Under30Careers » Career Change http://under30careers.com Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Under30Careers no Under30Careers » Career Change http://under30careers.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://under30careers.com/category/career-change/ How To Improve Your Credibility As A New Employee http://under30careers.com/how-to-improve-your-credibility-as-a-new-employee/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-improve-your-credibility-as-a-new-employee http://under30careers.com/how-to-improve-your-credibility-as-a-new-employee/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:00:05 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2110 Tips for New EmployeesStarting a new job is an interesting challenge and demands the best out of you. Your resume on paper may look great, but the employer is looking whether you can deliver or not. The initial step for you would be to focus on your reliability and skill set along with suggestion of new ideas.

You may be well versed with social media skills, but that doesn’t mean your job is done when it comes to building credibility. In an office, you need to be well informed about your colleagues and the organization rather than your social media acquaintances. As a new employee, you should also communicate with senior members and learn about the organization’s mode of operation.

Social media skills are important as well, but you need to back up your stance with proper facts, examples and a cost benefit analysis every now and then.

Start making notes of important interactions of your organization with clients, customers and investors. Learn how contract management works and see what mobile and tablet apps are used within the company and adapt to them.

Another important aspect is paying attention to detail. If you’ve to make a presentation, think of the reader then your own viewpoint. The focus should be on what information the audience needs and what the simplest way of conveying is.

If other members of the office are making presentations, help them as if you’re a part of the presenters. In this way, you would be able to gain their trust.

The atmosphere inside the office is always about information input and contribution from employees whether they’re new or experienced. Each organization has its own key performance indicators, but the notion of having something substantial to say matters a lot. The more accurate and grammatically authentic your expression is, the better will be your chances of building credibility.

You should also keep in mind that you’re similar to a first year student when you’ve just started a job. Senior members of the staff would not like if you interfere in their decisions. Even if you’re higher in rank, try to maintain a polite demeanor with an aptitude to learn.

The first job that you do is very important for your subsequent career, so try to learn as much as you can. Working out of your job description would add fuel to fire. You may not receive monetary compensation for doing so initially, but the things you’re going to learn would give you long-term returns, both in terms of credibility and monetary incentives.

As a novice to the organization, look for mentorship. It’s a fruitful relationship and helps in increasing your relevant socialization.

Networking is important, but the networking that relates to your job is even more important. If your organization is having an event, be a part of it and possibly volunteer if there’s an opening.

Taking part would allow you to increase your professional associations and also polish your skills in the real time scenario.

You have to appear as a team player for the organization rather than a one man do it all. This means suppressing your creative idea in favor of somebody’s whose experienced. Modern day businesses want employees who are dynamic and can multitask. Develop these skills in yourself and express them on a routine basis.

Anna Hicks is an online writer who focuses her writing on personal finance, business, and sometimes career. Anna’s normal writing topics include finance applications in business, contract management, or even things as simple as family finance.

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First Time Boss? Here’s What You Need To Know… http://under30careers.com/first-time-boss-heres-what-you-need-to-know/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-time-boss-heres-what-you-need-to-know http://under30careers.com/first-time-boss-heres-what-you-need-to-know/#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2013 13:00:15 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2117 First Time BossYou’ve landed your first job.

Things are going great with your career.

In fact, you’re doing such a good job that you’ve just been promoted.

Congratulations!

But wait a minute, now there’s a new “you” – a fresh-faced newbie just starting their career – and they report to you.  You’re a boss, a supervisor…suddenly, you’re the one in charge!

Talk about a radical shift in perspective!

How do you deal with this new shift and learn to become a manager?

And not just any manager.

The type of manager that YOU would have wanted to work for when you were first starting out?

Here’s the dilemma: most people in your shoes have gotten absolutely no training or development to prepare you for what it takes to be a manager and lead others.

Small companies especially – but large ones are guilty of this too – often have a “sink or swim” mentality when promoting someone to a supervisory role who’s never done it before.

This is obviously a mistake, but one that many firms make.

If you’re in this situation, what do you do?

Here are three simple steps that will help prepare you to be a manager:

1.    Learn from experts:

Find out whether your company will provide you with professional development – if you’re good at what you do, your company should be more than willing to invest in you.

Depending on the size and resources of the organization, this could entail anything from a series of online webinars to attending a management training course to getting a personal coach.

