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A good friend recently sent me the link to an article all about the value of coaching. I'm sure it's no surprise to all of you that I loved it. However, it also reminded me I should be reminding all of you why having a career coach is the best thing you can do for your professional development.
1. You Could See A 300% Return On Your Investment<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTMzMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5Nzk5MDE4NX0.i4gswxYb57nChXfiFEawhclg7YXCEEYAT30Uny1MJHs/img.jpg?width=980" id="08f34" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b7839486ebca4d453eed860abce76434" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man at a job he landed by utilizing a career coach" /><p>According to a survey in the article I mentioned above, wellness programs have been shown to provide approximately a 300% return on investment (ROI). In other words, companies who spend $1 on a wellness program earn $3 as a result of decreased turnover, fewer sick days, reduced health insurance costs, etc.</p><p>It's no wonder wellness programs have experienced such tremendous growth—it makes financial sense. The same can be said about career coaching. If you invest in yourself and your career by getting a coach, you'll see the return on investment in the form of <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/professional-development-tips" target="_blank">professional growth and development</a>. </p>
2. Your Relationships Will Improve<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTMzNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NzQ3NjkzN30.7wrLbZ2V9Iu1YMHLj61ZcGSHk9qEzR-VZIx-TrOs8gU/img.jpg?width=980" id="304af" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d710013222c7ab0aeae661ba7d059597" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman talks to a career coach" /><p>Another study shows that professional coaching has an even greater impact on things like relationships and teamwork. The study says recipients of coaching saw a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-fall-in-love-with-your-job" target="_blank">job satisfaction</a>, and 48% improvement in quality.</p><p>Getting coaching on one aspect of our lives, like career coaching, can have a positive affect in many different areas. It's a good kind of domino effect. </p>
3. You'll Have More Positivity In Your Life<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTM0MC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzEzMDUyNn0.-FPckz0Xsh1c8JofrBdoTM5zuXDJFFeBIL_HIhxyW7o/img.jpg?width=980" id="c1c97" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="3c564e12a91b6b0ea443cec3c98a9716" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man chats with a career coach online" /><p>Career coaches are trained to focus on <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/end-week-on-positive-note" target="_blank">positive outcomes</a> and be a source of motivation. They tailor their efforts to help you find greater satisfaction. Since no two people are the same, having a career coach ensures you are getting assistance that speaks to your wants and needs—not someone else's. More importantly, it's been proven that the best way to get what you want is to surround yourself with positive people.</p><p>Unfortunately, that's not always the case with family and friends. So, hiring a career coach ensures you've got at least one positive influence in your life!</p>
4. You'll Be Following In The Footsteps Of Star Performers<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTM0NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MDMxMzYxNH0.MTLDmNptjH2RDtNgPt5OqASsvIGuKM0i1mFU0IEXDKY/img.jpg?width=980" id="f2a3c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1e29f61f6286096b3b1cfa642e723a8a" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Group of successful people who get career coaching" /><p>One <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/hiring-a-career-coach-stigma" target="_blank">outdated stigma about career coaching</a> is that it's for people who are underperforming or troubled. On the contrary! Most smart folks who seek out career coaching do so because they want to be high performers and feel satisfied with their efforts.</p><p>In the article above, Paul Michelman, editor of <a href="http://hbswk.hbs.edu/archive/4853.html" target="_blank">Harvard Business School's Management Update</a>, says, "whereas coaching was once viewed by many as a tool to help correct underperformance, today it is becoming much more widely used in supporting top producers. In fact, in a 2004 survey by Right Management Consultants, 86% of companies said they used coaching to sharpen the skills of individuals who have been identified as future organizational leaders."</p><p>So, by choosing to invest in coaching, you are saying to the world you believe in yourself and your ability to be a star performer! </p>
