Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Give Employers What They Want

In keeping with the theme of getting a job, let's take a look at what employers want. Employers want to hire dependable, enthusiastic people who will give a full day's work. Here are some tips to convince an employer you are the right person for the job:
  • Maintain a record of dependability and good attendance at your current job.
  • Be able to convey your assets and accomplishments within a few minutes.
  • Match your skills to the employer's needs.
  • Research the company and be prepared to discuss your findings during the interview.
  • Demonstrate your willingness to try new things.
  • Practice time management and organizational skills.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and demonstrate your willingness to get along with others.
  • If you working in a multi-generational workplace, mention your ability to get along with people of all ages.
  • Take an active part in your self-development through training and updating skills.
  • Join a professional organization in your field.
Push yourself to the top of the competition by showing the employer you are the right person to hire. What steps will you take?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Develop an Action Plan to Achieve Career Goals

Develop an action plan to reach your goals by listing several steps you can take to move yourself closer to those goals.  Make your plan easy to implement, and use a viable timeline. Periodically, check your plan to determine if it needs to be adjusted or if it is working for you.

Using the example goal of joining Toastmasters in order to improve communication skills, here is an sample action plan: 

  • Within the next two days, check local listings or search online to find the nearest Toastmasters’ group.
  • Contact the group by the end of the week and express an interest in joining.
  • Attend the next available Toastmasters’ meeting.
  • Network with at least two group members at the first meeting.
  • Learn speaking tips and techniques from members.
  • Become an active participant in the group and continue networking with group members.
  • Implement changes in presentations according to information obtained at meetings and from constructive criticism following personal speeches
Develop a similar action plan for each of the goals you want to achieve. Follow through by completing the action plan steps you have listed.

What goals are you working toward?