If your company won’t provide you with these resources or reimburse you for taking initiative, there’s a ton of free information available online about being a first-time boss and many excellent books on the topic as well. (See Resources box)

2.    Learn from the most respected leaders in your organization:

Look around your organization.

Figure out who the best leaders are and learn from them.

Most likely you’ll gravitate towards the ones you respect and that have already provided you mentorship when you first began.

Tell them you want to learn from them.

Ask them to tell you what they know about being a boss.  Ask for feedback on your own supervisory skills as they grow and evolve.

Finally, make this a regular part of your professional development by asking 3-4 people to mentor you and checking in with them monthly until you begin to feel you have mastered some of the skills you need.

3.    Learn from the people you supervise:

Sometimes your most critical path to becoming a better leader is sitting right next to you.

To leverage this, simply find out what the person/people who report to you need to be successful in their jobs, and get suggestions and feedback from them.

How? Just ask them.

They may have even less experience than you, so the point here is not to take every one of their ideas to heart.  Rather, it’s to get into the habit of asking your team what they need from you as their leader to be successful

Over time, you’ll get better at asking, and they’ll get better at giving you useful feedback and suggestions.

Going Forward:

Finally, keep in mind that becoming a great boss and leader takes work and perseverance, like any skill.

Managers or supervisors that you admire and work with started out in the exact same position you’re in now.

Great leaders make it a priority to start early in becoming better at what they do.

They acknowledge that they aren’t perfect and seek out the help and advice they need to continually exceed their organization’s expectations – and their own.

Sue Matson is a partner with no-nonsense stakeholder centered executive coaching firm rd&partners headquartered in Chicago, IL. Her clients consistently see tangible, real-world benefits from working with her in a supportive and honest way to make behavioral changes that fundamentally improve the organization’s bottom line and their own career success. Read more articles like this on her blog.

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Career-ification: Online Courses for Re-Energizing Job Skills http://under30careers.com/career-ification-online-courses-for-re-energizing-job-skills/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=career-ification-online-courses-for-re-energizing-job-skills http://under30careers.com/career-ification-online-courses-for-re-energizing-job-skills/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:00:08 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2240 Online CoursesOnline education is rapidly gaining prominence in business and higher education circles. Just a decade ago, online learning was viewed as a second-rate form of education. Today, a combination of factors have pushed this technology-based learning method into greater prominence for students and young working professionals.

The ever-spiraling costs of higher education, a slowing economy, tougher admission requirements to physical universities and more universal Internet access have all come together to lift the opportunity for online education’s promise.

According to Hotchalk, an education technology company, about 62% of US 30-somethings have enrolled in an online course. And the age range of people taking courses online is growing too, with people in their 20s and those in their 50s attending online courses.

A recent BMO Capital Markets and Training Report published by The Education Industry Association (EIA) reports that online education enrollments has grown growing to 13.5% in the 2010 – 2011 school year from only a miniscule 1.2% of the total market a decade ago. And US News, using estimates culled from a Sloan Consortium online education report, recently reported that nearly 7 million students enrolled in an online course through the end of 2011.

The data indicates more people of all ages are turning to online education sources to increase their knowledge, enhance their education and increase their employment opportunities. A study by Hotchalk revealed that 46% of students who had some experience with online education reported it was “somewhat better” than the brick and mortar equivalent. All this seems to suggest that online education is now being better received by students. In fact, it’s increasingly seen as the more preferred method of study, for students seeking online college business degrees or young professionals looking to re-energize their career.

So let’s look at how online courses can play a part in lifting up a young professional’s knowledge base.

Courses for Study

A junior accounting professional at a mid-size manufacturer might want to take online courses to broaden his expertise. Deciding which course to take is one decision, and picking out the online process that best suits the person’s schedule is another critical point. For anyone looking to continue courses, it’s important to set goals for the study. Can you get the course work approved by your company? Will it be seen as a beneficial aspect of your company progress? Will this just be a refresher course? Or are you looking into entirely new studies? Experimenting with courses, while rewarding, can prove costly and is often not realistic for those on a tight budget.

Online Options

A recent development in the world of online courses has been the launch of edX. A joint venture by MIT and Harvard University, edX offers about 60 free courses from universities such as MIT, Harvard, University of Texas, University of Washington, Georgetown University, Rice, McGill, Cornell as well as universities from outside the United States such as the University of Hong Kong, Kyoto University, Seoul National University, University of Queensland and many others.

