Does your work environment bring out the best in you or the worst?
When you leave work, do you feel drained, exhausted and even angry? Do you generally feel like you are dodging bullets all day?
It happened to me the other day. As a practicing RN, I take shifts at a local, acute care psychiatric hospital.
So one day, I work with Nurse Mattie, we’ll call her. We don’t usually work together. But from the moment the shift began during morning report, she complains, making little comments about how she hates this and, “why did they accept this patient? I hate this place. Oh that person is horrible. I hate her.”
You know the type.
I do not get sucked in. I stay away as best I can and focus on my work - I’m there to do a job, make a difference and make some money, right? So I focus on that. I make small positive comments that support the people she is verbally bashing - I do not gossip but rather look for the good in others and offer that as a possibility to someone so skilled at seeing the negative in everything.
I carry an invisible shield that protects me from her “spears of anger and arrows of hate”.
But perhaps, I do not say enough to get her to stop or to notice how she is behaving.
By the end of the day, I find myself angry. Very angry.
If you love your job, don’t read this.
Does your work environment bring out the best in you or the worst?
In today’s climate there are a number of misperceptions held by both employers and candidates.
- Perception – Because of the high unemployment rate (10%) people are desperate for work and are easy to find.
- Reality – According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate in June for individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher is only 4.4%.
- Perception – Because corporate HR departments are generating a large volume of resumes, the very best candidates are also applying.
- Reality – Top candidates are not applying for many jobs for several reasons
Their resume gets lost in the big pile and they never get feedback.
They don’t have time to apply for jobs. They are hard at work.
- Perception – People don’t think that companies are hiring.
- Reality – Great companies are hiring and have many great opportunities. Strong candidates are starting to get multiple offers.
- Perception – If a company offers a candidate a job, the candidate will accept.
- Reality – There is a higher rate of turndowns and companies need to be prepared to pursue secondary candidates.
We hope you find this information useful.
Let’s say you’re a player on a major league baseball team. You’re one player on a 25-man roster.
Before the season, the team meets in the locker room and agrees: Our goal for this season is to win the granddaddy prize of all… the World Series.
And everyone pledges his personal 100% best effort.
Later that day, you overhear two players talking in hushed tones about how they love the life of a famous professional athlete and the piles of money they make, but they don’t feel a strong need to win a World Series. Too much work, discipline and sweat, they say.
The fame and money are enough for them. But a World Series? Not a big deal.
Now, after hearing that… what would you do?
If your answer is: “Hey, to each his own. They’re entitled to their opinion. It’s just two players. I won’t make a big deal out of it. We can probably win anyway, even if they only give 50%” …
… then you just became an accomplice to their half-hearted effort.
Which means you share their guilt for inferior team performance.
Am I being too harsh?
Their opinion does not make them bad people. But it most definitely makes them ill-fitted for the achievement-driven team they play on.
Having difficulty finding a job is not a rare situation these days. Depending on what area and job market you live in, it might have absolutely nothing to do with your qualification or skills and everything to do with a job market inundated with great applicants. If you’re one of these people, then you are likely already aware of this, but there are a few options you might not have considered just yet. Here’s a list of four things to keep in mind if your job search isn’t going as well as you hoped:
Put Off Having A Family
The desire to start a family can be really strong, but this is a point in your life when you least expect it. For some people, it can be upsetting when things don’t go according to plan. We often set arbitrary benchmarks for ourselves as to when we’ll do something. This is definitely a truism for people that want to start families. Just realize that simply because you have to put off having kids for the time being, doesn’t mean you’re not going to have them. You just need to hold off until you are more financially stable.
What if I told you there is a secret all successful men and women use…and most of them don’t even realize they’re using it consciously. Which is why it has remained hidden from you until
To prepare you for this one secret, I have to ask you: What is the one thing blocking you from achieving all your dreams, goals, and desires? And I’m not talking about your current circumstances, or lack of money, or bad luck. What is mentally stopping you?
If you’re like anyone else, it is a combination of bad habits and difficulty beginning new good ones.
But there is a secret technique which smashes your bad habits away and virtually forces you to develop good ones, and pulls you toward the success you want.
Here’s an example: Say you want to lose 20 pounds, but you have a bad habit of drinking soda. You crave it every day, and it tastes so good you can’t go without it at every meal. The key to your success in losing weight comes down to this:
1. You have the bad habit of drinking soda…but you love the way it tastes in the short-term.
2. You want to lose 20 pounds, and look and feel good in the long-term.
So what is this one secret to your success?
The LLC is a business entity that combines the personal liability protection of a corporation with the operational flexibility of a sole proprietorship or partnership. It is also designed to allow business owners some additional options when it comes to how the LLC will be treated for tax
purposes. The formation of an llc is rather simple but is more formal than that of a sole proprietorship or general partnership.
An S corp is a special type of corporation of particular interest to small business owners. It is formed just like a regular or C corporation but then files for S corporation status with the IRS. Obtaining S status allows the corporation to take advantage of pass-through taxation and avoid the double taxation that is applied to C corps. At this point it is important to note that the IRS now allows LLC’s to elect S status as well. This allows you to form an llc for the ease of operation and have it treated as an S corp for tax purposes.
