How to Survive your First Job Interview

Job Interview

Job interviews don’t have to be as difficult as most people expect them to be. Regardless of how intimidating or terrifying your interviewer could be, what is important is your confidence in your own skills, knowledge in your field, how you present yourself, willingness to learn, and how memorable you are during an interview. It helps a lot if you are passionate in the field you applied for, because employers can see the difference between someone actually wanting to be a part of a team and someone who just wants a paycheck.

Still, it can be a little nerve-wrecking if you’re exactly not sure what to expect and how you’re supposed to act. Read on to prepare yourself for first job interview.

Do your Research

The second you get a call or an e-mail for an interview, do your research. Discover the culture of the company and what kind of skills the position requires, and then gauge whether you’ll be a good fit. This can also help you think in advance how you’ll be able to contribute to the company. In addition to this, try to also figure out how casual or formal your attire for the interview should be by seeing what the other employees wear.

Are you Koalified?

But seriously. Are you?

Be Early

Being early has a lot of advantages, aside from proving to the employers that you have initiative. It will give you enough time to calm your nerves before you face the interviewer. Staying unruffled is essential for you to be able to answer questions efficiently, which communicates confidence!  If it’s a mass interview, being early is also a convenient way to avoid having to wait too long for your turn.

Be Humble

Yes, you should impress your interviewer, but don’t be a show-off. Show that even though you’re confident in your skills, you’re still willing to learn and adapt. Most companies would rather hire someone with mediocre skills but is a team-player and can learn easily rather than a know-it-all who is difficult to work with.

Be Likeable

Smile often! Listen when the interviewer speaks. Don’t be contradicting, and always be respectful. It’s really that simple.

Be Honest

But be smart when you’re being honest. If asked whether you have any weaknesses, tell them upfront, and then follow-up with how you plan to fix this. For example, if your weakness is being late, inform them that you’re currently trying to remedy your sleeping habits and setting your alarm much earlier. And be sure to actually do it! You can also counter the negative with a (real) positive trait of yours. For example, if you think you’re a bit antisocial, inform them that it’s because you tend to focus too much on your work. Never lie though!

Volunteer Information

Even if you’re not asked, smoothly include a few of your positive traits into the conversation. Tell them about a particularly difficult project you worked on (even if it was for school), what you learned from it, and how you were able to pull through. Or maybe tell them about a life experience that helped you mature in certain ways. Learning experiences, even negative ones, can help them gauge how efficient you can be in the workplace. As previously stated, being memorable is important, so don’t be afraid to be a little quirky or different. This is what separates you from the many faces they’ll be interviewing and could ultimately get you the job.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask

At a certain point during the interview, usually by the end, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. Don’t ask about your salary first because it creates the notion that you’re only interested in the job for the money. A few of the important questions include what sort of responsibilities you’ll be in charge of, their expectations of you, what happened to the person who was previously in the position, and what is the prospect for advancement.

Additional tips: Never lie on your resume or to your interviewer’s face, and always look clean and professional no matter what you’re wearing. At the end of the day, it’s not always the best candidate who gets chosen, so don’t take it too personally. It’s a good idea to ask your interviewer off the bat when you should be expecting to hear from them, so somehow you’re aware if you’re out of the running and can move on.

5 Reasons Why your Business should have a Solid Ethics Code

Ethics Code

You as the boss are the supreme commander and leader of your business. But that doesn’t necessarily equate into immunity when it comes to work ethics. To be successful in creating a solid ethics standard in your workplace, you have to take responsibility in setting the direction of ethics that your managers and employees will abide by.

A solid ethics code should tackle the following work factors:

  • Customer Treatment
  • Rules for relationships within the company
  • Discrimination of whatever kind
  • Resolution of internal conflicts
  • Standard of quality

These is only the tip of the iceberg if you’re serious about building and maintaining a solid ethics code in your company. Letting your employees and managers know how customers should be treated is number one in the list of priorities for any business. Without clients, there probably wouldn’t even be a business.

When it comes to rules regarding discrimination, there is pretty much only one: don’t do it. There should be no tolerance for this act no matter the situation. One employee should not find less favor in the eyes of anyone in management, including yourself, just because of the color of his skin tone, nationality or even disability.

