career advice http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1440/all en-US I Hate My Job! Now What? http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/i-hate-my-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hate-job-iStock_000032969296_Small.jpg" alt="stressed woman" title="stressed woman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You hate your job, but what can you do about it? First, assess your situation to determine what your next step should be. Learn how to survive at a job you hate, how to get out without hurting your career, and what you can do to <em>not</em> hate your next job. Use these links to jump ahead to any section.</p> <ul> <li><a href="#assess">Assessing Your Situation</a></li> <li><a href="#changes">Making Changes at Work<br /> </a></li> <li><a href="#out">Getting Out of the Job</a></li> <li><a href="#happy">Finding a Job that Makes You Happy</a></li> </ul> <p>If you recently lost your job, take a look at Wise Bread's collection of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">tips and resources for the recently laid off</a>.</p> <h2><a name="assess"></a></h2> <h2>Assessing Your Situation</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-your-job-might-be-worth-staying-at"><strong>10 Important Signs Your Job Might Be Worth Staying At</strong></a><br /> Think you hate your job? Before you jump ship, see if your current job has the qualities that makes it worth staying at. Your situation may be better than you thought.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks"><strong>10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</strong></a><br /> You're miserable at work, but do you hate it enough to leave? Here are 10 ways to tell if your job really sucks &mdash; and how you can fix it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-three-f-rule-can-lead-you-to-happiness"><strong>The Three F Rule Can Lead You to Happiness</strong></a><br /> The Three F Rule is a simple formula that keeps you sane and makes sure your working life doesn't go off the rails. If you don't want to hate your job, make sure you have at least two of these: fun, fame, and fortune.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-what-you-love-idealistic-nonsense-or-good-advice"><strong>Do What You Love: Idealistic Nonsense Or Good Advice?</strong></a><br /> Get some advice from Gary Vaynerchuk on why everyone needs to do what they love.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-afford-to-follow-your-dreams-can-you-afford-not-to"><strong>Can you afford to follow your dreams? Can you afford NOT to?</strong></a><br /> When you hate your job, maybe it's time for a change. Maybe it's time to follow your dreams, instead &mdash; but the prospect of such a major change can be intimindating. Sarah Winfrey and commenters discuss the pursuit of dreams and risks it involves.</p> <h2><a name="changes"></a></h2> <h2>Making Changes at Work</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-and-thrive-in-a-job-you-hate"><strong>How to Survive (and Thrive!) in a Job You Hate</strong></a><br /> Sometimes, leaving a job you hate may not be an option. However, there are ways to survive and thrive in jobs you don't like. Here are 9 secrets to making that hated job easier.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-getting-what-you-want-at-work"><strong>How to Get What You Want at Work</strong></a><br /> Even if you hate your job, you can still try to improve your work situation by having a meeting with your boss. Here are some tips on how to turn the meeting to your advantage and get what you want at work.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-behaviors-and-attitudes-that-can-drive-workplace-success"><strong>14 Behaviors &amp; Attitudes That Can Drive Workplace Success</strong></a><br /> If you hate your job because you don't seem to be getting anywhere, changing how you behave at work and re-evaluating your attitude towards the job might do the trick. Here are some ways to achieve workplace success.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-a-lousy-job-can-lead-to-a-bright-future"><strong>Why a Lousy Job Can Lead to a Bright Future</strong></a><br /> Hating your job doesn't mean you shouldn't try to excel at it. In fact, doing well at a lousy job can help your prospects in future employment opportunities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-new-ways-to-hack-your-boss-without-a-machete"><strong>5 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You</strong></a><br /> Tips on navigating office politics and dealing with your boss.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quit-wasting-your-lunch-hour-on-lunch-or-how-you-can-change-your-life-in-just-45-minutes-a-day"><strong>How You Can Change Your Life in Just 45 Minutes a Day</strong></a><br /> You might hate your job, but there is still that hour in the middle of the day that's all yours (usually). Those 45 minutes every day can be the time you need to make some major changes in your life.</p> <h2><a name="out"></a></h2> <h2>Getting Out of the Job</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming"><strong>20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</strong></a><br /> So you hate your job and you'd rather not have anything to do with it. Still, that's no excuse to let a pink slip catch you by surprise. Answer these questions to see if it's time to start the job search in earnest.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walking-away-from-a-job-that-s-going-away-on-your-terms"><strong>Walking Away (From a Job That's Going Away) on Your Own Terms</strong></a><br /> Even if you hate your job, you should still look after your interests before walking away. Here is a plan to exit a bad work situation without burning yourself.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-laid-off-a-step-by-step-guide"><strong>How to Get Laid Off</strong></a><br /> Hate your job but don't want to quit on your own? Being laid off is a better option, but it can be difficult if you've been doing everything right. Here are some ways to get out of a job you hate without destroying your career.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-buy-your-way-out-of-the-rat-race"><strong>Can You Buy Your Way Out of the Rat Race?</strong></a><br /> What are the chances that you leave a job you hate, get a new job, then find that you hate your new job, too? Theoretically, you can exit the rat race altogether if you have enough capital saved or invested to live off of. The reality, however, is not so simple; it's actually really hard to buy your way out. So what can you do instead?</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/on-choosing-temporary-freedom"><strong>On Choosing Temporary Freedom</strong></a><br /> If you had the option to switch back and forth between freedom and a regular job, you might not hate your job quite so much. Here's an introduction on the concept of temporary freedom and how you can work it into your life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-honesty-always-the-best-policy"><strong>Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?</strong></a><br /> If you're leaving a job you hate for something better, it's definitely time to celebrate. But if you're too enthusiastic, that might turn off your ex-coworkers/-bosses and burn some bridges you'd rather keep intact. Ask yourself these three questions to help you figure out how best to break it to your colleagues.</p> <h2><a name="happy"></a></h2> <h2>Finding a Job that Makes You Happy</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoiding-grass-is-always-greener-syndrome"><strong>Avoiding Grass-is-Always-Greener Syndrome</strong></a><br /> It's easy to imagine that working anywhere else would be better than at the job you hate now. However, if you really want to be happy at the next job, you need to identify your pet peeves and make sure they're not waiting for you at the new job, too. Here's how.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion"><strong>Find Your Passion</strong></a><br /> You can lower the odds of hating your next job by following your passion, but what if you don't know what your passion is?&nbsp; Here are some ways to find what it is that you would love to do.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-work-worth-doing"><strong>Find Work Worth Doing</strong></a><br /> Simply doing work that you feel is worth the energy you put in can go a long way towards being happy, whether at your job or in your daily life. Start by making the distinction between work and a job.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/for-love-or-money-must-it-be-one-or-the-other"><strong>For Love or Money: Must It Be One or the Other?</strong></a><br /> In further examining the intricacies of love and money, here are some concepts that further deepen the debate.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-finding-your-dream-job"><strong>The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job</strong></a><br /> You've left the job that you hate; now, it's time to find one that you'll love. The first step to finding your dream job is to define what it is. Define your dream job by taking these steps.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics"><strong>Location Independent Career Basics</strong></a><br /> If you hated your job because of its location, you can eliminate the issue by working at home &mdash; or anywhere you want. A location independent career gives you the freedom to work where you want to. Here's what you need to know about location independent careers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/non-traditional-jobs-how-bibliophiles-and-film-fanatics-can-find-success"><strong>How Bibliophiles and Film Fanatics Can Find Success</strong></a><br /> If you've hated all the jobs you've had, it may be time to look at non-traditional avenues of income: writing reviews. Here is how book lovers and movie fanatics can make money off their hobbies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-online-teaching-be-for-you"><strong>Could Online Teaching Be For You?