Monthly Archives: March 2016

Why You Need to Know About Grovo

grovoIf you missed yesterday’s post about ways to increase your value at work, read it now because then you’ll fully understand why you need to know about Grovo. You can best see why we love Grovo here and how it’s done wonders for training our own employees at 24 Seven.

It’s no secret that when you enter a new job, industry, etc. you’re going to need training… and fast! Companies want to bring you up to speed as quickly as possible and as the newbie you want to know what you’re doing so you can fit in asap, but it can be overwhelming. It’s impossible for any human to retain every detail of his/her new job during the first week let alone first day, which can be challenging for everyone involved. Lucky for us, Grovo solves that problem impeccably.

Why Grovo is 24 Seven’s secret training weapon

With apps like Snapchat and Instagram our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, which is something companies and employees need to be aware of, since the way we process information is changing. Training can be perceived as a mundane task especially when it has to do with your job, but Grovo breaks down what you need to learn by segmenting crucial information into 60-second videos for maximized results in the shortest amount of time. Pretty great, right?

Grovo’s content library includes thousands of videos covering the tools and skills people need to do their jobs. Grovo has videos on soft skills like leadership development and methods for collaboration and productivity. The 60-second “instructional bursts” are carefully curated to meet the needs of today’s brains aka Millennials (yes, we’re talking to you!).

At 24 Seven “we’ve had great success using Grovo videos both to  train our sales on team on new corporate marketing initiatives as well as on the ins and outs of our CRM (customer relationship management)” says Emma Raschkolb, Demand Generation Manager. Sorry for the biz lingo, but this is good stuff you could be missing out on and knowing this could mean adding to your soft skill repertoire! #winning

The results we have seen from Grovo include highly engaged employees asking for more, satisfied management since employees were so receptive, and culture consistency across all twelve of 24 Seven’s locations.

Who Grovo benefits

At a glance Grovo seems like it’s just for employers and if you’re an employee you might be thinking, ‘Yeah so why should I care?’. Well, you could be the turning point in the company by bringing Grovo to the higher-ups. You could be a human transformer by changing your company’s training game, (plus you get brownie points from your boss). Ultimately Grovo is a win-win for everyone.

Grovo might be something  your company already has that you should definitely look into, or there might be another training resource available, either way, by taking initiative you’ll better your skills and excel on the job which will not go unnoticed.

Would you be interested in using Grovo? Tell us why or why not in the comments!

Written by: Brittany Johnston (24 Seven Marketing Assistant)

Hate Reading? 5 Unconventional Ways to Increase Your Value At Work

increase your value at workThis month has been all about how to increase your value at work through training and ways to educate yourself and 24 Seven isn’t letting the fun stop there. If you ask someone the best way to master a skill, the majority of people will give you a laundry list of books, blogs, and magazines to read. But what if you hate reading? At this point in the game we know what learning style works for us and what doesn’t. So what if reading text is just not your thing?

Podcasts/CDs

Podcasts are the new CD, but if you’re not quite there, CDs work fine too. There are so many informative podcasts out there to better yourself and increase your value at work such as Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn, The Tim Ferriss Show with Tim Ferris, and The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes. Success Magazine offers the best of both worlds with an education magazine (for readers) and CD (for auditory learners) that you can conveniently listen to in the car during your morning commute.

Mentoring

Getting a mentor is a reinvented version of a therapist just in regards to productivity. It is the closest thing to a teacher you can get as an adult and with the right mentor, you will be unstoppable. Almost every successful person has an ongoing mentor whether it be in the form of a coworker, life coach, boss, business coach, etc. Power houses like Tony Robbins, Leandra Medine (Man Repeller), and Mark Zuckerberg all contribute much of their success to their mentors. Having that one-on-one interaction is invaluable and will make you a hot commodity in the workplace.

ways to increase your value at work

Webinars

Almost everywhere you turn on Facebook, (and now Instagram), there are ads for free webinars. Instead of passing by these offers to your BFF’s latest status, it may be wise to take a closer look at said webinar if you really want to increase your value at work.  If you look hard enough you can find a webinar for just about any topic from food, to digital design, to marketing.  Amy Porterfield is a master webinar woman who targets marketing, creative, and entrepreneurial types alike. You can instantly impress your boss by utilizing free webinars as training tools at work.

Hands-on experience

In my opinion, hands-on experience is the best way to learn a new skill. In order to really grasp something you have to get in it to win it. This means playing around in Photoshop, creating a website, or using that sewing machine. Mentors work wonders in this department because they influence you to expand your skill set and try something that scares you but is necessary for growth.

