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Gotten laid off recently? Whatever the reasons -corporate reorganisation, restructuring, economic budget constraints- layoffs mostly bring misery and sorrow to employees.

Some of you might be in a panic and scurry to look for possible job opportunities (well, you have to survive and pay all the bills!). However, finding similar jobs with benefits and attractive salary package is not that easy! Today’s workforce are pretty competitive and could hinder you in getting your dream job.

If you haven’t got any opportunities right now, it could be you, yourself causing it. Scroll down and see if the following describes the current you.

  1. Being Negative

It is impossible to change the situation, but keep in mind that it is still POSSIBLE to seek other career opportunities, even the BETTER ones! Don’t let your emotions creep out when doing an interview with your future employers and avoid disfiguring your previous bosses/company.

Instead, focus on your strengths, experiences and capabilities. Be confident so that you are able to convince your future employers your outstanding deliverables if they are to offer you the job.

  1. Blaming Yourself

Blaming yourself is not going to improve the crisis you are facing. It is wise to do a self-reflection of what you have done (mistakes and errors) in the previous company, but don’t chide yourself too badly! Rather, be more focus on your future advancement and improvement. Instead of wallowing in regrets of what you could have done to previous situations, focus on the future that awaits you!

  1. Not Knowing What You Want

Before applying for a job, it is better for you to do a self-assessment about what are the job roles you are really interested in, what roles you are capable at and weaknesses that you want to improve. This assessment will help you to pinpoint jobs that suits you totally.

If you are dissatisfied and unhappy with your previous job, it’s time for you to be selectively in your options of job roles you should be in.

  1. Being Distant

Never keep to yourself or wallow in depression due to the layoff. Social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest are great sources of networking you can use to gain much information about job opportunities that matches your skill sets and interests. You can also connect with former colleagues and alumnus pals to get some references about companies currently looking for talents to hire (in your area of capabilities, of course!)

  1. Sending Resumes Blindly

One positive thing you can gain from being laid off is that you have the opportunity to sit down and reflect. Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur and start something on your own? Startups are growing rapidly nowadays, especially if you are passionate enough to make it work, with the right expertises and adequate capital, it could jolly well happen!

Or have you ever thought of a career change or want to do something drastically different from what you have always been doing?

Therefore, just because you lost your job and feeling panic-stricken doesn’t mean you should be throwing your resumes blindly. Sit down and reflect.

Being upset and disappointed is common, as the layoff could be something you had never expected before. However, layoffs can be the turning point for you to build a future you have never imagined before!  

Do not waste time on your emotional response. Rise and continue your life with much courage and optimism!

Next read: How to Avoid Looking Like a Job Hopper on Your Resume

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A workplace with appropriate salary, inspiring leaders & colleagues and clear progression opportunities is a thought that most graduates would envision.  However, the reality may not resonate with what you have envisioned depending on your expectations. In the current highly competitive business landscape, finding the perfect job seems like a distant goal particularly for fresh graduates.

Job dissatisfaction arises when your expectations differ greatly from the ‘real’ world environment that you are employed in. Harsh as it may be but it is as common as it can be for most fresh graduates thus igniting the spark of job dissatisfaction. If not kept in check, job dissatisfaction may embed negative mindsets that will impede our professional & character development on the long haul.

So how do we manage job dissatisfaction and overcome it? Before we move to discuss this in-depth, refresh the following quote by Richelle Mead.

‘For every bad thing in life, there are more good things to tip the balance’.

#1 Understanding your discontent

More often than not, we succumb to our discontent when our workplace doesn’t ‘agree’ with us. That extra workload, that overtime, your superior whom you deem unqualified to lead, that colleague whom habitually hands-over her work to you to complete as part of your learning & training journey, that promised job exposure which did not materialise and most commonly the salary that may not justify putting up with all the above. Added together, seems like a job you can better do without with.

Before we come to a verdict, take a step back and read the quote in your mind again.

#2 Making the best out of what you got

If it isn’t perfect, it may still be good. Take a step back. Rationalise your discontent. There may be underlying factors that may have brought about your predicament.

-    Are my problems solvable

-    Who can solve my problems

-    Can all of my problems be solved

-    If not all, can I adapt

In all employment, there are always learning opportunities such as technical skills, processes, soft skills, people management skills etc. For every difficult situation you have dealt with and moved on facing the next, you have subconsciously proved that you are competent to solve or handle the problem you were presented with. If handled well, these valuable situations have placed you in a better stead to handle bigger and more critical situations as you progress to take on leadership roles in your future employment.

