Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving - Family, Friends, Your Job and Success

As we draw closer to Thanksgiving, it is time to give thanks for those people and things for which we are grateful. Spend time in reflection and with family and friends. If you are one of the fortunate ones to have a good job in this turbulent economy, do all you can to make yourself valuable to the company and the boss.

  • Take advantage of every opportunity to become an expert in your field.

  • Establish positive behavior that gets noticed by supervisors.

  • Develop excellent customer service and decision making skills.

  • Be a self-directed worker who performs duties with proficiency.

  • Take on extra responsibilities cheerfully and help others.
Don't forget to give thanks in all areas of your life--spiritual, physical, mental, and social. Include family, friends, pets, health, well-being, peace of mind, talents, and so forth.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Keep the Stress out of Thanksgiving--Be Grateful

Thanksgiving will be here in a couple of weeks. It's a good time to remember to take care of ourselves and keep stress to a minimum. Here are some stress-reducing tips:

  • Be grateful for what you have. At the beginning of each day, reflect on your blessings and the people who complete your life.

  • Don't let little aggravations overshadow the important ones.

  • Count the things that are going right in your life, not those going wrong.

  • Take a break when you feel yourself getting stressed. Don't wait until you are overwhelmed.

  • Keep close to family and friends during this and other holidays.

  • Burn a candle with one of the wonderful stress-reducing fragrances like lavender or vanilla.

  • Take a mini vacation in your mind.

  • Enjoy yourself.

Remember Thanksgiving is about being thankful.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Polish That Resume - Meet Employer Needs

The unemployment rate dipped slightly this week. Now might be a good time to dust off the resume and re-circulate it. Whether you are looking for a new job or hoping to snag a better one, you need to be able to bring value to the company in order to be considered for an interview.

Take a good look at your skills. What do you do best? What is the company looking for in a job candidate? Do you match the company's needs? You should concentrate your search where your skills match the employer's needs.

Think about your work history. Have you included all tasks you have completed that bring out your best talents and abilities? Did you receive any special recognition or awards? Were you promoted? How was your attendance and punctuality? Were you a team player? Can you work with little or no supervision?

By thinking about what employers want from their employees, you can better prepare a resume to fit those needs and perhaps score an interview.