5. It Doesn't Take Up A Lot Of Time<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTM2NS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNDA3ODAyMX0.zDMtVOrrwhb8FE3umtlSvNMp0nkBNxo6Rs9Q3p0GRX4/img.jpg?width=980" id="3c49d" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7167a76bb0fa1cae2f02aeadae6a605d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman talks to a career coach on her computer" /><p>Many people assume coaching is like working out: you need to do it daily to see any results. That's true! But the good thing about career coaching, like <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/quick-and-easy-home-workout" target="_blank">working out</a>, is that it doesn't take much time if you have a plan, know what you're doing, and have the right mindset.</p><p>Good coaches understand that you need to work professional development into your schedule. Moreover, studies show that just a few hours per month can have a huge impact.</p><p>At Work It Daily, for example, our slogan is "If you want to win, you've got to work it daily." Working on your career for just a few minutes a day is enough to transform your professional outlook. This is the strategy we promote at Work It Daily, and it has helped thousands of our members find jobs and grow their careers. </p>
6. Career Coaches Tell You What You NEED To Hear<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTM4OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNzU1MjY2N30.11sf0DGXWbeHVdY5HLOZRgowL4tngNWBu1N9MLOjJnQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="84c12" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9bf6b4411e479e3a4be833b02b74a42b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Professional woman meets with a career coach" /><p>While you may be friendly with your career coach, they are not your friend. They are your advocate for change.</p><p>Unlike your family and friends who are opinionated and biased about you and your career, a career coach will look at you objectively and strive to empower you to take the necessary actions to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/tips-setting-achievable-career-goals" target="_blank">achieve your goals</a>.</p><p>In short, while the people in your life tend to tell you what you want to hear, your career coach will be honest and tell you what you need to hear to make your career goals a reality.</p>
7. You Could Get Your Employer To Pay For It<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTM5OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0MDkyNzkwMn0.Z0b2rirmijGxZT7yY-PUwZIrtr5sBO-m0ZedjeMlo9U/img.jpg?width=980" id="d8b81" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ba02e224556bdf3ead9e90a06efbdb5d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man listens to a career coach" /><p>For the longest time, companies have only paid for their executives to have career coaches. But that trend is changing. According to the article previously mentioned, online shoe and clothing company <a href="https://www.zappos.com/" target="_blank">Zappos.com</a>, known for their outstanding commitment to creating a culture of unparalleled customer service (they even teach this through <a href="http://www.zapposinsights.com/" target="_blank">Zappos Insights</a>), has a full-time goals coach who works with any employee—not just management—on helping them create better lives.</p><p>Now is the time to see if your company is considering budgeting for career coaching services as part of their benefits program. With all the surveys showing the positive impact it has, there's a good chance your employer may see value in footing the bill for your career coach. </p><p>In the event you are laid off, you should still ask your employer if they will provide <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/outplacement-services-laid-off-employees/" target="_blank">outplacement services</a> to help you find your next job. Career coaching at any stage in your professional life, no matter what kind of challenges you face, can be a true game changer. </p>
8. They'll Help You Break Bad Habits<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTQwOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0Mzk1ODcxMH0.iJAL_laq3yBb5q0Ps_r-xzdtjtFHlYh9aLw_hFbSRrM/img.jpg?width=980" id="d310c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4ec139f54b3a70087ac1f3448b33cb46" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman addresses her bad habits with a career coach" /><p>A good coach will never tell you what to do. Instead, they'll help you identify <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/bad-job-search-habits-unemployed" target="_blank">habits that are holding you back</a> from success. Then, they'll coach you on the actions you should take to learn new, better ways to accomplish your goals.</p><p>In short, career coaches teach you how to remove roadblocks to success on your own, ensuring you can do this for yourself both now and in the future.</p>
