11 Simple Steps to Help Build New, Better Habits

21 02 2017

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Forming a new habit or behavior more conducive to getting what and where you want to go:

How is this accomplished and how long does it take? Building better habits is not an all-or-nothing process. Forming new patterns or habits may be gradual, little by little moving to a more positive and satisfying behavior.

Make small changes until a new pattern of attitudes and behavior is in place. You can also decide to stop a negative habit or attitude, like smoking, and go cold turkey and never smoke again.

New, more positive plans that you can implement with specific actions will take you closer and closer to the desired outcome and can be accomplished in a very short time. Once a decision is made, and acted on, you will reach a new, stable lifestyle.

Some helpful steps to adopt:

  1. Start simple: do not try to do everything in one day. Have a target that is attainable and keep at it for at least 30 days.
  1. Set your goals high, and break it down into small attainable steps. Losing 50 pounds may be overwhelming, but if you break it down to a smaller amount over a longer period of time then not only is it achievable, but easier to attain and maintain.
  1. Evaluate what knocks you off that new habit pattern. Strengthen and focus on the new habit.
  2. Establish relationships with people supportive of the new desired habit. Find role models. If you want to work out, establish relationships with people that go to the gym.
  1. Keep the desired habits or habit pattern actions in place for a minimum of 30-60 days. Easy changes will be incorporated quickly. Harder ones may take longer but do these daily.
  1. Schedule and follow through doing what you are committing to change. Create a strategy to apply consistently and improve your plan of action as results improve.
  1. Envision yourself having the end result. Keep reviewing and celebrating the benefits in your Journal.
  1. Review your Journal write-up, your game plan each morning, including the new habits. Track your progress.
  1. Put the new habit first, not last. If you want to start playing tennis, do not do it at the end of the day, rather do it when you are fresh and when you will benefit the most from doing so.
  1. Tell a friend or another about your new decision and invite their support. For example, I told my group of friends that I was writing a book. Each time I saw them I shared my progress as they asked about it. This kept me interested in a purpose for the book beyond myself, but envisioning the benefits for others as well. A purpose beyond mere self-benefits provides a greater-good purpose that means more value to all that are impacted.
  1. Determine what has to happen for you to know that you have a stable new habit by viewing your Journal entries progress feedback and acknowledge where you have achieved changed habits, and then define what is needed next to achieve the desired results!

How does one stay motivated?

What to do when:

There are moments where mood, fatigue, and lack of motivation, which are permitted, may create inconsistencies toward your desired goal and may cause your new habit to drop out.

Realize:

Minor setbacks are possible until a stable new habit is formulated and becomes a part of life. In order to motivate yourself and prevent set- backs, simply focus on your prior achievements and restore your purpose for change, and the benefits already achieved, and then re-commit with attention to consistency, no matter what happens in your life. Review negative thoughts and those folks with negative attitudes to avoid these. To have a more permanent change, you may ultimately have to change your environment and your schedule to match what works best for progress.

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Dr. Gerald J. Regni!!****

 

About the author: The above article is an excerpt from The Job Book: Find Yourself and a Job in 30 Days written by Dr. Gerald J. Regni and co-authored by Diane Phillips. The authors have worked out a simple to follow, user friendly road map that anyone can follow to find a career that fits, where one will follow his or her passion in easy steps. Start Your Career Finding Adventure Today! READ A LIFE CHANGING CHAPTER FOR FREE by visiting www.thejobbook.info.

 

 





10 Ways Top Candidates Set Themselves Apart

10 01 2017

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Let’s face it, if you were hired for a job based on your resume alone, there would be no need to interview. But because no one is hired solely as a result of their work experience and/or accomplishments, interviews are a necessary evil. The face-to-face meeting does, however, offer an opportunity to go beyond the resume and set yourself apart from other equally qualified candidates.

So, how do you leverage the interview to rise above the rest? It all comes down to communication. A recent study declared verbal communication the top skill employers value in recent college grads. Being well-spoken is the best way for candidates at every level, in every industry, to gain an edge over their competition.

Here are a few more specifics:

Make your excitement about the opportunity obvious

Companies want to hire people who are eager to work for them, so express enthusiasm while you’re answering interview questions. Oddly enough, candidates don’t always realize that they aren’t fully expressing their interest. More often than we want to admit, recruiters get the following feedback from clients, “I like this candidate but s/he didn’t really seem excited about the position.”  Ouch, that stings and is definitely hard to recover from. Put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. Wouldn’t you pick the candidate who showed more interest and excitement about the opportunity, assuming all the skills were there?

