Why are you waiting to update your resume? Are you thinking you are stable at your job? That can only update your resume right before you send it out? Are you waiting to practice interviewing until you have an interview time on your calendar?
If so, you are too late!
Let me explain...
If you wait until you are laid off or actively seeking a job, you are selling yourself short in a variety of ways. First, you are not adding valuable information to your resume in real time, thereby forgetting important details, such as the topic you presented, the old and new software you worked with, and the training you completed. You are missing portions of valuable work experience which set you apart from other employees. A company knows what your general job description looks like. Yet, they have no idea how you have made the position yours, by adding the personal touches only you provide to personalize your role. Secondly, you are not tapping into the hidden job market, networking, thereby passing up what could be your dream job. Everyone is always in the market, unless you own your own company. Even then, there could be enough of an offer to potentially interest you. You cannot explore opportunities if you are not refreshing on paper, thereby reinforcing, your strengths to yourself. Think about it.
Like anything else, interview practice takes time. It takes a lot of effort, rehearsal, and practice. You won't get the luxury of time, if you are scrambling to meet with a job coach the day before your interview. You are already going to be nervous, and are not going to be focused enough to absorb all the information about the company, the position, and how to most effectively answer questions.
I have seen people from entry level to C-level make the same mistake, time and time again.
The last minute is too late! If you wait until the car is empty to fill up with gas, you're going to be pushing it to the nearest gas station. And where I'm sitting, in South Florida in July, that just doesn't seem pleasant. Refuel. Give yourself a little bit of time. Stop scrambling. You will make a better impression!
Some signs that you may have a toxic boss:
-Are you so stressed when you leave work that you are shaking?
-Are you concerned every day that your boss is going to fire you, even though you are highly productive?
-Do you get panic attacks anticipating that you may see your boss early in the morning?
-Are you looking over your shoulder and not sure why?
-Are you scared of going to the bathroom because that's when the BIG KAHUNA does "rounds"?
Working this way can leave you stressed, sick, and depressed!
Toxic bosses are the grown up version of the playground bully. Since they have nothing valuable to contribute, they demean their employees and sap energy instead of stealing lunch change. That is not okay!
There are a lot of unstable people in the world. Some of them are in management positions. (I'm not sure how either, but they are.) The best you can do in a toxic boss scenario is ensure that you have a good work life balance. Whether you prefer to work out or veg in front of the TV, make sure you have time for yourself to de-stress and detoxify from your day. Furthermore, don't take it personally! If the boss is like this with everyone, and you know it's a sick environment, don't personalize the boss's anger/insanity/instability. We all know that will only get you worse. Commiserate with your colleagues, because they understand, and chances are: nobody who is not in your situation will get the intricacies. But, don't wallow with your colleagues. Encourage each other. And always keep your resume on standby and updated! You never know when toxic boss is going to snap!
Also, if it gets ugly enough, report the person to higher management or human resources. You don't want to be a victim of a losing battle involving harassment or retaliation. Know your rights within the law. And hang in there! There are great bosses out there too!
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.