GreenShades – Password

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The password needs to be at least 8 characters and must include 1 number, and 1 special character.A password will expire after 90 days, so it will force you to choose a new one after that time period. A password cannot be repeated once it’s been used. Enable Emailing of verification codes as a 2nd Level Identity Confirmation option. Enable Text Messaging of verification codes as a 2nd Level Identity Confirmation option. Lock employees out after 5 consecutive incorrect login attempts. Lockout time:  15 minutes (if this were to occur). Employees are always logged out automatically after a period of inactivity of 10 minutes.

Interview Advice: Contractors

If you’re like most people and have been working since your later teen years it is safe to say you have some interview experience under your belt. Typical interview questions include asking about your strengths and weaknesses, conflict resolution scenarios, what your learning style is like, and whether you work better within a team or individually. Most of those questions are not very hard to answer. The following is the #1 topic brought up by Hiring Managers looking to fill a temporary/ contract roles. We will examine possible answers and tell you exactly why they do not work out/ will work out.

When providing candidates with interview advice I generally make it very clear that they should demonstrate interest and passion for the role. Because we work with a few prestigious companies most contractors want to land a role there to ‘get their foot in the door’. Which is definitely an excellent idea for the candidate career wise. However ‘getting my foot in the door’ is the last thing the Hiring Manager wants to hear. The Manager will interpret your response as, “I don’t really care what I do as long as I work here so I can leave the role I’m interviewing for and begin a new one that I really am interested in.” The Hiring Manager wants to know that you are genuinely interested and passionate about the role at hand. Do as much research as possible to find out what the Hiring Manager’s group or department is all about, their current projects, corporate culture, any scientific literature about new products they are developing etc. Make sure you also look into the company. As always you should look into the company’s vision statement and core values to make sure that your answers reflect the core values of the company. Align yourself with the company as if you were already hired.

Through the grape vine I heard the question, “What will you do after this contract is complete?” and for the first time I can truly say my colleagues and I were all stumped at an interview question. The trick to any and all interview questions (and everything in life really) is to practice, practice, practice. Ask yourself these questions at home and think of all possible answers and what you are implying when you answer them. You want to address 3 things: a) that you are very excited about the opportunity at hand because what you will be doing involves one of your passions b) at the same time you are also happy that the manager took the time to interview you and the possibility of joining that company would be wonderful to your long term career goals c) perhaps if a role becomes available internally and your contract is coming to a close you might apply if the role is relevant to your work. This way you are hitting all possible angle and addressing every concern. However, don’t focus very much on what you will be dong after the contract. Redirect the question in a way that you can let the Manager know that you are interested in the role at hand.

As always don’t forget to ask when the Manager will be making a decision and when you can expect to hear back. This question struck a chord with me; given the nature of my role I believed I had answers for all interview questions. However it took several minds to concoct the perfect answer. Move forward with your dream and aspirations and be sure to practice for interviews!

Your Skills and Decoding the Job Description

Seeking a new role is always challenging; especially when looking on your own and scouring the internet for job descriptions. Being highly selective and waiting for that perfect role to come along before applying is not always the best strategy. Chances are you’re not going to find a job description that is 100% close to the type of role you are looking for. Typically it is recommended that you possess all skills listed on the job description; or at least it would be recommended you revise your resume to reflect the job description as closely as possible. Do you ever come across a description that is perhaps a 6/10 in terms of what you are looking for? Perhaps you should apply to these roles despite the discrepancies. There are several reasons why should apply to those roles you might be questioning even though you think you can only perform half (or less!) of the duties.

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to have all skills outlined in the job description. Sometimes soft skills are valued over technical skills. Attention to detail, organization, communication, and conflict resolution are all skills that cannot be taught that employers tend to value. When you interview with a company they are looking for professionalism, eagerness, and passion for your work. Excel, PowerPoint, SAP, or Oracle are all systems that can be taught to anyone. Don’t let those bullet points on the job description prevent you from applying.

