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  1. Your manager is not responsible for your career. You are. They are responsible for your output. So, waiting until annual review time to determine your goals and accomplishments is not the best idea Here are 10 things you can do today and this year to improve your career. 1. Set Small Goals Regularly When it comes to annual reviews, there is so much focus on goals for the year. A year is a long time; too long in fact to set tangible, achievable goals. Therefore, it is far more wise to set smaller goals throughout the year. Think about your day-to-day work. What could you be doing to elevate that work? Are there skills you could learn to help you advance? Think about this for a bit and then make a list of goals that relate to these items. And then, once you've set the goals, give yourself a deadline to have learned these things. When you've hit the deadline, give yourself a grade. Seriously. It works. Did you do it? Did you do it well? Then ask someone else how they would score or grade you on these new skills. Then rinse and repeat. 2. Stretch Yourself The smartest of us say that success is just outside of our comfort zone. So, it goes without saying that you must stretch beyond your area of expertise. Do something that scares you. Don't like public speaking? Start signing up for presentations at work or networking events. Does it terrify you to put your industry thoughts out there? Ask someone for the opportunity to guest post. Whatever gives you the collywobbles, sign up for it—today. 3. Get Feedback While self-assessment is important, it is also important to get feedback. And it is important to get feedback all the time. I happen to ask at the end of each and every meeting I lead with the following questions: "What really worked for you?" "What would make it even better if?" You can learn a lot from these two questions. So much about your work product and performance can be gleaned with these two questions. Give it a try and see what you learn. 4. Curate Your Work Do you have any idea how many amazing things you've done this year? Probably not, because you aren't curating that great work anywhere to revisit it. There are countless places for you to store this work in a cloud. When you've got a great portfolio of work you've produced and are proud of, it's like writing your resume as you go. It is also easy to share with your manager at review time. You're better prepared to wow them when you've got yourself visual proof of your awesome-ness. 5. Be Curious About Your Industry Spend time each and every week as a student of your industry or company. Study your industry and company as if you'll be tested on them. Ask questions of people in your space. Ask your manager and colleagues questions. Ask your company's customers how they feel. Develop thoughtful insights about the industry and your company. And don't be shy about sharing those insights. 6. Read Spend time reading blogs, big and small. Spend time reading books about your profession. Read business books that stretch your thinking. At the end of the day: read! Reading new things can start conversations when you're networking and can also build your own career with new ways to do things and different work and life hacks to make life flow a little more smoothly. 7. Network Brilliantly Never, ever, ever send a standard LinkedIn invite. Ever. We cannot stress this enough. Personalize the message and tell the recipient what you have in common, and how you'd like to help them. If you do not know someone, ask someone in your network for an introduction. Networking brilliantly is about leaving a positive impression. And it isn't just LinkedIn. Attend industry events, local events, and meet as many people as you can. This will also help in being curious about your industry. 8. Get A Mentor Mentors are great resources for all of these elements. Need feedback? Ask your mentor. Need to bounce off industry or company insights? Looking for ways to stretch...mentor! 9. Get A Protégé Conversely, a good protégé can also be a tremendous resource to learn from as well. A protégé can bust some of your paradigms. They can also expose you to new thinking and present you with new ways to solve problems and look at things. 10. ABL (Always Be Listening) Even if you are really happy in your current role, it never hurts to listen to other opportunities and build relationships with new people in the industry. In fact, that's what you're supposed to be doing if you want to grow and improve your career. Always be open to new opportunities and new connections with people, plus it feels really good when you get noticed! Improve your career today by following the tips above! Remember: If you want to win, you've got to work it daily. Looking for a job? We can help! 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  4. The job search process is always involving. It's not about going to the job boards, finding the job opening you like, and then applying to it. That method will only have you waiting by the phone for a call that's likely not going to happen. Today's job seekers need to take a more proactive and interactive approach called job networking—and LinkedIn is a resource to help you do it. Creating a strong LinkedIn profile will help you get in front of the right contacts (recruiters, hiring managers, professionals in the field, etc.) who can lead you to the path of the next job opportunity. However, in order for it all to happen, you need a LinkedIn profile that communicates and displays the right information. Take a run through the LinkedIn profile checklist below to learn how to use your LinkedIn profile effectively. The Basics Of An Effective LinkedIn Profile Make Sure