These online classes range from different topics in social studies, business, health management, law, science and history, among others. Registrants can choose from this educational buffet without committing to a particular subject. The student is also saving money by testing these courses for their effectiveness.

Accreditation

Not all courses offered online need to culminate in a degree, class accreditation or other educational certification. Many individuals are finding that they can enhance their knowledge and their career prospects through vocational courses. Organizations such as LERN (The Learning Resources Network) offer courses taught by industry experts. LERN courses are offered indirectly through more than 300 universities in the US and Canada, and supplement the more traditional offerings from those institutions.

Young professionals working for companies and organizations can take courses that focus on business and associated disciplines to help them boost their resumes, add to their knowledge core and further their careers. Others may take courses to boost their competitiveness in today’s ultra-tough job market.

Career counselors

Kiplinger.com highlighted the story of a 42 year old woman who found her career prospects were diminishing. Although enrolled in an MBA program, she was unsure of exactly how to broaden her career prospects. She worked with a career counselor and identified characteristics most fulfilling for her career. When it came time to take online courses, she had the necessary structure and guidance. She ended up applying for and eventually securing a new job.

Seeking guidance from skilled advisors can help before tipping the toes into professional online courses. It’s a smart way to spend a little money to save more later on.

Avoid Burnout

One of the growing issues with online courses is that burnout from laptop use can occur over time. Without classroom discussions, and with minimal instruction from online professors, students may tend to feel somewhat isolated. Online online education sites lists three major ways students can avoid burn out from online studies:

• Disconnect & Reconnect – Take time to shut down the technology and reconnect with the people around you. Sometimes, informal classroom discussions can happen with students enrolled in the same online class. Take advantage of these instances.

• Prioritize & Minimize – Understand what is most important to you, focus on that, and find where education fits in.

• Health & Happiness – Eat healthy and exercise regularly.

For young professionals, it’s important to take stock of where your career is today, and where you want it to go. Online courses can be a great driver to taking you ahead in your business development. Seek out some of the leading online courses in your area and hone in on your goals.

Simon Salt is an Author, Writer and Speaker (Creativity, Mobile & Digital Marketing). He has published two books – Social Location Marketing and the Amazon bestseller, The Shorty Guide to Mobile Marketing. When he isn’t working he is usually out on his Harley Davidson taking photos. Find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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5 Things to Keep Your Eye Out For In Your Next Job http://under30careers.com/5-things-to-keep-your-eye-out-for-in-your-next-job/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-things-to-keep-your-eye-out-for-in-your-next-job http://under30careers.com/5-things-to-keep-your-eye-out-for-in-your-next-job/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:00:20 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2085 Job SearchWhen it comes time to find a career in today’s economic climate, it is all too easy for employees to leap at the first offer they receive. As common as this situation may be, countless millions have spent weeks, months, or even years in their current job and have yet to pick up on the signs that it is not the right fit for their own life. Here are five signs to look out for to ensure that any job is the right fit.

1. How Do Management and Employees Interact?

Very few individuals will have as big of an impact on one’s life as their supervisor. While quitting a job may be an option, it is much better to get a good grasp of management before ever taking a job. The quickest way to accomplish this is to take a close look at how the interact with current employees as well as how well they treat interviewees. An interview is a great foreshadow on how working together will be, is there chemistry? Did you understand each other and find it easy to communicate? These are aspects that will not change for the most part and should be taken into account.

2. What Motivation is There To Do The Job Well?

The most successful and enjoyable workplaces tend to strike a balance between self-motivation and incentives. Management can spur on motivation with incentives, but employees should also be proud of the work they do. From service awards to a congratulatory email, those that find pride in their job always tend to be the happiest.

3. A Closer Look at Coworkers

This is one of the most difficult topics for employees to tackle as no one wants to let others decide their professional future. Unfortunately, this happens more often than many care to admit and the staff could keep an employee lingering in an unwanted job for years. The opposite can always be true, and those that clash with their coworkers may never give their perfect job a chance.

4. Long-Term Goals

One of the first questions that employees should ask themselves and management is the long-term goals and opportunities of any position. Whether it is an early retirement, stock options, or available positions in management, it is essential to pick life goals and make sure they coincide with the possibilities within the company.

5. Is it a Job or Career?

Much like long-term goals, it is important to understand if a job is a career choice, or something to do for a paycheck. While all jobs have their ups and downs, those that are truly passionate about their career will have a much happier life and look forward to their personal and professional life. Working for a paycheck is a reality of life too, but knowing the difference between the two and what you are currently looking for will help you know when you hold out and keep looking or just jump in the pay the bills.

