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!!

What’s your management style??..??

Are you a manager with an dynamic team of employees??..?? Wanna keep’em? If so you may want to think about the way you manage.  Are you open to suggestions? Have that “open door” mentality? Do you challenge your employees without being overboard?  How about offering support when a problem pops up? If you’re having problems with any of these then there may be a problem and your employees may just be looking for a better opportunity.

Most managers don’t realize that even though the market isn’t what it use to be, good people can get good jobs anywhere, and frankly that’s the type of individuals I target! =) Individuals that are working, not as happy as they would like to be in their current career, maybe they’re not working with the “latest and greatest” technologies…. maybe their boss doesn’t allow them the opportunity to work remotely/telecommute, or maybe they just don’t feel challenged – every day is the same ‘ole thing.. day in and day out…

Maybe instead of doing “weekly meetings” or “employee reviews”, managers should start being reviewed by their team… just a thought

Here’s a great article that all managers should read… “How to be a great manager that employees want to work with”

Again.. Just a thought 😉

Taking your job search “mobile”

It’s become a fact of life that EVERYTHING is mobile theses days, from scheduling a lunch with a friend, and social media to searching for a new position.  I find myself dumbfounded by the number of companies that haven’t reached out to the masses via Mobile communication.  The article Seekers go mobile while employers lag behind”  breaks down the percentages and frankly I was definitely taken off guard….  “Only 7 percent of corporate career sites are optimized for mobile devices… and 19 percent of job seekers reported using their mobile device for career activities”.  All I have to say is wow.

The question is.. are you going mobile with your search??? If not, it’s probably something to think about!

side note… HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!

How to use Social Media to help with your job search…

There are many resources available to job seekers looking for that great new opportunity.. One of those resources most definitely would be Social Networking… and Twitter is one of the front runners.

Here’s a wonderful article “10 Tweeple to foll0w during your job search“, by Heather Huhman from US World & News Report.  The article lists some of the most popular and respected individuals in Social Media who are very active and up to-date on the current events when it comes to searching for a new career choice.

In regards to other Social Networking resources, don’t forget about LinkedIn as well as the new and popular Google+.. both are great avenues to search for a new career as well as research the companies.

Hope this helps!!