7 Ways To Impress A Recruiter On Your Next Job Interview !!

Recruiters and hiring managers have seen every trick and gimmick in the book when it comes to interviews. Sometimes they work – but when it comes down to it, whether you’re wearing purple stilettos stilettos or looking the interviewer in the eye, it’s the content of the interview that matters in the long run.

So what can you do that will really impress a recruiter? Ace your next interview with these tips:

1. Know your experience:

It’s amazing how many people stumble over what should be the easiest questions – you’re just talking about yourself! Look over your resume as you prep for the interview. Think about some of the most important projects you’ve worked on, what you liked and didn’t like about each job, and acknowledge some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced – and how you overcame them – in each role. Be ready to explain any “sketchy” details – leaving a job without another one lined up, gaps in work history, etc. You’ll have an easier time explaining and applying your experience when you know the basics like the back of your hand.

2. Know the impact that your experience:

One of the best ways to impress a recruiter is to quantify the impact you had in previous roles. Recruiters want to hear about what you’ve done and how you did it, but understanding the big picture and the impact of your work is also important. Be prepared to answer questions about outcomes – maybe a monetary savings, increasing efficiency, or an improved customer experience – and how your work played a role. Sharing outcomes lets the recruiter know that you’re able to follow a project through from start to finish and understand the big picture.

3. Apply your past experience to the job you’re interviewing for:

Take the challenges and outcomes you’ve already discussed and apply them to the role you’re interviewing for. It’s great to know what you’ve done, but applying that to what the company is currently doing is what will land you the job. Mention specific goals this position is intended to meet or qualities the organization is seeking (you can glean this information from the job posting as well as the initial phone screen) and discuss how you can use your skills to meet those requirements.

4. Have a conversation:

More often than not recruiters expect candidates to do most of the talking in the interview, but in a perfect world, the interview would be a conversation between both parties – after all, you’re both trying to figure out if you’re right for each other. Find something in common with the interviewer, and do your research on the organization to come armed with the information you need. Straight Q&A sessions can get pretty boring for recruiters, so you’ll stand out if you can get the recruiter engaged in the conversation.

5. Ask the right questions:

Keep the conversation flowing by asking questions that add value to the interview. Interview questions like these are great to ask in an early interview (i.e., your phone screening with a recruiter), but they don’t add a lot of value to the conversation in further rounds. Your interview questions should align more closely with what you already know about the job, and highlight the skills that you bring to the table.

6. Talk about the organization’s culture, and how you fit:

Most organizations showcase their culture via their website or social media. Do they post funny sayings, or pictures of community events? Or do they stick strictly to product offerings and marketing communications? Investigate these sites thoroughly before your interview to get a sense of how casual or formal you will be expected to operate both in the interview and if you get the job. By better understanding the organization’s culture, you’ll be able to provide better examples of how you’ll be a fit for their team. Company culture questions like these are a great way to bring this up in the interview.

7. Send a thoughtful follow-up note after your interview:

Pick out the most important points from your interview – whether it was something new you learned about the organization, a conversation topic where you really hit it off with the team, or a particular skill you might have forgotten to elaborate on – and send a short follow up within a day of your interview. You can use this note to remind them why you’re the best candidate for the role – based on your experience and your knowledge – not on tricks and gimmicks. Click here for tips and examples on how to write a job interview thank you letter.

5 Ways to Know if You’re Applying for the Wrong Job !!

The process of looking for a new job is quite seductive, especially when it comes to the application stage. When we see something we want to apply to we sometimes fall in love with the idea of the job title, salary package or amount of international travel. The seductiveness of a role can sometimes blind us to the fact that it’s not the right job for us. If you walk into the wrong job, you’re going to be unhappy. It’s just a question of how long it’ll take for you to realise how unhappy you are. The sooner you see the signs that a job you’re applying to is wrong for you, the better. Here are a few examples of such signs.

1.       Recruiter Doesn’t Say Much About The Organisation’s Individuals

If you’re job hunting with the help of recruitment agencies, don’t just assume that every vacancy they pitch to you is right for you. Always remember that a recruiter isn’t necessarily there to boost your career by putting your needs first; they put employers first in order to earn commission.  You should pay particular attention to what an agency says about an employer’s existing employees – if anything at all. A recruiter might brief you on everything else to do with the organisation but if they haven’t had any particularly positive experiences with the people who work there, they won’t want to say too much about them. If this is the case, that speaks volumes about what it would be like to actually work in such a place.

2.       Employer’s Response to Your Application

If you get a response from an employer you’ve applied to that’s always good but there may be something about the tone of the reply that doesn’t resonate with you. If there’s something you just don’t like about the response, trust your gut instinct and think hard about whether you really want to accept the invitation to the interview or assessment.

