Career Building http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4814/all en-US This Simple Negotiating Trick Puts Money in Your Pocket http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-513381684.jpg" alt="Man using negotiating trick to keep money in his pocket" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When you hear the word &quot;anchoring,&quot; what comes to mind? No doubt something that involves a ship dropping anchor, or perhaps fixing something to a wall or floor. But it's also a known technique used in sales and negotiations that helps people get what they want.</p> <p>The basic premise is not unlike that ship dropping its anchor, only instead of keeping the vessel in one place, it keeps your mind there. Whether it's a price, a salary, a sale, or a goal, this technique anchors your mind at a certain level. Then, all decision-making is based on that first piece of information you were given.</p> <p>Let's take a look at how it can be used to help you get what you want, save money, and even achieve a lot more around the house.</p> <h2>Negotiate a Bigger Raise or Starting Salary</h2> <p>Many people foolishly wait for the other person to make the first move when it comes to salary negotiations. The thinking here is that you don't want to show any of your cards too soon. Well, that's the complete opposite of what you should actually do. Using the anchoring technique, you can choose a salary that sets the starting point for the negotiations.</p> <p>If you're an employer, throw out a figure that is way too low. If you're an employee, raise the bar higher than you'd expect to hit. If you ask for a $180,000 salary, and the actual salary on offer is $120,000, you may actually get a little more than what they originally intended to pay. It's much harder to come down to $120k from $180k than it is from $130k. Similarly, giving an employee an offer of $70,000 for a job you'd be willing to pay $120,000 is just as effective.</p> <h2>Sell a Product or Service for More Money</h2> <p>You don't have to be in a big business to use this effectively. It can work online, at a market stall, or even a garage sale. Here, you will use anchoring as a comparison tool.</p> <p>For instance, let's say you're selling vinyl records, which are very popular these days. Set a few vinyls on the table and mark them way above the price you actually want. Then, further back, put a larger selection of vinyls set at a price slightly above what you would like, but much lower than the other, more expensive records. When the patron comes to peruse the stock, they'll initially get sticker shock. But then, they see a vast drop off. That initial price of $20 per vinyl just dropped to $8. These $8 vinyls seem like a bargain. However, if they had all been marked at $8, or some cheaper ones had been placed first, that initial anchor price would have set the standard. Try it out. You'll be amazed at the results.</p> <h2>Get More Done at Home or at Work</h2> <p>If you're having trouble getting all of your tasks done, either at home or at the office, you can use anchoring as a way to be more productive. In this case, it can be overwhelming to have 20 different things to do when you get home. You are anchored to a task list so large that you simply don't do any of them.</p> <p>Instead of 20, anchor yourself at a more manageable number. How about five? Divide those 20 tasks into five groups of four, and attack them that way. For example, instead of organizing the fridge, doing the dishes, cleaning the stove, and wiping the counters, your task instead becomes &quot;clean the kitchen.&quot; By grouping your activities, and creating a smaller list of tasks, you are anchoring yourself at a much more achievable goal. At the office, it's the same thing. Don't give yourself a massive list of tasks. Instead, divide and conquer.</p> <h2>Get a Better Price on a Car or a House</h2> <p>Car dealerships use anchoring all the time to get you to pay more for a vehicle. The sticker says $18,000, but in reality, they're willing to go as low as $13,000; they just never tell you that. It's time to turn the tables on them.</p> <p>When you go into the dealership, never tell them what you are prepared to pay for the car. Instead, set your price way lower. If you're ready to spend $20,000, tell them the most you can pay is $15,000. It's your hard stop. No more. The salesperson will now be anchored at that lower price, and will do whatever he or she can to get you to go past it by a few thousand dollars. This is good news for you, because in reality, you're going to spend a few thousand less than you actually wanted to pay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-things-car-salesmen-dont-want-you-to-know?ref=seealso" target="_blank">17 Things Car Salesmen Don't Want You to Know</a>)</p> <p>The same goes for buying a house. Your initial offer should be low. Not low enough to price yourself out of a bidding war, but low enough to set the expectations of the seller. And as an aside, if you're selling the home, go high. When you list the home at $300,000 and sell it for $280,000, the buyer thinks they saved $20,000. However, you may well have wanted $270,000 for the house. You just made an extra $10,000 and the buyer is happy with the deal.</p> <h2>Use Your Knowledge of Anchoring to Beat the Sales Staff</h2> <p>Whether you're buying a car, a bag of apples, a new set of wireless headphones, or a few books, anchoring will often come into play. Trained sales staff know how to use anchoring to get what they want. But, if you're prepared, you can become &quot;anchorproof&quot; and pay less. Here are a few techniques at your disposal.</p> <p>First, you can simply ignore their anchor, especially if it's ridiculously high or low. Now, you don't want to say &quot;No way,&quot; as this halts the process. Instead, use language like &quot;I see, that's not quite what I had in mind, let's look at this at a different way and find something we can both be comfortable with.&quot;</p> <p>If you don't want to do that, try an anchor that negates theirs. For example, at a car dealership, when the salesperson gives you the old &quot;We can take $3,000 off this car,&quot; you can reply &quot;Wow, that still puts it $3,000 above my maximum price.&quot;</p> <p>You can also deflect an anchor by offering one from a different company. At that same dealership, you can say &quot;That's a great discount, but it's still $2,000 more than the same vehicle on offer at ABC Dealership.&quot; Of course, to do this you have to have done your research. Make sure you know exactly what the prices are at competitors, and be ready to back it up.</p> <p>So, armed with all of this, you should now be ready to use anchoring to make and earn more money, and save money every time you have to negotiate a price. Go get 'em.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket">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/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</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/a-simple-plan-for-saving-up-a-2000-fun-fund">A Simple Plan for Saving Up a $2000 Fun Fund</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/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</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-use-the-holiday-quiet-time-to-boost-your-career">How to Use the Holiday Quiet Time to Boost Your Career</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/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Career Building deals goals negotiating productivity raises salaries sales saving money selling strategy Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:30:19 +0000 Paul Michael 1907105 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Kids' Book http://www.wisebread.com/3-real-costs-of-self-publishing-a-kids-book <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-real-costs-of-self-publishing-a-kids-book" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-508214605.jpg" alt="Learning real costs of self-publishing a kids&#039; book" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you've ever thought about how to make money on the side, you've probably considered writing a book. Many websites suggest writing books as an easy way to earn extra income.</p> <p>I am here to set the record straight.</p> <p>I have always wanted to write children's books, and I finally decided in 2015 that I would make this dream a reality. After several months of trying but failing to find a publisher, I came across a free webinar on how to make a lot of money with children's ebooks. The person running this webinar promised that it would take only a few hours to write and publish an ebook for kids using Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing program. He also said that he made $2,000&ndash;$5,000 a month passively through books with titles like <em>Ninja Farts</em>.</p> <p>This was the push I needed to finally write my first book, find an illustrator, and publish it myself. By now I have published four children's books, and have a pretty good handle on what's involved. I came out with my first book, <em>Blondie McGhee</em>, and then quickly followed that with three others, all within a year. And here's what it's cost me. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion</a>)</p> <h2>Illustrators and Editors</h2> <p>The webinar host said that he used Fiverr to find an inexpensive illustrator. I looked into it but the quality of the illustrators I found on Fiverr wasn't up to snuff. I moved my search to Upwork and, after wasting $50 for lousy samples, I finally found my dream illustrator through the Upwork platform. For my fully-illustrated book, <em>How to Sell Your Sister for Fun and Profit</em>, I was quoted $4,000 for the whole project.</p> <p>Given that one expert illustrator had quoted me $12,000, I considered the $4,000 a great deal, especially since this artist is very talented. I bit the bullet and paid the cost.</p> <p>My other books, the three-part <em>Blondie McGhee</em> series, are not fully illustrated. I found a different illustrator for those and was able to get the covers done for only $100 each. I included about 20 inside illustrations in the first two books. The illustrator quoted me a reasonable price of $15 per black and white picture, but with 20 illustrations for each book, it added up.</p> <p>Looking at similar kinds of children's &quot;early chapter books&quot; (the beginner level for children learning to read), I discovered that many contained 30&ndash;40 illustrations, but these books also had bigger budgets through publishing companies. I decided to forgo the illustrations inside the third book, and the book has still sold steadily.</p> <p>I also hired an editor and voice actress for audiobook narration for my first <em>Blondie McGhee</em> book, which added $285 to my bill.</p> <h2>Time</h2> <p>Some people can commit a weekend to writing a book, and that's great. I write freelance about 20 hours a week and am a stay-at-home mom to two little girls. The writing process for my early reader chapter books took more time than I had anticipated. I estimate it took me about 20 hours for each book to go from idea to publication. I spent about 15 weeks on each book, doing an hour or so of work each week. Individuals with more time to devote to writing could have probably completed my book in a week.</p> <p>However, writing the book is not the only task that takes time. You then have to revise it, upload it, tweak it to Amazon's guidelines, write promotional copy for it, and market it. I try to devote an hour a week to marketing my books, including setting up advertising and giveaways, and sending out free digital copies to reviewers.</p> <h2>In-Person Marketing</h2> <p>Some people write and sell very successful kids' series. It is possible, but I have also seen the flip side where people have invested their time and money only to beg for sales. I rarely make any sales online of the <em>Sell Your Sister</em> book. It sells better through in-person marketing at craft shows, but again, that is another time commitment.</p> <h2>So, Is It Worth It?</h2> <p>I was blown away when I received 20-30 sales of my first <em>Blondie McGhee</em> book in the first month after its release in 2016. I didn't know if the book was going to be liked by others. I was thrilled when I ended up selling more than 2,000 copies that year, and earned $3,000&ndash;$4,000 on the series.</p> <p>However, the amount of money is quite small considering how much time and money I invested in the books. I usually make more from freelance writing in a month than I made in a whole year of selling books.</p> <p>But, the main reason I wrote the books was because I had a dream of doing so, and that is the big difference. I feel like if you want to make a quick buck but hate writing, then don't bother writing a book. There are so many easier ways to make money. However, if you truly have a passion to write a book, then go for it. Don't do it for the money, but do it for yourself.</p> <p>My <em>Sell Your Sister</em> book might never sell enough copies to break even, but the joy of knowing I achieved a dream is priceless. My two little girls know that I wrote them a book and put my best effort into it, and honestly, I would rather have that than be a millionaire making money doing something I hate.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-real-costs-of-self-publishing-a-kids-book">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/can-you-really-make-a-living-as-an-ebook-writer">Can You Really Make a Living as an Ebook Writer?