The college degree is now the minimum expectation for nearly all job openings. Sometimes the requirement is for a very specific degree however in some cases it’s just having the degree that is important.
So you’ve earned your degree and gained your first or third or fifth professional job, it doesn’t matter what stage of your career you are in, continuing your education, advancing your skillset or keeping updated in your career field is a top priority to staying marketable in the job scene.
So the question is how do you keep updated with your skills, or learn new ones for career changers, when you’re already working a full time job and have a hectic ‘after work’ life?
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You can choose to pay for an individual class, open a membership for a low rate to obtain most classes at no cost, or start a trial membership. They also offer group memberships if more than one person in your business will enroll in a class. The courses are taught by experts in their field and offer step- by -step video instruction with time for practice outside the course and the ability to join forums of others in the class to share ideas/projects.
Partnering with universities and businesses worldwide, this site offers over 800 online courses and they are all free! You participate in online lectures, quizzes, peer graded assessments and join forums with others that includes near immediate feedback to assist in the learning environment.
Continuing education at your local college or school corporation
Continuing education, community education or lifelong learning as it can also be called, is often offered in the community in which you live through local technical/trade schools, 2 year and 4 year colleges as well as public school corporations.
These courses are instructor led one day or half day courses (non-credit) and others are online to learn at your own pace and schedule. Some are single coursework (non-credit) and others part of a certificate program, such as:
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Don’t forget the ease of using the Internet! Search YouTube videos, websites and Facebook pages from those working in the industry that you want to learn more about, often they post learning initiatives free or at a relatively small cost.
It’s your career, don’t wait for someone to ‘give’ you something, go after what you want and stop making excuses and start learning!
I took my first yoga class when I was a teenager and fell in love with it from the start. Learning new breathing techniques to bring a sense of calmness when life in general tests my limits and finding new ways to stretch my body to maintain my flexibility as the years have progressed has been invaluable.
The physical, spiritual and emotional discipline has been one aspect that has transformed my body and mind and I use this same philosophy to bring discipline to my business.
As the hectic pace of our world continues to stretch my time and sometimes patience, making time for yoga has enriched my ability to clear my mind and focus, if for just a short time, on me. When my mind is free of all the noise of what I have to get done, it’s when my creativity starts to flourish! I’m never too far from a mini tape recorder or notepad so as not to lose an idea that flashes in my head.
At times I can devote a full hour to my yoga exercises and breathing, and sometimes to be honest I’m fortunate when I can squeeze in 10 minutes, however any amount of time that I have is an amazing opportunity to focus on what is important and to keep healthy: mind and body.
The benefit you ask? It allows me to return in full force to my business needs from marketing to client meetings to training and finally the quiet time in my office to dedicate time to complete client projects.
Whether you work for someone else or have your own business, taking time for yourself is critical in order to refresh, rejuvenate and open your mind to professional growth and development as well as making and maintaining professional relationships. While practicing yoga doesn’t solve all problems or make them magically disappear, what it does, for me at least, is restore relaxation, build confidence with my ability to learn and achieve a new pose which in turn maintains my strength and flexibility. It’s that same confidence that I then take into promoting my business as I network and meet new people from all across the US.
In my work, each day brings a new challenge and the core of success for me has been how I tackle those challenges, be it by focusing on my breathing when stress takes over or getting in my daily exercise even if it means stealing a quick minute or two to perform a few yoga techniques while I sit at my desk.
The next time that you are stumped on a project or feel that you have exhausted all avenues for developing a new business, consider what could happen if you removed yourself from the workload entirely and took a moment for yourself.
Upwards to 70 % of jobs in today’s market are gained through personal and professional connections, with nearly 42% of jobs being filled internally.
Why is this becoming a trend? Well cost for one thing. From a recruiting standpoint it is cheaper to hire from within, and the amount and cost to train is significantly reduced when hiring an internal candidate.
How, with this knowledge, do you become the preferred candidate? For starters you are critiqued from the first day on the job, so shine each day! Be mindful that every day is an opportunity to either succeed or fail:
Remember: If you keep doing what you are doing, you’ll keep getting what you are getting! If all is going well, no need to change. But if you don’t like the results, do something about it.
In todays’ job market it is no longer a one-sided interview, job seekers are also interviewing across the desk to ensure that what they are seeing is a good fit for them too!
