Your Career Passion – Risky Business?

Note: This post was originally published June 22, 2014 and, due to extraordinary interest on the topic, I am re-posting.

In the beginning, you might experience a gnawing, a feeling of frustration, exhaustion or disappointment.  It grows in intensity until one day you realize all the energy you put into your work is not enough.  It may have been at one time.  Yes; at first, it’s thrilling to get a steady paycheck and buy nice things. Or you see your name on the business card, moving up the organizational chart or on a management report you co-authored.

Discover your Career Passion

Discover your Career Passion

Your job fails to satisfy your soul anymore

Other days, you wonder– will I still be here in another 5 years, doing the same job, in the same office, and working with the same people another 5 years, another 10 years?

And you start to take stock of your talents, your strengths and realize you aren’t doing the things you do best and, more importantly, enjoy doing.  Your “bucket  isn’t getting filled anymore”.

And you ask yourself “why”.  Or worse, you may have a work “melt down” and realize that you cannot continue to do what you’ve been doing much longer. Folks, that may be the first step of discovering your passion and know you must make a change in order to share that knowledge, expertise or that “something special” that only you can do or you will explode.  Your career passion requires you to take a risk. Continue reading

Can Emotional Intelligence get you hired? The Harvard Business Review thinks so.

Can Emotional Intelligence Boost my Job Search?My Career?

Though the Harvard Business Review has published many articles, over the past decade, on the role Emotional Intelligence pays in successful careers, I was delighted to see this publication on the magazine rack recently.  It is a special printing of a collection of articles from all the leading experts who claim Emotional Intelligence is critical to career success.

What may be surprising, and even disappointing, to job-seekers is that there are skills and characteristics that are even more important to potential employers than those directly job-

Harvard Business Review endorses Emotional Intelligence with a special edition publication June 2014

Harvard Business Review endorses Emotional Intelligence with a special edition publication June 2014

related. Your education and work experience, skills and abilities are crucial; however, other skills that speak to the candidate’s “emotional intelligence” could carry more weight than those acquired through specialized training or hands on experience.

  • Great sales people are those who develop a trusting relationship with customers
  • Brilliant IT pros can relate to the end user’s needs and provide solutions by listening and problem solving
  • Outstanding customer service employees know how to turn angry customers into loyal “fans”
  • Gifted miracle-workers (healthcare professionals) offer empathy and hope in an ever changing, fast paced and stressful high tech work environment
  • The best managers are those who care about, develop and unite their teams

Time after time, career success is found to be strongly influenced by personal qualities such as:

  • Self awareness
  • Impulse control
  • Perseverance
  • Influencing others

Emotional intelligence is an awareness of your actions and feelings and how they affect those around you. It also means that you value others, listen to their wants and needs, and are able to empathize or identify with them on many different levels, including influence, handling conflict and building teamwork.

EI & Your Job Search

As part of your job search strategy, you can demonstrate emotional intelligence in your resume, social media strategy and job interviews.

Self-Awareness– People with high emotional intelligence are usually very self-aware. They understand their emotions, and because of this, they don’t let their feelings rule them. They’re confident because they trust their intuition and don’t let their emotions get out of control. They know their strengths and weaknesses, and they work on these areas so they can perform better. Many people believe that this self-awareness is the most important part of emotional intelligence.

 

Self- Control – This is the ability to control emotions and impulses, not allowing themselves to become too angry or make rash statements. They think before they act. Characteristics of self-control are thoughtfulness, integrity and resilience.

 

Motivation– People who are self motivated are able to defer immediate results for long-term success. They set goals to keep themselves on track, are highly productive, and challenge themselves.

 

Empathy – Empathetic people are insightful to others’ wants, needs, and viewpoints. As a result, empathetic people are usually excellent at managing relationships, listening, and relating to others.

 

Relationships with Others– It’s usually easy to talk to and like people with good social skills, another sign of high emotional intelligence. They are excellent communicators, resolve conflicts and are masters at building and maintaining lasting relationships.

 

How Can You Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

As a certified facilitator and trainer in Emotional Intelligence, I can offer you a personalized assessment to determine your level of EI.  The most effective way to improve EI is to follow the following  “3 step” plan:

  1. Assessment
  2. Action Plan
  3. Accountability Partner

I’ve written other posts on this topic.  Search under the categories to the right.

For more information on Emotional Intelligence boosting your job search strategy, contact me at Patricia @ CareerWisdomCoach.com or call 813/843-6934.

