If you find yourself longing for greener work pastures, don’t immediately go looking for the first exit ramp off of your chosen career path. The Balance Team, which specializes in professional- and personal-growth seminars for administrative and executive assistants in Fortune 1000 companies, suggests these 10 tips for staying content at work:
1. Keep Personal Problems Personal
When you’re preoccupied with personal issues, it’s difficult to concentrate or be happy at work, says Alison Rhodes, a founding partner of The Balance Team. By all means, make sure you have your kids covered in the event of an emergency, but realize that nobody’s personal life is ever going to be completely problem-free. Just as you need to let go of work to enjoy your time at home, it’s important to leave personal worries at home so you can focus and be productive at work.
2. Create an Office Nest
“You are at your job for at least eight hours a day, which is more time than you probably spend in your bed,” says Jennifer Star, a founding partner of
Before we entered into this historic recession, it was easy to leave a job you didn’t love. All you had to do was knock on the door of another employer and you could begin work the next week. Those days are gone and most likely will not return anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable in the job you have.
Here are some tips on how to love the job you have.
No one’s life is perfect. Not even the lives of people who star on those sitcoms you watch. It is OK to have a bad day, week or even month at work. Just be sure the good days outweigh the bad.
Focus on what is going well at the office. Is your work still challenging? Could a promotion be in your future? Do you enjoy the people you work with? A “yes” to any of these questions means you have positive energy you can build upon.
Clear the Air
Sometimes it is one issue or person that makes a great job a not-so-great
Want to make excellent first impressions? Here’s how.
Having goals lined up before you start your new job is a great way to prepare yourself for success. Here are 6 quick tips that will get you started in the right direction:
Ask Questions: Asking a question when you don’t know something is very important. This will save you time and allow you to complete more tasks instead of being knee high in confusion. Don’t be embarrassed to ask questions. Your coworkers and supervisors understand that you may have a period of adjustment as you become accustomed to your new position.
Minimize Personal Business On The Job: During your first months on a new job you should definitely center in on your roles and responsibilities. Drill in and focus.
Be on time, leave on time: A critical part of creating a good first impression is being on time. Working your full scheduled hours and making sure to keep track of time while on lunch is essential. Give yourself extra time if you know it’s necessary.
Network: Don’t be
Want to get hired faster and get ahead on the job?
If so, ponder this: some of the most amazing new ideas in history weren’t new at all. They simply resulted when one observant person transplanted an old idea into a new context.
Example: Velcro was invented in 1948, but it’s really an ageless idea from nature — the tiny hooks on cockleburr seeds — put into a new context.
Example: the first drive-through window opened at the Exchange National Bank of Chicago in 1946. But it took McDonald’s until 1975 to put this billion-dollar idea into a new context and open their first drive-through.
What does this mean for your job search?
Great ideas are all around. You just need to notice and apply them to your job hunt. When you do, you will literally have no competition from other job seekers, who spend their days surfing the net and emailing resumes.
Here are three of the many, many ideas you can adapt to your job search …
1) Strategic planning
What is strategic planning? It’s simply choosing the best way to reach your goals.
You do it every time you drive somewhere on vacation — you choose the best way (roadmap) to reach your goal (destination
The first way to combat work associated stress is to pinpoint the cause. Not all stress is bad but since it can develop from a combination of things in your life including emotional and physical issues, it could be any challenge or threat that overloads your well-being. After determining the cause, acknowledge the best ways to reduce your stress to healthier levels via coping strategies. Several common coping techniques to relax your mind are to write, talk to close friends, and to take part in an activity you enjoy. Time management, staying organized, and meditation are other alternatives that will improve your control over the stress in your life.
Writing can give you the relief you need by providing another outlet to manage your stress. While explaining a work related issue on a social media platform or blog may not be the best idea if anonymity is not involved, you may see the situation from a previously unseen perspective. This can provide better clarity of the issue. Venting with friends is also a common coping activity people use to free themselves of mentally draining work related matters. An activity that you enjoy doing, like jogging may also be a great way
Workplace dysfunction may be funny when you’re watching “The Office,” but it’s serious business when you’re trying to cope with it every day.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to bring you down. Nobody says dealing with dysfunction is easy, but if you follow this advice, chances are you can at least stay above the fray:
Step Away from the Action
Start looking at your office as though it were any dysfunctional organization from movies or TV. “Sit back as an observer and watch,” suggests Donna Flagg, principal of learning and productivity specialist The Krysalis Group. “Do not participate…because the thing that makes dysfunctional behavior thrive is the participation of dysfunctional people. If you separate yourself, you remain on the ‘functional’ side of the line.”
