I was invited to join this site, Happify, which seeks to help you build more happiness into your life in a variety of ways. Since it is beta right now, you can only join via invite. It just so happens, though, that I have 5 invites to give away.
Here is some more info on Happify…
At Happify, we’re on top of all the latest cutting-edge research. And it’s that research that informs the interactive, science-based online experience we’ve developed for you — to teach you the skills of happiness. Optimism, self-confidence, gratitude, hope, compassion, purpose, empathy – these are all qualities that anyone can own.
You just have to learn how. And doing so will change your life.
Al Roker talks about getting started in his career and some of his best advice for anyone building a career. It is great that he says some things that I say all the time to people and in my writing, too.
Recently, I went searching for image ideas for a new Career Opportunities logo. A quick Google Image Search on Career turns up these images…
Is this really the image of a career today? Are we still in a world of suits, ties and briefcases?
What should the new image of career be? I’m not sure myself. I am been struggling to come up with a new graphic icon for careers and now I come to you for suggestions.
When you think of careers — your career, careers in general — what images come to mind?
I’d love to hear your ideas either here in the comments, on the Career Opportunities Facebook page, our Google+ page, Twitter or whatever social media site you use most often. Even better, post your answer on your own blog and share a link to that post here or elsewhere.
Here is a linked list of all the shows from 2012, just in case you missed some along the way. If you aren’t subscribed to the podcast, please consider it. When you subscribe you receive each new show automatically in iTunes or via your RSS reader.
An older book, but a master work and a must-read regardless of your profession. Peter’s brings together all of his business insight over the last 20 years into a book that seems to touch on the past, the future and everything in-between.
A great article from Forbes on how and where to “invest” in your career. One item they mention is using a career coach. This is something I have been doing more of lately. If you are interested, you can check out this page — Douglas E. Welch Career Coaching.
You are accountable for your own success. As such, it is your responsibility to discover your special gifts, attributes and capabilities that can give you a competitive edge and the greatest probability to have a flourishing career. Career management requires quality networking, being in the right place at the right time, earning a voice at the table, knowing your unique value proposition and how to use it, managing your personal brand, being influential – to name a few essentials. But in the end, all of these factors require one important thing: a personal commitment to manage and invest in your career the right way.
Lots of good advice and pointers to additional material in this article from US News and World Report. For me, the most important messages are the need for self-motivated entrepreneurship and self-leadership in any worker today. You need to feel that your work has a bigger purpose and bigger rewards than simply paying the bills. I personally believe that the only way to do “great” work is to have an intrinsic love for that work. Otherwise you work will be only “good” and perhaps just passable.
What do employers’ value? What are they really looking for? According to Natasha Dalzell-Martinez, a research director with Apollo Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, these are the top 10 qualities employers seek today. As a job seeker, employee, and/or a business of one, you will want to develop and promote these qualities in terms that are quantifiable and meaningful to your future or current boss. Try developing these qualities by picking up the books mentioned.