When you have an employer calling and saying they want to schedule a phone interview with you, that means you look good on paper and they now want to see if you are all that you say you are. The phone screen is a critical stage in the job search process because how well you communicate and perform will pave the way to the big opportunity of a meeting at their office with the decision makers.
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Every week, new companies announce their hiring efforts, or tell the world they will be laying off employees. Well, we've made it a bit easier to stay on top of those stories that could impact your career.
Who's Hiring<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyNDI1MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0ODYxMzg4NH0.c08urZScpIRsqfq0-yMAI-yUugRzqCkXz1YsoLBchTk/img.jpg?width=980" id="dfa8a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f6e17600317d2247dab05bc8dc1ac2a3" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman finds out which companies are hiring" /><p>1. <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/nestle-s-a-/jobs/" target="_blank">Nestle USA</a><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/27/economy/companies-hiring-pandemic/index.html" target="_blank"></a></p><p>2. <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/lockheed-martin/jobs/" target="_blank">Lockheed Martin</a><a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/27/economy/companies-hiring-pandemic/index.html" target="_blank"></a></p><p>3. <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/microsoft/jobs/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/northrop-grumman-corporation/jobs/" target="_blank"></a></p><p>4. <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/glaxosmithkline/jobs/" target="_blank">GSK</a></p><p>5. <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/fidelity-investments/jobs/" target="_blank">Fidelity Investments</a><span></span></p><p><br></p><p>Want more info? Check out the <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/heres-whos-hiring-right-now-andrew-seaman/" target="_blank">complete list</a>.</p>
Who's In Trouble<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyNDI3OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MTQ3OTk3NH0.rzV8ZlCxMNcb8PdPmHWY45AZEYp_I9Z9DILPhFldh04/img.jpg?width=980" id="9ea1c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6349c141458bd7541b4cd05fcc9ceeac" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man reads about the newest layoffs in his industry" /><p>1. <a href="https://news.yahoo.com/east-hartford-aerospace-company-announces-175339188.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHGIdNAsYm0Hs_mAIB5wzrnLT0Je662X1z_mprv_8XunSvWh8ZO3BOzcOEzZHscJmd-qYwWwK9Jjc7LHNYce0DGZvZrKydjG1-FKY91kGEbEq_1zYPibqO6gJE6qIe6X12GDw6ryJkgWvzEbUvoY9EjlBWRcOR7-keOIB3iTH3eW" target="_blank">Pratt & Whitney</a><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/30/disney-leads-companies-announcing-layoffs-big-airline-job-cuts-loom.html" target="_blank"></a></p><p>2. <a href="https://www.wesh.com/article/orlando-luggage-valet-and-passenger-services-company-announces-1000-layoffs/34333409#" target="_blank">Baggage Airline Guest Services</a></p><p>4. <a href="https://fortwaynesnbc.com/2020/10/14/fort-wayne-label-manufacturing-plant-phasing-out-operations-job-layoffs-coming-over-next-year/" target="_blank">Avery Dennison Corporation</a><a href="https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/warnermedia-new-round-layoffs-restructuring-1234797965/" target="_blank"></a></p>
If you want to put yourself in a position to build a strong professional relationship with your boss, while growing your career and managing up, you have to prove yourself as a reliable employee.
Taking the right kind of initiative can go a long way towards strengthening your relationship with your boss.
