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11 Signs You Actually Love Your Work

11 Signs You Actually Love Your Work

Did you know that the majority of U.S. employees are satisfied with their jobs? According to a Society for Human Resource Management survey, 81% of U.S. employees reported overall satisfaction with their current jobs. Satisfaction is nice but hardly exciting. Let’s look at the signs love work!

1. You don’t dread the work week; You look forward to Monday morning.

When you love your work, you look forward to Monday morning. Even the most successful people have difficult weeks but if you love your work, those weeks are the exception rather than the rule.

2. You don’t arrive late, but you do arrive early.

Arriving on time (or early!) shows your interest in your work. While everyone is late from time to time due to traffic or personal challenges, happy professionals are known for their punctual habits.

After all, how often are you late for something you’re looking forward to? If you work from home, getting an early start is an even greater sign that you enjoy your work.

3. You don’t complain about work; You speak about your work with enthusiasm.

Many happy professionals take pride in sharing their passion for their work with others. For example, you may be an active contributor to a LinkedIn Group dedicated to your profession.

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Or you may simply enjoying answering the question “What do you do for a living?” If you are delighted,

4. You focus on winning instead of just getting by.

Winning is a quality that sets happy professionals apart from their unhappy peers who aim to “get through” each day. Adopting a winning attitude at work gives you momentum to work on challenging goals in the rest of your life.

– Learn how to Keep winning by reading 7 Things Your Boss Expects You Know About Winning At Work.

5. You’re not a clock watcher, but you do lose track of time.

When you are deeply involved in enjoyable work, you lose track of time. Minutes and hours fly by like seconds. It’s a wonderful feeling!

Flow, a concept discovered by researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, is a state of very deep focus on a task. It helps you break through challenging problems and represents a new level of productivity.

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– Tip: Getting into flow doesn’t have to be rocket science – Achieve Flow by Hacking Your Tasks.

6. You ask for more responsibility instead of worrying about work load.

When you love your workplace and profession, you are hungry for more work. Over time, many people become more productive at their work tasks. Instead of heading home at 4 pm, you ask for more work to do to remain productive.

7. You don’t complain about your company; Instead, you laugh with your colleagues.

The people you work with make a big difference on how much joy you feel at your workplace. When you laugh with people at the office, it’s much easier to relax and have an effectively perspective on problems.

In contrast, unhappy workers tend to work with people with a negative attitude.

Nobody denies that problems exist at work but there’s little to be gained by obsessing over problems.

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8. You are proud of your work accomplishments instead of complaining about shortcomings.

Preparing for your annual review is a joy when you love your work. Why? Because you’re proud of everything that you achieved. Your email archives are full of positive comments from management and customers.

You exceeded your sales quota. You may even be winning awards for your performance.

– Tip: Take pride in your accomplishments on a regular basis by writing a short monthly summary of your work accomplishments. You may be pleasantly surprised at your results!

9. You don’t avoid requests for help; Instead, you help the people around you.

Helping a coworker out is a sign that you are a leader who understands the importance of teamwork. Helping out at work takes a variety of forms.

For example, you may offer to cover a coworker’s responsibilities when she covers on vacation. Or you may buy a treat for someone who is having a tough day. When you love your work, you are proactive in helping the people around you reach their goals.

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10. You don’t run away from conflict, but you manage it effectively.

Even when you love your work, conflict is bound to happen. Whether you have different personalities or different understandings of a contract, conflict happens at the office. Effective professionals face conflict head on and resolve problems.

Once conflicts are solved, they can get back to winning and helping their coworkers.

11. You don’t get bored at work; Instead, you realize there is always something new to discover.

Having a sense of wonder is a key element of happiness. At the office, discovering something new each week keeps work interesting. You might, for example, discover some Microsoft Excel hacks from the department’s resident Excel ninja.

Or you might learn how to get funding for your MBA! The potential discoveries are limitless. Seek out those discoveries and you will ultimately become happier at work.

