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Adjusting To Office Culture

In many of our articles we have discussed how to go about applying for a job, building on networking skills and manifesting a great interview. However, what happens when you land the job? Walking into the office for the first time can be both inevitably nerve racking, while also incredibly exciting. Whether it is your first position in an office or you simply made a career change, we are here to offer a few helpful tips to help you navigate a new office culture.

Observation is Key

In your first few days in a new job, you will essentially be showed the general ropes of the office. Make a point to be extra aware of not only the facilities your office has to offer (AKA where the coffee machine is located), but also make sure you are observing the people around the office as well. What are they wearing? Do they bring headphones to work? What is lunch hour like? These are all things that can help you be more prepared in the days to come. Also, in your first few weeks of work your coworkers are bound to notice you as well. Make sure they are observing you for the right reasons, as this will make your transition to the office one of ease.

Smile and Wave Boys, Smile and Wave

I, along with many people I have spoken to, make the huge mistake of forgoing interaction with coworkers. Even if the office culture is a very quiet one, simply saying hello to the people around you can go along way in building office relations. Believe me when I say that while zero human contact may appeal to all of us some days, you are not immune to feeling disconnected from your job. Building even the subtlest relations with your coworkers is a vital part of boosting employee moral.

Do as the Romans Do

While you are walking around the office making your observations, it is important to implement what you observe. For example if everyone in the office is wearing a very professional and conservative outfits, you too should follow suit. Making these small adjustments will help you acclimate to your new surroundings much faster and much easier.

Anytime you start a new position you will have a period of transition, but transition does not have to mean awkward and uncomfortable. Each office will have a completely different vibe that is often built on the foundation of what industry they are in, but these small tips can make a huge difference no matter the office culture.

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State Job Banks Offer Opportunities for All Job Seekers

Have you considered using state job banks to find employment? Many people overlook them due to a common misconception that there are only lower paying jobs, which is just not the case. Learn more fromfrom Iowa Workforce Development District Manager Mike Witt.

See opportunities from state workforce agencies across the U.S. by visiting US.jobs!

5 Lessons Learned for Creating Balance as a Working Mom

What is it like to be a mom, a wife and a boss? Sometimes it’s amazing and other times it’s a huge struggle. Being fully committed and responsible for communicating the company’s mission and vision as well as leading an extremely talented and accomplished marketing team is clearly a big job. In addition, raising a 15 year old daughter and nurturing a 25 year marriage each bring their own challenges.

My top 5 suggestions for creating balance:

  1. Create boundaries.
    I’ve always had a job that has required travel. It’s a perk, but it can also create some challenges. Being away from family during important times and missing out on daily routines often are a result of traveling. I have learned that work events will come and go but there’s only one first day of high school – so I set clear boundaries around my family time to make sure I don’t over-commit myself and miss out on the special once-in-a-lifetime events. Learning this lesson hasn’t been easy. In fact, there was a time when my daughter was about 4 years old and I worked for a company headquartered in South Carolina while I lived in Indianapolis. I would travel to the headquarters about once a month for meetings. I realized it was time to set boundaries when one weekend as my daughter and I were playing outside she hoped on her tricycle and said, “Bye, I’m going to South Carolina!”
  2. 5 tips for creating balanceSet priorities.
    I learned this important lesson from Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits for Highly Effective People. In his book, Covey says that we all have lots of responsibilities, and it’s kind of like juggling a bunch of balls at one time. We need to identify which balls are glass, and make sure we don’t drop those because they will break. In effect, make sure that you know which are the most important items, and all of the others can be dropped – some of them may be rubber balls that can bounce and be caught on the way back up.
  3. Allow mistakes.
    Attempting to be Superwoman and never make a mistake has set me up for failure on several occasions. I have learned to allow myself, and those around me, to make mistakes. I often remind myself, and others, that we aren’t performing brain surgery. In addition, I believe that making mistakes is a sign of activity. Someone who is making decisions and doing things will more likely make mistakes than someone who is idle.
  4. Have the difficult conversations.
    Creating strategies and procedures as well as providing guidance and leadership has its challenges. Tough conversations at work carry over to tough conversations at home. There are times when it would be nicer to just hide in my office or in my meetings and not interact with my team, or hide in my bedroom behind the television and not interact with my husband and daughter. However, I know that relationships take a lot of work. They require time and attention, not copping out or checking out. In the end I’m always glad that I took the time to have the difficult conversations and I think those around me usually agree.
  5. Be light-hearted.
    Know when it’s time to be serious and when it’s time to let your hair down. All work and no play is not the best motto for anyone and I often need to remind myself to let loose. Instead of getting caught up in the frantic race of running from meeting to meeting then rushing home to get my daughter to practice, back to the house to get dinner, homework, showers and then to bed. I try to mix things up as often as possible. I’m known to pull pranks or throw in a knock-knock joke to help lighten the mood and keep things light. It can be amazing how serious we can let our lives get, and some levity is usually necessary just to make it through the rough days.