</strong></a><br /> Not sure what you want to do after you've left the job you hate? Why not teach classes online? See if online teaching should be the next step in your career.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lost-my-job-tips-for-the-recently-laid-off">Help! I Lost My Job!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview">12 Unique Ways to Score a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/master-these-15-interview-questions">Master These 15 Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-you-should-do-if-youre-stumped-during-an-interview">What You Should Do If You&#039;re Stumped During an Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/job-search-tips-that-will-get-you-a-job-in-2012">Job Search Tips That Will Get You a Job in 2012</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting career advice lost job new job Thu, 21 May 2015 22:29:16 +0000 Amy Lu 1432656 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Common Job-Hunt Tips You Should Ignore http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-job-hunt-tips-you-should-ignore <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-common-job-hunt-tips-you-should-ignore" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stress-4228151-small.jpg" alt="man covering ears" title="man covering ears" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems like everyone has their own special brand of advice for job hunters. And in a competitive job market, advice gets echoed more and more loudly whether it's good or not. If you've just graduated or are considering making a career change, no doubt you're a bit anxious about entering the fray and slightly confused by all the advice you've been getting. Relax, and take a step back. Here are some common job-hunting tips you can blatantly ignore. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-crucial-job-searching-steps-most-people-skip">6 Important Job Search Steps Most People Skip</a>)</p> <h2>1. Apply for as Many Positions as Possible</h2> <p>Time and time again, I've heard that landing a job is just a numbers game. The logic goes something like this: Job seekers should apply to as many jobs as possible, and eventually, once the funnel has been sufficiently filled, one or two opportunities will filter out and materialize into an offer. It almost makes sense. But applicants can rely too heavily on this approach and turn their job hunt into an assembly line of untailored resumes and cover letters. It makes much more sense to target the jobs that will be the best fit, focus tactically on each one, and redirect your energy on standing out from the crowd. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-score-a-job-interview">12 Unique Ways to Get a Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>2. It's Okay to Skip the Cover Letter</h2> <p>Savvy recruiters sometimes tell candidates to skip the cover letter until an employer has expressed an interest in their resume. Bullocks! A well-crafted but brief cover letter is an opportunity to impress a potential employer. When properly done, a cover letter showcases your writing skill, displays your knowledge of the company, explains how your previous skills can be applied in the new role, and &mdash; ultimately &mdash; shows your level of effort and commitment. While it's OK to leverage some standard copy, customize each letter to the specific position you're applying to and make it clear that you've done your research.</p> <h2>3. Your Credit History Doesn't Really Matter</h2> <p>While we may not agree with it, more and more employers are basing at least part of their hiring decision on candidates' credit history. And those credit checks aren't only used for finance positions; employers in nearly every industry use credit information to evaluate applicants' trustworthiness, responsibility, and maturity level. If you're not sure what's in <a href="http://www.creditreport.com/creditscores/creditratings/how-order-credit-score.aspx">your credit report, find out</a> before you start job hunting. If you know that your credit has some heavy bruising, own up to it early on in the interview process. Employers tend to appreciate candidates who are honest, direct, and can explain that they're working on correcting the financial mistakes of their past.</p> <h2>4. Employers Focus Heavily on Formal Education</h2> <p>Your education is your calling card, but few employers particularly care where you got it. With few exceptions, employers respond to experience, skill levels, adaptability, and motivation. In fact, many employers would prefer that you unlearn some things so they can retrain you themselves. Job candidates who display curiosity, a desire to learn, and the ability to catch on quickly will usually go to the front of the line.</p> <h2>5. No One Really Finds a Job on the Internet</h2> <p>This one couldn't be further from the truth. While it's easy to depend too heavily on the web, employers <em>do</em> advertise open positions and source candidates via online sources. For job hunters, the challenge is standing out from the crowd of candidates who are scrolling and clicking just like you are. Do your research, make your resume and cover letter shine, bring your best to each and every interview, and follow-up with a handwritten thank-you letter.</p> <h2>6. Don't Mention Salary During the First Interview</h2> <p>While finding the right job fit is important, ultimately, we all exchange labor for money. There's no reason to hesitate in determining if the salary range and other compensation opportunities fit with your needs. It shouldn't be the first question you ask, but it shouldn't be sidelined either. Discussing salary specifics early helps both you and your potential employer avoid wasted time and effort. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-questions-you-must-ask-at-your-next-job-interview">4 Questions You Must Ask at Your Interview</a>)</p> <h2>7. You Must Stay in That Job You Hate at Least One Year</h2> <p>While it's hard to defend a job-hopping past, it's seldom a good idea to grind your teeth for a year in a job you hate. Employees who are just putting in time tend to perform poorly, do not excel, and do not build the kinds of professional relationships that can be valuable down the road. If you've accepted a job that's a terrible fit, get out early, learn from it, and move on.</p> <h2>8. Network, Network, Network!</h2> <p>It's not that networking isn't important; it's just not the Holy Grail of job hunting. Much like the application process, your networking efforts should be targeted and strategic. Shaking hands, exchanging business cards, and connecting via LinkedIn with everyone you meet will only go so far. Network with those who have the job you want today and the job you may want tomorrow, and understand that the process is reciprocal. Ask yourself, &quot;What can I offer others who may need a leg-up in their industry? Who could benefit from my connections now, grow their career, and evolve into a more valuable colleague later?&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-simple-networking-tricks">Simple Networking Tricks</a>)</p> <p>In any economy, landing your dream job (or at least a job that's not a nightmare) is all about targeting the right prospective employers, perseverance, standing out from the crowd, and good old-fashioned follow-up. And at every step in the process, it helps to take a critical look at each piece of advice that's lobbed your way. Discard whatever doesn't pass the common-sense test or ring true from your own experience. Beyond that, get creative about how you source leads and respond to opportunities, stay motivated, and help your fellow job searchers when you can.</p> <p><em>What advice do you have for job seekers out there? What is the best and worst job-hunting advice you've ever been given?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-job-hunt-tips-you-should-ignore">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">How to get a job--learn the secret from a bad movie</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing a job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko">Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting career career advice job job hunting job search Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:24:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 989597 at http://www.wisebread.com Unconventional Career Advice From "Parks and Recreation" http://www.wisebread.com/unconventional-career-advice-from-parks-and-recreation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/unconventional-career-advice-from-parks-and-recreation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3456162111_6a8f37f38c_b.jpg" alt="Parks and Recreation" title="Parks and Recreation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.nbc.com/parks-and-recreation/">Parks and Recreation</a>,&quot; the popular NBC television show, is great for laughs. Anyone who has ever had to endure working with lazy and disinterested colleagues, navigating institutional mazes, dealing with unreasonable customers, and getting their career-related enthusiasm squashed should be able to relate. Once you get to know the characters, like the ever-hopeful Leslie Knope, anti-government bureaucrat Ron Swanson, uber-moody April Ludgate, and sweet-sounding yet self-centered Tom Haverford, catching an episode on Amazon Prime or Netflix is an excellent way to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-free-ways-to-cheer-yourself-up">cheer yourself up</a>.