Archive for July 2012

Connie’s Career Corner: “Work Smarter Not Harder”

July 31, 2012

CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER

 

“Work smarter not harder”

 

Tip for the day:   When I read a good resume, I never wonder how long it took the person to write it.  Spend as long as you need to make your resume outstanding.

 

Dear Connie:  I have been working very hard to get a job and still have not found one.  What else can I do to find employment?

 

Dear Tell Me More:  You may need to work smarter, not harder to find employment.  Often we think because we are staying busy, we are working hard to accomplish a goal.  The truth is job searching techniques change over time.  You may be job searching using outdated methods.

 

Use the right tools for your job search, such as:

  • a good resume
  • solid training and preparation
  • the proper uniform for the job
  • the right attitude for the job
  • good telephone techniques
  • good job-search etiquette
  • the right interpersonal techniques

 

Start by building your network of acquaintances.  People are more comfortable hiring a person recommended by someone they know.  When you start a new job you are not the only one that has to make adjustments.  The employees that you will be working with also have to adjust to you and your work style.  Hiring managers know that if someone they trust recommends you there is a greater chance of you blending in and being a positive addition to their work unit.

 

It is important for you to know who you are and what you have accomplished in your work life.  If you do not know how to express this to a prospective employer, it will make it difficult for you to tell him how valuable you will be to the company.  Try writing your accomplishments down on paper (use your resume as a guide.)  Then practice explaining your accomplishments to a friend until you can deliver the information in a smooth, conversational manner.

 

If you are not job searching at the present time, you probably will be in the future.  On the average, most workers change jobs every three years.  So, while you are happily employed, go ahead and do the work to get your skills up to speed and keep your resume current.  Then, if you do need to search for a new position you will not have to do the groundwork during a time of stress.

 

Connie’s Career Corner is your source for career information.  E-mail questions for future columns to ccc@NCACWorkforce.org.

Connie’s Career Corner “Don’t predict the future, create it!”

July 13, 2012

CONNIE’S CAREER CORNER

“What about me?”

 

Tip for the day:  Don’t predict the future, create it!

Q:  Dear Connie:  I am a single female without children.  Several of my co-workers are parents, and I feel that they get special perks in the office.  For example, one of my co-workers is always leaving a “little early” because she has to pick up her kids.  I often have to cover the entire office while she is gone.  I am also expected to work during the holidays because I “don’t have a family.”  This seems so unfair.  Any advice?

A:   Dear Single:  The situation you describe has been echoed by many childless adults in the workplace.  You probably feel that your co-worker does not respect your time or deem it as valuable as her own.  You need to address this situation before you start feeling bitter towards your co-worker.  Anger and frustration are never conducive to a pleasant working environment.

You first need to find out your company’s leave policy.  Most companies have a written policy that specifies how much leave an employee receives and how they can use that leave.  Once it is gone, it is gone. If your co-worker is using her leave and if it is approved by your supervisor, there may not be much you can do.  If, however, she is being allowed to leave early and often, without consequences, you may consider talking to your supervisor.  Your supervisor may not be aware of the problems that this situation is creating.  Also, do not assume responsibility for your co-worker’s assignment when she leaves the office.  This will lessen your resentment level.

You also need to clarify how your company determines who is granted time-off.  Some companies grant it to those who ask first while others give first priority to those with seniority.  It may be possible that you are expected to work holidays because you have not been there as long as some of your co-workers.  If this is not the case, then you once again need to speak up!  Just because your priorities may be different than your co-workers with children does not mean they are less important.  You need to talk with your co-workers and manager so that they understand your feelings about the situation.

Also, use the fact that you are single and childless to your advantage. This may be the best time to build your career.  Also, be aware that there are probably many people in your company who are noting the extra time and effort that you put into your job.  Use this information when you are being considered for a raise or promotion.

Connie’s Career Corner is your source for career information.  E-mail questions for future columns to ccc@NCACWorkforce.org.

Forum this Thursday!

July 10, 2012

Join Us for a Marketing, Public Relations, Communications and Advertising Forum!

Come and Networking with local professionals and discover how to get hired.

Thursday, July 12th at 1 pm

The Tennessee Career Center

1313 Old Fort Parkway

Murfreesboro, TN

Registration and Networking begin at 12:30 pm

Join our panel of experts from: United Way, Comcast, Image Orthodontics, DiPentino & Associates, Schneider Electric  and Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information please call (615) 898-8081 ext. 147