Elephants at Work http://www.elephantsatwork.com | Career and Personal Development that Works | Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:50:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 https://i1.wp.com/www.elephantsatwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/cropped-cropped-EAW-Logo11.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Elephants at Work http://www.elephantsatwork.com 32 32 7636322 How Your Resume Helps with Career Transition http://www.elephantsatwork.com/resume-helps-career-transition/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/resume-helps-career-transition/#respond Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:46:31 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=10218 I often hear about people making a career transition after many years of doing something that paid well. Finances are solid – money in your 401K or there is a pension for retirement. You finally think it is time to focus on what you really want to do. Only problem – what is that and […]

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I often hear about people making a career transition after many years of doing something that paid well. Finances are solid – money in your 401K or there is a pension for retirement. You finally think it is time to focus on what you really want to do. Only problem – what is that and how do you let other employers know you can do something different?

There are three steps that will help you craft the resume that will get you in the door.

Figure Out What You Want to Do

While this may seem simple to do, in fact it will take more time that you think. Getting clarity on exactly what role, industry and how you want to work is important. This is not the time to be hazy or general about what you could do. Be realistic about what it might take to carry out your career transition.

Research Others Doing What You Want to Do

Once you identify what you want to do, investigate if you really want to do it. Will a career transition involve…

  • More education
  • Specialized training
  • Industry experience
  • Salary cut
  • Change in place
  • Change in working hours
  • Tapping into a strong personal network
  • An impact on your relationship
  • A strong marketing plan

Each of these factors are possible deal breakers in your new career transition plan. If so, revisit your list of careers that you want to move into and analyze the next one on the list.

Once you know what you want to do in your career transition, it is time to create your resume.

Craft a Resume that Speaks to Your Career Transition Goal

It is up to you to tell the story about your career. The art of connecting the dots between where you have been (skills and experience) to where you want to go (career transition role) requires a strong resume. A successful resume tells your story – how your skills and experiences are transferable into the new role.

If your resume is too general, most likely you will be overlooked. A stand out resume will make the interviewer think – is this the person I have been looking for?

In summary, to avoid redoing your resume multiple times, reflect on what you really want to do and if you can do it. No sense wasting time on a resume that serves no purpose.

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Your Interview Gut http://www.elephantsatwork.com/interview-gut/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/interview-gut/#respond Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:24:34 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=10063 Each of us has an interview gut. Granted, some of us pay closer attention to it while others ignore it. Especially in stressful situations. Think back to those interviews where something was not quite right. You may not have identified it at that moment. Days later it hits you…the conversation was off, the hiring manager […]

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Each of us has an interview gut. Granted, some of us pay closer attention to it while others ignore it. Especially in stressful situations.

Think back to those interviews where something was not quite right. You may not have identified it at that moment. Days later it hits you…the conversation was off, the hiring manager made you feel uncomfortable – for whatever reason.

That’s your interview gut.

No matter if a job offer came through, your interview gut is signal that something might be wrong. If you did not get a job offer – you probably dodged a bullet.

If you are actively pursuing the opportunity or an offer is pending, consider questions you can ask to see if your interview gut is accurate.

Typically, hiring managers and HR are on their best behavior during an interview – or at least they should be. If you see things, hear comments or notice your new manager’s style may be challenging (not in a good way) do not ignore the signals.

Sometimes your gut is wrong because the other person was having a bad day. However, many times the gut is dead on correct. This is especially true for people who have strong intuitive skills.

Reflect and get clear on – is this position and culture one you will feel acceptance and support? Ask questions that help you make a good career decision; it is your responsibility as a job seeker. Focus on questions that help you resolve in that feeling in your gut is a clear warning signal or just some nerves.

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Holiday Job Hunting Tips to Get Hired http://www.elephantsatwork.com/holiday-job-hunting-tips/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/holiday-job-hunting-tips/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:55:57 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=10039 The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s easy to get distracted from your job-hunting activities. You may think that no one is hiring in December – you are wrong! Even if they are not hiring, companies are interviewing to get a jump-start on the New Year. A new year brings new budgets and approved positions […]

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The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s easy to get distracted from your job-hunting activities. You may think that no one is hiring in December – you are wrong! Even if they are not hiring, companies are interviewing to get a jump-start on the New Year. A new year brings new budgets and approved positions and hiring managers want them filled immediately!

In this video, Matt Cicco, Career Coach with Matthew Douglas Career Advisors and I share many tips on how to use the holiday season to your advantage.

No doubt, the holiday is filled parties, family and friends getting together. This is a perfect time to let people know how they can be of help in your job search process. I know it may seem a little pushy, however, handled the right way it can be a win-win for everyone. This is the time of giving and receiving. Be open to receiving help that people want to give! To do that, you have to willing to ask – no one can read your mind.