I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been given to fill all of these great roles and I’m learning new things every day about the best way to manage them. I do make mistakes, but I am fortunate enough to have great people around me who realize the effort that I am making to be the best me I can be.

Do you have lessons you have learned that you can share? Please feel free to leave them in the comments.

 

The Importance of a Professional Presence on Social Media

Hard to believe it’s already spring! If you’re a college senior, this time of year means gearing up for graduation and possibly a new career. It’s also a good time to evaluate your social media presence. Having a professional presence on social media is important and could benefit or harm your reputation. Be thoughtful about how you’d like to portray yourself on social media so employers can get a better feel for your interests and character. Listen to more tips from Manny Contomanolis from the Rochester Institute of Technology on how to leverage social media in your job search.

If you found this video helpful, check out a related post on the importance of doing extra research. Ready to begin your job search? Search over 2 million opportunities on My.jobs.

Career Resources for Veterans and Military Spouses

Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment. One of the many ways they fulfill their mission is through providing valuable digital resources on their website. Hear more from Eric Eversole, President at Hiring Our Heroes:

In June of 2015, HOH reached the milestone of 500,000 veterans and military spouses hired. Be a part of the next milestone and get started today! View hiring events and sign up for custom resources at https://www.myhoh.org/.

Veteran Job Seekers Should Do a Self-Assessment

With 2016 in full swing, many individuals are evaluating their future career plans. Taking time to do a self-assessment can be extremely valuable, especially for veteran job seekers. Eric Eversole of Hiring Our Heroes encourages veterans to think about what they’re trying to accomplish and how their skills will be attractive to employers. Hear Eric discuss more in the following video:

Service members should approach a civilian career in a similar fashion to the military. Be sincere and excited, and remember the work is still important – you’re just wearing a different uniform.

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Tips for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Earlier this month, the unemployment rate was reported as holding steady at 5%. For people with disabilities, it’s a much different picture at 12.1%. Disability inclusion has become a priority for many companies, especially in light of the Section 503 changes in 2014. Unfortunately, despite the new regulations and increased awareness efforts, myths and unspoken concerns about employing people with disabilities continue to create employment barriers.

Deane Osner of Member company Shaw Industries doesn’t want job seekers with disabilities to give up. In fact, he’s encouraging them to address the challenge by helping to educate employers. Here’s what he had to say:

For more helpful information and resources, visit Disability.gov’s Guide to Employment. You can also browse employment opportunities on Disability.jobs.

Celebrating Survivorship: Christina’s Story

The following blog post originally appeared on Member J.B. Hunt’s LinkedIn Career page and being shared with permission.

When Christina Baggett was two years old, she began experiencing sickness after sickness.

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Two-year old Christina on the day she was diagnosed.

Her mom took her big brother in for a check-up one day, and when the doctor came in, he went straight to Christina instead, concerned about her pallid appearance and grey lips. The family lived in Denton, TX at the time and was ordered to go straight to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. After hours of tests, doctors confirmed that Christina had acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).

The Baggett’s were faced with the devastating news that, in the 80’s, the survival rate for the disease was only in the low 20%. Christina was placed in an experimental group of 12 to 13 kids, who were either given a placebo drug (a drug with no affect and used for control purposes of an experiment) or were added to an experimental group, which included pumping radiated blood into the kids along with experimental chemotherapy. Christina was placed into the latter group and received blood transfusions and various chemo treatments.

