Are You UnderEmployed? Do These 3 Things to Improve Your Economic Situation

Have you ever been in a job where you just feel like you’re not being paid enough? Maybe the work isn’t particularly stimulating, or your commute is brutal. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry – you’re definitely not alone. In fact, there are plenty of steps you can take to make a change. So if you’re feeling antsy about your current salary situation, read on for some tips on how to make more money. You might be surprised at just how achievable it is!

But first, let’s define what UNDEREMPLOYED means. Based on the online Merriam Webster Dictionary, underemployed : the condition in which people in a labor force are employed at less than full-time or regular jobs or at jobs inadequate with respect to their training or economic needs.

1. Obtain an IT Certification
If you’re like many people, you might be underemployed. That is, you might have a job, but it doesn’t pay very well. In order to make ends meet, you might be working two or three jobs. Or, you might be working a job that is below your skill level. If this sounds like you, then you should consider getting an IT certification. With an IT certification, you will be able to get a better paying job. And, with a better paying job, you will be able to work fewer hours. As a result, you will have more time to spend with your family and friends. So, if you’re underemployed, get an IT certification today!

2. Start a Side Hustle
It’s time to get creative and start a side hustle, if you’re underemployed. Whether you’re looking to make some extra money or simply want to keep yourself busy, there are plenty of opportunities out there for those who are willing to look for them. From starting a blog to working as a freelance writer or editor, there are numerous ways to make money from home. And with the internet, it’s easier than ever to get started. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get creative and start your own side hustle.

3. Network with People Online & Offline About Job Opportunities
In fact, nearly one in four workers in the United States are underemployed, according to a recent study. But there’s no need to despair. There are things you can do to improve your situation. One of the best things you can do is network with people about job opportunities, both online and offline. Online networking sites like LinkedIn can help you connect with potential employers and learn about new job openings. You can also attend job fairs and meet with employment counselors to learn more about available positions. So don’t give up. Get out there and start networking today. It could be the key to landing your dream job.

Underemployment is a real issue, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. There are plenty of ways for you to start earning more money and we want to help. You can start one of the suggestions of obtaining an IT certification, starting a side hustle and networking with people about better job opportunities. If you need additional assistance or just want someone to talk to, please connect with me here. I would be happy to chat with you about your options and how we can work together to improve your situation. Together, we can find a way for you to earn the income you deserve.

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Never Had a Job? Here’s How to Get One

So, you’re one of those people who never had a job before. You’ve been in school, been a homemaker or doing volunteer work your entire life and now you’re out in the real world, ready to start working. Congratulations! But where do you start? It can be tough to know what the best way to find a job is when you’ve never done it before. Fear not – we’re here to help. Watch the video for my four tips on how to find a job even if you’ve never had one before.

So, you’ve never had a job before? No problem. We discussed the four things you can do to get started in your job search/career. First, make a list of the skills, knowledge and abilities (KSAs) you currently possess. Second, network with people you know personally who may be able to help you find a job. Third, look online for jobs that fit your skillset and interests. Finally, don’t give up if the first few jobs you apply for don’t work out – keep trying until you find the perfect position for you. And if all of this seems daunting, don’t worry – I’m here to help! Contact me directly for assistance creating or updating your resume so that you can start applying for jobs today.

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StoryTime Career Series – Episode 2: Toxic Work Environment

This is second of the StoryTime Series on my podcast and YouTube channel sharing stories of all of our experiences in the world of careers, jobs, contract work, independent consulting and business interactions. In the second episode, I share one of my experiences while working in a toxic environment. The names, dates and other information were kept confidential to protect the innocent or guilty party.

The objective is the learn and grow from our professional and personal experiences to become a better version of ourselves, professionally. This particular story hits home and taught me so much about myself and the level of restraint I earned during that time. If it wasn’t for a great friend talking me off the proverbial ledge on a weekly basis, I probably would have been arrested for physical assaults and verbal altercations. The tension was thick and my stress level went through the roof! I am grateful to have survived it without loosing my composure.

What did I learn from this experience?

I learned that people and their preconceived notions are so strong, it allowed them to spread malicious lies about other people’s character. Keep in mind, they never took the time to get to know the individual but somehow felt entitled to assume things about people. Needless to say, the very sword those people intended to injury others, they ended up falling the same swords.

I learned corporations set up “certain people” for failure. For example, training some employees on the 25% – 30% of their duties while training other employees on 90% of their duties. They followed up by measuring each employee’s job performance without the same level of detailed training. So the employee with 30% of the training will never perform at the level of the employee that received 90% of the training. When questioned about why the training levels are different when the expectation of performance is the same, you receive responses like “training is a privilege“.

I learned that we all have a choice with the work environment we choose to spend our time. In my case, this employer terminated me for job performance, when I received less than 50% of the necessary training to be successful. It was the second termination from a job that I felt relief! The relief of not ever setting foot in that toxic environment.

