CAN BOSSES AND EMPLOYEES BE FRIENDS? HOW TO NAVIGATE THE WORK FRIEND ZONE

Are you one of the lucky people who loves your boss? Maybe she’s everything you aspire to be one day. Hanging with the team for happy hour. Turning the hallway into a putting green. Giving you solid client insight from her years in the trenches.

Or maybe you’re a boss overseeing the employee of your dreams. He reminds you of yourself when you were just starting out. You, too, were once called a rising star, asked to join junior employee committees while still having time to hit both the gym and the downtown bar scene.

Overall, it’s a good thing to like your colleagues, especially those with whom you have a direct reporting relationship. But in my work, I often hear about the times when these relationships become too close for comfort and the boundaries of professionalism are crossed. Work can and should be enjoyable! But relationships can be complicated.

In this post, I’ll explore the ways you can have great workplace relationships, and even be very friendly, without overstepping bounds. Here are some tips to help both sides navigate the boss/employee friend zone.

IF YOU’RE THE BOSS:

  • Don’t friend your subordinates. You thought I was going to put this under the employee list, didn’t you? Well, sure, it applies there, but you’d be surprised how many employees — usually millennials — come to me, cringing because their boss has requested them as a friend on social media and they don’t know what to do. #awkward. If you’re the boss, don’t put your employees in this tough spot, where they feel they have to accept and then monitor every word they say online. Some offices are friendlier than others, but it’s safest to stick to LinkedIn and avoid connecting on more personal sites like Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.
  • Be likeable. Some of the best advice I’ve heard about managing and relationships comes from Alexandra Lebenthal, CEO of the financial firm Lebenthal & Co. “The best leaders I have known are the ones who let their true personalities shine through by being open and approachable,” she says in an interview we conducted for my book, Becoming the Boss. In my experience, the best leaders of any age are confident and strong, while still being fair and open.

 

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IF YOU’RE THE EMPLOYEE:

  • Understand if your boss isn’t into chitchat. I enjoyed this recent article by Kristin van Ogtrop, managing editor of Real Simple, about why a boss might not ask about your weekend. It’s not because he doesn’t like you or she doesn’t care. It’s because you’re all there primarily to work.
  • Find other friends. When you have a great relationship with your boss, you might start to feel like you’re developing a relationship that feels more personal than it is. As you go through ups (the big client win!) and the downs (the big client loss!), you forge bonds. But, at the end of the day, you have to remember that your boss can’t be your everything. Make sure that your work-life integration focuses on developing solid relationships outside of work, too.
  • When in doubt, err on the side of polished and professional. If you have fallen into a friendly routine with your boss, kudos to you. But as the employee, it is your responsibility to always monitor how much is too much. Take your cues from your boss: Does she try to change the subject when you talk about a late night after-party you attended? Is he sharing about his family as much as you are? In any work situation, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

Source From:https://www.lindseypollak.com/can-bosses-employees-friends-navigate-work-friend-zone/

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4 Easy Ways Anyone Can Start Developing Leadership Skills at Work

Ever feel like you’re at the bottom of a long chain of authority? Pretty sure there aren’t enough resources at your company to help you develop essential skills that’ll get you moving up that chain? Well, you’re not alone.

According to the annual Global Millennials survey, cited by Business Insider, most young workers (two-thirds!) are planning to leave their positions by 2020. And 71% of the people planning to jump ship in the next two years will be doing it because they feel there aren’t enough leadership development resources available at their current organization. While that’s a clear indicator that companies have a lot to improve upon on their ends, a lack of clear opportunity isn’t always a good reason to leave a job you like.

There are plenty of different ways to develop your leadership skills even if there aren’t any official programs or tracks in place for you. Because being a leader isn’t about having the boss title, it’s about stepping up and becoming the kind of person others aspire to be.

So, because you shouldn’t have to leave your job to find chances for growth in your career, here are ways to create these opportunities for yourself no matter where you work.

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1. Get to Know Your Team

All good leaders know their team members their strengths, weaknesses, and how people can best complement one another. And I’m not saying you need to make some Devil Wears Prada-style flashcards of everyone’s information; just start with simple conversations and build from there.

