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Tricia Hendrix
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4 months ago

No matter if you are just starting a new job, or you’ve been at a job for a while, or you’re still in the middle of job search, it’s important to keep benefits into consideration to assess the values of the jobs.

What benefits do you think are important at work?

Not all employees in the same company would qualify for the benefits. Make sure to check the minimum hours requirement and the type of employment for the benefit eligibility.

For the benefits that are required by state and federal law such as healthcare or paid family leaves, you should double check the labor regulations (often time posted in the office kitchen or cafeteria).

Also, keep in mind that smaller companies with fewer than 20 employees might not fall under these requirements.

Learn more at How to make the best of your job benefits?

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Janice Reed
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4 months ago

How to plan a professional farewell?

A good friend of mine just decided to leave the job she started only three months ago. It was too much outside of her job description and she saw very little possibility to change the work condition. Luckily she got a new offer right away and she’s trying to quit without burning bridges with the current job.

Here are the five tips I shared with her on how to give two weeks notice with 3 examples:

  • Find a time to talk to your boss in person
  • Make sure to review your employment contract
  • Help make the transition smooth
  • Keep it diplomatic, and neutral
  • Don’t disrespect the company

It’s an art sometimes to leave on a good term. Especially if you feel unhappy about the job. Most of the time I find people using the “It’s not you, it’s me” method to control the damage. How do you usually manage your transition from job to job?

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Janice Reed
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4 months ago

I felt pretty stuck at my last job but I couldn’t figure out why. I got along with my coworker and I had excellent performance reviews. My pay was okay and I enjoyed the work life balance. I got some professional help and met with a career coach. She gave me a couple tips that I found pretty aligned with this unhappy with current job guide. A couple things I found pretty helpful:

  • Check in with yourself: sometimes you might have out-grown your current role. It’s good to check in with yourself from time to time to see what you enjoy the most and where you want to be more challenged.
  • Talk to ppl outside of your work: exploring how other ppl are with their careers really helps set some perspective for me. I talked to ppl who are in the roles I was interested in and learned about the pros and cons. That’s a great way to figure out if you’re a good fit without having to go through a whole interview and job application process.
  • Job search: the coach really emphasized the importance of job search to see what’s out there. She said I might find that the new opportunities are not as good as what I had. But it was important to do the research and comparison.

I ended up following all her steps and moved on to work at Jobcase:). It was a very helpful exercise that I continue to do with any job no matter if I'm happy or not.

Have you checked in with yourself lately? How do you feel about your current job?

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Sara Jones
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5 months ago

A former colleague of mine just lost her job due to the budget cut. She’s worked there for ten years and it’s a very hard transition for her to grief while looking for a new opportunity. The news came very unexpectedly so she’s trying to focus on the off-boarding procedure first. There’s no magic in making those pain and uncertainty go away. A lot of time you just need to be there for them to listen to their fear and disappointment. I found this resource pretty helpful to support your friend and family to get through unemployment.

There are concrete job search steps you can help by:

  • Sending them potential job leads you encounter
  • Offering to review their resumes
  • Connecting them with new networking contacts
  • And so much more of just keeping them company since job search is a very lonely process

What did you find helpful from your friends and family when you’re doing job search?

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Tricia Hendrix
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5 months ago

Years of work experience, in-demand skills and higher education levels are good hiring incentives but today's Managers are laser focused on who you are as a person.

What are your core values? How do you make decisions? Do you respond well to difficult situations?

Managers like to ask these questions in order to understand your character traits. Character traits are personal qualities that show how we behave and how we make decisions.

Want to land a good job? Make sure you have one or more of these character traits on your resume...

Responsibility, A responsible person can be trusted to do the job and do it well

Persistence, People with this character trait keep going even in the face of challenge

Flexibility, Flexible people don’t get upset when plans change. In fact, they're eager to try a new approach if necessary

See more in-demand character traits at What are character traits?

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Janice Reed
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5 months ago

@Cassandra Gautier wrote a powerful post about workplace bullying. We also have a great resource to identify different types of workplace bullying. Have you experienced a hostile work environment before? What was your strategy to protect yourself?

#advice

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Paul Baker
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5 months ago

Much of asking for a raise in pay is about timing and giving evidence based on your performance. So when do you ask?

You could ask in the moment, OR you could schedule time to discuss.

Asking in the moment could catch your boss off guard so they don't have the luxury of preparing objections. And it could also put a sour taste in their mouth since you did it so abruptly.

On the other hand, asking to schedule a meeting gives boss the upper hand, since they can prepare for the conversation and potentially shoot you down with a more reasoned explanation.

Discover 7 expert tips about how to ask for and get a raise, and comment below with how you approach raise requests. #Onthejob #GETthatRAISE

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Janice Reed
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6 months ago

@Adele Burleson shared some great resources to stay productive and professional while working at home in her post last week Here are also some tips to stay motivated while working at home.

Are you currently working at home? What is your routine to keep your productivity?

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Janice Reed
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6 months ago

@Robyn Miller asked a question about lunch breaks at work. Here is a great resource to learn how to protect your rights including:

  • Personal rights regarding pay, break and rest periods, sick leave
  • Basic rights to a safe, clean and sanitary environment

Join Robyn’s conversation to explore how to protect and advocate for your rights in the workplace.

#worklifehacks

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Eleana Bowman
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over 6 months ago

My brother in law went on an interview for a position at his dream company... though the position was a little bit "junior" compared to some of his other work on his resume, he was SO thrilled to be applying for the job.

He crushed the entire interview only to be met with "well, we think you're overqualified."

He wants to write back and try and persuade them into giving him a second interview.

Any thoughts on specific advice I should give him??

#interview #advice #overqualified #jobsearch

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