4 Leadership Tips To Help During Tough Times From Dale

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Tip #1: Learn How To Navigate The Issues And Your Employees – Anyone can maintain course in calm waters; however, the biggest and most noticeable difference is how a leader performs during tough times as opposed to calm times. Take a step back and develop a vision by seeing what could be done to change things or what could be looming around the corner. This will help you to be better prepared should something terrible happen.
Tip #2: Avoid Being Just A Manager – The difference between leaders and managers is that leaders are able to motivate everyone in their organization during difficult times, whereas managers tend to manage the “status quo” or the current process. Trying to manage the status quo in times of uncertainty is just not effective. To develop leadership abilities, we suggest looking into some leadership courses, buying books, or visiting the local library for resources on leadership. It would also be to your advantage to see what other leaders are doing by joining network groups or industry associations.
Tip #3: Work On Creating A Positive Change – If you genuinely lead, you will, by default, cause positive changes in your organization. And this change is essential because it breathes life back into an organization. To help you create a positive change in your organization, look for some high-profile leaders and professional coaches in your area or industry, and see what they are doing. To help you get a new perspective on things, you should also consider a subscription to business magazines like Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, or SUCCESS Magazine.
Tip #4: Talk With Your Team Regularly – Picture yourself on an airplane that is hitting a lot of turbulence. Wouldn’t you want to know what is going on and how long it will last? Better yet, what is the captain doing to find a smoother altitude? The same goes for your employees when your business starts to hit tough times.
Executive Summary: While you cannot predict all of the events that will affect your business, you can employ the above four strategies to navigate your way through tough times. Leaders who invest time in communicating with their staff, reviewing alternate strategies, and staying close to key clients are implementing some of the best practices for leading in both good and bad times.
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7 Tips To Help Your Staff Feel More Valued

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Tip #1: Reward Them – It may seem obvious, but if someone is going above and beyond their job, do not forget to reward them. Whether through simple praise, offering them more challenging work, or giving them that long-anticipated raise or promotion, it is important to show them that you appreciate what they do. And do not wait for yearly promotions. It is better to express your appreciation sooner than later, so your employee knows that they are being noticed; it might encourage them to work even harder!
Tip #2: Lend An Ear – People want to be heard, so to make them feel appreciated, make sure you spend time really listening. This means that you are giving the person who is speaking your full attention, including eye contact, and acknowledging them.
Tip #3: Remember Names – People are always impressed when you remember their names. Greeting a person by name with a smile makes a huge positive impression. People might not remember what you said or did, but they will remember how you made them feel.
Tip #4: Be Gracious – As small as it might seem, saying thank you really does help your staff feel more appreciated. Be specific about what you are acknowledging them for, and make sure that you are sincere so that your “thanks” are taken seriously. This will make people feel good and encourage them to do just as well, or better, in the future.

Tip #5: Stay Away From The “Three Cs” – Do not criticize, condemn, or complain. Avoid being negative when interacting with co-workers or direct reports; there are many effective ways to deal with people and gain results without criticizing or condemning others and

 complaining about them or a situation.
Tip #6: Show A Positive Attitude – When you speak about other people, always try to be positive. Although this may not be easy all of the time, it will always work in your favor if you are fair when assessing other people. Secondly, it will be a positive reflection on you too.
Tip #7: Build On Someone’s Natural Talent – Everyone has some quality or skill that makes him or her important and valuable to an organization. Recognize someone’s talent in a proactive manner by catching him or her doing something positive such as producing a great result on a project, delighting a customer, looking for ways to cut costs, or to become more efficient. Doing this will encourage a person to keep using this skill and will contribute to self-confidence and an overall feeling of being appreciated.
Executive Summary: People who feel appreciated tend to “go the extra mile” for you and will be more loyal to the organization. Additionally, it fosters a more positive work environment that is crucial for anyone’s growth professionally and personally.
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Do These Five Things to Improve Your Resume Right Now

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From ZipRecruiter on Sunday – Jan. 24, 2021 by Kat Boogaard (ZipRecruiter.com)

If you’re like most people, you hear the word “resume” and let out an exhausted groan. I totally get it—resumes can be a pain.

Condensing all of your skills and professional experience into a document that’s incredibly scannable and easy to read—without 0.2 margins and size 6 font? Well, let’s just say it’s a challenge.

However, the key is to not get overwhelmed by your document. How? Well, try getting everything out on paper, and then work on polishing it up. That’s much easier than trying to make each line perfect right from the start.

Are you already to the polishing step? Great—the hardest part is over! So, here are five quick things you can do to improve your resume right now.

1. Remove Irrelevant Information

Since you spent your time essentially dumping all of your information onto those pages, it’s time to weed through and get rid of all of that stuff that truly doesn’t matter. Ideally, you’d like your resume to be one page—meaning you don’t have extra real estate to waste on pointless and irrelevant information.

