This week’s Link Roundup is all about prioritizing your career. These blogs and articles will help you ensure that you are making the right choices to benefit your career. Whether you are changing careers, or trying to get back into the workforce, we have all the advice you need. On the contrary, if you are currently working and want some productivity tips, we have those too! Read on to check out this week’s links.
It’s quite a tough situation to be in. You finally land the interview you want, but now you have to find a way to leave work to get there. It can be tough to explain why you’re randomly taking a day off, and don’t know how to explain it. Thankfully, this article from Forbes has some suggestions for explaining it to your boss. If you have an interview coming up soon and still need an excuse, check out this article.
Have you ever stayed up too late on a work night? The next day you feel sluggish and notice you’re not being nearly as productive as the day before. This is surprisingly common in the workforce. Many employees are going to work tired, and it’s greatly affecting their value. The National Safety Council recently conducted a survey regarding the sleep deprivation and its effects in the workplace. Make sure you get the right amount of sleep! If you don’t believe in it’s importance, give the article a quick read.
Ryan Seacrest seems to be in so many places at once, he must have clones. Since he has such a busy schedule, he has to find ways to maximize his time and get the most out of his day. A big part of this is not spending too much time responding to e-mails. Many workers spend hours each day sorting through theirs and sending responses. Such a small task shouldn’t have a big impact on your work day. Tackling them quickly and efficiently is his suggestion. E-mail should be short and sweet to save time for both parties involved.
Getting laid off can be a tough pill to swallow. Even more challenging is finding a way to get back into the workforce. Thankfully, Adrienne Tom of Career Impressions has provided a great plan of action to get you back on your feet. If you were involuntarily removed from the workforce recently, Tom has great advice to help you re-enter.
It’s never to late to change careers. If you feel trapped in what you’re doing and find no enjoyment in it, there are options out there for you! You’re never fully committed to a career, and there is always another path. If you’re looking to make a change, begin by examining careers that are adjacent to your own. Similar roles with similar skills will make the transition easy. If not, keep branching out to find something you’re interested in, and pursue it. Check out the full article for an inspiring career change success story.
In theory, most candidates would have a decent understanding about how to answer most job interview questions. We’re at the point where the most common questions are used between many companies. This allows candidates to anticipate questions and have answers somewhat prepared. However, some people are still able to find ways to answer that are completely counterproductive to making their case as a candidate. If you want to feel better about some of your own answers, check out this list of the worst of the worst.
Having a mentor to help you make career choices can be a huge advantage. However, these relationships usually fall into place naturally, as opposed to being manufactured. However, that’s what LinkedIn is trying to do, based on a new mentor matching service. The product has yet to see public release, but should soon. We’ll keep our eyes on this as it develops.
To end on a fun note, we recently noticed that Kensington Palace is hiring a Senior Communications Officer. That employee will be working with their charities and focusing on the Royal Foundation specifically. If you’re looking for a new job, this may just be the career change you need! If you want to apply, feel free to check out their LinkedIn posting. Best of luck!
We hope you found the advice you were looking for in this week’s roundup! There are always better and smarter ways to work, and we were glad to share those ways with you. Staying productive and efficient is a great way to keep your career on track. We’ll be back next week with more links to share!