If you are in the market for a career move, remember to take your time and make sure the feel is right. A lot can be told from a simple interview, feel it out and make sure there is room for you too grow. You want to end up in a position that will push you and better you.

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics, and has received many service awards for it. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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Exercise your Freedom as a Traveling Therapist http://under30careers.com/exercise-your-freedom-as-a-traveling-therapist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exercise-your-freedom-as-a-traveling-therapist http://under30careers.com/exercise-your-freedom-as-a-traveling-therapist/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=2029 Traveling TherapistWith all of the great press surrounding the field of physical and occupational therapy these days it’s hard not to think it must be too good to be true. After all, not that many people can be that happy getting up and going to work every day, can they?

But that’s just it – America is now in the midst of the “get up and go” working generation! When you consider the widespread trend of telecommuting and working remotely it’s easy to see how the current sea of professionals doesn’t want to be tied down to a desk like generations past. And if you work as a traveling therapist, you will be anything but tethered to one particular location.

So what sets traveling therapy apart from more traditional physical and occupational therapy gigs? And more importantly, how can you become one?

Of course, everyone is different and each experience is unique but there are some basic requirements and benefits that apply across the board.

Do you have what it takes?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment opportunities for therapists to grow by 39% from 2010 to 2020 – much faster than the average for all occupations. But before jumping in to a career in therapy, make sure your personality fits the bill:

  • Helpful spirit: If you don’t like helping people, you may as well stop reading now because any kind of career in therapy means you will be helping others obtain a better quality of life.
  • Patience: If everything in life annoys you, perhaps you should keep looking because you will need grace in difficult situations.
  • Positive attitude: Sometimes in the course of therapy, your biggest job description will be that of “motivator” and “encourager.” Wet blankets need not apply.
  • Healthy living: Therapy is a demanding specialty so whether you need actual physical strength to help your patients with exercises or mental strength to keep at a hard task until your patient masters it, you will need to be healthy and engaged mentally and physically.

In addition to the above traits, if you also have a desire to roam about the land in search of new and ever-changing environments, you may be the perfect candidate for a career as a traveling therapist.

Do you want what it has to offer?

Whether your specialty is physical or occupational, here are some of the biggest benefits to traveling therapy:

  • Freedom: Many therapists set their own hours and establish flexible schedules that suit their lifestyles. Since you are working with new patients all the time, as long as it matches up with their needs, you don’t have to worry about putting in a 9-5 every day.
  • Financial Stability: You can actually make more money by taking on new positions several times a year (assignment periods vary from 1-3 months) and because you’re constantly traveling, you don’t have to worry about house payments.
  • Flexibility to Travel: If you wanted to, you could reside in multiple locations each year because as a service provider, you take your tools with you.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Not only do traveling therapists report having an inordinately high level of happiness and job satisfaction, but they are able to help even more people by moving from location to location rather than staying in one place. Win-win!

Do you know anyone who has found fulfillment as a traveling therapist?

Steve Gingrich is a brand manager for CompHealth, supporting their 3 Allied Staffing and Placement divisions and the occupational therapy jobs division. He loves contributing to the blog and social media outlets as his side gig, and has worked for CHG Healthcare since 2010.  So if this sounds like your kind of lifestyle and you want more information on all things therapy, check out the American Physical Therapy Association website.

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10 Jobs & Careers Perfect for Traveling While Working http://under30careers.com/10-jobs-careers-perfect-for-traveling-while-working/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=10-jobs-careers-perfect-for-traveling-while-working http://under30careers.com/10-jobs-careers-perfect-for-traveling-while-working/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1908 Work Abroad1.      Pilot

Why sit in economy when you can be in charge of the whole plane? Piloting is a job where travel is inherent in the role. You can literally be a globe hopper, getting to drop into cities all over the world. And you get paid to do it!

2.      Doctor

Skilled & qualified doctors are in demand and valued just about everywhere. Working with an aid agency, your government or the military can take you all over the world. That’s if you don’t take off on your own and find roles in local hospitals and clinics!

3.      Interpreter

What better way is there for a multilingual person to travel and use their amazing skills at the same time? Find employment in international businesses, with your government or start your own interpreting business and contract out to the places you’re needed. With the right combination of languages, you can go all over the world!