you Have An Appropriate Headline The Headline is what shows up for your LinkedIn profile when it comes up in search results. It's also what shows up when others look at you through their contacts' connections. By default, your LinkedIn profile headline reads your current job title and employer, but if you want to grab the attention of others it should say more than that. Think about keywords and highlighting your greatest skill sets. Display Professionalism In Your Profile Photo A LinkedIn profile that includes a headshot photo is more likely to be clicked on than a profile without a photo. In selecting your profile photo, go with a headshot that presents you professionally and that makes you come off approachable. Personalize Your LinkedIn URL Whether you choose to include your LinkedIn profile to your resume or email signature, personalize the URL. It'll come off more professional and memorable. For ex. www.linkedin.com/yourname or www.linkedin.com/professionalkeyword. The Important Details In An Effective LinkedIn Profile Offer Your Value Statement Through The Summary Section Like the resume, your LinkedIn profile should have a Summary at the top that highlights what it is that you have to offer and how that translates to value for the potential employer. While pronouns like I, me and my are not advised on the resume, on your LinkedIn profile it needs to take on a more conversational tone, so they are okay. Make Your Work Experience Keyword-Rich As you describe and highlight accomplishments on the job under Work Experience, think about relevant keywords to include naturally in your writing. The more keyword-rich your profile is, the more likely it'll show up in search results. Get Endorsed For The Right Skills And Expertise Review the Skills and Expertise section to prioritize what's important. When you do that, your contacts are more likely to endorse you for the right skills, which in turn show recruiters and hiring managers you have what they are looking for. What you want to avoid is including Skills and Expertise that don't relate to the job or your profession. That will simply dilute your overall message. Additional Steps For Making An Effective LinkedIn Profile Don't Let Your Education Give Away Your Age Your education, which can include specialized training and certifications received, adds value to your qualifications. When listing the information, take caution with dates. It's not necessary to indicate when you received your degree from college—that can give away your age in some cases. Also don't include anything that may be too dated. You want to show you hold current skills that are valuable to the profession, not dated skills. Join Relevant Groups LinkedIn offers Groups to join in all areas—professional associations, industry groups, alumni groups, etc. If they're relevant to your profession or skills needed for the job, share their badge on your profile. It helps hiring managers and recruiters to see that you're connected and active in networks that are important. You can also benefit by taking things a step further with Groups like participating in discussions and sharing interesting articles to get your name out there. Many hiring managers and recruiters will look at discussions in relevant groups to pull out potential candidates for job openings they have available. Make Your Profile Public LinkedIn profiles that are made public allow others to view your information whether you're connected with them or not. This option is best when you're a job seeker. Looking for more great LinkedIn advice? Check out this "JT Talks Jobs" podcast, where Work It Daily CEO J.T. O'Donnell discusses LinkedIn optimization tips. Did you know that as a member of Work It Daily you have access to unlimited LinkedIn profile reviews? Join Work It Daily today and take advantage of our trained career support specialists that will work individually with you to come up with a specialized plan. All of our memberships offer private coaching along with unlimited networking potential, and a library of exclusive career courses. Additionally, and for no extra cost, you'll also receive unlimited resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile reviews by our trained specialists as part of our membership. View the full article
  5. Networking is vital to job search success. Networking can lead to referrals, identifying jobs that aren't yet posted, and securing informational interviews. They can also lead to future professional references. These results can give you a competitive advantage and help you progress towards your career goal. Networking platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter are tools that can help you effectively expand your network. Here's how... Building Your Social Network via GIPHY Online or offline, the goal of networking is to build relationships. Every social networking platform offers some means of connecting with new people. Interact with others and share posts that are thoughtful and relevant to your field. Engage your audience by seeking input and sharing your thoughts or review of industry-related topics. Share these topics and post information onto your own profile for your audience, but also get involved in groups on LinkedIn or chats on Twitter. There are thousands of chats and groups for a wide variety of industries, specialties, or job searching in general. Do some exploring and request to join the group or start following the Twitter chat. In my experience, people are very receptive to newcomers on these interactive forums. These forums can be a great way to meet new people. After participating, you can begin to follow or request a connection with individual contributors. Depending on your location, there may be the