We often think that the only well paying jobs are the ones that we would hate to do and the only fun ones pay peanuts. That’s not always true. In fact these seven jobs are creative and lucrative.
More and more people are looking for jobs where they are overqualified. It is part of the economic picture we face right now and in many cases it makes sense to be working even if you do have more qualifications or experience than the job demands. But how to get the job without being rejected out of hand?
How to make your boss love you
1. Find out what makes your boss likes and give it to him or her (a lot). Don’t assume that it’s details, or positive feedback or a daily Frappuccino. Be a detective and find out what the boss loves and provide regularly.
2. Think about who your end customer is. Instead of sending an email that just pleases your boss, think about if this is something they are going to give to their boss, to the CFO or to an end-user.
3. Be at work before them and leave after them. Bosses love to see you working hard – and harder than them is even better. If you work remote make sure they see your emails of instant messages before or after the end of the day.
4. Remember the boss screws up too. When the boss messes up help him or her to clean up, don’t blame them but also help them not to be an idiot again.
5. Don’t ask for a pay raise instead tell the boss what you are going to do to make more money for the company. Once you show how valuable you are to the organization then you can negotiate money.
6. Be passionate about what the boss is passionate about. This could be the Steelers, HGTV Network or their kids. Learn about what they like so you can like it too.
Goldilocks had problems finding the right spoon, bowl and bed and she had to watch out for bears too! For job hunters the challenge is the same. How do you know when you you are doing too much or too little on your job hunt? When is it just right? Read More
Lots of talk about how some employers are asking for employed people only to fill their current vacancies. The reasoning is that someone who is already working is more productive because they are already used to regular hours, current work practices etc. I don’t buy that but still. Here are five tips to get you out of this Catch 22 situation.
Often, people are uncomfortable about selling let alone selling themselves, in a job hunting situation, to someone they don’t know. Funnily, some of the worst offenders are sales and marketing people who have no problem selling cars, cereal or cool things that you didn’t need or want! So what’s the answer. Treat yourself like a product. Read More
Creativity is vital for a successful company. Those organizations that get stuck doing the same thing the same way are almost doomed.
But I do see some problems with creativity in companies:
1. If senior leadership is not bought into creativity it makes it harder for lower levels to bring that to reality.
2. It’s easier to criticize than support creativity.
3. Fear is often the driver in organization. And fear hates change!
4. You have to be sure of who you are and what you bring to the table before you can go out and be creative.
5. Creativity is a process and takes time. Making space for reflection and contemplation is crucial.
This article reinforces what I have been seeing a lot working with Fortune 500 companies and with my individual clients. It is a great read.
Being out is being who you are. But does it make sense while you look for a job or improve your career?
Sometimes you come across a boss who you hate. And sadly the feeling may be mutual. They don’t like you. Or it looks that way. What are you going to do, especially if you can’t afford to quit.
You have an interview. Then what? How do you follow up?