Entering the Promised Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling – Tip #5 Plan out Your Career

Hello All,
This is our final week of career tips for women executives who desire to break through the glass ceiling and enter the promise land. This week’s tip provides practical advice on the importance of planning out your career.
I hope that you’ve been inspired by this weekly series, and you can look forward to more to come.  
Enjoy,
Dr. Cris
Tip #5 Plan out Your Career  

Plan out Your CareerWithout a plan, you plan to fail. So knowing this in advance, you want to strategically plot out what steps you can take in your career to receive the benefits that you desire out of life. It all goes back to this question: what is it that you truly want to do with the rest of your life? What is your purpose? If you can imagine yourself a few years from now, where do you see yourself in your career? What is your dream job?

Once you have defined it and can envision it, then you can determine what specific steps you will need to take in order to achieve your dream job. Don’t think about what obstacles may be in your way. Now is the time for you to realize that in order to achieve your plan, you can’t doubt that your career goals are achievable; don’t give up on your dream, and recognize that breaking through the glass ceiling is possible and that entering into the promise land can be your reality. 

It's Not Goodbye, It's Until We Meet Again!

 

If you were feeling out of sorts this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, and you couldn’t quite put your finger on it, perhaps as the day progressed and began to creep closer to 4pm you realized what was wrong. It’s the end of an era, and what we have all been comfortable with and have looked forward to chatting about around the water cooler is over.

Oprah Winfrey ended her long, successful run as the most popular and loved talk show host in a three day celebration which honored her 25 years of service. On her final show Oprah left us with a few words of wisdom that bear repeating. For all of you who realize that there is more to life than what you’re doing and how you’re living, take heed to what Oprah shares about your calling.
“Everybody has a calling,” says Oprah, and her calling obviously is directly aligned to her profession. When you consider your calling, consider your passion. What fuels you, motivates you, and allows you to spring out of bed in the morning when you consider the path of your day, it all comes back to what it is that you were destined to achieve and your opportunity to receive the blessings which are connected to your destiny.
However, Oprah realizes that some of us do not always partake in the opportunity to embrace our passion. She states that some of us “block our blessing because we do not feel worthy.”  But worthiness exists for everyone who is here and alive, says Oprah. So we need to begin now, embracing our life and using our passions to serve the world.
Finally, Oprah reminds us that we are not alone, we are all in this together, and together we can get through the departure of the most incredible experience that we all know as Oprah. Oprah has helped us in this transition by sharing her personal email address, Oprah@oprah.com. She’s looking forward to hearing from us. For it’s not goodbye, it’s until we meet again.

If you need to identify your calling, contact Dr.Cris @ drcris@mail.com


Entering the Promised Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling – Tip #4 Look like You Mean Business

Hello All,


We all know that first impressions are important, so keep in mind what steps you should consider to make a positive impression.

This week’s tip will provide you with just a few ideas to keep you looking your best.  


Enjoy,

Dr. Cris

Tip # 4 – Look like You Mean Business – When was the last time that you updated your wardrobe? Does your hairstyle make you look like you’re still in high school? Now look at your nails – yes, both set of nails, on your hands and your feet. Do your nails need professional care? When answering these questions, do you feel as though any of these questions apply to you? If so, then you can’t expect other professionals to take you seriously if you don’t treat yourself like a professional. 


There are no excuses when it comes to presenting yourself in the best light possible. You will never receive a second chance to make a first impression. So when you begin to make excuses such as “I don’t have the time” or “I really don’t have enough money,” consider those excuses as roadblocks that will prohibit you from entering into the promise land and truly applying the executive defense strategy. 
 
You may have all the skills and talents comparable to Jane, but if Jane presents herself in a professional manner and you appear to be stuck in the 1990s, then who do you think will make the most positive impression?

If you need to hire a professional stylist who can assist you in determining what specific clothing styles would be most appropriate for your particular body frame then do it. If you need to update your hairstyle, and keep it looking fresh, then find a great hair stylist and keep regular appointments. And let’s not forget those nails, yes, on your hands and feet. A regular manicure and pedicure can do wonders to top off your professional look. Ladies, don’t think of looking your best as an expense; consider it an investment in yourself and an investment in your career.


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Don't miss out on the 50% discount on all packages and services

Through the month of May, anyone who is a teacher, knows a teacher, or desires to be a teacher can take advantage of a 50% discount on all packages and services for Dr. Cris, the Dream Job Doctor in celebration of Teachers Appreciation month. 
Don’t miss your chance on this special offer.

Dr. Cris is on the Radio

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Listen to internet radio with ProfessorLocs on Blog Talk Radio  
Professor Locs  & Alease Michelle McClenningham
Hello All,                                                                   
Last week I had the opportunity to call into a radio show where my friend, Alease Michelle McClenningham was interviewed by Professor Locs. Alease is the owner of The School of Creative Business, which is a company that assists creative entrepreneurs in successfully incorporating social media into their businesses. 
Take a moment to listen to this interview and learn a little more about The School of  Creative Business, my business, Dr. Cris, the Dream Job Doctor. And how I assisted both Alease and Professor Locs identify their dream jobs.
Enjoy! 

Dr. Cris

 

  

Entering the Promised Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling – Tip #3 Courage Under Fire

Hello All,

This week’s tip suggests the importance of remaining cool and collected under all circumstances. 

Tip # 3 – Courage under Fire: We have all been in a position where the stresses of a work environment and the enormity of the predicament might seem as though they are too much to handle. There may even be times when you feel powerless and want to give up. Even when those situations occur, you never want to place yourself in a situation where your colleagues or any executive can see you sweat, or worse yet, cry.

