Your Career and Your Employer

During the Recession it is typical to think that concern about one’s career development is reserved for the unemployed and under-employed among us. However, it’s important to also focus on the individual career development needs of the 90+% of American workers who are fully employed. Addressing career development in the context of employee inclusion in companies and organizations raises a set of different issues and benchmarks that need to be examined and rated. To look at the intersection of one’s individual career development and the organizations within which most employees work is a skill workers need to apply to see if they are getting the most from their employment.

One harsh bit of reality is that each person is responsible for his or her own career development. So, what exactly is meant by career development, a term I’ve already used five times in this piece? A definition depends on perspective. From an organizational viewpoint career development is seen as the procedures necessary to advance employee value to meet organizational strategic demands. From the view of a worker, career development involves the integration of cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and contextual factors that determine employment decisions, work values, and life role such that a profound satisfaction with what one does is achieved.

There are some basics that you ought to expect from the place you work beside it being a safe place to derive an income. Perhaps the biggest is knowing that there is a built in meritocracy. If you as a dedicated employee have a clear and open opportunity to advance within the organization based on your talent, ability, and drive, then this place of work may have value. Of course, most companies do have some form of internal promotion. The thing to know, though is how much of it is based on true merit vs. political maneuvering or an inadequate performance review system. In the public sector, be especially careful. My primary career was with public school systems where internal promotion is almost non-existent. There, the overriding value is egalitarianism. As culturally important as equality is, it may not be consistent with individual career progression. Therefore, study the core operating value of your employer. Ask yourself if you can work within that system. If the clash of purposes between yourself and the organization is too much, then consider going elsewhere.

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Tips To Boost Your Employability

In the tough economy that we’re currently facing, it can be quite difficult to find a job that suits your skills and pays well. It’s important to take advantage of every opportunity that you can to boost your employability, and in this article, we’ll mention some tips at how to get yourself the job that you deserve.

– One thing that people can do to boost their employability is to participate in some volunteer work. A rewarding experience in and of itself, volunteering can help you to learn skills that you would not otherwise be able to obtain. In addition to showing that you have a strong work ethic and a certain level of empathy when it comes to helping others, volunteering in places that relate to the job skills you wish to acquire can really put your career hunt into high-gear.

– When you’re looking to get a career that is outside of your normal experiences, it can be helpful to get a little insight into the industry from a friend. Search out people that you know that are in the field that you wish to be employed in and ask if you can pick their brains over a cup of coffee. The more you know about the job that you are looking for, the better chance you have of impressing the interviewer with your knowledge of the subject.

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Ask Not What Your Employer Can Do For You

When the economy is in the tank and employers are struggling to survive, new college grads who have been recently hired would be wise to do everything they can to see that their employers remain strong and profitable. Otherwise, as things get worse and employers look for ways to tighten their belts, recent hires will quickly come to understand the term, “last in, first out.”

How many times do you think that an employer needs to hear that your performance came up a little short, learn that you missed a deadline or hear you say “That’s not my job,” before they decide that you’re not the right person for their organization? The cold, hard truth is that it’s a jungle out there. You can’t afford the be viewed as a mediocre performer, when the economy is bad and jobs are few and far between. It’s not a lot of fun to be looking for another job, when your rent, car payments and college loan payments are all due. Remember, when you get fired for poor performance, your former employer isn’t going to give you a good reference.

To help make certain that your employer remains viable and that your job remains as secure as possible, you must adopt an “I’ll do whatever it takes” attitude and demonstrate a genuine concern for the profitability and effective operation of the organization. Employees who come in late to work, aren’t doing their jobs to the best of their abilities, fail to prevent or solve problems or are unwilling to jump in with both feet when others need help, are not going to last very long. That’s why, when times are tough, poor performers and uncooperative employees will always be the first to go.

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What You Should Expect From Your Employer

We have all taken jobs we did not want to do. We have all sacrificed our individuality and moral integrity for a paycheck. Some people become so comfortable with being pushed around by an employer that they stop caring about their own well being and instead focus on their employer’s satisfaction and the production of the company. However, it is good to step back and observe your employer on how he or she behaves on a professional level. This may give you the reality check that you need to truly gauge your employer. Would you hire him or her?

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Professionalism in the workplace is necessary to keeping the environment productive. Your employer should be able to understand that you are your own individual and that you should not be subjected to doing things that are against your morals. He or she should also refrain from personal comments or questions that may make you feel uncomfortable. Also, threats, bribes, and blackmails should be avoided. Also, if he or her takes things personally or plays favorites with certain employees then he or she does not know how to act professionally.

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How to Maximize Your Employment Opportunities

This mainly involves maximizing on your time and other resources at your disposal. It is very common for people looking for employment to put too much focus on their resumes and the positions they are applying for. This is actually a mistake which should be avoided as it limits your chances of getting employed. Actually, if you want to improve your chances, here are some ideas on how you can maximize your employment opportunities while looking for one.

Express your willingness to work anywhere

This is one of the best ideas that can help you overcome the stalemate of not finding an employment opportunity. However, the success of this idea depends on the type of the job vacancy advertised. For instance, a number of them may not specify the exact location. Do not mention a specific workplace in your application but clearly indicate the willingness to work anywhere. This maximizes your opportunity for a permanent job position regardless of location.

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How To Get The Most Of Your Employment Agency

Often people are unsure about how to use a employment agency. Many candidates are hesitant about approaching agencies and are unsure about what to expect from consultants. The truth is enlisting the help of an employment agency can be very beneficial to your job search. Employment agencies have the inside track and are trusted by companies to present only the best candidates for the job. Essentially agencies are the eyes and ears of potential employers.

Which one to choose?

You should always sign up to more than one employment agency, simply because it is better to have a team of consultants working for you giving you access to more positions and exposing you to a broader base of potential employers.

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How Being Lazy Hurts Your Employability

In a competitive job market it is vital that all potential employees present themselves as capable and hardworking. With most jobs being oversubscribed with potential candidates, anyone who comes across as lazy will rarely reach the shortlist stage and this element will therefore hurt your employability. Laziness can mean many different things and can be ascertained through an interview, references, application forms, and even from your original cover letter or CV, and it is therefore essential that when applying for a new post you pay specific attention to avoiding demonstrating any incidences of laziness.

As an example, laziness could be viewed as an unwillingness to use initiative and this is often identified via interview. An interviewer may ask questions regarding challenging situations that you have faced and how you overcame them. If, as a candidate, you respond by saying that you simply asked your boss to fix the problem for you, or to deal with the customer on your behalf, without demonstrating any initiative or drive to solve the problem yourself, then this could be considered as lazy, and hinder your employability.

Similarly, your CV may hint at laziness if you do not address gaps correctly. For example, if you have an unexplained gap of 12 months between jobs, an employer may assume that you simply sat back and did nothing. The majority of the time this is not the case, and even if you weren’t in direct paid employment you should still include details of how you spent this time, for example, caring for a sick relative, travelling around the world, or learning new skills through voluntary work. Be explicit as far as possible to ensure that your CV gives the right impression. This also applies to any unfinished courses or programmes of study. Lots of students change courses halfway through, or indeed decide that work is a more appropriate path to take. An incomplete course therefore shouldn’t equate to laziness and this should be explained either at interview or briefly within any of the original application documentation that you present.

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