This isn't the first time I quit my job, but it will be the last. Honestly, saying goodbye to Google was supposed to happen a year ago. And six months before that. If you ask my friends, they'll tell you that I'm kidding myself and Google is too good to let go. They're right, but I promise you that this is it. On October 3rd, I quit. QUIZ:Should You Quit Your Job? Is Google all it's cracked up to be? No. It's better. The grass is greenest at the Googleplex, and I don't have to bore you with the perks because they've been documented ad nauseum. I'm willing to bet my stock that no company treats their employees better, but it comes at a cost. My frat brother said something once that stuck with me, "The grass may be greener, but you better believe the water bill is a lot higher!" He was right. Don't get me wrong, I'm dealing with first world problems, but they're problems nonetheless. The challenge with Google, and any great company, is complacency. You sacrifice tomorrow's potential for today's pleasure. Yes, I'm too comfortable (free food and personal masseuses, anyone?) And life is too convenient (chauffeured shuttles with Wi-Fi to work? Yes please!) But we're too young to settle. Be honest: do you love what you do? Probably not because most of us don’t enjoy our 9-to-5. I started on Wall Street and when I tell you I hated life, I HATED LIFE. Anyone that says they enjoy the long hours and indentured servitude that investment banking brings is lying to you. Then again, we lie to ourselves everyday. The idea that you and I were meant to sit and stare at a computer screen all day is just wrong. But the road to what's right is remote. Here's what it takes to quit your high paying job in pursuit of your dreams in a city as expensive as New York: ditching dinner with friends, lots of cheap beer, saving more than you spend, building a business on the side, five hours of sleep a night, no vacations, missing family functions, skipping weekend weddings, moving from Manhattan - and dating? No time, and couldn't afford it anyways. Who wants to do all that? Who wants to give so much not knowing what they'll get?? Who wants to sacrifice everything for the slim chance they could have anything??? Not me, but what I want doesn’t matter. To get this far I learned that there’s a difference between want and need. The secret? Self-control. Building my blog has been my dream, and it's taken more than a days work. It's taken a few years to be in a position to leave my day job and I've been willing to wait. "If you can wait and not be tired by waiting" ~Rudyard Kipling Today’s timing isn’t perfect, and it never will be. You will always need more money and a perfect plan is hard to come by. What I know now is that today will never be the right time to lose the weight, start that business or find a new job. Neither will tomorrow. Delays cast doubt, and you wind up disputing if it even makes sense to begin. YES! Make moves. The reason why is simple: you are the CEO of your life. The decisions you make today will set the course of things to come. Do something today that will pay dividends down the road. I read once that you should do one thing every day that scares you. I can’t remember the last time I pushed past my limits. What I know now is that you’ll never reach your potential until you assume some level of risk. It doesn’t have to be your job, but leave something behind starting today. Stop settling for what’s good enough and make room for what’s great. In time, what will you give up?
It's very common in today's market for employers to dismiss a job applicant's resume because they are “overqualified."
Sometimes there's an abundant supply of highly qualified candidates but not enough jobs to go around for everyone. In those cases, job seekers may resort to applying for positions where the level of expertise required on the job is below their previous position's requirements. In addition, those making a career change often need to seek out entry-level positions, where there may be more job opportunities.
The challenge for job seekers is not simply competing with so many other applicants but finding a fine balance of information to place on their resume without coming off as overqualified. Employers are mostly concerned that, if you take a lesser position, you will leave once you find a position that is more commensurate with your skills.
Here are a few tips to help guide you in preparing your resume for the next job opportunity and avoid coming off as overqualified and ruining your chances of landing the job offer:
1. Only Include Relevant Work Experience
Focus on what the employer is looking for and show them you can do it. If some of your management experience is not a part of their job description, then don't mention it. This tip is especially critical for applicants moving from one career to another.
For instance, if you had your own mortgage or construction firm and are now just looking for a sales job, just speak to your experience driving sales. You can also change your title from "Owner" to "Sales Manager." As you list your professional experience, be sure to quantify your sales results.
2. Only Highlight Necessary Degrees
Many of today's positions require candidates to have a bachelor's or master's degree. If you continued to pursue education to obtain other degrees, earning you the title of Ph.D., M.D., or others, don't be so quick to include that information on your resume.
You have to ask if it is at all relevant to the job you are applying for. It's great if you moved on to obtain your Ph.D. in neuroscience, but if the employer's business and the job is focused on finance and accounting for toy manufacturing/distribution, your additional education will be of little relevance and may sway an employer to reconsider whether you are right for the position.