3.       The Feeling You Get When You Visit

When you get to the point of going to meet an employer, how do you feel when you arrive? How good is the person meeting and greeting you at putting you at ease? You can tell a lot from just walking into a company’s reception. Think about the level of respect the receptionist shows you when you arrive, because they really should be respecting everyone who walks in, regardless of who they are and what they’ve come for. They should be making you feel that you’re important to them, whoever you are.

4.       The Way You’re Treated During the Interview

If you’re not treated well during the job interview, that doesn’t bode well for the actual job. After all, the employer should be trying to sell itself to you just as you’re selling yourself to it. Its employees should be persuading you that this is the right place to work just as much as you’re persuading them that you’re the right person for the job. You know you’re being treated right in an interview if it takes place in a comfortable and presentable room, you’re offered something to drink and the interviewer is prepared.

5.       How the Conversation Goes

In the interview, did you feel that learnt what you needed to? Was the interview rushed? How did the interviewer behave towards you? Did they bother following up afterwards?

Once you put these different elements together you’ll know whether a specific job is likely to be the right one for you.

Five Job-Search Tactics That Work And That Don’t !!

One of the biggest problems for job-seekers is that the standard recruiting process is so broken, you can’t easily tell whether your job-hunting strategy is working or not.

When you fill out countless online job applications and hear nothing back from dozens of employers, you might wonder if there’s something wrong with your background.

Or, you might conclude that nobody hears anything back from employers after completing online job applications and figure that you just need to keep filling out applications until finally, somebody responds.

There’s nothing wrong with your background, but you can’t keep lobbing applications into the void and hoping that an employer will finally give you a chance.Filling out online job applications is the least effective way to get a job.

Here are five job-search tactics that work  and five that don’t.

Five Job-Search Tactics That Work:

1. Networking:

Networking is a fantastic job-search channel, but it doesn’t work quickly. You cannot view networking as a transaction, where you tell a friend “I’m job-hunting!” and they say “Great, I know someone who can hire you!”

Networking takes time and patience, and you have to be willing to give back as much or more as you get out of each networking relationship. You have to be ready to help your friends think through their problems when you meet with them. Everybody needs moral support, advice and introductions  not just folks who are job-hunting.

2. Consulting:

Getting your own consulting business card and networking your way into small consulting jobs is a fantastic job search approach, because it not only opens doors for you but also grows your muscles, confidence and income at the same time.

3. The Direct Approach:

The direct approach to hiring managers with your Pain Letters and Human-Voiced Resume is a powerful job search channel.

It takes more time and effort than typing answers into an online application form. You have to conduct research to write a good Pain Letter, and that is why so few people do it. That’s good for you if you take the plunge!

4. Recruiters:

Recruiters are a great job search channel if you have a recruiter-friendly resume. Your first step is to update your LinkedIn profile. Then, sign up to have recruiters contact you if they’re interested in talking with you about one of their open positions.

5. Temp-to-Perm:

Temp-to-perm means taking temp jobs to give you an income and a chance at full-time opportunities in your client firms as they learn how smart and capable you are.

If you take this approach, remember that an organization who uses your services as a temp cannot hire you as a full-time employee for free. It will cost them a search fee to change you from temporary to full-time status. Some employers will happily do it, and others will balk.

Five Job-Search Tactics That Don’t Work:

1. Online job applications:

Completing online job applications may be the worst way to get a job because when you fill out an online job application, you feel like you’ve really accomplished something  but have you?

Most online job applications never get seen  by human eyes.

2. Resume blasting:

You can pay a service to blast out your resume to hundreds of employers, but why would those employers want to receive your unsolicited resume out of the blue?

Their problem is not that they don’t receive enough resumes!

You can blast your own resume to many companies and some job-seekers do, but this is not your best job-search approach.

3. Job Fairs (with exceptions):

Job fairs used to be a great way to get hired and, of course, to hire people. I hired scores of people through job fairs, but these days many recruiters who attend job fairs merely sit at their company‘s booth and don’t talk to candidates.

What’s great about job fairs from a recruiter’s perspective is that you can talk to a lot of people quickly and determine whether it makes sense to invite them back to the company’s facility for a longer conversation. If those mini-interviews are not happening at the job fair, what is the point of it?

Some recruiters attend job fairs but tell applicants “Check out our open positions on our company’s website.”

Why would a job applicant pay to dry-clean your business attire and pay for gas and parking to stand in a long snaking line of people just to be told “We’re not taking resumes today.”?

Some job fairs buck the trend and are very active and useful. In my experience, they are typically highly specialized job fairs for people in one function and/or industry.

4. Calling or emailing HR:

Some job-seekers make a habit of calling an employer’s HR department over and over or emailing them to say “Are you interested in my background?”

