst of trying to figure out how to deal with family and work. What I realized is that the more experienced businesswomen were not telling their stories.” TEWN provides them with the opportunity to do just that.

The organization has monthly lunch meetings and once monthly Serendipity after work. Women don’t have to be a TEWN member to attend the May 17 reception.

Brelsford Personnel Supports Women

Brelsford Personnel has always focused on finding the best career fit for each individual looking for a job in East Texas. Driedra Brelsford is past TEWN president and has served on the board of directors because she is committed to helping women find professional success. She encourages women to attend the reception May 17 at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway. Find more information or register to attend here.

Missy Ticer is a content writer and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

Sources:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=m7yks7zab&oeidk=a07ef7lmkjl8150ae0c

https://www.careersingovernment.com/tools/gov-talk/career-advice/on-the-job/women-workplace-benefits-mentorship/

https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Big-Practical-Wisdom-Create/dp/1592409601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1524833140&sr=8-1&keywords=playing+big

5 Tips for Protecting Your Business from Cyber Attack

How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attack

Recently both KETK and KLTV reported on a Michigan audit that should concern employers everywhere. Auditors planned a covert cyber-attack to discover their vulnerability, and the results were stunning. They sent a fake phishing email to 5,000 employees and almost one third of them opened it. A fourth clicked on the link that, had it been real, could have downloaded malware. One fifth put in access or other personal information. No matter what the size of your business, cyber security should be a top priority.

One problem employers have is you can’t always control what your employees are doing online. Attempts were successful not because an insider had malicious intent, but because people just got in a hurry. Distribute these tips as a reminder for long-term employees and an onboarding tool for new hires.

Know Your Vulnerabilities

Here are the most common types of cyber threats:

  • Phishing – Cyber attackers send fake email to try and fool recipients into providing information. It may look like it came from Bank of America or Tyler Water Utilities. It may have the appropriate logo and the same font that business uses. Recipients click on the link provided and the site prompts them to enter their passwords, account numbers or other personal information.

 

  • Malware – This type of program looks like it came from a trusted source. It prompts users to install fake antivirus software or download an update and often instructs them to click past security warnings from their antivirus or browser. Viruses, Trojans and spyware are all forms of malware. Some lurk on your computer and record keystrokes; others hide in the background and store credit card numbers. Imagine the damage if malware goes undetected while it steals your clients’ financial information.

 

  • Ransomware – This is a type of malware that takes over your computer, network or server and denies access to your data until you have paid a fee. Cybercriminals charge Bitcoin to remove encryption, and the price can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. It’s typically delivered as part of a phishing scam or as an email attachment. The files can’t be encrypted without the key provided by the attacker, so if you don’t have a recent backup you either have to pay up or lose your data.

 

  • Botnets – It sounds like sci-fi, but Botnets are networks of infected computers under an attacker’s control. The infected computer functions normally, but works to corrupt as many devices as possible.

How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attack

Communicate With Staff

This is perhaps the most important thing you can do to protect your data, but it requires an ongoing effort. Your employees are busy doing their jobs, so they aren’t always thinking about cyber-security. Train them not to open unexpected attachments, and then remind them regularly. Set a reminder on your calendar to have a cyber-security refresher course.

Viruses often arrive in email that looks like it was sent from family members, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. The email might have genuinely come from that person without their knowledge.

Avoid files with the extension .exe, but all extensions can hide a virus. Unless the attachment is expected, call or text the sender to see if it’s legitimate.

Test Their Knowledge

Find out which employees are paying attention and who needs additional training by sending your own phishing attack. Show employees what just one click can do and, if they continue to repeat their mistakes, implement repercussions. Test them once a month using one of these phishing simulators.

Safeguard Passwords

Remind employees to keep their passwords in a safe place. A post-it note on their monitor is not a safe place. Security is about control, and the only way to absolutely control who uses your computer is to be the only one who can log in.

Regularly Update Your Anti-Virus

Cyber-attackers continually develop more sophisticated technology. They make money at it, and they’re very intelligent. Regularly updating your anti-virus software makes it equipped to handle threats as they evolve.