There are many job hunters who get distracted. To stay on track with your job hunting, set a goal to carry out each day. You’ll feel better about making progress. It’s hard to restart a job search if you get lazy. The added bonus – when the recruiter or company continues to look for a qualified person, you’ll be front and center.

 

 

 

Additional career and job search related videos are at my YouTube channel right here! Be sure to subscribe if you want to notified of new content. Let me know about other topics you would like me to discuss. Feel free to leave a comment here or on my channel.

Happy Holidays and may all your job wishes come true in the coming year!

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New Job? What to Do in the First 30 Days! http://www.elephantsatwork.com/new-job-first-30-days/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/new-job-first-30-days/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:15:05 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=10032 Congratulations on the new job! Getting through the interview process and being selected is an accomplishment. Once you land at your new workplace, there are some specific steps you can take to keep that new job for a long time. You might expect your organization to have everything ready for you the first day. If […]

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Congratulations on the new job! Getting through the interview process and being selected is an accomplishment. Once you land at your new workplace, there are some specific steps you can take to keep that new job for a long time.

You might expect your organization to have everything ready for you the first day. If your new manager has a place for you to work and plans out your week, you will probably have an easier integration. However, there are many organizations who fail to on-board employees successfully.

Regardless of the organization’s readiness for you, remember that managing your career doesn’t stop after you get the job. You can take control without them knowing you are actually managing them. Take simple steps and follow through.

In our Career Breakthrough Tip #9, What to Do in the First 30 days of a New Job , I discuss five specific actions you can take that will help you keep your new job!

 

Make an Impact on Your New Job!

The Secrets to Successful Job On-BoardingI firmly believe that you are the captain of your own career.

So much so, that I wrote this eBook: The Secrets to Successful Job On-Boarding to help you succeed when you land that new job. In this eBook, you will learn how you can manage your new boss and organization.

You will no longer wait for someone to show you the way. You’ll know the right questions to ask, what information you need and how to go about getting it done. If you follow these steps, you will begin the new job with confidence. You will build the relationships that will take you further.

 

 Additional career and job search related videos are at my YouTube channel right here! Let me know about other topics you would like me to discuss. Feel free to leave a comment here or on my channel.

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Hiring Quotient: Attitude over Skills http://www.elephantsatwork.com/hiring-quotient-attitude-skills/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/hiring-quotient-attitude-skills/#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 18:46:12 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=10028 Three punches to the face. That is what I saw about half way through my talk with a group of high school students about getting a job or starting a business. Luckily, that was not the attitude of the class. The reason I am talking to the students is it is an effort to pair […]

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Three punches to the face. That is what I saw about half way through my talk with a group of high school students about getting a job or starting a business. Luckily, that was not the attitude of the class.

The reason I am talking to the students is it is an effort to pair successful professionals with disadvantaged kids to share experiences about working in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur.

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Great attitude in school!

Initially we talk about how to get a job. Next we discuss how to interview. They ask about how to get a job without having experience. We talk about the skills and attitudes that are attractive to employers. Getting your first job is hard if you don’t believe you have much to say; however, surprising there is a lot that can be said about high school experiences and some of the leadership role opportunities.

During my talk, two kids stand out to me – and they are not the ones in the fight. Both are African-American boys dressing for success. They wore dark dress pants, a white crisp long sleeve button up shirt and tie. They are attentive, asking questions, sharing their knowledge and opinions.

These two boys were a stark contrast to the fight that erupted in the class. They were a cut above the other students too –  for one reason – both of them had the right attitude. It did not matter what level of engagement the rest of the class had, they were all in.

No matter if you are applying to your first or any job afterwards, attitude is something you can control. Many companies hire attitude first, skills second. It is far easier to develop skills than to change a poor attitude.

These two kids will go a long way in their careers. They may come from a similar background as the other kids, however, there is something in their soul that shouts out they will be successful.

There is so much we can learn from kids.

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What to Say on a Job Application after Being Fired http://www.elephantsatwork.com/what-to-say-on-a-job-application/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/what-to-say-on-a-job-application/#respond Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:59:59 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=10018 After being fired, what do you say on a job application? In this video, I discuss some career tips to help you over that hurdle – of what to say and how to say it. For some of you the hurdle is small, others it may seem like a wall that you need to scale. No […]

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After being fired, what do you say on a job application? In this video, I discuss some career tips to help you over that hurdle – of what to say and how to say it.

For some of you the hurdle is small, others it may seem like a wall that you need to scale. No matter what the situation, you can find a way to communicate what happened or find a way to divert to the conversation. You may not get it right the first time, however with practice, it will become easier.

Fired – What Can You Do Today?

