Late last year we published Do Certifications Really Help Job Seekers which looked at some of the current hot skills to have and whether or not certifications and other continuing education helps your career. Today, we want to share the story of Necia Davis-Chase, who works for ATR at Kaiser Permanente as an HR Staffing Coordinator responsible for working with employees on workplace issues ranging from unions and workers comp to benefits and family and medical leave.Read More
Maybe you’ve heard about LinkedIn’s new feature, the Volunteer Marketplace. It launched on January 14th to a fair amount of fanfare and generally positive press and reviews. I’m a big supporter of volunteer efforts and understand their importance to many civic and charitable institutions in our community. In some cases they are the very lifeblood. Like so many of you, I know personally how satisfying it is to give back, whether it’s doing something completely new and different or perhaps putting your professional skills to work. Volunteering in and of itself is reward enough but did you know that it can help you professionally?
Do you like your job? Do you wonder if there’s something better out there? Something you’d enjoy more or maybe just make more money or have more opportunities? Most of us daydream at some point about our “perfect job.” Some are just that, dreams. It would be nice to play first base in Major League Baseball or first chair violin in the symphony, but most of us don’t have those kind of skills and talent. But dreaming about a new career path, a different position, can also be the beginning of real change too. How do you make your dreams a reality? Hard work, tenacity, planning, a little luck, and more hard work!
A traveler passes a quarry and sees three men working. The traveler asks the first man what he is doing and he replies “cutting stone.” The second says “earning money to feed and shelter my family.” When the third man is questioned, he proclaims “I am building a temple.”
Most people want to advance in their careers through promotions and raises. But most people also usually sit quietly, doing their job as well as they possibly can, hoping for that raise or promotion. And while doing your job well is important, it’s only part of the strategy behind getting that promotion that you want. Hoping alone won’t get you there!
Making yourself memorable at work isn’t always easy, especially if you work at a big company. But there are some basic things you can do to make sure you are considered when promotions, raises and new opportunities within the company arise.
To be indispensable means you are “essential” or “absolutely necessary.” Look at yourself and what you contribute to your department and company. Are you indispensable? The good news is that no matter what your role, it is possible to be an indispensable employee. Lee Iacocca once said, “The kind of people I look for ar the people who do more than they’re expected to do, they always reach.” This is one key to being indispensable. Here are some others to consider.
We all know we need a good night's sleep to be effective during the day. But often, sleep is the first thing to suffer when something else demands our attention. It could be staying out late with friends, tending to a sick child, or getting caught up in a good book. Sometimes the motivation to stay up late into the night is more alluring than getting a good night’s sleep. But we often forget how important sleep is to productivity.
It goes without saying that everyone’s career is unique. In fact, it can be argued that most career paths that people take are vastly different from each other. But if you take a step back, and really consider what a successful career path looks like, there is often more similarities than differences. Below is some career advice that cuts across all paths to success; advice from some of the most successful and influential individuals in business and life.
The website Grammarly, touted as “The World’s Best Grammar Checker,” recently conducted a small study to see if they could find a correlation between proper grammar and professional advancement. The results were interesting.
According to Grammarly, they reviewed 100 LinkedIn profiles of native English-speakers in the consumer packaged goods industry. Each professional had worked for no more than three employers over the first 10 years of his or her career. Half were promoted to director level or above within those 10 years, and the other half were not.
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Among the findings, they discovered that professionals with fewer grammar errors in their profiles achieved higher positions and that fewer errors correlated with more promotions. The study was obviously conducted with a small sample size, but the results do show some interesting trends and strongly support the hypothesis that proper grammar is extremely important in the workplace.
Some other things to consider before publishing your LinkedIn profile or hitting send on that email.
- Proper grammar shows attention to detail.
- Using the right sentence structure demonstrates critical thinking.
- Poor grammar will leave management wondering if you represent the company well.
- If you don’t know grammar basics, others will wonder what else you don’t know.