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Preparing For A Job Interview: What You Need To Know

When it comes to looking for a new job, the percentage rate of reaching the interview stage is unfortunately very low. But, when you do land an interview for an organization, you’ll likely feel like you’ve won the lottery. Of course, you haven’t actually got the job yet; you still need to meet your potential new boss and convince him or her why you’re the model employee they’ve been waiting for.

So, how do you impress your interviewers at the interview? Here are a few tips to give you some help and inspiration:

Dress for success

Let’s face it: first impressions count when you meet someone for the first time. If your potential new boss thinks that you look like you’ve just stepped off the beach, they aren’t likely to shortlist you for the job.

That’s why it makes sense to dress for the occasion. Many people often get confused about what they should wear for an interview. In general, you should wear smart, formal clothing. The worst that can happen is that you feel overdressed for the occasion. But, at least it shows that you’ve made an effort to impress those that are considering hiring you.

Research and memorize key facts

One of the questions that you are likely to get asked at the interview is “how much do you know about the company?” and, of course, the job itself. With that in mind, you need to spend some time learning about the organization’s history, mission statement, and what they do. You’ll also need to remember what your likely roles and responsibilities will be in the job.

The sad truth is that many people crash and burn at the interview stage because their minds go blank out of fear or anxiety. To avoid that happening to you, it’s important you can remember key facts and information about the company and your role within it.

There are many strategies for getting this information to stick in your brain. One fun way is to create a match-up quiz on WordMint and print out a few copies. Doing so will help you both visualize and memorize the answers to important questions.

Know where you are going

No-one wants to be late for an interview because they can’t find where they are meant to be going! Before the big day, take a trip to the location where your interview will be held. Make mental or written notes of landmarks to help you memorize the route to the all-important destination.

You should also factor in traffic jams, especially if your interview is likely to be during a peak traffic period. Google Maps can help you determine when you should leave your home so you can get to your interview in plenty of time.

Print out a copy of your resume

Last, but not least, you should print out and take a copy of your resume to the interview. It can be a useful resource if you get asked to fill out any forms at the time, or if one of your interviewers wants another copy of it.

Good luck!

P.S. If you’re on the job hunt, I recommend finding ways to reduce stress in other areas of life. Here’s my budget friendly meal plan for busy seasons!

Career Satisfaction: What You Need To Know

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Career satisfaction is an extremely important element of your career, no matter what you do or who you are. If you’re doubtful about the level of career satisfaction you have at the moment, now could be a good time to assess your work and how you feel about it.

Below, let’s chat about a plan for evaluating career satisfaction and what you can do if your current role is falling short…

Know Yourself and Your Values

You need to know yourself and your values if you’re going to ensure you’re working in a job  in alignment with what’s meaningful to you. Think about what you like and what you don’t like.

What are your values? What makes you want to show up at work every day and do a good job? 

Identifying these values will help you pinpoint what to look for in a new role or what you need to work on in your current role.

Do Your Research On Jobs That Meet Your Expectations

If your current role just isn’t matching up with the values you’ve identified, it’s time to do some research on jobs that might.

There are a lot of great quizzes and tests online that can offer insight about potential careers. (Everyone seems to be into enneagrams lately…delving into what makes you tick personality-wise is also a wonderful place for brainstorming!)

[Related: If you find out that social work is a great match for you and your values, looking at online courses on msw online could be a way to get started on your ideal career path.]

A professional career counselor is another option if you’re coming up short on your own. Book an appointment and be as honest as possible about your likes and dislikes, working style, personality/disposition, and values. 

Know What Kind Of Trade Offs You’re Willing To Deal With

Every role has trade offs that you’re going to need to be prepared to deal with. For example, a job you truly love may mean having to work super long hours, or not being able to leave work at work when you get home.

By knowing what you may have to deal with in terms of negatives, you’ll have realistic expectations for any role you take on and far more satisfaction.

Do You Feel Appreciated In Your Current Role?

Reports say that many workers end up resigning from their jobs because they don’t feel appreciated enough. If you’re not feeling appreciated in your job, it’s likely your performance will suffer.

Think about the contribution you’re making to the workplace and whether you believe that you are being recognized and appreciated for that work. What did you identify as the thing that makes you want to show up and do great work? Is this exchange happening? 

If not, it could be time to consider speaking to your superiors or HR about your concerns.

Keep in mind, cultivating a happier life outside of work can impact productivity and provide a happier outlook while in the workplace. However, is this isn’t cutting it, you can take the bull by the horns job-wise. Career dissatisfaction doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Make it a habit to evaluate your position against your values on a regular basis. If your role isn’t stacking up, speak up and make a change. Whether that means asking about a raise, taking on new responsibilities, or going on a job hunt; the choice is yours.

P.S. More on job satisfaction HERE and how to cultivate a mindset of success.

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3 Actions to Take if You’re Falling Out of Love With Your Job

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Does your job keep you up at night because you’re thinking about the horrors the next day will bring? Does the thought of clocking in give you a queasy feeling? If so, you may feel as though you’re trapped, but I’m here to tell you that there is a way out. 

Falling out of love with a job happens. Here are some ways to break free — 

BRAINSTORM your perfect job

A wise person once said if you can find something you care about and mix it with something you love doing …bada bing, bada BOOM… you have found your perfect job. Sadly, not many of us approach our career in this way, and this is often what leads us to get stuck in the first place.

Luckily, there’s still time to work out what your task preferences and passions are in terms of work. This will help narrow down the field. For example, you may feel passionately about educating others and facilitating learning, while the sorts of tasks you enjoy involve visual creativity. If so, then a suitable combination might be an art teacher or a graphic design artist that works in the education sector. In terms of freelance work, you may want to explore creating infographics. 

What this example demonstrates is how identifying your passion and your preferred tasks  will put you in a much better position to brainstorm jobs which combine the two. Making the work meaningful AND rewarding.

FIND your perfect job

Of course, once you have a perfect job to work towards, you need to plan how to get there. This may involve starting a job hunt as you inch towards a completely new career. It could also mean speaking to your superior about taking on tasks at your current job that better fit the bill. 

If seeking further education is necessary to make your perfect job a reality, some great options that allow you to work while you do so. Just a quick google search for options in my own area led me to the online degrees available at https://businessdegrees.uab.edu/ but there are options all across the world.

Another great way to find them besides a google search? Seek out someone employed in your perfect job and ask them the steps they took to get there! Do they recommend a specific school or certification? Most people love talking about themselves so don’t be shy. 

CREATE your perfect job

Finally, if you are falling out of love with your job, starting a side hustle (lots of great ideas suggested here –  https://www.ryrob.com/ or your own business can be a fantastic idea.

In fact, doing so could provide you with the opportunity to see if the combination of your passion and preferred tasks are actually a good fit, as well as giving you the chance to work towards something that has meaning for your life and that you control.

A few years ago, I realized I was passionate about helping small businesses communicate their brand and that I loved writing and creating marketing materials. Unfortunately, I was already employed at a job I wouldn’t describe as perfect. Instead of looking for a different job that would fulfill my passion + preferred task criteria…I just started doing it. I found businesses and people to work with, offering my services until I found a way to make it stick. At the time, this side hustle was a perfect way for me to stay in love with the not-so-perfect job. And now, I KNOW that combination is a good fit! 

So, if you find yourself falling out of love, make the first move. Ask yourself – What do I care about? What do I love doing? The rest will follow if you let it!

Have you ever fallen out of love with a job? What did you do? Are you dealing with this now? Sending you love and motivation! xoxo