possibility of meeting your connections in person. The social network is a platform to build these relationships and make that in-person connection. It Takes Time To Build A Network via GIPHY Patience...Patience...Patience! All good things take time. Maintain a positive attitude and be flexible. Those two skills can save you from many future career headaches. Not everyone will be willing to connect. Remember that networking is a two-way street. Prioritize your connections based on who has a job you'd love to do, or who works for one of your target employers, and focus your efforts strategically. Always personalize connection messages to new people on sites like LinkedIn to let the potential contact know you're not arbitrarily clicking every "Connect" button in Suggested Contacts. Keep connection messages brief and to the point. I'd recommend not going into personal detail this early on or putting potential connections on the spot: just invite them to be a connection or offer your email address as a point of contact. Something as simple as, "Hi Jane, I've enjoyed following your contributions to XYZ Group and agreed with your review of Acme Co article you posted. I am also a (insert job title here) and would like to connect with you. Please let me know if I can be of any help. Thanks." Short, simple, with a personal reference and offer to help, shows that you are trying to form a mutually beneficial relationship. Gaining Credibility By building relationships, you can become a resource on certain topics for your network. Gaining credibility takes time, but let the process happen naturally. Conduct research, search for best practices, gain more experience and get in contact with people that share their experience. This is where actively participating in Twitter chats or LinkedIn groups can help build your knowledge. Sharing ideas with others that are passionate about their field can keep you motivated and engaged in your line of work. After developing these relationships, opportunities can arise off-screen as well. Assisting in a volunteer effort that was coordinated online, attending a networking event that was promoted online, a speaking event, or a job club—read the information about the events your network is posting and try to commit to going when your schedule permits. Impress Hiring Managers That May Google You A hiring manager may look you up on Google during some point of the job search process. If you actively network across platforms such as LinkedIn or Twitter, or attend events in person, your Google search results page may show these stories and profiles. Any site you join for professional networking purposes should serve as a complement to your resume. That means whether you post blogs, tweets, or share information on LinkedIn, all your content should be professional and error free. These pages can validate your candidacy and make you stand out among the competition. As you start networking, you'll learn more about your field, gain skills and build confidence. Build relationships and help others in your search. Use social networking for job search success and foster relationships that can help you discover your next opportunity. Improve your networking efforts by understanding how you communicate with others. Take Work It Daily's FREE Communication Style Quiz. Work It Daily has a team of trained career support specialists that will work individually with you to come up with a specialized plan. All of our memberships offer private coaching along with unlimited networking potential, and a library of exclusive career courses. Additionally, and for no extra cost, you'll also receive unlimited resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile reviews by our trained specialists as part of our membership. Join today! View the full article
  6. A prepared job seeker will have thought about questions that will be asked at the job interview. One of them may be: "Why are you leaving your job?" As you think about a response to this question, also consider how the interviewer may interpret that response. It's important to take caution with how questions are answered at the job interview because when it's not framed properly, it can be interpreted negatively and cost you the job opportunity. There can be many reasons to why you want to leave your job. They could be: You hate your boss You're bored at work You want more money You want more challenge You don't want to work in this particular field or industry Or an assortment of other reasons Whatever your reason is, it's not always appropriate to tell it like it is to the potential employer. Think of a response that will impress the employer, but that still comes off as an honest reason. Here are some tips to help: Give A Positive Response To The Question Communication at a job interview should always come off positive. To start, you may talk about the great opportunities you've been given and how much you've learned through your current employer, before giving your reason. Employers like to hear things like this because you come off as professional and respectful of your existing employer even though you have made the decision to move on. Regardless of your real feelings and the situation at work, never bad mouth the company or your co-workers. Don't Dwell On What Your Current Employer Isn't Offering You There may be multiple reasons why you want to leave your current job, but you don't need to include information about what you're not being offered. The reason for this is because potential employers can interpret it as action you may take against them if hired. For example instead of saying, "I don't feel challenged at work anymore," re-frame the message to say, "I'm looking for new challenges in the area