Those folks are deluged with calls and email messages. They cannot respond to all of them, and even if you reach someone live on the phone they’re not likely to say “Oh yes! I remember your resume.”

The days when that might have happened are long gone.

5. Waiting for employers to find you:

With the rise of social media some folks have taken to growing their blog or podcast audience in hopes of getting employers to notice them as emerging thought leaders and hire them. This a tough road to follow! Everybody is information-overloaded these days.

Even if someone from one of your target companies happened to find your blog or podcast, it doesn’t follow that they will contact you and say “I want to interview you!”

It’s much more likely that if they did contact you, they would want to interview you for the company newsletter or have you come and speak on a panel in exchange for a free lunch.

You have to be more purposeful and pointed in your job search intentions than growing a social media presence just to get employers’ attention!

Invest your precious time and energy on the most effective job search tactics, and leave the rest behind!

The 10-Step Plan for Career Change !!

How does it happen? Perhaps you just begin to lose interest. Perhaps you find something that interests you more. Perhaps your company is downsizing. These are just some of the numerous reasons people find themselves on that precipitous cliff looking back on their career just as the dirt begins to crumble beneath them.

Are you facing that career change plunge? Do you wish you were? Take it slowly and make sure what you really want to do is change careers. Then use this 10-step plan, and you will be on much more sure footing — and on a path toward career change success.

Finally, remember that career change is a natural life progression; most studies show that the average job-seeker will change careers (not jobs) several times over the course of his or her lifetime.

Step 1: Assessment of Likes and Dislikes:

A lot of people change careers because they dislike their job, their boss, their company. So, identifying the dislikes is often the easier part of this step; however, you will not know what direction to change your career unless you examine your likes. What do you really like doing when you’re at work, when you’re at home – in your spare time. What excites you and energizes you? What’s your passion? If you’re really unsure, consider taking one of more of these career assessments. The key is spending some time rediscovering yourself — and using your self-assessment to direct your new career search.

Step 2: Researching New Careers:

Once you’ve discovered (or rediscovered) your passion, spend some time researching the types of careers that center around your passions. Don’t worry if you’re feeling a bit unsure or insecure — it’s a natural part of the career change process. How much research you do also partly depends on how much of a change you’re making.

Step 3: Transferable Skills:

Leverage some of your current skills and experiences to your new career. There are many skills (such as communications, leadership, planning, and others) that are transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your new career. You may be surprised to see that you already have a solid amount of experience for your new career.

Step 4: Training and Education:

You may find it necessary to update your skills and broaden your knowledge. Take it slowly. If the skill you need to learn is one you could use in your current job, see if your current employer would be willing to pick up the tab. And start slowly. Take a course or two to ensure you really like the subject matter. If you are going for a new degree or certification, make sure you check the accreditation of the school, and get some information about placement successes.

Step 5: Networking: 

One of the real keys to successfully changing careers will be your networking abilities. People in your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. Even if you don’t think you already have a network, you probably do – consider colleagues, friends, and family members. You can broaden your network through joining professional organizations in your new field and contacting alumni from your college who are working in the field you want to enter. A key tool of networking is conducting informational interviews.

Step 6: Gaining Experience:

Remember that, in a sense, you are starting your career again from square one. Obtaining a part-time job or volunteering in your new career field not only can solidify your decision, but give you much needed experience in your new career. You might also want to consider temping in your new field. Work weekends, nights, whatever it takes to gain the experience.

Step 7: Find a Mentor:

Changing careers is a major life decision that can get overwhelming at times. Find a mentor who can help you through the rough patches. Your mentor may also be able to help you by taking advantage of his or her network. A mentor doesn’t have to be a highly placed individual, though the more powerful the mentor, the more success you may have in using that power to your advantage.

Step 8: Changing In or Out:

Some people change careers, but never change employers. Unfortunately, only the very progressive employers recognize that once happy employees can be happy and productive again – in a different capacity. It’s more than likely that you will need to switch employers to change fields, but don’t overlook your current employer. Remember not to start asking about a job switch until you are completely ready to do so.

Step 9: Job-Hunting Basics:

If it’s been a while since you’ve had to use your job-hunting tools and skills, now is the time for a refresher course. Consider spending some time with one or more of our tutorials.

Step 10: Be Flexible: 

You’ll need to be flexible about nearly everything – from your employment status to relocation and salary. Set positive goals for yourself, but expect setbacks and change – and don’t let these things get you down. Besides totally new careers, you might also consider a lateral move that could serve as a springboard for a bigger career change. You might also consider starting your own business or consulting as other avenues.

Resumes That Work !!!

Do you believe that having a strong resume is important in landing a job or an interview? If you answered yes, then it’s time to rework your resume.

