An Irish Prayer For You to Last All Year Through

St. Patrick's Day

As we celebrate the Irish today, here is an Irish prayer for you:

A sunbeam to warm you, Good luck to charm you,

A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

Laughter to cheer you, Faithful friends near you.

And whenever you pray, heaven to hear you.

May you be rich in the blessings of family and friends and may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward!

Wishing you a spectacular day and may you find the ‘pot-o’gold!’

Categories: career management

Are Jobs Coming Back?

I don’t know about you, but I have been seeing more job opportunities than we’ve seen in years. Locally here in Orlando, we are getting into a ‘booming’ phase of construction returning along with new housing, roads, tourist attractions, healthcare, and technology. In fact, we have three job fairs coming up this coming week, of which one is planning to hire 300 people!

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So, do you see jobs coming back in your city? I think consumer confidence and spending is up all around. And according to the Pew Research Center, 7 in 10 Americans feel the job situation is improving (last year, less than half felt this way), and 8 out of 10 are hopeful that this year (and beyond) will be same or better as right now. They also found that only 3 out of 10 are finding their financial situation improving since the recession.

I think that gives real hope to people’s work, lives and outlook improving, and on a continual rise. This means also that organizations are feeling more hopeful, as well. This leads to funders and investors who are willing to invest money in new ventures which is why entrepreneurship is more people are taking the leap into entrepreneurship.

All of these facts lead to the question if jobs are coming back – and the answer is ‘yes.’ However, it might not be an across-the-board answer, which is why it is imperative that those in job-search mode (or plan to be) always ready so when those opportunities present themselves, they (you) will be ready. My only question involves consumers, who I find ‘fickle’ in their needs and wants – if this was truly a lesson-learned and they don’t fall back into having too much confidence and find themselves back in a financial hole. We can spend but within our means and this was a great lesson we all learned.

If you would like help with your career, your business, or your life then contact us at http://www.cys.coaching.com – we’d love to help!

When Do You Feel Most Prepared – Friday or Monday?

Happy TGIF – it’s Friday! This is the day that most people look forward to as it’s almost time for the weekend. Time to rest, relax, catch up on chores you didn’t get to do during the week. But is Friday the day you leave everything at work and wait till Monday to get ready for the week or do you have your week already planned out?

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I don’t know if there is a right or wrong way to be more productive at work as far as planning goes, but you can either be ready when Monday comes to hit the ground running or you can spend that time once you get in to work. I don’t know about you, but planning the new week at the end of it sounds better to me – it allows me to review the week to see what I got accomplished and what I didn’t so that I can take those unfinished tasks and schedule them out.

Being prepared is the key to getting into action-mode and goal-accomplishment. In his “Stages of Change,” psychologist James Prochaska (1995) found that people pass through six phases before they reach a goal:

  1. Pre-contemplation – recognize a problem may exist but not fully aware of the magnitude; think of getting dressed and your pants feel tighter – you may think they shrunk in the dryer and not because you gained weight
  2. Contemplation – you are now aware of the actual problem and what you’re going to do to resolve it; going on the example above, you stepped on the scale and realized that you weigh 5lbs more (eeks!) and then start to decide how you’re going to lose them so you begin searching for diets and/or exercise programs
  3. Preparation – this is the most important step as you begin to put your plans in place and gather necessary resources; once you’ve decided as to how you’ll lose the weight, you can get resources together to get and keep you motivated. For you diet plan, this might include buying certain foods, a scale to weigh the food, or a food diary to track your calorie intake; if you are exercising, this might include planning out your walking route or gym time, buying new shoes or a new workout outfit
  4. Action – now that you’re fully prepared and know the what, why, where, when and how, you can dig in on the goals you developed
  5. Maintenance/Support – in this step you are continuing on your goals and making progress; if not, you can always seek out resources or people to support you to keep working on your goals. Going back to our example, you began to exercise but found yourself getting discouraged so you might seek out a trainer at the gym to give you accountability
  6. Termination/Relapse – this is the time where you either have reached your goal or you ‘slipped.’ You can always go back and rework the steps. According to Prochaska (1995), some people might need to go through these phases several times before they are successful.

