What Can Reading Do For You? | VOTW 042319

What Can Reading Do For You? | VOTW 042319

In honor of #WorldBookDay, this week on the Apochromatik blog we’re talking about why and how to squeeze more reading into your schedule.  For today’s Video of the Week  we feature a short eight minute video discussing some of the benefits of reading.

Check back for Thursday’s post where we share hacks to fit more reading into your schedule.    

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Work/Life Balance or Whole Life Synchronization?

Work/Life Balance or Whole Life Synchronization?

This week I led a webinar for the University of Chicago “Mind Your Career” series entitled, “The Work/Life Myth: 3 Ways to Feel More In Sync With Your Life.” Many of us are actively seeking a way to find work/life balance, and to determine how and when work/life balance discussions and efforts are appropriate.

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How to Improve Your Executive Presence Quickly and Easily.

How to Improve Your Executive Presence Quickly and Easily.

When you think of executive presence, what comes to mind?  Is it looking rested and like you just came back from a vacation?   Having just the right outfit for every event?  Having a booming voice that enables the speaker to be heard over chaos?  After decades of working with leaders throughout my career, I can tell you that you don’t need self-tanner, a personal shopper, or elocution lessons to have executive presence.  (In fact, being inauthentic can actually hurt, rather than help, the cause.)

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Are You Résumé Ready? You should be.

Are You Résumé Ready?  You should be.

Are you résumé ready?

If tomorrow you hear about a perfect board position, how long will it take you to prepare your materials to apply?  

You aren’t looking for a job right now.  But what if you stumble upon the best next step for your career and the application is due tomorrow?  Are you prepared to submit?

If you are looking for a new job, is your résumé one of those items on your procrastination list that you don’t have done?

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5 Tips to Ace Your Video Interview

Job candidates often don’t realize that video interviews require different preparation from phone or in-person interviews.  In this week’s blog post, we’re sharing 5 tips to ace your video interview.  Read on to avoid the horror scenarios (a propeller coming out of your head, a search committee looking up your nose) and to ace your interview.

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VOTW 31919 | Why Video Interviews Require Special Preparation

VOTW 31919 | Why Video Interviews Require Special Preparation

This week’s blog topic is video job interviews.  More and more employers are using them, whether as a replacement for phone interviews or even in place of in-person interviews.  Thursday’s post provides 5 tips to ace your video interview.  Before we get to substance, though, here’s a light-hearted reminder of why video interviews require special preparation.  Close your door, and get ready for 45 seconds of hilarity that you’ll avoid by following Thursday’s tips.  

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Gardner and Sbiral to serve on U of C Alumni LinkedIn Profile Review Event

Monday, March 25, Apochromatik’s Amy M. Gardner and Keith R. Sbiral will both serve as LinkedIn profile reviewers for a University of Chicago Alumni LinkedIn profile review event.  The event is free and limited to UChicago alumni.  LinkedIn profile review is included in Apochromatik and ResumeRedo.com packages, because LinkedIn is a vital part of your career development and transition.  To learn more about the event, click here.

Highly Effective References

Highly Effective References

Many job seekers put together a thoughtful job search plan, prepare their resume and cover letter carefully, and agonize over their interview attire, but when it comes to their references, they just type up some names, phone numbers, and email addresses and call it done. The good news: because so many people just throw their reference list together, this is an area where it’s easy to stand out.  

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VOTW 031219 | Questions Your References are Likely to be Asked

VOTW 031219 | Questions Your References are Likely to be Asked

This week’s topic is how to serve your network.  For the Video of the Week, we’re featuring one of our favorites: Drew Dudley’s “lollipop moments” TEDx Talk about everyday leadership.  Invest 6 minutes in this great reminder that a small favor can make a big difference.  And check back for Thursday’s post on easy ways to help others in your network. 

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Serve Your Network a Little ICE: 3 Ways to Serve Your Network

Serve Your Network a Little ICE: 3 Ways to Serve Your Network

Building your network is an obvious and important step to build your career.  So important that we’ve written before about three common networking mistakes you can avoid, how holiday parties can help you expand your network, and our four part series on building a network from scratch in 15 minutes per week.  Once you’ve built your network, though, then what?  

Herminia Ibarra, in her book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, states, “…just because a person knows that a network is important to her success, it doesn’t mean she is devoting sufficient time and energy to making it useful and strong.”

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Video of the Week...March 5, 2019

Video of the Week...March 5, 2019

This week’s topic is how to serve your network.  For the Video of the Week, we’re featuring one of our favorites: Drew Dudley’s “lollipop moments” TEDx Talk about everyday leadership.  Invest 6 minutes in this great reminder that a small favor can make a big difference.  And check back for Thursday’s post on easy ways to help others in your network. 

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How to Travel for Work Without Derailing Your Life

How to Travel for Work Without Derailing Your Life

“Business travel.”  Two words that can spur thoughts of luxurious hotels, interesting cities, and free meals.  Or, for those who do a lot of business travel, those words can prompt thoughts of suspicious stains in hotel rooms with thin walls next to the ice machine, repetitive conference rooms, and surviving on Southwest pretzels and granola bars eaten while jogging through airports.  

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Video of the Week...February 26, 2019

Do you groan when you hear the phrase “business travel”? Even if you love business travel, it can make it hard to progress on your goals, which is why it’s this week’s topic on the Apochromatik blog.

First, to discover the joy of business travel, argues Joaquim Bretcha, focus on people, an attitude of introspection, and language. Bretcha’s TedX talk is this week’s Video of the Week.
Check back Thursday when we share tips to make business travel more enjoyable and productive.

Taming the Procrastination Monster

Taming the Procrastination Monster

As a kid, did you ever hear a creaking floorboard in the night, and become convinced that there was a fully grown boogieman waiting to pounce out of your closet?  

Procrastinated tasks can become the adult equivalent of monsters in the closet.  You don’t want to admit it, but you see the signs every time you look at your to do list, whether it’s in an app, a spreadsheet, a paper planner, or on a post-it.  Maybe it’s scheduling your annual physical, sending a thank you email, texting your niece, or finding a contractor to finally fix the bathtub.  Or maybe it’s writing an article for a professional publication, filing an amended tax return, getting your job application materials together, reviewing resumes for a position you’re supposed to be filling, or finally cleaning up your office. 

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Video of the Week...February 19, 2019

This week, we’re addressing procrastination on the Apochromatik blog.  For today’s Video of the Week, Mel Robbins explains that procrastination is a habit we adopt as a form of stress relief and shares strategies to interrupt the habit.  Check back Thursday when we share 6 specific tactics to get every procrastinated task off your to do list.