Lately there seems to be an influx of articles on following your passion on the job or how to find a position you love (not sure but maybe it’s a reaction to the gloomy winter weather we’ve been having) but personally I’ve always thought that work is work and not play so if you expect your place of work to be a playground you’ll be sorely disappointed! In theory, it sounds great to have loads of great times on the job but having this viewpoint seems like a bit of a fantasy.
Before I sound like a total downer, I did find an article by Kurt Heinrich that takes a different perspective. In it he says you shouldn’t expect to love your work but instead you need to love your craft and have a desire to hone your skills, that way you won’t be forever looking for an “image” of the perfect job:
Don’t love your work, love your craft and your career
This next article ties directly to this idea and how when faced with a toxic work environment you need to stop thinking of what the company isn’t doing or why the job isn’t good and instead think of what skills you can get out of the position now that will ultimately provide you with the leverage you need for getting a new job.
In Liz Ryan’s linkedin article entitled “When good jobs go bad,” she calls this leveraging “data mining” or “flame growing”
When good jobs go bad
With the start of the new year it seems inevitable that predictions for 2014 will be coming out fast and furious, I’ve seen articles on everything from how resumes will change (or become obsolete) to what jobs will be hot or not, to interview and networking innovations. So how do you, the job seeker, sift through everything to find the real gems?
This article on Careerrealism about resumes is good, but don’t forget the concept has to “fit” your field, don’t jump on a bandwagon just because it seems trendy!
I’ve always advised job-seekers that when sending a resume your best bet is to copy your cover letter into the body of the email as well as including it in the attached resume, but lately a newer concept has started to take shape. It’s called an e-note.
Wendy Enelow and Loise Kursmark state that an e-note is basically a concise and focused version of the traditional cover letter that is meant to briefly communicate your career story and/or 3-4 of the most valuable assets you can offer a potential employer. Based on this approach, the body of the email would be a much more targeted and condensed version of the cover letter, while the expanded version is still included as an attachment to the email. I think this method makes sense given the lack of time most employers have when screening candidates.
Here are just two (of many!) career prediction articles I’ve seen lately:
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the job advice on the internet, but just stay focused on what’s relevant to your goal and you’re sure to find the silver lining!