How To Kick-Off Your Career Change

2Roads-blogs (19)Switching careers can be very overwhelming and exciting at the same time. You may do a career switch a few times or many times, working for startups or large agencies. Maybe you’ll even decide to start your own company.

No matter what path you follow, always come up with a plan and get to know the tools and resources around you. These tools can help you when you’re finally ready to make the leap. Here are some ways to kick-off your career change.

Follow The People You Admire

Surely there are people within your field of work that you look up to. Find them and follow them on their social media platforms. Sign up to their newsletter if they have one. Attend one of their talks if they’re local, or find some of their talks online. You can even check to see if they blogs or books that you can refer to. These industry experts will offer their advice and ego boosters as you’re making your career switch.

Check Out Online Classes

There are so many great courses online that are free or cost little to nothing. Brush up on your area of expertise by signing up for courses that specialize in what you want to improve in, or that provide you with information needed for your next job. Always stay open to learning new things.

Get Career Advice

Talk with a career coach may help you overcome any mental barriers you’re having during this transitional period. Will the help of a coach, you’ll be forced to compile all the skills you’ve honed throughout the different jobs. That’s a lot! You’ll find that by listing these skills, you’re assuringly qualified for more jobs than you though.

Make your career change well worth it. Find what you’re truly passionate about and set a goal. Heck, it’ll surely scare you, so let it!

Lead and Inspire Others

2Roads-blogs (17)Whatever role you’re in, there are so many ways to become a good leader that inspires trusted followers. Here are some ways to successfully avoid a toxic workplace.

Inspire

Get your followers to buy into your vision by placing great importance on each team member. Listen to their voices and eliminate all fear. This shows that you value your team and trust them enough to get involved with your long-term goals.

Take Initiative

Take risks that get you closer to your goals. Go out and create opportunities instead of waiting for them to fall upon your lap. Always take initiative and involve everyone on the team. Motivate them to keep moving forward and to push each other.

Communicate

Always keep everybody on the same page. By setting clear goals and keeping employees engaged, your team will start to set their own workplace goals. Make sure your team members know what is expected of them.

Listen

Along with keeping everybody on the same page, great communication requires listening. Learn as much as you can about your team members. Learn about their personal interests and visions within the company. You may find that they identify with certain opportunities in different projects. A great communicator is able to build strong relationships at work.

Tips For Becoming A Great Communicator

2Roads-blogs (16)As an effective communicator, you allow intuition and creative wisdom to guide you, which often leads to better listening skills and empathy. It’s a great way to develop compassion in sticky situations.

Here are some tricks you can implement to become a better communicator:

Be Open

Be open and add new information to the conversation. Relate things to your own personal experiences and ask questions to allow the conversation to move forward. This creates a story that gives you the opportunity to learn more about each other.

Be Specific

Be specific with your statements and questions to eliminate assumptions and miscommunication. Be clear and concise with all your statements and make sure to relay as much information as you can about each statement.

Have Empathy

Allow yourself to be present in the moment and to feel your emotional reactions. Expressing your feelings invites humor, authenticity, connection between you and the person you’re talking to. You become a better listener.

How To Avoid Counterproductive Work Meetings

2Roads-blogs (14)Communication and collaboration at work are vital for success, and organizing meetings is a valuable way to get everyone on the same page. Sometimes, meetings can take up more time than they’re worth, especially on extremely busy days.

Meetings don’t have to be counterproductive. Here’s a list of tips that will make meetings a better use of everyone’s time.

Short Meetings

Planning shorter meetings is great for boosting efficiency. Determine how much time your meeting will take, and cut 5-10 minutes off the allotted time. Sometimes displaying a timer for everyone to see can help you stay on track.

Stick To Your Agenda

Be very specific when sending out agendas that outline your meeting. In your email to the group, send out the meeting topic, along with bullet points to summarize what will be discussed. Break down what they need in order to prepare for the meeting, what updates will be given, and what questions will be answered. By sending this a week to a few days in advance, everyone will be following the same schedule, making your meeting more efficient.

Use Visuals

Create graphics, charts and slideshows to go along with your topic for each meeting. Words can become convoluted while you’re trying to keep everyone’s attention during the meeting. Come up with visuals that make communicating your topic easy to follow.

Allow For Collaboration

In addition to creating effective visuals, use them to take polls or short surveys during meetings. This gets the crew participating without letting the discussion lead to tangents. Give the group a few moments to write down any questions they have at the end of the meeting, and follow up with them in an email.

These tricks can help make your meetings less time consuming and more productive!

Maximize Your Career Growth

2Roads-blogs (13)Changing jobs every few years is completely normal, but job hopping the second you’ve grown bored of your job is not okay.  Employers will start to believe that you’re not talking your career seriously.  

There are ways to maximize your career growth while making a positive impact on the company you’re working for, regardless of how long you stick around.  

Learn New Tricks

Learn something that you didn’t know before to ensure your time with a company was well spend.  Whatever it is you do, make moves to constantly learn and grow.  Avoid becoming stagnant by seeking development opportunities.  

Create and Accomplish New Challenges

Always demonstrate and test your abilities as often as you can to show that you’re a productive go-getter.  Seek challenges that require you to set goals that lead to progress.  Switch jobs to further your career and not out of boredom.  

Connect

Get to know the people you’re working with via social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.  Your colleagues can be great tools for referrals and references somewhere down the road.  Teaming up with them can also help you find more opportunities both inside and outside of your company.

Value your experiences at every company you work for and make sure you’ve maximized your career growth before hopping to the next job.  Make sure that each position challenges your and enables growth.

 

Skill You Need to Get Ahead

2Roads-blogs (12)Employers in all industries are looking for qualities that enable you interact with the people around you. These traits include communication skills, leadership and self-awareness.

Here are some skills that are essential for your career success. They’ll teach you to become a better employee and an a better person.

Listen

The best communicators are great listeners. This is the foundation of building trust. Ask questions and get to know the person. You’re giving them your time, and that makes them feel valued.

Accountability
Take responsibility for your actions and learn from your mistakes. Follow up with others to confirm tasks have been completed. Follow through with that you say you’re going to do.

Emotional Awareness

You have your good and bad days, and all those emotions affect your decision making. Instead of making a decision based on emotion, take time to ask yourself what you’re really feeling. Take a few moments to reconnect and recenter.

Empathy

Explore new experiences outside of work where you gain knowledge, growth and empathy. Traveling, attending conferences and volunteering are some ways to connect with others outside the industry. Branch out and get to know people with different perspectives and backgrounds.

These skills will make your job more effective and enjoyable. All it takes is practice. Push yourself to step outside the box and strive to be a better you.

How To Become A Better Writer

2Roads-blogs (11)If you work in an office or run your own business, you’re likely to spend a good portion of your day writing. You’re writing emails, proposals, blogs, invoices, reports and social media updates. Some people enjoy writing, while others detest it.

Here are some ways to become a better writer, right away:

Be Clear and Get to the Point
Before you start to write, identify your reason for writing and your desired outcome. If you’re struggling to get to the point, map out your ideas.

What is your reason for writing?
What do you want the recipient/reader to know?
What do you want the recipient/reader to do?

Relax and Write
Writing when you’re happy and relaxed is the key to sparking creativity, and makes writing a lot easier. Getting into that state of mind may involve playing energizing music, going for a quick walk to jog, or anything that will get you to relax.

Limit Your Time
The longer you put off a writing task, the worse it becomes. Your best writings are created when you’re relaxed, so when that time comes, let the ideas flow. More often than not, your first draft is a good one.