Here are some more resources to help you figure out what to say on a job application:

What to Do after Being FiredWork through what to say and how to say it with a step by step process. What to Do After Being Fired, is a self-help eBook where you work through questions and exercises on your own. You do it in the privacy of your own home and on your own time.

Visit some blog posts where there are over 100 comments from readers. Learn about what they are facing and see if you have a similar situation.

Follow the links in those blog posts to information that is useful to your job search.

One-on-One Advice on What to Say on a Job Application

I work with job hunters directly to develop what to say on a job application. Do you want to work together? I offer 30 Minute Mini-Sessions for Job Seekers. Find out more information at my Leadership Breakthrough Store.

Get extra savings if you buy an eBook first before working with me. Why? Because you may discover you can work it out on your own and save some money. If, however, you do need my help, we don’t have to cover the basics and you bring to the session more in-depth questions.

As a professional, I will hold our conversations confidential in those private sessions.

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Poor Conflict Management Affects More Than One Employee http://www.elephantsatwork.com/poor-conflict-management-employee/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/poor-conflict-management-employee/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:05:38 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=10006 The sad truth is working for a manager that deals with employee issues or conflict poorly or is not always illegal. This week, I listened to the story of a local business owner with less than 150 employees. The owner deals with one of their senior employees poorly. I cringe as the Controller/Human Resources leader […]

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The sad truth is working for a manager that deals with employee issues or conflict poorly or is not always illegal.

This week, I listened to the story of a local business owner with less than 150 employees. The owner deals with one of their senior employees poorly. I cringe as the Controller/Human Resources leader boasts how they create a job to displace the senior employee from their leader role. They change the job requirements significantly and advertise the job which is all legally defensible. The employee discovers the posting by seeing the advertisement in the paper, he is livid.

conflict with employeesRightfully so, the employee is angry. The employee confronts the Controller/Human Resources leader. She tells him to go and talk to the business owner, clearly she does not want to discuss it.

As the story unravels, the business owner was having trouble with the employee. The employee has been with the business for a long time, he came up the ranks. While he has a some development challenges, it is unclear what coaching or development has been done to improve performance. Instead of dealing with the performance issues head on, the owner decides to hire someone else. Obviously, the owner believes avoiding conflict with the  employee is the best solution.

What happens to this employee is anyone’s guess (I am sure I will hear about it in an installment). My question to the Controller/Human Resources leader  – “Does your boss realize how not only this employee is dealing with this betrayal, but also how the rest of the employees are waiting for the axe to drop on them?” She acknowledges the fear and distrust.

Her response was, “he doesn’t like to deal with conflict”. From my outsider’s perspective, he was just dealt a lot of conflict. Perhaps, he figures his Controller/Human Resources leader will clean it up for him.

Here’s the interesting twist – the business is thinking about coaching for the senior employee – to turn them around.

What do you think?

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Felons and Ex-Cons: Tips and Resources http://www.elephantsatwork.com/felons-ex-cons-tips-resources/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/felons-ex-cons-tips-resources/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:15:38 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=9990 Interviewing is a stressful without revealing that you are one of many felons or ex-cons looking to make a new start. At what point do you tell a future employer or recruiter about your criminal history? You may think it is not relevant – why reveal something so personal? There are employment laws that prevent […]

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Interviewing is a stressful without revealing that you are one of many felons or ex-cons looking to make a new start. At what point do you tell a future employer or recruiter about your criminal history? You may think it is not relevant – why reveal something so personal? There are employment laws that prevent employers from making decisions on age, gender, race and religion. How is this different?

Copyright: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/profile_kencor'>kencor / 123RF Stock Photo</a>Unfortunately, it is different. The reason your criminal history is important to an employer is some positions may need certifications that you are unable to get. Perhaps, the job requires you to come into contact or be responsible for what you were convicted for. From the employer’s perspective, they evaluate if you are a risky hire.

Let’s say you have a theft conviction. Future employers may not hire you to handle money or put you in a sales job. The employer views you as a high risk employee for these jobs. However, you may be a perfect fit for other jobs in the company.

How to Handle the Job Application

If the job application asks if you have been convicted of a crime, you must answer truthfully. The job application is a legal document and if you lie, you will be fired. At that point you will have to explain two things – your criminal past and that you lie. Some states are passing ban-the-box laws that delay when an employer can ask about your criminal past. You may avoid the discussion initially, increasing your odds of getting the interview.

Tips for Interviewing

There is no best time to let the future employer know about your criminal history. If you discuss it too soon, you run the chance the interviewer will not take you seriously for the job. I recommend waiting until you cross the first hurdle – passing the first interview and getting to the second interview. However, if you have a great rapport with the interviewer, you may introduce the discussion earlier.

If you are working with a recruiter, let them know in advance. Discuss the situation and ask how they will handle presenting you to their client. Recruiters do not like surprises. They will navigate your introduction better with the hiring company if they have the story. If the recruiter responds poorly, most likely they know the employer is unfriendly to felons and ex-cons.

