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How to Void a Check


Checks are very useful, but did you know you can also use voided checks for a specific purpose?

Sometimes you will need to void a check to keep it from being used or to use it to set up direct deposit. But in order to avoid problems, you’ll need to know exactly how to void a check. So if you need to void a check don’t panic! It’s really easy to do.

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What is a Void Check?

A void check is simply a check with the word “VOID” written across the front. Writing “VOID” on a check means that the check can’t be deposited or cashed. When you void something it means you’ve made it empty, of no effect, or null. So if a written check is full of the monetary amount you write on it, voiding the check makes that check financially empty.

When you void a check it can’t be used as a check, meaning it can’t be deposited. Usually, a check is a document you sign to allow the recipient to withdraw the amount you specified from your bank’s checking account. Voiding the check makes the recipient unable to do this anymore.

Why You Might Need to Make a Void Check

You might need to use a voided check to set up an electronic link to your checking account. Most likely you’ll need to set up this link to get your paychecks through direct deposit, or to set up a recurring payment like your monthly bills.

Direct Deposit. Your paper checks all have your bank information on them—the name of your bank or credit union and your account and routing number. By giving a voided check, you give the person establishing the link the bank account information they need to set up your direct deposit. But because the check is void, they won’t be able to use the check to take money from your account.

Automatic Payment. You can also use a voided check to set up automatic payments. Autopay can be very useful to stay on top of recurring bills like utilities, rent, or credit card payments. By using autopay you won’t have to worry about forgetting any bill payment and accruing late fees and hits to your credit score.

Stop a Check Payment. Sometimes you’ll need to cancel a check payment after you’ve already sent or given the check.

Mess Up. If you mess up writing a check, then you’ll want to void the check you already wrote on and start over again. This can happen if you accidentally write the wrong amount on the check, or if you write the wrong name down for the recipient.

How to Write a Void Check for Direct Deposit

  1. If you don’t already have a checkbook from your bank or credit union, then contact your bank to receive one.
  2. Use a blank check from the checkbook that is linked to your checking account or the account where you want to make deposits.
  3. Write the word “VOID” across the front of the check in large letters. You can also write “VOID” in smaller letters over key parts of the check. You would need to write “VOID” in the payment amount box, across the payee line, and on the signature line. Either method should work just fine.
  4. *Cover most of the check with the word “VOID” but do not write over the check numbers at the bottom of the check. These numbers link the check to your bank account and are necessary for establishing the electronic link.

    *Use a writing utensil that cannot be erased, like a marker or an ink pen. Do not use a pencil as someone could erase the word “VOID” and try and use the check to withdraw from your account.

  5. Keep a record of the voided check in your check register in the back of your checkbook. This way you can remember why you voided a check later on when you go to balance your checkbook.

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How to Void a Check You Already Wrote

So you wrote a check and something goes wrong. Maybe you don’t need the check anymore, or you messed up writing it out and need to change something on it. If any of these things occur you can simply void the check to ensure it doesn’t accidentally get used later. Voiding a check you already wrote is a safe method of destroying the check.

Follow the same procedure outlined above and then store the voided check away in your banking files, or keep it in your checkbook.

How to Void a Check You Already Sent

So you wrote a check and gave it or sent it, but now you need to cancel it. Maybe you realized you messed up on the check, or the check got lost in the mail. Or maybe you realized too late that you won’t have enough money in your account when the recipient of the check goes to deposit it.

If either of these things occurs what you are going to want to do is get a Stop Payment Order. A Stop Payment Order from your bank or credit union is how you void a check you already sent.

Basically, voiding a check you already sent is like bouncing your check preemptively. If you know the check you wrote is going to bounce then canceling it before the recipient tries to make the deposit can leave you with fewer consequences and fees than if you let it bounce. However, fees for canceling a check payment are still going to apply.

If you need a Stop Payment Order for a check, your bank will probably need the information on the check you want to cancel. This is why it is always a good idea to document your check transactions in your check registry so that you will always have information like, the check ID number, the amount, and who you paid.

You can also try to just get the check back if it was given to someone you know. Handling these kinds of financial issues amongst yourselves is usually the least complicated option, and then no one will receive any fees from their bank. In the very least, you should let the check recipient know that you canceled the payment.

