You just got an email from your boss telling you a new computer system is being installed next month, and you're expected to get up to speed on how to use it in two weeks.
This news makes you:
A. Excited. You love learning new things that will increase efficiency.
B. Apprehensive. You were finally getting used to the existing system.
C. Angry. You don't see why it's needed. If it's not broken, why fix it?
If you didn't answer A, you might be more uncomfortable with change than you realize, says Erica Lankford, an instructor in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix Birmingham Campus. "If you want to thrive at work," she says, "you need to be able to accept that change is inevitable and embrace it in order to grow."
She offers six ways to prepare for change:
1. Join professional organizations.
By signing up for work-related groups and regularly attending networking events with colleagues in your field, Lankford says, "you will start hearing a lot of different perspectives
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You just got an email from your boss telling you a new computer system is being installed next month, and you're expected to get up to speed on how to use it in two weeks.Read More »from How to Embrace Change in Your Industry
Culture shock doesn't just affect tourists bumbling through a foreign land - workers can experience it, too. That feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when your alarm goes off every morning, the sigh you let out as you park your car in front of the office and your flagging job performance could all be signs that you're experiencing organizational culture shock.Read More »from How to Evaluate Organizational Culture
Holly Rick, PhD, campus college chair for the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix Main Campus, suggests asking these five questions during your next job interview to determine if a company is a good fit:
Are salaries and benefits on par with those of competitors?
You should be paid what you're worth. If a potential employer is offering low pay and a slim benefits package, Rick has one piece of advice: "Run."
In certain situations, however, it would be acceptable to take a position with a sub-par salary. "Sometimes," Rick says, "you have to take a step down to get to the next level in your career."
Do you have what it takes to become a manager? "There's a fallacy in business that good workers always get promoted up to management, and this just isn't the case," says Robert Balcerzak, a management consultant and area chair of the MBA program at the University of Phoenix Indianapolis Campus. "You have to seek those opportunities out yourself."
Here, he and other experts share their tips on how to make the leap from cubicle to corner office:
"The first thing anyone who wants to become a manager should do is let it be known that you want to manage," Balcerzak advises.
Watch your image.
Managers lead not just with their work, but also their behavior, he says. "Good managers are respected because they project the image of leadership, and they do it consistently," he points out. That means dressing and acting the part - even before you have it.
Michael Lee, a banking manager and area chair for the MBA program at the Idaho Campus, agrees. "What will getRead More »from How to Get into Management
In the age of digital sophistication, job seekers are employing all kinds of gimmicks on their résumés - from infographics to portraits - to get attention.
While some of these fancy features may give you an edge, it's important to do your research first to make sure your résumé matches the culture of the company you're hoping to impress, according to Cassandra Jackson, instructor in the MBA program for the University of Phoenix Detroit Campus and human resource manager for the city of Detroit. Many of these tricks only work in specific fields and for less-conservative companies.
So how do you know if the gimmick is right for you? Jackson weighs in on five résumé tricks and what to consider before using them:
Quick Response (QR) codes are those square bar codes that are showing up on products and ads. The codes can be scanned by smartphones to quickly connect users to a website.
By creating a QR code and placing it on your résumé, you can easily directRead More »from 5 Résumé Tricks and when to Use Them
Here's some news you're bound to "Like": Facebook - the same site that hosts your embarrassing pictures from last weekend - could help you climb the corporate ladder. And why not? With an estimated 1 billion users on the site, there's a fair chance that the company you work for - as well as the one you want to work for - has a presence there.
Follow these five tips to transform the Facebook® social network into a career network:
Enable your News Feed's "Subscribe" feature.
If you want to use Facebook for career networking, you need to keep your personal and professional lives separate, according to Noland Hoshino, a graduate of the University of Phoenix MBA program and co-founder of digital and social communications company [B]cause Media.