If the job description is similar to what you are looking for, but you are unsure that it is right you, send your resume in anyway. You might be surprised to find that most job descriptions are not 100% descriptive of the role that will be performed. Request a phone call with the Recruiter/ Hiring Manager and allow yourself enough time on the call to ask any questions you may have. You can learn much more about a role through a phone call. This way you can avoid attending an interview for a job that is not a good match for your search.

When writing your resume make sure you showcase all your soft skills and be sure to demonstrate your willingness to be trained, your ability to absorb information and learn quickly, your passion for the industry/role you will be pursuing, etc. It is always refreshing to see those bullet points in a candidate’s resume because most candidates forget to include those characteristics. Take the time to think about the non-technical skills in your arsenal and include them towards the top of your resume.

You should make it a goal to apply to as many jobs as possible. Looking for work is partially a numbers game. If have not sent your resume to very many employers and think you might be getting a bit too picky try these tips out! You’ll have a new job before you know it.

 

Does your Life Story need a Re-Write?

Written by Nick Curtin

Human beings are wired to look at their lives in a narrative format. As a species we even create the structure of a story within our lives by episodic memory recall – looking at events in our past, present, and future with a beginning, middle, and an end. Stories not only provide structure, they add meaning and purpose in our life. Your life, your story, has been working up until this point and whatever you have produced is a direct result of the kind of person you have become, as a result of the choices and consciousness within your story. So you have to ask yourself, are you happy with what your life story has produced?

Many of us live in quiet desperation. We deny our dreams and aspirations out of fear – fear of the unknown, fear of change, and fear of failure. To break out of that fear, you have to break of out yourself. People do not pursue their dreams because on a subconscious level they do not believe they can achieve them, or that they do not deserve them. Paulo Coelo wrote, “…at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.” The only thing controlling your fate is you, no one can take care of your personal details better than you. However, no matter how big your dream, no matter how big your goal – your journey of realizing your dream begins with realizing yourself as seen in the following passage.

There once was a young man that tried to change the world. This proved too difficult, so he tried to change his nation. When he could not change his nation, he focused on changing his town. Since he could not change the town and now older, he tried to change his family. Now a senior, he realizes the only thing he can change is himself. He recognized that if long ago he had changed himself, he would have impacted his family and impacted his town. Their impact could have changed the nation and he could, indeed, have changed the world.

Leo Tolstoy wrote on this very topic that, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Start encouraging and developing yourself: read books, take classes, find a mentor, and begin to invest in yourself. This is the tuition, you have to pay for what you do not know in order to accomplish your goals. Making the decision to pursue your dreams is only the beginning. When you make that decision, you are actually jumping into a swiftly meandering stream of consciousness that will transport you to places never before imagined because as you change within, your perspective changes, and so the world with it.

So, how will the next chapter of your life read?

 

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Act Today to Construct an Efficient Tomorrow

Written by Nick Curtin

The legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden would often say, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” At the end of every workday we realize there is still more that we can accomplish or tasks that we did not complete. It is in these instances that we should take the initiative to prepare for tomorrow. Take 15 minutes at the end of your day and follow these 4 simple steps to act today to construct an efficient tomorrow.

Notes

Make a list of several priority items that you need to accomplish tomorrow and leave the note on your keyboard. Start the next day by focusing on these tasks. For an extra motivational boost, list them in the order you find them most difficult, and start with the hardest thing on the list. These notes will help create structure for you day.

Mini-Deadlines

Once your have established and prioritized a “to-do list” for the next day, the next step is creating deadlines. Mini deadlines. Set time durations to accomplish each of your tasks. Setting small goal will not only push you, but it will immerse your mind in confidence as you complete each item.

Organize Work Space

Clutter clutters the mind. During these 15 minutes straighten up your desk, folders, notebooks, and desktop. Entering a clean workspace the following day will decrease the distraction from accomplishing your priority items on your list.

Teamwork

Even within a business of one there are degree of teamwork. It is important as you are headed out from work to interface with your coworkers. Take this time discuss ongoing projects, delays, and accomplishments.  While discussing these subjects, it is important to utilize the process of ideation to brainstorm creative ways to tackle issues or fast track projects.

 

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