Adaptability is also key to managing your discontent. Learn to adapt to your work environment, your superiors, your co-workers etc. Our ability to adapt enables us to achieve a wider spectrum of perspective on the circumstances that we are facing thus allowing us to review our problems or issues. And sometimes, our issues & problems may not seem as severe that brought about dissatisfaction.

#3 Moving on

Do not harp and dwell on your dissatisfaction. Move on with your newly acquired experience, apply that experience as you encounter new challenges and make your job better and hopefully more fulfilling.

There will come a time where the next move comes calling for the betterment of your career. Consider your options & circumstances. A change of job should never be a rash decision. Never take it for granted that the perfect job will be made. It is up to us to carve out that perfect job and never be satisfied, for we all deserve better.

Next read: The Effects of Job Dissatisfaction to Your Health

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Are you really happy and satisfied with your job right now? With the new technological advances and innovations, the job market is highly competitive now. Thus, landing a dream job is not an easy task.

Think about the higher living standards and perhaps needs to maintain individual lifestyles or commitments, these causes most people to work in jobs that are able to sustain their needs and wants. Even so, a percentage of these people are just working in a job not even related to their qualifications (due to the challenging job market).

If you are dragging yourself to work every day, you are possibly facing job dissatisfaction. There are quite a number of reasons for such behaviour; it could be a lack of passion for the job you are currently in or unideal workplace environment (over-demanding superiors, irrational workload or the inability to mix well with your peers.) When such cases happen, some might resign while there are others who will stay just simply because of financial reasons.

An important message this article wants to get across is, ‘For a person to function their daily tasks well, a healthy state of mind should be present’.

Let’s take a look at how job dissatisfaction can gradually affect your overall well-being.

  1. Additional Stress

When you are feeling unhappy with the job you are in, it is likely that no matter the tasks you are given to do, you will feel stressed or a lack of interest. When that happens, procrastination usually takes place. No employers will tolerate such procrastination and lack of productivity.

That will result in you rushing tasks under stressful conditions and delivering subpar work to your superiors. As such, your self-esteem will decrease due to the inability to meet expectations and perhaps, even the high possibility of ruining your career.

That could lead to burnout.

  1. Insomnia

When you are stressed out, you might not be able to sleep at night with those excessive worrying and unhappiness. So, insomnia occurs, and you are not able to get the sufficient needs to allow your body to recover.

When you are not able to let your body rest and recover, your immune system will gradually weaken, and you will be more prone to catching diseases.

  1. Depression

Lastly, when you allow the issues to continue wearing you down, it can unfold into a depression state where you are no longer able to face the day-to-day positively but bury yourself in pessimism.

Depression changes the body’s system and drives brain messengers to function abnormally.

If you are experiencing the above few symptoms, it is vital you get help immediately, with professionals or family members for their support. Then, re-evaluate yourself and set your goals, realistically. Life challenges are there to push you to greater heights, not pull you down to the river bottom.

Next read: Being an Overconfident Person at Work

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At a certain point in everyone’s career, there could be times when they felt stuck. Especially when they have been working for years in the same company, holding the same job title and perhaps even, very or no pay increment. As your job experiences increase, there must be a desire to advance your career. That is, you are looking for a promotion.

When you want a promotion, you would need to justify on why you should have a promotion. Thus, put some strategies in place for your justification during your appraisal period. Of course, these plans would require a period to show results!

Here are some that you can adopt:

Willingness in Taking On More Tasks

Accomplishing your primary duties is what you are expected to do, but if you can expand your duties when the opportunities arise, take it. Though, you need to understand your capabilities and also to manage your time effectively.

Simply by accepting more challenges, you are showing employers you are maximising your capabilities and pro-activeness. This is how your boss or superior will take notice of you.

Be Confident and Optimistic

Not everyone is lucky to work in a positive and helpful workplace where everyone gets along and an understanding boss. If you happen to work in a negative working environment, where people are often burnout and also with a demanding boss, you need to train yourself to be optimistic and confident regardless of the situation you might be facing. Be a great neutralizer and at the same time, encourage people around you to maintain a positive energy.