Although this post is geared toward job seekers, I believe that everyone would benefit from a resume redo once a year. Whether you are looking for a job or are content in your current position, it’s always a good idea to go through the exercise of writing your resume. Why? Because it’s important to you have a clear understanding of what you have to offer, what your expertise is, what successes need to be highlighted, and how to best represent yourself to others.

In reworking your resume think of yourself as the Product. And if that’s the case then your resume, along with your collateral materials, have to reflect your product’s personal brand. Gone are the days when your resume used words such as:

  • responsible for
  • managed
  • handled
  • led

Instead, your resume should be much more focused on your major accomplishments and the value you add for your employer. It should be skills focused and success oriented with quantitative results used whenever possible that demonstrate your impact on revenue generation, cost reduction, team building, problem solving, and relationship building.

Hard skills (years of experience, education) are what get you in the game. It’s the soft skills (accomplishments, how you work) that provide the differentiating factors when decisions are made between who to bring in for an interview and which resumes to delete.

Think of how you can “show” rather than “tell” your story. For example, if you led a team through a particular project, rather than state that you led a team on Project A, start with the result, the impact, and the benefit to your company.

A strong resume speaks to an employer’s needs and demonstrates how you can help them.

When putting together your branded resume, try to answer the following questions:

  • What are my assets? Hard and soft skills, job and life experiences, education, extra-curriculars.
  • What are my greatest successes? Quantitative examples should be used here to validate.
  • How am I different/better than my competitors? For example: language skills, international experience, awards, promotions, education.
  • What do I bring to the job/company that is unique? Brainstorm with others: co-workers, coach, managers, mentors.
  • What are the prospective employer’s greatest needs and how does what I offer help them? This is a great place to “show” by using examples.
  • What weaknesses or shortcomings do I have that might prevent me from getting the interview/job? How can I ameliorate them?

Your resume should be geared to the particular job for which you are applying. The more tailored your resume, the more time you spend customizing it, the better your chances at getting that call you’re waiting for.

5 Ways to Enter an Industry Without Prior Experience !!

Finding a job in an industry you have no previous experience of is one of the hardest career challenges there is. Employers can demand that job candidates have prior experience in their industry because the market allows them to. You’ve got to be really up for the challenge if you’re going to succeed. It’s difficult, but it’s not impossible.

Here are 5 ways to make the path to success a little easier.

1. Examine Your Motives:

Examine your motives and look harder at the purpose behind what it is you’re trying to do. People’s reasons for changing to a new industry are often related to the purpose of that industry. For example, many people are now interested in working in the “green” industries and it’s often the purpose behind those industries that lead people to them.

2. Be Clear on What the Appeal Is:

For you to be committed to breaking into a different industry, it must really appeal to you. Do your research to understand well what it is that this industry gives you that the others don’t.

3. Look for Shared Values:

Check out what values you share with your industry of choice. Different industries have different value-sets. For example, in certain industries the issue of safety is paramount. For engineers to be able to work in the environments they do, they must accept that the most important thing is not to endanger human life.

4. Understand What it is You Offer:

You need to be clear on the experience, drive and ambition that you have. At this stage you have no experience; you have no track record. What is it about you that’s going to make you more appealing than the other candidates?

5. Use Relevant Contacts: 

How can you use the people in this industry who you know? Use them to find out what the industry is like and also to arrange introductions to the right person. What you seek is honest, objective answers to your questions. You don’t want to go and enter an industry you have no experience of until you’ve done this sort of homework. At worst you will find out what you need to do to be more viable as a job candidate in this industry.

10 Ways to Re-Discover Your Career Passions !!

Are you bored at work? Do you often think about what else you could be doing but don’t really know where to start? If you are one of the many people at work who do not truly enjoy what they are doing and wish that they were doing something they were passionate about, read on.

It can often be difficult to identify precisely what you are passionate about and then once you know what this is, how to turn this passion into a viable, sustaining career. That’s why we’ve put together an easy-to-follow workbook on Identifying my career passions. You can also get more tools and advice to help you explore this further with our Career Passions toolkit.

To get you started, however, here are 10 ways for you to re-discover your passions now:

1. Use Employer Perks:

A great way of finding your passion is to try out new activities and experiences. The opportunity to do so could be right under your nose. Depending on the size of your current employer, it may organize lunchtime activities or weekend outings for its employees. Maybe staff members get vouchers for certain external activities or venues as part of their compensation package. Even smaller organisations may have informal special interest groups run for and by staff. Look into what’s available to you—you never know, your current job could indirectly lead you down a new career path.