Featured photo credit: Happiness/geralt via pixabay.com

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Bruce Harpham is a Project Management Professional and Founder and CEO of Project Management Hacks.

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Published on September 16, 2020

12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

Today, with many companies going remote—at least until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine—technical proficiency is a vital skill for every interviewee to master. You may be asked to interview for a job on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The way you handle yourself in the online interview (your interview skills) will say much about your ability to work from home efficiently.

Does your workspace look clean or cluttered? Is the area free from noise? Is your home office well lit?

Once hired, you may be asked to organize meetings on Zoom and other platforms. Along with mastering the technology, you will have to learn to follow certain protocols.

Now is the time to get up to speed on your technical skills. Learn which interview skills are needed for the particular job for which you are applying and practice them.

Online learning sites, such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, offer courses for free or a nominal membership fee. If you are a DIY type, make use of training videos offered through your particular digital tools.

Additionally, demonstrating that you have these 12 interview skills will help you land your dream job.

1. Organization

When you work in a brick-and-mortar office, some of the organizing is left to others. Your direct supervisor may host a Monday morning quarterback meeting where each worker reports on the progress on their tasks.

When you work from home, much of the organizing will be left up to you. To a much greater extent than before, you will need to develop a schedule and stick to it. Some tasks may be faster to complete from your home office where you don’t have other workers competing for your attention.

Conversely, you may find that some tasks that would have gone quickly in an office seem to take forever from your home computer. Your phone may ring a lot, which can distract you, or you may have kids and a spouse who inadvertently disrupt your schedule.

To do: Set a schedule and stick to it.

To discuss during your interview: Be specific. Point to the interview skill you utilized to create a schedule for a complex work project and followed it.

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2. Flexibility

You set a schedule for the completion of your tasks, but your prospective boss gets their work done between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 a.m. Your West Coast partners are three hours behind your East Coast partners, and one of your partners lives in England while another lives in Australia.

Feedback and collaboration (see point 3) may need to happen asynchronously. Be the flexible candidate—the person who is willing to occasionally disrupt their schedule for the greater good of the team.

For extra credit: don’t just look up time zones, look up whether they observe Daylight Savings Time.

To do: Be flexible about meeting times.

To discuss during your interview: Highlight a time when you worked on a team where members lived in different time zones. Discuss your processes.

3. Collaboration

As recently as six months ago, before the pandemic raged around the world, collaboration wasn’t quite as essential as it is today. In a remote office setting, collaboration doesn’t just mean working well with others—but actually sharing documents and editing them online on time.

Several cloud-based tools, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, and Trello, enable the type of collaborative teamwork that most companies want today.

To do: Download the correct software and practice using it.

To discuss during your interview: Discuss how you worked remotely with a group. Share how you overcame certain challenges.

4. Poise

Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

When things do go awry, keeping your wits about you will demonstrate your consummate professionalism under fire. This will show your future bosses that you will be able to work well under the pressures of remote work.

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What could go wrong, you ask? You might be muted without realizing it—your Internet connection may not be robust, your headphones may blip out, your cellphone may ring, Zoom could have an outage. The list goes on and on.

To do: Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of Skype and Zoom uploaded.

To discuss during your interview: Consider highlighting a time when a project did not go as planned. Demonstrate the interview skills that allowed you to rise to the challenge.

5. Communication

Your ability to handle online communication is one of the top critical skills you will need to thrive in today’s remote workplace. Download Slack if you haven’t already. Get used to toggling to a different form of online communication if one of your tools fails.

When it comes to the preferred format for your online interview, demonstrate proficiency by offering several different options. Give your phone number, Google Chat Hangouts name, and Skype ID.

To do: Familiarize yourself with video conference and online chat tools, such as Slack, Fleep, or Workplace by Facebook.

To discuss during your interview: Be prepared to share the online communication tools you’re using and examples of how you use each one.

