Janice Bryant Howroyd Named As A “Woman of Distinction” By Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

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Exciting news: The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) will be honoring ACT•1 Founder and CEO, Janice Bryant Howroyd, as part of their inaugural “Women of Distinction” group. Janice is being recognized for demonstrating a “deep commitment to the organization and to breaking down barriers for women owned businesses in the corporate and government supply chains.”

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, WBENC has singled out 25 female leaders from the business community for their outstanding achievements. This honor is just the latest recognition for Mrs. Bryant Howroyd, who was honored with the A.G. Gaston Award at The 2016 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit, as well as the prestigious Peter Yessne Staffing Leadership Award for her exceptional leadership and innovation in the field of staffing. In addition, she was also a President Obama Key Administration appointment to the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).

Janice will be honored during WBENC’s 20th Anniversary celebration at the annual “Summit & Salute” event on March 22nd in New Orleans, LA. All of us at the ACT•1 congratulate Mrs. Bryant Howroyd on this tremendous achievement, and you can read more about it at http://prn.to/2jEtK6U.

Going Beyond Fear – Your Key to Growth and Success

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Fear can be useful, but you won’t grow if you allow it to hold you back. As in all things, you need to find the right balance, and our 3-step process will help you work through you fear so that you can boldly push past your comfort zone into the areas where growth is possible.

Is the Fear Specific or General?

Are you worried about a specific aspect of a new opportunity, or is it just a general anxiety of the unknown? Separate the general uneasiness from the specific concerns that you may have about risks you may be taking. For example, being worried about fitting in and thriving at a new company can be chalked up to the general anxiety everyone experiences when starting at a new job. This kind of stress can be expected, and thus not looked at as something that should stop you from going for it.

Are There Steps You Can Take Right Now To Help Reduce Your Worry?

Some of the fear you have regarding a new opportunity that has presented itself can be alleviated immediately. For example, if you are worried about a taking on a new job because it is related to a field that you don’t know much about, you can find a lot of information online that will give you in-depth information on what you can expect. A lot of fear comes from the unknown, so simply learning about what you need to know right now can alleviate a lot of fear.

Are the Risks Worth the Reward?

Once you’ve eliminated general anxiety and taken steps to reduce specific worries, you’re left with a few risks that you need to actively manage. For instance, you may be worried about leaving a relatively secure position for a less secure position. First test each assumption. Is the current position really secure? There are no guarantees in life and people often find themselves let go from jobs they thought were stable. Is the potential employer really insecure? If it’s a start-up, how long can they stay in business based on the current direction of the company. If you were let go how long do you think it would take you to find a new job?  Once you have a handle on the situation, look at why you’re interested in the opportunity. Will there be new duties or skills that will allow you to grow in your career? Will there be a larger salary that will allow you to save against a possible loss of work. Consider each of the rewards against each of the risks and make an informed choice.

Four Signs It’s Time To Look For a New Job

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It’s easy to get lulled into a feeling of safety and comfort at work, but don’t let those feelings hide the truth of your situation or keep you from considering opportunities that could make you happy. Here are four signs that it may be time to start looking for your next career step.

You’re Bored with What You Do on a Daily Basis

Have you lost that feeling of excitement about what the day could bring?? Do you feel like your main job during your workday is to turn off your brain until the clock hits 5pm? We can’t always maintain the same level of excitement we bring to our first days on the job, but if you are simply bored with what you do, and can’t seem to find a way out of it, it’s time to start looking for a new job. Not only will this feeling of boredom turn every day into a slog, but your work quality will begin to suffer, and management will take notice. You might as well leave now on your own terms.

You Feel Stalled in Both Growth and Learning

Are you feeling stalled in your career? If you feel like your professional growth has ceased, and you and your manager can’t identify new opportunities for development, you need to start looking for new work. Even if you do like your co-workers and don’t mind what you are doing, if you feel like you’ve hit a wall in your growth and can’t get passed it, the feeling will only get worse over time.

Your Skills and Duties Have Increased, but Not Your Salary

If you’re growing your skills and contributions to the company, but not seeing that reflected in a growing salary, it may be time to start looking for an employer who won’t take your contributions for granted. Talk to your AppleOne Hiring Advisor to discuss how your current salary compares to others with the same level of experience and job duties.