"Here's A Potential Solution"<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyMTA2OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMDQxNjIzNH0.Q46W2ta7hQOGwBE3tVI6fYt8YNx7p2OwgNIu08U4cJo/img.jpg?width=980" id="a33db" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="6ae1f5129b9d41d160d277c52e07b20b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="A boss listens while his employee shares an idea with him." /><p>Bosses hear a LOT of problems. And more often than not, they are expected to come up with the solution. The thing is: if it isn't their problem, they are not going to actively seek out solutions. Therefore, when you come to the boss with a problem, immediately follow it up with a proposed solution. </p><p>This accomplishes two things. First, it shows your manager that you are solution-oriented. You took the time to examine the problem and think about ways to address it. <strong>Secondly, your solutions are essentially saving the boss time and energy and those are both gifts to your manager. </strong>This approach is a <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-be-an-indispensable-employee" target="_blank">huge win for you</a> and the boss.</p>
"Here's An Idea"<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyMDk5OS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMzgyOTYyM30.KrMr83TTKtkeoG0RQrnvtB3lOGDsIibkYyEYjZDyehg/img.jpg?width=980" id="a9083" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c0c50b03effb5ade62f77b662de49eb0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two co-workers go over some ideas with their boss." /><p>You should be a student of your company. You should be very familiar with the company goals, mission, and vision. You should also have a very good understanding of the company's challenges. When you know these challenges, you should spend some time each week working on <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-stand-out-work" target="_self">ideas to solve those challenges</a> that the company faces.</p><p> <strong>When you go to your manager to say you have an idea that will positively impact the company's bottom line, everyone wins.</strong> Bosses should love to hear ideas on how to make things more efficient and more profitable. Look for these ideas whenever you have down time at work.</p>
"Let Me Show You"<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyMDk5My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MDYyNjQ1NH0.0pdV3HSOsJ6S5v1utXZDzrasybAtEBO7IMPcbEet5w4/img.jpg?width=980" id="a1f0d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fc466c5ff8016bbe8254ee1bd91cb7c4" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="An employee graphs out an idea in front of his boss." /><p>On time-strapped days, it is so much easier to show someone something than it is to tell them. When pitching something to a boss or sharing an idea or even solving a problem, show him/her what you are talking about. Sketch it out, give them a flow chart, or show them anything visual and talk them through it. If you can, make a quick prototype. It is so much easier than using just your words when the chances are good that the boss is distracted. </p><p>Think about it: when you show people what you are saying, you have captured two of their senses, hearing, and seeing. If you give them something to hold—even better (three senses). This gets their attention and allows them to truly evaluate what you are trying to do for the boss or the company.</p><p>Always try to show people what you are talking about. It allows them to react to your idea in a more connected way.</p>
"I Could Use A Little Mentoring"<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="71768c3e6c5ac123587900563e664122"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ojM7o3w570I?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p><strong>Bosses are not solely responsible for your career. This is your responsibility.</strong></p><p> If you need new challenges, want new opportunities, it is up to you to scope those out and present them to the boss. If you don't know how to do something or think that you could build out your skills even further, it is up to you to ask for mentorship.</p><p>As the protégé, you must take the active role in carving out time for the relationship. When <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/discussing-career-goals-with-boss" target="_blank">you seek mentorship from your boss,</a> know that it may not be the boss that becomes your mentor. Your boss may not even be the right mentor. However, they can be the one who facilitates an introduction. When you ask for this type of guidance, your boss knows that you own your experience and will work to support you. </p><p><br></p><p>Building a solid relationship with your boss is key to getting where you want to go in your career. These relationships will follow you throughout your career. These bosses will likely one day be the person you call on to be a reference. And when it comes time to be a reference for you, you want them to say that you were solution-oriented, respectful of their time, and full of an entrepreneurial spirit. </p><p><br></p><p><strong>Need more help landing a job? We're here for you!</strong></p><p>Check out our <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/resources" target="_self">FREE resources</a> page and <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/virtual-career-events-free-premium" target="_self">Live Events Calendar</a>.</p><p>Or, join our <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">career growth club</a> today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!</p><p> <em>This post was originally published at an earlier date.</em><br></p>
It's that golden moment, the one you always dream about. The moment your boss actually offers you a raise, and you didn't have to ask for it! It doesn't happen often, unless you have something in your contract that stipulates your pay increases, or some other sort of mandated pay raise. However, for the majority, an impromptu raise is just a dream.
