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Think You’re Unqualified For Your Dream Job? 6 Reasons Why You’re Wrong

Think You’re Unqualified For Your Dream Job? 6 Reasons Why You’re Wrong

It is so easy to condemn ourselves.

We have gone through a period of searching and filtering through employment options, then when we get that job we so desire we start becoming apprehensive that we are not good enough to perform successfully in the role. We may feel our experiences and academic qualification don’t line up with  the requirements of the job. But this should not deter you.

Rather than feeling guilty for being the one picked for the job, look inwards and realize that you really do have powerful things to offer your new workplace:

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1. You are passionate

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

If you are someone who is excited about every new project- even when you are not the perfect fit to execute it- you still bring a lot of energy to seeing that the job is completed successfully. What fuels you is not simply the nature of your job, but you are passionate about being challenged in a new work environment. Your passion and work ethic will become characteristic and could energize your workplace. Never underestimate your passion as it is something every employer likes to see.

2. You have integrity

“You are not your resume, you are your work.”- Seth Godin

Employers love credibility. Your reputation, if solid, can help you soar above controversies and earn excellent recognition. You may not be the most talented person in the workplace but when what you do is consistent with the highest ethical standards you are sure to make an impression on your employer and on fellow employees.

3. You are bold

“All happiness depends on courage and work.” ― Honoré de Balzac

You are willing to try new things. Your boldness means you are willing to accept new challenges and to take risks even when there is a high degree of uncertainty and a strong possibility of failure. You can speak up and say what you think and feel will work- even in a difficult situation. Employers tend to admire men and women who can speak their minds.

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4. You are competent

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”- Dr. Seuss

You can be entrusted with work and you are determined not to disappoint your boss. You are dependable and can prioritize tasks. You are able to separate the relevant from the irrelevant and then focus on what needs to be done. Such reliability makes you attract responsibility, and is something you should be proud of.

5. You are likable

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”- Jim Rohn

People with warm personalities are always more popular and effective in the workplace. They can collaborate and connect with others, making team projects a success. Employers love it when an employee can be easygoing, cooperative, and friendly. Such an attitude shows that they are willing to be part of a team and part of the work family. Being likable creates a positive atmosphere and a sense of ease in the workplace, breeding joy and work satisfaction.

6. You have the willpower to make things work

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”Denis Waitley

Definitely there will be challenges in the workplace and things could get bumpy. However, you have the inner strength and willpower to continue in the face of hardship and persevere against the odds that you are up against. Your willpower will help you maintain your cool when there is an inevitable crisis during the day-day-day operations of the company.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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