Category: Career

sing Social Influence As a Leadership Tool

Leaders should work as collaborators with team members to produce their best work and achieve organizational goals. What are some ways you can utilize social influence to increase the effectiveness of your leadership?

  1. Develop a partnership mindset: It’s not a “you versus them” scenario. You and your employees are partners. In order to get the work done everyone must do their part to make sure the organizations goals are met. Therefore, an authoritarian mindset of “I am manager and these underlings must do what I say” is an archaic and unproductive way to do business. As leader of a team, you’re still a team member. A partnership mindset of the leader can influence the team to take on ownership of their roles and outcomes in the organization.
  2. Get to know your team members: In order to resonate on an emotional level and build trust with your team, it requires building a relationship with them. When you understand each of your team members and learn what they can do well, you can assign them the tasks they will likely succeed in. Effective leaders get to know their team and use that connection to maximize performance. Making employees to feel more valued and appreciated can go a long way to motivating them into producing their best work.
  3. Big Picture: Make sure that each and every employee understands how what they do on a daily basis is directly tied to department and organizational goals. When you can’t see the forest for the trees it’s easy to lose sight of the goals and how you fit in. This can lead to complacency and apathy. No matter where they are on the org chart, the employee needs to know how they fit in and how what they do contributes to the goals and keeps the cash flow coming in.
  4. Keep your employees’ best interests in mind: In every leaders’ day, there will be decisions made that someone will not like. However, when your employees feel that you have their best interests in mind they are more productive, more innovative, and less prone to absenteeism. It’s human nature- we’re more likely to be nice to those who we know have our back. Act with fairness, honesty and in the best interests of your team and they’ll reward you.

Start A New Career And Be Your Own Boss

It takes a lot of energy and can be a bit stressful and overwhelming at times when changing careers at any age. It’s also a very exciting time and when you mix motivation and energy with a well thought out plan, progress toward your goals is a sure thing. It’s only a matter of time before you become an expert and start reaching your potential in a new chosen career.

If you were to have a good vision of what it is that you want to do for the future, it would make the switch a lot easier and quicker.

Be sure to take the time necessary to discover just what it is that you really want. The job or career will, most likely, be for many years to come, so settle on a specific plan to accomplish the pre-set goals. Taking an organized approach is important for best results no matter what the reason for the desired change is.

If you’re confident and know exactly what you want and where to start then you’re in a nice position to get off to a great start with lots of enthusiasm and positive energy. If you don’t quite know what it is that you want to do with your working future, the process can be somewhat slower. This is simply because of the time that it takes to reach a career choice.

Below are 9 tips on how you can start a new career and be your own boss:

  1. Make a well-thought-out list of what you are good at and what you enjoy doing (that might be two different lists). See just what your talents and interests are. Be sure to write everything down neatly, take your time and follow these steps.
  2. What have you done in the past and what can you do now? Do you have any limitations, age perhaps, or a disability? Is a work from home situation best for you as it is for so many others?
  3. Considering the above, what would you really like to do? Make a list of 3-4 possible career choices, then decide on one of the choices and focus on that completely. Make sure that you will be able to perform the career duties right into your retirement years.
  4. Research, study and learn everything that you can about your newly chosen career and become an expert or authority within the boundaries of your chosen field.
  5. Don’t stress but keep your present job as long as you need it. It’s always best to not be in a rush but to be thorough, and become an expert, a go-to guy in your new field.
  6. Continuously increase your learning. Additional training and practice can only make you more valuable as well as ready and able to take advantage of any opportunities that might arise. Leave the TV off and read something or watch a video that is related to the new career choice for a couple of hours per day or night.
  7. Join a community of active like-minded individuals online and/or off. A nice active group or community of people all involved in the same activity and offering a helping hand to one another can really benefit the growth process. When there’s a question just ask and most likely a few from the community will be quick with an answer and help you through the situation. A good community of like-minded individuals is a great tool to use, and you can answer the questions of others, on a regular basis.
  8. Confident yet? Start your search for clients, employers or opportunity online and apply everything that you’ve learned in the research and study mentioned in #4. Be the best that you can be each day and the results will be maximum growth for your new career and compensation too.
  9. Be your own boss and build your own business online. Once you can help others it’s time to earn an income and there are billions of daily internet surfers, many will click on your website and possibly purchase a product that is being promoted on your site. Maybe they will even become a repeat customer.

