Job Hoarding

images (1)The television show Hoarders intrigues me. While I feel best after unloading extra clothing, toys, paperwork and more, people who suffer from Hoarding hang on items even if useless, broken, or has no value. I watched an episode where a woman even kept what should be flushed down the toilet.

People leave jobs after about 2.5 years. I believe many leave too soon. However, in the next couple of posts, I’ll focus on when it’s time (or past time) to move on. Jobs shouldn’t negatively affect other aspects of your life. Think of Hoarders; severe hoarders can’t move around their homes, may not have access to heat, air conditioning, electricity, water and more, can’t cook, may sleep in a corner somewhere, rodents run rampant, some lose their children, friends, their homes are condemned, and they spend all their money and more. In the pursuit of everything, they end up with nothing.

If you are surrounded with negative influences, are expected to do anything that violates your integrity or values, your company doesn’t treat customers well (and you can’t fix it), if the stress is harming relationships with family and friends, and/or your health is suffering, stop and think. Would I be better somewhere else? Am I lowering my standards by working here? Are the people around me good folks or are they rats?

Sometimes, people are at organizations for so long that they don’t realize it’s been sliding, co-workers are bad influences, or their position is at the core of issues, especially if they are paid well, have good benefits, work nice hours, live close by, etc. Because there absolutely will be changes and they may not all be great—lower income, a longer commute, a start at the bottom, and more. I once had a client who worked from home and made six figures. But his company produced horrid products, cost too much, and the corporate heads were engaged in sketchy behavior. It was having a negative effect on his health and relationships. Without having another job, he left. A month later, he got a great new job, took a $40k income hit and had to commute 20 miles to work. But his health and relationships greatly improved, and he was so fulfilled. Just think of Hoarders. They may think broken containers, 10 year old newspapers, 50 chairs, 600 shirts, expired food, and even poop helps them feel whole, safe, and are needed for survival. But in actuality, clearing out physical items may actually help their health, relationships, and eliminate a dangerous environment.

Good luck job searching,

Beth Husom, GCDF

 

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Perceived value

downloadYou may have about the man who tried to give away a refrigerator. He put it at the end of the driveway marked “Free”  with “works well,” and “high quality.” It sat unclaimed for over a week until he replaced “Free” with a $50 sign. Sure enough, the next morning it was gone. That $50 gave the refrigerator a higher perceived value and it was suddenly desirable.

We place perceived value on everything. Think of restaurants, hair salons, vehicles, and retail stores. The neighborhood barber or discount facility may do a better job than a high buck salon. But sometimes we feel we look better via a $30 haircut. People don’t normally go a dusty diner to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. And most don’t buy a dress at a thrift store for special events.

My company is called Words Matter because words are vital to job seeking, as well as to life. However, actions and appearance are also vital. Think of the refrigerator. Increase your perceived value. Conduct yourself highly in public and via social media. Don’t swear or cuss, speak only nice words of others, and don’t find yourself hammered at the end of the bar on a Friday night. Try to participate in life. Attend events, volunteer, and help your neighbors. Forgive people who have wronged you, especially if they haven’t done anything to warrant forgiveness.

I know it’s 2019, but go rogue. Stay off your phone in public. In addition to learning and growing, your respect among others increases—it shows you care about the real world.

Some could lead to potential new job leads, but a lot may not. But everything positive often helps increase happiness and lower stress. When you do garner an interview, dress well, look people in the eye, and shake hands. Additionally, look nice in all places you could run into potential hiring managers. You don’t need to wear suits, but just be clean and match. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes, good looking cheap ones are available. A $5 shirt I bought at Wal Mart has gotten way more “wow that’s cutes” than any others in my closet.

Good luck job seeking,

Beth Husom, GCDF

Amazing love

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You don’t know what you don’t know. For those of you who are parents: think of love. We love our family, friends, significant other, in-laws, people from church, etc. Yet when that baby arrives, life changes. We had no idea this level of love was possible. It can be amazing.

A person’s career can be along these same lines. Just like clothing, lots of shirts may but cute and look good on a person. Yet if someone only wears blue polos, they’ll never know. Many have no clue how many careers could be a fabulous fit, and you could love; perhaps even more than anything you’ve been a part of before. Also, many self-impose limits. Perhaps no one you know or in your family has never made over $30k a year. This may cause you not to even look at positions that pay $50k, although you could get and shine at such a job. Let’s say you have an accounting position and always worked in finance jobs. Perhaps from an early age, you have been labeled the math whiz. At age 40, a Communications position may not be on your radar. But this could be a field where you are amazing and love, more than any finance jobs you’ve loved before.

This is to take nothing away from finance positions. You still could love and shine there as well. But like parenthood, the level of love for a new field could have been previously unknown. So my suggestion: keep an open mind. Don’t limit yourself, based on your background, past employment, disabilities, family issues, lack of school, upbringing, life situation, or anything else. God made you for a reason. You have gifts and are important. And God doesn’t make mistakes.

Good luck job hunting,

Beth Husom, GCDF

How rich can I get?

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Job seekers often ask me about money, salaries, and benefits. I tell them, like I’m saying now, to not assume. It’s amazing how much certain jobs, companies, and career fields pay—both ways. Currently (in Minnesota at least; I can’t promise the same everywhere), most construction and manual labor fields are paying way, way, way, lots of money. For instance, a bathroom remodeler recently gave me a $270/hour estimate. HVAC workers, plumbers, electricians, roofers, masons, landscapers, siders, drivers, delivery personnel, and general contractors are often getting paid high hourly wages. Some even make more than people in medical, dental, and IT fields (which are also generally well paying), and people who seem like they’re probably making a lot because they work in an office and wear nice clothes.

