Archive for the ‘Work’ Category

It’s Chemistry

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Ever wonder why someone else got hired when your qualifications were as least as strong? Susan, Louise, and John recently wondered about it as well.  It’s not rocket science. But it is often under estimated. It’s not very difficult.

It’s chemistry. Chemistry accounts for 70% of hiring decisions. Chemistry continues to be the big driver once hired. Good chemistry comes from a good fit. Between you and your manager. Between you and the organization.  Good chemistry creates an ease. An  openness. Trust is established. You “get” each other. Communication comes naturally. Be aware and choose well:

  • Know your style, strengths and liabilities in dealing with people.
  • Take off your rose colored glasses when you are in job search mode. 
  • Listen to your gut. Notice how the person is with you. The appealing aspects. The things that make you uncomfortable.
  • Take the offer If you think you will flourish and grow. Don’t accept the offer if it negative. Makes you uncomfortable.
Remember, you will be spending most of your waking hours there. Make sure you want to be there. 

Quarter-Life Crisis

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

In other words, what are you going to do over the next four to five decades to earn a living that is meaningful? I heard this question echo from twenty talented, motivated, and ambitious Gen Y’s this past week. It’s the never ending nagging question that shows up when considering a possible college major. Graduate school program. Or career path. It’s the question that ignites panic. Fear. And depression. Why does it trigger such scary feelings?

Because your answer may differ from your parents’ idea of what you should be doing. From your friends. Or from other important influencers who think you should be choosing something practical. Something that pays well. Provides status. You have friends following the straight and narrow. They know what they’re doing. Their certainty makes you feel inadequate. Ashamed of lacking the certainty they have. What makes it harder is you feel there is no room for a  mistake. Opportunity knocks once. Make a mistake now and you will be too old.  Too old for that graduate school. Too old to get on the right career track. 

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#53 Mr. Employer Meet the Millennials

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Are today’s Baby Boomer-led workplaces really ready for Generation Y? We found one IT manager who is not only ready but excited about the vast potential many of these new 20-something workmates bring to corporate America. Music this episode includes Generation Y by Clint VanSchiver and It’s Your Lucky Day Now by AJ and The Frozen Tundra Blues Band.

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#52 Four things you must do in a really tough job market

Monday, June 30th, 2008

GenY and GenX, listen up. This show is for you. Whether you are looking for work in a struggling economy, or trying to move up when others around you are being downsized, here are four essential things you must do to stand out, get ahead and stay ahead of the competition. My guest is Sean Harvey, a NYC-based career development consultant whose clients are 20 and 30-something professionals. Music includes "It’s Your Lucky Day Now" by AJ and The Frozen Tundra Blues Band.

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Getting Ahead

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Harriet KatzMaybe it’s because of the political season. Maybe not. But I’ve been getting complaints about office politics, none-stop. They come from the young who are new to the world of work. Those who’ve been at the game a while, refer to office games as energy guzzlers. Retirees say it’s the thing they miss the least. Seems the only ones who get off on office games are the folks who spend the bulk of their time promoting themselves instead of doing the work. You can’t entirely ignore the games. But there is a better way to get ahead. 

In addition to performing really well, here are a few tips. 

  • Take the time to create your Career Plan. Think at least 5 - 10 years out. What kind of work would you like to be doing? At what level. What experience do you need to get there? What new skills? Knowledge? Consider opportunities in your organization. Identify possible outside opportunities. Power comes from unambiguous clarity of purpose.
  • Communicate clearly and frequently to important stakeholders about how well you are doing. Your importance and shelf life dwindle when communication ceases. Your stock goes up when you relay frequent, brief contacts about your accomplishments and progress. 
  • Take control.  You be the one to step up to the plate. Set the strategy. Take action. Always mind your manners. Bad behavior is usually a power play to intimidate. Don’t get caught in someone else’s game. At work there are no winners or losers. There are those who take control. And there are those who lose it.
There’s lots more to talk about. What lessons have you learned at work? What have you faced? Has it soured you? What did you do to get past it? 

You’re Fired!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Harriet KatzLately I’ve been getting calls from a lot of people who are out of work. None by choice. Some recognized signs the end might be coming. Others did not. Either way, most are hurt, angry, and feel betrayed. Picking up and moving on is down right hard.

The two biggest stumblers of moving on are: getting over what just happened and finding the confidence to run a smart job campaign. Getting over the trauma takes time. Time to digest. Time to recoup. Not time to escape. But a great time to rethink what you want to target. To connect and re-connect with people who can help you. And a time to further develop your presentation skills. Confidence comes from doing what you need to be doing and getting better and better as you do it. It’s not magic. These are real skills. All of them are learnable.

Everyone on this journey at some point feels down. What do you do when you feel hopeless? When your confidence slips? When you resent what life dished up? Do you have people who lift your spirits when they are down?

#47 - Are We There Yet?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

female symbolWomen’s Lib. Betty Friedan. Rowe v Wade. Helen Reddy. What would you say are the three most significant changes for women that have taken place in the last 30 to 40 years? And what do they mean for women today and tomorrow? Our guest this week is Dr. Debra Kaufman, Director of Womens’ Studies at Northeastern University. Music heard on this show includes “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy and “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by Zindy.

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#40 - My Time

Monday, February 18th, 2008

How do you define retirement? Craig Jennings calls it “a nap on the way to the big sleep.” And at age 74, and running three businesses himself, who has time to nap? Today, many younger workers envision their “after work” years as adventure-filled. As a small business coach who went from CBS sales exec to African deep sea diver, Mr. Jennings is here to cheer you on! I guarantee your views on retirement will change dramatically when you hear this interview! Music heard on this show includes Gone Fishin’ by ‘The Chairmen of the Board’.

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#39 - Career Interruptis

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Glass Ceilings & Sticky FloorsThe title of this post sounds like a disease (Ken wants to know if there’s a cure), because we - in particular, we women - can be afflicted with one form or another of this workplace malady. If it is true that GenY is driving a sea change of career attitudes and policy, why are young women still being held back? The answers are, like the subject, complex. My guest is author, journalist and career advice expert, Hannah Seligson. The book that spawned this interview is “It’s Not a Glass Ceiling, It’s a Sticky Floor,” by Rebecca Shambaugh.

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#36 - Career Breakthroughs

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Tina TurnerDon’t you deserve The Best? Here’s how to get it. Simple steps you can take to turn dreams about the perfect worklife into your own Career Breakthrough! Hint: think BIG! My guest is successful career coach, Michele LoBianco. Music heard on this show includes ‘The Best’ by Tina Turner. If you have a comment please e-mail me at AskNow@askdrharriet.com

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