Three Things to Try if You Hate Your Job

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Feeling frustrated in your career? If you wake up every morning feeling like you’re stuck in groundhog day and wondering ‘what’s the point?’ It’s time to make a change. When we spend so much of our time at work, if you’re highly dissatisfied and unhappy here, you’re never going to be fully happy in your life overall. Here are a few things you can do.

Try and move up

One of the reasons people start to feel trapped and dissatisfied within their job roles is that they become stagnant. They’re no longer learning new things, their earnings are limited and it all starts becoming very boring and samey. If the reason you dislike your job is because of this, have you considered moving up the ranks? If there’s scope for a promotion then take steps to try and achieve it, it might involve doing some additional education and training but could be so worth it. A higher position will often mean more money, and you’ll be doing things that challenge you again which can help you to feel more satisfied. 

Change careers and start from the bottom

If you genuinely dislike the field you work in, then changing to something completely different could be the way to go. This is a bold move, often it will involve starting right from the bottom. This can feel disheartening if you’re moving from a job you previously had respect in due to your skills and experience, but it can be so worth doing. Decide what your end goal will be in your career and work your way up the ranks. The journey might change over time, but at least it gives you something to work towards and an idea of what you’ll need to do to get there. 

Start your own companyOne reason many people can feel frustrated in regular career or job is they feel as though they’re working hard to build someone else’s dream for them. They can feel restricted by the confines of their career and feel their ideas would be better used elsewhere. If this sounds like you, why not start your own business? It can take hard work and dedication to get it off the ground, but once you’re set up you might feel far happier than you ever did working as an employee. You can be creative and think outside of the box, you can do things your way and earn money in a way that’s genuinely meaningful to you. Hire staff to help make your dreams a reality, utilise cloud solutions and all of the tech and software available to you to increase your chances of success.

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Tips to Help Navigate Life After College

So you’ve just finished college, or maybe you’ve been out for a little while now and have no clue as to what you’re doing. Leaving college can be daunting because unless you want to go on to do further education, you’re now supposed to be facing the reality of adulthood.  That’s terrifying because what if you don’t know what you want to do? You’ve lived as a student for a few years, and now you’ve been pushed out to fend for yourself. Here are some tips to help navigate life after college.

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Work On Your Resume

Your resume is the first port of call because you’ve probably either not looked it before going to college or you simply don’t have one. Some of us will have odd jobs throughout our school days, but many might not start their very first job until leaving school or college. So with that in mind, you want to work on the resume because this is what’s going to get you noticed and hopefully into those interview rooms for your dream job or career. If you’re refreshing an old resume, add on your education and then tweak the experience slightly to reflect what you’ve been doing in college. That might not be a lot, but every little helps. When writing your bio, keep it brief because you can always go into more detail if you need to provide a cover letter.

If you’re writing your very first resume, then you can find a simple template online. You want to make it stand out in a good way, so don’t go too fancy or complicated with the resume design. Keep it short and sweet, and ideally, you don’t want to go over two pages. If you haven’t had much experience, then it’s unlikely you’ll go over one page.

Speak To A Careers Advisor If You’re Lost

Trying to figure out what you want to do can be difficult, and there will be a point where you may feel so lost about what it is you actually want to do with the rest of your life. It’s a big ask after all. Careers advisors can be found down your local jobcentre, or you could go back to the college campus and speak to a student advisor there. They can offer you some professional advice and guide you through the options that you may have in front of you currently and what you might like to do in the future. Use this as an opportunity to discuss any worries or fears that you might have moving forward and ask questions. A careers advisor is going to certainly help you get some focus on what’s out there and what you should be doing next in order to secure a job, whether that’s something that starts off your career or whether you want to go straight for that dream job. It all depends on what skills and experience you need.

Get Your Finances In Order

Oh, the finances – let’s talk about that. When you go to college or university, the fees are going to be expensive, and so you may have a lot of student loan debt. It’s a good idea that you get a job as soon as possible as you want to start paying it back. However, it’s worth getting your finances in order and creating a budget for yourself so that you save your money to enjoy your adult life too. You can’t really afford to live that student lifestyle now. To get everything in one place, find out what you owe and who you owe it to. Try to consolidate all this into one loan if possible so you can keep an eye on it.  You may want to refinance the loan if the current one isn’t really making much headway in paying it off. Keep on top of your budget and work with what you have from take-home and try to save any extra money you can in order to continue paying the loan off. It’s going to take a while, but it’s all worth it for the degree that you got in the process.

