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Whatever your position in relation to the world of work, one thing is clear - Your attitude towards work and/so how you approach it makes all the difference in how well you succeed.

Success In The Workplace Is All About Attitude And Approach

Success In The Workplace Is All About Attitude And ApproachWhether you're just entering the workforce or have been entrenched for many years or are creating your own business, the world of work is an intrinsic part of all of our lives. And for a relative few, it's not all about the money.Our lives in the work world can take many transitions:As a teenager just entering the work world, it may be to earn enough money to buy a car, clothes, afford dates and for some, earn tuition into college. And along the way, discover if the type of work is one that appeals enough to continue, or indicates the need to try something else.For others, who have taken a chosen path through college and are preparing to enter the work world, their focus will be following their path into positions for which they've studied. Although it's just as possible that along the way, they may discover a penchant for something entirely different.For those who have been entrenched in the work world for many years, it's quite possible that their initial position(s) and intention(s) may have been shaped or even curtailed by the need to earn enough money to support a lifestyle that may include a spouse and maybe children and a mortgage.For others, it's not a rare occurrence that they have taken the lowliest, "entry", position and worked their way up through the workplace and achieved all they desired in terms of personal accomplishment, respect within the workplace and garnered the wealth they need to support whatever their lifestyle.For those who are creating their own business, it's rare that it's done right out of school, but more often a result of experience already gained working for someone else and in the belief that they can earn enough money to support an idea/product/service of their own, as well as support themselves. And hopefully, when it comes to hiring others to support this new business, experience has also been gained as to how to treat employees to get the best from them.Whatever your position in relation to the world of work, one thing is clear - Your attitude towards work and/so how you approach it makes all the difference in how well you succeed.You know the old saying about how there are no small parts, only small actors? It's like that in the work world. There are no small positions, only small minds.Regardless your position in the work world, there is always opportunity to improve your lot. So if you foster an attitude that you are not limited to your position, and approach each work day with an open mind and pay attention, you will discover ways that you can go from a sales clerk to store manager in just a few months.Now if you're thinking this sounds a bit like those commercials on tv that are suggesting you can go from a size 22 to a size 10 in a few months with their weight loss product and you think to yourself it sounds too good to be true, perhaps you didn't pay attention to the part, "combined with exercise and a sensible diet".Which is to say, that whether it's losing weight or achieving success in the work world, you will have to pay attention to everything that is going on around you, what you are doing and make a concerted effort to integrate yourself. In other words - You will have to work at it.Right now there's a tv commercial touting how you can work at home and buy a new home or earn $7,000 a month in your spare time ... Which does sound exciting, but - NOT ONE WORD is said about HOW you can do any of this. Only that there's a website that will show you.If you've been enticed by such "come ons", it's understandable - Everyone one would like to be able to buy a new house or earn lots of money, and there are those who have achieved financial independence and monetary success via the Internet. So if you've gone to this or any other website seeking your fortune, that's nothing to be ashamed about. But if you were believing that such sources would be THE answer to your success, 'time for an attitude adjustment.THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS OVER NIGHT SUCCESSThe only way to achieve success is by planning your work and working your plan. And that's much easier said than done. On and off the Internet.Don't believe the hype that it's "easy", to achieve financial independence and monetary success via the Internet. It's not. In fact, it may very well be even more difficult to make a successful go of it on the Internet as opposed to in the "real", world. Mostly because doing business on the Internet is still a relatively unknown quantity. Whereas in the "real", world there are established ways of building a business and even well established businesses built upon helping others build a business.Sure there are scores of websites designed to encourage you to start building your own business on the Internet, but - There are so many different attitudes and approaches towards doing so that it's quite overwhelming and hard to know which ones really work.There have been many people who have lost everything because of following a certain "guaranteed", path of creating a successful business on the Internet.Best advice - Don't spend one thin dime or even attempt to start your own