2. Join a Club:

Just as there were plenty of clubs and societies to join at your school or university, there are also many such groups out there in the ‘real’ world now we’re grown up. In fact, there’s a club or group for every activity or interest area you can think of so there is plenty of scope for experimenting with different clubs to find something you’re passionate about. The majority of these groups are open to all ages. To find out what’s on offer in your area, check the local print and online press, look at notice boards in the supermarket or library, or ask neighbours and nearby friends.

3. Stop Being Passive:

Perhaps your passive interests could be turned into active passions. It could be that you’ve been fascinated by a certain subject or issue for a long time, but you’ve never involved yourself in any actual activities to do with it. Consider doing so, because it really could inspire you in coming up with new career ideas. For instance, if you love history but have only ever read about it in books, try volunteering at a historical museum or interviewing veterans about the War. This will give you a taste of what it’s like to involve yourself deeper in a subject you‘re interested in. Explore this article on Discover what your dream is.

4. Go on Holiday:

When we travel to somewhere we’ve never been before, we’re often inspired by the newness of our surroundings to try an activity we’d never do at home, or to go to a museum, historic place or conservation area that focuses on an issue we’ve never fully explored previously. Book a trip somewhere where there’s plenty of opportunity to try new things. If you enjoy something in particular whilst you’re away, look for ways to keep up your new hobby upon your return home, and see what it leads to. Think also about what you have enjoyed doing or visiting on previous holidays.

5. Revisit Your Childhood:

What did you enjoy doing as a child that you no longer do? A major reason for giving up childhood hobbies is no longer having the time for them once we go off to university or start full-time work. But if we can combine our old passions with our work, we get the best of both worlds, so think back to your childhood activities and reflect on how they could translate to grown-up careers. If you’re finding this difficult or want to explore this in more detail, why not go on a self discovery journey to re-discover what’s really important to you and what you really enjoy? See our self discovery toolkit for more advice and tools on this.

6. Get Feedback:

The people in our life know more about our passions than we realize. When we get passionate about something, our appearance and attitude both change. Our face lights up and our body language is more positive. The people who know us really well—such as close friends, immediate family and long-term colleagues—notice these changes. Over time they’ll also start noticing what triggers the changes. So if you don’t know, ask them. It might sound silly to have to ask someone else what you like, but if you ask, “what do you think I’d really enjoy doing as a career?” it sounds very natural.

7. Seek Professional Guidance:

Feedback from a career coach or guide can be just as valuable as that from our personal contacts. A career professional worth their salt will ask you pertinent questions and listen to the answers, before giving you constructive feedback. They  will discuss your whole life with you, which helps you to recall any hobbies, strengths and interests from different stages in your life that you may have forgotten about. To find a decent career professional, ask people you know who’ve recently made a career transition if they used a good guide as part of the process. You may also want to explore getting career guidance and advice through online communities and clubs.

8. Do Voluntary Work:

If you’ve found something you enjoy doing in your spare time but you’re wondering if you could turn it into a career and stick at it for the long haul, try it out in a work context. Look for volunteering opportunities around your chosen activity or interest and volunteer frequently over a substantial period of time so you get a taste of what it’d be like as a regular full-time job. Other ways to gain work experience in a new field is to work shadow someone who’s already in the profession you’re considering or to do pro bono work for your friends and family.

9. Return to School:

There may be something you’ve always wanted to study at college or university but couldn’t because you didn’t have enough money for the fees or you came under pressure from parents or teachers to study something else or pursue a particular vocation. Now you’re exploring the possibility of a new career, this could be the ideal time to do a weekend course or evening class in the subject that interested you in the first place and see where it takes you. Get in touch with your local further education college to find out what it has to offer or consider distance learning.

10. Experiment at Work:

Try doing different things in your current job. Your present line of work may not excite you but in most workplaces there’s always the opportunity to switch up your tasks and duties.  Speak to your boss about doing different types of work on a temporary basis or for just a few hours a week. If you enjoy the change, you may be able to pursue a new position within your current company where you’re doing this new kind of work all the time. There are many benefits to finding a new job in your old company in this way.

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15 Signs It’s Time To Switch Jobs !!

 Feeling dissatisfied in your job and not sure if you should start looking for a new position? How do you identify if it’s time to move on? There are several indicators that you can use as a determining factor.

Have a look at this list below and see if any of these signs sound familiar.

1. You’ve outgrown your job:

Maybe you started somewhere to learn about the industry you love, but now you’ve reached a brick wall? If you can’t use all your experience at your current job, then perhaps it’s time to find a position where all your skills are being utilised.

It’s unwise to spend too long at a place you feel that you’re stuck, particularly if you don’t see the chance to progress up the chain of command. If you have achieved all the goals you set out to achieve, then it may be time to change jobs.

 2. Your current job is not supporting your career goals:

Author of best selling goal achieving books, Victor Ghebre, gives a very poetic reason for the importance of setting career goals, “A career goal is like a compass on a dark and endless ocean and it guides your progress in the proper direction. Without a compass, you would be lost in the high seas.”

