If you’ve taken the courageous step to start your own business, there will come a time when you need to hire your first employees. It can be a little scary because the stakes seem high–whoever you hire will help set the bar for your company’s culture and image. 

When you start your search for the perfect employees, there are two things you should think about first:

1. What Makes an Employee a Perfect Fit for Your Business?

When you’re hiring for the various roles that your business requires, you need to take into consideration both qualifications and personality. As a small team, people that are unable to work closely with one another, and do not slide into the identity of the brand, may cause tension and their working relationship with your company could fail as a result. Interviews are the perfect time to get to know a candidate on a personal, and even informal, level, so you can gauge whether or not they are a good match for the rest of your team members and if you will appreciate their presence in the workplace.

Ask a variety of questions, which are related to your business, in order to decipher whether they should get the job. Working out the importance of the job role to the interviewee is crucial; at this stage, your business needs people on board who are dedicated and are there for the long run. Therefore, you should avoid those who are applying simply for the salary or wages. For niche and specialist jobs, you can utilize places like Eightfold.ai’s Talent Acquisition Platform – Online Human Resource Tools for Businesses and ensure that you have access to the right people for each role in your company. Make sure you get the right help and assistance regarding your hiring processes; this will save you valuable time, effort, and money in the long run.

2. What Can You Offer your Employees?

To have the best employees, you have to be the best employer. Benefits like healthcare are expected by most employees, and that isn’t what we’re talking about here. Think about how you manage your staff. If you’re a micromanager, you can expect a lot of employee turn over–good workers will not put up with it. Instead, be careful to hire people who are good at what they do, and then let them do it.

Even if you don’t offer the highest salaries in your business, if you are a good boss, you can still retain great employees. Strive to pay them what they’re worth, though. 

Can you offer your employees flexibility, like working from home or a flexible hourly schedule? Today’s best employees appreciate your efforts to support work-life balance. 

Can you offer extras, like memberships or conference fees? How about tuition reimbursement? The more your employees feel you are supporting their careers, the more likely you are to keep them. 

Rewards and bonus schemes are another way to keep staff motivated and momentum high. If somebody is going to receive a treat for reaching your targets, they’ll be more inclined to push for it in the first place. Reward your team with a regular social event outside of the workplace. If your staff members are getting on well and enjoying each other’s company out of the office; they are more likely to successfully cooperate as a team when they’re in the workplace.

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Science is a broad field, and the jobs that you can find if you graduate with a science degree are seemingly endless. If you’ve managed to get qualified in any of the sciences, you have a lot of options, and some of them are more unique than others. Either way, there will be something perfect out there for you, and we’ve noted a few of them down here so that you can find the science career that is just right for you!

Clinical psychologist

If you’ve graduated in a science or psychology based field, being a clinical psychologist could be for you. You’d be using your science skills to help to diagnose mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and also to help find the right treatments for your patients. This can be particularly rewarding if you think that you’d love to find a job working closely with people who need your support.

Forensics

Forensics is another interesting science-based career field, and it isn’t always necessarily what you would think from watching crime shows on TV. In fact, there are a wide variety of choices out there if you’re looking for a forensic science career, from forensic photography to crime scene investigators, so look into this field if you think that you’d love to assist when it comes to getting to the bottom of a crime.

Fertility nurse

If you’ve got a degree in biomedical science or another related discipline, then being a fertility nurse could be the role just waiting for you. Not only do you help to give your patients advice on how to conceive, but you’ll also be helping with IVF treatments, and you’ll be able to contribute to research if you manage to land a good job in this area. If you feel like you want to help people to have kids, this is a good career option to consider.

Meteorologist

For those looking to get their hands on a really interesting science career, meteorology could be the answer that you’re looking for. Meteorologists study the changes in weather, and predict the changes that will happen to the atmosphere based upon intensive research. Not only this, but you could be looking into the impacts of climate change on the weather and the earth (on a long-term basis) so the possibilities in this field really are endless!

Toxicologist

Another great career opportunity is toxicology, where you’d be looking at how toxic materials and chemicals are affecting the earth and the environment, both on a short-term and a long-term basis. You’ll be able to see how these things threaten wildlife, and also the environmental impact on human life, and you can produce reports for companies and governments if you manage to secure a good role!

So, there are many unique science jobs out there for those who have qualified, and aren’t really sure about which direction to go in, or for those who simply aren’t sure whether taking up a science career is worthwhile. There are so many fun and rewarding careers in this field, so have a look into them, and you could change the world!

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The need for personal boundaries is eternal, but all the more vital when it comes to the workplace. After all, when at work, you want to work – and ideally, as efficiently and productively as possible. If your boundaries are transgressed, then maintaining a high standard of work is incredibly difficult.

