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Connecting with Coworkers

Oct 26 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

Connecting with your coworkers can be easy or hard. It may be more difficult for some than others, and vice versa. Yes, to an extent it is much like high school, but on a broader scale, connecting with your coworkers is really just a matter of creating a positive relationship.

All too often, we view our coworkers as friend or foe. While competition can drive you, it can also be your Achilles heel if not careful. You want to play nice and work well with your coworkers, because it is a mutually beneficial relationship. Here’s how:

Think Outside the Office

Chances are, you can’t quite go up to an already established work group (especially if you are the “new guy/girl”) and approach making friends preschool style. This can be seen as intrusive and well, strange, and isn’t likely to score you any points. Instead, simply make a concerted effort to mingle out of the office. Grab a quick coffee, a quick bite to eat, a quick drink after work. Ask them about their life and interests, but stay away from anything too personal. Signal you want to know them on a personal level in a casual way.

No Complaining

Sometimes, yes, you will complain. So will your coworkers. It’s common. It’s natural. It happens. What you want to avoid is doing just that, all the time. Yes, work may be stressful, but you want to avoid dumping all your worries and troubles on those you work with. It may make them uncomfortable and distant. Focus instead common ground you have. What begins as small talk can easily build a lasting relationship.

Collaborate

You can’t do everything on your own. The same goes for coworkers. Ask them for help and offer yours. Don’t say, “oh, can you do this for me.” Instead, ask them to review something for you and signify you value their input and opinions. This will earn their respect and make them feel valued, further cultivating a friendship. Collaboration is a key factor in workplace success. Period.

Above all, remember to be nice and sincere. Don’t be pushy. Don’t be a know it all. Don’t hog all the glory. Treat your coworkers as valuable team members and they will do the same.

 

 

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No Experience? No Problem.

Oct 19 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

No experience? No problem. Except, if you been in the job market you know that it is actually a problem. To get a job, whether you’ve been working for years or just entered the market after graduation, you have to have experience. And in order to get experience? Well, someone has to hire you.

It’s quite the paradox and incredibly frustrating. So what do you do when you lack the experience, but need and want the job? Here’s where to start.

Resume Awesomeness

Recruiters put job requirements up to weed out weak candidates. It doesn’t mean that the list is absolute. It’s all about how you market yourself. And the first step to marketing yourself in all the right ways is in writing a winning resume and cover letter.

To do so, you’ll need to show your value. Tailor your resume to what they are looking for. If they want 5 years of experience and you only have 3, make the most of that 3 years. Chances are, they aren’t counting the dates on your resume. Instead, they’re using it to learn about what you’re bringing to the table. You don’t want to sound unreal and you certainly don’t want to lie, but be clear on your goals and your achievements.

Dynamic Introduction

Focus on your introduction. Sure, you may have experience in something that is unrelated to the job at hand, but it’s all about presentation. Don’t spend your introduction going on and on about real estate when the job at hand is marketing research. Mention why you’re changing careers, link the two, and explain your connection to both and how your past career gives you unique perspective and separates you from other applicants.

Work It

Typically, all those requirements are simply an HR wish list. It’s the best case scenario. Realistically, few will meet all requirements (and not be overqualified). So don’t get intimidated by the details. Many times, your resume is simply skimmed. So make those sticking points count. If you’re missing some key job requirements, be sure to structure your resume in a way that highlights the bits and pieces that do make you a prime candidate.

Education

Remember that degree you have? All that studying. All that hopeful optimism that it would help you land that great job. You may not be looking for employment in the area of your degree, but hey, you have one. Be proud of it. You are driven and that degree proves it. Plus, you never know if that person reviewing your application might relate. Maybe they went to your school. Maybe they were in your fraternity or sorority. Maybe they were in that honor society. That diploma. That school. All may be the luck you need to get you in for an interview.

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The After Interview Waiting Game

Oct 12 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

If you are lucky enough to have landed an interview, and are around to tell the tale, you know how stress inducing the interview waiting game can be. Did you get the job? Did they like you? Or worse- is it all bad. Bad, bad bad.

Before you give up hope and resign to live your life unemployed and alone, relax and take a deep breath. Don’t drive yourself crazy. Here’s what to do after your interview to keep your sanity.

Stay Focused

Yes, you’ve had an interview, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve got the job. It’s okay. You simply need to stay focused and stay sharp. Until you get that job offer and accept, you’re still on the market. Act like it and keep looking. This will help you keep your wants and needs in sight and keep you from daydreaming about a job you don’t have. And, in the event you don’t get a call back from that interview or, ultimately a job offer, you’ll be well on the way to securing other prospects.

Network

I know, I know. We say it time and time again- network, network, network. But it works. Companies and workforces are comprised of people. Even if you work alone, people have to pay you. You have to have some interaction with people to have a job and make money. Sure, some career paths require less interaction with other humans than others. Getting a job doesn’t mean an end to networking.

If you’re unsure where to start, look for job fairs that are in your area. Turn to social media. Twitter and LinkedIn are especially good. Build your brand. Build your online presence. Exude professionalism. This will help you tremendously- whether you get the job at hand or not.

Personal Development

Whether you are looking for a job or have a job, it’s important to take time whenever possible to work on you and build upon your skills and just “do you.” It is what keeps like fulfilling. Blog. Go for a hike. Meditate. Exercise. Invest in personal development. Do the things that make you happy and keep you motivated and at your peak. This will help you stay grounded and keep you from stressing out about this job or the next.

All in all, take a deep breath and remember that you are awesome. Life is too short to spend it stressed out.

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Want to Get Paid to Travel?

Oct 05 2015 Published by under Uncategorized

If you love to travel, getting a job can sometimes be, well, limiting. After all, you can’t exactly take off at a moment’s notice to travel the globe. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have the best of both worlds- traveling the world while also making money.

That is why we’ve put together these travel-friendly jobs:

Teacher

What language do you speak? Want to teach others to speak it? If so, go forth and live the life you’ve dreamed. Going abroad to become an English teacher is a pretty common job. All you need is a certificate saying you are qualified to teach English as a foreign language. It’s as easy as that. You can even take the course in the comforts of your own bed.

Travel Guide

One of the more obvious ways to spend your work days traveling is to become a travel guide yourself. Go on a cycling tour through France. Visit museums. Talk to tourists and locals alike. Learn about history. Absorb the culture. Experience what it means to discover people and places. Oh, and get paid to do it.

Diving Instructor

If you love the ocean, you may want to consider becoming a diving instructor. Spend your days in the sun and sand and tropical blue waters, living life to its fullest. The Asia pacific area is where most opportunity is in this area, so if you love the water and adventure- this could be your dream job.

Nurse

Nurses are awesome. Traveling nurses? Just as awesome, but meant for those who love their profession, but equally love to travel and enjoy a change of scenery. Stay stateside taking temp jobs in different areas. Go abroad and do the same. Help others. Travel. Get paid.

Stage Hand

If you love music and think of yourself as a roadie, pay day or not, consider helping out (paid, of course) as a hired hand. There’s lighting, instrument care, and more. Honestly, there’s a lot to be done each day on each stop to make sure things go as planned. Why be a roadie for free when you can be a roadie and get paid.

All five of these are a few of many awesome jobs available if you think outside of the box. If you telecommute, you might even consider being a digital nomad of sorts. Travel, work as usual, it’s all in a day’s work.

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