Picking up the phone is a slowly dying practice.
It’s scary that so many, especially among us Millennials, are dead-set against dialing up coworkers or taking calls, seemingly to avoid personal – human – interaction.
Does anyone remember a time when the only thing you could do with a phone… was communicate?
Our early 20′s are tough. We’re starting out on our own, and while gaining independence from our structured youth is great… we do so without instructions, or a map.
Life can hit hard sometimes… both personally and professionally. You have to use the hard lessons learned and move on. Over the years I’ve had my own share of struggles, and it’s through these lessons that I’ve been able to attain so much success in such a short period of time.
I want to share with you 20 lessons I’ve learned as I look back over the last 25 years of my life. I’m sure some, or many, of these lessons will resonate. When times get tough, come back to this list and remember temporary pain creates long term pleasure.
Job title inflation is rampant, and that’s not to say it’s wrong – I always encourage candidates to use verbiage that both accurately describes their role and contributions, but that also best speaks to the interests of the position.
One thing they’re doing wrong is slapping a job title on the resume that says nothing about what they did, and/or conveys a completely different level of expertise than that which they’re targeting.
When I was in college, I was involved a lot on campus. Fast forward to when I first moved to Boston and I knew four people; two of whom were family.
I really missed that community feeling, and knew my college had provided it before. So I checked out opportunities to stay involved even though I was no longer on campus. Most universities have alumni chapters in major cities across the U.S. and it’s definitely worth your time to get involved. Not only is it a great place to network- there are people of every age and industry involved- but you have a common thread to talk about and a reason for them to help you.
Recently, I led a career coaching workshop for accomplished women. They were worried about finding careers and making their way in work and life as they headed toward graduation.
Specifically, they wanted to be able to “make money without selling out.” And they’re not the only ones saying this — I hear this more than ever today in an environment that praises do-gooder creatives and laments bureaucrats and bankers.
Want to build a career without selling out? Here are the steps to make it happen:
If you are a young person, then I’m dead certain that in the last couple days you’ve gotten frustrated with at least one older person. They drive too slow, they take forever to do things, they’re scared to death of every new idea that comes across their desk, they wear their pants too high – the list goes on and on. Maybe you think the only value they could possibly add to any company is to retire and let someone better take their place. Someone like you, for example. And I sympathize. Old people do wear their pants too high,