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9 Ways to Invest in Your Career

9 Ways to Invest in Your Career | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"Most people are too busy working to stop and think about how to invest in their careers. You may be thinking, "I'm doing my job, isn't that enough?"

 

"However, if you want to make sure you stay on the right career track, it takes more than just getting the day-to-day work done to be successful."

 

Cynthia Good of www.LittlePINKbook.com offers the following suggestions:

 

1. Focus on the big picture

2. Delegate and rely on technology

3. Network for results

4. Propely yourself forward

5. Keep your online presence professional and up-to-date

6. Find a mentor

7. Project confidence via your appearance

8. Consider continuing education

9. Keep your goals in mind

 

Read on for ideas in each of the 9 areas listed above.

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/06/27/9-ways-you-must-invest-in-your-career


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Tips on How to Grow Your Career with Successful Planning

Tips on How to Grow Your Career with Successful Planning | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"Career planning requires time, research, and effort. Once you have examined your career interests, past job accomplishments, and educational opportunities that are related to your desired career path, it is important to research current career trends to ensure that your desired job is in demand. Whether you are just starting out or you have years of work experience and are looking for a career change, read the following career advice for tips on successful career planning. "

 

The article is a quick read, yet it covers numerous tips around how to plan for a successful careeer.  Such as:

 

* Make career planning a priority

* Reflect on your likes and dislikes

* Examine your pastimes and hobbies * Look beyond your current job for transferable skills

* Make note of your past accomplishments

* Research career trends

* Explore new education opportunities

* Set career goals

 

Read the full article:

http://www.fremont.edu/2012/08/tips-for-successful-career-planning/


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How to Get a Job Fast - Get Prepared and Get Talking

How to Get a Job Fast - Get Prepared and Get Talking | Career Advice | Scoop.it

1: Know who you are Understand who you are and what you enjoy. Look at your skills, interest, abilities, values and preferences. Look at where you have achieved success both at work and in your non-work life.

2: Be prepared and organized You need to treat job-hunting as a full time occupation. If you are currently in full time work you should be spending a minimum of 10 hours a week on job search. Be prepared for rejection. Be prepared for the job search to take 6 months or even longer.

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Fired From Facebook: 5 People Who Lost Their Jobs Over Social Media

Fired From Facebook: 5 People Who Lost Their Jobs Over Social Media | Career Advice | Scoop.it
You would think that people would learn to watch what they post on social media sites, but there are still some posting status updates, pictures or videos that—whoops—land in front of their boss.
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My Favorite Quotes For Work, Life, Success and the Job Search | Classy Career Girl

My Favorite Quotes For Work, Life, Success and the Job Search | Classy Career Girl | Career Advice | Scoop.it
So today I am putting together my favorite quotes to give us a little motivation. Sometimes quotes can just totally inspire you and you read them at the exact perfect time for what you needed. I hope that this list will do that for you today.
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A Little Bird Told Me — How to Use Twitter in Your Job Search | CareerBliss.com

A Little Bird Told Me — How to Use Twitter in Your Job Search | CareerBliss.com | Career Advice | Scoop.it

No longer just a dumping ground for celeb-fodder, Twitter can actually help you find a job.

 

“Twitter is one of the most powerful conversational networking platforms out there that make it easy for individuals to keep track of others within the industry, employers, and industry news publications,” says Jonathan Nafarrete, director of social outreach at BLITZ Agency. 

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Looking for a Job? Don't Tell Them You're Unemployed

Looking for a Job? Don't Tell Them You're Unemployed | Career Advice | Scoop.it

As if finding a job isn't hard enough when unemployed, new research shows that simply being out of work — and not lack of skills or expertise — is the reason many aren't getting hired.

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Who Owns the Brand You? - Forbes

Who Owns the Brand You? - Forbes | Career Advice | Scoop.it

I’ve written a lot about the positive aspects of brand, brand humanization, allowing employees to be brand ambassadors, and to free up their personal brand to evolve just as real people...

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Sir Richard Branson Tells Us How to Network

Sir Richard Branson Tells Us How to Network | Career Advice | Scoop.it

When I started networkingon behalf of Virgin Music –- meeting with agents, persuading musicians to sign with us, finding distributors -– it often involved swapping phone numbers scrawled on napkins. It was the '70s, after all!

 

These days it’s much easier to connect with people who can help you launch and grow your business. Just think: LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter all provide opportunities for you to meet and interact with fellow entrepreneurs, experts in the field and innovative newcomers. However you go about making connections, from the very first moment you begin to realize that your idea is worth pursuing, the first step on the road to success is building a network.

