“Last week, my boss hired a “trainee” straight out of college to work in our department. She is young and it really showed in how she behaved. The problem is, this new “co-worker” of mine started acting like a prima donna. She has become manipulative and dominant. Some of my colleagues are complaining behind her back. It was becoming a nightmare for me just being near her. It has even made me think of quitting.”
Dealing with difficult co-workers is one of the leading causes of stress and anxiety. Unresolved…it would make that person even more depressed. There are people can’t seem to get ahead in life because of relationships or situations. Our main set-backs is not all of us are taking the necessary steps to cope up with those people who make life unbearable for us at work. The following are just some of the list of behaviors that push our “buttons” in the workplace:
- Criticizing your religious or political beliefs
- Absenteeism (with effects the team members)
- Too much gossiping
- Disrespectful to supervisors or co-workers
The ability to get along with people, adapting to their different personalities takes a certain degree of maturity, patience, understanding and it is the basic factor in our workplace survival and no amount of college education will ensure professional behavior. Workplace relationships is as crucial, it can even lead to unhappiness of that person can’t get along with everybody or that person makes life miserable for others.
Coping with a troublesome co-worker
One of the biggest challenges of dealing with difficult co-workers is that their behavior can take many forms. If a co-worker is rude or negative it may require a different approach. Here are some general tips on how to cope with difficult co-workers:
- If that co-worker’s unpleasant behavior interferes with how you do your job, you must find a way to solve it if is not directly interfering with your job the best way is just ignore it.
- Give your co-worker the benefit of the doubt.
- Speak up! Bring up the problem directly and privately to your co-worker. If the co-worker’s problems is that she tends to be such a whiner or gossips continually. Put an end to it by discouraging that person.
- Try it out for yourself if talking to that person will solved the problem if not; that is the perfect time to talk to your manager. Managers generally expect you to work out most of the problems with people who are on your own level. Be sure you tried everything even a trusted mediator before going to a higher level.
Be also aware of your own behavior and work at changing it. Be sure to identify your strengths and weaknesses. You might not change or control the behavior or attitudes of others but you have the power to change yours and sometimes – no make that a lot of the time it’s easier for you to change how you react to them first.
Once you’ve applied for a job opening and your resume has been received the next thing that should happen is the employer will call. Consider it a great day when you’re called by multiple employers for a job interview in a single day. This means that they were really impressed with your Guerrilla Resume, also make sure you bring your extended guerrilla or regular resume with you. the guerrilla resume is like a good movie trailer and designed to get their attention without providing too much detail for them to rule you out.
Resumes can present an individual very well. Seventy-five per cent of employers say that applicants with resumes passing their standards would definitely be invited for a job interview. Allow two or more interviews. How? Here are some resumes tips that would give you not only one but more calls for interview:
1. If you are answering an advertised job, the position that you’re interested in should be placed right at the start of the resume. Having this as an objective shows that you are clearly focused and you know the role is perfect for you.
2. An easy and effective way to get the employers’ attention is by using words that are powerful and denote strong capabilities. As an example, instead of writing, “assigned to be”, write instead “in-charge of,” indicating active leadership skills.
3. Graphics catch people’s attention. Use these in itemizing achievements, career highlights, recognition, qualifications, and skills and interests. Words in bullet form encourage the employer to read the information. These also create more clear space on the paper making the resume appear very neat and outstanding.
4. Make sure that the resume and its information is selective. Only apply for one role in an organization at a time. Do not submit a bunch of resumes with different job interests and positions applied for at one time. The ‘spray and prey’ tactic used by more job hunters than you know… is a complete waste of time.
5. Ask a pro. Resumes are written with the help of experts who can actually see a job hunter’s strengths and understand the potential opportunities associated with those strengths. You can also use the ‘monster hack’ to discover opportunities that leverage your strengths.
