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SURPRISING QUALITIES EMPLOYERS VALUE IN CANDIDATES

As the hustle and family time of the holidays moves further behind us and we get back into the normal work routine, do you find yourself thinking it may be time you should explore new career opportunities? Hiring in general and technology hiring for top talent continues to be strong.

Here are some qualities that have nothing to do with technology that IT Hiring Managers also consider when selecting top talent for their team…

Adaptability – Have you been in the same organization and a loyal dedicated employee for 10 – 15 + years?  Although stable employment is very important and people who switch jobs every 6 – 12 months repeatedly may be seen as “job-hoppers”, being in a certain type of organization for many years may put someone at higher risk of not working out when they do accept a new job.  Often, we will see someone who has been with one company for a long time and then their first new job change is short term.  There can be many reasons for this including being a little rusty on deciding the type job that fits them; but, if the organization they left didn’t offer the ability for someone to keep their adaptability skills honed, they may have gotten so good at the way one company works that they have trouble getting acclimated to a new organization.

  • Think about how long you have been with the same company and if it’s been the same environment and they have done things the same way for over 10 years it may be time for a change
  • Consider whether you should change jobs, even if you are doing the same work in a new place, to sharpen your adaptability skills and demonstrate that you can be successful in new and different environments

Communication – Just because you are a people person and can talk with anyone, doesn’t mean that you don’t need to improve on your communication skills.  If you have ever had someone comment on your “chattiness” or looked at their watch when you are talking with them, you should dive deeper into that.  It could be limiting your opportunities for promotion and lowering your scores on job interviews.

Are you “chatty”? There are many reasons and we’re not psychologists, but over the years we’ve seen this being a factor for a candidate being passed over for a job.  We’ve seen this from people across all ranges of skills, backgrounds, years of experience and here is some of why being long-winded is not sought after.

  • It may be an indication of poor communication skills. First and foremost, who has time to spend 45 minutes talking about something that should have been covered in 10 minutes.
  • If you are in IT, that can mean that you aren’t self-confident in your skills or you think you are underqualified for the position. It may be subconscious; but, if you can get the conversation off track and keep talking about anything, you can keep the interviewer from getting all their questions asked. If they run out of time and can’t cover everything they needed to discuss in order to assess your technical skills and fit for the position, you will probably be eliminated anyway so you might as well shorten your answers and let them drive the interview.
  • Another reason may be that you aren’t able to focus your answer on just what the interviewer is asking. This may indicate an inability to prioritize on what’s most important.  Most businesses don’t have the luxury of giving someone the time to do a perfect job, time to address every requirement.  Being able to prioritize what you need to communicate and only share what answers their questions, also demonstrates an ability to prioritize tasks and focus your time on what is your most important business need.
  • Don’t try to take control of the interview by talking on and on. I once had a colleague who asked one question at the beginning of the interview and the candidate could not be gracefully interrupted for the next 45 minutes.  No surprise they didn’t get offered the position.

Interpersonal skills and polish – The lines between technical IT talent and business continue to blur in many organizations.  Just because you spend much of your day with your ear buds in, doesn’t mean that you might not also be expected to interact with business stakeholders, end users, and other non-technical people.  The movement toward agile methods and the manner that different organizations apply agile process could drive increases in the likelihood of direct interaction between the end-user and IT.

  • Your technical peers may have an easier time of trusting your work and technical skills while you are wearing flip flops and shorts; but, that doesn’t mean someone who is not technical and doesn’t always work in your vicinity will be as accepting.
  • It is human nature for people to feel most comfortable around people who are like themselves. Even though diversity is healthy and makes for a more productive environment, you can push the limits of casual by not presenting a polished professional image or being able to fit in with the communication style with the people you are meeting. It’s been pretty acceptable for IT to be casually dressed; but, if you don’t know someone, do you have to take your flip flops off or go barefoot into a work meeting?
  • Polish and interpersonal skills include having the consideration for those around you to make them comfortable and be proud to have you as a coworker.

SUMMARY – Technical people sometimes focus too much on their technical skills.  Be aware that non-technical skills can often be more important than technical expertise.

 

 

 

6 Tips to Maximize Your Networking

Whether you’re looking for a new job or not, networking is a vital skill that you should be continually developing. As much as you might wish it to be different, your own skills and expertise at your job aren’t always enough. Often, it’s exactly like that saying: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

Who do you know? And what sort of relationship are you developing with your contacts? Here are 6 tips to maximize your networking efforts.

