PositivityChange Post : Issue 28: Spring Into Positivity

Happy April everyone! I am so grateful for April because things have started picking up since March. I want to keep this momentum going. I want to do the same with PositivityChange Post!

First we need to do some sprucing up. We spring clean our houses and cars but what about our digital devices? On April 1st, I transferred all of my videos and files that I wouldn’t use in this second quarter onto Google Drive. Use this second quarter to spring clean your data! Read here for more information!

Spring Into Positivity

We here at PositivityChange.com want to spring into more positivity this second quarter especially if your first quarter was in the dumps. We want you to experience more positive change in your personal and professional lives.

Gabrielle Bernstein wrote in Positively Positive about 3 ways to spring into positivity. 

Sometimes you are in a funk because it is April and your year (thus far) is going according to plan. It happens. Here is an article introducing a 9-step plan towards springing into happiness! 

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It’s March 1st! There’s Still Time Left to Do Something Great

Hey everyone! Today’s March 1st. Can you believe that two months are already in the books? If you have not accomplished what you’ve wanted, then you have ten more months to get it right.

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Scribd Spring Cleaning Resources

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Today Scribd, an online book buyer, has hit my inbox with additional spring cleaning resources. These books will help you spring clean your personal and professional lives. We at PositivityChange are all about manifesting positive change in your personal and professional lives. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/1RvQXCt

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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.

Positive Change with Carla : Spring Cleaning Mobile Apps

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Visit http://carlarjenkins.com/ to read the original article here: http://bit.ly/22JmC7b

On this all-new Positive Change with Carla episode airing on a special time Friday, March 25, 2016, Carla will cover 12 mobile apps to help you with your spring cleaning. From organizing as a person, family, couple or even the children, Carla has a mobile app recommendation to help you spring clean, reduce clutter and increase positive change.

Here is the http://positivitychange.com/ article: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/spring-cleaning-mobile-apps/

Click here to listen live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/03/25/spring-cleaning-mobile-apps

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Spring Cleaning Mobile Apps

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Continuing our spring cleaning series, today we are featuring the top spring cleaning mobile apps. Culling through the Internet, I have found 12 mobile cleaning apps from four articles that are worth your time.

New York Times

Two days ago, the New York Times, published an articles detailing its top spring cleaning mobile apps. Here are my top 4

Name Function App Software
Cleaning Checklist Auto-populate cleaning checklists for your home Apple
Wanderlust To-do list and task management Apple, Android
Cozi To-do list and calendar app aimed at families and groups Apple, Android
Evernote Scannable Digitize old documents Apple
Genius Scan Digitize old documents Apple, Android

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/technology/personaltech/checklists-and-tips-to-help-streamline-spring-cleaning.html?_r=0

 

MakeUseOf (For Android Users Only)

Name Function App Software
Good Housekeeping Home All the tips and tricks from the magazine Android
Clutter Rescue Mobile app for the Clutter Rescue site. Users gain access to site’s videos and how-to articles. Android

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/rescue-your-house-from-clutter-and-grime-using-these-android-housekeeping-apps/

 

Coit

Name Function App Software
 HomeRecruiters Organizes cleaning tasks into particular times of the day Apple
SimplyUs Good app for couples who clean together Apple

Source: http://www.coit.com/blog/fantastic-cleaning-apps-for-iphone-and-android

 

HuffingtonPost

Name Function App Software
Spring Cleaning Checklist ·         Helps create checklists for every room of your house.

·         Gives you tips for organizing family spring cleaning days

·         Includes videos

Android
ChoreBank ·         Kids help with chores

·         Setting up a chore list

·         Assign monetary value to each chore

·         Know when a chore has been completed

·         Make deposits into your child’s account.

Apple

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/saudia-davis/best-spring-cleaning-apps_b_6904928.html

For more on this series, below are the two preceding spring cleaning articles:

Spring cleaning: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/this-week-in-positive-change-management-spring-cleaning/

5 Areas in Need of Spring Cleaning: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/week-pcm-5-areas-need-spring-cleaning/

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Positive Change with Carla : Spring Clean Your Finances

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Check out the original http://carlarjenkins.com/ post here: http://carlarjenkins.com/positive-change-carla-spring-clean-finances/

Today on Positive Change with Carla, I will discuss the importance of spring cleaning your finances. We link spring cleaning to our houses. Well, what if we also spring clean our financial houses? This is a great time to review our salaries, banking accounts, retirements and health plans. Join me today at 6pm EST/ 3pm PST for my show.

Click here to listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/03/17/spring-clean-your-finances

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This Week in PCM: 5 Areas in Need of Spring Cleaning

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Continuing the spring cleaning series, this week’s positive change management article will focus on 5 areas in need of sprucing. These areas are: finances, network, sales leads, website and operations.

Check your finances

Tax season is a great time to conduct a personal audit. If you spot problems, then you can resolve them or at least meet with an accountant and devise a repayment plan. Moreover, it is better that you conduct your own private audit rather than the IRS.

Reexamine your network

Right now who are you hanging around? Jim Rohn says that you are the average of the 5 closest people whom you associate. Evaluate your inner circle. Are they holding you back? If so, then find some new people to surround yourself. Your network is supposed to be your wings not your anchor.

Evaluate your sales leads/funnels

Are you optimizing and leveraging your technological resources to maximize your profits? Have you looked at incorporating new technologies like live streaming for news announcements or live product demonstrations? People and businesses are social selling through Periscope, Blab and Facebook Live. Social selling is selling goods and services through social media. Furthermore, can you generate more sales through a mobile app? You have to go where you customers are; and, the mobile market is ever increasing. Investigate all revenue generating avenues to meet or exceed your targets.

Review your website

Does your website look outdated? Check the photos, links, and copy. Also look at competition for new color ideas. In addition, remember that content is king. Is your blog informative and adhering to industry standards? Does your company have a blogging editorial calendar where it routinely publishes its articles? Reliability is key towards building an audience and increasing brand awareness resulting in customer retention.

Review operations and procedures

Are your business standard operating procedures (SOP) outdated? Do they make it harder to do business? If not, ditch them. You have to evaluate your firm’s growth. What works as a sole proprietor doesn’t work when you have employees. Reviewing your SOPs ensure that your business is nimble enough to compete in the global marketplace.

Check out the first article in the spring cleaning series: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/this-week-in-positive-change-management-spring-cleaning/

Visit positivitychange for tips to manage positive change effectively in your personal and professional lives.

Positive Change with Carla : Spring Cleaning

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Read the original http://carlarjenkins.com/ post here: http://bit.ly/1R9orlJ

Today on Positive Change with Carla, I will be discussing spring cleaning. March is the start of spring, and it is high time to turn over a new leaf doing away with things that don’t serve you. I will be giving out tips on how spring cleaning will develop positive change.

Check out the PositivityChange article: http://positivitychange.com/2016/03/this-week-in-positive-change-management-spring-cleaning/

Click here to listen live: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena/2016/03/10/spring-cleaning

To listen to all of the previous episodes: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/missphenomena

This Week in Positive Change Management: Spring Cleaning

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                March is the first month of spring. Spring is a season of renewal where nature blooms and everything grows. The editorial board at PositivityChange is devoting this entire month towards spring cleaning. We will offer tips on how to rid yourself of wasteful and useless practices hindering your personal and professional growth. Check back frequently for more beneficial articles to help effectively manage positive change.