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What To Do When You Hate Your Job

According to a stunning Gallup's World Poll, over 80% of workers in the world either hate their job (and especially their boss), or are not fully engaged in the work they do.

Here’s how productivity icon, Jim Clifton interpreted the data: “Only 15% of the world's one billion full-time workers are engaged at work. It is significantly better in the U.S., at around 30% engaged, but this still means that roughly 70% of American workers aren't engaged.”

That means chances are that you, reading this article, is one of those people that hate your job (or at least, not fully engaged in your work).

If that’s the case, my best advice for you is to look for another job! You can talk to a career coach today to help you figure out what to do.

However, until you find a new job and move on, you may still need to keep working at your current job. And the question is how do you do that?  

How can you do your work and do it well if you’re lacking motivation and a sense of engagement?

You certainly don’t want to be let go prematurely, and you also do not want a poor performance evaluation either. Those could make it difficult for you to get another job.

To make the most of situation when you hate your job, consider the following strategies:

1. Keep your current job, but start working on the new skills you need for the job you want:

Instead of wasting whatever spare time you might have on Netflix binging, social media surfing or mindless chatting and text messaging, consider building the skills you will need for your next career move.

Perhaps, you might return to school and obtain the certifications necessary to pursue a job that would provide you with greater satisfaction. LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, and numerous other online learning platforms have many useful courses, training, and certifications.

2. Find a hobby outside of work that you like:

Make something other than work the highlight of your day. Take up a hobby, if you don’t have one. Or step up volunteering in your community or place of worship.

It's crucial to have something to look forward to outside of work. It’s a good way to make the unfulfilling and boring work go by fast. It’s also a good way to clear your mind after eight hours of mindless work. Plus, they may be useful networking avenues to help you find your next job.

3. Make the most of your work breaks:

Try reading positive affirmations or meditating or yoga during your breaks. These activities can help you cope with an otherwise unsavory workday. Music may also be a wonderful method to improve your mood.

If you make the most of your breaks, you could find that the day goes by faster.

4. Make a list of all the reasons you're thankful for your current job:

 Yes, that sounds weird, because we are talking about a job you hate. But every bad situation has some sort of silver lining. Remind yourself of all your job's positive qualities, no matter how small you might think they are. For example, the job pays the bill, or you like your co-workers, or you are learning some new skills you never had before, etc.

The reason for this exercise is not so that you will then settle on the job. NO. The reason is because, positive psychology tells us that focusing on the positive is always better, and leads to a better outcome, than dwelling on the negative, even when you hate your job.

5. Avoid the “Ain’t It Awful” Club:

I borrowed this from the famous master, Jack Canfield. As Canfield explained in his book, The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be, members of this club engage in nothing but “constant stream of negative judgments, criticisms, blaming and complaining.” Membership in this club cannot do you any good, professionally or otherwise.

Instead, find positive groups to hang out with. Reach out socially and make friends with successful people. As the saying goes: you become like the people you spend the most time with.

6. Concentrate on excelling in your work:

Rather than focusing on your dissatisfaction at work, make a concerted effort to improve your performance. With such good intentions, you could even begin to love it.

If you put out excellent work, you may earn a bonus, or get promoted to a position you might enjoy. At the very least, you will get a good endorsement or letter of recommendation when you apply for another job.

7. Crank up your professional networking game:

Networking is the surest route to most good jobs these days. You should take it seriously if you want success in your next job search.

When you start feeling like you hate your job, be sure to update your LinkedIn profile (and your resume). Identify the industry you are interested in and widen your outreach of people that work in that industry. Join relevant professional associations and get active in their activities. And reconnect with the alumni associations of your alma maters.

At some point, you may have a job you’re unhappy with. Until you find your dream job, use these tips to cope to make the best of your current situation.

Thinking About Career Change? Answer These 4 Crucial Questions First

When many of us leave school, college, or university, often we have no idea what we really want. We often choose a job or career based on what our parents, friends, or career advisors say, or whatever was open and available.

Then, seven years on, we find ourselves in a mediocre situation, with a growing sense of disappointment and dissatisfaction about our work and our place in it. Is it too late to change direction and do something completely new or different?

Of course not!