Work-Life Balance

Achieving work-life balance is something I struggled with for years. I became a master at it my senior year of college. For me, my main issue with time management. I struggled with saying ‘no’ to people. Whether someone asked me to cover their shift at work, or someone in a group project slacking and asking for help, I was always there to take over. This became a huge problem in my life. I realized that I had no time for myself anymore and could not recharge. Work and school and lacrosse were the only things on my mind ever. I became very overwhelmed and started putting only sub-par effort into my life activities, school, and work.

I knew I needed to change the way my life was going. The first step I took was learning how to properly communicate. I started saying ‘no’ to little requests first, then I moved on to larger requests. When you practice saying ‘no’ it becomes more fluid and comfortable. Find out what is important and what is not. Organize your time in a list or on a calendar and don’t take on more than you can handle. By keeping a planner you can list out what you need to do, by week and by day.

The next step I took was limiting my technology use. Technology and social media consume our lives and when you take a step back and appreciate what is in front of you, it really opens your eyes. Practice keeping your phone put away when you are at dinner or out to eat with friends. Engage in deep conversation and really pay attention. Your friends and family will appreciate this, and you will too.

After a Career Break, How to Find a Suitable Job

Assurance. You have to assure your employer that you will be staying with them to work and not go on a break once again. Employers need assurance that they can rely on you to do the task, complete it and not abandon it. This means that you have to explain clearly during the interview the reason why you had a break. A well-explained rational reason is acceptable and takes away the doubt from the employer’s mind.

Knowledge and Skills. You have to be able to show that you still have the knowledge and skills that you have prior the career break and even better after the career break. You should be able to improve your knowledge and skills even during the break. This means that even though you are not working on your career, you are still learning new things and developing your skills. You still have to be updated on the latest things happening on your industry.

Adaptability. You should be able to adapt to new technology and development that occurred while you are on break. You cannot expect that the same tools you were using prior the break would still be the same ones that you will use when you make a career comeback. With the rapid changes in technology and computers, everything gets upgraded to become a better version of the original or prior versions.

Flexibility. You should be flexible enough to take on new roles after the career break. Roles can be related to or not to your prior work experience. You can change roles and engage in a career that is related to the skills you developed while on break. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be coming back to the same career you had prior to the break.

Networking. You should be able to keep in touch with former colleagues and bosses even during your career break. These people can help you once you are ready to come back. They can rehire you or recommend you as they already know your skills and attitude towards work.

Freelance Web Designer

Begin With a Full Time Position

The best way of understanding the intricacies of the web design industry is by actually working with a company where you can gain-on experience in what clients really need and what it takes to fulfill their requirements. Simultaneously, it is advisable to build an appreciable technical portfolio. This will give you confidence about your raw skills, and also an understanding of what kind of work meets industry standards.

If you cannot find such a position (almost every company is looking for experienced candidates), it would help if you enroll in a professional course from a reputed institute that provides the right coaching as well as support in finding a job.

Start Building Your Network And Portfolio

When you have a salary to look forward to, you can spend the rest of your time working on your own projects. Offers of freelancing projects will come your way if you open the right channels and broadcast your availability.

Social platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook are great resources to help you build your network and showcase the work you have been involved in. Join groups on LinkedIn where other web designers congregate. This is one place where people looking for designers post job and project listings frequently.

Networking is about laying the groundwork to self-employment. When you are confident that you can get enough quality work throughout the month, you can consider leaving your full time position.

Once you are self-employed, get listed on freelance sites like elance.com and freelancer.com where you can showcase your portfolio and bid for advertised projects.

Keep Upgrading Your Skills

Technology is changing continuously, and new tools and ways of doing things are being introduced for web designers all the time. You need to stay current on the latest developments in your field because this allows you to get the best projects.

Once you are getting booked consistently, you can start raising your rates, begin taking up high-paying jobs and pass on the less lucrative ones to friends and acquaintances who are just starting out.

Specialize

Specialization is the key to becoming known and being in constant demand. Graphics designing involves several ingredients – try to specialize in one and become a master of it. Gradually, you will witness your demand growing and your bank balance showing satisfying figures.

