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How to find the job that's right for you

Mental health is wealth <3

Hey friends! Good morning to everyone except for Harrison Butker. Today, we’re talking about finding the right job, which can be whatever the heck you want it to be, no matter what the Chiefs kicker says. 🙄

Today’s tunes: Christina Aguilera’s “Can’t Hold Us Down” seems appropriate to bring back right now, yeah?

P.S. Got a burning question you’re looking for an answer to? You’ve come to the right place! We’d love to feature it in an upcoming edition, so send it to us here!

How To Find the Job That’s Right for You

 question 
I’m two years out of college and absolutely hate my job. The problem is I don’t know what I want my next job to be. How do I apply for/find a job without knowing what I want?—K.

 answer 
Not knowing what you want to do in life? Welcome to the club. While the uncertainty of it all can be scary, the good thing is that you already know you sure don't want the job you have now. So you're already one step ahead in the game! Since you’re fresh out of school, think about things you enjoyed learning and doing during your time there (besides going to $1 beer night at your local watering hole… because same) and ask yourself the questions below.

  • Why don’t I like my current role? Identify the specific things you dislike in this job to avoid applying to similar roles.

  • What were some of my favorite courses? Remember, just because you have a specific degree doesn’t mean you can’t apply for other jobs. Most skills are transferable, so don’t let that stop you from looking outside your experience.

  • Were there any internships or volunteer opportunities that I would be interested in revisiting? With your already-developed skills from those experiences, this could be a good starting point for discovering similar but paid positions.

Another suggestion? Exploring part-time or freelance jobs is a great way to try something and decide whether you want to pursue it as a full-time career.

Ways To Address Mental Health in the Workplace

 question 
I manage someone who’s having performance issues. When I addressed this with them, they willingly shared their struggles with anxiety and depression. Now that they've shared that, it seems that every time there’s an issue, they blame their mental health. As someone who also lives with mental health issues, how should I move forward? Sidenote: We have very generous time off and mental health days. —N.

 answer 
Mental health can get in the way of completing simple daily tasks, let alone being able to deliver quality work at a job. First, it's tough for many to talk about their mental health, so the fact that your coworker felt comfortable enough to open up to you is a nod to your role as a manager. A few things we suggest moving forward:

  1. Encourage your employee to use those mental health days when they aren’t able to give a solid effort in their role. A good way to do this is to lead by example and take a day off yourself when you need it. Often, employees are hesitant to take time off (even when provided) until they see their manager do it. 

  2. Have a one-on-one meeting and ask if there’s anything specific you can do (that’s manageable) to make their role easier. For example, offering a later start time one day a week may allow them to speak with a therapist. Or twice-a-week check-ins may be something they need for a while to stay on top of tasks.

If you've exhausted these options and your coworker's mental health seems to still hinder their ability to do their job, they may require more help at this time than you or mental health days can provide. Many companies offer short-term disability, which may be an option to explore. That way, they can have job security while taking time to take care of themselves.

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after drinking a crispy Diet Coke at 8am.

If there’s one thing we’re certain of, it’s that this baby wants to go to the Four Seasons Orlando!! We’ve watched this 1,000 times already, and it gets funnier every time.

Selena Gomez seems to be in love, and after watching this Architectural Digest home tour of Benny Blanco’s spot, we kinda get it.

It could literally be 115°F outside, and you can still catch us slurping down a hot bowl of soup, especially if it’s this Chicken Caesar soup by LucySallySommer on Instagram.

That’s all for today. You’re the best for reading! See you next week, same place, same time! 

—Rod and Gabi 

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