</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/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career">8 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career</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-launch-your-second-career">How to Launch Your Second Career</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/6-job-perks-that-can-lead-to-a-dream-career">6 Job Perks That Can Lead to a Dream Career</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/8-ways-to-turn-your-stress-into-money">8 Ways to Turn Your Stress Into Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income author book publishing high costs making a living real costs self–publishing side hustle writing a book Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:30:36 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1898049 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-528577668.jpg" alt="Freelancers learning how to make friends and telecommute" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working from home can be a great thing. It allows you to work where you want, when you want, and has a number of other perks. However, it can be a bit lonely. Luckily, with the power of the Internet (and some motivation to get out and socialize), even those without an office water cooler to mill around can network and make new friends.</p> <h2>Networking Resources</h2> <p>Working off-site can take a toll on your professional network. To build your reputation, find mentors and collaborators, and connect with people in your industry, take advantage of some of the following networking resources. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-simple-networking-tricks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Simple Networking Tricks</a>)</p> <h3>1. LinkedIn</h3> <p>LinkedIn is one of those most common, popular ways to build and maintain professional relationships. It makes it so easy to network online with other professionals in your field. You can also use LinkedIn to find networking events and opportunities in your area, or connect you with organizations you are interested in.</p> <h3>2. Shapr</h3> <p><a href="http://www.shapr.co/" target="_blank">Shapr</a> is an app that can connect you with like-minded people, allowing you to swipe left (pass) or right (interested) on your connections. You can set your favorite ways to meet, your passions and interests, and what you're looking for (collaborators, job opportunities, inspiration, potential investments, or new friends).</p> <h3>3. Work Your Existing Connections<strong> </strong></h3> <p>Ask friends, past and current co-workers, or even your employer for recommendations on local networking events or seminars. Most cities have their own organizations that specialize in these types of events for working professionals of all kinds. If you can't find any from asking around, try a Google search, LinkedIn, or social media.</p> <h3>4. Take Classes</h3> <p>Consider taking a night class. In addition to growing your skills or teaching you something brand-new, you might befriend some fellow classmates along the way. Even online classes can connect you with new people with similar interests or background in your field.</p> <h3>5. Volunteer</h3> <p>Research some local organizations that could use a hand, and offer your time. Not only will you be contributing to a worthy cause, but you'll also be gaining experience (which looks great on a resume), expanding on your skill set, and of course, meeting new people. Volunteering allows you to become part of a community, which is a great way to expand your network.</p> <h2>Friendship Resources</h2> <p>If you don't get out much, maybe you should start! In the meantime, your smartphone or computer can also be the perfect friendly matchmaker.</p> <h3>6. Bumble BFF</h3> <p><a href="https://bumble.com/en-us/about" target="_blank">Bumble</a> was originally a dating app, but has expanded to include a &quot;Bumble BFF&quot; feature. Instead of swiping left or right on potential dates, you'll do the same for potential friends. Once you're paired with a new friend, you have only 24 hours to start a chat, so procrastinators and fair-weather friends aren't welcome.</p> <h3>7. Atleto</h3> <p>If you're looking for a workout buddy, then <a href="http://www.atletosports.com/#what" target="_blank">Atleto</a> can help you find local sports activities and fellow fitness enthusiasts. The app can connect you with friends from your existing social media accounts, or you can find new friends in your area. This is a fun way to find an accountability buddy to help you reach your fitness goal.</p> <h3>8. Friender</h3> <p><a href="https://frienderapp.com/" target="_blank">Friender</a> allows you to swipe left or right on potential connections. You'll create a profile based on personal interests and activities you enjoy, and Friender will recommend a few folks with mutual interests. This app is only for making friends, however, so you won't have to waste time with people who are looking for more.</p> <h3>9. Meetup</h3> <p><a href="https://www.meetup.com/" target="_blank">Meetup</a> is an online organization with nearly 30 million members that hosts endless gatherings and social functions. You can meet people based on your occupation, personal interests (like hiking or cooking), location, and other factors that are important to you. Join a local club, take up a brand-new hobby, or explore somewhere new, all while making new like-minded friends along the way.</p> <h3>10. Social Media<strong> </strong></h3> <p>There can be more to interacting with your Facebook friends than a simple &quot;like&quot; or the occasional comment. Reach out to those friends and old co-workers through Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Invite them out for lunch or drinks, and simply catch up. It'll feel great to get out and sit with people face to face.</p> <h3>11. Get Out More</h3> <p>Once you are no longer in school or working from an office, it can be challenging to meet new people in person. The best thing to do is visit places where connections naturally occur. Maybe find a book club through your local library, or sign up for that fitness class or 5K you've been aspiring to run. Try a local arts or cooking class, or even take your kids on a playdate where you can mingle with fellow parents. There are countless ways to meet new people if you just get out there!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">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/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-things-you-should-never-do-on-linkedin">7 Things You Should Never Do on LinkedIn</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/why-you-should-think-twice-before-bidding-on-freelance-gigs">Why You Should Think Twice Before Bidding on Freelance Gigs (Book Giveaway)</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/13-ways-to-use-social-media-in-business">13 Ways to Use Social Media in Business</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/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Lifestyle apps events freelance friends networking relationships social media telecommute work from home Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:30:36 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1896807 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-635977934.jpg" alt="Man learning ways a side hustle can advance his career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people call it moonlighting. Others call it a &quot;hobby that pays.&quot; Whatever you call <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/earn-extra-income-with-these-15-creative-side-gigs?ref=internal" target="_blank">your side hustle</a>, it's not just something that can bring in a little extra cash. A side hustle can be a valuable addition to your main career, giving you skills and connections you would never normally acquire.</p> <p>So the big question is, if you don't yet have a side hustle&hellip;will these eight benefits inspire you to get one? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-outside-your-day-job?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day Job</a>)</p> <h2>1. Learn Valuable Project-Juggling Skills</h2> <p>Handling several projects at once may well be part of your current career. However, once you add in the additional work from your side hustle, you go from being a moderate juggler to a master of the art.</p> <p>With a side job, your schedules might clash. And when that happens, you can't really tell your boss that you can't do the work because you have an extracurricular project on your plate. With a main career and a side hustle, you become an expert in time management and scheduling. You also learn, quite quickly, how much you can take on without burning out. These are all skills that will do you well in your main career.</p> <h2>2. Enjoy More Freedom at Work</h2> <p>A side job means additional money that isn't coming from your main career. While this has many benefits (the more different streams of revenue you have, the better), it also gives you something other people in the same role may not have &mdash; freedom.</p> <p>The lure of money, or a promotion, can often make people do things they wouldn't like to do, but will anyway because of the need for additional income. If you already have that additional money from another source, you can say no to some of the projects you aren't interested in. You can speak up in meetings without fearing that your pay raise may be on the line. In fact, some people have discovered that this actually helps their career, with their newfound ability to be honest and confident actually helping them get a raise or promotion they otherwise would have missed out on.</p> <h2>3. Stand Out From the Crowd</h2> <p>This is a hirer's market, in almost every industry. Demand for jobs is outpacing supply, and when that happens, you quickly become engaged in a battle to be noticed. Why you? Why your resume? There are dozens, if not hundreds, to choose from.</p> <p>Well, a side hustle can add much needed diversity and drive to your list of skills. Think about it. Two very similar people come for an interview, say for an account executive position. One has the usual skills, and the typical career path. The other has the same, but then you notice that they also have written articles for an industry magazine, and given speeches at major marketing events. On top of that, they have their own successful drop shipping business on eBay. One is clearly a go-getter, and can handle the pressure well. Plus, they have way more experience outside of work.</p> <h2>4. Add More Strings to Your Bow<strong> </strong></h2> <p>Aside from simply standing out to prospective employers, your additional experience from side jobs can have a real impact on your current position. For example, someone may start at a junior position in a firm, with the very narrow set of skills that are required for that role. However, by taking on a side job, perhaps in a field quite different from their chosen profession, they may find themselves with brand-new abilities that really help. A lawyer who takes a side job doing acting in local commercials, or voice over work, suddenly finds that he or she has become a much more skilled orator in the courtroom.</p> <p>This happens often in the fields of advertising, marketing, and public relations, too. Look for jobs that may not initially seem to fit, but have qualities that could reach into your chosen career. You may be surprised at the benefits.</p> <h2>5. Get a Great Confidence Boost</h2> <p>Success breeds confidence. If you become successful in your side hustle, it will seamlessly start to affect your main career. And so it should. If you were doing &quot;just okay&quot; in your main career, but suddenly found great success in your side job designing websites, or selling your own jewelry collections on Etsy, your confidence will get a much-needed boost. It won't take long for that confidence to influence your current role in your main gig.</p> <p>Now, you have a little more steam in your stride. You're a little surer of your abilities, and your decisions. Before you know it, the success you found in your side job is being dwarfed by the successes you're having at work.</p> <h2>6. Open Up New Opportunities</h2> <p>Any time you move in professional circles outside of your main career, you are opening new doors for opportunity. If you have been in one company, and one role, for a long period of time, your contacts and business networks may be stagnant. They're good. But they're not growing. They're just the same &quot;business as usual&quot; leads.</p> <p>However, your side job can open up dramatically different networks. And while you may think that the two cannot combine, don't be so sure. It's entirely possible to meet someone who has an interest in what you do as a main career, but who found you because you make awesome beer, or provide a killer cake baking service. Great business connections can come from all walks of life. They don't all have to come from the same pond.</p> <h2>7. Give Yourself a Second Career to Explore</h2> <p>A career now is not the same as a career 60 years ago. No one these days can expect to start at a company in a junior position and leave at retirement age with a gold watch and a big party.</p> <p>Employment rules have changed. Technology is moving faster than any of us can really comprehend. And it is dangerous to have only one set of skills for one career. Your side hustle can be a huge benefit here. It can give you skills you would never get through your main career, and should the worst happen, you may be able to turn that side hustle into a full-time job. It's quite possible the job you do now, for a bit of extra money, will be your life preserver in a few years' time.