6 Things You Do If Your Work Is Your Obsession

Being energetic about your work is a great characteristic of an employee, however there’s a distinction between having solid hard working attitudes and being a compulsive worker – the previous is something that one can be extremely glad for, the last is a serious condition. If you are afraid your work has grown into your obsession, here are 6 signs to look out for:

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You give more than the required weekly time limit to your job.

You may feel, that marking on early gives you a serene domain to concentrate better on your work or remaining late truly helps in arranging the ventures for the following day. Yet, be watchful and control yourself from enjoying both constantly. You are not intended to always record extra minutes.

You work while your colleagues are at lunch.

While we trust that the most ideal approach to accomplishing more work is to work more hours, the truth is we are significantly more profitable when we work in rotation and take appropriate breaks. Take a tea or coffee break , go for a short walk, or meditate in the office chair itself.

You don’t indulge yourself in leisure activities.

‘All work No play Makes Jack a Dull Boy.’ It’s very important to remember this and give yourself enough time to rejuvenate at regular intervals. Playing games, exercising daily, partying with friends once in a while and spending time with the family are always a good idea to take your mind off work and give it sometime to refresh.

You don’t take care of your needs.

It is okay to sometimes leave 10 minutes early, take an off for nothing to do, or putting in that application for an extra 2 day leave. Compulsive workers experience difficulty with dedicating thoughtfulness regarding their families and they are additionally baffled by colleagues who do. It is important to take care of your own needs, especially because it will help you not feel burned out in your thirties. You may think about changing the job for better work-life balance.

You don’t take vacations.

It’s totally fine to work a little in the midst of some recreation and check your messages. Be that as it may, in case you’re working for months without considering taking a leave for an outdoor vacation you may be obsessed with your work and it’s an unhealthy habit both for your physical as well as mental health. Get-aways are both fun and important for your well-being as well as refreshment.

You cannot state “No” to your manager.

If you’re someone who is always prepared to go up against extra duties, while this may seem like a perfect worker to the majority of the businesses yet actually it can be an issue in the long run. Doing extra duties all the time will influence your capacity to give your 100% at the company in a few months or years, thus affecting your overall career graph.

In case, you identify with any of the above signs of being a compulsive worker, you may want to rethink about maintaining a better work life balance.

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Steps To Take You Closer To Big Career Goals

Profession related resolutions are very common—you want to locate to another activity, get a raise, or find enthusiasm for starting, doing, or learning something new! In any case, it’s anything but difficult to feel overpowered by these huge objectives and we often let them be. But good news is that accomplishing these huge objectives is truly about taking little, reasonable steps forward. In that spirit, here are seven noteworthy things you can do to point yourself in the ways you had always wanted regardless of how enormous they are.

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  1. Answer One Tough Question

At times the questions you most need the response to are the ones you’re putting off. For instance: “For what reason would I like to change my company/work profile?”; “What are the three words my boss would use to portray my attitude?”; or “Is my associate in the position that I try to get promoted to see improvement in me?” Regardless of the possibility that the appropriate response isn’t what you’d sought after, this is a vital beginning stage as you plot out your subsequent stages.

  1. Search for a Career Role Model

No issue what you need to achieve, be it exchanging fields, enhancing your skills, getting a promotion, it has been achieved some time recently, and likely by somebody who was significantly even less encouraged than you. Along these lines, consider the proven strategy- research and begin there! Investigate how individuals have gotten from point A to point B. Check social media for individuals who have work titles you think look intriguing and perceive how they got where they are today. Their ways can give you a thought of where to go next.

  1. Find a Career Sponsor

Regardless of where you need to go, search for individuals who will help in your excursion. Career supports are vital. Tutors can be instrumental in showing you new abilities. Vocation supports can enable you to quick track your profession. If you have support from someone who works at your organization, they may even enable you to explore office work or support you to get an advancement or raise. An outside vocation support is somebody who shares chances to propel your profession or prompts you on turning into a rising star in your industry.

  1. Strive for Excellence

When you’re downhearted at your job or contemplating how to leave the company you work to work for another organization, it’s normal for enthusiasm and learning drive to decrease. In any case, doing average work isn’t beneficial for you, your boss, or your prospects for your next activity. Bad work adds to negative sentiments, a dreary resume, and shows an unprofessional attitude. On the other hand, going well beyond to advance outstanding work will yield magnificence in each part of your profession and life—yes, even your pursuit of employment.

