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

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

New Year, New Career?

Christmas is past, a year is behind us and many of us tend to look optimistically into the new year.  Aside from the typical “I will exercise more; I will lose ten pounds; I will finish my degree”, you may want a new job, a new career in 2014.

I’d ask you “Do you have a Career Plan?”  The most common response I hear is “Well, no but that’s a good idea.  Where do I start?”

New Year, New Job?

New Year, New Job?

Don’t fall victim to “Ghosts of Jobs Past” (sorry; I couldn’t help myself from recalling the ghosts of Christmases past as described in the famous Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Even though you may have not reached your career goals or have even had some negative career experiences, you can wipe the slate clean, just like Scrooge, and pursue a new life and, in this case, a new career.  “Start with the End in Mind”

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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

Robots reading resumes?

If you haven’t heard, your resume probably will be “read” by a robot before someone’s eyes have a chance to review your qualifications against the job being pursued.  That presents challenges, especially, if you are going by the old school of writing your resume.

Applicant Tracking System (aka Robot)

Applicant Tracking System (aka Robot)

ATS stands for Applicant Tracking System and most corporations “employ” this method of screening candidates for positions posted.  The truth of the matter is that you need to know the new rules of resume writing and applying for jobs in order to get to the coveted interview and have any chance at a job offer. Frustrating?

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Career Resilience: are women the stronger sex?

Don’t just take my word for it; successful author and speaker, Valorie Burton, sings the praises of EQi awareness and changing behaviors as means to enhancing resilience.

Resilience at work

Resilience at work

Emotional Intelligence Quotient, or EQi, has become the standard to predict work success.  Decades of research indicates that EQi trumps IQ and can be improved through  Continue reading

What’s S.W.O.T. Got to Do with It? Your Career That Is……

SWOT analysis is a time tested and valuable method to examine Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.  It has been used in corporations and organizations for decades as a vehicle to identify areas of potential improvements or growth.

SWOT your career

It also may be  helpful with your own career goals and/or job search strategies. The same principles, techniques and methods are used to reveal  where you are and, perhaps, what direction you should take.  Here is how it works:

Strengths – these are your talents, gifts and strengths which come naturally to you without effort.  It’s important to identify these

super powers so you can enhance them further and use them in more situations.  Whether you are looking for work or a promotion,  you face competition and are well served if you can identify what differentiates you from them.  The answer that is revealed is usually your strength.

Weaknesses – we all have them but sometimes have not identified them in order to work toward improvement.  We don’t want our weaknesses to overshadow our strengths so it’s important to know what they are and design an action plan for improvement.  In addition to awareness and development of an action plan, it’s beneficial to have an accountability partner with whom you trust and can provide you with feedback.

Opportunities – this factor can be personal; you realize, for example, that you have a need for additional training or professional growth or it may be an external situation, within your career field or industry, which presents opportunities for your career.  Be open to recognizing that changing market conditions can lead you to a different career path. Or, perhaps, you explore another area within your career.  These examples are but a few that, when explored, could lead you to your next promotion or an entirely different career field.

Threats – we all have experienced changes in our jobs as well as in the organizations, industries and fields we work.  Often we approach a threat negatively since it represents short or long term pain (i.e. a layoff); however, threats can also be viewed as opportunities.  We all know people who are in a different career now due to being laid off and having discovered a field that would have not been selected otherwise.  Don’t let yourself be surprised.  Be prepared. It is important to identify existing or potential threats in order to stay ahead  – both career-wise as well as emotionally.

I am often asked: “Of the four factors, which is the MOST important” and I reply that I think knowing your signature strengths and capitalizing upon them is the key to success.  If you are, for example, a salesperson and your strength is cultivating lasting customer relationships, congratulations.  You may not have the most technical knowledge, but your clients think you do because you are resourceful, care about customer interests and provide them with what they need.  Each person is unique and most of us are familiar with some of our shortcomings but fail to give ourselves credit for our strengths.

I challenge you to perform a SWOT analysis, identify your strengths and use them in more and new ways.

True Freedom – Career Freedom

As we  celebrate our nation’s birthday and freedom this 4th of July , I encourage you to also take a moment and contemplate  your career freedom.

While we all are familiar with the following famous words, have you ever asked yourself how it applies to you and your career?

career freedom

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – from the Declaration of Independence

Can you have both?

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How recruiters listen

Many recruiters are trained in Motivational Behavioral Interviewing (MBI) – an accepted theory that past behaviors predict future performance.  In those interviews, be prepared to answer a situational question based on real Situations you experienced, your Objective and include your Actions and Results – a S.O.A.R. response.

Recruiters listen for clues – they often read between the lines to determine if you might be telling a true life account, a hypothetical case or a tall tale.

Recruiters listen for clues

Recruiters listen for clues

Recruiters listen to your word choice for indications of motivation, values and attitude

Control & Solutions-Oriented

One such example is language indicating perceived control.  Especially in difficult situations or conflict, our choice of language indicates how we deal in those common work scenarios.

Employers want someone who has faith in their abilities to find solutions.  Believing you can resolve an issue usually precedes searching for one.  One caveat: Employers don’t want someone who bullies others to gain control.

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Showcase Emotional Intelligence on your Resume

There is good reason that EQi has created so much buzz – it’s effective! Most hiring managers are now giving more weight to emotional intelligence than five years ago and may even value it more than IQ.  In many cases, companies ask interview questions designed to assess candidate’s level of EQi so it’s crucial you understand the concepts of EQi and how it relates to your job search strategy.eqi 

What is EQi?  It is the ability to identify, assess and manage the thoughts and feelings of oneself and others.  If you read job postings, you will see key Continue reading