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The Importance of Career Aptitude Tests

It is very important that your career is one in which you are fully invested, in which you are happy and which gives you the remuneration you deserve. Many people go through life in careers that they took up only to keep the wolf from the door, or, even if it was something that interested them, it never got them the recognition or remuneration they thought they deserved.

It is for this reason that knowledge of your aptitude for different careers be gauged so that you can make the right decision early on in life. Many schools and colleges have included career aptitude tests in their final year programs so that students know what they should do next.

What are career aptitude tests?

These are designed to help you understand how your personal attributes like interests, values, aptitudes, and skills will impact you as far as success with a different career options are concerned. Out of a variety of career paths the one that suits you most will emerge based on your responses to a certain set of questions.

They are the first step in the process of career counselling and career planning, which includes information gathering, skills evaluation, skill development and enhancement.

A career aptitude test is one way of testing, which career suits you best. It tests your skill for specific tasks. Some say that a career interest test should be taken before an aptitude test, because if you are certain of where your interests lie, then you can develop the skill set for it.

Career aptitude tests measure your ability in the following – verbal and numerical reasoning, your analytical ability, perceptual ability, spatial ability, and technical ability.

Though it gives you an idea of your abilities, you cannot look at a career based on that, rather you should find out what interests you and then develop the abilities for that.

Evaluating and acquiring new skills has its basis in career skill testing. It is only after doing these tests you come to know where your interests lie. Then it is a lifetime of learning ahead, so the career aptitude tests must be designed properly so that you are on the right track from day one.

Some of the different popular career tests and their methods of suggesting careers

1. Test One examines your working style, your energy style, decision making style and your values – it uncovers your working preferences

2. Test Two outlines six personality types – you will be analyzed to fit any three of these. What sort of career fit this combination of three will be explained to you

3. Test Three analyses your personality and directs you to a specific career model within which you will hopefully find your dream job

4. Test Four gives you different career options to suit your personality type (which it analyses)

5. Test Five helps you to discover your personality type, and outline your ideal work environment and lists careers that match these two parameters.



Source by Satvik Mittal

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Job Search After a Job Loss

You know the usual advice for people who have just lost their job:

"Start your job search as soon possible. Do not delay. Update your resume, start networking, and get on with the search."

This is conventional wisdom and most people follow it. On the face, there is nothing wrong with it. It is what everyone does. It usually works. You will find a job. You had one before, right? There is another big advantage of immediately looking for the next job; it offers you a mental safety net. You are following convention; you do not have to explain yourself. Neverheless, there are a few issues with just blindly following the common rules and expectations. Both personal as well as surrounding economic circumstances may indicate that there might be a "better way" that fits your overall situation better.

In fact, there are 7 questions you might want to ask yourself whether you might be better off delaying your job search and using your time differently for a while:

1. What is the economic state of the industry and city you are in?

Looking at an industry going downhill in your city, how much good would it do to you to start looking for a job there? At which company if they all stopped hiring? Are not you better off spending your time checking out a different location to work and live?

2. What is your personal economic situation?

Does it make a difference if you are 50 years old vs. 30; if you have severance vs. no severance; have no money in the bank vs. a great savings account? Does not money give you more freedom and time to enjoy life for a bit? Or does it make you lazy and too relaxed to look for a new job later?

3. What is your personal family situation?

Does it make a difference whether you are single or have a spouse? Can you take more risks as a single person? Or does a family provide more emotional stability and potentially the safety of a second salary such that you have an easier time your delaying job search than any single peer?

4. What are your individual personal and professional needs?

What if you are unsure what to do next professionally? What is your level of "brain damage" from an intense career? Is it time to do the "once-in-a-lifetime" vacation? Should you take a bit of time to think about career change?

5. Could you have a better career with additional education?

What about investing in some education and raising the odds of finding a better job later? How much would education help you find a job? How much time would it "buy" you in the job market?

6. Is there a risk of taking on the next job available?

In good times, it is easy to find a new job at the same or higher salary. What happens in recessions with falling wages? If you take a 20% cut at the first job offered, will you ever get back to your former salary level? Could not there be a better strategy … just wait and re-enter the labor market once conditions have improved?

