There are various things you might be considering during your work experience. We’ve made a list of various tips and recommendations that can help you.
When You Have to Travel Hours to Work Every Day
People choose jobs for many reasons. One of them is location. You may have a job that you love, but if you have to commute two hours to work each way, that is a heavy burden on your time. Is it worth it? That is a difficult question you need to ask yourself. When you are spending half as much time on the road each day as you are at work, it is not the most effective use of your most valuable resource.
If this truly is the job for you and is worth the sacrifice, then go ahead and stick with it, though you might consider relocating or asking about doing some of your work remotely so that you don’t need to go into the office every day. There may be steps that you or your employer can take to help you manage your time more effectively.
However, it could be that your frustration with the distance between your home and job outweighs your satisfaction in that position. If this is the case, you should make a list of all your abilities and accomplishments and begin to compile your resume. If you are comfortable sharing your desire for a new work situation with your employer, you may be able to get advice on how to polish up your resume. You might also get a glowing letter of recommendation.
If you’d rather not discuss this with your current boss, why not go to a former employer? Assuming you left on good terms, you might be able to glean valuable insight from that person as to what make you an employee worth having. Additionally, as you conduct your job search, you should make location a priority. Either only apply for jobs in your area or those that can be done entirely through telecommuting or apply for positions in locations to which you would be willing to move.
Getting a job can be a frustrating and complicated process, and if you truly enjoy the work that you currently do, you may not be very motivated to step outside of your comfort zone. If, however, you want to free up more of your time to do more important things than sitting in traffic, a change of job may just be the right move for you.
After Holidays, Back to Work
The holidays are a time of cheer, of family, and of fun. Unfortunately, the holidays are over, and it’s time to go back to work. This is just fine if you have a job, but many people are out of work this holiday season. That makes this post-holiday time the perfect opportunity to get back to work. Temporary workers hired for the holiday season are being let go, but they aren’t back on the market just yet. Meanwhile companies are getting their budgets for new potential employees and job openings.
When you’re searching for work, now more than ever, you need something to get you ahead of the competition. No matter what job you’re applying for, be it a temporary retail position to pay the bills or a corporate career, you need that advantage if you want to be hired. That advantage, of course, is a resume.
Everyone has a resume of some sort. Most people search up a template online and fill in the blanks. Unfortunately, that just leads to a slew of identical resumes with interchangeable names and nothing memorable about them. You could perk yours up with unique fonts and colored paper, but that just makes you look unprofessional. Designing an excellent resume that works for you is a large undertaking. It’s a lot of work to get down every pertinent bit of information and format it in a concise, easy to read and attractive format.
There are plenty of common resume mistakes. Not knowing what information to put where, and what’s relevant and what’s not, can make or break a resume. Likewise, accidentally leaving out some vital piece of contact information, education history, or work history can send up red flags. Choosing the right references, or making them available upon request, are other choices you need to make.
All of this leads back to one thing. Making a resume is a lot of work before you even get a job. To that end, there are plenty of services, websites, and people who specialize in creating resumes for you. They can offer plenty of tips, do’s and don’ts, and formatting advice to make your resume stand out among the crowd. Some of them offer a questionnaire to pull out just the right information to include. Others will even work with you step by step to create the perfect resume for you.
No matter what service you choose, you should make sure to take their advice. Now more than ever in these economic times, a resume is important to getting a great job. It’s vital to get a well-designed and solid resume to stand out among the crowd of graduates and laid-off adults trying to get any job they can find. The time immediately after the holiday rush, when temporary workers are being terminated and new workers hired on to fit the new year budget, is the best time to get a job application in. Get your resume up to date today and get back to work now.
Work from Home: Yes or No?
There are advantages and disadvantages to working from home. For the right person, working at home can prove very successful. There are numerous work-at-home opportunities, depending on what your talents are and what type of work you are comfortable doing. Your success depends on how determined, committed, and self-disciplined you are.
