According to an article posted by Inc., only 14% of workers think they have the "perfect job". If you find yourself in the 86% who is unsatisfied with your career, it might be time for a change. Follow the below steps to start your transition into an employment opportunity that will finally allow you to enjoy going to work.
1. Assess your funds.
If you don't know what career lane you are moving to next, do know that the journey to figuring this out will take some time. Consider what your finances will look like if you ever find yourself with unstable employment options. Some experts say that you should have at least six months' salary socked away for a rainy day.
2. Get back into learning.
Maybe your current position doesn't challenge you. If this is true, it has probably been some time since the last time you learned new things and expanded your skill set. Practice learning again by taking a class or getting started on a new hobby. Your new career will likely require that you learn a lot on the job.
3. Do your research.
Study up on the positions that look attractive to you, don't just daydream about them. Figure out what you want and what you don't want. The more information you can acquire, the better decisions you can make about where you want to go professionally.
4. Don't stop networking.
Make new connections in different industries, join professional organizations, and realize that even a simple coffee meeting can bring you more than just insight into someone else's professional life -- it could even bring you a job.
5. Open your mind.
Seek out new experiences, spend time with different types of people, and consider new resources, like hiring a life coach. You want forward movement, not inertia, and new people and experiences will get you to where you need to be.
6. Look for "better."
Finding the "perfect" job after switching out of an old one will be near impossible. In fact, eliminate the idea of perfection completely -- it will be more productive to simply identify what characteristics of a new job will be better than what you do currently.
7. Have the right mindset.
Although your current position may need a change, don't let past negative experiences affect how you approach future opportunities.
8. Remember to take your time.
Don't rush into the first position you find. After all, you wouldn't want to fall into another job that you really don't like. And remember: rejection, although demoralizing, is just part of your journey. Enjoy the ride to your new career.
Monday, August 13, 2018
One of the most stressful parts of an interview can be the question segment. No, not when your potential employer is grilling you on your past, but when you must ask the questions. One bad question can ruin an otherwise perfect interview, while asking the right questions can help you stand out long after the interview ends. Here’s a list from Business Insider of the best and worst questions to ask during an interview:
· “How would you describe the company’s culture?”
· “Who do you consider your major competitors? How are your better?”
· “Can you tell me what steps need to be completed before your company can generate an offer?”
· “How would you describe the company’s values around work-life balance?”
· “If you were to hire me, what might I expect in a typical day?”
· “How has this position evolved?”
· “Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications?”
· “If hired, what are the three most important things you’d like me to accomplish in the first six to twelve months at the company?”
· “What type of employee tends to succeed here? What qualities are the most important for doing well and advancing at the firm?”
· “How do you evaluate success here?”
· “What have past employees done to succeed in this position?”
· “Who would I be reporting to?”
· “Can you give me an example of how I would collaborate with my manager?”
· “When your staff comes to you with conflicts, how do you respond?”
· “What was your career plan before you got into this role, and how has that changed since you’ve been here?”
· “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
· “What’s one of the most interesting projects or opportunities that you’ve worked on?”
· “Is there anything else I can provide to help you make your decision?”
· “Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and position best?”
· “How would you score the company on living up to its core values? What’s the one thing you’re working to improve on?”
· “I read this story about your company. Can you tell me more about this?”
· “What is your staff turnover rate and what are you doing to reduce it?”
· “Can you tell me where the company is going?”
· “What makes people stay at this company?”
· “Is there anyone else you would like me to meet with?”
· “Will I have an opportunity to meet those who would be part of my staff/ my manager during the interview process?”
· “Have I answered all your questions?”
· “What’s your timeline for making a decision, and when can I expect to hear back from you?”
· “What does your company do?”
· “What will me salary be?”
· “What are the hours?” or “Will I have to work long hours?”
· “Will I have my own office?”
· “Can I make personal calls during the day?”
· “Do you monitor emails or internet usage?”
· “How soon can I take a vacation?”
· “Will I have an expense account?”
· “When will I be eligible for a raise?”
· “Can I arrive early or leave late as long as I get my work done?”
· “What are grounds for termination?”
· “How quickly could I be considered for a promotion?”
· “Who should I avoid in the office?”
· “What happens if I don’t get along with my boss or coworkers?”
· “Are you married?” or “Do you have kids?”
· “Do you check social media accounts?” or “Do you do background checks?”
· “I heard this wild rumor about the CEO. Is it true?”
· “How did I do?” or “Did I get the job?”
· “How long are you going to take to get back to me?”
Monday, August 6, 2018
Unfortunately, interview mistakes are bound to happen to anyone. All the preparation and confidence in the world cannot protect you from an occasional blunder. Recovering from these mistakes is what will set you apart from other candidates and ultimately help get you your dream job.