Just a quick post.. thought this was worth sharing….

YEP, it’s that time of year again.. Holiday parties!

Wow I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post.  Things have just been crazy personally and professionally – both a good crazy =).  I also can’t believe the year just flew by!! It’s already that time of year again, the dreaded or wonderful office holiday party.. YIPPEE!!! =)

I’ve recently read a great article in the Wall Street Journal, about Holiday party Do’s and Don’ts.  I thought some of topics would be worth discussing.  First off it depends on the type of holiday party your company throws.. can you bring spouses, significant others or kids.. or is it the type that of party that kids shouldn’t probably attend?  The first of the two is usually pretty safe to attend, as most  everyone there is on their best behavior because of the family presence – although there are that few that really don’t care and just go nutz when they hear the word “party”.  The employee only party or the party without kids is usually MUCH more active and some crazy antics are usually discussed the following day.

A few things to remember when going to that wonderful holiday party might be… it’s OK to be the first to arrive, but don’t be that guy/gal that’s the last one holding up the bar – that’s NOT a good look for anyone.  It’s not OK to all of the sudden break out in a Michael Jackson move – especially if there is NO dance floor – Granted this might be hysterical but  your boss may not think so.  I think this tip is a “duh” but some just don’t get it and that’s watching how much alcohol you’ve had.   If all of the sudden someone tells you you’re speaking a different language, maybe.. just maybe it’s time to put down the drink and a: go home or b: get some water.  Don’t be that person who all of the sudden has the liquid courage to talk to the pretty girl/guy that you’ve had your eye on all year – this could/would ruin any chance you may have had.  Nor is it a good time talk to your boss about a raise/promotion.. especially if you’re speaking an entirely different language!

I hope this information either brought up some AWESOME memories of past events (memories of others of course) where co-workers just had a little to much fun or maybe that “co-worker” was you last year and you’re now reminded to watch yourself this year… either way hope the holidays bring you joy and happiness!

Happy Holidays everyone… be safe out there.. and always have a DD!

Cheers!

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 😉

Non-Negotiables clients look for…

I’ve recently reviewed several articles about the economy and how technology fits with in the down turn as well as hiring has changed because of it.  One article really stuck in my head.. “Seven “Non-Negotiables” to prevent a bad hire”.    Not only is the article informative in regards to what traits company’s are looking for now, but it can help applicants fine tune their interviewing process.

Obviously companies have a “screening” process they follow and some even look at personal characteristics that have morphed into becoming more of a primary criteria for making hiring decisions.  These “characteristics” are  Respect, Belief, Loyalty, Commitment, Trust, Courage and Gratitude… it all boils down to integrity.. “is this someone that will benefit my organization long term?”.

Bottom line is, company’s really looking for talented individuals that are looking to make a difference… not someone looking to build their resume anymore.

Still not using Social Media to look for a new career? seriously???

It’s soooo very surprising to me in this economy how many individuals I talk to who are NOT using Social Media to look for work or even to just network.  Everyone will take specific time out of their day to check Facebook, but they won’t think about using Twitter, Blogs or even Facebook to search out companies or a new career.  Personally I think LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are the main platforms to network and search out what others are saying about a specific organization or what opportunites are open or coming open.

Here’s a few stats that should be looked at.. I’m surprise LinkedIn isn’t top “dog”..

  • 18,400,000 people found a job through Facebook
  • 8,000,000 people found a job through Twitter
  • 10,200,000 people found a job through LinkedIn
So the long and short of it.. if you’re NOT networking through social media…. WHY??

Is it time to update your LinkedIn Profile???……

If you’re like most you set up your LinkedIn profile yrs ago and only add information when you change jobs, add new technologies or add new skill sets… well maybe it’s time to readjust that and look at your profile and see just how marketable it is.  Here’s a few helpful steps I found helpful to assist with doing just that brought to you by www.Inc.com.

Step 1. Revisit your goals. At its most basic level LinkedIn is about marketing: marketing your company or marketing yourself. But that focus probably got lost as you worked through the mechanics of completing your profile, and what started as a marketing effort turned into a resume completion task. Who you are isn’t as important as what you hope to accomplish, so think about your goals and convert your goals into keywords, because keywords are how people find you on LinkedIn.

Step 2. Layer in your keywords. The headline is a key factor in search results, so pick your most important keyword and make sure it appears in your headline. “Most important” doesn’t mean most searched, though; if you provide services to a highly targeted market the keyword in your headline should reflect that niche. Then work through the rest of your profile and replace some of the vague descriptions of skills, experience, and educational background with keywords. Your profile isn’t a term paper so don’t worry about a little repetition. A LinkedIn search scans for keywords, and once on the page, so do people.

Step 3. Strip out the clutter. If you’re the average person you changed jobs six or eight times before you reached age 30. That experience is only relevant when it relates to your current goals. Sift through your profile and weed out or streamline everything that doesn’t support your business or professional goals. If you’re currently a Web designer but were an accountant in a previous life, a comprehensive listing of your accounting background is distracting. Keep previous jobs in your work history, but limit each to job title, company, and a brief description of duties.

Step 4. Reintroduce your personality. Focusing on keywords and eliminating clutter is important, but in the process your individuality probably got lost. Now you can put it back and add a little enthusiasm and flair. Describing yourself as, “A process improvement consultant with a Six Sigma black belt,” is specific and targeted but also says nothing about you as a person—and doesn’t make me think, “Hey, she would be great to work with.”

Step 5. Take a hard look at your profile photo. Say someone follows you on Twitter. What’s the first thing you do? Check out their photo.

Step 6. Get recommendations. Most of us can’t resist reading testimonials, even when we know those testimonials were probably solicited. Recommendations add color and depth to a LinkedIn profile, fleshing it out while avoiding any, “Oh jeez will this guy ever shut up about himself?” reactions. So ask for recommendations, and offer to provide recommendations before you’re asked.

To read the entire article go to 6 Steps to a More Marketable LinkedIn Profile

and of course if there’s ever any questions on what to ad or what to take off… feel free to reach out and I’d be happy to assist!

***** Happy Holidays!!! ******

 

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!!!

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