Forced to Return to the Office? 3 Concrete Ways to Fight for Your Location Independence

 

If you’re one of the many people who are being forced to return to the office against their will, there are a few things you can do to make the best of the situation. First, try to create a positive mindset for yourself. Remind yourself that it’s only temporary and that you’ll be able to appreciate your time at home all the more when it’s over. Second, take advantage of the opportunities that working in an office environment provides. Use your lunch break to socialize with colleagues, or take advantage of the company’s gym membership. Finally, make sure to schedule regular check-ins with your supervisor to ensure that you’re on the same page and that your needs are being met. By following these tips, you can make the most out of a difficult situation and come out stronger on the other side. If you do not want to return to the office and still have location freedom, implement these 3 things immediately…

1. Start Applying for Remote Jobs

So you’ve finally reached the end of your rope with your current remote job because they are forcing you to return to the office. Congratulations! You’ve officially become a millennial cliche. Now it’s time to start looking for another one. The first step is to update your resume. Be sure to include all of the relevant keywords that will help you get found in a search. Then, start scouring the internet for job postings. Indeed, LinkedIn, and even Facebook can be great places to find leads.
Next, reach out to your network. Let everyone know that you’re on the hunt for a new gig. You never know who might have a lead or be able to connect you with someone who does. Finally, don’t forget to brush up on your interviewing skills. After all, you’ll need to sell yourself if you want to land the job.

2. Start an Online Business or Side Hustle

Starting an online business is a great way to take control of your career and set your own hours. But before you quit your day job and start posting on Instagram, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it’s important to have a clear vision for your business. What are your goals and objectives? What can you offer that is unique and valuable? Once you have a good understanding of your brand, you can start to build an online presence. This means creating social media accounts, a website, and other marketing materials. You should also start networking with other entrepreneurs to get some tips and advice. Finally, don’t forget to create a budget and stick to it. With careful planning and execution, you can turn your side hustle into a successful business.

3. Become Overemployed

What does that mean, you ask? Well, it means you now have more work than you can possibly handle with two (2) remote jobs which constantly running around like a chicken with its head cut off. But don’t worry, there are some things you can do to make the most of this situation. First of all, try to stay calm and organized. This may seem impossible at first, but if you can make a list of everything that needs to be done and tackle one task at a time, you’ll be surprised at how much you can get accomplished. Secondly, delegate tasks to others whenever possible. If you’re lucky enough to have colleagues or friends who are willing to help out, take advantage of that and offload some of the work onto them. Finally, learn to say no. This is probably the most important tip of all. When you’re already stretched thin, it’s tempting to say yes to every new project that comes your way. But if you want to avoid burning out, it’s important to know your limits and stick to them. Keep in mind, being overemployed can provide you with the benefit of letting go the remote job forcing people to return to the office and keep the other. It provides you with options that are normally not possible.

Location independence is a hot topic and for good reason. It can be the key to unlocking a life of freedom and flexibility. But it’s not always easy to achieve, especially if you don’t have the support system in place or working with employers that do not want to be flexible anymore. If you need additional help fighting for your location independence, connect with me at here. I’d love to chat with you about your unique situation and see how I might be able to help. If you want to work with me directly to specifically structure your career path, go here. Until then, keep up the good fight!

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Need A Resume in 2022? 3 Ways to Use It Efficiently

Resumes will still be needed in the year 2022. In fact, they may even be more important than they are today. The reason is simple: as the world becomes more competitive, employers will be looking for any advantage they can find. A well-written resume can give you the edge you need to stand out from the crowd.

In 2022, resumes will still be an essential career tool. Though technology is constantly changing and evolving, individuals in the workforce are still relying on traditional resume formats to present their skills and qualifications to potential employers. Furthermore, given the rapidly-changing job market and the need for constant professional development, it is more important than ever to have a versatile resume that can be easily adapted to suit different roles and industries.

One effective way to use resumes most efficiently is by tailoring them specifically for each job you apply for. Not only does this help you to emphasize your most relevant skills and experiences, but it also shows employers that you have done your research and understand what they are looking for in a candidate. Additionally, investing time in updating your resume periodically will help ensure that it stays relevant and up-to-date.

Whether incorporating new achievements or tidying up old information, taking the time to regularly revise your resume can go a long way towards securing you the job of your dreams. So whether you’re just starting out in your career or are a seasoned professional looking to switch fields, don’t underestimate the power of a good resume!

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4 Resume Mistakes You’re Making (And How to Fix Them)

Your resume is one of the most important tools you have when searching for a job. It’s your chance to make a good first impression and sell yourself as the best candidate for the role. However, if your resume is full of mistakes or doesn’t contain the right information, it could cost you the opportunity to even get your foot in the door. Here are some common resume mistakes to avoid:

1. Irrelevant Experience: It’s important to have the right professional experience showcased on your resume. Having the wrong experience will hurt not hep your chances of getting attention from the right employer or right job.

2. Not Structuring Your Resume Properly: Does your resume still have objectives on it? Please review that from your resume…right away. It’s so important to make sure that your resume showcases your actual talent and not just your experience. When I say that, I mean your resume must have a summary of your qualifications it should have a list of your skills, knowledge base and abilities either listed or highlighted at the top of your resume. It should also showcase how you can help the employer. The proper resume structure can sell you to the employer because they can see how you can benefit them.

3. Not Describing Your Experience Thoroughly: Are you leaving out any important details about your skills or experience? Make sure you include all relevant information about yourself so that the employer can get a complete picture of who you are. Also describe how you did the job by showcasing awards, certifications and your overall stellar performance in that position.

