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How to work for a younger boss or supervisor

Younger boss

We all know that in the current economy hunting for job is brutal, especially for those individuals who have face unemployment in the past few years and over 50. One can offer many reasons and explanations, but ageism is by far the overarching stumbling block. One of the biggest worries for young employers and bosses when facing a job applicant who is 50+, is the feeling that they will resent a younger boss.

In many respects this is a valid point, however the only way to make this type of relationship work and successful, is based on mutual respect. If you are 50+ and appreciate the fact that your boss is decades younger than you and understand that he or she earned that position because of their skills and talent; then age is an irrelevant factor.

Here of few tips for all those older employees working for a your get boss:

Further you education and upgrade your skills – One of the most important things any 50+ employee needs to do is to continue their education and upgrade the skills to keep current with the demands of their job. Don’t be afraid to make your younger boss aware of any new software certification you aha received or that you are proficient in social media. Ask to take advantage of retraining opportunities and if you can take an online course or  attend weekend workshops to upgrade your skills.

Control your attitude – Think back to the days when you were once a brash young boss full of ideas and offering new ways of doing things. Manage your attitude and pay close attention to what your boss has to say. Most of all respect the title and position. Try make that extra effort to try new things and be aware of the tone you use in the office.

Avoid those age-centric phases and comments – Never suggest that something younger managers do is similar to something your adult children are doing or discuss things that you were doing when you were their age. Avoid talking your personal life that shows your age like talking about your grandchildren, for example.

Focus on your strengths – It is vital for older employees to focus on their experience and skills that they can offer their employer. An older worker’s maturity, skills, and life experience in many ways can help to solve problems in a timely manner.

Have a positive attitude – It is a well know fact that managing other people is a difficult task. So, get on the right side of your younger boss with an upbeat attitude and have fun.

Accept less face time with your boss – In today’s working environment, there is less emphasis on the time spent in the office and behind a desk, hater it is all about the result you can produce. So that old work ethic of being the first one in the office might not actually impress you younger boss. Familiarize yourself with software and web-based applications like Google+, GotoMeeting, TeamViewer, Skype, etc.

Accept new ways of communications – It is highly likely that a younger manager will prefer to communicate via email, text messaging, or even apps like WhatsApp rather than face-to-face meeting or telephone calls.

Don’t worry about the elephant in the room – One of the biggest worries of younger bosses is if older employees can report to a younger boss. Younger bosses often worry that older employees will be unwilling to try and accept new approaches, not up to date with new technologies, and not have the grit to fulfill the job requirements. To get around this, send your boss an article that you think is cutting edge that you found via your social media network.

Avoid acting your age – Pay close attention to what you say around the office. Never complain about your achy back or talk about how things were done back in the day when you were starting your career. Make sure that you exercise on a regular basis and follow a healthy nutrition regimen. Feeling healthy will boost your confidence and show a certain vitality and oomph that people want to be around, regardless of your age.

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High demand jobs that require a degree

HIgh demand career jobs

In this highly dynamic and competitive world, the demand for certain jobs keeps changing. It is no secret that in today’s economy job layoffs, outsourcing and cutbacks have become the norm. If you are just graduating college, looking to change your career or have been the unfortunate victim of company downsizing, you probably want to know what the fastest growing jobs and opportunities are.

If you browse the job listings section, you will notice that each month that there are hundreds of available jobs, some of which are exceptionally well-paid and go unfilled.

Careerbuilder recently compiled a list of jobs and careers highlighting the roles for which a formal education and degree is required. The list includes those jobs posted by companies outnumbers the available number of workers applying for these positions. While many of these jobs are in the technology industry and health care sector, there are plenty of opportunities in marketing , sales, and transportation.

Below is a list of careers and jobs that require degrees and a formal education:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Marketing Managers
  • Sales Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Industrial Engineers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Web Developers
  • Financial Managers

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Trivial mistakes that can ruin your job interview

Job interview questions

If you are asked if you are ready and prepared for your upcoming job interview, you would more than likely answer yes and rattle off the basics. I have updated my resume and cover letters. I have done my research and have a thorough understanding of the company you are interviewing with. I am ready and have prepared some interesting questions for the interviewer.

