Archive for October, 2008

Gaining Visibility for Career Advancement

Friday, October 31st, 2008

One of the secrets to advance in your career is to gain visibility. How do you accomplish this? There are lots of strategies that will make the right people notice you for the right reasons. One of them is by attending conferences and networking with presenters and attendees alike, or even better, by participating as a speaker so everyone notices you. While you are at a conference, don’t forget to ask questions. Watch this short video for more on that.

How to Survive in this Market

Monday, October 13th, 2008

I’m sure you’ve been reading, listening and watching lots of experts share tips about what to do in this crisis. I don’t profess to have the magic wand, but I’ll add my two cents for my Latino audience.

Keep in mind that as a person with a Hispanic background who either grew up in Latin America or was raised by a family who did, you’re likely to have several traits that come very handy in times of crisis. They are the result of having experienced such unstable situations and having to adjust to changing conditions often. Some of these traits are your adaptability to change, your creativity, your ability to solve problems and your relationship-building skills. Here are a few things that you can do to showcase those traits at work:

• Come up with creative ways to cut expenses, such as sharing resources with companies or organizations in your industry.
• Conduct a brainstorming session with your teammates to discuss more effective ways to market your products or services.
• Build team spirit at a time when your company may have experienced job cuts and those of you who are left have a lot more work to do.
• Try to partner with non profit organizations or other companies to reach the same audience.
• Offer to assume a different role if you see that your job is not the most critical right now.

Remember, you have lots of built-in advantages. This is a great opportunity for you to show that you have what it takes to be a leader.

Volunteers Needed

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I recently attended the annual conference of the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Initiative of Junior Achievement Worldwide www.ja.org, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

This wonderful initiative currently in place in seven sites (Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, New York, Albuquerque, Atlanta, and Denver) hopes to reach more Hispanic students on the key issues that Junior Achievement promotes: financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills and workforce readiness through experiential, hands-on activities. All areas that are crucial for the future success of our children.

This is a great opportunity for the Hispanic community to support education and be role models for our youth by volunteering to teach the program in classrooms from K-12. You will get a two hour training, a kit of materials and lots of support from JA to make your participation a success.

It’s ideal for professionals, retired people, homemakers, college students, entrepreneurs and anybody who wishes to make an impact on young students. The organization will work with your schedule so that you may volunteer when it’s most convenient.

A lot of us grew up in countries where volunteering is not part of our culture. But as I said in other posts, it’s as American as apple pie, and we need to step forward and invest our time in organizations that are creating a path to success for our youngsters.