Real-world career advice holds tremendous value, no matter who it is coming from. There is no teacher like that of experience.
As firm believers in constant learning from the people around us, we asked our staff what the best piece of professional advice they ever received was. The answers include great tips for your career and maybe even real life, too.
“Always look for ways to improve.” Tiffany Schifley, Operations Manager
“If you notice something wrong with your work or if you’ve made a mistake, take a deep breath and try to solve the problem. Come up with 2 to 3 solutions to fix it before bringing it to the attention of others.”
“Be present.” Sean Rigsby, Managing Partner and Senior Executive Recruiter
“My old boss used to say ‘When you’re here, be here; when you’re not, don’t be here.’ It’s advice that has stuck with me and I’ve always tried to follow throughout my 20 + year career.”
“Be kind.” Michael Kaufman, Environmental Recruiter
“Treat everyone with kindness, and always be professional first. It can a long way.”
“Go beyond your comfort zone.” Sarah Wheeler, Head of Marketing and Research
“At the edge of your comfort zone is where you’ll find success. Never be afraid to be wrong, and never be afraid to step outside the box. You’ll never regret it.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? Share it with us on social media by tagging Rigsby Search Group (on Facebook or Twitter). We’ll share it with our followers and help to begin a chain of helpful tips!
These days, everyone who is anyone is online. The big virtual space that we know as the World Wide Web is so deeply embedded into our daily culture and routine that nearly everything we do can somehow be related to the Internet. So it’s only natural that when it comes to career building and job seeking, your online presence will play a role. Chances are, if you discovered a job posting online and applied there, more than likely, when that hiring authority receives your resume, they will type your name into Google, Facebook or LinkedIn and do their own research. The last thing you want is for that to hurt your chances at landing a position you really wanted.
Cleaning up your online presence is something that should be done every so often. Here’s a few methods that may help streamline the process.
- Make it a monthly goal. Pick a date, whether it be the first of the month or the very last day, and mark it in your calendar for the remainder of the calendar year.
- Regulate every post. Always keep the thought in the back of your mind that your coworkers and potential future hiring managers may one day see what you are posting. Ask yourself how you would feel if you saw the same photograph or article on another coworker’s profile. What thoughts would immediately come to mind?
- Enhance your privacy settings. Before sharing that photo on Facebook, choose the audience that you want to see it. During your monthly cleanup sessions, double check your account privacy settings for each of your social media accounts to make sure they are the way you want them to be.
- Don’t be fooled. Privacy settings are great, but don’t let them fool you into thinking that you are safe to post anything. Proceed with caution knowing that what you post, can, in some way or another, be seen by anyone. Anything is possible in the incredibly interconnected world of social media.
Networking is important, don’t get us wrong! Who you know can sometimes be just as important as what you know. We are big believers in social media and the power that it holds to connect us all. We’re telling you to go for it, network like crazy, but monitoring your online presence and regulating the content which you are sharing with the world is very important in preserving your identity.
Here at RSG, we are firm believers in continuing education. Life never stops teaching, so we should never stop learning, right? After all, there is always room for improvement in all areas of life, both personally and professionally.
Recently, we partnered with our colleagues and good friends at Pascoe Workforce Solutions to host an all-day training conference, complete with some dynamic guest speakers, important round-table discussions, and fun team-building exercises. We ended a long but great day of learning with some friendly competition in the form of bowling and arcade games.
It was a nice change of pace to get out of our offices, catch up with some friendly faces, meet some new people, and trade stories, advice and tips with each other. We would like to extend a warm thank you to Brian Pascoe, Brody Cunningham, and the entire Pascoe team for joining us, as well as to James Smith of J. Anderson & Associates, Inc. for driving 3 hours to give a rockstar presentation. It was a great day, and we’re looking forward to planning another one in the near future!