</p> <p>But you can also pick up lessons for maintaining excelling in your current job and taking your career to new heights <em>without</em> getting beaten down by insane bureaucracy or discouraged by cynical coworkers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-lessons-from-the-hunger-games">Financial Lessons From &quot;The Hunger Games&quot;</a>)</p> <h3>Distinguishing Bad Advice From Good Will Save You Grief</h3> <p>Leslie Knope, the naïve and idealistic but dedicated deputy director of Parks and Recreation in Pawnee, Indiana, gets lots of work-related advice from her colleagues, friends, boss, and even her mom, who is also a government employee.</p> <p>Early in her career, she tends to ignore the sound counsel and act on the wacky guidance. For example, soon after coming up with the idea to turn an abandoned building site owned by the city (aka &quot;the pit&quot;) into a park, Leslie decides to hold a public forum, contrary to the advice that city planner Mark Brendanawicz gives her. On the other hand, she tries to blackmail a zoning official to get preferential treatment based on direction from her mother. Both situations lead to disaster. Eventually she learns what advice works best for her style.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: Separating helpful from harmful advice is essential to being successful. When you start a new job or take on new work challenges, you may have difficulty figuring out what recommendations to follow and which to discard. But the sooner you can discern who is trustworthy and what advice is credible, the faster you can start making good decisions and achieving goals.</p> <h3>Coworkers Won't Support Your Projects Until After You Succeed</h3> <p>As an unproven leader, Leslie struggles to generate excitement about her ideas. Her cynical boss and coworkers don't embrace her plans to turn the pit into a park, grow a community garden, etc. Generally, they don't want to expend extra effort to improve Pawnee, the town where they work and live, especially if there are no tangible rewards for them personally.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: People are often skittish about new initiatives and changes, no matter how well-considered and expertly planned. As a result, your colleagues may be more likely to act as apathetic bystanders waiting to see what happens with your new project rather than enthusiastic cheerleaders encouraging you to do your best. After achieving success, you are more likely to get support. The problem is that you may need their backing to pull off certain projects, programs, or activities.</p> <h3>People Will Help You If They Like You</h3> <p>When Leslie's coworkers finally give her assistance, it seems to be because they like her and admire her dedication. They don't necessarily believe in the worthiness of her ideas. But, having benefited from her kindnesses, they respond to her requests.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: Relationships are critical to the success of nearly any endeavor, whether it's selling a new brand of widgets or getting a referendum passed. While relationships don't guarantee support, buy-in, or votes, they do influence behaviors. What's often most relevant to getting help is the strength of friendships.</p> <h3>Making Big Things Happen Can Propel You Forward in Your Career</h3> <p>When the Pawnee government has a budget crisis and must trim services to save money, Leslie rallies her coworkers and members of the business community to revive the Harvest Festival. So, while others are trying to cut costs, she stages a weeklong event to reinvigorate the local economy. Her success brings accolades and gets the attention of a group that encourages her to run for city council.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: Doing your job and exceeding performance expectations, whether they're sales goals, productivity levels, efficiency measures, or profit numbers, are well-received by your employer. But to stand out and land prominent opportunities, you typically need to dream big and act boldly. Tackling a major project when everyone else is too timid to take action is often a great path to professional fame.</p> <h3>Employees Will Give Lousy Service If They Don't Believe in the Business Model</h3> <p>Pawnee citizens are treated shabbily when they try to make appointments with Ron Swanson, who doesn't believe in government even though he is the director of Parks and Recreation. His assistant, April Ludgate, screens his calls and helps him avoid all contact with the public. She schedules appointments for March 31, a date she mistakenly thinks doesn't exist. In subsequent interactions, she suggests truly nonexistent dates and times.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: When the people who work for a company don't really get why the business exists or just don't care about what the organization represents to its customers, they tend to make bad decisions and say stupid things. For example, I once heard a practice manager at a physician's office defend her staff's failure to help a patient because of an employee's discomfort in discussing health issues. On the other hand, companies that deliver outstanding service tend to employ people who understand and buy into the business model and reason for being.</p> <h3>Personality Is Often More Important Than Skills</h3> <p>Gruff and intimidating Ron promotes departmental intern April to the position of his assistant because she is &quot;aggressively mean and apathetic,&quot; attributes that he finds desirable in an employee. Because he wants his department to have minimal involvement in the community, keep its distance from citizens, and avoid improvement in park facilities and programs, he prefers ineffectual staff members who support this vision.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: The unique needs of the manager and department often play a major role in hiring decisions. Credentials that should get you a slot with an organization may not be as important as personality and culture fit. To <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">land a job that makes you happy</a>, look for companies that share your values and don't be afraid to be yourself.</p> <h3>Awards Are Stupid but Can Be Useful</h3> <p>Community, industry, and agency awards are exposed as meaningless in at least a couple of episodes. For example, when Ron is nominated for a woman-of-the-year award so the organization can benefit from the publicity, Leslie is upset. She rightly believes that he is slated to receive recognition for a girls' camp that she initiated and developed. Ron contends that awards are stupid and offers this situation as an example. Ultimately, though, he realizes recipients can get accolades that reinforce right behaviors and provide a career boost.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: There are many things that don't necessarily add to your qualifications but bolster your career. These include awards along with certain certifications, classes, and publications. Though your capabilities may have been stellar even before receiving an award, such professional recognition can validate your credentials and make you more attractive to potential employers and clients.</p> <h3>Advocating for Yourself Is a Valuable Skill</h3> <p>Leslie is a regular guest on local television and radio shows, including &quot;Pawnee Today,&quot; which she likens to &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/3032608/">Meet the Press</a>.&quot; Most of these appearances portray the show hosts as buffoons and cast Leslie as a Midwestern yokel. Nevertheless, participating in these face-offs and defending her integrity allow her to counteract negative publicity, preventing her career from spiraling downward. And these appearances help her to develop a polished stage presence.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: At some point in your career, one of your coworkers, bosses, or customers will publicly question your capabilities or blame you for a problem (aka &quot;throw you under the bus&quot;). To keep your job and reputation, you'll need to learn to defend yourself. These techniques may include clarifying your position on a certain issue, giving background information about an incident, and reminding others of their roles in certain situations.</p> <h3>When You Ask for Input, You'll Get Weird Responses</h3> <p>Throughout her career, Leslie holds many public forums. Most of these events draw community members who make bizarre gripes and issue odd statements.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: If you have ever conducted a survey or town hall meeting, you likely have received startling and scathing remarks. The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-communicate-better-today">desire to be heard and understood </a>overcomes some people's ability to think and speak kindly about the topic at hand. Don't be surprised if an open call yields at least some unexpected responses. However, this process may uncover genuine problems that drive your customers or staff crazy.</p> <h3>People May Seem Crazy, but You Still Need to Deal With Them</h3> <p>The citizens of Pawnee often seem like a bunch of crazies. And, if you consider only those who stand and speak at the public forums, then the view that something's not right with the population is spot on. However, other encounters reveal that many people have normal sensibilities, think rationally, and treat each other respectfully.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: If you view customers through a lens that shows them as insane, over-the-top critical, or just plain stupid, then your interactions will reinforce this perspective. And, while there are always a few memorable oddballs in any group &mdash; whether your customer base, neighbors in a homeowners' association, or parents at your kids' school &mdash; most have the capacity to act reasonably. If you can find a way to deal effectively with such people, then your day-to-day work will go more smoothly than otherwise, and your performance is more likely to sparkle.