How to Get a Voided Check

To get a voided check you’ll need to talk to your bank and get them to send you a checkbook. Some banks and credit unions will automatically send you a book of checks when you first open an account with them. Others will require you to purchase your checkbooks from them.

How to Send a Voided Check

To send a voided check to your employer just ask them for the mailing address you should use. Then send the void check in the mail to them. Sometimes you can also bring them the void check directly into the office.
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No matter what financial service you use, be it a bank or a credit union, the process to void a check from any financial organization is going to be the same as the process outlined above. You simply write the word “VOID” in big letters on the front of the check. If you need to cancel a check, no matter the financial system you’re using, you can always contact them and they will run you through the procedure to stop a check payment.

How to void a check in QuickBooks

If you use QuickBooks, then follow this link to learn more about how to void a check in QuickBooks.

How to get a voided check from Bank of America

Take a look at the FAQs page for Bank of America to read all about voiding checks with their bank. If Bank of America is your bank, and you want to set up direct deposit, then you actually don’t need to void a check with them to do so. Instead, you can just use their online banking to download a direct deposit form and use that document the same way you would use a void check.

How to get a voided check from Chase

If you have a Chase account, then you can also fill out a form instead of using a void check to set up direct deposit. All you’ll need to fill out the direct deposit form is your routing number, account number, and check ID number.

How to void a check from Wells Fargo

You can void a check from Wells Fargo online, by phone, or in the store. This link will have the phone number you need to contact them and the step-by-step process of how to void a check online.

Keep a Record

Always keep a record of all your check transactions, and of all voided checks. You can easily keep this information in the check register of your checkbook. You should also always keep the check stub—the thin paper copy behind each check you write—because this acts as a detailed receipt of all your check transactions.

When you record void checks, make sure to include the reason you voided the check as well.

If you need any other Check Cashing Services you can visit any Check City store.

Learn more about checks and how to fill them out properly, “How to Write a Check.”

Knowing how to use money orders can be another safe way to pay your bills, “Filling Out A Money Order Properly.”

Take full advantage of your checkbook, “6 Advantages of Using Checks.”

How to Change Careers | The Ultimate Career Shift Guide

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Learn how to change careers and stand out from all the other eager job candidates when changing careers.

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According to the United States Department of Labor (DOL), people change careers 3 to 7 times during their lifetime.


One study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that younger baby boomers (born between 1957 and 1964) changed jobs 11.7 times in their lifetime.


But, there is a stigma around hopping jobs too much that can sometimes keep people at jobs they hate or that offer no opportunities to grow your career. It can be important to be loyal and dependable as an employee, but at the end of the day, you have to keep you and your career’s best interests at heart.


How to Prepare for a Career Shift


A career shift is a big change for both your personal and professional life. It can be extremely stressful.


Try not to rush into a career shift too quickly. Take adequate time to weigh your options and decide what you do and don’t want out of a career shift.


Before actually shifting careers, sit down and form some concrete plans. This can help direct you through this big life change and increase your chances of success.


Reasons for a Career Change


There are many reasons to make a career change. Maybe you want to go back to school and enter an entirely new field of work. Maybe you are moving and need to find a new job in a new area. Or maybe you are looking to make a refreshing change in your professional life.


A LinkedIn survey of over 10,000 people found the following to be the main reasons people gave for wanting a career change:


Career Advancement


45% of the LinkedIn survey participants said they were changing careers for career advancement.


This can happen when higher job positions aren’t available at your current place of work or because you need more certifications or education in order to advance in a job position.


Dissatisfied with Management


41% of participants said they wanted to switch careers because they were dissatisfied with the management at their current job.


Managers at work have a lot of impact on an employee’s quality of life at work. If you don’t get along with management, or the leadership at work leaves something to be desired, it could be time to find a new place of work.


Work Culture


36% of participants said they were looking for a different work culture that better suited their wants and needs.


This could be because a previous job’s work culture was harmful or not the right fit.


New Challenges


36% of participants said they were switching careers because they were looking for a new challenge.