4.      Civil servant

Embassies have to have staff, so why not you? They need people with backgrounds in security, engineering, IT, management, operations, accounting, and healthcare to operate, meaning you can find opportunities with a wide variety of experience and qualifications. If getting paid to live and work in other countries isn’t enough, positions often pay well and offer perks like relocation and cost-of-living allowances, plus excellent benefits.

5.      Archaeologist

Archaeologists get to work hands-on with our past – finding ancient relics and bones, unravelling the mystery of our history. The classic image of an archaeologist is of the khaki-clad boffin excavating ancient civilisations in Egypt or the Middle East. However, archaeologists can also teach in schools and universities, conduct research for museums and governments or catalogue, restore and display items for collectors and museums.

6.      Field Service Technician

Some equipment – computers, machinery, robotics – are frequently universal around the world. Become an expert in servicing and repairing these types of equipment and you’ll find opportunities to work in many different nations. Unlike other jobs that require a 4 year college degree, and often an advanced degree, you can qualify for many technician roles with a 1 or 2 year vocational or trade school qualification. Some companies even provide on the job training. Train and work for a couple of years and you’ll be highly qualified in your field!

7.      Bartender

The ability to pour or mix a good drink is one of those universal skills valued in many places across the globe. Follow the tourists to get the best opportunities – picture yourself mixing drinks on gorgeous beaches, in busy cities or travelling the globe on cruise ships. It’s a great ‘complimentary’ skill – develop your abilities with a part time role after you day job, or on the weekend, then take off travelling when you’ve mastered the trade.

8.      English Teacher

Many native (and some non-native) English speakers have a highly valued ability – a great command of the English language. English has become the ‘universal’ international language in areas like business and tourism in many countries. Consequently, English teachers are in high demand in a lot of non-English speaking countries.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) has plenty of perks – salaries are usually competitive by local standards, housing or accommodation assistance is often provided, and you’ll get to engage in a deep and meaningful way with the local people in the community. A Bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a Foreign Language will open up most opportunities around the world; though in some places a short (1 year or less) TESOL course is all you need. Eastern Europe and Asia are currently two of the biggest markets for English teaching jobs.

9.      Nanny or Au Pair

Love working with kids? Becoming a Nanny or an Au Pair is smart way to experience life in other countries. In many cases, the family will provide you accommodation, pay you for looking after the children and you’ll be able to take the kids a lot of the fun places you wanted to go anyway – parks, zoos, beaches, aquariums, museums, the movies! Some families will even hire you to travel overseas with them and help out with their kids on the trip.

Nanny/au pair roles are often combined with other duties – light housework chores like washing, cooking, cleaning and errands – or you might be asked to help out as a farm hand. If that sounds like you, build your resume with local jobs, get some great references from parents, and pick up some handy qualifications like first aid and anaphylaxis training.

10.  Bookkeeper

A lot of bookkeeping work can be done remotely, from home. Why not take things a step further and go on the road? Internet access is increasingly easy to find around the world, so travelling internationally while doing contract bookkeeping work has become a real possibility. It’s a simple field to get into – in many places all you need is experience and/or a vocational course to qualify for jobs. Work for a couple of years to solidify your experience and you’ll be ready for anything the job throws at you while you’re on the go.

William Cowie is part of the team at Inspire Education, one of Australia’s leading providers of TESOL courses and bookkeeping courses. In his spare time he loves to fish, read and tinker with computers.

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30 Days to Make it or Break it in Your Current Job http://under30careers.com/30-days-to-make-it-or-break-it-in-your-current-job/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=30-days-to-make-it-or-break-it-in-your-current-job http://under30careers.com/30-days-to-make-it-or-break-it-in-your-current-job/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 15:00:28 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1859 Do You Need a New Job?When was the last time you were overwhelmed and dizzy with frustration in your current job and said to yourself, “I am done”, “I can’t do this”, “this isn’t for me” or “I quit”?  It will come as no surprise that not everyone loves their current job or current company.  After all, they call it “work” for a reason, right?

I recently made a career move that landed me in a different company, a different industry and a different job description all together.  This was a big change that also came with a lot of thought, preparation and consideration.  I used a 30 day timeline as an approach to dealing with adversity at my previous job which eventually was how I decided it was time to look for a new opportunity.

Whenever I have hit a rough patch in my career where I just can’t seem to shake the feelings of “I can’t do this” and “this job sucks”, I refer back to some insightful advice I was given by one of the best managers I have worked with.  This manager was particularly good at reading when one of her employees was struggling.  Her advice was “take 30 days”.

