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Are you scared that you’re about to get canned?
There are a few telltale signs that things aren’t looking good for you. When you experience any of the following indicators it may be time to start preparing for the worst and looking for a new job.
And if you do get let go, it’s not the end of the world. Read on until the last slide for tips on how to bounce back.
When it comes to your career, do you feel like you’re making the right strides? Perhaps you’re experiencing a lull that can happen to the best of us. Hopefully it’s a temporary matter that will begin to disappear over time. Then there are things we do to ourselves that have the ability to damage our endeavors when left unchecked. Are you the one sabotaging your own potential? Here are some fixable habits that can kill your career.
Most of us know about the important professional to-dos in order to exceed in your industry. We know the game and how to play it. One thing that we need to keep in check are our feelings in the workplace. Sure there are times when we’ll slip (we’re human), but if you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again, it might be time to change your ways. Don’t let your emotions sabotage your career.
If there is one thing you never want to experience in your career it’s getting fired. Aside from being an embarrassing experience, it can turn your life upside down (for the time being) as it puts a dent in your finances. Should you have to go through this, pray it’s swift and you bounce back with a better job. Hopefully management knows how to break the news. Check out these out-the-box things a boss can say when they fire you.
At some point in your life you’re going to want to step up your game when it comes to your career. It’s great if there are opportunities within your current job for you to consider, but if there aren’t, it’s good to know your options. The next question is how you plan to align yourself with these ventures? Sometimes you need to switch up your game plan in order to see better results. Check out these ways to enhance your career prospects.
What are your career goals? Do you want to be good at your job, or be a pioneer that paves the way for others to follow? Some folks are content with just getting by–and that’s okay so long as you’re happy with the end result. Not everyone wants to be publicly recognized within their industry, or make it to the executive level.
Should you want to be more than just another employee, this is for you. Here are some pointers how ways you can be a dominant force in your industry.
No you don’t need to adjust your computer screen. We’re taught at a pretty young age to stay in school, go to college, and find a job that makes us happy… and pays well. What parent wouldn’t want their child to do better than them? It’s no secret that some jobs pay well than others–which shouldn’t discredit them when it comes to importance. Does that mean we should consider employment opportunities that don’t give us a check? Here are some reasons why you might want to say yes to working for free.
How long have you been in your career? Do you consider yourself an expert? Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be some elder in order to be taken seriously. In fact, you should be making the necessary moves right now to be the go-to person in the office. Here are some pointers on becoming an expert in your field.
We’ve all been there. Nothing at work seems to be going right. Your projects aren’t exciting and you feel underappreciated at work. But it’s not time to turn in your resignation letter; it’s time for a different set of actions.
First get a hold of your emotions as best you can.
“If you’re feeling unappreciated at work, chances are your emotions are also running high. You may feel depressed, frustrated, angry, exhausted, or everything all at once…But you have to maintain your composure on the job or people will quickly lose respect for you no matter what the circumstances,” reports Untemplater.com. “So if you feel like you’re about to explode or burst into tears, take a walk outside and get away from everything for 5-to-10 minutes to cool down.”
Put your bottled-up energies into another project–or another person. Mentor someone. Mentoring a junior executive within your company can re-energize your own work. “If you have a number of years of experience in your field, you can increase your job satisfaction by passing along your experience to employees who are newer to the organization. There is fulfillment in helping others, and mentoring other employees can make your time at your current job more enjoyable,” certified career coach Cheryl E. Palmer, owner of Call to Career, tells MadameNoire.
Go back to school. Being in a learning environment can be exciting. “Use a company-sponsored tuition reimbursement program to your advantage. If your company offers tuition reimbursement, take classes that will enhance your resume. You might consider getting a certification in your field since certifications have become very common in many fields. If you do not yet have an advanced degree, you might consider using the tuition reimbursement program to obtain that degree to increase your marketability,” says Palmer.
Be a better co-worker. Reach out more to your fellow employees. Also take stock of your relationships within the office. Do you treat everyone with courtesy? “Have you stopped to think if you’ve been a lousy coworker lately? How you interact and communicate with your colleagues could have something to do with why you’re feeling unappreciated at work. When was the last time you held the door for someone, said hi in the hallway, or used ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in your emails and conversations?” reports Untemplater.com. Taking the initiative to have a better attitude and be a better neighbor — without becoming the office go-to person for every little thing — could help highlight your other professional accomplishments.
Boost your personal life. Sometimes we get so caught up in work so when that area of life is going bad, it seems like all else in your world is as well. So re-balance the scales. “Cultivate a source of self-esteem and recognition outside work. Build yourself up before you get to work with healthy relationships and fulfillment in your personal life. Recognize that your job does not define you, so your joy cannot be tied to it,” certified professional coach Stephanie Barnes Taylor, CEO of The Fruition Group, tells us.
Maybe your work has become too routine. It could be time to take on more responsibility. “Make your job more challenging and fulfilling through creating new opportunities within your current job description. Commit to continuous improvement as a method of increasing marketability and personal growth. Use community service as a vehicle for building skills needed to make you more effective on the job. If there is not an opportunity to grow, create one through networking and relationship-building,” suggests Taylor.
So if changing the job isn’t the solution, try to bring a new “you” to work.
In our happiness for landing a new job and breaking the chains from an old one, it’s easy to overlook things worth taking note of. Before you instantly say yes, here are some important costs you might want to consider with that new job.