Feel Like An Imposter At Work?

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So, you’ve found a great job and you’re actually doing really well in it. However, for some reason you don’t quite feel like you deserve to be where you are. You feel like this is a mistake, and you’ve somehow tricked everyone here into thinking you belong. And they will soon find out you don’t! What you’re feeling is called imposter syndrome and it is very common among successful people.

Unfounded as it is, imposter syndrome is one symptom of success that may actually catch you by surprise once it hits. It can make you paranoid, guilty and anxious. The thing about it is, 9 out of 10 times it is based on nothing! To clear your mind of your mistaken assumptions, remember these things.

Many people applied for this job. You were chosen

If you didn’t deserve to be here, wouldn’t that make every single person who interviewed you, reviewed your work, and mentored you grossly incompetent? You were chosen for good reason.

Trust the people who believe in you

If you respect and admire the people who have helped you along your career path, do you really think they’d make a mistake this big? What’s more likely—you’re doing a good job, or all these people have no idea what’s going on?

Trust yourself

Another thing to think about is how much credit you’re giving yourself as a liar and trickster by not giving yourself credit for your actual work. Did you try to trick anyone into thinking you were better than you are?

If not, do you think you’ve pulled a gigantic con on the intelligent people around you entirely by accident? Are you that much of a genius at lying? Or is it more likely you’re just good at your job?

Imposter syndrome can make you feel like you’re walking on pins and needles everyday of your work life, but most of the time it’s totally illogical! You are as good as people who believe in you say you are. Believe that as you strive to become even better!


Five Things To Negotiate Besides Salary

Five Things To Negotiate Besides Salary

Guest post from Duncan Kingori, staff writer at Wonderlic Test Prep


You got the job! The next step is considering your entire compensation package. Most people generalize compensation in the terms of salary. However, there are other things  you should seek to negotiate, like these five:

Office space

Some people prefer a secluded and silent space to work from to be highly productive.  Some like to be in the midst of the hustle and bustle. If you do not let your boss know about your preferences on matters of workspace, you will just end up where you end up. (Keep in mind however, that certain work spaces go hand-in-hand with your job level.)

Vacation time or time off

From time to time you may need to take personal days off for family emergencies. Find out from the onset how many of these you will be allowed and confirm that taking them will not impact your salary.

Also don’t be afraid to ask whether if you miss vacation periods allocated to you, you can roll them over to the next year.

Flexible working hours

Flexible working hours are an important consideration for many people. Find out if you can you telecommute every once in a while. Can you opt to work from home?

You can also negotiate the possibility of working flex-hours to accommodate other aspects of your life.. For instance, if you have to work for 8 hours, as a mom, you can negotiate having the option of working 4 hours by day, and four by night. Let your employer know when you are most productive, and with a little creativity, the flex-hours could work to both your advantage and that of the company.

Education stipends

Is there room for training to add to your skills? Is there an opportunity for educational allowances to help you further your professional development? While working for a company, there may be a skills gap in your field, especially with the continuous advancements in technology. Negotiate for a provision of finances to help further your education and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Stock options

Inquire about acquiring stock options with the company, to add further value to your compensation.

Being a newbie in a company is not easy, and people often don’t feel comfortable about bringing up differerent areas of negotiation. Remember, salary is not the only thing you can negotiate!

As part of the interviewing process, you may notice that some companies integrate the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam, which tests candidates for cognitive ability; giving the employer a rough idea of what their performance may be like at the work place. Candidates who pass these exams feel confident they are qualified for a specific position, which gives them leverage to negotiate terms.

Notice Life’s Moments

Notice Life's Moments

In general career advice leans heavily on life’s go-go-goes. The rise up the ladder. Shortcuts and hacks to make the most of each day. The people you should meet, the courses you should take, the exercises you should be doing. All that is important. Very important. However, it’s also important not to lose sight of other things that are equally important for a fulfilled, happy life.



Imagine you are a blind person and you see a sunrise for the very first time. What would that be like? Spectacular right? Amazing, magnificent. That sunrise and other equally mesmerizing views are right in front of our faces every single day. The only thing stopping us from appreciating them is a lack of attention. Taking time to notice the moments enriches our lives and makes them more meaningful.


