44% Of Employees “Unsatisfied”

Wednesday, 30. May 2012

According to a recent article at Forbes.com, 44% of employees are unsatisfied with their current jobs. As Susan Adams writes in her article, “New Survey: Majority of Employees Dissatisfied”, even while unhappy, many employees feel stuck, afraid to make a career change, due largely to the current job economy.

Most articles you will read about professionally written resumes will focus on how to get a potential employer’s attention. Very few give tips on making sure the right employer pays attention…and the wrong ones don’t.

For instance, many people say that I am a team player. But really, that is just a code word for loyalty. Not everyone plays well in a team and not every workplace is good for team players. Some people work better on their own, and some workplaces leave employees to work on their own. Some individual bosses like to micromanage, while others like to give direction and kick you out of the nest.

In order to find a work environment that will make you happy you need to be upfront, honest, and specific about your preferred working style. Many new hires have the tendency to try to be the type of worker that they think the employer is looking for, even if they know it will not make them happy in the long run.

Catering your perceived working style and preferences to a new employer will not help you to attract the right kind of employers, the ones you would actually enjoy working for.

By not being upfront about your work environment preferences you will likely become one of the 44% – dissatisfied with the one thing you spend the most waking hours doing, your job.

Bitches Don’t Get Hired

Tuesday, 26. April 2011

I was reading an interesting post by Deb Ng, Why B**ch Isn’t a Selling Point. Basically, she notes that a lot of women are proclaiming out loud their inner bitch. Is this a good thing? Obviously the people proclaiming it think it is. Deb disagrees.

And so do I.

Sure, it’s good for a laugh with close friends. “Ha ha ha, I’m a bitch.” With strangers…not so much. If anything, it will make them keep clear of you. What might be going through their heads?

“No way, this women is likely to bite my head off.”

“Not worth talking to her.”

“If she has to proclaim herself to be a bitch, what will she do to me to try to prove it?”

Interviewing the Bitch

And so we come to that job interview. Do you wish to proclaim yourself to be a bitch – somebody that people want to avoid?

“Do you work well with others?”

“No, I’m a bitch.”

“Would you describe yourself as a team player?”

“No, I’m a bitch.”

“How would you deal with a difficult fellow employee.”

“I am that difficult employee; I’m a bitch.”

Before the Interview

I know what you’re thinking. Just because someone proclaims her inner bitch, doesn’t mean they’ll do so in a job interview. That is so true…mostly because those people will rarely get a job interview. Prospective employers have no interest in interviewing someone who will almost certainly become a problem employee.

They will see what you have said – and how you talk! – on FaceBook, Twitter and MySpace.

They will check out your photos online.

They will read you blog posts.

And they might even read it between the lines in your resume or cover letter (another good reason to hire a professional resume writer, to ensure you set the right tone – the tone of a desirable employee).

Sorry. You might think it’s cool, but nobody wants to hire a bitch. And nobody wants one around as a co-worker.

Remember what your Momma said years ago – “If you can’t say something nice about somebody, don’t say anything at all.” Polite is still in. It was in 4000 years ago. It was in last week. It will be in when your grand children retire. Now is the time to make sure the image you project is one people will appreciate…before you need to find a new job.

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