We are always happy to help offer advice, guidance and counsel to people who are interviewing for a new job or seeking to advance in their careers.
Here are a few questions asked of us on Quora.com and our answers.
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9 to 5 job is sucking all the energy out of me what should I do?
I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but working 9 to 5 sucks. It involves long commutes on crowded trains into the office, demeaning work, tyrannical bosses, little time off, and modest compensation. After all the stress and aggravation at work, you have to endure a dreadful commute home, wolf down dinner, watch TV, go to sleep and start all over again tomorrow.
The answer is to take charge of your life. If you are going to work, you might as well do something you like and can succeed at. Find a career that you enjoy and can earn a nice living. Then, do whatever it takes to get a job in that area. Once you find a job in an area that you love, work like hell. Give it everything you have. Don’t watch the clock. The more you learn, the better you’ll get at your job. Every little success will lead to another success. Soon, you will be lapping your peers. You’ll get raises and promotions. You’ll start enjoying your job more. People will notice your enthusiasm, hard work ethic, and offer you all sorts of new opportunities.This will—in turn—get you to the next level. It will keep propelling you upwards, if you keep this up.
The money will follow the hard work. Then, the 9 to 5 doesn’t seem so bad at all. In fact, the more money you earn and the higher you climb the ladder, the odds are that you’ll enjoy your career.
How do you get out of doing something at work that you don’t feel is in your job description?
The tone of your question makes it seem like you are a malcontent, whose sole desire is to shirk your responsibilities.
To succeed in the corporate world, you have to go above and beyond the job description. If you strive to do the least amount of work possible, you’ll never advance in life. If you just do the average —what you can get away with—amount of work, you’ll also be about or below average. If you want to get to the next level and succeed, you’ll have to work very hard and put in the long hours. You will need to take on arduous assignments and volunteer for work nobody else wants to do.
If you are career oriented, you should tell your boss, “The work you’re asking of me is not in my job description, but I’m happy to help. In fact, my goal is to learn as much as possible and grow my career. If you have any other responsibilities to offer me, I’d be glad to do it. The more I’m exposed to, the more I’ll learn.”
A weak and pathetic answer, such as “I won’t do this work because it’s not in my job description,” will make you a low-level employee for the rest of your life. You’ll end up job hopping because managers will dislike your poor attitude. Furthermore, you will face long periods of unemployment. No manager in their right mind would hold onto an employee with this selfish mindset. It reeks of discontent, hatred of management, and an unwillingness to be a team player. I don’t know one successful person who did the bare minimum—and nothing more. Conversely, those who go the extra mile tend to succeed.
Do you ever feel underqualified at your job?
Feeling underqualified in your job is quite common. So common, it has a name—the imposter syndrome. This refers to a situation in which you are in a high-level prestigious position, earn a lot of money, possess social status, but somehow still feel that you don’t deserve it and are unqualified for the job.
It’s interesting, while I’ve often heard reference to the imposter syndrome, I’ve rarely met anyone who told me that they had it. On the other hand, I speak with people daily who claim the exact opposite. They say that they have too much intelligence, skills, and ability to be stuck in their current role. They believe their talents are not being realized and they’re forced to toil away in jobs beneath their caliber.
Some people feel unqualified for their job because they are. How many people do we run into on a daily basis that suck at what they do. It could be the waitress taking your order who brings back the wrong dish. The policeman who shot an innocent kid. The accountant who got you audited by the IRS. The Department of Motor Vehicles clerk who gave you the wrong paperwork and you had to stand on yet another line for two more hours.
There is a name for unqualified people who seem to keep rising within the corporate organization, it’s called the Peter Principle. This is the theory that employees rise to their own level of incompetence. Here’s what happens: A person does a great job, then he gets promoted. At this job, he succeeds again and is offered yet another level up the corporate ladder. This virtuous cycle continues upward. Eventually, however, the person rises to his level of incompetence. At this point, they won’t go any higher, as they have become incompetent at this job level. He becomes stuck and sucks at this position. Arguably, the reason we hate dealing with companies is due to the fact that everyone is in a role that they’re not good at due to the Peter Principle.
If you quit your job and walk out on the spot do you really owe your employer a more in depth explanation as to why you are leaving in the manner in which you are?
Didn’t your parents teach you any manners?
Of course, you owe your employer an explanation. In what world do you live in that you feel comfortable leaving a job where people depend on you without telling anyone? It is common courtesy to inform your boss, human resource professional, or other person of authority. Even if the boss was mean and nasty, the right thing to do is let him know you’re leaving and why. It is rude, self-centered, and self-sabotaging to walk out the door without notifying anyone.
Consider the long-term consequences; how could you get a recommendation from that company? What will your boss say when a prospective new manager asks for a reference? It is a short-sighted thing to do, with long-term adverse consequences.
Here’s what you can do: The first thing to do is let your boss know that you would like to speak with her. Once the meeting is set, the most effective way to inform your manager is with the “ripping off the Band-Aid” approach. When you were a little kid, your mom or dad may have thought they were being helpful and pulled off a Band-Aid slowly—and it hurt! Now that you’re older, you know to rip it off quickly to get it over with. Similarly, the best thing to do is to directly discuss your resignation with your boss right away. Avoid procrastination, as it will induce more stress and anxiety.
Calmly and politely inform your supervisor that you are leaving. You should say, “I appreciate everything that you have done for me. This was truly a great experience. I have learned so much from you.” You could then add, “I just feel that the time is right to move on and seek a new challenge. Thank you for understanding. I hope that you could provide a recommendation for me. I’d be glad to help you with the transition, as well as be there for the replacement person if she would like my advice or has any questions.”
If you handle it in a professional manner, you will leave on good terms, have a reference for the future, not have to worry about explaining to a interviewer about the awkward departure, and if your paths cross again in the future, there will be no bad feelings or animosity.