Monthly Archive for March, 2009

Silence Is A Powerful Communications Tool

Common Sense Career Advice

One of the hardest lessons any aggressive and ambitious person needs to master on the career path is that silence can be a powerful tool of communications. The traits required to make it to the top drive one to have strong opinions and to want to express them. However, there are many times when it is better to sit back and let others do the talking.

Think it through. It is not your responsibility to fill every vacuum of silence with noise. Let others speak. They may have something important to say. If they don’t and still speak, they may reveal their foolishness and you will look smarter.

Any good career counselor will say it’s better to have them wonder why you didn’t speak than why you did.

You can’t learn anything while you are talking.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

How To Survive The Career Tsunami

Common Sense Career Advice

The world of work is experiencing changes of tsunamic proportions. Career paths are being impacted on a scale not seen since the Big Depression of the 1920s-30s. New opportunities are opening; old ones are going up in smoke.

If you are truly ambitious careerists you will pay heed to the advice of Charles Darwin who said, “Survival goes not necessarily to the most intelligent or the strongest of the species, but to the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

Then, you’ll conduct a reality check to determine if you are prepared to survive and achieve career success in this changing, volatile environment. You’ll run this test on a regular basis.

Follow the advice of Brian Tracy, personal and professional development guru, declares in his book, Reinvention, How To Make The Rest Of Your Life The Best Of your Life:

“Practice zero-based thinking in every area of your life. Ask, Is there anything that I am doing today that, knowing what I now know, I would not start up again today if I had to do it over?”

Are you fully investing your time and energy toward surviving the worldwide tsunamic and winning the career rewards you desire?

Rank your activities in three categories: (1) advance your career, (2) derail your progress, and (3) spin in neutral.

Apply this thinking to reviewing your personal relationships as well on and off the job. Are you spending your time with winners and ignoring the losers? Are you feeding the gossip mill or helping to shut it down?

Take a close look at your time at work. Are you doing things that you could hand off to an associate, freeing yourself to take on assignments of greater responsibility and greater potential for career rewards?

Are you adding value to your employer’s benefit from his investment in you? Are you accomplishing more than your boss expects or are you cruising along at your comfort level?

How do you spend your time away from your job? Are you learning new skills and making contacts with mentors and associates who can help you advance on your career path?

Are you following good health practices? Are you rounding out your life by pursuing interests outside your immediate career? Are you helping others to earn career success?

Do you know the state of health of your employer’s business, as well aqs that of the industry category it’s in?

Do you have in place and follow a career plan? Do you have an up-to-date resume just in case things turn sour on your present job?

Reflect on Brian Tracy’s advice which he calls KWINK (Knowing What I Now Know). The ultimate question is: Are you spending your working life in a career that fulfills your ambitions and needs?

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Does Your Resume Make The Best Case For You?

Common Sense Career Advice

Here’s a comment that deserves attention from anyone seeking employment.

“The vast majority of people facing career changes are immensely better qualified than their self-written resumes”, says Bryan Newman, Certified Professional Resume Writer.

“…a successful resume (tells) the reader what you have accomplished that makes you a better candidate for the job than others in the field. Recruiters look for candidates whose resumes are crafted around a solid list of career achievements.”

It’s time to put your best foot forward.

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Sharing A Workplace With Someone You Loathe?

Common Sense Career Advice

I think you’ll find this article by Amanda Pavis to be of real interest and helpful, unless you are one of the fortunate few who has never had to work with anyone you found to be obnoxious. She writes:

The office environment should be one where personalities are laid to one side, where people come in and leave their problems at the door and where colleagues and co-workers all get along great. But alas it does not work like that, they are hotbeds of gossip, office politics, people not getting on, body odours, bullying and sometimes, all out hostilities. So what can you do if you find a great job, but you are effectively sharing a desk with someone you despise and whom you just cannot get along with?

Remember that this is only work. Do not blame yourself for this and do not blame the other person: sometimes things just don’t work out and people do not get along. But that doesn’t make you a bad person, but also it may not make the other person automatically bad. You may simply not be compatible.

The first thing that you should do is to have a quiet word with your manager. Attempt to do this subtly and without being too disrespectful of your colleague. Don’t say things like, ‘You will have to move me because I hate X and she is a lazy person’, instead you could gently point out that you are finding it hard to concentrate and is there any possibility that you could be moved to a quieter spot in the office, where there are not so many distractions.

If, however, you hate your colleague because he or she is bullying or harassing you, then you should tell your manager, but otherwise be very discreet.

Be mindful of the fact that you don’t want the reasons for your move to be broadcast to the whole office, so the less that is said the better. If it is a case of bullying or harassment, then your manager has a duty to act, but if it is just a case of a personality clash, then he or she may not be so responsive. But all you can do is try, since it will be easier for them to ease any tensions in the workplace, rather than let them fester: but if they aren’t responsive, then adopt Plan B and sign up with a recruitment agency and treat yourself to a new job!

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I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Update Your Resume Just In Case…

Common Sense Career Advice

Those who are committed to achieving career success know that it is a good idea to maintain an up to date resume.

There are four benefits to be gained by following this practice.

1. Maintaining your resume on a continuing basis means you can work free of undue pressure to produce the best possible, most persuasive documents that the facts justify and your ambitions require.

The same goes for a letter to present your resume to prospective employers.

Anticipating your need for a presentation package, you will have time to get someone you trust to review these documents for content and typos and errors.

2. Such documents provide an opportunity to revisit the career goals you have, so you can determine if the career path you are on will satisfy your ambitions?

You will be enabled to answer such questions as these: Are you in a job that allows you to maximize your skills and reach your career goals? Is the outlook healthy for your employer and the industry in which it is engaged?

3. You will have a clear picture of your accomplishments. This can be a source of satisfaction. At the same time, this document highlights the improvements you need to make to achieve your goals.

4. You will be able to spring into action if you are put out of a job, or if an opportunity comes your way.

While you are at it, study the fit between your qualifications and the requirements of the job market. Is there a demand for what you have to offer? If not, what market can you serve?

Take advantage of any and all opportunities to improve your skills and knowledge in a world that is experiencing unprecedented changes.

Review your list of contacts, where you work and in the outside world, who might be helpful it you are thrown back into the job market or want to pursue a new opportunity. Touch bases with them. Be visible.

Prepare a “gap plan.” That is, set a goal of where you would like to be on your career path five years from now. Inventory your assets (position, performance record, skills and contacts). If you are ambitious there will be a “gap” between where you are and where you want to be. This exercise will enable you to determine what assets you will need and what actions you must take to reach your career goals.

Review your finances. Establish a budget that you can sustain for at least six months of unemployment.

This is not negative thinking. Instead, it is preparing you to deal with reality in a changing, challenging world of work where hazards and opportunities evolve day by day.

I wish you career success!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work