How to Know if You’re Burned Out or Need a New Job (There’s a Difference)

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Are you getting the Sunday Scaries every Sunday?

It could be that you’re burned out and need a vacation.

Or, it could be that you’re at a job that’s just not right for you. But, how do you know if those #MondayBlues can be resolved with some beach time and a drink (or two)—or if you’ll feel just as miserable when you go back to work?

To help you decide, consider these four factors:

1. Participation

It’s Burnout if You’re Sick of Meetings

If you get a sinking feeling when you look at your schedule, it could be meeting fatigue. And while some are sadly unavoidable, there are often ways to minimize the number that are just a time suck.

For example, you can rate your meetings from zero to two and look for trends in what makes them more or less valuable. From there, you can ask to bump less efficient meetings to email, or stop scheduling them for the time you prefer to dig into your to-do list each day.

These simple shifts will help you feel like you’re spending your day more effectively, which can cure your burnout.

But, It’s the Wrong Job if Every Meeting Bores You to Tears

It’s a bad sign if you can’t remember the last time you found a meeting interesting. Have you stopped speaking up, because you’re routinely ignored? Are you not that invested in what you’re team’s working on? Why not look for a job where you’re excited to contribute—and people listen to what you have to say? (They exist!)

2. Pessimism

It’s Burnout if The Smallest Things Annoy You

The printer’s jammed—again.

The break room’s out of k-cups.

You just got bumped from your preferred conference room.

Do these (minor) annoyances send you into a tailspin? You could be having a bad day, but if it’s every day, you’re burnt out.

This often warrants bigger shifts to find work-life balance, like making sure you leave at quitting time, and don’t spend your off hours checking email and obsessing about work. (And if you need to do something tangible right this second, check out these three ways to stop burnout in its tracks.)

It’s the Wrong Job if Your Negative Outlook’s Warranted

Being pessimistic is one thing. It’s another thing to feel totally negative about the goals of the organization (e.g., you don’t believe in the mission). If you don’t believe in the work you’re doing, these bad feelings are unlikely just a phase.

3. Performance

It’s Burnout if Your Performance Is Starting to Slip

One sign of burnout is that you just don’t care as much as you used to. Even the term “burnout” suggests that you no longer had the energy you once did.

But before you chalk it up to that, make sure it’s not that you’re struggling to learn a new skill or master a certain aspect of your job. In that case, classic stepping away and recharging advice might backfire, because what you need is additional training or guidance.

So, if you got poor feedback on your last project, be honest with yourself if you were coasting or disengaged—or if you felt totally blindsided because you tried really hard.

It’s the Wrong Job if Your Hard Work’s Being Overlooked

When you self-assess, you may decide you’re as engaged and hardworking as ever. Not just that, but you fundamentally disagree with your boss and think he doesn’t appreciate your work, or plays favorites. If that’s the case, it’s worth setting a meeting to discuss how you can better meet expectations—but if you can’t get on the same page, poor reviews (and low motivation) may keep coming.

4. Personality

It’s Burnout if You Don’t Take the Time to Make Small Talk

When you’re feeling drained by your work, it can be hard to muster the energy to ask people how their was weekend was and chat about your college roommate coming to town. So, if you notice it’s been more than a few days since you’ve said anything other than “When will your part of the project be done?” ask a teammate to grab a cup of coffee or have lunch together.

Then, challenge yourself not to pass the time like a meeting, but to have a conversation. (Here are 48 small talk starters to kick things off.)

This will break you out the habit of being 100% focused on work all the time, which isn’t what’s draining you anyhow. It’ll force you to step away from your computer for a few minutes and socialize.

Bonus: Having friends at work is proven to help you succeed!

It’s the Wrong Job if You Feel Like You Can’t Be Yourself at the Office

Of course, it’s a different story if you don’t make small talk because you feel certain you’ll be judged for everything from the TV shows you watch to the religious beliefs you hold. That’s not OK, and it’s a sign you start looking for a company that’ll accept you ASAP.

Looking for a new job isn’t easy. That’s why people are often tempted to say, “All I need is a vacation!” And while recharging is great, that buzzkill you get when you go back a job you dread isn’t. So, be honest with yourself about whether you need a break or a new job: It can lead you to a role you’re excited not only to break from, but to come back to as well.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-know-if-youre-burned-out-or-need-a-new-job-theres-a-difference

How to Set Up Your Side Hustle in 24 Hours or Less

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The next time you ask someone what they do for a living, you might want to follow it up with a second question: “What’s your side hustle?”