Life is changing rapidly and dramatically. New careers, ideas, and opportunities are popping up all the time. Things we would never have thought possible just a few years ago have become household favorites virtually overnight. 

Who would have thought that the biggest taxi company in the world could own no taxis? Who would have thought that the biggest online retailer doesn’t have a single product of their own to sell? Who would have thought a whole new industry could be born simply from fast-food delivery?

What Do You Want?

If you want to change career direction, at any age, the first and most important step is to discover is what you want out of life.

  • What interests you?
  • What fascinates you?
  • What do you feel passionate about?

Make a list of each of these important issues and see where they overlap or have commonality. Hidden in there somewhere are the basic elements of a complete change of direction for you.

When you dig into your lists, it’s possible to create a basic plan of careers, jobs, and opportunities to explore that can lead you to a life of fulfillment and happiness.

If you pursue that path as long as it keeps you happy and fulfilled, you’ll probably never look back. However, there might well come a day when life changes and/or you change, and it might be time to change direction again. It happens all the time in this rapidly developing world.

Exploring a New Career

Once you’ve gone through your lists and found some careers that will fulfill your passions and interests, you’ll want to consider for additional questions:

Ask yourself these questions:

1. What am I willing to give up to create something incredible?

Many times, you’ll find that preparing for a new career encroaches on your current life. If this is the case, weigh the costs of time, money, and effort against your current life to help determine which aspect is more important to you.

  • Would you sell your car to fund a program where you could learn new skills and explore new ideas?
  • Would you give up your evenings or your social life to reinvest that time in educating yourself in a completely different career or opportunity?
  • Are you willing to work weekends and evenings to study new concepts, ideas, or strategies?
  •  Are you willing to relocate to another town or state, leaving behind your family and close network of friends to pursue this new career path?

2. Do I care what others will think?

This is an age-old question that stops many people from making changes that could change their life for the better, forever. However, keep in mind that all the time that you’re worried about what other people think, say, or do, you’ll never be free.

  • Consider the maxim, “Whatever other people think of me is none of my business.”
  • We have no way to influence what others think of us other than by setting a good example. Let them think whatever they want while you go out and get things done! Never let those who think it can’t be done interrupt those who are already out there doing it. 

3. Will I be good enough to make it work?

The very fact that you’re reading this says that you’re searching for change, reassurance about change and that something is pulling you forward towards change.

You already considered that there is more to your life than that which you are currently experiencing, and you want to know what it is and get fully engaged with it, right?

Mindset is vitally important. Let your motivation carry you forward. As you take action, a positive mindset will help you overcome any obstacles that may arise.

4. Will it meet my financial goals and needs? 

You’ll want to consider how you’ll monetize your interest and what pursuing that aspect will entail for you. This requires having clarity of what your financial needs and goals are, not just for now, but in the future. For example, are you a new parent (or soon to be) who now needs more housing space, increased expenses in childcare, college savings, etc?

  • What is the cost of living like in the place where the job is located, and how do income and benefits from this new job measure up?
  •  Or you might even ponder if you want to get a new job in this field? Or start your own business? Many people are discovering these days what they can do from their home using the power of the internet and social media.

Your life is entirely under your control and what you do with it is your decision alone. Get busy, make some decisions and take action, and keep moving forward with your ideas and intentions.

The answers may not come overnight, but as long as you pursue what interests you, fascinates you, and makes you happy, you will find the answers that you seek.

Beware of any criticism of your dreams and ideas from anyone you wouldn’t go to for sound advice. After all, opinions are ten a penny. Everyone has them, but opinions are not going to help or support you.

Be relentless in your pursuit of happiness and fulfilment. Go at it like your whole life depends on it. Because it does.

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How To Make A Career Change Even In The Middle Of A Pandemic

A client of mine named Hayden (Hayden is actually not his real name) once told me this: “I have done everything that was expected of me since graduating college. I got a well-paying job in a well-known company, excelled in my work, and had been promoted many times. I’ve bought a home, and have traveled quite a bit around the world because of my job. I think I have attained what you will consider a successful career. Yet, I keep feeling unfulfilled… that I am not making any reasonable contribution to society through my work. I feel uninspired driving to work in the morning. I know I want a career change, but I don’t know what to do.”

