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Don’t Do Like Steven Slater: 5 Questions To Ask Before You Quit
August 12, 2010 at 9:20 am 0

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With Jetblue's Steven Slater famous "jump" from his job after yelling at unappreciative flight passengers and the recently staged "Jenny" video showing her quitting her job after her boss called her a HPOA (hot piece of ass) there's lots of news about -what to do when you quit your job -when to quit -what "going too far" can do to your career -how to know when it's time to quit But before you get to the point of desperation when you're ready to light your office on fire, tell your boss where to go and leave with guns a blazin' make sure you ask yourself these 5 Critical Questions To Ask Before You Ditch Your Job Photo Credit: from Steven Slater's Myspace profile
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Starting a New Job: Getting Your Groove Back
March 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm 0
When Donald Trump utters the words “Your Fired”, it makes for must-see t.v., but when your boss says, “We no longer require your services”, it’s a whole different ball game. This is exactly the situation Heena found herself in five months ago. But what now? Since her last post Heena has secured a great job in a company that's just perfect for her. Here's the story on what it's like to go back to work after a few months out of the work force. Starting a new job after being out of the workforce for a period of time can be quite daunting. Much like your first day at a new school, you face the same anxieties as a sixth grader – ‘what do I wear, am I smart enough and the all important – will people like me?’ On my first day on the job, I admit I took special care to look my best – professional but not overly stuffy, choosing my outfit the night before and setting the alarm clock a half hour early to ensure I had enough time to have breakfast and the necessary jolt of caffeine. Trekking to the subway in the morning I felt as though I was in a time warp – as if I had not been out of work for a period of months. It seems funny that when you are looking for work you feel as though the rest of the world is moving on without you. But as soon as I heard the familiar subway chimes and squeezed onto the overflowing car, I knew that the old adage “the more things change, the more they stay the same,” couldn’t have been truer. As I made my way to my new office I felt a nervous flutter in my stomach and started to sweat under my tweed jacket and wool skirt. I took a few deep breaths and made sure my hands weren’t clammy for the round of introductions and handshakes that were sure to follow. As I stepped off the elevator, I felt like a little girl, excited by the prospect of something new and filled with the desire to fit in…. Two months later, I can safely say that I am really enjoying my job. As with all things new, there was a learning curve and you’ve got to accept that it will take some time before you reach the top. The more important thing, in my view, is building a solid foundation of professional relationships to navigate the curve and make it easier to climb. Of course, you will have to prove yourself in the initial period with both your hard and soft skills. This stage is crucial in your career, as this is when you will build your reputation. The following are a few tips on how to successfully navigate the pitfalls of the corporate jungle. - Always act in a professional manner, whether in one-to-one interactions, over e-mail or the telephone; - Don’t get involved with office politics – it is important to be aware of them but do not engage in them; - Be cordial and friendly with co-workers but don’t over share – boundaries are important in working relationships; - Make sure you understand expectations early on – you don’t want to be surprised when you fail to meet them; - Exercise a high degree of honesty and integrity in everything you do – take responsibilities for failures and live up to commitments; - Understand the corporate culture – view on coffee breaks, jean Friday’s, involvement in team social activities etc. Work is a very curious thing, while we all need to work to support ourselves, in many cases, a large part of our self worth is derived from what we do. If you don’t like what you’re doing and you don’t enjoy the people you work with, it may be time for a change. While the grass may not always be greener, you’ll never know if you don’t dare to look.
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Dealing With A Job Loss
November 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm 3
Today's post is a guest post from my friend Heena. Heena is a Toronto lawyer who was "restructured" earlier in 2009. Enjoy! Ingrid ---- When Donald Trump utters the words “Your Fired”, it makes for must-see t.v., but when your boss says, “We no longer require your services”, it’s a whole different ball game. This is exactly the situation I found myself in five months ago. I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming and the whole scenario seemed a bit surreal as I sat there, with a VP, HR and outplacement services. Once I peeled myself off the floor, consulted my lawyer and negotiated a severance package I was left with the daunting task of reconciling my feelings of hurt and anger over the loss of my job. To put things in perspective, you probably need to know a bit about me. At age 34, I’m a successful professional woman with a condo in a swish area of Toronto, with a mortgage, student loans and other financial responsibilities of the typical 30 something set. I live a pretty good life, I like to vacation, eat out, shop and go for cocktails. Not quite the ‘Sex in the City’ life but certainly a watered down version. So being the sole income earner in a family of one, was going to throw this ‘girl about town’s’ life on its ear. The first step was to deal with the anger. I needed to vent and vent I did. Confiding in my close knit circle of friends, I cursed, yelled and cried, until I was emotionally spent. Then I stepped back and looked at this situation for what it really was, an opportunity. As my friends reminded me, I had not been happy at my job for quite a while but had remained there out of complacency. I had been half-heartedly looking for other jobs, but I had become trapped in the comfort of familiarity and a steady paycheck. Not to mention the recent global economic melt-down had me nervous about making any risky moves. So here I was, not of my own free-will but forced to face my career dissatisfaction head on. I let go of any feelings of inadequacy and blame and prepared a plan for moving forward. With the help of a career counselor I took stock of all of the things I didn’t like about my previous jobs, identified my key strengths and weaknesses and made a list of my interests. From there, I narrowed down my career options to four different paths and assessed their suitability by comparing pros and cons. Once I decided on the top two options, I started doing some research and tapped into my network to see if anyone I knew was doing those jobs currently and met with them to do a bit of informational interviewing. I also met with everyone I knew to let them know that I was looking and told them exactly what I was interested in. Through networking and conventional means of job searching, I have had 7 interviews and am confident that I will land something very soon. Being out of work is a very stressful time and it can often be difficult to remain motivated and positive. My experience has been not to fake it. If you’re having a bad day, give in to the bad day. Here are a few tips to make it through the rough patches: - Treat yourself – “food is love”- sometimes it’s ok to indulge in that burger or piece of chocolate. - Don’t feel guilty for not spending 24/7 in front of the computer searching for jobs - go for a walk or window shop to get some fresh air - Stay connected with friends and family - you may have to be more frugal about spending money but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out for coffee or invite people over for a glass of wine. - Get into an exercise routine and make sure you eat well most of the time - this will energize you and keep you in a positive head space. - Pick up old hobbies or start a new one - Organize your day so that you are doing a variety of activities - get started on small projects you’ve been meaning to get to but just haven’t had the time - Ask for help - if you don’t have anyone to talk to and the stress is getting the better of you, speak with your doctor or get a counselor. We all need help sometimes and it is not a weakness to ask for it. Losing a job is right up there on the stress scale with divorce and death. Remember, losing your job is not the end of the world. If you take this time to figure out what you really want out of life, chances are, you will end up in a much better place than where you began. Heena
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