 

The Perfect Job? It’s about Fit

Having had countless of opportunities to select ideal employees for successful companies, I now love to share my “inside” information with job seekers.  Unfortunately, I have heard this so many times from managers:

Measure up the organization for a perfect job fit

Measure up the organization for a perfect job fit

The candidate seemed so ideal for the job


…Impressive resume and background

…Dressed and spoke the part perfectly

…Warm smile & firm handshake

…Great answers

…Accepted the offer

…Joined your organization

… And it didn’t work out

What, you may ask, went wrong?  Though I am an advocate for “hiring for attitude over skill”, in most cases, I am in the minority. Hiring managers still are tempted to  select for skill and  Continue reading

Work from Home Success

Working from Home?  Now What?

Work from Home Success

Work from Home Success

Almost 70% of college students and young professionals question working in a brick and mortar office (based on a recent Cisco survey).  It’s a good thing that many corporations are expanding their remote employee workforce to coincide to the shift.  Another study shows that over 80% of US employees work remotely at least once a week.  Yes; answering emails on your smartphone is counted.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

One challenge facing employers is how to keep remote employees engaged when they do not have as many contacts with their manager or fellow employees.  Another issue that crops up:  as good as a remote worker, sometimes they are concerned that they may be perceived as not as engaged – perhaps even a slacker.  “Out of sight, out of mind” ring a bell with anyone?

Dead end for my career? Not so!

So some wonder if it could hurt their promotional pursuits and career. Worries that their boss doesn’t remember that they are part of the team and doesn’t run into them in the hall.  This, all put together, can create challenges to most but there are ways to ensure that communication is effective.  Remote workers have a challenge in establishing and maintaining an “emotional” connection to the workforce in the office due to the the reality of no face time or minimal at best.

Keep in touch:

  • Your manager may not see your face every day but ensure that s/he sees your name.  Increased efforts to communicate are needed.
  • Explore tech available to have “face” time such as skype and videoconferencing.
  • Ask if it would be beneficial for you to come in to the office once a week (if that is possible). Ask if there are meetings or trainings which you should attend in person.
  • If your manager calls you at home, be positive and prepared to offer a summary of what you are working on, results, and accomplishments.  You need to showcase your results a bit more.
  • IM, text or tweet and phone to keep in contact.  Be cognizant of generational and/or organizational preferences to determine which mode of communication is best.  If not sure, ask.
  • Network as much as possible, inside the company and outside.  Build and maintain strong relationships so people know what you do, how you do it and how well you do it.

Success starts with you

Lastly, remember that the ultimate reason that people, remote or in the office, get promoted are the same: efficiency, effectiveness and results.  Unfortunately, the reverse can be said.  The reason people get fired are the same as in the office.  Take the precautions to not let your personal surroundings interfere with work.

Your Job Search and Career are my priority.  It’s my passion!  I have been responsible for hiring and developing high potentials like you for over 25 years in Fortune 500 companies.  I’ve made selection and promotion decisions as well as coached professionals to their career success.  I’d love to discuss your career success.

Contact me at 813/843-6934 or patriciaedwards2@verizon.net

3 Words that kill your Career

Three words that Kill your Career

I’ve talked to hundreds of job seekers and employees on how to get hired or navigate their career to get promoted.  Assuming everyone wants to position themselves in the most professional way, I can only conclude the reason for some to kill their chances of success is a lack of understanding on how 3 little words can be received.

    NEVER

    ALWAYS

    THEY

Wrong words can kill the interview

Wrong words can kill the interview

NEVER is often used in a negative context.   Have you heard “you are  never on time [for a meeting, with a completed project]? ” and your recollection of the term probably triggers a memory of a poor work experience or a poor leader.  From another perspective, if you respond to a question with never,  I’d question if that could be accurate. Never means never.  So you never have been late with a project deadline?  If used throughout the interview, the recruiter could question your work style, pattern and motivation.

ALWAYS is another word that is often overused.  Both never and always are hyperboles, meaning they are an exaggeration.  Just as with never, you better make sure that you can honestly answer always to a question.  So you are always punctual with assignments and always receive customer kudos?   While confidence is important, both these words can convey over confidence.  Remember that the recruiter is carefully listening to not only the words you use but listening between the lines to understand you better.  Overconfidence can be a sign of dominance and inflexibility.