Dress for success

If you usually don’t care about how you dress up and represent yourself, you should change that. Also, when you dress up for work, it naturally makes you more confident.

The difference between a ironed shirt and a shirt that is wrinkled. Do you get it? It gives a different impression to others. While you are trying to earn that promotion, you need to look the part too!

Working Overtime

Doing overtime is not always a bad idea. Not saying that you need to do it everyday but always make sure you get your tasks done and there is no backlogs waiting for you or allow procrastination to happen.

If you need, then stay on to complete your tasks. If you do manage your time well and has been able to finish your work on the dot, take 1 or 2 days a week and spend time in the office to broaden your knowledge or explore other sites for inspirations in regards to your work and for the company.

In time to come, employers will take notice of the efforts that an employee puts in. One crucial thing to remember is that you have to be yourself and not faking a front. The above tips if not for trying to get a promotion, it is self-improvement too. One can never stop learning and achieving greater heights. Enhance your capabilities so as to give your best to the company.

Next read: Think Twice: Are You Ready to be a Remote Worker?

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Have you been working for years in more than one company? If yes, you might be a well-experienced job seeker every company is dreaming of! When you are looking for a new job, you will be inputting those terrific track records on your resume.

However, some companies might think conversely; are you a chronic job hopper?

It is vital to re-evaluate your resume in the presentation of your job history. With a tactical description, employers will not see you as a job hopper maniac. Instead, they will consider you as a highly capable talent who seek for a great company to continue to grow with.

Here are some points you need to revise on your resume:

Give a brief note next to the date of employment about why you left your previous employment. Causes that are beyond your control are commonly understood, and this will also stop them from assuming that you are job hopping.

Focus on contributions and accomplishments. Another way to throw away the job-hopping impression is by listing your contributions and accomplishments during your working tenures. The strategy can divert the employers’ focus not merely to criticise the amounts of companies you have been working for. Instead, they will highlight the outstanding performance and achievement you have done in your previous job positions.

Temporary assignments. Today’s talents’ needs are high, but some companies might hire them for temporary assignments. When you were hired previously for temporary or contract positions, be sure to explain it in your resume. Also, lead the focus on contributions, accomplishments and experiences gained from the short tenures that contributed to your capabilities.

Continue the great resume with an outstanding interview performance. Having a great resume with impressive job history is nothing without an excellent interview performance. Instead, be active in delivering your arguments on your job changing behaviour! The lack of opportunity in career development, unfit job position and a passion to explore more suitable career options are some reasonable arguments that deny the job-hopping stamp.

Whatever your reasons for quitting the jobs, keep in mind to never badmouth or undervalue your previous employers. Such negative attitude will lead to a bad impression and this is certainly tarnishing for your career chances in the future.

Next read: Negotiating Your Salary the Wrong Ways

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Are you one of career fair lovers? Whoever you are (a fresh graduate, an employee looking to change your career) you must know that it’s not easy to gain an interview as soon during career fairs as there is so much competition!

The crowded, carnival-type career fair is, indeed, appealing! There are a lot of job openings waiting for the right candidate to fill them, and a wider chance to get the job that you want is right in front of your eyes.

However, many job seekers return with no job opportunities offered. Before you are trapped as one of them, avoid these 5 key flaws at a job fair.

Lack of research

Many job seekers, including you, might be too confident in attending a job fair. You still need to do ample research days before the event starts.

List what companies in the fair that interest you and visit each of the company’s websites to understand their vision, missions, and job positions required.

With adequate research, you will be more prepared only to focus on companies that fit your skill sets. Clarity will save more time, and your performance can be significantly enhanced as you will be more confident at the interview!

Lack of professionalism attitude

Some of you tend to attend career fairs with your friends and like grabbing all the free stuff. Instead of having a job offer, you go home with bags of free items and stacks of brochures.

Keep in mind that the companies are looking for a professional candidate to join their team. Show your dedication and professionalism to the hiring teams.

Failure to ‘stand out’

It is not enough to be smart and well-prepared. You must be different, ‘stand out’ from the crowd. Hundreds of people dressed similarly during such events and if you can’t be an impressive talent that companies will remember, you will just be the quickly forgotten ones where your job opportunities will be lowered.

State some inspirational speech to promote yourself and be different. Adequate practices at home will significantly help!

Not following up with emails or calls

Don’t always expect the company to follow-up with you after the fair is over. Instead, be proactive! Ask for name cards and send them emails or messages to inquire for further information and potential opportunities.