9. It Shows You Think Like An Executive<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTQwMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNzk0NDc2MH0.XAjw26L3XNgWTE9-3_5lVZchbHC-3BuF1v3yokAsnYo/img.jpg?width=980" id="0ad42" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c56278274ac6660c0b2ed77dfb2e1147" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two executives talk about career coaching" /><p>The article above indicates <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/executive-professional-presence" target="_blank">some executives</a> will pay as much as $3,500/hour for a particular coach. Yikes! That's too rich for my blood. But the article goes on to say most personal coaches charge a monthly retainer between $500 to $2,000 a month. What this means is either there are a lot of really silly executives wasting their money on coaching each month or they are getting results that makes them feel it's worth the investment.</p><p>At Work It Daily, our goal is to make career coaching accessible to everyone, not just executives with deep pockets. That way, you can think like an executive without worrying about the price tag. </p>
10. You Deserve Better In Your Career<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUzMTQxMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTE2MTAzN30.OJS5bYjeDKM93G7KmdHY92OdTlbmGJLOFEoCQtLpGB4/img.jpg?width=980" id="dad31" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="52146700ef17d588e802186eb6eb647e" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Happy man receives career coaching" /><p>Forget the economy for a second and just ask yourself, "Do I deserve better?" If the voice in your head says, "Yes!" then you need to take action.</p><p>Let's face it: If you could have found greater <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/keys-to-career-success" target="_blank">career satisfaction and success</a> on your own, you would have by now. So, why not give yourself some well-deserved support that will help you get what you want and deserve this?</p><p>We spend a third of our lives at our jobs. Isn't it time you felt good about your career?</p>
On a recent episode of JT Talks Jobs, we invited Stacey Lewis, founder of HR Interrupted, back to continue our conversation on race and the workplace. The topic? Microaggressions.
What Is A Microaggression?<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4111be88f23ab6d96c8f4056d5a353a5"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WF3xjTEoDkA?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Microassaults, microinsults, and microinvalidations all fall under the umbrella of microaggressions. The common definition of a microaggression is as follows: a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/overcome-age-discrimination-in-job-search" target="_blank">unintentional discrimination</a> against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.</p><p>Lewis prefers a shorter, more concise definition, which she shared during the livestream. Microaggressions, in her experience, can best be summed up as "brief, everyday exchanges that send denigrating messages to a certain individual because of who they are."</p><p>Microaggressions are like little jabs or cuts. They pick away at a person. They may seem harmless or insignificant in the moment (and to those of us who have white privilege), but they add up when they happen every day. </p><p>Both of these definitions are easy to understand. But when it comes to real life, are we aware of the microaggressions that occur in the workplace on a daily basis? </p>
Examples Of Microaggressions<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxNTc5Ni9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMTQxOTE2M30.2njipC7lSHtXOi8UPTnWG2aFuatyEO_cpG2nNAqW6KU/img.jpg?width=980" id="8a78e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="afed4182d7abbf7535e409dd02b78c68" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two co-workers have a conversation about microaggressions" /><p>"You don't know what you don't know," Lewis says. "When you know, you do better." </p><p>It's important to learn how our words and actions can affect our colleagues at work, and what words and actions are hurtful and harmful. If you realize you've said some of the following at work, don't be defensive and don't beat yourself up. Education is power. </p><p>So, think about your conduct in the workplace. Have you said any of these things at work?</p><ul><li>"No, where are you REALLY from?"</li><li>"What are you?"</li><li>"You don't act like a normal black person."</li><li>"I don't see you as black."</li><li>"No, you're white."</li><li>"I don't see color when I see you."</li><li>"I am not racist. I have a lot of black friends."</li></ul><div>The following examples of microaggressions at work are a little more subtle:</div><ul> <li>"You are so smart and articulate."</li><li>"So, you don't speak Spanish?"</li><li>"You're really pretty for a dark skin person."</li><li>"Why do you sound white?"</li></ul><p>A common microaggression scenario we see in the workplace is when a person of color presents something to a few colleagues and somebody asks, "Was this information vetted?" It is okay to ask this question if everyone is asked it. Don't single a person out.</p><p>Note: It is always okay to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-compliment-your-coworkers" target="_blank">compliment someone</a>. Just don't add "for a ____ person" to the end of the compliment. If there is something you admire about a person, tell them. Don't take the humanity out of the workplace...which brings us to our next point. </p>
