Monday, January 22, 2018

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: 3 Words That Will Change Your Life

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career and life development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

The video below, from Modern Health Monk, discusses the difference between successful and unsuccessful people and shares three words that have the power to change your life and career.

Friday, January 19, 2018

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Three Tips For Staying Focused And Productive When You're Feeling Overwhelmed



This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!
  • 4 Tips to Detach from Your Phone: "Ban phones from the dinner table or family gatherings. Research shows having a phone on the table distracts people—even if it’s not theirs."
  • 9 Strategies to Finally Get Your Email Under Control: "Draw clearer boundaries by scheduling email into your day with defined start and stop times. Again, you can only reply to so many emails within a particular session, so you naturally limit the number of replies that are going to hit you later."
  • 7 Simple Ways to Avoid Distraction at Work and Home: "At the start of each day at work, my first task is to write down the top three things that need to be completed that day. Three tasks might not sound like a lot, but with the typical number of meetings, emails and work “emergencies” I have every day it can be quite challenging."

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

5 Ways Attending a Conference Can Benefit Your Career



Attending an industry conference is a great way to move forward in your career and it should be something you plan on every year.

If it’s not part of your repertoire of career-enhancing tools, consider the following five ways that attending a conference can boost your career. 
   
Learn what’s new in your industry. This is obvious but should not be taken for granted. Attending a conference often provides opportunities to learn about the cutting-edge technologies, theories, and practices that will impact your job and industry in the coming months and years. Understanding what the trends are will help you as you take on a more active leadership role at your work place.

Meet and learn from industry game-changers. Large, national conferences usually offer the chance the hear from well-known (and sometimes, famous) experts in your field or industry. Be brave and ask questions or seek out opportunities to speak with these experts one-on-one. The speakers and presenters at conferences are usually approachable and enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise with attendees.

Expand your professional network. Of course, attending a conference allows you to network and expand your contacts nationally (and even globally, depending on the conference). Come prepared with business cards and curiosity about the others in attendance. Prepare some discussion questions in advance, research individuals you are interested in meeting, and consider contacting them ahead of the conference to set up conversations over coffee or lunch.

Discover job openings in your field. At some conferences there are opportunities to meet with prospective employers and interview for open positions. If that’s not the case at the conference you attend, it is still possible to learn about available jobs through conversations with other attendees and from company representatives. You might even discover a job board and notifications made on social media

Recharge the batteries. Struggling with motivation? Feeling uninspired or burned out? Considering a job change? Many times, attending a conference can provide a needed boost—from an inspiring keynote address, to the new technology that will save your business time and money, to the interesting new colleagues you connect with. You might just find a renewed enthusiasm for your job, along with some new ideas to apply to the office, when you return.


Research the key conferences in your field or industry and make plans to attend at least one event this year. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: 3 Questions to Ask of Your Life & Career

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career and life development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

In the video below, Brendon Burchard recounts how a tragic heartbreak and a near-death experience led him to discover the three most important questions you can ask yourself.

Friday, January 12, 2018

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Why People Really Quit Their Jobs



This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!
  • Why People Really Quit Their Jobs: "The decision to exit was because of the work. They left when their job wasn’t enjoyable, their strengths weren’t being used, and they weren’t growing in their careers."
  • Quit Your Job and Move Abroad: "It's the ultimate fantasy: Escape the 9-5 by moving to a place where it's so cheap you barely need to work."
  • 5 Must-Have Traits of Successful Leaders: " In today’s business climate, you are quickly becoming a dinosaur if you believe that the personal side of leadership is unnecessary or unimportant. You are managing people, not robots."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

6 Ways to Learn More to Advance Your Career



It is difficult to keep up with the pace of change. Technology becomes more advanced daily. In order to be effective and successful in our careers we need to humbly seek to increase our understanding, learning more about our chosen field, and increasing our knowledge about the world and other cultures.

Consider the following strategies to help you learn more this year and be more effective in your career.

Be a discerning reader (and listener). Many of us get lost in the world of Facebook or Twitter without getting much beyond celebrity gossip, irritating trolls, or cute puppy videos. Instead, make an effort to limit your time on social media and grab a high-quality magazine, such as the New Yorker or Monocle. Make a practice of reading good books that bring you into unfamiliar (and uncomfortable) territory.

The same applies to your listening habits. Download a great podcast or audiobook and listen in on your commute, rather than sports radio or a vapid talk show.

Seek out a mentor. Find your Jedi Master or, at least, someone who is smart and knowledgeable in your field and learn what you can from them. People are more generous than you might think and are often eager to share with others the lessons they have learned. Be bold, take the initiative, and invite a would-be mentor out to lunch today. 

Ask for feedback from your boss. You might be one of those who tries to avoid his or her boss. This might be a common strategy, but it won’t aid your career. What you want, and need, is straightforward and honest feedback from your manager. This will enable you to understand your blind spots and weaknesses and become a more effective employee.

Watch intentionally. Don’t come home from work and mindlessly turn on the television. Watch with a purpose. Take a look at that documentary you’ve queued up on Netflix, or check out the new series on PBS. Or put aside the screens and grab a good book.

Take a class. Yes, this is an obvious one but should not be overlooked. You don’t need to spend a lot of money (or any at all), nor do you need to make a six-week commitment. Many classes are free—at your library, community center, church, or online—and require no more than an evening of your time or a few hours on a Saturday morning. You have many options and taking advantage of them can provide great benefits to your career.

Teach what you’re learning. One of the best ways to truly learn a subject is to teach it. Share what you’ve learned by providing a brief workshop at your place of employment or train your teammates
in a special team meeting. This will reinforce what you’ve learned and make it more real to you.

Commit to learning more this year by implementing these strategies and you’ll likely experience more success at work and at home.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: 5 Ways to Create a Strategic Life Plan

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career and life development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

In the video below from Success magazine, Simon T.Bailey shares how to create a strategic life plan, starting with asking this question: "What is the value you’re bringing to every day, every week, every month? Learn more in the video below.