Hayden went on to share that he feels sick on Sunday nights whenever he thinks about the Monday commute.


Perhaps, you are reading this piece because you feel uninspired about your job like Hayden, or you have other reasons why you want a career change: work-life balance, burn-out, more money, or you need a different type of challenge.

But why continue to suffer in silence and remain depressed?

Reasons Why People Feel Stuck at Their Jobs even Though They Know They Want to Leave

1. Fear: 

One of the main reasons why people stay stuck at their miserable jobs is fear of income or status loss. You may not want to give up what you currently consider a “good-paying” job. You are probably hiding behind that old saying: “a bird at hand is worth two in the forest.”

If you have worked for any number of years, you may have accumulated a number of financial liabilities like mortgage or automobile loan, and you are now starting to feel trapped.

You may also be concerned about losing your status and seniority in your current job and starting a new career as a beginner. Or you may be concerned about what people might say, especially your friends, professional colleagues, and family members.

2. Trying to Figure It Out:

A second reason why people are stuck in their job is because they keep analyzing it.

It’s called analysis paralysis. Psychology Today describes analysis paralysis (AP) as the inability to move forward with a decision or action as a result of overanalyzing or overthinking a problem. I mean, the reason why you’re here reading this is because you are still “trying to figure it out.”

The problem is: if trying to figure it out is the way to get the answer you would have gotten it a long time ago.

3. Self-Sabotage:

This is the one that is the most insidious. Many people know they want a career change, but they keep standing in the way of their own progress by giving themselves all kinds of excuses.

You may be thinking you are not good enough, or that you don’t have the degree or certification or experience.

Or you might think that you are too old to start a new career and keep telling yourself that you will not be able to catch up to those who are already on that career path.

The fact of the matter, however, is that if you truly want a new career, you can easily overcome all of these challenges by doing the following things:

What To Do To Make A Career Change

1. Know Why You Want A Career Change: 

You must be clear about why you want a career change. Do not rush to a career change just for the sake of making a change; you may end up jumping from the frying pan to the fire.

Ask yourself these questions: Is your current job out of alignment with your purpose and values? Do you want more money, more flexibility, or more time with your family?

Do you want a career change because of a change in your health, family status, or residence? Do you want a change because you hate your boss or you cannot stand your co-workers?

Be clear-eyed why you want a career change.

2. Start Moving:

Do not get stuck with analysis-paralysis. Once you’re clear about why you want a change, stop analyzing and start taking action.

Sometimes, when clients say to me that they have no idea what to do, what they are actually saying is that they have plenty of options, but they don’t know which one to take. They are afraid of getting it “wrong again,” so they freeze.

Yet, you cannot achieve the career dream you seek until you start moving.

You should start trying different things in the areas of your new interest, or as they say, start testing the waters.

Enroll in classes (online or in your local community college) in one of those areas you are thinking about. You may even decide to get a relevant certification or two.

Online learning is exploding right now. Take advantage of it. There are many great sites like LinkedIn Learning, Skillshare, Udemy, Lynda.com, Cousera, 360Training and a whole host of them out there.

Join online forums and ask questions about what those career fields are like. You may also try your hands at a side hustle, freelancing, or blogging in the new industry of your interest, if possible. 

These actions will help you filter out the options that are not for you. 

3. Leverage Your Network:

If there is any time you seriously need your professional network, it’s now. Use it, but of course, respectfully. And remember to pay it forward after your successful career change.              

When you’re making a change to a career or industry in which you have limited work experience, networking is the most important tool in your job search kit.

Remember that old saying: “It’s not what you know, but who you know…”? That is so true. Networking is one of the most important strategies for tapping into the unpublished job market.

Networking can help you get around the stumbling block of the resume filtering system, which many businesses use these days to automate part of their hiring process.

So, be sure to update and optimize your LinkedIn profile; and get active with your alumni offices and networks. Hit up your former colleagues; and use your church or sports groups or reading club.

4. Market Your Strength and Talent:

In the popular book, Guerilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0, Jay Conrad Levinson and David Perry wrote emphatically: “Embrace this fact: it’s rarely the best qualified candidates who win the most coveted positions. Instead, it is most often the person who ‘packages’ his experiences best to meet the needs of employers.” In other words, the people who best market their talents win.