Don’t make the interviewer dig for answers

Solid candidates recognize what the interviewer is trying to uncover based on the line of questioning and respond accordingly. This means they don’t just say, “oh I have great organizational skills,” but they actually offer unprompted examples of how they organize their priorities and how their organizational skills positively impacted the outcome of a certain project.

Leave the generic responses at home

Great candidates usually have a unique point of view and thoughtful answers to questions asked. Don’t be afraid to gather your thoughts in front of the interviewer before responding to a question, rather than rushing to give the generic answer that the interviewer has probably heard a hundred times.

Convey flexibility

It’s wonderful to be committed to a five-year plan or to have clear, professional goal in mind. But you don’t want to come across as rigid, especially since your specific goals may limit you from opportunities and or direction that only become apparent with a new position.

Command the convo regarding your previous experience

When responding to questions, you are either in control of the answer, or the answer is like a runaway train. Candidates with excellent communication skills talk about their past experience in precise terms with specificity. Prior to an interview, brush up on the details of your work history and the progression of your career so that you can talk about any aspect with ease, and use it to your advantage when needed.

Hear what Atrium Recruiters have to say about standing out in a job interview.

Quantify your value

If you have numbers to back up your experience, use them. Whether it’s dollars saved or earned for a company, time-saving efficiencies you introduced or other quantifiable successes, be sure to articulate them during the interview process. #humblebrag

Show that you can take initiative

Effectively communicate that you’re they type of employee who takes initiative. Even at the entry-level, companies hire individuals who will evolve into leaders. Convey this during the interview by providing an example of a project where you self-started or went above and beyond.

Talk about being growth-oriented, without talking about future positions

Great candidates are able to express a desire to grow within a position for their own betterment and to add to their own skill set, not necessarily to climb the ranks. 

Be genuine in your delivery and comfortable in your own skin

An interview can put people on edge and make them tense. Although easier said than done, be yourself. It’s critical that you come across as genuine and authentic in order to build rapport with the interviewer. If you do this well, the interviewer will come away with an idea of what it would be like to have you on his/her team.

Keep the conversation fluid

Make the interview enjoyable for the interviewer! Ask questions that engage the interviewer and facilitate back and forth dialogue.

****For this fantastic post, Campus to Career thanks our friends at Atrium Staffing!!****





7 Recruiter’s Tips for Landing Your Dream Job

13 11 2016

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In some ways, it’s a great time to be looking for work.

The labor market is really tight, and there are more unfilled positions in the U.S. than ever. But don’t be deceived. Part of the problem is that there is a skills gap. Employers aren’t filling a lot of their open roles because they can’t find the right people for them.

Here are some tips to help you understand things from the recruiter’s perspective and convince them you’ve got the skills.

  1. You’ve Got All of 6 Seconds

That’s about how long your resume gets with a recruiter. Your cover letter is a bit closer to 0. That doesn’t mean spend less time on your resume though. Recruiters are looking to see if you’ve held the right positions, for a long enough time, to confirm you have the necessary skills.

They’re also searching for signs of sloppiness, such as misspellings, typos, grammar issues.

  • Make your postions easy to scan. Bold them and put them in bullets.
  • Read and re-read your resume. Then ask at least two more people to do the same.

More solid advice on resumes and recruiters.

  1. Match Your Resume with LinkedIn

A big turnoff for a lot of recruiters is when there’s something on LinkedIn that wasn’t on your resume. It makes it look like you’re hiding something. Make sure these square up into a coherent picture of you.

  1. Get Your Interviewer’s Attention Early, and Study Up

As long as we’re talking about LinkedIn, it’s a great tool for connecting with an interviewer early on – just add them on the network. You can also use it to learn more about them, see what you have in common and look for shared connections.

  1. First Impressions Might be the Only Ones that Matter

According to at least one study, the decision to hire someone is made within the first 15 seconds of the interview, whether the interviewer knows it or not. Here’s a quick checklist that’ll help you make a solid impression.