Stay in touch with your senses

As you watched that sunrise (or sunset if you’re more of a late riser), as if for the first time, bring that same perspective to your other senses. Instead of simply having your favorite music on as something in the background take some time and really listen to it. Remember why you love it so much. Feel the softness of the fur of that dog you pet everyday. Explore all the flavors in that salad you’re eating.


The magnificent minutia of the moment

You don’t have to spend every moment diving into the minutia of the moment, but you should certainly spend some time every day doing it.


As slow as life seems to plod along sometimes, it’s actually a fast ride. And people notice, the older they get the faster the ride spins. We won’t get off this ride until we get off for the final time, so take the time to appreciate it. For at least a few moments every day!

Do You Believe It’s Time For A Raise?

Do You Believe It's Time For A Raise?

Although automatic pay raises are the standard in some place, in most it’s not that straightforward. If you believe it’s time for a raise then it’s up to you to get the ball rolling.


Do some research

See if you can find some documentation regarding the company’s compensation policies. Evaluate your performance, and contributions you’ve made.


Have you helped increase profits in any way? Have you helped other employees in any capacity? What strengths do you bring to the position?


Have all those facts prepared before you start talking money.


Keep a running tally

It can be hard to remember all your great contributions over an extended period of time. That’s why it is a great idea to keep a running tally of your accomplishments. Goals you’ve met. Projects where you’ve made positive contributions. Revenue you’ve brought in, savings that can be attributed to you.


Don’t fade into the background

Make sure you get noticed. Speak up when opinions are asked for (even when they’re not) Ask questions, offer insights. Take opportunities when they are presented.


Stay positive

Don’t bring any negatives into the conversation. Even if you believe you work harder than others, stay longer, put up with more, only discuss the positives.


Be aware of timing

If you know the company is going through a difficult time financially then it’s not the right time to approach anyone for a raise. However if things are going well don’t wait for them to notice your good work. Make sure they are aware of it.


Don’t just talk about what a great job you’ve done, bring in concrete proof and wow them! The question won’t be will they give you a raise or not, it will be how much?

Resume To Get You Started In The Job Market

Resume To Get You Started In The Job Market

If you’re just getting started on the job hunt, you’re going to need a resume. There’s a lot of information out there about what your resume should and shouldn’t be. But what about the basics? If you’re new to resume writing, this quick resume for beginners guide will give you everything you need to know to create a great one.

Resume Sections for Beginners

Every resume is different. There’s no single way to make your resume look. There are, however, a couple things every resume should have.

What to Include in Your Resume

  1. Contact Information: Have your name, phone number, email and home address at the top. Make your name stand out by using a larger font or using bold type.
  2. Profile: Include a little bit about yourself and why you’re right for the position. This section should be about 3 or 4 sentences.
  3. Skills: This section should be considered optional as you can include skills a little later in your resume. If you do have a skills section, use bullet points and make sure to address the skills required in the job posting.
  4. Past Experience: List your past jobs. In the first line include your position, the company name and the dates you started and finished. If you’re still working there, you can put: Start date to current (ex. March 2013 – Current). Underneath this write a couple of sentences about what you did here. This is the other area you can include specific skills.
  5. Education: Like the Past Experience section, your education section should have a title. This title should include the institution’s name, its city and your graduation date. If you haven’t graduated yet, put the date you expect to graduate. Under this title, add your specific area of study.

Writing for Beginners

Now that you know the different sections of a resume, you’ll want to start writing it. Not everyone finds it easy to talk about themselves in the way a resume requires, but selling your best attributes is a key part of the resume. When talking about yourself, the career website The Ladders suggests to avoid the following words:

  • Highly qualified
  • Results focused
  • Has talent for
  • Energetic
  • Confident
  • Professional
  • Successfully

These are overused terms that tend to lose the employers attention. The hiring manager is only spending a couple moments looking at your resume, so you don’t want them to gloss over anything. Focus instead on terms like:

  • Achieved
  • Resolved
  • Improved
  • Influenced
  • Created
  • Managed

No matter what terms you use on a resume, the best thing you can do is back up the terms with evidence of what you achieved, resolved or managed. Use specific examples if you can, while keeping things brief.

