Happy at Work?

Workplace stress can leader to disease and lower productivity. While you can’t avoid deadlines and all stressful situations, there are ways to create an environment where you want to work.

Being happy and feeling fulfilled always motivates you to do more.

For the high stress organization:

  • Create organizational changes to make work flow easier.
  • Set realistic deadlines.
  • Be inclusive in decision making.
  • Hire and delegate. Establish equitable division of responsibilities.
  • Team build. Throw an office party, host a dress-up day, and celebrate birthdays.
  • Get involved in community causes outside of the office.

On a personal level:

  • Resist perfectionism. Complete is sometimes better than perfect.
  • Lighten up tense situations. Look for the absurd and laugh with associates.
  • Create allies.
  • Mentor a new colleague.
  • Share information.
  • Eat regular meals.
  • Listen to music.
  • Meditate and/or exercise on a regular basis.
  • Decorate your workspace with personal items (within reason).

The best motivators are money and recognition. Feeling valued is key to a happy work environment.

To your career success!

Dianne Gubin

 

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Back to Basics. Write an Effective Résumé.

Your résumé is your calling card and first impression to a potential employer. You have less than 10 seconds to grab a reader’s attention.

Every line a reader sees when your résumé is viewed on a screen will influence the decision to call you.

You may want to format your resume like this:

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NAME

ADDRESS

CELL PHONE OR DAY TIME PHONE/PERSONAL E-MAIL ADDRESS

OBJECTIVE

Your only objective is to get a call about the job for which you are applying. If posting on a job board, be broad in your requirements or, better yet, drop the objective on the résumé.

TECHNICAL (or SKILL SUMMARY)

  • Can be at top or bottom of résumé, depending on position and title.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (preferable over “Work History or “Past Experience”)

(Chronological order)

Name of Company, City, State    Dates

Your Title

  • Unless applicable to a specific requirement, no need to go back more than 15 years.  Please don’t list high school or college jobs unless you are a recent graduate.
  • No “I,” “He or She,” or “Your first name” in body of résumé.   Use third person.
  • Tie summary of achievements into specific positions.  Give numbers when possible.  Example:  Saved company $400,000 by implementing marketing strategy.
  • Make it easy on your reader.  Use bullets.
  • Triple check spelling, grammar, and dates of employment.

EDUCATION

Chronological with highest degree first.  No need to put in year of graduation unless you are a recent graduate. Why have someone count your age on their fingers?

Master’s Degree
School

Undergraduate Degree
School

Special Training or Certifications
School

References Available Upon Request
Don’t worry – someone will ask if they want your references.

This is now a great cliché.

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Not sure how to best update your résumé?  Consider hiring a professional résumé writer to assist you. We can forward resume writer referrals if you like.

 

To your career success!

 

Dianne Gubin
818-222-0300

 

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What’s the difference? Temps or Consultant?

It’s all a matter of semantics.

An intern is someone who works in a temporary capacity with an emphasis in on-the-job training for a career, rather than just employment. Interns can be paid, unpaid, or receive a stipend. Interns can gain school credit and a network of contacts.

Temporary employees are bought in for a specific period of time on a defined project. This can mean a day, a week, six months, or even a year.

Contract employees are also brought in for specific periods of time; however the term generally denotes a higher level of skill and pay than a temporary employee. Think technical support versus administrative assistant in terms of position.

A consultant is similar, in that the position is specific in duration; however, the term generally implies a high level of skill and pay.

The employment market contains many options. Depending on your intention, all are viable alternatives to a full-time employee.


To your career success!

 

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