4. Do Not Add “Reference Available Upon Request” to your resume: Was your resume written in 1992? Then that’s the only resumes that have that line printed on there. It is so irrelevant to resumes now, due the mere fact that more employers are expecting you to have a list of references ready to represent. The reference list is another “career tool” you as a consummate professional need to have in your arsenal of career tools in your professional life.

So, there you have it – four resume mistakes that might be costing you the job of your dreams. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! If you need additional assistance crafting or editing your resume, please connect with me here and I would be happy to help. In the meantime, make sure to avoid these common mistakes and you’ll be on your way to landing that perfect job.

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Best Career Change Action Steps #5

Making a career change is no small task. It can be difficult to know where to start, or even where to turn for advice. But don’t worry, we’re here to help!

In this series, we’ll outline the best steps you can take to make a successful career change action steps. Today we’re discussing Step 5…Apply…Apply….Apply! Deliberate Action is key when it comes to making a career change, so make sure you take the time to get your ducks in a row before beginning your journey.

First, check out Steps 1 – 4 to get the beginning steps.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 |

Congratulations on making it to the end of our 5-Action Steps to changing careers! As a recap, we’ve covered identifying your transferable skills, doing some market research, creating a plan of action, and getting started. The final step is staying motivated and taking action throughout your journey. This can be tricky when the process seems daunting or you encounter setbacks along the way. That’s where a support system comes in handy. Friends and family can provide encouragement, but for more tailored advice and accountability, consider working with a career coach or mentor. I can help you stay focused on your goals while providing guidance and resources along the way. For additional help with your career transition, work with me directly here.

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Best Career Change Action Steps #4

Are you considering a career change? Making a big life change can be scary, but it’s also an exciting adventure. If you’re feeling ready for a new challenge, here are some action steps to help make the transition go smoothly.
First, check out Steps 1 – 3 to get the beginning steps.

Step #1 | Step #2 | Step #3 | Step #4 | Step #5

That’s all for now. But don’t worry, I have one more action step for you to check out. Just click on the link Step #5 above or here. You can also find more information about making a successful career change by downloading our free guide here. We hope these tips help get you one step closer to your dream job!

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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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Career ReVamp – 3.2 The Career Track

In a series we’ve explored what you want to do with your career and if you’re willing to change then ways you can start going about changing of the a career of your choice. In part 1 & 2, I talked about how to figure out your next career if you’re looking for a change. Part 3.1 talks about going the entrepreneurial route. Now, I’m talking about your possible career track in part 3.2.

The series talks about how you will use all of the information that you’ve written down in part 1 and 2 took yet your career tools such as your resume, cover letters, letter of recommendation and other pieces in your professional portfolio. If you are not sure what I’m talking about, then you can check out the resource for getting a portfolio completed by going here.

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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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Do you need “Accomplishments” on your Resume?

Your resume is how employers first meet you…before they actually decide to have a conversation via email or telephone. Is your resume truly doing you any justice or causing you to get tossed in the throw away pile EVERY TIME?

In a previous video, I talked about how the “Summary of Qualifications” replaced the objective section on a resume. You can watch that video..here’s link here…

You will also need to add what you have accomplished in your previous job opportunities to show how you applied the knowledge, skills and expertise to achieve positive or desired results. Your future employer needs to know you can create those positive or desired results for them as well, so showcasing your accomplishments communicate it to them directly. The accomplishments are helping to market you better than other candidates that only communicate their skills, knowledge base and credentials.

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Why is a “Summary Statement” needed on your resume?

I know you hear me talking about how important resumes are in your career development but don’t ignore it.. Did you know that your “well written” resume helps to communicate your your skills, knowledge based and qualifications to potential employers? Do you understand that it showcase what you can do for employers, when written strategically?

I need you to truly understand your resume is the advertisement for the business of YOU! Let that sink in for a moment. Do you think you didn’t have to sell when looking for jobs or career opportunities? Think again!

There are five to six key elements to an efficiently written resume. In this article, we will discuss one of the most important attention grabbing elements.

Your SUMMARY STATEMENTS (Summary Paragraph)
So, you’re asking me, what is a summary statement on a resume. It is a one to three statements communicating your specific years of expertise, knowledge base and skills relevant to the industry or position(s) for which you are applying. This paragraph should mention specific key words associated with the actual position, so it may change frequently based on the position(s). If you are over the age of forty years old, you may have some familiarity with the “OBJECTIVE” on a resume. The summary paragraph took the place of the objective and communicated more efficiently with the employer about what you have to offer.

Do you have a summary paragraph on your resume? If not, here is a sample I provided to one of my clients when I completed a full resume revision for them. They were applying for social work and youth rehabilitation type of positions for group homes and orphanages.

Solid 20+ years of results oriented experience in social work and youth counseling with strong emphasis in teaching youth self-control, life skills, self-esteem and self-motivation. Consistently exceeding company goals and service expectations. Skilled in developing and implementing standardized policies and procedures that tangibly improved the lives of the youth population systematically.”

Now, this summary paragraph gave the employer a snapshot of what my client’s skills, their capabilities and their years of experience accomplishing the goals in their role. Now, keep in mind, the rest of the resume should quantify all the statements in the summary paragraph but it paints a great picture of my client so far.

By the way, does your resume have a summary paragraph helping to sell your skills, knowledge base, experience and qualification? If not, then a couple of resources to help you with that. If you’re looking to have your resume reviewed to see if it is working for you…then check out my first resource here. If you need your resume to be complete rewritten or created because you don’t have one or have a ineffective one….then check out my second resource here.

I want you to win in your career and your economic life, so your #1 career tool, also known as your resume, must work for you, not against you. If you have any questions about resumes, careers, interviewing or negotiation strategies, you can leave me a voicemail message by clicking the gray “send voicemail” tab on the right side of the page or go here and send me an email.