A big frustration that many job seekers face is that they are looking for a targeted position and are being contacted by irrelevant jobs that are outside of their field. Now a choice needs to be made: is the job an opportunity in the door or a dead end situation?

Sometimes a lower level position in a large company with room for growth is a great way to get in, demonstrate your abilities, and get promoted, whereas getting into a small company where you will never have the opportunity to advance is not advantageous to your resume and your career.

Ask targeted questions in the interview. Find out if the position/company have room to grow. Talk to others at the company. Utilize www.linkedin.com and the web to see what others think of the internal workings of the company.


Don't just take an opportunity at face value: dig deeper, ask more, and identify if the role is the one for you or if you would be wasting time.

 
 
Who is your college team? What colors will you be wearing this season?

You'll catch me around town in my orange and blue. I just hope the Gators can pull the team together before we meet UT this weekend. Your thoughts? Go Gators!
 
 
Managers, keep your employees satisfied! If it's as simple as moving them to a spot with a window, because the person likes taking a moment to look at nature, or whether it is allowing coffee at someone's desk, this may be the difference between retaining excellent staff and having them get frustrated with pettiness and identify a new opportunity.

The costs of hiring a replacement employee involve searching, recruiting, training, identifying if the person is going to fit in with current staff, a ramp-up period, potential termination costs for your prior employee, and time the seat will be empty, leading to a  less productive department.

Is it really worth pettiness? Think about the little things you are able to do to keep your employees satisfied. Then do them!
 
 
Are you working to live or living to work? Do you love what you do?

Sure, there will be times where you have drama, issues, and politics at work but overall, are you doing something where you feel satisfied at the end of the day? If not, maybe you are in the wrong field, working for the wrong employer, or even working for the wrong company.

Or perhaps, your life is out of balance. We need to make sure to focus each day, or at the very least, each week, on things outside of work to feel productive and well balanced. These areas include: family, friends, fun, household duties, health, spirituality, rest, and furthering education, whether taking a moment to read an industry related article or pursuing more formalized education. When a wheel is out of balance, it doesn't work. The same is true when your life is out of sorts: it makes you less effective and satisfied with your job. Maybe you love what you do but are burned out. Take a fall day, now that the kids are back in school. Take a breath. Get to the doctor for a check-up. Feel good about who you are as a spouse and as a parent. Make sure that your life is balanced, and you will feel better about tomorrow.