As you can see, preparation is the stage that leads you to goal-achievement and feeling accomplished. I guess you have to ask yourself if you want to start your new work-week as one you look forward to starting and knowing what you need to get done or do you want to spend time at the start of your day – delaying your work – in planning mode. If you want to end your week – so you can have less worry and can enjoy the weekend – try to end the week reviewing, planning and preparing. Which do you prefer?

If you want more help with your career, business or life, we’d love to help you – contact us today at http://www.cyscoaching.com.

How Much Thought Do You Put Into Your Job Search?

shutterstock_53794126   I was listening the radio this morning and a caller was complaining that she was having difficulty finding a job; when the morning DJ asked what she’s been doing to find one she replied that she is ‘having no luck’ finding any job leads on Craigslist! I almost spilled my drink hearing that.

While I’m not dismissing that one can’t find job leads or employment on Craigslist, it uncovered a deeper issue that it seems a good majority of job seekers have, and that is not putting much thought into how they will search for their next job. This is a critical step in the process – you can’t go in a good direction if you really don’t know plan. Just as you won’t take a trip without planning the same principle applies when job hunting.

One of the first steps is to take some time to really think and explore exactly what type of job you want: what are the job tasks and responsibilities would you like to do on a daily basis, what skills and talents will you use, will this job meet my needs – remember, you will be spending the majority of your time in this position so wouldn’t you want to take time and be sure it where you want to spend that time.

Other areas to think about include: when do I want to secure a position (reasonable amount of time), what type of company do I want to work for and who hires for my desired position, what salary do I want and what is the average salary paid, do I know my value and worth, is my resume updated, how will I plan my day while searching for a job and what actions will I take. One other important question to reflect on “What am I willing to do?”

Putting more thought into your job search will arm you with the information and resources you need that will lead to your next position. If not, you could wind up in a j-o-b that might bring you frustration and unhappiness. So take charge of your career, take time to reflect on what you and want so you can begin to develop your job search plan.

Dealing with Vindictive Coworkers

I was chatting with a client the other day as to how things were going in their job – the good, the bad, the ugly. Overall, they were feeling ownership of their work as well as accomplished (the good). This person then expressed uncertainty over learning that their supervisor was leaving at the end of the week; they weren’t exactly sure the circumstances or reason for the departure but it was creating some anxiety and worry over the changes that would result (the bad).

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As she discussed her concerns, she mentioned that this supervisor was not effective, more in the way she lead – controlling, demanding, uncertain at times. Then, she related that the resignation was probably due to one – or more – of her fellow coworkers who did not like this supervisor so they probably had something to do with this (the ugly).

As I explored this issue, my client felt appalled, no – downright disgusted – at the behaviors of these few individuals and their level of ‘meanness’ in going behind this person’s back and doing things that put them in a bad light. Have you ever faced a situation like this? How did it affect you and your work performance? Did you know how to handle it?

We don’t control other people or their actions – we only control ours. Dealing with vindictive coworkers can be challenging at best if you are around it as often they assume a power role in some way. They take risks to challenge and do it arrogantly; if the target is not confident or doesn’t like conflict then they are more likely to take a fall at the hands of these bullies. Watching this occur can impact you in ways you might not be aware of: worry it will happen to you, anxiety, feeling unfocused, or finding yourself aligning with them (so they don’t attack you).

The only way to deal with this is to not give in to the drama. Instead, place your focus on your work and your actions; by doing so, you will feel less stress while feeling more empowered by the good work you are doing. When these types of people find that they don’t have an ‘audience’ they tend to stop their bad behavior or they leave. Whatever they do is theirs to own not yours, so don’t allow a vindictive coworker to invade your space – be true to who you are and what you value. The other stuff tends to work out as it should.

