Job searches always take time but don’t have to waste time. As a time management coach, I’ve worked with many job seekers who stick to whatever feels safe and comfortable instead of doing what’s effective, only to find their job searches stretching on for an eternity. But in my experience, making your job search more efficient starts with recognizing these five signs that you’re wasting time. advertisement advertisement 1. Relying on a single strategy If you only try to find a job one way–particularly through online job postings–you’re likely wasting time. Most people find new jobs through various forms of networking. It often feels safer to keep your job search between you and your computer, but you’re missing out if you don’t diversify your strategy. So definitely invest some time filling out digital applications, including trying out different job sites and going to individual companies’ career pages. … [Read more...] about These 5 time-wasters are killing your job search
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As 2014 comes to a close, you may be reflecting on the past year and wondering if your current job is where you want to be. If you really don’t like where you work, you are not alone. A Gallup poll found that more than half of workers either are enduring their current job, or actively hate it. In another poll, up to 82% of employees describe their bosses as “jerks” (depending on the workplace). advertisement advertisement But quitting your job in today’s difficult economy is a scary decision to make. Finding another job with the same or better pay is challenging, to say the least. So, it is wise to stop and think about the realities of life before you say, “take this job and shove it” and walk out the door. As a psychologist, career coach, and business consultant, I’ve seen the challenges of bad matches between employees, supervisors, and employers from multiple perspectives. In our book, Rising Above a Toxic Workplace, my co-authors … [Read more...] about Should You Look For A New Job In 2015?
This place is so lovely. advertisement advertisement Cross the Hale County line driving north on the rolling two-lane Alabama State Route 61 and you can’t deny it: the kudzu, the catfish ponds, a picturesque old store called Newbern Mercantile Co. It’s as visually seductive as any rural patch of the so-called Black Belt (a name derived from properties of soil) that stretches across several southern states. And yet this place is so tough. The 15,388 people who inhabit Hale County’s 644 square miles face all the same challenges as residents of similar counties across the rural South, as America becomes ever more urbanized. Jobs are scarce; per-capita income is low; the poverty rate is high; affordable housing is a problem. Most of these places have been largely forgotten. Hale County has not. This is, you could say, by design. Over a period of two decades, 600 or so students have participated in Auburn University’s Rural Studio program, which is … [Read more...] about The Heart of Hale County
Working in an office with a lot of natural light doesn’t just make you more productive on the job and help you sleep better at night–it may also be vital to your intelligence. A new study from Michigan State University has found that spending too much time in dim areas, like poorly lit offices, could actually change the structure of rats’ brains, impacting the way they remember information and learn new things. It suggests that the quality of light in our physical environments may deeply affect us. advertisement MSU neuroscientists studied the brains of Nile grass rats, which are comparable to humans in that they are awake during the day and asleep at night, and discovered that after exposing them to dim light over a period of four weeks, the rats lost 30% of the capacity of their hippocampuses (the region of the brain responsible for learning and memory). The dim light also impacted the rats’ performance on a spatial task. On the flip side, … [Read more...] about What Working In A Dark Office May Do To Your Brain
No matter how smart or experienced you think you are, it’s important to remember you’re always a novice at something. Sounds obvious, but it’s something managers, entrepreneurs, and other business leaders are liable to forget, especially when it comes to how they manage their time. In fact, some of our biggest time management mistakes are simply borne of ignorance. So how do you know when you’re doing something wrong, simply because you don’t know any better? advertisement advertisement Cultivating Knowledge One area where I’m a novice is gardening. This year, I’ve tried and failed several times to sprout flowers from seeds. (Trust me, it’s harder than you think.) Preoccupied with giving them what I thought they needed, I overwatered a good many of them, and they died. My next attempt involved petunias. Here in Michigan, we get quite a bit of summer rain, so I decided to hold back on how much I watered the petunias in my … [Read more...] about 3 Time Management Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making