Aside from preparing an impressive resume, carefully follow and read any and all special instructions on how they want the resume submitted. For example many employers use Applicant Tracking Systems to help sort through the ‘qualified’ versus unqualified job hunters keep in mind that this is also a test to see how well you can follow simple rules. Having said that, nothing precludes you from sending a hard copy to the hiring authority as well. I have never know anyone who was ‘punished’ for sending a hard copy as a follow up to an electronic submission. And given a machine is going to eliminate you and might not completely understand your qualifications the way a real human being would… isn’t it worth the extra effort?
Go Guerrilla Go!
You know in your own mind that you deserve a raise or promotion, but you can’t seem to get the attention of your boss to prove it. What’s a girl to do? In a post 9-11 economy where many employers are content to stick with what is proven and comfortable, convincing your company to take a chance on you is a real challenge. Here are five simple ways you can let your potential shine, no matter what field you are in.
1. Whatever you do, do it well.
McDonald’s has gained a reputation for being the classic Plan B for high school dropouts and college graduates. “Would you like fries with that?” Few people know that even McDonald’s has their own internal competition for employees with the best job skills. Each year, hundreds of young employees compete using their service and food preparation skills. I’m sure the competitors would agree that they are being judged on techniques that most employees are totally oblivious to.
No matter how insignificant you believe your job to be, you can do it with class and pride. So you’re stuck in a crappy intern position, spending your days serving coffee and filing papers. Simply do your job, and that’s what people will expect of your abilities. Serve the coffee with style and become the fastest filer in the office, and people will see that these skills are below your IQ and that you are capable of so much more.
2. Think like a chief.
When you’ve been trained to think like an indian for so long, it is a real challenge to acknowledge the perspective of a chief. Chiefs must be thinking about the big picture, the long-term effects of projects, the financial aspects of the business, and how changes will affect the welfare of the overall organization. They are expected to be creative, understand all the areas within their span of control, recall important data off the top of their heads, and leap tall buildings in a single bound. They are looking at their team for the people who stand out and show an interest in expanding their duties. While you may not aspire to be Superwoman, propose new ideas to your boss and explain how they will benefit the company. Spend time asking questions about other functions of the company.
“When I first joined the volunteer fire department, I asked a lot of questions about my area, and things outside my area,” says Kimberly Dawn Wells, a freelance writer from Wisconsin. “I went to a lot of meetings and learned about the functions of the department and firefighting as a craft. The chiefs really noticed my interest and thought of me as a leader, right off the bat. They thought of me as intelligent, just because I asked questions and had an interest. They saw that I could hold my own.”
If you never step outside of your current role, people won’t see you as capable of growth. You can’t be promoted if you don’t know how to handle the responsibilities of your position.
3. Don’t be irreplaceable.
Especially when you are in an organization where you have a very specialized duty, don’t do your job SO well that your boss would rather keep you where you are at than promote you. Share your knowledge with others. Teach people how to do their job well and make sure your boss notices this.
“We have a lot of teachers who are so great at what they do that hiring them for an administrative position would be a loss to our district.” Kimberly also serves as school board clerk. “We love that these people are around to mentor our other teachers so that they CAN move forward in their career and we still get the benefits of their expertise. They help all our teachers grow.”
4. Understand how you contribute to your organization.
No matter where you are on the seniority list or pay scale, it is important to understand where you fit in your company’s future and why you are a valuable asset. First of all, you want to make sure that you could defend your job if you had to. If you can’t explain to your employer why they need you, they might see your job as expendable. Second, if you don’t know what specific value you bring to the bottom line, you are missing out on the opportunity to negotiate for something better. Third, if you choose to leave your current job and seek employment elsewhere, you need to make a powerful, competent, and profitable first impression with your new boss.
5. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
This statement goes way beyond clothes. You have an opportunity to “be” your promoted self in everything you do. When you give presentations, don’t just be Kate the secretary. “Be” the essence of Kate the team leader. Don’t handle complaints as Alyssa the barrista. “Be” Alyssa the manager. Don’t come to work with a vague idea of what you need to do during the week. “Be” Valerie the Senior VP of Finance and master that weekly planner.