Do You Know Your ‘Value Proposition?’

value-proposition Since everything today is about what you can bring to an employer, or your value proposition, it is imperative that you actually know what this might be. As simplistic as it sounds, I find that the majority of job seekers don’t pay much attention to their value; they usually define themselves by a job title: “I’m an engineer” or “I’m a sales rep.” While this can tell who you are, it does not say what results occur from what you do.

Being very clear about what you accomplish as a result of your skills is when you add value: the number of sales calls you made and how they converted to paying clients; the project you headed up that was able to save the corporation money, or when you had a satisfied customer due to your persuasion and negotiation skills – these are your value propositions.

When you know – and own – them, then you will be able to translate them to your resume, your LinkedIn profile, and to those who ask “So, what do you do?” A value proposition should be a short phrase that will describe you and your skills in a succinct way that is compelling and memorable. Here are 3 tips to help you develop yours:

  1. List all your job tasks or passions that you have, such as marketing, sales, coaching, teaching, training, etc. These are the skills and aptitudes you possess and are good at.
  2. Write down the outcomes of situations or times when you used those skills – what was the benefit to the other person as a result of what you did. Look for key words that are compelling – are you the ‘go-to’ person for problem-solving, or are you the one with creative ideas when your team gets stuck, etc.
  3. Now write out your value proposition that incorporates the skills and outcomes so that others feel compelled to say ‘tell me more.’ Be sure your key words relate to your target audience’s key words – if someone was searching for your offering, what words would they enter in the search engine (or ask someone for a referral).

Once you have your value proposition, try it on by putting it on your resume, your social media sites, and asking friends or family what they feel when they hear it. You can always change it if it doesn’t sound authentic to you or is not getting results. Play around with it until it feels easy and comfortable. Having the ability to convey your personal message and getting it out is what will make others think of you when a job opportunity arises and can get you noticed by an employer.

New Month – New Goals – New Purpose

March2015  Here we are facing another new month ahead – how exciting is that? I don’t know about you, but I always feel more hopeful and have renewed inspiration at the beginning of each month. It allows me to rework any plans or goals, to modify/change/enhance them, and to review what did and didn’t work. This is the only way I know to keep myself on track.

So what system do you use to keep you on track? Here are some tips that work for me and that can hopefully help you:

  • Stop – Look -Listen: in order to know if I’m on the right path, I need to STOP the busyness of life and take time to sit and unwind; this allows me to LOOK at the images in my mind of what I want, while I LISTEN to my intuition is telling me about the situation. This usually allows my creative brain to rev up (as well as my excitement).
  • Now that I have ideas for what I want to get done, I take time to WRITE them all down. I love the process of mind-mapping, and free-thinking, as they allow me to get all my thoughts and ideas onto paper without judging or rejecting any. Through writing, I’m able to actually ‘see’ my wants and desires more clearly.
  • Once new goals are written, I look at how they match up with any past goals to check for similarities or new slants on them; I also look at what got accomplished, what didn’t, and either why they did or did not. I assess the importance and compelling reasons for having them – what is the benefit I will get from reaching my desires. If it’s not as much, I reflect on this to uncover the reason(s); I try not to rush this process so it can take a couple of days for the answers to come
  • Once I’ve gone through these steps, I now can write my desires – with their purpose – very clearly, along with what resources I need; I prioritize them and set target dates to complete them. I also place them where I can see them – on my wall calendar and in my planner. Daily, I write out what I need to get done that done and go to work – I love checking off what I’ve gotten done as I feel really accomplished, which is the motivation I need to go for more.

I hope these steps will help you to take the time to develop and review your goals, desires, wants, wishes – along with your purpose – and create the month you want. If you were to look back at the end of March, what will you be able to say you’ve achieved?  If you’re not sure, I’d love to help so contact me today at http://www.cyscoaching.com.

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