Office romance is sometimes frowned upon, especially by the bosses. There are many reasons behind this, but not all companies have a policy against it. It all depends on whether a company allows it or not. Now you, as a business owner, should also have a stand on this. Always think of what’s best for both business and staff.

Having internal conflicts between managers, employees and even board members are not unheard of. In fact, most businessmen are already used to this sort of thing. However, if not handled with proper ethics in mind, it could affect the business negatively. This is why it is important to have a solid ethics code that tackles how situations such as this should be taken care of.

The quality of work delivered by the people operating the business should also be guided accordingly by the ethics code. This will help motivate the members of the company to strive harder to deliver outputs that won’t put the code to shame.

If any of the ethics code are to be violated, there should also be set sanctions that will be acted upon. Without punishments, it will be too easy to not stick to what the code says and ultimately, efforts to keep it in place will be futile.

Now we come to the big question of WHY your business should have a solid ethics code. To answer that as frankly as possible, here are the benefits of having a good ethics code that is written down and incorporated to every single member of the company:

Checklist

1) It creates and supports a working atmosphere that is respectable and comfortable at the same time. Employees and managers will be confident that their colleagues will deliver outstanding productivity because it is expected of them.

2) It boosts the level of communication both internally and externally for the company. Being backed by a solid ethics code empowers employees to speak out without fear of being singled out by the higher ops. A workplace atmosphere that isn’t polluted by fear is definitely a good place to be in.

3) A positive company reputation will spread to the clients, customers and competitors within the industry and probably even farther out.

4) Legal Considerations will be easier to weigh in with a solid ethics code within the company. Anyone who has run a business of whatever kind will know how dirty things can get, especially if a certain sum of money is involved. A solid ethics code will help keep the business on a straight path, away from the dangers of illegal transactions that could, in the end, destroy the entire company and the people in it.

5) Decisions, decisions and more decisions. This is the burden of being a business operator. It can be quite a daunting task, more so if there is no ethics code to lean on when the time of indecisiveness arrives. Whether it be a mere part of daily decisions to make or a strategic one that could change the face of the company, a solid ethics code will help everyone do the right thing to achieve the best decision.

Office Romance: Yeay or Nay?

Office Romance

Professionalism is the one quality trait either required or expected from everyone working in a company. Yes, you can make friends with your boss and co-workers, but the professionalism should stay the same: you clock in, finish all the work required, and then clock out.

But since most employees spend 40 hours a week at work, they end up interacting more with their co-workers than friends and family. The line between professionalism and personal emotions is blurred. It is likely that, with the constant communication and time spent at work, a relationship more than friendship develops. That’s right, what you have is a red-hot office romance.

In a work culture, especially that borne from a very conservative view, an office romance is considered a no-no. Boundaries have to be set: the office is for work, and creating friendships is merely a bonus. But today, we’ll take a closer look at the pros and cons of an office romance, and let you decide for yourself if it is okay or not.

Workplace Couple

Why is it good?

One pro of an office romance is the elimination of the “getting-to-know-you” stage of a relationship. Normally, dates and other activities together would constitute as a time set apart to become familiar with one another. But, since both of you interact with one another in the office everyday, you can tell if the other person is a good (or bad) match for you.

Another good side to an office romance is that you don’t need to look far for a potential mate. There are many potential prospects to be found in your workplace. All you need to do is see and evaluate if any of your officemates match your standards.

A word of precaution, though: HR practitioners follow a standard rule that allows a romantic relationship, but only if the parties involved are from separate departments. The reason for this is because two people involved in a romantic relationship within the same department might cause problems with personal and professional aspects.

Office Gossip

Why is it bad?

Romantic relationships can become distractions, preventing either one or both parties to suffer from decreased productivity, due to their supposed working hours being allotted to keep their relationship together.

Professionalism is also ruined, especially if either one or both parties cannot keep their emotions from getting the best of them in office-related exchanges.

There are taboos to be avoided within office relationships as well. If you’re flirting with the idea of getting involved with someone married, don’t. You will risk ruining the family life and your reputation, especially if word gets out.