Take the time to really get to know your company, its history, its values, its industry, and the departments and people that keep it all going even if bonding with co-workers doesn’t always come naturally to you. Do you think your boss got where she is now without doing the research or understanding the context of her work first?

If you find this to be a challenging, create time on your calendar to make sure it happens, whether it’s a 30-minute lunch, or just a five-minute coffee run with someone you don’t know too well.

2. Help a Co-worker Out

Notice anyone who’s super busy or stressed out lately? Offer your spare time to help him out or take on some of his tasks. No matter where you fall in the hierarchy, you still need to embrace a team player mentality and that means recognizing the value of working together toward a common goal.

It takes great maturity to be able to prioritize what’s needed most and respond to that, even if it doesn’t immediately benefit or interest you to do so. If you genuinely work at being a point of support or guidance to your peers, you’ll learn so much more about communication, collaboration, and trust than you would by getting mad your job won’t send you to that leadership conference.

Bonus: I’m pretty sure everyone would also love you because an extra hand is almost always appreciated.

3. Take Initiative

You can always go above and beyond at your current job by taking on more responsibilities around the office. The more you do, the more you learn about your workplace and what makes it run smoothly.

If you notice something lacking at your company, you can easily flex those management muscles by recognizing small weaknesses and developing plans to address them.

They can range from being good for the long-term, such as writing up a new training manual or re-organizing the internal drive, or just be about helping out right now, like showing a new person on a different team how to use the copy machine.

These acts both big and small show your boss that you’re a self-starter. Even more, advocating for your co-workers or showing around a new employee are all ways to practice management, no matter your current position.

4. Ask for More

At the end of the day, if you don’t feel that you’re growing enough at your company, quitting your job shouldn’t be your first impulse. Sure, if there really seem to be no opportunities to improve, you can consider looking for something new. But a conversation with your boss might be all it takes to shake things up for your work responsibilities.

The key is not to go into the conversation on a negative note, but rather to come prepared with specific ideas for ways in which you could work on your leadership skills. Maybe you volunteer to lead team meetings, or perhaps you suggest mentoring new employees, or if you’re more of a behind-the-scenes person, you revise those old style manuals.

If nothing else, this conversation’s great practice for advocating for yourself seriously, no one has ever solved a problem by ignoring it. Chances are, your boss will really respect you for your dedication to the company and enthusiasm for taking on more. As long as you’re able to complete your current work, odds are high you won’t be turned down.

Leaders don’t just happen because other people made them that way. It takes practice, and if you look hard enough and get creative, you’ll notice plenty of hidden opportunities all around you to strengthen that leadership muscle.

Source From :https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-easy-ways-anyone-can-start-developing-leadership-skills-at-work

7 Career Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid By Just Reading This

  1. I Never Officially Asked Someone to Be My Mentor

I’ve worked with a lot of incredible writers and editors in my career who know I look up to them and who I’ve gone to for advice numerous times over the years. But I never sat down any of them and said, “I really admire the career path you’re on, and it’s very similar to the plan I envision for myself will you take me under your wing?” You know that old adage, “Ask and you shall receive?” There really is a switch that flips when you tell someone what you want from them and explain how they can help you.

Case in point, when I was a young entertainment editor at CosmoGIRL!, I was all set to interview John Mayer for a feature. At the time, he was my favorite singer and I felt like the lyrics from his first album were ripped out of my own diary. But a high school student who had asked our editor-in-chief to be her mentor was a fan, too and wanted to develop her interview skills so, my John Mayer interview was given to her.

Now, this is an extreme case, and not every mentee is going to get such a major opportunity handed to them from a mentor. But there is a huge lesson to be learned here: If you don’t ask someone to be your mentor, you’ll never know what doors it could have opened for you.

 

  1. I Didn’t Keep in Touch With My Interns

It never ceases to amaze me how many of my former interns have gone on to basically rule the world. Often on their last day, I’d simply thank them for all of their hard work and send them out into the world, only to maybe hear from them for a job reference when they graduated.

