A young man named John Goldstein, aged nineteen, has an issue. John likes things to be in order and in check. Yet, his brother thinks he’s bossy and annoying. His sister thinks he kills the joy in moments by over planning. On the other hand, his classmates and friends consult him for his opinion whenever there is incoherence within the group. His parents and teachers have always admired the fact that John is able to make quick and well thought out decisions. What do you think? Is John a control freak or a born leader?
Well, it could be both, but there’s one thing for sure: all of the main people in his life acknowledge this trait about him in one way or another and have either positive or negative feelings. This could mean that whatever you may like or dislike in a person may have another side to it; a positive side, or it may have a connection to something that’s not so unpleasant after all.
Take a moment to think about what you dislike the most in people. Here are the traits that I’ve come up with off the top of my head: laziness, and whininess.
Let’s discuss laziness. Why do I dislike laziness so much? Because I tend to admire people who have achieved great things in their lives and I strive to do the same, so when I see people lying around doing nothing all the time, I feel distaste. I think to myself, “Why does this person not do anything?” Now let’s try to look at this from a logical standpoint. Laziness, at the very basic level, is refusing to do work or use ones energy. However, when someone’s lazy, they rarely worry about burning out or getting too stressed about things. They are relaxed, calm, and laid-back! So, you can see that there is a positive aspect to every trait we deem as negative. To help illustrate my example, when one is whiny, one complains about what they don’t like. Sure, we label this as negative because we don’t want to hear about people’s sad stories all the time, and whining is associated with having a high-pitched, bothersome voice. However, what if you lived in a universe that forbade complaining? You would never be able to change whatever is bothering you. When people whine, they give themselves permission to be heard about something that is making them feel bad. If they get what they want, whatever stimulated them to become upset will be eliminated or transformed. Problem solved!
There is a reason for every person’s character trait, and before we rush to judge it, we ought to consider looking at it from a different point-of-view. When I was younger, I was deemed too nice. I’ve retained my kindness and I’ve grown to become a young adult who respects boundaries and takes other people’s emotions into account.
So next time you get vexed by another’s habits, question them. Why are they there? What problems do they solve for these people? That person is like that for a reason. It serves them. Try to see the positive side of these traits, and you might even see the beauty in them.
The first week that I have spent here so far at my internship for Millennium Personnel Corporation has been an exciting beginning of a brand new experience. In just five days, I’ve already learned so many new things whilst sharpening old skills simultaneously. There are also things that I’ve learned about myself that I never knew before.
On the very first day, I was taught receptionist skills and immediately began picking up incoming calls. It was a bit daunting at first, because the only other telephone reception that I have ever done was in my mother’s car while she would be driving, which mainly involved other members of the family. The people on the other line were generally very patient and understanding and I think that they could tell of my inexperience, but they never yelled or argued, like they would do in my thoughts before commencing my internship. I’m the type of person who tends to imagine the worst case scenario before entering a situation, and then feeling relieved to realize that it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Here’s what I imagined:
Aggressive people arguing with me over the phone for no apparent reason; the train being delayed every morning, thus resulting in my lateness to work; my failing at everything assigned to me; not understanding what people on the other line were saying; the list goes on…
Now, you probably have the impression that I’m a constant worrier. I was overall optimistic about this position, but these were just random bits of thoughts entering my head as I was about to do something that I had never done before – being an intern. Also, this is my first time working since my seasonal job as a lifeguard back in the summer of 2013.
Fortunately, none of the mentioned events have happened. I would say that I’ve been handling my assigned tasks relatively well. I love that it’s a small office, because after going to a small high school where everyone knew each other in my school year, I find that I thrive more in smaller environments, and it’s nice that I’m able to share many responsibilities with my colleagues.
So after the reception training, I observed interviews that my boss conducted. It was so interesting to see different people coming from different backgrounds talking about their overall goals and desires in life. We even had someone come in who was born in France and has been the owner of various restaurants for several decades now. I would say that my favorite thing about this internship is that something different happens each day. I’ve seen new faces walk through the door every day. I like the unpredictability. In fact, that’s one aspect that I look for in a job. And my second favorite thing about the internship is the radio station we play (106.7 Lite FM). It’s very cheery.