These days, many people have one. The barista who serves me my morning coffee has a particularly lucrative side gig as a head shot photographer. The bartender at my local watering hole is also a dialect coach for aspiring actors. A good friend spends his off-hours buying and flipping baseball cards and other collectibles.

Maybe it’s because life is expensive. Maybe it’s because most of us are still paying down student debt. Maybe it’s because we want a creative outlet. Or maybe it’s because relying on a single income stream makes us feel vulnerable.

Whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: Establishing your passion project as a bonafide business has never been easier or faster. And with some hard work, you might just turn your side hustle into your only hustle.

From “Side Hustle” to Just Plain “Hustle”

I’ve worked in the media and tech space in New York City for more than a decade. I’ve had full-time jobs the entire time, and I’ve had a side hustle for almost as long. I’ve done freelance writing, editing, content strategy, you name it. It was never a formal thing—as in, I wasn’t hunting down leads or securing my financial future to these past-time projects. My network has always provided a steady stream of referrals, so I never needed a website or any kind of branding. That is, until I decided to get serious.

One day, I realized that I had almost enough clients to make my side hustle my full-time job. But I needed a website to get started. The weekend following my revelation, I got up early and hit my go-to coffee shop. By that evening, with a little effort and a lot of patient friends who answered questions like “Which font do you like better?,” I had built a professional website and filed for an LLC. A few months later, I was able to leave my full-time job to focus entirely on building my content agency. I put in a lot of work during those months (including revising and improving my site many, many times), but it all started with a laptop and a Saturday morning.

I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. To help you avoid those same missteps, I did what I should’ve done from the beginning: spoke to some entrepreneurs who’ve been there already.

Lessons from Hustleville

Meet Alana Branston, Ali Kriegsman, and Adam Blake. They’re Millennial entrepreneurs who launched side businesses while working in demanding 40-hour+ jobs. Not only did they create businesses from the ground up, but they also found found enough success to pursue those former side hustles full-time. Alana and Ali co-founded Bulletin, a company that makes it easy for digital-first brands to get access to retail space (think WeWork for retail space). Adam founded Magna Marketing, a digital marketing agency dedicated to driving the most efficient and effective traffic to online properties. While their businesses differ, their experiences while getting their side gigs up and running have a lot in common.

Make a Plan

Before you do anything—before you even think of a name—you need to make a basic business plan. “When you’re launching something new, you’ve got to sit down and think through all of your business operations from scratch,” Adam said. “Start with the basics. Who’s my customer? How am I going to attract new business? What are my costs? Do I want to be a single freelancer, or do I want to grow this into a larger business?” There are a ton of free business plan templates on the web, ranging from very simple to very (very) thorough.

Build a Brand

“Your branding is crucial,” Adam said. “I’ve always done freelance marketing consulting, but I wasn’t building a business. Once I decided to build an actual agency, I knew I needed a brand, and that starts with a polished web presence. That makes it clear to your audience that you’re serious, not just about your business, but about helping your customers succeed. If I could go back and start over, I’d definitely spend more time on our branding.”

Know Your Competition

No matter what your side hustle is, it’s more than likely that someone out there is doing the same thing. That’s why it pays to scope out the competition while you’re setting up your new gig. Find some key competitors, and spend an afternoon learning about them. How do they talk about their products or services? How much do they charge? Who’s their target customer? Even things like where they’ll ship to and what materials they use can be useful. Once you know all that, figure out how you’re different. That’ll help inform your brand and your messaging.

Prepare to Pivot

The business you start out to build may not look quite the same after six months or a year. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s very common—and very smart. After a few months on the market, you may find that your customers want or need something a little different from you. This is exactly what happened with Bulletin. “Our initial idea was to build a better Etsy,” Alana explains. “We built what was essentially a shoppable magazine that mixed content and commerce, but I think we really underestimated the size of the marketplace. After that, we changed our model—a few times, actually—before we got to the one we have today.”

