There isn't anything worse than feeling out of place. Be it at work, home or in social situations.
Luckily, we can all choose and find our place at work.
If you are job hunting, don't just look for a job aimlessly - think about your choices. Looking for a job is time consuming by nature and if you do not set your targets, it will cost you even more time.
Caso esteja buscando trabalho, não atire para todos os lados - pense nas suas escolhas e seja cuidadoso. Buscar trabalho requer tempo e - sem metas - acabará lhe custando mais tempo.
A falta de foco é prejudicial. Imagine trabalhar em um local onde a cultura não é compatível com você. Ou sentir como se seus colegas fossem de outro planeta?
The lack of focus can be harmful. Imagine you end up somewhere where the culture is not compatible with you? Or you feel like your work colleagues are from another planet?
Do your homework, do your research into the company, its MOTO and culture. Try to make connections with people that are already inside by networking to find out what the real picture is like. If you get to the interview stage ask to meet the team. This will give you at least some idea as to whether you will feel part of it or not.
Remember: Culture is found not in what they say, but how they say it.
To fix the problem after the mismatch is done is much more difficult. Trying to leave the job soon after you joined will not sound appealing to anyone.
When they describe typical situations at the organisation, does the interviewer express excitement about their job? Do they rise to the occasion or seem stressed out?
If you are already in that situation and trying to get out, work on your frustration levels to ensure it isn't apparent during your interviews.
If you let it slip at an interview, chances are you are out of the game. It is understandable to feel that way, but it isn't attractive for the new employer. Besides, you won't be able to show your real abilities and skills, including experience when you let those feeling get on the way.
Train yourself to demonstrate enthusiasm, passion and excitement at what you do. Try to be as genuine as possible though. Focus on remembering all your achievements, including the challenges that led you to success - small successes included.
Still at your job, try to learn new things, get involved in new projects, shadow more senior or mentor more junior colleagues. These skills most likely be useful to you in the future.
That is all for now...
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