Advantages of working from home:
- The advantages of working from home vary from person to person. For people with a long-distance commute to work, telecommuting from home can save considerable money on gasoline, and also wear and tear on the family vehicle. For parents who can’t afford child day care expenses, working from home can be an excellent option for both earning and saving money at the same time. For parents who want to be stay-at-home moms or dads, but also need to earn an income, working from home may be the answer.
- Working from home can also provide the ideal situation for people wanting to start their own business but can’t afford the added expenses of renting an office or building to do so. In addition, designating a space in the home for a business office can often be claimed as business expenses when filing an IRS tax return, along with any supplies and equipment needed for the business.
Disadvantages of working from home:
- Working from home requires some strong self-discipline. Working from home can lead to boredom, distraction, procrastination, work pile-up, and a decrease in productivity, especially if there is no one else there provide stimulation and incentive, such as a supervisor or co-worker.
- Working from home can also lead to feelings of isolation. While working outside the home provides an opportunity for social interaction, making friends, sharing lunch and conversation, working at home doesn’t. Social interaction is very important for a person’s overall physical and mental well-being. Without it, a person can suffer from feelings of loneliness, isolation, even depression.
Tips for working at home:
- If considering working from home, designate a separate room or area for your home office. Ideally, the area should be private, quiet, and free from interruptions and distractions. To facilitate a good day’s work, set up a work space that is organized, pleasant, comfortable, and includes the supplies and equipment you will need.
- Approach your at-home job like an outside job. Draw up a schedule. Set goals for each day. Avoid the tendency to neglect personal hygiene and grooming because you’re at home. Get up, get dressed, and eat a healthy breakfast. Schedule breaks and lunch hours.
- If you have young children, draw up a schedule that works around them. Take advantage of their nap and bed times, school time, even arrange a few hours of babysitting if necessary to give you some alone time.
- Take care of yourself. Take extra steps to avoid boredom and isolation, especially if you live alone. Reach out and call someone during your break. Join a friend for lunch or dinner. Remain socially active.
Be Employed vs. Freelance Work
There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to being employed vs. being self-employed and taking on freelance work. People who are tired of the daily 9 to 5 grind of traditional employment may look at self-employment or freelancing as an appealing alternative. However, the grass is not always greener on the other side, and there are certainly different circumstances where it may be better to be a freelance worker rather than a traditional employee, or vice versa. Here are some things to keep in mind when considering switching from standard employment to freelance work or going the other way.
- Do you have health insurance? This is perhaps the single most important question you’ll need to be able to answer if you are debating leaving standard employment for freelance work opportunities. If you have health insurance in your standard job, you’d better make sure that you’ll have a way to afford paying for it on your own through self-employment as a freelance worker, as you won’t automatically receive health insurance anymore when you work for yourself.
A lot of people don’t think of this until they quit their day jobs, and they soon come to regret it when they realize that it costs a lot more to pay for private health insurance than it does to pay for it as part of a work plan. Of course, there are exceptions, and some people pay far less for health insurance on their own than they would with a 9 to 5 employer.
However, if you don’t know how much it might cost you to strike out on your own, you’ll want to look before you leap. One injury without health insurance can be enough to send you into bankruptcy, ruined credit, and thousands of dollars in medical debt. Make sure you have your own parachute if you decide to toss the company one out of the airplane.
I am a freelancer. My services are available to anyone at any time.
- Can you make do without a steady pay check? This is the second crucial point to consider if you’re thinking about striking out on your own with freelance work. Freelance work can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be incredibly nerve wracking. This is particularly the case when you don’t know when your next check will come in.
It’s not uncommon for freelance writers, for example, to go months without receiving a check, only to receive several of them in a few weeks’ time. Some people can live with that uncertainty, and some people would rather die than give up the assurance of getting a check every two Fridays, like clockwork.
- Are you all right with your hobby turning into a job? Finally, keep in mind that freelance work is still work. Many people turn to freelance work as a way of pursuing hobbies that would better be left off as hobbies. Writing, music, and photography come to mind as three hobbies people try to monetize with varying degrees of success. You might be able to do it for a living, but that doesn’t mean you’ll still enjoy it at the end of the day.