</p> <h3>Effective Leadership Sometimes Means Abruptly Ending a Discussion</h3> <p>During the Harvest Festival, Ron deftly ends squabbles among his staff when he states the truth about their motivations and asks them to apologize to each other, rather than allow continued standoffs. In another episode, Leslie tries to prolong her working relationship with Ben Wyatt, the state auditor who becomes her love interest. She tries to get citizens riled up about the lack of an environmental impact study and potentially disruptive evening activities at the soon-to-be smallest park in the state. Ben squelches the drawn-out dialogue, rather than engage her and local residents.</p> <p><strong>Career Lesson</strong>: A command-and-control style of management can be useful in some scenarios. Certainly, collaborative leadership is effective for engaging employees, gathering input, making sure that all perspectives are understood, and getting buy-in for decisions. In certain situations, however, this progressive approach just wastes time. Being able to apply common sense and take quick decisive action is sometimes needed.</p> <p><em>What career lessons have you learned from &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unconventional-career-advice-from-parks-and-recreation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/defining-success-if-you-dont-know-what-you-want-you-wont-know-when-youve-gotten-it">Defining Success: If You Don&#039;t Know What You Want, You Won&#039;t Know When You&#039;ve Gotten It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-suck-up-at-work-that-wont-make-you-feel-slimy">15 Ways to Suck Up at Work That Won&#039;t Make You Feel Slimy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career">Why Generosity Is Key to Everything — Including Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Personal Development career advice career lessons Parks and Recreation Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:48:31 +0000 Julie Rains 968154 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Career Changes You Can Make Today http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_office_window.jpg" alt="Man at office window" title="Man at office window" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="131" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're all busy. And that means we get caught up in our day-to-day responsibilities and rarely have time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, asking &quot;Where is my career going?&quot;</p> <p>Here are 25 things you can do today to make sure your career ship is cruising in the right direction. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-awesome-websites-to-help-you-get-a-job">25 Awesome Websites to Help You Get a Job</a>)</p> <h2>Read Up</h2> <p>Reading is important because it's how we learn new things and stay up to date with what's happening in the world. Here are some things you should read to keep you as productive as possible.</p> <p><strong>1. Books</strong></p> <p>There are a million books out there about how to &ldquo;boost&rdquo; your career. But here are four recent ones I've read that bring a unique perspective to the field. Their goal is to treat your career as if you are a freelancer offering your services. It&rsquo;s your job to hustle and make sure your services are in demand. The rarer and more valuable those services are, the better off you&rsquo;ll be. As for &quot;SPIN Selling,&quot; there are some sales strategies in there you can use during interviews to help you get the job.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307951529/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0307951529&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> &quot;The $100 Startup&quot;</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307888908/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0307888908&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> &quot;Startup of You&quot;</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1455509124/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1455509124&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"> &quot;So Good They Can&rsquo;t Ignore You&quot;<br /> </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0070511136/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0070511136&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">&quot;SPIN Selling&quot;</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>2. The News</strong></p> <p>Make the news a part of your routine. It&rsquo;s important that you stay &ldquo;in the know&rdquo; about what&rsquo;s happening in the job market, what industries are getting coverage, and what&rsquo;s &ldquo;hot&rdquo; (and more importantly...what's not).</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://online.wsj.com/home-page">WSJ</a></li> <li><a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/"> Yahoo Finance</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>3. Blogs</strong></p> <p>Good blogs are a great way to keep the pulse of the career field and get actionable advice that&rsquo;s tried and true. If you're obsessive and love to read, make sure to check out <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about">15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About</a> or these blogs:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://calnewport.com/blog/"> Cal Newport</a></li> <li><a href="http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/"> Penelope Trunk</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/"> Ramit Sethi</a></li> <li><a href="http://blogs.hbr.org/"> Harvard Business School</a></li> </ul> <h2>Connect With People</h2> <p>You&rsquo;re not going to advance far in your career without some help (and a little luck). So make sure you are constantly building a network of people you admire that you can learn from.</p> <p><strong>4. Online</strong></p> <p>LinkedIn is a great way to keep in touch with people in your industry and keep track of what they&rsquo;re doing and worrying about. If someone you admire tweets about a problem, you have a cool opportunity to help them out. It&rsquo;s also a great way to study up on a potential new boss/employer.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://twitter.com/">Twitter</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/">LinkedIn</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>5. At Work</strong></p> <p>The people you work with today are the people your next job will be calling for references. You don't have to be a fake, just remember that the goal is to get things done and for the entire group to be successful. Be friendly. Be a team player. You can&rsquo;t do it all by yourself &mdash; and you will have a heck of a time getting anything done if your colleagues don&rsquo;t like your attitude.</p> <p><strong>6. Your College Network</strong></p> <p>Most universities and colleges have an alumni association that you can join. Once you&rsquo;re in, you can search the alumni database by company, industry, and even title. Right off the bat you have something in common with these people, so use the relationship wisely (don&rsquo;t spam!).</p> <p><strong>7. Find a Mentor</strong></p> <p>Mentors are essential in developing your career. We all think we can do it on our own, but that&rsquo;s just youthful bravado talking. Find someone you respect and trust that has experience and try to learn as much as you can from them. It might be your boss or it might be a former boss...you never know.</p> <p><strong>8. Help a Coworker</strong></p> <p>Keep an eye out for someone that has too much on their plate or is obviously frustrated. Then try to help them out. Take on some of their work. Push a deadline back for them. Take them out to coffee to give them a break. Anything. Just let them know you&rsquo;re there to help. Help your team today, and they will be there to help you down the line.</p> <h2>Software Savers</h2> <p>I'm a tech guy, so I love using software to make my life easier. Here are some tools I highly recommend.</p> <p><strong>9. Use Prezi for Presentations</strong></p> <p>PowerPoint is a snooze-fest, so go to <a href="http://www.prezi.com">Prezi.com</a> and take a few minutes to learn the basics. Next time you (or a coworker) need to make a presentation, wow everyone by using Prezi instead. Then show everyone else how to use it. No more boring PowerPoint slides to sit through, and you've just demonstrated some leadership.</p> <p><strong>10. Defend Your Time Against Distractions</strong></p> <p>Regardless of what email program you use, this advice holds. Turn off the notifications that beep or pop up every time an email comes in; these distractions are productivity killers.</p> <p>Also, use your calendar wisely &mdash; schedule your day in advance by blocking off time so, a) no one bothers you, and b) you have clear direction on what you&rsquo;re doing throughout the day. Add a couple of blocks throughout the day for checking email.</p> <p><strong>11. Become an Excel Master</strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;ll probably never become as good as <a href="http://www.chandoo.org" target="_blank">this guy</a>, but you should at least learn to do more than basic charts with Excel. There&rsquo;s a reason why this is so expensive. It can save you hours of work, make you look real smart, and give you some great insight when you have tons of data. As I&rsquo;ve said before, it&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own">the most underrated piece of software you already own</a>.</p> <p><strong>12. Try Evernote</strong></p> <p><a href="http://evernote.com/">Evernote</a> allows you to store all your notes, pictures, lists, links, and anything else you can think of in one cloud-based location. It makes everything searchable, so you can always find that article you flagged or those meeting notes you stored. You may or may not wind up using it, but try it anyway. Some people use it to take notes in meetings and wind up becoming as attached to it as they are to their email client.