Top Reasons You Work a Dead End Job

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Today, it’s your Daily Idea annual job review and we have bad news. Let’s be honest, every day you walk into your office there should be a big yellow sign that says “Dead End.” Instead of just turning around in someone’s driveway, you keep driving around the cul de sac at the end of the block.

Four out of five people are not working their dream job. Yes, 80% of the workforce is just sort of trudging through, day after day and you’re one of them. Charlie O’Donnell from Path 101 recently put together a list that looks at a few reasons why you have the job you have, not the career you want and we picked our five favorites. So get out your number two pencils and prepare to mark any that sound familiar.

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Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea. So, it’s been about a month since we made you feel bad about yourself. Remember the new years’ resolutions show? You didn’t keep any of your resolutions, did you? (Nikki shakes her head)Well, today, we thought we’d spend some time watering those seeds of doubt we planted in January.

Don’t feel too bad. Four out of five people are not working their dream job. Yes, 80% of the workforce is just sort of trudging through, day after day and you’re one of them. Your high school guidance counselor would be so disappointed. Charlie O’Donnell from Path 101 recently put together a list that looks at a few reasons why you have the job you have, not the career you want and we picked our five favorites. So get out your number two pencils and prepare to mark any that sound familiar.

Number one, you didn’t look, you just leaped. Instead of seeking the job you wanted, you jumped at the first offer that came along. That’s no way to get into a career. No way to get into a marriage either, but let’s save that topic for next month.

Number two: Help! I’ve fallen in a rut and I won’t get out. There’s a big difference between being in the groove and being in a rut. You’re in a rut. I bet you stopped networking as soon as you got your job.

Three, you’ve never really explored other areas of interest at your company outside of your own job. Doing the work that you are told to do, and doing it well isn’t enough if you never actually initiate a new project. You have to be more than a one-trick pony. Ponies get apples and peppermints, they don’t get promotions.

Number four, you never set career goals. You’ve heard the old saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you there?” Obviously you haven’t or you wouldn’t be here.

Maybe you never set any career goals because your career isn’t your first priority. And that brings us to number five. Your career doesn’t have to be your number one priority, but it should be in the top three. If you’d spent more time in the beginning finding a job you love, you wouldn’t be spending so much time in the office now doing a job you hate. Well, it’s true what they say about payback.

Look, the news isn’t all bad. It’s never too late to find the job you haven’t been looking for. Start by setting some career goal and something on paper. Speaking of paper, update your resume. Check out the big national job search sites online and find a few good local job sites too because, odds are, you’re not going to find your dream job in the classified section of your local paper. While you’re looking for your next gig, start networking again. And don’t forget, Path 101. It’s a tremendous online resource for lots of people who are still trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up.

And that’s another Daily Idea.

How to Survive your 9-to-5 job

Are you frustrated with your job and would like to quit? Your boss and that co-worker really suck but you need the money, right? If you feel stuck in the daily grind, use these tips to start survive the daily grind and be happier after work.

This video was inspired by Jay’s great post. Read more of his work at Dumb Little Man.com.


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Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching the Daily Idea. You know, they don’t call nine to five jobs “the grind” for nothing. Speaking of the grind, whatever happened to Eric Nies. Anyway… Odds are, you’re among the more than eighty percent of Americans not working at their dream job. In fact, Daily Idea found an article from MSNBC.com published in February that’s actually titled “Americans hate their jobs more than ever.” According to the article and possibly Mick Jagger, satisfaction is at an all-time low.

So, ok, maybe you don’t love your job. But you need the money, right? Daily Idea is here to help you start liking your job a little bit more by taking some easy to accomplish baby steps.

First, maintain at least a cordial relationship with everyone in your office and a friendly relationship with a few others. You probably spend more time with these people than you do with your spouse or children. That’s why it helps if you can develop a few fulfilling relationships at the office that help you get out of bed when you’d rather call in sick.
Since most of us don’t get to choose our co-workers – believe me, I didn’t choose to work with this guy

You’ll probably find a person…or twenty you just don’t like. Find something redeeming in everyone. You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to get along, even with your nemesis. Just say to yourself, “My nemesis, that guy has nice eyes.”

Another job satisfier is having pride in your work. A job well done is a reward in itself even if you hate your job. Doing the best job you can do, will help get you noticed. That’s when promotions and raises come. If you’re stuck in a job you don’t like, you might as well get paid more to stick around. You may even get promoted to a job you like better.