7. What is time worth to you?

Given that total working years may add up to between 30 and 40 – why the rush? Thirty to forty years of work equals 360-480 months. Can it really be that bad to take three months off and enjoy life, think and adjust your priorities? Should not work 99% of your working lifetime be plenty? Should not that be enough to pay for ongoing living expenses and savings for retirement? All these questions might lead you to the conclusion that maybe applying for the next job right away might not be the best course of action for you. Using your time on other activities for a few months before starting your job search might be the right strategy.



Source by Michael Froehls, Ph.D.

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Employment Law – Express and Implied Terms – Education

The case of Luke v Stoke-On-Trent City Council [2006], involved an employee who had been employed as a special needs teacher at the local authority's Assessing Continuing Education Pupil Referral Unit ("the ACE Center") since 1996. The ACE Center was the only one of its kind operated by the local authority, and under the terms of her contract of employment ("the ACE Contract"), the employee was required to work at the ACE center for 12 and three quarter hours per week.

From April 2003, the employee had a separate contract of engagement with the local authority governing the terms of her appointment at a different unit. Problems arose between the employee and the head teacher of the ACE Center. Between October 2002 and April 2003, the employee was absent due to ill health. She claimed that she had been the victim of bullying and harassment by the head teacher of the ACE Center.

The local authority mandated an independent investigator to examine the employee's complaints. All of the employee's complaints were dismissed except for one, and the investigator proposed a return to work action plan designed to assist her in resuming her work at the ACE Center. The employee indicated that while she was willing to take part in the action plan, she was not willing to accept the conclusions drawn by the investigator.

The local authority took the stance that the action plan would have been unworkable on that basis.

On the 13th of June 2003, the local authority formulated a proposal that the employee's return to the ACE Center would be deferred, possibly forever. She would have found equivalent hours performing similar work within other parts of the authority.

Initially, the employee agreed to that proposal in principle but, in August 2003, she indicated that she found the proposal unacceptable and that she was still intent upon resuming her employment at the ACE Center. The local authority maintained its position that the employee's return to work at the ACE center remained unworkable given her refusal to accept the conclusions of the investigator.

Several alternative proposals were proposed by the local authority which involved the employee working at sites other than at the ACE Center. The proposed alternatives were deemed unsuitable by the employee, who insured upon a return to the ACE Center. Throughout that period, the employee continued to receive remuneration under the terms of the ACE Contract.

Finally, on the 11th of February 2004, the local authority terminated payment of the employee's wages. The employee brought a complaint before the employment tribunal alleging that at all material times she had been ready and willing to do the only work that she had been contractually obligated to do, her work at the ACE Center. She therefore submitted that her wages had been unlawfully deducted within the meaning of Part II of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

The tribunal dismissed the employee's claim. It was found that the local authority had reasonably reached the conclusion that her return to work at the ACE Center was unworkable in the light of her refusal to accept the concluding of the investigator or the terms of the proposed action plan. In those circumstances, despite the express terms of the ACE Contract, there had been an implied term of the contract permitting the local authority to require her to work at a location, other than that specified in the contract, provided that the employee suffered no damage . However this could only happen while a long term solution to the question of her return to work at the ACE Center was being resolved.

The employee appeared.

The issue which fell to be determined before the Employment Appeals Tribunal was wherever the local authority had been contractedually entitled to require the employee to work other than at the ACE Center.

The appeal was dismissed. It was held that where a written contract clearly defined an employee's contractual obligations, the employee bought to be entailed to proceed upon the basis that the employee was not obligated to undertake different duties. In such situations, the finding of an implied obligation to undertake work outside the express terms of the contract would only have been permitted in exceptional circumstances. Such exceptional circumstance being where the requirement was justified, the work was feasible, and the employee suffered no detriment in terms of contractual benefits or status due to the change of duties on a temporary basis.

In this case, the view adopted by the employee in relation to the concluding of the investigator and the terms of the action plan had given rise to such exceptional circumstances. The tribunal had properly considered all the relevant factors in reaching its conclusions, and in those circumstances had been entitled to make the finding that the ACE Contract contained an implied term entitling the local authority to require the employee to conduct work outside the scope of the express terms of the contract.

If you require further information please contact us at enquiries@rtcoopers.com or visit http://www.rtcoopers.com/practice_employment.php

© RT COOPERS, 2007. This Briefing Note does not provide a comprehensive or complete statement of the law relating to the issues discussed nor does it determine legal advice. It is intended only to highlight general issues. Specialist legal advice should always be taken in relation to particular circumstances.