</p> <h2>Your Salary</h2> <p>One of the most important parts of your career is what you're worth to the market. The sooner you maximize this, the better off off you'll be down the line &mdash; think of it as an investment that pays off the earlier you start executing.</p> <p><strong>13. Run a Salary Audit</strong></p> <p>The goal is to figure out if you&rsquo;re being paid fairly. Use salary-comparison sites like <a href="http://www.salary.com">Salary.com</a> and <a href="http://www.glassdoor.com">Glassdoor</a> to get a range of where you should be. Be warned &mdash; you might find you&rsquo;re paid fairly (and might be overpaid!) even if you feel you deserve more! For more on salary audits, check out my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-the-most-out-of-salary-comparison-sites">salary guide</a>.</p> <p><strong>14. Control Your Spending</strong></p> <p>Making more is the best way to boost your finances, but you also have to control how much you spend. It isn&rsquo;t as hard as you think. Spend less than you make, and get rid of your debt as quickly as you possibly can.</p> <p><strong>15. Automate Your Finances</strong></p> <p>As much as we love to talk about money, we shouldn&rsquo;t be wasting all of our time thinking and worrying about it. Automate your savings, your bills, and your investments so you don&rsquo;t have to spend time managing it every month. Now take that time and devote it to planning ahead.</p> <h2>Plot Your Next Move</h2> <p>You should always be ready to make a move because you never know when a random opportunity (or a layoff) will come along.</p> <p><strong>16. Work Smarter</strong></p> <p>Before you try to find another job, make sure you&rsquo;re killing it at your current job. Make life easier for yourself and for others by finding efficiencies, working smarter, and getting things done. Easier said than done, I know, but when you&rsquo;re out there interviewing, you want to have concrete examples of how you created value in the past.</p> <p><strong>17. Learn More Skills</strong></p> <p>This isn&rsquo;t easy either, but if you&rsquo;ve been reading the news and some good blogs around your industry, then you should have a pretty good idea of what you should add to your arsenal. Maybe it&rsquo;s software skills or a certification, but in order to get to the next step you have to add these skills. Before you go back to school and go into debt, look into alternative online learning solutions like <a href="https://www.coursera.org/">Coursera</a>, <a href="http://www.lynda.com">Lynda</a>, and online universities.</p> <p><strong>18. Learn How to Interview</strong></p> <p>Interviewing is an art form, and you have to know how to drive the conversation and tell your story. I could point you to a million different resources on this, but I&rsquo;ll make this simple. Go to New York Times bestseller <a href="http://iwillteachyoutoberich.com">Ramit Sethi&rsquo;s site</a> and read all the free stuff he offers. Even without paying for his Dream Job program, you&rsquo;ll still get a ton of value. Start there and sign up to get his hilarious/insightful emails.</p> <p><strong>19. Be Flexible</strong></p> <p>Most people think they are in control of their careers. You pick a field/industry/job, and then you plow ahead, doing your best to go as far as possible. That&rsquo;s not realistic. Things that interest you will lure you into different areas. Stuff you had no idea existed will come into play. You&rsquo;ll get laid off. You&rsquo;ll get promoted. You&rsquo;ll switch jobs. Be open to these changes, and don&rsquo;t shut any doors because they don&rsquo;t mesh with your &ldquo;five year plan.&rdquo; The best course of action is to be ready for anything because the unexpected moves sometimes wind up being the best moves you ever make.</p> <h2>About Your Boss</h2> <p>This person is a huge player in your career &mdash; whether you like it or not. So make sure you're devoting some time and energy to this relationship.</p> <p><strong>20. Have a Sit Down</strong></p> <p>Communication is crucial, especially with the person you report to. Whether you get along with your boss or not (in a perfect world you at least respect and trust him or her), you need to have a clear understanding of what&rsquo;s expected of you and how you can exceed those expectations. Not sure how to &ldquo;hit a homerun&rdquo; for your boss? Ask, and then execute.</p> <p><strong>21. Pretend You&rsquo;re the Boss</strong></p> <p>I don&rsquo;t mean put your feet on your desk and start bossing people around. I mean really take the time to imagine yourself in your boss&rsquo;s shoes. Think about her day-to-day, the people she manages, the boss she has to answer to. All of that...think about it real hard. Sometimes a little empathy goes a long way. Plus, it will help you on your next task.</p> <p><strong>22. Help Your Boss</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;re all very busy, but pay close attention to your boss for a week. I mean, really pay attention. What&rsquo;s bothering him? What&rsquo;s keeping him up at night? What worries him? Now spend some of your time trying to make his life easier.</p> <h2>Acquire&nbsp;New Skills</h2> <p>Your career can&rsquo;t progress if you don&rsquo;t learn new, practical skills that are valued in the workforce. Just because you graduated college doesn&rsquo;t mean you should stop learning. If you do, you&rsquo;ll stagnate real quick.</p> <p><strong>23. Get Technical</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-your-career-a-boost-with-one-skill">Learning to program</a> isn&rsquo;t easy, but having a basic understanding of how things like websites and apps are created can go a long way. So check out sites like <a href="http://www.about.com">About.com</a>, <a href="http://Udemy.com">Udemy</a>, and <a href="http://www.codecademy.com/">Code Academy</a> to get a jump start on the essentials. Heck, you might even find yourself getting into it and wanting to learn more.</p> <p><strong>24. Start a Blog</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;ve always believed <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/to-blog-or-not-to-blog-that-is-the-question/">everyone can benefit from having a blog</a>. If you commit to a regular posting schedule, you&rsquo;ll find yourself reading more industry-related news and staying on top of your space. This is a good thing. The blog is an outlet where you can discuss topics that you find especially interesting and potentially find others who are interested in the same things you are. Plus, it&rsquo;ll teach you the basics of SEO and social media, and you'll be building your &quot;brand&quot; as an expert in your industry. With practice you&rsquo;ll eventually become a better writer.</p> <p><strong>25. Teach Others</strong></p> <p>You can&rsquo;t call yourself a master at anything until you&rsquo;ve taught it to others. So pick out something you&rsquo;re really good at, and share it with others trying to learn it. It can be someone you work with or perfect strangers online. And if you can&rsquo;t get motivated to do it, you can try to sell your course on sites like <a href="http://udemy.com">Udemy</a>.</p> <p><strong>Bonus</strong></p> <p>Have something on the side. I've found that my day-to-day is way more satisfying when I'm working on a side project outside of work. It gives me a sense of empowerment and accomplishment that lets me know I'm not just my job. Which oddly enough motivates me even more at work. Whether it's a blog or a freelance business, just find something you enjoy doing and devote some time to it.</p> <p><em>If you have any other tips that you've found to be effective, please share them in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-go-to-college-to-learn">Don&#039;t Go to College to Learn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-career-advice-sites-you-should-know-about">15 Career Advice Sites You Should Know About</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/networking-basics-for-regular-people">Networking Basics for Regular People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko">Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-joining-an-excellent-startup-company">Tips for Joining an Excellent Startup Company</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career advice networking skills Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:36:56 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 955017 at http://www.wisebread.com 35 Resources for Female Entrepreneurs http://www.wisebread.com/35-resources-for-female-entrepreneurs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/35-resources-for-female-entrepreneurs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4715022811_784d706e12_z.jpg" alt="woman at seminar" title="woman at seminar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Female entrepreneurship has spiked in the last decade. While the most recent U.S. government statistics are from 2007, women-owned (non-farm) businesses increased by over 20% from 2002 to 2007 according to the <a href="http://www.census.gov/econ/sbo/get07sof.html?12">U.S. Census Survey of Business Owners</a>, and now make up nearly 30% of all businesses.</p> <p>Luckily, there are an enormous number of resources available to help female entrepreneurs succeed. Here are the top resources and websites by category. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-small-business-mentors-you-can-access-for-nearly-free">6 Small Business Mentors You Can Access for Nearly Free!</a>)</p> <h2>Brick and Mortar Resources</h2> <p>These organizations tend to be more of the traditional resource centers that you might think of when you imagine getting assistance with your business. Most have actual buildings you can visit, local chapters you can meet with, or numbers you can call to get help.