Do a good job, but leave your work at work. The best part about a nine to five job is that after five is your time. Don’t take work home with you. This includes checking emails, your blackberry or even thinking about your job while you’re at home. If you can consistently turn off your work life when you turn out your office light, you’ll find more energy in the morning to help you get through the day.

Try to detach yourself from stress in the office. Lots of companies focus on sales targets and profits. A strict focus on the bottom line creates pressure in the work place. Don’t get caught up in the ups and downs of your company’s financial performance. To break out of the constant cycle of pressure, take your lunch break away from work. It’s good to get away from it all when you can.

Look, no one’s job is perfect, not even the people lucky enough to have their dream job. But, a few minor adjustments in your attitude can improve your outlook at work. And we mean the human kind of outlook, not the Microsoft kind that’s keeps you chained to your desk at your crummy job. Hey, look on the bright side, it’s Friday!

How to Lose your Job in 7 Easy Steps

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Want to get the pink slip? Dressing for success has become such a high priority you can literally turn to any magazine or web site for advice? Instead of that same boring scoop, here’s our guide on what you should NOT do to look professional.Thanks to Clever Dude for the great information.

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Hi, I’m Nikki Key and you’re watching The Daily Idea.

The saying is true, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Chances are you’ve heard your boss say that a couple hundred times. Dressing for success has become such a high priority for folks you can literally turn to any fashion magazine, newspaper or website to find advice on “how to dress like a professional”

Well, here at the Daily Idea, we think a little differently.

Today we’re not going to give you a list of what to wear written by the PR firm for a clothing store. We’re going to give you something useful. Here are some things you should NOT do if you want to look professional.

Just to be clear … you do NOT want to dress like this … unless, of course, you hate your boss, hate your job and just wanna stir the pot.

Don’t shave or shave badly. This goes for guys and gals. Fellas … leave a stray whisker or two … maybe even a patch. When you look like you’ve been attacked by hair lesions, you’re sure to turn off a co-worker or two. And ladies, get all woolly mammoth then opt for the mini skirt. Tell ‘em it’s Protest Razor Burn Month.

Stop using deodorant. Everyone has that one coworker with halitosis of the skin. You too can make secretaries gasp for air and birthday bouquets die instantly.

Proudly display your tattoos. And not just the one on your ankle! Go bare midriff and point out the eagle in full flight just above your butt.

Ladies … wear big, hoop earrings with charms. Nothing says “I want that promotion” like the jingle, jangle, jingle of miniature cow bells hanging off your head.

SANDALS! This is a particularly good idea if you’ve recently acquired a foot fungus. But make sure you sell it – Kick back in the weekly staff meeting and throw that athlete’s foot right up on the conference table.

Tight clothes. And I’m not talking try to look sexy tight. I’m talking, try to make sure you can see skin between the buttons tight. This is infinitely more effective if you’re fat and don’t wear undershirts. If you have on really tight pants, try to bend over and pick things up in front of others. Nothing sells it like a publicly split crotch.

Flip the tight coin and wear clothes that are too big. Go for three or four sizes to big. Make sure when standing relaxed, hands to your side, that people can’t see your fingers. When you walk by people in the hall, spice up the day by making windmills out of your sleeves.

Let that unibrow grow. If you need to pluck your eyebrows to look good, lay off for a while so folks can see you in your more natural state. Ladies, if you have a little upper lip issue, let that go too. There’s not a middle manager I know that doesn’t dig chicks with mustaches.

Don’t brush your teeth. In fact, go all out … smoke, drink lots of coffee and make sure to become a close talker. Oh, and randomly offer to make out with people.

And we saved this tip for the fellas. Monotone sneakers, matching backwards ball cap, ankle socks, oversized shorts and collared shirt, unbuttoned halfway down to show off your bling and your wife-beater … and don’t forget the Justin Timberlake chin fuzz … With that get-up you’re destined to be the bottom rung on the corporate ladder, that is if you keep your job, because that gear qualifies you as a tool.

There you have it: a handful sure-fire ways to look unprofessional at work. Again, we only offer them as an example of what not to do … unless of course, you’re over worked, under paid and don’t like your job much. If that’s the case … use at your own risk, but have fun, video it and send us the clips!

And that’s another Daily Idea.