Step out of your title and consider how you can act the part of your ideal position. Of course, be aware that your acting doesn’t include overstepping boundaries that could compromise your job. Ask yourself, “If I were planning this campaign as the executive director, what would I do different?” Add those last few details so your work really shines.
You may be thinking, “This is a lot of extra work that I’m not getting paid to do. What’s in it for me?” Unfortunately, we graduate from high school and college with a lot of memorized facts and very few applicable soft skills. Too many people who are getting promoted are the best person available, but not necessarily the best person for the position. By developing these job skills, you are showing a heightened emotional intelligence that employers agree is just as, or more important, than the hard skills.
All it takes is a little time and extra effort to get the attention you need, but it is well worth the satisfaction of knowing that you’re finally in the position you deserve.
In this, the tightest labor market in a decade, you need every possible advantage in your job search.
Without further ado, here are power networking tips, an email resume trick and scannable resume essentials!
1) Creatively title your resume document.
When emailing resumes to employers, most people use a title like “resume.doc” or “lastname.doc” … how about: “Jane Doe – Experienced Marketing Manager.doc”? Your resume attachment will stick out from the crowd before it’s even read! Guerrilla Marketing light — but effective none-the-less
2) Often-overlooked way to network your way to a new position — job clubs.
Because most jobs are filled through personal contacts, a job club can be very effective in your search. And you’ll find them all around you. Contact your local library, church, community groups and state employment agency for help in locating one or more that suit your needs.
If your city publishes a free employment weekly newspaper, be sure to check the announcements section to find job clubs. You may also find them listed in the phone book.
In a good job club, you’ll meet regularly with 10-30 other people to share leads, provide support and practice such skills as interviewing and negotiating for salary. Job clubs are often free, so don’t worry about high membership costs.
3) Scannable resumes and why you need one.
Most larger companies use optical character recognition (OCR) software to scan resumes into computerized databases called applicant tracking systems. Once scanned, hiring managers search through them for keywords to match applicants with jobs – just like you would key word search Google or Yahoo or Bing for information before making a purchase.
Create your scannable resume by changing the typeface to a sans serif font, such as Arial, for more accurate reading by the scanning computer. (Serif fonts, such as Times Roman, may not scan as clearly.) Use a single typeface throughout and a single font size. I recommend 10 or 11-point type.
Next, eliminate all underlining, bolding and italics, which can make your resume harder to scan.
After that, create a targeted keyword section to match your career goals. Keywords are the nouns an employer uses when searching a database of scanned resumes for candidates. If your scannable resume is rich in matching keywords, it’s more likely to pop up in the search. And you’ll be called for an interview.
Mail your scannable resume (printed on white paper) together with your traditional resume (on nice stationery).
Congratulations! You now have a leg up on the competition for your next job!
Most people don’t prepare properly for an interview. A lot of time, energy and money are spent in preparation for the chance to have an interview… with a prospective employer. However, little to no preparation is done for the actual interview itself. Most professionals spend an incredible amount of time preparing their resume, and even make a considerable investment to have their resumes prepared by skilled professionals so as to increase their chances of getting the interview. Ironically, many of these same professionals will then spend minimal time or investment in making certain that their interview skills are fine tuned. It’s sort of like wedding perpetration with little attention to the marriage. in both cases the results are predictable and generally not what you want.
Dear job seeker, here is 28 years of collective business experience and wisdom boiled down into this piece of advice. Don’t prepare for the interview, IF you don’t want the JOB!
