Career fit can save you from unmanageable debt

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According to Forbes, “… applying for graduate school just because you’re unemployed or don’t know what you want to do with your life is a terrible idea.” Yet, many unemployed millennials (and older unemployed people too) take out additional loans for advanced degrees, accumulating $100,000+ in debt, and often, in a profession they don’t really like and it doesn’t fit them.

Taking this route can actually make debt unmanageable since it is often impossible to find work that allows you to easily repay the debt. Often times, you stay stuck and are unable to take advantage of future opportunities since you will feel the need to play it safe and stay in positions you don’t enjoy, or thrive in, just to pay back the money.

Take a strategic, proactive approach.

If you believe you will want, or need, an advanced degree, get a job in your chosen profession and take classes at night or on the weekend. Many employers today are providing continuing education as a benefit to attract great employees.

However, FIRST, get clear about your career direction. Too often you will pick the wrong career based upon factors that may appear to be interesting to you or were recommended by someone you know and trust. (See article, Avoid the Career Mistakes that People Regret, http://wp.me/p2POui-Ui.) As many studies have shown (one is from Harvard Business Review), when you fit your work responsibilities, you will have more successful and financially rewarding jobs and careers.

Get career fit.

The Pathway PlannerTM uses the same assessment information (based upon the world’s largest validation and reliability studies) that thousands of companies use to hire. (Contact http://SeibCo.com/contact.) This educational and career planning tool helps you discover what career possibilities best suit you. The key, like anything, is taking action by learning about different career paths that may fit you. SeibCo provides the how-to-do-it in the book, It’s Time to Brag! Career Edition, (Time2Brag.com). This book also includes networking and interviewing advice for success.

Get started now, contact SeibCo today: http://SeibCo.com/contact

©Jeannette Seibly, 2015 All Rights Reserved

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning and internationally recognized business advisor. For the past 23 years, she has helped thousands of people work smarter, enjoy financial freedom, and realize their dreams now. She has an uncanny ability to help her clients identify roadblocks, and help them focus to quickly produce unprecedented results. Each client brings their own unique challenges, and her gift is helping each one create their success in their own unique way. Along the way, with her commitment, she helped create three millionaires.

Avoid the Career Mistakes that People Regret

A question many people ask themselves is, “How do I determine the best career for me?” The bottom line is, most people fail to focus on their best skills and talents. They forget, or do not understand, that career success is an inside job. They blame their boss and employers (and others – including their parents) for their careers being less than satisfying and rewarding.

Recently, I was talking with a friend as she shared about her cousins’ human services jobs. When she started making disparaging comments about her occupation, I said, “Stop it! Every job provides value in our world today. It doesn’t matter if it’s a social worker, a realtor, a server at a fast food restaurant, or a corporate executive. Each is important – and provides a service to so many.” There was a pause before she responded, “Thank you. Really, thank you. You’ll never know how much I needed to hear that!”

8 Common Errors in How We Choose Our Careers*:

1. Doesn’t require too much effort. This usually leads to job-hopping due to boredom. After a while, too many different jobs will limit getting better paying ones. Find work that keeps the mental engine revved and the laid-back style engaged.

2. Money, money, money.  Most people want to make a lot of money, for a variety of reasons. By focusing on the dollar signs, we forget that our core behaviors, thinking styles and occupational interests (along with life experiences) may not support our successes in those careers. When we fail at these high-paying jobs, our future work prospects may become limited.

3. Great job title. Career success is an inside job! (Yes, I’m repeating this phrase!) Focusing on job titles or other external factors to determine our occupational choices usually gets in the way of finding  work we enjoy doing on a daily basis. The fact is, people will be more impressed by our true happiness — it doesn’t have a job title!

4. Because the boss recommends it. Many times companies don’t put a lot of forethought into promoting or transferring their employees. (See The Most Expensive Mistake Executives Make, http://wp.me/p2POui-Ug) When people hit their proverbial career ceiling (aka Peter Principle), they feel the need to leave their employers. These employees usually look for similar work and often are not successful there either. It’s an expensive lesson for everyone.

5. Because of mom and dad. Following blindly in our parents’ footsteps or attempting to fulfill their dreams of becoming college grads, usually does not work. Not everyone needs a college degree to be happy and fulfilled.  Many people who attend college never graduate (they change majors, run out of money, or lose interest) and incur debts that can negatively impact them for the rest of their lives, and possibly their parents too.

6. Friends or other’s recommendations. Remember, career success is an inside job. (Are you getting it yet?) While it’s important to learn from others’ experiences, it’s also important to remember they are not us! Studies show that when people have the interests, core behaviors and thinking styles that fit, they are much more likely to succeed! One study conducted by the Harvard Business Review found “job fit” to be the ultimate career success indicator.

