The latest news, trends and information to help you with your recruiting efforts.

Posted August 13, 2014 by

The Work Habits of Millennials

As the product of the Baby Boomer generation, Millennials, and their perceived coddling and spoiled demeanor, has led to them receiving a bad rap amongst their older generation-mates. As with every blanket statement, this is largely a misnomer perpetrated for the entertainment of thirtysomethings everywhere. (more…)

Posted June 11, 2014 by

Recent Graduates, Do You Feel Overmatched on Your Entry Level Jobs? Work Smarter with These 6 Tips

At some point on their entry level jobs, recent graduates might feel overmatched.  In the following post, learn six tips that will help them be more effective at work.

On the one hand, junior professionals crave responsibility, and want all the experience they can get. On the other hand, as companies strive to do more with fewer resources, it is not uncommon to feel overworked, overwhelmed and under-appreciated. When you’re starting to feel overloaded, keep these tips in mind for managing projects, priorities

View original post here:

Continue Reading

Posted September 28, 2012 by

Drop Out, Dive In, Start Up: Are Journalists Missing The Main Point?

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

By Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads

A few recruiters, thinking out of the box, might benefit by looking for prospects who delayed traditional education for learning of a different kind.

Peter H. Thiel, the PayPal billionaire has garnered some serious ink for his initiative in offering some of the best and brightest young minds $100k and a mentor for a two year stint at a start-up. All the recipients of Thiel’s largesse are 20 and under and so missing what would ordinarily be viewed as the ideal time to attend MIT, Harvard, IIT Bombay etc. His plan has come under serious criticism and a bit of fanfare. The latest testament to this controversial initiative was recently featured in the NY Times. (more…)

Posted April 03, 2012 by

8 Bad Habits that Are Driving Your Coworkers Crazy

Everyone has bad habits that have a way of showing their face while you’re at work. You may not be the loud talker or the office flirt, but maybe you have a bad habit about coming to work late or spending too much time on Facebook. These habits may not seem like a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but one thing’s for sure – they drive your co-workers crazy. Check out these 8 bad habits to see if you’re that annoying person in the office after all.

  1. Constant complaining

    So you’re having a bad day. Your feet hurt. Your boyfriend won’t call you back. You need a vacation. Yep, we’ve all heard these complaints before, and guess what? We all have bad days! Just because we don’t talk about it every waking minute doesn’t mean we don’t feel the same frustrations. It’s important to not that there’s a big difference between occasionally venting to a good friend at work who has the time to listen and complaining out loud whenever you feel like it. (more…)

Posted March 13, 2012 by

How to Know When Your Work is Done

If you are not sure when your work day is over, there are some tips that can help you.

The curse for many of us modern-day movers and shakers is that we never seem to have enough time to do everything that needs doing. There simply aren’t enough hours in the work day (or even the work week!) to accomplish everything on our to-do lists. Worse yet, when we finally do get on a productivity roll, there always seems to be a distraction (or two, or three) waiting in the wings to throw us off course. But the reality, says Jason Womack, is that we could actually accomplish a lot more each day if we would just learn to recognize and acknowledge when we’re done with what we’re doing. (more…)

Posted August 23, 2006 by

Top Five Habits for Career Success at Entry Level

I am blessed to have some of the best bosses coach me when I first entered the working world. They passed to me what seemed like, at that time – pretty obvious things one would do when in the working world.
What seemed pretty obvious as habits for career success isn’t always so. As you start on your career path you begin to forget some of the basic habits. Therefore, it is essential to drill these habits deep enough to remember them.
As I progressed in the corporate world, I noticed that these are good habits that should be passed down to my own people just as I have benefited from internalizing them. Here are the 5 basic yet important habits for career success:
1. Get Organized
Regardless of your work, you need to get organized. If yours is office work, you will surely have filing to do. What about your emails, your electronic documents and folder system? Ever had colleagues who ask you to resend them the email you sent last week? No matter how many times you sent, they seem to have deleted it or lost it? And it is the same thing with electronic documents?
When you organize your clutter, work space and computer, you become more productive. You become efficient and effective. This adds to your good name as you progress in the organization. It is also a good habit to cultivate as you move up the corporate ladder. Imagine having more work to organize as you progress?
2. Manage Your Time
This is another simple and obvious habit amongst the habits for career success list. But I assure you; this habit is some of the biggest weaknesses people have in the corporate world. I urge you as a career newbie to start cultivating this habit of managing your time early.
Managing your time isn’t rocket science. Start with a simple to do list and a daily, weekly, monthly and year scheduler. All you have to do is to pen in all the meetings, appointments and tasks in the scheduler. As you get better you can start to use more sophisticated techniques. Managing your time is all about planning what you do and doing what you plan.
3. Under Promise, Over Deliver
As a career newbie, you would have a tendency to try to impress your bosses, colleagues or even clients. This can be driven by your raw enthusiasm. However, remember that in your quest to impress, you run the risk of destroying what little reputation you are starting to build. This is especially so when you fail to deliver on your promises regardless of how small. It could be a simple report your bosses asked but if you fail to deliver it on time, the size of the report doesn’t matter. Fact remains that you did not deliver.
Always remember that one of the important habits for career success is to under promise and over deliver. It is about managing expectations and it is about measuring your own strengths and weaknesses. It is also about knowing how to manage your own time. So, while volunteering for additional tasks is a good initiative, you may want to gauge if you can live up to that promise.
Under promise and over deliver means to say “yes” when opportunities present themselves and learning to say “no” when you know you cannot deliver.
4. There Are Always Next Steps
There are always next steps after meetings. Never let any meetings end without a clear action plan that include who to do what by when. We attend far too many meetings in order to let them slip by without clear next steps to follow through. Having clear next steps ensures you become more productive and time is well spent in meetings.
Meetings are important to assign, brief and clarify. You should not let them slip by without clear next steps. If you are chairing one, makes sure this happens. If you aren’t then ask for your set of next steps. This is one of the basic habits for career success you would bring with you for a very long time.
5. Feed Your Mind
Read motivating books; listen to tapes and watch inspiring movies. We are sometimes so inundated with negative vibes at work that you should feed your mind with positive energy. One way is through books, tapes and movies. They need not be self-improvement and self-help oriented although I find them extremely useful. Of course, a healthy body is important too. Eat healthily and exercise. This ensures you have the energy to take the work-week with a healthy body, mind and soul.
Start cultivating these 5 important habits for career success and make a difference in your work life.