1. Bring In New Business<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyMDk3MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNzM0MzU3NH0.1vWJLgURlfAUMi9tf0CV22AtfRV9bH3aIgDMxdkdeKE/img.jpg?width=980" id="adb33" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="711766bdfef1451ef2458db4ee8d2190" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman looking for a raise gets congratulated by her boss" /><p>It doesn't matter if you're in sales or not. If the company you work for isn't able to bring in new business, they aren't going to grow, and they won't be able to afford to give you a raise.</p><p>In today's business world, everyone is in sales. You are a business-of-one. <strong>You have to sell yourself, your company, your skills, and your products.</strong> If you aren't <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-be-a-successful-salesperson" target="_blank">a salesperson</a>, you may not have the know-how to follow a sale through to the end, but you can still bring in business.</p><p>For example, just because I was an accountant at <a href="http://www.drsnooze.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dr. Snooze</a> mattress company doesn't mean I had less of a chance of getting a raise as the people on the sales floor. I'd still get leads and find new accounts. I used excellent customer service to make sure other companies kept coming back to do business with us.</p><p>Start looking for any ways to bring in new business and you'll be amazed at what you can learn.</p>
2. Become An Expert (On Something)<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyMDk3My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1MzUwMDgzOH0.hYRiGNcfd7dD9qDmI9OQsWtAMhtL18L1bO7tNSPJOsQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="8319a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="77abe2a8811778a5660fb91d53438e88" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman takes notes to be a better employee and earn a raise" /><p>This "something" should be related to your field, obviously. There's no point in learning everything there is to know about QuickBooks if you work as an account supervisor. Sure, it might occasionally come in handy, but <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/career-goals" target="_blank">the goal is to become a go-to person</a> on a topic.</p><p>If someone has questions about an account, they should be coming to you, and you need to be able to answer them. It's even more impressive if you can reach out before they even realize there's an issue. Not only does that mean that you increase your customer retention, but your clients will remember that and recommend you.</p>
3. Find A Mentor<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyMDk3NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2Mzc2NjU2OX0.mi87xKVyXMBRwTms8wWFIw7h9zYdclwKpVg7q_fV0Ps/img.jpg?width=980" id="d8fbb" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="25be6daa30af565ebf4932bfb63a836d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man finds a mentor at work" /><p>Not just any mentor. Do what you can to make sure that the mentor you choose is <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2010/01/13/13-tips-on-finding-a-mentor" target="_blank">someone who you would like to model your career after</a>.</p><p>In today's marketplace, having a mentor that's a little bit old-fashioned (or at least respected in the industry) might be a great way to distinguish yourself. After all, careers now last about 4-5 years, instead of 40-50. You feel like you need to be on-call 24/7, but that doesn't leave you any time for a life. A mentor can help you work through the kinks, and can help you to pave a path that others want to follow.</p><p>With some guidance from a mentor, you'll stand out from other employees on the job, and could be next in line to get a raise. </p>
4. Make Your Boss Look Good<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyMDk3OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MzU5MDU2OH0.NytlcpPA4vMknR8EacpBEt0E0UFOEWCP7zYs1QkzisU/img.jpg?width=980" id="032fe" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3a7bd6c301068562b20d66f4a8dc4cfd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man helps his boss with something at work" /><p>Oh, there is nothing that will make your boss love you more than if you make them look good. After all, they'd probably like a raise just as much as you would, so it makes sense that they need you on their team. Stepping on their toes and making them look like they don't know what their doing isn't going to win you any favors.</p><p>When I was working at <a href="http://www.mcelroymetal.com/" target="_blank">McElroy Metal</a>, this tactic worked perfectly for me. I gave my supervisor all the credit for a huge sale I made, and he quickly became a favorite with the owner. When it was time for him to give promotions, I was the first one to be recommended.</p>
5. Become Irreplaceable<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUyMDk3Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MjM3MzMwMn0.f2Y5uTAdMXZQgn2SGvYExmdv76AUEAx6KVoP5oP2kL0/img.jpg?width=980" id="5418a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="03a9ebe47bddd2735a56ab7198fbd6aa" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man gets complimented by his boss after getting a raise" /><p>The thing is, once you've made yourself irreplaceable, you can ask for pretty much whatever you want (within reason, of course). Becoming an <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-be-an-indispensable-employee" target="_blank">indispensable employee</a> involves doing what you're supposed to, plus everything listed, and then a little bit more.</p><p>After all, people who make themselves exceptional <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/09/05/17-ways-to-be-indispensable-at-work/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">stand out for a reason</a>. Having the perception that losing you would decrease productivity around the office and cost them money means that job security is locked in tight, and your boss will want to fight to keep you. </p>
We've all learned some lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. Every disruption, every change, is a learning experience. And this year has seen a lot of both.