If you find yourself having to self-talk your way into the doors of your job every morning…just so you don’t want the entire place to explode while you’re on a lunch break…It’s time to get a concrete career plan specifically tailored to you leaving that toxic environment for GOOD! Start by grabbing my eBook, “From Clueless Teenager to Consummate Professional”, 7 Steps to Cultivating the Career and Economic Life You Want here. It will help you cultivate your exit plan and career strategy. While you’re at it, grab my FREE DREAM Career Guide specifically formulated to help you document your Career Strategy step by step.

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StoryTime Career Series – Episode 1: Communication & Professionalism

This is first of the StoryTime Series on my podcast sharing stories of all of our experiences in the world of careers, jobs, contract work, independent consulting and business interactions. In this first story time, I share one of my experiences while working for an employer. The names, dates and other information were kept confidential to protect the innocent or guilty party.

The objective is the learn and grow from our professional and personal experiences to become a better version of ourselves, professionally.

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Career ReVamp 4.2 – The Corporate Employee (Wrap-Up)

In the final part of the Career ReVamp Series, the integral parts of making the career transition and all the tools needed to make it easier. We know that changing careers, even if it needs to be done by force, is a process…not a sprint! Each parts of the process must be implemented strategically to increase your chances of a successful transition.

1. Career Tools Needed for the ReVamp

2. Need help with completing the new resume for you? Go here or if you just need the new resume to be reviewed professionally, then go here.

3. Want me to complete the new revamped career portfolio? Go here.

4. Are you getting interviews in your new career and want help getting prepared for it? Go here.

5. Need to schedule a career strategy session to have a clear path to revamp your career? Go here.

In Part 1 titled, Know Where You Are Now gives you a place to start. You have to where you are now.

In Part 2 titled, Putting Your Plan Together, helps you assess and document your skills, knowledge base, qualification and your overall professional persona. You should also document how to showcase what you have to offer will benefit your new career venture.

In Part 3.1, titled Entrepreneurial Track, you can use your knowledge base to start a viable business. This episode of the series reviews some aspects of business start-up activities.

Part 3.2 titled The Career Track goes into more detail about how to approach your career change choices. It provides an overview of the what you need to do when you change your career.

In Part 4.1 titled The Business Owner Path provided detailed steps to functional entrepreneurship and the specific steps you will need establish your next successful business as your new career venture.

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Career Revamp – 2. Putting Your Plan Together

If you have watched part 1 of this…then you have the list of your knowledge, skills and abilities needed to move forward in part 2. Your professional skills, knowledge base and your natural and learned abilities will help you cultivate your new career in a new industry or venture in the entrepreneurship.

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Want to Quit your job?

4 things you should do before you leave…

1. Discover what you really want to out if your career. (Resource you can use here)

2. Create you strategic career plan – Resource

3. Take MASSIVE Action on your career plan by networking & applying for jobs

4. You will land interviews…get fully prepared with my resource

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Are you working towards career goals or the career your parents though was great?

Time and time again I have heard friends and co-workers talk about how they ended up going into medicine, becoming an attorney or taking over the family business all stemming from the voices of parents, relatives and friends that mean well. The only problem…YOU’RE MISERABLE! Let that sink in for a moment.

I can personally attest to this fact in my own career journey. I may have mentioned in previous podcasts or video episodes that I started my college career right out of high school in the physical therapy program. My mother thought physical therapy was a great career path and as an obedient high school graduate who had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I only knew at the time, that I wanted to help people in some way, just the how, where and in what capacity was not so clear to me at the time. I just went with my mother’s plan until I started in core science classes and laboratory work.

I discovered in those classes how much I hated working with body parts and being exposed to bodily fluids on a regular basis. I like learning about the body from a scientific perspective but touching dead frogs, cats, possums and other dead creatures gross me out. I eventually changed by major to business administration with the concentration in human resources.

This experience taught me to NEVER do something because someone else wants you to do but do it for yourself. If you’re going to work hard on a career path, at least do something that gives you some satisfaction, outside of just getting paid due to family demands. If you are looking to make your career transition and don’t know where to start, go here.

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Two things must be on your resume in 2019

What must your resume have in 2019?

1. Your summary that includes qualifications and knowledge specific to the job you are applying for.

2. List the relevant skills and experience displayed in bullet points. Keep in mind you are giving the applicant tracking system (ATS) and the hiring manager a quick summary of what you can do for them.

If you are looking to have your resume updated to reflect 2019 standards, check out my resource here.

If you don’t have a resume and need one completed, so you can take advantage of 2019 career goals…go here to have your resume completed and working for you in the marketplace, not against you.

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Is 2019 Your Year to Live Your DREAM Career?

Do you want your career to finally take the right direction based on what you want and not your current circumstances in 2019? Go grab my FREE Resource to get your career strategy underway here

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