However, maintaining personal boundaries can also be incredibly difficult. If you have struggled in this area in the past, then the tips below may help you to establish and maintain the boundaries you need.

Trust Your own Feelings

Many people find themselves conforming to a kind of peer pressure in the workplace. Say, for example, your colleagues are making sexually-explicit jokes; you may feel that you have to at least smile and nod, because they’re enjoying themselves, and you don’t feel you can disturb that. Some people even find that when they complain of this kind of behavior to their supervisor, the supervisor suggests they are the one with the problem, and it’s all just good-natured fun.

So, let’s be clear: if something your colleagues are doing is making you uncomfortable, or causing you to feel like the environment at your workplace is hostile, then that’s all the evidence you need. Ignore the peer pressure, the insistence it’s just harmless banter; you have a right to feel safe, protected, and at-ease at work. If your employer doesn’t help resolve the situation, then get a harassment lawyer to examine the matter in more depth; you simply do not have to tolerate unpleasant behavior from your colleagues under any circumstances.

Look for ways to Establish Physical Boundaries

Often, physical boundaries help to reinforce personal boundaries – but the popularity of open-plan offices can hugely complicate matters in this regard.

If you find a lack of personal, physical space difficult, talk to your manager, emphasizing why the issue is impacting your ability to work as you wish. You could suggest that you be allowed to erect portable screens between you and your colleagues, or use strategically-placed pot plants to create a space that is just yours. Finally, it’s also worth seeking permission to wear headphones while you work; you can just listen to white noise, and hope that your colleagues see the headphones as a sign you are not looking to engage in conversation.

Related: 10 Ways to Establish Better Work-Life Balance

Be Straightforward if You’re not Willing to Discuss a Topic

Colleagues sometimes become friends, sometimes even best friends – but the desire for a working relationship to become a friendship has to go both ways. If your colleagues are asking for more information about your personal life than you are willing to divulge, then say so: “I don’t really feel comfortable talking about that at work.”

The idea of being so blunt may make you wince but, in most cases, honesty is the only way of dealing with intrusive questions. If you try to be more subtle, hoping that others will take the hint that you don’t wish to discuss that topic, then there’s every chance these hints will be missed or – worse yet – ignored. By being blunt, you’re establishing your boundary and making it clear that you will only provide non-work related information if you want to. If they continue to ask, speak to your manager as soon as possible.

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It’s easy to end up going with the flow and losing all meaningful control over the course of your life, both professionally and personally. All you have to do is… well… nothing.

There’s a saying that goes something like “either be the main character in your own story, or you’ll be a side character in someone else’s.” When you fail to take responsibility for your own career and life paths, all you’re doing in practice is ensuring that other people’s actions dictate where you end up. In practice, this always means that you end up being maneuvered and overlooked in the manner most convenient for those around you.

Taking ownership of your own career path is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It’s one thing to already be well-embedded in a career you find meaningful, and to then pursue something like an online MBA in accounting. But what if you’re more or less nowhere, with more or less no plan of what to do?

Here are some suggestions.

Take stock of your skills and experiences — and be broad in your definitions

To take control of your own career path, you need to be acutely aware of your skills and experiences, and develop a keen sense of how these can be leveraged, either in your current job, or as a side-hustle.

Be broad and optimistic in our definitions here. You might not immediately think you have any meaningful skills or experiences. But maybe you speak two languages, or are a decent cook. Perhaps you could tentatively explore international food journalism?

Even having spent years playing video games may be relevant experience for exploring certain opportunities and niches.

Approach this task with an open mind. You may be able to begin exploring more avenues than you previously thought.

Understand that what you achieve in life is largely going to be in proportion to the sacrifices you’re willing to make

There’s a pleasant but naive notion going around these days that you can expect to have your cake and eat it too. Not only can you be successful in multiple fields at once, says this view, but you can also juggle massive professional success with a rich family life, constant vacation, and dozens of active hobbies.

The age-old reality is that in life, you will largely enjoy success in a given area in direct proportion to the sacrifices you’re willing to make for that thing.

What are you willing to sacrifice for your professional success? Maybe fewer weekends spent watching TV. Maybe earlier morning wakeups. Maybe fewer vacations. Maybe no time spent idly surfing the web during the day.

Always be working on a project or side hustle at any given moment

Comic-creator Scott Adams has gone on the record advising everyone to have at least one side hustle going at any given time, in addition to their day jobs.

In Adams’ reasoning, this keeps the fires of hope and optimism alive, and helps you to get through your day job without becoming resentful or complacent.

It also continually expands your skillset, deepens your experience of the world, and makes you a more interesting person. Of course, any given side hustle may also make you rich in and of itself.

It’s hard to argue with that advice. Want to take ownership of your career path? Get some side-hustles going when you’re out of the office.