Brelsford Personnel stays consistently up to date on the challenges faced by East Texas employers. When candidates work with us to find a job, we make resources available like our Employee Cyber Security Handbook. Contact us to find out more.

*Missy Ticer is a blogger and East Texas resident who found her dream job. Content is exclusively for use by Brelsford Personnel.

It’s ‘Clean Out Your Computer’ day. Here’s how to declutter your computer in 4 steps.

Save your sanity by keeping files straight from the start.

Chris Ambrose

[Courtesy of Monster.com]

It's Clean Out Your Computer day Here's how to declutter your computer in 4 steps

If you’ve ever seen the comedy “Zoolander,” you may remember the hysterical scene where the not-so-bright title character played by Ben Stiller is told to search for some hard drive files “in the computer.” Zoolander goes into a rage when he can’t open the computer and shatters it open instead.

You may have felt like doing the same thing with your own computer at a time when you couldn’t find an important file you knew you had but can’t locate. Today for Clean Out Your Computer Day, I’ve gathered some easy-to-use, expert tips for decluttering your computer files and getting them organized so you can stop computer rage before it starts.

1. Subdivide your folders

One of the most important steps you can take to organizing your computer’s files is creating subdivisions within folders. In her article, “Where Did I Save That Document?” productivity expert Laura Stack suggests using subdivision to help with organization.

“If every folder were labeled ‘My Documents,’ you wouldn’t find anything,” she notes. Instead, consider making more folders based on type of work or the date it was created. “Microsoft automatically sets up a folder titled ‘My Documents,’ where you can save your documents. If you save EVERYTHING under this directory, you will never be able to find what you need,” writes Stack. Make sure you take control of where your files and work go.

2. Remove old files

Do you have a file — whether it be a spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation — you use a couple times a week? You should probably keep those around on your Desktop, but almost everything else should go somewhere else.

N2 Publishing CTO Jim Hall advises people delete or move files off their desktop if they’re not in use. “Move files you don’t use often to an external hard drive or cloud storage (whatever you trust and are comfortable with). And don’t be afraid to delete files you won’t ever use again. Clear out your photos and store them on an external drive or cloud, too.”

3. Think about how you want to search

Before you save something new, remember to first ask yourself “how will I search for this in the future?” Take for instance, the example of searching for old insurance files from Stack’s article.

“You can’t remember, ‘Did I call that “automobile” insurance, or “car” insurance, or “Bronco” insurance?’ You would logically want to go to ONE place in your files to find all information related to insurance. So a simple solution is to put the noun first, such as ‘Insurance, Auto;’ ‘Insurance, Homeowners;’ ‘Insurance, Medical.’” By placing the noun first in the file name you reduce time spent searching and stressing.

4. Invent a file-naming system

Perhaps the best way to prevent all future mishaps is create a simple file-naming system that incorporates both a date and a useful description. Your files don’t have to be in a code that would make the pros at NASA proud, just use short, clear names for your files, advises Hall. “And be consistent with the style or format you use.”

Computers are powerful productivity machines, but like anything else, they must be organized from time to time to remain dependable and easy to use. Take these small steps and you can prevent plenty of headaches in the future.

How To Take the First Steps To Scale Up Your Career

COURTESY OF FORBES.COM

How To Take the First Steps To Scale Up Your Career

Whether you’re in a front desk role or trying to scale up in your career, here are five tips that can help move your career in the right direction:

Get the hard stuff done first.

That’s right, cross it off before the clock strikes 9! Whatever it is that you want to put off, whether it’s responding to email or filing papers, do it first. This means once the stuff you detest is done, you get to do all the tasks that bring you joy.

Take ‘massive action.’

What separates the go-getters from the not-so-go getters is massive action. What do I mean by massive action? If you don’t yet have a skill that would really benefit the job you’re doing or the job you want next, go out and develop that skill. If there’s research that would benefit the company that nobody’s doing — go do that research. It’s more than showing initiative. It’s all about actually doing the work that makes a difference for the business. Don’t let your fear or imposter syndrome keep you from greatness!