  1. Forget the speed-dating approach.

Quantity networking could be compared to speed dating. The results are minimal, you don’t really end up knowing the people, and they probably aren’t going to stick their necks out on the line to give you a recommendation. Networking is an investment that takes time, and like a relationship, it requires intentionality.

  1. Think beyond yourself.

No one enjoys being around a selfish person. If your goal is to take from others, that will become apparent to the people you’re trying to network with. Instead, look for areas that they need help in, and then become that source of help. Maybe you’re an expert in that area or you have a contact who could help them out. Whatever it is, make yourself useful to them first. Look to help others out, and not only your own goals.

  1. Get social.

There can be many benefits to using social media. It’s an avenue where you can follow up with connections and even make new ones. However, if your only goal is to promote yourself, people will soon lose interest in you and become annoyed at your self-seeking attitude that’s spamming their social sites.

  1. “What’s your favorite color?”

The answer to that question used to be the most important factor in determining whether you wanted that other kid to be your friend. While favorite colors really don’t matter anymore, having similar interests with someone can be a great way to connect with them. Do you share an interest in the same type of music? Remember that and use it to get to know that person better. Finding something in common creates an instant connection and you’ll be more likely to be remembered by that person, especially if you use that shared interest as a follow-up.

  1. Don’t forget to remember.

While you’re making all these connections, be sure to make mental notes. Connect faces with names, and names with interests and facts. If necessary, you can write down some of this information so that you’re sure not to forget it. Use whatever memory tool you like, just make sure you’re making those mental notes. Actively listen to what they’re saying so that you can have a meaningful follow-up with them later. This implies that you will eventually follow up (which is the whole purpose of first establishing network connections).

  1. Be on the lookout.

Put yourself out there. If you’re more comfortable with the behind-the-screen approach, you’ll need to put some more effort towards this one. You can make network connections at parties, conferences, events, asking others for introductions, classes, social media, etc. If you’re required to go to conferences or take specific classes for your career, take full advantage of the networking opportunities there.

Networking is incredibly vital in this day and age, but so many fail to establish quality contacts because of missing the mark in these areas. Basically, it comes down to treating the people you network with as just that: people. People meeting and getting to know other people. Implement these 6 tips, and watch how your networking quality improves.

Is Your Job Worth Quitting?

When all is said and done, the decision to walk away from an awful job is yours and yours alone. Below are a few important things to consider before you cut the umbilical cord.

  • Have You Reached Your Potential Here?
    If you’ve genuinely done your best at your current job, frequently going above and beyond the responsibilities of the role, and the only thing growing is not your paycheck but your resentment, then it’s time to assess your professional trajectory and decide whether your career has any room to grow at your current company. Is it worth sticking around a few more years for a promotion? That is not guaranteed.  If you get a promotion, will it boost your level of happiness? Is loyalty holding you back from developing your skills and professional ambitions? It may be time to take your talents somewhere else.
  • Do You Have Something Else Lined Up?
    If you’re seriously thinking about putting in your two weeks’ notice, the first thing to do is breathe. Then take a moment to carefully ponder the obvious questions, starting with: do you have another job lined up? If not, are there any solid prospects in the works? How quickly would you be able to start interviewing? The job market is demanding and competitive — are you prepared for the long haul, given that the average job search can take months? Having the security of the next job can mitigate stress, help you keep your cool and make your exit as graceful as possible, with minimal bridge burning. Then again, sometimes a job (or boss) can be so toxic that a three-month stint of unemployment sounds like a vacation. If you’re truly desperate and willing to join the ranks of the jobless, read on.
  • Do You Have A Cash Cushion?
    If you quit without having another job secured, you wouldn’t be the first in the history of civilization to do so. But beware that this can impact your ability to negotiate your next offer.  Career and financial experts alike recommend that we should always have an emergency reserve at hand, even if we’re happily employed with no plans to leave, because you never really know when the next layoff might happen.  Do you have enough money saved up to fund 6-9 months of unemployed bliss? If you think you’re stressed now, how do you think you’ll feel when your next rent or mortgage payment is due and you can’t pull the dough together? If you’re thinking of quitting in the near future, consider hunkering down for a few months and save as much money as you can.
  • Is Your Health Suffering?
    Too often we put the health of our bank account ahead of our own well-being. Is your workplace toxic to the point that it’s causing you physical symptoms? Job-related stress can cause headaches, hives, anxiety, depression, a weakened immune system and a litany of other ailments. Are you willing to work yourself to the bone while your physical or mental health deteriorates? It may end up costing you in the long run (i.e. in old age), and all that money you’ve worked so hard to hoard could be spent on medical care. Don’t be penny wise but dollar foolish.  Ask your HR department about any perks or benefits that may help lower or cover the cost of some interventions. Benefits often changes from year to year, so don’t assume you know it all. If you’re at the end of your rope and nothing can stop you from quitting, then ask yourself: what health measures will I take in between jobs, and at my next job, if the work-related stressors return?

