New to the Job – Stand Out Positively in 3 Ways

You’re new to the job, and you want to make a good impression. It’s important to make a positive impression in your new position. Here are three (3) actions to take to stand out positively. First, be sure to show up on time and prepared for your shifts. This means having all the necessary equipment and being ready to work when your shift starts. Second, go above and beyond what’s expected of you. This could mean cleaning up around the workplace or offering to help with a project that’s outside of your normal duties. Finally, be friendly and positive with your co-workers and customers. This will help create a pleasant working environment and make you more likely to be remembered in a positive light. By following these simple tips, you can make a great impression and stand out from the rest.

A) Show Initiative

So you’ve landed a new job. Congrats! Now it’s time to show your boss what you’re made of by being the most proactive employee they’ve ever seen. But where to start? Here are a few ideas:

-Offer to help with tasks that are outside of your normal job description. If you see someone struggling with something, ask if you can lend a hand.

-Don’t be afraid to take initiative on projects. If you have an idea for something, speak up! Your boss will be impressed by your creativity and drive.

So go out there and show them what you’re made of! With a little hard work and determination, you’ll be on your way to success in no time.

B) Ask Key Questions

Now it’s time to ask some key questions to get yourself up to speed. What are the company’s core values? What is the dress code? What are the expectations for overtime? Asking these questions now will help you hit the ground running and avoid any unwelcome surprises down the road. And if you’re ever unsure about something, just ask. It’s better to ask and seem like a rookie than to not ask and look like an idiot. So go ahead and ask away – your new colleagues will be happy to help you out.

C) Come in 30 Minutes Early to Increase Your Learning Curve

One of the best pieces of advice for those who are new to the job is to come in early. This not only shows your boss that you’re dedicated, but it also allows you to learn the ropes faster. You can use this time to familiarize yourself with the company’s systems and procedures, and to get to know your co-workers. Additionally, coming in early gives you a chance to get started on your work before the distractions of the day set in. So if you’re looking to make a good impression and hit the ground running, be sure to arrive at your new job a little bit.

It can be daunting when starting a new job, but remember that you have the opportunity to make a positive impact. We hope these tips will provide some guidance as you begin your journey with your new team. If you need additional help or want to connect with me directly, don’t hesitate to reach out here. I wish you all the best in your new role!

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Start Looking for Another Job If….

If these situations start happening at your job…then it’s time to look for another career opportunity

Situations like…
1. Teaching other people (new or old) in your department your primary and secondary duties of the job

2. Your workload has decreased significantly

3. The timeline for established assignments has decreased

4. Request for documented daily activities in 15/30/60 minute increments to be sent to your manager over a specified period of time.

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Parents…Are Your Kids Prepared for Their Professional Life?

 

Parents, you know at some point, your children have to grow up. Some kids want to rush the process, others want to take their own sweet time to get there. What these high school kids must understand, like you do, that TIME waits for NOBODY. In the current political and sociological climate, these kids must take their future professional life far more serious or they will be left behind economically and socially.

Depending on your ethnicity, culture and economic situation, the kids have to be even more prepared for the risks and unexpected roadblocks in the professional environment, just for living in their own skin. The more preparation these kids have, the better off their future professional prospects will be. Sometimes I wish an experienced professional had taken me under their wings and showed me the ropes, so I would not have had to learn by being “baptized by fire”. I want your kids to not have to go through that, so here are four things they can do to start preparing:

1. Figure out what they really want to do or like doing professionally. They can start by using my FREE MentorShelly DREAM Career Guide to help them figure this out.

2. Create their first set of career marketing tools (resumes, letters of recommendations and cover letters). Keep in mind that high school kids may not have much
experience, but they can use what they know how to do now and letter of recommendation from their teachers, sport team leaders they may be involved with in school or community or from volunteer group leaders for activities they are involved. If your kids already have some of these career tools and need to review them, MentorShelly can help by offering Career Tools Review Service to assure the tools are working for them or for you as a parent in the professional
environment.

The kids need to be prepared for the job/career interviews. You can utilize sample questions on the internet or if you are looking for more targeted help with this for you and your kids, check out the interview audio series here to get the help you need.

Learn and utilize negotiations strategies once they are offered job opportunities. The negotiations may not apply in their first job but any jobs or career opportunities after that…they will absolutely need to understand what to say, what questions or ask and how to respond to future employers. If your kid or you struggle in this area, then schedule a Career Strategy Session, to make the most of the career opportunities.

