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Identifying the Best Professional Services for Your Firm

Identifying the Best Professional Services for Your Firm

In order to find the best talent that suits their job requirements, employers work closely with Professional Services they trust and seek guidance to filter the candidates, manage risks, solve specific business problems and gain a competitive edge over rivals. Even when employers know exactly what they are looking for, it’s not easy to find the right professional. The reason is that specialized professionals are scarce and have probably received other offers as well.

The above claim is supported by a survey taken by Robert Half, world’s largest staffing firm. A group of CFOs were asked how challenging it is to find skilled candidates for professional level positions; and 63 percent of the CFOs polled that it is “very challenging” and “somewhat challenging”.

It is very crucial to understand how to find and hire the best professional service in your area of expertise. Following are the steps that guide you through the process and make it easy for you to narrow down the list of professional services to save time and effort.

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Clear Communication of Your Requirements

While seeking for the best professional services for a specific task or a problem, you must be able to communicate the right information to them. They must know exactly what you are looking for and willing to learn about your business goals. Providing the right requirements saves you from the pain of going through the list of irrelevant applicants and hence saving a lot of time and effort.

Right Ways to Find the Right Professionals

In order to identify the professional services that specialize in your area of expertise, employers should start looking in their own network first. As a senior executive you have been working with recruiters, experienced industry professionals and other organizations as a customer or a candidate at some point in your career.

The compiled list might be short but these professionals work with the best people in the industry. Employers can also look for them both online and offline in order to scan recruiter directories, their profiles and message boards in your search area.

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Some of the best portals to look for professionals online are LinkedIn, Freelancer and UrbanClap. LinkedIn is a professional network where almost all the professionals, employer or employee, maintain their work profile. It is similar to reviewing a resume of a person in detail.

Freelancer is one platform where thousands of recruiters post certain requirements and freelancers bid to take up the projects. You can shortlist the freelancers based on their work experience and rating. UrbanClap on the other hand lets you choose from a list of professional service providers.

Experience, though not Essential, is Definitely a Plus Point

Shortlisting is the most important task. Employers must not blindly choose a professional service just because they were referred by a top employer in your profile. You should look for parameters like for how long they have been operating in a particular field, how broad their portfolio is, how much relevant experience they have and if they provide any service guarantee.

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Also, quotation from the shortlisted professional services must be compared. This not only lets you refine your list of shortlisted candidates, but also provides an understanding of what the right price is to find the right talent for your specific requirement. However, comparing the services based on only the fees or experience may not be the right option.

Leave No Page Unturned before Finalizing the Deal

Now that you have compared and evaluated the shortlisted candidates, it is important to clear the air between you two. As an employer, you must explicitly lay out the plan of action to get your work done. The finalized professional service candidate must know if you wish to receive regular updates while the project is going on, how you will need the invoices, what the deadlines are etc.

Even if you feel they are charging the right fees, you must negotiate price. This gives you an understanding if they are willing to compete in the market and still deliver quality services.

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It is important to have access to the right professionals to help your business grow as quickly and efficiently as possible. Given sufficient time, you may master most of the services yourself. But why bother? Handing off these duties to professional service providers can make things faster and more effective than you ever could. Armed with the points mentioned above, you surely can find the right candidate for your work requirements.

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How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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