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How to Not Overstay In Your Current Job

How to Not Overstay In Your Current Job

Your current job may be the best in the world, or so it seems to you. Nevertheless, after some time many jobs become redundant and too predictable. Without challenges, your intellectual growth stalls, which is not at all desirable. That said, it is important that you know when to move on before you get too comfortable in your current job. This post will talk about that.

Read the signs

Do you feel no motivation at all to go to work? Have you experienced a increasing frustration when sitting to do office work? Do you feel there is no value attached to what you do? These may be the first signs that you should start thinking about letting go of your current employment and moving on to a new one.

However, only employees who do self-introspection and continuous self-assessment are able to tell when their job stops aligning with their long-term goals. If these two are not aligned, it’s either time to talk to your manager, or simply make the switch.

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Employees who do not reflect on a regular basis in which direction their career is going are at risk of running out of steam, feeling tired and leaving very soon. These professionals do not even realize that they are unhappy about their work until either someone points it out to them or they face an unpleasant incident at work.

Even when they do recognize the futility of their stay at their current workplace, they find it hard to make the change. They will either simply gripe about the whole situation or pretend nothing is wrong at all. That is a grueling situation to be in.

 How to move on

Moving on in life is the hardest thing to do, whether it is in relationships or in jobs. In the professional arena particularly, it is tough to say goodbye to people you have known for a long time and an environment you have become comfortable in. So how do you go about achieving this tough objective?

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Start preparing for war

Preparation is the key to feeling confident and positive in life. The more prepared you are the better you will feel about yourself. Those who constantly upgrade themselves with the latest skills feel less threatened and insecure when it comes to changing jobs. They know that they are always at the top of their game and this boosts their confidence.

If you have made up your mind about finding a new job for yourself, do not waste a single moment.  From the time you make up your mind till the time you find a new job, every moment should be spent wisely towards the pursuit of this objective.

Prepare as if you have to fight a war, for once you start giving to interviews you will find yourself in a battlefield with recruiters shooting questions from all around. Read as much as you can, gain new skills, and find voluntary work to practice those skills. Attend industry seminars, network with professionals outside your company and spread the word to them that you are looking.

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Do not negotiate

Once your manager gets the hint that you are looking, he will try to negotiate with you. He/she might suddenly realize your importance to the company, to the team and to him/her as an individual.

If you are really fed up at your current office, even a pay raise cannot help you regain that enthusiasm for long. Therefore, if you start negotiating with the manager your terms needed to stay, most likely you will be setting up yourself for a trap—staying longer at a job you don’t love. It’s alright to be firm while rejecting negotiating. Your biggest responsibility is yourself, and everybody, even your manager knows it.

Make the jump but don’t burn bridges

All said and done, once you get selected for a job at a different company, it’s time to take a pause and revel in the success of your hard work. You had been waiting for this moment for a long time.

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As you finally leave the current job for a new one, it’s time to say goodbye to your current employer, manager and teammates on good terms. However, always remember to never burn bridges with your now former employer as this will not reflect well on you as a person or as an employee. The world is a small place and you never know where and under what circumstances you might bump into your former manager or boss.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

1. Speed reading

Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

2. Public speaking

Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

3. Spanish

As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

4. Accounting

If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

5. Microsoft Excel

Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

6. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

7. Weight training

Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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8. Photo and video editing

In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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