Never stop learning.

Learning encompasses keeping up with business trends, technology, the actions of your competitor businesses, and more. Teach yourself about nonviolent communication, empowering women-owned and women-run businesses, the hottest trends in benefits, how to retain employees and keep them happy – the learning opportunities are endless. Keep at it.

Become a brand.

Utilize social media to create a strong personal brand, and where appropriate, align it with your business. Personal branding is essentially the process of showcasing the kind of person you are and establishing a reliable and respected voice. Journalist Dan Rather and actress Melissa McCarthy both have strong personal brands, though they are quite different from each other. They’re also great examples because of their longevity. When Dan Rather came back into the public spotlight after he retired, his audience understood why, because his values and his voice demanded that he step back into the spotlight, in light of current events. You don’t have to think like Dan Rather or like Melissa McCarthy, but you can take a page (or eight) out of their personal branding books.

Cultivate relationships.

Relationships are essential, and you might not know which relationships will bear fruit in the long term. As long as the relationships aren’t unhealthy, cultivate all of them, and one or more or many will prove to be valuable in the long run.

Nobody gets a map when we appear in the world, no matter what philosophy or religion we follow. We’re all winging it a bit, especially in the beginning. But if we have measurable goals, we can make them attainable goals. Once they’re attainable goals, we can break them down into action, and then tackle that action one day at a time. If you’re dreaming of that corner office, use these five actions to keep your eyes on your own prize.

5 Things You Need to Remove from Your Resume In 2017

[Courtesy of LinkedIn.com]

Five Things You Need to Remove from Your Resume In 2017

Everyone agonizes over their resumes. We all worry that if it’s not perfect, we may not get a call from a recruiter. However, when you constantly gather feedback from peers and experts, you may end up making the job search too confusing before you even start.

Ultimately, you only want to consider one thing when you write your resume: the reader. The reader isn’t the evil applicant tracking system that throws out your resume according to some algorithm. The reader is a real, live person. Your task is to make it easy for them to understand what you do and what your accomplishment are in 1-2 pages.

Trust me, I’ve read my share of resumes. In the last four years, I’ve averaged between 20-35 open technical jobs that I was responsible for filling. In each, I selected between 5-10 candidates to interview and put forward. This equated to between 200 and 350 people I spoke to – every week. Not to mention every hiring manager I spoke to as well. Over a year, this equals 16,800 resumes. That’s just the ones that I selected, not counting all the others I declined.

Take it from me: Here are the five things you want to cut from your resume, if you haven’t already:

1. Multiple Fonts

For the most part, recruiters aren’t going to read your whole resume. They’ll look at your title, company, and dates of employment for each job, and then move on.

The human eye is a funny thing. If you have several different fonts on the page, it may mess with the reader’s comprehension. They’ll have to reread certain sections of the resume just to make sure they understand – if you’re lucky, that is. If you aren’t lucky, they will just move on to the next candidate.

Plus, all those fonts are making my eyes hurt. Please stop.

2. ‘References Given Upon Request’

We know they are. We will ask you for references if we decide to give you an offer. This is premature in the relationship. All you’ve done so far was send a cover letter and resume.

3. Long, Boring Bullet Points

Here’s a good rule of thumb: If a sixth grader can read your resume and understand what you do for a living, than a non-technical recruiter can, too. The odds that the person reviewing your resume doesn’t fully understand what you do for a living are high. That’s why you want to write punchy bullets with accomplishment statements woven in. Use a simple format to present your tasks and achievements quickly. White space is your friend. I promise.

Five Things You Need to Remove from Your Resume In 2017

4. Funny or Odd Email Addresses – or Worse, Your Company Email Address

It’s a job search. Be professional. I once had a job seeker list “foxylady@gmail.com” as her email address. After 15 years of doing this work, I still remember it. Enough said.