Another con of an office romance is the possibility of gossip spreading around the workplace. If both of you are ready to stand up for your relationship amidst the flak and criticism, go ahead and pursue that relationship. If not, do not continue. You will only cause more damage to yourselves.

The Verdict

Based on these facts presented, do you think an office romance is good or bad? Do you agree with the statements or would like to respectfully share a piece of your mind? Feel free to do so at the comments section below.

Ka-Ching! 14 Ways to Better Save Money this Year

Leonardo DiCaprio

If there’s one word most people welcome the New Year with, it’s “Broke”. Yep, holiday season is one of the most expensive, spending-spree times of the year with all the parties, decorations, and gifts for people. Giving fuels us with joy indeed, but with it comes credit card bills, and some of us might spend the first few months of the year paying all kinds of debts, only to repeat the same process by year’s end.

It’s time to make a change this 2014. Not a resolution, but the start of a good habit that will positively affect your spending activities, bank account, and wallet, hopefully for the rest of your life. Since fourteen years have passed since the start of the latest millennium, here are 14 ways to better manage your cash.

Saving Money

1) Count to 10

When you look at an item while window-shopping, calmly count until 10 before making a shopping decision. This is for you to avoid becoming a victim of Impulse Buying. Counting to 10 calms your nerves, refocuses your mind, and allows you to…

2) Ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”

Once you’ve calmed down, throw this question to yourself (silently, of course), which should allow you to logically assess the situation. This technique will prevent you from making a purchase that might not even be necessary to begin with, especially if it’s well above your means.

3) Just say, “No”…

Now that you’ve assessed the potential purchase, it’s time to recognize the possibility of saying, “NO”. How does this help exactly? This type of discipline prepares your more important purchases in the future. Also, it’s nice to have extra cash in your wallet or bank account just in case.

4) …Even to gimmicks

Saying “no” also applies to going out with family and friends. You can’t go out to every gimmick, because that’s a sure way of spending more than you should. As the saying goes, “Pick your battles”. If your friends ask, tell the truth coolly. If they get offended, well, that’s not your problem anymore now, is it?

5) Pick those you’ll give gifts to

You can’t give gifts to every Dick and Jane you meet in your life. Pick those who matter like your immediate family, close family relatives, and close friends. Keep it simple.

6) Stay home

A night in watching HBO movies with popcorn is a lot cheaper than going to the cinemas.

7) Commute or walk

Not only will you save up on gas money and car maintenance, but you’ll get healthier, too!

8) Catch up with friends over the phone or online

To save a few extra bucks on travel, catch up with a friend on Facebook or call them on the phone instead. Quality time minus the usual expenses.

9) Avoid too much décor

We get that you want your house to look nice during Christmas, but does it really have to look Santa’s vacation home? Be content with some Christmas lights spread across your gate accompanied by about two Christmas lanterns. And inside? A Christmas tree with décor and a bit of festive ornaments here and there. Don’t go overboard.

Cutting Credit Cards

10) Cut up your credit cards

Because racking up a huge bill plus interest isn’t worth it.

11) No debt

As much as possible, don’t owe anyone anything monetarily. Additionally, don’t get into debt in order to purchase your wants. That’s the worst.

12) Bring home-cooked food to work

Opting for packed lunch instead of fast food will save you so much money in the long run. Let’s face it, if you and your officemates go out to eat, you never know what the group will decide on. You might end up eating in an expensive restaurant.

13) Place 20% of your salary into your savings account

“Do not save what is left after spending. Spend what is left after saving.” – Warren Buffet

14) Budget

As soon as you get your salary, account for how you will manage your expenses. List down bills, expenses, groceries, etc. The remainder from that should go into your savings account. Then, if there is enough cash left, feel free to spend it on your recreational activities.

9 More Ways How College Students Can Earn Extra Cash

Walking Dogs

There’s really more obligations when you become a college student. You are more likely to be embarrassed to ask money from your parents every time your friends ask you out. You would want to buy more clothes for school to attract the opposite sex. You would want to buy food to help you become less stressed with studies. All these reasons are valid, and the only question is how you will earn extra cash. In this article, we will share 9 ways on how college students earn more money.