THEY is my personal favorite.  This word is usually used in the context, as “I or We vs. They or Them”.  You know; you have heard it.  I learned an invaluable lesson years ago when helping a CEO with a merger in the healthcare industry.  He chastised me for my innocent habit of referring to the soon to be co-hospital employees as “they”.  As the HR Director and responsible for merging the culture of two distinct organizations, it was critical that I was inclusive of all employees.  I immediately referred everyone as to “we and us” and what a difference.  That tiny change sent a message of esprit de corps; we were all one team!  Now, when I hear an employee in a retail setting, for example, complain about management as “they”, it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard.  They, a seemingly innocent word, depicts a lack of community and respect.  This is especially crucial when interviewing.  If, for example, you respond to a recruiter’s question such as “Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a change you had to implement” and you constantly refer to management as “they”, you are not demonstrating a positive or cooperative attitude.  We all want to work with those who are part of the team and, despite not agreeing with decisions, carry them out.

I’ve always been a lover of words and their power.  I hope this post will help you be more aware of the words you use and, therefore, more successful in a job search or promotional pursuit.

I am a CAREER NUT!  It’s my passion!  I have over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources leadership of Fortune 200 companies.  I’ve made selection and promotion decisions as well as coached professionals to their career success.  I’d love to discuss your career success.

Contact me at 813/843-6934 or patriciaedwards2@verizon.net

Got EQ? Get Promoted Faster!

How Emotional Intelligence gets you promoted

What separates mediocre professionals from really great and successful professionals?  Technical and hard skills may qualify you for a position and get you the interview but your soft skills and emotional intelligence will get you the job.  They make you stand out from the hundreds of others interviewed.  They are what makes you sought after as a go-to problem solver.   Career Builder.com’s surveys always point out that employers value emotional intelligence over IQ!

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

And  not just a little but significantly.  Over 60% of hiring managers responded to the survey that they would not hire or promote  Continue reading

HOLIDAY JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

holiday job search myths

holiday job search myths

Don’t be fooled like most job seekers and put your efforts on hold until after the holidays!  Use this special time of year to your advantage.  Actually, you could find networking and interviewing for a new job to be easier during the holidays than other times during the calendar year.

New Year Hiring

Many companies begin their budgets in January, which means they have set their recruiting targets in the fall and they continue their efforts to fill those positions for the New Year.  Combine that with most of your competition kicking back and watching old reruns of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Christmas Vacation” and you have the advantage  Continue reading

Thanks Living – good for your Career

I never miss an opportunity to coach my readers to career success so posted “Thanksgiving is Good for your Career” last year at this time.  A year later, I’d like to add these thoughts.

Count your Blessings

Count your Blessings

I believe in Thanksgiving so much that, for the past few years, I have tried to adopt a Thanks Living attitude toward everything, including my career.  It has been life changing!  So, even as we approach Thanksgiving and look forward to being with friends, family, eating delicious food and enjoying each other’s company (whether it is by shopping or watching football), I encourage you to consider the following when you return to work:

Adopt a Thanks Living attitude.  While we officially observe one day giving Thanks, as a national holiday, approach your career with a thankful outlook.  We all prefer to work around people who express gratitude toward others and are appreciative of having a job and career.  Find yourself looking for the positive rather than Continue reading

Linked In – Do It Right (Part 2)

In my last post,  I covered the basics of a Linked In Profile and one reader asked  for more techniques to create a winning strategy using this powerful job search/career management tool so here’s Part 2.

This post will help you to create the WOW factor you need to really showcase your talent and give you the needed competitive advantage.

... with LinkedIn

… with LinkedIn

Your ultimate goal is to interest the reader, whether that be a recruiter, hiring manager, colleague  or potential client into reading more of your profile, connecting with you, meeting with you and, ultimately, working with you.Linked In is like a “branding genie”,

Continue reading

Linked In – Do it Right

Do it right?  Is there a wrong way?  Look at it this way:  Linked in is a mighty hard working tool that never sleeps.  If you have a strong profile, it will do much of your “work” for you.  Let it advertise your “brand”; let it find connections for you. The list goes on and on but……………..you need a very GOOD profile and you need to follow the advice below.

Let’s get started – Have you looked at your Linked In profile recently?  REALLY looked at it?  It’s hard to objectively critique yourself, isn’t it?  It looks pretty good to you but how does it look to a recruiter or hiring manager?

Linked In: Do it right!

Linked In: Do it right!

How’s your profile photo?  If you don’t have a photo, you MUST!  Did you know many profiles are completely overlooked when there is no photo?  You may not even be considered for the job though the rest of the profile portrays your experience so well.

And why do so many people take the effort to complete their profile in order to network but don’t  Continue reading