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What can you do if you hate your job

My Dream Job

Given the global slowdown and uncertainty over the past few years, many people have held onto their jobs even if they were miserable. There are signs that things are starting to improve, so for those of you who are not happy with your job, this is the time to start doing something about it.

Are you one of those people who hate Sunday evenings things about going to work the next day? When you are in the right job there is something to look forward to every day at work. Obviously, no job is perfect and there might be some irritations and snags, but overall you are satisfied and happy.

If you want to get out of the wrong job, here are few things you can start doing and prepare yourself for future market and economic upturns and opportunities:

Undertake a self-assessment – Be honest and ask yourself why you hate your current job. How long has you felt this way? Is it your current job role? Is it the corporate culture? Make a list of pros and cons and what you believe is your dream job.

Evaluate your career goals – Take the time to figure out what your career goals are and ask yourself where you would like to see yourself in 5 years. Will your current job be able to help you get to where you want to be? If not then what? If you know what you want, it makes it easier to put things into perspective.

Talk to your supervisor or boss – If you are unhappy with your current job role, working hours, compensation; it is a good idea to approach your supervisor, manager, or boss to discuss how you feel.

Change you job role without leaving – If you are happy with the company but not your current job role or supervisor, it might be a good idea to seek out a different position within the organization.

Seek out other opportunities at work – If there is an HR department, don’t be afraid to approach someone and ask about other opportunities within the organization. Offer to assist someone on a project to gain new skill and mentorship. Try make changes that will help boost your overall experience in the workplace.

Always maintain your professionalism – Even if you have reached a decision to quit, maintain your professionalism and work ethics and keep doing your job. Inform your superiors about your decisions and offer to help find a replacements. This will help with a recommendation letter and keep the door open if things don’t work out. Never burn bridges.

Do Not Quit – For those of you who have a job with a decent salary package and not totally unbearable, then just stay put. Change is always a difficult process and remember that quitting a finding a new job might not provide you with a better solution. Before you quit any job, change fields, or career path; make sure you are prepared, educated and qualified for the path you follow.

Check your attitude – Ask yourself what brought about this hatred for your job. Perhaps it was just one small experience when you were having a bad day that has left a bad taste in your mouth. Take a step back and let it go. Try keep a positive attitude and focus on the aspects of your job that you enjoy.

Leave you anger at home – Even if you are miserable at work and hate your job, you must not take this out on your clients or colleagues. Avoid all forms of gossip and complaining. Discuss your feelings with your co-workers but be careful

Benefits of a mentor for entrepreneurs and employees

Benefits of a mentor

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners try to take on all the challenges, obstacles, and complications that prevent their businesses from succeeding. Two important driving forces of entrepreneurship are independence and a strong sense of self-confidence. This is when a mentor can help guide you to success.

For any entrepreneur, small business owner, or employee, a mentor is like having a big brother. A mentor can be many things from giving an occasional useful tips to providing support, knowledge, and encouragement to you to help you achieve your career goals and dreams.

For employees, there is increasing pressure to do more and contribute to the company. Often this means being more focused and knowledgeable with fewer resources and support. If you feel that your are continuously under pressure to keep up, increase your skills, and demonstrate your talents simultaneously, don’t worry you are not alone.

A mentor must be someone you who has more life experience than you, someone you like and admire, and thinks and shares your values and morals. A mentor can provide you with an invaluable informal education. Even Larry Page, Steve Jobs, and Richard Branson received guidance from mentors. It does not matter who you are or what you have achieved, a good mentor is an invaluable asset in any person life and business.

“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.’” – Zig Ziglar

There are countless benefits of having an experienced mentor on your team. Here are few benefits of having a mentor:

  • A mentor can offer you expert advice and guidance based on their actual experience.
  • If you have an idea for your business or product then having a mentor to bounce these ideas off can help you plan and organize how to put them into action and make them a reality. Your mentor may be able to see potential pitfalls and opportunities.
  • Having a good mentor does not cost you a cent except for time. A good mentor will never expect anything in return for the help they are providing.
  • A mentor can help to find and highlight both your strengths and weaknesses in your business model. It is very easy to develop tunnel vision as to the best way to achieve your career goals and objectives.
  • If you find the right person to mentor you then this can develop into a life-long relationship and sharing go of knowledge and experience.
  • It’s all too easy to get distracted these days so having someone to help you stay on track and focus your attention on the important things will help you maintain your personal growth and smash your professional targets.
  • There are time you want to vent your frustrations but cannot do this with partners, employees , or customers without causing instability. Mentors can help you vent and solve the causes of your frustration.
  • With the knowledge that you have a credible mentor on your team can provide you with that self-confidence when facing difficult business situations.
  • You can gain a different and fresh perspective to all your questions, confusions, and ideas.
  • You don’t have to stick to one mentor. Multiple mentors will allow you to borrow bits of expertise from lots of different people to compile a comprehensive, well-rounded cache of knowledge.
  • Starting and running a business is difficult and there are always many challenges during the early stages. Many business owners go through the same struggles and this when a mentor can provide encouragement and first-hand knowledge as to how he or she overcame these situations.
  • Not only can mentors help you improve your business skills, they can also help you with methods and strategies that will benefit you throughout your career.
  • Any good mentor bring along a network of industry connections that can open doors for you.
  • A mentor can help you with those skills that you lack or are struggling with.

How to maximize your LinkedIn profile to boost your career

LinkedIn social network

The vast majority of companies are using social media when looking to recruit prospective employees and talent. Given that LinkedIn is by far the most popular professional social media network, it is essential for job seekers to have a Linkedin profile.

Studies have shown that it only takes a few seconds for recruiters to decide whether or not to open someone’s profile and continue reading further. Recruiters will take a split second to look at your Job Titles, Previous History, Industry, Keywords, and even your profile picture.

Wether you are looking for a new job, a promotion or trying to increase and expand your professional network, make sure that you are maximizing your LinkedIn profile and visibility. Here are few guidelines to help make your profile stand out.

Make sure your profile is visible – You have spent all that valuable time building your online presence, then make sure to make every element of your profile visible to everyone.

Keep your profile updated and current – The more time you spend interacting and updating your profile, the greater your chances are of being seen by others. Update your status and stay connected with your contacts.

Make sure to direct people to your profile – It is a given that people can find your profile via LinkedIn searches if you publish the right keywords, but you need to go one step further and direct people to your profile. You can do this with QR codes or LinkedIn buttons.

Make sure your profile is complete – This is the simplest of task but a little time-consuming. Remember the more you put in, the more you will get out and benefit from the power of the LinkedIn network. Make sure you provide as many details as you can including work experience, education, relevant associations, hobbies etc.

Create a standout headline – Your LinkedIn headline is probably the most important part of your profile and must include important keywords and short version of your elevator speech.

Include a professional photo – Make you upload a professional headshot of yourself and give a face to your name and profile.

Make sure your summary properly defines who you are – When writing your summary, be aware of the tone and style in your description. Try leave readers with a feeling and desire to pursue a lasting business relationship with you.

Increase your network and connect with people – Make it a habit to connect with anyone you deal with on daily basis. Include your family, friends, colleagues, and customers. The more connections you have will help create more awareness to sell yourself.

Include calls to action – Never assume that readers know what to do next to find out more about you. Share links and documents that will help them to get to know you better and desire to connect with you.

Join and get involved in groups – To increase your online reputation and profile you should join group relevant to your career interests and ask questions, answer questions, link up news articles and other relevant information.

Seek out recommendations – One of the best ways to increase your online presence is to get other professionals to vouch and endorse you.

Maximize and get the most out of your professional gallery – Your gallery is the perfect place to showcase who you are and your current work.

Manage your skills and expertise section of your profile – Make to revisit and update your skills and expertise and eliminate all those entries that are no longer relevant to your career. replace outdated skills with current skills and expertise.

How to build and improve your leadership skills

Leadership skills and traits

In todays working environment, regardless of where you are on the corporate ladder, there will come a time when you are given a leadership role and your team members will expect you to hit the road running. Perhaps you have hopes to lead an initiative, or chosen to lead a team project, or apply for a management position. No matter what the situation or leadership role you have been chosen for, you will probably want to know how to develop or upgrade your leadership skills.

Here are are few suggestions and tips to develop your leadership skills:

Take a test to evaluate your leadership skills – Take some time to think about how you react and behave under stressful situations. Ask yourself what your preferred leadership skills. Speak to friends, family, and co-workers and get their opinions. Do you prefer to tell other what to do and what you expect from them? Do you worry if there is clear vision for your team? Take the time to introspectively think about your preferred leadership style. There are many leadership tests or quizzes online for you to take to help identify your leadership personality and how to improve your leadership skills.