business on the Internet until you've taken a good deal of time and done extensive research of what's being presented as THE way to achieve success on the Internet.And if you do achieve a state where you believe that you know what will work for you - Be prepared to work, work, work. Establishing and maintaining a viable business on the Internet is no free or easy ride.And if you work in the "real" world, here's the real deal -To achieve success from/with/in any position, the first steps you can take are to be at work every day, on time and to agree, without question, to do whatever is asked of you.Of course, you shouldn't do anything unethical, but in today's work world, it's very rare that an employer would even suggest such. Too much corruption and unethical behavior has been exposed and too many organizations have been established to protect people in the workplace for this to be a common occurrence.A key example of practicing a positive attitude and approach regarding your work position: Consider your employer, all the way to the top position, as a person instead of, "THE MAN". A person, just like you, who had to start somewhere, learn the ropes and make the climb to where they are.Then, take a look at the big picture and ask yourself just how much you know to be able to run a company with all its complexities, right down to the process of hiring you.If you consider your superiors as people who have not only earned their positions, but as people who have to continue to earn their positions, which involves a great deal more than your position, you'll find that your attitude and approach towards them and consequently, the experience of working with them, will improve exponentially.So what we're talking about here is learning to adjust your own attitude and approach to become an asset to your workplace, which will naturally benefit you. And by being an asset, those who are in positions to help you advance within the workplace will be more likely to do so.If you add to this mix a willingness to go the extra step, by volunteering at least your enthusiasm to learn more, do more, then you really will get noticed and yes, promoted, to the level of your incompetence, as the joke goes.See, most people become their own worst enemy within the workplace because of their lackluster attitude and approach. Instead of looking for ways that they can keep their days at work at least interesting, if not exciting, which just naturally leads to advancements, they start watching the clock, goofing off, calling off sick and generally start seeing their position as a dead end job.That's not to say that there aren't times when work positions truly are dead ends, but again, with a better attitude and approach, one can at least make the best of it, and begin looking for another position that may be more satisfying.There are several important benefits of making the most of your current work position while seeking another:1) It's a fact that it's much easier to find new employment when you're already employed.And -2) It will allow you to give a two week notice, which is regarded as a common courtesy within the work world. Doing so will allow you to leave one position with a positive reference, and prove to your new employer that your attitude and approach is about doing the right thing.NO ONE NEED BELIEVE THEY ARE STUCK IN A DEAD END JOBEven if you're someone who has been at the same workplace without feeling like you're on the "fast track", to improving your lot, but you believe it's better to have a steady job than risk unemployment because you do have responsibilities - Take a good, hard, long look at your attitude and approach towards your work position and start thinking in terms of what YOU can do to improve it, instead of lamenting how it's lacking.But, if your efforts do not improve your position, start sending out resumes. Believe it or not, employers of other companies, especially if they're in competition with your current employer, love to "steal", away a long time employee. Such a transition usually is just what you need to achieve the advancements you had been seeking.Then we have the relatively rare individual whose attitude and approach has been to actively participate within their workplace while "absorbing", everything they could until they achieve a state of self confidence that leads them to believe they have what it takes to strike out on their own.It may be with an improved product/service based on their previous work experience, or it may be based on solid research of an idea for a product/service they have happened upon for which they believe there is a need and one they believe they can market.These individuals have definitely chosen the road less traveled - If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.For those of us on the sidelines, all we can do is support them however we can, to help them achieve success.Whatever path you're on with regards to the world of work, bottom line - Success doesn't discriminate. It's equally available to everyone, regardless of age or sex. You have only to cultivate and practice the hard won lessons learned by those before you and always be looking for opportunities to improve.If you're serious about achieving success in your workplace, as an employer, an employee or as someone who is self employed, do a little research and discover the resource specifically created to help you understand the work world and how it works, from all sides.

