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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tips to Decide on a Job Offer

Of course we all want to say ‘I do’ when our dream job comes knocking. But it is important to take a step back and think about it carefully before you make a commitment. Regretting a decision that was not given adequate consideration is not pretty.

Think about it like this, leaving a new job that you have just started is much more complicated than to turn down a job offer. Your prospective employer will have his own thoughts about this. Having to start the hiring process again from scratch is not something he will particularly enjoy.

Points to consider in your decision making process should include not only that attractive salary but also your new work environment, perks and benefits. Scope for learning, growth and promotion should also be looked at. Ask the employer if he can give you some time to think about it and then look at the pros and cons before making a decision.

Money honey

Money makes the world go round and it should be one of the most important factors in your decision making process. You want to be able to pay your bills come month end, right? Make sure that the salary on offer is going to be enough to support your current lifestyle. If it is not, see if you can negotiate a better deal or politely decline the offer.

Jobs with benefits

Other important things to look at when you are offered a job are your benefits. Do some calculations and work out what it would cost you if, for instance, you would have to pay medical aid contributions out of your own pocket. If you are not entirely sure about the perks and benefits they offer, ask. Things such as leave days, unemployment benefits, commissions or bonuses are all important aspects of the total package, so take those into consideration.

What is the company culture like and what about flexibility?

Trying or wanting to ‘fit in with the crowd’ may not be on your priority list in your personal life, but in a work environment these things do become important. Feeling comfortable in an environment and around the people that you work with is vital for job satisfaction and performance. Imagine having to ask permission to use the ladies room or if only very limited personal interaction was allowed during working hours? It happens… Make sure that you and the ‘rest of them’ are a good fit. You will be spending a lot of time together.

Another point to consider is flexibility, especially if you are a parent, and even more so if you are a single parent. For many of us it is important to have a certain amount of flexibility, especially when you are unable to work a typical 40-hour work week, due to whatever circumstances. Ask about working from home possibilities or half-day options on certain days of the week.

Listen to that inner voice

Each and every person’s circumstances, needs and expectations are different and so there is no hard and fast rule as to the perfect job and whether or not you should accept a job offer. Take your time to look at the offer in detail and make a list of pros and cons if that works for you. And, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel quite right, even if you can’t exactly put your finger on it, then it probably isn’t. Don’t be discouraged though; the next dream job may just come knocking soon.

Tips to Advance your Career

Another year has passed and you are still stuck in the same position that you have been given 3 years ago. Yes, you do love your job but it is time to make long term goals to advance your career. Nobody would reject the idea of climbing up the executive ladder, get a higher pay and receive more benefits and rewards. The chance of becoming the best version of yourself is something worth fighting for because you will get the chance to improve yourself, enhance your skills and gain more knowledge about the duties and responsibilities you were given to perform or go beyond them. Here simple tips to advance your carrer :

  • Have a heart to heart talk with your boss – most people who never get anywhere inside the office are those who don’t let anyone know that they are interested in going up. Take time to talk to your boss and let him know about your dreams. Ask for his opinion on what you could do to prepare yourself for the next step towards your goal.
  • Find a career coach – these people can be found inside and outside the office. You don’t necessarily have to pay for one because this person can be your closest friend, or a sister or a neighbor. Find someone willing to share their success stories and will guide you on what steps you need to take. It is always inspiring to hear these advices from people you look up to and have experienced what you are dealing with at the moment.
  • Don’t stop learning – when you are given the chance to attend seminar or trainings, listen. Take the time to meet new people and learn from them too. Do not simply listen and forget, but listen and live the knowledge you have gained so you always carry them with you wherever you go.
  • Be open to challenges – learn to adapt to changes and face new challenges thrown your way because the experiences you have learned from overcoming these struggles will help you become stronger and better.
  • Reach out – aim to grow together with the company so your boss will know that you are passionate about your job and you are loyal to your company. Be supportive of everyone around you and avoid gossips. Be kind and treat everyone with respect.

 

Tips to Manage Stress in Your Jobs

The common symptoms of stress are the following :

  1. Negativity
  2. Loss of interest and focus
  3. Low self-esteem
  4. Boredom
  5. Depression
  6. Irritability
  7. Physical problems such as headaches and stomachaches

If you feel like you are experiencing these symptoms then better do something about it because stress can lead to your ruin and nobody can help you more but yourself. The demands of your job might increase from time to time but you have to realize that your job is not the only thing that defines you. Identify where your stress is coming from and deal with it without having to compromise the important things in your life.

Here are the 5 important steps on how to manage stress in your jobs :

  1. Change your outlook in life – keep in mind that your job is not permanent and as much as you would like to keep it, there are other important things in your life that you need to focus more in the years to come such as your family, your health and your hobbies. You always have an option to leave your job when it becomes too stressful to handle but make it as the last resort.
  2. Take a deep breath – if you feel that the stress you are feeling is already starting to build up, you can breathe in and breathe out or take a break just to clear your head. Go to the park and just watch the good times taking place among strangers. Do something that will relax you even just for a few minutes.
  3. Talk about it – go to your closest colleague in the office or someone who shares the same sentiments and just talk it out. Be generous and share it to someone you trust, don’t just keep it to yourself because it will make you crazy.
  4. Laugh it out – go to YouTube and watch the funniest videos you can find and laugh. They say that laughter is the best medicine so use it to heal you even just for a day.
  5. Stay Positive – keep a positive mind no matter how hard your situation is because negativity won’t bring you any good in battling stress.

These easy steps will help you during your tough times at work and this is a great strategy if you are working on your career management skills. Understanding your situation and the result of these steps will make you more focused on your job and can open more career opportunities for you in the future.

 

Things You Need to Prepared for Career Change

A New Boss

If your boss is the reason why you left your old job in the first place, then you should know that there is absolutely no guarantee that the new one will be nicer or meaner to you. This is significant knowledge because how you are handled by your manager or direct supervisor will reflect your performance toward your job. Your readiness to face the uncertainty of a good or bad boss has to be settled. Condition yourself to deal with any type of personality. Manage your expectations as well so you won’t be disappointed.

A New Office Environment

Getting used to the workplace develops a sense of familiarity in you. Once you start with your new job, you will have to reprogram yourself and get used to the new environment in order for you to work efficiently. Prepare yourself to organize your job and workplace to the setting that will make you most productive. Find out what you can and cannot bring to the workplace. Respect their rules and regulations even if it appears to be an inconvenience to you. There might be a good reason why they implement such things.

A New Skill Set

Sometimes, changing jobs will really mean having to change the type of work you are doing. Unless you are already used to doing the skills that are required of you in your new job, then you will have to ready yourself to face the challenges of the new job you’ve taken up. You can expect trainings and seminars that will walk you through your new tasks. With this, you need to condition yourself in order to be more adaptive to a learning environment.

A New Routine

Not only does this apply to your work routine, but it also applies to your daily routine. You have to set up your responsibilities in a way that does not create any conflict with your new job. See to it that your other duties are well taken care of before you leave for work in order to avoid unnecessary time off.

You will need to determine the things you have to be prepared for in order to tackle them accordingly. The readier you are, the less you will falter in your quest to success.