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Three Ways of Looking At Transition

By Dana Mancuso
Bigg Success Contributor
01-22-09

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I've seen photos of the presidential transition. You know the ones. The President and First Lady are followed as they walk around the White House in their last minutes before officially leaving office. All of them have had at least a tinge of sadness to them, even though by the time the president leaves office he has made new plans and is most-likely looking forward to the life ahead of him — complete with book deals and speaking engagements.

For me there have been very few transitions as abrupt as the last moments of a presidency. Most of my life has sort of evolved into the next phase of my life – much like seasons move seamlessly one into another. Yet a couple of them stand out. And both are job-related.

A new chapter

The first is my last day at a job that did not suit me. I gathered my small box of personal items and walked out the door, having only sent a short e-mail of thanks for the opportunity. I did not look back. There was no need. There were no fond memories to recall or to be wistful about. In fact, I walked quickly to the elevator in hopes that no one would say goodbye. I got to my car without incident and was quite happy to drive away into the next chapter of life.

A heavy heart
I left another job due to relocation with my husband. It was a different story. When that chapter ended, I was not only leaving a good job that I liked, but I was leaving the city, the entire area. I was leaving people I enjoyed and tasks I had been successful at. I was leaving hallways where I had laughed; a place where I had made friends and grown professionally.

I took in my surroundings carefully during the long walk to the elevator. My box of personal belongings was light, but my heart was heavy.

A combination
I can imagine that the President, as he exits the White House and drives off, will have a combination of both of my experiences, as do most of us at one time or another. He'll look back at places that remind him of decisions made or not made, actions taken, and people consulted with. He'll think of the impact he has had on the country in his job. He'll wonder how he'll be remembered by those who are staying behind and how he'll handle the next steps in his career.

Look Three Ways

Moving forward, moving on, transitioning, or whatever you choose to call it, requires three different types of looking:

Looking Backward
To be successful with any transition, you need to review where you've been. Take a hard look at what has happened to you in this phase you are leaving. What did you learn from it about yourself or about others?

Looking Around
What did you learn that you can take with you? What will you choose not to bring into the next phase? What will you put in your box of personal goodies that will be a good addition to your new life?

Looking Ahead
Ask yourself: What next? What do you want to become now?  What kind of “you” will best fit your new situation?

As we collectively move forward with a new leader, it's a good time to do a bit of looking. It's a time of major national transition, and perhaps it is a good time for us to make personal transitions as well. You can do this type of looking, not only at your professional life, but with personal relationships or even with goals you have been pursuing.

Take time to look and find the next you in the process! 

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Knowledge is Worthless

By Bigg Success Staff
08-25-08

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We found a great post over at Achievement Radio by Dr. Zonnya. She says that knowledge isn’t power anymore. Instead, it is knowledge applied that makes the difference.

It’s a distinction we all instinctively understand, but sometimes forget. Learning how to do something is only part of the process. We have to continue on and put into practice what we’ve learned or the knowledge is worthless.

If you can take away just one idea from every encounter – be that a speech, a conference, a web site, a conversation – and then actually use it, you’ll be ahead of the game.

So don’t worry about learning everything. Focus on applying one thing you’ve learned!

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Moving On to Move Up

By Bigg Success Staff
06-13-08

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At some point in your career, you may decide that you’ve reached a plateau with your employer. You realize that you can’t advance the way you’d like without a change.

You have to move on in order to move up.

Making a decision like this is (or should be) a logical process, but actually acting upon it can be very emotional. Especially when you’re leaving people with whom you’ve had a long-term relationship.

One of those people may be your boss. That boss who has been more than just a boss. There could be many words to describe the role he or she has played in your career.

Mentor. Cheerleader. Coach. Supporter. Trainer. Advisor.

Your boss may have become almost a surrogate father or mother to you. Your relationship has gone past the professional; you have become friends.

How do you tell this person about your decision? 