</p> <h2>8. Find Fulfillment and Do What You Love<strong> </strong></h2> <p>They say that if you do a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life. &quot;They&quot; don't all live in the real world. Most of us are not fortunate enough to do a job we love, day in, day out. There may be moments of joy, but often, it's a matter of going through the motions and waiting for the clock to wind down.</p> <p>With a side hustle, you really can love what you do. Sure, it brings in a little money, but it can provide much greater benefits than that. It can be a creative outlet, or a way to meet new people, and enjoy new experiences. If you've always wanted to paint murals, but work in a bank&hellip;do both! If you love being a kids' entertainer, do parties on weekends. You can find fulfillment, if you really look for the opportunities.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career">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/8-ways-to-turn-your-stress-into-money">8 Ways to Turn Your Stress Into Money</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/3-real-costs-of-self-publishing-a-kids-book">3 Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Kids&#039; Book</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-make-money-outside-your-day-job">15 Ways to Make Money Outside Your Day 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/5-ways-even-ordinary-people-can-become-paid-models">5 Ways Even Ordinary People Can Become Paid Models</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-great-side-jobs-for-introverts">10 Great Side Jobs for Introverts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income advantages benefits confidence freelancing fulfillment revenue streams side hustle side jobs small businesses success Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:30:32 +0000 Paul Michael 1888337 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Deal When You're Way Behind at Work http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-deal-when-youre-way-behind-at-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-deal-when-youre-way-behind-at-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_stressed_work_488912550.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to deal when she&#039;s behind at work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Being overwhelmed and falling behind at work may be a universal phenomenon, but it is possible to get back to a solid footing. If you are drowning in incomplete TPS reports, here are six ways you can improve the situation and get your head back above water.</p> <h2>1. Take 20 Minutes Every Morning to Review and Plan</h2> <p>Truly productive people start their mornings by taking 20 minutes to review their calendars and create their to-do lists for the day. This allows them to be prepared for whatever the day ahead has to offer.</p> <p>This is the sort of habit that often goes out the window as soon as a major work deadline looms large. When you are overwhelmed at work, it can be tempting to jump right in as soon as you get to the office. There are fires to put out and meetings to attend, so you don't have the time to plan out your day.</p> <p>But skipping the 20-minute morning review means you are surprised by plans, meetings, or interim due dates that slip your mind while you're focused on the big project. Make sure your morning starts with a plan so that you can prevent today's small deadline from becoming a major problem tomorrow.</p> <h2>2. Say No to More Work</h2> <p>When it comes to optional work projects, the way to say no is simple, but not easy. It's a matter of getting in the habit of saying &quot;My plate is full right now.&quot;</p> <p>However, the harder issue is when your boss is trying to assign you more work on top of what you are already doing. Pushing back against such an assignment is not simple, and it can feel very uncomfortable.</p> <p>The best way to handle such an addition to your workload is to ask for and provide open communication. Set a meeting with your boss to agree on what your priorities, goals, and objectives are for all of your projects, so it's clear what can and cannot reasonably get done. Request regular progress review meetings so everyone will be clear on what is happening and when. It's important for you and your supervisor to recognize your abilities and limitations and not try to squeeze blood from a turnip.</p> <h2>3. End the Procrastination Cycle</h2> <p>Scientists have found that procrastination has less to do with time than emotion. Chronic procrastinators are often choosing not to start their work because it gives them momentary emotional relief &mdash; but the level of guilt they feel over procrastinating means they are not really improving their emotional state by avoiding the dreaded task.</p> <p>Even the best of us fall victim to procrastination, but chronic procrastinators can find themselves spiraling into an endless procrastination cycle: Putting off a dreaded task makes them feel guilty and ashamed, which causes them to have less cognitive and emotional energy available to be productive, which makes them even less likely to start the task.</p> <p>So how do you end the procrastination cycle?</p> <p>There are two proven methods for interrupting this loop. The first is an <a href="http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/1467-9280.00441" target="_blank">external deadline</a>. Knowing that you are beholden to another individual is often enough to force you to just get started in order to meet the deadline. If you can't ask your supervisor for hard deadlines, creating self-imposed deadlines is not as effective, but still better than nothing.</p> <p>The second method of interrupting the procrastination loop is to regard your mood as a fixed state. According to a 2001 study by Dianne Tice, students didn't procrastinate when they were primed to believe <a href="https://www.psychologicalscience.org/observer/why-wait-the-science-behind-procrastination#.WH-4qRsrJPY" target="_blank">their mood was fixed</a> &mdash; but when they thought their mood could change (especially if they thought it could improve), they procrastinated. It can be tough to start your work if you are in a bad mood, but if you just accept that your bad mood is here to stay, you're more likely to roll up your sleeves and get to it.</p> <h2>4. Procrastinate Productively</h2> <p>If you truly feel like you emotionally need to avoid a task that you should be working on, there are far better ways to dodge it than by surfing Facebook. Instead, you should work on another task that may not be as time-sensitive, but still needs to get done.</p> <p>This used to be my favorite way to get homework done in college. When I had a major project due, the days leading up to the due date would often find me working on homework for other classes. This allowed me to feel the emotional relief of procrastination without allowing me to fall into the shame associated with a procrastination cycle.</p> <p>You can also take this habit one step further by creating a <a href="http://ayearofproductivity.com/procrastinate-more-productively/" target="_blank">procrastination list</a>. This idea comes from Chris Bailey, the blogger behind A Year of Productivity. Your procrastination list will include any items you're allowed to work on when you find yourself procrastinating. This will help you to still use your time productively if you procrastinate. Alternatively, if you find that nothing on your procrastination list is appealing, then you are more likely to just get started on the task you'd otherwise avoid.</p> <h2>5. Nip Complaining in the Bud</h2> <p>When you are overwhelmed, it can feel great to complain about your heavy workload to your coworkers, friends, family, and glassy-eyed cashiers who really don't care about your TPS reports. But complaining only offers you momentary relief. If you keep talking about how rough it is, you're likely to make yourself feel even worse about the situation.</p> <p>So if you are tempted to complain about your bozo boss and his unrelenting workload, stop yourself and think about what could be a more constructive use of your conversations. Perhaps you could ask a coworker to help you with a task, or request that your spouse take over school drop-off for the week so you can get to work a few minutes earlier to plan your day. Use your conversations as an opportunity to reduce your sense of being overwhelmed, rather than magnify it by complaining.</p> <h2>6. Get Some Rest</h2> <p>Sleep seems like an easy place to cut back when there are more tasks than hours in the day. But staying up late to finish a project isn't just bad for your health, it's actually counterproductive if you want to get your work done. Not only does lack of sleep make you <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21075236" target="_blank">more easily distracted</a>, which means it will take you longer to get your work done, but fatigue can also hurt your job performance.</p> <p>One of the best things you can do to chip away at your seemingly endless to-do list is protect your sleep time. Don't let work encroach on your rest, or you'll find that both your rest and your work are worse off.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-deal-when-youre-way-behind-at-work">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/the-7-best-free-tools-to-improve-your-work-performance">The 7 Best Free Tools to Improve Your Work Performance</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/dont-panic-how-to-meet-a-deadline">Don&#039;t Panic! How to Meet a Deadline</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/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review">10 Things to Bring Up With Your Boss at Your Annual Review</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/earn-more-money-by-demanding-it">Earn More Money by Demanding It</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 Productivity behind schedule boredom deadlines falling behind planning procrastinating sleep to-do lists work Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:00:09 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1881551 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 59 Tips to Help You Nail That Job Interview http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-59-tips-to-help-you-nail-that-job-interview <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-59-tips-to-help-you-nail-that-job-interview" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shaking_hands_599255318.jpg" alt="Woman nailing her job interview" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are few things quite as stress-inducing as an upcoming job interview. You want to make a good impression, you want to appear confident, and you want to seal the deal in the short amount of time you have. It's not easy, but it is possible. Here are 59 ways you can nail that big job interview.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000051956032_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ace-your-next-coffee-interview?ref=fbf">How to Ace Your Next Coffee Interview</a> &mdash; Many companies are using more informal settings for their interviews. It tends to put both parties more at ease, but it's a job interview, so common etiquette rules still apply. Here's how to walk that fine line.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions?ref=fbf">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a> &mdash; The best way to nail a job interview is to go in prepared. Learn as much as you can about the company. Also practice answering these common interview questions before you go in.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_000061725250_Large.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-calm-your-nerves-and-ace-your-interview?ref=fbf">6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves and Ace Your Interview</a> &mdash; Nerves and anxiety can really mess with your mind. While it's nearly impossible to get rid of them completely, there are ways ease that stress before you walk into the interview.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-job-without-saying-a-word?ref=fbf">How to Get the Job Without Saying a Word</a> &mdash; No, it's not handing the interviewer a wad of cash and a tray of cupcakes. It's all about posture, eye contact, and body language. These tend to be more noteworthy than just saying the right things. You gotta walk the walk.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_crossed_arms_000046266010.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-extreme-job-interview-tactics-that-worked?ref=fbf">6 Extreme Job Interview Tactics That Worked</a> &mdash; These wacky tactics aren't always the best way to go, but they will make you a memorable candidate. And that's the goal, really. You need to stand out from the rest of the pack, while also being qualified and confident.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-never-do-during-a-job-interview?ref=fbf">10 Things You Should Never Do During a Job Interview</a> &mdash; Almost as important as knowing what to do, is knowing what <em>not </em>to do in a job interview. Some of these might seem obvious (don't be late, don't mumble), but they are all crucial missteps that can totally ruin an otherwise great interview. Avoid them at all costs.