NEW YEAR, NEW GOAL, SAME YOU

Written by Lilly Segura

 

2015 is finally here and with the New Year come new goals. This year my goal is to help you with your pursuits! Now is a time for self-improvement in many facets of life be it socially, physically, professionally etc. Although many of us wait for the New Year to begin these various changes in our lives, we have to remember that we have the rest the year to set goals and meet them.  This is particularly true in our careers. We should always strive to improve ourselves professionally throughout the year.

The Importance of Goal Setting & Keeping Motivated

If you are not sure about what your goals should be, ask yourself: is there something that I am not yet doing that perhaps would help me reach what I would like to obtain? Whether that means that you want to get a promotion, make the next step towards performing your duties better, or transition in your career, and keep your eye on the prize. Visualizing your end goal is a great motivator to keep you moving forward and once you achieve your goal, there is no better feeling.

Trial and Error: Learn From Your Misgivings

Sometimes we fall short of our goals, but that is not necessarily a negative thing. Do not despair! All goals are made with one thing in mind: self-improvement. Sometimes things do not go our way and it is up to us to learn every lesson from it. Try to remember the last time you made an error and ask yourself why that happened and what you could have done differently. All you need to do flatten that bump in the road. Make the changes you feel necessary. It is all part of the journey to reaching your goal!

Boosting the Morale of your Environment from Leading by Example

Setting goals is about holding yourself accountable for performance. Performance is relevant no matter what position you are in or what move you are trying to make within your life. People will take notice of your efforts for self-improvement. Your coworkers will also see your positivity and in turn you can be a great motivator to them. Not to mention, your boss will see that you are striving to become better and more complete professional.

May this article help you in your efforts and happy New Year on behalf of the whole Apollo Staff! For more informative articles check out the rest of our blog or visit our Facebook and Twitter!

  Disclaimer: The views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.

Navigating the Holiday Party at Work

Written by Lilly Segura

It is that time of the year again, folks! The holly jolly holidays, along with the holiday party at your office. Parties come in many different forms. Perhaps you work at a smaller company or branch office and will be celebrating by having a quaint dinner. Perhaps you work at a larger company with a great campus and the party consists of multiple attendees including family. No matter the kind of a celebration you are attending there are a few ground rules everyone should keep in mind

1. Clothing

Do remain in a professional mind frame

The office get together is definitely a more relaxed environment for you and your coworkers to enjoy each other’s company. Remember that you are still at a work function even if you’ve stepped outside the office. Follow the general rules you normally would for a typical workday.

If the gathering is themed (i.e. ugly Christmas party sweater) partake in the fun! This will show everyone that you are a team player!

Don’t go too casual

If the gathering is a bit more casual you want to make sure your clothing is neat, tidy, and wrinkle free. Your outfit should also be modest. No stilettos or thigh high slits! Even though you might not work at a fashion design company now is the time to think outside the box and maybe even impress the bosses. They always say you should dress for the job you want. Do so by showing everyone that you are refined and polished, yet fun! Your boss might even see you in a different light and give that promotion a second thought!

2. Alcohol – What is a holiday party without a little bubbly?

Do drink in moderation

Make sure you will still be able to remain pleasant and amicable among your coworkers and loved ones. Also keep in mind that you might need to drive home and weather conditions can be harsh around this time of year.

Don’t be the office drunk. You will be made fun of for the rest of the year — or until someone else gains the title.

3. Conversation

Do remain positive and celebrate your free time together.

The office holiday functions to inject the company with unity. Remember that you are celebrating both your and the company’s success – make sure to show everyone how proud you are to be a part of a great staff!

Don’t say anything at all if you don’t have anything nice to say. Everyone is there to have a nice time and no one appreciates a Negative Nancy.

4. Multiple Customs

The holidays are a time to be merry! And a time for us to be conscious of the different holidays which are celebrated at the end of the year.

Do wish everyone “happy holidays” to avoid any stickiness

Don’t take it offensively if someone extends their good wishes for a holiday that you do not celebrate.  It is everyone’s intention to spread good cheer.

Moreover, remember to have fun! Workplace parties do not take place often. Do not be a scrooge and miss out on the yuletide jubilee. Enjoy your time with your fellow coworkers! Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: The views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of my employer.