5. Industry or Company Jargon

The reader has no idea what the “Tiger Team” or the “Eagle Project” were. Be safe and drop anything highly technical and industry- or company-specific – especially acronyms. If you must use such language, spell it out. High-tech companies are known for having special languages that don’t translate to anyone outside of the company. Years ago, I read resumes from candidates who were let go from Intel. It was confusing and time-consuming. They were lucky, because I ended up calling them and asking a lot of questions. Most recruiters won’t do that. They’ll just skip over you entirely.

Job seekers often write too much (and never too little) out of fear. They are afraid if they don’t list every little detail on their resume, they won’t get a call to interview. This approach often backfires. If you put your resume “out there” for 30 days and no one responds, stop sending it out. Chances are what you wrote on your resume works just fine, but you should also know when it’s time to pull the document and refresh it.

7 No-Nonsense Rules To Live By

By Caitlin

[Courtesy of shared.com]

Seven No Nonsense Rules To Live By

The best way to take charge of life is to clear away the mental clutter and get real. Whether you’re an over-thinker, an under-achiever or a worrywart, a no-nonsense approach to life is a great way to clean up your act.

As I child, I was always thinking: analyzing, criticizing everything to death. I assure you, it was an exhausting way to live – especially when trying to learn calculus. The BANE of my existence was math. I just could not do it. My problem? Over-thinking. Some of the best advice I ever received came from my science teacher – she said: Caitlin, simplify.

That’s it.

Now, I’m not a mathematician, or even a science major, but that single word changed the way I did math and eventually, the way I did life. It still took a few years of young 20s foolishness to figure how it worked for things like relationships, job interviews, negotiating that raise, or buying a car.

Now that I know the no-nonsense approach, I thought I’d share it with you. Remember, it’s not a cure-all. It’s just a perspective: a philosophy, a way to do life that seems to work. It’s what happens when you Simplify.

1. Do Not Be Deterred

There will be times when you want to quit, when others want you to quit. Don’t quit. Don’t even think about quitting.

Seven No Nonsense Rules To Live By

2. Be Confident In Yourself

That’s right, believe. Some days, you’ll have to pull a Wendy Darling and tell yourself “I believe, I believe, I believe” But, we promise, thought + action = results. Keep believing in No.1

Seven No Nonsense Rules To Live By

3. Be Willing To Negotiate

Believing in yourself is important, but there is a difference between being confident and being cocky. Be willing to understand your limits, know what you’re worth and what you can ask for. When it comes to the various relationships we have – work, family, partners – approaching them with an open mind and a clear sense of self-worth is always in our best interest.

Seven No Nonsense Rules To Live By

4. Hustle

It’s true, nothing worth having is free. I mean really worth having. You’ve got to show up to every moment in life – the good, the bad and the ugly. A no-nonsense person doesn’t flake when the going gets tough, and they definitely don’t wait around for handouts. Roll up your sleeves, lend a hand, a shoulder to cry on. You’ve got to do good to get great, so commit to the kind of work it is going to take for you to succeed personally and professionally.

Seven No Nonsense Rules To Live By

5. Know What You Want And How To Get It

Make a list, a mind-map, a song, a drawing, a vision board. Whatever. Just figure out what it is you that you want, and then figure out how to get it. If you don’t know, ask someone who does. Talk with experts in your industry, speak to people have experience who can mentor you and point you in the right direction. Once you have a plan of action attack!

Seven No Nonsense Rules To Live By

6. Be Aware Of The Bull

This one is pretty simple – be aware of the bull, yours and others. There are misguided beliefs we have about ourselves that hold us back, or delude us into making bad decisions. There are also people out there who will tell you what you want to hear – even if they have the best intentions for you, it may not be good for you in the long run. Learn how to recognize the truth and spot a lie.

7. Stop Doing What Doesn’t Work

They say that the definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Listen, if something doesn’t work, don’t try to make it work. I’m not telling you to give up, what I’m saying here is: don’t repeat your mistakes. I know it’s easier said than done, but when you make a mistake, make note of it. Write it down – what did you do? Why didn’t it work?

Learn from it, figure out how you can do things differently, then do that.

