Monday, September 25, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Handle a Horrible Boss

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 Fast Company provides some some humor on a Monday morning, along with a few helpful tips for dealing with a difficult manager.

Friday, September 22, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Do This Ritual at the End of Each Week to Become More Productive



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!
  • 10 Happiness Practices From Around the World: "It is based on the observation that harboring resentment toward others mostly harms ourselves. Instead, it’s wiser to take a deep breath and figure out your own feelings before discussing them with someone you feel has done you wrong."
  • 5 Ways to Build Resilience: "A growth mindset entails maintaining the belief that we can grow our strengths and talents through hard work. It attributes growth to the investment of time and energy, not the idea that growth is given to us as an innate gift."
  • A Practical Guide to Achieving Any Goal and Living Beyond Fear: "if you're willing to do the hard interior work of living a life of trust and emotional freedom, there are absolutely no limits to your growth and potential."

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Four Tips to Build a Network if You're an Introvert


At whatever point you happen to be in your career you likely understand the importance of building a supportive, encouraging, and challenging network around you.

This network can be made up of former college roommates, colleagues, your ex-boss, best friends, and family.

Some of us, however, are introverted or shy and might find it more difficult to work through the anxiety to build a network that can support us as we look to achieve our career goals and dreams. What do you do then?

Here are four tips an introvert can take to begin to build a strong and supportive network.

Begin with one. Don’t be overwhelmed. Start simply and work to develop a single relationship. You might find yourself more comfortable communicating with someone one-on-one, rather than attending a group. Identify someone from your job or school and invite them to join you for coffee for a few minutes. These simple interactions are the first steps in forming deeper bonds that can lead the relationship to a place of mutual support. In addition, this simple step can motivate you reach out to others or take on some of the other ideas noted below.

Use Social Media. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can provide a great, low-anxiety, way to develop relationships with some of your contacts. You have time to carefully craft a message to someone or to consider a response to a post or a question by someone else. Social media also makes it easier to reach out to others and expand your network, starting with a simple initial “friend” request or follow. With social media it’s never been easier to expand your network beyond those you are already close to.

Start a small group. There are many opportunities to join groups, both in-person and virtual, through a variety of sources but for the introvert it might make good sense to start your own group with a few people you already know. You could start a book club with a handful of friends and open things up for them to invite others. Soon you’ve expanded your circle and widened your network while also making some new friends and building community.

Enlist the help of friends. Finally, of course, let your friends know that you are interested in building your network. Ask them to introduce you to others in their networks who might share similar interests with you. Again, the power of social media can help ease the anxiety around introductions and facilitate getting to know someone a little before meeting up in person.


If you’re an introvert or experience social anxiety these suggestions can help ease the way to building an effective network to help you attain the success in your career that you’re looking for.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Deal with Criticism

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 Entrepreneur, Ben Angel provides some helpful tips for handling criticism and making the most of difficult feedback.

Friday, September 15, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: The Art of the LinkedIn Profile Picture



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!
  • The Art of the LinkedIn Profile Picture: "LinkedIn members who include a photo on their profile receive 21 times more profile views than those who don't, and profiles with a photo are 36 times more likely to receive messages."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

To Be Successful in Your Life & Career Get to Know This Important Person


Success in your career depends on many factors but one factor that is underappreciated is the need to get to know an important person in your life. Your knowledge of this person will help you gain some clarity, focus, and direction in your career.

So, you might be wondering, just who is this important person you should get to know? Perhaps it’s the CEO of your company? Or the Human Resources Director?  

It’s a good idea to know the decision makers in your company but the person you need to know before all others is yourself.

When you have a clear sense of who are, the strengths and skills you possess, and your interests and mission in life, you’ll have the ability to make focused and healthy career decisions for you and your family.

To get a better understanding of yourself consider the following.

Check out the Myers-Briggs test. The Myer-Briggs Type Inventory (or MBTI) is a popular test that provides you with some information about your personality. The results of the test will place you in one of sixteen personality types that can help you better understand yourself, how you interact with others and perceive the world, and provide some insight to help you communicate more effectively with other personality types. There are also versions of the test you can take online.