Indeed, one of the best ways of getting around the feeling of inadequacy when you are job hunting is to market your strengths and talent.

Your personal brand and marketing strategy are what determine if you even get the interview. In other words, you must identify your unique strengths and talents, and communicate them in a way that makes you stand out from other job searchers, and hence, irresistible to the employer.

If you have been working for any number of years, you have likely accumulated some transferable skills that a new employer might find valuable.

Employers are especially happy when a candidate’s strengths match the particular needs they are looking for. But you have to show it; don’t leave it to the hiring officer to guess.

Do not apologize for what you think might be your deficiencies, or what you don’t have – rather highlight what you do have.

For example, instead of apologizing for your youthful age and relatively little experience, emphasize your youthful vigor and energy to work even longer hours if need be, or flexibility to quickly relocate to another branch of the firm if you get a hint that such might be in the works.

Conversely, if you’re an older applicant, emphasize your experience, knowledge and wisdom and even useful connections that you can bring to the new job.

Apologizing for what you don’t have might be seen as a sign of a lack of confidence. You have to believe that you’re uniquely qualified for the new position precisely because of your unique background, strength or talent, not in spite of, so you can move forward with confidence.

CONCLUSION

Stop suffering in silence at a job (or even career) you hate. You should step out to pursue a job that is meaningful to you, the kind of work that energizes and fulfills you, that brings you excitement and a sense of purpose. And it’s within your reach, no matter the political and economic conditions.

Are you thinking about career change, but don’t know where to start?

I will help you clarify your life purpose and uncover the hidden challenges that are sabotaging your career success. Click the button below to sign up for a quick chat to see if we can work together.


How to Craft the Perfect Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitch is a short, compelling introduction of who you are and what you do, that can be delivered in 60 seconds or less.

This is an important asset for your job search.

Imagine that you stepped into the elevator and behold, right in front of you, is the CEO of that company you have been dreaming about working for. Just the two of you! And the CEO asks you: “What do you do?” Can you communicate to him who you are, what you do, and how you can contribute to his organization within the time it takes to ride that elevator to his floor?

 The key here is to be succinct, unique and memorable.

Although the usual imagery is the elevator ride, this pitch can be used anywhere when introducing yourself to people… during job interviews, at networking events, at conferences, during sales pitches or anywhere else where it is necessary to market yourself.

The perfect elevator pitch does not come by chance. You have to craft it, and practice it. The following suggestions can help you prepare and present your introduction.

Preparing Your Perfect Elevator Pitch


1.Watch 30-second Television Commercials:

Yes, you read that right. Spend some time in front of the television (or on YouTube) and watch a bunch of good 30-second ads. Pay attention to how the presenters try to convince you to buy the product or service. This simple exercise will help you understand the idea behind “marketing” yourself in 60 seconds or less.

2. Pen and Paper:

You will need to write down your pitch. And you will have to go through multiples drafts. You’ll be able to tell if it flows well and covers all the essential points.

3. Clarify your goals: 

Identify what you consider to be the goal of the pitch. Perhaps you’re targeting a specific position at a certain company. Maybe you want to explore a range of opportunities related to teaching biology or selling real estate.

4. Quantify your achievements:

Summarize your accomplishments. Be specific. Consider these two intro: “I am great at sales,” or “I turned around sales performance of a last-placed branch to #1 out of 67 in two years.” Which one do you think will raise the interest of that CEO in the elevator?

5. Focus on your audience:

Think about what your listener needs and discuss the benefits you could deliver to them. State your ability to enhance quality, save money, or create more efficient systems. Be prepared with more details in case there are any questions.

6. Emphasize your strengths: 

Use a positive statement about your qualifications that focuses on your strengths. During the interview process, you may be asked about your weaknesses, but you can worry about that later.

7. Keep it brief: 

You want a pitch that would fit into the average elevator ride of about 30 seconds to 2 minutes. In most cases, that means less than 200 words. Cut out industry jargon and any redundancies.

Presenting Your Elevator Pitch

1. Craft multiple versions: 

Adapt your elevator pitch to a variety of circumstances. That way you can respond if you have extra time. You’ll also be able to talk to industry insiders and other professionals who are less familiar with your background.