However, no matter how much you have prepared, and no matter how well the interview went; you are still not receiving that vital call-back for a second interview. You are wondering with all your preparations and confidence, why is your inbox is still empty.

Yes, there could be many reasons why you did not get the second interview for the prospective job. It could be that the job was filled internally by a family member of the VP. In the event that you realize a pattern where you are landing the job interview but not being called back, it is most likely that you are doing something else wrong that is placing you in a negative light in the eyes of the interviewer and not aware of.

Here are a few basic pitfalls in your job interview process and preparation that could be preventing you from landing the second interview and very easy to resolve:

Have you updated your social media accounts – It is a well know fact that the vast majority of interviewers will do a background check of your social media accounts like Facebook. If you have forgotten to check the security settings, it could be that crazy party and drinking game you played a few years back is preventing that vial call-back.

It is a vital part of the job interview process that you update you social media accounts and remove any incriminating evidence that would allow the interviewer you have a negative attitude towards you. Or simply by checking your security setting to restrict access to your account. Make sure that what you do opt to leave public presents you in a positive light.

Check your digital footprint – In today’s fast paced working environment and the internet, it is most likely that you have left a digital footprint and perhaps forgotten about it. Apart from being able to search the internet by name, interviewers can also search via other key factors like the school you went to or your hometown.

Try a Google search of your name and see what comes up. Clear your browser cache file and try a personal search of your name, your current and past titles, companies and current location. If you still coming on Myspace, then it is time to delete these old relics and data.

What is your current email address – You might have created an email account way back then and think that DogLover1968 is a perfectly acceptable address. However, from the interviewers perspective this is unprofessional. Before sending out any job application, it is a good idea to create a new email account that is professional and closely tied to you name. If you have a common name, try add underscore or a period to break your name up. If that does not work, the try something that related to your profession. If this does work, then try suing a different email provider.

How do you exit your interview – This does not refer to the common handshake and thank you after the close of the interview. Most people leave an interview and allow themselves to switch off as they leave the building and return to you car. Try to prevent this. It is suggested that you wait until you have completely left the premises before ripping off that tie and jacket or heels and start checking you mobile phone and Facebook, for example. Remember, you still in professional mode until such time as you have completely out of sight.

What time is your interview – Granted, the time of interview is sometimes out of your control. But if you are asked what time suites you to come to the interview, try arranging the interview for the middle of the week around mid morning. Very early interviews are not ideal given recent studies that show most interviewers are very busy during these times. Also, being the last is also not ideal given that interviewers are tired and fatigued and all they want to do is go home. The ideal time to arrange an interview is mid-week since your interview is not playing Monday morning catchup, or thinking about weekend plans during the late Friday interview.

In conclusion, it is important to be conscious of the fact that the most trivial things you can think of can actually make or break you during the interview process. Don’t let that embarrassing Facebook post or bad interview time ruin your chances of landing that dream job. Be prepared and an informed interviewee.

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How focus can improve your productivity and performance

Work Productivity

How often have you wished there were more hours in a day? Every entrepreneur and the majority of working professional always wish there were a few more working hours in the day to complete tasks and get work done. Some may think that multi-tasking is the only way to get ahead. However, research has shown that people who try to jump from task to task in fact are harming their overall work performance and productivity.

If you want to improve your work performance and productivity, you need to follow some basic rules and practices in order to stay focused and aware of all the activities your are performing. Following these basic rules will improve your productivity, reduce your stress levels, increase job satisfaction, and add to your overall sense of well-being.

One of the best ways to improve your work performance is to focus directly on the task your are dealing with for a few minutes without any distractions. Definitely, do not try to multi-task because this will cause your mind and focus to fragment, resulting in underperformance in the tasks you are dealing with.

Here are a few strategies and habits outlined by Rasmus Hougaard in his book “One Second Ahead” that can help keep you focused and improve your overall performance.

Always be fully present and engaged in your current task – In order to be focused you need to be present and always paying full attention to the people, objects, and ideas around you. Always try to consciously be present when interacting with team members, clients, in a meeting, or even at home.

Always give honest and constructive feedback – Always show kindness and compassion when giving feedback to others. Take a moment to thank how you would want others to treat you. Make kindness an everyday part of your life when interacting with others around you and pay attention, give respect and understanding to others, and accept show acceptance. Not only will you improve your own performance but also this around you, and you walk away with a feeling of happiness.