How To Have A Conversation About Microaggressions In The Workplace<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUxNTc4NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzODU5MzQwOX0.ly0VFWg18WJJHJIS22as1iIw9tczhMnQJ6kHE56xKHs/img.jpg?width=980" id="a8fe1" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c563c586cb2638211b9f92ad37d77f70" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two women smile after a conversation about microaggressions in the workplace" /><p>For those of you not knowing how to approach someone at work about microaggressions, there are a few things you can do to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-start-a-conversation-on-linkedin" target="_blank">start a conversation</a> on the topic.</p><p>When you are a victim of a microaggression, don't be afraid to stand up for yourself. You can control how you react, but you can't control their behavior.</p><p>Lewis encourages you to respond to the microaggression with something like this: "When you said that, it hurt my feelings. Let me help you with that. Let me tell you why that's a problem for me, why that frustrated me and made me mad. Let me tell you why that's a problem statement."</p><p>You can also use intellectual curiosity to your advantage. Ask the person, "What's the foundation of your statement?" </p><p>Both of these options allow a conversation to occur. It helps the victim of the microaggression share their experience with the colleague. Let's remember that this education process goes both ways, though.</p><p>If you've realized you've committed a microaggression at work, seek to understand. Give your colleague an opportunity to explain why what you said hurt them. Pay attention. Ask, "Why is that important to you?" But consider your relationship with the person before you have this conversation. If you've never talked to them before, don't make this the icebreaker. </p><p>Humanity is at the heart of these conversations. When we look at race in the workplace, we have a tendency to overthink and take the human component out of it. "Sometimes we want to make this so hard because we really don't want to change," Lewis says. </p><p>If you want to change, start having these uncomfortable conversations at work. The result? Trust, respect, and a deeper connection with your colleagues.</p>
Resources & Additional Info<p><br></p><p>All of us at Work It Daily want to be more informed about the struggles Black Americans and other minorities face on a daily basis, so we can better help those communities with their careers. We realize that what we do best as a company is educating and providing useful resources to those who need them, hence this article and the livestream that inspired it.</p><p><strong>Some additional FREE resources include:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/common-job-interview-questions/" target="_blank">List Of Common Interview Questions</a></li><li><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/free-resume-samples-mistakes/" target="_blank">Resume Mistakes Guide</a></li><li><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-to-write-cover-letter-samples/" target="_blank">Cover Letter Samples</a></li><li><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/workitdaily-job-search-checklist/" target="_blank">Job Search Checklist</a></li><li><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-to-change-careers-free-guide/" target="_blank">Career Change Guide</a></li></ul><p><br></p><p>Many thanks to Stacey Lewis, whose passion for re-engineering the HR agenda led her to create <a href="https://www.hrinterrupted.com/about-1" target="_blank">HR Interrupted</a>, a community organization for HR Influencers with grit who unapologetically interrupt historical workplace ideologies and practices through inspiration and insight.</p><p>Learn more at <a href="https://www.hrinterrupted.com/" target="_blank">hrinterrupted.com</a> or follow her on Instagram <a href="https://www.instagram.com/hrinterrupted/?hl=en" target="_blank">@hrinterrupted</a>.</p>
We are pleased to announce the arrival of Work It Daily's first online job search summit! If you're looking for help with your job search, you can't pass up this exclusive opportunity.
What To Expect...<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzUwODc2OC9vcmlnaW4ucG5nIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMjcwNDA4NH0.o8tQTYOJAUq0cGwWIfUdrKjYfEVbHShLuP0GqE8V_pQ/img.png?width=980" id="7930e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="b174aa350f8f00400ac705f303fe8dd0" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Work It Daily's online job search summit agenda" /><p>We hope to see you there!</p>
Almost everyone has some sort of significant goal or aspiration they hope to achieve in the future. For a lot of people, this includes some type of long-term career plan or dream job that they would like to obtain.
