Are you over-qualified for the job?

Are you over-qualified for the job?

When people think you are over-qualified

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – order on Amazon

Over-qualified – I have worked with clients who had outstanding CVs having worked at very senior level. They had had 20 years plus of experience and had managed large teams and very large budgets – £10 million plus. But they had decided the time had come to go for something that didn’t mean quite so much stress and left them both time and energy to spend with their family and on pursuits outside of work. They found themselves being regarded as over-qualified.

For many though, it is not a choice to look for work at a different level. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in March 2014, 35.8% of unemployed workers actively looking for work had searched for more than 27 weeks and 26.7%, or 2.4 million people had job-huntd for more than a year.

If you have looked work for a long time, it makes sense to change your approach. You should certainly consider refreshing your job search material including your CV. You may also be wise to adjust your expectations and look for work at a different level.

My advice to people making this choice has been to edit down their CV taking out references to the size of teams and projects lead and the size of budgets managed. Instead, the CV should show how your experience can meet the needs of a particular employer at the level of the job advertised or just marginally above. Show how you can deliver more for the money but keep it at the margins. Don’t lie and certainly not about your age or the dates of qualifications etc. Just don’t volunteer those dates or your age.

Recognize that it is reasonable for an employer to worry that if they hire an overqualified person, they will lose them to a better job very quickly. It is up to you to discuss this concern head on. Explain how you think you will do a better job than someone more junior. Make a commitment to stay in the job a reasonable time and make sure you mean it!

You never know what your new opportunity may bring; certainly new experiences and contacts. For those who are looking for work this might just be the way into an opportunity you didn’t expect.

Other resources for the job seeker

As a job seeker, there are lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket book.

Contact employers direct
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help job search. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

On the Job: How Productive Is Your Lunch Hour?

On the Job: How Productive Is Your Lunch Hour?

Today’s post comes from Tamara M. Williams who  is an EzineArticles Platinum Level Expert Author. Her articles cover topics such as Computer and Technology and Email Marketing. Visit her profile page on EzineArticles to learn more.

A typical lunch hour is one hour. For the week, this means that you have five (5) hours to put towards a variety of goals. So how do you spend your lunchtime? Do you spend it standing in long lines to buy lunch, catching up on office grapevine discussions with co-workers, running personal errands or catching up on work duties? In order to make the most use of that one hour, you should be spending it towards improving your personal or work life.

Unproductive Tasks That Can Consume Your Entire Lunch Hour

There are many ways to spend time, but standing in a long line at a fast food restaurant, café or cafeteria consumes too much time and energy that could be invested elsewhere. Another popular activity is to spend the lunch hour completing work tasks. However, spending all day discussing work can increase your stress levels as your body and mind do not get the chance to relax. Hence, you are even further stressed when you get home. Alternatively, talking with co-workers about various general topics such as local news, the weather and gossip can also eat up your entire hour.

Simple Ways to Stop Wasting Time

Now that you have noticed various tasks that consume your entire lunch hour, you can take some simple steps to increase your efficiency. First, to reduce time spent waiting in line, order lunch and have it delivered to your company. You can also prepare meals from home and take a brown bag lunch to work. Use these time-saving tips a few days per week so that you can utilize your lunchtime more effectively.

Next, when you sit down with co-workers, decide on a maximum time to spend discussing sports, TV show episodes, work tasks or other social activities. For example, set a timer for twenty (20) minutes. Then spend the remainder of the time building up your interpersonal relationships with colleagues. This could mean asking about favourite foods, movies, hobbies, etc. You could also find out what personal tasks they need help with and offer tips or suggest products and services that you love to use. This way all persons involved are benefiting from the discussions. Finally, use this time to complete other important personal tasks such as reading a book, taking an online course or creating your shopping lists. This would greatly reduce your To Do list each week.

Use your lunchtime wisely. If you have to catch up on work tasks because of an emergency or impending deadline, then go ahead. However, it would be less stressful and more productive to work on your interpersonal relationships with colleagues and tackle some personal tasks on your To Do list. This makes your lunch hour more productive and makes your work and personal life much more relaxed.

About The Author:

Tamara M. Williams is an EzineArticles Platinum Level Expert Author. Her articles cover topics such as Computer and Technology and Email Marketing. Visit her profile page on EzineArticles to learn more.

