Are You One of the 55% of Americans Who Hates Their Job?

May 28, 2010

Imagine that. According to a report from The Conference Board, only 45% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs.  That means more than 1/2 of the working population spends the majority of their day dissatisfied.  (I won’t even get started on the word “satisfied”.)

That’s really, really sad.

If you hate your job, leave.

That doesn’t mean you should get up, walk into your boss’s office and quit (unless you have the financial resources to do so), but you definitely should be taking the steps that will get you out of there- NOW.

I saw now so vehemently, because your next job must be one you love.  No more wasting hours, days, months, years of your life on something that doesn’t make you happy.  And-  figuring out what that next job should be and how to get it could take more than a couple weeks.

If you’re not sure what to do to start the process, check out Forget the Parachute, Let Me Fly the Plane.   All the tools you need to start down the road to career success are in there, from figuring out what your next career should be all the way through how to get it.

The sooner you start, the sooner you’re free.  And more than satisfied.




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Your Uniqueness

April 26, 2010

I recently saw a post on twitter that referred back to an article on the AMA site about Peter Drucker’s teachings on personal growth.  It is an older article, but it’s relevance is timeless.  What stood out specifically was his statement about figure out your own uniqueness and applying it to both your personal and professional life.

Consider what’s unique about what you do, and in what areas you excel and contribute the most, both at work and outside of work. Focus on those strengths—your own core competencies—and find new ways to value and cultivate them. Odds are you can apply them to a variety of jobs, volunteer positions, and more.

Think about your life, both as it is now and where you’d like to be. Consider not just your work, but also your family, friends, interests, activities, and pursuits. Assess what’s working, what’s not, and what you might want to add or subtract to create more satisfaction and fulfillment.

This is one of the core ideas in Forget The Parachute, Let Me Fly The Plane.  There is something you were meant to do, something at which you excel.  There is a career out there that will fulfill you.  You just have to figure out what it is.

Many people spend their lives wishing they were doing something that mattered, something that made them happy, something that made a difference, or any other number of somethings.  Don’t spend your life wishing you were doing something else.  Figure out what that something is, and start towards it today.  There is no time like the present.

If you aren’t sure what career applies to your unique skills and characteristics, check out our e-book.  The information and exercises are designed to set you on a path to career fulfillment.


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Interviewing: What NOT to Say

September 29, 2009

There is a lot of information online about potential interview questions, but not as much about “no no” topics and comments.  Given that, we thought it would be helpful to have a “What NOT to talk about in an interview” list.

Below are some examples of topics to refrain from discussing.  To some, they may be common sense, to some a surprise.  To all, take note.

  • You were fired from your last job for violating the NDA, but who cares, NDAs don’t matter
  • How much you enjoy drinking on the job
  • You are planning on moving out of the country in the near future
  • You’ll sue anyone if they make you angry
  • You really need a job, any job
  • You beg for the job
  • You ask if you can wear pajamas to work
  • You got in a fistfight with a co-worker who disagreed with you
  • You discuss your previous boss’s personal problems
  • You discuss your religion and ask the interviewer to come to your church
  • You don’t have references because you never got along with anyone at any job
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Excellent Attention to etail

June 30, 2009

“Excellent Attention to etail”


That is what I thought when I read this line in the “Top Skills” section of a resume. Then I laughed at the irony of the only typo on the document.

Do I believe this candidate has excellent attention to detail? No. Will I contact this candidate? Probably not (only if other skills seriously outweigh the oversight).

There are 2 reasons for this. One, the simple fact the word was a typo tells me this person does NOT have excellent attention to detail, and I have the proof in black and white. There could not have been a worse place in the resume the candidate could have neglected. Second, the resume was sent as a Word doc. “etail” came up as a typo when I opened it, and had the sender spent a few seconds doing spell-check (or paying attention to the red underlines), it would have been corrected.

Going back to whether or not I would contact this candidate based on the typo, my concern would be that other highlighted skills are as real as the attention to detail claim.

If you are sending out your resume to prospective employers, always, always, always run spell-check. If you are making claims of excellent, be sure that the content in your resume supports those claims.

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Tips for Keeping Your Job

January 12, 2009

A few days ago, there was a link on the front page of titled Keep your job: A 10-point survival guide.   It was on the front page of the top headlines- highlighting the importance of the issue (and fear).  Fear about job security is everywhere, in all types and sizes of companies, throughout all levels of employees.

A few of the points stand out prominently.  They echo the advice we give our clients and are worth expanding on.

Keep your network active.
Your network includes people you have worked with in the past, met at conferences or meetings, friends, etc.  You never know who may know of an open position that is prefect for you.  At the same time, you will find that you can help those in similar situations.  Stay in contact!

Make sure your work serves the larger goals of the organization.
Be relevant.  This is advice we often give to clients. Take on tasks that not only directly relate to the company’s immediate goals, but go one step further and do the things that have to be done that no one wants to do.  Sure, it may not be fun, but it will serve to highlight your value to the company.  Another idea is to find solutions to problems the company has currently.  Or, go one step further and find the solution to a problem the company doesn’t know it has, especially money saving solutions.

Update your skills.
This doesn’t mean that you need to spend money on classes.  Stay current on industry trends and changes.  Read articles, blogs, websites.  Join industry related groups, and go to meetings, or participate online.  Even comment on blogs (this could help expand your network!).

The main point here is – do something.  Don’t let the fear freeze you.  Be proactive, find ways to learn more, add value and at the same time, make yourself more valuable.

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