What a refreshing acknowledgement of a topic that will always be relevant, no mater how much we may not want it not to be!
Let’s be honest, talking politics at work can be awkward. But the reality is that it will happen, and as our next presidential election gets closer, it’s more likely you will be engaged by coworkers about political candidates and elections.
That’s why I like this article so much. It calls out 8 things you should consider in order to make talking politics with coworkers a positive experience, not the kind of thing that ruins working relationships forever.
Each tip has more insight here, but this is a topline review of the tips:
What do you think of these tips? Let me know in the comments!
So here’s a fun journey down the online statistical rabbit hole!
Here in Missouri people apparently have a secret dream of being a tornado chaser, while California is full of Lion Tamer dreamers and Texas is referee-obsessed (but considering that state’s love for football, maybe it shouldn’t be THAT surprising!).
Take a look at the map Zippia put together below – which is most surprising to you?
I recently saw a Forbes article titled “Five Unmistakable Signs of Career Burnout” that I think everyone should read.
I feel so strongly about this because I think the word “burnout” gets over-used. People often claimed to be burned out when in reality they are just going through a tough time. But to be truly burned out means you are likely done with a job completely, possibly even finished with your career.
Now those are some high stakes!
So how do you know if you’re going through a temporary stage of disgruntlement or you are in fact burned out? The Forbes article identifies 5 key signs:
I hope you will read the article for more insight into each of these warning signs.
And if you have ever suffered from Career Burnout, I’m curious to hear your story. What was the biggest warning sign for you?
Most of us stop writing in a journal or diary after the teenage years – but according to this article and a recent study, there’s definitely reason to journal in your adult life, especially if you’re going through a career change.
Per the article:
In a study, job seekers who wrote about their emotions in losing their jobs were more likely to find new positions than those who didn’t write about their feelings. The study focused on a group of professionals who had been laid off and were invited to participate in a project that involved writing for just 20 minutes a day for five days.
According to the study, in the first three months following the writing week, 25 percent of the job candidates who wrote consistently in their journal about their emotions landed a job, compared to only 5 percent of the job candidates who chose to not to write or just listed their job search activities. The results are interesting and support the idea that emotions influence your job search and acknowledging them can lift your spirits.
What interesting research! I have seen first hand how acknowledging and engaging with your emotions while simultaneously crafting a job search strategy can make a huge difference in the results of your career.
I highly encourage you to consider journaling, but you can also achieve this combination of emotional + strategic processing by having consistent conversations with a mentor, Career Coach or counselor. The real point is that burying your emotions is detrimental to your career path, and opening up to them can increase your chance of reaching your goals!
What are your thoughts on this concept?
Do you know your personal brand? This is an essential concept to understand, and I hope you’ll watch the video featuring Mark S. Lee, an expert in branding, who explains how to create a personal brand for companies and people.
I recently came across a CrucialSkills.com article that posed a very relevant question from a concerned professional:
What should I do if I believe I have reached my “peak” in my company and professional growth is stagnant? I posed this question to HR and managers only to receive dull feedback, which makes me feel they have no ideas or suggestions. I suggested I earn another bachelor’s degree in a field we need, but the tuition assistance program only permits me to take classes directly related to my current position. I have my letter of resignation ready to go and am simply waiting for the job market to improve, but I hate to start over again and prefer to avoid it if possible. What should I do?
This is a very applicable question to so many people. While we may know in our minds that “we can always be growing,” sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it!
The article calls out 3 things you can do, and I highly encourage you to read it.
I’ve also written my own book that covers similar territory – From Cornered To Corner Office. I’m obviously a bit biased, but I believe this book is a must-read for any professional who feels stuck or stalled in their career. Even if you think your career is going well, you never know when unexpected obstacles may present themselves! This book will prepare you for when that day may come.
In the long run, Career Coaching always pays for itself – the counseling you get on salary negotiations, bonuses, vacation time and simply being employed faster take care of that!
But what about in the short run? Is there a way for a job seeker to make their job search and career coaching more affordable? The answer is yes, courtesy of the IRS.
First off, Uncle Sam’s not dumb. The deduction that the IRS provides for job hunters isn’t set up for people who answer a want-ad here or there. The people who get the biggest refunds are the unemployed people who get professional help with their search. Why is this? Because the more money you ultimately make, the more money the IRS makes. That’s why it offers a deduction that helps those who seek professional help – because they’ll be making more money sooner. It’s also why:
Please see your accountant on what you need to do to document all of your expenses and get the full potential of your deductions.
Ah, “the elevator pitch” – the much maligned speech that you can give someone in 30 seconds or less that sells them on who you are and why they should meet with you.
This process is dreaded for a reason. It’s awkward, sometimes intrusive, and hard to pitch perfectly.
So this year, consider an alternative – something I call your own unique value-added profile. This is a dynamic story that illustrates your brand, how you work, and the value you can bring an organization.
This is different from the “the elevator pitch” because your value-added profile is what you will use during an informational interview, or networking opportunity vs. an aggressive pitch to someone.
The first thing you need to do is to find your own voice. But how do you know what “your voice” really sounds like? This goes back to your key success patterns that this entire process starts with. I work with my clients to develop a unique way of positioning themselves as the aspirin to their potential employer’s headaches. By leveraging the things that make you – and them – a success, your voice will be loud and clear.
It’s very important not to fall into the old resume talking patterns that so many people fall prey to. My solution is to let go of old school methodologies. One of the best ways to master this is to learn by example. I give my clients a recording that features other clients and their value added profiles that led to success!
So the next time you have a networking opportunity, or in an informational interview, your value added profile will help you stand out as a unique, beneficial contributor.
If this topic interests you, read more about it in my book, From Roadkill To Road Map.