  1. Become an Expert

Individuals swing to specialists when there are issues to explain, so on the off chance that you set yourself up as expert, it will open doors for you and recruiters will begin searching you out. Search for zones where you can put your one of a kind abilities to use. At that point, volunteer for ventures that will enable you to utilize these aptitudes and show them off. See if there are any open doors for you to apply your abilities. Once you’ve effectively added to a couple of assignments, you’ll be the person to go to when comparative tasks are talked about.

  1. Dress for the Job You Want

As you upgrade your resume, consider upgrading your outfits. It’s an ideal opportunity to acknowledge that recruiters do judge you by how you dress. It takes just three to five seconds for somebody to frame an initial impression of you. And keeping in mind that you may wish the impression depended on your insight or experience, most interviews demonstrate that early impressions are formed by what is seen or heard in those couple of moments.

  1. Be Realistic

Many individuals expect that, once they locate the right job, they will love each part of it. But honestly, that wouldn’t happen. Regardless of the possibility that you’ve discovered your dream job, it’s called work, and you’re paid to do it on purpose! The only thing you can do is to make sense of the parts you cherish—and in addition the parts you don’t care for that much. Try setting 30 minutes each day apart to learn and become better at your work, without thinking about why you don’t like doing it. 30 minutes may not seem much but over a span of a year will help you learn a lot and become professionally more proficient.

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Every year we make resolutions and promise ourselves to fulfill them, but most of the time we break these resolutions. This year, we are going to do something different. For starters, we will make resolutions and actually keep them! However, most of all, this year our resolutions won’t be goals related to our weight, habit of smoking, or binge watching GOT. It’s 2018, and the year calls for some serious action on your professional goals. You need as much motivation and appreciation in your career as you hope to get in your personal life, but for that you need to work on your career goals. So, here are a few resolutions for you to keep this year. Let’s begin with all and see by the end of the year how many of them you could actually fulfill.


  1. Build relationships

Fun things first! Who doesn’t like to socialize, build healthy relationships, except if you are an introvert, but that doesn’t mean you cannot connect with people. Social media offers amazing opportunities for you to get in touch with people from your field and share knowledge with them. Recall the names of people from your university, your mentors, ex-colleagues, and even interns at that company you may have been in touch with. Look them up on LinkedIn and try to build up connections. They will help you endorse your skills as well as be visible to possible recruiters from your industry.

Resolution Trick: You don’t have to make 100 connections in one day. Do add people on your social media accounts, but besides this, make sure to choose one person and get in touch directly with him, either face to face, through email, or on call, to discuss a new idea/project, ask a question, or just to bond over a game of pool.

  1. Make a check list for each month of the year

We love making lists, especially a list of all that we want to do and achieve. However, this time we will make a check list for every month of the year. This will help us stick to our resolutions and make few small ones every month. By the time we reach end of February, we start expecting a raise and a promotion, without ever considering if our performance has been actually worth it. Through this list you can check every month for career complacency, what is motivating you (or not), and whether you have made any improvements or accomplishments in that month. Depending on the industry in which you are (or are willing to move in to), try to add a simple but useful accomplishment. For example, instead of writing ‘learn French’ in your list, you can add: ‘By March finish first 5 basic lessons in French.’ This may help you actually accomplish your goals.

Resolution Trick: Make three columns for every month, one for adding a goal to finish, one to check on the previous goals and backlogs on your resolutions, and third one to write what you actually did (accomplished goals or even those achievements not included in the previous plan). Also, keep January reserved for making these decisions, adapting to changes, and getting into the habit of working on your new schedule. This will decrease the failure rate later on.

  1. Fill your Calendar

The first month of every year, the internet is filled with new events and offers on courses. Look out for important conferences related to your field which you can attend, a vocational course you can take up, online magazines and blogs or career podcasts that you can subscribe to, workshops you can take, and people you can meet that may help you build your career. Now, mark your phone calendars or note down in your journal the important or tentative dates/months. Make sure to include in your monthly check list anything that may help you successfully go forward with the scheduled Calendar. For example, if there’s an advanced level workshop happening in June, you can ensure that you go through the basics and get a knowledge of the intermediate level in the previous months. You can keep filling up the calendar as and when you are notified of new events, live chats, etc.