There is a reason why many marketers use specific time frames when they are trying to get you to buy a product or try a service.  A 30 day goal seems a lot more attainable then a yearly one.  Lose 5 pounds in 30 days, kick your tobacco cravings in 30 days, 30 days to a better relationship with your future mother-in-law and her puppy.  The term in marketing is called “risk reversal”.  In marketing, risk reversal usually means offering something free or a “money back guarantee” to eliminate some of the risk for the customer in buying a particular product or service.  The same applies in the 30 day approach.  I can commit to something for 30 days far easier than I can commit to something for 5 years because there is a far better chance I will be successful.

In the height of my career frustrations, my manager challenged me to take this same approach to my career.  If you are considering leaving your current position or current company, before you start calling recruiters and posting your resume to ineedanewjob.com, completely dedicate yourself to your position for 30 days.

In this 30 day period of time, make your first priority your current job and completely immerse yourself in it.  You can do that a number of ways depending on the situation but here are a number of ways for you to explore your job situation:

  • Arrive to work ½ hour earlier that you usually would
  • Add one more goal to your to-do list
  • Ask for more or new responsibilities
  • Challenge yourself with a new project
  • Schedule a meeting with management to address any concerns you have
  • Schedule a lunch with someone you don’t know well in the office
  • Shadow someone from a different department

All of these things will give you more insight into your current position while also putting you into your challenge zone. What I have found is during this 30 days of “giving it my all” I somehow find a greater satisfaction with my work.  I uncover a different aspect of my job that I didn’t realize I was interested in or discover a more efficient way of doing a task that eliminates a particular stress from my job.

If after these 30 days I am still questioning my place in my current position or company, I can feel guilt-free in pursuing other opportunities.  This gave me enough time to think through a job change rationally and weigh the pros and cons of “sticking it out” without overly reacting purely based on my emotional frustration.

No matter the outcome, giving your job an intense and proactive 30 day trial period will give you clarity on your next move and ultimately help push your career forward, whether it is in your current position to onto a new opportunity.

Rebecca Heithoff is the Paid Search Associate at 435 Digital.  As Paid Search Associate, Rebecca is responsible for implementation and execution of clients’ paid search marketing and paid social campaigns, which includes: understanding client goals, developing account plans to hit those goals, and executing on key strategies and tactics.  Connect to Rebecca on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Want A Promotion? Tips To Get You First In Line http://under30careers.com/want-a-promotion-tips-to-get-you-first-in-line/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=want-a-promotion-tips-to-get-you-first-in-line http://under30careers.com/want-a-promotion-tips-to-get-you-first-in-line/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 13:00:08 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1744 Job PromotionNobody wants to be stuck at the same point in their career for longer than they need to be. At some point, a failure to get promoted can lead to burnout or decreased job satisfaction. What are some things that you can do to make sure that you are first in line to get promoted?

1) It’s All About Who You Know

Many workers fail to recognize that you don’t get promoted based on merit alone. You need to develop relationships with your colleagues, bosses and anyone else who could help you get to the next level. Failure to do so could set your career back by several years. Getting promoted is a lot like getting a job, you could be perfectly qualified, but everyone is qualified, you all work there. At some point you need to start becoming the obvious choice. Build relationships and friendships with everyone you work with. Make yourself indispensable to the office.

2) Develop Your Skill Set

No one gets promoted without the right skill set. In some cases, your people skills may be what gets you to the next level. in other cases, it is your technical skills that help you move along in your career. To come across as a surefire candidate for a promotion, hone your skills in both areas. Always be improving what you can offer to the company.

3) Start Planning For Your Promotion Early

It is difficult to take that next step if you don’t know what the next step is. Ask your boss what specific skills that you will need to get the job that you want. Make plans to go to graduate school or to get additional certifications if they will help you get where you want to go. Once you know what you need to get a promotion, don’t stop until you have everything on the list.

4) Be Willing To Go That Extra Mile

Make it known that you will do whatever it takes to help your company. This means that you should be volunteering for extra projects, working extra hours and mentoring new employees if possible. If you work for a clothing store, you may want to volunteer to be the person who creates the mens clothing site to help boost the online presence of your company. This will help you stand out while also giving you something that you can add to your resume if you have to switch companies to get your big break. Growing your skills and resume at a job is always a great idea, it also helps you have something to point out about yourself when going for a promotion. You can show your boss what you are now capable of achieving.

