Career

Work is Stressful: Five ways to combat the Daily Grind

No matter your gender, seniority or generation, stress at work leaves no one untouched. According to LinkedIn, the number one stressor is workload (as it relates to work-life balance) followed by future job security and career direction/purpose.

This report found executive Gen-Xer's are the most stressed followed by Baby Boomers and then Millennials.

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How can you combat work stress to ENJOY your life and work?

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✔︎ Learn to say no. Know and understand your own priorities in both your work and personal life. When you say no to something, you are saying yes to something else.

✔︎ Upskill. Own your own professional development as an eager student to add to your skill set.

✔︎ Own your life (and work) as a journey. There is always time to pivot or recalibrate your career trajectory.

✔︎ Laugh! Find humor in small things.

✔︎ Do something you love. Whether during work or personal time, make time to do what you enjoy. Running? Re-decorating? Reading? Just do it!

What are your keys to less stress?

Don't forget O*NET - A Trusted Career Resource

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Are you looking for reliable career information? Check out this oldie, but goodie online resource:

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.

 Locate dependable occupational information and use advanced search functions to:

📌Find what’s hot. Identify growing industries.

📌Reverse look-up job titles. Use keywords to discover a new-to-you or unusual job.

📌Skill-based search. Find a new career based on your unique skill set.

Exchange fear with confidence in your job search. Unlock the door of opportunity and hire Meg for a one-hour job search strategy session.

Career Passion: Destination or Process?

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“Do what you love.” “Follow your passion.” How many times have you received similar career advice?

I love what Angela Duckworth said in Adam Grant’s WorkLife podcast to “develop your passion" not follow it.

We treat career like a calling – something that needs to be found like uncovering a secret treasure. With this philosophy, there is even a possibility of missing it if we don’t dig around enough.

I love the idea of career passion being developed rather than found. It isn’t a destination; it’s a process. Have you missed opportunities by pursuing a singular focus? How can we encourage others in their career pursuits based on inquiry and learning rather than a linear, planned path?

Chaotic To Straight: Your Professional Narrative

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Does your career path seem chaotic rather than intentional?

Yeah, mine did too.

My college degrees have little to do with what I am doing now.

Nonprofit management? Nope. Not anymore.

Higher education? Still no.

Even if your career path isn’t straight, you can still craft a professional narrative that IS! Even though I started in Sweden working with college students and now certified to write resumes professionally – my focus hasn’t changed – only my assignment.

I’m passionate about connecting people to their passion.

What themes do you see in your career journey? Dig deep. They are there.

Once you discover them, tell your story in your career documents and your LinkedIn profile.

If you can’t seem to connect the dots, check out our six free tips to clarify your focus and your job target here.

Fling the Door Wide: What Do You Want Next?

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I get a lot of questions about the Hinge Resume name. How did you come up with it? What stirred within you to create your business brand?

The Hinge Resume Collaborative name is inspired by a saying (or proverb) in the Bible.

Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
— Proverbs 8:34

Your resume is one of many tools in your job search that can open doors of opportunity. I like to say your resume is the hinge that opens the door.

[hinge: noun. (/hinj/) a central point or principle on which everything depends.]

As I dreamt up my business, I envisioned each of us closely hugging a doorframe, leaning in on the threshold, door slightly open, peering out in expectation of what comes next.

Steal away a still, quiet moment this Monday morning. Close your eyes and picture yourself at your doorframe. Feel the October wind hitting your face as you lean forward on your threshold.

What do you want next? What do you need to fling the door wide open?

Flip the Narrative of Work / Life Balance

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For most of us work/life balance is a constant struggle, right?

Adam Grant gave me permission to experience freedom in this area via Entreleadership's podcast to switch the narrative!

Replace BALANCE with work/life MANAGEMENT...and breathe a sigh of relief.

I may not be able to keep all the plates spinning in perfect balance all the time, but I can manage them. It gives me freedom to drop a few or focus on some at certain periods of time. Check out the episode (#268) here: https://bit.ly/2GwhTni

Move Forward in your Career: Speak Your Value

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Are you struggling to put words to your achievements or even claim them? You are not alone.

However, being cautious or unable to articulate your skills and experience incurs costs throughout your career especially when pursuing a promotion or a new job.

If you don’t find a way to speak about the value of what you’re doing, you send a message that you don’t put much value on it. And if you don’t value it, why should anyone else?
— Sally Helgesen & Marshall Goldsmith

Sally Helgesen & Marshall Goldsmith in their book, How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back From your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job recommend considering yourself as a product.

What are your most notable achievements that make you a trustworthy and likable product that people will want to buy? If you don’t know, spend a morning reflecting or journaling on the idea.

Once you have some thoughts, say them out loud to yourself with confidence, then to a couple friends or colleagues and so on.

Take time to believe in yourself! Do the work to proclaim your successes to propel your career forward.