We can start to feel stagnant doing the same thing for too long. And some jobs just don’t offer enough diversity and change.


Becoming too complacent and automatic at a job can also start to dull our skills and weaken the quality of our work. A new job that offers new opportunities and more diversity can help keep us from becoming complacent at work and help keep our skills sharp and up to date.


Better Compensation or Benefits


34% of participants were changing careers for better pay or benefits. Income is an important factor in the quality of your life. Sometimes it is necessary to consider a career change to better pay for your wants and needs.


74% of people who change careers got higher pay at their new jobs. Making a career change usually does result in better pay.


Lack of Recognition


32% of survey participants said they didn’t feel like their work was valued at their previous job.


You need to go where you and your work are valued. Having your work properly recognized at a job is also important in getting promotions, raises, and other career advancements and opportunities.


When is the Right Time for a Career Switch?


One of the hardest parts of switching careers is figuring out when it’s the right time to switch careers.


You can start by determining whether any of the top reasons for changing careers apply to you:

  • You want to advance your career or get a higher position.
  • You are dissatisfied with the work culture at your current job and want to find a work environment that suits you better.
  • You feel bored or antsy at work and crave new challenges.
  • You don’t get paid enough at your current job.
  • There aren’t enough benefits at your current job.
  • You feel like you and your work are undervalued at your current job.
  • There’s a different field of work you are now interested in pursuing.


If any of these items sound familiar to you then it might be time to consider a career switch. But it’s also important to consider the timing in your own personal life.


Ask yourself whether your personal life is ready right now to tackle all of the adjustments a career change includes.


How to Change Careers


Changing careers can be a stressful and time-consuming process. Because of that, you need to have a solid plan of action. This will help you not lose sight of your purpose in your career-changing efforts.


1. Figure Out What You Want


The first thing you need to do when considering a career change is to figure out what you do and don’t want in a job.


This is the time to take steps to figure out what career you really want. Read “How to Choose a Career” to reassess your career desires and goals and figure out what you really want to be doing.


Changing careers can be stressful. Don’t rush into the first opportunity that comes your way. Take adequate time to figure out what you want and make plans so your career change can be successful and stress-free.


2. Make Career Changing Plans


Having a clear career change purpose in mind will help you make career-changing plans that will bring you success.


Everyone’s career-changing plans are different. For some people, this means going back to school. For others, this could mean taking a single course to get certified in something that can further your career.


Once you know where you want to go in your career, make a scheduled plan that includes all the steps you need to take to get there.


3. Sharpen Basic Job Skills


Regardless of whether you need to further your education or not to change careers, it’s always a good idea to sharpen your basic job skills.


Read this master list of 15 Essential Skills for Your Resume to get an idea of the top job skills you need in any job.


For a more condensed list, here are the most important basic job skills:


Teamwork Skills


Working well in groups and teams is an important skill to have for any job. Even if you aren’t frequently working with others at your job, there’s still a chance you’ll have to communicate and collaborate with others at some point.


Being a good team player also lends itself to other useful job skills.


Communication Skills


All jobs require a level of communication. In fact, work from home jobs can actually require more communication skills because remote workers have to use more channels of communication.


Problem Solving Skills


Problem-solving, critical thinking, and analytical skills are also important in every job. Each job presents employees with different problems, tasks, and objectives that use critical thinking skills to solve.


4. Learn New Job Skills


If you’re making a drastic career change, this might include going back to school or seeking out courses or certifications for the field or position you want to move to.


Even if you don’t need further education to pursue a career switch, there are bound to be new job skills your new career will require.


When you switch to a new career you’ll probably be inexperienced compared to your new peers. You can make up for this inexperience by learning as much about your new career as possible.


Don’t wait around to dive deep into research and training. If you need a specific certification, seek it out. Read trade publications, follow blogs from industry experts, or attend a trade show or convention. Try to get an insider’s knowledge of your new industry, because it will help when you transition into making it your full-time career.


5. Update Your Resume and Cover Letters


After all that hard work it’s finally time to update your resume and cover letters for your new career.


It is crucial that you update your resume and cover letter with each new job application. By tailoring each resume and cover letter to each job, you’ll give yourself the best chance to impress interviewers and land the job.


