Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How to Overcome Job Stress and Thrive at Work



Job stress is definitely something we all experience as workers but we handle it in different ways. If you want to stay safe on your job, maximize your job performance, as well as maintain your mental and physical health, you need to learn how to overcome job stress. By the way, it might be useful in a real life as well.
In reality, not all stress is bad for you. In fact, occasional doses of job stress may be effective in boosting your productivity and motivation. However, let us talk about its drawbacks and the best strategies for dealing with job stress.

What is Job Stress? 

Some jobs tend to bring higher stress than the others. These are the jobs that have demanding time pressure (healthcare workers), that are located in dangerous settings (police, fire), that have repetitive detailed work (manufacturing), and that deal with demanding clients (service providers). The recent job survey states that nowadays job stress represents a big threat to the health of people. By the way, here you can find a lot of stuff about stress nature. Job stress is a harmful emotional and physical condition that happens when the worker feels that the requirements of the job don’t correspond with his capabilities or needs.

Job Stress Survey

Recent Families and Work Institute job stress study showed that 40 percent of workers report they have “a very or extremely stressful” job. Numerous studies prove the unpleasant statistics about the physical and mental health of workers in many countries. Starting a new job stress is one of the most common types of stress. Probably almost each one of us has suffered from a job stress as it always takes some time to join the ranks.

Symptoms of Job Stress

While many people know that new job stress and anxiety usually go together, there is a number of other warning signs and symptoms of job stress and burnout. The most widespread signs are having apathy, boredom, frustration, anxiety, fatigue, anger, or depression. From the side of physical health, you may experience such problems as headaches or stomachaches.

Coping with Job Stress

We are going to talk about the best strategies for coping with job stress and ways to overcome it. The first rule is that unlike your family and health all jobs are disposable, so you shouldn’t be afraid to replace it. You can always change your job and try to find a better one if you think your employer wants too much from you. You will also need to learn how to deal with new job stress while joining the ranks, but it’s hopefully something more enjoyable and exciting.

Modify the Current Job Situation

In case you really like your employer and you are feeling comfortable with your job, but it has become too boring or stressful, try to ask about tailoring the job to your skills. If the boss has promoted you into a more stressful position, don’t be afraid to ask for a lateral transfer or even a transfer back to your previous position.

Get Some Time Away

You are welcome to take a short break if you feel the stress is growing and you soon won’t be able to cope with it. It’s good to walk away from the situation, sit on a bench, take a short walk in the park, or even exercise. If you are too exhausted to do that, you can just find a quiet place and relax while listening to your iPod. Also, when you or your coworkers start to take things too seriously, try to find some humor in the situation. You may share with them a joke or a funny story in order to take the strain off.


So, it’s up to you which tips you find more effective and suitable, but I'd like to hear your comments. How do yo fight stress? Are there any other stressful situations in your life?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Job Hunting Tips Video from Kickstarter

My collection of videos I find useful is huuuge, so I keep sharing them. I like when people are sharing actual tips. The funniest thing is that we all know those tricks (just ask your school councilor), but we always need someone who will say it. I'm sure you will like this video as well!

By the way, what do you think about his last advice? I appreciate your feedback in the comments below!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Resume Writing Hacks for Moms



Are you one of the millions of moms who has left their job to raise young kids? Although you may have had a wonderful career and an expensive education, the decision came down in favor of simple math. You could either leave your kids with paid childcare, which may cost nearly all of your earning potential, or you could become the unpaid childcare yourself.

Are you experienced in multitasking skills with the ability to handle difficulties and problem solving? Do you have exceptional management capabilities? We are sure you have a gazillion wonderful skills and talents, many of which have been perfected over the past few years during your most recent job as a stay-at-home mom. That’s why today I’m going to talk about the best resume writing hacks for moms to help you create your comeback resume.

How to Get Started 

Everybody agrees that being a mom is probably the hardest job on the planet. However, the time you’ve spent staying at home and raising your kids can present serious difficulties when you decide to venture back and join the workforce. How to hide career hiatus? How will you market yourself now when you haven’t had a real job for a few years? How will you convince a recruiter that you are the perfect candidate for their position and that, in spite of your gap years, you are excited and ready to start work?

The golden rule is not to panic. Even if you are frightened, remind yourself that you have got everything you need to carry it off. Lots of people come back into the workforce, and you certainly can, too.

Update Your Resume 

The most important thing you need to remember when updating your resume is to avoid using a functional resume. A lot of people think it’s a good idea to use this particular type of resume because it doesn’t list any career chronology and therefore distract the employer’s attention from your resume gaps. This is one of the most common mistakes.

The problem is that most employers will immediately realize that you are attempting to hide something. More than that, your CV can even get lost in a tracking system in case you are using online application tools such as company websites or job boards. This concerns only functional resume.

Create a Chronological Resume  

The best type of resume you can use to highlight your desire to re-join professionals is a chronological resume. This is the most common style of resume for any type of job hunters. You can highlight the stuff you are best known for and most proud of. Also, you can make a “Main Proficiencies” section and include the things you already know how to do. Finally, you make your career chronology and first list the most recent positions.

