How to be More Likeable at Work Being likeable at work goes a lot farther than you may realize. Think about it, as an employer faced with deciding between two employees both with the same skillset; one is challenging to work with and one is quite pleasant, who would you select? An employee who is well-liked and easy to work with is going to end up with more opportunities than a chronically difficult employee. So, here are a few ways you can be more likeable in the office. 1. Be humble Be modest about your success and give your co-workers a chance to applaud you for work instead of boasting. Practice humility and also share a piece of the glory with anyone who helped you. For example, if your boss highlights your good work during a team meeting accept that praise graciously and jump to mention others on your team who assisted in your efforts. 2. [...]
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Not sure what to do with your life? This video may help… Do you have a hard time answering the ever-so open ended question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” There are millions of possibilities, and it’s so hard to pick just one answer. According to Emilie Wapnick, a writer and artist, many people have potential for a range of interests and jobs throughout your life. And, that’s okay! Don’t let society pressure you into a corner with your career. There are limitless opportunities for what you can do with your life, and if you have a hard time deciding, you may be what Wapnick describes in her TED Talk as a "multi-potentialites." It's completely okay to be unsure what you want to do with the rest of your entire life. Don’t let that stop you from deciding what to do right now. You can start to narrow down career choices [...]
May is the month of new beginnings for many. It’s a time when students all over the country turn in their last exams, and prepare for graduation. Graduation is quite an accomplishment, and a great first step to a successful career. It’s always wise to learn from other people who have been in your shoes, rather than learn the hard way. Here are 5 Pieces of Advice for New Graduates 1.Never Stop Learning Just because you are graduating doesn’t mean the learning stops. This is only the start of a lifelong learning journey. No matter what field you choose to work in, it’s so important to stay appraised of industry news, standards, and learn new ways of doing things. You will learn something from everyone you meet along the way; even if it’s what not to do. Keep an open mind to all of the things you will learn along the way. 2. Be Adaptable [...]
The 4 P’s for Success With graduation is right around the corner for some, I wanted to share my 4 P’s for success: Be positive, principled, proactive, and productive Be positive Try to see the best in every situation, and focus your energy on that. Look for the silver lining in all things. Your positivity will radiate and be contagious for others. You will be more likeable, happier, and even healthier. Be principled Everyone should live by a set of principles. These are uncompromising truths that help us to evaluate our thoughts and actions. If you have a good set of principles, you will be able to make the right decision in every situation. This will help you be an ethical, reliable, and trustworthy employee & colleague. Be proactive Don’t wait for something to become a problem to fix it. Be proactive with everything you do. If you see that something needs to get done, [...]
How to Cope with Stress in the Workplace April is stress awareness month. Those of us in the workforce probably don't need a special month to be aware of the stress we face each day. However, awareness and acknowledgement of the issue is usually the first step to fix the problem. Here are some tips to help you cope with stress in the workplace: Silence Your Mind One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to silence the mind. Try your best to focus on one thing at a time, and turn off other thoughts, especially negative ones. Try practicing mindfulness or meditation to clear your mind and enable you to focus on one task at a time. Lean on Your Support Network Whether it's a team member, your boss, a close friend, or family member, it can be a huge stress relief just to talk to someone. If you feel overwhelmed, [...]
Support Women’s History Month at Work March is Women’s History Month; which means it's time to celebrate the women in your office! As employers are finally starting to adopt more diversity and inclusion programs, it’s important to show your support of workplace equality. Women have come a long way over the last 50 years. It’s hard to believe that women only began to enter professions like medicine, law, dental, and business in the 1970s. Take this time to celebrate women’s accomplishments! Here are 3 ideas to show your support of Women’s History Month at work this year: Let a woman know she inspires you! Reach out to a woman you admire or look up to and let them know how inspirational they are and what you’ve learned from them. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in the workplace. This is also a great opportunity to build relationships, network, and learn from a colleague. Take time [...]
March Madness Checklist for your Job Search It’s that time of the year, when most companies receive updated budgets and sales forecasts. That usually means new job opportunities! If you’re in the job market, now is a great time to look for a new job! But first, complete this checklist to make sure all your ducks are in a row! Make sure your resume is up-to date. In addition to making sure your personal information is current, the format for resumes has changed a lot over the years. Unless you are a professional writer, you may need help writing your resume. If you choose to go with Platinum Resumes, your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed with our services. Write a Cover Letter. A cover letter will help you stand apart from the competition, as this is often an overlooked step in the application process. If you need help, our writers are here to support you with [...]
5 Things I Wish I Had Learned Earlier in My Career 1. Don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone. It’s scary to go outside of your comfort zone at work. But, when you learn new skills and push yourself, you prepare yourself for your next role. To expand your skillset and marketability, you must have the courage to try new and difficult tasks that you aren't comfortable with to grow in your career 2. View everything you do and everyone you meet as an opportunity. You never know how a project, presentation, or person can add to your life professionally or personally. The people you meet, the things you learn, and the connections you make will make all of the difference in your future career moves. View everything you do as valuable and worthy endeavor, and always try your best. You never know who is paying attention, and what even the smallest [...]
5 Strategies to Boost Motivation During the Cold, Slow Season Amidst a Pandemic It’s hard enough to get through the slowest month of the year for most businesses (February) under normal circumstances; let alone during a pandemic. After nearly a year of adapting to this “new normal” way of life, many of us are secluded at home and in front of a screen for hours at a time. Working in this environment with little to no contact with coworkers, no team building events, group meetings, etc. has surely taken its toll on all of us. On top of that, many people are facing challenges with mental and physical health due to these circumstances. All of these things add up and can really affect our ability focus and stay motivated. Here are 5 strategies to boost motivation during the cold, slow season amidst a pandemic: Create a list of goals both personal & professional, and remind [...]
I hear people say they are skilled at multitasking all the time. However, according to neuroscientists, our brains are not wired to multitask. The ability to work on two two complex activities simultaneously is simply an illusion. People who believe they are multitasking are actually doing individual actions in rapid succession. Our brains cannot perform two cognitive functions at the same time. But, why does this matter? This matters because “multitasking” only hinders our success. Trying to complete more than one task at a time compromises our ability to complete the tasks without mistakes. Repeatedly switching back and forth from project to project prevents you from functioning at your finest. In reality, you are dividing your attention; not truly focusing on anything. This can have negative effects on our attentiveness, increase your stress, and decrease your overall productivity. Choose to do one thing at a time instead. Take the career of a surgeon for example. [...]