To update your resume, keep in mind the specific skills and qualifications that your new industry will be looking for.


To update your cover letter, try to briefly illustrate the experiences you have that give you the skills and qualifications an interviewer is looking for in your new career.


Read How to Write a Cover Letter and How to Write a Resume to learn more about how to create a resume and cover letter that will lead you to success.


How to Change Careers at 30


At age 30, most likely you’ve been working for about 10 years. That’s enough to truly experience all aspects of the career you chose.


That doesn’t mean you won’t realize after 10 years in the field that there are some serious career changes you’d like to make.


Now is a good time to reexamine your career, what led you to it, and what exactly you would like to change. At this point, it’s also a good idea to evaluate the professional network you’ve accumulated so far.


This network will be paramount in changing careers at 30.


Top 5 Careers to Change to in your 30’s:

  1. Dental Assistants are important members of the dental team. Each dental assistant can have their own specializations in how they assist dentists. They may help with preparing and organizing dental tools, keep patient records, and help schedule appointments.

  3. Veterinary Technicians are similar to assistants in that they are the assistants to the veterinarians they work for. They help do many of the technical jobs like administering certain treatments.

  5. Personal Trainers create personalized fitness programs for their clients. They also often help coach their clients through the program.

  7. Massage Therapists have a knowledge of the body, muscles, and tissues. They use their skills to massage muscle and tissue to relieve pain, stress, and improve circulation.

  9. Business Managers supervise and lead business operations. They perform many important tasks like creating business strategies, evaluating business and employee performance, and leading teams.


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How to Change Careers at 40


At 40, most likely you’ve been in the field for about 20 years. You might be hesitant to go back to school to change careers at this stage, but it’s not too late!


Many career changes don’t require more than 2 years of additional schooling. Some don’t even require more than a year of courses and certifications to enhance the education section of your resume.


Changing careers at 40 can be stressful, as it can be at any time in life. But at 40, you should have plenty of past work experience to use in getting into a new job.


Top 5 Careers to Change to in your 40’s:

  1. Teachers educate a classroom of students in a wide range of topics. As a teacher, you can choose to specialize in teaching a certain age group or a certain topic.

  3. Translators are knowledgeable in one or more languages. They help to translate languages that are written or spoken.

  5. Dieticians and nutritionists have a knowledge of nutrition and the human body. They use this knowledge to customize a healthy meal plan for their client.

  7. Social Workers work with children and families. They protect children that are vulnerable and support families who are struggling. They help solve relational problems along with many other everyday issues and hardships that families experience.

  9. Human Resources Managers work closely alongside the employees at a company. They work in the hiring process and make sure compliance and employee guidelines are being adhered to in the workplace.


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How to Change Careers at 50


There are a lot of reasons to change careers at 50. One of the most common reasons is to find work that you are particularly passionate about. This work can then be carried on into your retirement years.


Changing careers at 50 comes with a lot of advantages. You will have past work experience to bolster your resume and a wide professional network to work with as well.


Top 5 Careers to Change to in your 50’s:

  1. Real Estate Agents are versed in the entire home buying and selling process. They then help prospective home buyers visit different available homes and go through the home buying process. Homeowners selling their home get help from real estate agents in going through the home selling process.

  3. Financial Advisors helps their clients create effective financial strategies and plans. They help calculate the numbers, weigh the pros and cons, and consider the possible returns on investments. They help their clients invest, save, get out of debt, and build wealth.

  5. Counselors can serve in many capacities. Counselors might work in almost any professional field or any age group. Some counselors work in a school district and help provide academic guidance to students.

  7. Nurses perform a wide variety of duties in doctor offices and hospitals. Some of those tasks include administering medications, inserting IVs, or recording medical information about patients.

  9. Freelance Writers can work from home writing content for their clients. They might write articles, larger works, or create content for a website.


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In Conclusion,


These tips on how to change careers are the 5 key steps you need to successfully navigate a career change.


When you’re going through a career transition and you’re in need of some fast cash, just step into a Check City Location near you to take advantage of our friendly financial services!


TED Talk. “What I learned from 100 days of rejection,” by Jia Jiang. “Job burnout: How to spot it and take action.”

