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Impostor Syndrome

How Imposter Syndrome Can Affect Your Career

Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong somewhere? It could be a job you have or a group of friends you’ve been hanging out with. Nothing outwardly hostile makes you feel this way, just a nagging feeling that won’t quite go away. If this is you, don’t worry because it’s reported that over 70% of Americans will experience this phenomenon at least once in their lives.

Coined in 1978, Imposter Syndrome causes individuals to lose confidence in the legitimacy of their achievements and fear that they will be exposed as a fraud as a result. Imposter Syndrome can have negative consequences on our personal lives and our careers. But what can we do to combat this?

Do I Feel Like an Imposter?

Trying to nail down whether you suffer from Imposter Syndrome can be difficult at first. A healthy person has a balance of realistic confidence and doubts. Over time, we learn what we are good at, and what skills aren’t quite as sharp. But someone who suffers from Imposter Syndrome has an over-inflated sense of doubt and may constantly stress over not meeting expectations or avoid extra responsibilities as a result. They may assume their success is the result of an outside source, may deflect success to another source, or go overboard with goal setting and set unrealistic expectations.

What Does it do to My Career?

Imposter Syndrome can create major problems on your career and in regards to long-term goal setting. Someone who constantly underestimates their worth or is frightened to take chances hampers their own ability to grow. This person may not ask for a raise or apply for the promotion that they deserve. Essentially, you can become paralyzed and just accept the state you currently reside in.

How do We Fight This?

The first thing a person who suffers from Imposter Syndrome is talk with a person or mentor they trust. An outside view can help you distinguish between what you perceive and reality. Some people report that documenting achievements or recognizing completed goals can reaffirm a person’s confidence in themselves. The practice of reciting words of affirmation in front of a mirror has even been proven to help, as they help a person “manifest their greatness.”

4 Career Tips To Learn From Your Dog

4 Career Tips To Learn From Your Dog

4 Career Tips To Learn From Your Dog

I have long been a self-proclaimed “dog person.” We have a 13 year Labrador and a 7 month old Golden Retriever, and some of my best moments and biggest life lessons have come from those two fur balls. As I started thinking about it, I realized that if we all did our jobs with the same work ethic and attitude of a dog, we might accomplish a lot more and actually enjoy ourselves along the way. So, take these tips from Mickey & Rudy and be on your way to a happier and more successful career:

Fiercely pursue your goals

Our Golden Retriever, Rudy, LOVES to destroy dog toys. In fact, it’s a borderline obsession for him. When he gets a new toy, you can watch the concentration on his face as he works meticulously to get to his goal of removing any and all stuffing. Once he breaches the toy, he removes fluffs of stuffing one at a time and sets them aside. Each time, diving back in with reckless abandon until the job is done. If humans could bring this amount of focus and dedication to accomplishing our career goals, we would be so productive. Sometimes it seems like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel as you slowly chip away at your dreams, but keep in mind that eventually you’ll get there. And you can bask in your glory surrounded by your accomplishments (or stuffing.)

Meet every new challenge with enthusiasm

Mickey, our senior Labrador, has had a long and great life. His hearing and sight are dwindling, his joints cause him to move a lot slower, and he gets out of breath walking up the stairs. Even so, that guy still does tricks for cheese! Rudy has picked up almost every trick we’ve taught him in less than a day. Although he struggles with some, he understands that we want him to do SOMETHING so he always reaches out a paw for a high-five. We don’t always have all of the answers to new obstacles and challenges, but it never hurts to try and if all else fails, give out enthusiastic high-fives!

Maintain a healthy work-life balance

We dubbed Rudy the “Chief Break Officer” of our house because he always reminds us to take break and spend time playing. And even at 13 years old, Mickey still loves to go on walks and manages to balance them with about 20 hours of napping per day. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in our work and our goals, but it’s important to remember that we simply can’t do it all. Once in a while, you just need to take a break – go for a walk, enjoy some treats, and take a nap.

Enjoy the little things in life

Whether it’s because of a brand-new bully stick or a squirrel sighting in the yard, we love to see their eyes light up and their tails wagging enthusiastically from side to side. The look of sheer joy on their faces when we say the W-A-L-K word or start packing our bags for a weekend trip to the lake is a gentle daily reminder that life isn’t so bad. Take it from the dogs and excited about the little things in life, at work and at home. Maybe you landed a big account, or just FINALLY reached inbox zero, don’t forget to wag your tail every once in a while!

An Inside Peek At The Modern Candidate

An Inside Peek At The Modern Candidate

An Inside Peek At The Modern Candidate

4 Signs It's Time To Look For A New Job, skills, work-life balance, tired, Sunday,

4 Signs It’s Time To Look For A New Job

4 Signs It's Time To Look For A New Job

You had a great weekend, the weather was perfect and you’re eating a nice dinner watching your favorite show on a Sunday night. Suddenly, reality sets in and you realize that tomorrow is Monday- the worst day of the week and the beginning of a long, stress-filled week. You’ve been thinking seriously about making a career move, yet the fear of the unknown hangs in the back of your mind and prevents you from actively pursuing a new opportunity.

Here are some signs that it may be time to make the switch and look into new opportunities.

  1. Your skills aren’t being utilized to their full potential. This can be detrimental to one’s career. When your skills aren’t being utilized you lose that aspect of skillset. Think of a skill as a muscle. The less you use it, the weaker it gets.
  2. You dread going into work every morning. Attitude plays a huge role in success. Negative feelings towards your job can even harm morale for the entire workplace- let’s face it, nobody wants to be around someone that is complaining all the time!
  3. Your work-life balance sucks. Managing a workload, family, friends and social outings can be tough!  However, making sure you’re making time for your family and time for yourself is vital to your overall health. The key is BALANCE.
  4. You don’t fit in with the culture of the company. A culture fit can make or break anyone in a position. If your job fits your personality, you’ll naturally be happier and more productive. Employers like to screen candidates’ soft skills to ensure they’re making a right decision based on values and their capabilities rather than their skills and experience.

Once you evaluate if it’s necessary to find another job then you’ll want to also consider what exactly you’ll be looking for from your next employer. Create a list of important characteristics that will satisfy your future goals and aspirations. Be patient – job searching can be time-consuming and you want to ensure that the potential employer and job is a great fit.