Following “influencers”

Influencer seems to be the buzz word in the digital world, but it’s one you should definitely familiarize yourself with. If you want to stay ahead of the trends, follow influencers to get you started. For instance, because I follow bloggers on Instagram I know what aesthetic works and what hashtags to use and so on and so forth, which really comes in handy if you’re in a creative industry. It’s possible that your coworkers and management aren’t familiar with influencers, so this information alone is enough to increase your value at work. (FYI: @24seventalent is getting an Insta makeover so be sure to follow along, we have a lot of fun things planned for our followers.)

How do you increase your value at work? Tell us in the comments!

Written by: Brittany Johnston (24 Seven Marketing Assistant)

6 Signs You Were Born to Be a Leader

born to be a leaderBeing a leader isn’t something everyone openly admits to wanting, yet we all secretly strive for it in some way. With being a leader comes power, influence, admiration, and self-worth. You may be thinking, ‘Must be nice!’. But before you discredit yourself read on for 6 signs you were born to be a leader and you might be surprised with how many traits you actually possess.

#1 You are eager to learn

Leaders are inquisitive by nature and in search of bettering oneself. As a leader you are constantly reading and implementing that knowledge onto those around you. You soak up every opportunity for higher education from webinars, to podcasts, to in person seminars. There isn’t anything you’re opposed to trying and you believe you must learn in order to grow. You’re far from a know-it-all and stay away anyone who is.

#2 You have strong communication skills

There is nothing that says leader like someone with strong, clear communication skills. As a leader, you are able to delegate tasks accordingly and communicate exactly what you need and questions you may have. One miscommunication exchange in the workplace can make for an ugly and uncomfortable environment. If you’re born to be a leader you not only think before you speak but you communicate in a way that removes any grey area. You also speak with the same amount of respect and clarity to the janitor as you do the CEO which places you as a prime candidate for a leadership role.

#3 You are a team player & able to collaborate

There is no I in team, which leaders immediately recognize and know the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Collaboration is key no matter what role you’re aiming for in the workplace. As a leader you are able to identify your strong points and know the members of the team all have something valuable to contribute that you may be lacking. According to Linda Hill, co-author of Collective Genuis, “everyone has a slice of genius” and 24Seven couldn’t agree more!

zig zag technique

#4 You are a “zagger”

In marketing there is a technique called “zig zagging” which is when the majority is doing one thing (zigging) and you choose to do the opposite (zagging). Not only does it work but it shows your leadership qualities such as innovation and creativity. Some great examples are Gandhi, Lady Gaga, and Steve Jobs. Going against the grain is a sought after skill, that leaders alike can agree on.

#5 You give respect

There are many different beliefs around respect: respect is earned, you have to give respect in order to get it, respect is deserved not demanded. At 24 Seven we believe you teach people how to treat you. If you were born to be a leader you give respect to everyone without question. Giving respect automatically gains you respect by your coworkers, making you someone they confide in and admire which is a prerequisite for a leader.

Giving respect isn’t just about being nice. Respect means you don’t speak ill of another coworker, you are punctual, you keep confrontations to a minimum, and you listen and empower others through influencing them to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be.

#6 You have a positive attitude… always

Even if the circumstances look bleak, leaders look on the bright side and reassure those around them that everything will work out. A positive, can-do attitude inspires others to act the same. This means no complaining, moaning, and groaning about work no matter how grueling it is.  As a leader you deliver service with a smile even if you’re taking out the trash, (all leaders start somewhere)!

 

What do you think makes a great leader? Sound off in the comments!

Written by: Brittany Johnston (24 Seven Marketing Assistant)

3 Ways to Use Soft Skills to Get the Job of Your Dreams

soft skillsSo you don’t have the 2 years of work experience the job you’re applying to recommends? Don’t give up just yet! 24 Seven’s recruiters have actually found that more and more companies are beginning to assess candidates based on the soft skills they possess, not just their past work experience. Some of the most valued soft skills include the ability to learn quickly, a desire to work with others, and a clear communication style. So how can you show your hiring manager that you have these skills without simply stating the obvious?

Know what a soft skill is

I’m sure you can guess how important “soft skills” are in the workplace. But first let’s discuss what “soft skills” actually are…

Wikipedia describes soft skills as a term often associated with a person’s EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, interpersonal skills, managing people, leadership, etc. that characterize relationships with other people.”

Basically, when a hiring manager is assessing you for your soft skills, they are seeing if you are someone that can adapt, learn and fit into the corporate culture of the company. In fact, if you fail to display your soft skills you may not get the job, even if you are the most qualified. Some examples of said soft skills are:

  • Time Management
  • Communication
  • Team Player
  • Leadership
  • Positive attitude
  • Work ethic
  • Adaptability
  • Problem Solving
  • Fast Learner
  • Personable
  • Responsible

Now let’s dive in to 3 ways to use soft skills to get the job of your dreams.