Don’t be busy, be productive

Do you feel busy? In fact, would you go on to state that you are constantly busy with little time for yourself or new projects?  Well, if your answer is yes then stop it.  Stop saying you are busy and stop being busy as there is a far better way to live life. Busy has accomplished very little in life, not even for the poster board busy bee.  If you asked a bee what it does, he wouldn’t say he is busy.  Rather, he would respond with saying he makes honey and pollenates the flowers of the world. So now it’s time for you to do the same.

The Business of What You Do

As the reader, there is no way one can say with certainty what it is that you do.  In the IT field, you are doing all sorts of technical stuff.  Maybe you are in management watching other people do stuff.  However, whatever stuff it is that you are into, if you were asked what you did, you wouldn’t respond with busy stuff.

So why would you constantly state you are busy? It’s a common belief that human language and spoken word is a powerful tool.  Consequently, your words matter.  Let us propose as a first step to stop stating you’re busy and make a habit to state specifically what you are doing.  Speak not of work, but of outcomes desired.  If your spouse calls you at work, don’t respond with stating you are busy.  State you can’t talk right now because you are designing a system or you are revolutionizing communication for your company.  Be honest, but state what you are doing and feel the power that unleashes.

Shifting Priorities

The other side of busy comes from humans not taking on too much, but prioritizing too poorly.  You see, when you start the habit of stating the business of what you do, certain priorities become clearer.  Simply stating you are busy doesn’t provide the same opportunity as busy can mean a variety of things.  Are you updating the CEO on the future of your organization or are you reading about cats on the internet?  Both would be justified as busy, but each has varying impacts.

Consequently, when you state what each outcome is then you have the ability to shift priorities at will with accuracy.  Imagine a long train with various cars serving various function.  When you can clearly identify the utility of each, then you can simply lift and shift each car in its proper place. Consequently, rather than always existing in a perpetual busy state, you can be accomplishing a series of outcomes in their natural order.  You can do this all day long to include rest and recreation.  Busy?  No thanks. I think I’ll make some honey and pollinate a flower today says the bee.  What will you do today?

Don’t Lose the Job Before you Get It! 5 Things to Take Seriously in Completing a Job Application

By Jen Webb, Jacobson Staffing, Inc.

In the professional world, everyone knows that it’s common to share a resume highlighting your job history and qualifications, right? Many of us spend a lot of time putting together just the right format with just the right descriptive words to showcase who we are and what value we may bring to a potential employer. However, often somewhere along the way you may be asked to complete an application specific to an organization for which you are applying or interviewing. It may seem redundant to your resume, but an application is absolutely key to you gaining employment with an organization. In fact, I’ve seen individuals miss out on consideration, or worse, get fired after being hired, for misrepresenting themselves on the application. Here are the 5 most important things to pay attention to when completing the application:

  1. Job application is considered a legal document – you typically sign (either hard copy or electronic signature) indicating that what you’ve listed in the application is true. This is an employer’s way to secure your commitment that you’ve answered questions as accurately as possible and receive your acknowledgement that they may verify certain details. If it is discovered that you were not honest, it may cost you further consideration for the job, even if it was already offered to you. Given the sensitivity, I recommend that if you are working with a search firm or headhunter you may ask them questions along the way. They can provide relevant advice about dealing with pre-employment contingencies so you don’t have to be embarrassed to discuss with your potential new employer.
  2. Accuracy of job history – Make sure that any dates of employment are accurate. If a potential employer verifies your past employment, you don’t want them to come up with any discrepancies to what you’ve indicated. It’s also important to honestly list (if asked) the reason you left that organization, even if you did not leave voluntarily.
  3. Honesty on any job specific questions or criminal background– many candidates are fearful that if they have any sort of past trouble with the law that it is embarrassing to list on the job application. However, in my past experience it’s better to be honest and list it vs. have something come up on a background check where you’d have to explain what happened and why you did not put it on the application. Many employers have job specific criteria where they may overlook certain types of convictions or charges if the charges are not relevant to the job in which you are under consideration. More times than not, it’s just better to be totally honest (even if it’s a DUI from 15 years ago) and list it up front to avoid appearing like you’re hiding something later.
  4. Education and Certifications –This is an area where it is absolutely critical that you honestly and accurately list your credentials and the dates of those credentials were received. In positions where a certain level of education or certification is required, employers often verify those degrees and certifications or licenses. Again, you don’t want any sort of discrepancy to come up when they conduct those verifications. A discrepancy could reflect your lack of detail orientation, or indicate that you’re misrepresenting yourself. Either way, it could cost you the job.
  5. Review and verify before you submit – just like a test in school, it’s always best to double check your work and review what you’ve provided. Since specific dates and details may be asked, you may have to do a little digging in your personal records to verify. You should anticipate any information you put on the application and resume that might not be able to be verified through normal methods (i.e. the employer who is no longer in business, the college that a degree was earned from that has since shut down) and plan for alternative sources of verification like W2’s, past performance reviews, diploma and transcript documents so that the pre-employment process isn’t delayed. Being proactive and letting the future employer know ahead of time why there could be obstacles to verifying the information and having other sources of documentation ready will impress everyone with your diligence and attention to detail.

By Jen Webb

3 Things Your (GOOD) Recruiter Thinks, But Will Never Say to You

By Joseph Boyer, Jacobson Staffing, Inc.

Before I began my career in recruiting, I like so many other professionals thought of job-interviewrecruiters as “headhunters”. This was probably largely due to the fact that the one interaction I had with a recruiter was a phone call that lasted about 14 minutes, and at the end of it, he told me he was going to submit me for an entry level role at a large nationwide company. The problem was…. I was currently employed, and I was certainly not entry level. So why would I take a huge step back?

Fast-forward to today. Currently I work for a recruiting firm (I guess that’s obvious since your reading this on jacobsonstaffing.com), and now I view recruiters as “agents” or “representatives”. Looking back on my experience, I understand how some people can have a bad taste of the industry. What I can say for sure is all firms aren’t like this. In fact, I would say most are not. So, today, I wanted to take some time and tell you about the 3 things your GOOD recruiter thinks, but will never say to you.

We Want To Get To Know You. We know you are busy… We really do, but finding the right job for you is a lot of work, but more importantly, it takes a lot of information about YOU. More… YOU are the only source from which we can get that information. Trust me, if my iPhone had a “get to know everything about        ______ in three minutes” app, I would have bought it when I started doing this and saved us both a lot of time. So, we know that our emails, requests to talk or meet… or both may be tough for you to accommodate, but do it!!! It will be in your best interest and worth it when you land a great new job, and we are always willing to meet/talk to you at times that accommodate your schedule.

Be COMPLETELY Honest with Us. I cannot stress this enough. As a firm, it is our job to completely represent your interest to our client, and we take that responsibility very seriously. However, it is IMPOSSIBLE for us to fulfill our commitment if we don’t have all the information. So, if we are asking a question, I can assure you it is something that is pertinent to the role we are working on for you. Also, if you are curious why we want to know, just ask us. We will be open and honest with you every step of the way.

Manage and Communicate Your Job Search. It doesn’t have to be pretty or complex, but you need to know who you are working with, where you have applied/been submitted, when applied/submitted, and for which roles you applied/were submitted. If you take nothing else from this post, I hope this sticks with you. It is absolutely critical that you share with us where other firms are representing you and where you apply. I could write another post about why you should use firms and blah blah blah. That isn’t what this is. We know you will look on your own and work with other firms. Just be courteous and honest with us about where you have been submitted or applied. It could be the difference in you being considered or not. The majority of hiring managers we talk with will not consider someone who is submitted for the same role by multiple firms. One manager even said something like “if they can’t keep track of their own job search, how are they going to be effective in a job?”

The moral of the story is that if you do the three things listed above you will be successful in partnering with the recruiter of your choosing, and that could lead you to landing your dream job.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? 4 Vital Questions to Evaluate Before Your Next Career Move

By Jen Webb – Jacobson Staffing, Inc.