Having an employer ask you to interview is not the ultimate goal; it’s the second to last step in the overall job search process. The candidate interview is only one of several steps along the way. Being the very best candidate during the interview will typically result in the candidate landing that dream job offer. Many professionals make the same mistakes during the job search process. Amazingly, these well educated, highly skilled and experienced professionals keep repeating the same mistake and yet, expect different results or outcomes from candidate interviews. Often professionals treat the interview as something that is a forgone conclusion. Somehow the confusion develops from thinking that the interview is the same as the job offer, let me reassure everyone taking a few minutes to read this article, in a word WRONG! So, if your goal is not landing the job of your dreams, then all you have to do is make the same critical errors outlined for you below. I promise you that if you consistently make all of the common mistakes listed the only job you land is the one you don’t want; an eternity of searching for your next job.
History shows that far more interviews are lost than won. There are things that will work to your advantage in an interview, and then again there are things that will absolutely kill your chances. Here are some of the biggest mistakes to avoid, if you want that job.
Your chances for success vastly improve by not doing what others do.
1. Don’t Conduct Any “Pre-Flight” Planning!
This is the single biggest mistake you can make. There is a direct correlation to preparation and performance. Many professionals are walking into their interviews ill-equipped and unprepared and expecting to make the right impression. These professional are not walking away from the interview with job offer and unfortunately become doomed to repeat the process until the lesson is learned.
Good preparation means doing intensive research so that you know what you need to know about the hiring authority, knowing your capabilities and what you specifically can offer the hiring authority in the position they seek to fill. You must prepare and then practice so as to be able to respond to nearly any question thrown in your direction.
2. Don’t Be Dynamic, Be Passive During The Interview!
You don’t need to conduct the interview. However, this is your time to shine. You’re in the spotlight. It’s your opportunity to prove that you are the best candidate. It is not the interviewer’s job to pull the information from you AND few people truly get that by-the-way! Many people mistakenly believe that it’s up to the hiring authority’s interviewer to figure out if you’re the best candidate. WRONG!!! As the candidate, it’s your responsibility to make the interviewer aware of your capabilities and why you’re the best candidate to fill the position.
Your goal is to make certain as you complete the interview, the interviewer knows all of your qualifications and how you will make positive and powerful contributions in your new position. By taking responsibility for your actions and accepting that you must convey your skills, experience, talent and persona in the most positive manner, it changes the way you prepare and how you conduct yourself during the interview. It separates you from the competition. And these days there’s LOTS of competition.
Often professionals “wing it” during the interview process. The problem is, if you do that you are leaving your career to chance and letting someone else take control of your destiny. If you want to succeed in an interview, you have to be proactive as well as be able to think on your feet. An interview is the starting gate of a competitive race – there’s only one winner. You should be thinking about what you need to say and do during the interview to be recognized as the best candidate to fill the position. It’s not that hard really – do a T-account exercise ahead of time an map their requirements (you did read their requirements right?) against your experience and skills and be prepared to make analogies and connect the dots for them. What does the interview seek to find in a candidate? What do they want to hear from me? How can I be the candidate they select? Don’t get caught up in the mindset of not preparing for the interview, think it through and plan for all possibilities so that you can beat the competition.
3. Why Make A Good First Impression? I Can Always Make A Second One, Right?
Wrong! Here’s the fact – it only takes a few minutes for the interviewer to affirm his/her first impression of you. You only get one chance to make a first impression. If you make a great first impression, the interviewer will automatically look for more positive contributions throughout the remainder of the interview to justify their first impression. The reverse is true. If you make a bad first impression, the interviewer will look for bad things to justify their first impression. It is either a Win-Win or Lose-Lose proposition with no middle ground. Your first impression must be you at your best! You must start out strong and maintain the strength.
Starting strong means greeting the interviewer confidently, being personable, and conducting yourself professionally at all times. No matter how formal or informal the interviewer may appear during the interview process, you must exude confidence and professional demeanor.
Maintaining strength means nailing the first couple questions and all the subsequent questions thrown out at you. One of the most difficult questions can also be one of the easiest to answer. Most interviewers want to hear a strong answer to these four words, “tell me about yourself”. Often these four words may be the most important question asked during an interview. Consequently, the question becomes the most important one you need to know how to answer. HINT – your answer should reflect on their needs…