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August 8, 2017
Keina Ritenburgh, MSW, LICSWA, CEO & Founder of EG Career Consulting.
We have all been there…leaving an interview sweating bullets and thanking the “most high” that you are finally out of the interview that felt like it lasted eons. Despite lots of preparation, you feel in your gut that you just didn’t do as well as you would’ve liked. Or…maybe you absolutely “froze” in your chair and couldn’t find the right words to answer the questions--fumbling, bumbling over your words.
After laughing, crying and going through all of the emotions that can be normal with such an intense process, be sure to take the opportunity to do these 3 key things to improve your next interview:
1) Reflect on what went well and what questions you could have been more prepared for.
2) Write down the questions that stumped you the most.
Practice answering aloud those questions again. I recommend doing this several times until you feel comfortable with the question and answer. If you are unsure of how to answer the question, do an internet search or discuss with a mentor.
3) Reflect on your interview preparation process. What could you do differently next time to be more prepared and confident for your interview?
Burnout or Balance?
Keina Ritenburgh, MSW, LICSWA, CEO & Founder of EG Career Consulting.
Sunday evening rolls around and you feel that familiar knot in your stomach…time to start mentally preparing for Monday and the week ahead. With only two days of having been away from work, waking up on a Monday (at the butt crack of dawn) seems ridiculously unfair. You grapple with the thought that this can’t possibly be your reality for the rest of your professional existence.
You arrive to work Monday morning, slow start, but…hey, you made it! Right? After a couple of cups of coffee, you are moving your way, slowly but surely, back to the productive person that you are (this is normal, by the way). You leave work that day feeling positive, accomplished and confident in your abilities. You enjoy your job, feel that it meets your needs and challenges you in all of the right ways.
So, what happens if you don’t feel positive, motivated and productive at the end of the day? Or for much of your work week...week after week?
Consider the following two scenarios:
1) Despite your usual cups of coffee (and maybe an extra cup for good measure), you cannot get rid of the dreaded, negative feelings. It’s almost like a dark black cloud is following you through your work day. Day after day, week after week, this (more often than not) seems to be the case for you. You can’t figure out how you got to this point; when feeling crummy at work became your norm. After all, when you first started your job, you were energetic, excited and eager.
2) You arrive to work on Monday morning feeling tired. This feeling is really nothing new to you as you are generally tired every day, never quite feeling rested. Thinking about work preoccupies you, even on your days off. You find yourself staying late at the office frequently, checking work emails on your off time and occasionally working on your days off. You don’t always feel that others are working as hard as you; and, feel resentful when your colleagues take vacation time off from work.
If you selected A: Consider a self-assessment for Job Burnout which could result in a temporary or longer term job change.
Job Burnout: According to the Annual Review of Psychology*, Job burnout is defined as a prolonged response to chronic emotional and interpersonal stressors on the job and is defined by the three dimensions of exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficacy. Job burnout can include lacking the passion and energy that you once had in your job, taking less pride in the work that you do and being absent more often from work. Job Burnout requires a deep self-assessment—do you like the person that you are at work every day or do you want to be different?
If you selected B: Consider a Work-Life Balance self-assessment.
Work-Life Balance: The need for a Work-Life Balance can surface during moments or periods of time when you are feeling especially exhausted and “spread too thin” between the demands of home and work. Symptoms can look similar to those of job burnout but without the depth and prolonged length of time. If you really enjoy most aspects of your job, work with yourself on: setting boundaries, saying no, assessing your personal priorities and life values, exploring your personal interests, the things that bring you joy and putting yourself and the things that are important to you first.
Questions to Ask Yourself...
- Do you enjoy your job? What do you enjoy about your job?
- List those things that you do not enjoy about your job.
- On average, how many days per week do you feel unhappy in your job?
- Can you imagine yourself doing this job for the next 1-3 years? Can you imagine yourself doing this job for the next 5-10 years?
- What do you enjoy doing for fun? List those items and the last time that you did the activity.
- What would it take for you to feel happy or content in your current job? Can this be achieved in your current role and at your workplace? ]
Source: *Maslach,C., schaufeli, W.B., and Leiter, M.P, Annual Review of Psychology, V.52, 2001, PP.397-422.
By: Keina Ritenburgh 4/11/2017
Starting a business as a Parent with young children is no cake walk. Especially when you are still working another job in the midst of your start-up and not "rolling in the dough."
When you are finally clear about what your passion and Career goal is, You know that you just have to do it...you have to figure out a way to get your business up and running; and, manage it so that it doesn't flop within your first year.
Feeling spread thin is a huge understatement, the "world on your back" some days...most definitely. Working on your marketing strategies while prepping dinner for the night and helping your kid with homework...not for the faint of heart!
Some days you feel on a high...other days discouraged. As a Business Owner and Parent, I implore men and women juggling these multiple roles to remain steadfast and focused on small daily goals as well as your long term business vision. Celebrate those small successes, encouragement from your supporters and occasions when you "Get just what you need, at the right time."
Remember that your tenacity and determination are sure qualities for success!
By Keina Ritenburgh, CEO and Founder of EG Career Consulting - April 27, 2017
Congratulations! You either have an upcoming interview or anticipate having one soon!
Follow these 3 easy steps to make sure that you ace your interview:
1. Research the company on their website: What is their mission? What do they value? What programs or services do they offer? - Think and talk out loud about WHY you want to work for their Company. What about their mission and values fit well with your personal and professional values and interests?
2. Resume Review: Print 3 copies of your Resume to take with you to your interview. Review your resume and talk out loud (as if you were in an interview) about your role at each job; AND…how your experience relates to the position that you are applying for.
3. Be ready for the Question Stumpers:
- How you handle challenging people/situations: Think about a time at work, professional setting or school (if no prior work experience) when you had to deal with a challenging situation or person. How did you handle it?
- Diversity: Discuss your experience working with others whose cultural background differs from yours?
Don’t just review the above 3 steps once…do it over and over (preferably in front of a mirror) until you are comfortable, confident and prepared for your interview! Good luck!