7. Failure to conduct due diligence. Use objective information to develop reality checks with intuition. Conduct network meetings and attend educational venues to determine the right career options. For example, people who are talented working with numbers do not necessarily make good CPAs or CFOs, particularly, when they lack the interests to do so.

8. Entitlement. Many young Generation Y’s and Z’s have been brought up to believe they can do anything they want. While trying out different careers can be fun, it can lead to disillusionment when they believe the next job is the ultimate “right one” and it’s not.

The solution is, find a career path that fits you: The Pathway PlannerTM uses the same assessment information (based upon the world’s largest validation and reliability studies) that thousands of companies use to hire with predictive success. (For further information, contact http://SeibCo.com/contact)

This educational and career planning tool helps you discover what career possibilities best suit you at any age (ages 16+). The key (like anything) is to get into action! Read through your results and learn about different career paths that may work for you. Next, investigate the realities of those types of occupations by networking. As opportunities in those professions open up for you, prepare for a job-winning interview.

SeibCo provides the how-to-do-it in the book, It’s Time to Brag! Career Edition, (Time2Brag.com). To get started, contact SeibCo today: http://SeibCo.com/contact

*Resource: Crown Financial Ministries (reported by Business News Daily (August 21, 2012)

©Jeannette L. Seibly, 2015 All Rights Reserved

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning and internationally recognized business advisor. For the past 23 years, she has helped thousands of people work smarter, enjoy financial freedom, and realize their dreams now.  She has an uncanny ability to help her clients identify roadblocks, and help them focus to quickly produce unprecedented results.  Each client brings their own unique challenges, and her gift is helping each one create their success in their own unique way. Along the way, with her commitment, she helped create three millionaires.

The Most Expensive Mistake Executives Make

Our major successes in business involve helping our employees, our most valuable asset, grow and develop, and enjoy job satisfaction. Unfortunately, we fail to use objective information to help determine the best job fit and career path fit when making staff promotions or lateral career moves. The same problem exists when we’re choosing our successors.

The greatest unrealized expense executives make is taking good employees and promoting them (or moving them laterally) into jobs that they are not ready for, don’t want or don’t have the skill sets to be successful. Many employees will readily take on these opportunities due to promises of bigger paychecks and desires to please their bosses – with sad results.

One fast growing company wanted to reward a good employee. They moved him out of customer service and into sales. Within 90 days, he was failing and no one knew what to do. They spent the next six months providing ongoing training, one-on-one counseling, and motivational podcasts. After many sleepless nights and daily frustrations, the employee left. A couple of clients and several top producers left with him. Unfortunately, the significant costs of these types of mistakes are not calculated (therefore, are not realized): high cost of training, loss of customers, loss of employees and proprietary information, and other tangible and intangible costs.

Unfortunately, we spend more time buying electronic gadgets than using the same due diligence and taking the same care with our people — our most valuable assets!

How to create successful moves for our employees to avoid costly mistakes:

  1. Create a 180-Day Success Plan. Keep it simple and smart. Wanting to have too many things accomplished while they are learning a new job will only create unnecessary stress. First, write it all down (See Hire Amazing Employees, Chapter 5, http://BizSavvyHire.com) Second, make sure to include conversations they need to have with key leaders and individual contributors to better understand the realities of what needs to be accomplished and how to go about getting the intended results. Third, remind them to listening will get them further than talking! (See Companies and Executives Need to Vet and Onboard Each Other! http://ow.ly/OZxJj)
  2. Use a qualified assessment. Objectively review their thinking styles, core behaviors and occupational interests by using a qualified assessment and qualified 360-degree feedback tool. (Qualified assessments are those that comply with the Department of Labor Guidelines for selection purposes.) While past accomplishments are important, they will not provide enough good objective data to predict future successes. The right interests and thinking styles account for people’s successes 50+ percent of the time.
  3. Conduct due diligence. Talking with previous managers and employees that worked with them. How did the person handle setbacks? When do they use good people skills (e.g., only with bosses, or do they also know how to respect others)? Do they manage projects on-time and within budget? Of the projects executed, how many produced intended results? What type of facilitator are they?
  4. Train them how to ask and answer the right questions. Everything is a conversation! Train the hiring managers and prospective employees on how-to-have authentic conversations, which includes probing into job responsibilities and expectations. After several conversations, put in writing what has been agreed to and what is expected. This written document will ensure clarity and the win-win outcome required.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2015 All Rights Reserved

It can be lonely at the top! An experienced business advisor, always accessible and at a nearby desk can make a positive and powerful difference for you, and your employees. My goal is to be your in-house advisor, your ally and sounding board as you navigate the complex world of your business! (Contact Jeannette: JLSeibly@SeibCo.com OR 303-917-2993)

 

Stop wishing for millions and get a job you love!