Source by Rosanna Cooper

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Why Has Shared Workspace Contributed to Growth?

The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change – Bill Clinton

It is rightly said that change is quite indispensable in order to achieve rapid growth and success. When it comes to working strategies, transformations are considered as a priority as humans are more productive when they experience transformations around them. 53% of HR professionals agree that employee engagement significantly rises when there is an improvisation in the onboarding process. Thus, it is necessary to make workplace dynamic and interesting for employees.

Prolonged researches have also revealed that workplace stress enhances by 33% by looming deadlines. 22% of work stress is contributed due to unrealistic expectations of managers, 22% in the efforts of managing work-life balance while 15% is added due to inter-organizational conflicts. But the biggest fact associated with the above stats is that it is nearly impossible to finish them at all or curtail them to a noteworthy extent. Thus, the easy way out is to create an amicable work environment which could at least help in keeping employees stress free, focussed and away from stress. The concept of fully serviced shared office space has been successful in making people happy at work place. The following are some of the reasons that have made shared workspace a major factor for economic growth.

Approach

A service provider for shared workspaces followed a specific approach to ‘How to keep employees satisfied?’ The question enabled them to explore many essential factors that are directly related to employees’ performance and its direct relation to workspace arrangements.

Competition

Excessive competition in the external business environment has also developed innumerable opportunities for the employees. It has greatly reduced the retention and loyalty of employees towards organisation. Service providers offer all the attributes like interior, workstations, furnished office space for rent and cafeteria etc to retain employees for longer thereby enhancing their comfort level.

Retention

In order to retain employees, service providers believe in frequent refreshments like celebrations, event organizations, celebrating birthdays and weekend activities etc. Communities at these shared spaces are dedicated to organize employee engagement activities thereby keeping them associated with the company.

Change in workspace plan (open space not closed cubicles)

Unlike previous monotonous private cubicle setup, companies prefer open space setup, where hierarchy or seniority is not visible. Service providers design shared office spaces in a way, where exchange or flow of information has become easier as compared to previous office design.

Interior design

Bright colored walls with beautiful suspended lights, designed walls, equipped workstations and carpeted floors is all that is required as an ideal office environment. In addition to this, well-organized meeting rooms, conference rooms, cafeteria and gaming rooms have greatly enhanced individual’s enthusiasm and dedication towards work.

Improvement in workspace arrangements is the important factor that has supported the economic growth of the nation.



Source by Swasti Gupta

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Without A Strong a Mentor, You Will Fail To Reach Your Career Potential

One of my favorite books in the bible is the book of proverbs. The main reason why I love this book is because of the many practical lessons we learn by reading this piece of scripture. In the book of proverbs we learn that, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14); “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future” (Proverbs 19:20); “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15); “For by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory” (Proverbs 24:6). It doesn’t take too long for anybody to realize that a Christian leader must have an abundance of counselors in order to bring glory back to God.

In my life, I have had many counselors who have played a critical role in my development as a professional but one in particular has made a tremendous impact on how I see both life from God’s point of view and higher education. His name is Kurt Dudt, a former United States Marine combat veteran who taught me how to lead academic departments with a heart and ways to shoot guns competitively. The immense amount of wisdom that I’ve learned from Kurt can’t be paid back. I am indebted forever to him. During the literally hundreds of walks that we had for five days a week (sometimes more than once a day) for two years, Kurt has shown me why most higher education leaders fail and only a few de facto succeed. In this article, I will share with you some of the many secrets that Kurt has shared with me throughout our daily 2:00pm walk conversations. Are you ready for this? The content you are about to read is pretty revolutionary and critical if your goal is to lead others with success.

Here are twelve (out of the 100) pieces of advice that Kurt has taught me on how to become an academic unit leader.

1) Before any major decision, pray.

2) Let the members of the team have a say but implement your vision. You were elected to lead and it is your job to get things done. Implementing your vision is your job.

3) Before making any major decision, ask faculty about their concerns and prepare for them, to ensure your goal is accomplished.

4) Let faculty teach the classes they want so that you can have your final decision when you need.

5) Be proactive and defend the department and faculty members if necessary, especially if the faculty member is too inexperienced or there is faculty conflicts involved.

