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20 Career Tips to Make 2015 Your Most Successful Year Ever!

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It’s time to set your intentions for 2015. Here are 20 fabulous tips from some of the world’s best career experts to assist you in taking control of your career and making this year your best year ever.

  1. Engage in the “Power of Stopping”. According to Susan Freeman, a daily centering practice can reap you huge rewards in terms of calm and peacefulness. It can also improve your relationships with others.
  2. Be a “Reflective Leader”. According to Deborah Colman corporate environments today can be chaotic and require a level of interdependence with others. It’s important to know how to “navigate and respond vs react” to whatever situation comes up.
  3. Learn how to make the most of “Reciprocity”. Gary Ford says most people have a fear of rejection and while “everyone wants to be more persuasive”, “often we are only hinting” at what we really want.
  4. Begin the process of “Self-reflection”. Kim Ades says it’s important to “surface our beliefs” and to “look at our thinking”. She refers to this as “thought management” and is an advocate for daily journaling. Regular self-reflection can accelerate change.
  5. Recognize “Common Behavior Patterns”. According to Sylvia Lafair, there are “13 common behavior patterns we learned as kids” and like it or not, “we bring these behaviors to the workplace”. Recognizing these “behavior patterns” in yourself and in others, will “help you deal with office politics and conflict in the workplace”.
  6. “Move your Career Forward.” If this is the year you are looking for a new role or job, then Dana Manciagli recommends you “start with a goal, develop a plan and create a candidate packet”. Traditional resumes are simply not enough to get you the interview.
  7. Hone your “Perception Management”. Do you know what impression you are making on others? According to Judi Walsh, you “can measure your level of influence and develop a distinct foundation”. This “distinctness” will set you apart from others.
  8. “Manage Up”. According to Cecile Peterkin, “leaders don’t need a title”. “Managing up is about developing a solid relationship with your boss, keeping your boss informed and knowing your boss’ priorities and management style”.
  9. Complete your “LinkedIn Profile”. According to Melonie Dodaro, “one of the best ways to stand out is to complete your LinkedIn profile”. Your LinkedIn link will usually be the “first thing that pops up when someone googles your name”.
  10. Use the “Power of Your Voice”. Carla Kendall suggests you “speak from your gut not from your throat.” 38% of what you are communicating is communicated through your voice. Pay attention to your quality, tone, pitch, rate, and volume.
  11. Get good at “Self-Promotion”. According to Regina Barr, “Self-Promotion is not bragging”. It’s important to “get comfortable talking about yourself”. Barr says “find 2-5 contributions/success stories that you can describe in a meaningful way”.
  12. “Grow Up Your Gifts”. Shahmeen Sadiq says “at earlier career stages, we often use our gifts/strengths/talents in overcoming obstacles, managing threats and outperforming our peers to get ahead”. “At later stages, it’s important to “grow up” our gifts to create desired outcomes with ease, grace and elegance”.
  13. Achieve “Work-Life Satisfaction.”  According to Nora Sudduth, it’s not about finding balance, it’s about achieving fulfillment. This “shifts responsibility from the employer to the employee to define your values and priorities and to find space for what you value most”.
  14. “Practice Safe Stress”. According to Lori King “healthy stress can make you more alert, focused and even productive”, while unhealthy stress can immobilize you, “inhibit your ability to relax and reduce performance”. Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga can help manage stress.
  15. Stop Avoiding “Difficult Conversations”. Sylvia Plester-Silk says “one of the keys to success in life and business is building trust. As a leader, having conversations about difficult topics is an opportunity to build trust through deeper understanding of another person.”
  16. Develop Your “Leadership Effectiveness”. According to David Town, a great place to “begin to understand your current leadership effectiveness is a personal assessment tool”. An assessment can increase your self-awareness and help close the gap between where you are currently and where you’d like to be as a leader.
  17. “Understand Who You Are.” Anne Dranitsaris says that while “past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior” you need to also “take into account the unique differences in personality and how the brain is hard-wired to function.”
  18. Find a Job You Love. Kathi Miller-Miller says if you’ve been fired, “skip the blame game”. Kathi says it’s important to “take care of yourself, avoid negative people” and recognize that you are not alone. This is a terrific “opportunity to find your passion”.
  19. “Don’t Lose Your Soul”. According to Sondra Sneed, “you are more than your job”. It’s important to “know your life’s purpose or your job won’t produce a career path”. “There is a part of you that is your job, but you are so much more than that”.
  20. “Invest in Yourself”. Linda Cattelan says there is no better time than the present to invest in yourself and in your career potential. “You can no longer rely on your employer to prepare you for your next role or promotion”. Consider hiring a professional coach to assist you in developing a career plan, hold you accountable or to support you on your career journey.

Whether you are at the start of your career, mid way through your career, or at the tail end of your career, vow to make this year your most successful year ever.
If you are interested in hearing more from each and every one of the above career experts, join us for the 2015 Catapult Your Career Success Summit: image001

2015 Catapult Your Career Success Summit

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If you’re sick and tired of struggling to make a bigger impact in your career, accomplish more in less time or achieve greater success and recognition, then look no further!

