Rate Your Workplace Happiness

This is the time of year when new initiatives are starting, bonuses are often paid, and things get into a routine at work.  It’s a perfect time to look at your workplace happiness.  Do you “love” your job?   If not, it might be time to take inventory and consider your options.
Workplace Happiness
More than a third of all workers are planning to move to a different job during the next year.  Will a new job live up to expectations, or will they be back to hunting the perfect job in just a few months?

Evaluating Your Job Happiness

Before jumping ship and switching jobs, look inside yourself and evaluate what exactly you are unhappy about.   What criteria do you need to use to make sure the next job makes you happier?   Is there anything you can do to improve your job happiness with your current employer?

Personality

Take your personality into consideration. Do you enjoy social interactions and communication or is working with smaller groups or by yourself more your thing?  Can you concentrate for long stretches of time on a single thing, or do you like constant change?   Is your current occupation using your strengths or tugging at your weaknesses?

Understanding your personality traits will help you to recognize which working environments are best suited for you.  Work environment plays a big role in your happiness at work.

Skills

Next, let’s look at the skills you enjoy using.   Do you like to work with numbers or words?   Do you like to do research?  Are you a problem solver?   Are you strategic?   What skills make you feel energized when you use them?  What skills drain you?

Work Requirements

All jobs have requirements and we might not like all of them, and it is something to take into consideration when looking at a new position.   Do you like working 9-5 or do you want more flexibility?   Do you want to set your own schedule or work when you are assigned?  Do you want to come into an office or work from home? Are you required to do mandatory overtime?  How often do you have to stay late?

Studies have found that people who work 40 hours or less are usually happier than peers who are working 40+ hours.   If you work long hours you have less time for family and friends.  Unrealistic work demands can decrease employee happiness.

Challenge

Do you have the opportunity to learn new things?   Does your current job challenge your mind on a routine basis or is it routine?   Most people enjoy a bit of challenge.

Money

Some of the happiest employees make very little in comparison to some of the high paying jobs available.  You have heard the saying, “Money isn’t everything.”  While that is true, money is important.  You should be paid fairly for the job you are doing.  Wages and benefits have an impact on your happiness with the job.

While a six-figure salary may appear to make a person happy, if it eats up all their time and is constantly stressful it might not be worth it.  Many will pick a lower salary for more freedom and time away from the job.  Money is not an indicator of job happiness but is something to consider.  More money does not always make a person happier but being underpaid certainly contributes to job unhappiness. Only you can answer the questions regarding how much money contributes to your job happiness.

Other Factors

Other factors that contribute to job happiness include:

  • Relationship to co-workers
  • Treatment of employees
  • Job Security
  • Safety
  • Organization’s stability
  • Relationship with immediate supervisor
  • Communications
  • Culture
  • Future opportunities
  • Training
  • Support and recognition
  • and others

As you take inventory of these items and how they contribute to your workplace happiness, you might find you are not happy and want to make a shift.  Utilizing a coach for career guidance may help you find the perfect job that would be a better fit for your personality.

Let Me Help

If you need help preparing for the job-hunt, contact your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find for an Introduction Call.  I can help you create a resume that will differentiate you from the competition, develop a unique job search strategy, and help you to feel confident as you begin the interviewing process.

 

By |2019-05-06T10:10:28-05:00February 20th, 2018|career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on Rate Your Workplace Happiness

9 Things Employers Look For In New Graduates

Are you a soon-to-be new graduate looking for a job?

Many of today’s graduates are told they should look for jobs specifically in the area of their college major.   This is old advice that is no longer valid.

9 Things Employers Look For In New Grads

Skills and knowledge are transferable.  Graduates have a leg up on other applicants when they can plug their knowledge into different areas, show employers they are flexible and do the job regardless of their major.

In the past, people felt learning a particular skill was important for landing the job.  Now employers are looking more for the whole package.  Yes, you must have basic skills and knowledge in the area, but other things play a big role in the hiring process.

Employers Want

Employers look for candidates with:

  • A willingness to learn and try new things
  • An ability to work with others
  • Great communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Leadership
  • An ability to handle change
  • Responsibility and self-motivation
  • An awareness of strengths
  • An ability to think outside the box
  • A desire to grow with the company

Showcase Your Skills

Showcase what you can do and what you have been involved in on your resume. Don’t feel you are limited to work experience.  If you are a new grad, employers will expect to see college activities and leadership in such activities as part of your resume.

You might be surprised what the employer will find valuable.   I know a person with an engineering background that was hired because of their social media knowledge to help promote the company.  I also know a graduate who was scooped up by a radio station as an on-air broadcaster because he had worked for his college radio station and had a superior work ethic.

Keep an Open Mind

Don’t pigeonhole yourself into one certain job.  Keep an open mind when applying for roles and during the interview. Show the employer how YOU can be an asset to the company.

Need some help?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to create a resume that will differentiate you from other new graduates and develop a non-traditional job search strategy to help you feel confident as you begin your job search.

By |2019-05-06T10:12:00-05:00May 2nd, 2017|career search, Job Interview|Comments Off on 9 Things Employers Look For In New Graduates

Your Superpower vs. Your Kryptonite

The one question all successful people can answer immediately is, “if you had a super power what would it be?”. The question is asking if you know yourself well enough to identify your competitive advantage.

Don’t already know your superpower?

