Top Tips so You Play Better to your Strengths

The Art of Doing the Right Things

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Hello and welcome to Career Tips! If you are a regular subscriber, strengththen you may recall that last month’s article was entitled "The Art of Getting the Right Things Done" and focused on personal effectiveness tips. I offered it in the context of helping you make progress with respect to your 2014 work objectives (though a bit of personal effectiveness at home wouldn’t hurt either!). This month’s article is in the same vein insofar as it focuses on your strengths. Indeed, we all know that we ought to play to our strengths but how do we pragmatically do that? And what are our strengths anyway? Here are five tips so you really play to your strengths.
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5 Tips to Make Sure you Achieve what you Want

Optimise your Chances of Success by Identifying your Blind Spots

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In the preceding article (click here), we talked about setting ourselves and our team goals which truly motivate. Goals which play to our skills, but which also make us feel blind spotempowered and autonomous, give us a lot of satisfaction and, for that reason, we are much more likely to keep at them, despite setbacks, until we reach them.

In this follow-up offering, I am turning my attention to blind spots. When it comes to goal achievement, life is likely to throw obstacles in our way. But it isn’t just the outside world which may interfere: we may also be holding ourselves back – without being aware that we are. This is what I mean by blind spots: things about ourselves that we don’t know or have forgotten about that are getting in the way of us realising our objectives. Let’s look at 5 ways to find those blind spots.
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Top 3 Tips to Set Goals which Motivate

A Fresh Look at Setting your Team’s Work Objectives

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In this first offering of 2014, I am returning to the topic of work objectives as many of you are likely to be or soon will be engaged objectivein considering your objectives at work for 2014 and then discussing them with your line manager. For those among you familiar with these Career Tips, you may recall that I have previously written about the subject of setting work goals. You may find some of these articles of interest and they are available by clicking here.

Beyond the well-known techniques to set objectives – such as the SMART acronym – and then to stay on track, achieving goals – whether at work or at home – is all about motivation. The motivation to get started but, even more importantly, to keep moving until the objective is achieved, despite setbacks and obstacles along the way. As such, as self-empowered individuals but alsomotivation as line managers responsible for delivery, we need to identify goals which motivate because those will stand the most chance of being achieved.
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Embracing Diversity – Part 2

How to Create a Constructive Outer Dialogue

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Hello and welcome to the second of two articles on the subject of diversity. In a preceding article, ladderwe went on an inner journey, one which looked at what we tell ourselves when we meet someone we perceive as different. That journey took us in five steps from a place of fear to one of appreciation. When we appreciate diversity, ours is a mindset of curiosity, whereby we are able to wonder about another person’s unique characteristics. When we appreciate diversity, we are able to consider the differences between us and them a non-judgmental fashion. If you missed this article, you can catch it up by clicking here.

In this companion article, we continue to look at diversity as that process which allows colleagues sharing the same workplace to both recognise and value their individual differences. We will revisit the inner dialogue we developed and complement it with elements of an outer conversation. These five steps are the rungs of the "diversity ladder", a two-pronged methodology which combines looking at our inner thoughts and elaborating a possible dialogue with someone as we embrace diversity.

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Embracing Diversity – Part 1

First Take a Look at Your Inner Dialogue

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Hello and welcome to the first of two articles on the subject of diversity. Diversity has appeared comparatively recently in professional settings but it hasdiversity as an acronym a long history when considering the political realm. Think of the apartheid period in South Africa: this was a struggle for diversity though this was not the terms in which the fight to end racial segregation was articulated. Diversity is also at the core of the US Civil Rights Movement.

This article is not meant as a history lesson so let me pause here. The diversity I would like to engage you about today is that which allows colleagues sharing the same workplace to both recognize and value their individual differences. These differences can be along the dimensions of, among others, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religious or political beliefs, to name a few.

Diversity is a mindset of curiosity and exploration: the state of mind whereby one wonders about another person’s unique characteristics and the process which follows whereby the differences between two individuals are discussed in a non-judgmental fashion. In this article, I want to invite you to take an inner journey, one which looks at what we tell ourselves when we meet someone we perceive as different. A journey from fear to appreciation.

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Top 5 Tips to Quickly Make an Impact in a New Job

What to do upon joining a new firm or taking on a different position

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Hello and welcome to the concluding article in my series designed to help you change jobs. We looked at CV and cover letter writing as well as how new jobto interview well. I have gathered all these articles into one category which you can access by clicking here. All in all, seven articles to help you land your dream job!