Expect To Fail At Some Point

This might be hard to hear, but everyone fails at some point. Some fail multiple times, and that’s ok because failure is a life lesson that is certainly worth learning. Don’t be worried about failing or going into a role that you might not be enjoying a few months later down the line. That’s completely normal, and it just means you have to figure out what it is you enjoy and what you’re not enjoying. Everyone’s different, and everyone finds their feet at different points.

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It’s hard to come to terms with the reality that the role or job you wanted to go into might not be something you no longer want to do. However, that’s nothing to be afraid of, and you will certainly find the thing you want to do in life. It’s just going to take some adjustments and looking at what you are talented at. 

Seek Advice For Job interview Prep

When you’ve found the job you’d like to go for, next comes the interview prep. If you’ve received notification of an interview, then congratulations! That was half the battle and now comes the decider on whether you’re right for the role or not. Always remember that even though you might have everything they need, you might not be the right suit for the company. That’s nothing against you as a person, it’s just who might fit the dynamic a little better. Interview preparation is a little daunting when you’ve not done it before. It’s always good to get some advice from friends and family or perhaps contacting someone in that current position on LinkedIn is a good idea. They might be able to give you some handy pointers on how they performed in the interview and what they feel may have swayed the judgement of the interview panel.

Before the interview, make sure you’ve practised the way you’ll speak to people before and during the interview. It might be good to have someone do a mock interview so that you can practice some questions that might be similar to the ones asked in the interview. Think about the clothing you wear in relation to the type of company it is and always approach the interview with confidence and a smile. Don’t be boastful or try to fake your way through an interview because chances are, they’ll see right through it. Just be yourself and be honest if you don’t know how to answer a question. Ask questions back, too, when given the opportunity to do so.

Experience Is Needed

Even though you’ve just spent an ample part of your life studying, to be told that experience is valued moreover a degree is a bit of a gut punch but its true. A lot more employers will want experience over qualifications. That doesn’t mean that qualifications are useless. If you had the experience and qualifications, and someone just had experience, then who do you think is likely to get it? Don’t get too down-hearted if you lack the experience because you might impress them enough with your personality and how you come across to them, in person. There will be times where you need to start from another role and build yourself up with experience before you can go for that dream role. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don’t feel like you’re missing out or starting too late in your career.

Know Who Your Friends Are

You make friends throughout your lifetime and those that you had in college, might not be your lifelong friends. The same goes for those you make in school, those in your hometown and those at work. You are likely to have a mixture and perhaps a small selection of constant friends who drift in and out of your life. Only you know who your true friends are because they are the ones you call on first to meet up for drinks. They are those people who you call in an emergency because the chances are, they’ll be there ready to do whatever you need them to do. Friends come, and friends go, and even though it might be tough to grasp, that’s adult life. We all have our careers and our personal lives to live, and that might mean that you miss seeing others for a while. However, those friends who are going to stay will make an effort to see you and vice versa.

Navigating life after college is tough, but like everything in life, you learn to adapt to the change, and you’ll find your rhythm eventually. So work on your resume if it’s a little bit out of date and speak to a careers adviser if you’re having trouble picking your career path. Sort you your finances moving forward, work on your experience and get ready for your life as an adult. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

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Seven Ways To Craft A Killer Resume

Writing your resume can be one of the hardest parts of job hunting. Writing about yourself and showing off your professional achievements can be difficult, especially if you’re not naturally a writer. If you’re struggling with your resume, follow these tips to ease the struggle and craft a resume that will lock down that job interview and help you get the job. 

