What’s Your Next Move? Steering Clear Of A Career Rut

Are you bored of your job? Do you go to work every day knowing exactly how your day will pan out? Do you spend nine hours every day in exactly the same spot doing the same tasks over and over again? It can be very easy to get stuck in a career rut. Many of us are creatures of habit, and being comfortable can give us a sense of reassurance. There’s nothing wrong with staying at the same company or doing the same job for years on end, but many people relish a new challenge, and sometimes, change can bring good things. If you’re anxious about getting stuck in a career rut, here are some moves you may wish to consider.

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Going for a promotion

If you’ve been working hard and there are opportunities at a higher level, why not consider throwing your hat into the ring and trying to secure a promotion? If you’ve got the necessary expertise and skills, and you’ve demonstrated positive attributes during your time at the company, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t express an interest in climbing the ladder. Sometimes, aiming high won’t bring you everything you want, but it’s worth a try. You may get knocked back this time, but that doesn’t mean that the experience won’t be positive. You can learn and make use of feedback, even if it’s negative. It can be hard to take constructive criticism, but it will benefit you in the long-run. If it’s difficult to progress at your current firm, but you want to take that next step, look for vacancies elsewhere. Even if you have great friends at work and you love the office environment, it’s wise to consider other options. You don’t want to let your potential go unfulfilled because you won’t get to see your closest friends every day. Taking risks and putting your name out there can pay off if you’re keen to find that perfect job.

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Going it alone

Would you like more control over your working hours and your salary? Are you tired of working hard for other people and not getting much in return? Are you ambitious? If so, you may be thinking about the possibility of going it alone. There are two main options if you’re considering this career path. You can set up your own business, or you could work as a freelancer. Managing a business involves a lot of hard work, and you’ll have to get out there and bring in business. If you’re a freelancer, you can work with agencies to find suitable contracts, but you’ll still have control over the projects you take on. As a freelancer, you can work with individuals or companies, and you can take on short or long-term projects. More and more businesses are employing freelancers, so there are fewer risks involved than in days gone by. There’s no guarantee of work, and this means that you won’t always have a stable income, but opportunities are becoming increasingly abundant.

 

If you are thinking of becoming self-employed or setting up a business, there’s a lot to think about. How are you going to fund the venture or ensure that you have enough money to get by and pay the bills? What are the legal restrictions? Is there a market for your business? What are your tax liabilities? Doing your research and drafting in expert help will enable you to gain control of everything from drawing up employment contracts to making sure you’re familiar with contractor ir35 legislation. Flying solo is always a risk, but it can really pay off, especially if you feel that your current job restricts your creativity or flexibility or you feel undervalued by your boss.

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A change of direction

If you’re not doing a job you love, it may be a good idea to consider a change of direction. Have you always wanted to do something or have you recently developed an interest, which has made you question your career choice? Perhaps you want to try something completely different, or you want a job that’s more financially or emotionally rewarding. It’s never too late to change your mind if you don’t enjoy your job. You could retrain, take on further study or simply look out for roles that grab your attention.

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If you are thinking of applying for jobs, do some work on your resume beforehand. Ensure that it’s up to date, and tailor it to each vacancy. Read the job description carefully to make sure that your application is relevant.

 

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If you’re weighing up your next career move, hopefully, this guide will come in handy. If you don’t enjoy your job, you’re after a new challenge, or you need a change of scenery, biting the bullet and going after something you want may be the best decision you ever make.

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How To Make Clients Turn Up!

Selling a service, be it counseling, personal training or hairdressing, can be a hugely rewarding experience. The service sector is booming and new opportunities are opening up all the time. However, there is one huge source of frustration in the service sector and that is the failure of clients to attend.

The ‘did not attend (DNA)’ or ‘did not show’ client causes huge problems and results in businesses losing a lot of money. If you are just starting out, this is money that you cannot afford to lose! There are many challenges facing new businesses in the service sector already but this does not have to be one of them.

Whilst there will always be some clients that cannot make their appointments due to genuine emergencies, there are others who are simply careless or rude. You cannot avoid DNA clients all together but you can cut down the numbers that your business suffers and save yourself some money.

Make it easy for clients to cancel and re-book

If a client is ill or needs to dash to the hospital with a sick child they do not have the time or energy to call you and have a long conversation about why they are not going to make their appointment.

If you make it very easy for them to book, cancel and re-arrange then you will be kept informed of what they are doing more often. Open up your calendar of appointments so that your clients can access it easily. You still get to control what appointments are available but you do not have to be the only one entering the information!

Remind them of their appointment

Everyone needs a gentle reminder now and then. Set up a schedule of sending out reminder emails the week before the appointment. This gives them plenty of time to confirm their availability. Then send out reminder texts 24 hours before the appointment. You can even ask them to reply with a simple ‘ok’ if they are available to attend. If you do not get an ‘ok’ you can text them again.

If you have reception staff that are free to make some calls, a reminder phone call the day before the appointment works very well too.

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Schedule in regular appointments

If you book a series of appointments at the same time and on the same day, your client will put these in their diary and it will be a regular feature for them. They will make a mental note that every Tuesday lunch time is a personal training session or every Friday evening is a physiotherapy appointment. This prevents them forgetting that they need to attend.

Start charging for missed appointments

This is a controversial area and works for some businesses and not for others. It can make you look as if you are ‘grabbing’ for money rather than eager to provide a great service. If you do go down this road it is essential that you make sure that your client understands that this policy in place. You could offer one DNA appointment for free to show good will.

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Golden Years: Beating the Signs of Getting Old

Getting older is a fact of life that we all have to deal with. But along with advancing years come a whole host of changes – and most of them are a lot less than desirable. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few things that you can do to beat some of the common signs of aging. So, let’s take a few of these one by one, and we can take a closer look at what you can do about all of these.

 

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Your Hair Becomes More Brittle

 

As we get older, our scalps start to become naturally drier, which in turn makes the hair drier too. And when the hair loses its pigment and starts to become grey or white, it also tends to become frizzier too. The best way to restore moisture to the hair is with a good conditioning programme. There are all kinds of leave-in and deep conditioners which can make all the difference. It is also important that you get enough protein in your diet and drink enough water.

 

You Start Getting Facial Redness

 

Over time, any sun damage that you accumulate when you are younger starts to all mount up causing blotchy skin and red spots. It is worth taking steps to protect your skin from any further damage by always using a moisturizer with containing an SPF. Many people start suffering from the condition rosacea when they get older, which can be treated with topical antibiotics. There are also a whole host of potential flare-up factors including sun exposure, alcohol, stress, spicy food and hot drinks. Try using gentler skin products and not irritating the skin too much by scrubbing.

 

You Get Muscle, Joint and Bone Problems

 

Obviously, your mobility starts to decrease as you get older. There are whole host of muscle, joint and bone problems, meaning that you may require care from Seniors Helping Seniors or a similar organisation. The best way that you can stay healthy for longer in this regard is by exercising on a regular basis, though you need to be careful with what kind of regime you start as you don’t want to aggravate any existing problems. Also, you should eat a well-balanced diet containing plenty of calcium and vitamin D.

 

Your Skin Starts to Wrinkle

 

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Another obvious but less than desirable common trait of aging is that your skin starts to wrinkle, particularly in certain areas like around your knees and elbows. You should soothe any dry skin with an effective moisturizer that you continue applying on a regular basis. You can also exfoliate your skin with a cream or brush. Joining a yoga class is another way that you can help tighten up a lot of the skin on your body. This type of exercise also has the natural advantage of or strengthening your joints so it can go a long way to preventing some of the issues we have already talked about.

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