When one door closes.. another one opens…

Well.. it’s been a VERY VERY long time since my last post, and a TON has happened.  Some of you are aware of these changes and some are not.. so here’s the long and short of it ….

In my industry there are “non-competition” agreements, and unfortunately when I decided to work for a previous employer I didn’t research the company, the staff enough or heed the warnings of several trusted past colleagues.  I also didn’t take the time and have an attorney review the agreement – which will not happen again!  I was then forced out of work from my the employer I was working with and found myself fighting to try to find a way to get back to work.  We ended up going to court and it went ok, not as I had hoped, but then again I’m honestly not sure why I was surprised.

So after a few conversations with an old friend they asked me to help grow a business and take it to the next level.. and I said yes. What a great challenge and wonderful opportunity!!  The company is a recruiting organization that partners with a variety of clients nationally.

So the old adage “when one door closes, another one opens” stands true.

Wish me luck! =+)

OH and there will be more posts to come =)

Career Health…

Those who know me, know that I’ve recently started a life change of eating healthier.  Cutting out all the processed food, and eating more fruits and veggies.. you know the “good” stuff =).  Well, in doing so I stumbled across a nice article that is somewhat of a self assessment on how you view your career “health”.  This article gives sound advice on how to organize your life to ensure everyday is productive and focused.  Just like tweaking the food you eat… tweaking your schedule could very well be the best career decision all of us have had in a long while.

The article “5 Activities to Strengthen Your Career Muscle”  by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter focuses on 5 different techniques..

  1. Simplify your space…
  2. Big-picture your schedule…
  3. Recognize that little choices matter…
  4. Make peace with perfectionism
  5. Align yourself with complementary others…

After reading.. how do you stack up?  Is your professional life clutter free? Do you have colleagues, mentors that you partner with to grow and learn from.  Long and short I believe the underling issues is to GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE and make some changes!!  Change is good! It helps us all grow…

Cheers to growth!! MAKE IT A GREAT WEEK!!

How friendly are you??..??

I think every office has “that guy” or “that gal” that’s over the top friendly.  Always wanting to know how your day is going, or how your evening was, and then when you answer wants to sit and chat.  For me, there’s nothing  worse than having to be almost rude when someone just stands around looking at you, waiting patiently for you to start up a conversation with them.  I don’t like being rude or having that persona, but some people just need that push – they forget that there’s a “time and a place for everything”.

But when I read this “Daily dose of Dale” info, it made me think, do I come off as the person that’s only interested in their own well-being an not very friendly?  After-all we end up spending more time in the office than we do at home these days, so building friendships is sometimes the key to a happy healthy work environment.

Become a friendlier person

Principle #4:

Become genuinely interested in other people.

Regardless of the physical or financial assets an organization may have, it’s the people who make it successful.  They are an organization’s key asset, and getting getting to know them should be as high a priority as learning the technical aspects of one’s job.  The key is to be genuine.  Don’t get a reputation for only being interested when you want something.  Getting to know others should always be mutually beneficial. Dale Carnegie

This made me reevaluate my work environment.. does it you? Just a thought =)

Cheers!!!

Great words of wisdom to follow….

I recently read this on Facebook, and wanted to share it with everyone I could.. “A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” 

He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it…?” Still the hands were up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.

“My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We may feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. 

Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. 

You are special-Don’t EVER forget it.” If you do not pass this on, you may never know the lives it touches, the hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope that it may bring. Count your blessings, not your problem”.

Remember to be kind to yourself, and always kind to others.

Cheers and TGIF!! =)

Things that SHOULD be “tweaked” every

I hope everyone is off to a wonderful 2013 and had a great holiday with friends and family!!

With the new year, comes resolutions.. weight loss… new goals… and even a career change.

I noticed this article, 5 things to tweak on every resume you send, and thought… “huh, I wonder If people still don’t do this?”  Apparently the answer is “Yes”.  REALLY? So if you’re serious about changing your career / position, and you’ve not done some of these, then that’s a HUGE mistake.  I can’t tell you the number of resumes I over look because their address is out of state, and they’ve recently relocated without updating the resume.  Or, the worst for me is the resumes I see that have nothing to do with the position they’re applying to, but they REALLY do have the skills!  SERIOUSLY! That’s just a big DUH!

I don’t think individuals realize you have to help the reader see what value you would bring to their organization, especially in this economy!  Or help that recruiter see your skills and find that perfect position for you!  I makes me wonder how many people are “stuck in dead-end jobs” but haven’t taken the time to update their resume.

OK, I’ll get down from my soap box! =) But this is a great read, something everyone should look at.  And do yourself a favor, before applying to that GREAT position, did you “tweak”??  5 things to tweak on every resume you send

Cheers to a GREAT 2013!!!

IT Consulting Services, Inc. 2013 Nomination for Small Business of the Year!

IT Consulting Services, Inc. nominated for Small Business of the Year 2013!!! I’m very proud to be part of a growing, team valued organization! Let’s make 2013 GREAT!

Happy holidays to all…

I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season!  I hope all your dreams and wishes come true!
Best wishes to all!
Barb

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