While these major objectives may seem difficult or even impossible to achieve, they can appear much more manageable through the use of a career plan. The future can provide an extremely uncertain ride, but having a solid career plan in place can serve as a reliable roadmap to get you wherever you would like to go. Here are three reasons why you should have a solid career plan.
Career Planning Helps Us Grow<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyMTMzNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTEwODMxNH0.Lsu0gVMCBd3bpTdqfQpcKQCAiivEe0gWkqL3riNxtT4/img.jpg?width=980" id="0fda0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="44904765be0504ab255a19eb5cf5f230" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Developing a career plan includes multiple factors." /><p>Having a realistic career plan in place is often an essential part of career growth, and our personal growth and development. Without goals to strive for, most people find it difficult to stray from the easy norm or to gain skills which make them a more valuable commodity in the business world. </p><p><strong>If your career isn't growing, it's dying!</strong> Failing to put together a career plan that will help you grow professional could lead to a <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/signs-in-a-career-crisis" target="_blank">career crisis.</a></p><p><strong>By planning for the future and setting a specific timeline for accomplishing the things you want to achieve, you will find that your career plan is an effective way to ensure you never lose motivation along the way</strong>. Between the accountability of having fixed objectives and the inspiration you'll receive when you attain you career growth goals, your career plan is an opportunity to maximize your true potential.</p>
It'll Help You Land Your Dream Job<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjAyMTM1MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyOTA4OTAzMn0.CxhEZsz1akwbNXrXTsZjjVktsEtKX_PXNFC_8DlMTUg/img.jpg?width=980" id="b8731" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9b54a83e2b34eaeb08cd066548c6f4c4" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Successful businesswoman is happy working her dream job every day." /><p>If one of the important destinations in your future is a much-desired job or position, a career plan truly is a roadmap to help you reach it. Job boards are full of available positions, but often the most desired and competitive dream jobs require a significant amount of prerequisite experience or education. It's very rare that someone will simply fall into their dream job. </p><p>Most commonly, <strong>it takes years of planning your career growth, hard work, and even a little bit of luck to develop your current situation into the career of your dreams.</strong> By isolating exactly <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/developing-skills-at-work" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">what you'll need to accomplish</a> in order to be a candidate for the job you truly want, fulfilling the needed tasks will become much easier and your chances of success are much higher. </p>
A Career Plan Is Essential To Planning Your Retirement<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ1NjYyMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNDQxMjU1Nn0.lrmdIr4wCJqirN0Y7u4Z42ENrSV0Tlw994hSo_TMaMw/img.jpg?width=980" id="1e604" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ac9cddb9a669c307c115ae66e90081be" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Older professional goes over his retirement plan." /><p>Having a realistic career plan in place is not just about work. In fact, a great career plan should have a much longer view. Unless your dream job is something that you want to do every single day of your life, your career plan can also be used to determine the steps needed to smoothly enter into retirement down the road. By incorporating a rudimentary knowledge of financial planning into your career goals and setting yourself up for retirement through proper savings and the allocation of investments will serve as a great way to wrap up your long-term career plan. </p><p>Working in your dream job may be where you would like to see yourself in ten years, but what about when you're in your 60s or 70s? </p><p><br></p><p>Career planning may intimidate some people who are unsure about the direction they would like to take decades down the road. Instead of being a set-in-stone list of rules and objectives you must follow, your career plan should instead be viewed as simply a way to get what you want. As frequently as our wants and needs change, the tasks we must accomplish in order to achieve them change just as fast. <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-create-career-development-plan" target="_self">Having a career plan</a> can help you design your future the way you would like it, but can also be flexible enough to change when your personal ambitions and goals do.<br></p><p><strong>Is changing careers part of your career plan?</strong> Check out Work It Daily's FREE <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-to-change-careers-free-guide/" target="_blank">Career Change Guide.</a></p><p><a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-to-change-careers-free-guide/" target="_blank"></a><strong>If you're interested in more personalized career coaching, then join <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">Work It Daily</a></strong><strong> today!</strong></p><p>Work It Daily has a team of trained career support specialists that will work individually with you to come up with a specialized plan. All of our memberships offer private coaching along with unlimited networking potential, and a library of exclusive career courses. Additionally, and for no extra cost, you'll also receive unlimited resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile reviews by our trained specialists as part of our membership.</p><p><em><br></em></p><p><em>This post was originally published at an earlier date.</em></p><p><em><br></em></p>
Whether it's dealing with a job loss, struggling with a low-paying job, making a career change, or other unanticipated life events, we sometimes find ourselves in a career transition, and we need to pinch pennies to get by.
