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7 Signs You're Waiting Around To Get Fired

When it comes to your career, there’s nothing worse than being professionally stuck. Unless you’re stuck and unaware that you are also on your company’s chopping block for the next round of layoffs.

Most of the time people aren’t aware when their career falls into a rut. You could actually be hurting yourself with your actions (or lack of action) and putting yourself at great professional risk. In fact, you could be sitting around, literally waiting to be fired.

So, how do you know if you are in jeopardy? If one or more of the following resonates with you, it’s possible you are about to be handed a pink slip. 

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Posted on January 8, 2014 .

Are you applying for the wrong jobs?

We all have different work personalities and styles. Some of us prefer to work solo, while others thrive in a team setting. The key is knowing the best way for you to thrive at work and learn how to adapt if the right conditions aren’t present.

Most jobs require a balance of being both a team player and an independent worker. But, often, you’re called upon to be one or the other.

As employers remain careful and selective with their hiring practices, job seekers should be prepared to be asked about their work style. While you don’t have to take a hard line toward one or the other, you must recognize the ideal situation for achieving optimal performance and how to answer the question in the best manner. Here’s why:

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Posted on August 14, 2013 .

How To Play Office Politics Without Getting Dirty

If you’ve been working hard for the same employer for several years and find yourself standing still as colleagues pass you on their way up the corporate ladder, it could be due to your resistance to office politics While workplace politicking can be a dirty game, it is an undeniable part of organizational life, and it exists in both public and private sectors. It's understandable why many refuse to engage; however, there are some useful tactics to help ease any concerns and better navigate through the political waters.

Accept office politics for what it is. When people come together in a group of any kind a culture forms within that group and from that culture comes politics. Some might refer to it as a herd mentality or groupthink—but at its core, it’s office politics. The intensity of office politics can vary, but it’s always present, so it’s important to accept it and learn how to maneuver around it to achieve your career goals.

Don’t take it all so seriously. One of the biggest mistakes professionals make is 

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Posted on August 7, 2013 .

Are You Working At A Dead-End Job?

Americans spend more than half of their waking hours at work, yet according to recent data, more than 70% of workers are professionally disengaged. Being “checked out” or unhappy at work can lead to poor performance and low productivity and the feelings can also spillover to your personal life. While legitimate factors such as the economy, expectations of doing more with less or working harder for lower pay and little recognition may be to blame, there could be other variables at play.

A major unrecognized factor to workplace discontentment is that professionals may in fact be at a dead-end job and it's time to do something about it. But before taking the leap into finding new work, it’s important to identify possible warning signs of a dead-end position, including:

  • A raise is not in imminent;
  • A promotion is unlikely;
  • Offering suggestions for improving processes or procedures are not well received or implemented;
  • There is little or no encouragement to take on more responsibility;
  • The workload keeps increasing without more compensation and upward mobility does not seem within reach.

If a job meets several of the above criteria, it’s time to find the next professional move—but that doesn’t necessarily mean jumping ship to a new employer. Consider the following:

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Posted on July 30, 2013 .

Why You Can’t Replace Face Time With Social Media

Social media has infiltrated many facets of our lives, but when it comes to landing a job or career advancement, nothing beats in-person networking. Too many professionals rely on social media, instant messaging and email as replacements for human interaction and connection in the office and during the job hunt. While online networking can be efficient with establishing initial and then maintaining regular contact with potential employers, without actual face time, a social-media only relationship will lead to professional dead ends.

No one wants to hire based on just a resume or an online profile. When organizations are looking to promote from within, leaders are more likely to consider an employee they just chatted with at a company picnic than one who stays confided in a cubicle. A case of office politics? Maybe, but people prefer to hire and promote those they trust before strangers whose online profiles or correspondence can be staged or orchestrated.

However, face time is more than just a professional 'must do.' It's an opportunity. Here's why:

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Posted on July 24, 2013 .

Why Temping Is Good For Your Career

With the U.S. economic recovery still facing headwinds, insecurity still hangs over many business owners as they worry about how the ongoing fiscal uncertainty will impact their bottom lines. For this reason, a growing number of employers have shied away from adding full-time workers to their payroll and instead favor hiring temporary or freelance workers to fulfill a short-term need or to work on pending projects. Recent data shows an estimated 17 million Americans are currently employed on a temporary or contract basis, making up 12% of all employed people in the U.S.

Many Americans favor full-time employment because of the benefit packages and the steady workflow, but if approached correctly temporary or freelancing work can be a valuable asset to a career. Here's why:

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Posted on July 17, 2013 .