The One thing you should never do during a job search

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In todays day and age we use our powerful cell phones to do help us with out job search. We scroll through app and website job listings and we may have even applied to a job or to right from the comfort of our phones. We've called and scheduled interviews, checked and sent emails to see if we have heard from any potential employers. In a nutshell we've used a lot of features on our phone to search for our next opportunity in the the workforce -- except for maybe one: texting.

"Texting during your job search is still a grey area. Is text an acceptable job search tool? Not really, says Jackie Ducci, CEO and founder of Ducci & Associates, a talent acquisition agency in Washington, DC. “It is rarely, if ever, a good idea for a candidate to text a potential employer during the job search process,” says Ducci. - Source"

Here are some reasons why you should skip sending that text — unless you’re explicitly asked to do so — and what you should do instead:

Texting is too informal

You text your friends daily in your group chat. You text your partner to bring home food. You text your kids to find out when football practice is over. Texting is generally used as a quick - and very informal - way to communicate. If you decide on your own to text an employer “it could give the impression that the candidate is too flippant, which is not an attractive trait!” says Ducci.

It’s a missed opportunity

Texting limits your connection to your potential employers. Texts can be misinterpreted, be dry of emotions, and take away your personality which can all be main factors in the decision making in the hiring process. 

Even if you are shy to hope on a phone call with an employer, you should take that opportunity to showcase who you are. Says Ducci: “Getting on the phone can continue to foster a deeper, more human relationship with the potential employer.” A text-only conveys a brief bit of information, but speaking on the phone gives you the chance to let an employer hear your voice—and more importantly, what you need to say.

You don’t know how the person feels about texting

You never really know how your potential employer feels about texting. “Even if there is nothing technically wrong with sending a text, why take such an informal route when there is no upside in doing so?” says Ducci. After all, you never know how your text will be perceived so it may be best to keep to the side of caution.

You can text an employer if …

The only clear ok to text an employer during a job search if they set the precedent to do so. Ex: The employer texts you for specific information (e.g., confirm interview date, location, reference numbers, ect) then it's completely okay to text back. Anything more than simple information should require a professional form of communication.

 

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Survey: 44% of executives have approached employees about ‘inappropriate attire’

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"We all know that it’s entirely possible to mess up in the personal style department at work. In fact, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam showed that 44% of top managers have approached an employee because of “inappropriate” clothing.

So it makes sense that style could also have a big influence on moving up the corporate ladder — a staggering 80% of managers and 86% of employees said they think that what you wear to work can impact your chances of scoring a promotion.

Independent research firms surveyed two groups — more than 1,000 American adult office employees, in addition to 300 senior managers and 300 HR managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees. Here are some of the points that stood out."

- Source

What happens when you dress inappropriately for work...

The average person spends around 10-13 minutes putting their outfit together before work each morning, but it seems many people are not putting enough thought into their dress - 32% of managers have had to send home their employees for showing up to work in inappropriate dress.

Matthew Randall, executive director of the CPE - source

“How an individual dresses for work can be a powerful extension of his personal brand. Clothes, accessories and even the footwear an employee chooses to wear help to reinforce or diminish his skills and qualities in the eyes of his employer, co-workers and clients.”

So, what’s okay to wear?

 

Universal dress rules can't be set in stone, because what is considered appropriate varies by workplace, field and what is happening on a given day. But if such a set list of rules were to be created, there's a good chance it would include:

Modesty: If your outfit is distracting from your skills and talent then it may be time to keep it simple and covered, whether male or female.

Casual Friday: Keeping it simple and in line on "Casual Friday" is key, there no need to wear your weekend sweats or weekend attire.

The Right Shoes: The wrong pair of shoes can throw off a whole work outfit. Make sure your shoes are nice and clean. The wrong pair of heels can be fashionable but not for work, be a team player and wear flats or a shorter pair of heels. 

If you're worried about your outfit on any day or occasion then it may be best to make a safer choice. Every company and office is different depending on work culture so use common sense and know your boundaries. 

After Your First 90 Days At A New Job...What's Next?

