With so many job seekers ready and willing to work, why do positions remain unfilled? This question bothered syndicated columnist and career consultant Andrea Kay, so she set out to find answers. The results make up her new book THIS IS HOW TO GET YOUR NEXT JOB: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want. Here, she discusses her project:
TOP: Why did you decide to ask employers why they rejected the last 10 people they interviewed?
At some point along the way of our professional journey, we’ve all heard some variation of the old advice about “following your passion.” It is among the most common of career-related adages. But is it really a smart strategy?
Well, maybe. Ideally, doing what you love makes work fell less like, well, work. And if you enjoy what you do, it is much easier to get motivated about going to work and doing a good job. Then of course there’s the fact that doing something you like is of course more enjoyable than doing something you hate.
As mentioned yesterday, 86 percent of respondents in a recent Salary.com survey said they have a desire to learn how to negotiate more effectively. While some people are lucky enough to be able to hone this skill with the help of a mentor, co-worker, friend, or family member, the majority of people say they’ve never received help.
Animals operate best when they live in habitats for which they are suited. You wouldn’t expect a polar bear to fare well in the deserts of Arizona or a rattlesnake to try to adjust to the North Pole. Similarly, a worker thrives when put in a workplace that matches her personality, ability, and needs.
Some mismatched employees overlook the problem. They may reason that having a job at all is sufficient in this economy, or they may hope their feeling of being out-of-place will disappear over time. Living with the status quo is oftentimes easier than breaking it.
Ever watch your kids (or your spouse) play video games and wonder how they can maintain interest for hours on end? One of the keys to becoming hooked is the idea of “small wins.” Each level completed, enemy defeated, or problem solved brings a sense of accomplishment that makes the player feel good and want to continue.
Most of us at one time or another will work for a “difficult” boss, so learning how to deal with one can be a vital career skill. “The more you learn to manage up, the more successful you will be wherever you are and whatever you're doing,” says professional behavioral analyst Beverly Flaxington, author of Make Your SHIFT: The Five Most Powerful Moves You Can Make to Get Where YOU Want to Go. Here, she offers seven tips for managing your boss (without the boss knowing you’re doing it):
We’ve all been there—stuck in a job we hate, when something finally pushes us to the breaking point and we can’t take it anymore. At that point, you may be tempted to do what they always do in movies—make a grand speech and leave in a dramatic and passionate fashion.