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  1. Tweak your resume for the sort of job you’re looking for. You don’t have to list every job you’ve had since you were 18. Your retail job from college probably isn’t relevant for the career you want now, so leave it off. Instead, showcase the jobs and skills that are the most relevant to the job you want. 
  2. Keep a master list of all your jobs in a document on your computer with your complete employment history. Add some bullet points of key achievements too. As you’re changing up your resume for each application, you can easily go to your master list and just copy and paste the relevant parts you need, rather than having to type them out every time. 
  3. Make your resume still makes sense when skim read. Hiring managers have a lot of resumes to read through. Use clear headings and bullet points to make sure a quick read can still get your key skills across clearly. Allow for recruitment software too. Some companies use software to search for keywords before a human sees your application, so make you use relevant key phrases to get through this stage. 
  4. Keep your resume compact. If you send across a huge document, the person in charge of hiring is unlikely to read it all. Cut the fluff out, and trim your resume down to a shorter length. Aim for about a page, and definitely no more than two pages if you’re struggling to get it to a single page. If you’re struggling to slim it down, read this guide to organise your resume in a more concise way. 
  5. If writing your resume yourself is proving to be too difficult a challenge, think about bringing in a professional. There are plenty of online services for resume writing, so you can hire an expert to write a top resume to show off your skills. 
  6. Keep formatting simple. Choose a simple font in a size that is easy to read and leave plenty of white space on the page. This makes your resume clearer and easier to look over. Separate out different section with headers, but keep the rest consistent and classic in style. 
  7. Be careful about adding too many extras to your resume. Some people advise adding extra details to stand out like infographics, but use these kind of things with a light hand. If you’re applying for a job with a more traditional company, leave off anything too flash. If you go for a job that requests the application in a particular format, make sure you follow their specifications and don’t get too wild trying to make your resume stand out.

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Business Leader Aura: Dress Sense, Vocal Etiquette And Posture

Open up a brand new web page or tab and go to YouTube. Then click on the Bloomberg and CNBC channels. These two media outlets are all about finances, business and trade. Many people of all kinds in all industries come onto the shows, and give you their opinion about what is going on in their professional world. For one, don’t listen to what they say just watch how they carry themselves. You know when you’re watching a business leader just by how they act. Subconsciously, they are giving off signals to our own subconsciousness and we immediately begin to trust them more and really take on board what they’re saying. If you are someone who owns a small business or perhaps just wants to look for a new career, then following their example is something you must consider. 

Look the part

Yes, yes, these days the young and budding entrepreneurs think that wearing ‘old fashioned’ clothes is a bore but wearing hoodies and joggers is the new standard. Wrong, for the young and brash wearing clothes you’d probably wake up to go to work is not a big problem, but for someone who wants to be respected automatically, you have to wear a suit. However, it’s not just any old suit you should take off the shelf, a custom suit designed around your body is what’s needed. Take a look at these mens custom suits, and see how the old traditions and the new styles are merging together. The professional tailors will work with you on a one-on-one basis. You give their your trust, and they will take your measurements. They’ll advise you on what kinds of features your suit can have for the vision you’re going for. A tailored suit is able to be spotted from a mile off among CEOs and other c-suite ranks; as well as the media and investors.

A droopy posture

Society really is in such a funny and strange era. Millions upon millions of people are constantly looking down, their necks bent forward, their shoulders caving inward. White collar jobs have increased substantially over the past two decades, so we all have a similar posture. It’s kind of concave almost as if there’s a gravity vortex in the middle of our chest. A droopy posture such as this, does not give people confidence in someone. It’s kind of weak and small. The simple fact of the matter is, for a business leader or professional looking to show confidence in their actions, broad shoulders, a straight back, a slightly puffed chest and proper width between the toes of your feet must be donned.

Confidence in conversation

Showing passion in your voice can constitute a constant shifting of tone and pitch. However, the art of holding a conversation is also a mark of a confident business leader. Conversation etiquette is something we have almost forgotten in society but in professional circles it is anything but. Take the time to listen to the other party, try not to interrupt and making engaging eye contact.

Business leaders carry themselves in a different way to normal people. They must dress smartly, behave courteously and look bold and strong to command confidence in any room they walk into. 

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How To Pursue Your Passion

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No one likes the idea of getting a job in a field which they simply don’t care about. Having to spend a good portion of your time in a place which you don’t like will make life feel boring, but a lot of people find themselves in this position. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of dream jobs to go around, forcing those who want to achieve their goals to push themselves a lot harder than those around them. Of course, though, while your goals may be hard to make into a reality, it isn’t impossible to get a job that you love, and this article is going to show you how to do it.

What Do You Love?

