Increasing Your Career Savviness Has Received 200 Views and 100 Likes on LinkedIn!

Positive change is contagious! It is more evident with Increasing Your Career Savviness article getting 200 views and 100 likes on LinkedIn! Remember, what I have said. The reason why I wanted to write this was to show people that you can use the same business tools and techniques that corporate America uses in your own life and career. I am extremely grateful that my article has resonated with readers. Here’s to spreading more positive change right now and in the future!

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Increasing Your Career Savviness Article Has Received Over 100 Views!

I am very proud to announce that today, Increasing Your Career Savviness by Conducting a Personal S.W.O.T. Analysis article has received over 100 views and 50 likes on LinkedIn. I am grateful that people have read and liked increasing their career savviness. I have also written to share and exchange ideas. This milestone has been a learning experience. I have learned the importance of alluring titles and posting in the right LinkedIn groups. These two things have helped spread my message. Look forward to seeing my next installment of the S.W.O.T. Series.

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PositivityChange Post Issue 33 : Pushing for Positive Change in Your Professional Career

Welcome to an all-new issue. I am to spread positive change in your personal and professional lives.

Great Blog News: Last Friday I published Increasing Career Savviness by Conducting a Personal SWOT Analysis, republished it on LinkedIn and it started going viral. As of Monday, it received over 30 views and 14 likes. There will be a follow-up article coming this week. Check out the image below.

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Newsletter : Issue 10 : Reputation Management

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Welcome to an all-new issue of PositivityChange where our motto is helping you manifest and manage positive change in your personal and professional lives. In this issue, we focus on reputation management. It is essential to manage your career at every stage from entry-level to senior-level. In this current week’s article, we discuss how to manage your reputation:

http://positivitychange.com/2016/10/week-pcm-reputation-management-climb-corporate-ladder/

Someone is Always Watching

This past week I got a Messenger email from someone willing to offer me a free LinkedIn ProFinder video shoot! He saw my most recent video. Long story short, someone was watching me. I was surprised because potential employers were my target market. Those were the people whom I wanted to watch. I was happy with the professional video shoot. This experience magnified the importance of showing up every day and killing it. Someone was always watching.

https://www.facebook.com/hardnett/videos/10207822203296581/

I could say the same thing with my Instagram account. Ever since I debuted my Project Management Minute podcast on Instagram, I received two actual talent agency comments. Now busy professionals were my podcast’s target audience. Remember, people were always watching!

Upcoming

This Thursday at 6pm EST, there will be an all-new Positive Change Radio episode on Blogtalkradio. This episode will cover reputation management. Click here to listen live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/10/27/reputation-management

In Review

In case you’ve missed it, here is the Positive Change Radio Retraining Your Algorithm replay:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/10/20/retrain-your-algorithm

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This Week in PCM : Spring Clean Your Career

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Spring cleaning is not just for your house. It can also be used for your career. Spring is a great time to dust off the cobwebs of your professional brand to make it stronger. If you want more opportunities this year, you must spruce up your brand. Here are my five tips towards spring cleaning your career.

Review your mission statement

You have to have a centralized focus in order to make any kind of progress. Before you spruce your resume and LinkedIn profile, write down what your mission statement is. What do you what to accomplish? There are too many people aimlessly wandering throughout their lives and careers. Don’t be one of them! You need to have a roadmap in order to (safely) arrive at your destination. A solid mission statement serves as the guide for the rest of your career package.

Dust off your resume

Your resume is a dynamic document not a static one. Therefore, you must update it at least twice a year. Have you done anything new this year? If so, is it on your resume? The biggest mistake people make is that they update their LinkedIn profiles but not their resumes. This is a grave error because most potential employers request your resume before viewing your LinkedIn profile. Therefore, if key information is missing then you will not be considered although you have the experience. Your resume and LinkedIn profile should have the same current information on it. If these documents aren’t aligned, then you can be missing out of numerous opportunities. Furthermore, some employers may think that you are trying to hide something.

Ensuring that your resume is properly formatted is another key consideration. Make sure that all of your fonts are legible and scannable. Yes, sometimes you want to try out the newest fonts available, but I recommend that you learn if they are scannable. If they aren’t, then the computer databases cannot read your resume and you’re automatically disqualified from the job.