of X, Y, and Z, which I can see this job offers," and then go into the experience and skills you have to offer to further impress the interviewer. Re-framing your response in this manner makes it less likely that the employer will take the information and interpret it negatively. Focus On The Future Talk about what you're heading towards—what you want to experience and achieve to continue growing professionally. It works best when you can also tie in how the potential employer could offer that for you. When you answer in this manner, it informs the employer that you are an individual who seeks self-improvement and that you have real interest in the company because of what they specifically offer. It tells the employer you are someone with great potential for hire who will be dedicated to employment with them for a reasonable amount of time. "Why are you leaving your job?" is only one out of many questions you will be asked at the job interview. Knowing how to respond positively and framing it in a way that informs the employer why you're a great fit ensures you stay in the running for the job and it helps move you on to the next stage of the interview process. Need help preparing for your next job interview? Check out Work It Daily's FREE list of Common Interview Questions. Looking for additional career help? Join Work It Daily today! At Work It Daily you'll have access to one-on-one coaching from our career growth specialists, and you'll get access to a network of like-minded professionals who will offer daily support and guidance. Plus, you get access to courses aimed at helping you grow your career and land your dream job fast. View the full article
  7. There's no doubt that things have shifted dramatically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, leaders are asking themselves hard questions. What does the next "normal" look like for them? And, how can they successfully implement new aspects of their culture into this new normal? Here are four key things leaders must consider if they want to truly live their culture in the next new normal. The Past Is Present? The 2008 financial crisis forced leaders to rethink operations, supply chain, vendor management, employee engagement, ethics, and integrity. Layoffs were widespread and money vanished, while the real estate market collapsed amidst big bank failures fueled by consumers inability to pay excessive mortgages. It's now 2020: The pandemic health crisis is new, yet the economic dynamics seem eerily familiar. With the exception of "essential workers" in the food (grocer), safety, and health sectors, business has shut down. Supply chain vendors, grocers, and healthcare systems struggle to keep pace with consumer need/demand as we experience roller-coaster infection rates, re-openings, and new shut-downs. How to survive this is anyone's guess as every day brings on new cases and more questions. According to a Fortune 500 CEO survey, 97.2 % of CEO's said keeping employees safe and productively employed is their #1 concern. (1) A company's strong employee culture and the ability to pivot quickly with evolving dynamics are key to thriving Post-COVID. “Return” to Workspace (RTWS) — Can We? Should We? How Do We? A company's culture must absolutely drive this question. Grant Reid, MARS CEO, said, "Part of my job is to import stress and export serenity...how do you bring them back safely into a work environment, keep the social distance and allow them to be successful and safe? Your associates are looking for stability, some hope, some compassion, some trust." (2) The physical aspect of return is critical. "Companies are re-evaluating physical layouts specific to each employee. They are looking at common areas; multi-tenant commercial spaces...and rearranging reception common areas." (2) Workstations need more distance and hallways need to become one-way venues. Employers must also evaluate testing protocols for employees, frequency of testing, and qualified caregivers conducting those tests. GoHealth Urgent Care is providing clinical back-up when employer resources are unavailable. (3) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created guidance on engineering and administrative controls for preparing the workplace for re-entry. (4) And, the EEOC has issued updated guidance on how employers can avoid violating the ADA and other employment laws in addressing the virus. (5) Significant concerns arise for Workers Compensation insurance. Historically, community-spread illnesses (e.g. cold or flu) have been excluded. Six states recently passed "presumptive" legislation, and 14 total have expanded regulations to include COVID-19 as a workplace illness. To complicate matters, other injuries in the workplace may go unreported, or claims closures extended since non-urgent treatment is delayed in most jurisdictions. (6) Regulatory Climate: “Innovating Change, Governance & Compliance” One of the many challenges from this pandemic has been dealing with an ever-changing regulatory climate. With Workers Compensation rule changes, amendments to health benefits, the need for Childcare/Adult care, and the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), companies have struggled to make difficult decisions to care for their employees. This is the time to look for innovative ways to step up employee benefits such as adding paid sick leave, amending sick policies to ensure employees are paid even if the business is closed, and unlimited paid sick leave even for workers not previously covered, such as hourly workers. Adding child care reimbursement, and increased emergency child care and eldercare benefits can help your employees deal with the pressures of working from home.All group health plans will need to