#1 Tell a story

People are more likely to connect to a story that’s personal, and you have a number of chances to accurately tell your story to your hiring manager through your cover letter, your resume, and your interview.

Your cover letter is the first thing your hiring manager will read about you. When you are writing, imagine this as your first conversation. Use your past experiences to create a story that highlight your soft skills. For an example of this, our friends at The Muse used:

“I not only executed all updates on schedule, but I also took on the responsibility to train and mentor two new employees.” [1] The key soft skill here is this person’s ability to train and mentor new employees.

#2 Highlight your soft skills unconventionally

You may not have the traditional work experience your employer is looking for, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect showing any soft skills you do have. Once again be sure to include specific examples of where your soft skills came into play on your cover letter or resume.

If you managed a team, organized a project timeline, or effectively communicated goals be sure it’s on your resume. Instead of simply stating what you did in your past employment, use adjectives to elaborate (ie: independent, detail-oriented etc). This will weave a story, but still keep it short and sweet.

soft skills for your dream job

#3 Create a killer conversational interview

Conversational interviews are the most successful because it’s not the standard Q&A. You’re speaking on an engaging yet professional level where you have the best opportunity to convey your soft skills. Come prepared with examples of past successes that again highlight skills beyond the functional nature of the position.

Let’s not forget the importance of the way you non-verbally communicate the second you enter the building. When you first arrive, thank your interviewer for having you and express how excited you are to be there. This shows you’re personable, which is a key soft skill.

When the interview begins be an active, not passive listener. Self-confidence is an important trait. If you are a person that is shy, fake it ’til you make it. Practice your answers at home, but be sure not to sound too rehearsed. And finally, be sure to ask questions that show you’ve been listening and done your research which shows your communication and adaptability skills.

Good luck!

 

We want to hear from you. What are your soft skills? Drop us a line in the comments. And don’t forget to download our Training Position Paper!

[1] https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-nonboring-way-to-show-off-your-soft-skills-in-your-job-search

Written by: Annie Gardner (24 Seven Demand Generation Coordinator)  & Brittany Johnston (24 Seven Marketing Assistant)

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Learn More Spend Less:

Death_to_stock_photography_weekend_work (9 of 10)So you have your new job and so far it’s going well. However, as you get started you realize “Hey, I think I may be into learning how to code.” This is great! Coding is an in demand skill and you’re investing in yourself. You go! That being said you’re current position is as an administrative assistant and you have no idea how you’ll afford an entry level coding class. Before you hang up your coding hat and slink back to your job, check out some of the websites that we researched and found for you! Whether you want to learn graphic design or English composition, Not only will they teach you what you want to learn, they’re’ free! Here are our favorites:

  1. Cousera boasts over 1500 classes and 140 partners from colleges across the globe. All courses are offered for free, but there is an offer to pay a fee to sign up for the “Signature Track.” This option provides certificates when you complete the classes. The courses are approximately four to ten weeks long, with one to two hours of video lectures a week. Coursera offers a mobile app for iOS and Android operating systems.
  2. Code Academy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 9 different programming languages like Pytho, JavaPHPJavaScript (jQuery,AngularJS), and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. For people who want extra support, Codecademy also offers a subscription-based service called Codecademy Pro, which costs $20 a month and gives you an adviser and unit quizzes.
  3. EdX is made up of weekly learning experiences. Each exercise is composed of short videos broken up with interactive learning exercises. This allows for students to immediately practice the concepts from the videos. While EdX does offer certificates of successful completion, they do not offer course credit. Course credit is up to the sole discretion of the school. There are a variety of ways to take courses, including verified courses where students have the option to audit the course (no cost) or to work toward an edX Verified Certificate (fees vary by course).
  4. Digital Tutors, now Pluralsight states that it offers close to 4,000 courses in its catalog, has more than 750,000 individual subscribers and more than 6,000 corporate clients. The company has seen rapid growth in recent years, and has been named on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies, ranking the #9 Top Education Company.
  5. Skillshare’s courses focus more on interaction than lecturing, with the primary goal of learning by completing a project. The main categories of learning are creative arts, design, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and technology, with subtopics covering a myriad of skills. Skillshare offers a membership model, for $9.95 a month, as well as an open platform, where anyone can learn and anyone can teach. The Free Membership option gives learners the ability to watch a limited amount of class content each month at no cost.

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