I read once that career development professionals report some of the highest levels of job satisfaction. But when you’re a career development professional, in a small office, you’re in danger of burnout from all the invisible work you’ll need to do to do the work that is expected of you. Our office has been constantly tackling the creep of ‘invisible work’, and I thought I’d talk about it.
Last time, I covered the #1 hurdle that can trip you up while going out the door: Your boss. Now let’s talk about the next two on the list: 2) You, and your expectations about ‘leaving well’, and 3) your (unhappy) colleagues.
Resigning from your job? 5 things that can trip you up as you’re going out the door. Hurdle #1: your boss
It’s important to realize that from the moment you say you’re resigning, you’ve entered a continual negotiation phase, where you’re negotiating with your boss, your colleagues and your clients for the limited amount of time you have left. At a time when employees think they’re winding down, things actually get more intense. Here’s how I’ve seen people manage it well.
Thank you notes are tricky things. They are professionally required for most interviews, but lately I’ve been seeing people use them for a specific purpose that I don’t think they do particularly well: to address some perceived shortcoming during the interview. I’m here to say: Don’t do it – there’s a better way to handle the situation.
I’ve been chatting recently with a number of professional friends who have landed in, or narrowly avoided, taking positions where they were well qualified for the tasks, but the environment would have been toxic. One friend asked me how to assess if a work environment is toxic during a day long interview. It comes down to three things.
I was recently reading that the, “What’s your Weakness?” question was the most useless interview question, because everyone tries to dodge it. Rather than useless, I describe it as the most misunderstood interview question, by candidates and interviewers alike. Candidates feel it’s a trick question, and some employers aren’t clear on what exactly they’re looking for when they ask.
A few years ago, right before Thanksgiving, a student came in for a counseling appointment. Since she wasn’t sure that she wanted to continue on a career path in the biomedical sciences, she was dreading of the coming conversations about school. Talking to people abut our career path – or deflecting those conversations – can be a tricky thing. I have six strategies to handle conversations about your career over the holidays.
The first thing you should know about mentors is that you don’t need one – you need five of them. Why? Because it’s almost impossible for anyone to find a single person who can offer the full range of mentorship that every professional typically needs to succeed.Here are the five types of support that define well-rounded mentorship.
One of the most valuable professional skills to develop is the ability to help a coworker solve their own problem. Knowing how to support others on your team without compromising your own well being is practically an art. The next time a colleague sits down and starts recounting their latest problem, respond skillfully. Here’s what I’ve seen work.
In my line of work, helping candidates prepare for interviews is an everyday task. In my experience, the first step for candidates who have interviews is to look online for field-specific interview questions to practice. This is a mistake. Here’s what to do instead.