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 😉

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.

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!!

Interesting Article… “Career” versus “Job” — surprising attitudes on how working mothers feel about their work

I stumbled over this article and found it VERY interesting and informative, and being a Woman in a “mans” field I feel it  hit the proverbial “nail on the head”… what are your thoughts??

‘“Career oriented women feel more respected at home and say their spouses are more helpful” – so state the results of a national survey of more than 4,600 men and women. The study, What Moms Think: Career Versus Paycheck, was spearheaded by Working Mother Media with sponsors Ernst & Young, IBM, and Procter & Gamble.

Comments Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, “The study, which was designed to focus attention on work-life and the advancement of women, reveals previously unknown attitudes and ideas about how women feel about their careers, men’s views of working mothers, workplace flexibil¬ity, the current state of gender roles, and what we all want to get out of work.”

Surprising results from the study include:

  • Women who identify with having a career report they are more satisfied and feel more positive in every area of work and life, versus women who state they merely have a job
  • Career-oriented working mothers are more satisfied with the opportunities available to develop their skills, the level of respect they receive at work, and their manager’s support in meeting demands from family and home
  • Career-oriented women were more likely to report they felt healthy, that their life was in balance, and that their work fulfilled a higher purpose than “just making money”
  • The bad news is career-oriented mothers were more likely to feel like they could not get away from work and were more likely to believe managers and co-workers questioned their work commitment

Where do men stand when it comes to career-oriented women? According to the study, working fathers had favorable impressions of working mothers. However, men without children tended to rate working mothers as less committed to career advancement, less willing to take on additional work, and less committed to job responsibilities than working women with no children. Sadly, women without children also tended to have harsher views of working mothers.’

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