Looks matter when creating an impression. But can looks create a wrong impression? Does a “look” depict who you really are as a person? What if people start to perceive your personality and capabilities wrongly based on your looks – especially in the business world?
Credibility has been on my mind and I flashed back to first couple of years of my HR career when I was in charge of starting a training department. I inherited a trainer who repeatedly dressed inappropriately. Her “see through” pants were so sheer that you could see whatever kind of underwear she was wearing and she would wear shirts that showed off her belly button.
Yes, there was an office Christmas Party and more. It’s a great story that I tell every time I discuss credibility, or lack thereof, in a business setting.
We make decisions every day, but just because you make decisions it does not necessarily mean that you are good at making them, that you should act upon the decisions you them or that you should even be one making the decision. Decisions are either instinctive or require a more in-depth analysis and make sure you know the difference.
Ultimately, decisions are the choices you make. Do you do what is right when no one is looking? Would you be comfortable with someone questioning the veracity of your decisions.
Can you live with the exceptions you make in your personal and professional lives?
Often times the only difference between success and failure is confidence. It is the most beautiful attribute on a woman, and it’s necessary to be successful in the workplace. A confident woman portrays strength, determination and persistence, and is not afraid to be herself. While we all know confidence is crucial in order to create a name for yourself in the office, actually obtaining it is another story. Here are a few tips to be more confident at work, command the attention of your co-workers and gain their respect.
“How can I find time to attend this networking event when I am already spread too thin between work, my 2 year old, and my graduate studies?” asked one thirty-something overwhelmed professional/student in my office a few months ago. Great question. And one I didn’t have the perfect, fix- it solution for. If I did, I would perhaps be better at my daily juggling act as well.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work for yourself? Before self-employment becomes a viable option, be sure you’re not buying into any of the myths out there that may lead you astray. As a self-employed home-based business owner since 1995, I’m here to debunk those myths and further help you determine if you should hang out your shingle. Trust me, it’s not for everyone.
In January, the Wall Street Journal posed the question “Is the Paper Resume Dead?” As it turns out, the answer is “No.” Using information from HR recruiters and managers, as well as tracking sales of high quality paper stock at Staples, the author concluded that a paper resume is still a necessity, especially at places like career fairs.
It’s a confusing time to be in HR and experience the transition from paper resumes to employees who have a social media presence – perhaps even a brand! Employees and job candidates also suffer from the same confusion.
A few weeks ago, week my constant state of being over committed caught up with me and I fell ill. My body was telling me to slow down and I fought it with everything I had, but I lost. The result of what happened was exactly what I needed. You see, I had an ENTIRE day to myself. No one at home. No one at my office door. No electronic device tempting me . . . . it was just what I needed.
It’s very, very easy to see having too much to do in too little time as a source of stress. Believe me, I know. But constraints can also be a source of inspiration, creativity and amazing performance. Not having enough time can be a gift. It forces you to find a way to do your most important work first.
Weekends rock in our household. We sleep in and whoever sleeps the latest is the winner – we’re trying to convince my daughter that sleeping late is a good thing. There’s time for pancakes for breakfast and cozying up in a sleeping bag with a movie in the middle of the day. Regular rules fly out the window and everything seems to slow down. And then Monday comes.