Now that I’m a freelance writer who pitches a wide variety of publications and editors, I very often end up pitching former interns. It makes my heart happy to see them succeeding, but it would have been even better if I’d made an effort to keep in touch with them. It would make those “Hi, please assign me a story” conversations a lot less awkward.

And on that note be nice to your interns. I always did try to treat mine with respect, but things get busy and it can be easy to take out your stress on them. Don’t do that because if they’re going to be in a position of power one day and you were mean to them, they might just take pleasure in rejecting you.

 

  1. I Spoke Back to My Superiors Sometimes

As a junior editor, there was one senior editor who edited a majority of the features I wrote. Our interaction went something like this:

Senior editor: “Do you think our readers care, like really care, about Britney Spears anymore? Should we change that reference?

Me: [Eye roll]

Senior editor: “So  what do you think?”

Me: [Long, drawn out sigh] “You really don’t know anything about entertainment or what I do as an entertainment editor if you’re asking me a question like that. Everyone loves Britney Spears.”

Senior editor: [Draws in breath and throws copy back to me, effectively ending conversation]

So here’s what happens when you’re blatantly disrespectful you’re essentially hanging a sign around your neck that screams “Difficult.” The person you disrespected will always remember that when asked by another colleague about you or and this is a biggie when your professional paths cross again. And trust me, they always do. It’s very tough to redeem yourself (even if your excuse really was being an insolent 20-something who didn’t know better).

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  1. I Didn’t Negotiate

I was at my first job for five years before I finally decided it was time to move on. I was apprehensive about breaking out of my comfort zone and going somewhere new, but I was recruited for a job that seemed like the perfect next step in my career. The executive editor who interviewed me was very persuasive. That was great but the job paid less money than I wanted, came with a title that was technically a step down, required that I sit in a cubicle instead of an office (I was coming from an oversized private space) and didn’t include any of the new responsibilities I wanted, such as managing a team or top-editing junior writers.

It had been so long since I’d interviewed for a job and gotten an offer that I was afraid to accept anything other than what was offered to me. So I got the offer and took it, no questions asked. I didn’t even try to get more money or find out if an office would be possible down the line. I left everything on the table and showed up for my first day of work with a massive pit in my stomach. I only stayed at that job for nine months, and every single day I wondered what would have been if I even tried to negotiate a little bit.

Here’s the thing the very worst that can happen during negotiations is you’re told “No.” And if you’re told “No” to the things that you consider deal breakers, then you have the power to decline and wait for a better opportunity to present itself.

  1. I Should Have Asked for Feedback Before My Reviews

After a few years at my first job, some changes took place and I had a brand-new boss. I thought I was doing great before she came on board and that I was on track for a promotion. And then, it was time for our annual reviews, and she told me how very presumptuous I was for thinking I was ready for more responsibility—that I had very specific things to work on before she would even consider it. Yes, my boss should have sat down with me before the review if she was that concerned about my performance—but I should have been checking in with her, too.

Let me empower you: It’s OK to check in with your boss every six weeks or so. It doesn’t even have to be a formal meeting. Just find a free minute to ask if you can review your latest projects or get feedback on how you’ve interacted with recent clients. Find out what your boss was impressed by and where you need to improve. Be bold enough to ask where she sees you in the next year and how she suggests you get there.

  1. I Was Terrible About Managing My Contacts

Get in the habit of creating a Google spreadsheet with the contact info of everyone you meet. Update it with every business card you receive or contact information in the signature of every email. Store it in your Google drive, email it to yourself as a backup, and be diligent about updating it when someone’s information changes.

Please just trust me on this one there’s nothing worse than having to dig for the contact information of someone you met five years ago. It may take five years until you need to reach out to people on that list again. That’s OK it will save you a lot of time and energy if you can quickly pull it up on your computer rather than racking your brain trying to remember where you met that contact or how you think their last name might be spelled as you desperately search your email.