Look, building a successful side gig isn’t always easy. But getting it off the ground is. With a little time and some helpful hints from the folks who’ve done it before, you can launch a passion project that pays the bills. If I can pull it off, you can, too.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-set-up-your-side-hustle-in-24-hours-or-less

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3 Things You’re Overthinking When You Read Job Listings (and 3 Things You’re Not Thinking About Enough)

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Applying for jobs is stressful. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would respond to that fact with, “What do you mean? I think it’s a totally enjoyable process and I can’t wait to do it again soon!”

But as harrowing of an experience as it can be, there are a few surprisingly insignificant factors that you’re agonizing over whenever you read a job listing. And as a result, you’re so caught up on those things that you’re missing important details that potential employers are looking for you to catch.

For example:

1. You’re Overthinking Your Deadline to Submit

It’s really exciting to find an opening that makes you want to apply ASAP. But on the flipside, it’s not hard to figure out that if you’re so pumped about it, there are probably lots of other people who want it, too. So, the obvious conclusion is to submit your materials immediately, right? Well, not quite.

Read the listing again and take note of everything the employer asks for. Then, think about how long all of those materials typically take you to customize. If you’ve found it at the beginning of a day, and think you can dedicate the amount of time required to submit it later that afternoon, give it a shot.

But if you think you’ll need a full 24 to 48 hours to get your act together, that’s perfectly fine. Your application will stand out much more for being tailored for the role than it will be for getting there within minutes of the listing going live.

You’re Not Giving the Application Your Complete Attention

Before I was a full-time writer, I really wanted to be a full-time writer. And every time I applied for a job, I crossed my fingers in hopes that the employer would be the first to give me a shot. But I soon realized I wasn’t putting myself in a good position to hear back because I wasn’t following allthe instructions.

So, before you rush to apply, read the listing three times and write down exactly what’s required—from a resume (tailored, obviously), to a cover letter (template to make that easy here), to a portfolio, to social media links, to responses to additional questions.

No matter what the case may be, it’s worth double-checking this list before you submit.

2. You’re Overthinking Whether or Not You Should Apply

How often have you come across an amazing opportunity and thought that you’d like to apply, but then decided you were under-qualified? After all, being told “no thanks” is never fun. But here’s the thing—a “no” is much better than thinking, “Hm, I wonder if I would’ve had a chance at that.”

If you’re not an exact match, take a second look at the key requirements. If you think you meet the core competencies, don’t be afraid to throw your hat in the ring.

You’re Not Thinking Enough About the Required Skills

While you shouldn’t be afraid to apply for positions that might be a bit of a stretch, you also shouldn’t blindly assume that you’re awesome enough to make up for the fact you can’t do the job. (Yes, you might be a fast learner, but sometimes that’s truly not enough—especially in a role that requires you to hit the ground running.)

If you decide you’re more unqualified than under-qualified (this article can help you figure that out) and it’s a job you really want, do some research to figure out how to get those necessary skills. Hint: Do some informational interviews and ask that very question.

3. You’re Overthinking if the Job’s a Perfect Fit

There’s a lot of validity in the idea that you should only apply for a position you really want. But what does that actually look like? Does it mean that you should only apply for roles that check every single box on your list? Probably.

But based on many listings alone, you won’t be able to see if all of those boxes are checked until you interview.

So, how can you figure out if you “really” want the job? Ask yourself a few questions before applying.

  • Does the position require anything you find incredibly boring?
  • Does the role ask for experience you’re not willing to learn?
  • Does everything you know (and can research) about the company make it sound like a good match for you?
  • Will this role get you closer to your own career goals?

If you’re satisfied with the answers you come up with, go ahead and take a shot. If you’re not, then don’t.

You’re Not Thinking Enough About if You Actually Want the Job

You’re probably thinking, “Rich, this is the complete opposite of what you just said I’m overthinking!” And it is, but at the same time, it’s easy to send off resume after resume for a handful of roles you know you’d hate.

I get how much you probably want to find a new job—and the sigh of relief you breathe when a new offer comes into your inbox. However, what happens when it comes for a gig that you know you’re probably going to hate? You don’t feel all that great.

Like we just discussed, ask yourself the questions above before you apply and listen to yourself.

Sifting through job boards can be overwhelming. And even though the easy solution would be to simply apply for all of them, there are a few things you should always consider before you invest the time and energy into doing that. Applying for a new position shouldn’t be a quick activity—but you can make things less stressful by giving each one a little more thought before you blindly send your resume and cover letter.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-things-youre-overthinking-when-you-read-job-listings-and-3-things-youre-not-thinking-about-enough

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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The Answer to: “Is it Nuts to Quit My Job Without a Back-up Plan?”

