7 Personal Traits That May Hinder Career Advancement

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If you’re career oriented and wish to achieve great things in your life, you might be thinking that you have certain qualities which hold you back more than allow you to progress. The truth is that there are indeed some personal traits which can make a person less productive and efficient in their job.

Understanding and recognizing these traits is the first step to starting to change them for the better. Here are some personal traits that could hinder career advancement, and some tips on how you can make them work in your advantage and achieve your professional goals.

Personal traits

1. Procrastination

One of the personal traits that can really set a person behind on schedule is procrastination. This can be a result of many different things though. Instead of jumping straight in and attributing this trait to pure laziness, you should keep in mind that not every procrastinator is lazy.

Not enjoying the work you’re doing is more often than you can imagine and it can cause even the best professionals to slack off and postpone their job until the very last minute. A career change or a reevaluation or your skills and expectations from your job could really help you see this issue from a different perspective and solve it once and for all.

2. Lack of focus

Due to the time and day we live in, we are constantly surrounded by obligations and problems. This can very often be a reason for us to lose focus, even when we’re doing something important. It can cause to forget things about your job that make it important and therefore miss some milestones which could help turn your career around.

In order to solve this, you will have to learn how to prioritize your problems and tasks for each day. Knowing where to begin will help you stay more focused and will allow you to tackle each task methodically.

3. Aggressiveness

When you have to work with other people, you will have to know how to respect each other’s boundaries and be polite to be able to effectively communicate with them. Always keep in mind that not every person you work with will be as smart or as good at their job as you are. Being aggressive will only make you look like the bad guy in your business.

If people can’t keep up with your expectations, you can’t become aggressive and force your working style and opinions on others. You will lose many opportunities as people will consider you difficult to work with and will avoid chances of coming in contact with you just for that sole reason.

4. Perfectionism

There is both a good and a bad side to being a perfectionist. On the one hand, you will be able to always produce work which will be of the best quality, free of any errors and always submit it on time. On the other hand, though, you will constantly be stressed and under pressure, doubting yourself and your abilities as nothing you create will ever be good enough.

When you progress in your professional career and you get to gain more working experience, it is very easy to see how much you know compared to when you started. This should give you the motivation to stop worrying too much about quality and focus on learning new things which could help you elevate your work without too much effort.

5. Pessimism

Does it seem like no matter how hard you work you don’t manage to make much progress in your field of work? Your negative attitude could very well be the reason why you are holding yourself back. While being arrogant and overconfident is not a good thing, you should give credit to yourself when you do something well.

Acknowledging your hard work and your successes is essential for you to continue making progress. Turn your pessimism into optimism, and keep reminding yourself that as long as you work hard, everything will turn out okay in the end and you will be able to reach all of your goals.

6. Individualism

Working with others can be tough but it is an essential part of making progress in your career. Even if your profession in a lonely one, you should still keep your contacts active and network in order to have people around when you need them.

Individualism is a trait that can alienate you from valuable contacts which you will need to book more jobs and progress in your field.

7. Lack of confidence

There are many talented people out there who could go very far but they sadly lack the confidence to help them succeed. If you find yourself in this percentage, you should make sure to start working towards boosting your confidence. As impossible as that might seem, there are plenty of ways to do so.

You can ask people you trust for their opinion on your work and use their feedback productively. Negative comments will always be present, but as long as you remind yourself that they’re a necessary part of your progress as a professional, you will be able to gain some much-needed confidence.

Old habits die hard, but the change is worth it

While it might seem impossible to change some personal traits you might have had your entire life, you will be able to do so as long as you’re dedicated. Working hard on yourself and doing everything you can to succeed in your chosen field of work will be the best guides towards your advancement.

Which personal traits would you like to change for yourself?

Author: Estelle Liotard
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Estelle is a seasoned content writer and a blogger, with years of experience in different fields of marketing. She is a senior writer at WoWGrade and a content editor at Studicus, and loves every second of it. Her passion is teaching people how to overcome digital marketing obstacles and help businesses communicate their messages to their customers.

Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Employment trends, Working life and tagged , , , , , , , on by Andres Herrera.