Bonnie Patrick Mattalian, Multi-Unit Business Operations Executive<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUxNzMxOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NTU0MDEwMn0.jwgwtGwLNq7t26aDexkpwMxbRAPdWYjJS6Y1y2wyNtQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="b7675" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d2b9032d1789d5d6a3f51630685f8e97" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Executives meet during the COVID-19 pandemic" /><p>The pandemic didn't happen gradually. The experience was like a tidal wave. We saw it coming from reports from afar. Then, we felt it near us. And the next thing you know, it was in our communities, our businesses, and our homes.<br></p><p>We all shared that sick feeling in our stomachs anytime we watched the local or national news.</p><p>My family suffered the loss of fifteen family members and friends. Fifteen! And because things were the way they were, we could not even legitimately grieve.</p><p>At work, we scrambled to identify processes for layoffs, reorganizations, and business shutdowns.</p><p>Our home life turned upside down. Our residences quickly became workplaces, homeschools, restaurants, places of worship, movie theaters, playgrounds, gyms, barber shops/salons, and the only respite area.</p><p>Technology was our lifeline to our family, friends, physicians, workplace, entertainment, shopping, and so much more.</p><p>Many companies made difficult decisions to layoff staff, given their business situation. This was a challenging but predictable call for employers.</p><p><strong>The Importance Of Connections</strong> </p><p>For those who are unemployed during the pandemic, jobs are few and far between. No longer does it make sense to apply for jobs, since at least a thousand other people are doing the same thing. The best tactics to find work today and stay gainfully employed are networking and identifying critical or innovative business solutions.</p><p>At the start of the crisis, we had calls with our teams daily. Changes were happening, and business was devolving that quickly. The teams immediately began sharing information and best practices. Sharing experiences with others in a similar circumstance proved to be essential for emotional support.</p><p>Despite a job loss, the thread that held those work connections together continued after the fact.</p><p><strong>Connective Actions</strong></p><p>During this pandemic, connections are what has held us together and it's what's moving us forward.</p><p>How many industries saw informal groups begin to connect, and continue to do so now? Thought leaders are avidly posting and connecting on social media to provide solutions. There are webinars hourly on every topic imaginable to help bring people together to solve the business, social, health, and economic issues that continue to plague our world.</p><p>I know that I have connected with more people in the past four months than I have in the past six years. That includes reconnecting with friends and reaching out to new contacts, to offer support or to move a new relationship forward.</p><p>I'm eternally grateful to the thousands of people and organizations that have removed barriers to help humanity and bring us all together during this crisis. Those actions have forever impacted the trajectory of so many individuals and will move us towards a favorable recovery in the near future.</p><p><br></p><p><em><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/bonniepatrickmattalian/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="">Bonnie Patrick Mattalian</a> builds high-performing teams and businesses in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. An engaging and collaborative leader of multi-unit operations, Mattalian has improved EBITDA by 3-12% annually with proven solutions for customer experience delivery success, financial profitability analytics, strategic planning, and team leadership development. She has facilitated the successful launch of more than 60 businesses throughout her career, turnarounds for another 20 locations, and was most recently responsible for a book of business for a global company of more than $25M in revenues and 1200+ employees.</em></p>
Steve Barriault, Global Technology Sales Leader<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUxNzMzOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMTMyOTYxM30.2u7YqW-NS1JAtLS9csxo7CuXF-Ft8I_elnwkHAfowoo/img.jpg?width=980" id="a629f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f1c5de307f70397ea2b0334a1a8a23a9" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two executives talk about what they learned during COVID-19" /><p><strong>The biggest lesson? The value of momentum and the importance of not resting on your laurels.</strong><br></p><p>It is not something brand new to me. During my academic and professional career, I always made a point to do things in advance whenever possible.</p><p>Just like I was planning my projects well in advance during my master's so I never had to pull an all-nighter just before the deadline, I always, always tried to build a full pipeline that did not hinge on one or two mega-deals. Because when these did not pan out last minute, I wanted to have jokers up my sleeves.</p><p>In retrospect, this mentality served me well. I kept on hitting my numbers. And I had owners that did not ask for the impossible.