After the interviews, I learned a bit about bookkeeping with QuickBooks. This week, I’ve been doing mainly filing, collecting time sheets, and sales training; the latter of which I’ve finally finished just a few minutes ago. It took me four days to go through all the former client files! I’ve never realized how open to challenges and dedicated I am to my work. I only wish that I could do that with my fictional stories more often – I probably would have been published by now if that were the case!
I’ve found it much easier to deal with people, both in-person and on the phone. I think that I am a bit more assertive with people now, after having to provide service to our applicants for several hours in the day. I’ve improved my telephone etiquette and I’ve become less afraid to look at people in the eye when I speak to them.
What I wish to gain from this internship are job seeking advice and technical skills when it comes to doing administrative/clerical work. I’d like to learn more about bookkeeping and a bit of computer software would do well, also. I am, however, very satisfied with the experience so far and can’t wait to see what else is coming my way.
This week we interviewed candidates that responded to an opening for a Customer Service position with a call center located in Queens. The ideal candidate has call center experience with a heavy call volume.
We received many applicants for the call center Customer Service position. The applicants were very experienced in a call center environment. There were many interviews that resulted in a typing tests (typing tests usually follow the application process).
The applicants had a wide range of personality styles ranging from the very animated to the very businesslike. Some called us directly and asked if we had Customer Service call center positions open and some responded to the Craigslist ad we posted.
I heard the applicants’ answers to the questions about the call volume they responded to, many of them responded to approximately 100 calls a day. Quite impressive!
I have just completed my first week of my new internship as an Office Assistant at Millennium Personnel Corporation. In this internship my daily responsibilities are greeting companies that provide employment to our employees, our employees, and applicants, in addition to providing information on the services we provide to callers.
I make printouts of the Millennium Personnel Corporation applications that our future employees have to fill out in order to be interviewed for a position with a company. I have sit-in on many of the interview conducted by the Office Manager and President/CEO of this agency.
I am also being trained on using QuickBooks accounting software, it is the software we use to record the deposits made to us and receivables collected from company we work with. I record the information in the Account Receivables notebook.
This internship gives me an idea of the responsibilities I will encounter as an Office Assistant/Administrative Assistant in a corporate setting. My supervisors are very patient and helpful in training me in the Office Assistant role. I am very excited and look forward to coming to Millennium Personnel Corporation next week.
We all get interview jitters. You’re meeting with an employer and you’re scared that this will go wrong. Most employers expect you to be nervous. In some cases the employer can be nervous. The feeling cannot be avoided. But it can be helped with proper preparation.
When you get a call for an interview, use your time to prepare for it. It helps a lot to do practice interviews with family or friends. Don’t go easy on yourself. The best way to be ready for anything is to throw the hardest questions at yourself. Some hard questions are “what makes you qualified for this job?” And “what are your greatest weaknesses?”. Come up with answers for these questions and tweak them through mock interviews. The best time to make mistakes is during practice.
Make a 30 second commercial for yourself. This is when you create a short and simple speech where it gets straight to the point about your skills and qualifications related to the position. This should only be about 30 seconds long. The best time to use this is when the employer ask you to tell him/her a little bit about yourself. Again, you can practice this beforehand with friends or family and tweak it to make it just right. When doing your commercial, make sure it is catering to their needs. Don’t tell them about what you want to do, tell them how you can help their company grow with your skills.
When ask about salary, don’t sweat it. Simply say that you’re flexible but you would also like to know what the budget is for the position. Knowing what the budget is for the position helps you gauge how much you will be making.
Lastly, make sure you have everything you need prepared for the day of the interview. Go to the location a day before so you know your way there. Make sure to have multiple copies of your résumé, references and any other credentials. Make sure the references are given notice about the interview so they know to expect a possible call.
Have your wardrobe ready the night before and get some good sleep. Eat a solid breakfast and make sure you arrive at the location 15 minutes early. This will give you time to wind down from the trip and to make last minute preparations. This also gives the employer to prepare for the interview with you. Keep in mind, the employer wants to meet with you because of your skills so it’s fine to be a little nervous.