Business LinkedIn. “New Research Reveals the Real Reason People Switch Jobs (and It isn’t Money or Their Boss),” by Allison Schnidman.

The Balance Careers. “How Often Do People Change Careers?” by Dawn Rosenberg Mckay.

11 Important Qualities to Have When Changing Careers


In order to keep up with the changing job market and stand out from all the other eager job candidates, it helps to have the qualities of a successful professional. Whether you are changing careers or looking to start one, these skills are what every employer in every field looks for when interviewing candidates. In order to succeed in today’s changing job market, workers have to foster new skills and hone in basic ones. Whether you are 25 or 40, starting your career or changing it, here are some great career changing qualities that will make you stand out from other job candidates.


1: Work Well in Groups

Be a team player! In almost every work environment you will have to work with others to some degree. Employers want to create a productive and peaceful work environment where coworkers not only get along, but work well together. So when you demonstrate your ability to work with a team, you increase your attractiveness as an employee. Working well with others also creates a sense of unity and helps productivity in the workplace.

Understanding Generational Differences

When entering the workforce you will quickly see that there are often generational differences between coworkers. Anyone from Generation Z to Baby Boomers may be present in your next place of work and—as Sarah Sladek has found in her studies—there are distinct cultural differences between each generation. In order to avoid generational misunderstandings, it is important to get along and understand your coworkers as well as help them understand you. After all, a peaceful work environment is a productive work environment.

It’s easy to have a lot of prejudice toward people who see so differently from you. One of those differences we all can experience is generational. There are currently 4 defined generations listed below from oldest to youngest:
Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964)
Baby Boomers have been raised to follow tradition. They care about families and economic security.
Generation X (born between 1965 and 1981)
Generation X was raised during the women and civil rights era. Their time was before childcare programs which gave them the nickname “latch-key children,” meaning they were raised to be self-sufficient and independent thinkers. They care about a work-life balance and seeing a positive impact from their work.
Generation Y or Millennials (born between 1982 and 1995)
According to media expert Sarah Sladek, Generation Y is a tech savvy, globally minded generation that isn’t joining, buying, networking, learning or engaging like other generations. This generation experienced many firsts, firsts to use technology. They want frequent feedback, want variety in their work. They avoid tradition for the sake of tradition. They’re eager to learn and lead. And they like to reexamine to keep things relevant and future focused.
Generation Z (born between 1996 and 2009)
Generation Z is the newest and youngest named generation right now. They are also referred to as the connected generation because they haven’t known life pre-internet. They are a creative, entrepreneurial group that care about social causes.
For some people differences can be a huge roadblock in a working relationship. This often happens because people take differences as a personal offence. But we all see with different eyes and when accepted, this can be a team’s greatest advantage. You alone can’t experience and see everything, but together, with many perspectives, your team can SEE and therefore DO much more than any individual.

Generational differences are also not the only difference you’ll come across in the workplace. Everyone was raised differently, comes from different places, backgrounds, and beliefs. Knowing how to interact and work with all kinds of different people will make you a useful asset to any working team, and an all-around better human being.

So let people be different. Let everyone bring their own unique selves to the table and your arsenal for combatting projects and problems will be that much more impressive and diverse.

2: Giving and Receiving Criticism

In the workplace you’ll need to learn how to embrace and use criticism to your advantage. You also might need to know how to effectively give criticism as well. You should embrace every bit of criticism as an opportunity for insights on how to improve. Even the worst given criticism can have something useful that you can take advantage of. It may be hard to hear small, nitpicky ways you can improve. But when you allow yourself to use criticism, you can develop new skills that will help you climb the professional ladder and improve yourself as a person.