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Ten top tips on how to kickstart your graduate career

Ten top tips on how to kickstart your graduate career | Career Advice | Scoop.it
Don't let all the pessimism about the job market get you down.
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Because You Know What You’re Going to Say

Because You Know What You’re Going to Say | Career Advice | Scoop.it

I’m a fan of the new Jerry Seinfeld project, Comedians in cars getting coffee. In a recent episode with Joel Hodgson (creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000), there’s a part where Jerry asks why diners are always set up to look like the past. Joel says, “Because you know what you’re going to say.” Meaning, we are so comfortable in a diner because we have a lot of background to pull from, so it lends itself to easier conversation. (You can watch the episode here.)

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The five things to do right now if you are feeling ‘dissatisfied’ in your career

The five things to do right now if you are feeling ‘dissatisfied’ in your career | Career Advice | Scoop.it

So many people are unhappy at work, and whilst they may well start thinking about a new job it is worth reflecting on this questions:

Identify what you are dissatisfied about – the content of the job, the people, the travel.
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5 Things You’re Forgetting to Ask During Your Review | The Daily Muse

5 Things You’re Forgetting to Ask During Your Review | The Daily Muse | Career Advice | Scoop.it

What are you hoping to get out of your next performance review? A raise—or maybe a promotion? Glowing reviews and a perfect 5-out-of-5 ranking on every category HR asked your manager to review you in?

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Career Growth Requires SomeTough Conversations with Your Boss

Career Growth Requires SomeTough Conversations with Your Boss | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"Approaching a manager to discuss your next career move or request a raise are examples of two conversations that create anxiety for many employees. Fortunately at Sodexo, we have an annual conversation with our managers about our professional development and future career goals. This meeting is a scheduled conversation ...."

 

"But what if you don’t have this type of relationship with your manager? Where do you start when you feel it’s time to pursue career advancement?"

 

The article discusses 4 high level points to consider, yet more important, do not miss the oppertunity to have a "conversation" with your boss. My comments which follow are about discussing career growth, not about asking for a raise. This is a different conversation, however, my recommendation is to grow your career, and the money will follow.

 

I will generalize and place bosses in 3 main buckets for conversations around career growth.

 

1 - Those that care

2 - Those that don't really care

3 - Those who just don't know what to do

 

When you ask to have the conversation, listen to their words. They will begin to place them selves in one of these high level buckets with the first words out of their mouth.

 

They may say words along these lines, (listen closely and watch their body language).

 

A - "Whenever you have time, let's meet and I'm interested in where you want to end up", (they care).

B - "We can do this at your annual review", (they don't really care).

C - "This is a complex subject, perhaps you could write something down and I'll review it", (they just don't know).

 

With a boss who cares, set up and have a meeting. Go in prepared, as the article advises, to discuss your current skills and capabilities and what it will take to move to the next level. This is also how you get more money. More money comes with more responsibilities.

 

With a boss who doesn't care, address the excuse by stating it is important and you prefer to meet now, not later. If time is of the essence, (you may have another job offer in the works), explain as much as you feel comfortable saying about now is the time to meet. If they brush you off, this is a cross roads. Options are to seek out one of your bosses peers or consider going to the bosses boss, if you feel comfortable.

 

With a boss who just does not know how to have a career growth conversation, you are at another type of cross road. Consider leading the conversation by being "double prepared" and you already know the skills and capabilities required to move up in responsibility. The conversation becomes more a question/answer session.

 

These are not easy and you may feel more comfortable seeking out others to discuss with instead of your direct boss. Recall, you are not "asking" for a raise, you are discussing what it takes to move up in the company.

 

It is not uncommon for employees to leave their current company hoping to grow their career. This "is a way to advance", however, another way is to seek out different positions within the same company. Which likely requires improving your skills and capabilities, however, it is these same skills and capabilities you may need in a different company.


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Surprising Career Disconnect in Today's Ultra-Connected Workplace

Surprising Career Disconnect in Today's Ultra-Connected Workplace | Career Advice | Scoop.it

"Gone are the days when we would carve out time every Friday morning to meet over breakfast with a seasoned adviser. Our mentors had time to discuss our progress, our interpersonal challenges, even walk us through options for handling difficult situations at work."