Jobs And Over Aged Applicants

Jobs And Over Aged Applicants

Though some employers would prefer a younger workforce, the older applicants still have a wide variety of career choices to choose from. Employers are starting to see the potential of older and much-experienced applicants as can be seen by the statistics below:q In Australia, Bureau of Statistics showed that between the period of August of 1989 to that of August of 2003, the workforce aged 15-24 lost more than 380,000 jobs to older workers.Aside from the fact that most of Australia's younger generation became full-time students, employers favored the older applicants.q In Netherlands on the other hand (by December of 2000), over 500,000 thousand of their employees are 55 years old and above. This figure had been increasing steadily since 1995.To have a head start from the younger applicants, one has to take into consideration the following:1. In writing one's resume, put more weight in highlighting the accomplishments without necessarily bragging about it.One could have these lists of accomplishments and previous posts held work for one's advantage over younger applicants who may not even have any experience on the same field.An individual's employment history receives as much scrutiny as the applicant itself. While employers tend to look for gaps or lapses of time when the applicant has been unemployed, they also tend to focus on the length of service one had rendered for their previous employers.Frequent change of work (usually within very short time frames) can be alarming for prospective employers.2. Read and enroll in programs that will refresh your knowledge on certain fields especially if engaged in professional sectors. This will keep you individual abreast of the latest trend in such fields.3. Search the Internet for vacancies. A lot of agencies place ads on the net that advertises help for senior citizens in looking for jobs. Various search engines made easier and specific (can choose the following categories: career, location and field of interest) are also available.Jobs that do not usually look into the age of the applicant are the following:1. Professional work that are into specialization. For applicants in the medical field (i.e. Doctors) experience is the basic determinant of being hired.2. Lectures or speaking engagements. Speakers that are invited to discuss certain topics do not really have an age requirement. Rather, qualification focuses more on first hand knowledge and experience.3. Writers. Writing novels, plays or children's books are one of those professions whose only requirement is good writing skills. Also, one can do the job at the comfort of their own homes, a plus factor for those in their advanced years.

Applying For Translation Work A Guide For The Freelancer

Applying For Translation Work  A Guide For The Freelancer

I work as an Italian English Translation Project Manager at the translations agency Axis Translations.Everyday me and my colleagues see larger numbers of enquiries from translators seeking work. I hope that some of my observations will help you be more successfull.1) Update and scan your computer for virusesHow many translators CVs get caught by an agencies firewall? I dont know. It seems to happen in waves. We will have a batch of translators emails in a few days and then none for ages. But generally the email is deleted!2) Put your details in the subject section of the emailIf you are applying for a project posted on the web, put a reference to it in the subject box. The reference number for instance. If you are applying generally, list the languages in which you translate.Why is this important? Simply translation agencies get a stack of emails each day and you want to be found. The translation project manager wants to be able to pick out the enquiries for their project with ease.For general enquiries, you want your details to be saved in the right place. If the agency can see your languages they can copy your mail into the right languages section rather then putting you in the dreaded look at later pile.3) Dont apply for something you are notWe always look for translators to translate into their mother tongue and write this in our adverts. But we always get a loads of CVs for people who do not fit the bill. For instance I post a job for a Italian>English Translation and get a CV from a Dutch native speaker who is fluent in neither language.4) Dont forget to provide rates and the rest of your required informationWhen I am looking for a new translator and I have a number of applications, my shortlist will not include anyone who has missing information. I regularly see people who have missed their rates off the application. If a translation PM has opther options, they probably wont chase a translator for further information.5) Contact InfoI am not talking about address here. I am thinking of mobile phones.Once a job has been confirmed the translation PM will wish to have the assignment placed with a translator ASAP. If they cant find another number for you they will be likely to move further down the list and call the next translator.......your competition.I hope my short list of tips for translation applications assist not only translators, but also translation PMs.!

