• Giving Thanks for Happiness In Your Career

    by Robyn Crigger

    Being thankful for happiness in your careerOver the past two years, more employees have become more dissatisfied with their jobs and their employers. The key factor is “not feeling appreciated” and/or “not being given opportunities to grow, learn and develop” by their employers.

    Though I don’t like anyone to feel unhappy in his or her job, I would also not want anyone to change from a mediocre job to a miserable job. People need to evaluate the core issue of this problem. There are quite a few “bad employers” who are disrespectful of their employees or completely ruthless and cruel taskmasters. Therefore, I try to encourage the individual to evaluate his or her circumstances and determine if this situation can be resolved.

    Once I heard a person relay that “Work is WORK – not playtime. Therefore, people shouldn’t complain about work being hard.” There is some truth to that, but a person’s position also shouldn’t be demeaning as people are giving of themselves to that employer for 8 (or whatever) hours a day and being compensated. Therefore, if a person has selected or accepted a position to match his or her skills and capabilities for fair wages, what is the real complaint? Why did they choose or accept the position? 

    No job is perfect, so what is expected or wanted from your chosen career or position? 

    -        Are you able to use your skills and talents to benefit others? Then that offers its own reward.

    -        Are your working conditions fair/acceptable and safe?

    -        Is your employer respectful of you?

    -        Are you mistreated?

    -        Are you paid fairly and timely as you were promised?

    -        Are there other benefits that the employer provides? (i.e. insurance, vacation…)

    -        Has your employer made promises that have ...

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  • 13 Job-Search Tips for the Holidays

    By Debbie Kukla

    Surprisingly, the holidays are a wonderful time for job seekers! According to HR consultants and recruiters, many companies are not13 job seeker tips for holidays impacted by the holidays; business continues as usual. If an employer needs to fill a position, it will not make any difference whether it is November, December, January or June. Hiring is based on need, not on time of year. In addition, the holidays are a time when professionals may resign to take a new job that will begin in the new year.

    The holidays are also an opportune time to network because people tend to be motivated to help others as part of the spirit of the season. Also, holiday events are excellent networking occasions. With all of the religious, family and social events taking place, networking opportunities abound! This is a great time to expand that list of contacts and maintain impetus going into the new year. Tell people about yourself, ask for advice and contact names, and collect business cards to follow up.

    Following is a list of suggestions to help you maintain your energy level and confidence as you search for a new job during the holidays:

    1. Send holiday cards to hiring managers with whom you have recently interviewed and enclose a brief note reinforcing your interest and capabilities.

    2. Continue to schedule networking meetings to help you maintain a positive mental attitude, bolster your confidence, and maintain focus.

    3. Do charity work and volunteer your time. This will help you maintain a positive outlook and will present networking opportunities.

    4. Use holiday get-togethers with family and friends to remind them about your job search.  Articulate your ideal job and the type of work you are seeking.

    5. Research companies by reading articles in business sources, using www.zoominfo.com and www.manta.com to ...

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  • Changing Careers: What You Need to Know Before You Leave

    By Holly Ewart


    So you realize a few things about your job:  you’re in a dead-end job, you’ve reached your maximum potential at your current employer,What to know before changing jobs you’re not in a role where you feel challenged, and you’re nowhere near where you thought you would be when you “grew up.”


    Sound familiar? 


    Before you just leave your job, there are some things you need to first understand. Here are a few tips for when you are ready for a career change:


    1. Know what motivates you. Whether you decide to change careers either internally or externally, make sure you have a good handle on what drives you and what gets you out of bed in the morning excited. Look not only at your current position, but also at your hobbies—things you do outside of the 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. world.  Some of the best and brightest companies have come from people’s passions. Something to consider is taking a self-assessment of where your true motivation lies.


    2. Training and Education. Take a good, hard look at your current skill set and weigh that against what you are looking to do. Are you going to need to invest time and money into coursework or training for your new career path?  You may want to even invest in a course just to “test drive” if you really like what you are looking to get into.


    3. Networking. Though you may not know where to start when trying to enter a new field, it will be the people in your network—colleagues, friends, family—who will give you leads, offer advice on the best route to take to reach your career destination and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. After all, who knows you better than the people that you are already interacting with on a ...

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  • 6 Points to Improve Conflict Resolution

    by Mary Ann Gontin

    In my team building and executive coaching work, conflict is a topic that is frequently discussed. Conflict is viewed as a negative situation 6 Points for Improving Conflict Resolution by most people—but it doesn’t have to be that way. Conflict, when handled appropriately, can lead to creative solutions, improved communication and teamwork, and a greater respect for others. Conflict in business relationships usually is caused by disputes over resources or misunderstandings around expectations and commitments.

    The biggest mistake managers can make is to assume the conflict will just disappear. There are sometimes small conflicts that surface and indeed do get resolved very quickly. I’m not suggesting that at the first sign of a disagreement between employees managers should jump into “conflict resolution mode.” This post is about conflict that results in work inefficiencies, missed deadlines, errors or employee turnover. Too many times managers just hope it will magically get resolved—because they truly don’t know what to do.

    Here are six points that can help you more effectively address and navigate conflict:

    1. Change your mindset – Mary Parker Follett, renowned management theorist, suggested that we “think of conflict as neither good nor bad…not as warfare, but as the appearance of difference.” Conflict is part of the human condition so don’t waste energy complaining about it. Try to make it work for you and your organization.

    2. Set the stage – Tell those involved that it’s okay to have conflict but not okay to be disrespectful. Tell them conflict usually means people are invested in doing a good job, but may have different views or challenges to deal with that are unknown to the other person or department. Therefore, the goal is to get clarity and find better ways to work together.

    3. Don’t assume you’re hearing the whole story or know what’s ...

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