</p><p>So, this is not a new lesson. But it is a useful reminder. I saw territories that had momentum in February do quite well during the pandemic. Sure, some projects got delayed, but they had a sufficiently deep pipeline to keep on churning revenue. We have well-trained, dedicated people, and that lessened the negative impact of COVID-19 on our sales.</p><p>On the other hand, I also saw different situations happening (not to me, thank God!), where teams got caught in the storm. They did not have momentum going in—perhaps some felt that things would "just fix themselves" naturally by being a tad more patient.</p><p><strong>The fact is, you never know what kind of curveball life can throw at you.</strong> </p><p>As an executive, you always have to prepare for all contingencies. That doesn't mean being impatient or putting your teams under enormous stress. But it means having the maturity and self-awareness to realize when things are not quite right, and the courage to fix them.</p><p>Yes, even when you are doing well, and it seems your organization can do no wrong, always plan for contingencies, and always ensure you have momentum on your side because you never know when the wind will turn.</p><p><br></p><p><em><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-barriault/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Steve Barriault</a> is a global technology sales executive with 18+ years of experience in business development on three continents. He is currently serving in a 3,000 employee-strong company providing embedded software testing solutions in multiple industries such as automotive, avionics, industrial systems, telecom, and others. Multilingual, he holds advanced degrees in business, science, and computer science.</em></p>
Susan Leys, Healthcare Coach, Consultant, And Career Navigator<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUxNzM5MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NjQ5ODU1NH0.AJGPatVx3einoj546Z0MwkXnjyb3AMsfTvmqNWSiaKQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="22646" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0aead23c4c7ebba4408e65120b1a53d8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Executives discuss what they learned during COVID-19" /><p><strong>The biggest lesson I've learned as an executive through the COVID-19 pandemic is about collaboration and the abundance of angels walking among us. </strong>In healthcare, mastering the art of collaboration has been a huge factor in making a hospital successful. How well teams collaborate interpersonally and across levels of care has been critical for the provision of care for patients and families and the patient experience overall.<br></p><p>Healthcare professionals (like other essential professionals) work at all hours during the day and night as well as weekends and holidays providing care for us when we need them. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, many nurses, physicians, and techs have placed their own lives at risk by traveling into areas where the pandemic has hit the hardest and without always having the personal protective equipment they have needed to protect themselves. </p><p>Try to imagine just one day the life of a physician or nurse: you get dressed and kiss your family goodbye and leave for work. Once you arrive, you put on your scrubs, protective gown, mask, gloves, face shield, and walk into your patient's room to care for them. It only takes a split-second glance from your patient to see all of your protective gear, which validates how contagious their COVID-19 virus is. And because their families cannot visit in person to hold their hand, to pray with them, stroke their hair, and tell them how much they are loved, this responsibility falls to you to compassionately let them know that they are supported. Hopefully, you can help them connect to their family by Zoom, all while also using the extensive insight, knowledge, experience, and clinical skills you possess to provide care for them and help them fight on or let go. </p><p>Hour after hour, shift after shift, day after day, you provide care for patients in hospitals across the country during a pandemic that continues to traverse our country. </p><p>And at the end of your shift, you take your PPE gear off, label what is yours say "goodbye" and have supportive conversations with your team, and then go back home, hoping your family hasn't been exposed and that everyone's okay. You have an abundance of feelings and emotions from your day as you do every day, but for now, you put them aside so you can spend time with the people you love the most, have a meal, and then get some sleep before you have to do it all over again on your next shift. </p><p>There is an abundance of angels among us.</p><p><br></p><p><em><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/susanleys/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">S.A. Leys</a> is a coach, consultant and career navigator at <a href="http://www.coachingfornurses.io/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.coachingfornurses.io</a>. We provide coaching, consulting, and debriefing for the healthcare professionals and teams who care for all of us. Follow our hashtag #debriefyourteam on LinkedIn to receive information and strategies to assist your team with coping and retention strategies.</em></p>
