8 SIGNS YOU NEED A CAREER CHANGE

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We all have our ups and downs – even those in dream jobs have off-days. So how can we tell the difference between a ‘bad patch’ and the need for change?

Well, we’ve compiled a nice little list to help you work this out… so if any of these sound familiar  maybe your job isn’t such a good fit for you any more.

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 1. Are you bored with your job?

Doing the same thing at work day in, day out, can effectively kill your passion. There’s nothing wrong with doing a job you’re good at, but if there comes a point where you have to ask a little more of yourself, it’s time to move up the ladder before you burn out.

Burnout affects your mental and physical wellbeing and is a clear indicator that something has got to change!

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2. Have you stopped learning? 

If you can see no opportunities for further growth and development – you possibly need a change. No longer gaining new skills and experience in the workplace, in addition to affecting your own wellbeing and integrity, will leave a hole in your CV!

It could be high time to find a change that challenges you and increases your knowledge base.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 02.03.46 3. Have your earnings flatlined?

Do you feel underpaid for the role you’re in? If you’re giving your all to your employer but receive little in return, maybe you have been in the same job too long?! Don’t settle, don’t under-sell yourself!

The longer you go without a decent pay rise, the greater the likelihood that you’re being underpaid.

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4. Do you feel underrated?

Do you feel your work is thankless and that you’re unappreciated? Do you find it difficult to see eye-to-eye with your boss?

If you’re getting frustrated at work and feel that you need a change, tensions can arise which then impact on your job satisfaction and performance.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 02.06.06 5. Are you overworked?

A highly competent, more than capable, employee who always delivers results is always going to be in danger of being taken advantage of.

Alternatively, there’s also the possibility of being taken for granted… which can have a huge impact on your self-esteem and thereafter the quality of your work.

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x6. Are your skills being used, exploited and extended? 

If you’ve got skills you’re not using in your current job, it’s a waste. Sometimes we find ourselves falling into a job that is there when we need it, but doesn’t utilise our strengths.

If you have niche skills – those which few other people possess – there may be an organisation out there that is willing to pay handsomely for your services.

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Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 02.07.15 7. Are you fulfilled every day, any day?

‘Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life’ – a popular phrase nowadays and one that rings true.

Having a strong sense of purpose is what drives passion in the workplace, and if you can’t stoke the fire, you’ll burn out!

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 8. Do you shout it from the rooftops? 

Do you talk about your job with enthusiasm, with pride?

If you lack confidence your work, or feel embarrassed or disinterested – the time may well be upon you to seek change!

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Do any of these signs sound familiar?

If so, it might be time to make that change… 

 

You only get one professional life, so it’s up to you to make the most of it!

Career suicide: courtesy of social media!

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“Congratulations! You’ve impressed our selection committee in the first two rounds of interviews – and now, we just have a few more questions…”

Don’t we all want to hear this during an interview?

Music to our ears surely! But then what if this comes next…

Social Media where you least expect to find it:

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 “You’re familiar with our corporate policy on substance abuse? Good. In light of that, I wonder if you could explain this entry we found in your personal blog on MidnightConfession.com?”

Social Media where you least expect to find it:

Or this…

Social Media - Facebook“With regard to our policy on harassment, we wondered about this picture of you on MeAndAllMyFriends.net?”

Or (my personal favourite)…

 

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“This picture on HilariousAndCoolPicsOfMe.org         …err, is that a ferret?” 

 

 

 


We’ve all read the stories about people being fired for:

  • inappropriate
  • foolish
  • illegal
  • or just plain dumb

…posts on their social media profile!

and we all know tales of the guy who telephones in to the office, too sick to come in… then posts photos of himself, out on the tiles with his friends, on his Facebook profile.

Or the woman who tweets about how she’s going to get a promotion as a result of an upcoming merger… when the news isn’t public yet!

You didn’t really think your online life was private did you????

Remember, the very same Social Media networks that keep friends & family in touch with your life, are a generous feeding-ground for smart prospective employers too!

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5 tips to avoid Social-Media-based career suicide:

 

1. Think! Social thinking

No matter how much you believe you’ve taken steps and locked down your privacy, don’t forget that retweets, shares and comments from others won’t necessarily afford you the same protection.

Social managing2. Manage!

Many employers now do background checks routinely. Don’t be fooled into thinking your secrets are safe.

3. Conform! Social conforming

Many businesses now have formal guidelines regarding use of social media during work-time and also what details it is permissible to share.

4. Stop! Social Stop!

Use common sense when venting your spleen! If you post nasty comments about your employer, they WILL find out! Many companies actively monitor social networks.

5. Time-out! Social Time-Out

Don’t allow social media, blogs or networks to take over your life! Some businesses now block employee-access to specific sites. Just because you know how to hack into your company’s network or you can bypass it all with your iPhone, doesn’t mean you should!


  • Will you be in hot water should your boss see it? DON’T POST IT!
  • Don’t want others knowing specific things about you? DON’T POST IT!
  • You don’t know whether the timing or content is ok? DON’T POST IT!
  • You have a complaint; talk to someone appropriate! DON’T POST IT!
  • Posting instead of fulfilling your work responsibilities? DON’T!

Ultimately, it all comes down to this simple test: take a dispassionate look at your profiles, then ask yourself if you would employ this person.

HONESTLY!

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How Christmas Boost’s Local Suffolk Tourism Jobs

Christmas Jobs

It is that time of the year again where people are filled with merriment and families are so delighted as they would want to spend great time with their loved ones. Some organisations will probably be rounding off for the year with many employees breaking up for the year. The Christmas season is usually the busiest period for many businesses and organisations servicing the tourism industry. Naturally, Christmas will boost jobs in Suffolk.

During the Christmas period, travelling activities are very popular. Demand is jointly driven by those leaving the shores of the country and for those coming in based on the fact that the festive atmosphere for many is usually the perfect time to plan holidays and stay cations.

Beside the Christmas season being a time where different companies or organisation thrive and are most likely to create a job opening as a result of the massive increase in the demand of services. Tourism is another area where there is always a massive boost especially at this time of the year.

For parents, it is usually difficult to have a good time with their kids during the school days. Christmas holiday presents itself as a perfect time to have those great, moments with the kids. Likewise for many government and commercial worker that have been busy throughout the year, this usually serves as an avenue to have that long anticipated tour to a place of choice.

Tourism jobs

With Suffolk being very good destinations for tourist, many tourist related businesses will no doubt be in need of more hands to ensure they render efficient service. Families usually go on a shopping spray during Christmas and therefore many more stores will need additional services. This demand creates many job openings for posts like sales person, accountants, drivers, attendant, ushers and lots more. With more people visiting Suffolk, bars, restaurants, hotels recreation centres, eateries, fats foods and many others will be very busy. These venues will require people to fill in for multiple vacancies.

For many unemployed, this seems to be a good season to get a job opening and get busy. For people looking for a temporary job, this Christmas season is just the perfect time to find one.

So it’s important that we encourage this welcome seasonal tourism boost and market Suffolk as a fantastic Christmas venue. In fact Suffolk is a great place to visit at any time of the year.