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Quitting your job isn’t something you just do on a whim. Especially if you don’t have anything else lined up.

That’s why you’ve been waffling back and forth for weeks (if not longer).

And while I can’t tell you exactly what your next step should be, I can help you sort through whether leaving without a backup plan is a reasonable decision.

If you’re asking yourself if this is the right move, keep the following in mind.

Yes if: You’ve Been Building Your Network for a While

Know a dozen people you can reach out to for help finding a new job? That’ll definitely help you find your next position. (P.S. Here’s the networking email to send when you’d like help looking for a job.)

No if: You’re Planning to Start Networking Once You’re Unemployed

You don’t want to make your initial email a cold ask for a job. Instead, start warming up your network in the meantime. For help there, here are three better ways than “remember me” to start your email.

Yes if: You’ve Saved Up

Once you’ve got a few months’ worth of living expenses squirreled away, you can take the time to find a job that’s right for you, and not settle for the first thing that comes along.

No if: You’re Thinking: “I’ll Just Figure it Out”

You don’t want to jump into a job you hate to make ends meet or have to take out a loan. And remember, even if a great offer comes your way, it could be a while before they want you to start—and even longer before you get your first paycheck.

Related: A Career Changer’s Guide to Switching Industries Without Going Broke

Yes if: You’re on the Verge of a Breakdown

A job that’s affecting your health—causing serious anxiety, panic attacks, or depression—isn’t worth the paycheck. (It’s also something you should consider discussing with a mental health professional, and this article can help you understand whether a mentor, coach, or therapist is the best person to talk to.)

No if: You’re Simply Ready for a Change

You deserve better. That said, it’s worth staying just a little longer if you’ve been miserable for a while and a few more months won’t drive you to your wit’s end—but will allow you to have a financial cushion. Try to make it through so that when you do give your notice, you have enough saved up to wait for a job you’re excited about.

Yes if: You Can’t Pinpoint an End Goal

If this job has zero bearing on where you want to go and what you want to do, it’s not as big a deal if you burn a bridge.

No if: This Job Is a Stepping Stone on the Way to Something Amazing

Is there some major benefit that comes with staying put, like a transfer to the department of your dreams, a huge raise that’ll let you finally start saving for retirement, or a boss who knows everyone in the industry? Sometimes you have to do something that makes you miserable in order to get to something really great.

Yes if: You’ve Tried to Make it Work

If you’ve done your best to remedy the thing that’s making you unhappy and there’s still no sign of improvement, it’s time to give notice.

No if: There’s More You Could Do

Something—a micro-managing boss, a nosy co-worker, mountains of unnecessary paper work—is making you want to quit, but you haven’t tried to fix it. Try talking to HR, suggesting a new system to cut down on paperwork, or wearing headphones at your desk. You might be able to eliminate the problem without having to find another job.

Truth: Quitting your job without any idea what you’ll do next isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. With that said, it can also set you on the path to do what you’re meant to. So, at its core, this choice is about what’s riskiest—taking a chance or staying still. If you’re not quite sure, think of the questions above, and whether the “yes” or “no” answers resonate most.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-answer-to-is-it-nuts-to-quit-my-job-without-a-backup-plan

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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19 Things to Try When You Can’t Sleep (Better Than Staring at the Clock)

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When I was a kid, I went through a “having trouble sleeping” stage—I’d lie awake until three in the morning before hysterical crying for my parents to comfort me. This happened every night for probably several months. Let me just say, it’s my least favorite memory (and my parents’).

But one of the things that stuck out from that time was one trick my mom taught me to help calm me down. She’d tell me to close my eyes and picture a treasure chest. Then, she’d tell me to take all of my thoughts, one by one, and put them in that chest—and when I was done, lock it up.

I’m not saying this is the ultimate solution to falling asleep (although I’ll admit I occasionally still use it when I’m homesick). But I know how hard it can be to struggle with rest when you’re stressed, anxious, or worried what tomorrow will bring for you.

So, when you just can’t seem to turn off, it’s always best to have a back-up strategy—and I’ve got 19 options for you to try right now (unless you’re reading this at the office, in that case, do not try to fall asleep).

