What’s your ultimate goal in life? Whatever you just said – make more money, build the career of your dreams, spend more time with family – it probably boils down to the same thing: be happy. Everything that we do is ultimately in pursuit of this goal (or should be).
In this week’s roundup, we look at how to be happier, plus some tips on having a successful networking lunch and how to quantify your achievements on a resume.
Sarah Landrum at Elana Lyn: How to Be Happier
“When it’s authentic, happiness can be so powerful it makes you feel as though you’re invincible,” Landrum writes. “However, hard times come, and they can quickly cause you to get in a slump that’s hard to overcome. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can try to give you the best chance of being at your happiest consistently — no matter what life throws your way.”
These strategies include practicing gratitude, scheduling personal time – and knowing when to reach out for help. Learn more at Landrum’s post.
Debra Wheatman at Job-Hunt.org: How to Have a Successful Business Networking Lunch
Food + Conversation = Networking Gold … provided you know what you’re doing. A properly executed networking lunch can boost your career to unseen heights, while an awkward meeting can be worse than never attending at all.
It all comes down to etiquette, something most of us are a little shaky on, in these casual times. For example, do you know whether or not it’s appropriate to ask for connections or other favors at a business lunch, or how to choose a restaurant, or who pays? If you’re shaking your head no, read this post.
Virginia Franco at Work It Daily: How to Transform Everyday Tasks Into Resume-Worthy Quantifiable Achievements
What’s the secret to selling yourself to a hiring manager? A resume that shows what you can do, using hard data. The challenge for many of us is finding those numbers.
“For those in sales who are responsible for meeting quotas on a regular basis, coming up with quantifiable achievements is easier than for most,” writes Franco. “A quick peek into an online CRM tool or your own sales trackings are likely to reveal stats and rankings against your peers. For those not in sales, never fear. Numbers exist – albeit a bit hidden as percentages, fractions, and so on.”
To find yours, ask yourself these questions.
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