Some bad jobs are in the eye of the beholder – for whatever reason, the gig is the opposite of what you hoped you'd be doing at this particular place and time. Other bad jobs are more clearly defined: the pay is barely enough to live on, the duties don't use your skills, education or talents, or the people are just plain mean and unsupportive. Whatever the reason for your discontent, there's some good news hidden in even the worst work experience – bad jobs have a lot to teach you about building your best career, if you know how to look.
My father is a television fanatic — he always has been and likely always will be. Because of that, he often quotes various catchphrases that he finds humorous, attempting to take on the inflections of a specific actor's (or sometimes actress') voice. During the '90s, I was forced to endure countless repetitions of "Did I do that?" (thanks, Mr. Urkel), and before that, there were many, many John Wayne quotes.
Today's parents are pretty involved in their children's lives – often to a degree that seems excessive to those of us who grew up (or raised kids) in the '70s and '80s and were lucky if we knew we knew what a seatbelt was and that cheese didn't naturally form in pre-packaged single slices. Unfortunately, some of these helicopter parents don't let go once their kids graduate and join the work world. In this week's roundup, we hear from one such adult child, plus get some tips on what recruiters want to see on your resume and how to free yourself from negativity.
Sacramento-based standup comic and cannabis reform activist Ngaio Bealum began making waves in the pot industry over 20 years ago, through a combination of entertainment, activism, and pot-repreneurism. As the focus of our latest How I Got My Dream Job profile, Bealum took the time to sit down with PayScale to share insights from a career sprinkled with an illustrious list of occupational credits, including stand-up comic, columnist, movie star, musician, and juggler, to name only a handful. Or, as Bealum puts it more succinctly, "I get paid to smoke weed."
While not everyone wants to work, because most people have to, it logically follows that most of us want a job. The real question is, what's the best way to get one? If you can't afford four years of college, but want a skilled job that pays more than minimum wage, an apprenticeship might be for you.
First things first: do not quit your job, without having another one lined up. No matter how lousy your current gig feels, being unemployed is almost certainly worse. However, if you really hate your job, and you're trying not to think about the horror show waiting for you back at the office on the other side of this lovely holiday weekend, we have a few tips to make things better today – no new gig required.
Due diligence is important, whether you're taking a new job, making a career change, or starting a business. Sometimes, however, you have to jump and hope for the best. (Hopefully, you know, after some careful planning and building up a cushion of savings to soften your landing.) We asked Facebook users to tell us about the biggest risk they ever took ... and how it made their careers.
The brain is arguably the most definitively valuable tool to which we have access. If our lives and careers are a ship whose charter is based on a sequence of certain decisions, the brain is the captain steering its course. But how well do we you know it? Probably not very, according to some experts – and an interesting (free) quiz.
If you're close to your dad – or another beloved father figure – you've probably got big plans today to show him how important he is to you. Of course, if you really want to make his heart soar, the best thing you can do is listen to him. It might even be in your best interests: while dads tend to be on their kids' side, and thus far from neutral, their perspective is pretty valuable and could give your career the boost it's been lacking.
Women, amirite? When they're not weeping or scheming, they're tearing each other down at work. Or, at least, that's how the theory goes. It's called Queen Bee Syndrome, and it's occupied a place in workplace lore for as long as women have been represented in the labor force. There's just one problem. A recent study shows that it's probably not true.
If you complained every time something got on your nerves at work, you'd be at the top of the annoyance list for most of your co-workers. But, what about when the irritation is a genuine productivity-suck, like long meetings? Sometimes, then, you can speak up – but not all the time. This week's roundup includes advice on knowing when to say something and when to stay quiet, plus how to get more followers on your blog, and how to prevent excuses from derailing your career.
We're supposed to pretend that we don't care what people think, especially at work – to do otherwise would be to admit that we're weak, that we lack the conviction and courage needed to get the job done. Reality, however, might be quite a bit different. In this week's roundup, we look at why other's people's opinions of you are still their business, and their business only – plus, tips on branding with a less-utilized social network, and what you absolutely shouldn't do if your employer shows you the door.
No one likes being micromanaged, but being a micromanager is almost worse: you know, on some level, that you're the problem, and yet you just can't stop nitpicking everything people do. In this week's roundup, career experts tackle breaking the micromanaging habit, learning how to fight productively, and beating the dreaded cover-letter writer's block.
Want to make your parents (or grandparents) roll their eyes all the way back into their heads at your next family gathering? Tell them that it's now OK – at a few companies, at least – to wear sweatpants to the office.
Even if you're a raving extrovert who loves meeting new people and does well under pressure, you probably don't love job interviews. They're such a tricky dance: simultaneously, job interviews ask you to impress a stranger, answer complex questions, and try to figure out from a short conversation whether or not you want to work there. This week's roundup focuses on career advice that helps you avoid the pitfalls of job interviewing.