In this brief webinar with Office Dynamics, we cover quick and impactful tips on goal setting and branding. This video will help prepare you for 2017 and it can’t help but put you in the holiday spirit, too.
I hope you are staying cool. Last week the temperature in Las Vegas got as high as 115! Then dropped to 109 by Thursday, which is more our norm.
Did you ever notice how when the temperatures rise or it is hot, humid and sticky, people are less patient? They seem a bit irritable and maybe even cranky. I know that when I travel in the summer to places that are 85 degrees with 80% humidity, I feel like a mess! It’s not so bad if I am on vacation but most often I’m working and dressed professionally and trying to look my best.
What does one do to stay your professional best during the hot summer?
Welcome to the final installment of this year’s series of Monday Motivators e-zines! It’s been a great year, and I can’t thank you enough for joining us in our continuing journey to promote workplace excellence and administrative effectiveness!
In this special edition, I want to cover a topic that’s worth repeating every year because it is so important to helping or hindering your career. Specifically, that topic is “appropriate behavior at holiday business functions.”
Ever see a movie where people at work parties are laughing it up, acting crazy and practically dancing around wearing lampshades on their heads? (I can think of one film where visibly tipsy managers and employees were toasting each other in the office – something that, from a risk-management standpoint, is almost unheard of these days!)
Well, those crazy times are long gone – though some people are reluctant to admit it. They think that meeting their colleagues socially means they can let their hair down and be themselves. And, to some extent, that’s true.
But certain misjudgments – for example, having a bit too much to drink, speaking a little too liberally about things you might otherwise prudently discuss in private, or acting in ways that detract from your professional image – can and will be remembered!
Have fun, by all means. It’s the holidays! My advice is to keep listening to that wonderful, wise voice in the back of your head that protects your professionalism so you can continue to advance in your career … and save the extra helpings of holiday joviality for your family and friends.
Maintaining and building your online persona is a part of the new job search. Building your personal brand is crucial to standing out from the crowd when job hunting. After all, Inc reports that every corporate job opening attracts an average of 250 resumes, but on average only four to six people will interview for the position. Here’s a look at some tips on how you can build your online presence and find the job that is right for you. [Read more…]
This article was originally posted at Linked.com.
Establishing rapport is critical to attaining successful business and personal relationships. While everyone must competently use today’s information technology tools, too many of us are ignoring the proven importance and effectiveness of interpersonal communication skills. I’m going to give 9 of my top communication tips that help administrative assistants thrive in their business communications with their business partner (and others!) [Read more…]
This is a guest post submitted by Mariel Norton & Rachael Pegram in collaboration with Lakestar McCann.
Why using social media as a means of recruitment can backfire
Last year it was reported that 4.2 billion people use their mobile device in order to access social media sites, and with Facebook home to over 1.15 billion users, it’s fair to say that the world and its dog (world’s cutest canine Pomerian pup Boo has over 8 million likes on Facebook) are pretty active on the social networking scene.
With so much of our private information available on many a public domain, this makes it easier than ever to stalk keep track of certain individuals and businesses. However, with many people treating their social networking accounts as a frivolous pastime, it’s easy for users to mindlessly post images that may seem relevant at that time but could be mistakenly taken out of context at a later date.
One such instance that has proved highly disastrous for social media fanatics is the process of job hunting, whereby applicants may link their social networking accounts to their CVs without checking to see if any of the content posted will cause offence to the recruiter. Quite often a potential job candidate will happily supply details of their Facebook account, only for the hiring company to discover the applicant’s penchant for say, being photographed clutching a bottle of beer whilst behind the wheel of a car (true story).
Yet even if you choose not to impart information relating to your digital persona, the practice of recruiters looking up the online profiles of applicants is more prevalent than people like to think. A recent survey undertaken by CareerBuilder noted that 53 per cent of employers who sought out a candidate’s social networking profile and found inappropriate photos on their account rejected them – even if they met the qualifications required for that role. But by the same token, 50 per cent of businesses admitted to employing job seekers due to their online profiles delivering a “good feel” in regards to their personality; as well as how suited they would be in that company’s particular work culture.
Personal vs professional
Despite your LinkedIn profile containing all the professional data you need to make a good impression, recruiters often turn to your Facebook profile – which could leave them with a negative lasting impression. Naturally your professional performance will be a contributing factor to securing the job, but with work culture becoming a much more significant element within businesses, recruiters are likely to evaluate your personal mannerisms by checking out your profile on Facebook.
With it becoming the norm for the majority of job applicants having at least three social networking profiles (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), it may seem out of the ordinary for a candidate to not have a social media presence, giving employers reason to suspect that you may have something to hide – and this can greatly influence how a recruiter judges your suitability for their workplace.
So it’s important to bear in mind you should ALWAYS assess and regulate your online habits. For while leaving your social networking profiles exposed may be the fault of the job candidate for being caught up in heat of the moment, they risk being burned – while details of their escapades face being spread like wildfire among other recruiters in that candidate’s chosen job sector.
Post contributed by Mariel Norton and Rachael Pegram in collaboration with Lakestar McCann
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