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Work Perks: Retirement Gifts That Count

Work Perks: Retirement Gifts That Count

Job hunting can be a real drag, so when you find the job that you want and that will make you happy, it’s exciting news! The first thing that people look for in a new role is usually the perks. When you work for someone else for forty hours a week, you need to make sure that you have a reason to be there – other than the money for food and staying alive! If you are lucky enough to stay with your company for the duration of your working life, you will find yourself gearing up for the big finish: retirement!


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Retiring from your career is a big deal! You will have spent time in a job that was more than just somewhere to go every day, it was a place that you built most of your life around. Whether you know the person retiring or you ARE the person retiring, you should be preparing to give or receive a gift from your colleagues. Long service deserves a reward and if you are buying a gift for someone retiring from a long career, the thought you put into it will mean far more than the value of the gift. So, what are the perfect retirement gifts on the market today? Largely, this will depend on the person retiring, but here are a few ideas for your company to chip in on:


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Classic Gifts: Retirement gifts often allude to the time the person has spent in the role, so a watch is often the go-to gift. These are usually etched with the years of service and a thank you message – thanking the person for their time spent on the job.

Hobby Gifts: If you tailor your choice of gift to the hobby of the retiree, you’ll be well remembered. A session of golf, inscribed golf clubs, or a luxury bottle of wine for a wine connoisseur plays to their likes and implies what they’ll be up to once they begin their period of retirement. If you want to make them laugh, getting a customized bobblehead doll dressed in golfing gear or holding a glass of wine from mbobble to go along with it can inject a little humor into a wistful situation!

Travel Gifts: Most retirees use their newly gained down time to see places that they never had a chance to visit due to their time being consumed by work. Personalized luggage tags, passport holders, or even a new set of luggage can really help them on their way and give them a daily reminder of the generosity of their colleagues.

Experience Gifts: Memories are a powerful gift for most, but for retirees, they’re the best to have. Organize a whip-round for an experience day such as a concert or sporting event for their favorite team. Hopefully you’ll know them well enough to make the right choices!

Industry Gifts: If the person retiring was a success in something they made or sold, a gift relating to that to remind them of their achievements could be a wonderful surprise. If your company specializes in shoes, then a one of a kind pair of shoes or sneakers could be a lovely reminder of all their years with the company.

Retirement can be a sad time for the person leaving, but it’s also a time of exploration and happiness so sending someone off with a memorable gift will really make their day. You’ll feel the same when it’s your turn eventually!

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Choose The Right Medical Career Path For You

Choose The Right Medical Career Path For You

Whether you’re looking to start your career fresh out of college or you’re an older adult who is looking to give their career a fresh lease of life and retrain, the medical industry has such a vast variety of jobs and roles that there is something to suit anyone, from any background or specialty. Some roles require no specific training or education and you can enter at high school diploma level and receive all of the training you require on the job. Others may require you to return to university to study on a medical or science based program.

One thing is for sure, though – if you’re looking for a job with career prospects and advancement opportunities, the medical field is almost certainly for you. It’s moving and evolving at a fast pace with the many changes in technology and scientific breakthroughs, so you’re going to be kept on your toes. If this sounds like the field for you, but you’re not sure which job or specialty is for you, here are some handy questions to get you thinking:

Are you a people person?

Some medical jobs require you to deal with people on a daily basis and form strong and close personal connections with patients who rely on you for support and their health. If you’re great with people, then nursing, surgeons, doctors, and practitioners might be the way to go. These roles all require specific training, but they put you on the front line of dealing with patients on a daily basis. If you’d prefer something a little less medical, but still within the care field, then health and social services and care givers might be a good direction to consider. These roles require you to care for the sick outside of the hospital, either in their own homes or in another institution, such as a nursing home. These are great jobs for people who don’t want to head back into a college education, and would prefer to learn on the job or in a community college, but still want to put caring at the center of their career.

