Introducing Crystal Clear Careers Outplacement Program
Due to a great many inquiries about a Crystal Clear Careers Outplacement program, we are very excited to roll out this unique program designed specifically for Hospitality Companies and their transitioning managers, directors and executives. Here are some answers to questions you might be having about our outplacement program and what it can do for you:
What is outplacement?
During the past decade, we’ve gone through a roller coaster of unemployment rates, and layoffs are becoming a necessary evil among employers. When companies experience layoffs, top employers often hire an outplacement company to work with these transitioning employees. Most Outplacement companies offer resume assist, individual or group career coaching, and guidance in navigating a job search.
What is unique about Crystal Clear Careers’ outplacement program?
Crystal Clear Careers is exclusive to the hospitality industry, and was started by experienced hospitality professionals. We can help transitioning professionals in an industry we are both knowledgeable of and passionate about. Our program is very comprehensive, industry focused, and affordable. Our focus is to equip professionals with the insights and tools they need for a life-time of career achievement.
How can outplacement programs benefit you?
Company benefits: Reduction of the potential for lawsuits and EEO actions, cost savings in unemployment insurance, improving company morale, maintaining a positive community-wide image, and supporting company managers in making timely decisions on reorganization and termination issues.
Employee benefits: Regardless of what is happening in the economy, the possibility of being laid-off exists in all industries and at all levels. Outplacement provides employees with a career consulting opportunity that is paid for by the company. If utilized to its full extent, outplacement can be extremely valuable in identifying career options.
Andrew Carnegie once said, “And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.”
Everyone encounters competition at some point in their life, whether it’s during their first grade talent show, in their college studies or while starting a business. It’s what makes people realize their strengths and weaknesses, what they should pursue and what they should forget. The competition in today’s job market simply means that businesses are looking for the best of the best to work for them. With an astonishing unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, being competitive isn’t just a good quality to have; it’s necessary.
So, how are you supposed to be competitive, and how do you do so professionally? How competitive is too competitive? Here are five tips on how to stay competitive and make yourself stand out in today’s job market:
Get Ready to Fail -
You will fail. It’s inevitable, so you might as well begin preparing for it now. The failure may be small, like, say, making a mistake on a client engagement. Or it may be quite grand, like losing a job you valued. How you handle that failure can raise or lower the risks of failing again — and shape your legacy as a leader.
Some people handle these setbacks well. Others not so well. In my work, I’ve observed several common themes among those leaders who tend to cope particularly effectively with the inescapable.
Acknowledge the failure and put it in perspective.
Look for causes, not blame.
Before you wrack your brain to think up an appropriate response, take a break.
Get some help.
Refocus your efforts and take action.
No matter how you dice it, failing is a drag, and none of us likes it. Yet we all have to face it sometime. If you prepare yourself, and know how you will deal with it when you do fail, you’ll be able to bounce back that much faster.
via Harvard Business Review HR Blog - Read the full article here
The Lucky One, Why I am Looking Forward to Summer Brand Camp
by Sarah Atkinson (full post)
I have been lucky enough to find an incredible network very early in my career. Three years into my career I attended a conference that changed my life. People Report and Black Box Intelligence Best Practices Conference changed the way I thought about my professional and personal relationships, about business, and about my career. I came home from Dallas in June of 2009 with an amendment to my employee contract, “Sarah is required to attend all People Report conferences”. No joke.
Next week, will be the 3rd annual Summer Brand Camp. This is not your typical conference, and trust me, you’ve never experienced a conference like this. I could go on for days about all the reasons I am looking forward to it but for now, I’ll give you my top 5.
Read the full article: via summerbrandcamp.com (@TexiCaliGal)
7 Reasons Networking Can Be a Professional Development Boot Camp
How many times do you say to yourself that you need to meet more people? That your Circle of Influence needs to be strengthened? That your skills and talents have yet to be discovered? Your career requires you to network and in today’s marketplace you must be more active than ever. But networking requires planning. An approach that is strategic and measurable; that you can learn from each time you introduce yourself to a new crowd or reacquaint yourself with an old one. If you are strategic and view networking through an opportunity lens, it can serve as a powerful professional development boot camp experience.
Read the Full article: via Forbes.com
5 Clever Ways to Get a Job Using Social Media (full article)
By understanding who you are, what differentiates you in the marketplace and establishing your personal branding online, you can compete in the new talent marketplace. Once you’ve built your own website and established your social network profiles, you’re ready to start leveraging your relationships and talents to get the job of your dreams, not just one that pays the bills.
More and more companies are recruiting using social media, and 40% of young professionals are using social media to get jobs, reports Elance. You can have a successful job search by following these five new ways to get a job using social media.
Read the full article: via mashable.com
It’s Sunday evening and your friends are going home early, they have work in the morning. As your friends leave you resolve to not be the last in the bar come next week. You decide that you too, the college graduate that you are, will soon find a job, one that will lead to success in your career.
