Are you cruising along in a job that you can do with your eyes closed, maybe even with your hands tied behind your back? Everything is humming, and your industry seems solid. RELATED: Need some career advice? Watch these tutorials! Then, bam! Something happens that shatters all your old assumptions and you start to wonder, what are my options? That’s what happened to Dennis Clouser, of Tampa, Fla., who, as a mechanical engineer, had spent 30 years in the electrical connector industry. His last job with the billion-dollar company ITT Corp. ended abruptly after his division’s largest customer, a military contractor, pulled its business once the federal government imposed massive across-the board cuts as part of “deficit reduction sequestration” in early 2013. At the age of 51, Clouser received a six-month severance package, and the company made classes available to him to help him figure out his next stage. One of those classes introduced him to the option of a franchise. Before long, Clouser lined up another job doing exactly what he had been doing for 30 years. But doubts soon started creeping into his mind. “I thought, is this it?” Clouser recounted. “The hell with it. I’ll take a chance on myself for once instead of doing what I’ve been doing until I die. Maybe I can do something different.” He had a couple of friends with franchises, and he thought, well, if they can do it, maybe he could, too. With the help of a franchise coach, he started doing his research. “101 Mobility really grabbed me,” he said, referring to the franchise that sells mobility equipment, such as stair lifts, auto lifts and ramps to help people with disabilities stay in their homes. “I could help people instead of making bombs to blow them up.” Clousen felt a personal connection to the mission of helping people deal with their mobility issues around the house since two members of his family had suffered amputations that resulted from complications from Diabetes. While Clausen was confident about his mechanical abilities — “I can put anything together” —when it came to the other aspects of running a business, from bookkeeping to managing payroll and benefits, he felt less sure of himself. That’s where the franchise company’s support really came in handy. “101 is fanatical about opening steps,” he said. “There are biweekly meetings with people in corporate” where they discuss everything from finding a location, negotiating a lease to paying taxes. “They manage you every step of the way,” he said. “I wouldn’t have been able to open without learning what I learned from them.” As part of the preparation process, he talked to franchisees, some of whom were more helpful than others, but he finds the idea of sharing one’s experiences one of the most compelling aspects of having a franchise. For example, he particularly likes the franchise’s new program, “Talk to a Franchise,” where he, now as an existing franchisee, talks to three or four potential franchisees on the phone, and they get the opportunity to ask him whatever questions come to mind. “I’m really blunt with them,” he said. For starters, he tells them starting up a franchise is a lot of work. After two years with his new business, while he acknowledged making some mistakes along the way, he would definitely do it again. The difference is now he’s got total control of his life. And while he knows he may be working until 9 p.m. doing an evaluation of someone’s home, if the water sparkles particularly bright one sunny day, and an empty parking space beckons from St. Pete’s beach, he knows he can take an hour for a swim if he feels like it. Not a bad living. Not bad at all. Related PostsThink You’re Ready For A Franchise Discovery Day? Not So FastWorried About Starting Your Own Business? Try A FranchiseThe Image Factor In Buying A Business
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Did you know that there are interview questions that might seem legitimate but are actually illegal? While there are some that are clearly inappropriate, not all of them are so obvious. Don't overlook the different types of illegal interview questions!
Here are a few types of illegal interview questions you should watch out for during your next job interview.
Types of Illegal Interview Questions
Interview questions about your family life:
- Are you married?
- Do you have any kids?
- Are you pregnant?
Interview questions about race:
- What's your nationality?
- What race are you?
- What church do you attend?
- What is your religion?
- Are you religious?
- Do you own a home?
- Do you rent?
- Do you have an apartment?
- Do you have anybody living with you?
- Do you live with your parents?
- Are you male or female?
- How old are you?
- What's your birth year?
- When's your birthday?
- What year did you graduate from high school?
- What year did you graduate from college?
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So, what makes these questions illegal?
First, they have no relation to the job requirements. Second, there are strict laws in place that prevent interviewers from asking interview questions that can be discriminatory.
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Unfortunately, there are bad interviewers out there who will try to slip some of these questions in on purpose (hello, workplace discrimination). There are also some inexperienced interviewers out there who simply don't know these are illegal questions and are just trying to make conversation.
If you're asked these questions, whether intentional or not, it's best to be prepared so you don't get flustered during the interview.
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Sadly, these types of illegal interview questions are asked all of the time during interviews. Not sure how to prepare for them? We built an in-depth interview prep course that will help you understand how to respond to such questions.
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As a 20-year career coaching veteran who left corporate America and the staffing industry to become an advocate for you, the worker, I have a lot to say about this concept of quiet quitting.
"Quiet Quit" Is Not The Right Term
@j.t.odonnell Replying to @messympath I would NEVER quiet quit, here's why... #nono#quietquitting#quietquittingmyjob#learnontiktok#careeradvice#jobtok#careertiktok#careermode♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
First of all, it's not the right term. If you really want to quiet quit, it's very derogatory, it's very negative, and it implies you're phoning it in. And here's my concern with that. If that's the route you want to go and you want to outwardly give the impression that you're phoning it in, you can't. Because you're a service provider to your employer. They pay you for a service. And if they're in a pinch and they need that service and you're capable of fulfilling that business need while having a checked-out attitude, then everything works fine.
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But if the market changes and your company is in a position to get rid of some people, who are they going to get rid of? The quiet quitters. The ones they don't feel are coming to work with the right attitude or working at the right level.
And that's their prerogative. It's just business.
If you're feeling like you need to quiet quit because your company is taking advantage of you, you need to have a conversation with me about how to set boundaries and work smarter (not harder) while still making your employer happy.
I have worked with lots of women whose definition of success was working 60+ hours a week in corporate America. After having their first baby, they go back to their job and only work 40 hours a week. Then, in their next performance review, they get told their performance was average and they don't get an outstanding rave review, and they're so angry.
In your employer's mind, you took something away. Whether it's right or wrong doesn't matter. That's the perception.
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This is why I'm really worried about all these people who love the idea of quiet quitting. If you don't think it's getting noticed, it is. And if the market shifts, you could see results that you're not happy with.
It's way more important—if you are not feeling good about the environment you're in—to learn how to become what I call a Workplace Renegade. That means an independent thinker, somebody who can figure out the best relationship for them and their company. And if that relationship isn't working for you anymore, then we help you find something else and open up that job for someone who would be happy with it.
Take ownership of your career, folks. Stop being angry at the employer. You have more control than you think!
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