Now that the holiday craze has died down and it's back to reality, it's time to get serious about what lies ahead for 2015. Before you dive headfirst into your new year's resolutions list (which you dusted off from last year), we've compiled a list that will help you get your life and career on track for the coming year.
When we make decisions at work, we are often asked to explain or defend our choices before and even after they have been put into effect. Studies show that people often are not aware of their choices after they have made them, and this "choice blindness" may have serious effects upon their behavior at work.
You need to communicate in order to get what you want, whether it's a raise, a promotion, or inclusion on a team or project. Psychology offers proven communication and persuasion techniques that can increase your chances of achieving your career goals. Here's how.
If you are looking for a change, it is often possible to look for a job within your company. A cross-functional exposure that enhances your skill-set, or even a move to a different team that performs the same job as you, could help your career. An internal transfer offers you the opportunity to network and work with various colleagues, clients, and partners. It also helps you learn and deal with various leadership styles and team dynamics.
Checking social media non-stop around the clock has probably become more of an addiction than a habit, sucking up valuable time and energy that you could be using to advance your career. Here are a few tricks for being more productive with your social media usage in the new year.
Your resume gets your foot in the door -- or it gets thrown in the trash. The good news is that careful crafting of an effective resume is easier than you think. Remember these three things: relevant, recent, and honest. At the same time, avoid the five biggest resume mistakes listed beneath the cut and be on your way to your next job.
Whether you are a job seeker, an independent jewelry designer, a freelance journalist, an aspiring filmmaker, or the owner of a new food cart, a strong online presence is a key part of every professional and small business's marketing strategy. The backbone of this presence is your website. And unless your small business is a web design company, or you are successful enough to hire a programming whiz (in which case you would have probably already needed a website by now), you most likely have neither the funds nor skills to fork over thousands to a professional for the perfect site. Thankfully, in today's sea of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and independent contractors, a lack of money and programming knowledge does not stand in the way of a great-looking site that does not break the bank.
Part of your job at work is to listen, which sounds easier than it is. With so much emphasis on fulfilling action items, and on productivity overall, the art of listening well is increasingly undervalued in the modern American workplace.
Socializing with new people for extended periods of time can often be draining to introverts. They are most energized by working on their own, or in small groups, with people they know and are comfortable with. It's not to say that introverts are not successful in a business setting where there is a lot of team activity and collaboration. Introverts can be extremely social, entertaining, even the life of a get-together, but they need some downtime to recharge.
It's been on your calendar for weeks, maybe months, and now it's right around the corner -- your office holiday party. This is such a busy time of year, so the party might feel like a bit of a burden -- just one more thing you need to do. However, if you are especially friendly with a group of people at work, you might be looking forward to it. Chances are, your feelings are somewhere in between. So, how can you get the most out of this semi-mandatory event with kinda-fun potential?
Do you feel obligated to reply to emails during your holiday, because if you don’t, things will fall through the cracks? Given the global nature of business, there's no one time when all employees around the world are out on vacation. You may not be able to completely unplug, but that doesn't meant that you can't enjoy some time with your family. Here are some tips to help you take a few days off without feeling too guilty about it.
At any point in your career, meeting with a career coach could be beneficial. But, most people hire one when their professional lives reach a critical juncture. When you are changing positions, working toward different goals, making a geographic change, or switching industries or professional direction, a career coach can provide valuable insights and strategies that help you get where you'd like to be.
You may have worked on the same team together as peers, been classmates in school, and come up for promotion at the same time. But only one of you made the cut this time, and it was not you who was promoted. Now your peer is your manager, and as much as you resent it, there's little you can do but accept her in her new role. Assuming you’re not in a rush to head out the door, here are a few ways you can handle the transition.
Signing off as "Salty" instead of "Sally." Including 18 line items in your signature block, including your parents' home number. Forgetting that you already pushed "send" on your daily e-mail to your mom, and closing the subsequent e-mail to your boss with, "Love, Sean XOXO." Realizing that upon sending said e-mail to your boss, you accidentally hit "reply all" and thus also sent your hugs and kisses to your entire team. The ways we can bungle a professional e-mail are endless and there is arguably no worse way than how we sign off.
Although they are diminishing in number, there still are managers whose first reaction to stressful situations is to yell. Sometimes, it's the people you'd least expect: something about pressure brings out the worst in them, and they react by chewing everyone out. Of course, the reasons why won't make much of a difference to you, if you're always waiting for the other shoe to drop. So how do you deal with a boss who is always screaming?
You're juggling multiple projects, all on a tight deadline, and are just about managing it. Just as you find a minute to take a break and do your anti-carpal tunnel syndrome stretching, your manager comes over with another super-important project with a very close deadline. You want to refuse, but are afraid it may cost you all future projects, maybe even your job. So what do you do?
Age may be a state of mind, but in many industries it could be the reason you're not getting the call for an interview. Discrimination based on age is illegal, but sadly, it exists. In many cases, it is factored in even at the resume shortlisting phase. Sometimes, years of experience don't exactly work in the favor of the applicant. So how do you prove your capability for the job? While it is difficult predict the outcome of an actual interview, here are a few tips to help you spruce up your resume, to at least land the initial interview call.