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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at

Monday, August 3, 2015

Talent Egg/ "Habits that may be holding you back at work"

Jun. 10 Talent Egg: This website is for new graduates.  It does provide good articles that are a fast and easy read on how to improve your resume and look for a job.  The articles are also printed in the Metro.  

However, my main nitpick is that a lot of these articles, I can't find on the internet or on the Talent Egg website.  Now I have to manually type it up.  I won't type up the whole article, only parts of it.  If it's not from this year 2015, it's hard to find.

"A need- to- know for workers-in - waiting" by Shaheerah Kayani on Apr. 30, 2014:

"51% of job seekers who use only one method of job-hunting gave up on their job hunt by the second month."
Tip: Use 4 methods like Linked In, school job board, etc.

"More jobs aren't filled by recruiters picking your resume online."
Tip: Email your resume directly to a recruiter.

"80% of all positions are filled without employer advertising."
Tip: Companies hire within, so network."

Email your resume on Sun. or early in the morning so it will most likely be read first thing.

Jun. 11 "How to organize your workspace": I cut out this article by Riana Topan in the Metro on Jan. 26, 2015.  She's from Talent Egg.  Here's the whole article:

No matter what size your workspace may be, it’s important that you keep the area tidy. An organized desk and office helps you to be more productive because it means you can find things quickly and easily.

It’s a sign of professionalism and, more importantly, an organized employee.
Here are four top tips for making your workspace work:

Develop your own colour code

Use coloured office supplies to help you keep track of things.

Try using colour-coded sticky notes for reminders or to flag items; multi-coloured inks on a calendar where you write in meetings, deadlines and vacation time; folders for keeping related documents together; and highlighters for organizing your to-do list and notes from meetings.

Having your own colour code will help you navigate documents and organizers faster. Not only is it a huge time saver, it will show co-workers you’re on top of your game.

Use the tools at your disposal

Think outside the box: a handful of office supplies can go a long way toward keeping your desk de-cluttered.

Try wrapping up loose wires and cords with binder clips, twist ties or elastic bands. Get a small file tray or organizer to keep papers organized and out of sight, and use a mug or jar to hold your pens, pencils and other writing instruments.

You may also want to use dividers in your desk drawers to organize loose items like paper clips, push pins, magnets, scissors and more.

Keep it clean

At least once every other week, wipe down your computer, keyboard, mouse and phone with disinfectant — you’d probably be surprised how much bacteria and dust builds up in your workspace over time.

Don’t leave dirty dishes lying around, either, since that will make your desk look messy, and could attract ants or other unwanted guests.

Add a few personal touches

While it’s great to keep your workspace neat and tidy with minimal clutter, it doesn’t have to be completely devoid of personality.

A few pictures, a piece of artwork or a crafty item like a homemade paperweight or one-of-a-kind mouse pad can help to make the space your own.

You get bonus points if you can find organizers or stationery that fits your personality as well! Chances are you spend a lot of time at your desk, so you want to make sure you feel comfortable at it.

"Give your portfolio a noticeable pick-me up": I cut out this article by Celine Tarrant (Talent Egg) in Metro on Jan. 14, 2015.  Here's the whole article:

Many professionals make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need a portfolio because they don’t have anything to put in one. Here’s how to put together a professional portfolio that will help you showcase your work, highlight your skill set, and can serve as a valuable career planning tool.

What is it? What should you include in it?

This is not a resumé; it’s a collection of your professional achievements. Unlike a resumé, there’s no page limit, so it should include all the projects you’ve worked on, recommendations, reference letters, awards, side projects, publications, a listing of conferences and events you have attended or spoken at, courses and workshops, and anything else you feel is relevant to your professional life.

Why do it?

To jog your memory (and your manager’s): Simply put, most people are terrible at remembering things. Unless you write down and reflect on relevant and important experiences, it’s easy to forget about them.

If you forget about your own achievements, what are the chances a potential employer will remember? It’s important to document and showcase what you have accomplished so you can communicate more effectively with your manager about how you have contributed to the team, and demonstrate ways you have gone above and beyond.

To help you land your next job:

As you advance your career, this tool should also make it easier for you to quickly gather and comment on relevant work experience. For example, if you’re in PR and applying for a marketing job, you should be able to look to your portfolio and very easily gather all the marketing-related projects you have worked on and identify the overlapping skill sets because you have carefully organized and tracked them over the years.

Career planning and development:

As you go through the exercise of putting together your portfolio, and continue to add to it over time, patterns will start to emerge. Maybe you notice that all of your projects have been internal and you need some more client-facing experience.

Or that you’ve been to five social media workshops this year, and you still haven’t put up your hand to run the next Twitter campaign. It should help you identify where you are over- or under-indexed in certain areas, highlight gaps in your skill set, and draw your attention to opportunities for personal development.

Putting  it together

How you actually collect everything and organize it is up to you.

Maybe it’s a formal hard-copy document that you use publicly and share with others. Maybe it’s just an informal folder on your computer where you keep relevant documents for your eyes only. However you choose to do it, the thing that matters is that you are keeping track of all the amazing work you are doing, and keeping it up to date and relevant.

