I Love My Job…I Hate My Job…I Love My Job…

First off, your job and your life are separate entities. You can love your job and you can enjoy what you do and still be successful. You can even only mildly enjoy it, but if you take it seriously, you will be successful because you understand how important it is. That being said, what would you assess as your level of “love” for your current job?

Check out the infographic below. Maybe you aren’t as unhappy as you might think. And if you start applying yourself more at your work, you may start gaining more skills and experience, making you the perfectly skilled candidate for that new job you have been thinking of.

Of course, your level of “love” for your job might still be pretty tepid. If this is the case, contact us to get started with Creative Talent Management. Search our open positions and let us help you secure your next great position.

11 Things That Prove You Love Your Career [Infographic]

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Stay Connected with Creative Talent Management

At Creative Talent Management, we strive to keep you up-to-date on career trends and the latest jobs from top companies. We connect top talent to Fashion, Beauty and advertising agencies in major cities for permanent, freelance and contract roles. Below, you will find a handy reference page to help ensure that you don’t lose out on applying to our jobs. It will help your email client keep CTM emails in your inbox and not your spam box.

Stay tuned to this page for career advice. Take some time and explore some of the numerous other articles we have posted. Let CTM help find your next great position!

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1. Tap the sender’s from name
2. Choose “Create New Contact”
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1. Tap the picture of the sender
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4. Choose the correct account if you are signed into multiple email addresses
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1. Open the email in your inbox
2. Hover over the sender’s name
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– You can also do this in Gmail before opening the email: Just hover over the sender’s name next to the subject line and select “Add to contacts” to save to your Contacts list.

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1. Drag the email from your Promotions tab to your Primary tab
2. When asked, “Do this for future messages?” select “Yes”

 

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Reasons to Job Hunt Even if You Aren’t Actually on the Hunt

Being more informed, career-wise is never a bad thing. Even if you aren’t quite ready to leave your current position, you should make sure you brush up on your interviewing and job-seeking skills.

Being happily employed is also nothing to sneeze at either. But that doesn’t mean that opportunities might not be available when you are not really looking for them. And you need to be open to these. They offer great opportunities to learn and improve interviewing skills and potential advancement paths.

Read on for three ways to be on the job hunt even if you are not actually on the hunt.

Assess Your Current Situation

You are probably pretty happy with your current situation, or at least you tolerate it. But take a look at your old job posting for your current position. Do you feel that you fulfill all the qualifications? Now find the same job posting from a competitor. Again, could you step into the same role at another company? Now find a job posting for a step up from your current position. Are you currently building your brand and qualifications to be a better more skilled professional?

Take those ever-important keywords in those job postings and use them to your advantage. When you know exactly what the next steps are in your career, it becomes easier to develop those skills and increases your networking chances and ability to pursue continuing professional development.

Keep Your Trajectory Always Going Up

While you have those comparable job postings available, ask yourself if this is where you intended to be at this point in your career. If you aren’t quite there yet, are you still on track to get there? You simply want your time to mean something. Your career is a big part of your life and you want every opportunity to help you get a step higher than you were before. If you think you are missing a skill, how can you learn more about it and add it to your resume?

Grow, Grow, Grow

Now grab that old job description again (the one for your current position). Assess your growth (or lack thereof). Have you grown in your position, in terms of responsibilities, salary, skills, etc.? This is a chance to sort of audit your current professional situation – whether you are happy or not.

Researching job postings might seem like only something to do when you are actively looking to change jobs. But the details included within them offer a plethora of information to help you assess growth potential in your job and to help you see exactly where to take your next professional step.

Your First Job Posting Resource

Contact an experienced recruiter at 800.338.4327. Simplify and expedite your job search (or research) process the moment you need it with Creative Talent Management.

 

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Warning Signs: It’s Time to Leave Your Company

We all have those days when we just can’t stand our jobs. But usually, those days are outnumbered by a lot more productive, not-so-bad, and even fun days at work. But if you find yourself feeling this way all the time, it may be time to find a new job. So, how do you differentiate between temporary annoyance with and full on antipathy towards your company and your job?Turtle Hiding in Shell-scared-changing jobs

Changing Jobs isn’t as Passé as it Used to Be

Not too long ago, people routinely spent year after year after year at the same job. And this wasn’t necessarily a negative. Instead, it was just the relationship people had with their career. But times have changed. The corporate ladder today sometimes means climbing it at different companies.

But jumping ship, (or ladder, as it might be), is nonetheless a daunting prospect. It is often easier just to stay put rather than to go to a new and unfamiliar company.

Feeling like you hate your job, or have lost interest in it, or feeling as though you have reached your peak there may not clearly come to you as an epiphany. So, how do you know whether your feeling toward your job is just temporary or actually the start of a downward spiral?

Compare your emotions to our emotion gauge. This will tell you whether you need to move on or just keep movin’.