It’s important to set realistic long and short term goals, but to remain flexible to change. If you know what your career goals are but your current position doesn’t fit within this framework, it may be time to change jobs.

 3. Office dynamics – a toxic work environment:

There are several signs identified that can indicate that you are working in a toxic environment, these include things like widespread anger and frustration, workplace bullying being tolerated or admired, scapegoats being blamed, and dysfunctional relationships. Many of us have worked in a toxic environment before and more often than not, things don’t improve quickly enough for you to justify continuing to work there.

No one deserves to be treated unfairly all the time. If you work in a toxic environment, this can be a really great reason to change jobs.

 4. Little, or no job security:

The world is now a very different place to the workplace of decades past. As a result of globalization, outsourcing, contracting, downsizing, recession and even natural disaster, job security is truly a thing of the past. To a certain degree, no one really has total job security, but there is a difference between a competitive market and a company that is unstable.

If people are being hired and fired at whim, and you have to sweat each day wondering if you’ll be next, save yourself the pain and start looking. This may be an indication that you should consider jumping ship.

 5. Your salary is not reflective of your experience:

You can (and should) put up with a lower salary if there is some point to it, but staying at a company longer than you should for no good reason is pointless. A good salary policy is intended to act as a way to keep good staff in place at an organisation. If you feel that your company is not trying to retain you by offering you a package appropriate to your skills and experience, then you need to investigate other companies that might.

 6. You’ve already given your employer a second chance:

Sticking it out can be an admirable quality, but sometimes you just have to know when to give up. If you’re in the position of constantly making excuses for your employer, it could be time to consider leaving for good. If you’ve had the thought that, “This is enough!” more than a few times, you really could be beating your head up against a brick wall.

With all relationships, be them personal or professional – you’ve got to know when to cut your losses. Don’t be a martyr – if you know you’ve been in this position before – it may be time to switch jobs.

7. You have mastered your current job:

Have you simply stayed in your job too long? Have you come to the realisation that you’ve mastered it? Some researchers suggest that the typical worker masters his or her specific job over the course of three years.

These experts suggest that after three years, you’ve probably reached saturation point – maybe you’re capable of more. Changing jobs after that three-year span recharges the process, giving you the chance to gain skills more quickly for the next three years in a new position.

8. You’re not being challenged:

We may think that not having much to do at work would be a blessing, but anyone who’s tried it, knows that a position where you are not being challenged can actually be a curse.

Being challenged at work is crucial to job satisfaction. If we’re not challenged enough, we feel bored, restless, and unproductive.

You do need to strike a balance. If your job is too challenging – this can lead to constant stress.  Think about where your job falls on this spectrum. If you really feel under-utilised and it’s been a trend more than a circumstance, it may be time to find something where all your talents are being used.

 9. Your boss doesn’t inspire you:

They don’t need to be Ghandi-like, but your boss should be leading you in a direction that you want to go. Most of us have had the pleasure of working for someone who inspires us, and the displeasure of being employed under someone who makes our blood boil.

If you constantly put up with a situation where you are becoming frustrated, then this will definitely start to affect your work. Don’t let a relationship with a bad boss ruin your chances of getting ahead. If you and your boss really don’t click, and you question the way he or she is leading the team, this could be a sign that it’s time to say ‘adiós’.

10. Your employer is about to fail:

There are some signs that indicate that a company or a division is going down. People losing their jobs, managers and directors being shifted or given new titles, office basics being cut (“didn’t we used to have teabags in the kitchen?”).

If you can see that your company’s on its way to financial ruin – or worse – it’s probably a good time to find a new job. If you can see sure signs that your company is heading for trouble, make a plan – and fast. There is no need to go down with the ship; make a strategic move to jump while you still can.

11. Your life has changed:

Maybe your job is no longer suiting your personal needs. If you’ve recently started or added to your family, if you now have more home duties such as caring for a relative, or if you no longer feel compatible with your company’s working hours, it’s OK to give yourself permission to leave.

 12. You don’t have the skills you need to be a success:

This is a difficult one as it involves admitting defeat. The worst mistake you can make is sticking around in a job that you really lack talent for, because there might be something out there that suits you more. We can’t all be good at everything, and as we age and grow, we learn what we are skilled and efficient at. If you find yourself in this position, write a list of what you’re really good at and hone the list down. Investigate finding a position that suits your skill-set better.

 13. You already have a better offer:

If someone at a rival company or in a different field is making contact with you, offering you a better title, more suitable work tasks, or better money, or all three, then you would genuinely be doing yourself a disservice by not investigating this offer.