The Key to a Happy Life: Striking a Balance at Work and at Home

The Key to a Happy Life:  Striking a Balance at Work and at Home

In a culture obsessed with high tech gadgetry, cellphones, credit cards, fast cars, large houses, and job titles --- it should be no surprise that most people experience stress and anxiety. The strain of striving after material advantage and the dictates of the Almighty Dollar have made many people virtual slaves in their offices. Even after working more than 50 hours a week... even after getting every material need and luxury that money can buy... many people still live unhappily. The corporate success, instead of bringing fulfillment, has left many executives and employees with a feeling emptiness and disillusionment. The over-concentration on fame and fortune have made many professionals weary and depressed. The incentives, awards, and accolades somehow could not help them get rid of "stress and anxiety" .But there is still hope for the tired executive and the downtrodden worker. Stress and anxiety need not ruin lives and careers. To get back on track, it may be helpful to consider the following advice on how to be an achiever who lives a balanced life:Writing It DownWhat we really are lacking is balance. A good start would be to have a career and life plan that balances your time and effort between the office and the home. If we plan carefully, we will most likely make the right action or choices. Life shouldn't be a big enigma. Life can be made simple and enjoyable. A career or life plan must start with having a stated purpose. Knowing what you really want helps you get rid of unnecessary fatigue brought about by things which are not really important to you. Knowing your priorities also help you get rid of unnecessary worries and prevents you from wasting energy. Writing it down --- putting your plan on paper --- is the first step on having a balanced life. Your first agenda would be knowing what you want. Do you prefer to have a fun personal or family life, vibrant health more than having financial success or a well-respected position? Maybe you can have both without making any sacrifice in terms of time or quality of life? When you write it down, the process of marking your priorities would be much easier. Recharge YourselfLike most people, you too must be so full of stress about the daily traffic, office politics, family chaos, the endless bill payments --- the foibles that sap all the energy in you. You rarely have fun at home or enjoy your work because you always feel tired and hassled. Maybe it's time to ask yourself when was the last time you spent quality time to re-connect with your family. Maybe it's also time to take a look at your inner life...your spiritual bearings. The very heart of the matter is that in order to live a life you love, you need to have a healthy body that will allow you to live it. You must take care of your physical and spiritual well-being. Take time to recharge, which is really what stress management is all about. You can start recharging by answering these questions:lAm I bored?lDo I get enough exercise?lIs my medication any help at all?lWhat really makes me sick?lAre my loved ones (or friends), or my job draining all my energy?Fact is, our state of physical well-being has a direct impact on the quality of our lives. It impacts our work, business, and relationships. So we must take care our bodies well enough by taking vitamins, eating right, getting enough sleep and rest, and by exercising regularly. Are you being too self-satisfied?To get our bearings, it is important to be constantly aware of our priorities. A good way to start re-defining one's priorities is by answering the following questions:lAre you neglecting yourself physically, mentally or spiritually?lAre you neglecting your spouse, your children, your peers?lAre you fulfilling your commitments?lAre you operating in your comfort zone?When you say mostly yes to to those questions. Well then, its not the end of the world. Being self-important can be overcome through a conscious decision to strive to do just a bit than you used to do. Being self-satisfied or having an air of self-importance is a detriment to creating or even maintaining a balanced life. Pride, selfishness, and conceit should always be put in check. It's all about balanceYou might be wondering where did Time go? Your to-do list is increasing, you have countless meetings, on top of it, its your wife's birthday, pick up junior from his baseball practice this Friday. You just have so much to do that your life is eroding away. You don't realize it but you have to power to manage your everyday stresses and these helpful tips will ease the pressures off your back.lUtilize Your Plan of action Start focusing. Which ones from your to-do list is the one you really want to do? Which ones can be delegated.lDon't be the Lone Ranger for every crisis or situation- Even The lone ranger can used a side kick and not everything can get the job done by just being alone.lGive yourself a pat on the back- Every once in a while. Give yourself credit. Acknowledge all the good things you have done.Being overwhelmed or too stressed out is really your making. Remember that you always have a choice between feeling good or feeling bad about yourself and the world you live in. It is up to you to say no to commitments you can no longer keep...it is up to you to say no to negative thoughts and yes to optimism...it is up to you to live a balanced, happy life.