To make sure your kids are ready for all the challenges they will face with growing up in such a changing environment, do your best to teach them early. The best way to give them the competitive edge in the professional environment is to provide the with the necessary career tools and strategies, so they can win economically.

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3 Interview Preparation Activities to Implement Before Your Next Interview

Landing your next job interview can be daunting, but with a plan in place, you can increase your chances of acing it. Here are four tips to help you prepare. Firstly, do your research and find out as much as you can about the company. Secondly, find the location of the interview, if it in person. If the interview is over the phone or through video, double check your equipment to assure that it is working before the interview actually takes place. Thirdly, create interview questions for the interview beforehand. Finally, arrive on time and be prepared for anything that comes your way! Being on time or early for an interview is a given folks. I’m sure you don’t want anyone wasting your time, you should not waste anyone else’s time either. BE ON TIME…PERIOD!

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out in your career. However, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that you make a good impression and land the job. First, it’s important to do your research. Learn as much as you can about the company, their values, and the role you’re interviewing for. This will help you to ask questions that demonstrate your interest and knowledge of the organization. Second, prepare your equipment or find the location of your interview (if it is in person) beforehand. This will help you to stay calm and not get so stressed out before the interview. Third, practice your responses to common interview questions and create your own questions for the interviewers. Finally, be sure to arrive early and bring copies of your resume and any other relevant materials with you to the interview. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of impressing the interviewer and landing the job.

That’s it for now. If you need some additional help preparing for your next job interview, check out my audio series resource here. In the meantime, start practicing these techniques so that you can walk into your interview feeling confident and prepared. Thanks for watching and reading!

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How to Get a Job While You Still Have One – 3 Strategies To Use Discreetly

So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.

So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.So, you’re thinking about quitting your job. I get it – it’s hard to be passionate about your work when you spend most of your day feeling drained and uninspired. But before you make any rash decisions, there are a few things you should consider. Quitting your job without having another one lined up can be risky, especially in today’s economy. Here are a few tips on how to get a job while still keeping the one you have.

So, you’re unhappy with your current job and you’re ready to move on. But finding a new job can be a full-time job in itself, and you can’t exactly quit your old job before you have a new one lined up. So how can you find the time to job hunt while still holding down your current gig?

Here are a few tips:

1. Set aside some time each day to job hunt. Even if it’s just 30 minutes, this will help you make progress without feeling overwhelmed. Don’t let your boss catch you slacking off. If you’re spending too much time on your personal laptop during work hours, your boss is bound to notice. So try to do most of your job hunting during your lunch break or after work.

2. Save 1-3 Paid Time Off (PTO) or Vacation days to use for interviews. You never know how long an interview will last and it may impede on your work day significantly, so it is always best to be prepared with using your requested paid days off for interviews.

3. Keep your job search confidential and private. There’s no need to tell your manager(s), supervisor(s) co-workers that you’re looking for a new job. It could backfire quickly! Only notify your direct leader AFTER YOU HAVE SECURED A VIABLE OFFER THAT PAYS YOU MORE MONEY! Not only is it none of their business until the appropriate time. You must be strategic with how you maneuver this process. Unfortunately, you have some petty leaders (managers, supervisors or directors) who will terminate you just because they find out you are looking for other opportunities before you are ready to let the job go.

The job search process can be daunting, but it’s important to remember that you have options. While it may seem like your only choice is to quit your current job and start fresh, there are other ways to go about things. If you need additional help navigating the job search process or want someone to talk to who understands what you’re going through, connect with me here. I would be happy to offer my support and advice. Good luck in your job search!

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Never Had a Job? Here’s How to Get One

So, you’re one of those people who never had a job before. You’ve been in school, been a homemaker or doing volunteer work your entire life and now you’re out in the real world, ready to start working. Congratulations! But where do you start? It can be tough to know what the best way to find a job is when you’ve never done it before. Fear not – we’re here to help. Watch the video for my four tips on how to find a job even if you’ve never had one before.

So, you’ve never had a job before? No problem. We discussed the four things you can do to get started in your job search/career. First, make a list of the skills, knowledge and abilities (KSAs) you currently possess. Second, network with people you know personally who may be able to help you find a job. Third, look online for jobs that fit your skillset and interests. Finally, don’t give up if the first few jobs you apply for don’t work out – keep trying until you find the perfect position for you. And if all of this seems daunting, don’t worry – I’m here to help! Contact me directly for assistance creating or updating your resume so that you can start applying for jobs today.