Before you proceed, make sure you’ve already checked out Part 1!

1) Sell Your Pre-loved Items Online

You can save yourself from much trouble of inviting friends and strangers over to go and look at your inventory of used items you’re selling at a garage sale. With innovative technologies nowadays, you can instantly post your pre-loved bags, clothes and other things on social media and your network will respond immediately. Encourage them to share the word and you can get these things sold before you know it. You can even post them on eBay out for bidding. Let them dictate how much each item is worth and you earn extra cash in every way.

2) Help in the Community

Chances are, the community is in lack of people who want to help them build houses, plant trees, feed the poor, etc. Why not offer your help at the least price they can afford? Your service will be much appreciated. While you earn, you are also providing benefits to your society and inviting positive effect to come into your life. Good karma is hitting!

3) Be a Tutor

While in school, you will always have those classmates who have slower understanding of the lessons in class. Ask them if they want to be tutored for a fee. Do assignments together and explain to them the theories discussed and how mathematical equations are arrived. You know the drill. You can be paid per hour or per session.

4) Clean Cars

During break times and rest days, you can clear the car of your neighbors and friends and get moolah. Each car can be cleaned both interior and exterior. Of course, you would need to have some skills in this or your customer won’t get satisfied. All it takes is practice anyway.

5) Bake Cookies

There’s a lot of sweet tooth you can find in your circle. Target them and sell cookies you make at home. If you have the time, knock and go door-to-door and leave a message to your classmates and  social network. You will be surprised how busy this business will go from a small startup to a pretty successful endeavor.

6) Be a Mascot

Being a mascot as some event is an easy way to earn cash. If you’re the outgoing type and one who’s not picky at jobs, this one may be for you. Contact event coordinators and party people and have them invite you to a birthday party, gathering or event as a mascot. You can get over 10 bucks for an hour fitting in one costume!

7) Walk Dogs

There are many owners of dogs who are busy working in the day. As a student, when classes are over and all homework are done, you have the liberty to walk their dogs at the nearby park and earn. If you love dogs, this would be fun and easy.

8) Monetize a Blog

Writing for the web can start you getting paid with extra cash as advertisers trust your site. You can also write guest posts for any paid writing gig. Being a freelance writer, copywriter or editor can hone your skills in making your thesis, defense paper, etc. for school.

9) Be a Photographer

If you have a DSLR or any decent point-and-shoot camera, the next step is to utilize your gadget and find clients who are willing to pay for photography or even videography. As an investment, attend workshops to hone your skills in taking and editing pictures and videos.

There are more to this list than you can think of. Explore your choices as a college student and get that extra income in your wallet right now. Find the right fit for your and you can save money while having fun.

10 Fun Ideas for your Office Christmas Party

Office Christmas Party

Your office Christmas party does not have to be boring when all you do is eat and chat among yourselves. This is the time of the year when you can have your bosses and even the most serious guys in the team relax a bit and perform entertaining acts. In this article, we will discuss ten fun ideas on how to get everybody enjoy the party.

  • Go Bowling

Bowling is one of the most fun group activities that even first timers can play. You can divide your organizational teams into groups, not necessarily arranging them to belong to the same business groups. One department can be put to different bowling teams so they can meet new people as well.

  • Go Paintballing

Christmas isn’t the time for office conflict, but paintballing is an active sport where everyone can have a healthy competition and have happy memories to remember. It can really get your adrenaline pumping. Don’t force those who do not want to join because of health problems; they can always be supporters or cheerers of the team at the back.

  • Sing Karaoke

You never know when you’ll discover singers in the team. Singing in karaoke can be funnier than expected. It can bring out the true character of your office mate who has been hiding his comical side over work for years.

  • Exchange Gifts

Why not engage in a Secret Santa exchange gift-giving? Everyone would have to draw lots from names of people in the office and choose a theme of item to buy within the agreed budget. For example, the gift should be “something large and long” and should cost about $10. Given a week’s time, everyone should have bought the gift and present it to the name drawn.

  • Invite a Special Guest

It can be anyone who’s prominent in the industry or a celebrity that everyone is fond of. Having a special guest can spice the party and break the ice. A retired boss or an old office worker can add new vigor to the Christmas party when the mood starts lagging.