Also by Tamara

Career Management: Maintain a Time Tracking Record in Order to Stay Organised as an Employee or Freelancer 

Career Success:Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Productivity Tip: Improve Your Productivity at Work by Keeping Notes for Every Project You Work on

Solve Problems at Work Quickly and Efficiently by Using Online Forums and Communities

Solve Problems at Work Quickly and Efficiently by Using Online Forums and Communities

Solve Problems at Work Quickly and Efficiently by Using Online Forums and Communities

Today we have another guest post from Tamara M. Williams who writes career articles based on her personal and work experience. She shares tips so that readers can take the necessary steps to develop their careers further She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

There are some days when you try to solve a problem, but still come up short. Online research is usually the best method to try in order to demonstrate your initiative in solving various problems. Yet not all solutions are readily available on Google. Instead, these problems will sometimes cause you to search multiple pages, only to become frustrated with the endless results of irrelevant information. Hence, joining various online forums and communities to learn from and ask question to will help you to solve problems quickly and more efficiently.

Imagine your typical workday when a problem arises. You search Google to no avail so you take the next logical step, which would be to ask colleagues or your supervisor for ideas. You could also ask them to provide a suggestion on where to look for past projects that had similar issues. In addition, trying a brainstorm session may work since multiple persons are contributing and revising ideas. Sometimes this works, but sometimes the problems are far more complicated.

That is why further research should be conducted and various ideas discussed within relevant online forums or communities. The typical places to look are on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+. Just search using keywords until you come across the most appropriate group to join.

You can also dig a bit deeper by going to forums hosted by your professional associates or popular industry websites. These forums have numerous experts in the field that are available throughout the day. Members post a variety of issues far more frequently that in regular social media communities. Search these forums using a variety of keywords and test the suggested solutions to determine if one will work for you. You will also have the chance to offer assistance to others who are having difficulty solving problems that you have already faced and resolved. This will help you to build a network of experts to contact in your field.

By taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge and online presence of members in these mediums, you are able to get higher quality information and solutions more quickly. This will reduce your frustration since less time is spent on problem solving and now you can easily move on to the next phase of your project.

About the Author

Tamara M. Williams writes career articles based on her personal and work experience. She shares tips so that readers can take the necessary steps to develop their careers further. She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

Also by Tamara

Career Success:Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Productivity Tip: Improve Your Productivity at Work by Keeping Notes for Every Project You Work on

 

The Future of Work

The Future of Work

You and the Future of Work

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – Wendy’s books on Amazon

The Future of Work – here we have a series of videos from Kushner & Company describing five global trends likely to affect future strategic human resources, your career development and the way you look for work.

1 Set the Stage: The Changing Nature of Work

2 The Changing Nature of Work – Trend One Technology

3 The Changing Nature of Work – Trend Two Outsourcing

4 The Changing Nature of Work – Trend Three Diversity

5 The Changing Nature of Work – Trend Four Worker Attitudes

6 The Changing Nature of Work – Trend Five Globalization

7 The Changing Nature of Work – Implications

Resources for job seekers

In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket-book.

Stress-free Job Search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book, it is for all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help both  job search and career resilience. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

Productivity Tip: Improve Your Productivity at Work by Keeping Notes for Every Project You Work on

Productivity Tip: Improve Your Productivity at Work by Keeping Notes for Every Project You Work on

Today we have another guest post from Tamara M. Williams who writes career articles based on her personal and work experience. She shares tips so that readers can take the necessary steps to develop their careers further She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

Every day you go to work, there are many projects that you need to tackle. Sometimes you have to pause one project for weeks just to pick up another. Then when you return, you feel like you have to start from scratch. To make your life easier, make sure to keep documents for every project that you work on.

Keep a small notepad with you at all times. In it, record any information that presents itself through discussions in client, team, or staff meetings. Keep a digital document for each project, and use your notes to write a more detailed description of all information. You can use Office software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft OneNote, or Apache OpenOffice Writer to add pictures, graphs, tables, diagrams, or any other relevant information to your notes. You can use subheadings to separate your information into categories such as resources, suppliers, team discussions, or tasks that align with your overall project goal.