</p> <p><strong>The Office of Women's Business Ownership</strong></p> <p>Part of the U.S. Small Business Administration, the <a href="http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/2895">Office of Women's Business Ownership</a> is the most reliable source for federal government grants for women and general information about starting a business.</p> <p><strong>American Business Women's Association</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.abwa.org/">American Business Women's Association</a> offers networking events, mentoring opportunities, and more.</p> <p><strong>National Association of Women Business Owners</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nawbo.org/">National Association of Women Business Owners</a> hosts an online resource center and can connect you with your local chapter.</p> <p><strong>U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.uswcc.org/">Women's Chamber of Commerce</a> not only unifies some of the top women leaders in the U.S., but their site also offers great resources for women planning for retirement.</p> <h2>Collections of Resources</h2> <p>The following sites have their own extensive lists of articles, tool kits, and resources that are definitely worth checking out.</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneurship.org</strong></p> <p>You can find an annotated list of over 25 books and articles for women entrepreneurs at <a href="http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/entrepreneurship-law/women-in-entrepreneurship-business-resource-materials.aspx">Entrepreneurship.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>Create Worth</strong></p> <p>On offshoot of DailyWorth, <a href="http://dailyworth.com/create/">Create Worth</a> has an excellent selection of articles on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-questions-to-ask-when-starting-a-business">starting your own business</a>.</p> <p><strong>Ladies Who Launch</strong></p> <p>Ladies Who Launch features a killer list of<a href="http://www.ladieswholaunch.com/magazine/tools-docs-templates"> free and paid tool</a>.</p> <p><strong>Smith College</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.smith.edu/wfi/toolbox_entrepreneurship.php">Smith College</a> has a toolbox of resources for women college-age and up.</p> <p><strong>Women Entrepreneur</strong></p> <p>The women's section of Entrepreneur magazine, <a href="http://forum.womenentrepreneur.com/">Women&nbsp;Entrepreneur</a> has great articles for every type of female entrepreneur &mdash; from home-based businesses to startups.</p> <p><strong>Mompreneurs</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.mompreneursonline.com/">Mompreneurs</a> helps mom entrepreneurs with lists of books and resources on their message boards.</p> <p><strong>Women 2.0</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.women2.org/">Women 2.0</a> wants to help more women become founders of technology startups and has superb information to get your startup started.</p> <h2>Blogs</h2> <p>Blogs can serve as great resources and sources of inspiration for women entrepreneurs who are looking to break into the business world. This list can get you started &mdash; and please share more of your favorites in the comments.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.alexismartinneely.com/">Alexis Neely</a></li> <li><a href="http://allisonnazarian.com/">Allison Nazarian</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.amyporterfield.com/">Amy Porterfield</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.anti9to5guide.com/">Anti 9-5 Guide</a></li> <li><a href="http://balanceinme.com/">Balance in Me</a></li> <li><a href="http://connection-revolution.com/blog/">Connection Revolution</a></li> <li><a href="http://dissolveprocrastination.com/">Dissolve Procrastination</a></li> <li><a href="http://elizabethpottsweinstein.com/">Elizabeth Potts Weinstein</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.escapefromcubiclenation.com/">Escape From Cubicle Nation</a></li> <li><a href="http://escaping-mediocrity.com/">Escaping Mediocrity</a></li> <li><a href="http://everydaybright.com/">Everyday Bright</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.femalepreneurs.com/">Femalepreneurs</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.lauraroeder.com/">Laura Roeder</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/">Life After College</a></li> <li><a href="http://manishathakor.com/">Manisha Thakor</a></li> <li><a href="http://marieforleo.com/">Marie Forleo</a></li> <li><a href="http://jackiepurnell.com/">Respectfully Disobedient</a></li> <li><a href="http://rowdykittens.com/">Rowdy Kittens</a></li> <li><a href="http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/">Suitcase Entrepreneur</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.taragentile.com/">Tara Gentile</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/">The Middle Finger Project</a></li> <li><a href="http://alexisgrant.com/">The Traveling Writer</a></li> <li><a href="http://whenigrowupcoach.com/blog/">When I Grow Up</a></li> <li><a href="http://whitehottruth.com/">White Hot Truth</a></li> </ul> <p>What's your top resource for starting a business?</p> <p><em>This post is part of Women's Money Week 2012. For more great articles on Women's Entrepreneurship, check out <a href="http://womensmoneyweek.com/">WomensMoneyWeek.com</a></em>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-resources-for-female-entrepreneurs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-careers-that-pay-women-more-than-men">7 Careers That Pay Women More Than Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-get-money-for-your-business">16 Ways To Get Money For Your Business</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-essential-facts-women-should-know-before-asking-for-a-raise">5 Essential Facts Women Should Know Before Asking for a Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-three-f-rule-can-lead-you-to-happiness">The Three F Rule Can Lead You to Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Entrepreneurship business resources career advice women Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:48:15 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 908074 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Be Held Hostage by Miscommunication http://www.wisebread.com/dont-be-held-hostage-by-miscommunication <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-be-held-hostage-by-miscommunication" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/585835_51347339.jpg" alt="Swat Team" title="Swat Team" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was recently held hostage at work.</p> <p>OK, so I fudge a little: Recently, there was reported to be a hostage situation around the corner from my building. I first caught wind of the incident when a guy in the department behind ours stuck his head in my door this morning and said, &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a hostage situation at the Governor&rsquo;s Office Building and they&rsquo;re locking our office doors. We&rsquo;re going to check it out if you want to come.&rdquo; Two thoughts popped into my head immediately:</p> <ol> <li>Who is crazy enough to want to go <em>towards</em> a situation where there&rsquo;s likely to be shooting?<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The guy we&rsquo;re interviewing for a job right now is going to think our whole town is crazy.</li> </ol> <p>Phones started ringing, texts started coming in, and drama ensued. Our interviewee, Mr. L, finished his interview, but wasn&rsquo;t able to go around the corner to our favorite cafe and enjoy a nice lunch because it was next door to the building where the supposed hostage event was taking place. And there were snipers on the roof. And helicopters circling overhead. Mr. L also wasn&rsquo;t allowed to get his car out of the parking garage across the street from the building in order to drive to the airport for his flight home to Minneapolis.</p> <p>Hours later, after Mr. L was finally allowed to leave in order to rush home in time for his family vacation (I kid you not), we learned what had happened with the hostage situation: Nothing. Seriously. Here&rsquo;s how my local paper, the <em>Columbia Daily Tribune</em>,&nbsp;described the non-event:</p> <blockquote><p>Police say the events apparently began when a woman in the building told of hearing someone in an elevator mention a hostage situation. She told another woman, who then called an alarm company, which called police around 10 a.m.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>Seriously?</em> I mean, an apparent game of telephone on an elevator in an office building started an enormous fracas downtown that lasted for <em>hours.</em></p> <p>So how does this situation relate to everyday business communications? The whole series of non-events got me to thinking that:</p> <ol> <li>Communication is key. Miscommunication can get wildly out of hand in a matter of minutes, so think about how your message is coming across before shouting it from the rooftops (or, in this case, before calling out the SWAT team).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You should always question a message you receive before blindly acting. Not doing so could result in the workplace equivalent of snipers being posted on top of your office building and helicopters circling overhead.</li> </ol> <p>Oh, and I&rsquo;m also pretty positive that Mr. L. will not be accepting our job offer.