Resolution Trick: Do not include anything you may not be looking forward to in the end. For instance, choose conferences from places you can actually travel to, include people who can actually be ready to meet you and provide you with assistance, and do not add more than 1 or 2 online blog/magazine names which you are actually going to follow.

  1. Make room for new things & new goals

De-cluttering is the first step to moving into the New Year and if you haven’t done it so far, you may want to start with it now. Not because it’s fun, but because it is important to make space for all the new things you wish to do. De-cluttering does not necessarily mean that you need to clean your office cupboards and tidy up your desks. What it actually means is removing negative energy from your life, breaking contacts with those who always de-motivate you (yes, it may sound harsh, but come on, don’t they ever realize how harsh it is to underestimate you all the time), breaking off habits that are affecting you negatively professionally (such as office gossip, feeling hurt every time your boss rejects your idea, or talking negatively about your work), and trying to move past your excuses to actually realize your potential and move on to accomplish your goals.

Resolution Trick: For every new habit you include in your ‘to do this year’ list, you need to make some time to actually do it by removing some unnecessary things you do through-out the day. Without time, a plan, and the will to actually accomplish something, your goals are useless. For every bad habit you want to drop, replace it with a better and more useful habit.

  1. Give your resume an update

Remember, the first time you made your resume. It was probably copied from a friend who copied it from another friend who used his elder brother’s resume. Well, whether you believe it or not, your resume is outdated. It may have worked last time you got this job, and you may not even be looking for another job, but giving your resume a makeover is important. But wait a minute, we were actually talking about updating your resume, not just making it over. Whether you are going to change the look of your resume or not is a secondary thing, what you need this year is to add some accomplishments to your CV, add a sample cover letter (to be updated later when you actually apply to a company) related to your industry and skills, and remove your high school achievements, especially if you are no longer a fresher.

Resolution Trick: Aim on doing things this year which you can actually include in your CV & yes, even online courses count! Highlight your key achievements and accomplished projects. Search online for CVs of successful people in your field and it may give you some inspiration as well as a few serious goals to keep up with. If you are enthusiastic enough, you may want to get on with an online portfolio.

  1. Take on a new challenge

Resolutions are boring and never easy to accomplish, but that’s only because we always make resolutions for the things which we keep on putting off, or those which are actually truly boring! Every year we fall into a pattern of a predictable routine, which tends to turn monotonous, doesn’t excite our brain to go that extra mile as well as affects our creativity and our learning ability. You may have heard-“What scares you, will grow you!” Well, it’s true. Take up a challenge. It can be something big related to your field of work like working on a project all by yourself, starting your own website or blog, or something fun like an adventure sport (yes, that will help you too, not directly in your career, but it will help you refresh your mind, and strike the work-life balance). You can even make it small and simple, like finishing off a ‘puzzle’ (read: logical reasoning) book all by yourself, or making it a routine to do the weekly crossword. Besides this, try to do something which is out of your comfort zone at work, for example, giving a presentation at a meeting, eating lunch with your colleagues instead of at your desk by yourself, or even taking up new responsibilities. Just take the initiative, get noticed, and get appreciated.

Resolution Trick: First, think about the things you have always wanted to do, but were too hesitant to go for or always thought yourself not capable of doing it. Prepare in your own time and the next place you get an opportunity, stop your brain from discouraging you and do it! Just taking the initiative may get you all the appreciation. Moreover, most of the people around you may not even be as good at the task as you thought and may really like your efforts!

  1. Embrace optimism

Positivity is very important to keep your mind motivated and driven to learn, explore, and innovate. Only a healthy and un-stressed mind can help you achieve your goals and be successful. Start by sleeping on time, waking up a little early and exercising. Remember that a good breakfast is the best start to any day. Being punctual, and making a list in your head of all the things you need to do that day may help you stay organized and finish tasks before the deadline. Don’t forget to take breaks to meditate and refresh your mind time to time with simple yet out of the ordinary activities, like painting, going to a library to read, taking a walk in the nearby park and appreciating the natural beauty, or volunteering for a social cause.

