Happy May! This is the start of a new week and a new month – how optimistic do you feel? Your outlook determines the success you will have, mainly as it is the driver in taking action to make any success happen. If you feel iffy or fearful in some way, then you will hold yourself back from moving towards any goal you set; likewise, if you feel you can achieve anything – yep, you will. Mindset is everything: you can either think and feel positive or you will think and feel negative. The choice is yours.
That being said, I’m always a firm believer in starting over; just because something doesn’t work one time doesn’t mean it can’t a second (or third time – or more); it took J. K. Rowlings 43 times to submit her manuscript before it was accepted; Walt Disney was laughed at over his idea for Disney World, and even Einstein didn’t have immediate success with his Theory of Relativity. Point is – they did not give up. And you shouldn’t, either.
So, make today your ‘Do-Over Day’ – pull out all of those sheets of papers or notebooks that contain all your goals or things you want to do and see which make your heart race. Those are the ones you should not give up on. Once you’ve identified these goals, write them out with action words (i.e. I am achieving, I am working as a marketer, etc.) which the brain will naturally move towards that action, and then list specific tasks you think it will take to reach them. Determine what resources you need, i.e. time, money, support/people, etc. Now you can start taking one small step – not tomorrow or another day – NOW. You’re ready – just get to it. In the story of the tortoise and the hare, who won? The one who took the slow and steady course. So be a tortoise – GO!
Every year I look forward to Parade’s annual issue of What People Earn. I first wrote about this back in April of 2012; back then, they did a then and now where income was reported for the same profession in two different time spans to see how things have changed. For example, a hotel desk clerk in Las Vegas was making $23,000 in 1993 where a Casino host was making $118,000 in 2012; a Funeral Director in Arkansas was making $45,000 in 1996 but their income increased to $101,500 in 2012; while a Tour Guide in South Carolina making $17,00 saw their income decrease to $7,200 in 2012.
I’ve written every year so here is the update this year; I don’t like to relay information on celebrities or sports figures so here are what ‘real people’ (every day ‘Joe’s) are earning (some are encouraging while others discouraging):
- Brandon, Magician – $25,000
- Matt, Chimney Sweep – $76,845
- Hilary, Professional Hockey Player – $22,000
- Karen, Field Rep for the U.S. Census Bureau – $22,000
- Lori, Esthetician and Waxing Specialist – $58,884
- Donald, Corrections Officer (FL) – $36,000
- Paul, Dairy Farmer (VT) – $10,000
- Edward, Automotive Sales (MO) – $103,000
- Michelle, YouTube Personality and Beauty – $3million
- Samantha, Romance Novelist – $34,400
- Christina, High School Cafeteria Worker (PA) – $4,636
- Brian, Attorney (Boston) $875,000
- Bryan, Parole & Probation Investigator (MD) – $61,130
I think there is some hope in salaries but in looking at some of these, there are some glaring disparities. It gives pause as to why some career paths are more valued than others; how much does gender or parts of the country affect the differences in pay: these are questions that the survey does not answer. I look at a chimney sweep who is doing a job that others don’t want to do, as well the magician and think ‘they must be promoting themselves well’ – or are they? Could they do a better job of this, as Michelle the YouTube personality has done? How could the Romance Novelist increase her income and why would the farmer or cafeteria worker stay in jobs that don’t pay a lot of money?
The bottom line is that a career is for life and it is what you make it to be. It starts with doing research on both the self an the industries, it’s about going after what ignites your passions and needs.And it’s about how you think about the work, which do have the ability to do so one way or the other.
Here is what Paul, the Farmer had to say: “I always dreamed about starting a farm. Building a successful business in the Northeast Kingdom has been a great experience.” Edward the Car Salesman says “What I enjoy most about being in auto sales is helping people (or families) realize their dream.” While Christina the Cafeteria worker said “I love the interaction with faculty and students. I treat kids like they are my own.”