Remain in Control
One way to stay functional is to avoid returning fire — no matter how under siege you feel. This allows you to control the people trying to control you, says Joel Epstein, author of The Little Book on Big Ego and CEO of Friction Factor. “Most ‘ego monsters’ want you to fight with them,” adds Epstein. “It makes them happy.”
The solution? Throw the game and lose on purpose. “Let the ego monster think they’ve won,”
Psychologist Dan Goleman turned traditional assumptions about workplace success on their heads in the ’90s when he observed in his groundbreaking books Emotional Intelligence and Working with Emotional Intelligence that how well we manage our attitudes and behaviors is much more important to our career success than our actual intellectual abilities.
Now there’s another essential book that proves how we manage our thoughts can make all the difference for our careers. Martin Seligman’s “school” of positive psychology, as expressed in his book Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment, has major implications for workers.
In Authentic Happiness, Seligman offers three mandates:
You Can Learn to Be Happy
Even though there is a gene for “positive affectivity” that gives you a natural tendency to be cheerful or grouchy, you can still learn to be more optimistic by examining how you think about situations and resolving to chase away negative thoughts when they overcome you. This is called disputation. The less the biases of others affect you personally, the less likely they are to throw you off track and diminish your effectiveness in your work.
If You Expect to Succeed, You Will
Pessimists are much less likely to take even well-calculated risks
Job fairs are a great way for you to explore potential employment opportunities and learn about companies who are actively hiring in your neighborhood. Many people see it as a first interview, while others view it as an opportunity to gather information about potential employers. Regardless of what reason you have for attending, there are a few important things to keep in mind before, during, and after the job fair to make it successful.
Before the Job Fair
- Pre-register for the job fair if given the chance to.
- Find out what businesses will be there. The more information you can gather beforehand, the more successful the job fair is going to be for you. Spend some time researching the participating companies.
- What types of jobs do they have open? What kind of people are they looking for? What kind of skills do these people need to have? Check out the job fair information page to learn more about the event.
- Develop some questions you’d like to ask employers. Narrow down your list of businesses to include those who have positions you are interested in, or are businesses you think you might like to work for.
- Then list some questions to ask the company representative at the
Verbal communication is what prospective job seekers mainly focus on when prepping for an interview, but many do not know the importance of non verbal communication. A study at UCLA determined that 93 percent of communication is nonverbal. Practice managing your nonverbal communication skills will dramatically improve your presence in interviews. Below are a few tips to get you started.
For starters your initial posture in an interview is a pertinent aspect to your success. Standing and sitting up straight and having a firm handshake will assert your capability and confidence. This is even important while waiting in the lobby for the interview to begin as you should give off an upbeat impression that will outwardly convey that you are pleased to interview with a potential employer. Keeping your hands together with your fingers interlocked communicates nonverbally that an individual has self confidence and is comfortable. Similar natural and meaningful gestures should be the only ones utilized during an interview while excessive aggressive gestures should be limited.
Listening is conveyed through eye contact and is a major aspect in an interview setting. Showing nonverbal signs that indicate not listening can give the impression of a short attention span, low confidence, and a
After applying to what may seem like an endless array of job openings, you finally receive a call for an interview. Waiting until the night before to “do your homework” will almost guarantee an interview nightmare the next day. The key to a successful interview, one that could potentially land you a job, is preparation.
Begin preparing two to three days in advance.
You should begin preparing for an interview at least two to three days before the date you plan to meet with an employer. This gives you plenty of time to select the appropriate attire, research the company, and go over practice questions. You also have a chance to familiarize yourself with the office location in case you are unfamiliar with area. Preparing a route ahead of time will let you know how much time to allow in order to get to your destination promptly.
Dress to impress.