6) Make time to speak with students, be available.

7) Speak with faculty on a regular basis. Invite them to lunch sometimes.

8) If a faculty member faults, try to bring him back.

9) Listen to the non-mainstream faculty member’s contribution. They often provide wisdom in their responses.

10) Don’t be afraid to tell you are not happy with something.

11) Recruit talent. Every time “Luis” is doing something well, Kurt Dudt receives praise.

12) If a colleague is in trouble, help him even if it is 3:00am. If a colleague is in the hospital, go to the hospital… if a colleague’s mother dies, go to the funeral/viewing. Address faculty as a body (he is one of us) and defend the faculty member.

Without a strong a mentor, you will fail to reach your career potential. Nobody is born knowing the operation of leadership. The bible provides tremendous help in this regard along with a friend who is willing to coach you. Be aware: A leader can’t have an evil stream otherwise, problems occur. A leader bring (unite) people together, as much as possible. Remember: Don’t expect followers to be leaders. The moment you see an organization empowering non-leaders to positions of absolute authority, flee from them quickly because disaster then becomes inevitable and eminent.

When undecided, pray… When in question, ask… When in trouble, resolve… When you know, share. Never under any circumstances, forget that. Pray often! Pray for an advisor! Remember: The almighty God listens to your prayers. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).



Source by Luis Almeida

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Identity Theft and Your Online Job Search

While identity theft is nothing new, the Web has opened up whole new world of opportunity for identity thieves.

According to the FBI, identity theft is the top online fraud. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says that identity theft is it’s number one source of consumer complaints – 42 percent of all complaints, in 2001.

The thief will use your personal information to open credit card accounts, cell phone accounts, open bank accounts in your name and write bad checks-leaving the victim with the bills and ruined credit ratings. Identity thieves may pose as representatives of banks, Internet service providers and even government agencies to get you to reveal your Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, financial account numbers and identifying information.

In a recent article (http://www.msnbc.com/news/830411.asp), MSNBC reported the case of a man who fell victim to a fraudulent job listing that was posted at Monster.com. According to the article:

“It was just the job lead Jim needed: a marketing manager position with Arthur Gallagher, a leading international insurance broker. And only days after Jim responded to the job posting on Monster.com, a human resources director sent along a promising e-mail. We’re interested in you, the note said. The salary is negotiable, the clients big. In fact, the clients are so valuable and sensitive that you’ll have to submit to a background check as part of the interview process. Eager for work, Jim complied- and sent off just about every key to his digital identity, including his age, height, weight, Social Security number, bank account numbers, even his mother’s maiden name.”

Jim spent the day canceling his credit cards, checking his balances and contacting the credit bureaus, but he’s concerned that his information is now “out there”.

There are warning signs that can tip you off to fraudulent job listings. While these items don’t necessarily mean that the listing is a scam, they are indications that you should do further checking.

–Incorrect grammar and spelling errors

–Phone or fax number area codes don’t match the address given

–Unrealistic salary

Online job databases are not the only places that identity thieves cruise for personal information. In recent indictments across the U.S., individuals have been charged with obtaining and using personal information through various ways. In Miami, two individuals were indicted for illegally tapping the computer networks of restaurants using the cover of a dummy corporation. A clerical worker at the New York State Insurance Fund pilfered office files and used stolen identities (of people across the country as well as fellow office workers) to obtain goods and services. A phlebotomist at Kaiser Permanente admitted to using the personal information of patients and employees in order to open credit card accounts in various names.

Recently, an FTC investigation into a work-at-home scheme spawned an incredible “scam-within-a-scam” when a man pretending to be an FTC employee emailed hundreds of the scam’s victims. He requested personal information stating that it was to be used as evidence in the case.

While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the chances of becoming a victim, you can minimize the risk by putting the following to practice:

–If a would-be employer asks you for any personal information you should ask them for their contact information and then separately look up the company’s information and contact them to verify that they actually exist. While it’s not unusual for an employer to ask for certain work-related information (like your work history and former employers), it is not appropriate for them to ask for personal information (like a social security number) unless you are actually being hired (and you’ve checked them out to make sure they’re legitimate). Even then, you should never be asked for financial information such as a credit card number.

–On online resumes, never include your social security number and keep even your work history brief.

–Check your credit card statements often. Believe it or not, many people never even check them!