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When we are young, most of us simply assume that we’ll find a career than we want, study hard, start work and continue to love our job for many years to come. This is rarely the case. A lot of people spend years jumping from job to job, never even classing them as careers. Some people train for years, spending a fortune on education to find that they don’t want to do the job at all. Even those of us that are lucky enough to find a good career that we enjoy struggle to make that feeling last.

After years in the same career, we can grow complacent. We can get bored. It can start to feel as though we’re just going through the motions and like nothing ever changes. Promotions can dry up, and the love that you once felt can start to feel like something else. You might find that you no longer want to go into work. You no longer enjoy your days, and you no longer have any passion for what you do.

Sometimes, when this happens, it’s time to get out and make a change. But, a career change is a big step, and certainly not something that you should do on a whim. First, take the time to see if you could fall back in love with your job. Here are some ideas to help you.

Update Your Knowledge

Complacency is often at the route of boredom at work. When we’ve been doing a job for a long time, we think we know it all. We stop learning, and we stop pushing ourselves.

Well, you never know it all. The world changes all the time, faster than it ever has before and your industry is unlikely to be any different. Book yourself on some training courses, ask for help from your colleagues and read up on new knowledge, technology, and techniques.

Find a Specialty

Most industries have many different sectors. You can keep your career, but fall back in love with it by taking a sidewards step into a niche or specialty. If you work in education, you could study an online special education masters and start working with students that need additional support. You could retrain in marketing and work for the same firm as you do now. You’ve usually got options within your career. You might just need to look for them.

Take Some Time Out

Another reason for stagnation and unhappiness at work is just too much of it. Many of us are guilty of rarely taking time off. Even when we do, we’re often too busy to enjoy it, and a large percentage of us still contact the office, think about work or check our work emails. Book a few weeks off, when you’ve got nothing on, and get some rest. You might find that you return feeling refreshed and ready for new challenges.

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Challenge Yourself

If you are just going through the motions, stop. Set yourself challenges. Speak to your manager and set goals together. Give yourself a new focus that means that you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

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An interest in law is not an uncommon thing. After all, laws are what govern our lives and how we live them. There are laws for everything. They protect us, they make society safer, and they help us to develop. With so much resting on them, it’s no surprise that many of us have at least a vague interest in the law. It’s why courtroom dramas are so popular, and why we’re all addicted to the latest true crime documentaries. The law fascinates us, and we’re keen to learn more.

In some, this interest is more than an idle curiosity. Some of us grow up knowing that we want to be lawyers. We go to college and law school, we study and train for a long time until we pass the bar and we become lawyers. But, it’s not always that simple, unfortunately. Some of us develop an interest in the law in later life, long after college. Some of us would love to work with the law, but have no interest in being a lawyer. For whatever reason, you might find yourself with a love of law but at a loss for related career options that suit your lifestyle and personality.

Fortunately, being a high flying attorney at law isn’t the only option if you long for a career working with the law or in the legal sector. Here are five jobs in law that you may not have considered.

Court Reporter

If you are looking for a career that gets you right into the thick of things, this could be it. Court reporters work to transcribe spoken or recorded speech into written documents. They work in courtrooms, but also with solicitors in meetings, depositions and with video witnesses. Court reporters can also work with different specialities such as medical malpractice, business law and property law.

Legal Secretary

If you have fantastic organizational skills and enjoy research, then a job as a legal secretary could be ideal. Legal secretaries have the usual admin duties like filing, making appointments and scheduling meetings. But they also write up legal documents, research important information for cases and draft motions and subpoenas. Legal secretaries play a crucial role in a busy law office.

Related: Becoming a Paralegal

Journalist

Unfortunately, a lot of our news relates to crime and the law. An interest in and knowledge of the law could make you a fantastic investigative journalist.

Conveyancer

Conveyancers work with property. To buy or sell a house, you need a conveyancer to draft contracts, communicate with the other party, complete surveys and searches and generally keep the process running smoothly. Conveyancers work in a different kind of office, with different people, but still enveloped in law. Depending on the level, a conveyancer may or may not need a law degree.

HR Officer

Working in human relations is challenging. Every day you deal with different people’s needs and requirements. Working for big firms to keep both employers and employees happy, while maintaining the growth of a company and ensuring everyone stays within the law. Knowledge of employment law and business law can be crucial.

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In today’s world of online learning, you have no excuse for not improving your job skill set. You can gain the skills to improve your career without ever leaving the house. In many cases, you can learn from your smartphone, so you don’t even need a computer. Here are a few ideas:

Learn a Language

Learning a new language is easily done from home, even if you’re on the lazy side! There are some great tools for helping with language learning from home which include apps and online courses. The great thing about learning a language online is that you can also talk to people who speak the language to help you develop a better understanding. Even if you just do short sessions while watching Netflix or while you’re waiting for dinner in the oven – it can all make a difference to your language skills.