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-59-tips-to-help-you-nail-that-job-interview">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/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</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/flashback-friday-48-ways-to-master-the-art-of-decluttering-in-time-for-spring">Flashback Friday: 48 Ways to Master the Art of Decluttering in Time for Spring</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-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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review">10 Things to Bring Up With Your Boss at Your Annual Review</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/flashback-friday-128-creative-ways-to-upcycle-your-trash">Flashback Friday: 128 Creative Ways to Upcycle Your Trash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career career tips common interview questions fbf flashback friday interview questions Job Interview Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:30:32 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1881874 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Things to Bring Up With Your Boss at Your Annual Review http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-516336973.jpg" alt="bring up these things at your annual review" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year, you will have that one meeting that can have a massive impact on your career, your finances, and your future. It's your annual review. While some people see it as a necessary evil, or approach it as &quot;going through the motions,&quot; it should be thought about carefully. What you say can make all the difference.</p> <h2>1. Talk About Your Achievements Over the Past Year</h2> <p>Your boss may already know all the great things you've done. However, they may also be too busy to know everything you've done, or your level of involvement in the projects you took part in. This is your time to shine, and to give your boss the ammunition needed to give you a raise or a promotion. Don't just talk about the things you were assigned to do. Mention the projects you did on your own, or the initiatives you spearheaded. If there were significant financial benefits to the company, or great PR came from something you did, bring all that to the conversation. You want to take this time to show just how invaluable you really are.</p> <h2>2. Focus on You, Not on Others</h2> <p>Unless you work for some kind of utopia, you'll be surrounded by a mixed bag of people. Most will be great, and you'll get along well with them. Some, however, will be a constant thorn in your side. They may take the credit for things you've done. They may be lazy, or incompetent. They may suck up to the boss, or leave early every day. It doesn't matter. This is your review, and it's about <em>you</em>. If you turn this into a whining session, you will not look good. If the person in question is as bad as you know them to be, it will all come out&hellip; probably during his or her review. And if it doesn't, well, find the time to talk it over with the boss later. But your review &mdash; that's all about you, not your worst enemy. Similarly, don't <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-your-boss-wishes-you-knew" target="_blank">tell the boss</a> what he or she did wrong over the last year, and never use this time to pour scorn on the company. You're looking for a raise or a promotion. That is unlikely to happen if you are biting the hand that feeds you.</p> <h2>3. Ask How You Can Be Even More Help to the Company</h2> <p>The phrasing on this one has to be correct. You don't want to sound like there's lots of room for improvement in your performance. But, showing a willingness to do more, work harder, and take on extra projects will always go down well. Do some preparation and see where you could fill some holes. Ask your boss if you can help bring other departments up to par with your own (assuming you're rocking it). Find out what the boss wants to improve upon, and be proactive. If there's one thing a company likes more than a model employee, it's a model employee who takes the initiative.</p> <h2>4. Be Careful What You Ask For</h2> <p>You may have worked late nights and weekends all year long. You may well have saved the company millions of dollars, or landed a cherry account. All of this will be covered over the course of your actual review. By pushing the issue of more money, and a raise in position, you're moving out of the go-getter category, and into the greedy one. You'll be viewed as entitled, or worse, only in it for the money and ladder-climbing. If the subject comes up naturally, you can of course take the boss's lead, and mention that you are ready for more responsibility. Promotions come with raises, so you don't need to talk about dollars yet. And in most companies, significant raises are not given without a promotion anyway.</p> <h2>5. Ask Questions and Be Conversational</h2> <p>Annual reviews can be tough on the boss. If he or she has a lot of people to see, it can be a daunting task. So doing a review with someone who won't speak until they are spoken to, and gives one word answers, is no fun at all. This is your chance to really get into the review, and make it more of a give and take than a one-way street. Ask questions about the direction the company is going, or what you can do to make the boss's life easier. Get chatty, without getting too nonchalant or blasé. This will leave a lasting impression on your boss.</p> <h2>6. Don't Let Your Requests Seem Like Threats</h2> <p>Saying you will quit unless things are changed in your favor &mdash; that's a threat. And it can go down in a few ways. If you are incredibly valuable to the company, and at the current time are irreplaceable, your demands may well be met. But, you will be viewed differently after the fact, and no boss or company likes to be held over a barrel. They will be making plans to replace you in the long term.</p> <p>However, most of the time, you just won't get your own way by making threats. And you have to be ready to get your bluff called; if it is a bluff, of course. If you say you will leave unless you get X, Y, and Z, and those demands are not met, you only have two options: leave, or look foolish. Are you ready for either of those outcomes?</p> <h2>7. Ask for Clear Goals for the Future</h2> <p>An annual review is there not just to look over the past year, but to set career goals for the year ahead. It's a way of saying, &quot;If you do all this, and more, you can expect good things at your next review.&quot; So don't let those goals be vague, or go unaddressed. As the meeting starts to wrap up, ask for specific goals for the next year that you can write down. After the meeting, email them to the boss, and if need be, HR. When your next review comes around, and you have done more than what was asked of you, you will have great ammunition for a raise and promotion.</p> <h2>8. Be Wary of Too Much Honesty</h2> <p>Remember that this is a review, and not a conversation with a friend. Don't say that you're &quot;bored&quot; or that you're &quot;doing the bare minimum.&quot; Being bored is on you. Doing only the bare minimum is also on you. You are an adult, and you can influence the kind of work you do. There is always the chance to take on more work, create new initiatives, or find ways to make your department grow. If you're bored, you're simply not trying. By indicating you have lost interest in your job, you are telling your boss to go out and find someone who would kill to be in your shoes. The boss wants an enthusiastic, driven employee. If you are beyond saving, why not give that role to someone who genuinely wants it? Instead, use this time to ask for more responsibility, or bring up new ideas. You'll look like a go-getter.</p> <h2>9. Accept Full Responsibility for the Things You Did Wrong</h2> <p>You're not a kid in middle school. You cannot say, &quot;I didn't do that&quot; or &quot;But that wasn't really my fault.&quot; As an adult employee, you have to own your mistakes, and show that you have learned from them. If you missed a deadline, admit it. But explain how you will do things differently to ensure it never happens again. If you cost the company money, or a sale, tell the boss why it happened, and what you have learned from it. As Thomas Edison famously said, &quot;I have not failed&hellip; I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.&quot; You can turn any of these negatives from the past year into avenues for personal growth that will benefit you, the boss, and the company.</p> <h2>10. Maintain a Positive Attitude</h2> <p>You may have had one a heck of a bad year. The tension between you and the boss may be so thick that it fills the room. However, your attitude needs to be positive, and you should be genuinely interested in what you can do to make things right. Saying &quot;Wow, I have <em>so, so</em> been looking forward to this,&quot; sarcastically is not going to do you any favors. You will set the wrong tone for the rest of the review, and nothing good will come of it. Use this as a chance to clear the air in a way that makes you both feel like progress has been made.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review">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/12-ways-to-rekindle-passion-for-your-job">12 Ways to Rekindle Passion for Your 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/5-times-you-should-demand-a-raise">5 Times You Should Demand a Raise</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-stay-focused-at-work-despite-your-chatty-coworkers">How to Stay Focused at Work Despite Your Chatty Coworkers</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/6-ways-to-deal-when-youre-way-behind-at-work">6 Ways to Deal When You&#039;re Way Behind at Work</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> Career Building annual review career goals career tips job tips work work etiquette Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:30:33 +0000 Paul Michael 1872419 at http://www.wisebread.com Taking a Work Leave? Here's How to Prepare http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-prepare-for-a-job-leave <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-smart-ways-to-prepare-for-a-job-leave" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/father_son_baby_505122600.jpg" alt="Man finding smart ways to prepare for a job leave" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You may be looking to take some time off from work to stay home with your children. Or perhaps you have a new business venture you'd like to get after.</p> <p>Leaving the traditional workforce is something people do for a variety of reasons. I left my 9-to-5 a little over five years ago to stay home with my daughter. It was a big transition, both personally and professionally. I can tell you firsthand, though, that if you're smart about it &mdash; it may be one of the best moves of your life.</p> <h2>1. Make a Budget</h2> <p>If you don't already have a budget, make one &mdash; today. It's incredibly important before you take a job leave to understand how much money you have, where it's going, and how you'll deal once you don't have a steady paycheck coming in. Making a budget can be an enlightening or frightening process, but you definitely want to look before you leap into the financial unknown.</p> <p>To start, write out exactly how much money will be coming in after you leave your job. Then write out how much money goes out between fixed expenses (housing, student loans, car payments, etc.) and variable expenses (groceries, entertainment, clothing, travel). Don't forget big items like health care, either. After that, you can look for opportunities to cut your budget for the big change. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-your-first-budget-in-5-easy-steps?ref=seealso">Build Your First Budget in Five Easy Steps</a>)</p> <p>While you're at it, try saving as much as you can and building an emergency fund. My husband and I actually spent a good part of the year before I left my job trying to live within the budget we'd need after the baby. Any money we saved in the meantime went directly into our bank account.</p> <h2>2. Get Introspective and Creative</h2> <p>Leaving your job may mean making some pretty tough sacrifices. Maybe you won't be able to buy new cars or go on vacation. Maybe you'll need to stop eating out or even downsize your home. There will likely be days when you will ask yourself: &quot;Why am I doing this again?&quot;</p> <p>Having a long, hard talk with yourself (or several) will help you solidify the motivations for your leave. They will become stronger and stronger in your mind. Sure, you may hit some difficult or tricky times, but if you are passionate about the reason, you'll have the perseverance to continue on and figure out solutions.</p> <p>If you're feeling on the fence about it all, you may want to get creative. Meet with your HR department to explore other opportunities. Maybe you could scale back to working part-time. Maybe your department offers a more flexible schedule. Or maybe there are other jobs in your community that would afford you the time you're looking to gain.</p> <h2>3. Practice, Practice, Practice</h2> <p>After chatting with HR, I discovered that the university where I used to work offered up to eight months of unpaid child care leave. Before I decided to quit my job for good, I let my boss know that I wanted to take the maximum amount of leave. During this time off, our family continued to practice what life would be like &mdash; and what our budget would be like &mdash; without my paycheck. It wasn't a totally easy transition.