The words "workplace" and "office" don't conjure up simple imagery quite the way they used to. Some people work for startups that grow and change faster than employees can adjust. Other folks are freelancers or work from home for their companies. Still others are working full-time while also pursuing degrees, and trying to find a way to make it all work. No matter the case, the office life of today is very different than it used to be. And, no matter which work situation you find yourself in, that particular environment has its benefits and its drawbacks. Let's take a closer look at a few of the nontraditional employment situations available to today's workers. There may be more to these arrangements than meets the eye.
As the holiday season approaches, so do the holiday parties. These events bring up mixed feelings for most of us. In a way, look forward to the parties, anticipating that they'll be at least a little bit fun, but there is also so much to do around this time of year, and extra social events can feel like a waste of time. But, holiday parties are actually rife with opportunity – not just to enjoy ourselves, but to do a little professional networking while we're at it.
It's a catch-22: in order to build a successful career in the 21st century, you need a personal brand. In order to build a personal brand, you need to participate in social media. But, the easiest way to tank said personal brand, and possibly your career as well, is to say something dumb online – which is, of course, easy to do, thanks to social media. This week's roundup looks at how to manage the urge to say just a little too much online; plus, how to get noticed for the good stuff, not the bad, and 29 questions to answer to discover the real you.
You drag your feet on the way to work. You're doing the same old job you did an eternity ago. You just don't know where it's all headed. If you feel unappreciated or are not challenged enough, you may be stuck at a dead end, careerwise. Here are a few signs that your career has reached a standstill.
You've been doing a two-person job. You're stretched too thin and you constantly find yourself answering an increasing number of queries, working on multiple projects, and giving advice on almost everything. Then, the company hires someone to take some of your workload. Now that there's a new person to take some stuff off your plate, you can finally breathe easy. Or can you?
Tough choices cross our desks every day. Oftentimes (thankfully) we know what we want to do and we know how to go about getting it done. However, every so often a choice might leave you scratching your head and wondering what your next move should be. If you're feeling indecisive, but need to move forward somehow, here are some tips to help you get over the hump.
The next time adversity strikes your work plan, don't crumble — take some inspiration from the animal world and make the best of things. Whether your spirit beast is a tiny ant or a clever bird, you can use these animals as guides on your journey to being a more awesome human.
Most of us have heard of Chubby Checker and, for those not fortunate enough to have heard one of his classics, get out there and give your ears a taste of early American rock 'n roll. Mr. Checker came on strong in the 1960s, tearing up the radio waves with his dance hall hits like "Limbo Rock." In the early '70s, unhappy with his career, he took a swing at psychedelic rock. Well, the album was only released in Europe and sales were disappointing. Checker continued on and has a solid place in our Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, as well as in many music lovers' hearts.
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.
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.
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.