–Be sure to follow up with creditors if your bill doesn’t arrive on time. A missing credit card bill may mean that an identity thief has changed your billing address to cover their tracks.

–Order your credit report from one of the major credit bureaus each year and verify that everything is correct.

What to do if you’ve been a victim of identity theft:

The FTC maintains Consumer Sentinels Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, the nations repository for identity theft complaints. The FTC established the Identity Theft Toll-Free Hotline, 1.877.IDTHEFT (1.877.438.4338) and the ID Theft Website (www.consumer.gov/idtheft) to give identity theft victims a central place to report their problems and receive helpful information.

The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). You can use their online system to file a complaint.

[http://www1.ifccfbi.gov/index.asp]



Source by Sharon Davis

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Employment Disputes – When to Seek Legal Advice

Work place dramas are nothing new; at one point or another, the vast majority of us are bound to have some sort of issue come up at work. This could be across a wide variety of different areas, some requiring the help of legal advice and others that can be resolved simply by talking out the issue. So when is it time to call up an employment lawyer? This is something that you will have to look at on a case by case basis, depending on the type of employment dispute and the length of time it has been going on.

Before even getting into some of the more common types of employment disputes, every employee should know that when first signing your employment agreement it is helpful to talk to a lawyer. By law your employer has to give you this opportunity. Letting a lawyer cast an eye over it right away will catch any unreasonable or overly confusing terms before the fact. Once you’re in the job, some of the most common areas for employment disputes to arise are with regard to dismissal, bullying, sexual harassment and redundancy.

Dismissal

In the event that you feel as if attempts are being made to purposely force you out of the company in an unfair manner, talking to a lawyer is the best form of preparation for fighting against dismissal. Whether your boss has set unreasonable performance goals, is being harsh or troublesome beyond the realm of normality, or has not given you an accurate performance review due to a personal issue, a lawyer will be able to set out your best course of action for dealing with the situation.

Workplace Bullying

The somewhat murky thing about bullying in a working environment is that there can be a fine line between justifiable criticism from a place of constructiveness, and outright victimisation. Where a lawyer can help is in formulating the best course of action for returning things to equilibrium, based on the options available to you in your particular situation. In these sorts of situations it is important to have a dialogue with your employer, but in some cases they may be unwilling to hear it and will only respond at the point where the law gets involved.

Redundancy

The loss of a job due to internal restructuring or redundancy has its own set of regulations and processes under New Zealand law. Your involvement in the decision, including a right to be notified in advance of the possibility of this happening is fundamental to the completion of due process. Not only can a lawyer help by facilitating this dialogue, but in some cases they are able to obtain information which aids you in challenging your impending redundancy.

Don’t delay in seeking out professional advice when it comes to tricky employment disputes – you’ll find it most often pays off to act sooner rather than later!



Source by Phil C Butler

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Three Strategies To Manage Stress

Stress is an inevitable byproduct of modern life, and it is compounded by the fact that most of us have too much to do and too little free time.

Are you getting seven hours of free time a day? According to new research from Direct Line Insurance, seven hours – or six hours 59 minutes to be precise – is the minimum we need for perfect work/life balance. The reality, of course, is a different matter. On average, we tend to only get around four free hours daily due to time pressures at work and home.

Work and free time used to coexist in a state of relative equilibrium up until 1995 – around the time that personal computer use really took off. Since then, the optimal balance between work and play has steadily been deteriorating because of longer work hours, increased accessibility of wireless phone and networks, and the resulting stream of 24/7 demands.

Quite frankly, stress is a killer. It is responsible for 40% of work-related illnesses. A large international study recently found that stress can increase the likelihood of a heart attack by almost 50%. Stress has also been implicated in a host of health problems including back pain, heart disease, high blood pressure, migraine, asthma, digestive problems, infertility and allergies.

Moreover, scientists found that an individual is affected as much by their perception of stress as by the actual levels of stress they experience. In other words, stress triggers the body’s physiological fight or flight response, whether the stress is an actual reality or simply something you think about as bad.

In fact, most of our mental or emotional stress is caused by our resistance to what’s happening or to the situation we’re in. Our bodies interpret resistance as stress.

Since stress is a fact of modern life, it is essential to your health and well-being that you learn how to cope with it effectively. And the first strategy is to adjust your attitude.

