How To Work Your Way Out of a Career Rut

We all have the odd day when work doesn’t feel great or exciting, or much fun at all. But what if you feel like that about your job every single day, when you feel that what you do is getting you nowhere and doesn’t inspire you at all? Recognising that you’ve reached a sticking point in your career is the first step to doing something about it. Then you can take different actions to fix the problem and move on.

Decide What The Problem Is

A survey by the Conference Board has been asking Americans if they are happy at work for decades now. Results from recent years aren’t very encouraging, as 52.3% of us are unhappy in our work. Still, it’s easy to say you’re unhappy in a particular job, but sometimes it’s not so easy to pinpoint why. Perhaps the job itself is ok, but you have a problem with a particular colleague or the way the company is run. Maybe you like your co-workers but can’t stand the daily commute that it takes to get you to and from work. You might have an unreasonable manager, who puts pressure on you with unreasonable deadlines.

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Welcome to the Dark Side of Job Search

We typically cover all of the good career stuff. You know, how to have the best resume, the best companies to work for, the best job search sites. What about the bad stuff? What about “what not to do”? As a hiring manager, I’ve seen my share of bad interviewees, poorly written resumes and stuff I can’t even write about. As a job hunter, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes. But the “dark side” of job search is also about what to avoid. The telltale signs that an opportunity is not all it is cracked up to be, career choices that may seem wonderful but have negative aspects as well.

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7 Tips to Knock Your Next Phone Interview Out of the Park

Phone interviews have become very popular as the first interview in the hiring process.  Companies are overwhelmed with hundreds of submissions of applicants for each position posted online. How people work in the job market has changed so much that, if you plan to telecommute, there is a strong chance that you may never set foot inside a company’s headquarters. Communicating by phone, email, and webcam may be the only means of communication you ever use.

Regardless of whether you plan on working from home or an office, you will likely participate in a phone interview before an in-person interview. So, how do you ensure that your phone interview will lead to landing the job or that important second interview? Here are seven tips for knocking your next phone interview out of the park.

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Reviving Blue Collar Work: Why the Trades Need Women

It’s no secret that a career in the trades can be quite lucrative. Nevertheless, few parents and teachers would wish their students pick blue-collar work over a university education. As such, fewer and fewer high schools have been teaching trades and encouraging students to explore career opportunities that veer from the university route.

This is doing a disservice to our youth, particularly those who don’t necessarily care for a future in academia or behind a desk anyway. It implies that blue-collar work is not a path worth choosing – that it is somehow lesser than being an office manager or a financial advisor. Yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. It is not lesser or better; blue-collar work is just different –different in the same way that a surgeon probably couldn’t develop a mobile app… but nor could that same surgeon together custom made bathroom vanity cabinets.

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Why Choose a Career in Roofing and How to Get Started

Whether you’re a high school student, a recent University grad or simply trying to make a new career choice, at least consider looking at the benefits of choosing a career in trades. You’ll probably come to realize that there are in fact quite a few pros to choosing this route, traditionally labeled as a “boys only club” limited to class clowns without a care for higher learning.

While there’s no need to gloss over the fact that most parents and teachers would probably prefer students to choose an academic career path, between 2008 and 2013, the number of Ontario University graduates who decided to attend college went up by 40 percent. But what exactly is the driving force behind this trend?

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