How’s the job market right now? Who’s hiring the most around town? What sort of jobs are you seeing the greatest need for right now? These are the lead-in questions I often receive from my friends and colleagues who then share that they are thinking about whether they should make a job change. It all boils doVince Vaughn & co free pics  iStock-Unfinished-Business-12wn to one key question: “Should I stay or should I go? When I have these confidential career discussions, I typically peel back the layers to understand the factors sparking their curiosity and why they may be dissatisfied or frustrated with their current role/company. Here are 4 vital questions to ask yourself if you find yourself wondering, “Should I stay or should I go?”:

  1. What is it about my current role or organization that I don’t like? It may be helpful to make a list if there are multiple factors. Then ask yourself whether there is anything you can do to change any of these factors. For example, would moving to a different team (if that’s an option) help resolve frustration with a certain coworker or difficult customer? You want to make sure that when you evaluate other job options that you aren’t going right into a role where some of the same frustrations will exist.
  2. What are your career goals? Specifically, if you weren’t doing what you’re doing today in your current organization and position, what would you want to be doing somewhere else? Think about whether you feel there are things in your current role that help you get to where you want to be. If not, what are some of the types of assignments or experiences that you need to seek out to get to the role that you ultimately want to hold. Consider whether there are things you can do outside of your day job to help ready yourself for that dream job (i.e. volunteer work, additional education/training, job shadowing, networking).
  3. Have you explored or expressed interest in other opportunities within your current organization? This is a big one, and often the question that causes some additional reflection and considerations for individuals. It’s easy enough to complain about your current job, boss, or culture, but if you’re really going to consider changing organizations, you should do what you can to explore opportunities within your current organization. If you work in a large organization, you may consider a lateral move to a new role to gain additional experience or exposure that could lead to your “dream job”. You also should confide in your current management or mentor for guidance, feedback and support to help you with your career interests. If you feel you have done all these things, and you’re not likely to get any closer to what you want to be doing (or it could take a decade or more), then you may be truly ready for a new employer.
  4. Are you ready to leave behind all the benefits, people, your reputation and projects to join a new organization? Before you get too involved in interviewing, it’s essential to ensure you are comfortable leaving behind your current organization. Have you thought about any upcoming bonuses, vesting for retirement, and timing of vacation or planned medical absences? Do you have flexibility in your current role with hours, schedule, etc. that you may not have elsewhere? You don’t want to waste the time and energy of potential employers if you get far into the selection process and ultimately turn down an offer because you decide it’s not time for you to leave your current employer. There’s a comfort in the familiar and while many of us would deny otherwise, we resist change! So as your potential recruiter and job search partner, I want to know “are you truly ready to make a job change?” If so, it may be time to engage in a job search.
  5. If you’re actively employed (or even if you are not), you may engage the help of a recruiting search firm to help you with your job search. Our team at Jacobson Staffing (www.jacobsontaffing.com) focuses on positions in the technology profession and we specialize in helping organizations find talented individuals seeking to grow their career. If you are not in the technology profession, there are many other search firms who specialize in your profession. Teams like ours can work on your behalf while you do your day job to identify current hiring needs and even needs that may not be advertised yet by local organizations that match your career interests. We stand ready to assist you when you determine it may be time to make a job change. For more articles, job search tips, and career guidance, visit our website at www.jacobsonstaffing.com.

 

Are you too Busy for your Own Good?

There are three types of people in this world: people who are busy, people who are not, and people who have the time to brag about how busy they are. No matter which camp you belong to, keep reading.

