So, You Want to be a Leader?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Aug 13, 2012 in , , | No Comments

There are several important qualities needed to be a good leader.

Do you have what it takes?

Let’s face it, we need good leaders! Whether in politics or business, it’s beneficial to all that leaders can be trusted to do their jobs well. Beyond that, employers look for candidates who demonstrate good leadership ability in the workplace.

According to research, most are “made”, meaning they have learned how to become a leader. You may have the ability to become a leader. But, what important ingredients are required? And what sets one leader apart from another–what makes a great leader?

Three Traits Keep You Employed

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Aug 8, 2012 in , | No Comments

In tough times, employees must go the extra mile to stay employed.

Below are three traits employers are looking for in employees…

Be Positive

The first trait employers recently mentioned was that the employee must have a positive attitude. This is conveyed in several ways;

1) The smile on your face speaks volumes. Sounds simple doesn’t it? It is, and yet you’d be surprised how often employees show up for work grumpy and can’t even muster up a simple “good morning” to coworkers. If this is you, consider getting more sleep, learn better ways to cope with stress and work out any issues you have that are keeping you from enjoying your life. A pleasant work environment is essential to worker productivity. Let that stage be set with your good attitude so it spreads to coworkers and makes work more enjoyable for all.

Innovator: R U 1?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Aug 1, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Innovators see a better way to do something–creating an income for themselves–and others.

Look around you, what do you see that could be done or designed differently to be more efficient, effective and profitable? This is what many innovators will do. In turn, they open up new areas for others and that’s innovation.

More.com, recently featured 10 female innovators in a series highlighting what people are doing across the nation. They asked readers to vote for the one innovator who impresses them the most and the winner will receive $20,000! Take a moment to see what these incredible innovators have done, or are in the process of doing. Their success stories are remarkable and inspirational.

Training–Get It!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 27, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

When you get training, you get a better career future.

Once graduated from college, you’ll probably assume you’ve got all that’s needed to succeed in the workplace. Not so. A recent study found graduates have only 2% of what they need to succeed! I’ll bet that makes you wonder what you paid all of that tuition money for, right? If this study is correct, it’s time for bigger curriculum reforms at the college level. Since those reforms aren’t going to happen anytime soon, find a way to boost your value rating once you land a job. One way is to get training–either a program the company offers–or a do-it-yourself type of program. Let’s look at both.

Working With Older People

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 25, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

Working for, (or with), people older than yourself requires a few basic common sense rules…

  • Respect  I put respect first for a very good reason–certain employers are complaining younger workers aren’t respecting their older coworkers and supervisors. What might respect look like? Basically, it can be an understanding that these people have “paid their dues”–they’ve put in decades of hard work–and know a great deal about their field. Next, it’s not assuming they are like your parents, or the stereotypes and generalizations you’ve probably heard about from those who haven’t done their homework. You don’t like to be stereotyped, therefore, don’t do it to your older coworkers or supervisor.

Need Easy Money?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jun 6, 2012 in , | No Comments

If you’re one of millions of job seekers unable to find employment…

You might want to think about switching gears. Today, I read a dismal report about the U.S. economy (written by people who know what’s happening). One person, Yale economics professor Robert Shiller, a prominent housing economist and creator of S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, stated the housing market might not begin any major recovery for literally decades. This is very bad news for all of us, even if we aren’t homeowners.

Career Portfolios–Should You Have One?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 30, 2012 in , | No Comments

 

By having one, you’re providing employers with an in-depth look into your background–helping prove facts stated on your resume.

An online career portfolio can be a “show and tell” by spotlighting what you’ve done, linking to blogs, charts, videos, testimonials, articles, or work samples.

This is also a good place to mention any awards received, brag about your GPA, internship experiences, and volunteer work. Think of a career portfolio as a way to separate yourself from the masses and wow an employer. Constantly update information as you build your career. Show workshops taken, promotions, successes, added responsibilities, etc.

Best Links to Career and Job Search Sites

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 23, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

More great sites to assist you in your job search…

  • Career Quiz – A free career quiz to help you determine your ideal career path.
  • The Riley Guide-One of the first career sites online, considered one of the best.
  • Quintessential Careers-Lots of resources, helpful links on career planning, job hunt topics.
  • Job Web-Aimed at recent grads, run by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
  • Job Hunt-Career resources with employers listed by state.
  • Career One Stop-Department of Labor information, considered one of the best online.

Where is the “American Dream”?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 11, 2012 in , , | No Comments

The dream has turned into a nightmare for many.

Today on Twitter, one of my followers commented he wondered where our perennial “American Dream” has gone. He lamented, that with student loans, no grad can hope to own a home any longer. Unfortunately, what he’s saying is very true. The American Dream we all took for granted used to include a home of your own, a good job and two cars in the garage. But, that entire scenario has shifted in only a few short years. Who do you know still owns a home? Who is working in a good full-time job? And not many under the age of 25 can get car loans these days.