Create Great Employees: Employers Listen Up!

How To Create Great Employees:  It is The Invisible Economic Strain In Our Workforce that you can change!

In this Episode Listen to Michelle Talk about this topic.  Create great employees:   In a labor market that is at a historic low, businesses are seeing a high rate of turnover and even ghosting in the workplace.  It is a costly trend. Companies are seeing the value in shifting how they train to retain their employees.  It is far less expensive to invest in quality training.  A community mindset work culture that promotes employee retention is best; rather than continually training new employees.  Also, this nurtured environment promotes employee’s self-worth.  The end result is better work engagement and deeper relationships with fellow colleagues.

The result is better morale, work productivity and lower employee turnover rates!

The positive workplace connections and better knowledge base for the demands of their job has the potential for big payoffs.  It is a benefit for the company in reduced hiring costs as well. This creates a win-win scenario.  Talks of expanding apprenticeship programs are on the rise.

In order for the efforts to be successful, it is important to understand what challenges this group faces.  As a result, this will ensure quality training for the companies that want to train and hire them.

According to research, there are approximately 20 million college students who entered college in the fall of 2018.  19.4% self-reported having a disability.  This number has nearly doubled from 10 years ago and the impact on the educational system has been tremendous.   Colleges across the U.S. are developing programs to meet the needs of these diverse students.  The most prevalent disability is ADHD, a neurologically based disorder.

Of the students surveyed, 79% of the students who reported a disability listed ADHD as their challenge.

As these students enter our workforce, it would be beneficial for us to help them transition with strong skillsets.   Often, these neurologically diverse groups need specific guidance and training. Unfortunately,  skill sets may be assumed and overlooked for the average employee. This invisible disability flies under the radar and yet has a very impactful effect on job success. 

 “knowledge itself is power.”

Michelle R. Raz, M.A. Ed., is a professional executive function coach and educational consultant. Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog.   Or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.  It is full of exercises and strategies you can put to use immediately.

Key Qualities Valued by Employers

Key Qualities Valued by Employers

Key Qualities Valued by Employers

how do you rate yourself ?

Being a good employee goes beyond being smart and talented. There are so many qualities employers and human resource managers are constantly on a look out for when recruiting a new employee for their organizations.

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How do you stack up?

As an employee or an applicant, understanding these unique employee traits can help improve your chances of promotion and success at the workplace. Here are the top qualities valued by employees. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-5. If you get a score of 36 or less, you may want to seek out resources to improve in these key areas.

  • Good Communication: Good communication is very important in the workplace. Employees who communicate well are those who listen attentively, understand the message before responding. They also know that inappropriate communication can lead to misunderstanding within and outside the organization. (score__)
  • Positive Attitude: Employees with a positive attitude to work do not moan at menial tasks; instead, they accept constructive criticism with a smile on their faces. They have happy behaviors that are contagious and always optimistic about getting their works done on time. (score__)
  • Flexible and Adaptable: Employees who are flexible and adaptable are willing to move from one task, setting, or location to the other at ease. They possess the emotional intelligence that helps them adapt to situations at all times. (score__)
  • Strives for Excellence: All organizations need employees who strive for excellence. They have the right skill and experience needed to ensure that all members of their teams deliver nothing but outstanding results. (score__)
  • Good Work Ethic: In today’s workplace that is filled with so many distractions, finding employees with good work ethics tend to be difficult. However, employees who have the right work ethics know when to block distractions on their jobs. (score__)
  • Accepts Responsibility: Great employees are those ready to accept responsibilities for their actions and apologize for their wrongdoings without taking offense. (score__)
  • Produces High Quality: Exceptional employees are not just ready to meet target; they also ensure that they deliver an in-depth result with great quality. (score__)
  • Produces High Quantity: Good employees are not just after the quality of their projects; they also ensure that they achieve more in terms of quantity. (score__)
  • Highly Reliable: Highly reliable Employees are honest people who are willing to admit their mistake, follow instructions, show up to work on time, and stick to deadlines. (score__)
  • Eager to learn: Employees who are eager to learn are enthusiastic and ambitious people that strive for success. They build a great working environment that inspires new ideas and ensures that co-workers are engaged. (score__)
  • Ability to Problem Solve: Problem-solving skill is one of the great qualities all employees must possess. Employees who possess these skill set goals for themselves, aspire to learn, follow instructions, and work towards producing excellent results only. (score__)
  • Takes Initiative Creative: All employees need to be creative and think outside the box when carrying out some task in order to ensure that they achieve great results. (score__)