Include Part-Time Work and Volunteer Assignments 

There is no rule that allows you to include only paid and full-time work in your career chronology. That’s why, if you worked part-time while staying at home with the kids or took part in any volunteer roles don’t hesitate to mention this experience in your chronology.

Show the best you did during these assignments: include anything from recruiting volunteers for a school club to planning charity events. Any type of experience can be relevant. Another tip is, under any circumstances, not to create a section on your CV listing your time as a stay-at-home mom as a full-time job. While parents know that it’s certainly an intense and demanding position, most recruiters won’t take this part of your CV seriously.

Do have your resume writing tips? Please, share in the comments below, I'd love to hear your feedback!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What Employers Really Want Video

I love videos by Jill Konrath! And I think she's an amazing specialist! Jill Konrath is a sales strategist, the author of Get Back to Work Faster: The Ultimate Guide for Job Seekers, as well as SNAP Selling & Selling to Big Companies. If you want to get hired, you should listen to what recruiters say and that is the tip I always follow. Which is why I recommend you to watch this video - I'm sure you will be surprised to learn what employers are really looking for today from job candidates!
 

 Do you agree with her? Have you ever done the mistakes she's been talking about! I'd love to hear your feedback!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Where To Get Help With A Resume?


Everybody knows that writing a resume is a hard work. Sometimes it gets even desperate. Believe me, I've been there. If you find yourself in the situation, this article has something to offer, namely a few useful resources.

Where to Go to Get Help With Resume Writing 

Effective job hunting is impossible without the good resume. Experts say that CV is one of the crucial shortlisting criteria. Thus, it's obvious, it has to be great. Usually, it takes only 20 seconds to consider a candidate. It is important to create a notable and eye-catching resume to succeed.

The question is, exactly how to make it. Many people are getting confused, whether they should address to professional resume writers or not. Below are options, which I've tested during my own research. It was the cut and try method, but eventually, I found my sure option.

State Recourses 

Most of the states in the USA offer help with writing a resume. Check Google - just type out "The Department of Labor" and the state name. The search delivers a lot of free sources for those, who are between jobs. In such way, the state looks out for the unemployed, socially vulnerable groups. Still, it is available for everyone. Traditionally, the sites provide with the free resume templates and valuable pieces of advice. They come under not only resume writing but also cover letter and interview issues.

All in one, it represents a solid career service. What are the cons? While state recourses do provide with the necessary tools, they don't give that much of the whole picture. Without it, the means are not as powerful as they could be.

College Centers for Career Development 

The alternative would suit the students best. Academies are interested in the future career of graduates. It's their reputation, so they create respective conditions. Career centers do the job; the trained specialists are ready to help with the resume writing. Often there are different workshops and face-to-face sessions. Latter are extremely helpful, as they provide students with the constructive commentaries. Resume reviews are possible as well.

Qualified workers have an experience of helping the old stagers as well as recent graduates. Often they are well-versed in the hiring manager's techniques, in what recruiters look for in a resume. It means they have a comprehensive image of a labor market. The staff is able to help with a polished CV for your special benefit. Unfortunately, a door is closed for the ex-students.


Resume Writing Services 

You've probably heard about such top resume sites as ResumeWritingLab.com and CareersBooster.com. There are numerous professional resume writing services, which are ready to create or review your resume. Of course, it requires money and may seem unreasonable at first sight. Strangely enough, it makes a good sense.

We all know, sometimes it's worth to go to the expense in terms of a long-term benefit. It appears to me that resume is an equivalent of the first impression. You never get a second chance to make it, so it's better not to throw away an advantage. Even more important is to choose the right resume writing service.

Here are a few rules:
1) Examine the site to make sure of its professional competence. And I mean more that appealing design. The website should give a clear indication of the service's work. It wouldn't be superfluous to check customer reviews.
2) Make a match. It doesn't make sense to hire someone, who doesn't aspire to create an authentic and true-to-you resume.

However, applying to a resume writing service is a personal matter, so make your own research. What about me? Yes, I used services of a recommended resume writer, who reviewed my resume and now I have a sample of an effective document. I suppose I may use it as a draft in the future – as we all know you need a different resume for each job.

I'd like to read your comments and insights concerning resume writing!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Common Job Search Mistakes Video

I love this video beause we laways talk about job hunting tips, but one always forgets about job search mistakes. I love this video from the Snagajob company and I want you to see this!

 

If you find this video helpful or want to share your personal tips (and mistakes one should correct), please write in the comments below! I'd like to read your feedback!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Video List: 8 Job Search Tips From People Who Found Their Dream Job

Hi guys! I've promised to share the videos I find useful and here it is! Professionals from Idealist.org have released this extremely useful video and I want you to see that for sure!


I think such stories inspire greatly and are more effective than common tips on the Web. Do you know such inspiring stories as well? Perhaps, somebody inspired and helped you overcome job search difficulties? Please share in the comments below!