Improve Your Typing Speed

They say that practice makes perfect, and while you might already have an excellent set of skills, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on them once in a while. Typing is a fantastic example – do you know what your typing speed is? Download the KeyKey Typing Tutor for Mac and get practicing! When it comes to your skillset, there’s always room for improvement, so be sure to spend some time making yours as sharp as possible.

Become a Social Media Whiz

The majority of businesses now use social media as a marketing tool, and knowing how to navigate your way around them can be a bonus when it comes to applying for new jobs – especially within smaller companies. Having social media skills can help you with many types of job roles, as well as help you develop your own networks. Use your own channels to experiment with creating content and you’ll soon feel more confident about getting creative with social media.

Take an Online Course

If you want to really boost your career and skills, then an online training course could be the way forward. Some formal training looks great on your resume and could help equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to move up the career ladder. Most online courses can be completed in your own time, so it’s a good thing to have to dip into now and then to help you accommodate your other commitments.

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Growing your skills at home is a good way to take your career progression seriously and ensure that you equip yourself with the best job skills to help your future prospects. Why not set a challenge to yourself to learn something new and set yourself goals to help you stay on track? Learning keeps your skills on point, but it can also be a lot of fun and something different to what you usually do with your free time.

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There’s no denying that your career is an integral aspect of your life. However, it’s important that you remember to work to live rather than live to work. If your job is stopping you from leading the life that you wish to lead, you must find a way to overcome this problem.

Of course, you cannot afford to simply give up work. Try these 10 simple steps instead, and you won’t go far wrong. 

1. Find A Job You Love

The old cliché that “if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day again” isn’t quite true. Still, there is no doubt that being happy in your career will have a positive impact. Whether you love hospitality or fitness, accounting or retail doesn’t matter. When you can wake up and actively look forward to your shift, it removes the pressure to squeeze fun into your recreational life. 

2. Cycle To Work

Cycling to work on a cold morning might not sound overly appealing. However, the ability to combine your commute and daily exercise into one is far more attractive. It’s more fun than sitting in heavy traffic while being able to go straight home without hitting the gym is a blessing too. On a separate note, this solution is a great way to save a little money in the process.

3. Move Closer To Work

If you spend two hours commuting to work each day, that’s 20 hours over the course of a week. Moving closer to the job may be the smartest thing you’ll ever do.  Finding a condo for sale near work place environments can be great news for your current role. Moreover, being closer to the hustle and bustle can make you an attractive prospect to future employers too.

4. Invest In A Cleaner

Not everyone will need to do this. Still, if you’re struggling to find the time for chores, hiring a cleaner may work well. This is especially true if you are self-employed or run a business because you could earn more than the cleaner charges by working. Besides, the professional will often get through those activities far quicker than you would. And you won’t need to buy the cleaning tools.

5. Make The Most Of Time Off 

There’s nothing wrong with taking a day off to recover from an illness or enjoy a lazy day on the sofa. Nevertheless, your annual leave is limited, and you’ll want to do more with it. Taking vacations, road trips, and days out needed break the bank. Better still, exploration broadens the mind and should provide clarity in life. Moreover, the magical memories are sure to last a lifetime.

6. Cut Down On Tech Time

Modern tech is a wonderful thing that allows us to stay in touch with loved ones. Sadly, the temptation to spend hours talking to old school friends and people we no longer see can get in the way of relationships in the real world. Learn to focus on the people that actually matter to you now, and your personal life will feel enriched. A break from tech is extra important if you work with it too.

7. Earn More

Managing your time isn’t the only challenge. Money is incredibly important if you want to enjoy a better lifestyle, and your job is the main source of it. Asking your boss for a raise in an effective manner could be the key to making your life a little easier. Apart from anything else, it may remove the need to take on overtime. Those extra hours can be spent doing something far more productive. 

8. Don’t Be Afraid To Clock Off

Thanks to modern communication, it’s possible for employers to maintain links to their employees at all times. Unless it’s something urgent, you’d rather it just wait. Don’t be afraid to turn off the notifications on your emails and team messaging Apps, especially if you have a day off. Worrying about work when you’re not even will soon eat away at your enjoyment in and out of work.

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9. Enjoy Time With Colleagues

It’s a crazy phenomenon, but you’ll probably spend more time with work friends than lifelong mates. While you are primarily there to work and earn money, a little friendly chat can actively boost your productivity. Welcoming new colleagues to the team can make a big impact on your life as well as theirs. Likewise, it’s never too late to make new friends with old colleagues.

10. Know What You Want

 It’s very easy to go through life without really focusing on the things you want. Take the time to determine what matters to you. This should cover your work life as well as your personal life, and will help guide you to far smarter decisions. When you are focused on the intended destination, the journey becomes far smoother. With less time being wasted, your work-life balance should thrive.

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