Set a recurring calendar date with yourself each month and commit to revisiting your portfolio to reflect on your experiences so far, update it with new information, and plan for the month ahead.

"The stress you suppress while aiming to impress": I cut out this article by Lakshmi Gandhi in Metro in NYC on Oct. 29, 2014.

It's aimed at women in the workforce.  Shelley Zallis, the CEO and founder of the Ipsos Girls Lounge, a networking space for women.

Breaking the apology habit: Zallis says we need to stop apologizing because of the inflexible nature of workplaces.

Build up your confidence: Have a support network to energize yourself.

Don't hold yourself back: Zallis: What makes you special?  Embrace it.

"Habits that my be holding you back at work": I cut out this by Lauren Marinigh in Metro on Mar. 11, 2015.  Here is the whole article:

Do you feel held back at work?

It’s easy to blame competition or management when you hit a brick wall in your career. It can be awfully frustrating, especially when your day-to-day life seems to become more and more repetitious.

But it’s important to remember that there is always something you can be doing to change your situation – but the first step is recognizing what you might be doing (or not doing) that’s stopping your career advancement.

1. Not speaking up

One of the things that may be holding you back from moving up the ladder in your workplace is keeping quiet.

Speaking up when you have an idea or something to contribute shows your employer that you not only care about your job, but also the company you work for. Sharing your input is also a great opportunity to demonstrate to your employer that you are capable of much more than doing assigned tasks, which could lead to bigger and better opportunities within your workplace.

It is also important to make sure you’re asking questions. If you don’t understand something, need more clarification, or you just want to learn more, don’t hesitate to speak up and ask. People often fear that not understanding something may make them look bad – on the contrary, speaking up and asking the right questions will show your eagerness to learn.
2. Being overpowering

Often, leadership is confused with being the most “powerful” person in the room. This is not always the case – overpowering your teammates when working on a project not only gives off a bad impression to your colleagues, but also shows that you aren’t capable of working harmoniously with other people.

Nobody likes the bully in the workplace, and being too abrasive about your ideas and the projects you’re working on can create negativity and tension. The reality is, every workplace involves working with others, and everyone has a different work style.

Adjusting yourself to be able to work with any type of person is one of the best qualities you can bring into a workplace, and one that can only benefit you.

So how do you demonstrate leadership? Listen to everyone’s ideas, and act as a mediator. Yes, you can put your foot down when it’s absolutely necessary, but a true leader is able to come up with solutions with their team, and make everyone feel included while doing so. These qualities are sure to be noticed by management, and it will hopefully result in your career progression.
3. Not taking initiative
There is almost nothing more irritating to an employer than having to babysit one of their workers. They want to see what you are capable of – but if they’re constantly on your back about what you are working on, they are not likely going to give you additional responsibilities.

Taking initiative and getting stuff done before it is asked of you is a quality that employers look for in their employees. Every supervisor wants to know that even if he or she is busy, they don’t have to worry about delegating tasks to you. Be the type of employee that your boss doesn’t have to worry about because you are always one step ahead.

This means staying organized, and knowing what tasks you have for the day. Get your work done on time (or ahead of time, if possible). If you have questions, reach out to someone – don’t wait for someone to come up to you. And if you’re done your work, ask if there’s anything you can assist with. These qualities will show your employer that you’re, at the very least, a dependable employee.
4. Lacking positivity
Having a positive attitude is key in any workplace – after all, nobody likes a negative Nancy.

No matter how efficient you are at your work or how intelligent you are, you will have a difficult time advancing your career with a company if you don’t demonstrate that you enjoy the work. Employers will be hesitant to promote someone who doesn’t seem passionate about their role, especially since individuals in management positions are often expected to represent the company in a positive fashion to both their team, clients, and customers.

You might be exuding negativity at work, and not even know it. You might love your work, but forget to smile or show enthusiasm. It’s understandable that everyone displays their emotions differently, but be aware of the fact that management usually bases their judgements based on their observations. If they get the impression that you don’t enjoy your work (even if you do!), then the outcome will still be the same.

Luckily, this is fairly easy to remedy. Be sure to smile during the day, and try and greet your colleagues on a daily basis. These actions may feel forced at first, but you’ll find you’ll adopt to your new habits soon enough!
5. Not showing commitment
Not showing that you are committed to your job and workplace can be a huge reason that you aren’t advancing. Employers look for people that are willing to go above and beyond and that aren’t just there for a paycheck.

Ways to show commitment to your employer is being dedicated and hardworking, you may need to come in early or stay late to get a project done on time, or hook your email up to your cell phone to stay on top of everything. There are many big and small ways to show commitment, and commitment is going to ultimately be a factor in advancing within your workplace.

Perhaps you’re doing this already, and management simply hasn’t noticed. Consider sending your manager a small, casual update through email, letting them know what you’ve been working on and how it’s been going. Briefly mention the different processes you’ve implemented, or the different steps you’ve taken to make sure everything is taken care of. This is a subtle way of making sure you’re on their radar!


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