  • Conduct Contests

Contests as simple as decorating a Christmas tree or office cubicles in the midst of singing and dancing can be fun. This type of activity would involve the whole department and every participant will feel part of a family competing with other departments.

  • Hire a Movie Theater

Christmas parties should not be all about food and booze. You can have a Christmas-themed Movie Marathon to celebrate the spirit of the occasion. You can also have heartrending movies to touch the hearts of your officemates in this wonderful event.

  • Take Plenty of Photos

Set up photo booths so you won’t have to go around and take pictures while busy with something else. Photos are meant to capture moments and these would carry on for the next years ahead. They remind how great a “family” you are working for one company.

  • Dress in Christmas Costumes

Of course, there must be prizes to be given away to winners of the costume event. You can be a snowman, a reindeer and your coworkers can dress up as a Christmas tree, Rudolf, or Santa himself! Be creative and don’t forget to be in character throughout the party.

  • Offer Great Desserts

Provide spectacular desserts and make sure that caterers or restaurants present them in the most palatable way. Everyone has a sweet tooth in some way or another and desserts can make them instantly happy.

Are your office parties normally a drag? Now, armed with these fun ideas for your Christmas party this year, you don’t have to feel bored. Flash that confident smile, liven things up and get the show going! Build up interest by publicizing the activities and make sure teams are pumped up and excited.

Office Party

The 7 Biggest Lessons to Learn from the 2007-2008 Global Economic Meltdown

Global Economic Meltdown

Imagine a beautiful house with spacious bedrooms and a garden to die for.  Polish the interior with posh furniture and accentuate it with classic design fixtures. Isn’t this what most people want? But, most people can’t afford it, so the best option is to visit the bank and ask for a loan.

At this point, you don’t think too much of the actual cost since in your mind, a stable job and a few bucks from part time work would suffice to pay the mortgage.  However, the past years left footprints of job loss and a weak economic outlook leaving people at the bottom of the pipeline totally at a loss.

The economic crises created a domino effect of crippled financial structures in different parts of the world. The cause of such phenomenon points to financial institutions providing loans to anyone even when loan applicants are high risk and with no sufficient assets to serve as collateral. This leads to a surplus of debts owed and less cash inside the banks.

Various stakeholders have contributed to this financial malady. Also, the effect extends to 46.5 million Americans who are living in poverty and with the economy creating jobs in the services sector which normally pays below par, what insights have we learned from this experience?

Economic Problems

1) Live within your means

The recent financial meltdown is also dubbed as the subprime crisis. Credit reliance, being the soul of the American dream needs to be rewritten. Looking at the grass roots, people have the power to impact the financial system big time. Consumers need to financially equip themselves with knowledge and resources to make sound budgeting and spending decisions.  So, before you swipe that credit card, make sure that your budget is allocated appropriately so as not to go overboard.

2) Financial regulations is a must

Recently, austerity has been the sexy word for government agencies. This is a probable answer to the ailing economic problem of the status quo. But, moving forward, government needs to establish clear safeguards and structures to shield the economic system from corruption.

3) Revamp of the Financial System

Apart from internal monetary reserves of the government, large institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund can re-examine their capability to provide liquidity to nations in dire need. In times of crisis, this will be a big aid to prevent another crisis from being born.

4) Explore business and entrepreneurship

The uncertainty of job opportunities concludes that people should explore other avenues to generate income. This has been understood by successful business people who capitalized their limited resources to create profitable enterprises. E-commerce sweetheart Susan Koger of Modcloth.com established a million-dollar retail empire from her dorm room a few years back.

5) Debt consolidation as an alternative

Debt consolidation is an option to solve debt woes. It is a form of financial assistance to indebtedness where loans originating from various institutions are combined into a single loan with low and affordable monthly payments. There are benefits that come from availing this option. For one, Debt consolidation firms are able to negotiate on lowering down interest rates of debts owed. It also makes loan payments manageable through a single source. Clearly, Debt consolidation is a viable alternative to help people manage their finances.

