Is your job right for you?

Is your job right for you?


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As part of a career tune-up ask yourself: Is your job right for you? Here are some questions to ask to evaluate if you are in a job that is a good match for your skills.


  • Do you love going to work?
  • Do you look up to and admire the leaders of your company?
  • Do your values match the values of the organization you work for?
  • Does your job provide opportunities for growth and development on the job?
  • Are you proud to work for the company?
  • Do you feel valued and appreciated for what you do?
  • Does your job require you to use the skills you do best?
  • Does your job challenge and encourage you to expand your skill set?
  • Does your job provide a good work/life balance?
  • Do you enjoy the people you work with?
  • Is the company you work for financially strong and stable?
  • Are you treated with respect and consideration on the job?


If your answer to these questions is a resounding yes, then you have found a good match between your skills, the needs of the job in a stable company.  On the other hand, if you have identified more than a few no’s, you may want to consider looking for a position that is a better match.

You may want to read more about finding a good job match.  Read about 3 signs you should definitely quit your job, 14 signs it’s time to leave your job, 5 signs you’re in the wrong job, 10 more reasons you need to quit your job right now!, and Know when to quit your job by watching for these signals.


An important part of a career tune-up is to know: is your job is right for you?  If it is, then stay and enjoy it!  If not, consider ways to find a better match between your job and your skills and interests.

3 things to do when you don’t get a job offer

3 things to do when don’t get a job offer

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Here are 3 things to do when you don’t get a job offer.  Sometimes you make your plan, apply for a job, only to find out that you didn’t get a job offer.  Consider what to do when this happens.

First, evaluate the reasons.

Follow the links below and consider the reasons that would apply in your situation.

Consider how these reasons apply to your situation.

Second, evaluate what you can change.


Ask yourself if there are reasons that are within your control and that you can change. The most important thing to do when you don’t get a job offer is to change those things within your control to be better prepared for the next job interview. Here are a few questions to consider in evaluating what you can change.

  • What first impression do I make? Do I appear professional, well-groomed, and pleasant?
  • How do my qualifications measure up? Is there something I could do to enhance my resume? How could I improve my capabilities to have an edge over the competition?
  • How are my interpersonal skills? Was I able to develop a rapport with the interviewer? Did a use professional language? Did I ask good questions? How could I improve my interpersonal communication?
  • Will the company I interviewed with have future positions? How could I stay in touch with the interviewer to be considered for a future job?
  • Was I prepared for the interview? Did I do my homework to find out about the company, its goals, and how the job I am applying for fits in to the big picture? How could I prepare better for future interviews?

Third, change what you can.

You probably can’t change things if the company has a hiring freeze, budget limitation, or if there is an internal candidate that is preferred over one outside the company.  However, there are many things you can change.  Make of list of the things you want to change to do better in the next interview.  For each item on your list make a plan of ways you can improve in that area.  Remember, change takes time so don’t expect overnight results.

Each day do something to implement your change strategies. This will help you be better prepared for the next interview.  Next time you don’t want to be considering three things to do when you don’t get a job offer.  You want to be saying:Yes! I’d love to start a new job!”

Bridge the Skills Gap – Keep Learning

Bridge the Skills Gap – Keep Learning

27 Bridging-the-Gap-JPG   Bridge the skills gap – keep learning. There is nothing more constant than change and this certainly applies in the workplace.  This means that you want to have a plan in place to ensure that your skills are up to date and relevant.  You can do this by regularly evaluating your skills and identifying any gaps in the skills you know and the skills you need to know to succeed at work.  Make a plan to regularly fill in those gaps by learning a new skill, taking a class, or finding better ways to do things.  When you have a plan to regularly close the skills gap you will ensure that you keep the skills needed to be competitive on the job. Consider the skills employers want:  The 10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015 Graduates, The Top 5 Job Skills Employers are looking for in 2015, and The College Degrees and Skills employers Most Want in 2015. How do your skills stack up?  Did you identify any skills gaps to be filled?  If so, make a plan to fill in the gaps and continue learning to strengthen your career. Some of the top skills identified for modern workers include those listed below. Evaluate your strength in regards to each of these skills and consider how to improve. Find a mentor, take a class, or read a book to strengthen these core skills needed by hiring companies.