  1. I Didn’t Always Speak Up After I Made a Mistake

Many times in the early part of my career, I made mistakes and I did not speak up. Luckily, I was never fired and none of my mistakes were so detrimental that they couldn’t be fixed. But there were a lot of close calls that created more work and unnecessary late nights for my colleagues and myself.

We are human. We all make mistakes. And if you have a boss who makes you feel like mistakes aren’t tolerated, then perhaps you need to find someone else to work for. However, what is unacceptable is not taking responsibility for your mistakes. Hiding from mistakes, lying about mistakes or throwing others under the bus because of your mistakes will catch up with you—and it won’t be pretty. Admitting something went wrong as soon as it goes wrong will suck, but the mess will be a lot easier to clean up and your reputation should come out unscathed.

Source From:https://www.themuse.com/advice/7-career-mistakes-you-can-easily-avoid-by-just-reading-this

Time Management Hacks – To be Known Before My 20s

You can get started today! Choose one hack a day and you will make it through the list in less than a month.

  1. Use a calendar app or calendar notebook every day

Keeping all of your appointments in your head is ineffective. That’s why successful people use calendar tools.

  1. Use a task management tool

Yes, keeping a to-do list is vital in successfully managing your time. At first, you may just use scraps of paper (I did that once as well).

It is much more effective to use a dedicated task management tool though. You could use a well made paper notebook such as a Moleskine, or even a digital tool (e.g. Remember the Milk, Microsoft Outlook or Nozbe).

  1. Respect your need for sleep by getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each day

Cutting out sleep to have more fun or get more work done is a short sighted strategy. While you can pull off this strategy in your 20s to a degree, it is a destructive habit to form.

Being tired all day means that you will be able to make effective use of your time, no matter how organized you are. So make it a habit of getting those legitimate seven to eight hours each night.

  1. Do a weekly review of the past 7 days

Learning how to do a weekly review is one of the best time management habits for you to develop. The Weekly Review is a concept created by David Allen, author of the classic productivity book Getting Things Done.

To get started with a weekly review, go through the following steps:

 

  • First, review your calendar for the past week and the current week – look for loose ends, meetings and other matters that need further attention.
  • Second, review your email inbox (personal and company email accounts) and achieve inbox zero.
  •  Third, review your goals for the year and make plans to work on them in the coming week.

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This practice will help you to better plan your schedule and avoid nasty surprises.

  1. Plan to achieve four hours of real work per day

Did you know that project managers often assume people will be less than 100% productive per day? It’s true! You may have a standard eight hour work day but the reality is that only half of that day is likely to be highly productive.

The rest of the day will be taken up with meetings, responding to email, browsing the Internet and related activities.

  1. Focus on a single task at a time (i.e. no multitasking!)

Multitasking is a wasteful way to work. Instead, you will achieve more if you choose one activity at a time. For example, allocate one hour in the morning to work on a proposal for a client, then give yourself a short break.

  1. Separate strategic and “brain dead” tasks

High value strategic tasks are what companies and clients pay for – coming up with new product ideas, ways to reduce cost and other improvements. However, it is difficult to deliver creative insights all day long.

When the last hour of the day arrives and you’re tired, work through “brain dead” tasks like installing security updates or tossing out old papers.

  1. Accomplish large projects by breaking them down into smaller tasks

The ability to accomplish large projects is one of the most important time management hacks. For example, if you are assigned with organizing a corporate conference in six months, the effort may feel impossible.

Get started by writing a plan and asking for advice from people who have accomplished similar projects.

  1. Set a maximum of three priority tasks per day

At the beginning of the day, it is easy to come up with a to-do list with dozens of items. Unfortunately, unplanned phone calls, requests from the boss and others quickly overturn the best plans.

Instead, simply choose three important tasks per day.

  1. Learn to delegate tasks effectively at work

Effective managers (and successful professionals) routinely delegate tasks so they can focus on their work better. The basic steps of effective delegation: describe the task and deadline, explain it to the person who will perform the task and ask to be kept informed.

  1. Delegate household tasks as soon as you can afford it

During your 20s, you will have difficult years as you start your career. Once you have additional resources, look for domestic activities you can delegate.