How to Give Feedback

Sometimes your job will require you to give feedback to others. The whole point of giving feedback is that you want to see something improve. Whether it’s actions or a project, you are simply invested in making something the best it can be. Your feedback needs to be helpful, effective, and clear. Here are 4 quick steps to make sure you don’t leave someone more confused by your feedback, rather than giving them the insight and direction you intended.
First, ask what IS working.
This isn’t just to make people feel good about what they are doing, or soften the blow of what you don’t like, though it can do these things too and that’s an added bonus. But if people don’t know what is working then they might end up changing things they shouldn’t. Make sure they also know what is working.
Second, ask what’s NOT working.
This part of giving feedback is rather obvious. But remember to not let yourself make the interaction overly emotional or personal while giving feedback about what isn’t working.
Be clear and specific.
Vague criticism is not helpful criticism. A subordinate or team member can’t improve if you are too ambiguous in an attempt to not hurt feelings. For example, if a team member is working on a design, don’t just say, “It could be better.” Instead figure out what specifically about it isn’t working. Is it the color? Is it the image they chose? Is it the font style? Be as specific as you can about what is and isn’t working.
Finally, help them implement your feedback.
Once you’ve figured out what exactly isn’t working you can become even more specific by suggesting solutions to their problem. So don’t stop at “the color isn’t working,” but help think of what could work. Maybe the color needs to be lighter, or darker, or a different color all together. In any case, don’t leave them to brainstorm solutions all alone. Giving suggestions can also help further solidify their understanding of what insights your criticism is trying to give.

How to Receive Feedback

In almost any workplace you are going to receive feedback about your work and performance. Here are a few steps to follow anytime you are receiving criticism:
Shut up and just LISTEN.
A lot of times, when receiving criticism about something we’ve worked on, our initial gut reaction is to talk, to explain ourselves, to help them see what we were seeing, or to defend our work and therefore ourselves. But when you are talking you are missing out on the feedback the other person could be giving if you let them have the floor.

It may help to look at your work not as YOUR work, but as THE work. Separate your work from yourself and allow it to be its own entity that you and the critic are both just working on together.
Wait until the end to ask questions.
Waiting until you know they are finished to ask questions is the best way to make sure you don’t miss anything. Asking questions will also help you understand their feedback more. Feedback is only helpful if you have a clear understanding of it, so don’t be afraid to ask questions at the appropriate time.
Turn negatives to positives!
Sometimes criticism isn’t so constructive. Other times even constructive criticism can just come with a lot of negatives. If the feedback is poorly given, focus on what good you can take from it to be better.
Thank the critic.
Make a habit of thanking your critics for their feedback. Even if it was poorly given, thanking them can help them chill out and realize they don’t need to be hostile to get through to you.
Implement the feedback.
Make a plan going forward of how you will implement the feedback. It was meant for your benefit so take full advantage! This is where you take the wheel back again and start driving forward.

3: Flexibility

Be flexible. The workplace today is changing rapidly. Rather than being angry and resistant of changes, develop flexibility. Flexibility is a winning strategy in today’s job market. It is also important to prioritize and be flexible with your time in order to take care of your own well-being, while still being productive.

If you have trouble with change, here are some tips on how to deal with change better:

Stay Grounded

Find something in your life that isn’t changing to focus and lean on while you acclimate to the new thing.

Understand the Reasons

Seek to understand the goals for the change so you can more easily get on board. More than likely, if your workplace is changing something it’s because they have reason to believe it will make things better. Understanding the estimated benefits of this change will help you see its value and give you a reason to want the change too.

Keep Up to Date

Don’t get comfortable being stagnant. Make a habit in your everyday life to learn and try new things. This will give you an arsenal to deal with change as you actively pursue it in your own life. If you are staying up to date on learning new things, then some changes may not be that big of a shift for you. In a way, you’ll be prepared for changes in advance.

Strong Support Network

In your personal life it’s important to have a support network. This can consist of people, hobbies, and practices that you can lean on in times of change and need. It’s also important to have support from fellow coworkers and team members when changes cause you and fellow workers to lose footing. Be there for others and they’ll be there for you.

4: Problem Solving Skills

Be a problem solver. Employers look for workers who can work across lines and be an active participant in the running of the business. When you are willing to learn expertise and solve problems that arise, you increase your level of knowledge and your value to the company.

Understand the Problem

You can do this by defining the problem, listing all the obstacles and related variables, and defining the root cause of the problem. Understand the whole picture so you aren’t missing any important details that may be the key to the solution.