Set your alarm for Monday morning, get up and attack the employment search.
Start by working your “networks”. Even if you haven’t been in the work world to develop fellow employee relationships, you do have networks. Start with your “friends” either your personal social group or Facebook. Look up your coach from years ago; contact the lead counselor from the sport camp you coached during high school; think of the scout leader, your favorite grammar school teacher and anyone who knows you and your work. Contact your friends’ parents. Let the world know you are looking for a job. Even if the work you are now looking for is very different from how you made those connections, they know you and your capabilities and they too, all have networks. Numerous studies reveal that the best way to find a job is through your contacts and personal recommendations.
Once you thoroughly explored your “social” network, develop your “professional one”. If you haven’t done so already, set up a LinkedIn profile. Put a “professional” looking photo on your page. Upload your resume, even if it isn’t perfect. Spend time exploring groups. Send an email to those whose profiles match your area of interest. Spend as much time “working” your networks as if you were actually working. You didn’t get that degree without knowing how to do research. Put that experience to work on behalf of your favorite project, YOU!
The 5 Stages of Leadership (Full Article)
“Everyone goes through the same stages of human development on the road to adulthood and maturity. Unfortunately, some of us get stuck in one stage or another, stunting our growth and rendering us dysfunctional.
We look just like ordinary adults, but we actually behave a lot more like children, acting out, throwing tantrums, and generally making life miserable for everyone around us.”
via CBS Money Watch
The Red Hot Heart of Leadership (Full Article)
“All leaders share an absolute commitment to what they are doing, why they are doing it, and to the people helping them get there.”
An Amazing Lesson in Women’s Entrepreneurship: Ruth’s Chris Steak House
In a recent interview with Cheryl Henry, Chief Branding Officer and Senior Vice President at Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. we discussed the entrepreneurial founding, spirit and culture of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the growing number of women holding leadership positions in American business, the story of her own professional journey, the restaurant’s recent partnership with Marie Clairemagazine on Women in Business, and much more.
You said your last good byes to your friends and moved all your gear back home. Well, at least you have it in boxes in the garage. The graduation parties were fun; seeing old friends and family and celebrating YOUR success. And gifts, who could resist those? Some of your friends are starting new jobs; some maybe resting and re-packing this summer because they move on to grad school in the fall and some are sleeping in and checking Facebook for the next party. So now after the thank-you notes have been written and mailed – you have written those haven’t you? – it’s time to evaluate just what you are going to be doing this summer, and for that matter, the next few years.
Those last few months in school, when peers were busily researching employment opportunities, lining up interviews, brushing up on company cultures and reading acceptance or rejection letters/emails, were exciting yet hectic. The pressure was there from your friends, the ones that were taking it easy; they already had a job lined up. It was difficult when others were talking about definite plans and your response was “I will be exploring alternate avenues”.
So, now, have you exchanged peer pressure for parent pressure?
Does Dad come by every morning and ask your plans? Does mom make sure your suit and dress shirts are cleaned and pressed? Is your favorite aunt suddenly an expert on resumes and job search?
Take charge, this is your future. Don’t waste that forward momentum and expensive education. Just because you left your peers and the pressures of school, don’t slip into that comfortable life of summers gone by….this IS the first day of your career!
You may be asking yourself what the heck promotions & chutzpah have to do with career coaching & Crystal Clear Careers. Career advice and inspiration can come from anywhere…you just have to be on the look out. Here are a few great articles for anyone looking to take their career to the next level.
Want a promotion? Make friends at work. (Full Article)
“Recent research finds that people who initiate office friendships, pick up slack for their co-workers, and organize workplace social activities are 40% more likely to get a promotion in the subsequent two years. “How much you give at work directly affects how much you get at work,” says Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work.”
Why Chutzpah Is The New Charisma - And How To Use It To Get What You Want
“Old-fashioned charisma is no longer enough to get attention, get ahead, or get the job anymore. Now, it’s those with the fearlessness to go after what they want and the audacity to do it how they want who are making their mark and changing the world.”
Career advice from Fortune 500’s women CEOs (Full Article)
“With plenty of glass in their hair, the female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies have doled out anecdotes and advice during their tenures. Here are some of their best practices.”
This is the customary time of the year for Commencements. Last week we set on a three day, 5,000 mile journey to experience two undergraduate graduations. Our expedition took us from the Midwest to sunny Southern California and back to Main Street, Illinois. And although different in style and size, both sported young folks in black cap and gowns marching across a stage to the sound of their “formal” name, proud family members talking pictures and friends sharing the last few moments.
And as tradition has it, each had a prominent keynote speaker. And although the background and experience of the speakers varied, the ultimate message was the same.
Find something you love, work hard and success will follow.
Neither keynote speaker even implied that it would be an easy road.
And if you are one of the thousands of undergraduates that are receiving degrees this year, you’ve already worked very hard. In fact, the class of 2012 has had competition since entering school. Even trying to get into kindergarten was a challenge, much less grammar school, high school and finally the University. The entrance exams, the constant reminders to achieve, the papers, projects, finals, Thesis’ when will it all end? And when you walked across that stage and your name was called, what a wonderful – if only temporary – relief.
