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Here’s How You Can Excel In Your Career Now

If you want to excel in your career, there are a few different steps you can take to make it happen. Want to know what to do? Read on to find out…

Continue Learning At Home

When you’re not at work, continue learning at home. There are different home courses you can do to help you expand your skills. You could even simply read different books and articles so you have more knowledge on a certain industry and subject. Of course you need time to relax too, but using your spare time wisely could definitely help you to excel in your career.

Make Sure You Feel Good At Work

Feeling good at work is going to make you feel better when doing your job. You’ll likely be happier, and spread that joy to colleagues/customers too! To make sure you feel good, start each day right. Take the time to have a hot drink, maybe read a chapter of a book. Don’t start the day rushing around, or it’ll likely continue this way. You can also make sure you’re comfortable and confident in the clothes you wear. You could buy the best work boots out there, or a posh suit, depending on what work calls for.

Work On Your Self Image And Confidence

Sometimes, how well you do at work has something to do with your self image and confidence. If you’re confident and you regard yourself highly (not in an arrogant way), you can go far. Your beliefs are everything, so make sure you actually believe that you can excel at work.

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Visualize

All of the best athletes and entrepreneurs visualize. Even some of the world’s most famous celebrities! This goes along with the statement that your beliefs make a difference to everything in your life. Visualize what you’d like your work day to go like. What you’d like your boss to say to you. Make sure you’re in a good mood when you do it. You will be amazed!

Be A Positive Person

Being a positive person can have a huge impact on your life and those around you. Find things to be grateful for at work. Just because you’re not where you want to be right now, doesn’t mean you can’t be grateful for where you’re at.

Ask For Feedback

If you’re not sure how you’re actually doing at work, ask your boss for some feedback. This can be scary, but it’s imperative if you want to know what you need to work on. It’ll also show your boss that you are serious about improving!

Take The Initiative Once In A While

Playing it safe is, well, safe. Try taking the initiative once in a while. Come up with ideas and make suggestions. Show that you’re a forward thinker. Make sure you’re getting involved.

Start using these tips right now and you could excel in your career before you know it. If you have any tips or suggestions of your own, leave them below. Come back soon!


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Learn How Your Money Can Earn You More

We all work hard at our careers to ensure we have plenty of money. Knowing what to do with that money can be a hard decision. Much of it goes on rent, bills, and mortgages. But what should you do with leftover pennies? Here are some spending options that will bring your money back to you later down the line.

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BUYING A SIDE PROPERTY

Investing in a side property may seem like an expensive option, but it’s well worth doing if you have the money. Secure a property, then rent it out and get monthly payments straight to your account. You’ll also have the security of knowing you can sell the property if things get hard. This is an expensive investment, but one that will soon pay for itself. Be aware that a landlord does have to pay towards the property occasional. Set aside a certain amount of the rent to ensure you’re not left out of pocket should anything happen. Make sure that you’re renting to sensible tenants, too. Renting to the wrong people could result in missed rent payments or a ruined property. Good tenants will take care of themselves. For the most part, you won’t even have to consider the property! If you want to take a back seat, you could pay an estate agent to deal with your tenants for you.

INVESTING IN STOCKS AND SHARES

The investment world can be overwhelming, and many of us avoid it for that reason. Stocks and shares can be lucrative, but it’s often hard to know how to navigate them. We’ve all heard about businesses collapsing, and investors losing large amounts of money. If you’ve got a chunk sum behind you and are willing to take the risk, investment could be the perfect way to spend your money. All you need to do is buy shares in the right company, and you’ll receive lump sum payments from their income. The amount you receive depends on the amount you invested and how well the business is doing. Make sure you invest right by researching on sites like The Fortunate Investor.

PAY INTO A PENSION

There’s going to come a time when you’re no longer able to work. Spending any spare money on ensuring your security is an excellent idea. Workplaces supply a pension, so make sure you’re paying in as much as possible. Your employer will put in a certain amount for every payment you make to your scheme. You could also look into setting up a private pension. That way, you’ll be able to rest easy that you’ll have plenty of money to retire with.

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SAVE FOR A RAINY DAY

As well as scattering your money, make sure you have a savings account should you need it. Life can throw a lot of rubbish at us, and knowing you have money for every eventuality will come as a huge relief. Choosing a savings account with a high-interest rate also allows you money to increase if you don’t use it!


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Need A Career Change? Here Are Three Careers You Can Switch To Right Away!

