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How To Efficiently Interview While Pregnant

December 10th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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Looking for a job can be an arduous endeavor, but when you are expecting a baby, that can increase the level of stress. You have more to contend with as you try to navigate your career path while also dealing with a life altering experience. There is the concern that potential employers won’t be willing to invest time in someone who will be forced to take a chunk of time off within months of being newly employed.

But the good news is that there are ways to make yourself marketable even if you are expecting. You don’t have to remain in your miserable position out of fear or desperation. You can search for something better suited to your skill set without waiting until you have given birth or even worse – until you are unexpectedly laid off.

Before you begin your search, be wary of your schedule by making sure that before you begin the process of looking for another job when you are in an ideal position to accommodate the hassle of multiple interviews. In addition to interviewing you will also have doctor’s appointments to manage. It can be tricky balancing all these activities without dropping the ball. If you are still employed, you don’t want to risk underperforming because of all the other stuff you have going on.

You also have to endeavor to seek out the best coverage. It goes without saying that when you are searching for a new job, you have to make sure they offer the right medical coverage to meet your needs. Your specifications change once you are expecting or already have children. It is also important that you verify whether or not maternity leave is an option and how long it will be compared to what you have been accustomed to. Be aware that most companies don’t give new mothers the choice to officially take time off. Company policies differ vastly so it’s up to you to do the research and ask the right questions so you are not caught off guard. As a starting point find out if the organization you are considering meets the requirements for Family Leave and Medical Act (FMLA), this typically means that you will most likely be granted leave after you give birth

Don’t take too long to contemplate your timetable. It is advisable to start your search as soon as reasonably possible. Obviously, it will be a lot easier if you begin the process during the early stages of pregnancy. You will have a better chance being considered without a baby bump even though according to the law you can’t be denied employment based on the fact that you are pregnant. But if you are really serious about finding another position, it is advisable to get a head start so that your growing condition doesn’t hamper your ability to convince employers that you are the right candidate for the job. The unfortunate truth is that if you are visibly pregnant, you may be passed over, even if you are the best qualified, simply because you might be seen as a future inconvenience. They may not want to risk hiring someone who will need to take a significant time off sooner rather than later.

Finally, you will find yourself pondering whether or not you should disclose your pregnancy to potential employers especially if you are not showing yet. Of course this decision is a personal one and depends on what you are comfortable with. However, it might be best to be honest about your condition so as to alleviate the stress that comes with trying to be secretive. At the end of the day, it will become obvious that you are in fact pregnant. You could choose to make it known during the initial phone screening to get it out of the way or you may decide to wait until you are further along in the process. Either way, you don’t want to give the impression that you have a tendency to be dishonest so whatever you decide to do, make sure that you are open and honest in your approach.

9 Things You Should Not Do When You Make A Mistake At Work

December 4th, 2014 - By Taylor Gordon
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No one’s perfect.

We can all expect to make a mistake, or two, or three during our careers. Since errors aren’t 100 percent avoidable, how we handle them shows what we’re really made of. Are you reacting to your mistakes in the best way?

Keep reading to find out what NOT to do when you trip up at work.

10 Tips To Help Introverts Shine At Work

December 1st, 2014 - By Taylor Gordon
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Do you have introvert tendencies? Me too.

People who lean closer towards introvert are often assumed to be less desirable employees than outgoing extroverts. Some assume that thriving off of social settings is what leads to success and that’s not really an introvert’s forte.

However that doesn’t mean we can’t shine at work. We have just as much to offer. Here’s how to rock your career when you’re somewhat of an introvert.

10 Warning Signs Your Boss Is About To Fire You

November 25th, 2014 - By Taylor Gordon
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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.

Do You Blame Yourself? 10 Habits That Can Kill Your Career

November 13th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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.

10 Ways Your Emotions Can Sabotage Your Career

October 30th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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.

Just Hand Me My Pink Slip: 10 Crazy Things Bosses Say When They Fire You

October 30th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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.

10 Ways To Enhance Your Career Prospects

October 16th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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.

Your Name Preceeds You: 9 Ways To Dominate Your Industry

October 15th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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.

Come Again? 9 Reasons Why You Should Consider Working For Free

October 15th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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.