  • Be early. The only way to make sure you’re not late for an interview is to plan on being early. Being late means you’ve made a bad first impression before they even had a chance to see you. Make it your goal to be 30 minutes early – if something goes wrong, you’ll still be ok.
  • Take a hike. Now that you’ve arrived early, throw on some headphones with music you enjoy and take a walk around the block for a few minutes. This will help calm your nerves for the interview.
  • Check yourself. Just before the interview, stop in a restroom and make sure your hair is fine, there’s nothing in your teeth, and your clothes are squared away.
  • Take a drink. Of water! Bring your own bottle of water to sip on if your throat gets dry. For whatever reason, this seems to be a problem during interviews.
  • Give a solid handshake. Don’t break any bones, but don’t give them the dead fish handshake either.
  1. How to Rock Your Job Interview

Ok, hopefully you’ve made a good impression at this point. Now you just need to bring the job interview home. A couple pieces of advice for making it great.

  • Be ready to talk about money. People that have done a lot of interviews, especially recruiters, will be comfortable asking you directly how much you’re expecting to get paid, and how much you made in your last job. Be honest and do your homework. Know what the market rate is for the position, and if you’re at the high end of the market, be ready to explain why.
  • Oh, but don’t talk about money too much. Answer their money questions, and leave it at that. You don’t want to give the impression that money is the only thing motivating you.
  • Do your research. You should know about industry trends and be prepared to give examples of the best people/products in your line of work.
  • Be prepared for the questions. There are common interview questions that get used over and over. Know them and have your answers in mind.
  • Be specific. Don’t just tell them you grew sales. Know the exact number you did it by, and make sure your numbers are accurate.
  1. Be open to negotiation

If the pay isn’t quite right, are there perks you’d be interested in? What about a 4 day work week? A flexible schedule? Work from home days? Extra vacation time?

Of course, you need to be sure you can live on the pay they give you, or the job won’t work out. But if you’ve got some wiggle room on the pay, you might be able to make up for it with some concessions that improve your overall lifestyle.

  1. Know What You Want

If you’re not quite sure about which role you want, keep that quiet. Candidates who aren’t quite sure what job they want don’t tend to stick around long. Recruiters and hiring managers know this, and if they get the sense that you’re undecided, they may pass.

Ok, I hope that gives you some intel you can use to land your next job. Be sure to go over that first impression checklist right before the interview so that you get past those crucial first seconds, and have a good chance at getting to an offer. Good luck!

****For this unique post, Campus to Career thanks Paul Peters!!****

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About: Paul Peters is content marketer and job ad writer with Betterteam. Before Betterteam he spent 6 years building an education startup, where he was was involved with many aspects of the business, including hiring and marketing. He lives in Whitefish, Montana.





5 Reasons to Opt for International Internships

27 09 2016

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International internships are both exhilarating and frightening, but when you get passed the fear, you will be faced with one-of-a-kind opportunity: A chance to build a career in a foreign company, or to build a good base for your future career opportunities. Not only is an internship abroad beneficial for standing out in the future of your career, it’s going to benefit you personally as well. If you’re still lingering on the edge of deciding, these 5 reasons will definitely push you over the brink and into international waters.

1.      Mingling with the Global Crowd

Networking is extremely important in any industry, in fact, businesses nowadays can’t sustain without connecting and collaborating. Internship abroad can enable you to get acquainted with professionals outside of your culture.

  • You’ll meet experts from various countries which will give you a chance to deeper knowledge of their business practice and knowledge.
  • You’ll make connections that will prove to be very valuable in the future of your career.
  • You’ll build a circle of mentors, friends and colleagues you can rely on throughout your career.

2.      Get the Competitive Edge

Finding a job in today’s business environment is very difficult, and statistics have shown that 50% of undergraduates aren’t employed. In order to get in the frontlines and appeal to employers, you’re going to need a competitive edge.

  • An international internship is going to give you the edge you need.
  • It will add weight to your resume, and make you different from other applicants striving to get the same job as you.
  • It will also give you better professional opportunities and boost your marketability.

3.      Dive into the World of Unknown

Once you step foot into foreign grounds, you’ll be subjected to a whole, new experience that can’t compare to what you’d experience in your own, familiar surroundings.

  • You will gain unique knowledge, skills and perspective. Anything unique is valuable to any business industry.
  • Developing your foreign language proficiency is a valuable asset for your career, as emphasis is being put on global communication in every industry.

4.      Raise Your Game to the Next Level

College gives you the opportunity to gain immense knowledge about the field of your interest, but an international internship will give you a peerless education, in terms of skills and knowledge. Traveling to help your career is one of the biggest steps to take in order to immensely improve your portfolio and become a desirable asset to companies around the globe.