These people are have a fulfilled passion, or at least have identified what it is they like about their jobs, which does not always equate to money. All of these individuals have focused on the end results of the work they do; one to help people eat better, one to put people in cars they dream of, while the last enjoys the interactions with both faculty and students. It’s always important to evaluate what is your driving force and how you feel about your work and why you do what you do. I’ll be anxious for next week as the second part of the report will be released so stay tuned!
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Today is a rather momentous day, if you will: it is the last day of the month and Leap Day. I’m seeing all types of posts on Facebook and through other social media formats of what this day can mean in ‘leaping’ forward; I’ve seen trying a new food or wearing something you’d never wear, such as stripes or a collarless shirt.
Since we’re at the last day of February, we’re ready to leap to March – what are your plans for what you want the next 31 days to look like? This is a great time to make new plans, new goals, new thresholds for what you want to do in your career and your life. I like the premise of doing something you’ve not done before – challenging yourself- with the idea of leaping, or moving forward. They both go together wonderfully.
- What is on your ‘to do’ or bucket list? What did you say you would do in those resolutions a couple months back? What are you feeling you need more of are ready to do? Answering these questions will help you to make a decision on a specific action you want to accomplish by March 31
- Start with choosing one of those (not to overwhelm) and write it out very specifically, i.e. I will be in my new job as an IT software developer by March 31. What this does is create a visual on the goal, which the brain will latch on to and want to achieve it, as well as giving it a deadline. The more specific we are, the more compelling it becomes and then we will seek out the ways to get it.
- Write out every possible action you would need to take to get that goal accomplished; this is not about limiting but about every possibility out there – this is where you may need to ‘leap’ and stretch in what those may be. Work backwards from March 31 (you in our new role), thinking of what it took to get there; this will really expand the creative side of the brain to come up with ideas you might not think of in a conscious state (left side).
- Armed now with a goal and specific steps to take, make the leap; decide what time you will make it to hold yourself accountable and get mentally prepared. Then, begin. It may feel a bit scary at first but the more you, the easier it will become and the faster results you will see.
You were ‘given’ this extra day, which only occurs every 4 years – don’t you want to spend it doing something that, while it may feel uncomfortable, will move you to the career and life you dream of. Feel the fear and ‘leap’ anyway!
(Happy Birthday to all you Leaplings, the ‘official name for those born this day in case you didn’t know!)
In many organizations, a big focus is on problems and areas that aren’t going well, which can include: the processes, systems, work being done, projects, as well as work behaviors (think of your yearly employee evaluation). It seems that problems are always pointed out first, doesn’t it?
I see this all the time, and not just in the workplace. How many times do you point out to your spouse/partner/child when they have not done something you’ve asked them to, i.e. the dishes, pick up their clothes, take out the garbage, etc.? When we place our focus on things we don’t want, we will get more of them as we don’t see the good in people or situations.
The concept of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) places the focus on what is right; the concept of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) does the same. Focusing on what is going well will lead to getting more; POS “develops human strengths, fosters vitality and resilience, and unlocks potential” (Robbins & Judge, 2016, pg. 12). When we hear praise, compliments and the like, we tend to feel more optimism, tap into our strength and keep working towards the things we are doing well. The end result? Higher performance and engagement; getting noticed for the work you do which can lead to bigger and better opportunities to advance either within or outside the organization.
Here are 3 key questions to ask yourself (or employees if you are the supervisor):
- think of a time when you were at your best – how did you feel and what exactly did you do (strengths, skills, knowledge)?
- what is going well in my work? – look at the positives in how you structure your day, how you perform your work, and how your relationships and interactions are with others
- what is going well in the organization and how can I be a contributor to that success?
Start today to focus on all that is going well in your work (and your life) and watch how more positive you become in your outlook and your performance.
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A new report from CareerBuilder is very encouraging in the way of hiring for the coming year. If you are in job-search mode this is good news. According to their latest results from a survey they did regarding job forecasting, companies are planning to not only hire more but also to do better work in the area of retention and rewards, particularly for high performers (which is why you want to be one).