Around 40% of UK workers have a ‘side hustle’ (including their own business), according to research conducted by the Henley Business School, with uncertainty about work, a desire for a better standard of living, and the desire to face new challenges being three key reasons why. Ensuring your business thrives without your ‘standard job’ suffering – and vice versa – can be a big challenge, but getting the balance right isn’t a matter of intuition or chance. Rather, it involves creating a strict business strategy you follow to the letter, without wavering from what is probably your ultimate goal: being your own boss, 24/7.

What are the Elements of Business Growth?

The key elements of most business growth strategies include leadership (vision, knowledge, risk taking), marketing (connecting with your audience via social media and branding), sales, tech (relying on the right people to solve technical glitches), and support (having a team that attends to clients quickly and efficiently). All these elements are far easier to run smoothly when your business is a full-time occupation. However, when you only have part of the day to dedicate yourself to each department, time management is key.

Ensuring Your Side Business Thrives While You Work

Building Your Plan

For each key element of your strategy, goals and time limits should be set. For instance, if you are selling your services as a writer, legal professional, or accountant, set reasonable goals for areas like marketing and social media. How many followers do you have on Instagram and Twitter, for instance? How many do your competitors have? What number can you set as a goal and how many weeks or months will you give yourself to achieve it?

Branding is another area that should be broken down into components with time limits for each task. Your brand should connect with your target audience via the right logo, website content, and social media channels. Technical knowledge is another problem. Try to think of what might be standing in the way of a smooth customer experience. Is your website mobile compatible? Does your page take too long to load? You can tackle many problems yourself. However, when you are truly stuck, don’t waste valuable time trying to solve a problem that needs technical knowledge. Rely on trusted professionals when you are stuck in a rut.

Take Calculated Risks

Growing as a business involves stepping outside your comfort zone frequently. As stated by Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, fear causes you to overestimate risk. However, the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary life, lies precisely in your willingness to embrace change. Calculated risks are not based simply on ‘gut instinct’. They involve researching into possible losses, having a “Plan B”, and seeking advice from valued mentors. Request feedback from trusted entrepreneurs and be especially open when they point out possible flaws or mistakes. When you take risks, check periodically that they are bearing fruit. If something isn’t working, change your strategy to minimize loss.

Validate Your Idea

There are many ways that business ideas can be validated, one of which involves developing an MVP (minimum viable product) and seeing your target audience’s reaction to it. If it’s an app, for instance, test your MVP on investors, mentors, and your target audience. Ask for feedback so as to tweak any existing glitches. Conduct keyword searches with WordStream or Moz Keyword Explorer, to find out the existing supply for the demand your product is meant to fulfill. Ensure your business offers greater value than your competitors, and make a social media schedule, using various media to share awareness about your product.

Products like Hootsuite (which allows you to programme your social media uploads days in advance) exist to help you save time. However, this and other tools only work if you set a schedule for them that you stick to – even on days on which you feel tired after a full day at work.

By defining key tasks, setting goals and time limits, taking risks, and obtaining feedback, you can grow at a steady pace, staying motivated until the day you can dedicate all of your time to your true passion.

Author: Cassandra McNulty

5 Survival Tips for Young Entrepreneurs with Little Experience and Money

This entry was posted in Articles, Careers advice, Working life and tagged , , , on by Mar.

Being an entrepreneur is a goal for many. There is nothing better than the feeling of being your own boss and calling all the shots. Especially with the UK labour market not being as appealing as it once was.

While in thought, everything about becoming an entrepreneur may seem amazing, it is actually difficult when you start on the entrepreneurial path. So difficult that 3 out of 4 entrepreneurs end up failing.

There are many reasons for failure such as pressure and stress on entrepreneurs as they are solely responsible for the outcome of their business. Which can take a toll especially if you have little experience and money.

But don’t sweat it too much, the following tips will help you survive the quest of becoming an entrepreneur and yield the rewards and excitement that come with it.

Make sure you are passionate

For any entrepreneur to be successful they need both passion and commitment. You need that fire from within to really drive you to succeed.

If you feel that you don’t have the passion or time for commitment towards your solution, even the slightest bit of doubt, you may want to reconsider investing heavily in it and trying to build a business out of it. The reason why is because the path is not all rainbows and butterflies, there will be more downs than ups initially. The only thing that will drive you at that point is your passion.