 

"Today, we rarely have time to reach out for sound advice and candid guidance. With quick rotational assignments and tight deadlines, our supervisors may not have the bandwidth or the inclination to provide the kind of support that historically transformed promising professionals into powerful leaders."

 

"Even trading meaningful suggestions and insights about our team interactions with co-workers over lunch seems to be a thing of the past. Clearly, the solution doesn't involve opting out of the Internet or giving up our mobile phones to restore the integrity of our business relationships. But it does mean that we need a more specific and proactive strategy to gather the necessary feedback to maximize our career growth."

 

The article goes on to discuss numerous areas to consider around how to stay connected in a disconnected work environment. Such as:

 

1 - Why is personal feedback essential?

2 - How do blind spots impact our careers?

3 - How do we gather the feedback we need?

4 - How can we eliminate our blind spots?

 

A wise peer of mine always says, "It is not the things I know which hurt me, it is the things I think I know which just ain't so."

 

Almost every person I have ever met knows the power of having somebody provide 5 easy steps to get started with a new technology gadget. Actively look for those around you who can help uncover the these easy lessons on new tasks/projects to make sure you shine in your career.

 

One last thought, to grow in your career, there are always options. One option is to use the knowledge and skill sets of the people around you to accelerate and grow your capabilities. The next option is what I like to call, "slight assembly required", learn to do it all yourself.


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The psychology behind the web's most successful brands

The psychology behind the web's most successful brands | Career Advice | Scoop.it
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic discusses how user data and personal behaviour is changing the internet, and the ways in which companies are tapping into and influencing this new vision of the web.
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Job hunting? How to spot the right (or wrong) cultural 'fit' - Ask Annie - Fortune Management

Job hunting? How to spot the right (or wrong) cultural 'fit' - Ask Annie - Fortune Management | Career Advice | Scoop.it
It’s not always easy to get a clear picture of a company’s culture in a job interview, but thoughtful preparation can help you ask the right questions.
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4 Tips for Making Your Resume A Perfect Match for Any Opening » Blog | Great Resumes Fast

4 Tips for Making Your Resume A Perfect Match for Any Opening » Blog | Great Resumes Fast | Career Advice | Scoop.it
When a hiring manager reviews your resume you want them to say, “Wow! That person sounds like the perfect fit for the job!” And then, of course, they call you for the interview!
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8 Ways to Negotiate for Job Perks

8 Ways to Negotiate for Job Perks | Career Advice | Scoop.it

8 Ways to Negotiate for Job Perks - Get Career Advice from the experts at CareerBuilder.com...

 

In the past couple of years, the economy has thrown job seekers for a loop. But in the midst of job loss, high unemployment rates and long-term unemployment for thousands of job seekers, there have been the lucky few who have held on to their jobs for life -- well, professional life. 

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12 Thrilling Ways to Quit Your Job | Brazen Life

12 Thrilling Ways to Quit Your Job | Brazen Life | Career Advice | Scoop.it
We’ve all thought about quitting at one time or another. So, which type of quit are you considering?
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Job search methods change with age

Job search methods change with age | Career Advice | Scoop.it
Ingrid Puddicombe is adapting to new methods of looking for work. The 65-year-old West End resident is a former telemarketer and lab technician. She’s been searching for a job for the last six months.
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What Successful Night Owls Get Done Before Bed

What Successful Night Owls Get Done Before Bed | Career Advice | Scoop.it
Early birds get all the credit. Research indicates that morning people tend to be more active and goal oriented, and such larks as Steve Jobs, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and 25-year old David Karp, founder of the Tumblr blogging platform suggest...
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3 Reasons Lance Armstrong Is Making a Good Career Move

3 Reasons Lance Armstrong Is Making a Good Career Move | Career Advice | Scoop.it
What valuable lessons can we take away from Lance Armstrong's recent controversy?
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50 Apps Students Will Be Using In Your Classroom | Edudemic

50 Apps Students Will Be Using In Your Classroom | Edudemic | Career Advice | Scoop.it

Aren’t smartphones just the best? Considering how easy they so often render daily life, even cash-strapped students and families might consider them a valuable investment this back-to-school season. Especially when one looks at the number of applications available to better organize classes, events, activities, and basic needs as well as supplement classroom lessons.

 

Androids, iPhones, and the like might be pricy, but they definitely pay off. Read on to check out our picks for the very best smartphone apps that can help students this back-to-school season.

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3 Powerful Rules for Interviewing Like a President | Brazen Life

Campaigning is the President’s equivalent to interviewing. Here are three key lessons you can learn from the trail.
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