Cultivate Gratitude at Work

2Roads-blogs (10)Appreciation in the workplace is good for employee engagement, motivation and retention. Employee recognition and appreciation can create a unique company culture and strengthen employee relationships.

Here are some easy ways to express your gratitude at work:

Be sincere. As a leader or a team member, expressing your gratitude sincerely and frequently will make people stop in their tracks. When your employees know that your gratitude is genuine, and they are more likely to put in extra effort. This mentality creates a stronger and more loyal team. As an employee, demonstrating gratitude can help set you apart from others in your organization.

Celebrate small wins. Take your employees or co-workers out to lunch, coffee, or even take a walk together to recognize them for a job well done. Acknowledge achievements at staff meetings. Celebrate, and let your co-workers know their win, however small, didn’t go unnoticed.

Acknowledge that your success depends on others. Admitting that everything you’ve learned that’s made you successful has come from someone or something else helps improve your standing in a team. Being grateful for those from whom you’ve learned is essential if you want to stay humble and teachable and will actually propel you forward in your career.

Appreciation and gratitude help create unity in the workplace. Come up with an appreciation plan that fits your company values, mission, culture and most importantly, something all employees can participate in and benefit from. Expressing those feelings to all team members can help make your organization more successful.

What Good Marketing Skills Can Do For You

2Roads-blogs (8)A certain amount of branding and curation goes into our online personas, which inform others on our opinions, careers, ideas, and how we view the world. Given that reality, we’re all unofficially marketers. Learning how to think and operate like a marketer is important, no matter what your personality or your career path.

You’ll Learn to Listen

Marketers are constantly listening, looking for ways to maximize opportunities, create relationships, and connect to people. Listening as a marketer is an active process. By being trained in customer analysis, focus groups, and audience alignment, you’ll start to learn how to really listen to what your stakeholders want.

You’ll Make Better Decisions

Marketing professionals have high levels of audience insight, thanks to technical developments like Google Analytics. A huge part of marketing means interpreting that data to understand and target the right segments of an audience. Knowing how to find and interpret data about your stakeholders means that you’ll better understand your business. You’ll also get in the habit of honing in on the numbers and insights that are most important.

You’ll Gain Tact

Good marketers learn how to gain insight into different personality types and take different approaches for engaging with them, based on their interests. They learn how to be tactful. Knowing how to read people and understand their needs and wants will help you communicate effectively with managers, team members, and direct reports alike.

You’ll Become More Aware

Marketers have to be aware of what’s going on in their industries. No matter what industry you operate in, learning to check in with your surroundings can only help you. While it’s tempting to get bogged down in the details of your specific position, training yourself to focus on the bigger picture will help you do better in that role. You’ll end up getting interested in a lot that’s going on around you, which makes you a more interesting person all around.

Job Search Facts That’ll Affect How You’re Applying

7The job search process is intimidating and confusing. Fortunately, there are some little known facts available that make this process more clear and more approachable.

Knowing Someone on the Inside Can Get You Hired

Maybe the job you’re looking for is posted online, but that doesn’t mean you should keep your interest to yourself. With so many applicants, more and more companies rely on the networks of their existing employees. Companies want to hire people who “get it” and who’ll click with the current staff.

You can start by creating a list of former co-workers, classmates, teammates, and more. Reach out to friends and acquaintances for informal advice and to learn more about their career roles. Learning about other people’s experiences can help you grow your career and enhance your own learning.

Hundreds of People Are Applying For the Same Job

Hundreds of people are sending in their applications along with yours, so you’ll want to want to think twice before just sending one in. Make sure you really want this position. If you don’t, you won’t be motivated
enough to do what it takes to stand out.

An Embarrassing Email Will Disqualify You

More often than not, resumes are thrown out simply because the email addresses they’re attached to are unprofessional. Your email address is like a handshake or a first impression. Make it lasting and professional.

Knowledge is power, and applying these facts to your job search will help you to switch up your process and land the job of your dreams!

Successful People Have One Quality in Common

6Being successful in both your personal and professional life requires you to overcome adversity, learn from it, and push forward… RESILIENCE. Here are three ways to help develop it, utilize it, and be successful.

Embrace Your Failures

Every time you fail it is an opportunity to learn. On the road to success you will find failures. You can allow them paralyze you, or you can receive each one as an opportunity to shift what can you do next time. By viewing a failed interview or presentation as a learning opportunity you will be more confident in the next one.

No Limits

In job searching, for example, it’s easy to become discouraged and think, There’s no way I’m going to get this job. This is a limit that you immediately place upon yourself. Keep an open mind and push harder and further than you thought was possible. You’ll never know what you can accomplish until you push yourself and live limitless.

Know Why You’re Doing What You’re Doing

Whether your career choice is to have a respectable career and provide for your family, or to be able to travel the world and work, find a sense of purpose for what you’re doing. This will help you in finding your self worth so that you may move forward to obtain your goals.

