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Plan your Future Dream Job Now

Plan your Future Dream Job Now

    Ok. Don’t judge me by the heading of the Article I am not an insurance guy and surely not the person who is asking you to buy mutual funds. So why do I start with the headline “Plan your Future now?” The reason is, if you don’t plan ahead and take control of your own future you may get into big trouble.

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    My feeling is that no matter how much you love your job. Along with working it, you should also grow your own brand and business either alone or with a partner. Because I believe that as long as you are working for someone else you never can be entirely true to yourself and your passions.

    That said, I’ll never tell anyone to quit their job, especially if they have people to support. Like most of us, I’ll always put family first. I will, however, urge you to start planning to quit your job if you can’t answer “Yes” to the following questions:

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    1.   Are you really Happy with your present job?

    Like really happy? Like you don’t bitch and moan every Monday morning about how much you wish it was Friday night? You have been heard, supported, understood, involved and trusted in all of the aspects of your job.

    2.   Do you work with the company that allows you to have a public persona?

    I am talking either about your field or true passion. In other words, are you allowed to have a blog, twitter account or otherwise brand yourself in the public eye with an identity that is separate from the corporation?

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    3.   If you are not allowed to develop a public persona, you may never be able to build your dream.

    If you answered “No” to question 2 then I don’t care how happy you are in your job. You should do everything in your power to either find another place to work or start the groundwork to launch your own business, your own brand. I am currently working in I.T. and most my coworkers are better than me but they spend 0% of their time in building their brand and 100% of their time on their daily work. It kills me.

    Let me tell you the truth. Eventually, you are going to suffocate. Without the freedom to develop a personal brand, you will find yourself at a strong disadvantage to the people that have been out there making names for themselves.

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    How does doing all of this help? Out of the blue, some unforeseen circumstances hit you ( I don’t believe in luck anyway) and you got kicked out of your job. Let’s say you’ve got 1000 followers on social media with whom you are interacting daily. Chances are there are few good people in the industry who are keeping a close tab on you. Wouldn’t it be easy just to write a single post on these social media sites letting them know that you are open for new position instead of preparing your resume and forwarding it to friends, colleagues, and the HR person?
    if you’re not happy in your job but you can still build brand equity at work or at home by blogging and creating podcasts about what you love, all the better. I still want you to plan to leave and launch your own business because life is too short to spend it working a job you don’t absolutely adore. Remember that as long as you are creating content and building your brand, you are building future opportunities for yourself.

    So promise me that you will spend time building your brand alongside your daily job. You never know when it will be handy to be able to branch out on your own.

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    hemant varhekar

    Hustler, Blogger , Motivational Pitcher, Test Automation Expert, Marketing and Sales

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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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