If you often feel out of balance and you answered “NO” to more than three questions, you probably would benefit from making some changes toward balancing your career. Rodas Coaching personalized career coaching programs focused on your unique needs. Together we can achieve real results that go above and beyond traditional routes to help you reach your career goals.
The following team building tips will give you ideas on how to accelerate your team building and build a more sustained, productive team:
Creating an action plan is the best way to ensure that team building is part of everyday work. Innovative Team Building recommends having managers follow up during regular staff meetings. Other ways of sustaining team building include manager check-ins and internal/external coaching.
And, most importantly, don’t forget to have fun with your team!
Team building is an important aspect of being a manager. Most organizations know the importance of building and fostering teams, but building an effective team requires ongoing work and input from managers. Rather than limiting teams to what each member can do on their own, the key is to unite your team around a common goal, which will raise productivity.
Huffington Post shares five steps to build an effective team:
What tips do you have to build an effective team? Share what has worked for you in the comment box below.
Many people get to a point in their lives when they have worked hard for decades but don’t want to work 40+ hours every week. An “encore career” refers to a career transition that takes place in the latter part of one’s career. Typically an encore career happens in social sector fields like education, nonprofits, the environment, and health care.
If you are thinking about pursuing an encore career, you are not alone. According to a recent study, nearly 9 million Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 have encore careers.
If you are considering an encore career, first consider these things:
You can see a list of resources for encore job seekers here.
As you begin to make your resolutions for 2016, don’t forget to include your job search.The new year is the perfect time to commit to actions that will make positive changes in your career.
If you need some assistance with your career resolutions, we’ve got some suggestions to get you started:
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5 steps to make your career dreams a reality before the end of the year:
1. Get focused
The summer is a tough time to spend inside job searching. Who wants to sit at a computer all day when you could be swimming with your friends or taking a vacation? In autumn, school starts back up, people go back to work and the majority of those distractions disappear. You’ll be able to focus better and hopefully land a new job in less time.
2. Have a current resume and LinkedIn profile
Go into your autumn job search armed with a truly stunning resume and LinkedIn profile—one that will fill you with confidence! Have a professional review and rewrite these documents to make you stand out from the crowd.
3. Create a clear, concise and understandable elevator pitch
Break your basic elevator pitch down into three parts:
4. Build a networking strategy
Recruiting budgets start to shrink as the end of the year approaches, which means that more job openings will likely be filled through employee referrals or networking. Meet new people online and offline to learn about unadvertised job openings for which you might be a good fit.
5. Manage your search proactively
Documentation and follow up are the keys to any successful job search. Create your own job search log or use the job search log template that Excel offers to make sure you are documenting every single activity you do to land your next position. Once your documentation is completed each week, you will be able to see who you need to follow up with to move you closer to your dream job.
A recent study examined how today’s hiring managers evaluate candidates. As predicted, relevant work experience and skills are the most important aspects of a resume for hiring managers. 74 percent said the most important factor in hiring is the interview. Surprisingly, only 18 percent of hiring managers ranked cover letters as important, being outweighed by the interview, resume, references and soft skills.
As millennials take over management roles, they are relying on a broader set of methods for getting to know potential employees – candidate’s level of education, schools attended and GPA (27%, 13%, and 16%, respectively). With this set of hiring managers, the cover letter paragraphs about passions and key skills seems to be fading out.
So will a cover letter hurt you? Bloomberg points out that 55 percent of hiring managers said typos were the biggest turnoff, so why risk a typo when a cover letter is unlikely to help you land the job?
On the other hand, if you have a stellar cover letter, you may stand out as one of the few people still sending them.
Where do you stand on the cover letter debate? As a job seeker, do you still send them? As a hiring manager, how much weight do you place on these in the interview process? Leave your opinions in the comment box below.
Finding the right career – one that is rewarding, meaningful, and enjoyable – is one of the most challenging things a person will ever do. With today’s tough job market, it’s important that professionals find their competitive edge. An outside opinion can be helpful to guide you in times of uncertainty or in moments for motivation.
The Ladders points out that a career coach can help job seekers handle everything from resume consulting to interview training. Choosing the right coach can not only help you land a great job, but ensure it’s the right fit, giving you the long-term success you desire.
Here are some things a career coach can do for you:
Expert Career Advice
Before you launch your next job search, a career coach will act as an advisor to determine your skill set and long-term goals. Then they will help you come up with a strategy to achieve your goals.
A career coach will review your existing resume and provide tips on how to improve it. They can also review your LinkedIn profile.
Job Interview Training
A career coach can help you formulate responses to match your personal branding, so you’ll know how to answer difficult questions.
Do you feel stuck in your career? Do you want greater professional success? Career Coach Deborah Sakelaris is known for her exceptional personalized career coaching programs focused on client’s very unique needs. Her only focus is about getting real results and going above and beyond traditional routes to help you achieve your career goals. Contact Deborah today to learn more about Career Coaching.
Our emotional intelligence – the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others – can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success, especially in the workplace.
Employers are placing high value on emotional intelligence when finding the right employees. In fact, according to Mariah DeLeon, VP of People at Glassdoor, a person’s emotional intelligence is a quality that should be non-negotiable.
One of the ways companies are vetting the emotional intelligence of candidates is by asking revealing interview questions. The answers can be a key factor in determining a person’s emotional intelligence.
Below are four interview questions that employers use to draw revealing answers from job candidates – so they can find employees with great emotional intelligence.
Your emotional intelligence could be the step you need to your next career goal and working with a career coach can help sharpen that. Contact me today for a free consultation.
You can see the full list of interview questions from Time here.
One of the best ways to gain tips and knowledge for advancing your career is by reading career strategy books. The summer months are the perfect time to catch up on all those books you keep meaning to read, but haven’t had the time to.
Your time is valuable and there are endless reading options to choose from, so here is a list of good books for your career that will provide you with solid takeaways:
To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
Daniel H. Pink
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business and Life
Lose Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness
See a great book that I left off the list? Share your favorite reads in the comment section below.
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