Job security is a growing concern. Have you found yourself asking....
“Do I have it?”
“Will I lose it?”
If you have then you are not alone. Most professionals have job security as a "top of mind" concern. Rightly so, we might add. A better question might be… “Is job security real?”
Positions in corporate America are constantly open to evaluation. The cost of labor is typically the largest expense a company can have. Companies are designed to make a profit. Even non-profits can’t spend more than they bring in. Every job in the company has to contribute to that result. What does this mean to you and your job? Simply that your job is always under review.
According to surveys, young professionals entering the workforce today expect to have eleven to twenty job changes during their careers. Most of those changes will be voluntary and self-motivated. Several will not. Our hyper-competitive marketplace forces companies to make the hard decisions about jobs and the people in them. No employee is indispensible, no job is sacred. Companies do, however, value certain employees more than they value others. Who stays and who goes often has little to do with the employee’s job. Often is has everything to do with the employee.
MAKE YOUR OWN JOB SECURITY
Employers want people who bring value to the organization over and above their job. These are the people they will try to keep even if the job is eliminated. “Do I have job security?” is the wrong question. The real question to ask is “How do I increase my value to my employer?” If you want to increase your value and be one of the people they keep, work to develop and demonstrate these four defining characteristics:
Risk Taking – Employers want their people to take risks. Improvement comes from changing the status quo. Employees who take risks show they have a “can do” attitude. This is especially valuable in today’s economy. Risk takers are results oriented people. They aren’t afraid to try something new to get better results.
Pro-active Problem Solving – When you bring a problem to you manager, also bring a solution. Today’s manager has too much on their plate today to solve every issue. Good managers want your input and appreciate your willingness to be part of the answer. People who bring problems without solutions will be a source of frustration, not value.
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Competency – When was the last time you proactively took a course or seminar to improve your job knowledge? Are you a member of your occupation’s professional associations? Have you asked for additional training? Competency is more than just doing your job well. Companies want people who seek out opportunities to grow in knowledge and skill. Don’t expect the company to pay for all it either. Employees who take responsibility for their own development are what companies’ value today.
A Difference Maker –Difference Makers are employees who are motivated about their contribution to the company. These employees want to make an impact. They accept responsibility for their performance and they are accountable for their results. Most companies will try to find a place for the Difference Makers.
Today no job is exempt from reevaluation, retooling, or elimination. If you are worried about your job then you are worried about the wrong thing. Instead, concentrate on the value you add to the company. Take a risk, find solutions, grow and develop in your job and your industry, and be a Difference Maker. Don’t let your job define your value. You need to define it for yourself.
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Leaving your job is a huge decision. It creates simultaneous emotions of fear, anxiety, trepidation, excitement and hope.
It also offers the luxury of some time that you would not otherwise have on your hands.
Recently Val Matta posted an excellent article about how to best use your time after you have quit your job.
"Why do we have Thanksgiving?" my 6 year old granddaughter asked me. I, of course, explained the familiar Pilgrim story, which she had already heard. We talked about the hardships they endured and how they wanted to celebrate what they had been given. Then she asked a question that was natural and very appropriate. Yet it is a question that few of us take the time to answer..."What are you thankful for?"
I had actually answered this question a few months ago. In a morning devotional reading I was challenged to list all the things for which I could be grateful. When I was finished my list was over 100 items. That was an eye-opener. Then, last week, I upped the game!
I've been reading a book by Claudia and James Altucher entitled Become An Idea Machine. (By they way this book would be a great gift!) The book contains a collection of questions that requires the reader to list 10 ideas, original to them, EVERY DAY. One of the first is to list 10 things that annoy me and ideas about how I could be grateful for them. Sounds like a contradiction. Yet I was determined to take it on.
So I listed the 10 things that annoy me. That was the easy part. Figuring out how I could be grateful for something that really ticked me off was another story. For instance, I am really annoyed at waiting for a table at a restaurant. Annoyed to the point that I'd rather drive home and eat cold cereal than wait 20 minutes for a table! I decided I could be grateful for that wait since it would give me more time to talk with my wife about her day or whatever might be on her mind. You get the picture.
Better For Your Health
An 'attitude of gratitude' also appears to have some physiological benefits. According to Amit Amin of HappierHuman.com, people who live thankfulness filled lives enjoy improved sleep, more exercise, more energy, and are less sick. The article actually lists31 benefits from living a thankful life!
Imagine the impact this could have on your career? A few years ago Goeffrey James wrote about this in Inc. Magazine. He stated...
"People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what’s wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don’t go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective."
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More Success Through Gratitude
I also believe that grateful people not only find more success, they also attract it. More people want to be around them. Grateful people have more opportunities to expand their sphere of influence. Employees have a greater sense of loyalty and meaning when they know their supervisors are grateful for them and their contributions. Customer want to buy from people who are truly thankful for their business. Not to mention the indirect benefits to your career from improved personal and family relationships. Turns out a grateful outlook in life has a rippling effect.