adopt changes to ensure that their plans comply with changes made by the FFCRA and the CARES Act and provide sufficient benefits to combat COVID-19. (7) Under the acts, group health plans will have to do the following: - Cover the full cost without cost-sharing (i.e., deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance) of testing for COVID-19. This requirement extends to tests provided by both in-network and out-of-network providers and is mandated for the duration of the public health emergency. Both swab tests that collect a specimen from an individual's upper respiratory tract to diagnose a case of COVID-19 and approved blood tests that look for antibodies to the coronavirus must be covered - Once developed, group health plans will also be required to provide coverage without any cost-sharing for coronavirus vaccines. To lessen the anxiety of your employees, consider adding or extending mental health benefits that are personalized and confidential, and offer telehealth services. Employee Wellness and Benefits: “Are You Walking the Talk?” According to J.S. Nelson, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law professor, "The working landscape has changed, perhaps forever. How employees and management move forward from this experience will shape the workplace for decades to come. These challenges include" : 1. Recognizing individual circumstances 2. Reacting with empathy when feeling out of control 3. Maintaining transparency when feeling out of control 4. Not taking advantage of the situation to push other agendas 5. Remembering the power of healthcare and benefit coverage while not abusing them (8) Understanding where your organization stands on these ethical challenges is a good foundation for the decisions you need to make for the future. Questions you then need to ask are: - Are your mission, values, and culture still relevant today and in the near, very different future? Do you have a process in place to continually assess this? - Is your culture helping or hindering your companies' performance? - Are your employees weathering this "storm"? What do they need less of or more of to be happier and more productive? Can you even answer this question? Do you know how they feel? - Are you looking for opportunities for hyper-personalization for your employees and customers? For example, do you give employees whose mental health issues worsened by working from home alone, priority when coming back to the office? - How your employees view your stand on diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging have always been important, but with the ultra focus in the past few weeks, how would you rate your organization? Have you made this a priority? Your company's ability to effectively navigate the impact and stress on the employee base will drive resiliency and long-term sustainability. Your associates will be the first to say whether RTWS was successful, which inevitably will be reflected in your organization's product and ultimately in customer satisfaction. Sources: 1.) See Fortune 500 CEO Survey, May 14, 2020 2.) See James Dean, MARS CEO Talks Life At Mars and steering through COVID-19, Times of London, May 9, 2020 3.) Wendy Knight - A conversation with Todd Latz, CEO, Go Health Urgent Care, May 7, 2020 4.) See Occupational Health & Safety Administration, OSHA.gov, Guidance on Returning to WorkGuidance on Returning to Work 5.) See Judy Greenwald, EEOC Expands Covid-19 Workplace Guidance, businessinsurance.com, May 7, 2020 6.) See Courtney DuChene, Longer Claims, Falling Premiums: NCCI Details on How COVID-19 Could Affect Workers Compensation, riskandinsurance.com, April 30, 2020 7.) See Business Group on Health, Update on COVID-19 Testing Coverage, 03/2020 8.) See J.S. Nelson, 5 Ethical Challenges Employers Will Face As They Reopen, hrdive.com, June 17, 2020 P.S. — are you looking for a job? Work It Daily can help! Join 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! If you want free career advice in your inbox, subscribe to Work It Daily's newsletter, The Daily Dose! View the full article
  8. The expenses associated with college can be difficult to anticipate--even if you scored a few great scholarships, even if you commute to school. In order to help offset costs, many students opt to take on part-time jobs, or find paid internships. Doing so shows great responsibility, and can certainly result in more money in your pocket. However, a part-time job may not work with a busy, disordered student schedule, and it may have nothing to do with the field you're actually studying. Internships, too, can be quite demanding during the semester, and many offer compensation only in the form of college credit. And, with Covid-19 still wreaking havoc on the job market, finding either a job or an internship have become far slimmer possibilities. So, it may be the perfect time for college students to explore the option of freelancing. While this path doesn't necessarily seem as steady a work-source as an hourly job, it can be quite advantageous. Firstly, you get to make your own hours, and don't have to take on tasks when you don't have the time for them. For instance, during finals week. Moreover, you can use freelancing as a chance to strengthen your skills in certain areas, particularly in those related to your major. And lastly, you get to decide how much your time and energy is worth, as you define your own rates. No longer do you have to work for minimum wage. Finding The Right Field For You So, you've decided that freelancing may be the best option for you to consider right now. Here are some fields to look into when deciding your focus. From Freelance Writing to Dogsitting, there is bound to a perfect freelance gig for your personal