The office holiday party! No one wants to damage their careers and their reputations with the fall-out from office party don’ts. So here are a few tips to avoid embarrassing yourself, your coworkers and your company at your next holiday gathering.
In the global economy, one of the most valuable traits an employee can possess is the ability to speak a second or multiple languages. Knowing an additional language like Spanish, French or Mandarin, for example, illustrates to an employer the value you bring as an employee and a person. Here are five reasons why speaking a foreign language can help you in your career.
When I was a kid, I was a ‘rink rat.’ If you play hockey, then you know what I mean. I found every excuse I could to spend time near the ice – playing, watching, helping, refereeing… Then, when I was about 16, I was offered a dream job: helping to run the local rink in my town. I was getting paid to do the thing I loved.
As information technology becomes more integrated with business, soft skills have evolved into required smarts for most IT professionals. Gone are the days when IT folks sat behind a computer in an out-of-the-way office with no need to interact with others. If you’re a tech professional today, you must be able to work with your business colleagues and speak in terms they understand. This isn’t a requirement for just the higher-ranking IT professionals.
Have you ever felt like a fraud? Do you ever tell yourself that your accomplishments are a result of dumb luck or good timing? If you answered “yes” to either question, you may be experiencing Imposter Syndrome.
When they’re in the throes of filling an open position, managers don’t think about relationships. They think about “candidates” and “resumes,” “job requirements” and “cultural fit.” Given how jargon-filled and process-driven recruiting and hiring can be – not to mention how pressured – that’s not surprising. As important as resumes, job requirements and all the rest are, making the right hire is about getting personal with the candidate.
The transition to management is much more than a title change. It means committing to learning new skills that will help you be a positive leader. To help you go from a rookie manager to a seasoned pro, check out these five practices that can help you be an effective leader.