Establish a New Track Record

One of the best ways to overcome your criminal past is to bury it as deep. Find a company or manager who will give you an opportunity to show your worth. When you prove that you are trustworthy and valuable, it minimizes your criminal past. With a solid track record of performance and a successful integration into a company, you will be more confident about the next job you apply for.

Friendly Employers for Felons and Ex-Cons

Luckily, there are some friendly employers who have policies that level the playing field for employment. You can find the friendly employer for felons and ex-cons list here. This list has many large employers where Human Resources and management will give you a fair employment opportunity because they are committed to hiring the best person for the job.

Bottom line, if you do not meet the basic qualifications of the job, it is the same as a lay person applying to be a surgeon without being qualified.  Think carefully about the jobs you apply to and if the employer will disqualify you because of your criminal past.

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Job Application and Resume Differences http://www.elephantsatwork.com/job-application-resume-differences/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/job-application-resume-differences/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:22:57 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=9998 Career Breakthrough Tip #7 shares the differences between a job application and resume. One is a legal document, the other is your marketing profile. Avoid assuming they are the same. In the eye’s of the employer or interviewer they are very different. If you fill out your application out improperly, there may be some serious consequences. In […]

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Career Breakthrough Tip #7 shares the differences between a job application and resume. One is a legal document, the other is your marketing profile. Avoid assuming they are the same. In the eye’s of the employer or interviewer they are very different.

If you fill out your application out improperly, there may be some serious consequences. In this video, Lynn Dessert, Executive Career Coach, explains the differences between the job application and resume. She shares specifically about what questions are troublesome and how to avoid answering them incorrectly.

 

Lying on a Job Application May End Poorly

While you may debate answering some of the questions untruthfully – don’t do it. Lynn walks you through why it is important to be upfront and how to avoid being fired for lying. There are many examples in the news about people who were fired for lying about information on their job application. Here are 10 executives that were fired because they lied on their job application. Don’t fall into the trap of finding creative ways to lie. Instead, figure out how to explain your job history succinctly. Redirect the conversation to the value and results you will bring to the company. Create a buzz and excitement about what you can do to help them be successful!

Let’s say you decide to tell a little white lie. The truth will come out. Maybe not today or tomorrow. The truth may reveal itself years later. No matter the timeline, the company has legal grounds to terminate your employment. It will not matter how good an employee you are. Consider if the risk of lying is worth plummeting your career and reputation. Do not let your hard work go down the drain with a silly mistake.

Are you looking for help to craft your message? Consider our eBook, a self-help guide to fill out applications and develop what to say during the interview process: What to Do After Being Fired.

Let your journey with a new company be exciting without having to look over your shoulder. It might take a few more interviews to find the company that is just right for you!

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Making a Smoother Career Change http://www.elephantsatwork.com/make-career-change/ http://www.elephantsatwork.com/make-career-change/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:21:17 +0000 http://www.elephantsatwork.com/?p=9969 Perhaps it is time for you to consider a career change. Surprisingly, many people face this conundrum in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and after retirement. There is no set time in your career when this urge will begin to fester. You start to second guess why you are doing what you do and start to dream about […]

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Perhaps it is time for you to consider a career change. Surprisingly, many people face this conundrum in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and after retirement. There is no set time in your career when this urge will begin to fester. You start to second guess why you are doing what you do and start to dream about what you really want to do.

Selecting a career change or dead end exitBefore you make a major change in your career, consider if other factors in your life are causing your current career to be unsatisfying. Some of those factors might be – having difficulty with your boss, peers or other work colleagues. Perhaps you are working 12 hour days for the last few years and you are feeling exhaustion. Consider resolving either situation by gaining new personal and professional development skills to manage the situations more effectively.

Let’s say that you really know deep down that career change is the answer. Consider these few steps before making the leap to a new career:

  1. Take assessments to confirm your assumptions on the new career. Determine if your skills and interests line up. Identify gaps and work to close them.
  2. Some changes in careers depend on significant investment in education or require relocation. Are you up for it?
  3. Talk to people who are working in the types of jobs you want to work in. People love to talk about the work they do. Ask questions, listen and learn some of the lessons they share with you. Be curious about their career path to get where they are.
  4. Recognize that your salary may change – perhaps dramatically. Is having your new career more important than the salary you make today?
  5. Discuss major career changes with your family and how it might affect each person. Think about how it may impact your future.

Finally, there is no right time to make a career change. Early in your career it might be easier to do because you are still flexible to make a change. Later in your career, you may have a safety net of funds that allows you to make a switch.

Switching careers is an important decision – think carefully about your approach and it will put you on a path to both personal and financial success!

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