interests. Social Media Strategist: The majority of college students fall under the zoomers category with a keen eye for social media management. Running a company's social media account can be a fun way to make money with a flexible schedule that you control. You would serve as the voice of the brand and help increase the engagement on the company's platform. To get started, reach out to local companies directly and add your resume to job boards related to social media management. Online Tutor: As a college student, you know how the learning process works first-hand, and how difficult certain topics can be to learn. If you know that you perform particularly well in a certain subject, consider becoming an online tutor. You can build your own tutoring business by catering to your fellow college students or connecting with K-12 students. This field relies heavily on client referrals, so consider asking your clients to refer you to friends and fellow classmates. Freelance Writer or Editor: If you have a love for writing, this is the perfect opportunity to consider. Through freelance writing, you have the ability to set your own rate and pick which gigs you want to consider. With the availability to set your own schedule, you make money from researching and writing about virtually any topic from the comforts of your home. You can begin your freelance writing gig by pitching stories to local magazines that interest you and checking social media sites for specific opportunities. Graphic Designer: Graphic design has become one of the most sought out freelance opportunities as companies, small business owners, and individuals looking to build their personal brand want unique website banners and company logos. If you have a history in design and interest in growing in your creative field, consider building a business in graphic design. There are a number of opportunities on social media and on professional sites that will grant you the opportunity to build your portfolio. Photographer or Videographer: If you own a DSLR camera, consider turning your fun hobby into a small business. There are several people looking for photographers and videographers who can capture special events, like social events, concerts, and even school events. With the ability to decide, which gigs you want to shoot you will have the opportunity to build your portfolio and decide which hours work best for your schedule It takes a while to build your portfolio, but beginning a relevant freelance gig in your career can be especially beneficial. Here are some resources to help begin your freelance journey smoothly. Which Resources Are Available To You? Unless you already have potential clients who have expressed interest in working with you, then you need to start somewhere. Right now, most if not all freelancers are working from home. Fortunately, the necessary resources for getting started and for sustaining your freelancing goals are online. Good websites to use for launching your services are Fiverr and Upwork. Both of these sites will guide you through the pricing and communication processes. Keep in mind, though, that websites tailored for freelancers usually take a predetermined percentage of each project's earnings. For example, Fiverr takes a 20% commission on every gig you make. For this reason, while it's good to start on a freelance tailored website, this should only be the first step in your journey. Another resource for getting your independent work off the ground is to use social media. If you're a current college student or recent graduate, you're probably already familiar with the social networking scene. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest are great for spreading the word regarding the kind of business you offer. Likewise, making different pages and accounts for your work on social media can help you market that work as separate from your private life. If you choose to market yourself or your business on social media, then it's important to use a secure platform for financial transactions. If you'd rather sell handmade projects, like pieces of art, then e-commerce sites such as Etsy, Depop, or Redbubble come in handy. Similarly, if there's a long-form, long-term project that you think could do well commercially, then consider starting a Patreon or a Ko-fi account. These platforms are useful for those who create content like podcasts or video essays on a regular basis for a particular niche. Committing Your Time One of the largest benefits of freelance work is the ability to make your hours. As a busy college student, it's hard to dedicate the majority of our time to full-time careers. Freelance opportunities grant you the ability to make money and build your resume while maintaining a flexible schedule. Although you can decide which projects you want to take on, remember to keep your schedule of assignments and deadlines in a planner. While working freelance, it is easy to tackle more than one project, but it is important to always be mindful of deadlines for all of your freelance projects. Freelance allows you to build your portfolio and build relationships with multiple people in your industry. Make sure to produce good quality work that represents you well and will make you stand out to future employers. Setting Your Pay Rate Despite the fact that you get to define how you will get paid for the services or products you're willing to offer, you still have to set your rates competitively. While you certainly should not undersell yourself, there is still such a thing as overselling yourself, especially as you just begin. To get the full picture of what your pay rate should be, begin by doing research. Check out what kinds of services are being offered by others in your