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3 Tips for Settling Into Your First Job

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You’ve just started your new job at a big engineering firm, fresh out of college.

You go in with an attitude of part-anxiety and part-excitement to show off your youthful energy, even though you know that almost nothing that you learned in the last four years is going to be put to use at this job.

The last four years wasn’t a waste, though.

You’ve learned how to procrastinate like a pro, how to take an exam with a solid three hours of sleep, and of course: How many beers it takes you to start singing karaoke.

But this is the real world. You’re a little fish in a big corporate pond, and you’ll be working alongside people that have been working in your industry for longer than you’ve been alive.

Confidence can be hard to come by at the beginning, but I assure you, with these ideas in mind, you’ll have a great mindset going in. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Questions to Find Meaning in Your Work

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From 2002 to 2012, I shared my life with the four-legged love of my life, a Czechoslovakian Shepherd named Kona.

He meant everything to me, and I wanted to give him the best of everything!

However, almost from the day of his birth, Kona had health challenges, all of which were serious but treatable.

When I say “treatable,” I mean, extremely expensive to treat.

In the first 18 months of his life alone, his vet bills cost over $10,000 – and every year, they skyrocketed.

Now, during those 10 years, I was very fortunate to have a job that paid me enough to cover my own needs and all of Kona’s vet bills. But the workplace environment and office politics were at times emotionally and spiritually draining. Yet, I chose to continue working at this job in order to give Kona the best possible care I could afford.

Along the way I had to find a way to make it easier — notice I said easier, not necessarily easy — to show up and do the work. Click Here to Read Article …

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Your Lunch Hour Guide: 7 Tips to Make the Most of It

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For many of us, the working day can become monotonous, and this can really hinder our productivity.

A lot of us have tasks that need to be completed before the end of the day — having free reign over how to go about our work days is a luxury most of us just don’t have.

Our lunch hour is the one part of the day that is ours to take advantage of.

It’s a time we should be using to its full potential, and not just sitting at our desks eating lunch.

Through the years of working an office job, I’ve been exploring new ways to enjoy my lunch breaks instead of wasting the one part of my work day that I can call my own. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Handle a Career Transition

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Depending on why you are choosing, or have chosen, to switch careers you may be facing a variety of emotions — but it’s a safe bet that they will include both exhilaration and trepidation.

Finding your feet in a new field can take time.

That’s why it’s a good idea to lay the groundwork by taking at least one course that relates to the area you plan to work in, even if you’re just moving within a certain field.

Not only will this help acquaint you with any legal and professional issues you need to be across, it will also inform you about practices and information that might, at the beginning, be unfamiliar.

It’s important to choose a study program carefully and wisely. Online courses are very popular now, as they are flexible and can be fitted in around other commitments.

Use a good, comprehensive resource and make sure that you select a course that meets your needs and goals. Embarking on a period of study is also a great way to connect with others who will also be entering your chosen field, via online professional forums connected with the subject. Click Here to Read Article …

5 Ways to Talk Politics at Work

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“Don’t hug a boa constrictor” is absolutely good advice that you should always take.

“Pull the rip cord” is also solid guidance.

“Don’t talk politics at work” is pretty good advice in some ways.

Yet, democratic nations pride themselves on affording freedoms, including the freedom to express oneself.

Having and voicing viewpoints can develop richer workplace relationships that will lead to some solid collaborations.

Or, maybe talking politics on the job is just inevitable. Here are some tips for expressing honest opinions in a way that will help you avoid trouble and offending your peers. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Discuss Salary with Coworkers

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This article is not about asking for a raise.

It’s not about suing your employer.

Nor is it about negotiating a salary during a job interview.

It’s about the best ways to navigate the delicate topic of salaries when it inevitably comes up among coworkers.

Despite what you may have heard, it’s not something to avoid, just something to do with savvy. Click Here to Read Article …

9 Signs It’s Time to Change Careers

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What is your first thought every morning from Monday to Friday?

If you seem to toss and turn, hitting the snooze button while mumbling about how you hate your job or your life, then you’re probably one of those people who think a job is a deadly chore.

You are a miserable soul, and your job or career is sucking the life out of you.

Is it time for a change? Not necessarily.

Maybe the job isn’t the problem, in which case a job switch wouldn’t help much. On the contrary, you might feel that your choice of career has everything to do with your misery.

Here are nine tell-tale signs that your career is to blame — and that it’s time for a change. Click Here to Read Article …

How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 2/3)

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In the first of our series on effectively relating freelance experience on resumes, we looked at some of the red flags employers see in such experience.

One of the ideas we stressed was that you can get around these red flags.

The way to do this is by assuring the employer that you’ve developed the skills he or she is looking for.

Here, in part two, we take a look at how to do just that. Click Here to Read Article …

Your Guide to Getting Along with Coworkers

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In today’s workplace building a positive relationship with coworkers is extremely important.

Most employees spend at least 40 hours per week together, and the ability to communicate well and collaborate is key.

There are often times an array of personalities in the workplace, and it is important to be able to communicate effectively and get along well with everyone.

My business has allowed me to work with a variety of personality types and build relationships with our employees and clients. Click Here to Read Article …

8 Ways to Always Be on Time

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Are you always running late like the little white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland?

They say punctuality is a clear sign of professionalism, and I’m sure you’ve heard that many times before.

When you’re grown up enough to have your own alarm clock and you depend on it, being late is simply unacceptable.

It may be your own loss if you miss the first ten minutes of class or the dentist appointment or someone’s wedding vows at church.

However, when it comes to work, we’re talking serious business. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Create a Resume When You’re Self-Employed (Part 1/3)

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If you’re a freelancer thinking of crossing over into the world of traditional employment, or if you straddle both worlds, you have to think about presenting self-employment on your resume.

One might be tempted to take an “it-is-what-it-is” approach, just plopping the experience into your resume.

But because working at home or running a business of any kind is different from being part of an organization, employers have their own particular ways of looking at such work on someone’s resume.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll present a series on ways to incorporate your freelance work onto your resume.

Today’s post will focus on some of the potential red flags that employers sometimes perceive. Click Here to Read Article …

4 Reasons to Stop Banning Social Media at Work

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There is no denying that the typical office environment has changed over the last decade, with the majority of employees now sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods of time.

The once-seen boundary between work and life has become blurred, predominantly due to social media becoming increasingly utilized in business for marketing purposes.

For many employers, allowing for social media use in the workplace would be absurd.

In fact, 42 percent of employers prohibit workers from using social media altogether.

And perhaps, this makes sense, as social media is widely understood to be time-consuming, mindless and useless. Click Here to Read Article …

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