All posts tagged: career tips

UPDATE: MISSING IN ACTION! SUMMER STORIES MEANT FOR CAMPFIRES & REPOSTING

“Where in the world is the PHENOM?!?!? Sorry Carmen Sandiego…but scoot on over and make room for another FEMME FATALE teaching humility, kicking depressions butt, dreaming out loud, being adventurous, and showing that work can be fun along this journey of life with a little hint of Nat Geo and the Travel Channel and of course your occasional splash of the Food Network. I’m like Carmen Sandiego 2.0.”

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

Quote of the Week

February 17, 2015 You ever had the opportunity to work in a group or on a team? Remember the experience(s)? There’s always that one group member who is slacking big time and holding up progress. So what happens? One of two things: either the whole team is penalized for the slacker’s slack (lol), or you all manage to get it done, but there’s a lot of animosity and anger at the end, when there should be excitement and relief. Back in undergrad school, in Corporate Finance, the professor actually gave us a project/paper to write. First and foremost, does anyone see ANYTHING wrong with having to write a PAPER in a Corporate Finance class???? Okay, I digress. Anyway, there were several parts to it, which included A LOT of calculations in Excel. Well, guess who ended up doing the first TWO parts because the first two group members kept crying about all the other work they had and how they didn’t understand anything, when all they had to do was ask for help (you know, …

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 …

Quote of the Week

January 27, 2015 Do you REALLY know what this quote means? Here’s a prime example: I HAD an insurance agent to provide for my business insurance needs. Had this company for a couple of years. Funny thing is, up until a couple of months ago, I hadn’t heard from my agent since I bought the policy with them. Let’s see, oh, that must have been almost FOUR YEARS AGO! Yep, you guessed correctly. They’re h-i-s-t-o-r-y! #unacceptable #failed_service Morale of the story? Your customers want to know that you see them as more than a sale. A buck. A contract. A commission. Take the time to really get to know your customers. Check in on them from time to time. Get updates on how well you and/or your company is performing. Find out if they’re happy, for goodness sake! You know what? I check in with my clients every two weeks, just to make sure all is well. If all is not well, then I can find out right away, instead of months down the line. …

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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 …