  A common response that you may receive from some of your coworkers is sympathy. Your colleagues may have experienced a similar situation and understand your frustration. For other coworkers, their response will be to pity you. You have placed yourself in a situation where others are now privy to the fact that you cannot control your emotions. Neither scenario is ideal for a woman entering the promised land. You always need to demonstrate strength and composure. You need to allow others to see that you are emotionally equipped to handle any situation.
 Although we are considered the fairer sex, there is no leniency in the workplace.  If you need a few moments to pull yourself together, then excuse yourself from the situation and do what you have to do to compose yourself. But remember this; once others have seen you expose your emotions, that picture of you will stick with them indefinitely.   


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It's National Teacher's Appreciation Week – Let's Celebrate Educators All Month

Teachers have a challenging job and they often go under appreciated, but not during the month of May. If you are a teacher, have a desire to be a teacher or know a teacher, then take advantage of a special 50% discount on all packages or services during this month only. 

Enjoy this special gift from one educator to another. 

Entering the Promised Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling – Tip # 2 Take Risks

Hello All,

Sometimes it may not be in your best interests to take the safe route. When it comes to your career and getting ahead, we all must do what we have to do to ensure success. 

 

So if it means we should consider taking a risk or two every now and then we should consider it.  As women who are trying to break through the glass ceiling and enter the promise land we have to remember how important getting ahead and staying ahead can assist us in the workplace. That is what these tips are all about. 

I hope you enjoy this new tip on taking risk.

Dr. Cris 


Tip #2 – Take Risks: You will never get ahead in life or your career if you are not willing to take a risk. Risk takers, realize one thing, that the key to success lies in the fact that even though you have weighed the pros and cons, once you have made the decision to go forward it is usually because you realize that the risk you are about to take is an intelligent risk and would more than likely produce a favorable result when executed.

However, it is important to do your homework, so that you know for sure that your risk is calculated and that you come out on top. Take incremental steps in planning your success. If necessary, request the assistance of a trusted colleague(s). But by all means don’t buckle under the pressure; complete what you have started, and know that any risk is worth taking as long as you are prepared to handle any and all results. 

Entering the Promised Land: Tips for Women Executives on Breaking through the Glass Ceiling – Tip # 1 Go Over and Above

Hello All,

Let me take a moment to clarify that although these tips are directed toward women, everyone can benefit from them. 

This week’s tip stresses the importance of giving it your all. As I have mentioned more than once, you seldom gain an opportunity to make a great first impression; therefore, if you do all that you can from the start you won’t have to question after the fact what efforts could have improved the situation. 

Enjoy, 


Dr. Cris

Tip # 1: Go Over and Above
Because we are the underdogs in the good ole boys’ network, we have to go over and above what others may deem as qualified. Consider your education, your skills, and your experience. What can you bring to the table that the average man cannot? What can you offer an employer that would make the potential new boss stand up and take notice? Who do you know who can enhance your project with their expertise while ensuring that you receive the credit for facilitation?



If there is a training opportunity available for you to gain knowledge and skills that would advance your career, take it. If there are people who you should get to know who can support you as an ally or mentor, make yourself friendly and get to know them better.
We always have to consider that although we may have the skills, we may possess the talent, and we may know some of the right people, it still may not be enough to secure our spot in the workplace. If we really desire to enter the promised land, then we always have to put the icing on the cake. Go over and above what is expected and you will reap the results.




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Great Career Tip #6 – Update your use of technology

    Hello All,

I hoped that you all have enjoyed this series on the greatest career tips that I ever received. Today is the last installment of the series, and it’s all about the importance of using updated technology.

Earlier this week I launched a new series titled Entering the Promise Land: Tips for Executive Women on Breaking the Glass Ceiling. This series will run on Wednesday’s for the next few weeks. I hope that it provides you with some valuable information to advance you in your career. 

     Enjoy,

     
   Dr. Cris

 



         Great Career Tip #6 –  Update your use of technology
 
I know some of you still rely on your trusty typewriters to tackle any writing assignments that you may have. Although there are some famous authors and journalists who have and still do crank out their best work by use of a typewriter, these select few are in a league of their own. 
J. K. Rowlings

According to Hilary Magazine, J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter novel on a typewriter and had to re-type entire chapters if a change was made, and later re-typed the book to make it double spaced. Even best selling author and former journalist for the New York Times Gay Talese transcribed his notes and interviews on his typewriter. One of his more popular books is titled The Silent Season of a Hero: The Sports Writing of Gay Talese.

Although these award – winning writers have accomplished greatness on their typewriters, and Rowling has since begun using a computer to write her other novels, we cannot compare ourselves to them, at least not yet. Consider where you are in your career path and how important it is for you to prepare yourself for the right employer. How important it is to learn how to maximize our technological skills to prepare for our next dream job. 

Start with the basics, and learn your way around a
computer and the internet. What computer programs would benefit you most? When considering where you see yourself in the next two or three years, what computer programs could assist you in reaching the next level? Are you familiar with Microsoft Office? Could you use a refresher on Excel? You would be amazed at the online tutorials that can assist you in polishing up your skills and familiarizing yourself with a multitude of programs. 

Once you have the basics under your belt, you can then consider specific technology in your field. For example, for those who work with graphics perhaps Illustrator CS5 may be helpful, or if making movies is part of your forte then Movie Maker could prove to be a valuable technology option. The point is don’t miss out on an employment opportunity that you would be perfect for simply because your technology skills are not up to par.  It’s not too late to do something about it.