Monthly Archives: December 2009

Are You a Workaholic?

If you work for long hours, spend short time at home and get only a few hours of sleep, it is pretty likely that you are a workaholic. You love spending more time in office and even bring some of the office work home. You are unable to go on vacations and meet the friends in your social circle. The only hobby that you have is work. It means you are a workaholic. You immediately need to avoid being a workaholic.

As compared to other nations across the globe, Americans have a work-hard culture. Problem actually arises when you start living to work and more important things like your family and friends are neglected. People in America are spending more and more hours working than they used to do in earlier years. According to a study, 40% people in America do not even bother to go on vacations. Many of these people think that they will probably lose the job if they go on vacations. They have the fear that someone else will replace their positions in the workplace.

Technologically too, we face problems. We live our life in an environment which is constantly connected via e-mails, fax machines, cell phones, digital assistants etc. Therefore, employees or workers can scarcely manage to take some time away from work.

There are financial reasons as well. We become workaholic because we measure success in terms of materialistic pleasures. Most of the Americans find themselves busy doing multiple jobs at one time. They do it to keep their families away from poverty. When we work more and more for financial outcomes, we become workaholic.

There can be other reasons for people becoming workaholic. No matter how we suffer from workaholism, it may lead to the destruction of families and bring a host of health related problems. It is definitely a time for intervention when you start living to work and when the sole purpose of your life is to work. Workaholism can really take its toll on our families and relations.

Working hard and being a workaholic are two different things. Workaholic may not have time for families and relations. However, hardworkers are aware of the boundary line that exists between work and personal time. Therefore, it is essential to detect the signs of workaholism and work towards improving the situation.


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Using Social Media to Find a Job

Social media has become a wonderful tool for finding jobs you love. To make the most of it, jobseekers, candidates and students need to use this platform effectively. Candidates should know about the dos and don’ts of using various social media platforms like the Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Linked In etc. Equipped with tips and suggestions, candidates can really be able to build a foundation that is required to use social media to their benefits. Given below are some tips.

Why it Matters
Social media plays a vital role, as the information you put on the internet lasts forever. Whether it is text, a picture or a video, everything stays on the internet forever. Thanks to the ever evolving search engines, they are able to make your content searchable on the internet.

Who Searches Online
A variety of professionals and people do their research online through social media platforms. They can be hiring managers, colleagues, potential clients, potential mates etc. All these people can reach your profile by searching the online.

You Can Use Social Media to
While using the social media platforms, you can not only find out information about careers, but you can also learn about companies and their work culture. Knowing about the work culture of a company can help you make the decision whether you would like to work there or not. On these social media platforms, you can also get in touch with professionals who belong to the industry you are interested in. And you always have the opportunity to keep your network growing.

Dos and Don’ts of Using Social Media Platforms
To effectively use a social media platform to find jobs, you also need to be aware of the things that you should do and those that you should not. If you are using the platform to find a job, do not put inappropriate pictures of yourself on the internet. Before putting anything out there, give it a thought, as whatever you do online is forever.

Another thing that you should not do is never write nasty things about someone else. Or do not raise a mean issue on social media platforms if you are using it to find jobs. And finally, do not lie.

Remember, you need to give in order to take something. The same applies on the social media platforms as well. And always be quite aware of how you brand yourself on these platforms which may include Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, Linked In etc.

Building or managing a profile on social media platforms like these does not cost you money. So, put in some sincere effort, take sincere interest in your contacts and spend time with your contacts to build credibility on the network. If you want to receive recommendations from someone else, also be ready to give recommendations.

Keep your profile up-to-date, participate in discussions, ask questions, answer questions and send notes to contacts. Do not try to oversell yourself. Don’t spam. Don’t gossip. Just be genuine.


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Why Do Mid-Career Pros Need Career Counseling?

So, you are not able to decide whether you should stay there or move on? You are unhappy and stuck at work, right? It means you need guidance. If you are stuck up in situations like these, you can always seek guidance from a career counselor. Today, you can find hundreds of free career tests and career assessment tools on the internet. A career counselor or free online career tests help you deal with important issues like career planning, career change, career shift and career development. These free tests will enable you to know your strengths and weaknesses. As a result, you will be able to make well-informed decisions about your job or career.