  1. Review the past to become better, not assign blame

Repeating past mistakes is one of the worst ways to misuse your limited time. That’s why it makes sense to have review your projects, work deliverables and habits regularly.

  1. Set deadlines for every task

Giving deadlines to yourself is one of the best ways to stay organized. A task without a deadline is likely to frustrate you after all.

If your boss gives you a deadline for Friday, you may want to get the work done on Thursday instead so that you have time to review it.

  1. Schedule travel time on your calendar

Travel time is a reality that we need to learn to manage. For example, you may realize that it takes you 10 minutes to travel from your main office building to a nearby client building.

That means you cannot afford to schedule back-to-back meetings and still be on time.

  1. Put a proven productivity system like ‘Getting Things Done’ into action

You don’t have to come up with every aspect of time management all on your own. Instead, invest the time to read a great time management book like Getting Things Done by David Allen and put the ideas into action.

  1. Put personal rest and relaxation on your calendar

If you are driven to achieve results, it is easy to neglect yourself and work all the time. That’s why it you should always have time on your schedule for enjoyable activities.

  1. Take breaks during the work day

Sitting in a chair at your desk all day is bad for your health according toPopular Science. To maintain your health and focus – key inputs for good time management – take breaks of 5-10 minutes every hour to walk around.

Simply getting a glass of water and stretching for a few minutes will do wonders for your body.

  1. Learn to say no effectively

Saying yes to new responsibilities is a great way to grow your career when you first get started. Yet, this is a habit that you can take too far. If you are a people pleaser and struggle with saying no, then read The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness by James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher.

  1. Use your values to make decisions about your time

Understanding yourself is essential to managing your time. For example, if your top value is family then you will have to manage your work requirements according to that value.

Discovering your values is challenging if you have never given thought to this area before.

  1. Admit mistakes quickly and move on

Covering up mistakes wastes everyone’s time including your own. You can achieve much more in life if you admit your mistakes, solve the problem and move on.

Most managers are willing to forgive mistakes, especially if you are honest and work hard at preventing the mistake from occuring again.

Source From:http://www.lifehack.org/290992/20-time-management-hacks-wish-known-before-20s

 

3 Tips to Become Better at Your Job

3 Tips to Become Better at Your Job

There are many ways to build your career and climb your company’s ladder, but some methods work better than others. Your job isn’t just a place where you go to hunker down for eight hours a day. You go there to better yourself, to learn, and to earn your livelihood. Here three vital tips that will help you become a better worker and a top candidate for a promotion.

  1. Take on more responsibilities.

More responsibility doesn’t mean working overtime every night. You should be able to have a reasonable amount of downtime in your life. Working extra during very busy times of the year like the end of the quarter or before a big conference is normal, but you don’t need to consistently work weekends to get ahead.

However, when you have downtime or a wide-open schedule, ask your boss what other projects need extra help. Or, if you’re familiar with other coworkers’ projects, offer to pitch in. People are loathe to ask for help when they need it, but are more willing to accept an offer. Your coworkers won’t forget your offers of help when it comes time for a promotion.

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  1. Stay on top of the industry.

Most industries are constantly on the move and evolving. Everyone wants to be more productive, more efficient, and greener. That means staying on top of changing trends within the industry.

Your company should encourage you to learn more about your line of work, and if there are any company-sponsored workshops or networking events, make sure you attend them. Take advantage of any company-paid degree programs or reimbursement for higher education. If you foot the bill for higher education or further learning yourself, you may be able to write these expenses off on your taxes.

  1. Delegate.

You have to know when to say no. If you’re consistently swamped and overworked, set boundaries and tell your boss that you need a better work-life balance. This includes your home life, hobbies, and downtime to ensure that you bring your best self to the job.

If you have people who work for you, you can relieve some of your stress by delegating smaller tasks to the people who work under you. Don’t overload them, but give them some freedom to run with your projects (without micro-managing them). It’s very important to make sure the people who work under you on the org chart know you trust them.

And don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re overwhelmed. People prefer a collaborative working environment, which only comes when people work together. Asking people for help can build that environment just as easily as offering help can.