If you’d prefer not to work with patients every day, either because you’re shy or just not a people person, but still want to do good and help to advance the field of medicine, then a lab job or researcher’s position could be more suited to you. These posts tend to be accessed through a college education, but lab work can be obtained with a high school diploma and promotions will come through experience in the role. Other positions include a pharmacist or pharmacy assistant, technician, or computer database operative, all of which are essential in the medical field, but don’t rely on regular one on one communication with patients.


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Where would you like to work?

Not all medical jobs take place in a hospital or doctor’s office so don’t give up hope yet if that was initially putting you off. If you want to help people, work with other professionals, and you’re not too emotional, a hospital or hospice could be perfect. It’s important to know what sort of roles you wouldn’t enjoy, as well as ones you will. If you’re very easily stressed, it could be best to avoid the ER or other fast-paced environments. If you’d prefer to work in a job which helps people, but isn’t overly heart-wrenching, then why not consider eye or ear care, such as the Ear Science Institute? They’re always looking for people who want to care for people and offer training within the field for people who want to retrain from another skilled profession.

If you’re more interested in working with younger or older people, you could look into nursing jobs at assisted living facilities or pediatric centers. Knowing the types of people you’d like to work with or the types of work you wouldn’t like to undertake can help you to narrow your search to the right type of institution, which can then help you to refine it down to the specific role within that field. Don’t forget to consider some more unconventional locations to work, such as a medical base or cruise ship. Almost everywhere needs some type of medical professional, right?

Do you have computer skills?

You might wonder how your current skill set translates to the medical field, but you might be surprised at the incredible range of non-medical roles which are available. Computing, programming, and coding are always important in the field, so people who have those skill sets are encouraged to apply for jobs and training posts. There are a lot of databases which require maintenance within the medical field for patients and research, so that could be an option. Otherwise, people with computer skills are required in research positions for genetics, where the human DNA is being deconstructed in a way which computer specialists will be familiar with. There is also a lot of technician work available for people with skills using their hands or electricals – the medical machinery and computers need maintenance, after all.

Do you love working with children?

Some people prefer working with adults and elderly people; others find working with children is the ultimate feel good career. There are many roles which involve working with babies and young people. Nursing roles range from midwifery all the way to pediatric nursing for children with long-term disabilities or illnesses. Pediatrics is a field which is highly emotive and can be quite heart-wrenching, so it’s not for the easily upset. Many people consider it to be one of the more fulfilling fields in the medical sphere, though.

How do you deal with stress?

Each different job within the medical field comes with its different types of stress. If you deal well with high-stress and fast-paced environments, working in the ER might be for you. Those who work in the emergency room have to deal with patient after patient, who could be in a tremendously life-threatening situation and the shifts can be long and relentless. People who don’t deal so well with high and sustained levels of stress might find hospice care, clinical work, or research more appropriate.

There are vast numbers of different roles in the medical field for people at any point in their professional or educational life and of different personalities and backgrounds. If you want a job in which you can help people and get immense career satisfaction, consider choosing a career path in the medical field – you won’t regret it.

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If You Think Your Job Is Hard, Try Being A Manager

If You Think Your Job Is Hard, Try Being A Manager

Managers have got a difficult job. They don’t just have to master job roles themselves, understanding them inside out. They also have to be able to manage people. Being a first-time manager can be daunting. But being a great manager is a little bit like being a great marketer: you pick up so many people-managing skills throughout life that the work itself can feel surprisingly natural. Becoming a manager will endow you with all sorts of new skills, like being a better motivator, coach, and communicator. Here are some tips to help you thrive in your first management job:

Be The Example: Companies go through good times and bad times. And when times are bad, people need somebody that they can look up to: a role model. As a manager, being the role model is your job. You’re the person who has to be able to handle any adversity that gets thrown the company’s way and stand up for employees in the process. Perseverance is all part of the job and an essential ingredient for motivating your team to rectify the situation. The more you demonstrate proper behaviors, the more your team will respect you and follow your lead.