1. Think Positive

It’s that easy— according to science , ridding your mind of those negative thoughts (“It’s so late, I’ll never get to sleep at this rate,” “I’m going to be so tired tomorrow at work,” “This stinks”) calms you down and makes you more likely to fall asleep.

2. Pick One Thing to Focus On

You know how they always say to try counting sheep? Well, focusing on something specific (like filling a treasure chest) could be just what you need to get sleepy. Choose to focus on your breath, or repeat a calming mantra over in your head—as long as it’s not “I can’t sleep,” because see above.

3. Pretend to Be Tired

Trick your brain into thinking you’re exhausted by, well, pretending you are. Concentrate on the kinds of things you would feel if you were tired, like drooping eyes, the room darkening, or the sensation of sinking into your bed—and before you know it, you just might experience them!

4. Adjust Your Temperature

What’s your ideal sleeping environment? Even if you can’t completely control the heating and cooling system in your home, you can control your body. So, put the fan closer to your face when you’re too hot or bundle up when you’re too cold. Science says the ideal sleeping temperature is 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit, so best to shoot for that!

5. Read

No, not on your Kindle or phone, but with a solid, made-of-paper book—to help you out, here are 21 titles that career coaches recommend. Dim the lights in your room (or use a lamp) just enough so you can see comfortably, and read—don’t worry about remembering the story or getting to a certain page, just take it in until you feel yourself getting sleepy.

6. Listen to Music

Now, I’m not suggesting you go blasting an intense album (unless that works for you), but some simple, acoustic, minimal percussion music might be perfect for getting your eyes to droop.

7. Or Try a Podcast or Audiobook

Choose your favorite podcast or a non-action-packed audiobook , preferably one that’s dense, and let the soothing voices quiet your mind. It’s not about retaining the information—it’s about giving yourself some comforting background noise.

Bonus tip: Try out the Sleep With Me podcast that’s literally meant to bore you to bed (you’ll be surprised how well it works).

8. Or White Noise

Sometimes the unbearable silence is what’s keeping you up—so, try a white noise app to fill the space with subtle sounds.

9. Or a Meditation App

Download a breathing app like Headspace , or a nature sounds app that will soothe your thoughts and make feel like you’re napping on the beach.

(For more ambiance apps, try out these eight free options !)

10. Stretch

Yes, you can do this without getting out of bed. Put your legs up against the wall to calm your central nervous system, or try happy baby pose or child’s pose to relax your body. Alternatively, do some light leg and arm movements and exercises on your back to release any excess tension.

11. Relax From Head to Toe

A colleague swore by this: Concentrate on each muscle, starting from your toes, and tell yourself “My feet are getting sleepy,” “My right leg is getting very sleepy,” “My stomach is asleep,” while you relax each body part. She says she never makes it past her hips!

12. Try the 4-7-8 Exercise

According to science , focusing on your breathing decreases your heartrate and blood pressure, which is prime for sleepiness.

So, try this technique:

  • Inhale for four seconds
  • Hold your breath for seven seconds
  • Exhale for eight seconds
  • Repeat!

13. Journal

If your mind’s racing, grab a notebook and jot down every thought you have—don’t make it linear or pretty, just get everything out until you’re out of ideas and start to tire.

14. Work on the Thing That’s Keeping You Up

If you find that there’s something really nagging you and keeping you awake, don’t just pretend it’ll go away. Whether it’s responding quickly to an email (or writing it and saving it for the morning when you can properly spellcheck it), jotting down some ideas for your upcoming presentation, or even taking out the trash before you forget, getting it over and done with will make sleep a heck of a lot easier. Just don’t spend all night working on it!

15. Do Your Least Favorite Task

As Muse writer Varci Vartanian says, “‘If it’s after bedtime, do something that you enjoy a lot less than sleep!’ [says Dr. Stein] If it’s been 20 minutes and you still haven’t drifted off, get out of bed and attack the most boring, least stimulating task imaginable. Sleep might seem more welcoming after spending a lively half-hour with a dusty college textbook on literary theory.”

Or, even just thinking about the task might be enough to make you fall asleep.

16. Drink Something Hot

Making yourself a glass of hot milk with honey (I swear it’s delicious) or decaffeinated tea could warm your body up for rest. Want more options? Here are 10 drinks that’ll help you get to sleep, backed by science!

