Monday, January 14, 2013

Boost Your Employability or Job Security


Productivity software will enhance your skill set if you are looking for a job. It will make you a better asset to your company depending on what type of job you have. Most of all, know how to use some of the more popular software that is available will enable you to simply do more of the stuff that you will one day likely need someone else to do for you if you don't know how to use the software.

The software that I am speaking of in particular right now is some of the office suite. Microsoft Office. You most likely know how to use Word. If you don't, you can learn online for free. In fact you can learn....

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access

and more for free....

Check out the Goodwill Community Website for Other Training that is available including an option to Microsoft Office which is also popular and very similar. It is called OpenOffice free download

To get free online training in Microsoft Office products go here

To see other free training that is available visit  www.gcflearnfree.org

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

All of us have areas in our lives where we suck and other areas that we do pretty well in.  Most of us never really pay attention to these differences until later in life.  Age does wonders for common sense and logical thinking!

The sooner we are self aware from paying close attention and identifying our strengths and weaknesses the better off we will be.

If I know I have a problem with procrastinating I can make a mental note to deal with that awful trait.  Of course, anyone should know that being able to eliminate this little flaw will go a long ways to help anyone reaching their goals or even just living life better.

But imagine if I just keep going around blaming someone else...

"I didn't set the alarm clock and over slept.  I was going to set it but I figured I would do it later and forgot.  They shouldn't have made my appointment at 8a.m. anyway.  If they would have made it at 11 a.m. I would have been up and made it on time.  Now I have to reschedule, miss another day at work and go through all of this again "

You know anyone who thinks like this?

We need to reflect at times to identify our weaknesses so that we can work on correcting them or figure out how to work around them.  Now this is not something to dwell on.  The past is the past, "what do I need to improve?" is all you want to entertain.  From that point on the focus is on being that change.  NOT the flaw that you have identified.

We also need to identify our strengths so that we can exploit those!  Maybe you are good at speaking, or writing, organizing or marketing.  How can you use any of those skills to help you with your job.  Maybe you could volunteer to write a newsletter to boost your fellow employee's morale.  This would take advantage of your writing skills and place you at a higher value at your job.

You could write a newsletter about eating healthy or the positive effects of getting proper rest.

Maybe your are observant, creative, compassionate or terminally happy.

Suppose you notice high crime in your neighborhood.  Maybe you want to design flyers and organize a meeting with your neighbors to form a community watch to help reduce the level of crime.

So these are just a few thoughts and examples of how to self reflect to become self aware and take advantage of what you learn about yourself.  The principles can be applied to so many different situations in your life to make your life and the ones you love better.