Take a skills assessment. You can find many tests to assess your skills and these can be beneficial to help you better understand what it is that you are already good at and how you might apply those skills to a career. Many tests will link up your skills with relevant jobs and this can be a great way to consider a job or career you hadn’t thought of before.

Meet with a therapist. Sometimes meeting with a therapist one on one can be the best way to come to a better understanding of ourselves and to figure out what is holding us back from success in our life and career. We might carry with us negative patterns of behavior or thought that we don’t even realize and a good therapist can help us work through these issues.

Ask for feedback. We often have people in our lives who know us well: a spouse or partner, good friends, family, a boss. Take the initiative and be courageous and ask for some feedback about your strengths and weaknesses. The more specific the feedback is the more helpful it will be for you.

Get a mentor. A good mentor can support you in many ways, including providing knowledge and wisdom gained from their experience, providing you access to their network, and encouraging you to persevere. Mentors can provide you with a better understanding of who you are and which direction to head in your career.

When you gain a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses you can become more effective at surrounding yourself with the resources you need to be successful in your career and in life.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: 10 Habits of Happy People

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 fun video below from Practical Psychology highlights 10 habits that happy people implement in their lives, starting with gratitude and optimism. Watch the video below to learn about the other 8.

Friday, September 8, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: How to Improve Your Life in 8 Steps




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!
  • How to Improve Your Life in 8 Steps: "A vision forces you to be specific about what you’re going after, and once you have it, it becomes part of your identity and propels you into action each day."
  • 9 Signs an Employee is Exceptionally Productive: "Effort without a genuine purpose is just effort. Effective people don't just know what to do--they know why. They have a long-term goal. They have short-term goals that support their long-term goals."

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How to Become a Better Leader at Work



Even if you don’t supervise or manage staff in your current job you likely would benefit from increasing your leadership skills. Becoming a better leader can help you move forward in your career, be a more effective parent, or help you manage your life better.

In addition to taking leadership courses, there are some basic steps you can take in your life to become a more effective leader. 

Consider taking the following steps.

Change a small habit. Leaders walk the walk, rather than simply talking a good game and expecting others to “do as I say, not as I do.” Good leaders practice good habits; the kind of habits that make them more effective in their lives. For example, a good leader recognizes the importance of sleep to their success and ensures they get seven to eight hours each night. If you’re not getting enough sleep work at changing your routine and starting a new habit. Or perhaps you need to eat healthier foods that promote energy and focus. Start small and start one new habit and then move forward.

Take an interest in those around you and allow yourself to be mentored by them. You have much to learn from your colleagues and others you interact with daily. A good leader has the humility to recognize this and gain insights wherever possible. In addition, practice the art of good listening. This will enable you to humbly listen to, and learn from, as many diverse voices as possible.

You can also gain a great deal of insight from books. Many great leaders are also writers and they can mentor you through their works. Leaders are often voracious readers so check out your local library and become a frequent visitor.


Learn to see the good. No one enjoys being around negative or cynical people and the best leaders express gratitude, are optimistic, and help others see the challenges before them in a positive way. See the good in your life and work situation by changing your attitude and daily noting in your journal the things you are grateful for.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Write a To-Do List

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 Fast Company, Gina Trapani provides tips for effectively using a to-do list, noting that a badly written to-do list can actually sabotage your productivity instead of boost it.

Friday, September 1, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: The 5 Worst Things You Can Do On a Job Interview



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!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

5 Career Benefits from Journaling


A daily practice of journaling is one habit you might consider adding to your life to see some immediate improvements to your career and work life.

Simply setting aside as little as ten minutes each day to write can help bring a focus and clarity to your life and provide several unexpected dividends.

Here are five ways journaling can benefit your career and enhance your life.