Your high school extracurricular activities? Get rid of them. That line about your GPA? Delete it. That classic phrase that goes something like, “References available upon request”? Hit the backspace key. Most hiring managers assume that you’ll have references to offer if you’re asked—so there’s no point in wasting page space on that filler line.

You want every single line of your resume to be powerful. So, get rid of anything that doesn’t make you seem like an impressive and qualified candidate. Your resume doesn’t need to detail your entire life story—it just needs to showcase your professional highlights.

2. Check for Quantifiable Achievements

It’s all too easy to fill your resume with all sorts of buzzwords that hold very little meaning. And, I won’t even deny that those keywords are important.

However, you don’t want your resume to be all fluff and no substance. This is why it’s important to include several quantifiable achievements. So, comb back through your document and look for places where you can add some hard facts and statistics.

Instead of saying something soft and vague like, “Worked as a core member of the sales team,” you’ll want to state something more powerful like, “Grew sales by 25% in the first quarter.” Including those numbers makes the statement much more impactful by proving you not only know how to talk the talk—you can also walk the walk.

3. Tailor It

I hate to sound like a total wet blanket, but it’s imperative that you tailor your resume for every single position that you apply for. Yes, I know it’s a total pain to adjust a document that you’ve already spent so much time on. But, if you’re aiming to seem like the most qualified candidate for the position, then you need to make sure that your resume highlights exactly what the hiring manager is seeking.

This process doesn’t need to be anything overly complicated. Start by taking a look at the description of the specific job you’re applying for and pull out keywords and the most important skills they’re searching for. Then, take a look at your own resume. Make sure that those keywords are included in your own document. And, those skills? If they’re things you actually possess, then you need to make sure that they’re adequately emphasized in your document. Highlight them in our “key skills” section, and move any related bulletpoints toward the top of each job description so that they’re spotted first.

These changes seem small—and, in reality, they are! But, they can have a big impact on where your resume ends up in the pile.

4. Do the “Skim Test”

When you spend so much time agonizing over your resume, you’d love to think that hiring managers spend hours admiring each and every bullet point and sentence. However, that’s not the case. In fact, the average hiring manager spends just six seconds scanning your resume before deciding which pile you should be put in.

Needless to say, you need to make sure your resume not only incredibly easy to read—but easy to skim. Ensure that your name and contact information are in big, bold letters at the top of the document. Next, scan through to confirm that your eyes easily catch on your past employers and job titles. Finally, continue scanning your document to make sure that you can easily spot your education and special skills sections.

These are important portions that nearly every hiring manager will glance for. And, if they aren’t easy to spot within those six seconds? Well, you’re bound to head straight to the wastebasket.

5. Proofread

You might think your resume is flawless—but you’d be shocked at how many different typos and errors your eyes are completely skipping over. When you’ve spent so much time on a document, you become too close to it to pick up on those things. For some reason, your brain sees what it wants to.

So, you need to go through your resume several times to make sure you’ve addressed all of those pesky slipups. My favorite tip? Read your resume backwards. Reading in such an unnatural way forces you to focus on each word—making you that much more likely to catch those embarrassing blunders.

There you have it! Five ways to polish up your resume. And, now that we’ve broken it down, it doesn’t seem that overwhelming, right? So, go ahead! Open up that document and get started. You’ll be glad you did it!

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Stand out in your job search

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From ZipRecruiter/CourierPost online on Feb. 7, 2021

  1. Get personal
  2. Improve your documents
  3. Go above and beyond.
  4. Polish your social media presence
  5. Follow up                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           [Questions? larry@larrylitwin.com]

First day of week checklist

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From ZipRecruiter/CourierPost online on Jan. 31, 2021

  1. Take care of yourself
  2. Dress intentionally
  3. Get to work on time
  4. Prepare to ask questions (but know when to listen)
  5. Prepare an elevator “pitch”/speech
  6. Be friendly
  7. Assess the social landscape
  8. Be positive

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“Schoolcation”

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Simply, it is getting away from school for a few days. As one parent said, we must do it during Covid-19. “The kids have been locked up in the house since March 2020. They are losing out on all social aspects of being in school and a lot of the fun parts of it,” Judy DeJohn of Montgomery Township, Somerset County, N.J. She spoke to Celeste E. Whittaker of the Courier-Post.

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Prevent COVID-19 at Work

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The importance of staying SAFE and HEALTHY…

(From  ZipRecruiter.com – The Courier-Post – Dec. 6, 2020)Stay home if you are sick

  • Tell your boss or supervisor you are sick
  • Keep physical boundaries at work
  • Practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette
  • Wash your hand frequently and thoroughly
  • Keep surfaces clean
  • Reconsider your business travel
  • Keep yourself informed.

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