Resolution Trick: Just start doing it! Ban your mind from making any excuses and start discovering a more confident and wiser you. After all, it’s the New Year, and it needs a ‘New You’!

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3 Myths about Work-Life Balance

As a child our goals used to be to become an astronaut, or may an adventurer that we knew would require so much hard work and working at odd times, but in adulthood most of us got stuck in the 9-5, with only one goal in mind i.e. to achieve the work-life balance. Often we dishearten ourselves because of the myths we hear around or come to believe. Check out the following three myths which may be hurting your sense of work life balance even when you have achieved it at some level. Here they are:

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Myth 1: The Less Hours You Work, the Happier You Will Be

The primary thing the vast majority consider when attempting to get balance in their work and home life is to diminish the hours spent at the workplace. While this approach may work temporarily, lessening your office hour time won’t do much for long haul work-life balance. There are such a significant number of things that influence that there are similarly the same number of miserable individuals in employments that require 20 hours each week as there are in occupations that require 40. Balance doesn’t mean you have to consider how long you work, but how well you are handling your family needs, interests, well being and your own health needs, with the work load and the professional objectives you have.

Myth 2: A Perfect 50/50 Balance is Possible

Sorry to burst the bubble of perception that a perfect 50/50 work life balance is possible, but the truth is that trying to achieving such a balance is the main issue a lot of employees experience. It doesn’t have to be 50/50, in fact you need to know your responsibilities on both sides and try to achieve them, and regardless how much time you are giving to each. In other words, it’s not about the time, but about how well you are fulfilling your dreams as a professional and as an individual, with full consideration of people around you. For some a week-long vacation is enough to rejuvenate them after a year of working, and for some 4 days away from work every month is not enough! You reach the work life balance only when you are satisfied at work and in life, regardless of how much time you are spending where. Plus, priority may keep on changing between work and personal depending on where you are required more or in which area you need to grow more.

Myth 3: What Works for Your Colleague Will Also Work for You

Every person is different and so are their dreams, their stamina and energy, and their will as well as priorities. Comparing yourself to someone else is always an invitation to depression. Your colleague may be able to work to work 10 hours, go home, watch a movie and still come back the next day refreshed, while you struggle finishing your 8 hour shift and can’t wait to hit the sack, only to find yourself tired the next morning. There are a lot of things that matter, when it comes to work-life balance, especially things which are connected to your health. For example, 7 hours of good sleep may not do any good if you are not eating properly in the day, and may result in tiredness, which affects your performance at work, as well leaved no energy for any personal life activity, leaving you dissatisfied with your life. This results in feelings of depression, frustration, and irritation cropping up both in your professional as well as personal life.

The only trick to wake up fresh everyday is to go to sleep satisfied with your work and personal life. Do not set unrealistic goals and priorities. Do what you enjoy doing and make sure to give yourself some time, too. Take care of your health and stay connected with friends and family to avoid feelings of aloofness. Make sure whatever you do you give your 100% but no your limitations and boundaries. Creating work life balance is easy if only you make decisions based on the type of work you do, your future goals, your family life situation etc., and only you can know it best. Just be sure not to leave behind your true self in the rat race to success!

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Four Ways to Ace the Interview for a Career Change

Moving to another field implies beginning from the start, with no previous experience. It can be overwhelming and therefore, finding an interview in itself is a kind of achievement. Finding an interview implies you’re being thought of in the industry you want to join and so you’re well on your way in the job changing progress process. It’s time to learn these four interview tips to help you ace your big career change interview.


  1. Know Your Value and Use Examples to Show It

In case you want to persuade someone from another industry you’re a really great candidate for a particular job in that industry, you need to trust this statement yourself first! Begin by working out all that you do, in detail. Incorporate the greater part of your undertakings and your achievements. This will help you to see your transition smoothly and the skills that can be applied to numerous settings. You weren’t a “client benefit agent for a company;” you were somebody who “helped clients with orders, advanced new items and benefits, and tended to customer problems professionally.”

Learn to turn your past positions along these lines, and you’ll see it significantly simpler to clarify how your function history fits the change you’re chasing. Discuss a period you really worked through a problem or thought of a creative arrangement. Regardless of the possibility that the issue was completely irrelevant to your new job profile, the capacity to think fundamentally and issue understand says a lot of your ability level. Clarify how you would give that experience something to do in your new part.