Ask yourself these 3 questions…

    • What is the quality you are most proud of?
    • What is the quality that makes you stand out against your peers?
    • What quality gives you an edge over everyone else

Once you answer these questions, you need to know about your “kryptonite”. On the other side of the coin, knowing your weakness can and should be used to your advantage.

When searching for your perfect job, seek a position that compliments your skill set and also accepts what you are not so great at.

Know someone who needs help finding their strengths and weaknesses?

Career Find specializes in helping clients ace the interview and land the dream job.

By |2015-03-11T10:00:23-05:00March 11th, 2015|career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on Your Superpower vs. Your Kryptonite

How Do You Know When it is Time to Look for Another Opportunity?

When we start a new job, we have a bright outlook and hope that we will enjoy the new daily routine most days. In reality, not all jobs turn out to be so wonderful. How can you tell if you are just in a rut or if it’s time to look for a new opportunity? If you can check off the following 5 job problems, it’s time to start looking.

You have a case of “the Sundays” every night of the week…

Even people who love their jobs can suffer from the “Sunday night blues”, dreading the week ahead. If you dread going to work every single day of the week, this is a sign you need to consider your options.

There is no chance for advancement at your company…

You might just be unhappy at your current position and need a new challenge. However, that new challenge may not be available at your current company. If you have inquired about another internal position without successful results, it’s time to start looking for another opportunity.

You need more flexible hours and the company cannot accommodate…

Everyone has life changes. Do you need more personal time to care for an aging relative or a new baby?  Whatever the case may be, flexibility at work is important for a healthy work/life balance. If your job is unable to accommodate this temporary need, you may have a choice to make.

You are underpaid with no change in sight…

When you are hired with the promise of increased pay and it doesn’t happen, you will find yourself in an unfortunate situation. Don’t stay at a company that undervalues your worth and gives you the run-around.

You don’t get along with your boss…

Whether your boss is inconsistent, a micro-manager or an evil dictator, lots of people can tolerate a great job with a bad boss. However, if you don’t enjoy any part of your job and you can’t tolerate your boss, it’s time to look for another opportunity.

If you can check yes next to all of these job problems, it is absolutely time to take a look at your options. Taking a leap into the job market can be scary. Don’t face it alone. Call a Career Coach today to help you get on the right path to job fulfillment. 

By |2014-05-20T12:54:46-05:00May 20th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on How Do You Know When it is Time to Look for Another Opportunity?

Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

It is easy to make an error when preparing for your job hunt.  However even little mistakes can be very costly, especially in a very competitive environment. Common misspellings aside, here are 5 common job search errors to avoid:

  • It’s not all about you – While finding a job may seem all about you, it isn’t for the employer. Your potential employers are looking to grow their business with the right team that needs the least amount of training and can help improve the bottom line. Instead of focusing on the “why I need this job”, focus on how you can provide value to the company.
  • You have on blinders – When you are looking for a job, don’t be afraid to interview with several companies at once. This way, you can be ready for any opportunity and are able to brush off disappointments that come along in the job search process.
  • You forget the Thank You note – If you are rejected for a job, you should still send a thank you note. What? Yes! By thanking the employer for the opportunity and wishing them well, you open yourself up for future opportunities within that company.
  • You forgot to double check your ‘real’ reputation – Only give out references that you’ve prescreened. Don’t forget to Google yourself occasionally because the person interviewing you will. Lastly, use your personal email on your resume, not your current employer’s email account. It sends the wrong message.
  • You don’t have a clear strategy – When submitting resumes for several companies or industries, you need to tailor every submission like it is the most important. Have a plan of attack to help keep yourself organized and on schedule in order not to miss a step in the follow-up job search process.
By |2014-04-15T13:27:02-05:00April 15th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, Interview Prep, Job Search, Resume|Comments Off on Top 5 Errors To Avoid While on the Job Hunt

How Much Importance are You Placing on Your Career Path?

Having a job you enjoy is great, but are you thinking about where your career is going? Planning the next step in your career is important to prevent hitting the abysmal “career plateau”.

When life events happen, it is easy to get distracted from your job and career goals. Here are a few tips on how to survive your job when great things are going on in your personal life…

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  • You Recently Got Engaged – Congratulations! How do you balance this new excitement and keep your career on track? Don’t get down on yourself for wanting to wedding plan while you’re at work, but set time limits for your internet searching to short breaks and lunch. This way you won’t feel guilty during work and your boss will be more lenient on your time off for wedding things. With this type of exciting life event it may be time to rethink your career path. Don’t hesitate to talk to a professional while sorting out the right path for your future.
  • You’re Expecting a Child – Congratulations! What an exciting time in your life! You have a lot of life changes ahead. How will this affect your job and your long-term career goals? While you are enjoying preparing for a child, take time for yourself to decide the career path you want to take after the child is born. With a plan in place you will feel more comfortable with all the other changes taking place in your life.
  • You’re Finally an Empty Nester – Congratulations! It’s a great time in your life to reevaluate your career goals and plans. It’s time to be selfish and accomplish what you have left on your list. Ready to go out on your own or start scaling back? Making a plan with a professional will help keep you on track and accountable to realize your goals.

Don’t be afraid to work with a professional to ensure your career is moving in the positive direction that works for your long-term goals, not against them. Contact us today for a free consultation.

By |2014-03-18T12:28:11-05:00March 18th, 2014|career consultation services, career search, How to Be Happy at Work|Comments Off on How Much Importance are You Placing on Your Career Path?
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