17. Stick Your Feet Out

Yup— research says that keeping your toes cool makes you more likely to dose off. So pop them out of the covers and get snoozing!

18. Cover Your Eyes

Even if your room’s pretty dark, there’s probably some light that makes its way in. So, if you don’t have an eye mask, grab a warm washcloth (soak and microwave for a few seconds) or a t-shirt and cover your eyes so that all you can see is sleep.

19. Watch a Good Movie or Browse the Web

I don’t want to be the one who says browse through social media or watch Netflix, because glaring screens are probably not the best idea—but I’m also not going to say they don’t work. Because sometimes, you just need a comforting movie or TV show or an endless scroll on Imgur to distract you from insomnia.

That being said, try everything else above first, because it could also backfire and turn into a long, unproductive night of technology.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/19-things-to-try-when-you-cant-sleep-better-than-staring-at-the-clock

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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How Smart Managers Win Over New Teams

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A client of mine who’s in his first management role vented: “I’ve spent the past year making up for a few innocent mistakes I made in the first 20 days. I had no idea this would be so hard.

Winning over a team is hard. Any time employees have to adapt to a new manager, they may in fact be “touchy.”

No matter how sensitive you try to be, and how much you try to avoid new manager mistakes , just being there might send shock waves through the team.

Don’t take it personally: It’s just part of how teams work. The introduction of any new person—including a leader—requires the group to do a collective reset. With that said, you can control how your employees gets to know you as their manager (and you should).

Here are five proven tactics that help you win them over.

1. Celebrate the Team’s Accomplishments

School yourself on the history of the team by asking each person what he or she’s most proud of to date.

Ask about successes (and failures) and how those events have impacted people. As you learn about those things that make the team strong, celebrate them. For example, are there any traditions to acknowledge top performers or hitting new milestones? If everyone enjoys team lunch after something major is wrapped or getting a shout-out in a department-wide email, don’t feel like you have to establish new ways to mark success.

Not just that, but people will remember what you do first. If you begin by acknowledging what’s working, as opposed to leading with criticism, people will be more excited to work with you.

2. Understand the Team Culture

Culture—the beliefs, assumptions and unwritten rules that guide and inform people’s behavior—is a sensitive thing. Do your best to not judge as you learn about it.

No one likes being told their culture is wrong or broken (even if it is). For example, maybe people have a habit of chatting across their desks all day long, and you think it’d be an instantly more productive environment if these conversation were moved online or to set times on the calendar.

Don’t enforce a “no-interrupting” policy on day one. While your goal is to help everyone work more efficiently, they’ll view you as someone who’s instantly upending their workflow.

A smarter move is to wait and talk to team members about how you think this shift will be helpful. Instead of rushing to make culture changes, take the time to make everyone feel like they’re a part of them.

3. Roll Up Your Sleeves (and Get to Work)

First impressions really do count, and people like to know their boss cares. Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and help out when the group’s under pressure to deliver and you can help.

In other words, be the leader who sits with the rest of team for a bit and stuffs envelopes on the day of a major mailing, or helps carry event materials from the service elevator along with everyone else.

Taking part in that no-fun but highly necessary team activity shows you don’t believe you’re too good to do the hard, mundane tasks. It’ll make talk about being a team player that much more believable, because you’ve already demonstrated you mean it.

4. Go First

Don’t hang back waiting for the people on your team to come meet you: Seek them out.

Remember, one of people’s top desires is to be seen and acknowledged (by their boss, but also, generally). When you start, do some managing by walking around. Introduce yourself, and ask questions.

It may be awkward at first, but introducing yourself and meeting people on their own turf is a great first step to build trust and credibility with your employees.

5. Create a Team Credo

A credo is a descriptive and compelling statement of the beliefs and values that guide the team’s actions. Over time, you’ll want to take what you learn about the team and their work to form of a credo—and invite them to help you create it!

A design group that was part of an urban planning firm created a credo that read like this: “We exist to design meaningful play spaces for kids and communities. Though we are architects, artists and designers, we are community organizers at heart. Our commitment to excellence and each other is what fuels us, and when we do those things well our clients pay us.”

That statement motivated the team each day, and helped them feel more like a unit.

