It can be fun, but mostly daunting to think about your real answer the question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Extrapolating that to 10 or 20 years can be downright overwhelming. But while the idea of setting career goals is a good one, there’s something to be said about career goals that suck and that shouldn’t exist. Let’s take a look at these career goals that suck; goals that will cause you more pain than success in the long run. Once you’ve gotten a good idea of what won’t work, we’ll share a framework for creating career goals that can actually take you to the next level in your profession. Career Goals that Suck Working so hard that you never take a vacation. Did you know that 55% of Americans don’t use all their paid vacation days? The United States is perhaps the worst place to find the ideal work/life balance. Citizens work hard in pursuit of their dreams, ignoring the rejuvenating benefits of occasionally taking a break, or the ability to build cultural … [Read more...] about Career Goals That Suck
Need gift ideas for coworkers? The holiday season is fast approaching, which means office holiday parties are right around the corner. Gift exchanges are lots of fun, but deciding what presents to give the people at your workspace (that you may not know incredibly well) can be challenging. You want to find something thoughtful and creative, while avoiding cliches or unprofessionalism. We’ve put together a list of thoughtful, simple and easy to find gifts that will delight a coworker, no matter who they are. Visit our sister website for more great coworker gift ideas. … [Read more...] about Fresh Gift Ideas for Coworkers This Holiday 2016
Sometimes even before accepting a job, you’re already planning for when to ask for a raise. The need for just compensation becomes harder to deny if you’ve been working hard for quite some time, and nobody has offered a reward. But asking for (and actually receiving) a raise requires finesse. You can’t just blurt it out in the middle of a staff meeting at the end of your first week. It’s normal to be hesitant and feel awkward when trying to find the words to ask for a raise with your boss. Money is an awkward subject, and asking for more raises the stakes. If you’re wondering about the right time to ask for a raise, we’ll be walking through a couple situations where it might be appropriate. … [Read more...] about When is the right time to ask for a raise?
These exercises to do at work can have a huge impact on your mood and productivity. The typical office situation is sitting down at a desk for 8 hours every day, with minimal breaks or physical activities to break it up. This can negatively affect your health, but also the quality of your work and overall energy level. Sitting all day increases health risks and induces boredom. No need to run a marathon - it doesn’t take much to get major health benefits from doing basic exercises at work. So here’s why you should start exercising at work, and what exercises to do at work! … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Exercise and Exercises To Do at Work
According to Mental Health America, 1 out of every 20 workers is experiencing depression. Much of what leads to depression is work-related depression. Let’s take a look at what causes work depression, and how to deal with it. … [Read more...] about What Causes Work Depression and How to Deal With it
No one wants to be in a position where they're passed over for promotion, but this can certainly be a turning point in your career. So what do you do if you get passed over for a promotion? It may be tempting to act with an attitude and lower the quality of your work, but that’s an amateur move. What’s the best way to handle this situation? Don’t get pissed - work harder to get even by improving yourself. … [Read more...] about Passed Over for Promotion? Don't Get Pissed, Get Even
There are a number of situations where people might be asked to work for free, including: Internships Volunteer Work Test Work Before a Job Sometimes it makes sense to take unpaid work so that what results is volunteer experience for your resume. Other times, when people ask you to work for free, they’re just trying to take advantage of you. So how can you tell the difference? Let’s take a look at when it makes sense to work for free, and when you should say “No” to unpaid work. … [Read more...] about When Is it Worth it to Work for Free?
Networking events can either be a total waste of time or a goldmine of opportunity. It all depends on your focus while you're there and your follow-up afterwards. If you’re in sales, relevant industry or local networking events may be a great way to start a relationship with potential prospects. It’s hard to make a sale without trust, and it’s hard to gain trust without meeting with prospects in person. If you’re looking to change jobs or transition into a different industry, relevant networking events can be a great way to make valuable contacts that can directly or indirectly help you make your next move, career-wise. Regardless of your goal, it’s important to send a follow-up email after a networking event. But that’s not where your follow up should stop. Here are the best practices for sending a follow-up email after a networking event, and how else to make the best of your new connections! … [Read more...] about Why You Must Send a Follow-Up Email After a Networking Event
Regardless of what industry you're in (or want to be in), things change on a near-daily basis and you will want to learn something new every day in order to advance. Whether it's new knowledge or learning a better process for getting something done, it's important to stay current to be competitive in today's tough job market. If knowledge truly is power, then you should do your best to learn something new every day. It doesn't have to be hard, or boring. And it definitely doesn't have to take up a lot of your precious free time. Here are several different high-level ideas to learn something new every day, for any person in any industry! … [Read more...] about Learn Something New Every Day
It’s heartbreaking to think of the number of people who go to work day after day, year after year, and absolutely hate their jobs. Most people push down their distaste and apply themselves to “the grind,” hoping that someday they’ll magically fall into a job that they truly love. But finding your passion in life and working in a job you love is not something that happens by accident. The people who are working in jobs they love have worked hard to get there, dropping hints and making their true desires known along the way. If you’re wondering, “How do I find my passion?” and how to transition to a career that’s more in line with it, here’s what you need to know. … [Read more...] about Finding Your Passion in Life