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Happy Holidays! December 26, 2013

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Happy Holidays everyone! Have fun, stay safe. Don’t do anything stupid at office parties.

Too Good for Your Job? Ways to Cope for the Overqualified Employee December 25, 2013

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It’s not easy making a shift. Any shift means moving out of your comfort zone, adapting, doing things you’ve never done before and trying stuff you never imagined you would/could do. Imagine getting hired for a job for which you are overqualified. You know far more than the position requires and have far better qualifications and training for the job. What do you do?

In an uneasy job market, it should be a sin to be too picky. Of course, that is not to say that you have to sell yourself short. However, there are times when we have to grab what we could. Sometimes, a stable job is hard to come by and we do have bills to pay.

If you happen to be overqualified for your job and have a nagging feeling that you may not be doing too well, think for a minute. What you see as a deadend or a boring mudhole may just be your ticket to a better resume. Here are ways how to cope and change your perspective:

First, don’t hate your job. Whatever it may be, it is the difference between you coming home with a regular check and getting kicked out of your apartment. It is the difference between your family having three good meals a day and having to make do with instant noodles and canned sardines. It is the difference between your child having the chance to go to school and quitting the whole school year.

If you hate your job because you are overqualified, remember this: your anger, frustrations and resentment are misplaced. It is not your job’s fault that you are where you are right now. Circumstances (some of which may be unavoidable)  have put you in a place where you may have to struggle just to survive. If you’ve been thrown at sea with no life vest on, consider your job as your lifesaver. Hang on to it for the meantime. Appreciate it for what it gives you at the moment. It may not be a lot, it may not be what you are used to receiving or it may not be what you feel you deserve but it is better than nothing.

Don’t hate your company. Like your job, it is not your employer’s fault that you lost your old job or that you had to make do with the job you now have. Keep in mind that your company means to run a business and as a business, it wants to turn a profit. Be thankful that they hired you. Not many companies are willing to take chances with an overqualified applicant but the fact that they let you in is enough reason for you to be thankful. Count your blessings. Would you rather be working in your job right now or pounding the pavement in search of a job?

Do what you can to shine. Grow where you are planted. It’s a cliche, I know but it can work wonders for you. Never think of your job as “beneath” you. Remember that a job is only mediocre because you are doing a mediocre job. Don’t let a bad attitude ruin your chances and abilities to do a great job. Challenge yourself, perform better. If you slack off and stop caring, it will show. Worse, you will find that you suck at a job you actually hate. Do better everyday. Better yet, think about what you will put on your resume for jobhunting later. If you truly are overqualified, show that you know better and do your job well.

Make it better. If you have the experience, skills and knowledge, use these to think of ways on how you can contribute to the processes involved in your company. Make a list of things that can be improved and work on them. Make suggestions, prepare a plan. If you are as good as you claim to be, it will show. Challenge yourself if you have to.

Build your network. Personal and business connections are invaluable in the marketplace, so don’t be shy or act like you’re better than everybody else. Build relationships, join teams and learn as much as you can. You’ll be surprised at how useful these new connections will be later on.

Make a plan. If you can never see yourself working for the same company in the next few years, have an exit strategy. Have a clear understanding about what you want, what you have right now and where you want to go. Write down concrete steps about what you can do to progress from your current job and follow your dream career path.

Be nice to your employer. Just because they don’t pay you as well as your old employer did does not mean they deserve disrespect from you. Be careful where you tread on this one because it can reveal your character. Don’t badmouth your employer, grumble at work, complain about work conditions (unless the complaints are legitimate), compare your new job to your old one or diss your boss just to show how much you know. Remember that your employer was nice enough to hire you. Don’t prove to them that they made a mistake by doing so. Besides, you don’t want to mess with your boss who has the power to send you packing. When you’re out there looking for a new job, you may not like what they’ll tell a potential employer during a background check.

Bad Performance Review? How to Rise Above It and Shine January 28, 2009

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Did you receive a bad performance review last year?  A performance review with a poor or so-so rating is tough — not just for you but also for your supervisor or manager.  Contrary to popular belief, most of them are not comfortable giving out performance reviews with low ratings.  First, they have to explain it and then discuss ways you can improve.  More importantly, they are often faced by irate, irritated or disbelieving subordinates who may either like to deny that their performance are less than stellar or are just blind to the fact that their showing last year is just not enough to earn them gold stars.

Now that the scores are in, can you still recover from a bad performance review?  Here are ways you can use a poor performance score and turn it around this year:

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Stop with the Meanness Already! January 13, 2009

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I’m not trying to dictate anyone to try and change their behaviors but really… how mean and tactless can you get?  A lot of people are shallowminded enough to think that just because they have a job and others don’t that they could look down on them and make fun of their current circumstances. 

Are you a meanie?  If so, has your career improved because of it?  Why not start changing your tactic this year?   Here are simple ways how:

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New Year, New You, Better Career: Why You Should Get More Training This Year January 13, 2009

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Do you still make New Year’s resolutions?  If this is still some sort of beginning-of-the-year practice for you, let me recommend one thing to consider putting high on your list: training.

That’s right — training.  More education, as in going to classes or seminars to learn.  This year, if you want to make something of yourself and improve your chances at having a better career, getting trained could be the best decision you’ll make.  Here are reasons why:

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Tips for Behaving at Office Parties December 20, 2008

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It’s that time of the year again.  Come December, you and your colleagues will have your calendar full with activities related to the holidays — shopping, gift-giving and parties.  If you’re a new Pinoy employee and don’t know how to behave during office parties, this post is for you.  If you’re a Pinoy employee who’s made the rounds before, this post might still have some things to offer.  Here are ways on how you should behave during office festivities (your company’s or your client’s) and avoid making a fool of yourself:

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Are You in Danger of Getting Charged with Sexual Harassment? November 26, 2008

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Sexual banter is normal among people and we Pinoys are especially well-versed in green jokes, suggestive statements and double entendres.  However, there is a limit to everything, especially in the workplace. 

As an employee, you are protected against sexual harassment from co-workers, visitors and yes, even your boss, no matter how high his/her rank is in the organization.  So just because YOU are protected doesn’t mean others aren’t.  If you’re incredibly careless and tactless about the way words leave your tongue or the way you deal with others physically, you could be on the receiving end of a sexual harassment charge. 

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How to Protect Yourself from Sexual Harassment Charges November 26, 2008

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I have two older posts that offer tips on protecting yourself from sexual harassment.  However, since not all of us are on the receiving end of someone else’s unwanted advances, I am writing this post for those of you who would like to protect yourselves from being accused of sexual harassment.  So for you out there who tend to be misconstrued and misinterpreted, here are a few tips and reminders to help protect you against sexual harassment charges:

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Jobless? How to Use Being Out of Work to Your Advantage November 24, 2008

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Losing a job can be a difficult and scary, particularly if it comes at a time when you’re not ready to move on because you have no other options.  So now you’re stuck at home or in your apartment, mulling over a career path that seemes to have met a deadend and the horizon seems dark and unsure.  So what next?  Here are ways you can use your being jobless and turn it into a career advantage.

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A Thousand Hits! November 11, 2008

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This blog just recently made over 1,000 hits.  Yay!  When I started writing this, I never thought it would even make it to a hundred.  My thanks to all of you who come to this blog regularly and those who bother to click during search engine look-ups.

It’s just a little over a thousand hits and it’s been just under 5 months, I know but I’m shallow that way.  Thanks again, guys!