2. Practice, practice, practice:

Practice while looking in a mirror. Talking out loud will help you determine if your speech sounds natural. Ask friends to let you practice on them. Use their feedback to make revisions. Record yourself and play back the recording to gauge how you sound. Be sure you are not talking too fast.

3. Stay up to date:

Review your pitch on a regular basis. There may be buzzwords that grow stale over time and need to be replaced. Also, you may have earned new credentials that you want to include.

4. Spend time listening:

Watch for the other person’s reactions and listen to their comments. Ideally, you’ll open up a two-way conversation. Pick someone you admire and pay attention to the way they introduce themselves. It could give you some worthwhile ideas.

5. Project confidence: 

Start out with a firm handshake as long as it’s appropriate for the setting and situation. Radiate enthusiasm. Hold your head up high and smile. Make eye contact for a few seconds.

6. Follow up: 

Think of your pitch as the first step in a longer process. Give out and collect business cards. Suggest getting together for coffee to continue a discussion.

The perfect elevator pitch stirs people’s curiosity and makes them want to learn more about you. Equip yourself with an introduction that will show potential employers why you would be a valuable addition to their team.

7 Ways to Cope with Job Transition

Job transitions are almost always stressful. Whether the transition is caused by a lay-off, moving into a new position at your existing job, or starting a new job, you will encounter some stressful moments and powerful emotions like anger, frustration, fear and feeling of uncertainty and overwhelm.

And by the way, you’re not alone in making a job or career transition. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the US Department of Labor , the average person born in the latter years of the baby boom (1957-1964) held 11.7 jobs from age 18 to age 48. And that number is going up, with some studies finding that younger Americans last barely 4 years any given job before moving on.

It’s not a matter of if, but when you will have to deal with a job or career transition.

So, if you’re facing one, consider the following:

1. Take an Honest Look at You:

What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did those influence—positively or negatively—your transition? Do not lose focus of who you are, of the strengths that have helped you pull through tough times in the past.

2. Take Care of Your Health:

Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever. Exercise regularly, eat well, sleep well, and laugh often. Start meditation. These will help you to feel calm, focused, and in control of the situation.

3. Engage Your Curiosity:

What went wrong, or right? What could you have done better? What worked really well? Be careful though, not to dwell on the past, but look for lessons learnt and opportunities to be seized. “In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time,” writes Robert Collier. Seek for the advantage in this particular situation. You’ll find it, when you engage your curiosity.

4. Focus Not on What You Don’t Want:

Rather, focus on what you want. Know what you need, know what you want, and know how to tell the difference. Keep your eye on the prize.

I can’t emphasize this enough, because often times, when we are under stress such as this, we tend to think more of that thing which created the stress in the first instance – second guessing ourselves, as the cliché goes. And then we end up feeling even more stressed out. The best way to deal with that situation is to shift your gaze to what you really want and to stay positive.

5. Create Your Own Rite of Passage:

Psychiatrist Abigail Brenner writing in Psychology Today argues that ceremony and ritual help with all transitions. I remember when I was younger, whenever I was moving up to something new, like going away to college, or starting a new job, my mother would make me go to our church and pray a full rosary in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary (we were Catholics). At the time I did not know how they worked, but I have always felt that those prayers helped me cope with those transitions.

Dr. Brenner, who is the author of the book, Shift: How to Deal When Life Changes

You can create and perform your own personally expressive rituals, and they don’t have to be anything religious. They can be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be, using them to mark and honor your transitions and special moments in your life that you find significant, in ways you find personally meaningful.

6. Let go of how things were “supposed to be”:

And accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is. If you have not read Byron Katie’s book, The Work, now is the time to do so. Read the book and do the exercises (all free on her website), I promise you’ll experience a significant shift not only in how you perceive your current career transition, but in your life.

7. Find Support:

Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals. Career coach Tess Taylor advises that a good way to manage the emotional effects of career transition is to seek the services of a professional career coach or counselor. She writes that talking about your feelings and your goals makes them tangible and easier to manage. A career coach can help you map out a job plan that aligns with your personality, life purpose and personal values.

In conclusion, be sure to keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t allow yourself to get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.