</p> <p>For example, within the first month of my leave, our furnace died. It was the dead of winter, so we had to dip deep into the emergency fund earlier than expected. A few months after that we had a major roof leak. This is where our savings and budgeting really came into play.</p> <p>In the end, we realized that we would be fine because we had planned for these types of minor disasters. I had moments of doubt, though, and I was thankful to know that I had a job waiting for me if I needed it. Find out what type of temporary leave options are available to you. A trial run is a wonderful opportunity to see if your plans will work out in real life. Think of it as a pair of training wheels.</p> <h2>4. Leave on Good Terms</h2> <p>Even if you hate your job, you don't exactly want to leave burning all your bridges in the process. Of course, you may find yourself with a boss who doesn't completely understand or support your decision. And that's okay. What you can do, though, is to ease the transition for everyone involved as much as possible. That will help you leave on the best of terms.</p> <p>Give your boss plenty of notice before your leave. You may even want to, as I did, ask if you might return to your workplace in the future. Though my boss wasn't thrilled to be losing a dependable worker, he ultimately understood and respected my reasons for leaving.</p> <p>I left scrupulous notes for my replacement, organized all my digital and paper files, and even offered to be available for a short while if anyone had questions. On my last day, we shook hands and I felt confident &mdash; and still do &mdash; that I could apply for future positions.</p> <h2>5. Keep Your Toes Dipped</h2> <p>When I left my job, I wasn't totally sure how long it would work out. On paper, things were looking good. In practice, well, we kept hitting some financial roadblocks. I knew I wanted to stay home with my daughter, but I also knew that bringing in some money would be helpful. Keeping my resume and skills relevant was another important thing to me.</p> <p>That's when I started looking around for freelance writing work. Some of my friends were working on different gigs, so I reached out to them. Networked. I asked tons of questions and even got some leads on jobs. In the years since, I've worked at home anywhere between five and 30 hours a week. I've had a lot of situations in my life where I've needed to scale back or almost entirely from freelancing. Still, I have these jobs on my resume.</p> <p>I'm keeping current. (And I'm enjoying it, too!) Even if you don't want to actually work during your time off, you can volunteer. You can absolutely include volunteer work on your resume. Experience is experience. And the great thing about volunteering is that you can often put it on your own schedule.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-prepare-for-a-job-leave">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/5-money-moves-to-make-before-moving-out-on-your-own">5 Money Moves to Make Before Moving Out on Your Own</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/4-reasons-to-add-your-teen-as-an-authorized-user-on-your-credit-card">4 Reasons to Add Your Teen as an Authorized User on Your Credit Card</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/the-7-best-employers-for-single-parents">The 7 Best Employers for Single Parents</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/13-great-reasons-to-quit-your-job">13 Great Reasons to Quit Your Job</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/8-personal-finance-resolutions-anyone-can-master">8 Personal Finance Resolutions Anyone Can Master</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Family budgeting emergency funds extended leave job leave one income family quitting stay at home parent workforce Wed, 04 Jan 2017 10:30:33 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1867991 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Use the Holiday Quiet Time to Boost Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holiday-quiet-time-to-boost-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-use-the-holiday-quiet-time-to-boost-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-539452034.jpg" alt="using holiday quiet time to focus on your career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Depending on your office's culture, it can become a barren wasteland starting right after Thanksgiving, and stay that way until after the New Year. Especially if your office is open the week between Christmas and December 31, it's completely common to find yourself as one of the few people in the office &mdash; if not the only one!</p> <p>And while bingeing on Netflix or having chair races with the only other person in the office may sound appealing, office quiet time is a golden opportunity for you. The empty office gives you a chance to prepare for 2017 and build your skills. Instead of whiling away the hours on Candy Crush, try the following ideas to be productive.</p> <h2>Take a Course</h2> <p>Whether you want to learn how to code, dream of graphic design, or think mastering advanced Excel functions will help you in your current work, there are free and low-cost courses available to help you meet your goal.</p> <h3>Coursera</h3> <p><a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=467035.208&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0" target="_blank">Coursera</a> offers free classes from top universities like Yale, Harvard, and Brown in subjects like psychology, neuroscience, or fundamental programming concepts. While you cannot get credit for the classes you take, these are excellent resources for developing new skills.</p> <h3>Udemy</h3> <p>Similarly, <a href="http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=g519OIyP0is&amp;offerid=323085.8&amp;type=3&amp;subid=0" target="_blank">Udemy</a> offers free classes, but they also have more in-depth classes with a fee, too. Udemy courses tend to be more niche-focused. If you want to learn about the latest in social media, such as how to use Periscope for brand promotion, or how to use Photoshop's editing features, Udemy offers many options and self-paced learning opportunities. While even Udemy's paid classes tend to be very affordable, if the lesson can be applied to your work, check with your manager to see if the company will cover the cost. Your initiative will show a good use of your time during the slow season.</p> <h2>Research Tools That Can Improve Your Work</h2> <p>During the busiest months, it can get so crazy you don't have a lot of time to research ways to streamline processes or make your job easier. So you stick to what you know and what works, even if it is inefficient. The slow weeks can be a great time to find new ways of doing business that can make your life simpler in 2017.</p> <p>There are many free or cheap tools available for every line of work. Below are just five free options that can help you in different industries, but there are hundreds of tools that can improve efficiencies and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-free-tools-to-improve-your-work-performance?ref=internal">empower you to be more productive</a>.</p> <h3>Asana</h3> <p>If your company struggles to keep up with deadlines and track who is accountable for what, <a href="https://asana.com/" target="_blank">Asana</a> can be a gamechanger. Asana allows you to create tasks, assign people to each step, and set public deadlines. Asana is free for for teams up to 15 people, so it can be great for individual departments to stay on track and keep projects moving forward.</p> <h3>Canva</h3> <p>If you run social media pages, coming up with images for the different channels can be a major timesink. And if you have to wait on someone else to do them for you, that can make it difficult to capitalize on breaking trends. <a href="http://www.canva.com" target="_blank">Canva</a> allows you to create polished, professional-looking images in minutes, even if you have no graphic design training yourself. There's thousands of free templates, and while you can upload your own photos, they also offer stock photos for just $1.</p> <h3>FullContact Card Reader</h3> <p>Whether you work in sales, procurement, or marketing, gathering business cards is part of the job. And it's all too easy to accumulate a stack and forget about them, or lose them altogether. The <a href="https://www.fullcontact.com/cardreader/" target="_blank">FullContact Card Reader</a> scans the business card and saves the information to a designated place that you can organize and search. You can save up to 1,000 contacts with the free version.</p> <h3>HemingwayApp</h3> <p>If you're a writer, you'll enjoy <a href="http://www.hemingwayapp.com/" target="_blank">HemingwayApp</a>. Not only does it recognize typos and grammatical errors, but it also highlights bad habits like passive voice, excessive adverb use, and overly complicated sentence structure.</p> <h3>Written Kitten</h3> <p>Have you been delaying writing an email or starting on a sales report? Meet <a href="http://www.writtenkitten.net/" target="_blank">Written Kitten</a>, an utterly ridiculous free tool that may get you inspired. After you write 100 words, the site rewards you with an adorable picture of a kitten. Just don't allow yourself to cheat the system and start writing nonsense just to see the next cat.</p> <h2>Take Advantage of Your Time</h2> <p>It can feel like a real drag as the only person in the office. But this time of the year can be a fantastic chance to invest in yourself, learn new skills, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-productivity-tips-for-it-professionals?ref=internal">optimize your productivity</a>. Dress comfortably, load up your phone with great music, and try these courses and tools to set yourself up for a strong 2017.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-the-holiday-quiet-time-to-boost-your-career">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/this-simple-negotiating-trick-puts-money-in-your-pocket">This Simple Negotiating Trick Puts Money in Your Pocket</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-succeed-as-an-online-student">How to Succeed as an Online Student</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/dont-go-to-college-to-learn">Don&#039;t Go to College to Learn</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/the-7-best-free-tools-to-improve-your-work-performance">The 7 Best Free Tools to Improve Your Work Performance</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/can-men-be-trained-to-understand-women">Can Men Be Trained To Understand Women?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Career Building education holiday break holiday vacation Holidays online classes productivity training Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:30:08 +0000 Kat Tretina 1853788 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Use Glassdoor to Earn More Money http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-glassdoor-to-earn-more-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-use-glassdoor-to-earn-more-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_work_computer_516895794.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to use Glassdoor to earn more money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever get the feeling that your company isn't paying you enough? Job search and employer-review site Glassdoor is ready to give you the evidence.</p> <p>The site recently released the beta version of <a href="https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/know-your-worth.htm">Know Your Worth</a>, an online tool designed to help employees determine if they are indeed being underpaid. Glassdoor officials say that workers can use this tool not only to determine whether they are being paid fairly for their work, but as inspiration to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-take-a-job-offer">ask for raises or hunt for better jobs</a>.</p> <p><span style="color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: georgia; font-size: 1.5em; font-weight: normal;">How Does It Work?</span></p> <p>The service is free, though you do need an account with Glassdoor. Fortunately, this is free, too. Once you've created your account, Know Your Worth will ask for some basic information: your job title, the name of your employer, your salary, and the location of your office. You'll also have to provide your education level, the college from which you graduated, and your birth date.</p> <p>Once you plug in these numbers, Know Your Worth will tell you whether you are being underpaid based on your value in today's jobs market. The tool will also tell you by how much you are being underpaid.</p> <p>In a news release, Glassdoor said that it relies on the millions of salary reports that the site has collected over the years. The site also analyzes real-time supply and demand trends in specific job markets.</p> <h2>How Accurate Is the Site?</h2> <p>That's hard to say, as it's still in beta mode. In a test run, Know Your Worth reported that a hypothetical editor of a trade magazine in Chicago making $50,000 was about $5,900 underpaid.</p> <p>Know Your Worth, though, is a good starting point for employees who are wondering if they are underpaid. In its news release, Glassdoor reported that 65% of employees wish that they had a better grasp of whether they are being paid fairly.</p> <h2>What Next?