Journaling allows you to process your thoughts and feelings. Writing provides an organized way for you to gain some understanding of the events of the day, and the emotions that accompany them. This can aid you in working through situations or circumstances that contribute to difficult emotions--such as fear, anger, or sadness--and can help provide an honest look at factors contributing to success or failure.

Journaling helps you set your focus for the next day. When you take a few minutes at the end of the day to write you can spend some of that time setting your priorities, listing a few of your major tasks for the next day, and enabling you to be more focused and prepared when you awake the following morning.

Journaling helps you recognize your successes and accomplishments. When you commit to a daily practice of writing you have a record of your accomplishments and can look back over time to acknowledge your successes and appreciate your achievements.  

Journaling can be a way to recognize the good in your life. Life is busy and many times we rush through life without taking account of the good we experience and the things we can be grateful for. Journaling is a great opportunity to take stock of the good you encounter daily, and enables you to read again regularly as a reminder.

Journaling helps you retain what you’ve learned. When you take the time to write down some insight or knowledge you’ve gained during the day, you are better able to recall it and apply that knowledge later.
   
You don’t have to be a prolific writer to benefit from journaling. Try spending ten to fifteen minutes a day writing and you’ll likely soon recognize some of the advantages to your life and career noted above.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: The No. 1 Characteristic of Extraordinary Leaders

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 Inc., Marco Zappacosta discusses the most important characteristic of extraordinary leaders.

Friday, August 25, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 8 Ways to Overcome the Fears Blocking Your Success



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!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

5 Advantages (and Disadvantages) to Working from Home



Many companies are wising up to the advantages of offering their employees opportunities for alternative working arrangements and so many workers are taking advantage of this and working from home on a regular basis.

This type of arrangement has many advantages for employees but those advantages can also come with problems to watch out for.

No commute. One of the initial benefits to working from home is the elimination of a morning drive to work. This can save you time, money, and the stress of dealing with road construction and other drivers. Reducing the number of cars on the road is also good for the earth.

A drawback to eliminating your commute is that you might be one of those who enjoys using the commute to prepare for the work day, or unwind following a stressful day; maybe you like to listen to sports radio or a podcast. Of course, you can now do those from the comfort of your home.

Set your own schedule. Maybe you’re not a morning person and you could benefit from some extra sleep; or maybe you’re at your best at 7:00 am. Working from home allows you to work a flexible schedule and work at times when you are at your peak energy levels and have time to focus.

However, your employer might require you to be available at specific times during the day so you might not get as much flexibility here as you might like.

Avoid noisy or distracting colleagues. Working from home eliminates the distractions that come from talkative colleagues or impromptu meetings that come up and distract you from the task at hand.

But working from home is lonely. The only voice you’ll hear is the one in your head and you can’t easily consult with a coworker on a quick question that comes up.

No one is looking over your shoulder. When you’re at home you don’t have to worry about that micromanaging boss keeping close tabs on you. You might feel more relaxed and enjoy your work day a little more.

But you might also struggle with focus, knowing that you can more easily get away with slacking off a little.

Take a nap or longer break if needed. When you’re at home you might be able enjoy a power nap in the comfort of your own home or enjoy a walk around the house when you need a break.

However, you might find the softness of your pillow a temptation to nap too long or find yourself distracted by the TV in the corner.

Working from home is great and provides many benefits but it also provides opportunities to avoid work, too, so you’ll only want to try this arrangement if you have the discipline necessary to stay self-motivated and focused.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Make a Fortune With $100

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 seven entrepreneurs offers a suggestions for how to turn $100 into a fortune. Check out their suggestions and see if one inspires you.

Friday, August 18, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Never Say These Things During a Job Interview




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!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Financial Steps to Take if You Plan to Quit Your Job



If you’re planning to leave your current job, either to take a new job or to step out as an entrepreneur, you’ll want to assess your financial situation.

Consider taking the following steps to ensure you’re in a good financial place to make the move.