So take a deep breath, reflect for a moment on your current accomplishments, and then gear up for the next step. Remember it is called a “Commencement” – a new beginning.
Getting a job out of college…
Why we founded Crystal Clear Careers:
To help corporate execs and Hospitality grads. We love the Hospitality business. We have a passion for it. We get it… Hospitality College grads are right at the top of our list. The Outlook for 2012 grads is inconclusive- LA Times article from last week- http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-graduates-job-prospects-20120514,0,2985908.story What we do know is that college grads have a much better chance of securing employment than non graduates… The fact is there are many college grads who ARE getting a job out of college. Not just A job, the one that they want! How? Focus, clarity, networking, and yes some connections. Do you want to be the one to land the right job to lead you to the career you have been working towards?
Consider our program for one on one direction…
Each week we post a couple of articles that are relevant to a specific topic. Part of Executive Coaching is helping others to develop their leadership skill. These are just a few great articles that can help anyone develop their skills as a leader.
5 Steps to Becoming a More Interesting Leader
Source: SmartBlogs on Leadership, By Mike Myatt
It’s a very noisy world, and with more and more people adding to the chatter each and every day, it has become quite difficult to stand above the noise and be heard — this is particularly true if you bore people. Here’s the thing — you can have all the answers, but if people don’t want to hear them what good is all your brilliance? Perhaps the main benefit of being interesting is when you interest people they’ll seek you out — you won’t have to chase them down. When you do engage, they’ll listen…
Read the Full Article Here
Moving from managing to leading - Taking on the Big Picture
Source: SmartBlog on Leadership, By Dana Theus
Moving from managing to leading is a challenge because the skills that make you a good manager aren’t enough to help you excel in leadership positions. Men and women alike sometimes perceive the gap between managing and leading to be a “glass ceiling” when, in many cases, it’s not necessarily that at all; it’s a subtle group of skills you must have to be considered for leadership.
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10 Tips to Appear More Authoritative At Work
Source: usnews.com/money by Alison Green
If you want to be taken more seriously at work, take a look at how authoritative you appear. Many people, especially newer managers, undermine their own authority without realizing it, and then wonder why they’re not more respected.
Read the Full Article Here
We all know what we are supposed to be doing. And for many, we all know what we have spent the last 2, 3, 5, 10 (insert the appropriate number) years doing, whether it was going to school or at a job, but is it what we really want to be doing.
If you find yourself at a point in life, for whatever reason - graduation, new owner, lost your job, no commitment to your work, - and are stalled, than it is time to re-examine, and find your passion. Time for a little soul searching….
What is it that excites you? It can be your work, a hobby, an activity. Spend some time and reflect on your interests. What are the things that make you move, that get juices flowing; that get you out of bed.
What are you good at? Think back at your past actions and activities. What were you doing when others complimented you? When you felt good about your actions? When you were satisfied with your accomplishments? Even go as far back as your childhood. What makes you smile? What actions made you proud? What experience would you like to re-create?
What have you dreamed about? If you were to define your “Perfect Job” what would it be?
Finding your passion may take a bit of thought, or it may come quickly. Start by making a list. Laying out your route is much easier when you know where you are going.
Excited about Graduation? Wish those last projects, papers and finals would just go away? Yet a bit apprehensive about what awaits you in the “real” world? And, after all that work you still have to find a job!
We here at Crystal Clear Careers – College are also excited about Graduation and the prospects of YOU launching a successful career in the Hospitality industry. I am especially energized because this affords me the opportunity to mesh two of the things I am most passionate about – the fun and excitement of working in the Hospitality industry and coaching career seekers in finding the path to the perfect job!
Once you have moved the last picture, hugged the last friend and are ready to attach the thank-you notes, give your career and next moves a thought! Visit us at crystalclearcareers.com and let us assist you developing your passion!
The Shifting C-Suite -
At C3, we help the C-Suite strategically navigate their careers! In this article, new research shows why top management teams have grown over the last two decades, and how firms can strategically navigate the trend.
The C-suite is getting crowded, with top management teams doubling in size since the mid-1980s. And it’s not just the size that’s changed, says Professor Maria Guadalupe — the composition of top management has changed as well, with some important considerations for organizations to heed.
Working with Hongyi Li of MIT and Julie Wulf of Harvard, Guadalupe has shown that the growth of the C-suite is largely the result of a disproportionate move away from general managers and toward specialized functional managers.
…The new composition of the C-suite can present recruiting challenges for CEOs and staff alike. CEOs may increasingly need to convince talented rising stars to specialize. But ambitious professionals and MBAs entering the market often view general management as the path with the greatest career potential. “So there is a tension between general versus specialized skills,” Guadalupe notes. “Firms need to start thinking about how to convince talent to take a more specialized route to management.”
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