  1. Try not to Show up Empty-Handed

Make a special effort to demonstrate a company that you’re fit for going up against this new part by carrying proof with you. This may incorporate example work, preparing declarations, or a plan, or something unique. For example if you are moving to the field of journalism, bring your writing works. It’s okay if you haven’t composed a news story; an elegantly composed yearly report still exhibits your authority of dialect and capacity to mesh complex subtle elements into sound entirety. If you are progressing from a non-tech field into a field that requires programming, bring certificates for the online courses you took. In case you don’t have an online portfolio, bring a tablet so you can demonstrate your potential skills.

  1. Get Comfortable With Imperfection

It’s okay to concede that you don’t know everything and you don’t meet each capability. Not all interviewees meet each and every criteria of any given job profile. Yet, don’t simply say, “Hmm, I don’t have the any idea,” or “Well, I’ve never done that,” when made such inquiries. It’s alright to recognize the gap, however help your potential boss to remember some other experience that will enable you to limit that gap. What’s more, be sure when you answer these questions. If you sound anxious of handling another part, for what reason would a recruiter employ you? So despite the fact that there will be an underlying change, envision it’s something you can learn and be able to cope up with in view of your present abilities.”

  1. Get ready for “The Question”

At last, don’t hold up until the point that you’re before your interviewer to consider how to clarify the purpose behind your profession change, since, no doubt about it, you will be made this big question. Plan ahead, and hone your reaction so you aren’t endeavoring to express it in an unimpressive, unconvincing, or nervous manner. Individuals settle on this choice for a lot of reasons. Whatever your inspiration, leave out any unrelated details. Once more, it’s okay to quickly recognize that conditions are not as much as great. Perhaps you were realized late that the field you’ve been working in isn’t one you need to remain in for whatever is left of your life. Abstain from talking negatively of your previous job or industry. Keep it straightforward and positive. Talk about how you intend to influence your present aptitudes and encounters to work in your new job.

These four tips will definitely help you in your endeavor to move towards a new career with confidence. Check out Mara Jobs for opportunities outside your field of work.

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How an Angry Boss Might Be Your Fault

When it comes to jobs, how you feel about your work, colleagues, and about your boss is an integral part. As suggested by surveys from all over the world, half of individuals who quit their jobs distinguish their boss as the reason they resigned. This seems to be accurate for a lot of people. During your career you encounter both good and bad bosses, but if you are dealing with a boss who makes you feel like pulling your own hair, you need to hear this: Blaming everything on your boss might be easy, however the genuine issue could really be you! Check out these possible situations to make sure your boss’ anger isn’t your fault.


You Assume Your Boss Can Read Your Mind

Here’s something you may have heard from many people in your life, family, friends, and even colleagues- “I can’t read your psyche. I have no clue what you’re considering. In the event that you need something, you have to simply say it.” Not exclusively is your boss a mind reader, he likewise isn’t lounging around throughout the day endeavoring to disentangle everything you might do. On the off chance that you require help, inquire. In case you’re feeling overpowered, inform. If you’re frustrated that you didn’t get an advancement, examine what you have to do to get one. Try not to sit tight for your boss to come to you about everything. You’ll simply wind up feeling disappointed and displeased.

You Don’t Keep Your Boss Informed

When your boss tells you that he/she or another senior is not happy with your work, your most instinct response would be- how can they say something like that when I have been completing my duties daily? Approach the discussion in a different manner than defending yourself. Share your side of the story, and you would find comprehension and support from your boss. Also if you are facing an issue with your work, or team members, it’s good to discuss with her instead of giving someone else a chance to inform your boss of the shortcomings of your work or your group.

Your Performance Isn’t Up to Par

This shouldn’t come as a lot of an astonishment, yet in the event that you’re failing, your boss most likely won’t respond positively. In these instances, your boss may lose trust in you and not appoint out you to new tasks. Or, on the other hand you may never get a raise or an advancement. Furthermore, there’s a chance that she may even downgrade you. This may create negative feelings in you for your boss. Yet, in the event that you’re missing due dates, not completing your assignments, or wasting your time around throughout the day, it isn’t your boss’ fault, it’s yours.

