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9 Things Your Boss Doesn’t Do And You Shouldn’t Do At Work Either

9 Things Your Boss Doesn’t Do And You Shouldn’t Do At Work Either

Set yourself up for success through paying attention and following your boss’s example. There are bad habits you may be doing that you need to get rid of in order to impress the boss. Your boss will sit up and pay attention to the new talent and hard worker that you are. Increase your productivity and earn your boss’s attention by working on getting rid of the following work habits.

You’re boss avoids:

1. Sending Lengthy, Talkative E-Mails.

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    E-mails should be short and succinct. Write in short, actionable sentences. Express what is needed without expounding on how the task needs to be done. Be concise and even stingy with your words. Get to the point and be done. Not only will the receiver appreciate the exactness of the correspondence, but you will save time as well.

    2. Being Overly Passive.

    Speak up when you need assistance or have an idea that you need to share. Passivity is really the commission of the “sin” of omission. By saying nothing or simply “going along,” the importance of your unique input and voice are effectively silenced. Stop letting others have their way. Speak up to make an effective change.

    3. Taking “No” for “Never”

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      Sometimes a “no” simply means “not now.” It may mean that the time is not ripe to start a particular project or implement a new idea. Practicing perseverance through a difficult situation means being determined enough to follow through at the proper time. Besides, you made the effort to pitch an idea; whether or not you get to act on it is less important.

      4. Never Thinking About The Competition.

      Keep your skill set up to date to not only stay ahead of the competition, but to add value to your experience. Track what competitors are doing to stay ahead or fill the gaps in places competitors aren’t fulfilling. Continuously think outside the box to offer products, plans, or services that the competition has failed to consider.

      5. Not Planning For The Future.

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        Forward planning helps you avoid some major career pitfalls. For example, thinking ahead prevents workplace accidents. Or imagine scenarios that bring about success, such as preparing to ask for a raise or the benefits to the company and you in requesting flextime. Planning for the future provides both insight and foresight into furthering your career.

        6. Fearing Leadership.

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          In fact, it is through being a leader that your boss is where they are today. Cultivate the qualities of passion, honesty, and respect in your journey toward leadership. In studying your boss, ask yourself, “What are the qualities that made them the leader they are today?” Be meticulous about cultivating and expounding on these leadership values in your own life.

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          7. Failing To Be Proactive About His or Her Career.

          Being proactive in the workplace means “beating” your path to success. You are acutely aware of the doors of opportunity as they open or close. Write down where you see yourself in two or three years in your career. Is it management? Or would you rather be somewhere else? What steps do you need to take to get there? Write and then act.

          8. Thinking Negatively.

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            The advice to think positively sounds almost clichéd. Practically everywhere you turn ,someone is offering this patent, yet wise advice. There is truth to the fact that your thinking drives your action. Positive thinking drives positive behavior and actions. There is no reason not to think positively. After all, you are as good as anyone else; sometimes worse, and most of the time better.

            9. Missing The Tiniest Detail.

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              The “devil” is indeed in the “details.” Being detail-oriented helps you not to miss opportunities as they are made available and avoid costly missteps. Paying attention to the details may keep your business from losing customers. Attention to detail is cultivated over time and through practice. More errors are caught earlier and corrected before causing an all out disaster.

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              Last Updated on April 25, 2019

              How to Write a Career Change Resume (With Examples)

              How to Write a Career Change Resume (With Examples)

              Shifting careers, tiny or big, can be paralyzing. Whether your desire for a career change is self-driven or involuntary, you can manage the panic and fear by understanding ‘why’ you are making the change.

              Your ability to clearly and confidently articulate your transferable skills makes it easier for employers to understand how you are best suited for the job or industry.

              A well written career change resume that shows you have read the job description and markets your transferable skills can increase your success for a career change.

              3 Steps to Prepare Your Mind Before Working on the Resume

              Step 1: Know Your ‘Why’

              Career changes can be an unnerving experience. However, you can lessen the stress by making informed decisions through research.

              One of the best ways to do this is by conducting informational interviews.[1] Invest time to gather information from diverse sources. Speaking to people in the career or industry that you’re pursuing will help you get clarity and check your assumptions.

              Here are some questions to help you get clear on your career change:

              • What’s your ideal work environment?
              • What’s most important to you right now?
              • What type of people do you like to work with?
              • What are the work skills that you enjoy doing the most?
              • What do you like to do so much that you lose track of time?
              • Whose career inspires you? What is it about his/her career that you admire?
              • What do you dislike about your current role and work environment?

              Step 2: Get Clear on What Your Transferable Skills Are[2]

              The data gathered from your research and informational interviews will give you a clear picture of the career change that you want. There will likely be a gap between your current experience and the experience required for your desired job. This is your chance to tell your personal story and make it easy for recruiters to understand the logic behind your career change.

              Make a list and describe your existing skills and experience. Ask yourself:

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              What experience do you have that is relevant to the new job or industry?

