No matter if you are just beginning your career or you have been working in a specific industry for 15 years, you want to keep moving your way to the top. You must remain competitive and demonstrate a strong work ethic and self-motivation. You want to be familiar with the latest technology and new developments and guidelines. To do this, you must stay relevant in your career. So, where do you begin? How do you remain competitive in the industry? Here are five things you can do.  1. Learn a New Skill  One of the best ways to stay relevant in your own...

A great mentor can be instrumental in helping you grow in your career. A mentor’s job is to help you reach your career goals. They are available to give you advice, teach, and support you in all of the steps in your career. However, a mentor is not someone who is likely assigned to you. It is usually an informal relationship and you typically have to seek it out. How do you find a mentor? Where do you begin your search?   Define What You Want in Your Career  Before you begin the hunt for a great mentor, you must define what you...

Becoming a great leader isn’t about luck or perfect timing, it is about working hard. It is about developing the proper skills and characteristics to help a company grow and to push a team to success. A great leader is able to create a clear vision for the company and/or its team and execute a plan to accomplish it. No matter if you are a leader now or that is your career goal, here are five qualities of a successful leader you should strive to possess.   1. Communication Both written and verbal communication are critical as a leader. You must be...

Today, stress and anxiety are running rampant throughout the workplace. Unfortunately, 94% of American workers said they regularly experience stress in the workplace and these overwhelming feelings cause approximately one million workers to miss work every single day. What can you do to reduce work-related anxiety? What actions are most effective to deal with these feelings in the workplace? 1. Identify Your Triggers One of the most important things you can do to reduce work-related anxiety is to identify your triggers. What causes you to feel anxious? Is it a certain individual? A specific task? If you have a difficult time...

Asking for a promotion can be stressful and a little overwhelming. How can you prepare for this important conversation? What mistakes should you avoid? Here are a few things you should keep in mind when you approach your boss and make this important request.  Do Your Research Before asking for a promotion, it is important you are prepared. You should have examples ready for why you deserve this promotion, how you will succeed in it, and why they should consider you for the job. Have documents that you can present showing the specifics of the work you have done. This preparation will...

Workplace stress is something many individuals are familiar with and experience every day. More than 1 million workers are absent from their employment each business day due to high levels of stress. While there are many causes ranging from excessive workloads to conflicts in the office, there are several things you can do to reduce your stress while on the job. Here are five things that will help reduce your stress at work. 1. Organization  A cluttered and disorganized environment can cause additional stress. It makes it challenging to relax and focus. It can also increase feelings of anxiety and make...

Searching for your dream job can be an overwhelming and frustrating process. You can send in dozens of applications and attend numerous interviews and still get nowhere. A job fair is a terrific way to meet face-to-face with an employer. These opportunities are more than just learning about job openings and current employers who are hiring. They provide several benefits to help you find a job faster and that is a good fit for your experience and skills. Here are a few reasons why a job fair is an important part of a job search.  Learn What Companies are Looking For Job...

It can take the average person six to twelve months to land a job. Unfortunately, the longer you are without a job, the harder it is to find one. Employers may be hesitant to hire you and have many questions about the gap of employment on your resume. However, no matter if you have been unemployed for a few weeks or many months, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of landing a job. Here are four of them.  1. Network Networking is truly one of your greatest resources for landing a job. Research shows that approximately 80%...

When you’ve gone through the grueling application process and have finally received word that you are offered the job, you likely want to scream “Yes! I accept!” However, there are several things you should consider and a few ways to handle this situation with professionalism. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of accepting a job offer. Show Appreciation If you receive an email or physical letter from the company, make sure to send an immediate reply. Tell the manager, HR representative, or another individual “thank you.” This will let the individual know that you are grateful for the opportunity and...

The job hunt is an overwhelming process. You want to feature yourself in the best light to certain companies. You want to show how you can become an asset to their team, help their business succeed, and be a valuable resource. However, to market yourself, should you highlight your experience in a particular field or should you focus on your talent? What qualities are companies looking for?  Hiring for Experience  When you highlight your experience on your resume or in your job interview, you showcase your knowledge. Experience tells the managers, recruiters, and HR personnel that you are less likely to...