There are plenty of fields of work that seem like they could offer you something far more fulfilling and exciting that the standard work-a-day world. Whether that’s because it offers an amazing, vibrant working environment or because it gives you the opportunity to work in an area that really lets you help people. Everyone, from time to time, thinks about changing their career and striking out into to something different. The problem is that it can feel as though the most challenging and rewarding careers all involve years, if not longer, of intense training. These sorts of jobs can seem like the kind of thing that, if you didn’t start working towards it at an early age, you’ve essentially missed your chance. Fortunately, that’s not true. No one needs to be trapped in the same place for the rest of their lives, and there are plenty of careers that offer you the chance to jump in without having to sign away the next ten years of your life.

Web development

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If you’re interested in the kind of career that combines technical know-how with creative flair, as well as offering you a varied work day, then consider looking into web development. It’s pretty much an established truth at this point that no business can function without a website. While it is possible for companies to develop their own websites, the need for the site itself to be clear, attractive and functional means that there’s a lot of demand for professional web developers. The great thing is, you don’t need to set time aside for doing a new degree to get into this career. There are plenty of online courses that can help you get started. Web development can also help you take control of your career by allowing you to work from home and set your own hours.

Healthcare

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Now I know what you’re thinking. Surely there’s no way you can get into something like healthcare without years and years of training? And yes, that can be true. Roles like doctors and nurses require far more training and education that even a typical degree. Fortunately, those aren’t the only roles available in the healthcare industry. If you want to work in a sector that helps people every day and have something of a business mind, then consider some of the varied administrative roles that the healthcare industry has available. Not only are these roles fast-paced and exciting, but they don’t require anywhere near the level of training as doctors and nurses. There are organisations that can help you achieve an online bachelor’s in healthcare administration. This way you can gain the skills you need to shift to something new and exciting.

Freelance writing

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If there’s one thing all businesses need, it’s content. Not that many business owners are as skilled in generating content as they are with the nuts and bolts of running a business. If you’ve always had a way with words, then consider becoming a freelance writer. The great thing about working as a writer is that it’s far more based on your skills than your qualifications. This means that you don’t need to get a new degree to get started. Just start writing, even something like a blog. That way you can show clients that you have the skills to create valuable and engaging content for their business.


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Take The Stress Off Your Job Search By Making Money While You Look

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Money can be tight, especially when you’re job hunting. Landing your dream job can take time, and time is expensive! If you don’t have a regular income, look into the options for making extra money on the side. Knowing that you’ve got enough to tide you over will take off a lot of the job hunt pressure. Keep positive and put in the work to sustain yourself at this hard time. After all, you’ll want to be your best self when that important interview crops up! Getting creative with money making ideas is essential for getting through the hard times. There are many more ways to make money from home than you might realize! Here’s a list of just a few options.

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SELL THINGS YOU DON’T USE

Selling household items you don’t use can be lucrative. It’s surprising, once you start selling, how much you find you don’t need anymore. If you have a jewelry box, go through it and see which pieces you don’t wear. Selling jewelry can lead to significant money, especially if you’ve got some beautiful pieces. DVD’S and books can earn you good money, too. As can selling old clothes. Get up in the attic and think about what you no longer need. Old electricals can fetch quite a lot of money if they’re in mint condition. With a bit of luck, they might have become vintage since you last used them. Vintage stuff is big business. Selling things couldn’t be easier, with sites like Ebay there to do the hard work for you. Put your old stuff online and see how much money you can make!

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BLOGGING

Blogging can be a fun way to make money. Have you got a niche subject you’re dying to tell the world about? Setting up a blog is much easier than you’d think, and could lead you to massive success. Blogging isn’t just a way to make a little extra cash either. If you put in a fair amount of effort, you might find this is the dream job you never knew you wanted. You can have a lot of fun with a blog, and get your voice heard. Learn how to draw traffic to your blog. Getting a large enough audience is essential if you want to start making money. Most of the money you’ll make is off of advertising. Companies will pay well if you have a strong enough audience. Get to work and build a blog that’s sure to draw the numbers. It’s also essential that you integrate yourself into the blogging community. Get your name out there by becoming familiar to existing bloggers. The blogging option is a fantastic one. It gives you something to focus your energy on during your unemployment, as well as offering potentially large payouts!

INVESTMENT

If you have some savings behind you, you could look into the investment world. Investing in stocks and shares can be a lucrative money making scheme if you do it right. Be aware that investing in the wrong shares could result in losing your money. Take care and study the market.

If you want market information, find it from Money Morning. Sites like this are a huge help in giving you an idea of where it’s worth investing. There’s no denying that the world of stocks and shares can be overwhelming. Do your research and don’t jump into anything. If you think you’ve got the hang of the market, investing could be the perfect thing for you!

