Do you remember the first time you thought about not having to go to work for good? How exciting it is going to be? Having all the time you want to be able to do all the things that you always enjoy doing?
You probably though about how nice it would be not having to get up to go to work on Mondays, and being able to always sleep late and not having to deal with the rush hour madness or getting to work late. Better yet, you probably have thought about looking out of the window early in the morning during a huge snow storm, saying “YESSSS”. Right? Well, not so fast. First, you have to be prepared.
Financial: Lots of forecast planning is crucial to a healthy retirement. Financially, I am sure that you are not dreaming about retirement living out of only your Social Security check. That could be somewhat impossible. If you have not done so already, the time is now to develop an economic plan that would give the comfort and peace of mind when the time for retirement comes up.
Activities: What about a strategic plan (in writing) to identify activities related to health, fun and engagement, to be performed during those long days and nights? After all, I hope that you are not planning to spend those days watching TV and eating Cheetos. What kinds of outcomes will you expect from such activities? Exercise for fitness and good health, travel and learning of new cultures to keep your brain engage. You’ll be the executor of the plan and it should be mixed.
Legacy: Last but not least, you are currently working. Make no mistake, this is your time to give all you can, produce beyond expectation and create a culture of success. My recommendation is that you focus on leaving behind a legacy that no one will ever doubted you gave all you could for the advanced of the place you worked. You officially made a dent in a business or in people’s lives.
Your retirement will have a significant impact in your life; after all, you have been working since you remember. Make sure that you are mentally prepared to overcome feelings of sadness and guilt for leaving the job, especially if your work was related to the medical field, social services and teaching. Do not worry, you will be replaced and such services will continue to be provided.
Remember, once your finances are secured, your strategic plan is drafted, and your legacy is in place, you will retire and guess what? You will have the time of your life.
Opposed to anyone’s doubt, the employer is also as nervous as the candidate. A job interview triggers stress for both, the interviewee, who wants the job real bad and don’t want to fail, and the prospective employer, who is responsible to hire the best and a good fit for the organization/agency.
The employer is aware that the person about to be interviewed had written so much good stuff in that resume. However, is it all true? What flaws are underneath that can’t be seen? Will one interview be enough to dig deep into the exchange in hopes that the truth will come out?
Most candidates for jobs will be heavily prepared for the interview. Many will rehearse like actors do before auditions, and will go thru mock interviews with friends or family. It doesn’t matter how many interviews you have had with a prospective employee, you will never find out whether the candidate really has the most critical skills that are needed in your workplace, because during an interview, a candidate’s primary goal is to be in his/her best behavior to impress you in order to get the job.
The qualities that you should be really looking in a candidate will not be written in the resume. To me, if someone applies for a job and is called for an interview means that the resume somehow matches the requirements of the position. However, I always look beyond what is required, hoping to uncover five of the most significant skills that any new employee should bring to my workplace:
5. Peoples Skills
Yes, there are a zillion more qualities/skills that can be listed. However, these are my top five because candidates who possess them would be excellent additions to any workplace. Let’s not forget that in management, one spend more than 80% of the time dealing with staff-related office issues. The rest it can be taught, but these 5 elements, are part of the individual’s character.
This is a question that I truly believe most of us, if not all of us who have worked at a job for a while ask ourselves. There are many reasons why this question pops up and forces us to assess if it’s worth to stay in our current job or to find another job and go.
However, what is there to assess? While we are trying to make the right decision, we have to factor in some critical elements. For instance, do we need a salary increase, a more prestigious title or a more challenging job, or perhaps, better perks and benefits, flexible working hours, the opportunity to work from home, a specific or exclusive location, or a short commute? Are we looking for career advancement? I think you get the drift.
Perhaps the question comes up because you have been stuck in a dead end job doing the same thing for quite a while, and at some point it became boring, monotonous and stale.
Every so often, we are guilty of not finding ways to make the daily work interesting, exciting or satisfying. Sometimes we do not challenge ourselves with work that is beyond what is expected from us to produce, or simply we become complacent and don’t want to be bothered.
Regardless of what reason(s) fits your case, before making any professional move I would work on a Job Search Comparative Chart. Simply list the job interview/offers that you have at the time and compare it to your current job.
Employer, Salary, Commute, Benefits, Perks, Job Makes me Happy and make sure you give it a SCORE from 1-10, (10 will be your best score)
Finally and more importantly, will this new job make me happy? The final decision shouldn’t be only about the money. Ask yourself, when I wake up every day, will I be excited to go to work. Will I be doing what I love to do and always wanted to do? Will I be contributing my best talents to the growth and evolution of the company/agency? Will I have the freedom to be creative? Will the outcome of my work contribute to make a difference in someone else life? Remember, you will have to be in that place for at least 8 hours a day, every day. Make it work!
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