But, it is essential to listen to the signs –

Lack of clarity about work related issues
Dissatisfaction with the current job or career
Feeling of Frustration
Lack of Motivation
Workaholism which leads to imbalance between work and life

When should you head to the career counselor?

When you are stuck up at work
When a relationship saps your energies
When you face a dilemma while making important decisions
When you have a work-life imbalance
When you are dissatisfied with your work
When there is a sharp dip in effectivity at the workplace

How does the counselor help you resolve your career crisis?

Enables you approach a crisis with objectivity
Provides guidance so that individuals may resolve the career crisis themselves
Helps individuals discover their inner self
Helps individuals identify strengths

So, whenever you face situations like these, be ready to detect the signs and head to the career counselor if you can not handle or resolve the crisis yourself.

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10 Job Search Attitudes That Will Bring You More Interviews

No matter whether you are starting a fresh career or switching into a new career, given below are ten job search attitudes to get you more and more interviews. And remember these are not just feel-good quotes. So, read each of the job search attitudes carefully, adopt them and keep them repeating over and again.

Attitude # 1: Business firms and corporations hire without joy and fire without remorse.
Attitude # 2 : I will work for good pay, good benefits and good people.
Attitude # 3 : I will always work towards career advancement.
Attitude # 4 : My job search is a positive activity and it will always be the central part of my life.
Attitude # 5 : I will never stop looking for my next job again. (because your employer is always   looking for their next you.
Attitude # 6 : It is not disloyal to look for work when I already have a job.
Attitude # 7 : I have the ability to create an opportunity even when there isn’t an opening.
Attitude # 8 : I will be more successful if more people know about my job search.
Attitude # 9 : Helping others find work is a great way for me to my next work opportunity.
Attitude # 10 : I will search for jobs as if I don’t need one.

So, are you ready to adopt or develop these 10 job search attitudes?

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Career Coaching

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How to Go About Finding a New Job

Well, there’s no magical formula to finding jobs and getting hired. Job hunting requires a lot of effort and patience. You can enhance the chances of finding a new job when you have a job search strategy in place. The more time you spend on planning for job search, the better are your chances of getting it. But, the most important thing, after you have an action plan ready, is to stick to it and have patience. And remember the line – ‘I will persist until I find myself a new job.’

To help you find a new job, given below are some essential steps on how to go about finding it.

Assess Your Life & Career
Do you have your career goals clear in the mind? Are you able to figure out the balance between your life and your career? It is important to ask yourself questions like these and make an assessment of your life and career.

Set Job Search Goals
Where do you see yourself pursuing a career 6 months down the line or in the next 6 years? Conduct a research on job options and employers you are targeting. And remember to have realistic expectations while trying to find yourself a new job.

Expand Your Professional Network
Professional networking is an essential part of job hunting process. Understand the value of professional networking and how it helps people in finding jobs. Around 70%-80% people acquire jobs with the use of their network. Spend time and make sincere efforts to reconnect with and expand your network. Strengthen the network and try to build credibility.

Acquire New Skills
Continue acquire more knowledge and obtain new skill sets. Today, employers are looking for candidates with strong interpersonal and soft skills. Get yourself trained in written and verbal communication, team playing, problem solving, analytical skills etc.

Sharpen Your Interviewing Skills
Job hunters overlook this important part most of the times. While finding and applying for jobs, you need to practice for job interviews more and more. Before you land up at the employer’s, do some research about the whereabouts of the company and prepare accordingly. Select a faithful friend to practice interviewing. Keep on practicing until you become confident. Get ready with some intelligent questions to ask the interviewer as well.

Are You Marketable?
You may have great potential and talent. But having skilled is not enough alone. You should know how to market your skills to the employer. To successfully find a job, you should stand apart from the rest of the jobseekers applying for a specific job.

While trying to find a job, remember to follow the above mentioned steps and you are definitely going to find one for yourself. It is very essential to have a job hunting strategy in place so that you do not unnecessarily spend a long time on finding jobs get more career benefits.

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