The most important factor in career advancement

According to a survey conducted by The SANS Institute, your communication and writing skills are ranked as the most important factor in career advancement. This week’s podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar with Daphne Gray-Grant author of 8.5 Steps to writing faster, better.

Writing is an important element in our career. Whether it is writing proposals or writing a resume, learning how to write effectively and in a timely manner has never been more critical for our work. It is surprising how much of our professional time is spent writing, or thinking about what we need to write. I thought I had a pretty good handle on this area. I found Daphne’s ideas quite simple to use, yet have had a terrific impact on my own ability to write better and yes, faster.

Daphne suggests that you spend 40% of your time brainstorming, 20% of your time writing and 40% of your time editing. I have implemented her ideas over the past few weeks with terrific success. As Daphne shared ” I know that writing isn’t always easy- but there are easier ways to become a better writer”

This week’s 60 Second Workout – Try editing after you have finished your writing, not as you are creating the content.

This week’s CareerPoll: How would you rate your job-hunting skills?

Last week’s CareerPoll results: Are you in the same profession that you majored in school for?

The Canadian Career Development Webinar : Friday, April 30, 12 – 1 PM EST. One Man, One Year, 52 Jobs: Finding Your Best Career Fit with Sean Aiken, author of The One-Week Job

Are you struggling with the question: what’s the best career for me? Or maybe you already have a career and you are asking yourself about change: How can I find a career that suits me, my skill-set? What are some of the best ways to find a career I’m passionate about? How do I discover my transferable skills? How can I be pro-active to gain the career – and life – I want? Join Alan Kearns as he interviews Sean Aiken who found a unique way of answering these types of questions: The One Week Job Project. In his Project, anyone, anywhere, could offer Sean a job for one week. Any money he earned for the work, he asked the employer to donate towards the ONE / Make Poverty History campaign. Total earned = $20,401.60

On his inspirational quest, Sean tried everything: Bungee Instructor, Dairy Farmer, Advertising Executive, Baker, Stock Trader, Firefighter, and more. Wherever he could find work, he’d go there, find a couch to crash on and immerse himself in whatever profession was at hand. And then he’d move on.

FREE Webinar Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage risk in your career? Join our free webinar- Thurs, April 29th 12 – 1 PM EST. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now! It’s easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register. You can also join me live at a free career event the Mississauga Library Thurs April 29 7:30-8;30

Who’s your career coach? Feeling stuck? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview preparation? Invest in yourself; get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.

Brainstorming, along the road with you!

Alan

PS. Looking for help with your resume and job-hunting? My 90-Day Career Search Program will help you find a job faster and easier.

PPS. Join me Thurs Jan 29 7:30-8:30 for presentation Get the Right Career Right Now! at the Mississauga Library.