Resilience only goes as far as your belief in the purpose for which you are applying it to. In your mission to start your own business, find your dream job, or get the big promotion, find reason in doing so. Believe in your mission, because the failures and discomforts along the way will test you constantly. If you truly embrace it, resilience will come naturally.

6 People Within Your Company That You Should Get To Know

2Roads-blogs (7)Networking and building relationships is so critical in most careers and what’s even more important is measuring the impact these relationships have on your success. Take a look at your contact list and assemble a diverse group of talent. Find out who is essential and remember that quality, not quantity, matters. Here is a list of important kinds of people you should know.

The Finance Expert

Having a financially savvy friend can have a positive impact on your own finances. If your friends tend to throw their money away, it makes it a little more tempting for you to do the same. A friend who is clear about his or her financial goals and consistently pursues them can inspire you pay more attention to our own financial well-being.

The Connector
These days, it’s all about relationships. Connectors thrive on socializing and making introductions in your network. For each connection you have, you also connect to their connections, and so on, without having to do it all at one time. These relationships become great sources when you need information or when you’re job searching.

The Mentor
A good mentor will acknowledge you for your accomplishments while also calling you forward and not allowing you to settle. Choose a mentor who has inspired your career direction and who lives a life that you respect and want to model.

The Leader
For those tough career questions, look to your former bosses or other leaders in your industry who you’ve met and exchanged business cards with at events. Leaders are the people who you look up to purely from a professional point of view. Being around successful people rubs off, for goals are reached in the mind first.

The Frenemy
Frenemies are good because they push you to be your best. Competition forces you to rise to the occasion and go after what we want in our career. When we look at others, and what they have, it motivates us to go after what we want. It also gives us confidence that we can reach our career goals because people we know have already done it.

The Innovator
You want to maintain that relationship with the person who is always on the cutting-edge of your industry’s innovations. These people in your circle will tackle new challenges which will inspire you to try new things as well.

Job Relocation Plan

2Roads-blogs (6)Your job has you relocating across the country, you’ve committed and now you need to plan! Becoming assimilated with your surroundings may be difficult but there are ways to plan for this relocation that make things less complicated. The earlier you can begin to plan out the logistical details of your move, the better. Here are some of the basic components of a comprehensive relocation plan.

If you’ve never planned a long-distance move before, you might be a bit surprised at how fast moving costs can stack up. That’s why establishing a moving budget is one of the first stages of relocation planning. Always ask your employer for about their relocation assistance policy. They may not be able to pick up the entire cost, but every little bit counts.

Build a Social Support Network
Use your friends to network to make new friends in the same way that you would try to network for a job. Use online services to find others in the area that have similar interests or hobbies. Your new company may even offer clubs and interest groups to meet new people. The faster you can build a support network, the more at home you will feel and the happier you will be with your decision to move.

Manage Important Documents
When you move out, you’ll be transplanting your entire life to a new community in the near future. Establish a paperwork file and use it to store medical and dental data, insurance information, birth certificates, and any other important documents you can think of. You can avoid last-minute scrambling and digging through your unpacked boxes when you finally arrive.

Stay Organized
Keep To-Do lists for both your departure and arrival locations so that you can be on top of everything. When it comes to moving in general, less is more. Even if you’re in the earliest stages of planning for a move, it’s always a great time to pare down your belongings a bit.
A long-distance move for a career opportunity is exciting and exhausting. A basic moving plan is key to a smooth, successful relocation, especially if your company is willing to help!

Negotiating a Job Relocation Package

2Roads-blogs (5)Sometimes the job of your dreams calls for relocating, which can be extremely stressful. Relocating is always easier if your prospective employer helps with the move. Negotiating a relocation package that protects the company and motivates the employee is important in running a successful business. Here are 4 relocation benefits to negotiate before accepting a job in a new area.

House Hunting
Making sure that you, your significant other and your family are all on board with the decision is one of the keys in a relocation. Negotiate one trip for the entire family if the company can afford it and another trip for you alone. This will make finding permanent housing a lot less stressful.

Temporary Housing
A month or two rent-free can ease the pressure of a new security deposit or buying a new home. If you have a family, it gives you time to get to know the surroundings and the local school districts.

Storage of Home Goods
It can take some time to find the perfect place to live in your new area. Knowing that your belongings are safe, secure and insured at the transportation company’s warehouse, you are given more time to look for a place to live.

An adjustment bonus will help you settle into his new surroundings. They cover expenses like utility company deposits, vehicle registration and making arrangements for transferring mail.
It’s important to know that relocation packages vary greatly from company to company—and some of them include some pretty great perks to ease the move. So, once you have an offer in hand, be sure to ask about the specific relocation details and components.