Todays post is written by Classy Career Girl Marketing Assistant, Lor Mancera. Thanks Lor!
Have you ever thought of moving to a new place to start your career? At some point in your career, you may be faced with a choice of whether or not to relocate to a new city, state or even across the country for your work.
When looking for a job in a new location, usually job seekers look for work sooner than later. So if youre planning to make the brave step of moving without a job in line, here is my checklist that you really need to consider:
Research. Moving without a job waiting for you requires additional planning and that means you also need to do your research. Know where youre going, what the opportunities are there, where you plan to apply for work, where you plan to stay and find the relevant contacts before you leave. Getting enough knowledge of your new place will definitely play a big role in your success once you get there.
Network. This is one of those times that networking is crucial so you really want to do it in advance. These are not necessarily professional contacts just someone you can talk to on the phone, meet in a caf, learn the names of other contacts and start meeting people that can help you locate job opportunities.
Check Your Budget. Of course, finances are one of the major considerations for any relocation. Know how long your money can last by planning ahead of time how many months you can make it without a paycheck.
Be Ready. Moving to a new place without the assurance of a job is a big risk. In order to get the job you really want, dont be afraid to fail. Be ready because you will learn through trial and error. You might fail sometimes but you should look at failure as a time to grow, reflect, reinvent and ultimately to push you forward because sometimes failure is just the beginning not the end.
Once you decide that youre ready and sure to move, here are some things you need to look into:
Make sure you stay involved and connected with the people from back home.
Experts say that relocating for your career can be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever face.There’s no doubt about it. Relocating is difficult in many ways, especially for someone who is packing up and leaving a good life behind.
What did you learn from a long-distance career move?
A few weeks ago, Women In Bio invited me to speak about my brand new book! As you probably know, it’s not out yet but I am still planning for the big launch at the beginning of 2014. So from now until the book is in your hands, I will provide you with updates. Today’s update is a video with my presentation for the Women of Bio in San Diego called, “How to Communicate More Effectively and Achieve Better Results in your Workplace.”
Kristi Hedges is a communications expert, author, speaker and sought after leadership coach. In her 20-year career working with leaders to help them communicate more effectively shes encountered every personality type imaginable, yet remains more than a little passionate that anyone can learn presence. Her workshops and leadership coaching programs have been utilized by CEOs and teams of all sizes in companies spanning the Fortune 500, government, non-profit and privately held businesses. She runs her own coaching practice, The Hedges Company, and is a founding partner in the leadership development firm, Element North.
Kristi writes about leadership for Forbes.com , and penned The Leadership Factor column for Entrepreneur.com for more than three years. Shes been featured in publications as diverse as Washington Post, Reuters, MSNBC.com, Dallas Morning News, TheStreet.com and numerous others. Shes been honored as one of the 50 Women Who Mean Business in Washington, D.C. and as an owner of a top 25 Largest Women-Owned Businesses by the Washington Business Journal.
What is the Get Ahead Club?
I created theClassy Career Girl Get Ahead Clubfor professional women who are determined to get ahead in their careers. This is my entry level of membershipand a great way to have ongoing access to me and other career experts at a very affordable rate. Topics range from how to get promoted, how to manage your time, how to find your dream job and how to manage stress and burnout.
These women that I pick to interview are women that I REALLY want to talk to. I have heard them speak before and they have completely inspired me. So I am being very picky and only choosing the best experts and successful professional women that I REALLY want to talk to. So I wont waste your time. This is as good as it gets! Today there are over 48 women in the Get Ahead Club and the interview recordings are ready todownload and listen to for inspiration and motivation at your fingertips! I suggest listening to them while you are working at your desk, driving to work or exercising. I am a big fan of making the best use of my time and sitting and doing nothing is not something I am good at:)
Today’s post is written by Myrna Vaca, the Head of Marketing and Communications atLyoness America, where she is responsible for marketing, communication and business development efforts.Lyonessis an international shopping community and loyalty rewards program, where businesses and consumers benefit with free membership and money back with every purchase.
No matter how many times you’ve done them, presentations can be a nerve-wracking experience. A good presentation can make your name a buzz word among the higher-ups, but an excellent presentation can be the fire that ignites your launch up the corporate ladder. It’s as exciting as it is intimidating, and the ones who pull it off are rewarded with more involvement, more recognition and eventually, that all-too-coveted promotion.
What’s the secret? It’s not pretending the audience is sitting out there in their underpants. In fact, that imagery tends to make a lot of people even more uncomfortable. And it’s not just confidence, either. You can have all the confidence in the world but still give a crummy performance.
The answer is a well-balanced combination of confidence, preparation and creativity.
Step 1: Draw on experience
Before you even start the outlining process, set up a one-on-one meeting with your supervisor and/or a manager in the department that your presentation will be geared toward. Let them know that you just want to pick their brains about their presentation processes. Nine times out of ten, they’ll be more than happy to help.
NOTE: It might also be a good idea to ask your supervisor if he or she feels anyone in particular in the company should be included in the presentation meeting. Your supervisor might suggest someone you hadn’t thought of who would benefit from your ideas.
