“Grunt work” is a term often used to describe the boring, meaningless tasks assigned to interns or entry-level employees. These tasks usually have nothing to do with the projects you were hired for, and can seem like they are a waste of your time and talents.
Common examples of office grunt work include alphabetizing and filing documents, unpacking or sorting supplies, getting coffee, data entry, and answering phones or covering the front desk while someone is on a break.
These tasks aren’t exciting, but they are not meaningless.
The next time a supervisor give you grunt work, say a silent “thank you.” You were just handed the opportunity to boost your career.
Here are 10 reasons to be happy about grunt work. Continue reading
You have the skills to do the job. So how does a business owner or hiring manager decide if you are the right person for the job?
Many employers say soft skills – including your attitude — matter more than technical skills when filling entry-level positions.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Most adults have regrets. I know that I do. My biggest regret?
I wish I had more confidence in my teens and 20s.
As a young adult, I let low self-esteem and a fear of ridicule that sometimes bordered on paranoia stop me from making more friends, dating more, traveling, and taking other risks that ultimately make life more fun.
Like so many people, I was stuck in IfOnlyLand. If only I were prettier … If only I had more money … If only I met the right guy …
Lack of confidence kept me from accepting myself as I was and living in the moment. Can you relate? Continue reading
The courageous, smart and funny Mindy Kahling has a birthday this month. I would say she’s “celebrating” her birthday, but apparently she isn’t into that sort of thing.
“Anybody can have a birthday. It requires nothing. Murderers have birthdays. It’s the opposite of anything that I believe in. And I don’t like at work where you stop everything to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to someone. I feel like that’s for children.”
Well, let’s celebrate her wit anyway. Continue reading
Thousands of people get hired every day. You will, too.
When you start your new job, do things that set yourself up for success.
From Day One, choose to communicate and develop work habits that show your customers, coworkers and supervisors that you respect yourself and the job.
Here are 5 tips for new employees to make a good first impression.