We’ve all heard the line, early bird gets the worm. We get it: morning people are more successful, but what are the things successful people do before breakfast—and what should you start doing too?
The night shift is the dead zone of employment. Whether you're a nurse, a concierge, a security guard, or any one of those brazen folks who dares take on what most consider the worst shifts imaginable, we salute you!
Karen was working in her office, minding her own business. The phone rang and interrupted her concentration. It was a woman she had worked with three months before, calling to tell her something she didn’t want to hear – there was a rumor going around her old agency that she had slept with Byron, her former boss, and that that was why she had been fired.
It’s not that we’re bad people, or that we aren’t working hard. The problem is that what our minds and bodies need at a basic level is in conflict with our work style. We are so focused on work, on getting things done, that we’ve changed the way we eat, move and sleep in a way that is actually counter-productive.
At least, that was the collective answer we got after polling the floor of an undisclosed finance company. Some other gems also included, "if you dream of work more than your childhood", "if you eat in less time than you shit", and of course "if you curse more than you say please and thank you" than you damn sure are a workaholic. If anyone knows what it's like to give up your life for your job, it's these people, so it's safe to say all of these things probably make you a workaholic. But really, if you spend more time answering emails than sleeping, you ARE a workaholic.
Jimmy Fallon has said that it was his fallback plan if he didn’t succeed as a comedian; actor John Ratzenberger famously portrayed Cliff Clavin for 273 episodes on Cheers; this is what it's been like to be an actual mail carrier for over 30 years.
Giving a great interview can be the difference between staying in your mediocre job, and pursuing your dream career. Colin Powell, an American statesman, has said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” There are also no secrets to being successful in an interview. If you prepare yourself, your answers, and show you are the right worker for the company, then you will be able to rock your interview and get the job.
Settling on a new career isn't easy; and for many that haven't had to look for a job in decades, the ability to find a new job seems daunting. You need to make sure that your new job is suited to both your abilities and your personal needs. If not, you could find yourself living life in the wrong job, without proper planning for the future and the ability to face difficult decisions. While there isn’t a magic formula to follow, there are savvy steps you can take to find the next step in the ladder – or, in our new modern society, the jungle gym – of a professional life. Is it time for a new career? Ask yourself these questions to see if you’re ready for the “big move.”
The best careers for single parents are much more than money-makers. Yes, these professions certainly bring in an income. That’s why you need a job, right? But they also provide the freedom, flexibility and independence that many working moms and dads need—especially when you’re parenting alone. Okay, so you’re not really alone. You’ve got help from family, friends and maybe even from your soon-to-be new co-workers. When it comes down to it, choosing one of the best careers for single parents can make your life (and your job as a parent) much easier.