The old adage about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence definitely holds true in the professional world. Whether you hate your job or simply feel stifled sometimes, chances are you have friends who are always posting on Facebook about how great things are where they work. Why should they have all the luck?
There’s no time like late December to start thinking about reinvention. If there’s a major career goal you’ve been chasing, why not make it your New Year’s resolution to realize those dreams?
The job-search process comes with many types of heartbreak, few more painful than being turned down for a position you really wanted. It can be a demoralizing experience, but according to career expert Liz Ryan, it need not be the end of the road.
Everyone loves New Year’s, and it’s not just for the parties. It’s a chance to set goals for the month ahead and think about all those positive changes you’ve been meaning to make. It’s a time for hope and renewal — for reinvigorating yourself — but sometimes, it leads to disappointment.
Shopping for holiday gifts is hard. There are loads of options, and you want to buy your friends and loved ones items they’ll truly cherish. You may think you have it down to a science, but to some extent, it’s a matter of guesswork and good luck.
As you’ve likely witnessed, not a whole lot gets done during the holidays. It’s a time for attending office parties and using up those remaining vacation days, and in addition to lightening workloads, most companies put the brakes on hiring. No wonder so many jobseekers see December as a time to take a breather and recharge the old batteries.
When it comes to careers, most of us think we know how the world works. After all, we’ve looked for, held, and perhaps even quit jobs, and it’s all led to a set of beliefs that govern our actions and expectations.
There’s nothing worse than the old bait-and-switch. You interview for a job, think it sounds great, and accept the offer, believing you’ll be doing all the fun and interesting stuff you talked about with the HR people. Then, you start doing the actual work, and it’s nothing like what you signed up for.
In a perfect world, we’d all work for people with clear ideas about our responsibilities, appreciation for our talents and skills, and the ability to recognize when we’ve done a good job. Alas, this is not a perfect world.
If you’re looking to get ahead in your field, there’s no shortage of articles out there filled tips on how to stay invigorated and impress the right people. Much of the advice is very good, but after a while, it tends to sound the same.