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-be-held-hostage-by-miscommunication">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-and-give-honest-feedback">How to Get and Give Honest Feedback</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-the-response-you-want-with-friendly-professional-email">Get the Response You Want With Friendly, Professional Email</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-are-what-you-do-16-ways-to-improve-your-body-language">You Are What You Do: 16 Ways to Improve Your Body Language</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/career-advice-act-like-you-own-the-place">Career Advice: Act Like You Own The Place</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stop-10-work-email-mistakes-you-may-be-making">STOP! 10 Work Email Mistakes You May Be Making</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income career advice communication workplace communication Fri, 10 Dec 2010 15:00:09 +0000 Janey Osterlind 375730 at http://www.wisebread.com Beauty Before Brains? http://www.wisebread.com/beauty-before-brains <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/beauty-before-brains" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/229137227_ad4be4cfcc_o.jpg" alt="woman&#039;s silhouette" title="woman&#039;s silhouette" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="170" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of you personal finance junkies (such as myself) are probably familiar with the idea that there are two ways to grow your net worth: spend less or earn more. Earning more generally relates to growing your career, but not always. What if earning more were simply associated with how you look? Well, a recent <a href="http://www.hrmreport.com/news/corporate-salary-depends-on-attractiveness/">article</a> I read in <a href="http://www.hrmreport.com/">HR Management</a> indicates that the more &quot;competent&quot; people think you look, the more you earn.</p> <p>The study, which was published by the <a href="http://www.nber.org/">National Bureau of Economic Research</a>, asked 2,000 people to assess the images of CEOs (of both large and small companies) alongside non-executives. In almost all cases, participants thought the CEOs were more attractive and capable-looking than their non-executive counterparts, although there is no real evidence that looking capable actually equates to better performance. In addition to examining the relationship between looks and success, the researchers explored the relationship between appearance and salary. They found that CEOs who appeared competent also had higher salaries.</p> <p>Another article I read in <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/&quot;">Newsweek</a> titled <a href="http://www.newsweek.com/2009/07/13/beauty-before-brains.html">&quot;Beauty Before Brains&quot;</a> found interestingly similar results with high school students: Those who were considered to be more attractive earned higher grades than their less-attractive peers. All of this should come as no surprise, since <a href="http://rer.sagepub.com/content/62/4/413.abstract">numerous studies</a> have shown essentially the same thing. What this article points out, however, is that a recent study by a University of Miami professor found that personality and grooming are at least as important to boosting high students' GPAs as their beauty, if not more so.</p> <p>I think this also helps to explain the results in the CEO attractiveness study: While the CEOs may not actually be more competent, they did project something in their photographs that led people to rate them as both more attractive and more competent than non-executives. In short, there was something about their personality and dress that the viewer translated into success.</p> <h2>Personality</h2> <p>Personality counts in innumerable ways at work. It's common sense that how you relate to others (and how well you relate your ideas to others) is far more important than perfecting the idea itself. People give preference to those with whom they have a relationship.</p> <p>Consider, for a minute, an example from my work: We are supposed to objectively rate loans (let's say we simply rate them &quot;good&quot; or &quot;bad&quot; for simplicity). I can't tell you how many times we have ended up rating a business's loans &quot;good&quot; even though the borrower is struggling with capacity to repay simply because we are personally familiar with the borrower and have confidence in their character. It's likely that they have an engaging, reliable personality that leads us to believe they will repay the loan, even if the numbers don't show it.</p> <p>(By the way, this is not a bad or unethical practice. Considering a borrower's character &mdash; personality &mdash; is essential to understanding a credit).</p> <p>Bottom line: Personality will get you far in life. Cultivate a good one by showing concern for others and confidence in yourself.</p> <h2>Grooming: Dress for Success</h2> <p>&quot;Being very well groomed is associated with a statistically significant GPA premium,&quot; writes sociologist Michael T. French (via the Newsweek article). No surprise there, either. Being well-groomed equates to dressing for success in the working world or, as I like to say it, &quot;dressing for your boss's job.&quot; Common sense there, too, for some of us. A very broad rule of thumb, I'd say, is that if you'd feel proud to wear it out for a girls' weekend in Vegas, you should probably never debut it at work.</p> <p>So what are your thoughts on the matter? Are beauty, personality, and grooming by far the most important things needed to get ahead in the working world? Or do intelligence and hard work matter more? You tell me.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beauty-before-brains">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko">Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/must-have-qualities-to-ensure-long-term-job-security">Must-Have Qualities to Ensure Long-Term Job Security</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-resources-for-female-entrepreneurs">35 Resources for Female Entrepreneurs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unconventional-career-advice-from-parks-and-recreation">Unconventional Career Advice From &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career advice growing your career women career Thu, 14 Oct 2010 12:01:54 +0000 Janey Osterlind 260959 at http://www.wisebread.com Must-Have Qualities to Ensure Long-Term Job Security http://www.wisebread.com/must-have-qualities-to-ensure-long-term-job-security <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/must-have-qualities-to-ensure-long-term-job-security" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/flexible_busiwoman_7393168.jpg" alt="flexibility and resourcefulness" title="flexibility and resourcefulness" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Securing a job in today's economy is more challenging than it's been in decades. Whether you've just graduated from college and are looking for your first &quot;real&quot; job or you're between jobs, there are a couple of qualities that are timeless. They can make you an indispensable part of any company or business, or can help you strike out on your own: <strong>Flexibility and Resourcefulness</strong>.</p> <h2>Become Engrossed in Your Position</h2> <p><em>You've just heard the news; a company you interviewed for has selected you as their favorite candidate. You start in a couple of weeks and can't wait to begin your new career. </em></p> <p>A great way to become an essential part of a company's team is to become engrossed in the company's product or service. Though many positions have specific responsibilities associated with them, taking on more challenging tasks, redefining your position, and &quot;getting your hands dirty&quot; can ensure the beginning of a long career.</p> <p>Many years ago, I interviewed for an online video streaming company. The job entailed a lot of research and contact database management. Being a hard worker, I knew I could manage the responsibilities of the job. However, the job also entailed some new responsibilities that I had little experience with. A few months into the position, I decided to redefine my role; I organized a large trade show and began writing press releases for their upcoming product. This act alone ensured my position with the company and I happily transitioned to trade show manager.</p> <p>Enjoying the learning process is essential to growing your career. The more you commit to a position, the more likely you'll be regarded as the point-person within that arena.</p> <h2>Flexibility and Balancing Acts</h2> <p><em>Two people in your department have left and now their responsibilities have been placed upon your shoulders. </em></p> <p>More and more I hear stories from friends about reductions in their office staff, yet those tasks, which are now unassigned, still need to be completed. The coworkers who are happily, or at least willing, to assimilate the new responsibilities into their work load are the ones who will benefit in the end.</p> <p>My first corporate job as a sales coordinator was region specific. I was responsible for the east coast region and three other coworkers were responsible for the other cardinal directions (west, north, and south regions). A few months into my new job, two of the coordinators left. All of a sudden, there were two coordinators for a total of four regions &mdash; all with similar tasks. Being flexible, I assumed responsibilities for one additional region and won the praise of many colleagues.</p> <p>Flexibility is highly regarded in most environments. The more tasks you can manage and coordinate seamlessly, the better chances of management regarding you as promotion material.</p> <h2>Resourcefulness Breeds Creativity</h2> <p><em>Layoffs are looming and you're beginning to think you might be next. That entrepreneurial spirit is kicking in.</em></p> <p>Not everyone is cut out for one life-time career; lifestyles change, job opportunities pop up, and independent ventures become possibilities. Acquiring different talents, or becoming a &quot;Jack-of-all-Trades,&quot; instills resourcefulness in oneself and nurtures creativity. Being resourceful means opening yourself up to potential job opportunities and multiple streams of income.