Have you ever looked at LinkedIn and thought “Sigh. Why?”
You already know why it’s important (430 + million people, recruiters, job postings, brand positioning etc etc etc).
So I’m not going to argue a long, drawn-out case as to why you need to be on LI.
Let’s just forget about that for now.
Instead, let’s talk about how to use LI in a way that won’t make your eyes bleed from exhaustion.
LinkedIn Mistake #1: Spending tons of money on LinkedIn premium.
Do you need LI premium? Honestly, probably not.
If you are in a power
Have you ever had people ask you to do something reasonable, and then when you say yes, keep piling on requests?
Or, maybe someone doesn’t ask at all, they just dump some extra work on your desk with a quick: “I know you don’t mind!” as they sashay off?
Either way, you are left wondering: “Do I say YES too much?”
I wrote a post last week on how to deal with difficult people in your office (and life!) , and got this interesting question in return:
W hat are your thoughts of knowing when to be nice, and when to stand your ground and not be nice?”
I know many folks
Have you ever had a difficult co-worker?
Someone who drives you insane, or constantly puts you down, or is distant, aloof or draining in some way?
I think we’ve all had that experience of having our work be dragged down by the people with whom we work.
And frankly, it’s no fun!
I have some advice, but first: I have a story.
Years ago I went to England on a special fellowship to teach high-school. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, so when I was about to graduate college and landed this amazing
We all know the old statement: “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
And in terms of your career, that is absolutely true!
But, before we dive into that old saying, let’s take a quick walk back in time. In our free Summer of Career Fulfillment Series, we’ve talked about the idea that your career is a portfolio – and only concentrating on ONE thing can lead to disaster.
To counteract that – we’ve covered the 6 major areas of any fulfilling and healthy career, because if you spend focused, structured time on your career (and career education),
When you put on your “Career CEO” hat, it’s easy to see that making investments in your career is a worthwhile endeavor.
But sadly, too many of us fail to put on that CEO hat in the first place, and we end up on a never-ending career treadmill.
Any of that sound familiar?
Part of creating a
fulfilling career is to periodically sit in your CEO chair and review how you are investing your career resources, to make sure you keep making progress (and don’t end up stuck).
You have two big resources:
The first is
If you’ve been to this website before, you know that we talk a LOT about passion.
We’ve got pages of information
over here, and blogs galore right here.
We’ve got an awesome free workbook
And we’ve got a really
detailed book over here (if you like reading about this stuff).
And of course an immersive career coaching program
over here (if you are someone who really values more hands-on help and expertise).
So, this blog isn’t going to be a long article about how to find your passion, because I’ve already written over 100 of them :).
(Feel free to search around the website and have fun with all of the free resources!).
Being bored and stuck at work is the WORST.
You are bored (which is often an energy and creativity drag), so it’s hard to motivated to get unstuck.
And because you feel stuck, that causes anxiety which also makes it hard to get unstuck and…
…we’ve created a vicious cycle of awful.
Add to that the guilt of not really doing anything, and the frustration of thinking “hmmm, I’m not really realizing my career potential here.”
and it’s a recipe for disaster!
How you get out of being bored and stuck is counter-intuitive
I know you might be
So, there I was, dancing around my apartment to…what else? Bon JOVI!
(And, okay – *also* Taylor Swift).
Judge me if you want.
It had been a hard day, I was tired, and most of all – I was feeling STUCK.
I couldn’t quite see my way around a problem and it was driving me nuts.
So, I decided to play. And you know what? I felt better. Immediately.
Play, (in case you’ve forgotten because you are an adult :)),
is defined as something pleasurable that you do without a purpose.
So all of those things you do
Years ago, I was terrified.
I’d been looking for a job for a little while.
I was back in my hometown with a shiny new Master’s Degree and basically zero clue how to use it to get employed.
I found myself walking into a Starbucks downtown to meet someone for coffee.
I’d never met her before, but she had a job in my field and someone else had introduced us.
As we stood in line, I nervously tried to buy her coffee. At the time, $2.50 for coffee was a lot for me…but she was giving me her
Let’s talk about your career strategy, shall we?
But first – if you are new here we are on a free Summer of Career Fulfillment Series, which is focused on breaking down the 6 big things you need to create a passion-fueled fulfilling career.
You can see a nice break down of everything we are covering
here in detail.
(And if you want to join us and get free coaching to boot,
just sign up here! It’s painless, promise).
The big thing to know is that career happiness and fulfillment requires a portfolio approach. Let’s say for example that you had a job that