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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Questions to Ask Yourself before Career Changes

1. Why do you want to change careers? Is the change sought for money, status, economy, or maybe boredom, office conflicts, or it is a desire to work in a different profession? Money is always an issue and in some cases must be the deciding factor; however, those individuals usually end up still unhappy with their career. Researching factors such as job expectations, stress levels, and hours you’ll spend on the job and the amount of expected travel to make sure your expectations are accurate. Lastly, examine your current options to see if there are any alternatives to making the change. Could you change your attitude on your current career? By setting new goals you may be able to you are improve your circumstances and positively manage career boredom or office politics.

2. Will this be the right job for you? Have you thought through what your day will be like? What skills you will be using? What will be expected of you in terms of skills, activities and responsibilities? Thoroughly research what the atmosphere and work environment will be like as well as what the job entails. Is this how you want to spend one third of your life? A great tool to help identify your behavioral preferences is a behavioral assessment analysis such as the DISC Behavioral Profiling Assessment. Proven to be accurate more than 80-85% of the time, the DISC Assessment is very effective in discovering strengths and weaknesses in your preferred behavioral style. The results can be utilized to understand what types of work patterns, skills, and environments you prefer and are a great tool for learning how to communicate more effectively and for improving professional relationships.

3. How will the new job affect your family or personal life? A new career is not only a major change for you but can also mean changes for your family or personal life as well. Check to see what the average work week will consist of; will there be longer hours or more travel? What will you or your family be giving up and what will you be gaining from the change? Is it worth it? A balance in professional and personal life will help keep both areas of your life healthy and enjoyable.

4. What are your career expectations for growth potential and/or promotion? Look into the possibility for advancements and determine if there are areas for promotion, available opportunities to take on additional responsibility and potential to make more money in your new chosen profession. Changing careers often places you back at a lower seniority status. You may start with a decrease in income from what you are used to and if there are layoffs or cuts made you may be the first to go. If this is going to be the case, make sure you have a sufficient nest egg set aside to handle unexpected changes.

5. What does the career change say to future employers about your commitment capabilities? Is this your first career change or is this something you have done before? If you have made similar changes in the past it may appear to an employer as a lack of dedication or focus on your part. Employers spend a great deal of time and resources hiring new employees and they expect their employees to be willing and able to a make long term commitment. Review your professional history and prepare positive interview responses regarding changes in past professions or positions. If this is your first career change prepare to show your career progression and always offer a positive spin on your past decisions – even if they were wrong you can still show what you learned and accomplishments you achieved along the way.

There are many more questions that can be asked of you before beginning a career change. For some a change will improve quality of life and it will be easy to determine if a career change is the right decision. For others, these questions will hopefully provide insight and help in making an informed decision. Either way it is important to take the time to think about the reasons for wanting a change and affects a career change will have on you and those around you.

Quit Your Job Before Finding a New One, Should You?

Are you unhappy with your current job? Whether you are unsatisfied with your pay, with your position, with your supervisors, or with your coworkers, you may be interested in seeking employment elsewhere. If you are interested in finding a new job, do you have a plan of action? If you not, you will want to continue reading on.

Of course, the decision to quit your job, as well as when and how you do so, is your decision to make. With that in mind, it is important to not put yourself, your family, or your finances in danger. That is why you should not quit your job until you at least have a plan of action in place. For many individuals, that plan of action should include a new job already lined up.

When it comes to leaving the workplace, there are many individuals who wonder why it is so important for them to first have a new job lined up. In today’s society, it has been reported that a good percentage of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. If you are one of those individuals, do you know what could happen if you were to impulsively quit your job? You may go weeks, possibly even months without a paycheck. This is a factor that many do not take into consideration, but you should as you will likely find yourself ineligible for unemployment compensation.

If you are living paycheck to paycheck, it is advised that you take the time to find a new job before submitting your resignation, no matter how unhappy you will be. This is particularly important if you have a family to support. You will also want to make sure that you are able to pay your rent or mortgage payments, as well as any car payments or auto insurance that you may have. These are bills that many cannot live without. The last thing that you will want to do is risk losing your home. This may seem like common sense, but many individuals do not always think of this aspect, especially when presented with a work related conflict.