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After Your First 90 Days At A New Job

"Congratulations! You made it past your first 90 days at your new job. Hopefully, it went smooth and now you can focus on building your tenure into something great. Even if your first 90 days was a little rocky, you can still turn it around into something positive. Your first 90 days was a time of acclimation, learning and fighting the jitters. Beyond your first 90 days there is still a lot to learn but now it’s more about performing and contributing." - The Daily MBA

 

WHAT WORKED, WHAT DIDN’T

Time to be honest with yourself, let's review your last 90 days and plan ahead for the next 90. This assessment review is to see what worked and what didn't, with a clear view of how you are meshing into the company culture and how easy it is for you to get your goals accomplished in this environment. It is important to have a good rapport with your new supervisor (which we hope you do), so it's time to sit down and go over how they perceive your performance. This review session will help you dig deeper into what areas you are fantastically performing and what areas need some more work.

"Once you understand how you did, create an action plan for the next 90 days on how you will maintain and improve. This method of evaluating your performance every 90 days is a great way to think about your tenure. Ninety day increments are long enough to get meaningful work done, yet short enough to remember what you did. Make this part of your one-on-one. Doing this will allow you to focus on what’s important and have check in points more often than your annual review." - The Daily MBA

Tip: Create a 90 day plan for yourself. Review the plan with your boss to ensure that you are working on the right tasks

 

TAKING ON MORE RESPONSIBILITY

As you grow into your new role, it's only natural that you immerse yourself more into the company and become involved. This path of taking on more responsibility can lead to senior roles if desired. Taking on new tasks and slowly taking on more can show your supervisors that are a valuable employee with growth potential. More responsibility does come tied with more accountability so make sure you are ready for the challenge when you step up.

"Tip: Perform your assigned tasks well and on schedule. This will naturally lead to more responsibly. Be self-aware as to what you can safely handle while still making your commitments." - The Daily MBA

 

BUILDING STRONGER BONDS

Everyone from the CEO to your coworkers is crucial to your success. These are the people you see and collaborate with daily, the ones you eat lunch with, and the ones you team up with to accomplish company goals. Through long hours of working and problem-solving, you will naturally build professional and personal bonds with people. These relationships and connections will ultimately determine your experience at your company, so it is important to get to know these people on a professional and personal level. Take a closer look at what they do and why they do it, take a look at how they contribute to the overall success of the company. Interacting will naturally lead to building strong bonds with your co-workers. 

In some companies, it can be difficult to build bonds with senior management since you may not interact with them on a daily basis or in the same areas. Even so, with this hurdle, it is important to have your superiors at least know who you are and what you do. 

"Tip: Be curious about what others do so that you understand how everyone fits into the company. Get to know your co-workers at a personal level."

 

BECOMING INDISPENSABLE

Success can be many things to many people. One essential way to succeed is to become the "go-to" person when a major project needs to be done and done well. Getting to this point requires you to understand thoroughly your company culture and to know the strength and weaknesses of your coworkers. Indispensable people are the ones that get pulled into discussions or projects where their expertise can be used to rapidly and effectively solve problems. Keep in mind that indispensable people are highly valued but that does not mean irreplaceable.

"Tip: Find a project or task that gives you the visibility to show that you are indispensable. Strive to always meet commitments and be the go to person for difficult tasks." - The Daily MBA

 

SETTING THE STAGE FOR PROMOTION

If you want to move on to the next level then a key part of this is to understand how your company promotes people. This can be different from boss to boss, from company to company, and even department to department.  Once you know the rules you can now have a clear line of sight to be promoted. 

One thing that many people do not talk about is the importance of mentoring someone to take your old position. You must train and mentor this person to be able to pick up where you left off so you can comfortably be able to move up to your next role. This leaves no room for excuses of who can take over your responsibilities.

"Tip: The best way to get promoted is to train your replacement." - The Daily MBA

 

THE JOURNEY NEVER ENDS

"Your tenure will be a constant revolving of these 90 day plans until you leave or run the place. Thinking in terms of 90 day increments will allow you to focus on what’s important but also allow you to show your boss the value you add at regular increments. This is vital because your yearly review is too infrequent and not a good tool to ensure that you are delivering to you and your bosses expectations. Ninety day plans are also a great way to set expectations so that you and your boss are aligned to what is important." " - The Daily MBA

Tip: Make the 90 day plan a regular part of your career building toolkit.

10 ways you are destroying your executive presence

10 ways you are destroying your executive presence

"If you enter a room with 15 leaders one of them will stand out. She will have an air of confidence that people notice. Others will stop talking and listen to him. That person will have an overall decorum that exudes the message, “I belong here.”

Executive presence is a blending of mindset, competencies, and delivery that gives the overall impression that this person has dignity and can get the job done. Can executive presence be developed? Yes – if the person has a foundation of self-confidence and a willingness to build their self-awareness and self-regulation."