              Include any experience e.g., work, community, volunteer, or helping a neighbour. The key here is ANY relevant experience. Don’t be afraid to list any tasks that may seem minor to you right now. Remember this is about showcasing the fact that you have experience in the new area of work.

              What will the hiring manager care about and how can you demonstrate this?

              Based on your research you’ll have an idea of what you’ll be doing in the new job or industry. Be specific and show how your existing experience and skills make you the best candidate for the job. Hiring managers will likely scan your resume in less than 7 seconds. Make it easy for them to see the connection between your skills and the skills that are needed.

              Clearly identifying your transferable skills and explaining the rationale for your career change shows the employer that you are making a serious and informed decision about your transition.

              Step 3: Read the Job Posting

              Each job application will be different even if they are for similar roles. Companies use different language to describe how they conduct business. For example, some companies use words like ‘systems’ while other companies use ‘processes’.

              When you review the job description, pay attention to the sections that describe WHAT you’ll be doing and the qualifications/skills. Take note of the type of language and words that the employer uses. You’ll want to use similar language in your resume to show that your experience meets their needs.

              5 Key Sections on Your Career Change Resume (Example)

              The content of the examples presented below are tailored for a high school educator who wants to change careers to become a client engagement manager, however, you can easily use the same structure for your career change resume.

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              Don’t forget to write a well crafted cover letter for your career change to match your updated resume. Your career change cover letter will provide the context and personal story that you’re not able to show in a resume.

              1. Contact Information and Header

              Create your own letterhead that includes your contact information. Remember to hyperlink your email and LinkedIn profile. Again, make it easy for the recruiter to contact you and learn more about you.

              Example:

              Jill Young

              Toronto, ON | [email protected] | 416.222.2222 | LinkedIn Profile

              2. Qualification Highlights or Summary

              This is the first section that recruiters will see to determine if you meet the qualifications for the job. Use the language from the job posting combined with your transferable skills to show that you are qualified for the role.

              Keep this section concise and use 3 to 4 bullets. Be specific and focus on the qualifications needed for the specific job that you’re applying to. This section should be tailored for each job application. What makes you qualified for the role?

              Example:

              Qualifications Summary

              • Experienced managing multiple stakeholder interests by building a strong network of relationships to support a variety of programs
              • Experienced at resolving problems in a timely and diplomatic manner
              • Ability to work with diverse groups and ensure collaboration while meeting tight timelines

              3. Work Experience

              Only present experiences that are relevant to the job posting. Focus on your specific transferable skills and how they apply to the new role.

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              How this section is structured will depend on your experience and the type of career change you are making.

              For example, if you are changing industries you may want to list your roles before the company name. However, if you want to highlight some of the big companies you’ve worked with then you may want to list the company name first. Just make sure that you are consistent throughout your resume.

              Be clear and concise. Use 1 to 4 bullets to highlight your relevant work experiences for each job you list on your resume. Ensure that the information demonstrates your qualifications for the new job. Remember to align all the dates on your resume to the right margin.

              Example:

              Work Experience

              Theater Production Manager 2018 – present

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              • Collaborated with diverse groups of people to ensure a successful production while meeting tight timelines

              4. Education

              List your formal education in this section. For example, the name of the degrees you received and the school who issued it. To eliminate biases, I would recommend removing the year you graduated.

              Example:

              Education

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              • Bachelor of Education, University of Western Ontario
              • Bachelor of Theater Studies with Honors, University of British Columbia

              5. Other Activities or Interests

              When you took an inventory of your transferable skills, what experiences were relevant to your new career path (that may not fit in the other resume sections?).

              Example:

              Other Activities

              • Mentor, Pathways to Education
              • Volunteer lead for coordinating all community festival vendors

              Bonus Tips

              Remember these core resume tips to help you effectively showcase your transferable skills:

              • CAR (Context Action Result) method. Remember that each bullet on your resume needs to state the situation, the action you took and the result of your experience.
              • Font. Use modern Sans Serif fonts like Tahoma, Verdana, or Arial.
              • White space. Ensure that there is enough white space on your resume by adjusting your margins to a minimum of 1.5 cm. Your resume should be no more than two pages long.
              • Tailor your resume for each job posting. Pay attention to the language and key words used on the job posting and adjust your resume accordingly. Make the application process easy on yourself by creating your own resume template. Highlight sections that you need to tailor for each job application.
              • Get someone else to review your resume. Ideally you’d want to have someone with industry or hiring experience to provide you with insights to hone your resume. However, you also want to have someone proofread your resume for grammar and spelling errors.

              The Bottom Line

              It’s essential that you know why you want to change careers. Setting this foundation not only helps you with your resume, but can also help you to change your cover letter, adjust your LinkedIn profile, network during your job search, and during interviews.

              Ensure that all the content on your resume is relevant for the specific job you’re applying to.

              Remember to focus on the job posting and your transferable skills. You have a wealth of experience to draw from – don’t discount any of it! It’s time to showcase and brand yourself in the direction you’re moving towards!

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