So if having a grateful attitude has all these positive benefits, what do you do to be more thankful?
It first starts with awareness. Make two reminders for yourself. They can be index cards, post-it notes, Evernote, whatever works for you. On each reminder write "I am thankful for..." and place one in your workspace and another in your home. Put them somewhere that will catch your eye. Then each time you see one of them just complete the sentence..."I am thankful that meeting went well"... "I am thankful for a time with my family on this busy day." It doesn't have to be big. Just take the second or two to pause and complete the sentence. Over time you may begin to notice a change in your outlook on almost everything. As you become more grateful for the things in your life now, you actually loosen up and free yourself from being tied to circumstances that once looked impossible to overcome.
This Thanksgiving, take time to enjoy the holiday, enjoy your time with family and friends, and think more about what you have to be grateful for than what you don't have. Practice an attitude of gratitude daily over the next 30 days. Your family, your friends, and your career will thank YOU!
Are you racing toward the finish line of getting a new job? Or are you stuck in the pits with your job search?
There are few simple steps you can take to super-charge your search. To beat your competition, however, you need to do the things other job seekers aren't doing.
In this short video you'll learn simple, easy to implement steps, so you can accelerate your search and get to your new job quicker. Don't forget to download a PDF transcript of this video at the bottom of the page.
The right information can lead to the right career!
If I have learned anything in my years of being a recruiter and career counselor, it is that spending your life doing a career that you do not love is a waste of time. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that choosing the wrong career for you could be one of the most serious mistakes a person can ever make.
Getting accurate career information is hugely important because of this. Think about it. You will spend thirty or more years of your life working full time. That is a really long time to spend doing something that you do not absolutely love. The thing I hate seeing is people who feel like they are tied in to a profession that they don't like.
I became a career coach to help solve this problem. I love working with people giving them proper career information that helps them to make informed decisions about career choices. One of the most important ways to enter a career wisely is to inform yourself with accurate career information. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you discover the truth about any profession you are thinking of entering. The worst thing you can do is enter a career blindly. So take time and find ways to get career information about the careers you are considering.
One of the quickest ways to get career information is to meet with someone who is knowledgeable about many careers and who will help you find a career that fits well with who you are and with what you value. Whatever career you choose, it must be connected to something you value. It is a terrible thing to get up for work in the morning and realize that you could care less about your job and that it has no real value to the rest of the world.
You can also find great career information by doing an internship or by visiting different careers that interest you. For example, if becoming a teacher interests you, try helping out in a teacher's classroom for a few weeks and see if it is something you'd really enjoy. You will be so glad that you took time to try something before you made a commitment to it. After all, you cannot afford to keep changing your mind about careers and end up unhappy in the process.
Get career information and be one step closer to having a career that excites you and that fits your dreams and values. There is nothing better than that.
In today’s world having the best resume you can is essential. Life happens and sometimes you encounter employment gaps in your resume. If you don’t know how to handle these gaps they can severely hurt your ability to find a new job. In this article we are going to teach you how to handle these gaps like a professional and come out looking better in the end.
Do you have a legitimate reason for having a gap in your resume? There are many different reasons that you could have a gap in your resume that can be easily explained in a way that a potential employer would completely understand. The most important thing to do about gaps in your resume is to have an explanation that you can give to a potential future employer.
If you are out of work for a while it is important that you spend that time doing something productive. Doing volunteer work is a great way to handle time away from being employed. You can actually list volunteer work on your resume and cite it as a core value of yours that you help others out. If you are out of work and not volunteering, start now.
EMPLOYERS WILL UNDERSTAND
One reason people cannot relocate today is because they are care providers for family members. If you were providing care for a family member and you needed to leave your full time job to do so, this is a perfectly valid reason. Many people want to shy away from saying that they were taking care of a family member. Employers understand these issues arise. Be sure to stress that now you are out of the role of caregiver and do not foresee needing to take up that role again any time in the future. They want to know that you are now available.
Another good reason for having an employment gap in your resume is that you did not believe in doing a job search while working. Explain that your ethics dictated that you focus all of your time working on the job you had so when it came time to leave it was also time to start looking for a job.
Continuing your education is never a bad thing, it shows employers that you want to better yourself and fulfill your role to the best of your ability. When it comes to going back to school though, most people need to leave their job in order to focus all of the time and energy on their education. Make sure to list going back to school on your resume and explain to employers that you were looking to better yourself by going back to school.
PACK YOUR BAGS!
Yet another one of the major reasons for having an employment gap in your resume is spending time traveling. Like education, traveling can actually be a big benefit if you are looking for certain jobs. Spending time traveling shows that you have experience with other cultures. Jobs that require you to interact with different cultures or travel will look upon time spent traveling as a benefit. Make sure to explain that you were spending time traveling during your interview and, if relevant, mention it in your cover letter.