</h2> <p>What happens if you run Know Your Worth only for it to say that you are being underpaid by $10,000? First, know that the tool is just an estimate, and that it might not accurately reflect your exact situation. Secondly, don't just get angry or depressed by the numbers that Glassdoor's tool spits back at you. Resolve to do something about it.</p> <p>Your first step might be to ask your current employer for a raise. To increase your odds of success, though, do this right. Don't just march into your boss' office. Instead, set up an appointment with the people who actually have the power to boost your salary. And prepare for this meeting.</p> <p>You can reference the Glassdoor numbers, and you should bring a copy of them to your meeting. But don't rely on those figures entirely. You also need to create a compelling argument for why you deserve a raise.</p> <p>Have any of your initiatives or projects that you spearheaded resulted in a boost in your company's bottom line? That's important information to bring up. Are you doing the work of several people because your company has yet to fill open positions it created way back during the country's economic downturn? Mention that, too.</p> <p>The key to negotiating a higher salary is to provide concrete examples of your worth to the company. If you've led successful rollouts of new products or services, this is important to highlight. If you've built the top-producing sales team in your company, share that knowledge.</p> <h2>What If Your Negotiations Fail?</h2> <p>What if, after presenting Glassdoor's numbers and the concrete evidence of your worth to the company, your employer refuses your request for a raise anyway? It can happen. Your bosses are not under any obligation to pay you more, even if you clearly deserve a pay bump.</p> <p>You then have only two options: You can remain at your job, without sulking about what you feel is a salary that is too low, or you can hunt for a new, better-paying one. This last option? It might be better for your mental health.</p> <p>People don't want to work in an environment in which they feel underappreciated. If you feel that you deserve a better salary, and it's clear that you won't earn it at your current job, the time is right to start searching for a more fulfilling position.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-use-glassdoor-to-earn-more-money">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/10-signs-your-company-is-going-under">10 Signs Your Company Is Going Under</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/9-high-paying-jobs-that-didnt-exist-10-years-ago">9 High-Paying Jobs That Didn&#039;t Exist 10 Years Ago</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-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common 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/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job 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/the-best-times-of-year-to-start-a-job-search">The Best Times of Year to Start a Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting finding a new job glassdoor job board job hunt job review site job search make more money salary Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:00:06 +0000 Dan Rafter 1849885 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Dream Jobs You're Never Too Old to Pursue http://www.wisebread.com/9-dream-jobs-youre-never-too-old-to-pursue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-dream-jobs-youre-never-too-old-to-pursue" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_94666787_LARGE.jpg" alt="you&#039;re never too old to pursue these dream jobs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Starting a new career shouldn't have an age restriction attached to it. Fortunately, there are a number of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-real-world-salaries-of-8-childhood-dream-jobs">dream jobs</a> that can be pursued at any age. Once you decide to put yourself first and pursue a career that you've always dreamed of, you're already one step closer. The worst restrictions that will ever be placed on your life are the ones you place on yourself.</p> <h2>1. Actor</h2> <p>Acting doesn't begin or end at any particular age. Studios are always looking for actors in all age ranges, so you can pursue this interest at any point in your life. For instance, Michael Clarke Duncan of <a href="http://amzn.to/2fqDEVT">The Green Mile</a> didn't begin his acting career until age 38. There are myriad actors who didn't become famous until after age 30, including: Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm, Bill Pullman, Ty Burrell, Danny Trejo, Danny Glover, Ray Romano, Alan Rickman, Lupita Nyong'o, Kristen Wiig, and the list goes on and on.</p> <h2>2. Comedian</h2> <p>Careers in comedy can be pursued at any time. Famed comedian, Phyllis Diller, didn't make her <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/20/showbiz/phyllis-diller-obit/">debut as a standup comedian until age 37</a>. Some could argue that with more life experience under your belt, you will have more funny observations. Begin with improv classes or perform stand-up at your local open mic to see how you feel in front of a crowd.</p> <h2>3. Musician</h2> <p>Music is another hobby that can become very lucrative and rewarding at any age. In fact, because it's true that practice makes perfect, one could argue that you would become better at your selected instrument with time.</p> <h2>4. Model</h2> <p>While modeling is typically considered a younger profession, that's not always the case. Designers are constantly looking for models of all ages, so while you may not book as many jobs as someone who began modeling in their late teens, it's still never too late to start. Model <a href="http://www.valerieramsey.com/">Valerie Ramsey didn't begin modeling</a> until age 63.</p> <h2>5. Chef or Baker</h2> <p>Opening a bakery or starting a career as a chef can be risky. However, there is never an age limit when it comes to cooking and baking. People develop their skills and continue improving recipes over time, making them a better chef later in life. If you need more inspiration, Julia Child didn't even begin attending culinary school until she was 36 years old.</p> <h2>6. Teacher</h2> <p>If you decide later in life that you want to begin teaching students, be thankful that you now have more life experience under your belt so you can be a better, more well-rounded teacher. To begin pursuing this career, consider becoming a substitute teacher first to feel things out and see how you like the change.</p> <h2>7. Writer</h2> <p>Stan Lee didn't create his <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/stan-lees-universe-c-v-r.html">first comic book until age 38</a>, and <a href="http://www.biography.com/news/laura-ingalls-wilder-biography-facts">Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first Little House</a> books at age 65. Whether you're interested in writing fiction, comics, nonfiction, or scripts &mdash; ideas can come to you at any age, any time. It's not too late to start writing and live the life you always dreamed of.</p> <h2>8. Artist</h2> <p>There are a range of artists with impressive careers that didn't start until later in life. Whether you're interested in painting, graphic design, illustration, or any other means of art, inspiration can come at any age. For example, Anna Mary Robertson Moses (aka Grandma Moses) <a href="http://time.com/4482257/grandma-moses-history/">didn't begin painting until age 78</a>.</p> <h2>9. Fashion Designer</h2> <p>Designing fashion and jewelry doesn't begin or end at any age. In fact, Vera Wang didn't <a href="http://www.thefashionspot.com/runway-news/597211-vera-wang/">begin her career as a designer until age 40</a>.</p> <h3>How to Get Started</h3> <p>Before you make the leap to your new dream job, make sure you are prepared for what's to come. For instance, if you decide to become a doctor at age 60, keep in mind that you'll need four years of medical school before you can even begin your 3-7 years of residency. It's best to pursue a new career or dream when you already have some money in the bank and you're financially set to do so. Make sure your family is also prepared for any changes that a new career may bring.</p> <p>Whether you're ready to make the leap to your dream job or you're still contemplating things, you should at least begin by pursuing your passion now. Whether this means beginning cooking classes, taking a writing course, or simply figuring out exactly what kind of commitment it would take to be successful in your new career, it couldn't hurt to get started now. This will also allow you to become more realistic about what to expect and get more organized for the work ahead.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-dream-jobs-youre-never-too-old-to-pursue">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/escape-your-dying-industry-with-one-of-these-8-careers-instead">Escape Your Dying Industry With One of These 8 Careers, Instead</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/your-guide-to-getting-a-job-right-out-of-college">Your Guide to Getting a Job Right Out of College</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-find-unlisted-jobs-and-win-every-salary-negotiation">How to Find Unlisted Jobs and Win Every Salary Negotiation</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/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</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/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting career dream job job search too old too young Tue, 08 Nov 2016 09:30:12 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1828831 at http://www.wisebread.com New Job? Don't Make These 7 Mistakes With Your Benefits http://www.wisebread.com/new-job-dont-make-these-7-mistakes-with-your-benefits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/new-job-dont-make-these-7-mistakes-with-your-benefits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shaking_hands_77096849.jpg" alt="Woman making mistakes with new job benefits" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In September 2016, total nonfarm payroll employment in the U.S. <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm">rose by 156,000</a>. If you were among those Americans who recently landed a new gig &mdash; or plan on landing one within the near future &mdash; congratulations! But as you get your benefits and retirement planning set up at your new workplace, don't make these seven mistakes.</p> <h2>1. Not Setting Up Your New Retirement Account Before December 31st</h2> <p>Make to sure to set up your new employer-sponsored retirement account before December 31st. Otherwise, you won't be able to reduce your 2016 taxable income by making contributions before Tax Day (April 17th, 2017) or the day you file your federal tax return, whichever is earlier. If you wait until the new year to set up your retirement account, any contributions made before Tax Day will reduce your 2017 taxable income &mdash; and you'll lose the opportunity to reduce your 2016 AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) by any contributed amount.</p> <h2>2. Not Completing a 401K or IRA Indirect Rollover</h2> <p>If you had a balance of less than $5,000 in your previous job's 401K or IRA plan, there is a good chance that you received an automatic cashout with a 20% withholding from your employer for applicable taxes. From the last day of your employment, you have 60 days to put the entire balance of the previous retirement account (including the mentioned 20% withholding!) into a new employer-sponsored retirement account that accepts rollovers. This process is known as an indirect rollover.</p> <p>You'll get that 20% withholding money back from the IRS in next year's tax return. In the event that your new employer's retirement account doesn't accept a rollover from your previous account, consider opening an IRA with a local financial institution before the 60-day deadline. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-simple-guide-to-rolling-over-all-of-your-401ks-and-iras?ref=seealso">A Simple Guide to Rolling Over All of Your 401Ks and IRAs</a>)</p> <h2>3. Leaving W-4 Forms Alone</h2> <p>Depending on a variety of factors, your old W-4 tax withholdings may not cut it at your new gig. To figure out whether you're withholding too much (or too little), grab all of your latest pay stubs, find a copy of last year's tax return, and visit the online <a href="https://www.irs.gov/individuals/irs-withholding-calculator">IRS Withholding Calculator</a>.</p> <p>After punching in your data, this tool will provide recommendations on how to adjust your W-4 with your new employer to make sure that you meet your tax liability and minimize your refund. There's no sense in over-withholding and expecting a large refund, since the IRS doesn't pay interest while it sits on excess withholdings. That's money better kept in a savings or retirement account, where it can gain interest and compound over time.</p> <h2>4. Missing the Deadline to Make an Additional Estimated Tax Payment</h2> <p>If the IRS Withholding Calculator were to tell you that you're seriously behind your tax liability, you'll probably need to make amends <em>pronto, </em>lest you end up owing Uncle Sam at tax time. It's to your benefit to make an additional estimated tax payment to reduce or eliminate such a liability. For example, in the event that you know that there is an end-of-year bonus or commission check arriving before January 17, 2017, you have the option to use part of that check to make an estimated tax payment with <a href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040es.pdf">Form 1040-ES</a>.