It is perhaps the most hated object in the creative world… that cursor in the top left corner of the blank page. It just sits there, blinking at you. Waiting patiently like your stern, condescending fourth-grade teacher waiting for you to answer the question you never heard because you were busy passing a note to the person next to you. From word processors to email clients, that accursed cursor is watching you, leaving you desperate to find a way to unlock creativity and actually start to get things done.
It’s time to find your dream job. You’ve done your research, prepared for interviews, and gotten some sage job search advice. Unfortunately, you didn’t account for the sheer number of resumes you’d be creating just to get a call-back from a recruiter. It can be overwhelming if you don’t use your time wisely. While effective time management strategies will vary, they all have a few things in common. To successfully manage your time, you need a plan, the right materials, and a reliable method to track your progress.
Exchanging information and ideas within an organization is called workplace communication. However, effective communication only occurs when a message is sent and received accurately. Of course, this is true in every aspect of life both professional and personal. But effective communication in the workplace is central to all business goals.
One of the most important parts of any resume is the skills section. Selecting the right skills to highlight on a particular resume can make or break you as a candidate. But understanding the hard and soft skills that will best position you to earn that coveted interview can often feel like a guessing game. There’s a lot at stake. To be successful, you need to learn the top skills that companies are looking for today.
When the chips are down and the pressure rises, do find yourself engaged in a verbal fencing match with colleagues or supervisors? Do you feel like you just can’t get your point across? How we talk and how we listen are always important, but when the pressure is on, this becomes even more important. During stressful times at work, it it’s easy to create misunderstandings that result in adding more stress to the situation. At times like this, it is helpful to re-examine how we interact with co-workers and learn to communicate effectively.
Are you listening? Even when we have the best of intentions, we can easily become distracted when trying to listen to others. Good listening skills are just not something most of us think about. But, if we can learn how to practice active listening, which involves not only offering attention but also communicating our comprehension, we can look smarter, feel better, and enhance all our interpersonal relationships at work and at home.