Cut Down On Dining Out<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTgxMTI3MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTkxMzc1OH0.Fd61rjwnHrPtI56vK2a-SULwclMLeI0VuvGPfz-DwLg/img.jpg?width=980" id="79254" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="1e97c6b3def5b29a9697df72582619e1" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="It's fun to dine out with friends, but doing it too much can quickly become a major expense." /><p>Dining out on a consistent basis can drain your bank account quickly. Food and drink add up when you go out (and then you also have to factor in the tip). The same goes with takeout food.</p><p><strong>Dining out is a nice treat and a good thing to do once in awhile but is not sustainable on a regular basis when you're trying to stick to a budget.</strong></p><p>The best way to save money is to put a strict limit on the amount of times you dine out a month and rely on grocery shopping and prepping meals at home. There are many occasions where it's possible to get multiple meals out of something that is prepared at home, which gives you more value for your buck. You should also try <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-meal-prep-for-work" target="_blank">prepping your work meals</a> in advance.</p><p>Sure, grocery shopping is a large expense. But, if done with proper planning, you'll get more out of it than you would by going out all the time.</p>
Make Your Own Coffee<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ0MDU2Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTk3NDA1MH0.x-kjPjZJvJjcahdOhPNFFXVDWBhMJHSuiT6jVO1ioMQ/img.jpg?width=980" id="7803c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4225cb3881d9898bf255a2ddceed7bea" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Businesswoman makes a cup of coffee in the office break room." /><p>Shouldn't coffee go on the first list with groceries? Sure, it certainly could. But let's be honest, at the rate American's consume coffee, it's worthy of having its own category.</p><p><strong>Think about it</strong><strong>...</strong></p><p>Let's say you buy your coffee out every day and it costs on average $3. That's $15 a week, $60 a month and $720 a year. That adds up! Imagine what you could do if you had that money back...or even just half of it.</p><p>Like dining out, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself to a coffee out from time to time. But doing so on a daily basis is just another way to waste money.</p><p><a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/healthy-whipped-coffee-recipe" target="_blank">Make your coffee at home</a>. It's the same caffeine buzz without the wasteful spending.</p>
Become A Creative Bargain Shopper<div style="width:100%;height:0;padding-bottom:52%;position:relative;"><iframe src="https://giphy.com/embed/fAhOtxIzrTxyE" width="100%" height="100%" style="position:absolute" frameBorder="0" class="giphy-embed" allowFullScreen></iframe></div><p><a href="https://giphy.com/gifs/shopping-fAhOtxIzrTxyE">via GIPHY</a></p><p>Did you ever make fun of your parents for glancing at the sales flyers or clipping coupons? It may have seemed silly at the time, but there was a method to their madness—you never want to pass up an opportunity to save money.</p><p>Not all sales are equal. Some promotions will advertise a sale to entice you to try their product but when you really look at it, they're not really offering that much in terms of savings, if at all. It's important to really look at each promotion to see if there are legitimate savings and if the product really offers value to you.</p><p>It also pays to be creative. Need some new winter clothes? Try buying them at the end of winter or beginning of spring as stores attempt to clear inventory. Same goes with summer clothing. Crashing a "Back to School" sale is also a good way to load up on <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/5-must-have-work-items" target="_blank">basic office supplies</a> and some clothing items, especially shoes.</p><p><strong>It can actually be kind of fun to find new and innovative ways to bargain shop. Each savings opportunity feels like a personal win.</strong></p>
