If you’re in your twenties, you should be excited and challenged at work! Your twenties are a time to learn new things, be challenged and feel excited in your day-to-day. It’s so easy to get caught up in a stuffy cubicle (the worst)! I’m sharing the coolest list of jobs for 20 somethings so you can brainstorm an exciting career, that actually makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. Who knew that was possible?!
In college, I had no idea how many jobs there were in the world! I never knew it was possible to get your dream job and full time. This list of jobs for people in their 20s should actually make you excited about getting work. Whoever thought that was possible?! I can’t wait for you to get started.
(Oh, this is as far as I go. If you are motivated enough to know more, click here and be educated as to what’s out there waiting for you).
Looking to find THE job ? Here are tips about what not to say during your interview. And want you might want to say instead.
By Joshua Greenberg and Work + Money
Interviews are intimidating. The pressure of sitting across from a person — or a group of people — with the power to shape your future can make it hard to think of what to say, or how to say it well.
In most instances, a resume might get you in the door, but the interview will get you the job. It puts a lot of meaning on what you say in a very limited period of time — and how you say it.
The problem in nailing the job often isn’t qualifications. Rather, good candidates take themselves out of the running by expressing themselves inartfully when it counts the most.
Avoiding the following key phrases can take you from being just another applicant to a finalist for the job.
Set the Right Tone
At the outset of most interviews, the interviewer might ask if you’d like anything to drink, like coffee or a glass of water. It’s very easy to respond with a casual phrase like, “I’m fine,” but doing so would be unprofessional.
While you by no means have to accept the offer, you should turn it down in a more formal manner. For example, try, “No, thank you. I’m all set for now.” It’s longer, but it’s more formal and more polite. It shows that you respect and appreciate the offer.
Just adding the “thank you” goes a long way toward changing the tone of your response. In a job interview, the more polite and respectful you sound, the more professional you appear.
Don’t Overdo It
Those who utter this phrase believe it makes them seem impressive. What employer wouldn’t want an employee that does everything perfectly, or who at least strives toward it? On its face, it seems an innocuous phrase and perhaps even one that could catch an ear. But it carries several issues.
First, it’s just too common. Employers hear far too often that candidates are “perfectionists,” and it simply does nothing to make a person stand out. More importantly, employers know it’s not true. No employer has ever hired a perfect employee, so they know that anyone claiming to be perfect can never live up to it.
Most employers also don’t want a so-called perfectionist on their staff. They want someone who isn’t afraid to make mistakes. That’s how employees learn. They also don’t want someone who will get so bogged down in minor, ultimately unimportant details that they neglect their other tasks and sacrifice productivity.
Claiming to be a perfectionist can make one seem new to the job market, and new to interviewing. If you want to come off as a savvy worker willing to learn, you’ll have to admit to some flaws.
Careful Not to Seem Lazy
Comfort is like perfection: nice in theory, but hard on the interviewer’s ears. While a potential employer does want someone who is familiar with their potential responsibilities, they don’t want someone who will be too comfortable. “Comfortable” can be cause for concern.
Comfortable can make the interviewer think the candidate isn’t looking for a challenge or isn’t looking to grow in their job. It signals the person is looking to coast.
While you should express your ability to perform the job tasks, employers also want to hear that you’re looking for something that will take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you, at least a little bit.
Shooting Yourself in the Foot
This is a tough one. On one hand, employers like it when they don’t have to micromanage an employee. However, telling an interviewer that you work well with limited supervision could make them think that’s the only kind of supervision you work well under.
Independence is nice, but you have to be able to take direction and, in most cases, you have to be able to work well as part of a team.
In almost any interview, the interviewer is looking for someone who will fit well with the team they already have in place. Let them know you can work on your own, but be sure you don’t come off as a lone wolf.
This word should be eliminated from almost all professional conversation, and particularly from your interview vocabulary. Unless you’re describing an otherwise metaphoric or hyperbolic situation that actually happened to you, there’s almost never a reason to use the word “literally.” And in most interviews, there will not be a reason to tell such an outlandish tale.
It’s an unnecessary and mostly meaningless modifier. When interviewing, you should avoid hyperbole and metaphor. Speak plainly and honestly. In other words, be literal. Your interviewer will assume you are, and there’s no need to confirm that you are by using the word.
Chat Up Your Actual Interests
Like the preceding phrase, this one can be tough to carry off successfully.
It’s something people want to say, particularly when interviewing for a job they aren’t familiar with. A willingness to try new things is perfectly fine, and has merits. It can let employers know that you aren’t afraid to do whatever they require.
However, it also can make you seem unfocused, as if you’re just applying to jobs for the sake of finding anything at all, instead of finding something you can excel at.
It’s certainly true that you might not know how good you’ll be at a job until you try it, but you should be able to give a few reasons why you think you’ll do well with whatever new task the job will present to you.
There are 19 more phrases to avoid saying. You can find the entire article at:
Regardless of how long you’ve been working at one place, it’s REALLY important to still keep things professional, especially if you’ve got your eye on that upcoming promotion or big cash money bonus.