Adjust Your Attitude

If you expect life to show up in the way that you want, your day can be filled with frustration and stress.

If, on the other hand, you recognize that you do not have absolute control over what shows up in your day, you can let go of resisting it and focus on a more effective response: you can control your attitude and the way you respond to life.

By shifting your attitude to do what you can with what shows up instead of resisting it, you are letting go of the dissonance that causes stress.

Just think about it: today is the very future you’ve been worried and anxious about. Your future has shown up and you are still here, still breathing! Stressing about it did not change the course of time – it merely added to your levels of annoyance, frustration, worry and fear. Stressing does not change the course of life; it simply makes you unhappy and causes disease.

The way I see it, tomorrow will show up anyway. You can choose to stress and worry about it, or you can choose to trust in a benevolent universe doing what it knows to do. And since stress only hurts you, you might as well choose to trust. When you accept that there is an Intelligence far greater than your own that created life and is still at the center of all that unfolds, you will experience peace of mind instead.

At times, it may appear as if your life is adrift on the stormy seas of life, and there is no land in sight. These are the times when you need to remember that the Universe knows your name. Wherever you may find yourself, you are intimately known – and supported – by your Creator.

The answers may not always show up in the way or at the time you expected – just let go of resisting what shows up and let it guide you to a healthier response. The outcomes may surpass anything you’d imagined!

Once you’ve made this all-important attitude adjustment, there are numerous practical steps you can take to cope with stress. I lump them together in two categoriess: proper self-care and healthy boundaries.

Practice Proper Self-Care

The most common way people cope with stress is by consuming sugar or alcohol. Having an energy drink doesn’t help either – these products are stimulants that ultimately backfire because a stressed body is already hyper-stimulated. Over time, they contribute to adrenal exhaustion or burnout.

Instead, take a break away from your desk when you feel stressed. Move your body – go for a brief walk. Refocus your mind and focus on your breathing. Slow down your breathing; breathe deep into the belly and exhale slowly.

Take care of your body by preparing and enjoying healthy, nutritious meals. Take extra B-vitamins. Have an early night to catch up on sleep.

Call a friend, love your pet or find ways to make you to make you laugh – it is physically impossible for the body to be relaxed and stressed at the same time. A colleague recently told me how he collapsed on the couch after work one night, exhausted from the day’s stress, and started watching Disney cartoons until he’d laughed so much, all the stress drained from his body. His favorite was Donald Duck in Early to Bed – you can watch it on YouTube here.

When you interrupt the body’s physiological response to stress in this way, you prevent it from escalating. Beyond that, you can learn specific relaxation strategies and techniques. You can even take up yoga or go for a massage.

Start by taking small steps: push back against stress by nurturing yourself. Proper self-care or relaxation is not a luxury; it is essential if you want to stay healthy and effective.

Set Healthy Boundaries

Realistically, you may not be able to quit your stressful job cold turkey or move to a desert island to avoid stress. But doing something to cope with stress is clearly better than doing nothing!

Nobody else knows just where your personal limits are, so it is up to you to create healthy boundaries in your life.

Learn to say ‘no.’ Don’t let others guilt you into an onerous commitment that leaves you resentful because you are spread too thin. Say no without guilt, and you will be able to say yes with a happy heart when the right opportunity shows up.

Review your support system. Are too many people draining your energy? Are your friendships providing support and sustenance for both parties? Perhaps it is time to eliminate the frenemies who leave you drained, or to enlarge your circle for more comprehensive support.

After an intense workday, set healthy boundaries by turning off your phone when you finally get to spend time with family. And just as you would schedule a meeting at work, you need to schedule enjoyable activities during your free time.

Take a sabbatical. Friends have learned that I do not respond to email or socialize on Sundays. I fast words – taking a much-needed break to spend time in nature, meditate, garden or even just watch the birds at the feeder. This mini-sabbatical lets me start the workweek with renewed clarity and vigor.

Above all, know that you are not alone. Everyone deals with stress; yet you can learn to cope better by learning skills to adjust your attitude, practice proper self-care and set healthy boundaries.