field and at your level, and the costs of those services. If you start out freelancing with a pricier rate, other people offering similar products or work could out-sell you, despite the quality of your production. Of course, as you successfully network through your freelancing and gain a loyal clientele, you can begin to raise your prices to better match your work. What's more, as you gain more experience, your work will become better, and so will your process for producing it. Even though more conventional job options have become less opportunity, that doesn't mean you have to give up on building upon your employability. Nor do you have to give up on the idea of having a reliable source of income. While college is difficult, a balanced education and career made even more so during coronavirus, you can take control over your job search by dabbling in freelancing. For many, freelancing is a viable job option after they graduate as well. So, starting this kind of work early can surely contribute to your efforts in becoming career-ready. Still looking for ways to pivot in your career this year? Download our free career change guide to get started! View the full article
  9. As a member of the Work It Daily Executive Level, you get access to exclusive coaching from highly qualified coaches such as J.T. O'Donnell, the founder & CEO of Work It Daily. In addition to coaching, there are weekly live events, unlimited networking opportunities with other executives from around the world, and online courses to help you grow your career. The Executive Presence Program - A Certified Program As you work through this program, you will be coached by J.T. and her team to ensure that you're hitting on the right points and really focusing on what makes your executive presence strong and commanding. With the completion of this program, you will also receive a certificate of completion that can also be used to showcase your executive presence. Ready To Take Your Executive Presence To The Next Level? If you're ready to take your executive presence to the next level, then we can't wait for you to join us inside the Work It Daily Executive Level membership. [Button or link that drives to Executive Pricing] If you have any additional questions about our Executive Presence Program or our Executive Level membership, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@workitdaily.com View the full article
  10. As a member of the Work It Daily Executive Level, you get access to exclusive coaching from highly qualified coaches such as J.T. O'Donnell, the founder & CEO of Work It Daily. In addition to coaching, there are weekly live events, unlimited networking opportunities with other executives from around the world, and online courses to help you grow your career. The Executive Presence Program - A Certified Program As you work through this program, you will be coached by J.T. and her team to ensure that you're hitting on the right points and really focusing on what makes your executive presence strong and commanding. With the completion of this program, you will also receive a certificate of completion that can also be used to showcase your executive presence. Ready To Take Your Executive Presence To The Next Level? If you're ready to take your executive presence to the next level, then we can't wait for you to join us inside the Work It Daily Executive Level membership. If you have any additional questions about our Executive Presence Program or our Executive Level membership, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@workitdaily.com View the full article
  11. Are you interested in writing for a strictly digital platform, while creating content that could make a big difference in people's lives? If the answer is yes, then Work It Daily has a great opportunity for you! We're seeking 10 multimedia journalism interns for a 4 ½ week virtual internship (May 27 - June 26). The lucky 10 will help us create compelling content for our career advice blog, while also helping us with graphics and social posts. Does this pique your interest? Great! Let's get down to business! Who Are We? Work It Daily is a subscription-based online career coaching membership program. Professionals and executives ages 22 to 55+ use the site to get help with all aspects of their job search and career development. Members have access to 15+ online courses and 200+ hours of video tutorials on a wide range of career topics. Additionally, members get to work privately with our career support specialists via an online support desk to get their specific questions and concerns answered so they can stay motivated and on track. Our mantra is: "Career coaching isn't a sign of weakness, it's a path to greatness!" Our mission is to drop the financial and physical barriers to accessing good career advice from proven experts. Work It Daily offers professionals and executives an affordable way to get the mentoring and support needed to solve their career problems. Not to mention, as a fully virtual platform, we are the ideal resource to use during the time of social distancing. What Will You Do? Multimedia journalism interns will work 10 hours/week writing articles for Work It Daily's free career advice blog. Interns will work in teams of two and will be responsible for coming up with the topic ideas. The teams of two will be in charge of the social promotion for their article. This includes coming up with thumbnail and social graphic ideas. They will also learn how to optimize their content for search engines (SEO). Qualifications Must have a minimum of three years of college at an accredited school, majoring in journalism or a related communications field. Have a passion for helping people. Work It Daily's mission