 

  • Resourceful & Enjoys reading: Employees who enjoy reading are valued at the workplace because they are knowledgeable and have ideas to contribute to ensuring their organization attains its full potential. These types of employees are interested in self-growth. (score__)
  • High energy stamina: Although not all employees have the same energy stamina, the best type of employees are those that speak in a way which makes people around them feel comfortable no matter their job title or role. (score__)
  • Accurate: Accuracy is also another important quality every employee must possess. Employees who have eyes for details deliver nothing but accurate results and avoid unnecessary errors. (score__)
  • Attentive to details: Attention to details is also an important quality all employees must possess. Employees who take pride in their job place lots of consideration on their daily task and pay the right attention to details. (score__)
  • Punctual Good Attendance: Good employees show up at work on time, they incorporate extra time in their schedule in case they run into delays. (score__)
  • Works well with others: Exceptional employees are team players who work with others at ease. They have the patience; social skill and tolerance needed to ensure people around them are comfortable. They also nurture good relationships with their team members and are willing to learn from each other. (score__)Total Score: ­­­­­­­­­___________

Employees interested in self-development must be willing to carry out a critical assessment of how well they are performing at work using the qualities employers value. How did you do rating yourself? Were you honest? This will help discover areas you can improve on to increase your chances of promotion and success on the job.

 

Interview Tactics for Tough Questions: Especially for ADHDers

Interview Tactics for Tough Questions: Especially for ADHDers

Interview Tactics for Tough Questions: especially for ADHDers

How do you answer this interview question that is so commonly used?

What are your weaknesses?

For someone with ADHD this question can seem so clear and easy to answer. In fact, I have had clients tell me that they readily gave the good, bad and ugly during their interview which led to 0 follow up interviews. Why?

Though this question might look simple, it is a tough one that requires a detailed and well-thought answer because good intentions of being honest could point out flaws that may stop you from getting the job.

How to interview

You would think an employer would like honesty and knows that no one is perfect. But the purpose of this question goes deeper than looking into honesty.   It is about perspective.

That is why it is very important that you get yourself prepared ahead of time while on a lookout for a job and remember that when an employer asks of your weaknesses, they are not interested in the negatives.

They really want to know how adaptable and effective you are at making yourself a better person.

Here are more common interview questions and how to deal with them in a job interview:

How well do you work under pressure? We are on a tight schedule and have deadlines to complete projects.

  • Time management

So many job seekers and even professional experience difficulties in managing their time and completing their to-do list within eight hours of work. Talk about prioritizing and pinpointing the most vital task of the day and tackling them first. Talk about your strategies on what works for you and focus on solutions.

  • Deadlines & Procrastination
    Just like time management, procrastination is also a weakness which makes you put off a job because you aren’t prepared mentally for it. Frame your response to this and put you in a positive light. Discuss how you take actionable steps by dividing your task into smaller chunks so that the project doesn’t seem too overwhelming. Or how you reward yourself for completing difficult tasks. Focus on what works for you to get motivated when it is daunting.   This exercise may just reinforce what to actually do by creating a positive mindset to get it done.

How do you handle stress in the workplace?

  • Stress
    Getting stressed at the workplace is natural. The key here is to talk about how you handle stress and not let it get in the way of your work goals. What do you do to help manage your stress levels?   Discuss what you do like: yoga, meditation, running, walking, team sports etc. You could give an example of a situation of how you handled yours stress in the past in a positive light.