Since it is advised that you do not submit your resignation until you have a new job lined up, you may be curious as to how you can go about doing so. It may be a little bit difficult, but it is more than possible for you to work full time and also search for a new job at the same time. You can easily do this thanks to sick time, vacation pay, lunch breaks, and the internet. The internet enables you to search for job openings at just about any point in time. Sick days, vacation time, and lunch breaks can be used to attend any job interviews that you may be awarded.

If you are financial stable enough to quit your job before you have a new one lined up, you may still want to proceed with caution. It is advised that you try and give your employer at least two weeks notice. If you are unable to do so, you may risk losing your current employer as a job reference. If you have worked at your current job for some time now, you may want to keep this important point in mind. That is why you should try and give as much notice as possible, even if it is only two or three days.

Tips to Getting English Jobs in Korea

The economy of American nations is playing a huge role within the global market. On the other hand, its culture; tradition; and history are well known to almost all citizens within various global countries. Because of these reasons, English is among the most popular languages.

With the great number of individuals wanting to learn the dialect, the opportunity of obtaining English jobs is vast. Among the several countries, which are intent on studying it, is Korea. There have already been a lot of people who have acquired great teaching experience within this country. This is possible because they opted to look for a teaching job in reputable and well-known schools. Plus, they make sure that their contract is properly negotiated and written.

When choosing among different English jobs in Korea, it is important for you to consider your option carefully. Reading each of the school’s contract terms thoroughly will help you determine which one holds more edge. Make sure that your living and working conditions are included with the benefit coverage. You might also want to ask for references from the people that you know of; who have previous experience with a teaching job in the country.

Among the cities within Korea where you will be able to find an English teaching profession is Bundang. This is Seoul’s satellite city, among the best locations of the country. It will not be hard for you to adjust, since you will be working with sixteen other foreign teachers. You will be provided with 2.0 to 2.8 million Won. When converted to dollars, this means that you be receiving $2,000 to $2,800 every month. However, the amount that you will get depends on your credentials and your experience.

This English teaching job in Bundang allows you to choose which level you want to be assigned. You can opt to teach preschool kids, grade schoolers, or middle school kids. If you want to work past your regular working hour timetable, which is 22 to 30 hours each month, you will be provided with an overtime pay. The specific pay is 17,400won for each class that lasts for forty minutes.

Strategy You Can Use to Rate Your Boss

Think about each statement below and how true it is for your boss, every time, in every way. If it’s true most all the time, put a ‘3’ beside the statement. If it’s usually true but sometimes isn’t, put a ‘2’ beside the statement. If it’s sometimes true but usually isn’t, put a ‘1’ beside the statement. If it’s seldom to never true, put a ‘0’ beside the statement. When you are finished, I will tell you how to rate your boss.