Every jobseeker should have at least one business suit to wear to job interviews. Appearance is everything – look clean, neat and professional. Choosing your attire before the interview will give you time to iron it and have any alterations that may need to be handled well in advance of your interview.
How to make the most out of your job posting
Recruiters and employers attempt to attract the top talent to fill open jobs several ways, including online job postings. Effectively communicating with your audience of job seekers with a well-written job description will remove unwanted applicants. Also, having a complete job posting with all necessary information presented in an organized fashion is beneficial. Here are several tips for creating the right pool of candidates through assembling an eye catching job posting.
Keywords: Having the proper words within your posting content is critical. Like many people that use search engines for finding information, job seekers that use search engines only view the first page and rarely make it to the second page of search results. Associate the appropriate keywords with your post content and your title to maintain optimal positioning within search results. This understanding about how the internet is utilized (search engine optimization) is very important for reaching your online recruiting goals.
Description: The best practices for online job descriptions involve a complete description of the job written clearly in an organized and logical manner. Using concise sentences with paragraphs that have line breaks facilitate the job seeker’s ability to accurately find information
Job seekers around the country — whether you are a teenager looking for summer employment, a recent college graduate, or a mid level professional looking to change fields — all face challenges in today’s economy. Representing a significant portion in 2010’s potential job candidates, older professionals face another obstacle the aforementioned individuals do not; age. There are many misconceptions associated with a more experienced professional looking for employment. Here several ways to change those negative perceptions and improve your confidence by upgrading your resume to emphasize your strengths.
Goals: Having defined and reachable goals for the long term and short term will guide you through the transition process. Stay very optimistic and follow through with all opportunities that you deem worthy. An opportunity for employment may present itself when you least expect it. The interview process may seem new but maintain confidence in your skills to stay refreshed.
Resume: As a mature job seeker catering your resume to emphasize your strengths is very important. Remove the dates from your resume and focus on the most recent skills and experience that relate directly to the career opportunity you are applying for. Center in on projects you have managed and their results while keeping
One of the best ways to defeat burnout is to make your job more enjoyable. “That’s impossible,” you say. Not necessarily. Sometimes you just have to change how you think.
No matter how boring or depressing your job may be at times, you have to find chances to laugh. Laughter breaks the tension of difficult situations. It helps cut the stress you feel and the tension you may be under. The more you laugh, the better you will deal with work, and the less burned out you’ll be. Many people aren’t aware that laughter suppresses stress-related hormones — so you know what you have to do.
Try to become more social. Talk to people. Find activities to do with coworkers, friends and family members. Feeling connected to others is a great way to reduce stress and burnout.
Many people in my seminars tell me that by the time they get done working for the day, they are often so exhausted that they just want to go home and be left alone. I understand and often feel the same way.
However, a number of studies indicate that adults who have the fewest friendships and are least active socially are most likely to die prematurely. If
5 Points for evaluating your new job offer
So you have made it past several interviews, took a tour of the office, spoke with several employees of the company, and an employment offer was presented. What’s your next step? Many job seekers jump at the first offer made without taking into consideration what’s being offered. These 5 points focus in on essential aspects of a new job offer:
Understanding the Scope of the Position: Have a clear understanding for what is expected. Also, the roles and responsibilities should be within the reach of your skill set. The capable image portrayed in the interview will need to be backed up by your performance.
Opportunities for professional growth: Many companies tend to promote from within before hiring new professionals outside of the organization. Paths to promotion, professional workshops, and conferences will create more opportunities later in your career. What can your company offer for your personal development?
Company Culture: Have a good grasp for the culture of the company. Company culture is the defined as the experiences, beliefs, values, attitudes, and the psychology of an organization. These aspects are shared by each employee and as a job seeker you must also identify somewhat with these values.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to start preparing your resume to apply for job opportunities. While many careers may call for specific resume formatting (teachers, engineers, etc.), there are general aspects of resume building that can be applied to every resume. Organization, keywords that describe your skills related to the position, and a resume that highlights your strengths will be allow for the best chance at gaining employment.
- Is your employment history relevant to your current professional goals? If so, does your resume reflect this?
- Does your resume accurately convey what you have to offer professionally?
- Are the right keywords used to describe your skills?
