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Leaving your job - don't burn those bridges!

The time comes for everyone where their job isn't what it used to be (or perhaps it never was!). So you have to leave. Some people don't understand that being unhappy in a job is more important than your income at the time. You just have to do it.

So what's the best way to go about it? How can you minimise the impact on both your career and your soon-to-be ex-employer?

Tie up loose ends!

You weren't thinking about just walking out were you?

It's a move a lot of people make and can be a big mistake. It could be argued that there are a lot of issues in the workplace that could mean just getting up and walking out would save a lot of hassle, but it could also be argued that you should at least try to resolve these issues first.

If you have outstanding work, then try to get it finished. If other departments are relying on you to do their jobs, then it is only professional courtesy to not let them down. How would you feel if you couldn't hit the deadline because someone just up and left?

Beating the System

We've all heard it: "You can't get a job if you don't have experience, but how do you get experience if no-one will give you a job?". Doesn't seem fair, does it?

Some kids are lucky. They've got an uncle or brother or cousin who can pull a few strings for them. Once they're in, they can say they've got that magical stuff called "job experience" that every boss looks for.

Some kids are so smart. You know the type. They skip grades in school and all the colleges are begging for them. They're too busy being smart to be cool. They really make an impression on potential bosses, and they get hired.

Then there are the kids who find underhanded ways to make money. They don't want a real job. They usually look pretty cool driving around in big fancy cars flashing wads of money. They don't look so cool years later sitting in a jail cell.

And finally, there's the rest of us. We walk into one personnel office after another, filling out job applications. By the time you're finished, you've memorized your Social Security number for life. They all say the same thing: "We'll let you know."

Only they don't. You never hear from them again.

How to become a Search Engine Optimiser

Job Definition

A Search Engine Optimiser (SEO) differs from a Webmaster and a Web Designer in that he or she is responsible for marketing a website, as oppose to designing it.

Basically, a Search Engine Optimiser's knowledge base lies in knowing how Search Engines and Directories index and rank websites and can therefore re-design existing sites in order to raise the amount of visitors they receive.

A basic technical and design knowledge is required for this job, almost to the extent of a Web Designer, but a SEO also needs sound business and marketing skills.

The main factor a SEO has to deal with is the fact that the industry changes on a daily basis, so you have to be able to adapt quickly. It's not what you know - it's how well you adapt to the changes!

Consulting: is it for everyone?

What are the most important skills the consultant should be proud of in order to be really good?

Most of prominent advisors say the basic requirements are:

  • Self motivation.
  • Being proactive.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Diplomacy.

First let’s make clear what the consultants do.

The consultants usually analyse the current situation first, afterwards point out the areas which need improvement and then prepare a crafted solution that should be implemented by the company-client.

What you should know is that although the consultants are experts in their area of interest, they have to in fact have an open mind and possess knowledge in various areas, be well informed of the changing world in all areas of economics, no matter whether it is finance, accountancy or management.

The proposed solution should be a so called ‘best choice’ from all possible alternatives – in order to achieve that, they need a holistic view on the company.

A Day in the life of a Webmaster

When I get into work a go through a process of checks in the morning.

  1. Check my email (for enquiries, sales orders, etc.). I keep my work email address separate from my personal address, otherwise I'd just be wading through joke emails and spam all day!
  2. Check the website (it's always good to have a look from time to time and make sure it's still there!). I also check the previous days statistics (no. of users, referrers, etc).
  3. Log on to whichever discussion forums I subscribe to (for Webmaster related stuff and I also moderate my own forum at www.weeboab.co.uk, and here obviously). I also check up on industry news and the competition.

When all my regular checks are done in the morning, the rest of my day consists of these bits and pieces depending on the time of the month and the state of development my site is in.

  1. Web Design - I use MS FrontPage to set up my sites. This may involve designing a new site or updating an existing site.
  2. Graphic Design - I use Macromedia Fireworks MX for my graphics work.
  3. Web Marketing - depending on the time of the month, the work that this requires differs. As I launch a site, I have to register it with many search engines and also try to get it listed in various directories. There's more to do, but I'm not going to reveal all my secrets!
  4. Continue checking up on my site, and my email.
  5. I spend as little time as possible in meetings, but they are sometimes necessary.
  6. Surfing the web (see below).

Promotion

"The only risk of failure is promotion."
- Scott Adams

Though corporations often use career advancement as an incentive for their staff, a promotion is more than just a reward for years of hard work and dedication. There's a reason why managers screen and interview different candidates before moving an employee up the ranks: They want to make sure the person promoted can handle the position. After all, with a new job title comes new responsibilities. In today's increasingly competitive job market, it's crucial that workers make the most of any promotion in order to solidify their standing within the company.

There exist two types of promotions. The first consists of a change in pay grade to reflect seniority and expertise. The job description remains more or less the same, but the promoted employee is expected to take on a heavier workload and act as a mentor to the junior staff. This sort of advancement is generally reserved for workers with years of experience. The second type of promotion demands more leadership skills. Along with the raise and upgraded job title, the employee is given a higher level of discretion as well as a new set of managerial or administrative responsibilities.

