You dreamed, you planned, you worked hard, and finally you've landed your dream job. Hooray! Except, once you actually starting doing the job, it turns out to be a bit of a nightmare. Maybe you're not as good at it as you'd hoped you'd be, or it doesn't feel like a good fit for your character or personality. Whatever the case, discovering that your dream job isn't making you happy can be a huge drag. Here are a few examples how dream jobs can go bad, and what you can do about it.
The office is full of horrors, most of them fairly mundane. There was the time that project fell apart ... as if through unseen forces. Or, the time your pens ... just disappeared. And who could forget the mysterious case of the co-worker who vanished ... overnight? OK, that last one was probably a layoff. But still! The office is a spooky place. It's no surprise that there are loads of scary stories out there that take place in an office. Some of them, like these, might genuinely keep you up at night.
Today in, "Apparently, You Just Can't Win," we have an Ask a Manager reader who was told by an HR person that her interview answers were just too perfect. Also in this week's roundup: the best careers for extroverts, and the three types of job interview questions and how answer them.
If you're a working parent finding it near impossible to balance your career and your life, it may have something to do with where you live. Read on to see which states are the best and the worst for working moms and dads, and where your state falls on the list.
It's not like you meant to be the office party pooper. You're busy, and also the month got away from you a bit, and also the thought of venturing into a party store at this time of year fills you with terror more appropriate to the actual zombie apocalypse. Never fear: just because you don't have a Halloween costume at this very moment doesn't mean that you can't get one together by the time the cupcakes are served.
Part-time jobs are more prevalent now than ever before. Whether you want to manage work and personal priorities, do two different jobs that cater to your varying interests, or there's no other option but to cut down hours, make sure you know what you're getting into when going this route.
When we were younger, we used to be able to gorge on candy after trick-or-treating and pretty much feel fine. Now that we're older, and maybe a tad bit more health conscious, the biggest threat to our healthy eating habits is often the office candy bowl. That's bad enough on a regular office day, but now that Halloween is approaching it seems like everybody's got a tub of mini Snickers on their desks. So how do you avoid making yourself sick on office treats?
If perception determined reality, Monday would be as long as the other four days of the standard workweek, combined. Somehow, this is true even though few of us in this age of always-on mobile devices get to unplug for an entire weekend. The good news is that the very same technology that makes work-life balance so hard can also help us cheer each other on. Here's how one strategically deployed hashtag can get you back on track this Monday afternoon. (Or, at least provide you with a more pleasant distraction than your usual procrastination techniques.)
Two people with similar qualifications apply for the same job. Either, both, or neither may get shortlisted. Now, add a professional certification to the mix. There's a chance that the hiring manager might review more closely the resume of the person with the additional certification. But will it get you the job?