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Posted December 02, 2016 by

Three ideas for finding meaning at your job

1680350Guest writer Jacob Merkley

Work can sometimes be stressful, challenging, or perhaps even downright boring.  For some, it is hard to find reasons to get up in the morning and go to work.  For others, being at work means long hours of doing something you just don’t “love”.

You don’t need to feel depressed about work when you wake up in the mornings, nor do you need to just work to get a paycheck.  No matter how you feel about your current situation, keep these three ideas in mind to find greater meaning and job satisfaction, no matter what it is.

 

Change Your Attitude

If you are comparing your current job to the imaginary one that satisfies everything you ever dreamed of, you may need a change in attitude. When things aren’t perfect, try to keep your cynicism in check. Remember the last time your job made you feel satisfied and empowered.  Embrace moments like these. Be grateful for the job you do have. Many people don’t have a job at all or are underemployed, and might love to be in your spot.

Think Less About Yourself

Sometimes it’s hard to not get caught up in what the job can do for you.  We all need a job.  We need the paycheck. But maybe it is time to consider what you can do for your job or your company. Think about the impact you are making on a daily basis.  Are you helping others? Are you helping your team members or the community?  Are you making a difference somehow? If you prioritize helping others, you might see your immediate environment become more positive and in turn affect your own outlook.

Look Outside Work to Find Meaning

If you really can’t make your work meaningful, then consider other ways that you can find meaning in your life.  (more…)

Posted April 23, 2015 by

Exploring pay gaps between jobs abroad and at home – Is moving to another country really worth it?

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Dollar and euro banknotes background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Moving to a new country can be an exciting prospect; with the lure of benefits packages, lower living costs and potentially higher wages all conspiring to provide a potentially much higher quality of life.

Before taking the plunge it’s essential to do your research. Salaries can be higher in other countries than at home, but there are other factors to take into consideration and there is certainly no fixed rule. Variables such as the country you plan to move to, your chosen sector, your own qualifications and experience, and even – depending on the country – your gender; these are all things which will play a part in how much you can expect to earn. Qualifications given in the UK may not be recognised in another country, and this is particularly true with professions like teaching.

In addition to the wages themselves other factors will determine whether at the end of the day you actually end up with more in your pocket than you did back home. Tax will be a big part of this and it’s important to do research around this; know the UK rules on tax if and when you return to home soil, as well as those for your destination of choice. (more…)

Posted February 23, 2015 by

Five Careers to Consider Before Going to Law School

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Attorney at law sitting at desk holding pen with files with a card for Mediation. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many students enter their college education with a plan for going to law school. The reasons for this decision vary, but many students intend to go to law school because they have a desire to help others and/or they like the salary prospects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), lawyers make around $113,000 a year. However, in a study reported by the Washington Post, only about 30% of lawyers are actually happy in their profession. While being a lawyer is a good career—and certainly a necessary one in our society—law practice is not a good fit for everyone. Here are some great ideas in the field that might be a better fit for you: (more…)

Posted January 02, 2015 by

Choosing a meaningful career

Career choice options - student thinking of future education. Young woman contemplating career options smiling looking up at thought bubbles on a blackboard with images of different professions

Career choice options – student thinking of future education. Young woman contemplating career options smiling looking up at thought bubbles on a blackboard with images of different professions. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

People often get so caught up in how to make a living that they forget to make a life. Let’s face it; we are living in a world where what we do for a living has become a big part of what defines us. Our lifestyle demands and responsibility lists are so long that we have no time to pause and think if we are actually doing something we like with our life. A lot of youngsters today are riddled with what career to choose in order to lead a life that is financially stable and emotionally rewarding. A very small percentage of people are actually satisfied with their career; for most people it’s dragging themselves from Monday to Friday and waiting for the weekend. (more…)

Posted December 15, 2014 by

Why Buying A Car Is Like Finding A Job: What Millennials Need To Know

Beautiful young woman buying a car at dealership

Beautiful young woman buying a car at dealership. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Studies have shown that millennials are completely changing the way that cars are purchased. Often overwhelmed with student loans and other debt, today’s younger car shoppers are looking for a different type of vehicle than other generations did at their age. With that being said, millennials are projected to account for as much as 40 percent of car purchases by 2020. Therefore, it is important for this generation to take the car buying process seriously. In many ways, it should be taken as seriously as looking for a job. In this vein, here are a few tips to consider when purchasing a new vehicle. (more…)

Posted October 02, 2014 by

7 Personality Traits of a Great Boss

George Brennan

George Brennan, Salary.com contributing writer

Picking a boss, someone you can work with, trust and who can inspire, may be as important to your job satisfaction as the salary and benefits you negotiate.

While you’re making a good first impression, make sure the person on the other side of the table is trying to win you over as well. If he’s looking at his watch or flipping through messages on his smart phone, he may not be that in to you as an employee.

Just as a prospective employer will without a doubt do his homework on your background – checking references and those pesky social media posts – you should take the time to do some research of your own.

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Article by George Brennan and courtesy of Salary.com

Posted September 09, 2014 by

College Graduates, Don’t Quit Your Jobs Just Yet. How to Make Them Better

For college graduates thinking about quitting their jobs, check out the following post to learn ways to make them better.

Your job is an endless repetition of nothingness. The days could not go slower while your life just seems to pass you by. It’s messing with your energy levels and your sense of joy. You know this can’t go on for much longer. You’re stuck in a dead-end job, and it

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Posted August 28, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, Would You Like Jobs with Flexible Work Schedules? Here are Some Benefits

Flexible work schedules could be one factor recent college graduates consider when searching for jobs.  The following post shares some benefits of this style of working.

In the business world today, it is no longer necessary to punch the clock in the office or follow the 9-5 principle to be successful and productive. Flexible scheduling is one of the most important employee benefits. Not only employees want it there are quite a few who are negotiating flexible working before accepting the job

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Posted July 22, 2014 by

What challenges will you face while managing new employees?

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Director smiling at desk in front of window between two coworkers. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

When it comes to handling new employees, there’s no magical formula or hand. But there are some important strategies to keep in mind while recruiting new employees in your company. No matter how you deal with your current employees, there are things that you should consider in order to develop an effective and specialized work atmosphere. Whenever you recruit new employees you have an opportunity to enhance your company turnover. Review the strategies provided below to increase the productivity of your new recruits. Otherwise, you may fail to motivate new employees and reduce their job satisfaction. (more…)

Posted June 30, 2014 by

Young Professionals, Tired of Your Entry Level Jobs? 4 Potential Career Changes

For young professionals who feel their current entry level jobs are not giving them personal satisfaction, the following post offers four career opportunities for them to think about.

When you have built your career to a certain level, it brings things like financial security for your family, as well as a good level of respect from your peers. Often though, people find that this isn’t enough and grow tiresome of the routine that they have fallen into and the industry in which they have

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