Keep Challenging Yourself to Become Better

Your ideal workplace should challenge you to be a better worker and a more balanced person. That means advancing along with the industry and your environment, being among the first to embrace new techniques, and continue learning. Your employer should embrace this, and so should you. You can make sure to stay on top of your industry by taking periodic Career Tests on LiveCareer.

Source From:https://www.livecareer.com/career-tips/career-advice/how-to-improve-yourself

5 Career-Boosting Moves You Still Have Time to Make in 2016

We’re more than halfway done with 2016. (Can this even be possible?) How’s your career humming along? Did you vow to make this the year you make a change, snag a promotion, or gain new skills or credentials?

Are you there yet? If no, fear not. You’ve still got plenty of time before the holiday season, when companies typically start winding down on interviewing and hiring for the year. Now the hard question: Are you ready to set aside a bit of your summer sun time and get going?

I’ll assume you said yes: That’s excellent. Here are five things you can still accomplish career-wise in 2016, instead of putting things off until next year:

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  1. Better Your Position at Your Current Employer

So many people, when feeling unhappy in their current jobs, assume that they need to go find another job, at another company. But, what if there’s a way to make your career situation happier, more lucrative, or more fulfilling—without leaving? Is there another department you’ve got your eye on? Or, a position you’d die to have? Or, maybe a special project you want to work on?

Or, are you feeling like it’s well past time for a raise?

If so, don’t just sit there. Put together a proposal or a plan. Approach people of influence—whether that’s your boss or leaders within other groups, or even peers—and sleuth out internal possibilities. Ask questions. Take thoughtful risks. Make a case.

There’s truly something to the adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” The trick is to squeak in productive, compelling ways, not in ways that make you look like a whiner. Always keep in mind that businesses exist to make money (or, in the case of nonprofits, raise money). So, in everything you do, figure out how whatever it is you’re asking for will help the organization make money, improve productivity, add value, solve problems, or innovate. Present what you want in the form of “What’s in it for you guys,” rather than, “What I want out of the deal,” and see where it takes you.

  1. Map Out a Career Pivot Plan

Or, maybe you don’t want to stay at your current employer. Maybe you want to shake things up in a big way. Can you make progress toward this before 2016 comes to a close? Of course you can. And, depending on the nature of the pivot, you can probably make considerable progress.

Where should you start? Your very first move should be to define the “ideal” scenario. You’re not likely to leave a job that doesn’t suit you, and move into a great career that does, if you don’t define—with specificity—what “better” looks like. What skills do you want to put to use? What tasks energize you? What do you do really well? Write this stuff down, as well as the stuff you truly don’t want to do or be around in your next role.

And then play around with some of these terms and variables when you’re searching—see what jobs come up. What are they called? Who are they with? What skills and experience do they require?

Once you have a handle on what that position you want to pivot into looks like, you can then start building a transition plan.

Who do you need to know? What organizations should you research? Are you lacking any credentials or skills that will be either required or super advantageous in this next role? How can you go about obtaining them? What’s a realistic timeframe for this transition?

Build some big picture framework around this bad boy, and then develop action items for yourself—specific tasks that you can knock off one by one every week. Endlessly pondering a pivot isn’t going to get you anywhere in 2016; devising and tackling action items will.

  1. Gain (or Shore Up) a New, Valuable Skill

Speaking of credentials, are you someone who maybe isn’t feeling a strong pull toward a completely different field, but realizing that you’re at a disadvantage because you lack a certain skill that’s in demand in your field?

How can you obtain that skill or credential, or at least start the process yet this year? Consider online learning. There’s an endless array of online classes available to professionals today, many of which are either free or quite reasonable in cost. It’s easier than ever to learn new skills—whether that’s a popular tech tool, or a business practice, or a language, or even leadership training.

Bemoaning what you don’t have is a waste of time. Investigating how to make yourself more valuable (and then mobilizing) may provide you with a critical advantage—and you’ve still got plenty of time to knock this off in 2016.