Finally, please remember that your resume is not an autobiography. It should be longer than 2 pages. It should have all relevant information. Although some experts say up to 10 years, if you’ve experienced a lot of career change, then certain positions are irrelevant even though they fit the 10-year time frame. For example, you have been in the workforce for ten years and you are now a mid-career professional. There is no need to continually list your undergraduate internship just because it fits in the 10-year time frame. Your resume should serve as a snapshot.  That internship can stay on your LinkedIn profile.

Update Your LinkedIn Profile

I must start this section off with a bold statement regarding photos:

Stop it with the cookout, selfie, driver’s side and Glamour Shot profile photos! No potential employer wants to see you (and your seat belt) as your LinkedIn profile photo. Selfies are not professional photos. Please take the time and money to invest in a couple of professional photos. Your personal brand is at stake!

Whoosa! I have seen far too many people upload camera phone photos on LinkedIn. These make you look very bad. There are several places (Sears, JC Penney’s, Walgreens, etc.) that offer affordable business professional photo options. Remember, every photo taken is not multi-platform. This is LinkedIn not Instagram.

Your LinkedIn profile format is important too. Make sure that you have uniformity in bullets, numbers and italicized words. Another thing I would recommend is requesting new recommendations from LinkedIn connections. Having new recommendations increase your visibility. In addition, if you have received a new certification, completed a new report and given a new presentation, then upload it onto your profile. LinkedIn now has those capabilities. Moreover, you can upload your presentations onto SlideShare which is owned by LinkedIn for greater visibility.

Finally, you can optimize your name field by adding a few certifications and degrees. For instance, my name is Carla Jenkins, MBA, PMP. One or two is enough. You don’t want to go overboard listing every certification that you’ve acquired. Although I have CAPM and CSM, I don’t list them because you want your name field to be crisp instead of jumbled. More importantly, listing all of these certifications might make you appear as a professional test taker instead of someone with real-world experience. Employers do value certifications, but they also expect work proficiency.

Conduct a Gap Analysis

Ask yourself this question: right now do you have the skills necessary to realize your mission statement? If the answer is no, what classes do you need to take in order to acquire those skills? Make a list of things that you need to obtain. I would recommend joining a local Meetup.com group. These are one of the cheapest ways to acquire new skills. There is a Meetup for everything. Every Meetup has people who already work in the fields and companies you aspire. This is a built-in network right there. These participants know all of the players and the ways to infiltrate the system. Moreover, Meetup workshops are cheaper than the average continuing education course. Meetups allow you to mind the gap and your wallet at the same time. Here is my article on Self-Investment is the Best Investment where I list other low-cost options towards. You can check it out here: http://positivitychange.com/2015/10/this-week-in-positive-change-management-self-investment-is-the-best-investment/

Hire a Professional

There is nothing wrong with hiring a resume writer or career counselor to spruce up your resume, LinkedIn profile or personal brand. Remember, you only have a limited amount of hours in the day to do everything. You can research your options or ask your colleagues if they have had someone revamp their profiles. I would recommend visiting the Better Business Bureau so that you don’t get scammed out of your hard earned money.

These 5 recommendations will help spruce up your professional brand now and well beyond springtime. Visit PositivityChange for tips to manage positive change effectively in your personal and professional lives.

This Week in Positive Change Management : Monitoring Progress

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We are a few weeks into the New Year and it is high time to review your current year’s progress.  Remember, we here at http://positivitychange.com/  want you to manage positive change effectively. The editorial board’s aim is to help the reader evaluate his current progress. Here are the 5 steps towards monitoring progress:

  1. Create your plan
  2. Baseline your plan
  3. Enter project information
  4. Compare results
  5. Report results

Apply these five steps towards each personal and professional goal. If you are behind schedule on your personal and professional goals, this is now the time to adjust and still complete them by the end of the year. There are over 320 days remaining.

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kabani/how-to-monitor-your-project-progress

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Change is Messy!