Create a budget. Some studies have shown that about two-thirds of us do not have a budget. This is an important first step to determine your income needs and to aid in salary negotiation with your next job. You’ll want to know how much money you need to make so you can pay your bills. In addition, creating a budget will help you determine anything you’re wasting your money on and ways you can decrease your spending so you can take the following step.

Save. You’ll feel much more confident with your next step if you’ve built up a nest egg of savings. If you have enough in your savings to pay your expenses for at least six months you should be fine, depending on your next plans. If you don’t have much in savings right now be proactive and look at your expenses. What can you get rid of? Maybe you can go without cable service for a few months, or perhaps pack your lunch rather than eating out every day. You can likely find some creative ways to reduce your expenses.

Live simpler, cut back, and sell. To continue with the point above, make eBay or craigslist your friend. This is a great time to inventory the things in your home and determine what you can sell to bring in a few extra dollars. This might be some CDs or DVDs gathering dust, or perhaps that old laptop you no longer use. Take a look around and see what can be converted into some cash for your savings.

Evaluate 401k options. If you have a 401k with your current employer speak with a financial planner about the implications and options related to leaving your money with your old company’s plan or moving it to an IRA.

In addition to the steps above you might consider speaking to a financial adviser in order to develop a specific financial plan that fits your situation.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: 5 Morning Success Hacks from Millionaires

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 Entrepreneur learn how millionaires set up their morning routine for success in life, career, and business.

Friday, August 11, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 10 Unmistakable Signs You've Stayed at Your Job Too Long

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!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

5 Tips to Communicate Effectively By Email


If you’re like many of us your email inbox is overloaded with messages you’ve been planning to respond to for days (or maybe weeks?) and sometimes it feels like our lives are run by email or text.

There are definitely some benefits to email (its speed and the ability to communicate with a group, for example) but unless we understand how to email effectively we’re just contributing to an overload of unnecessary communication crowding our inbox.

Here are several tips for communicating more effectively by email.

Write a clear subject line. Ensure that the person you’re communicating with can understand the purpose of your message by looking at the email subject line. It also helps you to organize and archive your emails more effectively. Instead of using “hey” as your subject consider something more specific like “Question about Project XYZ” or “Status of budget on Project ABC”.

To avoid miscommunication write in complete sentences. It’s difficult enough to communicate clearly and effectively in complete sentences but it’s made even more difficult when we write in half sentences with questionable grammar, or utilize slang or emojis. Keep your communication clear and brief and not only will you communicate more effectively with your colleagues, but you’ll likely also have a leaner inbox.  

Only include those who need to see the email. Too often we resort to cc:ing too many people in emails, resulting in frustration for those who don’t really need to see a string of fifty messages on a subject they have no direct involvement with. Limit your emails to those who need to know.

Tag important emails when needed. If your email is important use a tag to indicate its high priority and in your message be sure to let the reader know of the significance of your request or information. Another option is to make a note in the subject line that you require a response. Your subject line might read: “Status update needed for Project XYZ; response needed within 24 hours”.

Handle more complicated discussions in person or by phone. Of course, when necessary and possible, stop by your colleague’s desk or give them a call. It can be frustrating to get an email asking a simple question from the colleague sitting in the cubicle next to you. For more detailed discussions email is not effective. Set up a face-to-face meeting or a conference call, and then follow-up with the key points in an email to ensure clarity on key points.


Finally, take initiative and only email when necessary. In some situations you simply need to act and sometimes we email others out of uncertainty about our level of authority or knowledge on a project. Limit your emails and learn to communicate more clearly and effectively and you’ll make your work life more efficient, while also improving your work environment for your colleagues.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Be Persuasive

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 Ben Angel offers a simple technique you can use immediately to become more persuasive. Check it out:

Friday, August 4, 2017

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 3 secrets of Every Successful Job Search or Career Change


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!
  • 5 Habits of Successful People: "your daily habits help determine how you run your life. Ask yourself a couple of questions: a) what does success mean to me? and b) is there anything in my daily routine that I need to change that will help me become more successful?"