Seven No Nonsense Rules To Live By

Life isn’t foolproof, we’re imperfect people doing our best to get this right – for ourselves, our children, our communities. So, take it all with a grain of salt. Approach this incredible gift with a sense of wonder, but handle the basics with no-nonsense.

Seven No Nonsense Rules To Live By

Resume Not Getting Responses? Here’s What to Do

Resume Not Getting Responses Here’s What to Do

[Courtesy of Murray Resources]

You only have a few seconds to make a positive impression on a hiring manager. It’s not a lot of time to stand out and get noticed. The good news is that just a few small tweaks can lead to big improvements on your resume. Here’s a look at 5 you can make right now:

#1: Stick to standard.

Unless you’re applying for a job in a creative field, don’t get flashy on your resume. Instead, format it in a traditional way, with bolded job titles and bullets underneath. In addition, when emailing your resume, always send a PDF. That way, the formatting will look the same regardless of the computer it’s being opened on. Also, stick to traditional fonts on your resume. Times New Roman, Helvetica, and Arial are always good choices.

#2: Keep it concise.

Get rid of unnecessary verbiage. This includes stating that “references are available on request.” In addition, don’t include more than six or seven bullets under each job title. And make sure each one is succinct and makes sense for the reader.

#3: Pull out that personal information.

Details such as your marital status, the number of kids you have, or your religion don’t belong on your resume. In fact, it’s illegal for an employer to consider these factors when hiring and including them makes you look out of the loop.

#4: Concentrate on accomplishments.

The single best way to get noticed by a hiring manager is to promote your proven track record. That means highlighting awards, successes, achievements, praise, and positive comments you’ve received over the years – and that are most relevant to the job you want. Add numbers and percentages to quantify accomplishments wherever you can.

#5: Phone a friend.

Once you’ve polished your resume and think it’s as good as it’s going to get, ask a friend or colleague to review it. Not only can they check for mistakes and typos, but they can also offer you some insight and inspiration into how to position your background.

 

Laid off? See Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude During Job Search

By: Catherine Adenle

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Laid off See Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude During Job Search

A major feature of unemployment is that it is another cross-road in your life and only you can choose which direction you take. There are very few opportunities like this in your life. Paradoxically, while you may not have chosen the redundancy or lay off situation, it has delivered the opportunity for you to now carefully choose your future direction. However, realizing this is crucial because you have to first maintain a positive mental attitude and use the same positive attitude to do a job search.

While maintaining a positive attitude is vital to a successful job search, there will be times when you get discouraged. It may seem impossible to revive that positive energy level. But there are many things you can do to bring your good outlook back to life and keep it in good shape.

Think of the following tips as a crash course in job search CPR – Cheerful, Positive, Resuscitation.

Remember to feel good about yourself.

This is a golden rule and the key to a positive attitude. Remember, all the points that follow this are ways of helping you feel good about yourself. Remember, no one else can feel good for you. Reach out to that wonderful place inside you where no one else has control over and bring it to the surface and let it radiate through your being.

Talk positively about yourself and your abilities.

Don’t talk yourself down. Be very positive about yourself, your skills and your achievements. You were not sacked, you were not made redundant, the position you were in was made redundant due to business refocus! Think about all your achievements in the past and be happy about them. Be proud of yourself and let it show in your talk, walk and the way you see life. What you call yourself is what people will call you. What you believe about yourself is the foundation of all your future actions.

Take total charge!

Only you can do it, roll up your sleeves, be ready to get your hands dirty and take charge. Be present, be visible, be accountable, stand out and be ready. Accept full responsibility for your life and your job search. It is not up to your partner, mother, father, girlfriend or boyfriend, or your aunt Tania in ‘God knows where’ to find you a job. Although it is important that you expand your circle of influence by networking like there is no tomorrow and your network will be a definite help, but YOU are responsible for the success of your job search so learn to be a superstar job seeker. If you don’t have a job, your current job is that of a Job Search Manager.

Let go of regrets about the past.

