I recently read a heart-wrenching essay in The Globe and Mail's Facts and Arguments section. It's about a woman named Sally who is going through a difficult emotional time and questioning the universe while having a spa day. Her turmoil was palpable, her angst was raw, and her self-doubt was heart-wrenching.
You need to be absolutely sure you want to leave if you are to move your career ahead versus sideways. The thought that, "I'll see what's out there and then decide" can be a waste of your time, not to mention the people who interview you. Your job performance will suffer and your stress will be extended.
Your time is the biggest resource that you have. How you manage it, is the value you offer your organization. Being productive is important and this is often measured by management in the output you document in performance reviews. What doesn't get documented however is the way you achieved those results.
The average college freshman changes their major seven times. It's okay if you don't know what to be. But work on finding out what you want. Childhood was the time for well-rounded approaches, but as a young adult, you'll need to narrow your focus in order to achieve excellence. Getting by will not attract the right connections and opportunities you'll need to enter the job market.
My mom grew up in the 1970s in Pakistan, at a time when women -- if they studied past high school -- were expected to get married right after college. What my mother did was very different. And the story's best told with this photo of my 25-year-old mom working as a chemist in Pakistan. The only woman among men.
Many people in corporate roles fantasize about breaking free and launching an entrepreneurial venture. Three years ago I took the plunge and did just that, leaving behind a senior role in management consulting to start a talent marketplace for freelance consultants. Unfortunately, my business model didn't gain traction, but the experience was the best thing that ever happened to me professionally speaking.
In a recent blog on Forbes.com, Meta S. Brown, the author of Data Mining for Dummies, gave four reasons not to get an advanced degree in data science. I, on the other hand, believe that a structured learning environment is exactly what many need to enable the career change they have contemplated for years but have not moved on it.
In a job interview, employers will be looking to see how savvy you are, how confident you are, and how personable you are. There will be some questions about your work experience and skills, of course, but if the prospective employer didn't think you could do the job, they wouldn't waste time interviewing you. What they really want to see is how you handle pressure. How well you can communicate. If they like you. And that decision is made quickly, often in their very first impression.
Research regularly shows that the millennial generation are actively looking to work differently and are increasingly drawn to the type of careers the gig economy offers. As the gig economy grows, so do the opportunities for organizations of all sizes to increase their impact and profits in a way that is cost effective and creative.
The biggest benefit of speaking languages I've seen in my career is that it increased the opportunities that came my way. You do have to have other things working for you too, of course. You have to have other skills, like knowledge of a specific sector or market, the ability to do business and the ability to be a reliable, energetic person in any number of fields.
An interview is a two way street. The company has a void that needs to be filled and the candidate is hoping to land a better career opportunity. In order to stand out the candidate must be asking thought-provoking questions that will not only assist in collecting valuable information but break the ice to distinguish them from all the other applicants.
I'm shocked and amazed by how few people do informational interviews. Hell, a lot of people don't even know what they are. An informational huh? What is that? Well pull up a chair, sonny. You're about to get schooled. Here's what you need to know about informational interviews and how to score one for yourself.
In a world of selfies and sharing photos of what we're eating for breakfast, it's strange that we still hold back from promoting ourselves: 53 per cent of Canadian professionals admitted that talking about their achievements feels like they're bragging, while 55 per cent said they'd rather talk about their colleagues' achievements than their own.