Do you love your job?

This being the week of love, it may be interesting to know that on average, only about 15% of people love their jobs. Yet overall, only 33% of people love their lives. And while aging can be a downer for many, turns out that the older we are, the happier we’ll likely become: 36% of those ages 50-64 are happy, as are a whopping 41 percent of adults ages 65+. This could be because they don’t have to go to work! But if hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to work you must go, Meg Selig, MA-Ed., author of Changepower and a regular writer for Psychology Today, offers tips on how to up your on-the-job happiness...

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Resume tips. From so-so to Wow!

My business writes more resumes at this time of year than at any other. My theory is that once the New Year starts, career-progress hopefuls attempt to update their own documents, yet after a few weeks of trying, decide that working with a professional may ultimately get them better results, despite the $100 to $750 fee. However these tips can help you get professional results for a fraction of the cost: Be clear on what you want your resume to accomplish. A successful resume is designed to help get you in the door for appealing opportunities. Having a defined career focus helps you...

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It’s all in how you look at it.

With a goal of career improvement on the list for many this year, I’ve been sharing ideas about job crafting—steps you can take to boost your satisfaction at work without necessarily changing positions. In the past 2 weeks, I’ve talked about tweaking who you work with, how you work with them, as well as shifting your job tasks to make your professional life more pleasant. This week, we’ll cover how to change your mindset to make the job you’re doing seem more meaningful. As an example, in a former work role, I served as a customer service rep in the complaint department of a tourism company....

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Making your job your own. A job crafting success story.

You know that coworker who drives you nuts? How you wish you could cut out your interactions with her, or at least keep them to a minimum. And how wonderful it would be if you could spend more time working with the Customer Care team; they’re always so fun and professional. But alas, this is your job and you can’t always have things your way…or can you? Last week I wrote about the concept of job crafting, a theory coined by researchers at Yale University describing the process of sculpting your job to increase your satisfaction and productivity. There are a number of ways to make this...

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Making your job the one you want.

This time of year, many of us are aiming to make progress toward greater career happiness. “I want work with more meaning, a specialty that better fits my unique talents,” are hopes I frequently hear. I want this for all of us, too, yet I also understand that we need to keep putting food on the table. So after hearing their goals I’ll usually ask, “What’s your bottom line income target?” For the majority of people, it’s not much less than what they’re already earning, and often over $50,000 each year. This translates to a pay rate of about $25 per hour working full time, which is...

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