Start early and be patient. Freelancing is a lot like interviewing for a job. But, as a freelancer, interviews are held practically every single day, and your progress depends on your dedication to the job and to growing your business

Decide On A Career

If you are creative-minded then you may choose a career, which will suit your creative bent of mind. You may become a fashion designer, architect, web designer or graphic designer. If you are good in writing then you may choose to become a copy writer working for an advertising agency or can write a novel, hoping to become a best-selling writer with fame and money. Scientifically-minded people are advised to become an engineer or a doctor or a research scholar. People with communications skills are successful in sales and marketing related careers.

Many times parents decide about careers of their children without caring about interests and passions of their kids. Sometimes they are motivated by vague reasons. For example, I have seen many parents forcing their children to follow a profession, an uncle of the family had successfully pursued decades ago. They don’t realize that one person’s success in a profession doesn’t mean that everyone will be successful in that profession.

A person should choose his/her profession based on his/her interest. We should not be guided by how our relatives or friends are doing in that field.

Some people have natural talent to do a work easily compared to others. If you can sing well, play a game well or convince people easily then you have a natural talent that can be used to grow in your career. If you observe closely most people are gifted with one natural talent or the other. However, most people fail to recognize their talents. If you have a talent for anything, don’t waste it.

If you are able to do something better than others then you should realize it’s your strength. If you can talk publicly better than others, write better than others, sing better than others, or if you can play a musical instrument better than others then that’s your strength. Don’t waste it.

Things to Help Find an Internship

Start early

One of the things to check early is the typical deadline for the preferred internship. There are many industries that like to complete the process by the start of November. It is often possible to check with the career services office at your college to see which ones are likely to recruit and hire early. Also, the ability to start the search early gives more time to connect with professionals in the preferred industry.

Network

Start by talking with career counselors, college advisors, friends and family about the many different internship options. It may be possible to get involved with informational interviews at college to help gain useful experience and information on what career path may be right for you. Also, the college may organize a networking event that can include online events, conferences, or workshops on a wide range of subjects. By getting involved with networking it is possible to learn new skills and meet the people who can help achieve the desired internship.

Career fairs

Many career fairs take place during the winter break, which can give a perfect opportunity to meet top employers. A company will attend these fairs to screen and recruit the best students that are interested in an internship. Before attending a career fair, it is worth getting prepared. This may involve preparing a short introduction speech that can outline your motivation, experience, interests and skills. Also, try to get the relevant contact information to make it possible to follow-up with any company that showed an interest.

Direct contact

Simply being proactive and contacting a few companies in the industry of interest can be very productive. Visit in-person or telephone a short list of companies within a practical geographic area. Similar to the career fair, it will benefit to have a short introduction prepared and the reason for wanting to work for a particular company. This type of direct contact will likely be more successful if you are able to focus on summer jobs. Also, there may the option to apply for resort or camp openings to help improve communication and interpersonal skills. Additionally, a temp agency can be a useful resource for finding a company in need of short-term workers.

Reason You Can’t Find Employment

They make it convenient as most are taken online. I’ve taken my fair share of these tests and answered honestly. I didn’t realize what was being assessed until a potential employer told informed me, of how it worked.

Just a little background, I applied to this job as an IT recruiter. I met all the listed requirements, education, work history – background etc. I went online and took the assessment test as required. The test was about 80 questions – and like I said it seemed like it was asking me the same questions repeatedly.

A few days later a received a call from the company and we scheduled an interview. It was a small firm, and the guy who called was the owner. I went in for the interview. The interview went well, he told me his story about being in the corporate world, and how he hated it. So, he decided to start his own small business.

There were five other people who were working in the office as we spoke. None of the five seemed to pay attention to what we were saying, they were all diligently working at their small desks. I chatted with the owner for a while (trying to build rapport) based on our conversations, we were a lot alike in our approaches and thought processes – which is why I believed he revealed to me the truth.

I was asked to take another online test, after our brief conversation. This test was an “intelligence test” (at least that’s what he said). The test took about 30 minutes to complete. This test was basically like the online test that I had taken prior to the interview. When I finished, the owner received the results immediately.

It took him a few minutes to process the results (that’s my assumption) I watched as the other five employees typed on their computers and answered incoming calls. Finally, after about seven or eight minutes, we sat down again.

The owner had a stack of papers that he dropped down on the table in front of us.

The top paper had my name on it. He told me, flat-out in a moment of candor, “based on the results of your assessments, you’re too smart for this job.”