One of the hardest parts of all of this for a lot of people is figuring out what they are passionate about in the first place. School never does much to help people with this, forcing them to figure out their own path in life. Instead, you need to think about what you most enjoy doing in your spare time, followed by figuring out a career which would give you elements of this in your daily life. For example, if you like to listen to music and can’t stop tinkering, looking at some audio engineering schools could give you an opportunity to start learning skills which you’ll enjoy using. This is much better than working at a job you hate.

What Can You Do To Get There?

The scope of your career will always be determined by the level of education you’re able to attain before you start building it. Not everyone has the same opportunities in life, and this makes it worth melding your path to suit the opportunities you have. For example, you may not have the money or time to go to school again, but may know people who already have roles in the field you like. You need to leverage the areas which you are able to work on the most, and this may involve climbing the ladder a little. As long as you’re still earning something, though, this shouldn’t be too painful to pull yourself through.

Keeping Yourself On The Right Track

It can be all too easy to give up when you’re approaching such a difficult goal. Getting a job which you love is something which most people never get to enjoy, and this shows that it won’t be an easy task. Instead, you will have to work extremely hard, pushing and motivating yourself along the way. Thankfully, though, there are loads of ways to help yourself with this. You need to think about the reasons you have for the goals you want to overcome, giving yourself the drive to get up each morning and push as hard as you can.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on pursuing your passion. A lot of people struggle with this sort of work, finding it hard to know what needs to be done when they want to improve their career.

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Coping With Emergencies Which Could Damage Your Career

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Having worked for a very long time to build a strong career for yourself, it would be an awful shame for all of your work to go to waste. Most people never have to deal with issues which could threaten their career, but this is still something which a lot of people worry about, and it always worth preparing for. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring a range of different emergencies which can often spell doom for a career, giving you some tips to help you to overcome the issues which they may present.

Injuries

While you can’t always control something like an injury, you also won’t be able to work with one, and this can force employers to let their staff members go. If something like this was your own fault, you will have to work hard to recover quickly, while also trying to find ways to keep working from home. If the injury was someone else’s fault, though, you can often take action. For example, car accident injuries impact a lot of people, and you can fight for compensation if it wasn’t your fault. This can help you to fill the gap while you’re out of work, while also giving you the chance to pay for good care which will help you to recover much faster.

Arrests

Most people never expect to find themselves in the back of a police car, and this is something which you should be able to avoid. Of course, though, life can take strange turns, often leading people down paths which they don’t understand or can’t work through. Being arrested can reflect very badly on you, and can leave people out of a job in some industries. It’s always worth being honest with your employers when you go through this, ensuring that they don’t find out by themselves or through someone else. You will have a better chance if you’re able to explain the situation to their face.

Arguments

Getting into arguments with the wrong person in your workplace can be a very bad idea. It’s not always easy to control emotions, though, and some people will be far more strong-willed than others. This is another situation where honesty pays off, but you also have to be humble, and will have to apologise to the person you’ve argued with. If this is a boss or a manager, they will usually be happy to see that you are willing to be professional. If it’s a colleague, this can help to solidify your professional relations and avoid future confrontations, as you both know how far you can be pushed.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take a stand against the issues which could see your career go up in flames. A lot of people worry about this sort of issue, though it’s getting easier to deal with as time goes on, and there are numerous resources which can help you out with it.

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Is It Time For A Career Change?

If you’re not happy in your career, it could be a huge sign that you need to make a career change. But how do you work out what you really do want to do? Let’s take a look.

Following Your Passion

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Or do something creative? Or teach? Maybe you’re in the wrong career right now, and you know it! Then why not think about what you need to do to change jobs or move industries? Or, start to write your first book. Just make sure that you have savings behind you if you decide to take a pay cut, before you make the move.

Doing Your Own Thing

Or maybe you’ve always wanted to start your own business? Or go freelance? When this is the case, you’re going to want to put the work in behind the scenes, in order to build this up before you change careers. It’s always important to know that this can work, and have savings behind you as we talked about in the previous point.

Going Back To School

You’ve also got the option to go back to school to get your master’s. This can be either in your current field, or in something new if you’re looking to move. With a master’s, you may be able to go after a better job, earn more, or even start teaching yourself. There are so many benefits of going back to school and getting your master’s. Just take a look at the infographic below and you can see why.


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