Finding the Joy

Let’s talk happiness.  This might seem like a no-brainer, but people that are happy in their (personal) lives tend to be happier at work. There is a correlation between being happy at home and being happy at work.  It’s important to note that getting your personal life in order is key to your overall happiness. Nevertheless, here are some steps you can take to create a better and more satisfying work experience.

Find meaning in what you do:  Yes, even if you don’t love your current job.  You can always learn from a job experience. When you take pride in your work, you learn and grow your skills.  When forward thinking, your learned skills and accomplishments will impact your future position.

Employment:  You might be unsatisfied at your job, but it is important to note that you would be unhappier without one.  Take a moment to appreciate what you have.

Work/Life Balance:  It seems that more people find happiness at work when they are able to spend time with loved ones.  Yes, some jobs are “demanding”, however, if you manage your time and can create time with loved ones, you will find more joy.

Look for growth instead of failure in the workplace:  What’s good about where you work?  There must be something. Are you always on edge and defensive?  Try breathing and relaxing. Look for opportunity where your own skills will shine.

Create a social circle and help out:  Have you noticed a fellow co-worker is having difficulties with a task or perhaps is challenged in some areas?  See if you can lend a helping hand. Talk with your co-workers instead of being reticent. Looking forward to seeing a work buddy and helping out could lead to a few laughs and contributing to someone’s progression.

Still Looking For That Job?

Still looking for that job?  Have you been looking for a job for what feels like ages?

Seriously, you have been at it.  You have done it all and applied for it all and still…nothing.  You wonder, “What the heck is going on?” Here are a few things to consider that will (hopefully) help and lessen your job search woes.

Pause:  Perhaps this is the moment to take a break and review if getting some more credentials is worth a shot.  Is there a certification that can help? An adult learning master class? Is there a possibility to improve your education in the field in which you are applying?  An online course? Take a moment to review what might be going awry in your search.

Online Presence:  How is it?  How is your Facebook and Instagram looking?  While working as a recruiter, we definitely looked at potential candidates online presence before giving a call.  Unsavory pictures led quickly to the No file. Also, if you have not already join LinkedIn and keep it updated.

Your Resume:  Please make sure the grammar and spelling is perfected.  If you have been using your resume and its getting you nowhere maybe it’s time for a professional review and/or a new approach. Going for a two-pager?  It has to have relevant experience specifically related to the job in which you are applying.  I reviewed many two-page resumes that were very loosely related to the position in which I was recruiting.  I found them long-winded and messy. Case Point: If you have been sending out a resume and its not getting you in for an interview, it’s probably time for a review.

Your Inner Dialogue/Thoughts: Examine your thoughts.  Are you really excited about the specific job you are seeking?  Do you really want to do this and are you bringing true enthusiasm to your search.  Will you be happy in the position in which you are seeking? Are you seeking this specific position because it’s familiar and it’s what you know?  I’m asking you to be honest with yourself. Often life steers us to live our best life and if you are coming up against a bunch a blocks perhaps life is speaking to you, guiding you in another direction which will bring more joy in your work-life. I often advise to see life as it can be, not as it appears to be.  Recognizing your happiness is a great indicator in assessing your career satisfaction.  

Happy at Work?

What do you love to do and are you doing it?  If not, what needs to happen in order to make it possible?  If you let go of the “yeah but…” what does your working life look like?

I had wrestled with these questions in my 20’s and early 30’s.  I know why I went to college, but it was not playing out the way I had expected.  The older I became, the louder these questions were in my mind. I had heard someone say once, “If you do what you love, the money will follow”.  Was that true?

Have you ever felt “stuck” and sort of resigned to the camp of: this is life. Or perhaps you’ve thought others have “luck” and can follow their dreams or I’m aging out of this follow your dream thing.  Years later, I realized that I was living my life small and limited. I had no idea at the time that I could actually do something I love and earn a great living.  Once I started to change how I saw my “situation”, things started to fall into place.

Living small and not in your full potential is saying “Yes to a life that blocks your creativity, mental and physical energy, and hinders inspired ideas of growth.” We all have have a “situation”.  Can you just change careers? Are you happy at work or is there something else you are being called to explore?

We are here to assist you on your journey.  Whichever path you are on: Career change, seeking a higher position within your company, applying internationally, or just need a powerful resume update, we are here to aide and support.