Are You Ready for Career Change? 5 Key Steps to Plan and Execute Your Move

While many people would love to change their careers, not many people know what to do or where to start. Indeed, this is one of the reasons why many people remain stuck on jobs they don’t like.

Career or job shift can often be the desirable and rightful thing to do when you no longer feel fulfilled in the job you have, however, I will strongly advise that you plan your move carefully.

Do not leap before you look! You do not want the regret of making the wrong move.

With adequate planning, the switchover can be exciting, motivating, and rejuvenating instead of fraught with worry.

Consider the following strategies as you plan and implement your career move:

1. Life Purpose Evaluation:

This is perhaps, the most critical step. You must start by identifying and evaluating your life purpose and values.

I believe that every human being has a purpose for which they are put on this earth. And the principal reason why most people are unhappy with their jobs is because the work they do is not in alignment with their life purpose and values.

You must ask yourself: what is the core message of your life? What are the most important values to you?

You must be clear of your purpose, and you work must be an expression of your life purpose. It’s only then that you can perform at your optimum.

Discovering your life purpose and identifying jobs or careers that are in alignment with it is the most important step in making any career change.

That’s what we call the inner shift. A good career coach, using the right technique, can help you work through this step.

2. Assess Your Motives:

Unearth the reasons for your desire to change careers. Do you feel underappreciated, underpaid, overworked, or unsatisfied in your current position? If so, dig deeper to discern whether your current employer or the career field as a whole is at the root of your dissatisfaction.

If you discover that the source of your unhappiness is your employer, change employers rather than starting an entirely new career. It’s much easier to get a job within your current career field than to get your foot in the door of a completely separate career field.

If your issue is being underpaid or overworked, it may not be necessary to change employers. Have a talk with your supervisor and tell them how your current position is making you feel. If you’re an asset to the company, you may be able to work out an agreement for a raise, promotion or different department that may align better with your life purpose.

3. Have a Game Plan:

Be sure you have a solid plan in place before you take the plunge.

Find out what it will take to succeed in your new career, and be clear you got it. If you don’t have it, be clear how you will get it.

Do you need a new training or certification? What about skills? Are you sure you can excel in the new area?

If you don’t have those, do you have a clear plan on how to acquire them?

If you’re considering a drastic career change, such as going from being a mortgage loan officer to a career in the medical professions, clearly you’ll need additional training. More common career changes may require less additional education, if any.

Search for job postings online which fit the career field you’d like to enter. Generally, the employer or recruiter will list the required education and experience necessary to be considered for the job.

If you’ll need additional education, of course, it will be wise to evaluate a number of issues, like time and resources it will take to complete it.

Your game plan should include your strategies for marketing yourself in the way your prospective employers will see your strength and the value you could add to their organizations.

Do not forget to update (or clean up) your social media, especially your LinkedIn account. Almost all employers these days will check you out in the social media.

Be sure you have strategies in place for accessing both the published and unpublished job markets. Indeed, it’s been estimated that more than 70% of jobs filled each year, especially beyond the entry level, are unpublished, that is, filled without being advertised. Having a plan in place to capture that market is critical when you’re trying to make a career move.

4. Update Your Networking:

Networking is very critical for all job search efforts, particularly for those planning to make a career change.

For one, networking is the number one strategy for accessing the unpublished job market I just discussed above.

It is therefore, imperative that you develop strategic relationships with people in the industry that you are planning to break into.

Remember, networking is not about blabbing to everyone you meet that you’re looking for a job. Start first by getting relevant information and referrals, and then build on those. Link up with as many people in that industry as you can through your social media and other networking channels. Learn the language of the industry and make yourself present during personal meetings and conversations.

Do not stop networking even after you’ve landed a job. Networking continues to remain crucial as you advance in your new career.

5. Balance Speed with Caution:

Yes, you’ve made the decision to move, and move you must, but do not throw caution to the winds. Don’t make reckless moves.

Hang on to your current paycheck for as long as you can, preferably until you can secure a position with a new employer. Set up interviews while you’re still employed and only quit your current position only after you have signed, sealed and delivered your new job contract.

When you’re currently employed with another company, you have more bargaining power in terms of salary when considering a position with a new employer.

