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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

Are you working in a dead-end job?

Dead end job

Every job is different and not all offer the potential to grow, learn, make more money, or climb the corporate ladder. You career goals might be monetary based, skill based, or simply based on the enjoyment, but one common goal is to be able to progress over time in a job.

There is no perfect definition of a dead-end job. We all have different a perception of how to classify a dead-end job. Some might see a job without a chance of promotion, or lack of the chance to improve your skills as a dead-end job. A common theme of a dead-end job is that the job does not offer any chance to progress and achieve your career goals, dreams, or ambitions; now or in the future.

Here are few common signs and red flags that you are working in a dead-end job:

  • If you wake up every day and feel and say you hate your job.
  • Your, boss, manager, or supervisor have no idea about your career goals or interested in supporting your professional goals.
  • After a year or two, you are stuck in the same position without a promotion, increase in pay, or increased responsibility.
  • Promotion within your company are being filled by people from outside the company.
  • You job is affecting your health like weight loss, hair loss, exhaustion.
  • You no longer feel challenged by your tasks and projects you undertake.
  • The job offer no room to grow and the company cannot support your future career goals.
  • You colleagues are being offered opportunities while you are looked over.
  • You notice that your job can be done by a machine and it just a matter of time until you are replaced.
  • You no longer have time for yourself.
  • No matter what idea to bring to the table, they are always rejected by supervisors, bosses, and even your colleagues.
  • You no longer care about the way you look when going to work.
  • Your daily task become routine and mechanical.
  • You feel that you not being compensated fairly.
  • You values start differing from those of the company and no longer aligned.
  • Year after year, there are no changes and you do not expect any, for example a pay increase.
  • When you are spending more and more time daydreaming about other things that inspire you.
  • Even though you pour your heart into finding and solving problems, you boss or company don’t value your input and creativity.
  • You feel trapped and no longer able to grow and learn more skills.
  • You no longer get along with your boss and seeing them makes you feel anxious or depressed.
  • Company growth  is shrinking and over time weakening.
  • You are no longer motivated by your current job role.
  • Decision makers in the company re practicing favoritism and you need to be on their good side to get promoted.

In summary, if you able to face the facts and spot the telling signs that you are stuck in a dead-end job, you should immediately start looking for other options that will help grow professionally.

The most and least stressful jobs

Low Stress Jobs

Are you the type of person who cracks under pressure or crumble when you feel stressed? We all feel some sort of stress in the workplace and at different times. Generally, jobs that expect you to put your life on the line on daily basis are the most stressful. Research study by CareerCast.com revealed a quality defining many of the most stressful jobs of 2016 is that stress is virtually omnipresent, and the spikes in periods of high stress are unpredictable.

According to the research, the amount of stress individuals experience can be predicted by studying the most typical demands and crisis that are inherent in a job. The research took into consideration 11 different job demands that most workers will expect to evoke stress. These demands include the amount of travel, the growth potential, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards, risk to one’s own life, risk to the life of another, and meeting the public.

If you are the type of person who thrives under pressure and can stay cool, calm and collected in high-stress situations, then the jobs listed below are prefect for you. However, if you loath a stressful job then avoid the job listed below.

Most stressful jobs are:

  1. Enlisted military personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline pilot
  4. Police officer
  5. Event coordinator
  6. Public relations executive
  7. Senior corporate executive
  8. Broadcaster
  9. Newspaper reporter
  10. Taxi driver

Least stressful jobs are:

  1. Information security analyst
  2. Diagnostic medical sonographer
  3. Tenured university professor
  4. Hairstylist
  5. Medical records technician
  6. Medical laboratory technician
  7. Jeweler
  8. Audiologist
  9. Dietician
  10. Librarian

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 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.