When The Going Gets Tough … The Tough Go To Work Anyway

smily-masksI graduated from college three years ago. Everyone said that there were lots of jobs in health care, but it took me two years to get hired in a clinic.

I’m grateful to be working, but this job is not a good fit for my skills, and it doesn’t pay enough. Now my manager is hiring new people at a higher pay rate than me, and he won’t talk to me about a raise or a promotion.

Obviously I’m looking for a better job, but it’s hard to go to work every day at a place that’s not a good fit for me. How do I keep from going crazy at a job I hate until I find a new job?

We live in the real world where quitting is not always an option. When you wake up day after day to go to work at a bad job, remember these three things:

  1. Keep calm and carry on
  2. Find your tribe
  3. Know when to fold ‘em

Keep Calm and Carry On
guyEmotionally disconnect from that negative workplace. Find ways to let go of the anger, frustration or fear your feel about your job. Even though you don’t know when you will find a new job, remind yourself that this job is temporary.

Work is an important part of most people’s lives. When your job is not going well, be careful to not let that negativity affect your personal life. Keep calm and focus on your strengths and the positive parts of your life. This will give you energy to deal with conflicts at work.

Find Your Tribe
Happiness has a lot to do with relationships. If you don’t like the company or your job duties, the odds are your coworkers are also unhappy. Connect with one or two people who want to find ways to stay positive and productive at work. Avoid people who only complain about work and offer no real solutions. Having a friend at work makes every day easier.

Know When To Fold ‘Em
Don’t accept your bad work situation. Have an exit strategy. In the meantime, set a goals for yourself like learning a new software, serving on a committee, or other career-advancing activities. You will be more attractive to other employers after completing a major project at work, or finished school. Know what milestones you want to meet before you turn in your resignation.

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Job Seekers: Don’t Miss This Career Event

Job seekers in Minnesota have a unique chance to improve their job search techniques and interview with several Fortune 500 companies.

silouttelaptopCareer changers, unemployed persons, veteran and college students looking for work in finance, marketing, health care, and all types of business operations should make room in their schedules Tuesday March 18 and Wednesday March 19, 2014 to come to the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Here’s what you can do:

1) Every job seeker could use a second opinion on their resume, cover letters, elevator speech, or other job search tools. Come to the Career Service Center on Tuesday March 18 and receive free one-on-one from an experienced job coach.

Take this time to improve your resume, practice your interview questions, or get clarity on your next career move. This is a unique opportunity to get personal job coaching – for free.

2) After you polish your resume and practice interviewing at the Career Service Center on Tuesday or early Wednesday, go down the hall to the Career Fair and meet with more than 50 employers ready to hire you. These Career Fair exhibitors represent some of the country’s most well respected financial institutions, health care providers, government agencies, and corporations.

Use this opportunity to introduce yourself to your target employers and help them to know you as a qualified candidate, not just a resume.

The Career Service Center and the Career Fair are free events for veterans and job seekers who have or are pursuing college degrees. Both events are held in conjunction with the 2014 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Conference March 18-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Job Seekers: You’re Not The Only One To Face Rejection

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston Churchill

success-fail-signLooking for work often seems like a (long) series of rejections.

Every time you send a resume and don’t get called for an interview it can feel like a personal attack.

The truth is, job searching and hiring is a process. And getting critiqued, ignored and rejected are (unfortunately) part of that process.

After many weeks or months of job seeking, it is hard to stay positive. While you are in this career transition, remember that you are not the only person who has felt rejection.

Here are a few examples of many famous people who faced rejection before or during their rise to success.

Stephen King’s first novel was rejected 30 times.

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

Jay-Z couldn’t get signed to any record labels.

Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime.

Oprah Winfrey was told she was “unfit for TV.”

Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage.

Steve Jobs was fired from the company he started.

The next time you don’t get the interview or job offer you want, remember that your current situation does not define you.

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