Step 2: Prepare your presentation and white sheet
Using what you’ve learned from your supervisor, craft your presentation to fit in the time allotted with at least five minutes to spare for questions and answers. Remember to keep the presentation engaging and dynamic, and the white sheet limited to just one page with a clear outline of your major points. Even if you’re not required to have a white sheet as part of your presentation, having a physical list of your main ideas and topics will not only help your audience follow along, but it will also impress them with how prepared you are.
Once you’ve finished putting the presentation together, take some time to run through it a handful of times on your own and in front of a friend. This helps you find where your weaknesses are and where you should add to or scale back on the information. And running it by a friend or co-worker will also help you work on pacing, as well as help pinpoint any areas that might need additional clarification.
Step 3: Prepare yourself
Just as marathon runners go through a “tapering down” period just before a big race, don’t stress yourself out with over-preparation as the big day approaches. Instead, practice your full presentation a few days beforehand until you feel confident that you have it down, and then just review your notes and outline the last couple of days leading up to the meeting. During those last practice runs, however, check out some of the following tips to help you feel more confident the day of:
Practice in a room similar to the one you will be presenting in. If possible, practice setting up any equipment you might need so you feel comfortable with the process the day of.
Record yourself giving the presentation so you can hear the volume and pace of your voice and adjust it as needed so you come across clear and confident. Additionally, listen to the recording for any additional areas that might have too little or too much information. Remember the old ‘KISS’ adage: Keep It Simple, Silly.
Practice in front of a mirror to check both your stance and your hand movements. You might not realize that you have a habit of putting your fist in your pocket until you catch yourself doing it in the mirror. At the same time, slouched shoulders convey a sense of insecurity. Be sure to adjust your posture so that you appear tall and confident.
Make eye contact. As much as possible, avoid looking at your white sheet and instead, catch the eyes of your audience. This conveys the sense that you are including each person individually and encourages them to invest more fully in the presentation.
Dress to impress. Nothing does more to ruin your audience’s first impression of you than wrinkly, stained and/or poorly fitting clothes. This doesn’t mean you need to run out and buy a whole new outfit — just pick a favorite dress outfit that you feel confident in and, if you’re prone to spills and splashes, change into it just before the meeting to avoid any unfortunate stains.
Step 4: Be ready to take it to the next level
Congratulations! You made it through the big presentation. But your proposal doesn’t stop after the Q&A session. Be prepared to take your ideas to the next level with a basic outline of how you hope to move forward. The additional effort will show your audience that you’re not only prepared for today, but for the process of implementing your ideas in the days, weeks or months ahead.
Above all, as long as you prepare well, get to know your room and get to know your audience in advance. In doing so, there will be very little that can shake you the day of. Everyone gets nervous before a big presentation; it’s how you handle it that determines how you move forward.
How have you learned to be more confident during presentations?
Today’s post is written by Classy Career Girl Marketing Assistant, Lor Mancera.
Planning for your career doesn’t just require a good resume and cover letter but it also it requires knowledge of the industry, company and job role that you wish to do. Its critical to conduct research for two main reasons; to make sure that you go into the right career field and that you can get hired in the career field that you want to go into.
Here are seven steps to research the industry or company where you want to work at:
1) Identify the industry. Check out local trade association or professional affiliations. Find publications with industry related websites. The best way to learn about an industry is to attend a workshop or trade show for your industry. Trade shows are always worth the money for the connections you make and the seminars you can attend with valuable informations and top speakers.Also on the Web, you can go to industry market research companies, such as Forrester, Jupiter, or Dataquest in the technology industries.Don’t be afraid to talk to people. Talk to suppliers about where to get info. Talk to those in your industry in other locations. Even talk to competitors.Know the general information about the industry. LinkedIn
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2) Research the company. Once you have figured out the industry you want, find information about the specific companies in it. Most companies have their own websites and social media accounts where you can definitely gain information from.Learn about the company by getting to know their products and services. You can read reviews and even examine and test the product yourself. Then, follow companies on LinkedIn and other social media accounts to get updated information on what they are doing. Remember, to also read their annual reports and participate in any public announcements the company holds regularly.
3) Interviewing: After gathering data about the industry and company, start interacting and interviewing people in the industry. Its necessary for job searchers to not only enhance their research skills but also to enhance their networking skills.
4) Online Research. If you need more information, you can use information providers. Here are some websites to use to search:
Glassdoor.com A free jobs and career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies. What sets this company apart is what they call “employee generated content” anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more all posted by employees, job seekers, and sometimes the companies themselves.
Salary.com A leading provider of on-demand compensation, payroll, and talent management solutions helping businesses and individuals manage pay and performance.
LexisNexis.com If you are in the legal profession, you definitely want to check this site out. A leading global provider of content-enabled workflow solutions designed specifically for professionals in the legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting, and academic markets.
Wall Street Journal A real-time news and analysis from the journal. Wall Street Journal editors and reporters provide real-time news and analysis around the clock on WSJ blogs, with outside experts chosen by the Journal also contributing.
Google – Use specific keywords and enter them into the search engine. Look for the company name or industry name plus the thing that you want to know like jobs, business, history, products, etc.
Searching the industry and company you wish to work is the first step in job hunting and your first step to career success. Put the time in and it will be very well worth it! Good luck!