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Pick a mentor

The path of entrepreneurship is not easy and twice as hard for someone who is inexperienced. While you, yourself may not have the experience, doesn’t mean you can’t find someone to guide you on this path. Someone that is an experienced entrepreneur. A mentor can help you plan and set a strategy that is not only effective but realistic.

Throughout your journey, you will have someone to turn to for guidance and assistance when needed. You may need to give up some equity for their time and guidance but at the end of the day, it will be worth it when your business succeeds.

Budget the limited cash you have

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is that they focus more on their potential in years to come rather than focus on today, especially when it comes to money. Rather than thinking about your projected earnings in the next 4 years, focus on what they are today. Don’t get lost in projections because then you will end up spending more money, thinking you will be okay cause your projections will have you covered.

Think of cash as the oxygen for your business, without which it won’t survive. Have a plan of what your costs are today and what it will take for your startup to stay afloat for at least a year.

You want to consider your rent along with other overhead costs like broadband internet, electricity, and so on. Plan and budget accordingly today so that your cash doesn’t bleed. Always check if there’s any available discount code to save money. Otherwise, you’ll create even more problems for your business and you don’t really want that, do you?

Know your market before you make the product

Never make a product and then try to create a demand for it. This is a sure way to fail. It is important that you do your research prior to making your solution. The solution needs to fulfil a demand that is already there in the market.

Therefore, talk to your target audience and devise your solution accordingly. The idea you have will have a specific market whether it is adults, children, parents, and so on. Speak to them and see how they would want the particular problem your solution is solving to be solved. This will allow you to cater your offering to the liking of your audience.

Have the right people around you

It is very difficult to build and grow a startup on your own. You may think that you can make it on your own but if you truly want to be successful, you will need a team by your side.

It is important that you select individuals that not only believe in your solution but share a similar vision as you. This is the only way you can be certain that they will put in the effort that is required to help make your startup a success. While you may have to take time in finding such individuals, in the long run, the effort you put in will be worth it.

Sources: JobisJob, Entrepreneur, Plusvouchercode, Freepik.

Looking for a Job Abroad? 5 Things you Need to Know

This entry was posted in Articles, Employment trends, Uncategorized, Working life and tagged , , , on by Ixone.

If you think applying for a job locally is difficult, expect something exponentially more challenging if you are aiming for a job abroad. The experience can become frustrating and discouraging if you are not prepared for the process. The following are five essential information you must know as you seek employment opportunities in a foreign country.

1. Mindfulness of the time and schedule differences go a long way.

 
You are the one looking for a job, so you should be the one making the adjustments. Set your time based on your potential employer’s schedule. The time difference factor is not something you should only consider when you actually land a job. You need to be mindful of it when setting interviews or making yourself available. Just because it’s a non-working holiday in your country does not mean the prospective employer should also defer an appointment with you. Job Copyright: Vasin Leenanuruksa

When you are hired for the job, there’s no way you can expect an employer to honour the holidays and work times followed in your country. Even if it’s a telecommuting setup, you will eventually be bound by the schedule set by the company that hired you.

2. Mastery of internet tools is a must.

 
Technological advancements have created numerous benefits for job seekers. It would be ridiculous to refuse to take advantage of the online tools or services that aid job search. It bears emphasising, however, that you should not only be using these Internet tools; you need to master them.

  • When using job search sites, take the time to learn about their different features. On JobisJob, for example, don’t simply browse through the job opportunities posted. Sign up for an account to get regular updates on relevant job listings. Build your credibility with the job listing site by carefully crafting your resume, list of experiences, and skills set. Use the advanced job search filters. Participate in the forums. Use the JobisJob app to easily check the most recent job postings and access other useful features such as the ability to save job listings so you can submit your application for them later on.
  •  When it comes to interviews, you will likely be asked to do an interview online. Make sure you know everything important about using a chat or messaging service such as Skype. Know how to set up your camera and microphone so you wouldn’t make the interviewer wait, and so you can easily troubleshoot camera and microphone problems if they occur as you are doing an interview. Get acquainted with file sharing, group chats, and teleconferencing.
  • The web browser is also an important software you have to be familiar with. Know how to bookmark pages, add note-taking plugins/extensions to your browser, and use hotkeys (shortcut keys).
  • Be familiar with file formats and digitalisation. Don’t be clueless if the interviewer asks you for documents in PDF, XLS, JPG, TIFF, GIF, MP4, and other file formats. Be sure that you know how to convert a physical document into a digital one.
  •  Additionally, practice your keyboard skills. Aim for a typing speed of at least 65 wpm. There are many online tools that can help you train your fingers to type faster. Being comfortable in using your computer keyboard can be very useful in looking for jobs and doing interviews online. In general, mastering the use of modern tools and services is useful not only in looking for a job but also in becoming an efficient employee especially in an office setting.