</p> <p>Make sure to use the IRS Withholding Calculator to estimate the right amount to mail to the IRS with Form 1040-ES and keep a photocopy of both the form and check for your own records.</p> <h2>5. Not Enrolling in a New FSA Plan Within 30 Days</h2> <p>You have up to 30 days from your hire date to enroll in an employer's flexible spending account (FSA). If you miss that deadline, you'll have to wait until your company renews its FSA plan, your plan administrator announces an open enrollment period, or you have a qualifying life event, such as changing marital status or having a baby.</p> <h2>6. Forgetting About Balances in Previous FSA Accounts</h2> <p>You may be so busy training at your new job and completing paperwork that you forget about remaining benefits at your previous employer. Check the rules from your previous FSA account regarding the expiration date of available money once you separate from your old employer. Most FSA plans provide a grace period to use the money, but some of those deadlines may be as early as the end of the month in which you separate from your employer. Unless you use your FSA funds in full by the applicable deadline, you'll lose them all.</p> <h2>7. Going More Than Two Months Without Health Coverage</h2> <p>As you're transitioning from one job to the other, keep an eye on the start and end dates of previous and current health plans. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, you owe a fee for any period greater than two months in which you, your spouse, or your tax dependents don't have qualifying health coverage. In most cases, the penalty fee is 1/12 per month of <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/fees/fee-for-not-being-covered/">2.5% of your household income</a> or $695 per adult, whichever is higher.</p> <p>Being uncovered for only one to two months, qualifies you for a <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/exemptions-tool/#/results/2015/details/short-gap">short gap exemption</a> and you're not liable for the fee. Find out whether or not you're able to claim a health coverage exemption with <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/exemptions-tool/#/">HealthCare.gov's Exemption Screener</a>.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-job-dont-make-these-7-mistakes-with-your-benefits">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/going-without-health-insurance-in-2015-heres-what-itll-cost-you">Going Without Health Insurance in 2015? Here&#039;s What It&#039;ll Cost You</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/5-vital-things-to-remember-when-buying-health-insurance">5 Vital Things to Remember When Buying Health Insurance</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/still-without-health-insurance-here-s-how-much-the-penalties-will-cost-you">Still Without Health Insurance? Here’s How Much the Penalties Will Cost You</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/6-health-insurance-benefits-youre-probably-not-using">6 Health Insurance Benefits You&#039;re Probably Not Using</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/left-a-job-do-a-rollover">Left a job? Do a rollover.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Insurance Retirement 401 k affordable care act benefits employers flexible spending health care IRA medical insurance new job obamacare rollovers taxes Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:00:07 +0000 Damian Davila 1822947 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Launch Your Second Career http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launch-your-second-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-launch-your-second-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_80656757_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="how to launch a second career" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The decision to re-enter the workforce, or switch industries, is not one that can be taken lightly. Maybe you're trying to make more money to support your family, or earn extra cash in retirement to fund vacations and create a better standard of living. Perhaps you've been a stay-at-home parent who now has the opportunity to get back into a career, or you simply want to learn something new, interact with people, and feel challenged.</p> <p>Whatever your motivation, acting on that decision to launch a second career can be overwhelming. Can you go back into the job you once had, or has it significantly changed since you left it. Are you ready to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-unexpected-side-benefits-of-your-side-hustle">start a new career</a>? Do you even have the time and money to do so? Before you dive in, here's some advice to guide you through this tricky time.</p> <h2>Adjust Your Expectations</h2> <p>Technology has changed quickly, and the job skills you possessed before may be considered obsolete now. Picking up right where you left off may not be possible, so take a step back and carefully examine your skills, and the current state of the industry. If you were working in a field that has undergone little-to-no change over the years, such as tailoring or baking, you should have no problem adjusting. But if you were in advertising, medicine, IT, engineering, or finance, you could find the radical changes in the industry will severely hinder your usefulness to an employer. Retraining, and even working for free to gain experience, will be invaluable.</p> <p>In the case of a second, new career, even though you have matured and you believe you have more to offer, that doesn't translate well to an employer. It's not enough to have &quot;quick learner&quot; on your resume. Expect and accept that in order to go forward, you will almost certainly have to retrain and acquire new skills before you can even think of submitting a resume.</p> <p>While you're working on that, find a job &mdash; any job &mdash; that can get you back into the workforce. Not only is this incredibly helpful at re-acquainting you with a daily routine, and working with others, but it also puts something solid on your resume. Someone who is actively employed, and gaining experience, is more appealing to a future employer than someone who is &quot;waiting for the ideal opportunity.&quot;</p> <h2>Realize It's Never Too Late to Change</h2> <p>Entering a new field might be scary because you feel you are competing with the younger crowd. Sure, you may have regrets about not switching gears sooner, but let that go. It's not too late. In fact, it's never too late. If you have the drive, the enthusiasm, and the fortitude, you can make a go of it regardless of your age.</p> <p>And here's something else to ponder. If you had entered a new career years ago, it may not have been the right time for you. You may not have had the right level of maturity, or the industry could have been in turmoil (imagine switching to real estate just before the subprime mortgage collapse). The time you have spent between your last day on the job and re-entering the workforce has given you perspective, experience, and wisdom. Let it work in your favor.</p> <h2>Consider If Your Hobby Can Become a Business</h2> <p>It's a question many people ask themselves when they are considering a career change. That thing you love doing in your spare time &mdash; can it become your main source of income? Usually, hobbies require an investment of time and money, so turning that into a moneymaker could be a losing proposition. Even if your particular hobby creates something that is in great demand, do the costs of the materials and the time it takes to create it make financial sense? You will need to crunch the numbers and see if scaling the operation into a full-time venture is possible. And remember, most new businesses see little-to-no profit during the first few years, so even if it's in the cards, you'll need another source of income in the meantime.</p> <h2>Look for Something That Fulfills You</h2> <p>Many people leave high profile jobs with the hope of doing good and helping others. It may result in less pay and benefits, but the rewards far outweigh the financial setback. For example, a journalism professor in a local university in Colorado used to write for the <em>NY Times</em>, and <em>Fortune</em> magazine. He gave that up to teach others what he knows, trading the tight deadlines and stress for a career in education. And as his students will tell you, they have never met a more fantastic and enthusiastic teacher or mentor. If you already have a bachelor's degree, and something like this inspires you, remember that you can get a master's degree. You, too, could go into teaching. If not teaching, what else inspires you? Is it working with sick animals? Pursue a dream, if you can.</p> <h2>Take a Class or Two to Brush Up Your Skills</h2> <p>This scares a lot of people off, but it shouldn't. You don't have to enroll in college. Community centers, libraries, and other adult learning centers offer a wide variety of classes &mdash; many of them free &mdash; to brush up on skills, learn computer programs, or to start your own business. This also looks great on your resume, and demonstrates to potential employers that you're being active about getting back in the game.</p> <h2>Ask Yourself If a New Career Even Possible Right Now</h2> <p>This is a tough question to ask yourself, but it's a crucial one. After everything you have read, you must consider your options, and the reality of the marketplace. Is this the right time for you to switch careers, or re-enter the workforce? Do your research. Ask friends and colleagues who are out there making a living in those areas you're interested in. And while you take all that in, it's very possible you may have to remain in your current profession, or one closely related to it, for a little while longer. It's a good way to use contacts to open doors for other opportunities in the future.</p> <h2>See Your Break as a Blessing</h2> <p>Your potential new employer may appreciate the fact that you're coming into their business with a fresh perspective, instead of comparing the way they do business to the way your previous employer did. You're excited to learn everything you can because this is truly a fresh start that can change your life in many ways. You will meet new people and develop new skills. It's an exciting time that should be embraced, and how often do we get the chance to really start over?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-launch-your-second-career">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/8-ways-a-side-hustle-can-advance-your-career">8 Ways a Side Hustle Can Advance Your Career</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/3-real-costs-of-self-publishing-a-kids-book">3 Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Kids&#039; Book</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-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</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/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</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/how-to-make-more-money-as-an-uber-driver">How to Get a High Rating and Make More Money as an Uber Driver</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Extra Income career transition launch your career second career side hustle side job Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:30:24 +0000 Paul Michael 1818052 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Ways to Rekindle Passion for Your Job http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-rekindle-passion-for-your-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-to-rekindle-passion-for-your-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_73237551_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="rekindle passion for your job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Not loving your job, or even hating it, seems to be a part of life these days. Drew Carey once said, &quot;Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called everybody, and they meet at the bar.&quot;</p> <p>Some people are lucky, and always love their jobs, but most of us love it for a while, before forgetting its highlights and focusing on its flaws. However, your current job doesn't have to be a drag. All it takes is a paradigm shift.</p> <h2>1. Write Down the Good Parts of Your Day</h2> <p>There is good and bad in everyone, and in every day. Even on the days that result in you getting home with a scowl on your face, drinking a double scotch, and pulling out your hair for two hours, something good must have happened. True, it may be hard to find, but try and dig.</p> <p>Make a log, on your computer or in a journal. Perhaps a coworker gave you a compliment. Maybe you had a really tasty bagel on the way to work. Or, was the sun shining as you walked from the car or train to your office? When it's something much bigger, like working in a project you really enjoyed, log that in detail. As you look back over your weeks, and months, you'll see a record of enjoyment. That can help make the negative feelings go away.</p> <h2>2. Hang Out With People That Make You Happy</h2> <p>People at work can be a great source of happiness. In fact, all those times that you laughed at work, or felt happiness, most likely came from your interactions with other people. So, find ways to interact more with the people that make you feel good about yourself. And conversely, avoid the people who drag you down. That guy who never has anything good to say about the job, or anyone else, is not going to make you feel great. But the one who lifts your spirits can bring you into a different attitude quickly. Stick with the positive ones.