Better to deliver a rational responses instead of impulsive reactions – To do this you need patience and the ability to stay cool-headed and calm in stressful situations. A good way to do this is to stop and take a few breaths before allowing yourself to react.

Actively seek out those moments of joy in the working day – To cultivate the joy of your job, you need to be able to anticipate those things and activities that bring about inner peace and calm. This is different for every person. Some might need a few minutes of silence and quiet time to reflect. Others might need some laughter.

Have a balanced focus between instant gratification and work discomfort – Try to identify those task that come easy for you, like email and texting, versus those tasks that are a little tougher like customer complaints or confrontation with co-workers.

Let go of those heavy and demanding thoughts and distractions – A powerful mental strategy is to be able to let go and clear your mind. This will help to refocus on the task on hand. Let go of all those problems and distractions circling in your head such as the email you need to answer or text message your still have not sent yet.

Avoid fighting with problem you know you cannot solve – Accept the fact that not all problems can be solved. Anger and frustration will not solve anything, rather it will add to your problems. All it does is decrease your productivity and effect your overall well-being. Accept and move on without holding any grudges after exhausting all options.

We all face information overload on a daily basis and pressure to work quicker. Our attention and focus is alway being tested, and continuously under siege; effecting our overall performance and productivity. Trying these suggestion above will not only improve your productivity but also add to your overall sense of well-being and health.

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How to build and improve your leadership skills

Leadership skills and traits

In todays working environment, regardless of where you are on the corporate ladder, there will come a time when you are given a leadership role and your team members will expect you to hit the road running. Perhaps you have hopes to lead an initiative, or chosen to lead a team project, or apply for a management position. No matter what the situation or leadership role you have been chosen for, you will probably want to know how to develop or upgrade your leadership skills.

Here are are few suggestions and tips to develop your leadership skills:

Take a test to evaluate your leadership skills – Take some time to think about how you react and behave under stressful situations. Ask yourself what your preferred leadership skills. Speak to friends, family, and co-workers and get their opinions. Do you prefer to tell other what to do and what you expect from them? Do you worry if there is clear vision for your team? Take the time to introspectively think about your preferred leadership style. There are many leadership tests or quizzes online for you to take to help identify your leadership personality and how to improve your leadership skills.

Define and have a clear vision – Take the time to share your vision, your mission and your goals with your team. Your job as a leader is to provide a clear path that your team can follow. Your team also must understand why the goals you have set are valuable to them. Take the time to explain to them, in detail, why and how your vision will not only improve the business, but how it will benefit them in return.

Keep a personal journal – Start a journal specifically dedicated to your career and record all those awkward exchanges you have experienced in the past. Write down all those instances and how you could have managed those situations differently or better. Keep notes about your personal or team accomplishments, your long-term goals, or even those mishandled situations. Think about and write down what you consider the most important leadership skills.

Discover your passion – To be a successful and effective leader you need be passionate about what you do. It is much easier to follow and emulate a person who eats, sleeps and breathes the work. If you feel that your current job is just for the paycheck, try taking a personality test and get a better understanding of what drives and motivates you to succeed.

Brush up on your communication skills – One of the hardest skills to perfect is communication. Try over communicate with others around so that everything is understood and avoid any misunderstanding or misinterpreted. Set up weekly meeting with managers any colleagues working on ongoing projects you working on. You might be good at some communication skills while lack confidence or experience when it comes to others. Focus on those skills that you feel you have a weakness or lacking.

Focus on leadership skills outside your work environment – One the best ways to get a hands-on team building and leadership-building experiences is to work for a charity or nonprofit in your community. Not only will you be helping a great cause and feel self fulfilled about a cause you are close to, but will also be able to learn about different areas and facets of the organization.

Organize and build a good team – An important part of leadership is the ability to put together a good team that can work together. Start observing your co-workers and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Be aware of people that work well together. The better you understand the personal dynamics and different types of individuals work together will allow you to be a strong team member, regardless of your actual position. The best leaders are able to identify and reflect on their own weaknesses and view other with different strengths as contributors not threats.

Take a leadership course – Continue with your education and take a course whether it be at a local college or online to help develop your leadership skills. Taking a course can help accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder and help to make you a better, stronger, and more confident leader.

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