In this last article, let us look at what to do during your first days on the job. What I will share with you in a moment is an extract from a broader programme. I am telling you this because, in the interest of keeping this tutorial manageable time-wise, I have had to omit certain aspects. Nevertheless, I am hopeful that these crucial elements will be of interest to you.

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Body Language Mistakes in Interviews

Top 6 Body Language Pitfalls during an Interview

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Hello and welcome to this second article on the body language of the successful interviewee. Last month, I shared with you the 3 fundamental elements of your body language in interview which you need to manage in order to make a good impression during that conversation. If you would like to catch it up, just click here.

This month, we’ll look at really bad body language mistakes which can ruin an interview.

But before we delve into this tutorial, let me also point you worryto an earlier series of articles I produced last year: they focus on preparing you for your verbal interaction with the interviewer. You can find it here. They got a lot of hits so I am hopeful that they will provide you too with food for thought about how to engage the other person during that meeting.

Now let’s look at those ugly body language mistakes in interviews. For those of you familiar with the previous tutorial on the body language of the successful interviewee, you will remember the importance of making eye contact, smiling and shaking hands. So let’s first look at what happens when we don’t make eye contact, and/or don’t smile, and/or don’t shake hands appropriately.

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The Body Language of the Successful Interviewee

3 Body Language Secrets to Successfully Interview

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Hello and welcome to this article on the body language of the successful interviewee. I am continuing my series dedicated to assisting those among you who are interested in finding a new role in 2013. After my top 5 tips to produce a noteworthy CV and a 3-step process to write an eye-catching cover letter, this month’s offering as well as next month’s will focus on how to behave during interviews. if you missed the tutorials on either thejob interview 1 noteworthy CV or the eye-catching cover letter, just click here or there to catch either one or both up.

When it comes to how to successfully interview, let me first point you to an earlier series of articles I produced last year: they focus on preparing you for your verbal interaction with the interviewer. You can find it here. That series got a lot of hits so I am hopeful that they will provide you too with food for thought about how to engage the other person during that important encounter. In contrast, the upcoming two articles deal with the non-verbal challenges of interviews. This month, I will share with you the 3 fundamental elements of your non-verbal language which you need to manage in order to make a good impression during your interview. Next month, we’ll look at really bad body language mistakes which ruin an interview.

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3 Steps to an Eye-Catching Cover Letter

The 1-2-3 of Effective Cover Letter Writing

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Welcome to this article on how to write an eye-catching cover letter. It follows on last month’s offering in which I shared my top 5 tips to help cover letteryou produce a CV which would get you noticed by its reader and get you that interview you deserve. If you missed it, just click here to catch it up.

In this article, I will focus on the top 3 ingredients you need to put in your cover letter. But first, let’s remind ourselves about what a cover letter is and what role it plays. Well, a cover letter is a concise letter – no more than a single page with plenty of space on the sides, top and bottom filled with 3-5 paragraphs which, in turn, do not each exceed 4 lines of text to keep that airy feel – that you send together with your CV when applying for a job. If it’s well done, it will help your CV get noticed by creating a good impression and generating interest for your professional achievements.
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Top 5 Tips to Making an Impact with your CV

The Noteworthy CV: A Preview of Coming Attractions

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Hello! So how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions for 2013? I’m asking because most of us make some every January. For that reason, I had dedicated my first article to picking the right kind of New Year’s resolutions for you in 2013 so you stood a greater chance of keeping to them. If you missed it, just click here to catch it up.

   Curriculum Vitae   What I’d like to ask you now is: when you were pondering your New Year’s resolutions, did you take some time to honestly reflect on your job satisfaction? If so and if you are happy where you are, then you might want to make a note of this article for future reference. But if not, then read on. In this and upcoming articles, I will be looking at CV writing, cover letter composition and interview preparation. In this article, I thought I would share my top 5 tips so you produce a CV which will catch the eye of its readers and get you that interview you deserve.

Before I start, let me set the scene for you: in my experience, people hire folks who they can envision collaborating with as well as having a chat with by the coffee machine. How you present yourself professionally — whether in your CV, cover letter or during the interview – must be about demonstrating your competences as well as your ability to fit in and get along well.

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