Vacation

Folks, I am going to be taking a month off. If you must know, I am getting married! I will be back before you know it but a vacation is long overdue.

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Be a Great Boss!

Have you come so far that you are now managing other employees?  Congratulations!  That is fantastic news!  Now, learn from all of your previous managers and strive to be the best boss to your employees.  If you need some help deciding what qualities are the key to unlocking a great working environment for all parties then you are in luck!

Wouldn’t you know, there was an article written just about that topic.  The thing that always comes to mind for me is that I love it when I am left to do what I do best.  Currently, that is the case 100%.  I know my job, my boss knows hers and we do what we need to do to get things done.  It’s wonderful.  Surround yourself with people who fill in gaps and posses skill that others do not.

So here are five qualities of exceptional bosses:

1. Develop every employee.
2. Deal with problems immediately.
3. Rescue your worst employee.
4. Serve others, not yourself.
5. Always remember where you came from.

All wonderful tips and ones others often forget about.  Now read the full article to make sure that one day you too will be a remarkable boss.

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Leadership…a la The Godfather

My mom loooves The Godfather so I think she’ll appreciate this post.  The Godfather has a lot of great quotes for life, such as “leave the gun take the cannoli.” Upon writing that line, I made a Robert Deniro face and thought “Eh, whattaya gonna do?”

As usual, I digress.  I recently came across a great article that relates a lot of great Godfather quotes to the five keys of leadership.  You have to admit, that there was quite the sense of community in that movie.  Granted, most mafiosos are that way but there msut be SOME qualities that they exemplify that make people want to believe in them…other than fearing that they’ll get whacked.

I cannot say it better myself so I might as well leave this one to the experts.

1. Build a powerful community – “Someday, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. ~Vito Corleone
2. Hold people accountable – “What’s the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft. ~Vito Corleone
3. Don’t get emotional – “It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business. ~Michael Corleone
4. Be decisive.
5. Spend time with your family – “Do you spend time with your family? Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. ~Vito Corleone

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Social Media Plan

This is a MUST share for everyone who is looking for a better way to manage a social media calendar. We all have our own way but if we don’t at least explore other options then we will never learn.

So in my attempt to learn I sampled upon a great article about the 9 social media tips to help small business and I plan on implementing tip number four in my future social media post planning. I truly think that having an idea of what your general plan will be will make creating a post for each day of the week much easier.

Now, are you ready for the best part? At the end of the article you may notice three links, don’t overlook them. It’s true that the best is left for last because the last link leads you to an Excel spreadsheet that will help you with your social media plan!  Now let’s all thank the Inbound Marketing Company.

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Your Resume Through the Recruiter’s Eyes

Not too long ago I came across an amazing article that showed two resumes.  This was a study which was done on 30 professional recruiters.  Eye tracking was used, and the article revealed what the recruiters looked at in the first six seconds of looking at anyone’s resume.  With the number of applicants to every job, these results are crucial and I think will truly help anyone out there to tailor their resume so that it doesn’t get lost in the numerous piles…or worse yet, simply put in the rejection pile.

I’ll link you to the article at the end of this posting but I wanted to highlight what was found first.  If you look through the comments on the article you will also get some great advice from other recruiters who say that they spend more than six seconds on a resume…more like 10-20!

Your resume will get A LOT more viewing time if it is structured in an easy to navigate way.  Tell them who you are in your title & more importantly, create a summary section which tells them in a concise way why you should be hired and what you have already accomplished.  Think LinkedIn summary.  This should be followed by intro’s to each job.  Just a one to two sentence synopsis of what you are doing in your current role or what you’ve done in the past.  Just because you’re a financial analyst in one place doesn’t mean you’ll fit into the shoes of a financial analyst in another.  Yes, the basic tasks might be the same but a financial analyst in the job you are going for is actually covering someone else’s tasks as well.  This is where tailoring your resume to each job becomes increasingly important.  Lastly, close with your education.

Do these simple things and I think you’ll be on your way to getting that next job!  Good luck! What did you do today?

P.S. As promised, read the fascinating article about How Recruiters See Your Resume.