We’re all prone to picking up a few bad habits, but be sure to check yourself so you don’t wreck yourself by ensuring you haven’t settled into any of these unprofessional habits on the regular:
1. Showing up late
Making it to your 9am meeting everyday at 9:05? Sure, it’s only 5 minutes and probably not a big deal in the millennial world, but believe it or not, people notice.
If you’re running late once in a blue moon – don’t worry. It happens to everyone every now and then. Just don’t be the person that everyone knows will always show up late.
Make an effort to make it to your meetings on time, and to the office – even if it means you have to leave your house just 10 minutes earlier.
You’ve got a really big work load and you’re tired and you’re hungry – we know! …And, we feel you!
BUT, the moment you start telling the entire office floor how hard you have it – you’re spreading the negativity.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work there are plenty of ways to deal with it, but complaining to your co-workers shouldn’t be one of them.
Don’t be unprofessional, and don’t be a Christina the Complainer. Just get the work done and vent to your BFF over half priced bottles of wine.
No one, and we repeat NO ONE, appreciates an interrupter.
And you know just the kind of person we’re talking about: the know-it-all, lack of social awareness individual that meddles their way into sentences – before you can even finish your thought.
No one wants to be girl interrupted – so just simmer down and let that person finish speaking. It’s way more respectful, and a lot easier than it may seem.
Along with Christina the Complainer, you know who no one else likes? A Susie Shittalker.
And, that’s just the kind of stuff that’ll catch up to you in your career.
Sure, it’s crazy news that Bry in Billin’ got let go, and that Jennifer picked a totally non-worthy person for the promotion which is SO unfair.
…But really, who cares?
Talking smack at work never leads to any good, so avoid it by all means and leave the conversation the moment you feel it going there.
5. Over-promising and under-delivering
You gotta walk the talk, baby. If you’re going to claim that you’ll have the perfect business case built by EOD Thursday and we only see that doc come through the following Monday – then girl, we’ve got a problem.
The worst thing you can do is talk up a huge game and not deliver on it. It shows poor reliability, low ability to execute, and if you keep doing it – no one’s going to believe a word you say.
Better option? Give yourself some buffer room. For example: Commit to getting it done by Thursday (Actually knowing you should be done by Tuesday) and send it over early. Nothing like impressing the big boss with an early handover!
6. Putting off the small stuff
So you’re a big shot that’s super busy, which means emails and small things don’t matter… well you’re wrong!
If you think ignoring emails and never getting the “small stuff” done reflects well on you, it doesn’t.
Sure – priorities are super important when you’ve got a lot on the go, but it’s important to set aside a bit of time each day (maybe 30 minutes in the morning, or 30 minutes EOD) to check your emails and respond to those that merit acknowledgement or a response.
Again, reliability people. Even senior execs who are arguably the most busy around, with all-day meetings, travel plans, and more, have time to promptly respond to emails as needed.
7. Dressing Inappropriately
Long gone are the days of perfectly hemmed skirts, tailored suits, and “strict business” attire. Most office settings are now moving towards a casually dressed environment to mimic the trend of the agile and hip start-up scene.
But hey – casual does not mean weekend casual.
Though we love a good pair of ripped jeans (and would argue this could actualllly be rocked in the office if paired appropriately — but that’s a whole diff conversation), casual dress code definitely don’t mean:
- Showing off some cleavage with low cut tops
- Giving everyone a sneak peek of those chiseled (and hard earned) abs with a crop top
- Flaunting an apparently “inappropriate” amount of leg 9-5
- Flip Flops. So comfy, but so not professional.
You still want to look well put together, classy, clean and professional, so don’t let what you’re wearing defer from your reputation / capability of doing the job.
Overwhelmed by the thought of being on your professional game? Just remember: if you can stay alive 9-5, Friday is always at most, only 5 days away. 🙂
People want to have faith in the products they buy, the people they employ, and the information they read. Having a good reputation is a big part of that trust. In the workplace, some professions are more reputable than others. A Gallup Poll gave a rating for 20 occupations in terms of honesty and ethical standards. More than 80 percent of people rated nurses as the professionals they trust most.
This isn’t the first time nurses topped the poll—in fact, they’ve been consistently ranking at the top for 17 years. Medical professionals are trusted more across the board, Forbes reports. So the next two most trusted professions are doctors and pharmacists, respectively. The poll asked people to rate all the professions as highly honest and ethical, average, low, or no opinion.
The next most trusted professionals are high school teachers, police officers, accountants, funeral directors, and members of the clergy. The following are journalists, building contractors, bankers, real estate agents, labor union leaders, and lawyers. At the bottom of the pack are business executives, stockbrokers, advertising practitioners, telemarketers, car salespeople, and members of Congress. Only 8 percent of people view car salespeople and members of Congress as honest and ethical.
Although the list changes from year to year, many professions like nurses are regular repeats. In fact, the only time nurses didn’t top this list since their 1999 addition was in 2001. Firefighters topped the list that year after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Pharmacists and clergy members were also frequently the most highly-rated professionals for their ethics before 1999, per the poll. Some of these rankings make sense, while others might be a bit surprising.