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The “2015 Catapult Your Career Success Summit” is a 12 day event hosted by my colleague Linda Cattelan, Career Acceleration Coach. This complimentary event runs from January 20th, 2015 through February 2nd, 2015 from the comfort of your own home (via phone or internet). And you’ll receive access to ALL the session recordings!

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Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence with Amy Jen Su, co-author of Own the Room

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People are drawn to and influenced by leaders who communicate authentically, connect easily with people, and have immediate impact. So how do you become one of them? How can you learn to “own the room”?
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How to Inspire your Team to Excellence with David M. Dye, author of “The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say”

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Discussion on Simon Sinek’s Book, Start With Why with Stephen Shedletzky

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Up Your Game Radio!  Join us as we interview Stephen Shedletzy on his work with Simon Sinek’s team at Start With Why.

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Unleashing Team Potential with Sylvia Plester-Silk

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Welcome to our 1st Show of the Fall/Winter Season of Up Your Game Radio!  Join us as we kicked-off the season with our special guest Sylvia Plester-Silk, Author of Unleashing Team Potential – Lesson for Managers from My Canine Friends [Read more...]

How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile to Build a Valuable Personal Brand

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Writing a compelling LinkedIn profile is a must if you want to attract positive attention. Your profile is your face to the world of online networking, thus, it should be your primary means for introducing and promoting yourself.

Our aim here is to show you how you can develop a LinkedIn profile that will be an effective and career-enhancing networking tool. [Read more...]

How to Showcase Leadership in Your Resume

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Showcasing Your Leadership Skills

A Leadership Resume is for anyone who wants prospective employers to focus on their leadership skill set; this applies to any position from assistant manager to executive and every category in-between.

Start Here

Pull out your current resume right now. Now turn it over and write down what is memorable. Now ask yourself, would I hire me?

If your resume does not convey your strengths and competencies from the get go. What would compel a hiring manager to pick up the phone to call you for an interview?

In today’s aggressive job market, the tone and leadership message of your resume must be carefully crafted in order to generate a lasting impression. Five seconds is all you have; is your resume ready for it?

Check Your Resume Against these

Top 10 essentials for crafting Leadership into your resume:

Key Details Position the Key Details First – All too often, critical information is buried on the second page of a resume. Remember that the top half of the first page is prime real estate for your strongest credentials. Use a tightly worded summary that reflects your qualifications and is closely aligned to your job goal.
Branding Include a Branding Statement – A branding statement conveys what sets you apart from everyone else and makes you memorable and unique – your skills, abilities, personality traits. It is your marketing tagline and should be used at the forefront of the resume.
C-A-R Statements Use C-A-R Statements – Future employers want to see both the results of your work by looking at quantifiable figures and facts – but it’s the story BEHIND the accomplishment that really tells your personal branding story. Think of your past results and work style in terms of the situation you first encountered (the Challenge), what you did to address it (your Action), and what happened next (the Result).
Tech Savvy Be Tech Savvy – Provide links to any online industry relevant blogs or articles you have written, as well as a hyperlink to your LinkedIn Profile. This provides further insight to your experience and allows you to highlight your accomplishments in greater detail.
No Fluff Cut the fluff – Your resume should be clear and concise. Keep it clean, lean and mean.
Length Length – Keep it to two pages, three if you really must. A caveat, a longer resume just doesn’t hit the mark in today’s fast paced job market. A resume should reflect the last 10-15 years of experience in detail. This helps keep the resume length inline as well as showing the most current and relevant experience.
Testimonials Back Up Your Success with Testimonials – Use short testimonials on your resume as an endorsement. This information can be placed at the beginning or end of your professional profile for impact, or within a separate section on the front page.
Strong Verbs Weak verbs and no verbs – Do not use lackluster verb constructions as “was responsible for,” “provided” or “assisted with.” Or worse, no verbs at all! Use verbs instead of sentence fragments that omit them. Your resume will be more action-oriented and dynamic. Use action-oriented verbs such as “spearheaded,” “steered” or “influenced.”
White Space White Space is Important – A cluttered or chaotic resume is hard for the reader to peruse and is not inviting to read. Be consistent with your style. Keep fonts and font sizes the same throughout; use at least a half-inch margin and keep your wording clean, lean and mean. Cluttered and chaotic are two qualities that employers simply do not want.
Spell Check Spell check and have a human edit your resume – Spell check is great, but it doesn’t catch all grammatical and typographical errors. It’s helpful to have someone else review your resume. Ask for that person’s feedback on the style of your resume, readability, and content

Developing a masterpiece that gets attention from employers’ top-tier hiring managers requires a well thought-out resume strategy. Remember keep your wording strong, your content lean and your branding statement compelling and before you know it, hiring managers will be beating a path to your door.

If you need help crafting your resume, contact me at info@cosmiccoachingcentre.com.

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What it Takes to be Persuasive

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Even if your job is not to sell, there will come a time when you will have to persuade someone. Persuasion happens not only between salespeople and their potential customers. As a manager, for instance, you may need to persuade your subordinates to perform at a higher level. And if you think you have a brilliant project in mind, you should learn how to persuade your boss to take on it. Needless to say, the ability to persuade somebody is a desirable one, and something that you can actually learn and develop. What you will learn in this article are the things you should do to become persuasive. [Read more...]

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