There are two main reasons business owners choose to form an llc. First it provides personal liability protection and second is the ease of operation. For example an llc has many options when setting up the management structure of the business. An S corp on the other hand must have directors and elect officers. LLC’s also have fewer state compliance and maintenance issues than an S corp.
You have an interview scheduled. Great! Now it’s show time. You looked good on paper and now the employer wants to meet you in-person or perhaps with a phone interview.
Interviewing will determine if you are the right person for the job. Like trying on a new pair of shoes at the store, the word FIT comes to mind. Are you the right fit for the position? The
interviewer will be listening to your communication style and reviewing your experience and skills to see if you are a fit. If you are lacking experience, skills or seeking an entry-level position, they will be assessing your potential to learn or be trained for the job. They will also get a sense of your personality, attitude and enthusiasm.
Here are some tips for a successful interview:
Appearance Matters - Do you know what to wear? Knowing the position along with the company culture and work environment is important. You can inquire when you are called for the interview.
You might ask if the environment is formal or more business casual. Stay conservative and check your wardrobe for darker or neutral colors like navy, gray, brown or tan. Get a haircut and look well groomed. Don’t forget to polish your shoes. For women, avoid perfume, bold nail color, too much makeup and heavy jewelry. Dressing for success can and does make a difference. Just ask John Molloy, author of Dress for Success!
Know the Location - Ask about the location. You can google the location, set your GPS, or drive by, if it is convenient. Make sure you know which door to use and ask about visitor parking. Check your gas tank the day before.
LinkedIn brands itself as the social network for professionals and a lot of people do use it successfully for sharing information and news about their companies or discussing key issues in their industry. But what can LinkedIn do for the job seeking professional? Many of us are not as clued in to all of LinkedIn’s different features as we might be. However, it’s worth getting to know this social network better as it has a surprising number of tools for helping your job search. Here are ten ways in which we can use LinkedIn in our pursuit for the right career.
Check out the jobs section
LinkedIn does actually have a dedicated jobs section. Employers post vacancies in the hope that a savvy job seeker like you will come across them and turn out to be the ideal candidate. Click on the Jobs tab at the top of the homepage and you’ll be taken to a keyword search box as well as a list of suggested vacancies based on what your profile says.
Complete your profile
The more complete your LinkedIn profile is, the more jobs LinkedIn will be able to suggest for you. A complete profile obviously also appeals to people viewing it, as the reason they’re looking at it is to find out as much as they can about you. When a potential employer looks at your profile, they’ll be forming an opinion based on your tag line, summary box, and specialties. Your experience and education will most probably be important to them too, but you have more freedom in how you word those first three fields mentioned, so make the most of them. Also, right at the bottom there’s a field where you can put what you’re ‘interested in’. This basically means you get to say what you’re on LinkedIn for and what people can approach you with. If you’re on LinkedIn to boost your job search, don’t be shy, select ‘career opportunities’!
It’s easy to understate the importance of a phone interview, dismissing it as merely the first step in the long job-search process. In reality, a seemingly cursory phone interview is actually the most important step, because without success, the next steps never happen.
Follow these phone interview tips and make it your business to secure a face-to-face meeting:
1. Print it out. Have a physical copy of your resume and the job description in front of you during the call. Type up a bulleted list of items you want to cover during the conversation. As each one gets satisfied, cross it off the list. Printouts are necessary in case your Internet access fails.
2. Have Web access. It’s always best to give your full concentration to the interview, listening and answering questions diligently. However, also take advantage of the fact that the interviewer can’t see you. Open up the company’s website in your browser and have another window open to the search engine of your choice. But be sure to never let the interviewer hear you typing. Invest in a quiet keyboard or practice the art of silent typing.
3. Disable extra phone features. Whether it’s call waiting or an answering machine for an additional phone line, turn off all your phone accessories. These noises can be a distraction and embarrassment, sabotaging your chances of moving the interview process forward. Most phone companies let you disable and re-activate these features on a self-service basis.
There’s lots of great advice out there for jobseekers, but if I were job seeking, these are the 10 things that I would do. Hope this info is helpful for you!
1. Submit your resume directly to the target companies where you’d like to work (via their website, public email address, snail mail and/or drop it off in person).
2. Send your resume directly to the recruiters or hiring managers at your target companies (via LinkedIn), referencing any specific positions which interest you. (Feel free to request a formal LinkedIn introduction to any of my connections by clicking “get introduced through a connection” on that person’s profile and I’ll gladly forward it along on your behalf.)
3. Join some LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your career path. LinkedIn now has a Groups Search Engine to make this process very simple. Use the Discussion and Job boards to network with your fellow group members. They may know of a relevant opening that’s perfect for you.
4. Network, network, network – LinkedIn is a wonderful resource. Link up with as many former coworkers as possible and ask them if they know of any relevant openings or contacts who might be able to assist you with your search. Recent grads, be sure to leverage the power of your alumni network, either through the university or via LinkedIn networking. Most alums love to help out fellow grads from their alma mater!