6) Debt protection

Debt protection is an insurance debt option where loan payments are cancelled. It also helps in shielding credit ratings since bad credit reports are not sent to the credit bureau.

According to the University Federal Credit Union, a Texas-based financial institution, availing this option is ideal because it covers unforeseen circumstances such as involuntary unemployment, family medical leave, hospitalization, death and disability.

There will always be ways to resolve challenges related to debt. Financial institutions and insurance companies understood that apart from monetary gains, solutions to debt problems should also be provided for a win-win situation of both parties. Learning from experience, people need to focus on financially educating themselves to avoid drowning in an abyss of debt.

7) Borrower close monitoring and screening

Financial firms should focus their energy in analyzing the credit-worthiness of borrowers. The crisis should be a lesson against the profit-oriented mindset of banks. Instead, enterprises should look at observing responsible business ethics and enforce sound lending practices.

10 Timeless Tips for New Hires

New Hires

As cliché as it sounds, first impressions really do last. In the workplace, you will succeed at your job not only by showing good performance in your work but also by showing your pleasing personality to colleagues. In this article, let us tackle 10 timeless tips for new hires.

1) Be Proactive

Don’t wait until your boss tells you what to do. Of course, you will be needing some directions and coaching from mentors or fellow employees to show you the right way. However, let your adaptability and proactivity shine through. Prove to them that you can handle your tasks without being supervised. You are the new blood. Raise fresh ideas and suggestions that they may have never thought of before.

2) Be Responsible

Understandably, as a new hire, you are still learning how to adapt to the culture and mingle with everyone. But this does not mean that you will feign ignorance and look foolish acting on certain tasks. To show progress at your work, inform your manager and ask for feedback.

3)  Be Open

Communication is key to get you to the top. Allow colleagues to help you and ask for clarifications when needed. Talk sense but maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. Be receptive to others’ inputs and be open to new ways of doing things to steer clear of resistance.

4) Avoid Gossip

Office politics is the worst thing that you want to meddle with during the first few weeks of your stay in the company. Passing rumors around will have a bad impact on your name and other people might get offended. Word of advice here is to stay as professional as possible. And if gossip does manage to spread throughout the workplace, be sure to handle it the right way.

5) Be punctual

Whether you are in a part-time or full-time position and no matter what role you’re in, it helps to be punctual. Never be late in attending meetings. If it helps to set an alarm for your next meeting or deadlines of delivery submission, then do so. Time is always an important factor in showing efficiency and productivity.

6) Embrace the company’s vision and mission

New hires should remember that joining a company is not for the sake of enjoying the environment, the perks and the job. Rather, they should identify their addition as a way of really of helping the company improve its foundation. With this, embracing and living the company’s mission and vision and minding the goals and strategies should be considered.

7) Engage with Peers

Joining colleagues in their small conversations outside work hours is critical for new hires. This is one way to show them readiness to be part of the crowd. Making acquaintances in other business units is good, as this brings about more knowledge and familiarity with the values and culture of the organization.

8) Don’t Rush

There is still plenty of time to learn in the first months of your stay in the company. Rushing might indicate missing out on small details that would eventually matter. Look out for things that deserve concern and climb the ladder to success slowly but surely.

9) Take Notes

Taking notes must be a habit embedded to students. As a working individual, this habit is not at all banned in the office. The studious approach might just be a good way of learning and remembering things. New hires can derive questions from these notes and gain more relevant information and insights.

10) Acknowledge your Mistakes

New hires may not be too familiar with all the rules, policies and procedures of the organization and try doing things their own way. However, when things go awry, it’s best to be honest and acknowledge the mistake. Figure out how to correct it head on and learn from it.

Being a new hire is never easy. It’s like being a freshman in college or that student who has transferred schools. But don’t think that you are all alone in this endeavor. Watch out for people who can help you and turn complexity of the job to one that’s manageable by following these timeless tips. Make sure to stand out for the right reasons.

5 Reasons Why you Need to Love your Job More

Love your Job

You’re lucky enough to evade the unemployment zone that eats up a relatively big portion of the “pie”. Since the unemployment rate is becoming somehow threatening, let me give you five good reasons why you shouldn’t start cursing your job and just stick with it. If you antagonize your job so much, you’ll find yourself inching closer to the exit earlier than you should.

