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The job you always dreamt of… or not?

March 1, 2012 Leave a comment

What do you do for a living? What is it that you are very good at? These two questions not necessarily have the same answer. In spite of this, there is an undeniable fact: In order to succeed at anything you do you need to give your very best at all times.

I was talking to a friend of mine that recently changed jobs. She was telling me that the new role did not pose much of a challenge as the previous one did. She did not feel disappointed about it. Instead she said the change was definitely going to teach her something. Not long after our quick chat she received a very important recognition for the service she was given to a client.

Another case is a  hostess in a diner. The diner has a 24/7 schedule.  My wife and I once got to talk to her and she told us she works 6 days a week and more than 8 hours per day.  We were amazed by the way she treats the customers and the difference her service makes on every contact does create a true welcome to the place -now even more knowing the conditions for the job. She also told us that not long ago she was the manager for another restaurant she worked for but it went bankrupt due to the owner’s wrong decisions with money. She needed to find something else to live on and the hostess job was a mere stage for something bigger to come; she knew that her actions in this job will take her further at the right time.

The examples clearly demonstrate the importance of giving your very best regardless of what you are doing. There is no small task or small job; you make it as big and important as you want to.

You need to demonstrate high responsibility, professionalism, and more importantly, high ethics in every job you have.  When you take on a job that you first consider it does not require your full potential, your interest should be pointed at how it can become a role that you can take advantage of. I remember an executive at the company I work that once said ” you need to find the sauce in it” . The same quote applies when you are on a job that at first does not give you everything you were expecting from it. Moreover, you need to consider that your respect for your role will portray respect to those working along with you.

It’s not easy to see the glass “half full” all the time. However, if you analyze your job in this way your creativity will start to help you find ways to create a career growth sooner rather than later. Your journey will always be to find the sauce in it and to enjoy it at its fullest.

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January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

It is not uncommon to hear that people are unmotivated. The reasons behind this feeling vary: Many find themselves stuck in their lives; others are missing a loved one and others are unhappy with what they do for a living. No matter what the situation is, every one of us has heard people complaining about their situation.

If you look up the word motivation in the dictionary it will explain that the term is related to the intention of maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain – including physical, psychological or emotional pain.

There are 2 main ways someone can get motivated. We have the option of looking for motivation within ourselves; think of the ultimate goal of having a fulfilling career for instance. We also find motivation from the exterior in the ways of being rewarded for something we do or having someone to demonstrate appreciation for an act we have.

As this is a term that it is many times related to an emotion it becomes highly complex to analyze and understand. The complexity of it relies on the fact that one has to have a clear understanding of what are those aspects that increase motivation. Such and increase would depend on the drivers that we have for it. As motivation is either external or internal, we need to have a bit of both to feel truly motivated.

When someone at work says “I do not have motivation to do what I am doing” we need to understand if this statement refers to internal motivation or external motivation. By identifying which one it is, it would be easier to set up actions to work on the overall feeling.

After we identify if lack of motivation comes from the interior or exterior, we should review our circles of influence in order to change it. The circles of influence refer to those parties to which you have control on. The influence can go from you having the hierarchical power to tell someone what to do until the persuasion of having someone convinced of doing something. With clear circles of influence we are ready to take on the next step: making the change.

It may sound so simple, but it is definitely the toughest step to make. To make the change implies the willingness and conviction of doing something different that what you are used to.

Let’s use an example: let’s imagine that I was able to identify that my motivation is low because I was recently competing for a promotion at work and I did not get it. At this point I feel someone is better than me and that I will not have another shot to reach a promotion in the short run.

From this situation we can identify that it is something external that lower my motivation (someone deciding I was not the person to be promoted). As I identify this, I can check what my circles of influence are to start changing that feeling; I can start a course that would prepare me for another opportunity within the same company I am working for or even looking for someone else to get me something similar to that promotion in another company. Of course that we can have many options in between and this would depend on how much thought and work you dedicate to your networking opportunities. However, the toughest step is to actually make the change. One thing is to say that you are going to start a new course that would help you get the necessary knowledge for a promotion and a totally different one if you are determined to make sacrifices (in time and money) to reach that goal. Moreover, are you really determined to step out of your company in order to look for your promotion? Do you think you would feel the same way you feel with your job at your current company?

If you analyze these questions, you would find a word I used several times on purpose: “determination”. If you are not determined to make the change, you will get stuck where you are right now. The drive you need to alter things has to be very powerful. Otherwise, your success will vanish very soon or it will not come at all.

So, make sure you analyze your current situation, set up actions to understand where you really are and make the change you need to make without any hesitation.

Based on a true story

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Most people have experienced what it is going to a job interview. Many feel distressed, as it is a moment when someone you do not know is judging your skills and capability to perform a job role. Moreover, you are being analyzed from a psychological point of view; whether you will fit in with the company’s values and beliefs or not.

Once I was interviewing a lady for a data administrator role. Throughout the 25 minutes we were talking she was getting closer and closer to having the job. I decided to ask about a situation where she felt uncomfortable at work. She told me and one of my coworkers at the time about a phone call she had to do in her previous job. The person she had to call started to ask her to questions of sexual content. She told the man on the phone she could not respond those questions because she was working; if she were not, then she would have been able to respond! This is a moment where any interviewer, regardless of the company values and beliefs, would definitely be hesitant about hiring her.

For this reason, I want to present three tips of what you may avoid saying in a job interview.

The first tip is to avoid talking extremely negative about the task you do not like to do. While you want to be open about the expectations you have for the job, you do not want to sound absolutely inflexible about performing certain task. Talking too much negative about certain task you do not like to do can drive you away from the role.

The second tip is to connect your brain with your tongue.Many of you as readers could be thinking ” well, that’s sort of common sense”. After many years of interviewing people and countless stories of recruiting, I can certainly tell you a lot of people do not think before talking. Make sure your answers are well thought. A single mistake can turn a”yes, we want you” to a ” we’ll let you know”.

The third tip to avoid in a job interview is related to your body language. As you may have heard somewhere else, body language talks tons about the message you want to share. You need to keep a balance in your interview:you want to show confidence but you do not want look over-confident about your skills. This may upset the interviewer. If you give short answers to the questions you get, and with a low or hesitant tone, the interviewer may feel you are either not too interested about the position or even that you are not very knowledgeable in the topic. Make sure you practice your body language.

These tips may decide if you get the job you are looking for or not. One single question – like the one I did to the woman I interviewed for the data admin role – could determine if you end up showing you are the person for the role or have you in the job hunt a bit longer.

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