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Coping with Office Politics: How to Stay Above It All for a Career Newbie

It is tough coping with office politics especially when you are a career newbie. Sure, there are a million of other things you need to consider when dealing with office politics. It is never easy and this article is not here to say that it is easy.

These are merely steps that have worked before in certain circumstances. You will have to be the judge as to how you can make these steps work.

That said, I would urge you to try some of these steps no matter how small. Even if you does not help you to cope with office politics, these are at their basic level good working attitude and behaviors.

As a career newbie, how do you stay above the office politics? How do you cope with the politics?

1. Speak Kindly

Coping with office politics is easy if you choose to speak kindly. What does speaking kindly mean? Speaking kindly means to choose your words carefully. That is not to say to be pretentious. Be sincere, nothing will work if you are not sincere. To choose your words carefully mean do not use scathing remarks or remarks that is of a personal nature.

Learn to compliment and not criticize. If you have a constructive comment you need to give, compliment first. Say what is right about it, then what can be improved. When you learn to compliment more and give sincere constructive comments, coping with office politics becomes less stressful. People cannot attack someone who is positive.

2. Help

One way of dealing with the office politics is to do your best in helping others. Yes, there will be the perception of helping ‘the other camp’ to contend with. But if you sincerely help someone, you neutralize the animosity that was created too.

Doing your best to help others entail looking at the welfare of others. That is not to say you neglect your own welfare. When you take others welfare into consideration, you think about how does your work affects others. That’s help at work at its most basic level. Your work affects another colleague. You should constantly strive to be of service to the others and make your work better. When you do that, you are dealing with the office politics in the most positive manner. You stay above it all and are less prone to attacks.

3. Empathize

Yes, a very often used word in the management world. It is an action that if you are able to do it well, will help you cope with office politics. To empathize simply means putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Learn not to brush off someone’s opinion just because it differs from our own. You can speak about your differences but do not be disrespectful about it. Remember speak kindly?

Remind yourself - there is no one way in doing anything. Sure some ways maybe better than others. So, discuss and debate. Just do not be disrespectful. Learn to understand where they are coming from even if you do not agree. That is one way of coping with office politics. Firmly disagreeing without being disrespectful.

Sometimes when coping with office politics you need to begin with yourself. Learn to increase your capacity to connect with others. When you do, you turn animosity into affinity and negative energy can be neutralized.


Eight Tips to Prepare for a Virtual Interview

By Rian Donatelli

First and foremost, it is still a "real" interview, and should be treated as such. There is a person on the other end who will be making an executive decision about your qualifications for the job, so assume it's no different than if you met this individual in person.

Dress to impress! Even if they won't see your feet, dressing from head to toe in at least business casual attire is the first way to not only look professional when the camera goes live, but help you get into the right mindset. You'll be surprised how you will feel you can take on the world when you LOOK like you can!

Find a quiet and professional location for the interview. If you have a home office, this is perfect. If not, most libraries offer conference rooms free of charge, which you can reserve for yourself for the duration of the interview. There is nothing less professional than children, pets, or other household distractions infringing on your interview experience, and greatly affecting your appearance of professionalism. If you cannot get away from the home, set up at a dining room table or in a living room, and make sure everyone in the home knows you need some privacy for the allotted amount of time.

Try out the interview system in question before the interview. The day or night before, log on and familiarize yourself if it's a program you've never used. Even if it is something you use often, like FaceTime, double check that you have the contact info correct.

Pay close attention to the time zone the interviews are conducted in. This one is SO important. With the advent of virtual interviews, corporations have opened themselves up to a huge network of individuals all over the world, and while advantageous, also likely means they operate on a different time zone than yourself. No one wants to get off on a bad foot because you missed your interview or were late because you were unsure of the time zone. If it isn't clarified anywhere in a confirmation of any kind, reach out to your recruiter or interviewer, they will be happy to give you the information, and glad that you were proactive.