</p> <h2>3. Compare Your Job to One That Sucks</h2> <p>We measure our misery or success by those around us. While you may think you have a job that stinks, do a little digging, and find out what jobs really do suck. You may hate what you do now, but would you rather be doing something demeaning for minimum wage? (And if the answer is yes to that one, maybe you really do <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-careers-you-dont-need-a-ton-of-experience-to-start">need to move on</a>.) Some people in other countries are risking death for barely enough money to feed and clothe themselves. How does your job stack up? If you're still complaining about monotonous data entry, or not having the complete respect of your peers, it may be time to rethink your outlook.</p> <h2>4. Remember What Your Job Allows You to Do</h2> <p>So most of the time, the job is awful. However, what does it allow you to do that isn't awful? Maybe it's the two-week vacation you took to a tropical island. Perhaps it helped pay for the Harley Davidson parked in your driveway, or season tickets to see your favorite sports team. Yes, while your job may not make you happy, it provides the income and security to bring wonderful things into your life.</p> <h2>5. Find the Positive in the Little Things</h2> <p>Looking at the big picture isn't always the best strategy. You have to find joy in some of the smaller aspects of your day-to-day routine. Maybe it's the fact that you get to sit down, put your feet up, and drink coffee a few times a day. Hey, you get paid for it. That's nice. Maybe it's even smaller than that. Your chair felt really comfy, or you got a great parking spot. You don't have to concentrate on the whole day, or the big issues. Find something small, each day, to be thankful for.</p> <h2>6. Take Moments Just for Yourself</h2> <p>Even at work, you can have some &quot;me time.&quot; Employers are required to give you adequate work breaks. Take that time to switch off, completely. That means go outside, walk around, read a book, close your eyes and listen to music, or meditate. It may not always be possible to do that, depending on what you do and where you work, but there should always be an opportunity to find a moment of peace in the daily grind.</p> <h2>7. Ignore What You Cannot Change</h2> <p>You'll often hear people worrying about things that are, to be blunt, completely out of their control. The easiest way to deal with these problems is to shut them out. If layoffs are coming, you will not have any control over that situation, so ignore it. By all means, prepare for the worst, but get on with your day. If the company has a system in place that you blatantly disagree with, but cannot change, then forget about it. If you cannot change something, you are giving it way too much energy by obsessing about it. You'll feel much happier if you accept what is beyond your control.</p> <h2>8. Fix What You Can Change</h2> <p>There may be things in your company that you cannot control, but there are also things you can definitely impact. If you hate the way your office space is set up, see what you can do to change it. Are your hours flexible? Can you get the awful coffee replaced with a better brand? Can you talk about dress code, or suggest new methods of doing things that will save people time? You are never going to change the way the CEO does business, but you may be able to change his mind on having plants in the building, or endorsing &quot;bring your kids to work day.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Get Really, Really Organized</h2> <p>A lot of the stress we encounter in our daily routine comes from a lack of organization and preparation. Too often, we can leave ourselves too little time to get a certain task done. We may rush to work, have a messy office, or miss appointments. Get around this by organizing, and using the latest apps for your smartphone. You can set reminders that take the worry out of a daily schedule. You can log the names and important information about all of your clients and colleagues. Everything can be setup to work smoothly, and with more organization comes less stress, and a better outlook on the job.</p> <h2>10. Take Significant Time Off If You Can</h2> <p>If you really are just completely burned out, get away from it all. Some people, especially in America, are afraid to take time off. They say it looks bad, or they might not be seen as indispensable. There is simply no excuse not to take time off, especially if it drastically changes your attitude. If you have a few weeks of vacation saved up, take them. Even if it's just to stay at home, you need to escape. If you have sick time, use it to heal your mind. And if things have become really bad, <a href="https://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/">look into FMLA.</a> You can take up to 12 weeks off, every year, and your job will be protected. You will be covered if it's a serious health condition, and <a href="http://thelawdictionary.org/article/what-are-employees-right-to-stress-leave/">depression or stress can be debilitating.</a></p> <h2>11. Find Ways to Take on New Responsibilities</h2> <p>If the daily grind is wearing you down, find something new to do at work. Some factories do this as a way to prevent burnout, rotating people to different stations after a few hours to avoid a lack of concentration, and to keep accidents from happening. If you're always working on the same old stuff, see what you can do to shake things up. Can you swap roles with someone? Can you take on a new task? Can you create a new initiative? You would be surprised how much a change is as good as a rest.</p> <h2>12. Quit Being a Complainer</h2> <p>At the end of the day, your own attitude about your job can drag you down. Henry Ford, among others, said, &quot;Whether you think you can, or you think you can't &mdash; you're right.&quot; Attitude can be the difference between seeing an opportunity for success, or something destined to fail. Complaining also brings others down around you. And that, in turn, can feed into morale issues and bad company culture. So, cheer up. Look at the list above, and find ways to change your outlook. You can bring a spark back to your career that could ignite something huge.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-rekindle-passion-for-your-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-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/10-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review">10 Things to Bring Up With Your Boss at Your Annual Review</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/6-pearls-of-career-wisdom-from-brian-tracy">6 Pearls of Career Wisdom From Brian Tracy</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-stay-focused-at-work-despite-your-chatty-coworkers">How to Stay Focused at Work Despite Your Chatty Coworkers</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/9-things-that-really-annoy-hiring-managers">9 Things That Really Annoy Hiring Managers</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/how-to-get-the-job-without-saying-a-word">How to Get the Job Without Saying a Word</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building advice career tips job hunting job search job tips passion pursue your passion work Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:30:07 +0000 Paul Michael 1811798 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Personal Issues No One at Work Needs to Hear http://www.wisebread.com/10-personal-issues-no-one-at-work-needs-to-hear <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-personal-issues-no-one-at-work-needs-to-hear" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_93735987_LARGE.jpg" alt="don&#039;t talk about these personal issues at work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most Americans spend way too much time at work. In fact, according to a 2015 study by Gallup, the <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/175286/hour-workweek-actually-longer-seven-hours.aspx">average work week for a full-time employee</a> in the U.S. is 47 hours. Amid all that team-building togetherness, it's easy to blur the line between our professional and personal lives &mdash; and jeopardize our careers in the process. Protect your future by avoiding topics that can knock you down a rung or two on the corporate ladder. Here are 10 personal issues no one needs to hear about at work.</p> <h2>1. Legal Troubles</h2> <p>However unfair or inaccurate it may be, your ongoing legal issues imply two things to employers: You have poor judgment, and a litigious personality. Whether you're on the right side of the law or the wrong side, it's good policy to keep legal battles private.</p> <h2>2. Relationship Disasters</h2> <p>Messy divorce? Cheating boyfriend? Breakup that you just can't seem to get over? They may be part of life, but not part of appropriate workplace conversation. Rehashing your relationship disasters communicates that you have difficult time separating your personal and professional worlds &mdash; and that's a career-limiting trait.</p> <h2>3. Previous Employment Drama</h2> <p>No surprises here. Skip the stories about the boss who hated you, the coworker who stole your promotion, the office party that got out of hand, or the six-week strike you initiated. Employers tend to frown upon staff members with dramatic work histories, and they're rightfully concerned that certain types of employment issues might be contagious.</p> <h2>4. Sex Life</h2> <p>Tempted to break up a boring afternoon at the office with a tale of romantic misadventure? Abstain. Save the intimate details of your life for close friends, a night out with the guys or girls, or the journal in your nightstand. Beyond the TMI factor, you never know who's listening to your story or sharing it at the water cooler. Those amorous tales could be disastrous for your career.</p> <h2>5. Family Crises</h2> <p>Never-ending family issues suggest that you have a difficult time managing your personal life and setting clear boundaries &mdash; two qualities directly related to professionalism and productivity. Granted, nearly everyone deals with a sick kid or childcare challenges from time to time. Just make sure controlling the chaos at home doesn't become part of your daily work schedule.</p> <h2>6. Money Matters</h2> <p>Sure, we've all had a lean month here and there, but broadcasting persistent money problems at work won't get you very far. Besides making employers question your discipline and ability to manage budgets, chronic money issues hint that you may soon be looking for a higher-paying job.</p> <h2>7. Political Positions</h2> <p>Politics is a divisive topic, especially during a contentious election cycle. Though everyone has strong opinions, it's smart strategy to stay neutral from 9-to-5. We're all human; sharing partisan views can directly or indirectly offend someone and limit your prospects for advancement. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-financial-reasons-to-keep-your-political-views-private?ref=seealso">4 Financial Reasons to Keep Your Political Views Private</a>)</p> <h2>8. Religious Views</h2> <p>Like politics, religion is a hot-button topic. It's extremely easy for a casual comment to negatively affect our professional opportunities. Assume nothing about the religious beliefs of those around you, exercise a high level of political correctness, and keep your personal beliefs out of the workplace. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-never-to-bring-up-in-a-job-interview?ref=seealso">5 Things Never to Bring Up in a Job Interview</a>)</p> <h2>9. Health Problems</h2> <p>Ideally, every workplace would be filled with compassionate team members genuinely concerned about each other's well-being. Sadly, that's not the case. Discussing ongoing medical issues at work may garner some sympathy and even a more flexible schedule. Still, it comes with its own set of risks. Managers tend to offer new projects and promotions to folks who they believe can handle the extra responsibility, workload, and associated stress.</p> <h2>10. Obsessions</h2> <p>Revealing a bit about ourselves and our personal interests can help build stronger work relationships. Still, there's a fine line between mentioning a hobby and endlessly talking about a time-consuming obsession. Being too focused on personal pursuits may lead employers to think that your career is a third or fourth priority.</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/10-personal-issues-no-one-at-work-needs-to-hear">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/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-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stay-focused-at-work-despite-your-chatty-coworkers">How to Stay Focused at Work Despite Your Chatty Coworkers</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/6-career-moves-youll-never-regret">6 Career Moves You&#039;ll Never Regret</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-things-to-bring-up-with-your-boss-at-your-annual-review">10 Things to Bring Up With Your Boss at Your Annual Review</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building General Tips career communication job tips office etiquette personal information personal life private matter TMI Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Kentin Waits 1810476 at http://www.wisebread.com