Getting a promotion is an honor in any line of work. It means that your employer trusts you enough to give you additional responsibility and authority. However, you will only get one if you work hard, develop relationships with influential people and learn the personal and technical skills needed to do your job correctly.

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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3 Ways To Benefit From a 360 Survey http://under30careers.com/3-ways-to-benefit-from-a-360-survey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3-ways-to-benefit-from-a-360-survey http://under30careers.com/3-ways-to-benefit-from-a-360-survey/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 15:00:21 +0000 Under30Careers http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1769

360 SurveyOur careers are important, but how many of us are willing to invest in ourselves in the same way that we expect companies to invest in us? Instead of being proactive about their own professional development, many employees sit back and wait for HR to tap them on the shoulder for mentoring programs, leadership seminars, even feedback about performance evaluation. The truth is, there can be significant benefits in seeking these things out on your own.

Take, for example, the 180 or 360 survey, which are tools used by companies to gather information about managers and leaders. A 360 survey asks for feedback from people all around you–customers, employees, leaders, and peers– while a 180 survey focuses on one area, such as employees or customers. While HR departments frequently use these tools, they don’t have a monopoly on them. Employees can hire professional development consultants on their own to conduct these surveys, and there can be compelling reasons why this makes sense.

Of course, not everyone feels he can afford the out-of-pocket expense, but this can be a penny-wise, pound-foolish approach to your career. If spending money helps you secure a promotion and a pay raise, isn’t that a worthwhile return on your investment? And if you are seeking a new job, it is an expense you can write off on taxes.

If the chips are falling where they may and not where you want them to, then it may be time to invest in outside help to turn your career around. Need more convincing? Check out these 3 examples of how something as simple as a 360 survey can impact career trajectory.

Prepare for the promotion you want.

Bob, a director for the past 5 years, heard that the vice president of his division would retire in a few months. Bob wanted to know how others perceived him so he could position himself as a top candidate for the job. Since he had participated in a leadership development program, Bob was already aware of how a 360 survey could provide detailed information about an employee’s strengths and weaknesses. Bob reached outside his company and engaged a consultant to administer the 360 survey and provide a debriefing. Bob then used the feedback to hone his people skills over the next few months and to promote his strengths in the interview.

Change your boss’s perception.

Jackie had been pegged as “difficult to work with” but after working with an executive coach for a year, she significantly improved her people skills. Her colleagues and direct reports noticed the change, but since she didn’t have day-to-day contact with her boss, he didn’t appreciate how much she had grown as a leader. Jackie would never be considered for promotion unless she changed her boss’s perception of her, and to do that, she needed hard data. So Jackie asked her executive coach to conduct a 360 survey, which documented how people’s attitudes toward her had changed. Her boss, impressed with the results, re-evaluated his own perceptions about Jackie and promoted her to head of a new division.

Change the perception of prospective employers.

Sally was a senior director with a company that was in the midst of a major reorganization. When her company decided to eliminate her division, Sally found herself without a job despite being a well-respected and successful manager. Knowing she had to counter the perception about being laid off due to questionable performance, Sally sought out an executive coach and immediately asked for a 360 survey. The detailed report gave her an important tool for distinguishing herself in her job search. Now she could offer prospective employers documentation that she was a casualty of downsizing and not an employee with a poor performance problem.

Can’t afford to hire a consultant? Do it yourself!

Make a list of at least 10 key stakeholders in your current role and ask if they would provide you with some professional feedback. Begin the conversation by saying, “I’ve appreciated the opportunity to work with you, and I value your opinion. I’m focused on my own development and want to learn to be more effective in my role (or future role.) Would you share your thoughts on working with me?” Collect feedback through an anonymous survey, an email, or in a face-to-face meeting by asking questions like these:

• In what ways have you seen me contribute to the organization? • What words would you use to describe working with me?
• What strengths do I bring to the team?
• What are my blind spots?

• Is there anything you would like to see more of from me?
• Anything you would like to see less of from me?
• What else do I need to know or understand about the business, culture, or future?

No matter what people say, avoid becoming defensive or explaining why you did what you did in the past. Just listen to the feedback and then thank those involved for their time.

Summarize the feedback in one report. Look at the themes, and list the stories and examples you heard. Identify your top two weaknesses and the specific actions you will take to address them. Also focus on building the top two competencies that emerged from your list. Keep your leaders aware of the specific actions you take to improve your performance.

