Day in and day out, I get e-mails from prospective clients in need of resume assistance, which I welcome as a service provider in this area. But a lot of times, after I get this message, I have to start an elaborate dance with them because they have put their job search in complete jeopardy. Related: 3 Areas Job Seekers Make The Biggest Mistakes What’s that, you say? It’s true. Call it comfort. Call it laziness. Call it being too busy or tired to work on looking for a new job when they get home, but many people continue (astoundingly) to conduct job searches from their current workplace. On my end, I can see that the person sent the message from their work account, and now I have to be careful – just in case the boss IS reading the e-mail when I reply back. So, I send a discreet e-mail in return, asking to take this resume service discussion offline to a personal e-mail account. Sometimes, if the person sends an e-mail with a phone number, I call the number and see if I can reach them to ask for that personal address. But I don’t leave a voicemail… simply because I don’t know who is checking their messages (possibly an assistant?) – which could also let the “cat out of the bag.” The point is that I don’t want to be the one to blow the job seeker’s cover. And I shouldn’t have to be. Nor should anyone else, for that matter. Job seekers need to be careful about getting reckless in their quest for a new job. It’s just plain good sense to take ANY job search offline and only do it during your time using your own resources, not that of your employer. So, why should you care? Do you REALLY think someone is reading your e-mails? Do you think this post is a little paranoid? Think again. Many employers have implemented spyware and keystroke monitoring software without the employee’s knowledge. The program could be sitting on your desktop, or on the company server that taps into your desktop. And yes, there are bosses who do read those messages, or set up flags with certain words that would trigger a report that goes onto the supervisor’s desktop about those keywords. Some job seekers are very aware of this software, but think that their company is too small to have spyware installed. Guess again. I once worked at a 35-person office. Thought I was safe until I was at a conference out of town and the big boss was bragging to some board members that he had just installed spyware on all the employees’ computers. So, I found out before I did something stupid that caught his attention. You’d better believe that from that moment on, I kept my work e-mail squeaky clean. So, sending an e-mail to a resume service provider, with a nice subject line of “Resume Assistance” isn’t the smartest move you can make. It boils down to basics: Don’t conduct job searches from work, stupid! Many people have gotten waaaaayyyyy too comfortable sending out personal e-mail messages from their work account. It could turn out to be the biggest tragic mistake any job seeker could make, if they care about being discreet in their search. And once the boss knows you are thinking about leaving, they might just show you the door first. This post was originally published on an earlier date.
Recently, a professional came to me and was complaining about the fact that executives get the best opportunities. They make the most money and they get the best opportunities in their career. This person immediately went to the fact that it has to do with privilege. And I don't disagree.
There are a lot of executives out there that, due to privilege, have opportunities and are making the kind of money they're making. But I'm also going to tell you something you probably don't want to hear...
Executives Invest In Themselves
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Executives invest in themselves in a way that the average professional does not. I can't tell you how many executives I know who have a career coach. They spend money on being privately coached because they believe in using the expert to get ahead. Your friends, your family, your significant other, your co-workers, your boss—these people are not trained career experts and they do not have your best interests at heart.
This is why I built Work It Daily.
We are an expert-led, on-demand online career coaching platform that is easy and affordable because I saw the unmet need. Everyone wanted the same opportunities and income as executives, but they couldn't figure out why they couldn't get there, privilege aside. The secret? It's about being coached properly.
How Professionals Can Invest In Themselves
You weren't trained to invest in yourself. School didn't teach us how to grow our careers. And that's okay because it's not too late.
If you want to get the best career opportunities like executives, I recommend signing up for my FREE training “Unlocking Your Career Potential So You Can (Finally!) Find A Job You Like."
In this training, I give you the tools that a trained career expert uses to help you figure out what kind of work you should be doing, what kind of value you like to create, what kinds of companies you should be working for, and how your personality plays an impact. These are vital, intricate parts of you that help shape what you should be doing for work, and executives know this because they get coached on this, and this is how they maximize their success.
And you can do it, too.
You can get as mad as you want at executives. Yes, there's privilege, but you also cannot deny that they use coaching to their advantage, just like pro athletes. So, why aren't you getting coached? Working with a career coach to help you figure out who you are and how to decode your career and unlock your potential—that's where you get the results. And now Work It Daily makes that possible for everyone.
Successful Executives Also Have An Online Presence
Nowadays, if you want to be a successful leader, you need to think about your personal brand, your reputation. This is called your executive presence, and it's the key to staying relevant in your career.
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In this free training, you’ll learn how to:
- Assess your executive presence to determine what you should convey online
- Make your resume, LinkedIn profile, and other professional branding tools say more by intentionally sharing less
- Create a "content tree" to ensure you always have plenty to share online
- Select the right types of content to share to maximize your ROI
This training will be the most important three hours you spend on your career this year.
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