Outstanding Contractor – Q1 2007

EdgeLink’s mission is simple: “We’re in the business to positively impact the lives of the people and companies we touch.” These words ring through the EdgeLink culture. Our way of life is to stay positive with our professional and personal endeavors. We look to emanate this attitude and spread it throughout our daily routine. There are many amazing people we meet on a daily basis. But we would like to recognize one specific EdgeLink contractor who has proven to be an amazing employee and person.

On behalf of the EdgeLink staff, we would like to announce that Tricia Lewis has been selected to be Employee of the Quarter. Congratulations Tricia! She was selected from all of the contractors currently working an assignment with EdgeLink. Her positive attitude, work, efforts, and loyalty are truly appreciated. Please know that we consider every contractor as a vital part of our success, and want to say “THANK YOU” for everyone’s efforts and hard work. But Tricia has stood out with her performance on her last two contracts, her commitment to excel, and her positive perspective towards life.


The Name Game

Do you ever run into people that you know, but can’t remember their names?
It happens to me all the time. Here are some tips that might help you next time you are out and run into “Whatsherface” or “Whatshisname”.

The first time you meet someone, be genuinely interested. If you miss the name the first time they say it, ask them to repeat it, they won’t mind. Then verify it by repeating it “Sue, so nice to meet you”. Picture their name written on their forehead or do a word association to what they look like. Sue is wearing a Blue sweater. Or you can picture writing their name out “S U E”. The most important thing is to at least use their name once during your conversation and then once again when you part, “Nice to have met you Sue”.

This all comes back around to you if you run into “Sue” again somewhere else, you will be able to remember her name. If you still are challenged by remembering her name you have two options:
1) Look delighted to see the person, say “Hey, how are you?” and then ask a friend later “what was her name?” or….
2) (with the same warmth) “Good to see you again, but I am drawing a blank on your name, I’m sorry” It is better to be honest with someone and people will appreciate it more if you just ask. And hopefully you will remember her name for next time.

All said and done, the best way to remember is Repetition, Repetition, Repetition…….

Was Your New Year’s Resolution to Find a New Job?

How are you doing on finding that next great job or assignment? An article in the Journal of Clinical Psychology shows how many of us keep our New Year’s Resolutions and for how long. The survey reveals a decreasing percentage of people who keep their New Year’s resolutions as time goes on:
– past the first week: 75%
– past 2 weeks: 71%
– after one month: 64%
– after 6 months: 46%

How can you better the odds and not be discouraged by those statistics? Take some, or better yet, all of the steps below and increase your odds of achieving a new job in 2007.

• Take action today! Even if the action is a little step like updating your resume or making a networking call to a recruiter.
• Take time. While taking action today is key, remember changing jobs takes time. Just as for most of us our first date was not the person we would marry, so the first job interview/offer may not be the “one.”
• Look at your passions. List what you love in your current job, what you are good at, and seek a job with those ingredients.
• Talk to people. Talk with family and friends about your passions and desire to change jobs. Talk with the recruiter that calls or call them (use them as advisors like a doctor or lawyer). Call professors or colleagues you took classes with in the past. They are great sources of information and connections.
• Seek ways to enhance your skills. Take a part-time job or consulting job where you can develop new skills, volunteer for a non-profit where you can gain experience or take a class at the college or university in town.

I feel blessed to work for EdgeLink which is the best place and job I have ever worked. I am using my skills and passions, and I found this job through networking after leaving a “bad fit” job. There is hope for a great job and there are great places to work.

Here is to wishing you the best year yet, and may you find an amazingly fun job in 2007.

Resources and References:

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Auld Lang Syne: Success predictors, change processes, and self-reported outcomes of New Year’s resolvers and nonresolvers, by John C. Norcross, Marci S. Mrykalo, Matthew D. Blagys , University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Volume 58, Issue 4 (2002).