Here’s what you should do: Endeavor to see yourself equitably. Is there anything you could do to improve the situation? Are there any zones requiring more exertion or calibrating? In the event that you enhance what you can control, your boss may begin to respond all the more emphatically.

You Let Personal Feelings Get in the Way

Let’s consider, you simply are not a big fan of your boss. However, you need to consider that letting your own sentiments about her will moreover disrupt your relationship with your boss at work. You have to isolate your emotions about her identity from the current task. Since while you might not have any desire to hang out with her on the end of the week or welcome her to your birthday party next time, that doesn’t mean she’s a terrible boss. Furthermore, if there are factors in your control, you should endeavor to change the situation as opposed to playing the victim.

Yet, if in any case you feel that your boss is always in a high temper, and you would rather work under someone who handles things with his lighter side, register on Mara Jobs, and start searching for a new job, preferably one where you get a boss just like you would prefer!

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How to Deal With Three Types of Bosses We Don’t Want To Have

As important as good colleagues are, a good Boss is almost an essential requirement at every office! A bad boss can become the reason of a lot of stress as well as influence you to leave your place of employment, which is not generally an alternative to dealing with bad bosses at work. So read on for three basic sorts of bad boss personalities and some brisk recommendations on how to adapt if you are stuck with one.


  1. The Boss Who Takes Away All the Credit

We enthusiastically wait for the day when all the bosses would start giving us the credit of our work instead of taking away from it. However today’s reality, according to many researches carried out and feedback taken from employees about their bosses, there are  large number of bosses who think their activity is the only thing responsible in completing the activity or a project and they are the only one with the best ideas, thoughts and suggestions. While it seem heartbreaking at the moment, the truth is that it sometimes becomes impossible to get over the fact that you are not being given due recognition, let alone any appreciation for the completion of the project you worked so hard for.

Most of the times in this situation all you can do is climb the rooftops of your houses or chat with a colleague from the team who feels the same, without actually coming up with a solution. What you can do is: Fortify that you’re a part of a team at whatever point the undertaking comes up. Think: When you hear things such as- “It was splendid of a particular person to propose we move the yearly meeting up two months!” take a stab at catching up with something like, “Indeed, the entire team truly met up with superb plans to enhance the occasion we’ve held in years past.” The best part, this approach influences you to look great in light of the fact that everybody adores a cooperative person. Second, it makes you more inclined to be heard.

  1. The Boss Who Gives Wrong Advice

It can be exceptionally disappointing when your boss’ opinions do not match yours, especially when you know you could have done it better your way. You go to him for advice, and rather than a course of action, you leave away with orders you would prefer not to take after all. To be honest, this issue might be your very own creation, but still there is way to tackle the situation and turn it around in your favor. You’re requesting help, and he’s endeavoring to give it. If you prefer not to take his proposals is an alternate story. While approaching your boss for advice, start by saying that you are indeterminate how best to approach an issue as you have thought of – an accompanying methodology- and figured it will function admirably. This way, despite everything you’re keeping your manager informed about your ways of working—and giving him a chance to say something if important. This way you have more chances to deal with things in a way that sounds good to you.

  1. The Boss Who Loves to Say “No”

Each time you approach your boss with an approach, he/she says, “No.” Whether it’s about a spending plan, absence of assets, or for the way things have been done, your boss wouldn’t like to hear anything that is a break from business as usual. All things considered, do you think that, one day, following quite a while of sharing each thought that flies in your mind, your boss will all of a sudden change her tune and say, “Indeed that is a splendid idea!”? It’s not going to happen! You need to exhibit that you consider unheard options as your boss’ way of suggesting that he or she doesn’t trust you. You can even talk about your disappointment and ideas with different people and show your boss the result and let him/her appreciate you for it.

The boss employee relationship is a noteworthy one, and it’s baffling when you get a feeling that it’s not working. Sometimes, when it becomes impossible for you to carry on putting a glad face at office, the best way to change your boss is to upgrade your resume and look for a change in job. Next time, after the initial interview, do ask for a meeting with the person who you’ll be reporting to, so to have an idea of his attitude and decide whether you would like to work with the new boss or continue your job search.

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