Archive for January, 2014

How to find a new job after quitting your job

Jan 28 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Julia Richardson By Julia Richardson –
Ideally, you want to have a new job lined up before you quit your job. After all, the job market is tough right now and competition is high. For every job opening, there are roughly 3.1 unemployed people competing for the same position. This doesn’t even take into account recent graduates or those currently employed that may also be vying for the job.

Looking For A JobQuitting your job can raise red flags for a potential employer and many times, it may take you out of the running completely.  With a stagnant job market and high competition, finding a new job may be more challenging than anticipated, but it’s certainly not an insurmountable task. The key is preparation, and there are two important components required to succeed.

  1. Tailor your resume. If you’ve applied to a few jobs with little to no success, it’s time to re-evaluate your resume. Chances are, it’s much too broad. Tailor your resume to the job you want. As salary.com points out, your resume shouldn’t be written for you- it should be written for the reader. Also keep in mind that the reader may not be human. In this case, consider submitting two resumes- one tailored to a computer’s keyword format, and one tailored to the human reader.  Business Insider has some great formatting tips for the former HERE.
  2. Address the gap. Your potential employer will notice any gaps in employment, and it may give cause to toss your resume aside. To minimize this risk be sure to address the gap in your resume. You can use your cover letter to explain the gap, but make it clear the reason for the interruption is no longer an issue. If you were laid off or quit in anticipation, explain the circumstances. Alternatively, consider taking a freelance position until you find a steady job and include it on your resume to cover any gaps. It’s always better to be proactive and honest, as this issue will likely come up again if you make it to the interview stage of the hiring process and when verifying past employment.

If you tailor your resume and address the gap, you’ll clear the initial job-hunting hurdles with ease. Your preparation will also provide added confidence that will prove beneficial during the interview process. Instead of a red flag, you’ll signal to any potential employer that you are not only the right fit for the position, but also that you value integrity.  It’s all about preparation.

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How to get mom to quit her job

Jan 21 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Julia Richardson By Julia Richardson – Some people want their mom to quit nagging, quit smoking, or quit doing mother daughter pageants like Honey Boo Boo’s “Mama June”. You? You want your mom to quit her job. In order to succeed in your endeavor, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps.

 

  1. Make sure your intentions are good. You can’t force your mom to quit, but the goal here is to encourage your mom to do something that is in her best interest. If you want your mom to quit for selfish reasons, your chances of success are pretty low. Successful persuasion is all about good intentions, not manipulation.
  2. Tell her your concerns. You want her to know you’ve thought about it. You want her to know that you are concerned about her and why. Tell her openly and honestly, but remember to use “I” statements as opposed to “you” statements. As Psychology Today points out, you want to share your concern by telling her how you feel using “I” statements, not make her feel defensive and resistant with “you” statements.
    Mom Unhappy At Work
  3. Ask her about her feelings and listen.  After you’ve voiced your concerns, listen to what your mom has to say. Listening is key to effective communication. Remember, this is about her and her wellbeing, and her thoughts are valid and important.
  4. Offer your support. Above all else, offer your mom support in her decision making, whatever her final decision may be. Let her know you’re there for her, whether she quits now or later, or not at all. A social support system is important if she is to move past any fear or stress related to quitting. Be that support system, and help give her the confidence to act in her best interest.

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How to get paid after quitting your job

Jan 14 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Julia Richardson By Julia Richardson –

Unemployment insurance is designed to offer a bit of protection in the form of compensation if you are laid off from your job. From determining eligibility, filing a claim and receiving benefits, the process can be tedious. While some states, such as New York, offer online calculators to assist in approximating how much compensation you’ll receive, most states do not.

So how much will unemployment insurance pay you? While an exact number is difficult to determine, if you keep the following points in mind you can easily estimate your payment amount.

Eligibility
In order to qualify for unemployment insurance, you must be laid off from your job by no fault of your own. You can’t quit your job or be fired. Typically, when you apply for unemployment compensation, your former place of employment will be contacted and/or interviewed to ensure your reason for departure meets these guidelines. Unemployment Insurance PaysYou must also have been employed for a minimum amount of time as determined by each state. Texas, for example, requires that an applicant earn wages in more than one yearly base quarter. Other, more specific eligibility requirements vary from state to state. These requirements are used to determine how much you can receive and for how long.

Prior Wages & State Maximums
Your wages prior to termination is one factor used to determine how much unemployment insurance will be paid to you on a weekly basis. Each state, however, has a set maximum.  You can see a full list at About.com. Since these figures may fluctuate over time, I also recommend that you contact your state’s unemployment office or visit its website. The U.S. Department of Labor offers a full list of contact information and website addresses by state and/or U.S. territory.

Duration of Benefits & Continuing Eligibility
The length of time in which you are eligible to receive unemployment insurance also varies by state and is typically determined by the date you become unemployed. The exact weeks benefits are received is set by each state Some states, like Ohio, may require that you reapply each week to continue receiving benefits, up to that states maximum number of payments allowed.

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How to be supportive when your partner quits his or her job

Jan 08 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Julia Richardson By Julia Richardson –

So, you’ve had the talk. Your spouse or partner quit his or her job. It may have been a long time coming and something that the two of you have discussed before, or it may come as a complete shock. Either way, what your partner needs most is support. So how exactly do you offer support?

