After days spent submitting applications online and countless interviews at numerous businesses, you finally have a job offer. The only problem? You don’t like the job. Maybe it’s the people you would be working with, the job itself, or the company culture. Is it still worth it to take a job you don’t want? It depends on your circumstances. (more…)
The economy is doing well in general, but what does that mean for you specifically? Finding a new job can be tough—there are plenty of hurdles that come with finding a new job, from family obligations and retooling your resume to competing with other job seekers and researching new companies.
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You’ve accomplished a major goal; why aren’t you happy?
You nailed the interview and got a job offer for a great position. So, everything should feel great! But it doesn’t.
You’re anxious. Not sure if you’re the right person for the job, not certain you’ll be able to handle all the responsibilities you signed up for.
A clinical research paper published in the Journal of Behavioral Science estimated that 70% of the population has experienced this feeling, known as imposter syndrome, so you’re not alone.
As noted by NBC News, psychologist Dr. Renee Carr defines those who experience imposter syndrome as “male and female achievers who are psychologically uncomfortable with acknowledging their role in their success.”
Here are a few tips on dealing with imposter syndrome when it comes to a new job.
You thought you got your dream job but it turned out to be a nightmare. Can you quit?
You researched a company and loved what you read. You get through the interview and learn about killer benefits, your own parking space, and free food on Fridays. When you get the job offer, it’s a no brainer—you say yes.
But then the situation sours. Maybe it’s a poor relationship with your boss. Perhaps your coworkers loved the guy or gal you replaced and sort of resent you (that’s not the way Barry did it). Or you just get buried in work, have a cubicle in the basement (or workstation deep down the line), and kind of forget what sunlight looks like.
Whatever the reason, it’s bad, and you want to quit. But can you do that without damaging your career? It depends. Ask yourself these questions.
Your first day at a new job can be one of the most stressful. Sure, a new job is exciting, but it can also be incredibly nerve-wracking when you don’t know anyone and aren’t sure what the office culture is like, or what your job will entail. All of that combined with a shiny new workload.
So what can you do?
Most problems that pop up early in a job are due to lack of communication. Maybe you assumed something worked the way it did at your last job, or your boss forgot to add you to an email list and you missed an important deadline.
Avoid these problems by asking questions. Don’t pester your co-workers needlessly, but do politely ask for help when needed. If they seem busy, send them an email asking if you can schedule a time to ask questions. The company is new to you—nobody expects you to know where everything is and how the company systems work on day one.
It’s much easier to handle the stress of a new job when you’re ready for it. So start preparing the night before. Pack a lunch and pick out an outfit (make sure you know the dress code) before you hit the hay. If your job requires equipment or safety gear, prepare that ahead of time as well. That way you won’t be in a rush looking for a favorite pair of socks minutes before the workday begins. Think about packing a healthy snack too—you don’t want a growling stomach to annoy your coworkers.
Go to bed early. A healthy eight hours of sleep ensures that you’ll be bright and eager to work on day one. A good night’s sleep also makes it easier to get to work a few minutes before you’re scheduled to arrive. That can give you a bit of time to mentally prepare for the coming day.
You should already have a good idea of what the company is like after your initial research and interviews, but take a few hours before that first day to research even further. Make sure to at least know the basics of the products or services the company is selling. Bonus points if you can obtain an organizational chart for the department so that you know who the players are. If the chart has pictures, get started on memorizing those faces.
Imagine you’re back in first grade. What did Mom say when she handed you your lunchbox outside the classroom? “Make friends!” Or maybe “play nice!” That advice applies to your working life too.
After you’ve been given the tour and filled out any needed forms, seek out your coworkers. Introduce yourself, and get to know them. A new job can be much more manageable when there are work friends to support you when the workload gets tough.
Feeling proactive? You can also try to coordinate a pre-first day lunch or coffee meeting with the boss and the team. That can make breaking the ice on your first day much easier.
Ever had an anxious first day? How did you overcome your jitters? Let us know in the comments below!
The start of Daylight Saving Time is here. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, one hour of daylight will be switched from morning to evening, which means our clocks will shift to one hour later until they switch back in November.
