For many of us, a job is more than something that helps keep food on the table. It’s an “asset,” as career expert Hallie Crawford writes in a recent U.S. News & World Reports article, and that means we give to it with the hope it’ll pay dividends in the long run.
It starts with whispers in the break room. Then, you see your manager meeting with other higher-ups, and the overall mood seems grim. Pretty soon, rumors are rampant, and people are using the dreaded “L” word: layoffs.
In the professional world, the skills that help you succeed aren’t always linked to the specifics of your job. Being good with spreadsheets or presentations or whatever else you deal with on a daily basis is crucial, but it’s not the whole story.
One of the most frequently repeated pieces of career advice is to never burn bridges. Ever. That means refusing to badmouth former bosses or colleagues or even sever ties with folks who no longer serve a purpose in your professional life. After all, you never know when your paths might cross again…
When the ball dropped a few days ago, and everyone was talking about 2016 resolutions, were you thinking about changing jobs? The new year can be an excellent time for making career moves — even if the prospect of putting yourself out there and searching for new opportunities can seem a bit daunting.
Thinking of taking on a second job? You’re not the only moonlighter out there. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 7 million Americans held down multiple jobs in 2013. Earning income from more than one source can be a beautiful thing, but it can also lead to stress, burnout, and a lack of free time.
Good news, jobseekers: A recent study found that 78 percent of hiring managers expect there to be more hiring in the first half of 2016 than there was during the same period in 2015.
Whether you’re laid off or fired, unexpectedly losing your job stinks. There’s no other way to put it. The feelings of shock and despair can be overwhelming — and that’s before you even start thinking about putting yourself back out there and launching a search for something new.
Whether you’re looking for a job or hoping to move forward in the one you have, networking is a constant fact of life. The need to make new professional contacts never goes away — not even during the holidays, when you’ve got a million other things on your mind.
Networking is a lot like exercising or eating your vegetables: It’s totally necessary but not always the most pleasant thing in the world. This is especially true if you’re an introvert, and the idea of talking to a bunch of strangers is even worse than running a marathon and then downing a giant glass of carrot juice.