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Change is messy. It really is. A lot of people want change in their personal and professional lives but want it to be nice and neat. Well, that’s not how change works. It is like growth. You cannot grow without some pains. Change is inevitable. It happens whether we are ready or not. This year is no exception. Here are four examples of changes that I have occurred this year and what I’ve learned from them.

Writing for LinkedIn Pulse

I am the first to admit that fear has kept me from writing for LinkedIn Pulse. There are so many ‘experts’ out there that I am thinking that I am disqualified. The turning point comes when I start seeing very bad posts with people misspelling words and writing crazy stuff. That’s when I realize that my material cannot be any worse than the bulk of what’s out there; and, I am right! My posts have been welcomed in my community. Also I have pushed myself to write insightful and educational articles benefitting people instead of trying to hawk merchandise (I mean at least give me a free sample chapter of your book!).  What I have learned about becoming a writer is that LinkedIn Pulse is always a great place to share ideas. I have broken my own rule of only posting once a week because I have so much knowledge to share. I post whenever I have a new idea or topic I wish to share. This platform has also let me promote my radio show which I love because it enables me to pursue another avenue of communication.

My radio show

I have been wanting to do a radio show since September. I love communicating and sharing information with people. Although there have been some false starts and people who think that I shouldn’t do it, I now have my own show. I have decided to go through Blogtalkradio because I see so many others use this platform. Here I’m thinking that all I have to do is create a Blogtalkradio page, talk into my phone’s video recorder and upload it onto my page like Soundcloud.

Wrong! Blogtalkradio is live not prerecorded so even if I do have my prerecorded audio, I still have to sit there at the appointed time and be in the studio. Also I learn that the system doesn’t take .m4a files forcing me to broadcast live. I admit that I still prerecord myself to hear how I sound before going on air. Furthermore, the hardest part is the planning. Radio takes work. I need to devise an interesting topic. I select a blog article then jot down points.

Developing a coaching network

I can be an introvert and I admit that right now my five closest people are all coaches. I am very singular in that respect because I have always relied on my intuition. Whether something is working well or not, I always conduct these self-checks where I evaluate my situation using my intuition. If something is going right, I ask myself how do I continue it going? If it not going right then how do I change it? This year, I have reached out to coaches in areas where I want to grow. I have a career coach, brand coach and business coach. I have even reached out and started seeking financial advice because I have landed my second six-figure job. Coaching has helped me improve my professional network. I have received important feedback.

I will admit that there have been some very rough patches with coaching. I have had some programs and masterminds haven’t panned out. In particular, I have to shell out my own money to do my website when I am supposed to go through the preselected website designer. I later learn after coming out of my own pocket that the leader has stopped referring clients to the designer.

Attending Conferences

This year I have decided to attend conferences outside of DC to expand my professional networking beyond the District and Cleveland. I have attended the Power Networking Conference in Dallas, the Periscope Summit in New York and the TCE Conference in Norfolk. I have acquired a whole lot of personal and professional knowledge that will aid me in my future. For instance, I have developed a new travel regimen, improved my elevator pitch, burnished my LinkedIn profile, and developed my own personal website (this is my virtual business card). Attending these conferences have made me step up my game because I know that I am capable of much more. Getting outside of the District, lets me see how other professionals conduct businesses at the national and global levels. It is quite eye-opening when you get out of your own bubble and see how others operate. The Periscope Summit stands out because this is the first one. You are literally on the ground floor seeing everything unravel in front of you. It is very much like a start-up and the backdrop is New York City. Hey, if I can survive there, I can survive anywhere.

What I have learned is to always be ready and not to fall prey to sales pitches. You aren’t obligated to purchase anything from the vendors. It’s all about your fit and your future vision. Remember, it’s your money. You’ve paid to attend the conference not the vendors. Another thing that I have learned is to develop a better system in order to get to the next level.

Here are my four examples of how change can be messy; yet, in each situation I have managed to learn new things that will help me in the future.

 

 

Positive Thinking + Positive Action = Positive Result

While perusing LinkedIn this morning, I’ve come across Penny Zenker’s Why thinking positive doesn’t always get you the result’ article, (You can view the article link here: http://bit.ly/1GmlGOZ ). Her article has struck me because it’s about positivity right up http://positivitychange.com/  lane. I agree with Zenker that positive thinking alone doesn’t get you the desired result. Thinking must be paired with positive action. This combination the only way to get the desired result.