  • You will develop your expertise and sharpen your skills, and make that transferable to other work opportunities.
  • Stepping out into the global arena will enable you to get insight into the mechanics of global business, giving you knowledge on exactly how you will build your business in the future.

5.      Become the Role-Model for Confidence

In a very competitive environment, one thing nobody wants to see is a dispirited, terrified undergraduate who lacks confidence, motivation and courage.

  • An internship abroad will personally benefit you, in terms of confidence. You’re going to be put in a new environment, with the necessity to become independent on your own. This will more than often require you to use your problem-solving skills to adapt to the newly found surroundings.
  • You’ll make your future pitches more successful and intriguing, due to the confidence and experience gained.

If you’re enthusiastic about overseas internships, keep on reading and check out a list of websites where you can find great internship offers.

Global Experiences

They enable students to take part in internships that are going to bring the not just valuable professional experience, but also enable them to immerse in the language and culture of another country. The entire team of creators have been a part of internships around the globe, so their programs are tailored to suit the needs of students and make the process of finding a program and actually hoping on plane much easier.

IASTE international exchange program

This is a great resource for students in the technical field. If you’re looking for overseas professional opportunities in the fields of architecture, science, engineering or maths, you can apply for one through their website. What’s great is that all students get stipends that cover their costs of living. The entire organization really goes out of their way to help you with administration, visa process and other aspects of traveling abroad.

Go Abroad

They enable you to find internships all around the world, but at the same time earn college credit. You can search internships based on your length of stay, specific destination, field of work, or even contact one of their advisors who can give you a list of specific internships you might be interested in. They will help you with just about any aspect of landing the internship and getting the right information.

World Internships

They have a list of existing internships available right now, and for more budget-friendly internships, they made sure to give you a placement only option, so you don’t have to pay for the accommodation just for the internship itself. All you have to do is find the ideal internship based on the preferred location, field of work and you’re good to go.

GoOverseas

Similar to Go Abroad, you can simply choose your field of work and desired destination and look through the existing programs and offers to find the one that’s best suitable for you. You can explore the programs listed, make your own wish list to bookmark your highlights for later consideration, connect with other travelers and exchange stories and experiences, as well as apply for a program through their website.

Every internship is a great challenge, and although getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t seem appealing at first, it’s the only way you’ll get a head start over all the other hungry candidates striving to get the same job you do.

rachel-barteeAuthor’s Bio: Rachel Bartee is a part-time writer at EduGeeksClub paper writing service who finds her passion in sharing insightful ideas as a blogger. She is constantly looking for the ways to improve her skills and expertise. Her life principle is “Always do more than you can”.





How Successful People Work Less & Get More Done [INFOGRAPHIC]

8 09 2016

As you begin working a new job, you always want to be as successful as possible. Although this often entails hours of hard work, sometimes this isn’t enough. Just because you put in the time, with whatever you do, that isn’t all it takes to be successful.

It’s the little things that successful people do that really takes them to the next level of success. They build systems and they build daily rituals that help keep them motivated, and help them work less while still getting more done! These things might seem insignificant, but when you do these things on a consistent basis, that’s when you really start to see their improvement.

Recently our friends at Blogtrepreneur have put together an awesome infographic about the little things that will take you to the next level in what ever success you are striving for!

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5 Things to Do on Your First Day at Work

26 04 2016

For most of us, navigating the work environment on our first day at the job is much like riding a roller-coaster. The excitement of meeting your new colleagues and getting familiar with on-site duties blends with the anxiety of making a good first impression.

Learning the ropes may take a while. As such, getting a good head start makes all the difference. On top of all the effort you’ve put into landing that much-desired position, there’s still a lot more prepping and planning that needs to be done in order to secure your spot in the company and make sure you will be there for the long term.

Here are the top five things to do in your first day at work to make sure you’re in it for the long haul.

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1.      Go in Ready to Learn the Culture of the Company

The first day at work may be tantalizing if you go in unprepared. Take the time beforehand to prepare relevant questions for your future colleagues, even if you know the standard answers to some of them. Letting the day pass by quietly will shine an unfavorable light upon you. Asking relevant questions to the people you meet is the first clue that you’re a proactive person, eager to learn.

As the first few weeks on the job are really just an extension of the interview, use them wisely. Use the first day to kick start a self-centered campaign during which everything you do is intended to let the qualities you were hired for in the first place show.

