5 things you actually don't have to have figured out by 30 Our careers are such a big deal. They are. For many of us, our vocations help define who we are, what we value, and what we’re here on this Earth to contribute as humans. And so, for these reasons and more, it’s completely understandable why so many of us are in a perpetual state of fear about getting them right.
3 reasons you can't take shortcuts on your path to success So, you’ve got a bunch of friends who keep getting promoted and landing awesome new jobs (with accompanying awesome titles) and you’re feeling like your career is falling behind. You just can’t stop asking yourself how you’ll ever catch up.
3 key facts to remember when you feel underqualifed for your new job What have I gotten myself into? It’s something I’ve thought in the first couple weeks of nearly every job I’ve ever had. After the agony of job hunting, I found myself in what, at the time, felt even worse: I discovered I was completely underqualified for the job.
4 lessons I learned from quitting my job with no back-up plan I sat fidgeting in an uncomfortable chair that was placed adjacent to my boss’ expansive desk, feeling the sweat already start to tickle my forehead. I kept picking at a piece of torn upholstery toward the bottom of the seat, despite my best attempts to look cool, calm, and collected. But, no matter how many articles I crank out about successfully putting in your two weeks notice, I’ll admit it’s pretty tough to look confident and composed when you’re quitting your job. That’s exactly what I was doing. I was seated across from a man who had been my manager for years—starting when I was just a college intern to when the company took me on full-time—and explaining to him that I was hitting the road. “So, I guess you could consider this my two weeks’ notice,” I said to him while doing my best to avoid any direct eye contact. “Oh, here, I put it in writing too, in case you need that or, like, something,” I added while practically throwing him an unsealed envelope and simultaneously trying to edge my way out of the room.
It's not just you-I don't have a dream job either When I was little, it felt like adults knelt down in front of me and asked, “So, what do you want to be when you grow up?” nearly every chance they got. And, like most little kids, my answer changed approximately every half-hour. A veterinarian, pilot, hairdresser, teacher, Broadway star, nurse, a veterinarian again, and finally a baker. But, not just any baker-a baker who makes exclusively chocolate chip cookies. What can I say? I was a strange kid.
4 important career lessons you're never to old to learn Dear Younger Self, I know-right now your career seems reasonably good. Maybe you’ve got lots of disposable income from your fancy, high-powered job. Or you’re getting promoted left and right. Perhaps, you finally figured out the right brand of jeans for you (and most important: You can afford it!). If only you weren’t so miserable. Stuck. Trapped. Lost. Daydreaming of a time when you’ll magically wake up and have a job that involves wearing a tiara and asking the waiter to “bring the drinks round shortly.”
5 reasons you should stop seeking other people's approval for your career choices There are a lot of confident people in the world. But, I think even they would agree that we all want at least a little bit of acceptance, support, and recognition. It’s human nature to crave a pat on the back and that stamp of approval that reassures us we really are making the correct decision-o matter how scary it seems. But, you don’t need me to tell you that not everybody is going to give you that encouraging, “Go get ’em!” when you make a choice-particularly when it comes to your career.
6 life skills you better pick up if you want to succeed at work In most organizations, continuous learning and self-improvement isn’t a formal requirement, but it’s one of the top unwritten ones. Wherever you are in your company, taking charge of your own development is always a good idea. And the nice thing is, you don’t need an embossed invitation to a leadership training to prepare you for the next level. Here are six skills everyone can (and should) work to improve, regardless of where you’re at in your career.
4 things you need to tell yourself when you feel like quitting your job search We know. The idea of job searching doesn’t really do it for you. It can be tedious, agonizing, and sometimes really discouraging. After spending hours upon hours perfecting resumes, customizing cover letters, and receiving “Thanks, but no thanks” emails, you probably feel like throwing in the towel.
9 habits that'll make you the most influential person in the room Influential people have a profound impact on everyone they encounter. Yet, they achieve this only because they exert so much influence inside, on themselves. We see only their outside. We see them innovate, speak their mind, and propel themselves forward toward bigger and better things.