Tell me about yourself

  • How do you work with people? Are you an introvert or extrovert?
    If you say that you are an introvert and like to work alone, this may come across negative and be a deal breaker. Personality is important in the workplace and seeming aloof or withdrawn around people who are outspoken could appear to be a weakness. But personalities in the workplace should be balanced with people who compliment each other.   If you have a big project and need it to get done, it would be difficult to get anything accomplished with a lot of outspoken leaders without a solution-oriented person. Talk about how you balance a team with careful thought out solution oriented discussions. You like to reflect on best ways to handle situations or that you are a quiet leader who leads more be example than saying.

You cannot possibly predict what your questions will be at an interview. Most employers seek a capable team player who will enhance the workplace environment.   The key is to show how you could fit in with their organization, strategize problems and be someone who is reflective striving for self-improvement daily.

Now go Land That Job!

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

 

Up Cycle Your Old Resume for a New Career Focus

Up Cycle Your Old Resume for a New Career Focus

Career Recycle Your Resume

“Use your past to create your future with purpose and intent” – Michelle Raz

 Take Action
Go search for your resume on your computer, or grab the most recent copy sitting on your desk.

Now, sit down, and take a close look at it. You’re not looking at it to revise or update it. You’re examining it closely to see if the jobs you’ve done in the past are really what you’re most interested in doing and what kind of work you’re best suited for.

Renew your Career

When you’re looking for a job, knowing what has gone well and what hasn’t in a job from the past will help you make the best decision about which job to apply to next. It gives insight into what types of work you would enjoy the most and which you would perform the best at.

Now, settle back with your resume and maybe a notepad and pen to make some notes. This activity can help you avoid being one of the 51 percent of the 100 million full-time workers in the US who don’t feel like they are really connected to their jobs or one of the 16 percent who resent their jobs and complain to colleagues all the time.

Read Each Job Title.

Ask yourself whether you liked each particular position you’ve held. Were there aspects of it that got you excited about doing the work? What parts of it didn’t you like?

Also, ask yourself if each job matched your personality. Did it mesh well with how you like to work?

Consider the Job Environment and the Position Itself.

Did the working environment work for you?

What factors about the job or the working environment led you to quit or leave?

What job duties did you particularly excel at? Which ones were more challenging to you?

Now, Dig a Little Deeper.

Consider whether each position matched the values that you hold now. Embrace the fact that you may have changed over the years in what you think is important for your life.

If a job didn’t match your values, how did it go against them?

Think about what made you excited to get to work at each job. Those are the parts of the job that you want to look for in a new position.

Analyze what you most definitely did not get excited about at work. Did you get bored? Those are the aspects of a job you want to avoid in a job search.

With the information you can garner from looking more closely at your resume, you’ll be empowered to search for a job that matches your particular needs and desires for your work. When you get a job you’re excited about doing, you’re more likely to be successful and enjoy yourself while on the clock.

Take your notes with the new insights and work your resume around what did work for you and what you want to have more of in your next job. Highlight the areas that are important to you in your newly up-cycled resume and the right employer match will pick up on your assets. It just may help you create the work environment you truly desire for yourself.

No more dead-end jobs that you are just doing to get by until the “right one” comes along.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog and learn about my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.

For Hire! Educated and Unemployed Millennials

For Hire! Educated and Unemployed Millennials

“I was surprised by how high (unemployment) is for millennials…Unemployment is becoming a youth problem” – Andrew Hanson, research analyst at Georgetown University

It’s a day like any other.

You get up, pour your first cup of coffee, and hold your breath while you scan through your email.

Maybe this is the morning.

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The one where you hear back about one of the jobs you applied for.

Just one…please, just one.

But it’s not to be. Not this morning, anyway.

You heave a sigh, take another sip of coffee, and resign yourself to sending more applications into what seems to be a black hole.