Don’t automatically dismiss a position because it doesn’t require a college degree, was once low paying, and the title seems like it would still be a barely-more than minimum wage. I often recommend getting experience in several areas when possible. So even if you have a degree in one area, feel comfortable to look at other areas.

I haven’t seen an open minimum wage position for several years. The unemployment rate is so low, and companies are desperate for workers. Even jobs in areas such as fast food and retail settings are paying several dollars an hour over minimum wage. If stores include commissions, employees can make quite a bit of money. For instance; one shoe store I know ends up paying most workers $50k-$70k plus per year. Most outsiders would guess the employees may make $12 an hour, because that’s what we normally know people in their positions normally make. Yet that’s far from the truth.

Look for what interests you, even if you are unsure of the salary, and know the position may need an official certification that doesn’t take years and years to get. Companies are often willing to train hard workers and often pay for official training and needed certifications. Our economy will most likely not always be as good as it is today. So getting training and experience in multiple areas may be a great option.

Good luck job hunting.

Beth Husom, GCDF

Summer Searching

images (2)It’s HOT outside. Relaxing, but with tons to do; items such as vacations, lake fun, outdoor sports, yard work, events, and playing with kids. I love it (just drink a lot of water and change shirts 3 times a day), but some don’t function well when the temp is hot and humid. At times, this rolls over to the career field. Job seekers lose a little drive to research new professions and companies, make contacts, update their resumes, and dress nicely. Kind of the “kids are on summer break, so I should be on one too” mentality. Yet summer can be a wonderful time to get a new job. People tend to be happier and more energetic in sunny weather and you won’t get stuck in a snowstorm heading to work.

Luckily, we have air conditioning, so you can cool off inside and focus. Even if you aren’t a fan of the heat, work to maintain your job searching drive. There are more jobs than potential employees, and the economy is overall doing great. New businesses and popping up all over. Nonprofits are getting donations and support, so they tend to be hiring as well. Everything involved in schools are hiring, such as educational facilities from Pre-K to Universities, and bus/transportation companies.

Attend the zillions of local events and gatherings around, to meet people. There are fairs, outdoor concerts, BBQs, funs, fishing clinics, church events, volunteer projects, sporting events…the list goes on. Maybe join a neighborhood baseball team. Take some drives. Look at the small sign companies. Monitor yards closely, and see who’s doing what where. Check out event sponsors, and the back of 5k t-shirts.

Opportunities abound. Enjoy both summer fun and the professional possibilities.

Good luck with your job search,

 

Beth Husom, GCDF

Amazing adventures

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Recently, my son, nieces and nephews, sister, and parents took a 4,000 mile road trip. Notice I didn’t say vacation. Vacations are more relaxing. With 9 people driving in a van, staying in hotels, visiting many sites, and getting a lot of activity such as hiking through the mountains, it wasn’t exactly relaxing. However; it was great.

One occurrence made our jaws drop. We visited the Luray Caverns in Virginia. My Dad didn’t want to go underground, so he hung in their coffee shop. After the tour, we joined him and he seemed in shock. Turns out, he saw over 100 high school kids and some adult chaperones enter. He asked where they were from. They said, “We are a high school band called The Herd, and are playing at a 4th of July Celebration at the White House, so we are touring events nearby. The Herd is from a school in Buffalo, Minnesota.”

Virginia and Minnesota are about 1,000 miles apart. Guess what…we are ALSO from Buffalo, Minnesota! We had no clue The Herd was playing at the White House. They were shocked as well. Pictures of my Dad with The Herd went wild on social media. What are the chances we’d run into each other? This was awesome and also a great reminder for job seekers.

Always be on your guard when job hunting. You may think, “well, I can do something or act a certain way because it’s far away from companies I’m applying to.”  However; you never know where potential interviewers are from or hang out. For instance; some commute many, many miles to work. You don’t know where their families and friends live. I’ve worked with thousands of job seekers. Items in many peoples’ personal lives have come back to bite them. Be professional everywhere; on social media, in person, when writing items such as reviews, or responding to situations. Be kind and look decent. Companies GOOGLE search potential employees. They want to ensure people they hire have high integrity. Some job seekers me this isn’t fair, but it’s life. Employees represent their companies 24/7 by their words and actions, even when they aren’t discussing work. Someone is rude and mean? Others may think their company is rude and mean. People can be trained on tasks, but it’s much harder to train on personality.

Good luck job searching.

Beth Husom, GCDF

Jobs and Parenting

6897e95c293f839f96f79020589e8c79My 7 year old had fun in KidKare last summer, and has finally adapted well this year. Earlier though, he said he was sick and pitched a fit on the way—completely unlike him. I never 100% sure found the reason. He didn’t say anything negative about the staff or attendees. I work from home. I believed it may seem to him like he could stay here as he loves his toys, biking, playing, the neighbors, his cousin, my dad, fishing, etc. KidKare is great and positive for him, so I’m glad he’s doing better.

I’m not alone. Juggling a job and kids can be tough. I’ve worked with many parents who: were going back to work for the first time after having children, had childcare dilemmas, were missing too much time with kids or couldn’t attend their games and events, and/or kids had issues such as a medical or behavioral condition that took too much time from their current job.

When job searching, ensure anything new will mesh with your personal family situation. Pre-find stable childcare. Make plans for situations such as ill children. Be ready and comfortable to place your children somewhere while you work.

Additionally, consider costs. A recent client and her husband worked full-time, Monday through Friday day hours. We found a 2nd shift, every other weekend job. It’s $20k less a year; however, they only need outside care a couple of hours weekly. They save over $1,800 monthly and spend a lot more time with their kids. It isn’t her dream job. However, parenting equals putting kids first.

Ahh, isn’t life easy?

Good luck job seeking,

Beth Husom