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One of Christina’s latest thrills–skydiving.

For three years, she underwent treatment after treatment, and on her third anniversary, rang the bell at the hospital signifying she was officially in remission.

On October 12, Christina celebrated 30 years since she was diagnosed. She still goes back to the children’s hospital every two years for testing to help determine any long-term effects from her treatment as a child.

Christina suffers from ADD and dyslexia as a result of her leukemia and also struggles with frequent illnesses. Even today, she may experience certain complications of sicknesses that can’t be explained, but she said J.B. Hunt has always been very accommodating.

Christina said her disease has made her appreciate life on a different level. She calls herself hard-headed and loves to live life to it’s fullest–including skydiving, traveling, and most recently, taking on running a marathon.

To celebrate survivorship, she decided to run a marathon in 2014 in Chicago, sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

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Running the LLS Marathon in Chicago.

“I noticed the Chicago Marathon fell on my remission date. I knew I needed to do this–to run, to do something to give back.”

She had to raise between $2,000 and $2,500 for the race and her J.B. Hunt co-workers gladly helped her achieve that goal. This particular marathon was full of survivors, and every 5k, a new coach that she’d never met before would run alongside and encourage her.

At the end of the day, Christina wants to influence people for the better.

Claudia Gordon’s Top 3 Tips for Launching Your Career

The following post is being shared with permission from our friends at Easter Seals. View the original post on EasterSeals.com.

Claudia Gordon and Katy Neas at 2014 Advocacy Summit

Claudia Gordon with Katy Neas, Easter Seals’ Executive VP of Public Affairs

Double. That’s the unemployment rate for people with disabilities compared to the rate of unemployment of those without disabilities. 12.9% versus 6.1%, according to June 2014 statistics from the United States Department of Labor.

In June of 2014, representatives from Easter Seals across the country went to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to help level the playing field and increase new opportunities. Claudia Gordon, the former Public Engagement Advisor for the Disability Community in the White House Office of Public Engagement, joined Easter Seals on June 23, 2014, in the Capitol to share her perspective and advice on the topic.

Having gone deaf overnight at the age of 8 while living in Jamaica, Claudia and her family moved to the United States shortly after she lost her hearing. Claudia grew up to become the first attorney who is a deaf African-American woman. She knows first-hand what it’s like to navigate the workforce with a disability. “There are a lot of laws in place protecting us from discrimination, but the reality is that discrimination is alive and well, and so you have to be an effective self-advocate,” she says.

Here are her top 3 tips for launching your career:

Claudia Gordon speaking at the 2014 Advocacy Summit

Claudia Gordon speaking to Easter Seals in Washington, D.C.

  1. Start networking before you even start looking for a job. “You have to start identifying and putting into place your support network to help you navigate the complicated maze that is the workforce system. There are services in place, so although it’s a complicated workforce, you can put a support network in place.”
  2. Learn self-advocacy skills. This spans from your ability to clearly promote your strengths—in writing and in interviews—to attracting a mentor who believes in you. Explain what you bring to the table that no one else can, and find someone who can vouch for you.
  3. Follow a role model. “Today there are more role models and leaders with disabilities to look to. Compared to those with disabilities in the past, they didn’t have that. But now, there are so many people and [employment] resources available, so identify them early for yourself,” says Claudia.

For people without disabilities, there are simple ways you can support employment equality. Claudia recommends these ways:

  1. Dialogue with more people, and talk about [employment equality] more often. “Promote awareness until this issue and all the barriers and misconceptions and misunderstandings are gone.”
  2. Bring people with disabilities into your workplace, even if it’s just a visit. Having someone in your office with a disability can help educate and raise awareness.
  3. It may go without saying, but hire people with disabilities. “That’s the best way to raise awareness, to actually have a person with disabilities in your workplace, working next to you and others.”

Easter Seals has also partnered with Direct Employers Association, which has a membership of about 800 employers who want to hire veterans and people with disabilities. Through this partnership, Easter Seals is offering a job search portal at easterseals.jobs, which features job postings from these employers.

You can also check out the What Can You Do Campaign at whatcanyoudocampaign.org, and explore Easter Seals job search resources.

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