- Is your cover letter attached to your resume, error free?
- Does your resume organize information the best way possible so that it is visually acceptable?
- Have you put your best foot forward?
It is important to take your time as your resume is an extension of your work. Be thorough and precise. Once you have completed your resume, don’t forget to post in on multiple job boards. EmploymentGuide.com is great for those looking for entry level jobs. Others include CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, and HotJobs.com.
Take the appropriate steps to prepare yourself to enter the job market using. Gain control of
It is important that a strategy needs to be developed and set in place so that social media recruitment can be effective and eventually refined. Four quick introductory tactics are listed below to help your get started:
Transparency – Present your company’s brand consistently as possible across social networks. New hires should not feel as if their employer was misrepresented online. Keep things as accurate as possible so job seekers will not feel slighted.
Mix – Use the web along with your current method for background checks to find quality applicants. Build relationships within social networking communities to identify your target audience. Associating with the people rather than apart from the people is the best method.
Pace – Social media is fast and qualified job seekers operate quickly. Don’t be the slow component of the process. Your blog site or page should be extremely efficient and rich with content to facilitate the pace of communication.
Experience – Social media is about interaction. The content should be inviting and engaging whether on a blog, Facebook, or within the 140 character limit of Twitter.
Even though there are very little costs associated with social media recruiting, businesses and organizations are still slowly examining these new ways of
Today’s job seeking professionals need to be able to recognize the right and the wrong techniques associated with networking. Making the most of your professional network is a critical aspect to finding a job in today’s economy. To prepare for the job seeking process review these new tips on how NOT to network below:
- Not keeping in touch with contacts – Following up is important. After you’ve made connections with other professionals show your interest in staying connected. Make notes to keep yourself up to date each time you talk. For example, if you just met someone sending them a quick email to follow up on a conversation would be appropriate.
- Useless Online Persona – Your profile online should be controlled to give a positive reflection. Inappropriate links and comments online will not help out your networking ambitions. Keep your profiles consistent across different social media accounts to keep your brand representation accurate!
- Making an Insignificant Impression – A memorable experience will speak volumes. Communicate in a way that evokes emotion; know your abilities and market yourself with those in mind.
- The True Meaning – A frequently used word in the business world, many times professionals look at networking as a way to sell
Spring is the best time of year to begin tuning up your resume before your next opportunity presents itself. Here are 6 common issues with resumes that get overlooked:
1. Unfocused Content – A resume should highlight your employment history so that your skills may be conveyed accurately and quickly. Most employers screen a high volume of applicants’ resumes for a particular position so your resume may only have seconds to catch that person’s eye. Make sure that you highlight your accomplishments at your former positions rather than just your duties when revising your resume.
2. Spelling & Grammatical Errors – Use a fresh pair of eyes – that is, someone besides yourself that can look over your resume for any spelling or grammatical errors. No matter how good of an editor you may think you are, asking someone else to review your resume can reveal errors that you may not have caught. Perfection on resumes is important and since writing is a fundamental skill, gaining an interview from an exceptional initial impression depends on it.
3. Generalized Resumes – Not personalizing the resume on an employer specific basis can damage your chances of moving on to the stage. A generalized resume is
Improve your brand’s candidate pool
Anyone familiar with the internet knows that it is constantly evolving. While futurists are progressing towards web 3.0 concepts, many businesses are just beginning to grasp the value of web 2.0. By allowing more channels for a brand to connect to their audience, businesses can experience a number of recruitment benefits by utilizing social media. Below are highlights of several benefits associated with social media recruitment:
- Job candidates can be searched geographically and found with higher accuracy than before, narrowing the number of candidates and adding to recruiting effectiveness.
- Available jobs can get filled quicker, lowering vacancy rates because of social media’s high usage rate and immediate response time.
- Social media recruitment has a low cost with high ROI.
- High number social media users are college students, creating a great way to attract fresh talent for entry level positions.
- Access to the top job candidates will be faster, helping your company’s ability to attract talent versus competitors.
- Increases the employer’s brand visibility online and establishes a leading-edge image for the brand.
- Open positions will be seen and read by a larger number of qualified candidates.
As more firms begin to step into social media networks, different employers will find the best practice methods of