Friday, June 26, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
"Professional" used to mean someone who has attained a doctoral-level degree, but it can also mean someone who is distinguished from an amateur. In other words, a professional is someone who learns every aspect of a job and discovers what is needed and wanted by the company they work for. Compare the following and see what I mean.
- Uses lower emotional tones- anger, hostility, resentment and fear.
- Flighty, flaky, unable to stay focused and not committed to learning duties.
- Is pessimistic and will avoid difficult tasks as much as possible.
- Gossips and takes up company time doing anything but their own job.
- Gives respect only to superiors, if at all.
- Uses higher emotional tones- enthusiasm, interest, contentment.
- Is focused and clear-headed, even when multitasking, is very interested in the job at hand.
- Remains optimistic and jumps into difficult assignments.
- Is personable but does not gossip and is dedicated to accomplishing goals.
- Is respectful to everyone they meet; especially concerning their time.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Your resume reflects your ability to identify and produce a quality product. Make it easy to read and under no circumstances should it be more than 2 pages in length. No exceptions! A crisp and clean appearance is essential to attract viewers to your strengths and weaknesses. Word processing programs typically have templates that help prepare a standard resume.
Your resume is a top priority. Tackle its preparation as you would any major project vital to your future and career- it is your one shot at getting an interview! Even if you already have a job, it is a good idea to always keep your resume updated just in case you decide to apply for a promotion or a better opportunity presents itself.
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Friday, May 29, 2009
In today's technologically savvy world, businesses find that retaining a physical presence is becoming difficult, or even too time-consuming. What began with making a call instead of stopping by an office, has become sending an e-mail instead of even picking up the phone. In some senses, this can be detrimental! What can be harder than remembering the face you never saw? Let alone the talent that may have been offered. Giving the personal touch will show that what you value most in your business are the people you work for and with.
Many ways to keep that personal edge are simpler than you'd imagine:
- Send a thoughtful thank you note and send it before you forget what you're thankful for!
- Greet all new contacts in person and really hear what they have to say, they may be able to give you some food for thought when you were sure you weren't hungry.
- Give your business correspondence a little personality, the most effective letters touch on personal matters, not just money or the bottom line.
- Say good morning or good afternoon to everyone you see and say it with a smile!
- When it is possible, make the effort to go to a business contact's office and spend some time talking with them. When it isn't possible, make a phone call instead of sending an e-mail.
- Even if a business or person isn't what you thought they'd be or didn't have the service you were looking for, make the effort to explain your disatisfaction. After all, you'd want the same chance for improvement!
Many people think that this is the old-fashioned way of doing business, but especially in today's economy it's important to remember that some things will never change. Even Wall Street is talking about the importance of businesses adding the personal touch.
Don't let shaking a hand and having an honest conversation stop you from achieving that personal touch.