The End

Halfway through writing my biweekly blog, I came across this fantastic piece from “Mickey” on his official Rakuten blog. It is such a great lesson, I want to share this with you to hopefully inspire thought and action. If you are not in the career or company you truly want, make a change. If you are, be sure to map out what you want to accomplish, were you want to be and then what you need to reach your target. Most importantly, you must be willing and determined to do whatever is necessary each day to get what you want. And of course, remember to ask for it when the time is right! Continue reading The End

I Want… Dos and Don’ts

Have you ever wanted something but for whatever reason, did not ask for it? Did you miss an opportunity and later have regret? Or is it you did ask and you did not receive what you requested? In this post, I want to cover the basics as to when to ask and when to wait. Below are a few professional situations that asking for, or not, will pay off. Continue reading I Want… Dos and Don’ts

Finding the Right Career Opportunity

As everyone knows, we are currently in a “Sellers’ Market” where there are more open positions then there are candidates. For specific skills, the problem is much worse (for employers). This of course is great for candidates, especially for those in very high demand, IT professionals for example. When I search the web for IT jobs in Tokyo, several thousand results come up. When I try and narrow this down by job function, technology, experience and skills, still thousands remain. As a candidate, how are you able to research and determine which company, industry or job type is the best fit for you? It would be a full time job to manage this and even then, a candidate may not be able to get all of the information needed to make the best choice; moreover, many times, candidates are unaware of all of the great companies actively searching for them! Continue reading Finding the Right Career Opportunity

Did you see my email?

It irritates me when someone calls me and asks “did you see my email?” In most cases, the email was sent just a few minutes prior to the phone call. In today’s business world, I fear too many professionals are simply reacting to email and when the inbox has been whittled down to a manageable number by the end of the day, there is a sense of accomplishment. Professionally this is very dangerous. If you have read any of my past posts, you know I am a fan of email when used properly. However, when used improperly, can lead one to a dramatic decrease in productivity and results. Continue reading Did you see my email?

Summer Fades

As the summer comes to an end and the tans fade, this is a good time of year to revisit your 2018 professional goals you set for yourself. I hope you remembered to put in milestones throughout the year to measure your success as discussed in my goal setting blog at the beginning of the year. If you didn’t, now is the time to see how you are doing.
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Professional Personality Types

Over the past two and a half decades working in the specialty staffing business and observing many thousands of employees, I have created a few “professional personality types” based on my observations that help me manage human resources. Jack Welch at GE had his vitality curve, and my classification is by no means anywhere near as scientific or competitive. They are purely my observations. If you manage people, you know there is no cookie-cutter approach to motivation, coaching, training and reprimand. In this post, I hope to provide managers with a very simple overview of these types so that they can recruit and manage professionals more effectively. For me, my personal goal is to try and make everyone around me the best they can possibly be – this is always my motivation, bringing out the best in people. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail, but the goal remains the same. I hope some of these insights help you manage and bring out the best in the people you manage or work with.

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Action Creates Activity

Whatever your profession, one very important phrase I urge all professionals to remember is that “action creates activity.” I often hear professionals complain about having a job that is repetitive, not exciting and in some cases, not challenging. Without a doubt, there are jobs where this is absolutely true and there is nothing much anyone can do to make those tasks more exciting. My only advice in these cases is to have the best attitude possible, support others and do your best work. Someone will notice and it can lead to brighter opportunities. In addition, no matter our profession, there will be some tasks that require us to make extra effort to get done. This could be the many reports doctors have to make on each patient they see at the end of each day, or creating documentation for software or infrastructure to updating a client relationship management system for sales professionals. In many cases, these are compliance related requirements and have to get done. Just put on a smile when doing it. Continue reading Action Creates Activity

Summertime

We all know it is that time of year again. The days are longer, pools are open and many new face towels have been purchased. This is a perfect time of year, and the busiest, for taking vacations. I want to take this opportunity to encourage you all to take time off each year. No matter the time in the year and no matter what you decide to do or where to go, it is extremely important to take time off. Be sure to use all of your allotted vacation benefits! It is no secret that most employees in Japan do not use their full amount of annual vacation time. There are many reasons for this, but assuming you have an accommodating boss and work for a supportive company, there really is no “good” reason not to!? Here are my reasons why it is important and some ideas to enjoy the break. Continue reading Summertime

Offer of Employment!?!

You have done all the research, applied to the company of your choice and for the position you are most interested in – all focused on building your career and gaining new skills and experience. You submitted an attractive resume detailing your skills and experience and you were invited in to interview. You passed the first round of interviews and were invited in for the second. Again, you did well and were invited back for the third and final interview with senior management and human resources. All of the effort and time has paid off and you are now in the offer of employment stage. Great!
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Building Relationships

In the spirit of recent events, most notably the Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore, I want to focus on the topic of building relationships. In this day and age, much of our communication with each other is done electronically. Of course technology is a tremendous productivity tool and has allowed for international business to thrive. In this post, I want to emphasize the importance of face-to-face communication. Continue reading Building Relationships