You’ve finally landed an entry-level job in your “dream career”. Awesome, right? Unfortunately, not for everyone. Whether you realize your dream career requires more working hours than you’re willing to dedicate or the tasks you’re delegated are uninteresting or just plain jarring, having a change of heart about your career path doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Here are four tips on how to switch career objectives without harming your personal brand.
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Congratulations! You’ve finally secured a new job, and now you want to start off on the right foot, making a positive impression on your new boss and colleagues. You want to be careful not to make any career-ending mistakes. So, what should you NEVER do when starting a new job? Here are 10 things to avoid from Glassdoor, the leading social jobs and career community.
Talk your way into the job you choose….qualified or not! Could you hear yourself saying….? “Sir, my goal is to succeed. I plan to do that by working hard to provide value and service to our clients and my co-workers. I will fall and stumble at times, however I am determined to use these opportunities to learn and improve myself. I would be honored to work with your firm and hope I am blessed with the opportunity.”
Today’s job market is unlike any other in recent memory for most of us. Certainly it is for me. As I point out in “’Headhunter’ Hiring Secrets: The Rules of the Hiring Game Have Changed . . . Forever!,” there are all new “rules” in today’s hiring “game”—and that’s precisely how you must look at getting hired in today’s job market, as a “game”—and what may have worked, say, just a few years ago to land a new job no longer works, in many cases.
If your holiday dinners fit any of the usual stereotypes, they probably include awkward conversations and a vow that you’ll never sit next to your creepy uncle again. But what if dealing with exhausting family members happened 40-plus hours a week?
If you want luck in your job hunt this fall, make your own luck, and develop it the way you’d train for a marathon. If that sounds like a lot of hard work and dedication, it certainly is.
Remember when you dreamed about becoming a movie star or an astronaut? Or maybe you wanted to design sports cars for a living or own your bakery so you could always be cooking something sweet? Your dream job as a child could make a comeback in your 40s or 50s – if you really want it to.
You’ve been reading all of the stuff online. Apparently, we’re supposed to feel badly if our job doesn’t immediately match our expectations. The key to happy work, we are told repeatedly, is to have workers who are passionate. A job is not worth having if your passion does not precede your position.
It is not useful to share these notions with the landlord or other creditors.
For most of us, the idea of having a job that finely integrates our skills, talents, curiosities and self-concept is just that, an idea. We go to work and try to move things in the direction of our dreams. It’s our job to make the work meaningful.
It can be slow going.
Whether you are a seasoned real estate professional displaced by the downturn, an old school media employee faced with the reality of the web, a union worker in Detroit or a soon to be recent college graduate, the problem is the same.
How do you bring passion and enthusiasm to the job you have when it is not the job you want? How do you make your job meaningful and what do you do if you can’t.
Here are some starting points:
The Stones said it decades ago and generations have listened, “I can’t get no…..satisfaction”. True for some in life and for many in work as well.
And who could blame us for thinking such a thing? We are constantly told through advertisements, TV shows and various other images all around us what we need to do or have to be satisfied. Show us enough of what life should be and we begin to believe we can’t get no….you get my drift.
The same can be said for our work
When I talk with people who are looking for work I get the sense that it is not just the change of employment status that is causing their anger and confusion. It is the sense that the entire way the employment contract works has been radically shifted on them. Many of our fathers and mothers worked for the same company for a long time, retiring after committing themselves to a lifetime of loyal and faithful service. That has somehow flipped into hoping we can get a contract job with a 30-day separation clause.
Over the past 20 years we have grown our economy by buying stuff we don’t need with money we don’t have from companies we don’t like. We bought cheap clothes at warehouse stores while bemoaning the loss of textile jobs in the south and Wal-Mart’s labor practices. We grabbed the latest deal on electronics at the local Best Buy while feeling robbed of solid high-tech jobs that were being shipped overseas. And many of us (me included) have participated in cost-cutting exercises at work only to feel a nervous shiver through our spine when we think about our childrens’ future.
As consumers we have demanded that things be cheaper, faster, better and more accessible. But as employees we are experiencing first-hand the consequences of those demands. It is what might be called a “total bummer”: Can’t I buy what is cheap, available and makes me feel good and forget all the other stuff?