I didn’t know what that meant. He went on to explain, the assessments are designed to weed people out. He said companies are looking for a specific type of person. Someone who “isn’t too dumb, but also, someone who isn’t too smart”.

He said people who are “too dumb”, struggle with the basic concepts of the job. They make more mistakes, and in the long run won’t make a good employee. The people who are “too smart”, learn the job relatively quickly, get bored – and move on to a more challenging job. In the long run, they don’t make good employees.

I was told, the best employees, are the ones that aren’t “too dumb, but aren’t too smart” – and most importantly will happily stay in that place for years. The often asked question, “where do you see yourself in five years” is asked to weed out the overly ambitious.

This was news to me, and I thank the small business owner who told me this, I wouldn’t have known this without his candor. After all he told me, he still offered me the job – but I didn’t take it. He was looking for a long-term employee – and the truth was, that wasn’t going to be me.

He gave me the computerized results with my name on it. He said he doesn’t normally do that – but for whatever reason – he gave it to me. Over time, I read the nearly 40 pages of information formulated from my assessments. It had notations on where and how I most likely would fit in, positive attributes, negative attributes, etc. Things that you wouldn’t expect an assessment test to know. I must admit – most of it was right on the money.

SAP Career

SAP is highly regarded in the technology industry as it offers easy to implement ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions across the industrial sectors. Accounting, human resource, logistics, business suit and solution manager are some of the sought after products required and used in almost every organization. Today, reputed Information and Technology institutions have introduce SAP modules in their courses as the SAP training has become a need of the hour.

Candidates having done a SAP certification and hands on experience in SAP projects are entitled for quick job accessibility. In addition to it, aspirants interested in learning more to enhance their skills and expertise will find an exciting career in SAP. A professional from the respective field avails a high pay package, job stability, and timely recognition in the company. Growth, job stability and peace-of-mind are the three factors that the SAP professionals enjoy during the tenure.

Moreover, the job opportunities are not restricted to I.T companies. Non-I.T graduates interested in SAP career will find functional jobs available in the field of Telecommunication, Pharmaceuticals, Government agencies, Oil & Refineries and so on. In fact, a SAP professional can work as a consultant in the industry. Remember, master graduates and candidates from engineering background can push themselves to extreme high in SAP career. Further, several SAP experts in their personal blogs and forums have insisted to the aspirants to opt for certification after SAP training. A certification gives you the recognition as a reliable and expert professional in the industry.

These days, people having acquired some top level with management abilities in different fields are switching to SAP as it promises a job stability and growth. Managers and top-level professionals who have achieved highest ranks in the companies are aspiring to become a SAP specialist or expert. During the training, the reputed SAP centers impart tutorial related to different SAP modules to the students so that they shine in the industry. Therefore, people missing the job satisfaction in their existing job can enroll to SAP course and training provided by reputable institutions.

Value of a Good Business Math Textbook

Business mathematics is used by commercial enterprises in order to record and manage their operations. Most such courses are usually taken at the undergraduate level by business students, although sometimes they can be offered at the high school level to those who do not intend to go to college or who wish to pursue an associate’s degree. Two of the more advanced such courses at the college level are Business Calculus and Statistics. At the high school level the course might be geared toward the average person and called something like Consumer Math. In nearly all of these courses there is an emphasis on practicality and the types of problems typically encountered in commerce and everyday life.

The sort of practical subjects that might be discussed in these textbooks include computing interest, handling checking accounts, setting prices, calculating payroll and issues involving credit, interest and mortgages. Such subjects may require the book to include a review of some aspects of elementary arithmetic, elementary algebra, decimals and other forms of mathematics useful in addressing a wide array of practical commercial problems. Formulas are also reviewed.

Assignments in business math textbooks usually involve trying to solve real-life problems a person might encounter in the commercial world, both as an owner and a consumer. The textbook presents the kind of real-life scenarios that people in business and in their role as consumers encounter on a regular basis. At the same time, the textbook attempts to explain the various options that exist to resolve these problems.

A good business math textbook is essential to the successful understanding of the many forms of financial interaction discussed in these courses. To acquire or rent a textbook required for class visit a reputable textbook supplier. If the supplier has a book buyback program as well, then that will enable the student to recoup a significant portion of the purchase price. In any case, the business math textbook is a valuable companion to successfully completing the course and pursuing a career in this field.