Be upfront and honest

If you truly value your boss, he or she deserves to know why you’re leaving. Let them know that you feel it’s time to move on. Tell them what you plan to do and what your timetable is.

Be appreciative
Thank them for what they’ve taught you. Let them know how glad you are that you got to work with them. Offer to help train someone to take your place. Let them know that they can contact you should a question arise once you leave.

Fulfill your obligations

Honor the commitments you made as part of your employment agreement. For example, if you signed a non-compete agreement, don’t compete with your former employer during the agreed-upon time frame. It’s that simple.

Keep the door open

If you handle it right, your former employer may be a tremendous resource in your new career. Just because you leave the firm doesn’t mean the relationship has to end altogether. Let your boss know that you would like to stay in touch.

Be prepared to go
If you’ve done all of the above, you’ve handled your separation in the most professional manner. That doesn’t mean your boss will do the same. Be prepared to leave the moment you tell your boss your plans.

Different companies and different people have their own ideas on how to handle a departing employee. Even if you do it all the right way, they may still proceed aggressively.

That’s okay, though, because you can look at yourself in the mirror knowing that you did it in style. You’ve moved on to move up!

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Get a Good Job and Live Longer

By Bigg Success Staff
06-11-08

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A study by the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics shows that men with good jobs live longer. Specifically, the research shows that men in “routine” jobs are nearly three times as likely to die before the age of 64 as men with higher managerial jobs.

You might think this is because managers earn more money than regular workers. While there may be a correlation with income, this research classifies occupations by characteristics. Two characteristics of the managerial jobs are control and security.

So if you want to live longer, get a good job. Get a job that gives you a higher degree of control over your own life and provides you with more security.

Do the two go hand-in-hand?

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Check Out These 25 Tips Before You Change Your Job or Your Career

By Bigg Success Staff
05-14-08

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The decision to change jobs is a bigg one. The decision to change careers is even bigger. You’ll find our summary below of five tips from five articles to help you with these important decisions. You’ll also find a link to the full article in each case so you can get all the details.

5 Tips if You’re Considering a Career Change

#1 – Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water.

#2 – Focus on your talents and strengths.

#3 – Highlight your transferable skills.

#4 – Know the requirements.

#5 – Network and do your research.

Kate Lorenz with CareerBuilder wrote this incredible article. Check out all the advice she offered in her five tips for career changers.

 

5 Ways to Find a New Job

#1 – Don’t count on job boards.

#2 – Tap your network.

#3 – Offer to help others.

#4 – Leverage the blogosphere.

#5 – Promote your brand.

In uncertain times, you may need to go the extra mile to get the job you want. Katy Marquardt wrote this awesome article for U.S. News & World Report. Get the full details on her five tips on finding a new job.


5 Pointers for Writing a Better Resume

#1 – Avoid the first person pronoun.

#2 – Keep your sentences short and don’t worry about fragments.

#3 – Use plain English.

#4 – Use bullet points when appropriate.

#5 – Go from general to specific.

These tips were adapted from the book, Job Hunting for Dummies. We even understood them! Check out all the details on writing a better resume.


5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Recruiter to Find Your Next Job

#1 – Do they have a niche?

#2 – Do they listen effectively?

#3 – Are they too busy?

#4 – How’s their follow-through?

#5 – Will you work with them beyond this current search?

These pointers come from a great article written by Mark Krajnik for CareerBuilder. Mark is the CEO of Next Level Solutions, a human resources consulting firm. Get his full explanation of these five questions to ask any prospective recruiter.


5 Tips on References for Executives Seeking a Job

#1 – Include one superior, one peer, and one subordinate.

#2 – Limit your references to people you’ve worked with in the last seven years.

#3 – References checks tend to focus on “soft” skills.

#4 – Prepare references to speak on your behalf.

#5 – Honest references go further than good references.

Paul W. Barada, author of Reference Checking for Everyone, wrote this fantastic piece for ExecutiveAgent.com. Read the five tips on references by a professional reference checker.

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