Saturday, December 27, 2014

5 New Year Resolutions for Career Enhancement in 2015

I am both proud and dissatisfied with my performance for 2014 that's why I should  have resolutions to change the course of my career.  Why am I  proud?  Because I survive a year of freelancing. Why am I dissatisfied because I financially unstable and a  little bit lost.

5  Be Organized

Do you know Nodame of Nodame Cantabile?  Well, I am almost like her when it comes to being messy and organized in my things.  This negative trait produce unwanted results in my career like forgetting notes, lost in time, spending extra money and breaking things. 

I know myself, I feel productive and creative when my things are not in order while I am working. Weird? Yes I am.  Believe me I tried to change this manner even before I worked office-based, but I  discovered that I  feel restrained and sleepy if I am seeing clean and white area. So why  all of sudden I want to change now?  I can still disorganized my computer station not my entire room. 


4 Act in Timely Fashion  

I am paying penalties of my loans and credit card fee only because  I don't act in timely fashion. My Goodness it's head-scratching moment for me when I received a bill statement for my credit card that I didn't use for months but I need to  pay Php 3000 for it.  If only I cut it right away.

Timing is also the problem why I lost some client inquiries and prospects. 

3 Be Positively Look Good

Looking good is plus point what more if you look professional from head to toe.  But since I am working from home it's inappropriate for me to wear  suit.  But I agree that if you feel beautiful, it exudes confidence in your work and dealing with people.  This year, I  know that I retreat to being comfortable of my pajama,  This is the reason why I start to agree  to go out with dates and other appointments.

2  Enhance Communication Skill

I am confident in my conversational English, but I know deep in my brain that I am not grammatically correct all the time. I know that I need to polish not only my writing or blogging skill , but generally my communication skill.  Sometimes I forget that not all people I am dealing with will let my mistakes pass.  If I need to earn trust and acquire decent jobs ( freelance, part time or full time), I definitely have to become fluent in English. 

1 Learn to be expert

One of the big lessons I learned in 2014 is don't be just familiar with the job, be knowledgeable on it. Similar to my top 2, I rely on my stock knowledge and take risk to bid without sure amount of calculation whether I can do it or not. It bounce back to me.  I am happy that I know  SEO, blogging, data entry, web research, writing and others but they are all just basic.  Of course, I am looking for better and stable salary so if I am serious to make my career path clear and thriving. I have to be expert in my field.

What about you? What are you career lessons or resolutions for your career?  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Resign or Stay: 5 Things to Consider for Decision-Making

I always says that your greatest rival in working is yourself- your attitude. Let's say you're doing your part as you work hard to the point that your office is your life almost 24/7. But then it seems not enough for your boss who are only waiting for you to do mistakes.  The worst part, she says something that's hard  to accept for your ego.

Resign or stay?

In my 10 years in the work field, I already submitted 4 resignation letters.

  • The first one was because I couldn't take  the extra job that publishing company asking from me.  Being like a production assistant was okay, since I also like doing that, but getting money directly from their clients was the worst part. 
  • Second was because I felt  like I'm carrying to much burden in all sort of aspects. I was promoted for higher position without salary increase but with additional heavier tasks that actually not my expertise. It was painful for me to leave my beloved colleagues but I need to find own growth and sustain my growing expenses.

In my current job, I'm also thinking of  submitting a resignation letter because of the following reasons:
  • Imbalance between my personal and  work time - I'm in the office 6 days a week and I report even during holidays
  • Having hard time to deal with my supervisor and other department heads
  • My office is very far from my house
  • I'm not meeting their expectations and even my own goals
  • I'm starting to like my part time job
Like you, most of these items are somewhat  invalid reasons for me. I'm thankful that I have job but being young and human too. I'm also trying to balance everything in my life. - (written a year ago)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What are 3 recommended Course for incoming College Students?

This film is good to watch so you'll know what's life after college.
Few weeks from now school classes in the Philippines will be open. Congrats to those already enrolled and just preparing for their school supplies. But for those who are still contemplating what to take or still doubting if they enrolled in a nice course, here are my 3 recommended factors to consider that I usually advice for my OJTs.

a Course that is related to your dream, passion and personality

 It's hard right? But you know the only person who will know this is only you. Sometimes you can get good advice from your circle because they believe in your capability but at the end of the day, your decision is what matter.

What about your parent's choice? Well, my sentiment about that is you can always convince them and prove that you can do it. Don't be rebellious if they stand firm but be thankful that at least they afford to send you in college.  Just believe that if you want something , you'll find way to get it while in college after graduation.

I know a writer who was BS Nursing graduate because her parents wanted her to become one but  since she's really into writing, she started to write pocket books that become best sellers. Now she's part of a leading network where she works as  TV writer.

Related to Communication

I'm not only talking about Mass Communication, Communication Arts, Advertising or Journalism but  any course that you can empower your communication skills. Actually what most job hunters don't see  are opportunities for them  outside those TV networks, radio stations or publishing companies.

If you are good in communication especially in English  - you can be a translator, businessman,  call center agent, blogger, PR officer,  talent coordinator and so on so forth that some other type of industries direly need. In fact, I think I can have more jobs now if I'm only  fluent in English thus I'm trying hard to polish it now.

Related to Social Media  and Technology

Tic tack people now are active in social media including you. And it means there's market for this and there's growing need to tap them which most companies trying to do now.  If happen you are very active in blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other websites likes these - professionalize your knowledge by taking a course about this. I do believe that in coming days,  everything is gonna be online and digital so better be an expert. I, myself, is learning to do this for a living.

Of course, there's no social media, technopreneur or online publishing without tech-savvy people.  from what I know, compare to traditional jobs we know most people from this industry earning a lot.

These are just three factors that I think can help you or at least boost your study in coming years. Whether you like Fine Arts or Civil Engineering , you might ended up need a  presentation skills and technology to enhance your career status.

Anyhow, Good Bless!