Limiting yourself

For example, if you have just graduated from an accounting degree, you might only focus on financial and banking companies to apply. However, keep in mind that every employer needs accounting staff. Therefore, be thorough in finding your ideal job and sieve out invisible opportunities in the career fair while you mingle with the companies.

A career fair is not the only chance to find your ideal job. However, it is a great occasion to save your time and effort in hunting your ideal job. Avoid the flaws above and be a success in your next career fair!

Next read: 15 Minutes Before Interview: Absolutely Important For Job Seekers!

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When you hear ‘remote working’, what comes to mind? Flexibility, increased work happiness level, a work-life balance and your favorite haunts to work at are things that might interest most people to be remote workers, including you.

Many companies are now more open to telecommuting work, and people are more keen to work right from their homes (you’re not alone!).

The idea gives more benefits for both parties. Companies can hire talents across the globe and these talents can do professional work without dampening the joy of having a work-life balance.

However, before applying for a position that gives you the flexibility of remote working, consider these questions first:

Does working from home ‘alone’ make you happy?

One issue about remote working is that, most of the time, you are alone. You can still chat with your team through messaging platforms or Skype but replies might not be immediate, especially when you are running against time, this could be a problem for you.

Thus, be ready to accept the ‘loneliness’ else it will be difficult for you to work remotely.

Where is the best location for remote working?

If you enjoy comfortable silence, library and your private bedroom can be great options. Conversely, if you enjoy working where the city buzz is, then the city’s parks and cafes might be more preferable.

Be sure that your working location is both affordable and easy to access, as you will spend most of your time there. Observe and experiment will be the ways, as you look for the ideal workplace.

Have you prepared adequate tools to support your job?

As a remote worker, you will need tools to support your job such as a laptop and reliable internet connection.Take inventory of the equipment needed so that you can work at your best.

How can you manage your time?

Good time management is a key factor that drives your success at work, regardless where you work. Remote working frees you up from any strict supervisory and managerial watch. Therefore, you have to best manage your time to accomplish your daily tasks, even setting strict deadlines to keep your work process running smoothly.

Do a daily reflection of your routine and make changes where necessary to better manage.

Better preparation leads to better results. With adequate preparations and tactics, you will be more ready to take on remote working.

Next read: Negotiating Your Salary The Wrong Ways

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Self confidence is always the key in almost everything that we do. Yes, you are fully equipped with all the knowledge and skills that you might need for your current job but those brilliant ideas are not backed up with confidence, then the hiring manager will also be in doubt.

Going back in the workforce after being out for a while can be difficult but through the help of the following tips, you are sure that you are backed up with the most effective strategies to regain your self-esteem:

 

  1. Highlight small achievements. Promise yourself to improve on your skill in anything and then take action. Improvements, no matter how big or small they are can definitely help you jumpstart your confidence. We are not only talking about achievements related to work but also in your personal life.

 

For example exercising, knitting, cooking or even being able to speak to the public. These little achievements can help you boost your confidence real time.

 

  1. Volunteer. Participating in a volunteer act is perfect for people who just got laid off against their will. It can give you a boost of your morale and a sense of fulfillment just the same as what you will get from a paying job. Same deadlines, schedules and people depending on you. It also allows you to dedicate yourself to a deed that you are really passionate about.

 

  1. Update your knowledge. Working in an industry 5 years ago doesn’t give you an assurance that everything that you used to do and know during your stay there is still the same. Many industries have experienced rapid growth and change during those 5 years.

 

Keeping up on things casually is not enough. You need some refresher. You need to review and also update your materials so that you will be fully armed of everything that you should know.

 

  1. Take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself both the inside and outside can mean a lot in regaining your confidence. Stress, anxiety and depression can be encountered along the way so you better be prepared when you see them. Continuously looking and being declined by several companies can be very stressful and can lead to loss of self confidence.

 

Take breaks in between job hunting and try to devote a portion of your time in doing something you really love. By doing this, your spirit will be uplifted and will give you enough energy and courage to face more rejections and eventually land to the job you are really hoping for.

 

  1. Learn another language. We all know that English is the universal language. English is most of the time used for multinational corporations during interviews and in the production per se.