 

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The Unwritten Rules: Entry Level Positions and Your Professional Self

Written by Lilly Segura

So you are fresh out of college and you have just landed your entry level position. Congrats! A whole new world lies right before you, as well as a whole new set of unwritten rules. Below I have provided 5 rules to aid your first expedition into the professional world.  Some of the rules may prompt you to crown me Captain Obvious, others may even seem silly, but nonetheless these are key factors that people have been prone to forget.  

1. Learn to assess your environment

Sometimes being a rookie can stink – the maverick associates may crack a joke or the previous newbie may give you the stink eye. Do not take these things to heart. Getting to know everyone can take time and its important to be patient as you adjust to the new work environment. Part of learning your new surroundings is assessing what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. So be sure to keep this in mind as adapting to your new company is just as important as your initial tasks and training!

2. Some words are better left unsaid

On Monday morning you may want to share your weekend and retell the events that transpired while you were standing in line at the Funky Soul Club and that is okay! A personable approach and building camaraderie within the work setting are always great. However, there are moments when these tales can be a wee bit inappropriate. Sometimes, people have the propensity to say or share a little more than they should in the work place. It is also important to keep in mind that in cases where your sentences starts with, “I don’t want to be a jerk but,” or, “I don’t mean to sound blankety blank but…” you may not want to finish that sentence. Remember that no matter where you are – be it at a business conference in Miami, on a lunch meeting with a client, or chatting with a coworker in the bathroom – you are an extension of your employer and should do your best to represent your company’s name to the best of your abilities with courtesy and poise.

3. Follow proper protocol

Familiarize yourself with the employer’s policies and procedures. One of the easiest ways to make a newbie mistake is being ignorant of these rules! To contractors – when you are working with a staffing company, it is not only important to know your place of work’s rules, but the staffing company’s policies as well. When in doubt about a particular situation, it is always helpful to keep both your supervisor and your staffing company in the loop; as the immediate supervisor or manager may not be familiar with contractor protocols. The safest bet for everyone is to learn all rules about operating as a professional within the new company.

4. Hygiene & dress code

I know what you are thinking – you do not need me to tell you to shower or that certain shirts (low, low cut) are inappropriate, but oh yes, I do! I have heard a few stories in my day that would (hopefully!) be shocking to professionals of every industry. Keeping your body clean and dressing appropriately are self-evident truths that we all can and should agree upon. This is so basic and imperative, it is akin to forgetting to bring your resume on a first interview, but worse since odors can be much more offensive. Big no no!

5. Have fun!

Get involved! Whether that is a company’s Fantasy Football League, walk-a-thon, or volunteering – just do it! It may sound a little dorky, but you never know what you might miss by standing on the sideline.  Your job does not have to be all work. Get in there and have fun!

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The Unwritten Rules: The Thank you Letter

How and Why to Write a Thank You Letter

By Lilly Segura

Congratulations! If you are writing a thank you letter, or are thinking about writing one you have recently gone on an interview. Thank you letters are a great way to follow up post-interview and show the Hiring Manager that you are still interested in the position after meeting. If you stick to these five general rules your thank you letter will surely make you stand out among the competition:

Appreciation towards the Hiring Manager

Be sure to thank the hiring manager for their time. This is the main purpose of a thank you letter and a thoughtful gesture on your part. Be sure to both open and close the letter with a thank you.

Maintain Professional Vernacular

Your language should always be professional. When writing your letter be sure to leave out any slang or relaxed language. I recently received a thank you letter that read, “Thank you for taking the time out of your crazy busy schedule…”         

Although the language is not inappropriate the word crazy is used as a slang term. Try to avoid words like ‘cool’, ‘awesome’, or (my personal favorite) ‘tight’. In this case the words: highly, very, or extremely would have worked beautifully.

Exhibit your Passion for the Job

Show your enthusiasm for the position. Be sure to reiterate—because I am sure you have already mentioned at your face to face interview—that you are excited about the possibility of working at the company. Write something along the lines of, “I saw many great things when looking around and I think I would be a great asset to the group!”

Punctual Delivery

Do not wait too long to send the letter. Generally you should send the thank you letter between 1-2 days post interview when you are still fresh in the Hiring Manager’s mind. Hopefully you dressed professionally too!

Grammar

Finally, please, please, please be sure to check your grammar and spelling. Do not rely on autocorrect. You can even have a fresh pair of eyes look for your mistakes by asking a friend or colleague to proof read it.

 

Now go make a great impression and get that job! Happy writing!

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