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“Life is a journey, not a destination.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ten Admirable Attributes

Below are ten admirable attributes of the perfect employee.  But actually, they can be used outside the office as well.  Do you fit this description?

1. Ambitious

2. Autonomous

3. Humble

4. Passionate

5. Confident

6. Honest

7. Creative

8. Reliable

9. Eager

10. Positive

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Skills for Today’s Job Market

When I was in Middle School and High School, my teachers always talked about skills and behaviors that would work best in the workplace.  It seems that a common rumor among our young people is they lack these skills.  My generation, which used to be called Gen Y and is now considered Millennial’s, are tech savvy but apparently lack work ethic.  I’m glad to say I’m tech savvy and have a strong work ethic but even I can admit to being lazier than my mother.  Here are a list of skills every person should have in the workplace in addition to their specialty.

1. Accepting Criticism

"To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing." - Aristotle

2. Flexibility

"It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change." - Charles Darwin

3. Problem Solving

"We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them." - Albert Einstein

4. Self-Confidence

"If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent van Gogh

5. Work Ethic

"A bad hair day is not an excuse for calling in sick." - Tadahiko Nagao

6. Working Well Under Pressure

"Life is not a matter of having good cards, but playing a poor hand well."  - Robert Louis Stevenson

7. Teamwork

"He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own." - Confucious

8. Time Management

"You cannot kill time without injuring eternity." - Henry David Thoreau

9. Good Communication

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw

10. Positive Attitude

"Pessimists are usually right and optimists are usually wrong but all the great changes have been accomplished by optimists." - Thomas L. Friedman

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12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

I’m always looking for ways to improve myself.  I came across this article from Entrepreneur and I love the ideas.  How many do you do each day?

1. They wake up early.

2. They exercise before it falls off the to-do list.

3. They work on a top-priority business project (first thing and early.)

4. They work on a personal passion project. 

5. They spend quality time with family.

6. They connect with their spouses.

7. They network over coffee.

8. They meditate to clear their minds.

9. They write down things they’re grateful for.

10. They plan and strategize while they’re fresh.

11. They check their email.

12. They read the news.

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Need experience? Volunteer!

"I need experience to get experience."  Ever find yourself saying that when job hunting?  When you keep getting turned down for jobs due to lack of experience, try volunteering.  Volunteering may be the best way to get the experience you need to get the job you want.  It is also a win-win situation.  The nonprofit organization you are volunteering your time toward gets the help it needs to achieve it’s mission and you get to add experience to your resume (as well as references, networking opportunities, and even new friends).  For some, it may not be an option since you need to earn money to pay bills.  But if you can, it’s an excellent way to get closer to where you want to be.  Speaking from experience, it not only helped me to get paying jobs but it also helped me to figure out what I want out of my career.  Below is an article from Undercover Recruiter on why it pays to volunteer.

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How to Appear Professional

It seems like school and the workplace are getting more and more casual.  My preference is to keep things formal and professional; this is an important factor to success.  Here are some of my thoughts on appearing professional based on the article from wikiHow.

1. When it comes to your workplace, ask what the dress code is or observe your colleagues and try to emulate their attire.  If the dress code is casual, still avoid wearing jeans and sneakers.  If you wear jeans, pair them with a blazer or cardigan.  Colorful clothing is fine but avoid outrageous graphics.  If you look like you are going to a night club, you should also probably tone it down.  And of course, your clothes should be clean and wrinkle-free.

2.  When it comes to your hair style and face, play it safe.  Ladies, have a conservative hair style.  Braids work well as well as a bun or pony tail.  Men, if you have medium-short hair, you still need to brush and style your hair.  The bed-head style is out.  Ladies, if you want to put on make-up, keep your face natural.  Men, whether you choose to have facial hair or not, keep your face kept too.  

3.  Talk the talk and walk the walk.  Keep your chin up and your shoulders back.  When you are walking through the hallway at work or into the classroom, smile at your colleagues and greet them.  Look people in the eye when having a discussion. Pay attention to your body language: are you talking with your arms crossed or your arms to your side?  Arms crossed signals to others that you are closed. 

4.  Part of being professional is being the kind of person people will feel comfortable around.  Whether it’s being culturally sensitive or being patient, you want to treat others how you would like to be treated.  Nice guys do not always finish last.

5. No matter how comfortable you feel at work, always keep conversations professional.  Avoid slang, cursing, mumbling, etc.  I know easier said than done when we make friends at work, but it’s easier to slip in front of customers or the higher-ups if we let ourselves get too comfortable with our officemates.

6. Always get down the number of a few colleagues and supervisors.  If you need to get in touch with someone and it’s after office hours, you have alternate numbers to get in contact.  This way you cover yourself.  You also become a connection to others, and that builds community.

7. Social media can be a blessing and a curse.  It depends on how you use it.  Using websites like LinkedIn and Twitter can help you with networking and staying connected to the latest information.  Websites like Facebook and Instagram are also used for networking as well as fun and to staying connected with family and friends.  No matter what you use your profiles for, avoid complaining about work/school and gossiping. Do not post controversial or  provocative photos and content.  To be safe, keep a professional profile and a personal profile.  The followers on the personal profile can be trusted family and friends and the followers on your professional profile can be classmates, professors, and coworkers.  

Below are seven steps on how to appear professional from wikiHow.  

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