Winning over a new team—especially a well-established one—takes humility, patience, and restraint.

And remember, even if you’re the most experienced leader, it never hurts to brush up on your skills by seeking out advice, reading a leadership book (here are seven great options ), or even taking one of these management classes .

Most important of all, give the team time to get to know you and accelerate the process by being curious and appreciative.

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3 Keys to Having a Successful Job Search (That a Lot of People Don’t Know About)

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Have you ever heard about someone “cutting the line” to land their dream job?

They’re the people getting the perfect position without ever submitting a resume, or negotiating a sweet signing bonus plus five weeks vacation, orgetting hired for a role the company created just for them. How do they do it? Are they just naturally golden? Or do they know something you don’t?

While you might use the word lucky, these folks aren’t necessarily moremore talented ; they’ve simply perfected a way of approaching the job search in a manner others haven’t been trained in (or are fearful of adopting). This out-of-the-box approach gives them a notable advantage when it comes to standing out.

So what do they know and how can you follow their lead to make your next transition not only more quickly, but more successfully as well?

Do what they do:

1. High Performers Don’t Follow the Application Rules

The standard approach to applying for a position is to follow the application instructions outlined in the job post and get in touch with an internal recruiter. But high performers know that there’s a back door—and that it’s often a better bet.

My client Eric did exactly this . He reached out to people within the company in similar roles to the one he was interviewing for. If the conversation went well, he asked his new contact to introduce him to the hiring manager. (And if you’re unsure of how to go about that, here’s how you can find an in .)

You can identify and contact future co-workers or the hiring manager directly (often through LinkedIn ), both to build relationships and to do a little under-the-radar investigation about the company culture.

Just like knowing the hostess at a popular restaurant shortens your wait time, you too can cut the line. Instead of waiting with the crowd, your future boss picks up the phone to recruiting and says “I just talked to Eric, can you make sure he gets an interview?”

2. High Performers Don’t Focus on the Interview

Instead of focusing on scoring an interview at any cost, they decide whether or not a company or position is even worthy of their time. They want to know whether it’s a fit before they sit down across the table from a hiring manager. In other words, it’s having the confidence to remind yourself you’re in control.

For example, you can do a little private investigation work on the company, hiring manager, and other employees. See how they’re talked in the news, and how management responds to press (both good and bad). Regarding your prospective teammates: What kinds of causes do they support? What types of people seem to be employed there? What do they all do in their off hours?

Ironically, this confidence makes these professionals more desirable than the average candidate. When you’re being selective, you do your homework, and that means going into the interview process with a greater level of knowledge and conviction about the organization.

3. High Performers Don’t Just Accept What They’re Given

They’re looking for the right job, not just any job. While a lot of people are grateful to get an offer, this group wants a position that gets them closer to their career goals, and, as such, they’re willing to negotiate, ask for more, or turn down an offer that doesn’t meet their minimum requirements.

Obviously, then, it’s critical to know what that “right” job entails. To do this, it’s important to understand your unique strengths, as well as the work environment you’re looking for.”

My client Jerrad, did the hard work of identifying what would make a great move before he started applying to anything. He knew he wanted to move to Nashville and be able to spend time away from his desk. It was also critical that he was in a teaching role, sharing his passions and interests with others. He set a minimum salary requirement, and was keen on finding a position that offered growth.

This list helped him focus his search on companies that appeared to be a good fit from the start. And then when he received an offer, he was prepared to ask for his salary and benefit requirements, as well get the organization to commit to future advancement, all because he’d prepared his “wish list” ahead of time.

Instead of thinking this will cut out too many options and leave you with nothing, remind yourself that being focused on your ideal will help you sort through all the possibilities out there. And it just takes one offer to get you to the next step.

Once high performers know what they’re looking for, they focus on the outcome versus the process. They’re willing to change things up, move pieces around, try something different in order to get where they want to go. Keep your eyes on the prize, and know that you too can be a high performer—if you just know how to play the game.

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

ARE YOU TODAY’S TOP TALENT LOOKING FOR A NEW ROLE? Do you want assurance that you are represented by the best and have opportunities open to you within exceptional workplaces? Have you heard that being presented by a boutique search firm is the edge you need to get in the door and have your opportunity to shine? Contact us at 415-234-0707 or email at connect@superiansources.com – http://www.SuperianSources.com