Internships are like part time temporary jobs. Most internships are unpaid but it does provide entry level experience to help you to get your foot in the door. Internships usually last anywhere from 3 to 6 months at most. If you’re lucky, you can get an internship that pays. If you’re really lucky, that internship may hire you as an indefinite temp or as a full time permanent position.
In order to transition from intern to a paid staff member, it requires you to put more work and time than what the internship demands. You may need to learn new skills and dedicate extra time volunteering after the internship is over. Volunteering your time after an internship is completed is a good way to show employers that you have been keeping busy.
With all that you invested into your extended internship, they may or may not hire you. There may not be a return investment immediately. That’s why you look for other jobs while interning. You’re looking for work and keeping busy. I was one of those interns that put in hard work and dedication and it paid off with the company hiring me permanently.
Today it takes a lot of work to get a little in return but if you keep at it, you will get experience at least. That’s something most employers look for.
You’ve just finished your bachelors degree. You’re most likely $25,2501 in debt. You can’t find a job to save your life. The problem then becomes what to do. You could get an entry level temp job and hope it leads somewhere or is at least enough to cover your bills. You could also further invest in your education by becoming one of 8% of Americans to attain a Masters2, thus becoming a highly valuable candidate. You have two choices of what to do. Today I’m going to argue for why you want to continue with your education.
Today over half of your peers nation wide will attend some type of university/college. Over 30% of your peers nation wide will get a Bachelors degree2. There are too many people with Bachelor’s degrees in your sphere of competition. You need to go to the next level; where less than 10% of Americans ever go. Once you attain your Masters, MBA, JD, etc. you give yourself much more value as there are fewer persons walking with your credentials. By going back to school you make yourself almost a luxury commodity with more plentiful and more recent skills than the rest of your peer group.
If You Don’t Go Back Now, Chances Are You Never Will
Once you start life on your own, it’s hard to get out and back to school (at least if you want to graduate in any decent amount of time). Suddenly you have bills, a full time job, perhaps even a child to take care of. Then it becomes a terrible cycle. You can’t go to school because you can’t afford it; you need a higher paying job. To get a higher paying job you need more skills. But you can’t get more skills because you can’t afford college. And the beat goes on. Life becomes too hectic to go back to school once you’ve fallen into your routine.
Let’s be honest with ourselves: people who have higher degrees get paid more. According to the LA Times, persons with Bachelors degrees make on average 84% more money over the course of their life time than those who don’t finish or don’t even go. A high school graduate will make on average $1.3 million per lifetime vs. a college graduate will make on average $2.3 million per life time vs. a doctorate/masters recipient who will make $3.3 million on average per lifetime3.
Going back to school is a great way to brush up your skills, as well as ensure your future. Your value rises, and your expected income is more likely to grow. Yes, things like student debt are scary and often become rulers of people’s lives. The thing is when managed right debt and your priorities are in order, debt can be erased with time. You may even benefit by having an amazing credit rating by paying off your debt in good time. The main point is that the overall benefits of going to college outweigh the negatives a million to one (literally).
Bosses are important to your work experience. They can make your work life hard or easy, promote you or demote you. In short, you want to keep them happy. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you stay on the boss’ good side:
1. Be Positive
Having a good attitude in the office can make a world of a difference. It allows you to approach your work with enthusiasm and you are less likely to be distracted because you are enjoying what you are doing. Being cheery also helps improve your relationships with your colleagues and boss as well as their perception of you. A positive person will generally be more useful, willing, and friendly; contributing to a work environment where team work is high and tension is low. There is nothing to lose but a grumpy attitude if you behave positively during your work day.
2. Take on more responsibility
Taking on more responsibility will show your boss that you are a hard worker and ambitious. If done correctly, it also shows that you are capable of handling larger responsibilities, something that can sometimes lead to promotion when that time comes around. Taking on responsibility also makes you more valuable in the eyes of your company. They realize that you are willing to expend the energy, go above and beyond to benefit the company. In our meritocratic society, taking on more responsibility can only benefit you, never harm you.
