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What to do when you’re bored at work

I am a podcast nerd. I love them. Why? I don’t always have the time or energy to read, but I can still keep up with things by tuning in on my drive or when I’m walking my dog or cleaning my house. I love how they let you eavesdrop on smart conversations, even about dumb things. So podcasts are my jam. And no, they’re not always about work ­čÖé I was catching up on an episode of Hannahlyze This, specifically their Time Log Try Out episode, in which they track how they use their time throughout the day. That’s when my ears really perked up. I really recommend tracking how you spend your time because it is particularly helpful for boosting your work productivity. In order to get your stuff done, you gotta know which time slot of the day you’ll best be able to tackle those things and know how you currently structure your day. Anyway, then the discussion took a left turn into therapy and self-care. Here’s how it went:

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Flexible Schedules vs. the 8-5

Many graduate students can find themselves in for a rude awakening when it comes to working full-time due to the work schedule. As busy as you are in grad school, you have a lot of freedom and flexibility when it comes to how you spend your day.┬á In and of itself, this can be a lot of the appeal of the grad school lifestyle. Even when you have a 9 am class after pulling an all-nighter, you can find time for an afternoon nap. Or if you’re exhausted, you can hit snooze and postpone your workout until, say┬á2 pm, in the middle of a workday. But when you land a staff job, at least at my university, the expectation is that you work 8-5. That can be a culture shock. And even though we all know that┬áthe 8-5 is antiquated, that’s still the expectation.

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Write a Master Resume

My friend’s husband has a saying (that I can’t repeat) but let’s just say it’s a warning that a choice you make in the moment could be one your future self is going to regret. That’s sage advice. But so is the corollary. You can also do something now that your future self will thank you for! In this case I’m talking about writing a master resume. What is a master resume?

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Go? Or No-Go: The Offer Edition

I’ve written before about a Go/No-Go decision, a point during the job search process where you decide whether you’ll even bother applying. There’s one more time you need to make a Go/No-Go decision and it’s when you’ve been made an offer.

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Don’t overdo it at your new job

This week, my posts have been all about some of the final steps in landing and accepting a new job. Let’s say you’re one of those lucky ducks and you have accepted a new job. One of the things I see fellow academics lean head first into right after that is trying to learn all. of. the. things. about the new job. That’s only natural. You’re excited about the new job and highly motivated to learn what you need to know. And if you’re here, you’re probably an academic. Academics are, by nature, curious creatures, and our quest for knowledge never ends. But you probably need to remember a couple of things  here.

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Why you need to take benefits into account

I’ve posted about negotiating your salary before. But now I’m here to remind you that salary is not everything. When you’re considering a job offer, you MUST also take benefits into account before you decide. A real example, from a client yesterday. She got a terrific  job offer, offering more than 10% above her current salary. And while she was doing the happy dance (and should!), I had to rein in her excitement and make her do some math. “Have you examined the benefits package? No? Oh, girl. Okay, sit down.”

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