Dr. Jan Urbahn, Automotive & Shared Mobility Executive<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUxNzQxMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNTE0NDAyM30.Xaas64I985qSBeBpklXSAD9UGJy-PqFmedM9J4kHvZc/img.jpg?width=980" id="e8c72" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7394fc8fb1d34c942f3b8fc70b1d9c9f" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Executive writes down what he's learned during COVID-19" /><p>I have two things I've learned from the pandemic. <strong>The first thing is to engage third party sources and trust scientific analysis.</strong> In mid-January 2020, the virus had been in the news for three weeks and I was receiving a rush air freight delivery of electronic parts from Hong Kong in New York, for immediate delivery. There was little information available anywhere about best practices. An online search through several medical journals brought up a just-published article from frontline doctors in Wuhan who were reporting on potential transmission through surfaces. Based on the article, we decided to disinfect the entire delivery and have staff wear PPE. In hindsight it was a good decision to trust direct medical information early on.<br></p><p><strong>The second thing I learned is that for a comprehensive response, all divisions of the business have to work closely together.</strong> When the U.S. approached the lockdowns in March, supply lines dried up and in order to get reasonable pricing on basic supplies like disinfectants, one needed to buy larger than normal quantities. That presented new challenges for all teams involved, including purchasing, finance, administration, and operations. Looking back, I would have started even earlier with an integrated response team.</p><p><br></p><p><em><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jan-urbahn/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dr. Jan Urbahn</a> is an automotive executive with 20+ years of experience in product development, safety engineering, and operations in automotive and shared mobility business. He helped launch 3 new businesses with up to 1,500 shared cars in fleet size. His most recent leadership position is within the shared mobility space, where he helped develop a new EV battery and guided the coronavirus response.</em></p>
Andrea Bjorkman, HR Executive & Knackstor Global Co-Founder<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUxNzQxMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0Nzc4ODcxMX0.j_2uTwdiv-XYdsj9jLkFTUYHWCz0oUZsxSFuiy6JGRU/img.jpg?width=980" id="43678" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2d592db4fa91e7d38a7de66f16f27f2e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Executives meet to talk about the lessons they learned from the COVID-19 pandemic" /><p>I am a lifelong learner, and that has always helped me succeed. I am grateful for my parents and the outstanding teachers that helped instill that in me. But never in my lifetime has this been as important as it has during this pandemic. <strong>My biggest lesson learned is the need to seek out these learnings in new and different ways and the required immediacy to capitalize on and implement my newfound knowledge and thinking.</strong><br></p><p>William Glasser <a href="https://www.azquotes.com/quote/765046?ref=learning" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">expounded</a> on the many ways we learn:</p><p>10% of what we read.</p><p>20% of what we hear.</p><p>30% of what we see.</p><p>50% of what we both hear and see.</p><p>70% of what is discussed.</p><p>80% of what we experience personally.</p><p>95% of what we teach to someone else.</p><p>One of the most effective ways to learn in these times is by collaborating with others. <a href="https://www.chieflearningofficer.com/article-author/steve-heinen/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">According to Carol Valone Mitchell and Steve Heinen</a>, "Covid-19 has presented us with both a health crisis and an economic crisis, which present a great deal of uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. No one person has the necessary knowledge and experience to solve these problems alone — it requires multiple people with different kinds of expertise and the ability to work together to create novel solutions."</p><p>Of course, this entire article represents the collaboration of leaders at its finest. We learn from each other. We read, hear, see, share our experiences, and teach others through venues like this. We then make the necessary changes needed to help our employees, and ultimately, our organizations succeed.</p><p><br></p><p><em><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/andreabjorkman" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Andrea Bjorkman</a> is an HR executive with broad-based business and HR experience. Most recently, she has taken her passion for innovative ideas to help meet underserved markets to her new role as Co-Founder/Managing Director (USA), Brand Knackstor Global, Blue Hour Moon Technologies Corp.</em></p>
In order to have a productive discussion about career growth with your manager, it is important for you to prepare and think through some key items ahead of time. You want to be in full control of your career path and the best way to do that is to approach your manager with confidence and conviction around your career growth goals.