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Workplace StoryTime – Manager’s ideas 💡 were stolen by company

The lesson in this story…patent your ideas, trademark your name and processes and copyright your written documents to have the right to use your ideas wherever you want. It provides freedom.

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Best Career Change Action Steps #5

Making a career change is no small task. It can be difficult to know where to start, or even where to turn for advice. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this series, we’ll outline the best steps you can take to make a successful career change action steps. Today we’re discussing Step 5…Apply…Apply….Apply! Deliberate Action is key when it comes to making a career change, so make sure you take the time to get your ducks in a row before beginning your journey.

First, check out Steps 1 – 4 to get the beginning steps.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 |

Congratulations on making it to the end of our 5-Action Steps to changing careers! As a recap, we’ve covered identifying your transferable skills, doing some market research, creating a plan of action, and getting started. The final step is staying motivated and taking action throughout your journey. This can be tricky when the process seems daunting or you encounter setbacks along the way. That’s where a support system comes in handy. Friends and family can provide encouragement, but for more tailored advice and accountability, consider working with a career coach or mentor. I can help you stay focused on your goals while providing guidance and resources along the way. For additional help with your career transition, work with me directly here.

Check out the rest of the Best Career Change Action Steps Series to learn more about making a career change. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for some extra help along the way, reach out to us here and we’ll be happy to chat with you about your options.

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Interview Tips for High School & College Grads

Listen high school and college students, graduation is around the corner. Before you know it will be June and you will be walking on that stage to get your diploma or college degree. Phew…you’re almost there…just stay focused. After that faithful graduation day in June 2022, is when the real work begins as you start your job search and job interviews. Preparation is key in any situation, and job interviews are no exception. By knowing what to expect and practicing some interview techniques, you can feel confident and ready for your interview. Keep reading for some tips on how to make a great first impression!

1. Do your research on the company and the position for which you’re interviewing.
I can’t emphasize enough how important this tip is. It can make or break your chances of making a good impression on the interviewer and exhibit your interest in the company overall. You have the internet at your fingertips with your phone or your computer, use it to get your research done to prepare for your interviews. Please take notes of your research to help you with talking points for the actual interview.

2. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer about the company and the role.
It is extremely important for you to understand, you are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing you. Ask questions about their company morale, overall working conditions and environment and overall what some of the current employees have to say about the company. You want to make sure that this company’s environment is for you. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions about adaptable is the company to change in their marketplace. Those are just a few things you should ask them.

3. Practice answering common interview questions ahead of time.
Since you may be fairly new to this process, please practice responding to common interview questions, like you would rehearse for your lines in the school play or practicing a speech for your next presentation. You should practice with someone that will be able to ask the common interview questions and will provide honest feedback after the practice interview is completed.

4. Dress professionally and make sure your hair and makeup are done nicely.
This next tip should be common sense but based on my professional experience, adults will surprise you…and not in a good way. I have unfortunately seen and heard people showing up for a job interview with jeans and wrinkled t-shirt with sneakers but expect to be taken seriously in the interview. If you are going to take the time to attend any job interview, even if it is for a fast food restaurant, please dress professionally. No matter how the staff is dressed, please present yourself as a professional.

The most important thing you can do when it comes to your job interview is prepare. Be sure that you know the company and position well, research what they’re looking for in a candidate, and practice answering any questions they may ask. A lot of people think they don’t need to study anymore once their application has been submitted – but this couldn’t be more wrong! Remember, an interview isn’t just about how good you are at answering questions; it also shows them how much preparation went into getting there. If you want some help preparing or if you’re interested in learning more about our Interview Consultation Service, connect with me by click here.

I know the excitement of preparing to start a new chapter can be exhilarating and scary all at the same time but these tips are here to help you on your career journey. If you are still have questions or need help putting your career path together, go ahead and connect with me here.

The Love-Hate Relationship with Job Interviews

We’ve all had that nervous feeling right before your next job interview. It’s nerve racking to say the least. If you’re new to the job search and career space, I completely understand your anxiety around interviews. Half the battle is the level of preparation that takes place before the interview takes place. The other half is keeping your “nerves” under control while you worry about how you will be perceived by the interviewer. In any case, you will still need to be mentally and physically be prepared. Each type of interview requires diverse preparation, which I talk about in this video. If you are looking for interview coaching before your next job interview, go here.

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