You know how it goes: You start your workday with a pretty good idea of what you want to do and need to accomplish. You have really good intentions about how productive your day will be and then, you get an unexpected phone call. Someone is sick or hurt or perhaps it’s your spouse calling to let you know the basement has flooded and you are immediately needed at home. Whatever it is, it is not what you planned and you immediately need to shift your focus. The meetings you intended to lead, the projects you envisioned working on, or customers you planned to see suddenly are not as important as they were 15 minutes earlier. Yet, because you are a dedicated leader, you can’t just leave those things hanging. You must quickly make arrangements to get those things tended to so you can focus on what has now become your new priority. This happens to leaders all the time. Life gets in the way and we have to shift our focus away from leading our team or running our business and hope that things don’t fall apart while we shift our focus elsewhere. How do you do this most effectively? There are three critical factors which can help you not only do this effectively, but also be a role model for your employees so they too know how to shift their focus without allowing things to fall apart when it happens to them. First, you need to have someone you can delegate your most important and immediate tasks to; whether a subordinate, your boss, or your assistant, this person is someone you have a high degree of confidence in and trust to take on your responsibilities for the time-being. Do you have someone like this in your workplace or on your team? If not, consider getting someone in place before you need them there (and you will need them eventually, trust me!). Second, communicate as much information as possible with whatever time you have available. The level of communication and details required will depend upon how much you will be away from your leadership role and for how long. Be as succinct as you can with what you need and ensure your delegate (or delegates) understand the expectations. If you are taken away or need to leave suddenly without having time to explain all the details of what you will need, try to follow up with them as soon as you can; this will ensure your delegates understand their role in your absence. Lastly, try to completely let go of the “what’s” and “how’s” of things going on at work or in your business and allow yourself to focus on the priority that has arisen in your life. This may be the hardest part but not only will you enable those you’ve delegated to the opportunity to flourish, but also will enable you to focus your attention on where it needs to be. These behaviors set a positive example to your workforce and team for how they can handle shifting priorities in their own lives. By observing how you, the leader, behave when your life events shift your priorities, your team knows the best way to respond when their own life events shift their priorities. Life happens and we, as leaders, need to respond appropriately so that the team can do the same. This month’s development tip: Do you have at least one person you can delegate your responsibilities to if something unexpected comes up in your life? This month, ensure you have that person (or people) and are comfortable with what you would do if (and when) you have to shift your focus away from your work and onto a personal life situation. Andria Corso, founder of C3-Corso Coaching & Consulting, has worked with a variety of Fortune 100 C-suite leadership teams as well as individual HR professionals who want to gain more respect for their expertise.Leading work effectively image from Shutterstock
We get it. Looking for work can be scary, especially if you’ve been at it for a long time and haven’t gotten any results.
Understanding which fears are getting in the way and how to overcome them will make all the difference. Sometimes you might not be aware of which obstacle is getting in the way of your goals. If you want to overcome these fears once and for all, we invite you to join us!
In this training, you’ll learn how to:
- Utilize strategies for coping with your job search fears
- Be confident in your job search—from writing your resume to networking
- Face your fears and move forward
Join our CEO, J.T. O'Donnell, and Director of Training Development & Coaching, Christina Burgio, for this live event on Wednesday, October 5th at 12 pm ET.
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If you feel like many of the job postings you come across in your job search are scams, you're not alone. You are not the first job seeker to tell me they feel this way. But we have to think about where this comes from.
The Job Application Process Is A Broken System
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Back in the day, a company would post a job in the want ad section of a newspaper, so you'd have to open up a newspaper, read through it, write up a resume and cover letter, and snail mail your application off to them. When the idea came to post jobs online, it meant more people who were the right fit could apply. But over time, that's broken down.
Now thousands of people will apply for one job when it gets posted. And many of those job applicants are not a fit. So employers now have to hire recruiters, who are also called sourcers, to go through thousands of applicants so they can whittle it down to about 50 qualified applicants. What's the rhyme or reason they're using to select some applicants and screen others out?
This is why you don't get called—because it's just so random.
After employers get down to 50 applicants, they look through those, find a few they like, and call them. That's why only 3% of people who apply online ever hear back from companies.
It's a completely broken system, so I can see why it feels like a scam. The whole thing is flawed.
So, how do we improve this system? It starts with making better matches, getting back to a place where only the right people are applying to the employer. We actually want fewer applicants, but more of the right applicants. That's the solution. And there are hundreds of millions of dollars in this industry trying to figure it out. But the one thing we have seen is that storytelling is one of the ways to do that.
You're going to see a rise in companies telling their stories. And there's a fancy term for this in our industry. It's called employer branding. Companies will tell their stories on social media platforms like TikTok so that those stories fatefully, naturally, and organically show up in your feed. But it's not fate, right? It's the algorithm at work—and before you know it, you'll start to see companies that feel like a fit. Then you'll go over and check them out. You'll see that there's a job posted that you're fit for. And this is how this matching process will start to fine-tune itself.
Right now, yes, you're right. Those online job postings don't work. They don't work for either side. We need a better system. And storytelling is the key. So go learn how to conduct a proactive job search today so you can finally land a job and work for an employer you actually like!
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