Here are the areas where hiring is predicted to increase:
- Customer service—32 percent
- Information technology—29 percent
- Production—24 percent
- Administrative—20 percent
- Marketing—18 percent
- Business development—16 percent
- Human resources—16 percent
- Accounting/finance—15 percent
- Engineering—13 percent
Forty-two percent of larger companies plan to hire more while twenty seven percent of smaller companies plan to do so. If you work in any of these industries you have more opportunity: healthcare (43%), financial services (46%) or information technology (IT) (44%). Another fact from the report is good news for high school and college students as 25% of those surveyed stated that they would offer internship opportunities.
Time to dust off that resume and get prepared to apply for your next career opportunity!
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First off, Happy New Year! I hope that you had a fun and relaxing time during the holidays. But now it’s time to buckle down and get back to reality – the start of another new year, new month and new week. This is the perfect time to set your intentions for what you plan to get accomplished during this next year.
Just as you set personal intentions (I’m not a fan of the word resolutions), you need to set your goals and plans for how you want you career to progress during 2016. The control is yours, whether you are aware or not; planning ahead and mapping out specific strategies will lead you to take the necessary actions needed to achieve them.
Do you want to get a new job or position? Do you want a promotion? Or would you like to learn how to handle your job stress so you can relax more? Any and all of these and more can be added to your list. Here are some quick steps to get you started and make 2016 your best career yet:
- First, go back and review 2015 – you can’t move forward if you have old baggage in tow. Look at what went well; what were your best days at work and why; what were your worst days at work and why; how were your work relationships or those with customers and vendors; what were your major accomplishments regarding projects, processes, time, money or meeting thresholds; how was your mindset. Knowing these will lead you to now take the next step…
- Second, mindmap or freethink any and all desires you have for your career, looking in terms of: title, money, location, rewards/benefits, projects to work on, and hours/ work-life balance. This allows you to put on paper all those ‘buried’ wishes and wants you’ve been thinking of. Once you’ve got them all out, you can now move on to the next step…
- Third, prioritize the ideas you came up with, starting from the most important or desirable to the least. Write under each one all of the steps it would take for you to reach each one. Include time to achieve as well as resources needed (i.e. money, support, etc.). You are now ready to move on to the final step…
- Lastly, take out your calendar and map out timelines for each task; I would recommend starting with the most important and then moving on. However, if you are desiring a move, a new promotion or job you might want to map it out but then get to work on the steps needed to get there, such as networking or updating your resume.
That’s the basics of setting your intentions. The last parts are to ensure they are front and center – put them in your planner, your Outlook or other way you schedule. You now can wake up each day knowing how your day will be planned and where you are going. It will feel good to know your direction so you can be in control and manage your career. The new year will never look so good!
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As a professor who teaches online, there is a lot of writing during these type of classes. If you’re not familiar, the online classroom is structured in that the way I get to know if a student is mastering the material is through their writing.
Typically, there are two discussion questions each week along with case study papers, an article review and a major research paper. While most students are okay with this format, there a also a handful who don’t see the value and do the minimum work or complain. They don’t see the point.
My response to them, and to anyone who is working now, that the writing skills you develop will take you far in your career and life. Writing is a critical skill in the workplace – writing reports, proposals, and even emails. I have students – working adults – who have reported back to me great results from their writing experience, one who was able to secure her company a $2 million dollar contract.
If you are taking coursework towards a degree, then I urge you to really put your heart and effort into the assignments you are given; look at the material from an employer’s standpoint: be an analyzer and a problem-solver. Think: “How does this concept apply to my work and what can I do about it?” This helps to think more critically, which is a value-add on, while making the writing easier as you put your analysis on paper.
If you’re not in school, look at free classes through your employer, adult education classes or online. There are a plethora of books you can find at the library or book store to get you started. The more you write, the better you become, but it does take the mindset of looking at the benefits versus any negative thoughts. Keep the end-user/reader in mind as this also keeps the motivation and the words flowing. Want to convey your value to an employer? Then write on!
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