"You can activate a Subscribe feature on your personal account and select the type of content [anyone outside your circle] can see," he explains. Subscribers will only see your public posts, keeping your private life just that -Read More »from 5 Career Advancement Tips for Facebook
If you've been toiling in a shrinking industry, don't panic. There may be options for a second act to your career. Here are five surprising industries that are seeing a lot of growth:
Consider yourself a true "people person"? Use your people skills in the expanding human resources sector, suggests Sandra Abbey, an MBA program instructor at the University of Phoenix Southern Arizona Campus and senior director for the Tucson Airport Authority. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects growth in this industry to reach 28.3 percent between 2010 and 2020.
How to get a leg up: A human resource management certificate may help provide you with the skills you need to seek a new career in corporate HR.Read More »from 5 Hot Tips on Growth Industries
Recast your interest in providing service to others into the growing field of teaching English as a second language (ESL), Abbey says. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there has been a monumental swell in students who speak a
- University of Phoenix | Secrets to Your Success – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 2:13 PM EST
If your interaction with faculty members is limited to just the time you're in their classes - and just to discussions about the coursework - you may be missing out on important networking opportunities.
"Any time students can build a rapport with faculty members from the get-go will help them in the long run in various ways," says Amanda Hendricks, external scholarship manager at the University of Phoenix Center for Scholarship Excellence. She offers five tips on how to develop these key relationships:Read More »from 5 Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Instructors
Take advantage of office hours.
"Whether you are attending school in a virtual or physical environment, you have to find ways to connect with faculty members if you want them to notice you or advise you academically," Hendricks says. Start establishing that connection during office hours or through emails. That foundation, she adds, will ease your anxiety when you need advice, such as on where you should go to graduate school.
Earn a faculty recommendation.
You work long hours. You eat junk food purchased from the office vending machine while you multitask. You don't remember the last time you went out for lunch. Does this sound like you?
If you're like many working professionals, chances are you seldom take the traditional lunch break, which is disappearing from American office culture.
"If we don't take a break once in a while, we lose focus, make mistakes and become less productive," he explains. Here are five reasons to put lunch back in your routine:
You'll have more energy.Read More »from 5 Reasons to Take a Lunch Break
"Taking frequent rest breaks helps combat fatigue, whether we're exercising or working," Hebert says. Just as elite athletes balance intervals of intense exercise with rest periods while training for competition, our brains and bodies also perform
Instead of spending hours posting old prom pictures on social media, you might consider using that time to bolster your career, suggests Virginia Green, owner of The Biz Visions Group and an instructor in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus.
Employers are paying more attention than ever to social media, Green emphasizes, so it's important to make your time online count if you're seeking a job or want to enhance your professional standing. According to the Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey 2011, 89 percent of companies planned to recruit through social media, up from 83 percent in 2010.
Here are Green's recommendations on the best social media options and how to use them to improve your career:
Why: Green says "absolutely everyone" should have a Linkedin® profile. With 175 million members, "it's the way people are getting jobs."
What to do: Not only should you fill out every aspect of your profile to strengthen yourRead More »from How to Use Social Media to Boost Your Career
- University of Phoenix | Secrets to Your Success – Mon, Aug 13, 2012 6:53 PM EDT
The rapid growth of both technology and globalization is transforming the way people work. In her new book "Society 3.0: How Technology Is Reshaping Education, Work and Society" (Lang, 2012), Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, vice president and managing director of Apollo Research InstituteSM, examines how the nature of work is changing. Here are the top five trends she predicts will grow over the next 20 years:Read More »from 5 Forecasts for How Work Will Change in the Future
1. You will change roles and employers more frequently.
"Gone are the days when people would spend most of their productive lives working for one company and retire 30 years later with a gold watch," Wilen-Daugenti says. She expects workers in the future to have serial careers, and average at least 10 different employers.
"The proliferation of virtual organizations will accelerate this multiple-job trend, as more people join workgroups from remote locations or choose to work as contractors."
2. A greater number of small businesses will provide niche services.
Using the Internet,