Attaining Career Growth In The Face Of Change

Attaining Career Growth In The Face Of Change

Long gone are the days where career progression was a linear process. Globalization and the use of technology has redefined roles, eliminated certain jobs and even created new roles in an organization. Career path has become more complex and is constantly changing.

So how do you move up the ladder in an ever changing workplace?

Learning is the only way to stay afloat in such a situation. It is the only means to becoming successful and reaching your full potential. A dedicated pursuit of learning, applying new concepts and adapting to situations is the key to career success.

In order to keep up with the fast changes and increasing expectations leaning should be your top priority.  Given below are some ways by which learning will facilitate your professional development.

Learning Is Personal

You need to understand yourself first and identify your passions and goals. Your expectations and aim in life will be the guiding factor in pursuit of knowledge.

An underlying sense of purpose is an important element of learning. This will provide your career a sense of direction and meaning.

Learning Is A Part Of Building Relationships

Once we discover our purpose it opens up a number of opportunities in the outside world. Human beings are social creatures and we long to stay connected in a society. Our aims and interests will bring us closer to other people who share the same purpose.

Building relationships with people will greatly enrich your personal life and help you career wise. Staying connected to people depends on your willingness to learn about individuals and help them reach their goals.

Learning Is Practical

We have seen how you can start the learning process. First by identifying and setting your goals and then finding people who share the same ideals and values. Now comes the practical side of learning.

Practical learning can be easily misguided and misunderstood without a general sense of purpose. This is why it is important to understand your career direction. People often waste time and resources on learning things that are not relevant or useful to them in the long run.

With a clear sense of direction you can easily adopt habits that are relevant to your career progression. Relevant information and knowledge can be anything from the latest trends, economic conditions, government policies and other factors that might invariably affect your career or business.

Know your industry first. Listen to podcasts, read books and attend events that pertain to your industry. Try to stay on top of the game.

Learning Is Mastery

Once you understand your purpose, connect with people and have habits that help you stay relevant, the next step is achieving mastery in your field.

To reach your true potential and gain mastery in your field you must adopt more comprehensive forms of learning to develop your skills and improve your knowledge.

Do You Know When to Pull the Plug?

Do You Know When to Pull the Plug?

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No matter what the causes behind project failure might be, one thing is for sure, it is never easy to stop a failed project. Here are some things that make it hard to kill the project. People will often continue projects based on incorrect assumptions, such as the belief that if you throw money at a problem, it will get fixed. There is a point at which no matter how much you invest, recovery is impossible. Sometimes people are so dedicated to a project that they refuse to accept defeat to the point of catastrophic loss to their project, and company. Here are some tips to know when to kill a project.

1. Project Is Not Delivering Value Anymore

If your project cannot deliver value, it is worthless. You need to focus on value delivering when executing projects. Assume you cannot kill a project that is costing you more than expected for any reason. You will try to justify the additional cost incurred on the project. And this will affect the growth of the company. if it is the other way around and you want your project to be completed inside the budget and you start to cut down corners to keep the cost down. Even if you manage to complete the project within the budget, it will not deliver the same value.

2. Project Is Costing You A Fortune

Cost is one of the most critical constraints in the project management triangle. Completing projects inside the budget is one of the biggest worries for project managers. If your project costs you a fortune, then you should seriously think about dropping it. Holding onto a project that is costing you much more will only prolong the financial loss and as a business, you can not afford it. The best way to resolve this problem is to cut down extra expenses. If that does not work out, end the project.

3. More Important Projects Waiting For Your Attention

With so many projects running concurrently, it sometimes becomes very difficult to give attention to every project. This is where prioritizing projects can help you. Give special attention to projects that have a greater influence on your overall business. Diverting resources efficiently is key to project management success. There is nothing wrong in shutting down a less important project to redirect all your energies towards a more important project.

4. Change in Business Plan and Strategy

The rate at which the business world evolves demands for a change in business plan and strategy. Hence, a project that does not follow your business plan and strategy can never add to your business’s success. Spending time and resources on such projects is a waste, especially when you can redirect them to other projects and get better results. Therefore, It is better to abandon those projects that cannot keep up with the changing business strategy. Knowing when and how to pull the plug is very important for both the success of the business and project manager.