This annual time change signals the beginning of Spring, which means warmer weather and new growth. As nature prepares for the changing season, you can, too. If you have a new job on the horizon this Spring, it’s important to make sure your first impression is one you’re proud of, so take a look at the tips below to ensure you’re springing into your next job on a positive note.
The early bird gets noticed. Punctuality and good attendance are important when it comes to keeping your job and making a good impression, so start off on the right foot and get to the office on time and well-rested.
Dressing professionally is not just important to your interview. At your new job, dressing professionally is also essential. According to Desiree Devaney, a financial analyst with GE Capital Credit, “Dress how you want people to perceive you because it plays a huge role in how you are initially treated.”
Remember to stay positive. From day one to your last day, nothing works better in all situations than a positive attitude. When you start your new job, let your enthusiasm for being part of the team show your co-workers and supervisors that you’re going to be a positive addition to the group.
Asking questions will help you fit in quickly by eliminating confusion during your first few days on the job. It’s impossible to know everything, especially at a new job, so ask for help when you need it. Communication is important for any job, and it’s always a good idea to ask for clarification.
If you didn’t do your homework before the interview, now’s a great time. Take a few minutes before you start your new job to research the company and learn everything you can about the business.
Take initiative in the workplace. If a new project opens up or you notice your supervisor needs help with something, take action and offer your assistance. During the first few days at work, you may not have a full plate of tasks, which means it’s a great time to show that you’re a self-starter and willing to take on assignments instead of sitting around. Being proactive goes a long way in the workplace.
What tips do you have for starting a new job? Let us know in the comments section below!
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We all start off with the best intentions and lofty resolutions, but the University of Scranton reports that only half of goals are kept past the six-month mark. For the job seeker, this fizzle adds to an already stressful situation of trying to find that perfect job or improving a current job position.
Do you have a plan for 2016? Do your goals include finding another job or improving your career skills? We have a list of ways to make sure you have a great year with tips on how to start 2016 off on the right foot.
New Year, New Job
If you are looking for a new job, treat your job search like one. Seeking that perfect position is a full-time job in itself, so create an action plan and follow it. Don’t spend an hour a day working on your job search – spend several. Look at the search as a full-time position. Businesses wouldn’t succeed if they operated only a couple of hours a day, and neither can you.
You should also focus on being more involved. The more people you know, the better your chances of hearing about a new position or being recommended for a job. Try to attend professional networking events, chamber of commerce gatherings, or other social outings. Don’t be shy about telling people you are on the job hunt, and remember, the majority of positions out there are never advertised, so keep your ears open when attending events.
Take this down time to spruce up your resume, research new trends, proofread applications, and freshen up your personal references. Also, keep a copy of your resume with you in case you run into a potential employer.
New Year, New Career Goals
Do a self-assessment and be honest. Look at both your soft and hard skills to see if you lack training or education for your desired career path. Ask supervisors or colleagues what you can do to improve, and make a plan to put those improvements in place. Besides becoming more efficient, you’ll have the added bonus of showing initiative and ambition.
Consider improving your professional presence in 2016. This year, work on your personal image and brand. Have the ability to communicate confidently, dress appropriately, and act executively. An old saying, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” is a famous saying for a reason.
New Year, New Degree
Is this the year you should go back to school? Many universities, community colleges, and technical schools offer short courses ranging from public speaking to new technology. Even a creative writing class can help improve communication skills, so make a goal to invest in your career by boosting your skills. Online courses also help those juggling work, family, and education, so be sure to explore your back-to-school options.
If you’re a full-time student, treat it like a full-time job. Like job seeking, getting an education or training should be considered your top priority. Make a goal this year to study just a few minutes longer, take another course, or improve your grades.
Consider internships. While some internships are unpaid, the payoff can be additional training, connections in the industry, a nice addition to your resume, and a possible job offer. Talk to your school’s career center about available internships and be aggressive about pursuing those.
Do you have your career goals for 2016 planned out? If so, share your top three goals with us in the comments section below!
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