It’s important to consider your team’s needs before jumping ship, and no one is suggesting that you burn bridges, but don’t stay at your current job just because you feel you have to. If you already have a better offer – it may not be there forever. Take the initiative and switch jobs.

 14. Your company has questionable ethics

Codes of conduct or business ethics exist to guide the expected behavior of honorable employees, but much of their origination occurred for the same reason as policies.

Bad workplace ethics can range from how the employees are treated by the employer, how the employees treat each other and how the company treats its customers or acts in the marketplace. Poor ethics could be demonstrated in something as simple as poor workplace culture (no one helps to clean the kitchen or replace the ink in the printer, lots of unexplained sick days) to a company that constantly expects unpaid overtime of its employees or manufactures an unethical product in an unethical way.

Lapses in company ethics can indicate severe problems within a company’s framework. Or you may just be experiencing a clash between your personal ethics and the ethics of your company. Either way, in the long term, this can lead to major problems at work

 15. Your job is making you sick

Sickness can manifest as stress, sleeplessness, tiredness or high blood pressure. If you are experiencing factors such as no holiday leave, long hours and limited flexibility to live your life, it may lead to prolonged feelings of stress, sickness or pain. This can be one of the biggest indicators that it’s time to leave.

If it’s something you feel you might be able to work with your boss on, then by all means, call a meeting. Some workplaces are healthier than others, but what makes a healthy workplace?

If your jobs is not ticking those boxes, know that there may be better opportunities for you elsewhere.

Time to say goodbye

Staying in a job for too long where you are not meeting your needs is a bad choice. Not only are you limiting your own personal endeavours, you may be doing a disservice to your fellow employees and your employer. If you have experienced three or more of the signs above, then it’s probably time you started to think seriously about switching jobs.

Be brave! Find something that will suit you better, and this time next year you could be a lot happier.

10 Tips for Staying Positive While Job Searching !!

It is easy to become frustrated or disheartened during a job search, particularly if you’ve been unemployed or job hunting for an extended period of time. However, it is important to try to remain positive throughout the job search process.

Feeling positive will help motivate you to continue with your job search. Also, your positive attitude will come across during interviews and networking opportunities, increasing your chances of making a strong first impression.

 10 Tips for Staying Positive While Job Searching:

1. Create a Daily Job Search Routine:


If possible, treat your job search like a 9 – 5 job. Wake up early, take a lunch break, and end your job search activities before dinner. Creating a regular routine, and keeping your job search organized, will keep you focused and motivated. Also, setting a start and end time to your job search forces you to stop thinking about your job search in the evenings, and spend time focusing on other important aspects of your life, like your friends and family.

2. Find Time to Not Think About Your Job Search:


It’s easy to always have your job search in the back of your mind. However, excessive worry about your job search only increases your stress and keeps you from enjoying other aspects of your life. Set aside time each day to forget about your job search and do something you enjoy, like going for a walk (exercise is an important way to de-stress!) or going to a movie.

3. Volunteer:


Helping others is a good way to help you feel more purpose-driven. Find a volunteer organization that is related to your personal interests, or even to your career. Volunteer organizations also provide an opportunity for networking.

4. Join (or Start) a Job Search Club:


Joining an organization of other job seekers will provide you with much-needed support.

A job club can help you stay on top of your own job search, and may even provide you with job search tips and job leads. Look to networking sites, your local library, or your college career center for possible clubs.

5. Set Reasonable, Concrete Goals:


At the start of each week, make a list of specific, manageable goals that you would like to achieve. Perhaps you’d like to write five cover letters that week, or go to three job fairs. By focusing on small, achievable goals, you will feel more accomplished throughout your job search.

6. Celebrate Small Victories:


It is easy to focus on the negative during a job search, such as the interview you didn’t land or the job you didn’t get. Instead, focus on even the smallest wins. Be proud of yourself for getting a phone interview, even if you don’t get asked for an in-person interview. Pat yourself on the back when you make a new LinkedIn connection or someone comments on your blog post. Celebrating the small wins will help you focus on the positive.

7. Move On Quickly:


If you apply for a job or interview for a position, it is easy to become fixated on waiting for a reply from the employer. Yes, you should keep track of the jobs to which you apply, and you can contact the employer if you do not hear a response in a week or two.

However, if you do not hear any response, or if you do not get the job, move on. Simply cross that job off of your list and focus on the next opportunity.

8. See Everything as an Opportunity:


It’s easy to become tired of writing cover letters, going to interviews, and networking. However, try to think of each activity as an opportunity that will only make you a better job candidate. If you are interviewing for a job you don’t think you really want (or don’t think you will get), try to think of the interview as a chance to network and work on your interview skills. Think of each cover letter as the chance to hone your writing and editing abilities.

Simply thinking of tasks as opportunities rather than chores will put you in a positive mindset.