  • Problem Solving

Skills for Making Great Decisions, Keys to Successful Money Management, Introduction to Business Analysis, Accounting Fundamentals, Mastery of Business Fundamentals, Real Estate Investing, Marketing your Business on the Internet, Thinking Fast and Slow, Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills

  • Teamwork

Building Teams That Work, Fundamentals of Supervision and Management, Six Sigma: Total Quality Applications, Achieving Success with Difficult People, High Speed Project Management, Making Teams Work: 24 Lessons for Working Together Successfully ,The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Team WORKS!: The Gridiron Playbook for Building a Championship Business Team, Teamwork 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know.

  • Professionalism and Hard Work

Work on your work: 10 simple ideas on how to work smarter not harder, Hard Work: Success Made Easy

  • Written and Verbal Communication

Keys to Effective Communication, Interpersonal Communication, The Art of Communicating, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when stakes are high, 2nd edition, Mastering Public Speaking, Effective Business Writing, Writing Essentials, The Keys to Effective Editing, Research Methods for Writers, The Craft of Magazine Writing, Writing Effective Grant Proposals, Effective Selling, Leadership

  • Computer applications

Creating Web Pages, Introduction to Adobe Edge Animate, Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2013, Intermediate Microsoft Access 2013, Introduction to Crystal Reports, Understanding the Cloud, Performing Payroll in QuickBooks 2014, Introduction to Adobe Edge Animate

As you continue to bridge the skills gap and keep learning, you will keep yourself in a position to move up on the job!

Make a Career Tune-up: Plan to get Experience

Make a Career Tune-up: Plan to get Experience

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As part of your career tune-up plan on ways to get experience.  There are a number of ways that you can get the experience you need.  You can volunteer, take part in an internship or externship, do an apprenticeship, or find a mentor to guide you through individual experiences.  As you add to your experience and expertise, you will find that you are better qualified for your dream job.



Volunteer work can be a great way to contribute to your community.  It can also be a great way to gain skills and experience that can transfer to a paying job. Your experience through community service may also provide you with contacts with others who are willing to serve as a job reference. Take a look at some online resources for volunteer work: Volunteer Match, 211, or Peace Corp.


Some volunteers are able to do work in the setting where they hope to find future work so that they start to feel comfortable in that setting and how it is organized.  Consider what type of volunteer work would match your needs and interests.  Sign up and add some volunteer experience to your resume.



Internships and externships are school based work experiences.  They give a college student exposure to real-life work settings within the career path. An internship is a temporary work experience.  The student has the opportunity to gain skills and experiences in the desired field and the company has the opportunity to train potential employees. Some internships are paid and some are not paid.  Some internships may also count for academic credit.  Be sure to be clear on the nature of the internship before beginning.

Externships are similar to internships, but are shorter.  They typically involve job shadowing for a few days or a couple of weeks.  They offer learning experience, but are more focused on observing, while internships are more focused on doing. A class may require a short externship to encourage students to observe the field they are going in to.


An apprenticeship combines training on the job with instruction so that the worker learns the practicalities of a new skill or occupation.  Apprenticeship programs can be sponsored by individual employers, labor groups, or employer associations. The Department of Labor has links to opportunities for apprenticeships by state.

An apprenticeship can give you good on the job training where you learn to do the job and are paid for the job all at the same time.

Find a Mentor

A mentor can help guide you along your career path by individually coaching you on what you need to know and by encouraging individual development along your career path.  Depending upon the mentor, they may simply touch base and offer advice for you to follow.  Other mentors may choose to “take you along” and introduce you to others in the field and the profession.

Look for and seek out a mentor who can guide you to the next step in your career path.  This can be rewarding for both you and the mentor.


Put a plan to get experience in place as part of your career tune-up.   Consider how you could volunteer,   participate in an internship or externship, do an apprenticeship, or find a mentor.   Taking the time to get experience will pay off in helping you reach your long range career goals.

Three Types of Career Training to Tune-up your career

Three Types of Career Training

to Tune-Up your career

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There are many ways to tune-up your career through career training.  The three  types of career training to tune-up your career are: (1) continue formal education (2) take a class  or (3) learn a new skill.   In fact over a career lifetime, you may find that you use all of these strategies to keep your career strong.

One. Continue formal education.

Formal education can be a good way to prepare for a career, a new career, or a professional career job.  This starts by looking at where you are on the education path.

Two. Take a class.

Sometimes your career tune-up is as simple as taking a class that teaches you what you need to know to move forward with your career. This could include information on starting a business, marketing or financings, or other business knowledge.


Three. Learn a new skill.

Skills based training focuses tuning up your career by getting a new skills.  Sometimes one extra skill can give you the boost that you need to enhance your career.


As you apply these three ways to tune-up your career you will find that your new degree, class or capabilities help you get the job you desire.