6. Good Computer Hygiene

Setting up a backup system for your computer files is one of today’s crucial requirements for working in the digital age. Storing documents that can be shared by team members is also an efficient way to work together on presentations, articles, and reports—although studies show nearly one-third of employees avoid them because of the time it takes to find documents.

Be prepared in your interview to indicate your experience utilizing this technology, describing how you organize and store files using cloud-based collaboration tools. How do you keep track of links and tabs? Do you use Dropbox? Google Docs? Confluence? Others?

To do: Take inventory of the cloud-based document sharing and storage systems you know and use.

To discuss during your interview: Describe the document sharing tools and backup systems you utilize—both for personal protection and professional file sharing.

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7. Proper Meeting Etiquette

Today, presenting yourself virtually has its pros and cons. While you only have to show a professional persona from the waist up (make sure to straighten up your office space behind you), you must boost your energy to show that you’re engaged in the discussion.

Make your voice as upbeat as possible. Have your talking points at the ready and be careful not to ramble on, as long virtual meetings easily become tiresome. Use the mute and chat features to avoid interruptions.

To do: Once you know the meeting platform, make sure you have it mastered before your interview.

To discuss during your interview: Offer to share your screen to show an example of a work project— while at the same time demonstrating your prowess with video conferencing tools.

8. Respecting Feedback

In the age of working remotely, there may not be as many systems in place to obtain feedback (such as yearly performance reviews). Workers may need to ask for feedback, while managers may need to give more feedback than usual as the team adjusts to working off-site. Respecting feedback is on top of the interview skills list that you should learn.

Taking a proactive approach with giving and receiving feedback and incorporating it into your work style is a desirable quality that your employers will note.

To do: Reflect on the positive feedback you’ve received from past employers to bolster your confidence.

To discuss during your interview: Share a time when you received feedback that made you grow in the job. If you’re a manager, share a time when you gave feedback to an employee who needed to better their job performance.

9. Project Management

Staying on task with projects has evolved far past a to-do list, with electronic tools that can track time, manage team workloads, and even do the client billing. While your prospective employer may have its preferred project management program, your experience with any of the various options—whether it’s Basecamp, Teamwork, Smartsheet, or another—will be applicable.

To do: Know which project management software is likely to be used by the industry in which you’re interviewing, and familiarize yourself with its features.

To discuss during your interview: Highlight a project management feature that is particularly useful in helping you excel in your work, and explain how you utilize it.

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10. Staying up to Speed

Employers expect their remote workers to be technically proficient so that technology runs smoothly and doesn’t create work disruptions. Bosses count on remote workers to know enough about their systems to manage them without relying on the help of overworked IT staff.

To do: Make sure you have a fast internet connection and have a back-up plan, such as a second computer or other tethered devices.

To discuss during your interview: Note that you are diligent about keeping your computer and software up to date.

11. Attention to Cybersecurity Issues

“Virus” is a loaded term these days. Spreading a computer virus in your company, however, will not only bring productivity to a halt, but it will also make you a pariah. While working from public places using free Wi-Fi (with uneven security provisions) has waned, in pre-pandemic times, coffee shops accounted for 62 percent of Wi-Fi security breaches.

To do: Keep antivirus software updated and don’t download software without verifying its authenticity.

To discuss during your interview: Emphasize your awareness of cybersecurity risks and your care in taking necessary safety measures.

12. Teamwork

Work relationships now mostly happen in virtual settings, yet employers value team-oriented workers.

Being a part of a team gives you a sense of connection and shared purpose. A well-honed team understands how mutual reliance makes the sum of its parts greater than when individuals act on their own, improving the end product.

To do: Take stock of your attributes as a team player and where you can cultivate skills that will enable you to work more collaboratively.

To discuss during your interview: Inquire about the company’s culture and how it encourages a sense of community despite working remotely.

Final Thoughts

Preparing for remote positions available in today’s job market will mean honing your interview skills to highlight your technical abilities as well as your adaptability. By adhering to these To-Do’s and perfecting your online interview skills and charisma, you will rise above the competition and win over any prospective employer.

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