The Promotion That Got Away

Q. You were just passed over for a promotion that you believe you deserved. You are shocked but don’t want to mishandle the situation. What should you do?

A. First, calm down. You may feel as if you’ve just sustained a body blow, but you need time to put this decision into perspective and analyze it.

If you are feeling emotional, try to say very little at first because you could end up doing something counterproductive, said John Beeson, founder of Beeson Consulting in Manhattan.

“Your boss is probably feeling guilty and is not prepared to give you good reasons for the decision,” Mr. Beeson said. “Just say: ‘I am disappointed. I am not challenging the decision, but I would like to come back to you in a few days and get some feedback that would help me manage my career.’ That tells your boss you’re not giving up and you want more information.”

Q. After you’ve calmed down, what’s the best way to find out why you didn’t get the promotion?

A. First, answer some basic questions. Were you aware of the possibility that someone else would get the promotion? How important was this promotion to you? And how is the company doing over all — were you the only person who didn’t get a promotion this year?

Turn Your Bad Habits Into a Job (or How Being Fired Can Be Good for You)

Managers often terminate employees with phrases like "not a good fit," "just not working out," and "maybe there's something better for you out there." While these words can be painful, they may also be the catalyst you need to take your talents, and quirks, elsewhere.

Think about your habits -- the natural ways you function. Some may flop in certain jobs but really shine in others. Let's take a moment to explore where you can best apply your unique gifts.

Too Chatty

At your last job, were you asked to stop talking and get back to work? Hey, they don't call it the "gift of gab" for nothing. While some people couldn't make small talk if they took an all-day course on it, you work a room of people in minutes. Here are some jobs you may like to try.

  • Public relations. Companies need foot soldiers on the phone, in event halls, and at industry conventions telling people why their product or service is the best. Public relations, account executive: $49,200.
  • Sales. You have to talk to people to find out if they want your product. If you excel at connecting with people and developing a rapport, that could help you seal the deal. Sales associate: $44,200.
  • Phlebotomist. Giving blood makes people nervous people -- even sick. If the sight of blood doesn't bother you, you can be that friendly phlebotomist who helps people relax. Medical phlebotomist: $27,300.
  • Tour guide. Chirp away about your beautiful town, its historic mansions and get paid for doing so. Tour guide: $26,400.

How to Create a Vision For Your Career

All of life's journeys begin with the phrase, "I want."

Think about your career and the times when you said "I want." Maybe you said "I want" go to college-and then enrolled in school and completed your degree. Maybe you said "I want" to work for a large or a small company-and you are working there now. Maybe you said "I want" to lead teams-and that's one of your current responsibilities. "I want" is a very powerful phrase. Without it, it's hard to go very far.

Imagine going on a trip without selecting a destination beforehand. What would you pack? How would you get there? Where would you stay? Your trip probably would not end up being much fun.

It's the same with your career. Not being able to visualize your desired result leads to results not happening. Goals are reached when you decide what you want, and then take action to get it. Without an end in mind, you will wander aimlessly; and as long as you are aimless, you will be wasting time. You will feel lost. You will be like a stray leaf, going wherever the wind takes you.

What's a Vision?

My definition of a vision is a visualization or a picture of where you see yourself in the future. Your picture can be one of where you want to be in a day, a week, a month, a year, or even farther into the future. The visualization of your goal is what compels you to move forward. A vision is a snapshot of what you want your career and life to look like in the future. This snapshot gives your journey a clear and reachable destination and provides focus.

All goals are reached in the mind first. You see yourself both achieving that goal and experiencing the satisfaction it will bring you once you are there. This picture is what will help you to persevere during times of doubt. Your picture of success will give you purpose, power, and excitement. Your picture will give you a reason to get out of bed every day.

Make a Fresh Start Today

Make A Fresh Start Today

Are you caught up in the day to day doldrums of your career?

The New Year is here. This means, it's a perfect time to complete the previous year and start fresh. If you haven't been passionate about your career in a while, capitalize on this time of the year to begin again.

If you've lost your "get up and go," maybe what's missing is a new goal. Something that gets you excited and motivated again. Whether it's a new job or a new way of doing something in your present position, a new goal can give you something to look forward to.

So How Do Find A New Goal? Follow These Four Steps:

Convince Yourself That You Want A New Goal

No goal is achieved without commitment. Have you ever observed someone pursuing a goal and said to yourself, "That person is a true believer." True believers are easy to spot because they are defined by their commitment. Are you a true believer in your goal? Are you committed? If not, shift your perspective. Don't allow yourself to be comfortable with circumstances that do not further your goal.

Want to know that you will succeed before you step out of your comfort zone? Guess what? You don't get this guarantee up front. The miracles in your career happen when you say "yes" and jump in.

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