Many wish daily to become a millionaire, be wealthy and live a life of freedom — freedom from stress, strife and bills. Yet, most do nothing that will put them onto the right career path and increase the probability of achieving that lifestyle.

However, there is some additional bad news. There are many millionaires experiencing a lot of stress. So, stress isn’t going to go away. Same with strife and having bills that need to be paid.

The key to wealth? Find a job you love. Feeling wealthy is an inside job! Many times it will attract the financial freedom you crave, even if it’s not a million dollars in the bank!

Years ago I met a CFO that didn’t have any interest in financial management. Yet, he believed it would make him more money than his true interest in mechanics. His comment, “Find me a job as a mechanic that pays as well and I’ll take it.” The irony? Many good mechanics (aka ones that love their work) were making more money than he was!

The cold, hard reality is 63 to 79 percent of employees are in jobs that don’t fit them! When you are working in a job that doesn’t fit you, often, you will feel trapped. Your productivity, job satisfaction and upward career mobility are limited. You don’t develop the discipline or take consistent focused actions that will bring you success. You develop mediocre skills, fail to learn the basics required to succeed, and make a terrible boss (unfortunately, most companies reward their employees with promotions and increases in their paychecks – regardless of whether or not they fit the job)!

So, you are not alone in feeling you don’t know what to do to make more money. However, working in a job you hate usually will not bring it to you! There are many myths about becoming rich as a realtor, investor, financial planner, or in other potentially high-paying professions. Becoming rich can happen when people are good at those jobs, fit them and authentically love what they do!

This never-ending cycle continues until you wake up and get a job you truly enjoy. Or, you get fired and have to find another one. (Unfortunately, most don’t look at this event as a blessing and an opportunity to find the right job. Instead, they look for a job just like their last one! The cycle starts over again!)

Studies show (yes, one is from Harvard Business Review!) that if you have the interest, core behavior and thinking style that fit your job responsibilities, company and culture, you are much more likely to succeed!

The solution: The Pathway PlannerTM uses the same assessment information (based upon the world’s largest validation and reliability studies) that thousands of companies use to hire. (Contact http://SeibCo.com/contact) This educational and career planning tool helps you discover what career possibilities best suit you. The key (like anything) is to get into action! As you read through your results, you learn about different career paths that may work for you. Next, investigate the realities of those types of occupations by networking. As opportunities in those professions open up for you, prepare for a job-winning interview. SeibCo provides the how-to-do-it in the book, It’s Time to Brag! Career Edition, (Time2Brag.com).

Now, get to work, learn the basics of your profession and enjoy your career! You will feel like a million-bucks! (http://SeibCo.com/contact)

©Jeannette Seibly, 2015 All Rights Reserved

Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning and internationally recognized business advisor and career coach. For the past 23 years, she has helped thousands of people work smarter, enjoy financial freedom, and realize their dreams now.  She has an uncanny ability to help her clients identify roadblocks, and help them focus to quickly produce unprecedented results.  Each client brings their own unique challenges, and her gift is helping each one create their success in their own unique way. Along the way, with her commitment, she helped create three millionaires.

Creating a Job-Fit Company

Are the right people in the right seats on the right bus?

When employees (and bosses) are in the right job (job-fit), it creates a fun and rewarding work environment! The team and individual members make significant contributions to the success of the organization. Everyone experiences high levels of job satisfaction and loyalty. There is a synergy of ideas and working relationships that excel beyond the norm. Sales increase. Customers experience higher satisfaction working with the company. Profits soar. These are the results of job-fit.

Unfortunately, more than 63 percent of the working population do not fit their jobs! Why? We rely upon traditional selection methods and then rationalize hiring failures as “not our fault.” We accept poor job-fit mistakes as part of the norm. We fail to create and follow a hiring and selection system. The fact is a business is often better off leaving an “empty seat on the bus” rather than randomly filling the position with someone not well-suited to the job.

Hire the Right Person. We are often snookered by verbally adept candidates. We fall into this trap when someone has the ability to sell themselves, whether they possess true interest or capability to do the job well or not. Studies show, poor job-fit produces unhappy employees. Those who are unhappy in their work create miscommunication, make more mistakes, fail to focus on critical elements, and blame others for their inability to produce required results. They are overly focused on things that don’t matter rather than solutions that fit the vision and values of the company.