Try to use a laptop or desktop if at all possible, but if you have to use a Smartphone, set up a tripod system beforehand, so your hands can be free for the interview. You can even use a stack of books. What you don't want to do is hold the phone for the duration of the interview; this is a professional encounter, not a FaceTime chat with your grandma.

Like any interview, make sure you have studied up on the company and position you wish to hold. Google them. See if they have had any news lately. Did they recently merge with anyone? Or perhaps they made a branding change not long ago. In the very least, know the goods and/or services they offer, and be prepared to tell them how you could aid them in this niche if you were hired.

Prepare questions. Almost always the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions, and if they have answered all of them, its fine to tell them so. However, this is your chance to have their undivided attention, and ESPECIALLY if you are offered a job directly following. You will want to have compiled a list of anything you might have wanted to know, rather than bombarding the interviewer's inbox with emails less than 24 hours after they had time set aside to make themselves available just for you.

With these tips you will be well on your way to not only acing that interview, but job offers galore! Break a leg and most of all, be yourself, and let your personality shine!

Co-Author Colette Pfeiffer Talent Booking Experts & Connections Consulting and Marketing Solutions team.



Will The Introduction of Robots Increase The Rate of Unemployment In The Future?

By Paul Luciw

Many have asked will the continuing introduction of robot technology affect the jobless rate in today's society. The introduction of robots in the manufacturing industry has already made profound changes in the manufacturing industry especially in the in the automotive sector. Just ask the employees at various automotive, food processing and electronics manufacturing facilities.

People jobs are being replaced by advances in artificial intelligence and advances in robot technology. This can be a good thing as it will and is increasing productivity in the manufacturing sector. After all robots don't need to rest and surely won't ask for a raise in pay. However, these machines will need to be installed and maintained. This will require computer and robot technicians. This could be good thing with regards to creating good paying jobs. However, this type of work force will be limited especially when the computer and robot industry learns how to create the software and hardware that make up these devices more cheaply and faster. The production and replacement of these robot devices will become plug and play. All you have to look at how the operating systems that run our computers and smart phones has evolved. Smart phones have become throw away devices after two or three years. The same is and will occur in the robotics and AI industry.

Although robot technologies have removed the need to use humans to do the more repetitive and boring tasks, they do reduce the need for employees. This of course has increased the unemployment rate in certain urban areas, at least until those who have lost jobs can upgrade their skill sets.

But whose to say once these people have upgraded their skill sets, they won't be replace more advances in technology. Just ask the people who work in the information technology industry. It is said people working in this industry need to upgrade their skills every three to four years. A computer technician working thirty years ago didn't need to know anything about the internet. They didn't have to know anything about AI such as voice recognition or speech synthesis, except in the most secret and primitive applications.

On a positive note these changes are being seen in the fast food industry. As technology advances those who own and manage these types of businesses are already making changes to maximize profits use artificial intelligence and related robot technologies. Some of these technologies actually allow the customer to interact with them. These AI based technologies will take your order and discuss the ingredients you want on your pizza. One major pizza delivery company has already implemented such a system.

Best Regards

Advances in computer technology has made the production of laptops ever cheaper and more cost-effective to produce. Making you next computer purchase can be a good investment as you will get more bang for your buck. however, you may not be in a financial situation to purchase a new machine after you old one goes down. In fact, your only option may to pay for its repair. However, this may not even be an option once you see the repair bill. What if you could repair your computer yourself and save money.



How to Make a Brand Ambassador Resume (Even If You Have Never Been One)

By Rian Donatelli 

So you have decided you want to get a job as a Brand Ambassador, which is, by the way, the true term for the above mentioned work. You might also hear these people called Promotional Models, which is similar, but slightly different in expectation and job description. Whichever one you want to be, you will have to show agencies a resume. Only problem is, you've never done this job. Almost all Brand Ambassadors and Promo Models work through an agency, which helps them to acquire these jobs at events and accounts. A good relationship with an agency first starts with showing them what you've got to offer!

