Workday Bliss: Reaching for that Disney Moment

I nipped outside to see what the air was like (it was fine) and to make sure there were no Marilyn Monroe-inducing winds for those of us with skirts who worry about such things (there weren’t). A small group of us go outside at lunch and these things matter.

Our office park has a walking trail around a lagoon. I swung off onto the secret little path we take as a shortcut, and there a tiny biplane dragonfly found me and decided to stick around. He darted this way and that, unafraid, showing off his pretty wings.

The sun peeked out, the flowers smelled sweet, and all seemed very pastoral.

Then a bird appeared up ahead and winged toward me, and just as I thought I was going to have a Disney moment, the bird swooped down on the dragonfly and ate him.

Nature: Laughing at us for 4.5 billion years.

Well, I can’t help the dragonfly, but I can help us worker bees: When you’re at work all day, even five minutes of a different scene, a refreshing view, an unplanned something that makes you laugh or dream or think is essential to prevent job and career burnout.

Even if you love your job to pieces, you still need to take some kind of a break from it or risk running out of perspective, ideas and sheer gumption. This happens even if you’re in a couch-strewn social media agency or you’ve finally got the corner office with the personal bathroom–or you’re in full-time job search mode.

What do you do to recharge yourself? What’s your Disney moment?

Office with a view

The Job Seeker’s Bill of Rights

If you’ve ever sent resumes and applications with no response–

If you’ve ever waited weeks for a recruiter to call you back–

If you’re sick of being discriminated against because you’re unemployed–

Then the Candidate Bill of Rights is for you.

The Savvy Intern has so many good posts and topics it almost makes me nostalgic for college. I could have used the real-world information back then. Fortunately it helps no matter where and when you are in your career!

Pop on over to Is it Time for a Candidate Bill of Rights? and tell us what you’ll stand for–and what you won’t. Let’s make this a better career culture for job seekers!

Why Salaries and Resumes Don’t Mix

“Your brother has a job interview,” my dad said over the phone. “He’s going to ask for $X to $X/hr range.”

That’s great, I thought. Getting an interview is awesome anytime, but in this economy? Priceless. For more than a year my brother’s been in a job that continuously lays off its staff for weeks at a time. He has no benefits and he’s living a little hand-to-mouth. He’s okay, but he’d like to be better.

Then my dad said the fatal words. “He also has his desired salary range on his resume.”

Hold on. On his resume?

The #1 bargaining chip you have is your salary range. You give that away up front, and one of two things will happen: You’ll either be discounted before your resume even gets to the hiring manager, or they’ll gladly take you at your lowest denominator, leaving you with no room for negotiation.

“It’s admittedly risky to mention salary requirements in your resume unless the prospective employer has explicitly requested it,” states Resume Tips: How To Determine & Articulate Your Salary Requirements. “Furthermore, it may automatically eliminate you from the employer’s hiring pool, convey your dissatisfaction working at a lower salary, or trap you into accepting a weak compensation package.”

Of course you want an interview. Even better, you want a job. Regardless, your resume is no place for you to give away your sale price. You might as well just hand the potential employer a license to walk all over you. If you must put something down due to stringent application requirements, put a range in italics and include that you are open to negotiation in bold.

And remember, while you’re showing how much you want the job and how much you’ll benefit the company, you also want them to show how they’re a good fit for you. Happy employees make for successful businesses, so give the employer a chance to buy in to what you’ve got to offer. Just because you’re out of work doesn’t mean you’ve lost all your previous work experience and skills. You’re a valuable person with a lot to offer!

What tips do you have for revealing your salary range (if ever)?

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