Performance Reviews: The Best Investment of Your Time

Performance Reviews: The Best Investment of Your Time

This week I look at the review process from the manager or supervisor side of the desk.  If you have been invested in your career for several years you likely have at least one direct report.  That means you are in a small way responsible for helping them progress in their career through effective feedback that allows them to advance in their career, find their focus, and improve their weaknesses.  This week we look at the “management” side of the review process to ensure you are doing your job to improve the performance of those who work for you and improve the organizations overall performance and effectiveness.

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Feedback...

Feedback...

One of our most popular trainings is on how to solicit and respond to feedback, both during and outside the formal review context.  (We also train supervisors on how to give meaningful feedback.)  As we speak to people who have made time to attend a training on making the most of feedback, we often hear that they are “too busy” to prepare for their review.  As we always say, that’s like saying “I was so busy packing for vacation that I didn’t have time to book a plane ticket.”  Your review may be the one time all year when you and your boss both carve out time to sit and talk about your career.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.  

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Is your résumé in need of a redo?

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Today Apochromatik is launching Résumé Redo.

Résumé Redo comes after months of assisting clients with application materials for new jobs, board appointments, advanced degrees, and promotions. Our clients tell us they have more confidence and they get the results they want when their résumé, cover letters, writing samples, and references are targeted for their specific goals.

We have interviewed professionals across the country to develop standards to make your materials stand out. Now you can benefit from the services of Apochromatik Résumé Redo.

Go to www.resumeredo.com and enter your email for information on how to take the next step to join Résumé Redo.

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One Common Mistake to Avoid in the Search for True Job/Career Satisfaction

One Common Mistake to Avoid in the Search for True Job/Career Satisfaction

Job satisfaction, and for that matter career satisfaction, can play a big role in our overall happiness.  I don’t know many people who haven’t had the Sunday evening “workweek dread” come over them around 4:00 p.m.  But if that happens to you more weeks and sometimes days than not, you might need to consider whether you have real job satisfaction.

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Career Lessons from a White House Internship: Alongside a Stalker

Career Lessons from a White House Internship: Alongside a Stalker

When someone sees my resume, the item I’m most likely to be asked about is my internship in the West Wing of the White House.  That is usually followed up by asking whether I know there’s a character named Amy Gardner on the “West Wing” TV show.  (Yes, I do, and I have a great – mostly true – story about how she really could be named after me.  And if you know any different, don’t tell me.  I like my version better.)  Until now, though, I haven’t publicly shared how I got that West Wing internship.  It wasn’t due to connections or networking and certainly not any special expertise.  Instead, I got my internship in the White House press office largely because of the lessons I learned from a stalker.  

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Leaving your job? What to Say in a Goodbye Email...

Helping our clients determine the next steps in their careers sometimes means helping them prepare for a change.  When that’s the case, your goodbye email to your current employer can get overlooked in the flurry of wrapping up your position, but is a great opportunity to leave with grace and gratitude.  Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner wrote a guest post for Corporette (the blog about “fashion, lifestyle, and career advice for overachieving chicks”) on the topic of goodbye emails.  Please check it out! 

How is 2018 going for you?

How is 2018 going for you?

If your check engine light comes on in your car do you go on YouTube, buy some self help books, check with friends, ignore it as long as you can, and eventually take it apart in the evening after work in your garage?  Or, do you call your mechanic or car dealership to run a diagnostic?  The vast majority of us don’t have the technical skill to troubleshoot modern cars...but do we have the technical skills to troubleshoot our career and personal goals?

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Why using your time off matters...

As summer winds down, it’s a great time to think ahead to time off over the fall and/or the holidays. Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral was recently quoted by Work+Money on why you should use your vacation time.  Check it out and start planning to take advantage of the many benefits from using that time you’ve earned. 

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Are you starting a new job?

Not one but TWO Apochromatik clients are starting new jobs this month.  Both worked with Apochromatik coaches to evaluate their values, their strengths, and the directions they want their careers and lives to go, then worked with Apochromatik coaches to prepare their resumes and cover letters, and to nail their interviews.  

Congratulations to both J. and E.!  In honor of them, this week on the Apochromatik blog, we’re sharing an article on tips for your first day at a new job, featuring advice from Apochromatik’s Keith R. Sbiral.

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9 Ways to Go Beyond the Imposter Syndrome

9 Ways to Go Beyond the Imposter Syndrome

We recently taught a webinar on the imposter syndrome for the American Bar Association.  (ABA members can access the webinar and earn CLE free of charge here.  Non-ABA members can access the webinar with a 15% discount by using the discount code FACMARK at checkout.)  

In conversation with the ABA and program moderator Lacy Durham in advance of the webinar, one of the issues identified was that many people who feel they are a fraud or imposter think they’re unusual or alone, which adds to their shame and difficulty understanding that these feelings are common and not related to qualifications or skill.  We’re prepared this blog post as part of an effort to normalize the feelings of imposterism and help lawyers and other professionals build awareness.  It’s based on the remarks we and Lacy made during the webinar and is intended, in a more cursory way, to provide some brief background and resources.  We encourage you to share it with colleagues and your network to spur more discussion of the imposter syndrome and, in so doing, help remove the stigma around it.  

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Networking Webinar to Feature Apochromatik's Amy M. Gardner and Keith R. Sbiral

Join Amy M. Gardner and Keith R. Sbiral as they present a Mind Your Career webinar @UChicago on turbocharging your networking skills, June 28 12pm cst  https://bit.ly/2Gig8Gn #MindYourCareerwebinar.

This webinar is free for anyone and is only 60 minutes.  Please share with anyone who may want to brush up on networking basics.

In the meantime, check out Apochromatik's four part series on networking by clicking below.