 

  1. Build (or Establish) Thought Leadership

I cannot overstate the value of building thought leadership within your field of expertise. Can’t. And you know exactly what I’m talking about because I will bet that, right this minute, you could name at least one or two people in your field who are absolutely killing it, in no small part because they’ve done a bang-up job of establishing themselves as the thought leaders in your industry.

Do you think that they’re just lucky? Probably not. These people (that you probably admire, or maybe secretly envy a little bit) have very likely deployed deliberate strategies to market their knowledge, their talents, and their personalities in the right places, at the right times.

Social media makes building thought leadership accessible to the masses. If you’re not using LinkedIn, Twitter, or other appropriate-to-your-field platforms to showcase your passion for and expertise within your chosen field (along with your winning personality), start now.

Dip a toe in: Begin posting relevant articles on LinkedIn once a week or launch a professional Twitter page. Follow other industry leaders. Study what they’re doing on social media. What works? What doesn’t? And then build your own strategy from there.

You don’t have to be prolific, certainly not at first. But you’re wasting an incredible opportunity if you’re not leveraging the power of the internet to build or establish yourself as an influencer.

 

  1. Stay Top-of-Mind With Your Professional Network

In addition to its power as a tool for building thought leadership, social media provides every professional means to stay top-of-mind with your network. And that, my friends, is half the battle. If you can stay on the radar of your professional contacts at all times (OK, most times)—and this means, even when you’re not actively looking for a new job—you’re going to be the one they think of when some cool opportunity opens up at their company that aligns with your background.

They’re also going to be more willing to help you if and when you do need their support, because you’ve not blipped off the grid for multiple years and then popped back up only when you need something.

LinkedIn is, perhaps, your lowest hanging fruit for keeping your network “warm.” Did someone you know just land a new job? Spend two minutes sending a congratulatory note. Did a former colleague just finish her master’s degree? Bam. Another two-minute congratulatory note. Are you heading to an industry event that you’re excited about? Post it as your LinkedIn status update, and see if anyone (who maybe is also attending) sendsyou a note. You catch my drift.

This isn’t rocket science, and it’s also not cumbersome or insanely time consuming. You truly need less than an hour a week to be effective with this. And you’ve got lots of hours left in 2016.

The year is cruising by, without a doubt. But you’ve got four solid months left in 2016 to make a considerable dent before everyone gets “holiday brain” and checks out for the season.

I vote for making these four months count like crazy. (Ready to get started?)

 

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How to impress the hiring manager?

While you are searching for job, you have to make your resume appealing with these tips to impress the hiring manager who is responsible for giving you a position and knows better about the job you are applying for.

1. Highlight your accomplishments

The job description highlights the areas of expertise the hiring manager wants in an employee. Tailor your accomplishments and experiences to the most important qualifications in the description. For example, if the first qualification listed states that five years or more experience managing client accounts is required, one of your first and most important work experiences listed on your resume should state something about managing client accounts.

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2. Correlate with job description

The hiring manager wants to see a resume that correlates to the job description as much as possible. If one qualification asks for three years of supervisory experience, your career summary section at the top of the page should make it easy for the manager to confirm you meet this requirement, even if you have experience from more than one previous employer. Mention you earned four years of managerial experience between two dedicated teams of two years each in the career summary to create a neat package of the most important skills you bring to the position. This section places the most important qualifications in an easy-to-read format for someone to browse quickly and then the person can read further if the career summary piques his interest.

3. Specify Skills

Some positions require very specific skill sets, such as knowing a particular software program or having a certification. Saying you have a skill or certification does not set you apart from other candidates in the mind of a hiring manager. Listing your expertise about San Serif PagePlus is great, but how do you use it to accomplish tasks? Mention that you created webpage graphics, YouTube intros and e-newsletter layouts with the software as a way to market your knowledge of the program. Samples of this type of work help in this regard because they show you have what it takes to get results.

Demonstrating your skills and qualifications turns your job experiences into tangible assets for hiring managers. Showcase these elements as a means of impressing the person responsible for giving you the job. A well-written resume is key to getting these points across in a clear, concise and engaging manner, as the document makes someone seek more details about your expertise.