2.      Prepare the ‘Elevator Pitch’

People are curious. As you are the new face around, some of your colleagues will ask about you and your role in the company. Be prepared to answer such questions without hesitation. They’re meant to genuinely find out more about you, your role and start up a conversation.

Just in case you were not aware, this particular phase takes a bit of preparation, as well. Let’s say you’ve just landed an awesome position as a product developer at Target. On top of all the research you’ve already done about the job itself and what the application process entails, you’re going to want to explore the relationship dynamics within the company and how you can fit into that environment as naturally as possible.

One easy way to do that is to simply go on LinkedIn, research people who are already working at Target and try to start up a friendly conversation with them. This will give you a bit of insight on the types of people that are already working there and even give you the opportunity to make a few friends before the actual starting date.

If your new colleagues seem too busy to welcome you, don’t shy away from introducing yourself. Talk to everyone you meet. Eventually, it will pay off.

3.      Relax and Smile

Your first day at work will be a breeze to navigate if you’re relaxed and friendly. People appreciate an open person with a relaxed yet professional attitude. Everyone has been on their first day at work at some point. As such, nobody’s out to get you.

The stress caused by trying too hard can only get in your way. Keep in mind that the first impression matters yet that you have already passed the interview and you’re there for a reason. Let the process naturally unfold one step at a time. Once you learn the ropes of the work environment, you’ll have more chances to shine.

4.      Observe, Listen and Learn

Despite feeling the urgent need to affirm yourself immediately, the wisest option is to observe, listen and learn. Refrain from stating strong opinions about one topic or another. Instead, listen to what your colleagues have to say and learn why.

A wealth of valuable information is readily available directly from the people you meet during the first day at the job. Thus, this is the perfect opportunity to get a better grasp of the big picture, learn about decision making in the company and how ‘political capital’ is built along with relations with people who may become your best friends.

5.      Figure out the Unwritten Rules of the Office Environment

This isn’t a joke. No matter how professional the environment your work in, there are habits and small things that make people go irrationally mad. If there is a kitchen, ask about the Dos and Don’ts related to this common space. Some are annoyed by the improper use of the fridge. Some have their personal corners where their coffee mug reigns undisturbed. Whatever it is, you need to figure out the unwritten rules starting day one. It will make your life easier.

All in all, the first day at work should encompass a balanced approach to letting others in on your personality and role in the company and learning to navigate the work culture and environment as soon as possible.

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****For this helpful post, Campus to Career thanks Thea Millard!!****

Thea MillardAbout the author: Thea Millard is an HR Manager and a part-time consultant, dedicated to helping people find satisfying careers and incorporating the best resources possible for maximum work efficiency

 





How Women are Finding Success in Nontraditional Occupations [INFOGRAPHIC]

19 04 2016

Guest post by Kathy Jackson.

If you’re a woman looking for a well-paying career with great opportunities for advancement, then you might want to consider searching beyond the traditional roles that women usually take in childcare, administration, and accounting. This infographic Tulsa Welding School developed highlights five careers in the skilled trades that have a lot to offer the modern workingwoman. Check them out to see if one may just be right for you.

1. HVAC Technician

Demand for these professionals is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2024, which is much faster than average. The mean annual wage for an HVAC technician is $46,880, and this field has plenty of room for advancement: you could climb the career ladder to become a distribution manager or operation manager.

2. Electrician

With job growth also set at 14 percent through 2024, becoming an electrician could not only provide job security but also great pay; electricians enjoy an average annual salary of $54,520, but there are many opportunities for career growth. It’s possible to pursue additional education in order to move up to project management or engineering.

3. Welder

With over half of U.S. products requiring a welder to manufacture and a predicted shortage of 400,000 of these professionals by 2024, welders will likely be in high demand for some time. Welders are able to work in a variety of locations and for a lot of different companies. Many even get to travel regularly for their jobs.

4. Pipefitter

Only 1.6 percent of all pipefitters are women, but this skillset is in high demand: jobs for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters are expected to grow 12 percent through 2024—faster than the national average. That means that there are a lot of opportunities for qualified men and women to find jobs in this field.

5. Construction Business Owner

If you want to start your own construction business, you’ll be happy to know that 17.5 percent of people working in the construction industry are self-employed. The federal government has implemented legislation to ensure female-owned construction companies are entitled to bid on projects, and the number of such companies has been steadily rising in recent years.

The skilled trades offer some impressive career opportunities for women. Review the infographic below to learn more.

 

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