Understand The Basics: As a manager, you need to learn the basics, not only of your own business’s operation but also what constitutes a compliant working environment. Companies have a duty of care towards their staff, according to Ellis Whittam, and managers are the people who carry that duty out. It’s their responsibility to make sure that employees are safe while they’re at work and that they’re treated fairly according to the law. As a manager, you need to know the rights of the company as well as the rights of the individual members of your team. You’ll have to conduct yourself within those rights, especially when it comes to things like dismissals and complaints.

Understand The Magic Of Delegation: What is the purpose of managers? Some would say that it is purely to facilitate work: to provide workers with the directions and incentives that they need to carry out tasks. Managers need to understand that they can’t be everywhere at the same time. At some point, they need to delegate responsibility to other members of their team. Not only will this stop you from going mad but it will also help other people develop their skills and create a path to a better career.

When delegating to somebody, make sure that you stress how important it is for their personal development. Talk to them about how it’s an opportunity for them to progress in their role and make more money in the future. The more ownership that they have in their new position, the better job they’ll do.


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Accept That Relationships Must Change: The relationship between managers and workers is probably going to be a little different than what you’re used to. If you’ve been promoted, you may now be the boss of people who were once your peers. It’s important to understand that your relationships have changed and you need to be transparent about that. It might be awkward, but when handled properly, hard feelings are typically avoided.

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Finding Work: Get Ahead Of The Competition

Finding Work: Get Ahead Of The Competition

It can be a difficult time when you are looking for work, especially if the roles you are going for are particularly competitive. The truth is, everyone worries when they are in this situation that they will not be good enough or that they won’t get the job that they want. As long as you are keen to focus on continually improving yourself, however, you should find that the process is not as hard as you might have thought. In this article, we are going to look at some of the essential things that you should think about doing if you want to get ahead of your competition as easily and quickly as possible. With any luck, following this advice should help you greatly in the long run, thanks to some pretty simple solutions:

Apply For More Jobs: This first piece of advice might sound too simple to be effective, but the truth is very often that those who succeed in their work efforts are those who put more work into applying for jobs. If you think about it, this makes perfect sense. After all, you need to be doing everything in your power to increase your chances of finding work, and one of the most important things in that regard is the simple act of applying for more work. The more you apply for, the more you are opening yourself up to possible chances and the more luck you will have on the whole. If you are worried that the quality of your applications is not as good as it could be, then practicing or attending resume workshops is the best way to fix that problem. Either way, applying to numerous places is always going to be a top solution for the issue.

Get Qualified In Your Field: Hopefully, you will be applying for a relatively slim area of jobs, as it is this focus which enables you to get ahead more easily. It also means that you can more easily prepare for the roles you are likely to get. What’s more, you can get qualified in the area that you are interested in so that you are a much more attractive prospect to those potential employers than your rival candidates. The more qualifications you can get in your field, the better off you will be, so make sure that you are doing everything you can to get as qualified as possible.

Do your best to ensure that you are going for qualifications which are as specific to the desired roles as possible. If you are keen to be a nurse, then look at what your local nursing schools have to offer. If you want to be a teacher, then look into getting your teaching diploma from a reputable institution. It is hard to overstate just how important the qualifications can be. Make sure that you are doing everything you can to be more qualified than your fellow candidates.



Work On Your Confidence: A lot of people have trouble with developing confidence but, the truth is, is that confidence is a skill which can be developed just like any other. If you are wanting to become a more confident person, then the first step is to realize that you have within you all of the necessary ability to do so. All you really need is a change in attitude, and then you will find that this is reflected in the outside world. To work on your confidence in the particular area of job hunting, however, it is simply a matter of practice.

Go to as many interviews as possible, treat them like practice, and you will soon be speaking and presenting yourself in a much better manner. As long as you want something enough, it is likely that you can easily work on your confidence to the point of getting it. The trick is to fake it till you make it, in that very often confidence is merely a show. With some time and patience, you can become more confident than you have ever been before.