Source by Ada Porat

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8 Reasons To Get A Psychic Reading On Your Future Career

1. Clarifies the Future

The past is full of facts and the known. The future, however, is replete with unknowns and uncertainties. Often, it seems easier to trust in the past than in the future. A psychic will therefore seek to put your mind at ease. Through a psychic reading, you get a glimpse into what the future has in store for your career. It helps you to avoid being caught off-guard or surprised at any possible negative turn of events.

2. Enhance Your Spiritual and Mental Health

A psychic reading enables you to stay spiritually and mentally healthy. By keeping you healthy, spiritually and mentally, the reading boosts your happiness. In fact, the readings give you the tools and empowerment needed to pursue contentment despite all the challenges you’re likely to face during any changes you make in your career.

3. Evaluates the Most Important People in Your Life

A psychic reading provides you with information on the important people in your life. Deciding to change your career or to go in a new direction is a risk-filled exercise. You need to know that some people will be by your side along the way offering the support you desperately need. You need the support of your loved ones and friends. A psychic reading will help you know whether you will receive this or not.

4. Helps You to Understand Your Relationships

A career is all about relationships. You cannot work in a vacuum. You need to form a strong network with your loved ones and with your professional colleagues. A reading helps you to understand your relationships better. The psychic or clairvoyant reading helps you to know the kinds of people to look out for in your new career. Psychic readings help you identify people with whom you can be compatible while adjusting to the new career.

5. Perfect for Work and Career – Timing

For the most part, people get psychic readings specifically for their personal life. Less often people seek these readings for professional reasons. Psychic readings are essential for your work and career. They help you know whether the time is right for a change. Through a reading, you will know what to do to face any problem that arises in your life. A psychic or clairvoyant reading equips you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions.

6. Equips You to Handle Losses Better

As you know by now, losses are a part of life. Everyday somebody somewhere loses a loved one, neighbor or colleague. Despite stepping out onto a new career path, there is no guarantee that your life will be full of bliss. It’s impossible to lead a life that is devoid of pain. Psychic readings help prepare you for such eventualities. The reading ensure you’re in the right frame of mind to cope with all manner of losses.

7. Enables You to Make Better Decisions

Everything mentioned above revolves around making better decisions. A new career requires that you be ready to take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. Unfortunately, many people miss their opportunities and end up regretting the decisions they make. Getting psychic advice before you make changes helps you to make more successful decisions.

8. Strengthens Your Stress-Handling Capabilities

Taking a new career path can be stressful. You have no idea whether the new path will lead to success or failure. You’re not sure whether it will work out as well as you hope. A psychic reading will shine light on the likelihood of success. The psychic reader is capable of helping you to tackle problems you encounter at your workplace or within your personal relationships. The stress will reduce significantly after the session with your psychic.

Do not be afraid to get a psychic reading when you are on the verge of making big decisions on your future career. As you can see your career, personal life, and relationships will benefit massively from the psychic readings. Do a bit of research to identify the type of psychic reading that is ideal for you.



Source by Grace Silcock

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How To Conduct A Successful Job Search Campaign

1. Define your objective: Know what kind of work you most enjoy and perform the best. This requires self-evaluation, spending time looking at your interests and abilities.

2. Write an effective resume: Focus on your qualifications for the type of work you want to do. Show where you are headed, not where you have been. Look at it from an employer’s perspective — what qualities do they need for the position?

3. Prepare your references: Call or visit each person and tell them exactly what you are looking for. Ask them to let you know if they hear of anything, or to make a referral for you.

4. Research: Make a list of potential employers from the Yellow Pages or a Resource Directory and research each company. Check your library for information.

5. Network: Talk to everyone you know about the kind of work you are looking for. You never know what contact will result in a job offer. Consider neighbours, relatives, parents of friends, teachers, paper route customers, etc.

6. Set up job interviews: Either by phone contact or by sending a cover letter with your resume and indicating that you will follow up to arrange an interview.

7. Practice interview techniques: Plan what you are going to say. Discuss WHY you want to work for that particular company, WHAT you can do for them, and HOW you will fit in with the company, then practice, practice, practice. Get a list of questions and write down your answers to each one, then practice with a friend.

8. Send a follow up letter: Tell them again about your interest in the job or the company. Thank them for taking the time to interview you. Point out your special qualifications or mention something you forgot in the interview that is relevant.

9. Follow up: In person or by phone to check out the results of the interviews, and if you are not the successful candidate, ask how you could improve your chances for next time.



Source by Fran Watson