Text recorded in long paragraphs can be difficult to re-read, so try to add bullet points, numbered lists, and tables to make critical information stand out more clearly. Then use small paragraphs to add explanations and examples so that you can understand the process better. Also, make a note of any underlying principle that justifies the steps you took. Review your notes regularly and add information as you go along. You want to ensure that you do not have any missing information as you may have to re-trace your steps or solve a similar mistake that took place on one of your past activities. It also makes you more flexible to try a new path since you will build on any information from previous paths you choose.

Remember that additional information can be ideas that pop up during brainstorming sessions, clarification from co-workers, mistakes made, and solutions to various issues. Keep your notepad in a desk drawer, pocket, handbag, or briefcase in case you need to catch up on your tasks after a break from the office due to illness or vacation. Be sure to ask your colleagues to fill in any gaps for the periods that you were absent. Doing this makes it easier to reflect on your progress so far and use your notes constructively to move forward.

Do not depend on your memory. Make notes to ensure that you have relevant, updated, and varied types of information to make the best decisions that move you towards your goal and a successful project completion.

About the Author

Tamara M. Williams writes career articles based on her personal and work experience. She shares tips so that readers can take the necessary steps to develop their careers further. She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

Also by Tamara

Career Success:Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Career Success:Assess; Live Within Your Budget

Live Within Your Budget! Today we have an article from Tamara M. Williams who loves learning about Career Development. She shares her knowledge and experiences in her articles.  She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Your work expenses are one aspect of your budget that you should be assessing every month. This means observing work-related expenses such as work attire and lunch to determine if there is a decrease or increase in your personal budget. Budgeting lets you know if you are living within your means.

Live Within Your Budget withWork Outfits

At various stages in your work year you might need to purchase work attire to keep up with your employer’s work culture. If uniform allowance is a part of your benefits package then this will greatly reduce your clothing expenses. Even with the allowance you might still be expected to wear your own clothes on Fridays so you still need to budget for this. You should also plan for additional clothes throughout the year for attending conferences, corporate functions and so on. Make a note of the items that you purchase by saving your receipts and adding them to your budget. You could ask family, friends and co-workers to suggest clothing stores that offer regular discounts, check newsletters that deliver sales alerts, and search on-line sites that offer coupons.

Live Within Your Budget with Lunch

Your lunch choices include brown bag lunches or purchasing meals from your local grocery stores, fast food joints, restaurants or company cafeterias. Packing your lunches from home is ideal because it costs less to purchase and prepare the meals yourself. However, if you don’t have the time then you should use one night to prepare enough lunches to last for a few days or just use your leftovers. This would reduce the amount of money you spend purchasing ready-made meals. When purchasing meals always check different locations to compare the costs and choose the most affordable options. You can also search on-line for recipes, coupons and discounts to save money. Keep all your receipts and track your spending each month.

Finally, sum up your purchases in each category above to determine how much money you spent for the month. Compare this to your previous budget. Determine if other areas of your personal budget can be adjusted to accommodate any extra expenses. If you are satisfied that you can live within your means, this is a great sign. However, if your expenses are cutting into your salary too much then ask family, friends and co-workers about the money-saving methods that they use. It is great earning a salary, but you want to ensure that you properly manage your personal finances. Live within your budget to ensure that you avoid debt and develop the discipline to save more money.

About The Author: Tamara M. Williams writes career articles based on her personal and work experience. She shares tips so that readers can learn more ways to develop their careers further. She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

 

Career Success:Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Today we have an article from Tamara M. Williams who loves learning about Career Development. She shares her knowledge and experiences in her articles.  She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Your work expenses are one aspect of your budget that you should be assessing every month. This means observing work-related expenses such as work attire and lunch to determine if there is a decrease or increase in your personal budget. Budgeting lets you know if you are living within your means.

Work Outfits

At various stages in your work year you might need to purchase work attire to keep up with your employer’s work culture. If uniform allowance is a part of your benefits package then this will greatly reduce your clothing expenses. Even with the allowance you might still be expected to wear your own clothes on Fridays so you still need to budget for this. You should also plan for additional clothes throughout the year for attending conferences, corporate functions and so on. Make a note of the items that you purchase by saving your receipts and adding them to your budget. You could ask family, friends and co-workers to suggest clothing stores that offer regular discounts, check newsletters that deliver sales alerts, and search on-line sites that offer coupons.