Networking: Although you might not like the idea initially, networking actually often proves to be a very powerful way of increasing your chances of success in the world of work. As with anything else of this nature, networking takes some practice, but it can be easily achieved as long as you are happy to put the necessary effort in. With any luck, this will ensure that you massively increase your chances of landing that ideal job and beating the competition.


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Improve Your Chances Of Getting A Job

Improve Your Chances Of Getting A Job

So you are out of college and into the real world. Now the next step is to find a job. But in the current climate, it can be trickier than ever to secure one. There might be twenty of you all lined up for interviews, all with the same course behind you. In fact, many people are left down in the dumps when they haven’t received a job offer months after they finished college. When the competition is stiff, here is how you can improve your chances of getting a job:

Get Some Experience: One thing which can help you stand out from others is work experience. Of course, it can be hard to get experience when it means you have to work for free. Having bills to pay is no joke. But, if you can try to get a couple of weeks of work experience in a job, you will have some great new skills to talk about when you go for job interviews. And in some cases, work experience can actually lead to a full-time position if you impress your employer. Make sure you get some references from the employer and keep any work you do to put in your portfolio. It will help you infinitely when it comes to securing a new position.

Commit To A Follow Up Course: Despite the fact that you completed your course, it’s always good to consider doing a follow up course after you have finished. Doing a CE course can help you pick up extra skills that you need for the job. And, if a potential employer sees that you have had the training already, it could save them time and funds if they hire you. This might help put you a step ahead of others when going for an interview. Look into the additional courses that you could take (look online, too) to help you secure a job. Knowledge is power!

Mingle With People In The Industry: It’s also a good idea to get to know people in the industry if you are hoping to improve your chances of getting a job. Unfortunately, it’s often about who you know when landing a job. Impressing someone in the field could ensure that you are the first to know about upcoming positions. It’s time to get on platforms like LinkedIn and get to know people in the field. You can also join groups on the site and give your opinion on the latest goings in the industry. And as we said before, network in spaces where people in your industry are likely to schmooze. For example, you might want to attend trade shows and corporate events to meet people in your dream field. And name dropping people during your interview could give you a helping hand to a second interview or a full time position.

And remember to practice your interviewing skills so that you are well-rehearsed before attending the interview. Preparation is powerful in helping to shake away those pre-interview jitters!



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Warning Signs It’s Time To Leave Your Job

Warning Signs It’s Time To Leave Your Job

It’s important to remember sometimes why it is that you work. You work so that you can live and enjoy your life. But for too many people, their job is the reason that they hate their life, and it seeps into everything else that they do. It ends up ruining their evenings, weekends, and holidays.

According to Ryan Kahn, the star of the MTV show Hired, people generally fall into two categories. For some people, the reasons why they should leave their job are completely visible. They get to the point where they recognize the need for change and that the time has come to move on and send resumes with cover letters to new employers. But for other people, the reasons aren’t so obvious. Many people, it turns out, sleepwalk through their lives, not taking account about how they really feel about their work and not recognizing that it is making them deeply unhappy.

These people suffer from what is known as a thinking rut. They compartmentalize their lives, thinking that they cannot grow beyond the walls that they have erected for themselves. The good news is that there are some common warning signs that are a clear indication that it’s time to leave your job, some of which are shared below:

You’re Not Passionate About What You Do: It’s pretty hard to get up day after day and go do a job that you don’t care about. In fact, it’s soul destroying. When you’re not enjoying work, you suddenly become aware that time is passing. This creates resentment because you’d much rather be doing something else that is fulfilling.

Lynn Taylor, an author who writes about office politics, says that people should think back to how they felt the day that they were given their current position. Usually, they feel utterly elated for having secured the position and they are really excited about the possibilities that the new job will bring for their professional careers and their lives in general. When this passion is gone, she says, people are rarely able to tap into their true potential.