Here is what you should do. Love it. Learn to appreciate what you do or else anything good that comes with it can be easily fogged by your displeasure and constant depreciation on your work.

It may not be all-suns-and-daisies at where you are, but you should consider yourself luckier than most. And once you learn to shower some affection on your job, you will be able to see and feel these reasons:

1) Boosting your performance

You’ll be surprised that you’ll be more productive and become a better hard-worker. Stop hating petty things. It’s just a complete waste of time. When you’ve learned to open up your heart to your work, you will have a clear mind and gain more focus. You can’t be easily distracted by annoyances and urges to rant. Less complaints, more work.

2) Less stressful

Don’t add more stress than you should. Constantly looking at the negative side of things about your job can only lead to more strains and headaches on your part, and sometimes a pinch of heartache too. A pessimistic view can eventually draw depression. And that means more worries and things to think about. Drop the stress and embrace the challenges that come along with your job. It’ll help.

3) It will feel more rewarding

You may not feel it yet, but in time you will. Appreciating what you do in your work is the first step, no matter what position you have, how great or small, this would apply to you. Once contentment settles in, every good outcome feels like a Christmas present.

You’ll see the good in the nature of your job and every achievement tastes so sweet because you know you worked hard on it. You poured your heart into it, like planting seeds and harvesting them when ripened. Think of it as the fruits of your labor that are not just for the company, but for your own. A treat on your account.

4) More room for growth and progress, because you’ll always want to be better than what you normally do

Here’s the secret for a successful life. After learning to love your job, you’ll find the roadmap to success and the good life is slowly etched on the palm of your hand. You’ll not just think of ways to get on top, rather you will think of ways to improve yourself at your job. Accepting and being open to improvement will pave way to your growth as an employee and as a person.

5) If you love your job, it will love you too

You don’t think it’s a one-sided affair, do you? Of course not. Becoming a passionate hard-worker invigorated by commitment will result in great things. It does have its perks, especially when your company starts to recognize your efforts and love for your work.

Ways to Show Your Boss that you’re Ready for a Promotion

Job Promotion

You’ve worked so hard for so long that when you’re at work, you keep telling yourself that you’re ready for that much-deserved promotion. However, approaching your boss and telling him this in a straightforward manner might be one of the most difficult challenges in the workplace – maybe even harder than resolving a problem escalated thrice by your customer.

When it comes to speaking with bosses regarding promotions and good appraisals, you tend to feel awkward for no apparent reason except for pride. In this post, we shall discuss ways to help you learn how to show your boss that you’re ready for a promotion.

1) Get Certified

There are many other professionals in the same field as yours and they are also likely to excel in their own positions. But one thing that can set you apart is the mere fact that you are certified for doing a great job. Being certified means that you have the stamp of approval and in itself serve as a justification or reason for promotion. You can apply for online courses or take seminars or workshops to upgrade your skills and show your bosses and employers how far you’ve come ahead.

2) Ask Questions and Make Suggestions

If you want to be noticed, staying on your seat and doing your everyday routine work will not get you the ladder to promotion. You may not be able to face your boss to say upfront that you want to be promoted, but you can be on the top of his or her mind when you often ask relevant questions that stimulate curiosity and more ideas to get implemented. Also, make suggestions and make your voice be heard and impress the management. By doing so, your boss would deem you as a valuable asset in the company and to make sure you’d stick for an extended time, promotion might just be the answer.

3) Be Innovative and Be Creative

In present times, bosses are not only looking for well-established individuals who are great at their jobs but also those who can offer innovation and creativity to the table. These people are those who can think outside the box and even away from their comfort zones. These are the people who can ultimately lead teams and inspire them amidst unforeseen difficulties and hidden opportunities. Find problems which are rather harder to solve and look for creative ways to address them accordingly.

There’s probably no easy way to grab the attention of your boss and shine right away. These steps are all small stepping stones to get to your goals. Watch out for collaborations which can be a door for you to shine and make your boss proud of your work. When you leave a good impression every time, promotion will be offered to you in no time.