Lunch

Your lunch choices include brown bag lunches or purchasing meals from your local grocery stores, fast food joints, restaurants or company cafeterias. Packing your lunches from home is ideal because it costs less to purchase and prepare the meals yourself. However, if you don’t have the time then you should use one night to prepare enough lunches to last for a few days or just use your leftovers. This would reduce the amount of money you spend purchasing ready-made meals. When purchasing meals always check different locations to compare the costs and choose the most affordable options. You can also search on-line for recipes, coupons and discounts to save money. Keep all your receipts and track your spending each month.

Finally, sum up your purchases in each category above to determine how much money you spent for the month. Compare this to your previous budget. Determine if other areas of your personal budget can be adjusted to accommodate any extra expenses. If you are satisfied that you can live within your means, this is a great sign. However, if your expenses are cutting into your salary too much then ask family, friends and co-workers about the money-saving methods that they use. It is great earning a salary, but you want to ensure that you properly manage your personal finances. Live within your budget to ensure that you avoid debt and develop the discipline to save more money.

About The Author: Tamara M. Williams writes career articles based on her personal and work experience. She shares tips so that readers can learn more ways to develop their careers further. She also writes articles for EzineArticles and Squidoo on topics such as Technology, Marketing and Entertainment.

 

Quick Tip Thursday: Doing the Most Important Work

Quick Tip Thursday: Doing the Most Important Work

So, is the work you do first always the most urgent and most important?

How can you make sure your critical work is getting done, and getting done early?

Do you work on a low priority project because it’s more fun or less difficult than an working on a high-priority project?

Yes, well, we all tell ourselves that trawling right through our emails first thing each morning is really important! Yes, it is always satisfying to find out what is in there, isn’t it?  But it doesn’t get that board paper written, nor the monthly report completed.

How can you make sure you’re on the right track?

Well, here is help!

Create a list with two columns. On the left side, list the three to five most critical priorities you are accountable for! On the right side, list all the activities you do during the day.

At the end of the day, match it up.

How much of what you accomplished on the right side was in direct support of your key priorities on the left?

If you don’t have a good match, re-evaluate the work you’re choosing to do.

What are you choosing to first?

Getting your most important priorities done first, will help you feel more satisfied about the work you accomplish.

Of course you can do a quick scan of your emails beforehand, but make it quick!

This new approach should also leave you time to deal with lower priorities later in the day.

Who knows, you might even get to leave on time for once!

If you need the support from someone who is a career coach (as well as other things) in your work management or career development, please get in touch.

Warm regards
Wendy
wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com
http://wisewolfcoaching.com

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Top priority – what is yours?

Top priority – what is yours?

Top priority – is the work you do first always the most urgent and most important?

How can you make sure your critical work is getting done, and getting done early?

Are you tempted to work on a low priority project because it’s more fun? Perhaps it is less difficult than an working on a high-priority project.

Yes, well, we all tell ourselves that trawling right through our emails first thing each morning is really important! It is always satisfying to find out what is in there, isn’t it?  But it doesn’t get that board paper written, nor the monthly report completed.

How can you make sure you’re on the right track?

Well, here is help!

Create a list with two columns. On the left side, list the three to five most critical priorities you are accountable for! On the right side, list all the activities you do during the day.

At the end of the day, match it up.

How much of what you accomplished on the right side was in direct support of your key priorities on the left?

If you don’t have a good match, re-evaluate the work you’re choosing to do.

What are you choosing to first?

Getting your most important priorities done first, will help you feel more satisfied about the work you accomplish.

Of course you can do a quick scan of your emails beforehand, but make it quick!

This new approach should also leave you time to deal with lower priorities later in the day.

Who knows, you might even get to leave on time for once!

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link

         

The Secret Art of Being A Good Boss

The Secret Art of Being A Good Boss

In this video from Stanford University  Professor Robert Sutton draws on his new book, Good Boss, Bad Boss, to describe the mindset and moves of the best (and worst) bosses. He will weave psychological and management research together with instructive stories and cases to help you be a better boss (or deal with a difficult one).


If you are having problems with your boss, please get in touch.  Working with a career coach really can help.

Wendy is the The Career Coach – helping you to find fresh perspectives on your Job Search and Career. She helps you work towards your goals and aspirations, in a way that fits in with both work and home life. Email her at wendymason@wisewolfcoaching.com,  find her on Skype at wendymason14, or call +44 (0) 2081239146 (02081239146 for UK callers) or +1 262 317 9016 if you are in the US.

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