Resume for Beginners: Rumors

You may have heard any number of rumors about what resumes are and aren’t supposed to be. One of the most common rumors is that a resume can’t be longer than a single page. There’s some truth to this rumor, but it’s more like a rule of thumb. Most employers spend as little as two minutes looking at your resume, so having all your information on a single page makes it easier for the employer to look it over.

Another suggestion is that you can have a page for every 10 years of work. Chances are if you’re new to resume writing you’re not there yet. Our advice is to stick to the single page to make sure your resume gets looked at.

Rumor number two is that your resume needs to be creative and cool to get noticed. This really depends on the job and industry you are applying to. If the industry is a creative one, like advertising or design, having a creative looking resume can be a showcase your skills. For other industries, overly creative resumes can distract from what their really trying to see, you!

Feel Down? Help Someone Else Feel Better!

Feel Down? Help Someone Else Feel Better!

Ever get to feeling like nothing is going right in your life? Like you’re in a rut professionally. Things aren’t much better personally. Getting out of bed seems like a chore you’d rather not face.


Stuck in a funk

All of us get into a funk sometimes, and we try all sorts of things to alleviate it. Exercise helps. So does paying attention to your diet, adding more natural foods and subtracting the processed stuff. Meditation can help us get out of our heads. Better sleep can help us cope. Learning new things opens our eyes to potential.


Exercise, mediation, diet, sleep are all great. They are also all inwardly focused. Sometimes the best way to make ourselves feel better is to forget about ourselves altogether and make someone else our priority.


Help someone else, help yourself

Life is full of seeming contradictions. Like the more you give the richer you feel. And the more love you share the more love you have to share. Counter intuitive as it may seem at first, the act of helping someone else feel better, will boomerang right back and also make you feel better.


There is something about getting out of our heads and our problems and focusing on someone else that gives us a new perspective on the things getting us down.

Are You In The Right In-Between Job?

Are You In The Right In-Between Job?

If you haven’t yet landed the job where you want to plant your stake, you’re probably working in a between jobs job. That’s cool. Sometimes we still have work to do, or courses to take before we land our ideal job. Maybe it’s a break between big career moves, whatever the reason, the place you head out to each morning is only for now.


It’s important to remember, some transition jobs are more worth your while than others. Before settling in to whatever consider if there’s some thing else that could better fill your “for now” time.


Does it challenge you?

Regardless of whether or not this job is related to your career choice, does it challenge you on some level? Does it engage your critical thinking skills in any way?


If you feel like you’re facing interesting challenges, or you’re learning something or find some aspect of it interesting then you’re probably gaining worthwhile experience on some level.


It doesn’t have to be challenging in your field, but it would be great if it gave your grey matter something to focus on. You are spending hours a day there. If you’re more bored than anything else, it’s probably time to move on to something else.


Do you like the people around you?

Nothing is worth your while if you hate everyone you’re doing it with.  Whether it’s a filler job or your permanent position, if you’re miserable because of a terrible boss or  co-workers you can’t stand, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it. You’ve only got this one go round with life, you certainly shouldn’t be miserable for a full third of your days!


Do you have time to pursue your passion?

Does this in-between job give you time to go after your true passion, or is it eating away more hours of your life than it’s worth?  The reason we take these between jobs jobs is so that we can have the space and time to get the job we want.  If your job is taking up so much of your life that you’re  unable to go and do the things you truly want, then it’s not worth your time and you need to get out and do something else.

The Strongest Sales People Do These Five Things

The Strongest Sales People Do These Five Things

Lots of people can be good sales people, but there are some sales people that are great. They’re the ones that excel beyond everyone else in the office, the record setters, the superstars. What is it that sets the most accomplished sales professional apart from everyone else?



Have Objectives

Accomplished sales professionals begin every day with a plan. An objective they plan on achieving before the day ends. How much business they plan on doing. How many people they’ll need to talk to in order to meet that objective. Plans for maintaining their attitude if they hit rough patches through the day.


The strategy for the day isn’t something they casually thought about on the way to work, it is a plan set out in advance, part of long term and short terms goals they have written down and to which they hold themselves accountable.