 

However, there are companies today that prefer to hire people who know how to speak the owners’ native language. Companies believe that by communicating through their native language, their culture and work ethics will be preserved and also the secrets and strategies will be kept safe by their employees. So, people who know other languages might have a bigger edge from those who don’t.

Next read: 5 Characteristic of A Positive Workplace Environment, Does Your Company Have Them?

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Pursuing a career is like engaging in a marriage, as when one signs to an official agreement, the relationship between both parties would heighten to another level. As what many spouses are dealing with, either the employees and top management is interchangeably dependent, and with a negative environment, it will be quite toxic.

A positive workplace environment is necessary for employees to work in the most conducive ways. When the office has good communication, healthy competition, friendly colleagues and workspaces, people will feel great coming to work and motivated, even eager to give the best performance that they have. Isn’t this beneficial for the company?

How about your workplace? Does it truly have a positive environment?

Here are 5 characteristics you can look out for:

Open communication

We often hear that communication is vital to maintaining relationships, but what type of communication is needed in a workplace?

In an open communication environment, employees are free to ask about why they have to do this and that and asking for help for some solutions to the issues they can’t solve. Also, there is a space or platform between employees and the management to communicate in an open-hearted condition to deliver both business’ expectations, goals, employee’s challenges and obstacles without repercussions.

People are more important than the tasks

Employers, in some cases are more focused on chasing deadlines and attaining goals, most of the time, forgetting that the employees are the more valuable assets to secure and to take care of. This doesn’t mean that laziness and incompetent attitude are allowed.

Sense of humour

People smiling in a light conversation, even laughing out in a casual manner in the midst of strict deadlines, and enormous tasks imply a positive workplace environment. Joking around with the colleagues could effectively releases endorphin, a hormone that could keep the burnouts away.

Change is welcome

People and trends changes, and companies that are not able to accept such changes would end up in a dinosaur age (extinct). In this advanced digital era, both employees and the management can adopt more effective and efficient methods to work together in a team through some ways like individual and group chat applications, social media platforms, video calls, and more.

The flexibility of time and physical attendance are alternative ways to keep employees working optimally in trying circumstances such as traffic issues and medical urgency.

Turnover is low

It is not comfortable to work with colleagues that come and go in short period of time. High turnover rate of workforces is now becoming the trend, yielding a big challenge to management.

When employees feel that they cannot get along with the workload, management and unable to fit into the company’s culture, they will start looking for their next job rather than being ‘imprisoned’ in a discomfort situation. With a positive environment, the turnover rate can be decreased and allow engagement activities to increase.

These 5 characteristics might vary in some companies, but the most vital question to ask yourself is that ‘Are you happy with your job?’ If your company is still in the midst of changes towards a positive environment, support it!  .

Next read : 7 Signs of Comfortable Yet Productive Workplace

Why Your Company Should Have a Healthy Work Environment

Do you ever consider healthy work environment before you accept a job? Most likely, no. Most people choose a job because of the salary, offered position, or the company’s reputation. But, even those three things won’t matter when you don’t have health.

Interestingly, the World Health Organisation (WHO) study cites living and working in an unhealthy environment causes around 13 million deaths globally each year! Still, you may not think healthy work environment as an important thing in the first place.

Here are a few reasons on why your company (or the company you are working for) should have healthy work environment:

1. Positivity

A healthy work environment will always lead to positive experience in the end. It started with the comfortable feeling when you are working in the office. Moreover, it encourages you to build good relationships with your bosses and colleagues, because a healthy work environment also means a good organisation culture.

Each day, you will be more satisfied and productive, since your motivation and happiness raised because of the healthy work environment.

2. Attractive for future employees

Great talents understand the importance of healthy work environment. This is why when a company have a healthy work environment, more and more talented people lining up. Those talents just want to work for them.

Sure thing, you heard about some of the world’s biggest companies which offer perks and benefits to make sure their employees are healthy, such as nutritional lunch or comfortable/green offices. Who doesn’t want to work for them, too?

3. Employee retention

Any company who has a healthy work environment will be easier to retain its employees. While other workplace’s pressures continue to mount as well as productivity demands, the company who care about a healthy work environment concerns on employee’s health, human well-being, and job satisfaction.

Indeed, the lower job stress level means lower absenteeism as well. This could lead to bigger problems, such as diminished productivity, employee turnover, and direct medical, legal, and insurance fees.

Thus, every company should realise the importance to create a healthy and stress-free environment to work in!

 

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