3 = Most always; 2 = Usually; 1 = Sometimes; 0 = Seldom to never

___ Has a clear vision of our mission, why we do what we do.

___ Values employees and what we do.

___ Is committed to excellence.

___ Is responsive to the needs and interests of our customers.

___ Understands where and how he/she fits into the scheme of things.

___ Follows procedures, plays by the rules.

___ Doesn’t pass his/her frustrations down-the-line to employees.

___ Is positive and energetic whether things are going well or not.

___ Accurately understands his/her skills and limitations.

___ Is well-organized.

___ Handles things in a timely manner.

___ Personally pitches in and does what needs done.

___ Keeps things focused on getting the job done.

___ Doesn’t get into being negative and ‘down’ about things.

___ Doesn’t get into blaming or accusing someone anytime there is a problem.

___ Believes other people are honest and trustworthy.

___ Takes even minor complaints seriously.

___ Is open to ideas and suggestions from anyone.

___ Understands problems and issues from other people’s points of view.

___ Makes sure a job can be done before holding anyone responsible for it.

___ Is clear with people about what he/she expects.

___ Takes time to be sure that people understand how their jobs fit in with other jobs and activities.

___ Gives people clear reasons and explanations whenever they are requested.

___ Appropriately delegates tasks and duties.

___ Doesn’t delegate a job to someone and then try to manage it him/herself or second-guess the person who got the job.

___ Delegates enough authority so the person can do what needs done.

___ Knows how to get the resources needed to get the job done.

___ Is skilled at using informal strategies to get things done.

___ Understands and taps the knowledge, skills, and resources of everyone.

___ Distributes work and responsibilities efficiently and fairly.

___ Doesn’t take advantage of anyone.

___ Defers to others when they are more knowledgeable, skilled, or competent.

___ Values differing styles, personalities, and opinions.

___ Sees problems and opportunities before they become crises or it’s too late to do anything about them.

___ Deals with problems and conflicts as soon as he/she becomes aware of them.

___ Doesn’t react to people or problems impulsively.

___ Is slow to confront people or get into arguments.

___ Fits his/her reactions to the situation or circumstance.

___ Is assertive but tactful.

___ Is hard on problems and soft on people.

___ Is flexible and willing to compromise.

___ Doesn’t deal with people in win/lose terms if it can be avoided.

___ Remembers and owns what he/she says, agrees to, and does.

___ Works with people instead of merely relying on his/her power and control.

___ Takes everyone into consideration when making decisions.

___ Tries to understand the what and why of problems before taking action.

___ Can and will make the tough or unpopular decision when necessary.

___ Can handle people’s being unhappy or upset with him/her at times.

___ Attends to the details without getting bogged down in them.

___ Gives people clear, frequent, and accurate feedback.

___ Is as quick to tell people what they have done right as what they have done wrong.

___ Takes it for granted that people are trying to do a good job.

___ Is a good teacher.

___ Is quick to praise and slow to criticize.

___ Only holds people responsible for what they actually can do, can control.

___ Compliments publicly, criticizes privately.

To rate your boss, add together your ratings for the items above. The total will be from 0 to 168. When you are finished, use the guide below to interpret your boss’ score.

126 to 168 There are bosses and There are bosses and then There are bosses like yours; but there are not nearly enough of them to go around. Unfortunately, most people have to make do with lesser mortals. Now, be honest and tell everyone your secret. Did you choose your boss, did your boss choose you, or did you just luck out? However it happened, you have certainly got a good thing going for yourself and should thank your lucky stars at least once a day, every day. You also have a great opportunity to learn from a master. Your boss walks the walk, talks the talk, and has all the right moves; and you should emulate the example being set for you. If you get it right, you are likely to be a great boss yourself one day.

84 to 125 Your boss isn’t up there with the crèème de la crèème, not a certified member of the leadership elite; but nonetheless, you have definitely got a keeper. Though your boss doesn’t quite qualify as a leadership guru, he or she may be a worthy candidate for the guru-in-training program. I would certainly give your boss two thumbs up and so should you. What you need to know is that the more you stick to The High Road as you work and deal with your boss, the more your boss will stick to The High Road when working and dealing with you. You have a boss who doesn’t quite get it yet; but you have also got a golden opportunity to show the way, to blaze the trail to The High Road for both of you.

42 to 83 ‘Average’ comes to mind when characterizing your boss. It likely comes as no surprise to you that bosses aren’t known for spending a lot of time on The High Road, at least while they are doing their boss thing. Some kind of mysterious fog envelops far too many otherwise sensitive, rational people at the very instant that they put on their boss hats and turns them into bad examples of most everything. To many it looks like they have gotten caught up in status, power, and the need to control everyone and everything. Sure, that’s how it is for some; but for most, you are seeing something quite different. They have gotten caught up in all that responsibility and in all that authority they don’t know how to handle. Under it all, they are anxious and worried about themselves, their abilities, and whether they will succeed. They fear that they will fail. If you can see this, you can help your boss and help yourself at the same time. You can look for opportunities to be helpful, to be supportive. You can give your boss frequent, accurate feedback about how you are doing and how things are going. Most importantly, you can let your boss know when he or she is doing it right, is succeeding. The key is for you to stick to The High Road every day, in every way. Will this get your boss onto The High Road? Probably not; but there will be more times when he or she gets closer and more opportunities for you to walk the walk, talk the talk, and model the right moves.

0 to 41 Oh well, your boss is why they call it WORK; and you will be having a lot of tough days to follow the tough days you have already had. If knowing what you are dealing with is better than not knowing, it’s bad and ain’t likely to change, at least not in your lifetime; but you have surely figured that out for yourself by now. Today may be the day to put that old dog into the truck and take it on down the road; but if that won’t work for you when you take everything into consideration, there are a couple pointers that you need to consider. First, your boss isn’t going to change and there is little to nothing you can do about that; so quit trying to figure out ways to accomplish the improbable. Next, stop getting into discussions with other employees about your boss’ shortcomings. They do no good and only let other people know that you don’t spend as much time on The High Road as you should. Finally, you will need to accept how truly difficult your situation is and double your resolve to do everything you do, with style, on purpose, every time, in every way, with everyone, including your boss, as you stick to The High Road.