Social Selling – How Can You Jump On The Bandwagon?

Social Selling – How Can You Jump On The Bandwagon?

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Social media is everywhere. It looks as though we cannot watch a TV show or commercial, read a magazine or newspaper or visit a website without seeing a social media icon and hear “follow us on Facebook”. Yet, a lot of companies and individuals are still not engaging with others in social media.

Here are some reasons to jump on the social media bandwagon:

Be Seen

Social media boosts your exposure. All of the social media sites have advanced search functions that offer keyword-targeted searches. Businesses can easily be found based on their name, merchandise, services, and location. Since social media sites are web-based, they also link to the major search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

Nurture Relationships

People do business with others that they recognize and believe. The social media sites are perfect platforms to actively built, nurture and maintain relationships.

Engage in Conversations

Social media essentially is a section of online media where people are discussing, participating, sharing, networking and bookmarking online.

People can chat on every platform of social media by adding comments to blog posts or YouTube videos or engaging in a running dialog on a twitter or Facebook stream.

Share Information

One of the main functions of social media is to share information, whether it be a link to a great article, a review of a business model or recent news.

Listen

Social media is being used increasingly as a measure for public opinion through the use of the like and share buttons. This allows you to see what people like and understand the recent trends.

Find People

By using keywords in the search functions in all of the social media platforms, businesses can find prospects, customers, partners, employees, and vendors. Recruiters can find candidates. Job seekers can find hiring managers and others in their targeted profession and companies. There are discussion boards and groups for finding others with similar interests. 

Find Info & Learn

You can learn just about anything and everything on social media. For example, you can learn “how to play the guitar” on YouTube, how to build a marketing company from a blog.

Customer Service

Customer services can be carried out by using Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Customer complaints posted on social media usually get a faster response and hence customers prefer to use it.

Sell a Product

Businesses are using all of the social platforms to sell their merchandise by advertising exclusive deals in their status updates on Facebook or Twitter.

Thus, the use of social media in sales allows salesmen to please their customers rather than disrupt their daily lives with cold calls and hard sells, eventually converting them into loyal customers.

Selecting the Right Candidate – Do College Degrees Matter?

Selecting the Right Candidate – Do College Degrees Matter?

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We are often asked to go to school and to focus on our studies. With a degree we can get a job and only then can we prosper in life. This age-old wisdom has rung throughout the years, but how much merit does it have now? Does success at college or university guarantee a great edge in the workforce after graduation? Should you consider the college degree when selecting a candidate?

Here are 4 reasons why a college degree should not matter when selecting a candidate-

The degree is a requirement for the competitive workforce; the topic is trivial.

It used to be relevant and unique for someone to have a degree, and now it just stands as a requirement in the workforce. While your job will most likely require a degree, it probably will not matter what field it is in. According to current research, 62% of recent college grads are working in jobs that require a degree, yet only 27% of college grads are working in a job that even relates to their major.

The real world does not care about your degree as much as your work ethic and character.

Their experience, be it on the job or off the job, is what should be noticed.

Candidates with interesting internships, candidates who have been involved in student organizations and volunteer should be noticed. The involvement shows what they are passionate about. These lines on their resume are so much more powerful than their major because they tell us that the candidate is motivated, passionate, and dedicated.

Think soft skills, not major topics.

The candidate should be capable to learn quickly, fit into the workplace environment, and be responsive to the task at hand. For these reasons, 93% of employers believe that critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills are more valuable than a job candidate’s undergraduate field of study. Furthermore, 95% of employers are looking for candidates whose abilities translate into innovation, as many of the jobs being filled today come with challenges that are more complicated than in the past.

Are they aligned with their purpose?

Purpose gives you unique energy. If they have major in a field they are interested in, they will give it the energy, attention, and passion that convert into success.

It has been proven that a happy brain is engaged, motivated, and productive. In other words, our happiness drives our success.

We have all observed the genius intern with the perfect resume who couldn’t make it to the office on time. The one who spoke six languages but teamwork was not one of them. The intern from the never-heard-of-it college who hustled harder than anyone else on the team and flew up the ladder with a blink.

Hence, a degree does not necessarily mean the candidate will be good. Likewise not having a degree does not mean the candidate will not be good.