You Wake Up Miserable Every Morning: In simple terms, this means that you hate work. You’d rather be doing anything other than the job and you only haul yourself out of the house because you know you’ve got to pay the bills. This is no way to live one’s life, especially when there are countless other career options that you could look in to.

You’re Consistently Negative: Another warning sign is that you feel negative or anxious all the time, especially on Sunday evenings, before you have to head back out on a Monday morning. This feeling is an unconscious warning from your mind that all is not well with your job. Often, job stress leads to family stress which can harm your relationships in the long term.

Your Performance At Work Is Suffering: Another way you know that the time has come for you to leave your job is when your performance starts to tank. People who get worse at what they do over time are usually suffering from an extreme case of apathy. Often, you’ll know that you’re completely capable of carrying out the tasks that have been asked of you, but you don’t bother to do it to the best of your ability because you’re no longer willing or able to put your energies into projects for the company.

Your Work/Life Balance Has Disappeared: Different people have different tolerances when it comes to work. Some people like to work every hour that God gives, while others would prefer to work as short a time as possible. Many companies, however, don’t see things from the worker’s perspective. Instead, they demand lots of their time. If you find yourself not able to commit to the hours that are being asked of you, it might be time to consider taking another job. If you’re finding that you’re unable to spend the time with your family that you’d like – again, it might be time to find another job.

Your Duties Have Increased, But The Pay Hasn’t: Some unscrupulous employers will try to give you extra responsibilities but not increase your pay. Taylor says that this is a common tactic used by companies to try to keep their wage bills down. Of course, you have to be careful when it comes to things like pay. Sometimes the company can’t afford to pay more, simply because it isn’t doing enough business. But more often than not, the company is doing fine, it’s just not willing to increase your salary. This is a sign that the company doesn’t respect you and that you should take your talents elsewhere.


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Finding Your Fit As An International On The Job Market

Finding Your Fit As An International On The Job Market

Moving to a new country always comes with its fair share of challenges. One of those is making sure that you’re contributing to society through employment, particularly by getting work in the field that you’re best qualified and suited to. It may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. A little research and re-aligning your skills can get you in a job in no time at all:

What You Need To Have And Know: It’s important to get a grasp of the rights and requirements of working in any country. If you’re a temporary international, you are likely to need a specific kind of visa, which you can inquire about before making your move. You also need to look into acquiring anything like a tax number when you do start working, which is also important for making use of the benefits that you can be entitled to. A local employment center can help ensure that you’re not missing anything vital.

Master The Language: Whether you have a job waiting for you or you’re new on the market, there is no better skill to get under your belt than a proper grasp of the language that is used where you live. There are plenty of English language course options and options for other languages that help you no matter what your current competency level is. Not only will it allow you the kind of professional mastery over your speech that can make you a more appealing hire, but it’s important to be able to be thoroughly understood when communicating with colleagues. Language barriers can get in the way of work and personal work relationships.

Get Help With The Resume: Your resume, CV, or however else you might consider it, will change not only from place to place but position to position. You need to do your research on what employers in the country look for in a resume. Employment centers can be a big help in giving your skills the kind of presentation that they need.

Know The Etiquette: Every country has its cultural differences and some of them are going to take time and experience to thoroughly understand. What you should research in advance, however, is professional etiquette. From how to dress professionally to how to address superiors as well as simple interpersonal etiquette. You can make your first day go a lot smoother if you take the time to learn, which will (hopefully!) prevent major blunders or etiquette no nos.

Getting Your Match: If you have specific skills or experience in a specific industry, then it might be easier to get you a match that fits your expertise, rather than having to start by scanning the market. There are a lot of programs that help internationals work in the field that they know, so have a look to see if any of these can help you find your match.

Getting a job isn’t only going to keep you sustained, but it’s one of the easiest ways to find yourself getting used to the culture and the people of a new location. The friends that you make at work, in particular, can help you do away with those newcomer blues in no time.

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