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MAKE AND SELL

Have you got a crafting skill you think you could make money from? Homemade items are always desirable. It’ll amaze you how much people are willing to pay for your crafting goods. If you’ve got a knack for knitting, use it to make you money! Knitted goods sell for top money. If you’re a whizz on the sewing machine, why not get to grips with your inner designer, and sell your creations? Take a look at what’s on the market and see if you can do anything a little different. If knitting and sewing aren’t for you, there are many other options. How about making candles? If you’re good with computers, you could create your own art prints. Again, it’s worth looking through your unused items here. Repurposing household items into quirky items can be a great idea. How about repurposing your old clothes and selling those? Unique items always go down a treat, and people are sure to pay if your creations are good. Take your time to ensure your merchandise is good quality. Getting creative can take your mind off your job hunting dilemmas, at the same time as making you some money.

SURVEYS

Various online panels that offer cash rewards for the completion of surveys. Signing up for one of these is unlikely to make you rich, but it will give you a little extra spending money each month. Studies usually last between 10 – 30 minutes. You’ll be required to answer a series of questions about a variety of subjects, ranging from shopping habits to your opinions on a product. This is a hassle-free way to make money. Once you’ve signed up, survey invitations will go straight to your inbox. Many survey sites even offer the option to take part in control groups. If you’re able to travel to these, you could make even more money! Remember to check that you will be making money, even after petrol. If you’re not making money, don’t go!

COMPETITIONS

Last on this list, but definitely not your last option, are competitions. Sites like Loquax give you a low-down of a variety of competitions. Most of these are free to enter and offer anything from money to rewards. Even if a competition offers a reward, it’s worth entering. You can sell any prizes you don’t want and get your money that way! Take the time to enter as many free competitions as you can. You have to be in it to win it, after all!


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Boost Your Employability And Land Your Dream Job

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Looking for jobs can be soul destroying. You spend hours on application forms and updating your resume. You craft a beautifully worded cover letter that highlights your skills and experience. And then silence. You don’t even reach the interview stage. There are countless reasons why you weren’t shortlisted, but it’s hard not to take it personally. What can you do to boost your employability and land a job?

Education And Training

Having a strong academic background is always an advantage when you enter the jobs market. Choose your college course wisely so that it provides you with a clear route to employment. If you’re unsure of your career path, opt for courses that provide access to many different careers. Psychology is a good example. You can find many examples of psychology colleges & jobs related to that field online.

It’s never too late to obtain qualifications. Even if college wasn’t an option for you, there are many online and evening courses that will boost your CV. Employers like to see evidence that you keep your skills up-to-date. So, having a section on your resume for professional training, etc. will be an advantage.

Voluntary Work

If you feel that your work experience is a little thin, consider working on a voluntary basis. This can be part-time and fit in with your current job or studies. It will enhance your skills and demonstrate your willingness to give your time for free. It’s a great tool to get those sought after skills on your resume.

Your Application

Updating your resume is not the most interesting task. It’s time-consuming and requires a lot of concentration. But it’s a vital part of your job search. You shouldn’t have one resume that fits all jobs. You should alter it each time you apply.

Begin your resume with a strong personal profile. This is a summary of your skills and abilities. You should also add a sentence or two about your next steps and career progression. Next, add a section for your employment history. This should be in date order with your latest position appearing at the top. Separate your achievements from your day-to-day duties. Employers like examples of where you have made a difference or excelled.

After your employment history, you should add your education and qualifications. This could be followed by a section on professional training. i.e. training completed after school and college. If you’ve just left school or college, your education should appear at the top above your work experience.

As a general note, don’t write in the first person. i.e. don’t use the word I. Resumes should be written in the third person. This adds trust and is more professional. Use strong verbs wherever possible. For example, delivered, performed, exceeded, implemented, established, etc.

Always check your grammar and spelling carefully. Then check them again. If this isn’t your strong point, find someone who will proofread for you. If you’re completing an online application, write it in Word or similar first so you can spell check before submitting.

Interview Skills

If you reach the next stage of the process, you will be faced with an interview. This can be daunting, and feeling nervous is completely natural. Try to view it as a two-way interview. You’re also interviewing the company to see if it’s a suitable fit.

Though there are a lot of unknowns, you should still prepare as much as possible. Do your research. Read as much as you can about the company so you can demonstrate your knowledge and interest. Look for common interview questions and prepare your responses carefully in advance. Be confident and friendly. Don’t overdo either.

Have we missed anything? What factors have helped you land a job in the past?


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