Empathize
The decision to quit your job is not an easy one to make. Unless you have another job lined up, there are financial and emotional implications to consider.  Your partner didn’t make the decision to quit his job lightly. Let your partner know that you respect and support his decision. Validation and empathy will foster trust and strengthen your relationship. It’s a win-win.

Communicate
If you’re panicked or scared, don’t keep it to yourself. Instead, keep the lines of communication open. Failure to do so may lead to resentment or result in a fight, neither of which is healthy. Psychology Today published an article dedicated to the supportive spouse- how to give and receive. The take-away is this: tell your partner how you feel and encourage your partner to tell you what he or she needs. Communication is key to support.

Address Concerns
Once you communicate your concerns, address them. Create a plan. If you’re concerned about finances, for example, talk about it and develop a budget. CNN Money offers a useful budget guide. Work together as a team to find solutions. Having a plan in place can help calm anxiety.

Keep your Focus
Resist the urge to overdo it. Too much encouragement may be seen as nagging and could ultimately be counterproductive. If you’re constantly asking about the prospect of work, your partner may feel more pressured or stressed than he or she was already, which could lead to depression. Instead of asking about the job search, ask about your partner’s day. Keep your focus on your partner, not the job.

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Signs You Should Quit Your Job

Jan 02 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

The New Year has just passed and many of us will resolve to do a whole host of things in 2014. While some will vow to get to the gym or eat healthier, others will pledge to ask for more money or get a promotion. However, what do you do if you’re at a job that you are no longer happy with? Perhaps your resolution should be to quit your job — while coming to a decision on sticking around or leaving your current job to explore new opportunities can be one of the more difficult decisions that you’ll need to deal with in your life, there’s no better time to do so then now as part of your New Year’s resolution which is why we’ve come up with four signs you should quit your job, helping to make the decision process a little easier.

If you find your work isn't meaningful, it's a sign you should quit your job. Bored on the job? Maybe it’s time to quit then.

 

1. You find your work isn’t meaningful or just plain boring. When you’re looking for multiple shortcuts to getting the job done, getting to work as late as you can and leaving as early as possible, then it’s time to start thinking about leaving your job. Doing the bare minimum at work is probably the biggest sign you should quit your job as you aren’t doing yourself or your employers any favors by hanging around.

If the company you’re working for has tasked you with responsibilities that don’t resonate with your values or you’re just doing something that you aren’t passionate about, you will never tap your true potential and will never be happy. Lethargy, boredom and false starts should be indicators that you are struggling to fit into a job that isn’t right for you.

Before you give in your notice, make sure you reflect on what your actual goals and values are so that you don’t take on another job that will make you as unhappy as your current one. Once you’ve determined what you’re passionate about, brush up the skill necessary to get your dream job so that you ensure that you are marketable.

Has the relationship between you and management changed for the worse?

2. Your working relationship with your boss is deteriorating. Has your relationship with your boss, both on a working and personal basis, taken a turn for the worst? Perhaps things were going well for years before a shift in the organization’s culture and management’s leadership. Or perhaps you’ve always had a rocky relationship with your boss. In either case, if you’re being tasked with additional responsibilities while having fewer resources at your disposal and are still being paid the same amount, then perhaps it’s time to think about resigning.

Another sign that it’s time to give in your notice is if you have a boss that’s a bully. Did you know that, according to a survey commissioned by Lynn Taylor a workplace expert specializing in boss and employee dynamics, the typical employee worries what their boss will say and do about a third of the work week.  Furthermore, a survey done by staffing company OfficeTeam finds that 46 percent of those polled reported having worked for an “unreasonable boss.”

While it may be possible to find a way to deal with your difficult boss, many times you may find that there’s nothing you can do. In most organizations it’s difficult, if not impossible, for a subordinate to get their boss fired and it can actually backfire if you are contemplating methods on how to get your boss fired, which is why in many cases you’re better off giving in your notice.

Not Getting Paid Enough

3. You aren’t getting paid enough. As mentioned above, if you’re being given more work due to downsizing or for other reasons, but you aren’t being adequately compensated, then it’s time to make like a tree and leave in search of greener pastures.

You shouldn’t be working for a company that’s making you feel lucky just to receive a paycheck. Even in this current economy, you should be getting a salary or at least other perks that reflect the work you are doing, especially if your work evaluations are positive. Don’t just stand by and allow your job to take advantage of you — if you believe you deserve a raise and your company isn’t willing to give you one then quit as soon as you can!

Your Job Is Making You Sick

4. You’re job is making you sick. Stress from your job can make just as much of an impact on your health as having an actual cold. If you notice that you are gaining or losing a large amount of weight in a short period of time or are feeling excruciating pain in your body, then your job may be placing you under too much pressure for you to handle. While company culture may make you think that stress is all part of a day’s work, don’t fool yourself. Long-term stress can have future repercussions that can cause wear and tear to our bodies. A recent study showed that a high-pressure job nearly doubled the risk of heart attack in women and another study found that chronic stress can be just as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes. With such terrible side effects, it’s clear that that you should consider other job options.

If you’ve come up against any of the above signs you should quit your job. The only thing that’s scarier than leaving, is staying at a job that you hate.

Not sure if it’s time to leave your job? Take our job quiz to determine whether you should quit your job.

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