Whether you engage the services of a professional or opt for the do-it-yourself approach, break out of the mindset that your career is in the hands of other people. It’s not.

Shawn Kent Hayashi is the business conversation expert who helps executives solve problems within organizations, teams, and work groups. In her new book, Conversations that Get Results and Inspire Collaborations, Hayashi shares her expertise on communication, group dynamics, and team building.

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5 Tips for Using Social Media and Keeping Your Job http://under30careers.com/5-tips-for-using-social-media-and-keeping-your-job/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-tips-for-using-social-media-and-keeping-your-job http://under30careers.com/5-tips-for-using-social-media-and-keeping-your-job/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 13:00:11 +0000 William Mehserle http://careers.under30ceo.com/?p=1916 Social Media ProfileToday more than ever, companies are including online reputation and content in their evaluation of potential new hires. Information like photos, texts from tweets, and various miscellaneous comments are stored publicly in places throughout the internet.  If you are applying for a job, the minimum a potential employer will do is to Google your name—but expect the actual depth of a “digital background check” to be much deeper.

In addition to checking into new hires, organizations are also looking at their employees.  It is important for companies to protect their brand, prevent lawsuits, and prevent the dissemination of privileged company information.  If you are reading this, you probably have a good head on your shoulders and do not need to worry about discipline from your employer.  However, content that you would never expect is resulting in the dismissal of employees.  We offer you 5 quick tips for avoiding dismissal in your office:

1. Do not “friend” your boss on Facebook.

Facebook is a social network.  Even if your boss is the best guy or gal in the world, at some point they probably will upset you—and that night, you just might take to Facebook to talk about how poorly your life has been progressing as of late.  The potential problem is this: your boss may think (correctly too) that your post is from work, and probably become a little ticked off that you are venting on the internet.  Instead, add your boss as a contact on LinkedIn.  If your boss friend requests you, tell them that you appreciate the offer, but would value them more as a LinkedIn contact—and that as the work relationship develops into a personal relationship organically, you will be comfortable becoming Facebook friends.  We recommend the same course of action for co-workers.

2. Never turn over your personal social media passwords.

Recently, more and more companies have been asking employees for their personal passwords.  Do not do this. While this practice is still legal in some states, the legality of this is quickly changing state by state. (California, Illinois, Maryland, and Michigan adopted social-media privacy laws in 2012, and a new law in Utah takes effect in May of this year.  According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, social-media privacy legislation has been introduced or is underway in 35 states so far in 2013.) When asked for your passwords, politely tell your superior that you have nothing to hide, but feel that handing over a password is an invasion of your privacy.  In addition, it is a good idea to consult an attorney if this ever arises.

3. Limit profile visibility.

Are you going to tweet after you’ve painted the town?  Post pictures on Instagram during perhaps less than responsible moments?  Would you, in all your excitement, accidently talk about how awesome it was to skip out of work early on a Friday?  If any of these is even remotely a possibility, then your profiles should not be public (for all of those that can be set to complete privacy).  In addition, profiles that do not allow full privacy settings should not contain your name.  Of course, this will not matter if you are friends with or are followed by any of your co-workers or your boss.  Just be sure no one who matters can see that you used your “sick day” to fly to Vegas.

4. Do not access social media on company equipment.

Do not, do not, do not, access social media on company phones and computers.  When you do this, you are essentially granting permission to the company  to look at everything in your browser history and everything that has appeared on your screen.  Do you know how many background programs run on a company computer? No? Quite a few.  Typically, a superior can pull reports of how long you’ve spent on sites, including Facebook, and sometimes even view your screen if they want, without your knowledge.  This applies to the use of cell phones as well—your browser history and GPS coordinates are probably being logged by the IT department.

5. Stay positive.

Most of the problems employees encounter online are based on negativity.  If something less than ideal happens do not whine. Do not post something to Twitter or Instagram if something refuses to break your way.  If a co-worker is really driving you crazy, get coffee with a friend and vent to them.  If you do absolutely have to vent to the internet, do not include names, titles, projects, or anything that would allow someone to figure out that you might just be talking about them or something they are involved with.

If you are a conscientious employee that respects your company and boss, you likely will never have to worry about these things.  The company pays you to complete your tasks in a timely manner—not to gossip.  Your boss might not be the best, but making the best out of a situation is something that you can control every day.

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