Sunday, December 14, 2014

How to Make it Through at Work While Dealing With a Tragedy

Tough things happen unexpectedly, but work is often a constant. You learn of an upsetting medical diagnosis, experience the loss of a loved one, or witness turmoil in your community. You may take some time off, but at some point you’re headed back to work.

Just over two months ago, our son died. It’s hard to express the depth of sadness my husband and I are feeling. But we both coped, in part, by throwing ourselves into our work.

Even when you work for supportive people (and institutions), your actions in the office still contribute to your overall professional reputation. Yes, you’d hope your boss would look past a missed deadline or a lack of concentration that’s totally out of character for you. But that doesn’t mean tardiness, or poor focus, or emotional responses are things you want to become known for. 

And while it’s strange to talk about how your response to tragedy could advance your career, that doesn’t make it any less true. When you continue to effectively manage yourself and your workload, you demonstrate grace under pressure.

Here are four ways to get through—and make a shining impression—while dealing with a personal crisis. 

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Monday, December 8, 2014

3 Steps to Applying for a Job When You Don't Meet the Requirements

Are you ready for one of the best-kept secrets of the job search process? Unless the person doing the hiring has previously worked in the exact role he’s trying to fill, a fair amount of the job description is guesswork. 

Think about it: Hiring managers have to write a description that will simultaneously entice people to apply and ward off those who wouldn’t qualify for an interview. Also, haven’t you heard stories of a person who “met all of the qualifications” being passed over in the final stages for someone who “seemed like a better fit?” Probably so—because a company would much rather hire the candidate with two years of experience who seems like she could hit the ground running than someone with the requisite five years who failed to demonstrate strong communication skills.

So what’s a job seeker who doesn’t quite meet all the requirements in a position description to do? How can you tell the non-negotiable requirements from the ones you could compensate for with your other awesome skills? And—more importantly—how do you broach the subject in your cover letter?

Read on for your three-step plan.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

3 Networking Mistakes That Can Seriously Annoy Your Contacts

If you’re lucky, your network includes a few contacts you can always count on. These are the people who are truly in your corner. They say they’ll forward your resume on—and then do. They help you prepare for an interview—and want you to keep them apprised of your progress. They congratulate you on your new job—and connect you with someone with years of experience in the field.

That’s why it can be so disheartening when you reach out to someone who has always been there, only to hear that he’s too busy to make an introduction, or she doesn’t think she’s the right person to answer your questions. And, sure, your biggest fan might just be overwhelmed with work. But if she doesn’t give you a time when she might be free again, she may just need a break from offering her assistance. 

Don’t run the risk of turning off your connections. Read on for three networking faux pas you want to be certain to avoid. 

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

How to Test for Soft Skills in an Interview

Some skill sets are easier to screen for than others. A writing sample will highlight communication skills; extremely tough questions will test a candidate’s ability to think on his or her feet; and asking the applicant to discuss previous roles will provide information about his or her experience.

But how can you test for “soft skills,” such as teamwork and empathy, during the interview? 

There’s no magic formula, but essentially you need to look for two things: self-awareness (because you want a candidate who can make the connection between his or her actions and professional outcomes) and instincts (because you want someone who would intuitively take the empathetic, team-oriented, and optimistic approach).

To that end, read on for two questions you can ask in future interviews that will help you sniff out the perfect people to add to your team.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

How to Give Feedback to Someone Who Hates Getting It

Giving constructive feedback is an essential management tool. Hopefully, your employees know this—and when you critique them, understand that it’s because you care enough to want them to do their best.

Unfortunately, though, not everyone has perfected the art of taking constructive criticism in stride. Read on for the employees who take it the worst, and how to best reach them.

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