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Fast Track Your Career: 5 Tips to Get Promoted

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How to Fast Track Your Career

Most people are looking to advance their career, the faster the better.

Before I get started on my tips to get that next promotion, I want to caution people against being too aggressive to grow too quickly. Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know and only time and observation will reveal some of those factors. You may think you want that job but only after staying put a few more months, you may realize that’s not the direction you want to go in. But that aside, here are my surefire tips for advancement:

1) Act professionally at all times. Make sure you are dressed for the job you want, not the job you have. You should look to your boss or your boss’ boss to gauge how to dress, not your peers. Be on time, be reliable. Don’t gossip or whine or complain. If you have genuine greivances, work on presenting those in the most diplomatic fashion to the people who can actually change things such as your boss.

2) Develop a mentoring relationship. Do you see someone who seems to be in the boss’ favor? Align yourself with that person and try to learn as much as possible from them. Most people are flattered to share their knowledge with an eager student…but be sincere. You don’t want to come across as an opportunistic competitor. That could backfire on you if your “mentor” suddenly feels threatened by you. Stay humble and be sure to express appreciation.

3) Be a team player and build your network. If most of your teammates see you as a helpful, valuable asset, they will be your biggest cheerleaders when it comes to opportunities. If the boss is constantly hearing about how helpful you’ve been, that will go a long way.

4) Ask for more responsibilities. If you hear the boss saying something like, “we really need to start tracking that information” or “I wish I had a report that showed me XYZ information” see if you can volunteer for such a project. Even if you don’t overhear such talk, look for opportunities where you can increase some level of efficiency or productivity and take some action. This will show you are proactive and looking at the big picture.

5) Practice self-promotion. While you don’t want to come across as too pushy, there’s nothing wrong with letting the boss know that you are interested in the next step up at the company and tell them why you’d be a good candidate. For example, “I’d really like to be a project manager. I can see that this job really requires someone with great follow up and organizational skills both of which I think I have.” And ask what they think you can do to help get you closer to that goal. Maybe you need some training on a particular software you aren’t aware of…by learning these details, you’ll be one step ahead.

Bottom line: if you look and act professionally, you are reliable, hard working, willing to learn and a helpful team player, you’ll probably get noticed.

Good luck and thanks for visiting livemorenow.net

You’re Fired: 6 Things You Need to Know!

What Do You Do If You Lose Your Job?

For many folks who’ve just lost their job, this can be a time of panic, depression, self-doubt and a whole boat full of negative emotions. This might not seem helpful right now if your in this situation, but I know countless folks who, in hindsight, are grateful this happened because it took them down a whole new, better, more fulfilling path.

If your in this scenario, here are some of my tips:

Ask for severance. Employers are afraid of wrongful termination suits. If you are in a protected class, veterans, disabled folks, women, and anyone over 40 are fall in that category. If you are within this category, you have far more leverage to negotiate a severance package. Even if your employer doesn’t offer one, ask for one.

Immediately update your resume. Tons of examples available online.

Reach out to peers, friends and folks in your industry to help you get the word out that you are looking for a new job and/or positive references. Talk with recruiters who can also work on your behalf but never, ever rely solely on one recruiter.

Keep an open mind. When I was looking for a new job recently, thankfully I wasn’t unemployed but my options felt very limited. A former colleague of mine told me to start saying yes to things that seem completely different than what I’m currently imagining. Even if you interview for a position that doesn’t seem like a good fit, a few things could happen…you may find that it’s far more interesting than anticipated, it could lead to other opportunities you are not aware of, or worst case scenario, you’ll gain some practice interviewing.

When filling out applications or meeting with potential employers, “why you left your previous position” will inevitably come up. Here’s the deal: your best bet is to tell the truth but with the most positive spin you can put on it. This will avoid any hang ups in the reference checking process. If you lost your job because you were always late, say that but then explain that you’ve learned a lot since then and put a system in place to avoid that in the future…whatever that may be for you. Many people will appreciate your honesty especially if you explain what you did to fix the issue.

Finally, if you are feeling down on yourself right now, which is very understandable, make sure you find resources that will help keep your spirits lifted. It’s very difficult to put on a brave, smiling face when your feeling awful. Mediate, exercise, meet with folks you can trust, keep a good sleep regime, get out of the house, whatever that looks like to you, please make sure you take those actions. It will certainly help you with the motivation you’ll need to find that next opportunity.

Wish all of you the best of luck. If anyone has any tips, suggestions or personal stories, please post those in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for visiting livemorenow.net

Job Fairs: 6 Tips that Lead to Success

Job Search: Are Job Fairs Worth Your Time?

Hey folks, welcome to livemorenow.net. Are job fairs worth your time? The short answer is probably but you have to work it. I’ll explain what I mean by that shortly. Now if I were in the midst of a job search, particularly if I were unemployed, I’d utilize every single resource available to me, including job fairs. But just showing up won’t be enough. When I was a corporate recruiter, we were growing so fast, some months I’d hire as many as 30 people. It was insane. I have worked as a potential employer at countless job searches.

Following are my tips for working a job fair successfully.

1. Most obvious, show up with several copies of a well written resume. If you don’t have, I have a video on how to write one and you can find endless examples with a very simple google search.

2. Show up dressed professionally. Depending on what industry your looking to work in, you may or may not want to wear a suit. If you are in middle management or within a professional industry, you probably won’t find much effectiveness at a job fair but I’d show up wearing a suit. But no matter who you are, at a minimum, you should be dressed business casual. Guys, slacks and a button down, dress shoes, easy. Ladies…for some reason this seems to be more difficult. He’s the low down: nothing skin tight, no stripper heels unless you’re interviewing to be a stripper, no leggings unless it’s for a yoga instructor, no flip flops unless you want to be a life guard. Slacks or skirt that fit properly and a blouse will suffice. If you have tattoos everywhere, cover them up. My boss is literally sickened by tattoos. I certainly don’t feel that way but some people absolutely judge on stuff like that.

3. Do some research if possible. If there’s a list of companies provided, check out their websites. Narrow down your choices so you aren’t wasting anyone’s time especially your own. Plus, if you’re familiar with the company, you can talk about that with the recruiter which is something that will help you stand out. Which leads to my next tip…

4. You gotta stand out without seeming crazy. One woman gave me a resume with a small headshot in the right hand corner which I really appreciated. Sometimes I talked to over 100 people so the likelihood of me remembering someone was slim unless someone really impressed me. If you do this, make sure the headshot is professional and not some stupid instagram selfie with you puckering your lips with a beauty filter.

5. When you speak to the recruiter, to the best of your ability, try to find out what type of positions they need to fill, what sort of qualifications are required for the right candidate, if health benefits are important to you, ask about that and ask the question, “when is a good time for me to follow up with you?”…

6. Finally, and this is super important…FOLLOW UP. But like I said in my last tip, try to determine a good time to do so. When I was working job fairs, I’d drive from college to college to college and it could have been a week before I got back to my office with 300 resumes in my bag. So, in my case, I didn’t want to talk to people for over week. If you had e-mailed me the very next day, well before I was back in the office, your follow up e-mail would get lost in the shuffle. Also, when you follow up, try to express some empathy…I know you’re probably really busy so I wanted to follow up with you regarding our meeting at the blah blah job fair last week. I was always so thankful to someone who seemed like they understood why it might have been taking me a little longer to get back to you. What did not work, was someone who called me with an attitude.