Don’t they have to hire someone? Why can’t that someone be you?

Though unemployment is high among millennials, there’s a way you can give yourself an edge. I’ll show you how.

Let’s dive in.

There’s A Reason Many Millennials Are Unemployed

If you were born between 1981 and 1996 , you’re considered one of the millennial generation. There are a lot of you; over 83 million, more than one-quarter of the US population. More even than the baby boomers!

According to a special report compiled by the Economist magazine, millennials are “the brainiest, best-educated generation ever”. About 61% of you have attended college, in comparison to 46% of baby boomers.

This doesn’t seem like a problem at first. On the contrary, it sounds very positive.

However, your college degree now feels worth about as much as your high school diploma because the supply of educated workers is much higher than the demand for them in the workforce. As many as 39 percent of people under 25 are either unemployed or underemployed.

U.S. census data shows that 40 percent of our nation’s unemployed are millennials.

In other words, it’s not your fault if finding a job has been tough.

Don’t Be Daunted By High Unemployment Statistics

First, I want you to flip your perspective: 40 percent unemployed means 60 percent employed.

While it’s easy for your focus to be drawn to the unemployed number when you’re bombarded with by media reports day after day, when you choose to acknowledge the employed figure, you’ve already started strengthening your mindset and intent.

And a positive mindset is one of your most important tools for successfully finding work.

Each day, take time to deliberately focus on the positive aspects of your life. Sit for a few minutes and write a list of what’s right in your world. You’ll find over time that keeping yourself in an optimistic outlook will enhance your job search, leading you to being open to new ideas and inspirations.

Get Clear On What You Love To Do

Rather than looking for just any job, get clear on what you really love to do.

I get it if you’ve got to take a job to pay the bills. If you do, acknowledge to yourself that it’s a bridge to something you truly love, so that you don’t end up feeling stuck and hopeless

You’ll find a number of tools you can use In my book, Happiness, Passion, and Purpose,A step by step guide on how to nourish the patterns of your life into the job you will love and land it!

Here are a couple of them:

Campbell Interest and Skill Survey:

The Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS) measures self-reported vocational interests and skills. Like traditional interest inventories, the CISS interest scales reflect an individual’s attraction for specific occupational areas.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is a popular career assessment tool. Psychologist Edward Kellog Strong, Jr. developed the test in 1927 to help soldiers transitioning out of the military find jobs. Despite it being nearly a century old, it’s still quite relevant today.

You can also get direct, hands-on experience. One way people often overlook is to take a job through a temporary placement agency. This is a low-risk way to explore a career without a major commitment, yet while getting paid.

As well, another option is to volunteer in a field which interests you. This is a great way to test the waters and gain valuable skills. You’ll often receive useful training that will support your skill development. Another upside is that your volunteer work could become long-term employment since you have an edge on any opening that may arise in the organization.

Now Find An Underserved Niche

Once you’ve landed on a profession that interests you, do some research to find specific niches within that profession that are underserved.

For example, if you want to be a fitness coach, coaching seniors is a niche that’s currently in demand.

Other careers that in general are underserved, are:

●     Personal financial advisor

●     Counselor, therapist, social worker

●     Scientists

●     Mathematicians

What niches might you discover within these fields that need you, and which you’d love?

You Can Give Yourself An Advantage

It sucks to apply for job after job and hear nothing back.

Like wandering through a barren desert shouting for help.

But you don’t have to go through each day feeling discouraged.

Now that you know the steps to give you an advantage, you can turn around your search in your favor. Not only will you feel more optimistic, your optimism will overflow into and enhance the rest of your life.

You’ll feel more cheerful. You know the right career is out there for you; it’s simply a matter of harnessing the power of your focus and intent.

Raz Coaching specializes in helping people with executive function challenges associated with ADHD, PTSD, Stress, TBI’s and ASD find careers they will love and land them. Read more at www.razcoaching.com/about Or sign up for the weekly blog or purchase my new book Happiness+Passion+Purpose.