is to not only help people get jobs, but give them the tools they need to grow their careers and excel. An interest to learn more about digital marketing and search engine optimization. Strong editing and proofreading skills. Can work efficiently outside of the typical office setting. Works well independently, but can also take direction and feedback. Must have experience with G-Suite platform (Google Docs, GChat, etc.). Must be a proactive team member who consistently presents new ideas. Perks $10 an hour. This internship is entirely remote! Work from home or from your favorite outdoor area. Free 30-day access to Work It Daily's robust coaching platform. Not only will you get important on-the-job experience, but you'll also have access to critical information that can help you with your own career planning and job search. How To Apply Those interested in the internship should send their resume and a disruptive cover letter to support@workitdaily.com NOTE: watch our Youtube tutorial above on the disruptive cover letter technique to guide you! View the full article
  12. Once companies start hiring again after COVID-19, there will be a LOT of competition for jobs. There will be people with the same experience, same degrees, and same hard skills competing for the same job. So, how will you stand out from the competition? "I can sit there and tell you 'technology, big and important', 'being fast on a computer, really important' - but when it comes to getting the job, it will be about the soft skills because there's too much competition and too many people with the same hard skills." There are 5 key skills that you can develop to stand out from other candidates. In this episode, I break down what those skills are and why they're so important to master if you want to land a job after COVID-19. Work It Daily's free resources: https://www.workitdaily.com/resources Work It Daily's free laid off & looking webinar: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-get-job-laid-off/ Work It Daily's membership information: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/ Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957 Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS84Njk1NTEucnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXykListen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... What To Do If You Can't Pay Your Mortgage How COVID-19 Impacts Workers Over 50 How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  13. Once companies start hiring again after COVID-19, there will be a LOT of competition for jobs. There will be people with the same experience, same degrees, and same hard skills competing for the same job. So, how will you stand out from the competition? "I can sit there and tell you 'technology, big and important', 'being fast on a computer, really important' - but when it comes to getting the job, it will be about the soft skills because there's too much competition and too many people with the same hard skills." There are 5 key skills that you can develop to stand out from other candidates. In this episode, I break down what those skills are and why they're so important to master if you want to land a job after COVID-19. Work It Daily's free resources: https://www.workitdaily.com/resources Work It Daily's free laid off & looking webinar: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-get-job-laid-off/ Work It Daily's membership information: https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/ Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957 Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS84Njk1NTEucnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXykListen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... What To Do If You Can't Pay Your Mortgage How COVID-19 Impacts Workers Over 50 How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article
  14. As layoffs continue in waves, many people are wondering how they'll make ends meet and manage their expenses. One of those expenses could be a mortgage. What should you do if you can no longer afford it?"The average American has less than $400 in savings. People are really living paycheck to paycheck, and so they are really concerned. They're thinking, "what am I going to do?" And one of the first things they should do is look at their budget - where are their assets? What are their monthly payments? What's the cashflow that's going out?" - Todd Palmer In this bonus episode, I talk with mortgage executive and Work It Daily executive member, Todd Palmer, about options for those concerned about their mortgage payment during this crisis. Come join the conversation and learn what you need to know. Todd's article on the topic: https://www.workitdaily.com/cant-pay-your-mortgage-options Connect with Todd on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddpalmer0/ HPF's HOPE Hotline: 888-995-4673 (https://995hope.org/) Want To Hear More? Download my podcast here: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jt-talks-jobs/id1503540957 Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS84Njk1NTEucnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4DhWLJSHCbLNltoebygXykListen Now . . ​ Meet Your Host: J.T. O'Donnell ​ ​ J.T. O'Donnell is the founder and CEO of Work It Daily, an online platform dedicated to helping people solve their biggest career problems. She has more than 15 years of experience in HR, recruiting and career coaching. More From This Show... How COVID-19 Impacts Workers Over 50 How To Improve Your Career Narrative Neutral Thinking In Times Of Crisis With Trevor Moawad 8 HR Secrets Impacting Your Career The Traits You NEED To Be A Successful Leader The Job Hunting Secrets NO ONE Tells You About! View the full article