3. Explain Why You're The Right Candidate
Write a disruptive cover letter that tells a story about why you're passionate about the position, how you feel a connection to the company, and how your experience, skills, and talent make you the right fit. If there's a chance your resume comes off as overqualified, even after following the tips above, make sure to provide sufficient explanation in your cover letter.
Give the employer confidence that you are challenged by the opportunity and will be there a year from now. The employer needs to know that you are not simply taking the job because you can't find anything better. They also need to be assured you aren't going to be quick to run off to another job as soon as the market improves or another opportunity opens up that is more in line with your level of experience from your previous positions.
Your resume is a marketing tool to help get your foot in the door for an interview. Placing too much information or irrelevant information will only give the employer more reason to dismiss you. Carefully review the job posting and do your research to really understand what skills and experience are desired for the position so that you present your resume and qualifications in the best light. Not everything you've accomplished, regardless of how significant it is, is appropriate to include on your resume.
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Disagreeing with other people, without taking a body count or courting disaster, is something most people try to avoid. Nevertheless, we recognize we can't always agree with everything that comes our way—even if it comes from the boss.
Many of us think disagreeing with the boss is one of those career-limiting moves to be avoided at all costs. Think again. Most managers want to think they've hired brilliant people who can think and act well on the company's behalf. That includes not letting them (or anyone else) drive off a metaphorical cliff. This means you are being paid to use your brain AND mouth.
The diversity that takes place in the workplace isn't just about race or religion; it's about ideas, perspectives, and insight. If you are truly engaging in what is taking place at work, it's not possible to agree with your boss 100% of the time.
You can disagree with your boss and make that disagreement a win-win for both of you. You can win because you can use it for career enhancement. The boss can win because they will come off as an engaging manager and get a much better end result.
Here are eight tips to turn disagreement into a great thing for your career.
1. Disagree, But Don't Be Disagreeable
When something strikes you as wrong or out of line, keep your emotions in check. No one, especially the boss, will appreciate an emotionally charged rebuttal. People tend to mirror each other's energy level, and if you turn red and flap your arms, it will be met with equal intensity.
2. Don't Make It Personal
The conversation will go much better if you are addressing the issue or topic and not making your disagreement about the person, your boss.
3. Be Clear About What You Don't Agree With
If you can't articulate what is troubling you about something, wait until you can be clear. If you can't be clear, you will not have a conversation that will make any sense to the other person. A confusing conversation will not leave a great impression.
4. Offer Alternatives
Nothing falls flatter than squashing an idea only to have nothing to replace it with. If you can't think up a better idea, then what good is the disagreement? Sure, you might not like the idea, but if you can't come up with something else, then go with what you have. You have to solve problems to be an asset.
5. Make Things Private
Depending on the setting and issue, you may need to take your disagreement to a private setting with your boss. This allows you to cover whatever you need to, have a discussion, and keep both of you looking good to the rest of the office.
You never want to embarrass your boss; if you do, they will remember it for much too long. They will appreciate your sensitivity and professionalism when you have the insight to know when it's time to have a private discussion.
6. Seek To Understand
Many conflicts and disagreements are rooted in a failure to communicate and understand the other person. When something does arise that doesn't hit you right, ask questions and gain clarity. You may discover that you do agree after all. Doing this will also help you avoid discomfort.
7. Don't Be A "Yes" Person
This is more than simply sucking up to the boss. This is agreeing with the boss at the cost of your character, values, and career. You might think it will enhance your career, but it will backfire against you as the higher-ups see that your contributions are limited.
8. Disagree And Commit
The biggest issue that managers have when employees disagree is their becoming insubordinate and undermining efforts. If you have followed all of these steps and you still have a disagreement, then it's time for you to disagree and commit yourself to whatever is being proposed. After all, the idea or direction might really work out well. Your manager will think you are truly a professional if you can work through your disagreement, offer solutions, and be able to "get on board."
Certainly, out there in the universe are managers with fragile egos who can't tolerate anyone disagreeing with their mandates or directions. They too will only get just so far in their career. Anytime you limit the free flow of thought and contribution, you limit the possibilities.
You need to screen for these people in your job search. If you wound up with a boss like that, you should consider a different team or job. But most managers enjoy discussion and debate as a means of developing great ideas and direction. They understand that disagreement is part of the process.
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