</p> <p>After realizing that a nine-to-five corporate job wasn't what I had in mind for myself, I began working side jobs to cover my bills while transitioning into a new career path. Having good time management skills, I juggled working as a Starbucks barista, a lactation educator, and a substitute teacher while redefining what I wanted my career to look like. Being resourceful allowed me the flexibility and opportunity to envision the career I really wanted. Like a chameleon, I was able to meld into temporary positions until I found one that suited me best.</p> <p>The ability to draw upon skills and resources means there is less of a likelihood of becoming financially strapped. <a href="http://www.littlehouseinthevalley.com/multiple-streams-of-income">Multiple streams of income</a> create plenty of opportunities to branch out into a new field without worrying about your bottom line.</p> <p>Though these must-have qualities come in handy during tough economic times, they can also be helpful for future job seekers and entrepreneurs.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-house">Little House</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/must-have-qualities-to-ensure-long-term-job-security">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-career-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Career Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko">Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/great-ways-to-improve-your-resume-today">Great Ways to Improve Your Resume Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/finding-an-internship-as-an-adult">Finding an Internship as an Adult</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-your-career-a-boost-with-one-skill">Give Your Career a Boost With One Skill</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career advice changing jobs resourcefulness Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:00:08 +0000 Little House 219416 at http://www.wisebread.com Career Advice: Act Like You Own The Place http://www.wisebread.com/career-advice-act-like-you-own-the-place <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/career-advice-act-like-you-own-the-place" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/steve%20jobs%20bill%20gates.jpg" alt="Steve Jobs and Bill Gates" title="Two Big Honchos" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="178" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is a lot of career advice out there. I&nbsp;should know&mdash;I&nbsp;wrote a whole series on <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/being-a-better-employee-series/">Being a Better Employee</a>.</p> <p>It's filled with some great, helpful tips&mdash;but there's one big one I missed.</p> <p>If you really want to stand out and get ahead at work, you should look around and model yourself after someone that has already made it: the owner.</p> <p>Does that mean you should start bossing people around and picking on the most insignificant details to torment your coworkers with? Nope, wrong again.</p> <h2>Don't Act Like the Owner: <em>Think </em>Like the Owner</h2> <p>There's a difference. As an employee, you have to worry about your little sliver of job and how it might fit into the bigger slice of pie that is the company.</p> <p>If you think that's stressful, think about what the owner has to think about:</p> <ul> <li>Every single employee</li> <li>The future of the company</li> <li>The revenue</li> <li>The competitors</li> <li>How to lower costs</li> <li>How to increase profits</li> </ul> <p>The list could go on and on.</p> <p>My point is this: <strong>you don't have to worry about these things because you're not the owner, but it doesn't mean you shouldn't.</strong></p> <p>Start thinking like the owner and you'll see how quickly your perspective changes.</p> <p>Owners don't check out at 5 o'clock because &quot;the day is over.&quot;</p> <p>Owners don't take a day off because they want to go to the beach.</p> <p>Owners don't get caught up in the minutiae of everyday office politics.</p> <p>Is it because they're better than the rank and file? Nope.</p> <p>They just have bigger fish to fry.</p> <h2>Take More Responsibility</h2> <p>By acting like an owner, you should take on more of that responsibility. Trust me, the owner will appreciate an employee that is not only doing his/her job effectively, but is also worrying about the bigger picture. It will make you look better and it will also change your perspective on your job.</p> <p>Take the example of Amazon employees that <a href="http://www.techflash.com/seattle/2009/07/Amazoncom_as_frugal_as_ever50259767.html" target="_blank">took the light bulbs out of their vending machines</a>&mdash;they saved the company $20,000 in electricity costs. Guess who noticed? CEO Jeff Bezos.</p> <p>So where should you start? The good thing is that owners have so much to worry about that you could pick any one of these &quot;problems&quot; and figure out a way to improve on them:</p> <ul> <li>Costs</li> <li>Employee morale</li> <li>Competitors</li> <li>Office politics</li> <li>Technology solutions</li> <li>Efficiency (my personal favorite)</li> </ul> <p>The list could go on and on, but you get the point.</p> <p>Start thinking like an owner today&mdash;it will make you a more valuable employee and it will give you some idea of what it's like in case you want to start your own business some day.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/career-advice-act-like-you-own-the-place">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-be-held-hostage-by-miscommunication">Don&#039;t Be Held Hostage by Miscommunication</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-work-at-home-without-driving-your-spouse-nuts">How to Work at Home Without Driving Your Spouse Nuts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-signs-youre-working-for-an-impossible-boss">7 Signs You&#039;re Working for an Impossible Boss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">I Hate My Job! Now What?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-29-companies-with-the-best-maternity-benefits">The 29 Companies With the Best Maternity Benefits</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income career advice Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:00:33 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 3623 at http://www.wisebread.com Book review: The Adventures of Johnny Bunko http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/johnny-bunko-cover.jpg" alt="Cover of The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" title="Cover of The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="390" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594482918?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre08-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1594482918"><cite>The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need</cite></a>&nbsp;by Daniel H. Pink.</p> <p>Do you need a career guide?&nbsp; And, if so, do you need one written as manga?&nbsp; It almost doesn't matter--Daniel H. Pink has written one, and it's got enough good lessons packed into a tiny little book, that it's worth reading whether you need it or not.</p> <p>Let me begin a bit oddly (given that I'm recommending the book) to say that I've long disagreed with Pink.&nbsp; He's always been something of a cheerleader for abandoning the old employer-employee social contract in favor of the modern reality--that the people who used to think of themselves as employees need to think of themselves as free agents instead.&nbsp; The thing is, though, I've never thought that Pink was wrong, just that the changes were a poor public policy choice--I don't disagree with the <a href="/whats-an-employee-to-do-part-2">analysis</a>, just with the <a href="/whats-an-employee-to-do-part-1">cheerleading</a>.</p> <p>I've talked before about the importance of <a href="/find-work-worth-doing">finding work worth doing</a>--I've even come up with <a href="/pre-career-advice">some tips on how to do it</a>--but I've always felt like I've fallen short when it comes to helping the guy with no clue what he wants to do for the rest of his life but who needs to earn a living now.&nbsp; How does he thread the needle of finding an income to pay the bills while at the same time making progress on finding his true calling?&nbsp; Well, Pink has a big chunk of the answer right here.</p> <p>Johnny Bunko isn't a job search guide--there's nothing about resumes or cover letters (there is a bit of clever mockery of the interview process).&nbsp; It's about moving from where you are in your career to where you ought to be--by giving up on the notion that there's a specific path that you ought to follow, by using your strengths, by focusing on making your team and your boss a success, by sticking to it, by being bold, and by making a difference.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594482918?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre08-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1594482918">Johnny Bunko</a> is aimed at young folks at the start of their career, but anyone who hasn't found his or her life's work--and even some who have--will find its advice applies to them too.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-the-adventures-of-johnny-bunko">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-retire-on-less-than-you-think">Book review: Retire on Less Than You Think</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-review-supercapitalism">Book review: Supercapitalism</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building book review books career career advice careers job review Wed, 20 Aug 2008 14:53:37 +0000 Philip Brewer 2346 at http://www.wisebread.com