3. Localisation is advisable.

 
Thinking of applying for a job in a country with a totally different language and culture? Consider localising your résumé. You may need to change your spelling or choice of words. When applying at a company in a country that uses US English, remember to switch to the local spelling and terminology (examples: colour>color, lift>elevator).

It is recommended doing this to avoid having your resume tagged for simple “mistakes.” Some companies may automatically cull a list of several applicants by examining the résumés they submit. Those with numerous spelling errors, typos, and other issues may immediately be trashed.

Localisation also applies to your attachments or pages you want to submit along with your application. For example, if you are submitting your portfolio of art or literary works, consider having your attachments or site localised. If you are not sure how to do it properly, you can turn to providers of localization services. It’s going to cost you some amount, but it’s a worthy expenditure for boosting your chances of getting hired.

4. As much as possible, don’t be too adventurous.

 
If your goal is to build a happy professional and personal life, make sure you choose a foreign workplace that you really like. Choose a place you believe you are professionally and personally suitable. Some people desire to work abroad to experience a new environment without taking important factors such as culture and growth opportunities into account. Eventually, they end up relocating or looking for a “better” workplace.

Do your research. Participate in forums for foreign workers in the area you are considering. Ask for insights from friends or acquaintances. Plan everything and don’t go to a new place without knowing the basics about it. Working abroad is not a tourist adventure. The wrong choices can lead to lifelong adverse repercussions.

5. Foreign transfer and telecommuting can open opportunities to work abroad.

 
Working abroad does not mean having to leave your job immediately. Your company may provide the option for relocation. If you are one of the best-performing employees, you may be given the opportunity to transfer to a branch or subsidiary overseas. Companies may also do rotational assignments. Inquire how you can access these opportunities.

Telecommuting is also an option. You can work for a company online and eventually earn the chance to step up as an office-based employee abroad if you are able to show that you have a lot to contribute to the organisation.

Be prepared and plan your way into a job abroad. Luck is a factor, but it does not mean there’s nothing you can do to improve your chances of landing a good overseas job. Also, remember that you will have to adapt to new people, a new culture, and possibly a new language.


Author Bio: Sean Hopwood loves languages and connecting people separated by the language barrier. That’s why he launched Day Translations, Inc., a company that provides a comprehensive range of language services for clients across the world. In his free time, Sean engages in activities that demonstrate his passion for education, progress, and positivity. Know more about him at his website and his Facebook.

New Year’s resolutions? And what about work?

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As we approach the end of the year, we are in the habit of writing the traditional New Year’s resolutions, with common promises such as “healthier life”, “spending more time with family”, “quitting smoking” and other generalized purposes. However, what about promises related to work?

The working environment is a very influential factor to our state of mind, and it is in our hands to make it positive. That is why we have thought of creating a list of work-oriented goals.

We have come up with a list of 5 purposes to improve your presence at work:

  • If all that is being important to you has been your own problems, is time to change. It’s also your responsibility to create a warm atmosphere in which you develop deeper relationships with colleagues. Showing interest in their lives and concerns is a good way of creating harmonious bonds with others.
  • Be clear about what your role is at work. If you do not know how you are contributing to the success of the company and what your role is, you will not have enough motivation.
  • Always want to learn. Overcoming your limitations is necessary to feel fulfilled and at ease. Do not give up on the minimum problem you face, it is important to know how to face the problems and move on.
  • Express your opinions. To externalize what you feel at certain moments is key to not hold resentment or bad thoughts that can cause negative effects in the future.
    • Try to see the good side of things. On the days you are tired visualize your life with a positive perspective.

This list can be a good way to welcome the next 365 days with a smile. From JobisJob we want to thank you for being with us in 2018 and wish you a very HAPPY 2019. Have a great one!

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