"Are MBAs really overrated?" seems to be a question that finds an answer in the lives of many successful CEOs, business people and what have you that are doing well without them. And, many names do come to mind to authenticate this claim. People like Larry Page, Frederick W. Smith, Bill Gates as well as Jim Quigley are just a few of the very successful people without this highly coveted degree. Having said this, getting an MBA is not without its benefits. If you plan to work in the banking or consulting industry getting an MBA is known to put you in a better position in getting in. However, the issue at stake here is not in the benefits of getting an MBA, but in the exaggerated value or importance that is placed in this master’s degree. Therefore, consider the list below to find some of the reasons why earning an MBA may be considered overrated. 1: The cost involved The first thing that will usually prevent or even discourage many from earning an MBA is the cost involved. … [Read more...] about Is the MBA overrated?
Archives for July 2012
How to Create a Good Relationship with Your Boss
Your relationship with your boss is an important relationship. It may mean the difference between getting ahead in your chosen career or even being able to negotiate working conditions that suit you. You don’t have to be best friends with your boss, but developing a good relationship with them makes life easier for you and them. Here are some tried and tested ways to make your relationship with your boss a good one: Do Your Job Well Ultimately, doing your job well is one of the best ways to develop a good relationship with your boss. The better you do your job, the less there is for them to worry about. Even if you are not close outside of work, by doing your job well you are more likely to earn their professional respect which is what matters at the end of the day. Put Yourself in Their Shoes It can be easy to pick fault with your manager or think “I wouldn’t do things that way if I were the manager” for example, but putting yourself in their shoes will … [Read more...] about How to Create a Good Relationship with Your Boss
Why You Should Not Always Be Available
Most people want to be available every time our boss, coworkers, friends or family need something. It is great to be helpful and dependable, but it is also important to set limits on the times you are available so that you are able to be productive. It is important to be available in a true emergency, but these should only occur a couple of times per year, not on a daily basis. Emergencies Versus Interruptions Telling people to only call if they really need you is a good idea, but people have different views on what is a need. Some will only call if your mother died or your child was involved in an accident, while others believe that every 50 percent off sale is an emergency. Give people examples of things you feel are true emergencies so they will know when it is okay to interrupt your work and when they should wait to call until you are done working. It is also a good idea to let people know the hours you will not be working. It is a good idea to check your voicemail and … [Read more...] about Why You Should Not Always Be Available
How to Stay Positive in a Job You Despise
You should always follow your dreams. Whether you want to start a business or land a job in management, do what it takes to achieve your goals. However, while working towards achieving a career goal, you may sometimes struggle, such as by working at a job you despise until better opportunities arrive. Since simply quitting a job you hate probably isn’t the best option for many reasons, you must find ways to stay positive in the job while you work towards making your future escape. The following are four ways to look on the bright side while working at a company you’ve come to despise. Take Action If you’re currently miserable at a job but aren’t taking steps to change the situation, you’ll only become more miserable. Begin thinking of the current job as a stepping stone towards something better. Whether you begin building a business on the side or take classes to further your education, any action you take now will bring you closer to leaving this job … [Read more...] about How to Stay Positive in a Job You Despise
Working From Home? Things You MUST Have.
Up until the late 1990s most people only dreamed of working from home. Sure, there were creative folks that started homebased businesses, but the majority of people would build up their home business in their imagination while working their shifts outside of home. With the explosion of technology, working from home came within reach for everyone. Companies found that allowing workers to telecommute increased productivity. Virtual assistants were just as important as an office manager. The growing influence of social networking has created even more jobs for people that know how to influence others. Planning to work from home necessitates that the homebased worker be connected to their chosen profession at all times. It can be very hard working from home without the proper essentials. The things you need to have a successful at-home job has changed drastically in just the past few years. For instance, in 2010 it was important to have two phone lines, a fax machine, pre-paid credit … [Read more...] about Working From Home? Things You MUST Have.
5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity While Working Fulltime and Attending College
Meeting life’s financial demands without a job isn’t possible for most people. As such, if you’ve been considering going back to college but also must work fulltime, you may be wondering how you’ll manage both responsibilities. Attending college while working fulltime can be stressful but it’s also possible and can offer many rewards. The following are five ways to balance college and work responsibilities while maintaining your sanity. Enroll for Reasonable Credit Loads A major mistake made by those attending college and working fulltime is registering for several classes each semester. While you may want to finish college as soon as possible, you must do so within reason. Before registering for classes each semester, review the course syllabi of any classes you want to take. Only enroll into the number of classes you know for certain you’ll be able to manage along with your work responsibilities. Learn Time Management Proper time management will save you a large amount of stress … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity While Working Fulltime and Attending College
Hey Freelance Blogger, Looking to Land a Blogging Job?
Check out this free 1,200-word report I put together that gives freelance bloggers five actionable tips to ensure they get noticed when applying for blogging jobs. Because sending a blogger resume is not enough! Content includes:- The importance of email subject lines- How to impress the blog owner- Tips on being concise and direct- Timing is everything- The power of being nice … [Read more...] about Hey Freelance Blogger, Looking to Land a Blogging Job?
How to Gracefully Compete with Coworkers for Management Positions
There comes a time in many organizations when a manager quits, leaving an empty management position to be filled. If your manager has recently left the company or will soon be leaving, you may be considering putting in your application for the job. Many of your coworkers are likely thinking the same thing. If not carried out properly, the process of competing with coworkers for a management position can get a little messy. The following are four ways to apply for the company’s management role with grace to avoid coworker resentment. Be Honest While you have no obligation to inform coworkers of your intention to apply for a management opening, being vocal about the application may be beneficial. By being honest and upfront about applying for the job, you’ll leave fewer reasons for coworkers to talk behind your back as the competition heats up. Focus on your Assets You should never put other job applicants down in an attempt to build up your qualifications during a job … [Read more...] about How to Gracefully Compete with Coworkers for Management Positions
Don't Get to Work Early!
If you’re the most productive early in the day rather than later, you may find yourself frequently arriving at work before the official starting time. While arriving early to work can start the day off in a productive manner, it may actually also be harming your workplace relations. Here are a few reasons coworkers may not love your ‘go-getter’ attitude and what you can do about it. Causing Coworker Guilt Most people enjoy putting the minimum amount of effort into their jobs. As such, when coworkers begin noticing that you frequently arrive early to work, this can lead to those coworkers feeling guilty about not putting in more effort as well. This guilt can then quickly turn to resentment among those coworkers who feel you’re putting unfair pressure on them to increase workplace performance. Being a Brownnoser Often, those employees who arrive early at work every day are viewed as brownnosers. Even if you have a pressing project that requires additional hours … [Read more...] about Don't Get to Work Early!
All About Interviews
With so many people looking for work at the moment, and people reporting record numbers of people applying for each job, it's never been so challenging to find employment. Just getting called to interview is an achievement. Of course, getting called to interview can be just the start of a long recruitment process, but also, unlike with a CV which is always open to interpretation, an interview is your chance to shine: Nerves The first thing you have to control is your nerves, so make sure that you make life as easy as possible. Find the location early - you don't want to be rushing - and then take a walk to explore the local area. Aside from giving you something to do which isn't thinking about the interview, it'll give you some quick and easy small talk with your interviewers. Preparation First of all, make sure that you research your prospective employer thoroughly knowing who they are and what they do inside out. If you know who's going to interview you, have a look for their … [Read more...] about All About Interviews