3. Bring in unique skills
Whether you have a job or not, having relevant, up to date, new, and unique skills can also make your boss or future boss think of you as a real catch. Most people these days have varying levels of skill in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Getting a skill in those plus other lesser know but just as used programs is a great way to show your value. Getting an official certification also boosts your value. Getting certified by Microsoft in the usage of their office products is a way to put you a step ahead of your competitors. Look for skills that make you more flexible. Perhaps if you have skills in Microsoft Office, get skills in QuickBooks and Lacerte. Conformity to the basic standard is not always to your benefit.
4. Help out
Helping out your boss and coworkers (without sucking up or brown nosing) with various tasks can be a sure fire way to get you liked by your peers and higher ups. When you have finished your work, go ask and see if you can help your colleagues or your boss. This relates very closely with taking on more responsibility as you are now helping finish more projects, one that may not have even been yours. When you help others out when you have finished your work, it says that you are diligent and fast (assuming you did everything correctly). Doing absolutely nothing once you’ve finished your project(s) or calling it a day doesn’t cut it. Reaching out to others is a great way to earn points with your boss and kudos with your colleagues.
Doing these things and more are a sure way to keep your boss happy and ensure happy days at work. Keeping your boss happy makes for a good work place. It also makes for good career advancement. And remember: A happier boss means a happier you.
Summer is around the corner and school is almost out. Whether you’re in high school or college, there will be students looking for employment this season. You can go for those short-term positions where your focus is to make some money and maybe some experience as well. The other option is to find a position in a specific field for the summer and use the experience gained for a long-term goal. A third option is simply to do an internship, paid or voluntary.
The kind of short-term positions a student can take up during the summer are fast food jobs, childcare and any other seasonal position. The main focus of picking up one of these jobs is to simply make some money, either for the next school semester or just to hold over. Most people don’t stay in these positions for very long. They are only used as stepping-stone from something more long-term.
Then there are field specific jobs. Some students plan there future before they’re in college. These students go for specific types of jobs and positions for the summer. They can range anywhere from a receptionist to a field that is related to what they may major in when in college. The main focus here is to acquire a position where it’s more about the experience than the money. These positions may only be for the summer, but the intention is to have a long-term goal.
For those who are looking for experience rather than pay, there are internships. Voluntary internships are common but with some luck, you can find one that pays at the same time. The focus here is to gain experience rather than money. Internships can be used for school credit or just to further your own future goals. The difference between a job and an internship is that the latter teaches you skills that can be transferred to other jobs in the future. It’s one big learning experience. A job will have you do the work. There is little to no learning experience there because you are doing something that you already know.
Unless you take classes in the summer, now is the time to start planning your future. Whatever your focus is, start finding positions related to it. If you are going for something more general, taking an office support position can never go wrong. The least you will get out of this is some transferable skills and work experience. In today’s job market, some experience is more valuable than none.
Who says that all office jobs are boring? Creative individuals are often jaded to taking certain jobs they consider “boring”, especially in the corporate job market. What most people don’t understand is, as more imaginative workers, we can adapt to any job and find that creative fulfillment. It is easy to bring your resourcefulness to any position. Take me for instance. I’m a graphic designer and I am thriving in an office administration role by using my eye for detail that I perfected doing design layouts, to make sure everything is precise.
One of the ways you can use your ingenuity is for problem solving, as most times you need out of the box thinking to help you deal with clients and executives. Also, office jobs can sometimes get pretty stuffy, so a great way to bring your ascetic zest is by bring some life into the space. Create a painting to hang on the wall or keep some fresh flowers on the desk. You would be surprised how these small things will make a better work place for all.
Improving the work flow and communications in an office is a great way for more original people to shine. Send out an inspirational email every morning, or start an after work office coffee meet-up. One of a creatives greatest ability is to talk to people, so bring up that office morale. It’s cliché but true “a happy worker works harder”. Don’t ever think you’re limited to the type of jobs can apply. It’s up to you to show that your imaginative zeal will be asset to any company. So be creative and land that job.
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