Reverse Engineer

Sometimes deconstructing the problem will help you find the root cause, which may be the key to the solution. Also, thinking about things backwards can give the new perspective necessary to see the solution.


There will probably be people and other departments that you’ll need to communicate with in order to understand the problem completely. The knowledge of these other people may be the missing link you need to formulate the entire solution.

5: Confidence

Be confident. When you project a sense of confidence, you center yourself. Your sense of confidence will have a profound effect on your coworkers. When you appear confident, your coworkers and managers will be willing to follow your lead.

Change Your Perspective

People aren’t just born with or without confidence, it’s something that you build for yourself. You can grow or diminish your confidence through the perspective you choose to have.

Grow Thick Skin

Part of self-confidence is having thick skin. You want to build up a layer to keep yourself from taking everything personally and allowing every little thing to chip away at your self-esteem.

Try treating yourself like you would a friend, or loved one. Seeing yourself from this detached perspective can help some people be kinder and take better care of themselves. Find opportunities to congratulate, compliment, and reward yourself.

Look Inward

Deconstruct Your Self-Image.

Be more self-aware. Take note of your triggers to know what builds and what diminishes your self-confidence. Be aware of what you obsess over and ruminate about. What failures do you focus on? List the things that disappoint you about yourself. For example, if you say “yes” even when you want to say “no.”

Do the 100 days of rejection challenge. Jia Jiang started this challenge. You purposefully make crazy requests of people in order to be rejected once a day for 100 days. His purpose was to desensitize himself to rejection.

Reconstruct Your Self-Image

Visualize yourself as you want to be. How you view yourself in your own mind’s eye is where your self-confidence stems from. Create an image of yourself that you are proud of.

Practice seeing yourself as equal to those around you.

Use positive affirmations. Affirmations are when you say things out loud to make them more real, to train your brain to think a different way about yourself.

Practice leaving your comfort zone.

Practice more self-care.

Make realistic goals you know you can accomplish. You might want to go to the gym every day, but you know you can get yourself to the gym at least twice a week.

Look Outward

Create boundaries. Part of self-care is creating your own boundaries and respecting yourself more by adhering to the boundaries you need.

Forget yourself. Pay more attention to those around you instead of worrying about how they see you. Help others, volunteer, and focus more on the things outside of yourself.

6: Competence

Being competent is all about your ability to learn new skills and navigate uncharted territory. It is about having a level of self-sufficiency and not being helpless in every new situation. Competence will take you farther and farther in your job as the things your workplace wants you to do are going to vary more. Competence also comes in different levels.

Level One: Confidence

One trait of a competent person is having confidence in your abilities. When you pair confidence with competence, you have a winning strategy for completing tasks that may be new to you. You can gain this first level of competence by doing new things frequently. You might not have any experience using Microsoft Excel, but you can have experience in doing new things. There are a lot of tips, tricks, and skills you can learn by doing new things that can transfer over to other tasks as well.

Level Two: Learn

The second level of competence is being able to learn and figure new things out on your own. Skills like this come from knowing how to research and study independently. In school you learn this skill with individual assignments. For example, you need to get rid of an endnote on a document, but you don’t even know what an endnote is! Because you do know how to use the internet and user forums, you can figure out how to do it on your own.

7: Good Work Ethic

Develop a strong work ethic. Work ethic can encapsulate a lot of different things. Ultimately work ethic is the idea that hard work is important. If you have a good work ethic that means that you put in good, valuable, high quality work and that you care about the kind of work you are doing. It also encompasses how you carry yourself in the workplace.
Here are some characteristics of those who have a good work ethic:

  • Be focused
  • Have an appropriate work-life balance
  • Be professional
  • Adhere to workplace etiquette
  • Be dependable
  • Be self-disciplined
  • Be organized
  • Be productive
  • Be efficient
  • Be responsible
  • Care about the work you’re doing
  • Care about quality work
  • Determination
  • Accountability
  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Discipline
  • Team player
  • Loyalty to company
  • Time management, be punctual, deadlines
  • Honest
  • Respectful

8: Handle Pressure

Work well under pressure. Today’s workplace is a pressure cooker of stress. When you develop a sense of calm amongst the crazy, you exponentially increase your ability to rise in the workplace.