Think of a Brand Ambassador resume as a resume in sales and marketing. Most people, at SOME point in their life have worked in sales. If that sounds like you, no matter how long ago that was, put it in this resume. What was your job description? Were you assisting customers on the floor with clothing or products? Perfect, add that to the resume! Did you work on commission? Great! This shows you are sales driven! What might seem like small tasks are important to note when making a resume for Brand Ambassador work. Agencies want to see that you have had experience enticing the general public to purchase something. If you have ever worked in marketing, this is extremely valuable too. This shows agencies and future employers that you stay in the know. You are aware of market trends, consumer tendencies, and what competitor's products have to offer. Even if your experience had NOTHING to do with the types of things you see Brand Ambassadors promoting, that's fine. The knowledge is still valuable. Explain what you did in this position, if you were any sort of team lead or head of any project, put it down!

Say you have never worked in sales or marketing at all. Our final tip is to let them know your people skills! ANY job is going to require people skills. Even if you had a job pumping gas (assuming you found a job at a gas station that still pumps the customer's gas... ) you were interacting with people, making their experience a good one, from start to finish. Elaborate on how you made each interaction a positive exchange between consumer and manufacturer. Did you work at a daycare? Talk about how this honed your problem solving skills, and your ability to stave conflict and find a happy balance between all parties. You don't have to say the "parties" were five years old! Did you ever hold a secretarial position? Talk about how your organization and computer skills keep you on task and goal oriented. Work in your personal interests when you can. Are you a runner? You're a perfect fit for working the registration table at a charity run! Do you play video games? You'll be awesome at a gaming convention! Agencies want to get to know you, and there are countless professional attributes that serve one well in this industry, including being tech savvy, polylingual, well spoken, and so much more!

You will find the most important part of this job is showing up on time, well educated on your brand, with a smile and a stellar work ethic. Like any job, your reputation will grow, and that will open even more doors. With these tips, you can cultivate a resume that opens that first door and says "I'm here, and you WANT to hire me!"


The Essence of Creating Value

By Anthony Freda

A cornerstone of any successful business is to generate value for its customers.

Value is what truly drives business relationships and, in turn, profit (job security, growth, reinvestment).

Value is, of course, a stimulus for each client to choose you in the first place. Something has value if it can efficiently meet a need, fulfill a desire, and generate a positive emotional response.

The individual defines value. Understanding and catering to these individual perceptions is the key to the world of value. Inquire, get to know what is truly being sought, what your customer truly seeks, then set out to meet and exceed however possible. Always strive to make the best even better.

"If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we're going to do important work" ~ Seth Godin

Both consumers and providers must benefit from the value proposition if it is to be viable. So how can this be achieved?

Innovation: Creating additional products or services that appeal to what may very well be a subconscious desire and presenting something that has appeal in part at least, because it is new and unique.

Added Value: You have a product, a service; now you wish for it to be better, more attractive, of higher value than it already possesses. Price consideration is one method; offer the same for less. Attach additional components to the original offering, more for the money. Present both added products and services for a price lower than the original; offer more for less.

The value is in providing a service. Serve the wishes and needs of your client in a manner that is worthy of their time and money while allowing your business to succeed as well, serving your needs as well.

Actively listen to your clients and get to know them; assess their buying habits, and guide them to express their hidden desires. Identify the triggers that move them to action, and above all, offer what makes them feel good about doing business with you.

Value is a matter of perception; if our products and services satisfy a client's wishes and needs, they will perceive it to be a value at whatever price charged.

Such a service focus provides many benefits to us as individuals. We develop higher levels of attentiveness, empathy, resourcefulness, creativity, and engagement. I feel that we better ourselves in the process of serving others, and we strengthen personal relationships as well as those of our profession.

Adding value to products and services that we provide to others does indeed have lasting benefits for all.