Move on, instead of blaming yourself or anybody and constantly rehashing past mistakes, take the opportunity to learn from the past. Build on past experiences to improve yourself and your abilities. Waste no time on unproductive thoughts and things. Be pragmatic and live in the present with a focus on a new beginning.

Attitude is contagious.

Surround yourself with supportive, positive people. Walk away from nay sayers, or emotional vampires. Don’t let them drain you of your positive energy.

Stop worrying about the future.

While you don’t want to live in the past, you also don’t want to live in the future. I know that worrying is a habit, get past it, you can change the habit if you really try. If you find yourself stuck in a negativity rut, shovel yourself out by focusing on your hopes and dreams rather than on your fears. Dust yourself off and put solutions in place to help you get to where you dream of.

Flatter yourself.

The job search period is no time to be humble. Make a list of every positive feedback that you ever received and why. Read every complimentary e-mail and things said about you that you can find. Letters of praise, past awards, performance appraisals, or any other positive recognitions you have are good ways to remind yourself of your worth and talents. Paste these things on a wall or a bulletin board in your work area at home to boost your spirits whenever you feel a little down.

Start each day on a positive, upbeat note.

Trust me, the start of your day will set the tempo for everything that follows. So it is important that you do something every morning that will put you in a good mood, whether that is taking a walk, walking your dog, listening to some upbeat music, twittering, blogging, running, surfing the Internet, doing a crossword, or just relaxing with a good cup of coffee or tea.

Get physical!

Don’t vegetate on a sofa with a remote in one hand and a pile of biscuits feeling sorry for yourself. You’ve heard the saying, “healthy body, healthy mind.” Keep yourself healthy and in good physical shape. This will boost your energy level and make it easier to maintain a positive mental attitude. Exercise regularly, eat a well-balanced diet, get enough sleep, chill out with positive friends and not the ones that will talk your emotions down. Turn the volume of your music up and dance but don’t disturb your neighbors!

Create a ‘job search’ schedule and stick to it.

Knowing what you are supposed to do each day can prevent you from feeling lost or bored. Sticking to your schedule as closely as possible will provide focus to your job search.

Keep up appearances

Turn your cool and professional swagger on. While nobody expects you to wear a suit and tie every day on your job search, try not to dress too casually. Keep your work space and living space neat and tidy. Set a positive framework for your job search.

Take a team approach to finding a job.

Even if the team is only two people, it is helpful to have somebody else to share ideas with and to review your progress on a regular basis. Talk to your former colleagues and share tips. Talk about what success will look like and how to get there. Go for a drink and discuss in a happy environment.

Accept your cycles.

While it is important to maintain a positive attitude, it’s unrealistic to think that you will be 100% positive forever. The trick is not to get down on yourself when you get down. Set a time limit on how long (10 minutes, for example) you will allow yourself to stay down when you feel a little depressed.

Join a professional group.

If you are looking for a job in a certain profession, join LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. ‘Follow’ the company, ‘friend’ them and ‘like’ their products. Comment on their recent developments and follow their news. However, be professional at all times. Joining an association can be an excellent way to keep up to date on developments and trends. It will help you develop your network and put you in contact with people that have interests similar to yours.

Keep growing.

Continue to develop your skills and knowledge while looking for work. Do this by:

  1. Taking a class.
  2. Attending free webinars
  3. Taking part in Twitter (professional) chats
  4. Attending conferences, workshops and seminars.
  5. Reading pertinent articles on the web
  6. Creating a blog of your own
  7. Subscribing to RSS feeds
  8. Subscribing to trade magazines.
  9. Reading the newspaper and other current-affair magazines.
  10. Doing volunteer work that uses the skills and knowledge you want to use in your next job. If you are not immediately successful in finding work, you might start to question your skills and qualifications. Keeping on top of the skills, knowledge and trends in your field will make you feel positive about your ability to do the type of work you want to do.

Don’t take rejections personally.

Very few people land the very first job they apply to or are interviewed for. Your attitude really depends on how you look at things. You can see a job rejection as a personal attack on your abilities or character, or you can see it as an opportunity to grow and learn more about yourself.