The Old Feeling of Dread

Dreading your job is not helping your job prospects nor is it helping your employer. Feeling anxious all the time simply isn’t healthy. And if you do indeed feel this way ALL THE TIME, then you need to realize that this isn’t normal.

Try to figure out when your dread lessens. If you need a vacation, or reason to leave the office in order to lessen your dread, your job is telling you it is time to say, “bye-bye.”

Personality Smersonality

Every job creates stress. But usually this stress waxes and wanes according to project completion, promotion, etc. But if your personality has shifted due to your job, and has done so into the negative, your friend list might start losing members. You should not let your job take over your ability to normally react to situations – both happy and stressful ones.

Evolution

Human beings evolve. We change and adapt to our surroundings. Sometimes we change more than what is around us, and sometimes it is the other way around. But what if your company seems to be changing, and leaving you behind? A job that conflicts with your priorities can drain you physically and emotionally. Think about your job that now requires you to travel much more. If you also value family and personal time, this is not sustainable behavior.

Also consider whether your company is innovative and open to change and new ideas. If you thrive on a flow of ideas like this, then your positive attitude toward your job will slowly be waning.

Ten Years…and Counting

As mentioned above, staying at one company for decades was a plus. In today’s workplace, your company probably wants fresh ideas galore, and sorry, your lengthy tenure might not be seen as a positive. (One really can’t win). This might be the mindset of the higher ups in your company. On your end, even if you were gearing up to leave for another position, are your interviewing and job searching skills up to snuff? And of course, consider that being happy where you are doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think of brushing up on these skills anyway.

The Old Glass Ceiling (or Steel Ceiling)

The ever so common career promotion limit – the point at which you can go no further (at least at your current company). A company that is not invested in you and in growing you as a member of their team is an all too telling sign – and not a positive one at that.

Of course, the stalled growth is not necessarily due to a lack of skills on your part. Your own personal desires for career advancement might simply need to be achieved elsewhere. Also, consider the trajectory (or lack thereof) of your salary. Seeking out a new position might very well bring in more money.

Ready to Jump Ship (or Ladder)?

Creative Talent Management offers top creative and design talent opportunities. Let CTM help you find our next great opportunity. It is closer than you think. Get started today by calling one of our experienced recruiters at 800.338.4327.

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Navigate the Job Search Process: Explore Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Advancing your career doesn’t happen in one day. But professionals in a variety of fields can improve their skills and knowledge by participating in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Through CPD, opportunities abound in a variety of channels. Learners set objectives for themselves (e.g. specific skills to be learned or practiced) and afterward participate in self-reflection of the progress they’ve made.

Advancement in your industry might require a myriad of skills. Some are concrete and visible actions, while others are more subjective. CPD offers opportunities to hone these skills whether they require more physical or mental capabilities.

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Soft and Hard Skills
It is no doubt easier to measure hard skills (physical tasks) over soft skills (e.g. time-management, creativity, etc.). But job performance improves with both kinds. The desire to broaden your horizons illustrates workplace adaptability. And the very notion of wanting to participate in CPD is itself an indication of workplace and skill growth potential.

Sharing is Caring
Volunteering might be an excellent CPD option for someone wishing to change careers. Donating your time can get you in the right places at the right times. Additionally, you could also be the individual offering up the CPD to others. Showing others the ropes is a great way to stay fresh yourself.

Go for the Freebies
Online learning has taken off the last few years. This means that professional development can be had off and online. Check out YouTube and udemy for free (and paid) courses in numerous fields and subjects.

Legit CPD
Independently-guided CPD might not quite be intensive enough for some learners. To help with this, formal CPD is offered through organizations, associations, and companies. Offering staff these opportunities gives employees a chance to build deeper professional-to-professional relationships and interactions.

All learning might be the same to some people. But formal CPD takes the usual rote approach to a new impactful level. The information gleaned from these interactions is immediately at a higher more usable level. Learners can see the information in action.

Did You Read that Somewhere?
Absorb the literature within your chosen field. Such information is often written by those right in the thick of the industry themselves. Consider publications, articles, trade journals, and news. Stay up to date with new business practices, innovative technologies, and the right skills to learn to put you at the top of the applicant pile.

Don’t Forget to Reflect
CPD is not just about absorbing a few bits of information from professionals. For CPD to truly be effective, the learner must be active throughout the entire process. Reflection is critical to successfully improving your skill and knowledge base. Use the exercise to grow, both career-wise, emotionally, mentally, and educationally.

Enhance Your Career with CPD
Use CPD to gain an edge in your field. Find a mentor, enroll in an online course (independently or through official channels), read, volunteer, research, and more to improve your knowledge base and skill set. Organize it yourself or seek out professional opportunities. Either way, become an active learner in your future endeavors. Reflect on the knowledge gained and use it to take you where you want to go.

Enhance Your Career with the Right Community of Professionals
Contact an experienced recruiter at 800.338.4327. Simplify and expedite your job search or posting process the moment you need it with Creative Talent Management.

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