Define and have a clear vision – Take the time to share your vision, your mission and your goals with your team. Your job as a leader is to provide a clear path that your team can follow. Your team also must understand why the goals you have set are valuable to them. Take the time to explain to them, in detail, why and how your vision will not only improve the business, but how it will benefit them in return.

Keep a personal journal – Start a journal specifically dedicated to your career and record all those awkward exchanges you have experienced in the past. Write down all those instances and how you could have managed those situations differently or better. Keep notes about your personal or team accomplishments, your long-term goals, or even those mishandled situations. Think about and write down what you consider the most important leadership skills.

Discover your passion – To be a successful and effective leader you need be passionate about what you do. It is much easier to follow and emulate a person who eats, sleeps and breathes the work. If you feel that your current job is just for the paycheck, try taking a personality test and get a better understanding of what drives and motivates you to succeed.

Brush up on your communication skills – One of the hardest skills to perfect is communication. Try over communicate with others around so that everything is understood and avoid any misunderstanding or misinterpreted. Set up weekly meeting with managers any colleagues working on ongoing projects you working on. You might be good at some communication skills while lack confidence or experience when it comes to others. Focus on those skills that you feel you have a weakness or lacking.

Focus on leadership skills outside your work environment – One the best ways to get a hands-on team building and leadership-building experiences is to work for a charity or nonprofit in your community. Not only will you be helping a great cause and feel self fulfilled about a cause you are close to, but will also be able to learn about different areas and facets of the organization.

Organize and build a good team – An important part of leadership is the ability to put together a good team that can work together. Start observing your co-workers and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Be aware of people that work well together. The better you understand the personal dynamics and different types of individuals work together will allow you to be a strong team member, regardless of your actual position. The best leaders are able to identify and reflect on their own weaknesses and view other with different strengths as contributors not threats.

Take a leadership course – Continue with your education and take a course whether it be at a local college or online to help develop your leadership skills. Taking a course can help accelerate your climb up the corporate ladder and help to make you a better, stronger, and more confident leader.

How to become better at your job

become a better employee
How can you improve and become better at your current job? There are many ways and options to improve your current job position, build your career and climb that corporate ladder. However, some options are better than others. A job should not be considered as place to go to for 8 hours a day. It is rather a place where you can improve yourself, your skills, learn, and earn a living.

Here are a few suggestions to grow and increase the chances of a promotions:

  • Get organized with your email, texting, tweeting. Try prioritize your email based on urgency, reply to short requests quickly, and delete all that junk. Also, try avoid checking your email every 5 minutes. Instead, check every half hour and give yourself a chance to complete your tasks that require concentration.
  • Don’t think that multi-tasking will get things done more efficiently. Studies have shown that when you multi-task will in fact reduce your efficiency and workflow. Take on one task at a time and complete it before moving on to the next.
  • Try to put yourself in your boss’s mindset. The most effective strategy is to understand your boss’s work style and understand what is expected of you. This way you can stay one step ahead.
  • Cultivate and establish strong relationships with colleagues outside your immediate area of responsibility, team, or department. Ally yourself with people that can help you, especially from those veteran employees and those that have been overlooked by others from human resources to the information technology department, even security guards and cleaning staff.
  • Stay on top of your industry and changing trends will help to be more productive and efficient. Take the time to attend networking events or continue with your education and take a course or attend a workshop.
  • Listening to your boss is a given, but also pay close attention to your colleagues and subordinates. Listening can earn you respect and even garner more appreciation from co-workers.
  • Arriving 15 minutes early can make a huge difference and allow you to get ahead on your daily tasks. This may even allow you to take a longer lunch break.
  • Remember to take some downtime away from the office where you don’t need to check email or think about any work projects or task to do. A vacation and downtime is important for your health and general wellness. It will provide your with a sense control and purpose.
  • Make sure that you completely understand and have clarity in everything you do. If an email cannot clarify things, then not pick up the phone or visit the person.
  • Before taking on any task make sure you do plenty of research and preparation. Don’t waste your boss’s time and prepare your before a meeting and practice your strategies and objectives.
  • Always try to continuously challenge yourself to become better. Your ideal workplace should challenge you to be a better worker and a more balanced person.