Career Options

It would seem as though the most appropriate time for a young person to consider career options is when they are embarking on the journey of choosing a college to attend. For some their career options are something they have been considering for the better part of high school. They may have taken several high school level courses that will work well towards their goal of achieving admission in a certain school. Many young people dont consider many career options because they have a very clear idea of their lives path before they even enter high school. For others career options are something they are still struggling with even as they begin the college experience. They have an idea of what interests them but trying to decide on a specific major is a daunting task. Many of these young people will explore several different career options before deciding on something that really has grabbed their interest. Before entering college many schools have services available to the students that help them with career options. This can be in the form of a career fair where different career paths are detailed. Adults may come in to talk about their chosen career options and where those have led them. This can be a wonderful way for younger people to become familiar with the education requirements and commitment necessary to pursue a particular career choice. Its very important for young people to be aware of all of the potential career options available to them. Many schools have guidance counselors on staff who can discuss with the child their particular aspirations. The counselor also has knowledge of the admission requirements for different studies and can advise the child on what they will need to study in high school to better their chances while in college. Considering career options is not just for the younger set. Many established workers consider a career change at some point in their life. Their occupation might be slowing becoming obsolete of they are losing interest in the thing they were once very passionate about. Reaching a point where you begin to think about other career options can be the turning point in ones life. Many universities and colleges offer evening courses for students who are employed during the day. If you are considering other career options its good to know that if you do require schooling that youll have the chance to pursue that while still earning a living. Life is remarkably less stressful if you have a job that you enjoy. Carefully considering the career options that are most appealing to you is the first step to ensuring youll go to work each day enjoying the experience. Its never too late to consider a new career path. There are career counselors available who work with adults to develop a goal that is attainable for them. Its rewarding when you discover a new life passion and work hard to achieve that goal. Many people in their 40s, 50s and even older are heading back to school because theyve decided the career options theyve already achieved just arent enough.

Why Effective Job Descriptions Make Good Business Sense

Most neophyte workers or even freshly graduated members of the workforce will jump into jobs without knowing their job descriptions. This practice is understandable. Many of these fresh graduates are just glad to have gotten a job and will try to avoid being to nosy or pushy when it comes to work. They may think that demanding a job description will be an added negative to their employers impression of them.This could not be more wrong. Employers, in general, delight in employees that ask about their job description. This shows that the employee has an interest in knowing the specifics of his or her job and would like to know what his or her specific responsibilities are. Here are a few other reasons why job descriptions are truly important to employees and even to those who are searching for jobs.1. Knowledge of DutiesA job description will furnish you with a list of your responsibilities and duties. This will ensure that you know what jobs you are supposed to do and which jobs you are not supposed to do. Just guessing is not an option. However, you may be trying to do your best doing jobs that are not your duty and responsibility to perform. The result of which, on paper, is that you are not doing your job. If you end up doing jobs that are not in your job description. You will not be credited with those jobs. 2. Prevent Being Taken Advantage OfThere will be instances when as an employee you will be asked to do specific duties that are not in your job description. It is perfectly legal to point to your job description and say that the particular job does not fall under your job description. You will, of course, have to do this politely. You may, of course, choose to do these duties. However, make it clear that what you are doing is not within your job description. You and your manager may then choose to talk about whether these duties should be included and the proper remuneration for such.3. What Matters to Your Employer is PaperThere have been countless employees who have come forth saying, we did our best, worked over time, and gave our all, but did not receive the proper acknowledgement. Unfortunately, employers will be too busy to keep track of your performance. You may have to submit reports on your progress and performance. This, of course, should be based on your job description or else it will not make any sense to your employer.

Summary

Whatever your position in relation to the world of work, one thing is clear - Your attitude towards work and/so how you approach it makes all the difference in how well you succeed.