Feeling at a loss for what to do next in your career? One of the best ways to know what your next career move should be is to start taking what I like to call “inspired action.”
When you take inspired action, things suddenly start to flow. You feel a sense of energy, enthusiasm, or joy. This is different from forced action, which comes from feeling that you should take action. It feels forced, with a lot of effort and little motivation or enthusiasm.
We all have it – that nagging voice of self-doubt that speaks up when we try to make bold moves. It might say things to us like…
- “You’re going to make a fool of yourself.”
- “You’re not qualified enough to do that.”
- “Why bother applying? There are so many other stronger candidates.”
It can be difficult to recognize when this voice of self-doubt, which I refer to as the inner critic, is speaking up or when we are being realistic in our thinking. In order to so, first it’s helpful to understand the motivation of our inner critic.
Deciding to go to graduate school is no small decision. It takes time, money, and a lot of effort. So how do you know when you’re ready to embark on this next adventure? It’s important to ask yourself a few big questions.
More and more companies are turning to Google Hangouts or Skype for virtual interviews as a way to screen candidates before bringing them on-site. While you may be prepared for traditional in-person interviews, acing the virtual interview requires a little bit of extra forethought. Follow these five tips to make sure you make the most of your next virtual interview.
Consider the following scenarios:
- When you fail at something, do you find yourself saying, “I’m no good at that” or “This is a learning opportunity”?
- When you see someone else succeed, do you find yourself feeling threatened, or inspired?
- When you have to put in a lot of hard work to accomplish something, do you think of it as a waste of time and effort, or a path toward mastery?
The way you approach these situations can give you an insight into two different mindsets: fixed and growth.
Though they’re considered a routine task by most employees and managers, annual reviews can often be viewed with anxiety. As a new professional, I remember feeling nervous at my first couple of annual reviews. I wondered, should I give myself the best rating so that my supervisor will think highly of my work? Or should I rate myself lower so as not to appear arrogant?
Although I felt confident in my work and the things I had accomplished during the year, I was also confused by the review process. I came to learn that my biggest mistake was not taking time to reflect on the positive or prepare questions to ask my supervisor. Now, having given an annual review as a manager, I see the value and purpose in these tasks.
By taking the following steps to truly evaluate your own strengths, weaknesses, and a vision for your future, you can ensure that you’re going into the process as your most confident and authentic self.
Knowing your WHY, the reason you do what you do, is one of the best ways to live intentionally, inspire others, and build resilience – all of which are critical if we want to succeed in today’s world of work.
It’s often fairly easy to identify the things that we don’t want in our next job. But knowing what you don’t want is only a glimpse of the whole picture.
What’s more challenging is figuring out what we do want – the role, responsibilities, culture, work environment, etc. And when we have a lot of options in front of us, this can be overwhelming.
How can we know if we’ll enjoy something or not, without being able to predict the future? We have to start prototyping
Starting a new job can be tough—you’re still figuring out not only your responsibilities, but also how to navigate office politics and best communicate with your colleagues. According to the Future Workplace “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey, 91 percent of millennials plan to stay in a job for less than three years. Tally that up and you could potentially hold 15 to 20 different positions over the course of your working adult life. Changing jobs and transitioning to new working environments will most likely be in your future, so read on for tips to help you stay on track during this process.
What can you do when you may not have that official leadership role you feel like you need in order to make the kind of waves you’d like? A lot, actually. While you may not hold the title of “leader,” you bring a certain energy and influence to any organization you enter. And that’s what leadership is really all about.
Chances are if you’ve been thinking about a career change of some kind, you’ve probably read about the importance of reaching out to contacts for informational interviews. I frequently hear from clients that they dread asking for informational interviews because they feel selfish “asking for a job.” An important thing to keep in mind when conducting informational interviews is that you are not asking for a job, you’re simply asking for information. So what types of questions should you ask?
What do you do if you really need to stick it out in a job you don’t love? Practice job crafting, a concept researched by Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. Wrzesniewski has spent years researching how people make meaning of their work and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling.
I’ve shared a few of my favorite podcasts here on the blog in the past, and the list keeps on coming. Here’s a round up of my current favorites specifically meant to inspire you in your career and professional development.
We’ve all been there before: bored at work, drudging through the daily grind as we live for the weekend. How can we go from this monotonous day-to-day to a more lively, engaging situation? By utilizing our strengths.
The time has finally come. You’ve been offered the position you want and you’re ready to accept! Time to celebrate and give your notice, right? Not quite. Before you jump to accept your next job offer, take the time to negotiate for what you want.