Brush Up on Your Small Talk if You Want to Land That Dream Job

Bloomberg SurveyCommunication skills and the ability to engage in “small talk” is the #1 asset for job candidates according to a survey conducted by BloombergBusiness. That’s also sound advice for working executives and those who want to advance in their organizations.

Small Talk is an Ice Breaker

The next two most important assets cited in the study are analytical skills and the ability to work collaboratively. It’s not surprising that communication skills and small talk are essential to working collaboratively.

Small talk isn’t a waste of time. It plays an important role in establishing an emotional connection in one-on-one conversations and also among team members. Individuals can feel each other out before beginning a substantive discussion. …Read more…

Keep Your Eye on the Bottom Line to Build Your Career

An interview with Julie Morgenstern, a professional organizer, productivity consultant, speaker, author, and media personality.

The key to becoming a most valued player in any job is to know how to dance close to the revenue line. In other words, know what you are paid to produce and how it supports the mission of the company.

What is your advice for professionals to advance their careers?

It’s also essential to know what your boss’s priorities are, and how that ties to the company’s mission. Use that knowledge to decide where your time goes each and every day.

Organize your work and tackle the most important activities first. You need to be fast and capture everything that comes at you. The order of attack is critical to maximize your energy and brainpower.

Avoid multi-tasking. If you just act on everything as it comes at you …Read more…