9. Focus on Your Positives:


When job searching, it is useful to make a list of your best qualities, skills, and accomplishments. This list will help you when crafting your cover letters and when practicing for an interview. Keep this list where you can see it, and review it regularly. Remembering what makes you a successful job candidate and a talented, unique person will help boost your confidence during the job search process.

10. Focus on What You Can Control:


You can’t control if and when an interviewer will call you back, or whether those networking contacts you emailed will provide you with any leads. If you feel yourself worrying about something that is out of your control, do something that you can control, such as writing and sending out a cover letter, or attending a networking event. By focusing on what you can do to help your job search, you will worry less about what is out of your hands.

10 Things to Consider Before You Say Yes to a Job Offer!!

Very few of us will retire from the same employer that gave us our first job out of school. While some of those job changes might be involuntary, due to a layoff or termination or other circumstances beyond our control, eventually, we’ll be the ones to say goodbye.

That means knowing when to stay and when to go – and being aware that it’s not always easy to tell the difference at first glance.

10 Things to Consider Before You Say Yes to a Job Offer

If you’re contemplating a job change, here’s what you need to consider before you make the leap:

1. Will you make more money? (Are you sure?)

Money isn’t everything, but you can’t enjoy much of anything without it – constant worry about finances has a way of taking the joy out of life.

While a higher salary isn’t the only reason to take a job, most people want to see a steady increase in salary over time. If your present employer doesn’t offer much in the way of regular raises your best bet might be to move on to greener pastures.

Of course, before you take the cash and run, you better make sure it adds up to as much as you hope. Compensation isn’t just a matter of what’s printed on your paycheck. Make sure you aren’t trading higher contributions to health insurance or other before-tax benefits for a slightly higher paycheck… which will go to pay for those self-same benefits.

  Use these free paycheck calculator to figure out what your net income will be.

2. What are you giving up by leaving?

Unless your job is truly wretched, there are probably a few things you like about it, even if it’s just the people you work with or an easy commute. Make sure you’re looking at all the pros and cons of leaving and staying before you make up your mind – even if, in the end, it’s a pretty easy call.

3. Is there room for growth in your new position?

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t want to change jobs every year for the rest of your life, but you need to know that you’ll meet new challenges and learn new skills, even when you stay put. Ideally, your new role should come with the possibility of growing into another, higher position at the same company.

4. Does the corporate culture feel comfortable for you?

Everyone has their own idea of a good time, and that’s as true professionally as it is personally. While you might look at an open-plan office and see one big party of creativity and collaboration, another person might cringe and go running back to their cube. If possible, ask to take a tour of the office during your interview process. Pay close attention to the physical space, noise level, demeanor and behavior of the staff, etc. Do you see yourself working well there, and feeling comfortable? There’s no perfect company, but there is a perfect company for you.

5. Do you respect the people you’ve met so far?

You can’t tell everything about your future co-workers by what you see during your interview, but you can get a general vibe of what kind of personality shines at the company.

6. Will you learn something new?

There’s no way to be 100 percent sure that you’ll love your new job, but if you can learn a new skill while you’re there, you’ll have moved the needle on your career, no matter what.

7. If you had to get a new job next year, would it be easier or harder than it is right now?

Let’s say the worst happens, and you hate your new job – or your new boss foolishly decides you’re not a good fit. Will moving to this new position put you in a better or worse place than you’re in right now? Ideally, you’re leaving your current role in order to move to a situation in which you’ll gain experience, knowledge, skills, and a positive brand association that will help you in your career long after you’ve left your next job.

8. Why do people leave jobs at your prospective employer?

You hate stress, but this company is famous for making grown men weep in the middle of the office. You value diversity, but everyone who stays long enough for their stock to vest hangs out at the same alumni club. If you want to know whether you’ll be happy and successful at a job, look at the folks who left… or were forced out. If you resemble them more than the people who stayed, you could be in trouble.

9. How’s the company doing?

Your new employer could be the perfect place for you, and your new job the ideal role – but if the company isn’t around long enough for you to get your first review, it won’t matter. Do your due diligence before accepting an offer. If the company is public, you may be able to glean some information on their financial stability from public filings and reports.

You can also dig up some information with a simple Google search and perusal of their social media mentions. Bearing in mind, of course, that electronic gossip is likely to be as complete a picture as the old-fashioned kind that takes place around the water cooler – which is to say, it isn’t. That’s OK, though: you don’t need to know everything. You just need to get a sense of whether there might be trouble ahead.

10. Where will you go after this job is done?

Just as your last job wasn’t, well, your last job, neither is this one likely to be. Make sure that your next step leads in the right direction, and not into a corner. Careers can and do zigzag, but you need to be able to keep moving.