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The Haunting of a Bad Career Decision

Halloween at workYou’ve been seeking employment for a while and you’ve become desperate enough to accept the first opportunity that comes along. Now that you have accepted the position, it has proven to be undesirable and doesn’t match your skills. You may be miserable and feel as though you are in a career rut, but don’t let this mistake steer you from your ultimate goal. Instead, build upon the opportunity and look at the failure as a catapult to move forward into the career or a new position with your current employer. This could end up being the break you’ve been waiting for.

So, take a step back and look at your options; you may consider staying and making it work for you. Create a plan with a timeline to help keep you focused on your next steps, whether your decision is to stay or seek employment elsewhere. Having a strategy in place will help shift your mindset away from panicky thinking and give you a clearer vision as to whether the job is doable or not.

Here are some questions you may want to ponder:

  1. How long will you try for?
  2. Are you sure you can change the situation for the better?
  3. What has to be in place for you to stay and feel satisfied?

However, anxious you may be to escape your current job, keep in mind what makes you the professional you are. A single choice doesn’t have to define your entire career. Even if your successes don’t occur in your current position, don’t negate earlier achievements just because they are from previous years—use them to draw upon. Sell your expertise. Experience goes a long way.

We’ve complied four Movin’ On Up articles that you may find helpful while overcoming a bad career decision:

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

Hoo Rah! It’s Boss’s Day

It’s not a federal holiday, but Boss’s Day is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada. A day dedicated to all employers, it’s a time to appreciate bosses and thank them for their work throughout the year. It’s easy to overlook everything supervisors do to keep their employees working, and this day can be used as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship you have with your boss.

How do you celebrate Boss’s Day? Let us know in the comments section below.

Celebrate Grandparents Day With Lessons From the Wise

grandparents_day_webIn the United States, National Grandparents Day is Sunday, Sept. 11. It’s a day designated to honor grandparents for their love and sacrifice. Grandparents are often associated with wisdom due to their years of experience and adventure. There have been countless wise leaders in the history of the world, and we want to share lessons from some of the most famous as we celebrate the wisdom of our elders.

Wisdom About Teamwork
Mother Teresa was a nun and missionary who founded the Missionaries of Charity, a worldwide religious congregation that runs hospices and homes for those in need. In 1979, she won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work. Mother Teresa lived to be 87 years old, and was admired by many for her charitable works. She once said:

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot, together we can do great things.”

Mother Teresa’s wise words are a reminder of the value of teamwork. While being your personal best is important, so is working well with those on your team. Most likely, there’s someone in your workplace who has a skill you don’t have. Likewise, you may know how to do something your co-workers do not. By working together and helping each other use your talents, you can create something you wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Take the time to get to know your co-workers and find out what skills and talents they have so you can be better prepared to take on team projects.

Wisdom About Pride
Known for his spiritual wisdom and teachings, Mahatma Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Gandhi became famous for his non-violent movements and lived to be 78 years old. Gandhi once said:

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”

There is a great lesson to be taken from Gandhi’s words of wisdom. You have power over your emotions, and only you can decide how you let yourself feel. If a supervisor, customer, or co-worker says something that is hurtful, you can control how you let it affect you. While it’s true that some criticism can be constructive, not all of it is meant to help you grow. Decide for yourself what you will listen to, and remember that you are in control of your reactions.

Wisdom About Goals
Writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is often referred to as the most intelligent man in history. According to Business Insider, Albert Einstein himself is said to have called Goethe “the last man in the world to know everything.” When it comes to wisdom, there’s no doubt Goethe had it. He founded the science of human chemistry and developed one of the earliest known theories of evolution. His estimated IQ score ranged from 210 to 225, on a scale where genius intelligence is measured at 145. Goethe once said:

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

Those wise words serve as a reminder that you can’t accomplish your goals if you don’t try first. Whatever your goal is—whether it’s to land your dream job, get an interview, or receive a promotion—it’s time to start on your path. There’s no better day than today to dust off your resume, submit an application for the job you want, or take on a new project. If you don’t start, you can’t reach the finish line.

What wise words do you live by? Share yours in the comments section below!

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

Happy Labor Day!

Monday, Sept. 5, is Labor Day in the United States and Canada, and we want to thank all of our Express associates for their hard work and dedication. At Express, we know how much of an impact a job can have on someone’s life. We take pride in helping our associates find great jobs, and you’re helping us reach our long-term goal of putting a million people to work annually. We hope you have a great holiday!

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Happy Independence Day From Express

In the United States, July 4 is known as Independence Day. It’s a federal holiday that has existed since 1941, and honors the traditional celebrations dating back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate American independence, and typically includes a wide range of festivities.

While it’s a great time to make memories, enjoy the great outdoors, and catch a firework show, don’t forget that holidays are a prime time to step up your job search efforts. By networking at social gatherings, or using the extra day off to search for jobs or enhance your resume, you can make important career advancements this Independence Day.

For more tips on using the holiday weekend as a networking opportunity, check out this Movin’ On Up article.

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Express Employment Professionals wishes all of our associates and their families a happy and safe Independence Day.

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Happy Canada Day!

Today is Canada Day, a day nationally celebrated by Canadians to commemorate the anniversary of the Constitution Act, 1867, in which three colonies united into a single country under the British Empire. Originally, the holiday was called Dominion Day, but it wasn’t until October of 1982 that it formally became known as Canada Day.

As with any holiday, this weekend is a great time to recharge your batteries. It’s also an opportunity to refocus your job search. Check out this Movin’ On Up article about updating your resume to help you get started.

We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Canada Day from your friends at Express Employment Professionals!

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Brand It Blue Day 2016 Recap!

BrandItBlueDay2014On Saturday, June 11, in communities across North America, Express Employment Professionals offices came together to serve and give back as part of the fourth annual Brand It Blue Day.

More than 235 Express offices, from California to North Carolina to Canada joined with more than 1,000 volunteers to provide more than 87,000 meals for those in need. If you were able to be a part of this amazing effort in any way, thank you for your support and hard work.

As we recently shared, volunteering and serving in your community can do a lot for your career or job search. From an increase in networking opportunities to gaining leadership skills, serving others is a great way to improve your professional life.

But, did you know it can have an incredible impact on your health and well-being? A survey of more than 3,000 adults found that the majority of volunteers felt mentally and physically healthier after serving. Nearly 80% said volunteering lowered their stress levels, while 76% said serving made them feel healthier. And, a report by the Corporation for National & Community Service found that those who serve have lower mortality rates, more functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life.

Giving back in your community, whether it’s through a group volunteer effort over the weekend, or by doing pro-bono work from your home for a nonprofit, can have a positive impact on your attitude on life and hopes for your future.

We hope Brand It Blue Day gave you an opportunity to serve in your community, increase your happiness, and possibly make some new connections that will help you soon find a new job. If you didn’t have a chance to join Express for this year’s event, make sure to check back with your local office for information about Brand It Blue Day 2017 and how you can be involved.

Through the hard work and service of Express offices, we’ve been able to donate more than 300,000 meals to nonprofit organizations across North America through the efforts of Brand It Blue Day. Think of all the meals we can provide next year with your help!

Check out some of the photos from Brand It Blue Day!

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