Understand the Financial Impact. Hiring people who do not fit your job requirements and your company’s culture will cost you time and money. They may even irrevocably damage your reputation. The wrong person can actually increase your business and product liability.  Unfortunately, there is no line item on your financial statement about this costly outcome. But if you analyze the true expenses, tangible and intangible, you’ll be shocked and dismayed by these hidden costs. For a quick and easy calculation, read Page 20 of Hire Amazing Employees, Second Edition (http://BizSavvyHire.com) or contact me at JLSeibly@SeibCo.com

Select the Right Tools. Develop promotion and selection processes built upon gathering reliable, valid, relevant information. This can be a challenge since we consider using scientifically designed assessments as costly, and not as important as our gut feelings. The added falsehood is that we believe we can coach, train and motivate anyone to do anything. This is wrong!

Select assessment tools that meet Department of Labor (DOL) guidelines (for a copy of the guidelines, contact me at JLSeibly@SeibCo.com) and that provide information regarding how well their mental engine, their ability to drive the engine, and their interest in doing so, fit within your company, for any specific job.

Train the Interviewers.  Many interviewers rely upon their intuition and perceptions (their guts). The pitfalls are only hear what they want to hear. They don’t catch or ignore conflicting signals. The facts are, job candidates say all the right things and make the right type of promises to get the job offer. How often has this happened to you? Use a structured interview process to discern candidates’ depth of job skill. Implement use of qualified and scientific assessments that contain interview questions. Then, use these behaviorally based questions to provide a structure to ascertain reliable job fit.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2010-2015

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Is our hiring process reactive?

Today many recruiters and hiring managers simply react when someone quits, retires, or gets fired. We post an ad, interview, and hope we’ve hired the right person.  Usually, hiring mistakes result when we focus too much on the person who left and let our biases lead us astray. We tend to look for someone who is similar or dissimilar to the person we’re replacing, and we fail to base our decisions on objective data.

To make matter worse, as creatures of habit we rely on the same old processes. They’re easy to fall back on when we don’t take the time to strategically assess where we are today and what we need to do to be successful tomorrow.

To become proactive, we need to infuse objectivity into the selection process upfront, before the interview process begins. The better-quality information we obtain from qualified tools, the better our hiring decisions.  Such objectivity requires a new mindset, a mindfulness of what we are doing and why.  For more on this subject, see my article Easily Infuse Objectivity Early in Your Hiring System. (http://wp.me/p2POui-nj)

(c)Jeannette L. Seibly, 2014

You’re not hiring the resume.

You are not hiring the resume … you’re hiring a person who possesses the skills, education, and other attributes required to be a successful cultural fit for the job. Incorporate objectivity into your hiring process by starting the conversation with team members before you post an ad. Be sure to include in your discussions thoughts, concerns, and resolutions for onboarding, key elements required for company success (don’t simply replicate an old position description), how to correctly use qualified assessment tools, and what is required to create ads designed to attract the right candidates. It will be time well-spent, saving countless dollars and hours.  For additional insights on how to save time and money, get your copy of “Hire Amazing Employees, Second Edition.” ( http://BizSavvyHire.com )

(c)Jeannette L. Seibly, 2013

Do you believe you’ve mastered the art of skimming resumes?

Many HR professionals and recruiters falsely believe they’ve mastered the art of skimming resumes. The sad truth is they miss out on many great candidates. Although job candidates do have a responsibility to learn how to sell themselves (http://TimeToBrag.com), reliance on reviewing hundreds of resumes with our inherent biases and limited analysis skills will not attract the right people to our enterprises. Learn how to infuse objectivity early in your hiring process and you’ll increase your qualified candidate pool while achieving better hiring results. (See: Easily Infuse Objectivity Early In Your Hiring System: http://wp.me/p2POui-nj)

(c)Jeannette L. Seibly, 2013

New executives are wrongly focused.

Recently I was talking with an executive who was having a difficult time working with another executive inside his company. When I said, “Sounds like she’s in denial,” he responded, “She’s in denial about a lot of things.” Many times new executives are focused on the wrong things. Either the company did not take time to effectively onboard them, or the new hire wasn’t listening and had his or her own agenda.  Making changes and taking unfocused action steps without buy-in from the executive team and employees can get anyone into immediate trouble. The higher up you are on the organizational ladder, the fewer places there are to hide out—the responsibility and accountability solely rests on you.  If you’re one of these struggling leaders, immediately find yourself a mentor and business advisor. It’s important that you quickly rectify bad decisions with guided expertise and correct the old methodology of your work habits.

(c)Jeannette L. Seibly, 2013

Sticky fingers

Yup. We hire them. They come in all ages, both genders, and every ethnic and professional status. It could be taking pens, stacks of paper or toner, sharing proprietary information, or reselling larger items from the company stockroom. Use a qualified core value assessment tool coupled with a thorough background check to look for people with a history of sticky fingers. Remember, many thieves haven’t been caught—yet. Or, they were caught and the company didn’t file a police report. Safeguard your company and employees and inventory by being thorough during the selection process.

(c)Jeannette L. Seibly, 2013

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