  • Busier Than Ever?
    The projects at work are mounting to Himalayan proportions. The list of personal errands is swelling by the minute. New family responsibilities keep popping up. If you observe the stereotypical TV sitcom family, they’re constantly in motion, going from one scheduled activity to another, from exhausting weekdays to jam-packed weekends, with nary a moment to stop and smell the roses. Everyone’s running around like headless chickens, right? Well, that’s the thing – it’s not everyone. There are people who live the slower life. It’s just that the busy bees are often ambitious type-A personalities who are very vocal about their lack of time. Or they’re type-B folks who voice their stress during moments of genuine time-crunch, and when their schedule calms down we assume that their plate is still full; we have no reason to assume otherwise. Then again, have you ever heard any of your colleagues bragging to their boss about how much free time they have? It doesn’t happen often.
  • This Is Not a Competition
    Time management is not a team competition. It’s a useful individual skill which few have truly mastered, but it’s not a game. If you try to play it, you may ultimately lose. If you spread yourself too thin by taking on too many projects in an effort to impress your boss or colleagues, you’ll end up with little time to reflect, to wonder, to nourish relationships, to develop projects, and to cultivate creativity. You may accomplish all of your tasks by working long hours and weekends, but this is not a healthy long-term strategy. By bragging about how busy you are, you are helping to perpetuate the view that this state of affairs is not only common but acceptable. The challenge is to transcend this plague of the modern workplace by either (a) managing your time effectively or (b) not complaining, even when you are swamped.
  • Consider Your Health
    In the workplace, physical and emotional health is often relegated to lower importance than work. In some offices, project deadlines are of the utmost priority and must be met at all costs, especially when executive visibility is involved. If you are extremely busy, your reputation as a hard worker (or workaholic) may grow, but in the long run your ability to deliver on all your commitments will shrivel. Retention of critical information will suffer. Organic learning will be stunted. Relationships, both personal and professional, will fall to the wayside. Self-awareness will go down the drain. If you’re overworked, your health may be compromised, which can affect your productivity, happiness, and long-term prospect at the job. In other words, by working too hard, you may be shooting yourself in the foot.
  • Would You Rather Be a Liar, or Incompetent?
    If you spend too much time bragging or even “just” complaining about how busy you are, you are either (a) exaggerating or (b) genuinely too busy for your own good. If it’s the former, and colleagues see that you’re spending too much time on irrelevant or personal tasks (e.g. checking your phone or social media accounts), you’re putting your professional and personal reputation on the line. There’s also the possibility that you have terrible time management skills. Another employee might be able to complete tasks in half the time with higher quality. Perhaps they are aware of shortcuts, or simply able to prioritize and focus better than you. Either way, admitting that you’re swamped doesn’t look impressive to a boss. Either boost your time management skills or…
  • Learn To Ask for Help, And To Say No
    Instead of spending a huge chunk of your day complaining about the never-ending pile of projects, focus on what you can accomplish. Additionally, make a commitment to say no – firmly, but politely — to additional responsibilities. If a new task is critical (everything is NOT a fire, contrary to some beliefs), be realistic and explain to your boss and/or client that something else will have to give. If you don’t communicate this, you’ll be expected to deliver everything on time, which may not be realistic. Instead of taking everything onto your own plate, hone the skill of asking for help. If you’ve been helping colleagues all along, they should be willing to lend a hand when you need it most. Don’t see this as a sign of weakness. By inviting others to help, you give people the chance to feel useful and you can strengthen relationships that way as well. You will achieve greater professional success by recognizing the contributions of others than by complaining about your incredibly, ridiculously, insanely busy workload.

Don’t Know What To Do? Act!

Do you often find yourself stuck in a pattern of analysis, constantly looking at hypothetical scenarios without taking action? Indecision is common problem that people face, and the inability to move forward can freeze their progress and have a negative impact on their career. One of the best things that you can do to move forward is to start taking action, even if you are only moving forward one step at a time.


Action Uncovers Possibilities
You can analyze all day long, but it will be impossible to uncover the real possibilities until you start taking action. This principle applies to all areas of your life, including your career. For example, if you are involved in a project with a team at work and you find yourself in the situation of always making suggestions but never implementing anything, then it is likely that the team will become frustrated because no forward progress will be made.

On the other hand, you can develop stronger credibility with your coworkers and managers by showing that you are willing to take action. It is important to assess the situation before moving forward, but sometimes the best analysis can’t happen until you have started taking action on the project.

Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Many people are scared to take action because they are afraid of failure. So, they limit their progress by analyzing the situation in order to reduce the possibilities of failure. The truth is that failure is inevitable in life, and you can gain some of the best experiences by taking action to see what didn’t work.

If you start taking action, you can always make small adjustments along the way to increase the likelihood of success. Or, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to completely start over, but you have valuable insights that will make the new plan even more effective.

Taking Action Positions You as a Leader
Taking action is a key factor to help you move forward with your career, because other people will naturally follow when you are taking action. More action gives you more opportunity to improve systems, increase productivity, and achieve higher levels of success. Other people are drawn to the employees and managers that are confident in their actions, and you can come out on top if you aren’t scared to get your hands dirty.

Eliminate Regrets
When you take action, you can eliminate regrets in your life and your career. One of the worst feelings is the doubtful “what-if” questions that arise when you missed a potential opportunity. Action will help you to increase the likelihood of success, and you won’t have any doubts or regrets along the way.

At the same time, action makes you an interesting person. If you don’t want to be the boring person in the office, then you need to start taking action to get people to notice what you are doing.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part, so it is better to look at the first step instead of trying to understand every step of the process. Start moving in the right direction, and you will see that the momentum will carry you to higher levels of success.