Take Care of Your Body

Try to treat your stress the way you would treat the common cold. Stress can also affect your body. Everyone gets colds, that’s why it is called the common cold. Everyone also gets stressed out in the same frequency. When you have a cold you can either do nothing and let it escalate to a sinus infection, or you can do things to take care of yourself and get over the cold quicker.
Get More Sleep.
On a regular day you might be able to get away with 5 to 6 hours of sleep and still function normally during the day. But when you are sick you need to sleep more than that. In the very least you need to be getting a full eight hours of sleep each night, maybe a little more. When you’re stressed you also need more sleep than normal to recuperate. You’ll want to also make sure you are getting quality sleep:

  • Make your room cold.
  • Have plenty of blankets.
  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time.
  • Give yourself an extra half hour of falling asleep and waking up time.
  • Unwind before bed, relax, meditate, take melatonin, or drink some cold water.

Eat Healthy.
Make sure you are eating healthy. When you have a cold sometimes you lose your appetite. Sometimes when you’re stressed you can also lose your appetite, while other people’s appetite grows. You have to fuel your body with the nutrients it needs to keep up and keep running during times of sickness or stress. You have to give your insides a fighting chance by providing the right fuels.
Unlike when you’re sick it’s actually good for you to exercise like normal when you’re stressed. Exercise is a good natural medicine for stress.

Take Care of Your Mind

Reach Out.
Reach out to others and let them know what’s going on with you. Sometimes simply talking out our stress can help alleviate it. Go out with people in your support system to have some fun and treat yourself. You can also formulate a team to help you with whatever’s stressing you out. Sometimes we stress out because we have a task that’s too big for one person and we need to accept that and ask for help.
Prevent Burnout.
One thing that affects a lot of worker’s stress is actually burnout. There are a lot of things you can do to prevent and treat burnout, but one thing that helps is to change things up. Changing your routines or taking a much needed vacation can be just the medicine you need to reach full capacity again.
Organize Better.
If your tasks are all planned out in doable chunks then you can tackle your workload better and stress about it less. For instance, you’ll know you don’t need to worry about task B today because you have plenty of time allotted on Thursday to tackle that item. Effective organization gives you back control. Also try keeping a list of all the things you’ve finished so you can have an accumulating list of accomplishments to remind you of how productive you’ve been.

9: Time Management

Manage your time well. You can be the best employee in the world, but if you constantly miss deadlines due to poor time management, you undercut yourself. So, learn how to allocate your time for each task wisely to increase your marketability. Time management skills will not only help you be more productive, but it will also help you take care of yourself better.

  1. plan your month
  2. plan your week
  3. plan your weekend
  4. plan your day


Some Time Management Tools:
  • is great for managing team jobs.
  • Toggl is great for keeping track of how you use your time.
  • Google or Microsoft Tasks are great for making and organizing your to-do lists.
  • Bullet journals are great agenda for the creative spirit or if you want to organize a lot of different things in one place.
  • Trello is a great app if you like to organize with post-it notes.
  • Mind Meister is a great tool if you like to organize in a map or thought-web form.
  • Hard copy calendars are great for a big picture visual.
  • White boards are also great for a big picture visual.

10: Communication

Be a communicator. When you communicate well, you create a sense of harmony and competence in your team and in your office. Good communication is a valuable skill that should be developed no matter where you are on your career path.

Nonverbal Communication

Includes things like your body language and demeanor. You can practice good nonverbal communication with good posture and being an engaged listener.

Verbal Communication
  • Be respectful
  • Be relevant
  • Be specific
  • Be focused


11: Positive Attitude

Develop a positive attitude. Nothing is less attractive than someone who doesn’t want to be on the job. Whether you hate or love your job, develop a gratitude and a positive attitude to keep morale up!
Along with having an overall positive attitude become invested in your work. It is yours to do and how you do it and your attitude toward it, will reflect you more than it reflects your job.

Listen to Jia Jiang’s TED Talk, “What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection” to learn about what he learned from the 100 days of rejection challenge.
Read the Mayo Clinic’s article, “Job Burnout: How to Spot it and Take Action” to learn more about managing burnout in the workplace.

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