Many people include consulting projects as different jobs on their resumes. Instead of this, list consulting as only ONE job on your resume. Put the time you were consulting as one period and then in points under that job put the different consulting contracts you worked. If you list each consulting project as a different job it makes employers think you are just bouncing around between jobs. Remember they are usually just glancing at resumes before actually reading them.
Having an employment gap in your resume can be a red flag during the hiring process. Prepare to discuss the reasons before the interview or make sure your resume reflects the reasons you were without a job (consulting, education, volunteer work). Having a gap on your resume doesn’t have to kill you. Just make sure that you can prove that you have done something productive during that gap.
The Key to a Happy Life: Striking a Balance at Work and at
In a culture obsessed with consumption, whether it be tech gadgets, fast cars, large houses, or job titles --- it should be no surprise that we often tip the scales of work/life balance. Advertisers and Pop Culture tell us we can have it all. The strain of trying to accumulate it all has made many people virtual slaves in their offices.
Even after working more than 50 hours a week... even after getting every material need and luxury that money can buy... many people still live unhappily. The corporate success, instead of bringing fulfillment, has left many executives and employees with a feeling emptiness and disillusionment.
Stress is a part of every job. People are going to be people, accidents will happen, life is not fair, and thing won’t work out all the time. Striving for a life and career without stress may actually create even MORE stress! But there is still hope for the tired executive and the downtrodden worker. Stress and anxiety need not ruin lives and careers. If you are at point where the demands and pressure of your career is becoming overpowering, use the following advice on how to be an achiever who has work/life balance:
Writing It Down
What you are lacking is work/life balance. Balance does not mean equilibrium. Sometime you have to just take the time to dig in to start to dig out!
If you plan carefully to have balance, you will most likely make the right choices. Life can be made simple and enjoyable. A career or life plan must start with having a stated purpose. Knowing what you really want helps you jettison stressful things which are not really important to you. Knowing your priorities also helps you get rid of unnecessary worries and prevents you from wasting energy.
Writing it down --- putting your plan on paper --- is the first step on having a balanced life. Your first agenda would be to clearly define what you want. Do you prefer to have a fun personal or family life, vibrant health? Is that more important to you than having financial success or a well-respected position? Maybe you can have both without making any sacrifice in terms of time or quality of life? When you write it down, the process of marking your priorities is much easier.
Recharge Yourself for Work/Life Balance
All work and no play make Jack or Jill a dull person.
Do you rarely have fun at home or enjoy your work because you always feel tired and hassled? Maybe it's time to ask yourself when the last time you really connected with your family was. Maybe it's also time to take a look at your inner life...your spiritual bearings. While often overlooked, you cannot have the life you love without a healthy body and spirit that will allow you to live it. You must take care of your physical and spiritual well-being. Take time to recharge, which is really what stress management is all about.
You can start recharging and finding that work/life balance by answering these questions:
Am I bored?
Do I get enough exercise?
Is my medication any help at all?
What really makes me sick?
Are my loved ones (or friends), or my job draining all my energy?
The state of our physical and spiritual well-being has a direct impact on the quality of our lives. It impacts our work, business, and relationships. So we must take care of our bodies, eating right, getting enough sleep and rest, and exercising regularly.
Are You Being Too Self-Focused?
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To get our bearings, it is important to be constantly aware of our priorities. A good way to start re-defining one's priorities is by answering the following questions:
Are you neglecting yourself physically, mentally or spiritually?
Are you neglecting your spouse, your children, your peers or other important relationships?
Being self-focused or having an air of self-importance doesn’t just destroy your work/life balance, it also destroys it for those around you. Pride, selfishness, and conceit should always be put in check.
Leverage Your Time
You might be wondering where the time went. Your to-do list is increasing, you have countless meetings, it’s your spouse’s birthday, pick up junior from his baseball practice this Friday. You’re trying to find work/life balance by doing more with your family or doing more socially, but the increased demands are causing your more stress.
Ever been there?
You may not realize it but you have to power to manage your everyday stresses. Leverage your time and resources to ease the pressures off your back.
Utilize Your Plan of action – Start focusing. Which ones from your to-do list is the one you really want to do? Which ones can be delegated?
Don't be the Lone Ranger for every crisis or situation- Even The Lone Ranger used a side kick and not everything can get the job done by just being alone.
Give yourself a pat on the back- Every once in a while. Give yourself credit. Acknowledge all the good things you have done.
In many ways being overwhelmed or too stressed is really your decision. Remember that you always have a choice to live the lifestyle you have and to do the work you do. For some stress is just the currency to pay for the life they want. It’s not health, but that is a choice you have the freedom to make. For most of us, however, we want balance. Realize that if you want it all there is a price. Decide what is really important to you and then determine just what price you want to pay.
Tell us about ways YOU have found balance in your life and career...
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