Archive for December, 2010

Change is tough – Stop being miserable.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

One of my favorite bloggers has offered us this lovely gift of not only his wisdom but also his poetic talent. In this Seussical tale Kerry Patterson draws from his own experience (and all of us have similar ones!) to stop  perpetuating much of our own misery. You can download this story for yourself or your children:

“It’s Never Too Late to be Nice – A Parable from the Kingdom of Yabbit,” by Kerry Patterson

Network How-to

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

In her blog, “How to Build Your Network in 12 days Debra Feldman points us to the specific actions we can take to  develop an effective career network.   Some are basic, others are more advanced. All of the tips help us get beyond our current contacts and create more visibility of what we can and want to offer. The key is in our generosity.  Thanks, Deb and also Patra for sending me the link!

I Just Want a Job, “Money and benefits; I don’t care about anything else” Part 6 of 6

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I just need the money and benefits. I don’t care about anything else.

In this series I’ve been addressing some  responses I’ve received from people asking for help in their job search.  Its beyond frustrating for people in all fields and age groups. For too many it isn’t about furthering a career, they just want the money and benefits. This isn’t a bad thing at all.  Many businesses use a “seasonal” employment strategy, for example retail at holidays, swimming pools in the summer, or landing large contracts  to name a few.

When applying and interviewing make sure that both you and the employer understand and set realistic expectations. As soon as they don’t need your services, you’ll be looking for a new job. Employers need people that can deliver the skills and service, are dependable and have good work ethic. They understand and count on people that are not interested in moving up.

To prevent hearing, “Your overqualified” or “You’ll want too much money,” present the skills and experience that qualifies you for the work.  Be up front with the salary range you know is reasonable for the job and indicate your willingness to take it.  Those statements are based on people who left shortly after the company hired and invested in their training.  They don’t want to make another mistake and have to start interviewing all over again. So be honest with yourself and them in terms of how long you’ll be satisfied with this job and salary. Talk about how you will make the efforts to fit in with other workers. Ask questions to fully understand the tasks, responsibilities, work environment and supervisor style so you can make a mutual commitment.

Your next job doesn’t have to be the thing that provides all the meaning in your life.  Balance your work and the emotional energy it may take so that you can enjoy the other aspects of your life.