Your Life Has Changed, and So Have Your Priorities

Priorities change over time, and when they do, you need to evaluate whether your current position is still a good fit for your needs. Whether you want to work 80 hours a week with frequent travel to climb your way to the top, or you want to find a position that will let you get home to spend time with a new and growing family, finding a job with the right balance for you will help you feel satisfied and fulfilled.

Urgent: The 3 Keys To Turning Any Resolution Into An Achievable Goal

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Do you have a list of resolutions you are looking forward to tackling this year? Before you start on your journey to better yourself, it’s important to recognize that most resolutions fall by the way side, not because the person isn’t driven, but because the idea isn’t transferred into an achievable plan for reaching their goals. For those looking forward to a successful year, here are three things you can do to make your resolutions a reality:

Forget the Abstract Idea: Identify the Goals You Are Looking to Achieve

You can’t start working towards a resolution until you identify what exactly you are looking to achieve. Say that your goal is to learn more job-related skills to advance your career. Start by identifying what exactly you want to learn, and picture what a successful completion of your goals would look like. For example, if your resolution is to gain management experience, identify specific steps you can take such as: speaking with your boss about your goals and having yourself put in charge of the “XYZ” project so that you can manage the team to a successful project outcome. Aren’t sure what an achievable goal for your resolution would be? Speak with your mentor, peers or supervisor to get their ideas.

Have an End Date in Mind: Give Yourself a Realistic Date to Get Things Done

There is nothing more daunting then an open ended goal.. When turning your resolution into an actionable plan, set a date by which you intend to reach your goals. While you may end up moving the goal back (or forward) as you progress, having an end date will make your goal concrete and actionable.

Celebrate the Journey: Set Goals Along the Way that Will Keep You Pumped Up

If your goal is to run a marathon or lose 20 pounds, where do you even start? The secret is to break that big goal down into small easily achievable steps. Set a goal to find a marathon training program that will guide you to your goal, or set a goal to meet with a doctor to discuss an exercise and nutritional plan to lose weight. As you achieve each simple goal take a moment to celebrate your achievement and then immediately set the next goal for yourself. Give yourself points along the journey to stop and look back at how far you’ve come and you’ll find yourself much more motivated to continue towards your ultimate success.

 

Which of Your College Friends will Most Influence Your Career?

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Networking doesn’t just occur at campus events and with online connections, in many instances successful networking simply means living your life and trying to stay on good terms with the people you meet along the way. You may not be thinking about your career when you meet the person who will help define your path, but these stories show why it’s important to always try to leave a good impression on everyone you meet.

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What Her Story Teaches You: Get To Know Your Professors

If you are skipping out on open office hours with your professors, you are missing out on an opportunity to network with a professional who often has great connections. Facebook COO, Shery Sandberg learned this while studying economics at Harvard. While finishing up her B.A., she met then-professor Larry Summers, who became her mentor and thesis advisor. Summers eventually recruited Sandberg to be his research assistant for a health study he was doing for the World Bank. Once Ms. Sandberg graduated and started working in the private sector, she was again recruted by Summers, who was now the United States Secretary of the Treasury. While her drive and exceptional intelligence led her to success in Silicon Valley, you can say that getting to know her professor allowed her to get her foot in the door and create a resume that was hard to resist.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin- Co-Founders of Google, Inc.

What Their Story Teaches You: You May Not Be Friends at First, but Getting to Know Someone Can Lead to Amazing Partnerships

There are some people who meet the first day of orientation and become inseparable friends. Sergey Brin and Larry Page, co-founders of Google, Inc., would not fall into that category. When the two initially met at freshman orientation at Stanford, they briefly chatted but seemed to disagree on most subjects. As the semester progressed, they got to know each other a bit more and found they didn’t just liked hanging out together, but were both interested in improving research on the Internet. Page was working on a project focusing on backlinks, and Brin’s interest in data mining systems fit perfectly into areas where Page was struggling. The two teamed up and authored a paper, which would eventually lead to the creation of the world’s biggest and most successful search engine.

Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, and Jeffrey Raider- Co-Founders of Warby Parker

What Their Story Teaches You: It’s Amazing where Simple Conversations Between Friends Can Lead

Sometimes the best ideas spring from a couple of friends complaining about a mutual hassle. Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, and Jeffrey Raider were graduate students and friends at Wharton University in Philadelphia where they shared a mutual dislike for the cost of glasses. The loss of a $700 pair of glasses led to the idea for Warby Parker, which focuses on high-quality prescription glasses that cost less than people were used to. While starting a successful business may have been the last thing on their minds when the four met, you can never know where a new friendship can go.

As a student, your day is filled with opportunities to get to know people. If there was a common thread between these three stories it’s that relationships were built before opportunities were presented. Whether it’s your professor, someone you sit next to, or that person you also say hi to when you pass them in the hallway, you never know what taking a moment to properly introduce yourself will lead you.

 

 

Let’s Take a Moment to Celebrate You

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December is a month of celebration, but it’s also a month for reflection. Take a moment to think back on your professional accomplishments over the year. We know, the year went by in a blur and it may feel like you didn’t accomplish anything, but dig deeper. Whether you exceeded your quota, delivered a key project or, for those between jobs, connected with a number of possible employers, you do have accomplishments and there are a number of great reasons to remind yourself of that.

It Keeps You Motivated

You’ve accomplished a lot this year, and taking stock of your specific achievements will help you stay hungry and motivated for the next 12 months. You may have been given challenging projects that took you out of your comfort zone, and while there were some bumps along the way, you need to celebrate the fact that you persevered and came out a stronger professional. By identifying what you’ve accomplished, you can look at the next set of challenges with the knowledge that you’ll conquer them and come out more focused and experienced in the end!

Zero-In On Your Strengths for Interviews or Annual Reviews

Whether your January will include job interviews or annual reviews, reflecting on your recent accomplishments will help you excel in these interactions. Managers want to hear specific instances of when you excelled, so being able to answer a question with a specific example carries a lot of weight. Your accomplishments will help you make a case for hiring or promotion.

It Reminds You that You Are Continuously Improving

Nobody is ever going to have a “perfect” year; but you can strive to always grow and improve. Progress can be hard to gauge while it is happening, and you may not realize just how far you’ve come until you take a moment to look back at where you started. When you feel stagnant, it’s important to focus on where you have improved. It’s amazing what a change in focus will do to your psyche moving into the next year.

3 Things You Can Do During The Holidays That Will Help You Get A Job In January

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With the budget finalized and new positions being added to departments, January is a big hiring month for companies. Job seekers who end up filling these newly minted positions can often attribute their success to moves they made during the holiday season. Here are three things you can do in the last few weeks of December that will help you get the job you want in the new year.

Reconnect To Your Network

The holidays are a great time to reach out to your network to wish everyone a happy holiday. Many people use these messages to recap their year, and this is a great opportunity for you to briefly mention what you’re hoping to find as your next career opportunity.

Reach Out To Hiring Managers at Target Companies

Even if ads haven’t been posted, companies are already well into their hiring plans for the first quarter of 2017. As hiring managers get firm budgets, they are hard at work putting together a game plan for finding the best candidates to fill new positions. A great way to get a head start on the mass applications that will arrive once the job ad goes live is to reach out to the hiring managers at your target companies now. Even if you don’t have a specific job in mind, presenting yourself to a hiring manager now is a great way to get on their radar for any current or upcoming needs. You may not be able to reach every target on your list, but the more managers you call, the more managers you’ll be able to get in touch with. TIP: Before you call, consult our “Navigating the Hiring Process” website so you’re prepared with a targeted elevator pitch when you do manage to connect.

Email or Call Your AppleOne Hiring Advisor

One of the biggest misconceptions of a job search is that the hiring process shuts down during the holidays. While companies may not be hiring publically, they may be taking other routes to filling positions, such as working with a company like AppleOne. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense to contact your AppleOne Hiring Advisor to share your plans and your target list. They may be able to help you connect directly with a manager, some of which may be currently hiring. Updating your hiring advisor on your continuing job search activities will allow them to better match you with clients who may be looking to fill positions in the coming months.