What makes a successful career? If you've read a few articles on career development before, you probably said education, or a good network, or developing whatever skillset is expected of people in your industry. But there's one thing you're probably forgetting. Learn about the soft skill you need to work on, plus how to do your homework for an interview and how to get your totally disengaged co-worker to give you that information you need, in this week's roundup.
Frequently find yourself moving from one conference room to another as you navigate a schedule jam-packed with meetings? If your company seems to allocate a lot of time for talking about what needs to be done and not enough time for doing the actual work, it's probably because that's what's actually going on. These days, it's not just the leaders and the top executives who spend their day in meeting rooms; almost all employees now seem to be spending their time attending and making meeting notes.
It can be hard to ask for what you want at work, especially when you're anticipating a lot of push-back. But, when it comes to important things like salary or work-life balance or working conditions, it's essential not to give up. Here are a few tips for getting what you want at work, without alienating your co-workers, clients, or boss.
It's dark, getting colder, and your next day off is still weeks away. If you're getting down at work, try a few minutes break with one of these inspirational TED talks. You just might find some answers without ever leaving your computer.
You've heard the old saying: "Choose a job that you love, and you never have to work a day in your life." While it does seem ideal, not everybody gets to do what they really love as a job, especially at first. You might need to move into the perfect role by coming at it sideways, in a lateral move from another position. If you're lucky enough to be working in a company where there is scope to be doing what you enjoy doing, seize the opportunity.
Most of us have heard of Chubby Checker and, for those not fortunate enough to have heard one of his classics, get out there and give your ears a taste of early American rock 'n roll. Mr. Checker came on strong in the 1960s, tearing up the radio waves with his dance hall hits like "Limbo Rock." In the early '70s, unhappy with his career, he took a swing at psychedelic rock. Well, the album was only released in Europe and sales were disappointing. Checker continued on and has a solid place in our Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, as well as in many music lovers' hearts.
If you've ever heard parents pine for their college days, it could be easy to think that once you graduate your best days are behind you. When you get out into the real world, things can be startlingly different. Your habits will change, your norms will shift, and more than a few men will start losing their hair. But when it comes to office life, there are several changes you probably won't be able to predict.
Imagine a world in which no one ever said sorry. If you pictured a society composed entirely of stodgy businessmen, frowning and adjusting their ties, it wouldn't be strange. The debate over whether or not to apologize will probably rage on for as long as there are corporations and leaders to run them. On the pro-apology side, you have experts who say being accountable is not only correct, but ultimately more productive; on the con side, you have the folks who feel that saying "I'm sorry" is tantamount to announcing weakness, possibly in front of the board. So who's right?
The purpose of interviewing is pretty straightforward: the company wants to see if you're a good fit for the job, and you want to see if you'll be happy and productive at the company. But, the interview process is often overwhelming and stressful for many candidates. All that pressure can lead to interview mistakes. Here are a few of the common ones people make, what you can do to avoid them.