Review All Extra Costs<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTgxMTI4Mi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NzMzNTg5OX0.Ht5m7NEy1e1iwrQkG_dkGG-P7OgMi6HSXl38qz8WYkk/img.jpg?width=980" id="b9d4e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="140ae5f5ded9b7ffaaa7c7538c82a050" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="A young couple reviews all of their expenses." /><p>A gym membership is good to have, but if you're only going once or twice a month, you need to either step up your <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/emom-workout-for-busy-professionals" target="_blank">workout regimen</a> or cancel your gym membership. Same with that music streaming service you no longer use.</p><p>Cable is another large cost that adds up. Many people will often lock into elaborate packages based on a promotional offer but don't account for the increase they'll face when the promotion expires. Many also come to the realization that they never needed that many channels in the first place.</p><p> <strong>It's important to take inventory of all your bills at least once a year to see if you're still using the services that you are paying for. </strong>There are a lot of savings that can be achieved when you take a look at these "extra" things.</p>
Understand That Not Every Activity Includes Spending Money<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ0MDU5My9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMjYxNDM5Mn0.i66Xcs6GFWP52wPbfuLijaH_sgxgjXhQlXGO7-bz0RA/img.jpg?width=980" id="d5de4" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="dce42fe52493713bcb87f97d4175f29b" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two coworkers go for a hike." /><p>Yes, you do deserve to treat yourself once in a while to a night out and yes it will cost money. That's fine if you plan properly. </p><p>However, it's also important to keep in mind that<strong> it's possible to have fun without spending money.</strong></p><p>You could meet up with a friend to take a nature hike or play a sport. A trip to the beach or lake can be very affordable if you bring your own food, drink, and supplies. Many communities also offer free or low-cost entertainment options, such as concerts or movies in the park.</p><p>Cheap alternatives are always available if you're willing to do some research and plan ahead. </p>
Find Ways To Make Extra Money<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="115f20929a7a6e2773308d70990cf619"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xm2K-etkEmo?start=2&rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p><strong>Saving money is great, but making money is even better.</strong></p><p>Consider the extra ways you can bring in additional income. Evaluate all the skills that you have and determine if you can turn any of them into freelance gigs. Perhaps you dabble in graphic design and can use your skills to help another business. Maybe you're a writer looking to gain experience in journalism or content writing.</p><p>You could even have something that you're passionate about that you would do even if you weren't getting paid for it, <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/working-a-second-job-pros-cons" target="_blank">sometimes known as a "hobby hustle."</a> Some people will even try their luck selling old and unwanted items online.</p><p>Whatever you decide to do, it's always beneficial to keep your eyes open for additional money making opportunities. You never know when opportunity may knock.</p><p><br></p><p>While all of the above tips can especially help you during a career transition, the reality is the tips are good common sense that can be applied no matter where you're at in your life. We should always be looking to get the most bang for our buck, not throw money away.</p><p>Following these tips along with proper financial tracking and budgeting can really have a positive impact on your wallet.</p><p><br></p><p>Check out our FREE <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/how-to-change-careers-free-guide/" target="_blank">Career Change Guide!</a></p><p><strong>Do you need help with your career transition? We can help!</strong> Join our <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">career growth club</a> today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!</p>
How do you get a promotion? It's a good time to start thinking about growing your career and positioning yourself for one.