Looking for a job means compromising. You probably will not find the perfect position in the perfect location with the perfect salary (unless you’re offered a job at Google). But you should not compromise benefits. Although most of us look at a starting salary and get big green dollar signs in our eyes, benefits boil down to more than just being able to afford a doctor. Believe it or not, benefits are actually a better predictor for enjoying your job than salary alone.
These days, it’s not just about what you post online, but where. In fact, according to a recent study, 37% of employers check your social media accounts when making hiring decisions. You may think simply avoiding having an online presence is the key, but many hiring managers may not consider you if they can’t find you. Instead of hiding, here are some tips to help you enhance your résumé (or ditch it altogether) with a proper Web presence. 1. Not All Social Media Is Created Equal
Discouragement can quickly derail a job hunt. The longer a seeker goes without finding employment, the more difficult it can become to push forward with the attitude necessary to land a job. Hiring budgets are usually staggered throughout each quarter when a company is going through a growth phase, and replacement hires can happen at any time. Even in the depths of the recession there wasn’t a month where we didn’t see at least 4 million jobs posted on the Internet. We live in a huge economy, so there are always jobs available.
What matters most in your financial future? Everyone has dreams and that’s why you set goals—to work toward a more fulfilling life. But if all you do is dream and find yourself looking back at missed opportunities as you make the same goals repeatedly, you need to harness your dreams to a plan of attack. Make 2014 the year you try a different approach that could make this the year you change the trajectory of your entire life. All you have to do is start working towards it. Don’t count on your employer to take care of you - but be a top-notch employee
Too often job seekers will enter an interview and quickly lose their confidence, which undermines their performance. If you suffer from this affliction, you could benefit greatly by learning the skills and mindset of a master presenter who can successfully perform in front of large audiences. That skill can be transferred to interviews, and if you learn it, interviewing anxiety should no longer be a worry. Top presenters share the following five key skills that will benefit you in the next interview: Confidence
All too often, people enter into a career with high expectations and find themselves burnt out after only a few years. Many of these same people will decide to just “stick it out” with these unfulfilling jobs, their dread of work growing with each passing day.
Organizations function when decisions are made with consideration of their ethical and moral impact. Organizations are in crisis, as many currently are, unethical decision-making often takes place. You may find yourself right in the middle of an organization’s unethical decision-making, with the results include increased stress, job dissatisfaction, and concerns about your own job security.
If given the choice, would you choose to work hard or to work smart? Provided you’re not a masochist, you would probably choose to work smart. In our culture, that’s a common bit of advice, and most people see the wisdom. But, what if “hard” and “smart” aren’t the only ways to work? What if working these ways isn’t the most likely path to success? Rather than working hard or smart, we need to turn our attention to working “happy.”