Just last week I was teaching a senior level business course full of both HR and business majors and as it always seems to happen when I stand in front of a group of soon to be graduates, the topic of resumes and the job search crept into conversation.
So my advice to them? Aside from my usual commentary on professionalism, being prepared with knowledge of the company and the position itself and a few practice behavioral interview questions is that they need to be proactive and assess the environment and the company to determine if it is a place where they want to work.
A tight job market aside, stepping into the wrong job or a work environment that does not fit who you are will only create job disappointment and possibly job hopping and missed opportunities.
When you are called for an interview start assessing from that very call or email by asking yourself a few questions:
I don’t recall ever hearing anyone say that they enjoy going to meetings, in fact it’s quite the opposite, many dread the mere thought of yet another meeting.
The problem most often is that people don’t feel that meetings are productive, more so, a waste of time that could be better spent on the many other tasks that they have to do each day.
Yet, meetings are necessary at times and important to accomplishing the goals of your office and your company’s long term vision.
So ……………….instead of dread, let’s figure out a method to improve the outlook of ‘The Meeting’!
Don’t just have a meeting for the sake of having one. Have a purpose for the meeting and make sure that all participants know what that purpose is and what their role will be.
Who should attend meetings? This should be defined ahead of time, invite team members that are directly and sometimes indirectly related to the topic of the meeting. While you may have a set team for each meeting, be open to inviting others should their expertise be necessary to meet the objective of that particular meeting. Nothing stalls the success of a meeting than to close the meeting due to having to get more information from a third party before resuming discussions.
Create an agenda ahead of time and send it to all team members so that they can plan accordingly for the topics at hand. This will enable each to arrive with the necessary materials to make this a productive session. Also, don’t forget to ask your team members for their own meeting ideas as well. A productive meeting should include all ideas not just the team leaders.
Give tasks to team members to research and provide a deadline for feedback. Then make sure that you keep everyone on task by monitoring deadlines …..this includes you the team leader!
Do what you say you would do and ask others to do the same. If not, your meetings never really achieve its objectives, you just keep talking about the same things meeting after meeting.
If this will be an ongoing meeting, why not make it easier for everyone and select a date /time/location with a series of meeting dates so that everyone can add the information to their calendar and plan their work around those dates.
Lastly, when you make your agenda and invite your team members, note when the meeting will begin and how long the meeting will last and then stick to it! Frustrations that are heard over and over are that meetings never start on time, they run over or they merely become chat sessions with no substance.
Now that we’re all on the same page, will this end the thought of the ‘dreaded meeting’…well no, technically, meetings are still an added task to what is seemingly becoming a very challenging work environment but if you can improve the efficiency it will go a long way towards improving the mindset!
Goals without a plan are just dreams...stop dreaming and begin accomplishing all those personal and professional goals that have been on your list for years.
Take time today to write down 5 things, just 5, that you want to accomplish this year, it's not too late.
Make your goals realistic!
Finally, list the details on what and who is needed to achieve those goals and a realistic timeline to achieve each one.
You may run into a stumbling block along the way, don't worry, this happens, be flexible and adjust!
People don’t leave jobs because of money! That certainly in the end may be a factor in the job offer that they accept, but it’s a secondary factor, and NOT the reason they began looking in the first place.
So let’s take a deeper look. WHY do employees start looking for a new job? As a business owner, president or general manager ask yourself:
Remember….satisfied and happy employees are your best resource for future recruitment efforts!
Is your business undergoing a restructure? Has the economy adversely affected your staffing needs and now you are faced with the task of deciding which positions need to be reconsidered and eliminated?
While not a desirable position to be in for businesses, we can offer outplacement services to assist your staff with the process of moving forward.
From crafting a solid resume and cover letter; to determining a new fresh career path or reviving an existing one; developing networks; interview preparations and development of the steps to take to uncover new opportunities for gainful employment, we are here to help via in person face to face sessions or remotely.
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What’s Bugging Your Employees?
We often ‘think’ we know what our employees want out of their job and their employer but is there more to it than what our executive minds believe?
You bet! Our experience with employee survey’s certainly will validate the top indicators of employee dissatisfaction :
Esperto HR Office can assist in preparing your employee survey, be it brief or expansive, to allow employees to be heard and for management to build a plan for improving not only employee satisfaction but increases in their recruitment and retention efforts!
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