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This Week in Positive Change Management: Employing the Three Cs to Improve Your Personal Career Brand

Now more than ever it is imperative that any professional has a personal career brand. It is no longer, just do your job and update your resume. The average person will have in between 7-10 jobs in his lifetime. You must actively manage your career to find the next job; hence, the importance of creating and maintaining a stellar personal career brand. The three Cs are clarity, consistency, and constancy. They are necessary towards creating your best personal brand. The combination of these three guarantees that you’ll attract the people and employers in your target market.

Clarity

Dictionary.com defines clarity as ‘clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.’ It is essential that you get clear about who you are, but, more importantly, who you ARE NOT.  Clarity provides you with an opportunity to thrive as a specialist rather than merely survive as a generalist. It is better to know what you are not because you can create clear boundaries. You don’t want to transmit mixed messages, thereby, diluting your brand. Clarity communicates a clear message of what you do. For example, if you are in HR, you don’t want people coming to you about sales & marketing. The next step is to identify your competitors.

Scanning the professional landscape to see what your competitors are doing, and more importantly, what they are not doing is critical towards how you’ll position yourself to stand out. Learn from your competitors’ mistakes and capitalize upon the areas that they aren’t already in. Being the first mover in an unsaturated area, positions you to become an expert. For instance, if you’re in HR but there aren’t as many people working with newly returned war veterans, then this is a niche where you can employ your transferable skills and become an expert. Once you’ve used clarity to identify your competitors, you can then you can focus on marketing your competitive advantage to the world.

Your competitive advantage is the one thing that you do better than anyone else. Having a clear definition of this advantage will attract more people and opportunities. In HR, do you compile benefits packages in a way that new employee understand? Your ability to translate industry-specific jargon into layman’s terms without diluting its content is your competitive advantage. You can convert this into a special niche being seen as an expert. Once you’re seen as an expert, more people will come to you.

Consistency

Consistency is defined as ‘steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.’ In order to keep current in this increasingly global and competitive landscape, you must be consistent. This means consistently communicating the same message offline and online. Take some time to review how your professional brand comes across because it’s imperative that you are consistent in both areas.

Make sure that your resume and LinkedIn profile are the same. If you’ve attained a new certification or a promotion, list them on both. An outdated LinkedIn profile sends an inconsistent message. For example, if you’ve been promoted from HR Specialist to Senior HR Specialist, you must list this change. Recruiters who might be interested in you for one job, may not know that you have a new job or certification. It would be bad for your professional reputation if a recruiter contacts you about a specific position but learns that you’re in another position. Recruiters talk with other recruiters who might work at the company that interests you. You don’t want this kind of mistake to precede you before applying for a job. Putting the most recent information on your LinkedIn page guarantees that recruiters can see if you are the best fit for a potential job.

Constancy

Constancy is defined as ‘uniformity or regularity, as in qualities or conditions; invariableness.’ Being highly visible online & offline to your target market is indispensable. There are many ways to increase your visibility to ensure that the right people see your talents. Offline opportunities include joining meetups, alumni chapters, and professional organizations. In addition, you can be visible through business cards and stationery. Handing out your personal business cards is an effective marketing tool generating high visibility. Furthermore, you can send thank you letters using your own stationery. Regarding online visibility opportunities, you can register for LinkedIn professional groups, follow people on Twitter or like Facebook pages of companies of which you want to work. Moreover, you can also start a blog. Continuing with the HR example, you can write about interviewing new applicants, dispensing benefits information, handling attrition and completing retirement packages.

Creating a Communication Plan to Incorporate the Three Cs

A great way to merge the offline and online visibility tools to achieve clarity, consistency and constancy is by creating a communications plan. Your plan manages how, what, why, when, and where to deploy your offline and online strategies. For instance, you decide to post weekly HR-related articles in your LinkedIn feed. This action achieves clarity (HR), consistency (on message) and constancy (weekly). Your communications plan ensures that you regularly do something constructive towards promoting your personal career brand. Incorporating three Cs of clarity, consistency and constancy guarantee increased demand for your personal career brand.