Before racking up 15 NBA seasons with some of the top teams of the '90s, including the Seattle SuperSonics, Detroit Pistons, and Utah Jazz, NBA veteran Olden Polynice — a six-foot-eleven, Haitian-born, Harlem-raised center with a friendly smile and an unforgettable name — was told by doctors that he would never walk, let alone share a basketball court with the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, and Michael Jordan.
The next time adversity strikes your work plan, don't crumble — take some inspiration from the animal world and make the best of things. Whether your spirit beast is a tiny ant or a clever bird, you can use these animals as guides on your journey to being a more awesome human.
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'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.
Two people with similar qualifications apply for the same job. Either, both, or neither may get shortlisted. Now, add a professional certification to the mix. There's a chance that the hiring manager might review more closely the resume of the person with the additional certification. But will it get you the job?
When companies put up job descriptions for open positions, they are essentially trying to do two things: 1) get applicants excited about their company, and 2) get the right candidates to apply for the role. The idea is to communicate clearly the role, responsibilities, and expectations from the position. But, quite often, job descriptions are more of a wish-list for the ideal candidate than a checklist of traits every possible applicant must possess. Just like in real life, ideal scenarios are rare.
If your resume is shortlisted and your recruiter is calling or emailing you to set up a phone interview, you may have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's exciting to hear from someone in the company you are interested in, while on the other hand, phone interviews are often not the best platform to present how awesome you are.
Ever had to get people to contribute to a project, even though you're not actually their manager? Tough job, isn't it? Managing people without being in a position of power over them can be a daunting task, especially if it doesn't come naturally to you. But there are ways you can get your colleagues to help you in your job without the need for the carrot or, well, the stick.
We're taught from a young age that "femininity" is synonymous with being demure, quiet, pleasing, and friendly. But bosses often need a kind of take-charge attitude that maintains your powerful role as a knowledgeable person. So how do you keep the power and your upward mobility as a woman in the workplace? How do you avoid being stuck between a rock and the glass ceiling? Here are some tips:
If you are a job seeker, it pays to look for more than one route to land your job. If you're lucky and if you're a perfect match, applying online directly may be the only thing you ever need to do. On the other hand, if you're stretching to a new role that's slightly beyond your current experience, you might need a little bit of help to get around Applicant Tracking Systems and disinterested recruiters. Knowing someone on the inside sometimes pays.
You may be an exceptional individual contributor, able to turn around projects in one swift motion, or a subject matter expert, better versed in your area of expertise than anyone else in your office, but neither of those sterling qualities necessarily means you're cut out to manage people.
It's the first day of work and you're meeting with your new team; while it doesn't immediately strike you at first, you realize soon enough that perhaps you are the only person of color, the only man, the only woman, or the only person of a different faith in the room. It's not an easy start, but you will be able to make it work. Here are a few ways you can avoid isolation and any preconceived biases toward you and your efforts.
You're casually or seriously browsing through open positions matching your skillsets on job sites and suddenly your previous employer pops up on the screen. Or, maybe someone sent you the opening and you're really interested in the role. If you want to explore the opportunity but are hesitant about the next steps, here are a few tips that may help.