Outstanding Connectors

Accomplished sales people are outstanding connectors. Introverted or extroverted, it doesn’t matter. They realize the person they’re speaking to is currently the most important person in their universe. They know how to listen to that person and they know how to approach a conversation. They are adept at creating trusting relationships. Their interactions are sincere. They’re not put on in order to create a sale. They believe in what they’re doing, and they believe in their products. Rather than speaking at, they speak with. The person they’re speaking to reacts accordingly and participates in a discussion.


Strong Listeners

It’s impossible to build rapport or relationships or find out what makes the person in front of you tick without listening. Successful salespeople don’t just listen for the specific answer to a specific question, but listen to the way the other person speaks and what else they say. Then they use what they’ve heard to make the next question more specific. That way once they are ready to speak, instead of talking in generalities and hoping to catch a potential customer’s interest, they can zero in on exactly what they already know is going to capture the person’s imagination.


Excellent Problem Solvers

Successful sales people don’t try and sell products, they explain how what they’re offering can make things better, more interesting, easier, more economical for the person they’re speaking to. They offer solutions.



So many sales people know what they want to accomplish. They’ve mastered the art of listening and rapport. They know exactly how their products can make life better for their customers, but when it comes time to finish the deal everything falls apart. They somehow believe that everything they’ve already done is automatically going to encourage the person to finish the deal on their own. That might happen sometimes, but certainly not most of the time. The most accomplished sales professionals are adept closers.

Have A Chip On Your Shoulder? Good!

Have A Chip On Your Shoulder? Good!

Usually when we talk about a person with a chip on their shoulder we’re not saying it with any positive intentions. She has a chip on her shoulder because her colleague was promoted ahead of her so she doesn’t work as hard as she used to.


Use it to outwork everyone


Having a chip on your shoulder can certainly lead to a bad attitude, but a chip can also lead you in the exact opposite direction. Having a chip on your shoulder can make you want to outwork everyone else in your circle. It can light the fire your belly that makes you want to get up earlier, stay later, learn more.


Use it to drive yourself


Have a chip on your shoulder about the car your neighbour drives? Good use it to drive yourself to work harder.


Use it to upgrade yourself


Have a chip on your shoulder about the person you went to school with who takes three vacations a year?  Focus on that while you’re upgrading your skills to get you to from one point in your career to the next.


Have a chip on your shoulder about having to eat the same sandwich every day for lunch? With every bite of that sandwich chew on ways you can improve your situation  – and your meal plan!


Use it to prove them wrong


People with a chip on their shoulder often go from the worst person on the team to the best. They are on a mission to prove the people who didn’t believe in them wrong, and prove to themselves that they are as strong and as capable as they told themselves they could be.


People with the biggest chips on their shoulders transform into people who cause others to have chips on their shoulders!

Choosing The Perfect Words For A Standout Resume

Choosing The Perfect Words For A Standout Resume


Passionate. Managed. Team player. You’ve heard these words before, and you’ve probably used them on your resume. They’re not bad words, but there is one problem with them. Everyone uses them. If you want to create a standout resume, you’re going to need to do better than just using the same, uncreative words that everyone else uses. This doesn’t mean you should go reaching for a Thesaurus to find the longest words. You still need your resume to be clear and to sound like you wrote it.


The trick then, is finding the right words for your resume. Creative words that clearly explain who you are and what you did in your past work experiences.

Words to Avoid

Words that are generic, common and don’t actually say much of anything are to be avoided at all costs. Words like go-getter, hard worker, proactive don’t say anything interesting about you. Of course you’re a hard worker. No one is writing “average worker” on their resume.

The Right Words

There is no shortage of lists filled with words you can use for your standout resume. You can find some here, here, and here. You don’t need to use words that sound smart, or ones that you’ve never heard before. You do need to find the word that best describes what you did in your role. Rather than writing that you “were responsible for” something, clarify whether you implemented it, formalized it, executed it or pioneered it.


Using the right words on your resume, and in your cover letter, will give the hiring manager a clearer idea of what you specifically did in your various roles. This will help them get to know you and your abilities, and put your standout resume at the top of their list.