Monthly Archives: January 2015

3 Great Reasons to Update Your Job Description Now!

“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”
— Dr. Nathaniel Branden, Psychologist and Author

Whether you have been in your current job for one, three, five years or longer, what you’re doing now most likely is not what you were originally hired to do. You may not even be aware of when things changed. But slowly, over time, your job morphed into something completely different.job-description-checklist

Most people I meet are oblivious to these minor alterations in their work profile. While I have seen it often enough to realize that it is a normal part of corporate culture (at least here in the U.S.), that doesn’t mean that you should ignore it.

Quite the contrary.
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5 Essential Rules for Getting Recognition From Your Boss

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”—Theodore Roosevelt

You might be annoyed that no one appreciates or acknowledges all that you do at work. You might grumble to yourself when someone less committed gets ‘your’ promotion. But if you want people to recognize your diligence, work and efforts, you have to make them known.

Many people don’t like indulging in self-praise, but when it comes to your career, you have to step out of your comfort zone and speak up if you want to be recognized. This is especially true if you feel you are at a disadvantage versus your coworkers.

You might be a woman working in a male-dominated field or you might be fresh out of college or maybe you transferred to a new department and have to start from the bottom. No matter what the reason, you have to work a little harder to prove yourself.

Thoughts are thoughts, but it takes words and actions to effect change in your life. While bragging is definitely to be avoided, there are many ways to “blow your own horn” and spread the word about your accomplishments in a productive way.  Follow these tips and you will be on your way to getting recognition from your boss.

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9 Super Ideas to Help Achieve Your Goals in 2015

“Each year one vicious habit discarded, in time might make the worst of us good.”
–Benjamin Franklin

Big changes can be difficult to implement. Human brains are wired to create and distinguish patterns, and our tendency to follow routines reflects this. Work practices are even more regimented—and often ingrained—than our activities at home. But, by slowly and incrementally changing workplace habits, it’s possBaby Steps 1ible to quickly become a significantly more efficient and successful employee. In this article, I’m going to go through some simple ways to approach, set, and accomplish goals in both your professional and personal life.

The first important step in creating goals is to prioritize. There are lots of things that you need to do, but which are the most important? Which tasks affect your life on a regular basis? Are you always forgetting to check your email, or do you get sidetracked easily? Little habits that suck time away and constantly get in your way can make a difference. Figure out what you need to change now and what you can work on later.

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