Once you’ve secured a position, it may be time to give a two or three week notice to your current employer. The lengthy notice will further increase the chances of a good recommendation and it will prevent them from being surprised when someone calls to confirm a reference. Do not burn your bridge; you never know when you might need it again.

There is nothing wrong in making a career change. There are many jobs available for qualified candidates. If you aren’t content in your current position, life is too short to continue to spend eight hours per day miserably.

As long as you plan carefully to ensure your family’s security, you’d be well served seeking employment in a career field that will increase your quality of life.

How to Use Mock Job Interviews to Land Your Dream Job

It’s natural to feel nervous about job interviews. But you can use mock interviews to gain confidence and make a better impression on a potential employer.

Mock interview is a stress-free way to explore your strengths and weaknesses in an interview process. It can help you find out which part of an interview process you are good at, and which part you need to work on. I mean, if you’re going to bomb a question, wouldn’t you rather prefer to have it be in a mock interview?

Mock practices are important preparation strategies.

Attorneys use mock trials to prepare for real trials. They get volunteer judge, plaintiff and defendant, witnesses, jury and opposing attorneys, and test out their legal arguments and theories with each other.

Politicians use mock debates to prepare for the real debates during elections.

Some students take mock SAT or GRE (practice SAT or GRE) to help them prepare for the real thing.

Mock interview is a good way to build confidence in yourself. You begin to feel more comfortable with the whole interview process … perhaps, even begin to feel like a pro.

Mock job interviews help you sharpen your pitch. Remember that old saying: practice makes perfect.

Preparing for a Mock Interview

1. Do your research:

Act like you’re preparing for the real thing, starting with comprehensive research. Identify the industry and the type of position you want. It may be helpful to use an actual job description from a specific company to keep you focused.

2. Rehearse answers to common questions:

Put together a list of questions that are likely to get asked in an interview. Practice a brief opening statement describing your qualifications. You can customize this for each situation. Go over your job history and training to extract several success stories that demonstrate your abilities, competencies and potentials.

3. Develop your own questions:

Brainstorm relevant questions you can ask to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about the job opening. Find out how industry trends are affecting your potential employer. Clarify aspects of the organizational culture that may not be described in its written materials.

4. Choose your mock interviewer carefully:

A friend who works in human resources may be an ideal choice. Someone with a managerial position in your chosen field can also be helpful. Look for someone who can devote adequate time and take the task seriously.

5. Discuss your goals:

Have a preliminary talk with the person who’s helping you. Share what you want to achieve with them. Let them know that you appreciate candid feedback on your entire performance, from body language to verbal responses. An outside observer can help you identify any distracting mannerisms you may have.

6. Select a neutral setting:

Try to hold your interview in the same type of setting you want to work in. If you’re looking for an office job, visit your friend’s office before work or book a meeting room at a local restaurant.

7. Dress the part:

Wear your interview suit. It will help to put you into the right mindset and give your friend a chance to confirm that you’re dressing appropriately.

Conducting a Mock Interview

1. Record your session:

A video or audio recording provides helpful documentation. You’ll be able to see how much you really fidget or how often you insert the word “like” into your sentences.

2. Repeat as often as possible:

Schedule as many drills as you need to get comfortable and competent with the interview process. Ask your friend to vary their questions and approach each time. Keep track of your progress.

3. Work on your greeting and closing:

Everything you do contributes to the impression you make on your potential employer. Learn to shake hands smoothly while you’re carrying a briefcase. Prepare concise closing statements that sound natural while expressing your gratitude and enthusiasm.

4. Finish up with a debriefing:

Review every session with the person helping you. Gather all the advice you can. Write down what you need to work on, as well as the areas where you succeed in making improvements.

5. Watch yourself in a mirror:

It’s best to train with another person, but using a mirror is the next best thing if no one else is available. You’ll be able to see whether you look poised or anxious. Watch your hand gestures and observe your facial expressions. Even if you do have someone to help you, practicing with a mirror is a valuable supplement to your mock interviews.

6. Consider professional services:

If you want to go a step further, explore professional services. Most universities offer a wide range of support through their career service centers. Employment agencies or career coaches are good resources to explore.

So, go ahead and try some mock interviews. They can help you ace your next real interview and land your dream job.

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