To prepare for the discussion, start by answering some basic questions about yourself and your career:
Basic Career Questions You Should Ask Yourself<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUxNzg2MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNzUyMDQxOH0.D5wGwhZhsdbjBeAsTd9SXLKLn-86cTIvOffEP2yRuFQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="dda42" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e073fe6a8949228382d60d8b74abe959" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Thoughtful young professional ponders several questions about her career." /><p><strong>What is you personal mission statement with regard to your career?</strong></p><p>This response should focus on what you <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/personal-brand-workplace" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">hope to achieve </a>through your career.</p><p><strong>What are your values?</strong></p><p>This response should include your top five values in life. The importance of answering this question is to be sure your career goals match your current values. For example, if you value innovation, that influences your career choice and objectives.</p><p><strong>What are your motivators?</strong></p><p>This response includes examples of what motivates you. Is it fast-paced work with short deadlines? Is it structured work or flexible work? As with your values, you want to be sure your career objectives align with your motivators.</p>
Deeper Career Questions To Ask Yourself<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yNDUxNzg3MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY2MjYyNjQ3MX0.Z0hOcsiuecXLJe8P0RkUZ0LpwTOEDMevEmoSrZxTY9M/img.jpg?width=980" id="04e3b" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="23411fa7c810f0a0630b9b01a7204667" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Businessman thinks about career goals in preparation for a meeting with his manager." /><p><strong>What is your short-term career objective?</strong></p><p>This response should be about where you see yourself in the next 12 months. If you want to be in a new assignment, then you should state that, as well as what that assignment could be. If you want to remain in your current role but perhaps take on additional duties, then include that information in this question response.</p><p><strong>What is your long-term career objective?</strong></p><p>This response highlights your ultimate career growth objective. Some people do not know what this is, but if you do, it is important to share it with your manager. This helps your <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/benefits-of-career-planning" target="_blank">career plan</a> to be tailored towards reaching your ultimate career objective.</p>
Questions For Planning Career Growth<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTYzNDY2MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MDYwNTM2NH0.ltjTZd7T3aG6WZSKJ1rY0iNT5oTTRnIOJqtfNCuP0dw/img.jpg?width=980" id="6a4c5" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="24b03ce35833ebace256cf2dc845e393" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Manager goes over her employee's career objectives." /><p><strong></strong><strong>What are your strengths?</strong></p><p>This response focuses on your current strengths that you can leverage as you grow in your career.</p><p><strong>What are you developmental areas?</strong></p><p>This is about the areas where you <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-improve-your-career" target="_blank">need to grow</a> so you can reach your career objective.</p><p><strong>What are you willing to do in the next 12 months to reach your career objective(s)?</strong></p><p>This response should focus on some specific, tactical items that you can work on over the next 12 months. Consider this your action plan to reach your objective.</p>
After Preparing For A Career Discussion With Your Manager<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMTYzNTIxNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MTQxMDkxMn0.0ktJiyDVZ5QFFfZ1SLJs1hUx8HKo3bLs1s91ETS6qIw/img.jpg?width=980" id="6b4ef" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="09eeca7307a122022f8dbb30b8c5f939" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Confident professional is ready to move forward after important career discussion with manager." /><p>After you have these questions answered and feel comfortable with your responses, it is time to share this information with your manager. Ask your manager for input on your career growth objectives and whether they feel these are reasonable and achievable. </p><p>Ask them for input on your strengths and development areas and also request their support of our action plan. This will aid in your ability to be successful in reaching your objectives. By taking the time to answer these questions and prepare for your career discussion, it will be much more productive and, hopefully, a <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/why-performance-reviews-are-important-and-helpful" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">more engaging discussion</a> for both you and your manager. </p><p><br></p><p><strong>Need more help landing a job? We're here for you!</strong></p><p>Check out our <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/resources" target="_self">FREE resources</a> page and <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/virtual-career-events-free-premium" target="_self">Live Events Calendar</a>.</p><p>Or, join our <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">career growth club</a> today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!</p>
Are you feeling defeated because you've done all you could do to attain a job, but have yet to land one? Examine your internal dialogue. Yes, put down the resume, halt the job search, and join me in this deep-dive exercise of exploring your thoughts...