All posts filed under: Career Tips

Competence is a RARE Commodity!

February 23, 2015 How many of you enjoy dealing with incompetence? You know what? I HATE IT! It’s so important to love what you do! If you are in a place that makes you utterly unhappy, to the point where you absolutely HATE going in to work, then it’s time to re-evaluate some things in your life. You know why? Because you probably aren’t giving it your all! Let me tell you something: people are WATCHING you! Your customers (even over the phone, they can tell when you aren’t in it), your employers, your co-workers. Your unhappiness will eventually show through in your lack of competence and the work you produce. So guess what…. Love what you do. Get good at it! Let the chips fall where they may. Until next time… ~Hospitality Shero

Clean Up Your Social Media!

February 9, 2015 Social media is fast becoming an asset to job-seeking business professionals in a variety of ways. Employers are increasingly turning to social media to advertise job openings and seek out qualified applicants, and social media profiles enable business professionals to network. However, an unprofessional social media profile can result in a worker being fired or a job applicant being rejected. A recent survey showed that 45 percent of employers research job applicants online, including looking at social media profiles. According to the employers surveyed, the top three reasons for looking at applicants’ social media profiles was to gauge their level of professionalism in social situations, assess whether or not the applicant fit into the company culture and to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications. One in three of those employers reported disqualifying a job applicant solely based on negative content that was found on that applicant’s social media profile. Whether job seekers like it or not, social media can and does say a lot about a person both professionally and personally. So, just as …

One Simple Reason to Have Your Resume Tossed: Your Cover Letter

November 24, 2014 By: E. Rucker We got the idea for today’s blog from a fellow blogger. Thanks, Amanda!: http://p4digitalblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/job-tips-139/ So here’s the thing. You have the bomb resume, right? You might have even paid to have it done, which is not a problem at all. Absolutely nothing wrong with having a professional write your resume if you are completely clueless about the process. Your resume highlights all of your achievements and puts your career and educational journey on blast. You apply for a job, or two, because you meet ALL of the qualifications, and then some. You consider yourself PERFECT for the job. Yet, you never hear from the prospective employer, and it’s left you highly confused and wondering. Why?! I’ll tell you why. It’s your COVER LETTER!!! Let me tell you the problem with the cover letter and applying for numerous jobs with this one cover letter. You put in the position that you’re applying for and you send it off to the first company. But wait….you just saw another position to apply …

Build Your Brand

November 17, 2014 Who makes your favorite shoes or outfits? What beverage calls your name when you need a pick-me-up? Whose movies won’t you miss? Whose help do you seek when you want a project done right, at home or at work? All of these questions involve your reactions to a particular brand — a collection of assumptions about quality, appeal and reliability that you’ve made in response to repeated experience with a variety of possible products, people or services. Here’s the important thing: Whether you like to think about it or not, right now there are people thinking about your very own brand of whatever you are and do, and they’re deciding if they want to make it one of their favorites. International branding strategist Robin Fisher Roffer, author of Make a Name for Yourself, suggests eight steps to help women develop and project their own brands. Eight Essential Steps 1. Identify the primary “product” (service, resource, special ability, etc.) you have to offer others. 2. Identify your core values. What really matters to you? …

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Warren Buffett Shares His Best Career Advice — And It’s Ridiculously Simple

November 10, 2014 To say that Warren Buffett has a deep understanding of business — training himself with critical thinking exercises and a rigorous reading program — is a bit of an understatement. The proof is in the profits. His Berkshire Hathaway holding company has amassed a market cap over $300 billion. His personal fortune is upwards of $68 billion. So when he starts doling out career advice, we listen. In a series on Fortune in which CEOs offer their best advice, the Sage of Omaha counseled young women on how to advance their careers. But we think it applies to everybody. “You do the same thing a male will do,” Buffett said. “You follow your passions. You find something you love.” By doing that, the logic goes, you’ll bring more energy to your work than everybody else. “The truth is, so few people really jump on their jobs, you really will stand out more than you think,” Buffett said. “You will get noticed if you really go for it.” In this way, Buffett’s advice parallels …

Tips for Finding a New Job While You Are Currently Employed

October 27, 2014 The current job market is not ideal and there is uncertainty; that said there are great career opportunities out there. If you are currently employed it is more difficult to conduct a job search, but it can be done smartly and respectfully. Here are some tips for a productive job search while currently employed, and moving on with grace: Confidentiality Job hunting while you are employed can be tricky. You don’t want to burn bridges or be replaced before you have found your dream job. While in general the more people who know you are looking, the easier for people to find you, this is not an option when you need to keep your current employment. Conducting a job search confidentially means choosing the people you tell wisely. Typically you wouldn’t include your co-workers, upper management, or company contacts in this secret. Working with a recruiter will protect your identity until mutual interest with a prospective employer is established. When you do have an interview, let the company know that your job …