3 of the Most Common Resume Mistakes

When you do not have a job, your resume is the most crucial part of any application process so it is important to not make any mistakes. There are three common mistakes that many people make on their resumes such as spell checking, updating, and useless information. These kinds of mistakes can easily be avoided and will help you get your perfect job.

Forgetting to spell check is very common because it is something most people do not think about before submitting their resume online or printing it out to personally hand it to potential employers. To help you remember, you could place a small sticky note on your screen while typing up your resume as a reminder. You could also keep spell checking throughout your resume after you type up each section. The more times you spell check; the better you will remember to do one final check at the end.

Forgetting to update your information is another common mistake. You may have recently received certifications that may help you get the job. If you do not put that on there, then the job will more than likely go to someone that has those certifications and that could have been you. If you have recently gone to school to achieve a higher level of education, that is also important to put on there.

Another common mistake is that many people choose to type up their entire work or education history. What many people do not know is that if your resume is more than one page many employers will toss it in the trash. They are way too busy and have too many resumes to go through to sit and read your entire resume. To avoid that mistake, only include your most recent education. They already know that you have graduated from high school so be sure to only put your college education and make sure it is relevant to the job position you are inquiring about. For your work history, make sure that you only put two of the previous jobs you have had.

After seeing how easy it is to correct mistakes if you have already made them be sure to go over your resume one last time. Make sure you have spell checked, make sure all your information is updated, and be sure that you have narrowed your resume down to one page. With all those errors fixed, you are on your way to receiving several phone calls for job interviews.

Marketing Yourself With A Cover Letter

A market yourself cover letter has the same concept of a salesperson’s sales pitch. When a sales person is trying to sell a product he or she describes the uses, essentials, functions, price and why it is useful for the customer. A marketing cover letter is essentially the same idea. The person applying for a job (The product), is using this letter to sell themselves to a company (The customer).

This type of cover letter should start out with a bold and confident introduction. Let the company know right away you’ve done your research and know what they want, and make them believe it is you. An example of a bold, confident introduction would be, “I’ve read your company ad in the newspaper and if you are in need of a highly professional , experienced, Trained, Administrative assistant to ensure your administrative needs are met within the company, I am the person for you”. Following this introduction provide data and facts as to why you would make a great employee. Tell what you have to offer the company. Give examples such as, past projects you’ve completed, training you’ve had, and work experience related to the position.

The closing of the cover letter should guarantees you have the ability to back up what you’ve stated you have to offer the company. Simply state something of this nature; “I am certain with my experience, training, skills, and flexible, but dependable personality and work ethic I would make a top notch candidate for the position your company is offering.

Preparing For Job Interview Prework

You thought you were done with homework. You’ve got your degree and don’t have anything to prove to anyone, right?

Unfortunately, wrong.

Companies are shifting to a new interviewing tactic: assigning homework to prospective hires to assess their work ethic, the results they get, turnaround time and a number of other factors. Depending on the situation, this may be a valid method of testing a candidate’s fitness for the job or it could be a problematic smoke screen. Before you go in for your next interview, be ready to be asked for a task of this sort by keeping in mind these four easy points.

What Are The Goals and Expected Outcomes?

Setting expectations early shows you’re paying attention and willing to work, but not so desperate you’ll do absolutely anything. Some questions you will want to ask include:

1. What exactly are you looking for?

This simple question can help you zero in on what the employer wants to see without driving yourself crazy or going down bunny trails after extraneous information. If the assignment is legitimate, your prospective employer should have no problem giving you detailed instructions.

2. How will this assignment be assessed?

You wouldn’t flinch at the idea of asking your business professor for a rubric for your assignments. Why would you back down from an employer? This is an important piece of data that can help you work out how best to tackle the project.

3. How long is this assignment expected to take?

Every minute you spend on this assignment is time you aren’t talking to other employers, so it’s good to know how much of your time a prospective employer expects you to take. Depending on the position, the salary and other factors, 2-3 hours is usually a good rule of thumb. Less than that, and you’ve likely got a busywork project on your hands that’s not benefiting you or anyone else. More than that, and the assignment is probably something someone else doesn’t want to do and they’re passing off to you to do. For free.

What Data Do I Need?

If you were already employed by the company and they asked you to undertake a project, the first thing you’d do is ask for data. Treat this as an opportunity to show exactly how you work. Ask for detailed, pertinent data that will allow you to facilitate the project. However, watch out for the following warning signs:

  • The request for data is refused.
  • You are told to obtain data from your current company. This may be a sign of corporate espionage, and could land you in a lot of trouble.
  • The instructions on the data to be used are too vague to be useful.
  • Anything else that sets off a warning chime in your head. Your instincts are there for a reason. Trust them.

Don’t Give Away The Farm.

You may be tempted to go full-out on this project, to show off all the things you can do in one package. While this sounds great on the surface, it’s actually the last thing you should do. Be specific on main points, but general on details. This shows you have more to offer, but if they want it they’re going to have to pay for it. Keep the main points clear enough that a casual reader can follow your lines of thought and logic, but make the specifics hazy enough that they will have to ask some detailed questions to get all the goodies.

Do I Need An NDA?

There are a number of documented examples of job seekers doing work assignments as a pre-employment audition, only to not get the job and find their hard work on the company’s website hours, days, or weeks later. Do not let this happen to you. If you are asked to undertake an assignment that requires the use of proprietary data or if you have any concerns about how the information may be used after the fact if you are not employed, you may wish to have a simple mutual NDA on hand.

This serves two functions. It shows the employer you sweat the details, and you’re not willing to give away your work for free. If they balk, you can always tell them it’s for your own peace of mind, which is likely true if you’re asked to use data from your current employer. If the employer refuses, most importantly if you’ve picked up any other warning signals, think carefully before accepting the assignment. You could wind up doing a lot of work to someone else’s benefit with no payout to you.

This by no means should be taken to mean that all, or even most, employers use these assignments unscrupulously or that they’re looking to take advantage of people who are too new or too naive to know better. However, it pays to know what you might be getting into. If you do accept a work assignment as part of a job interview, give it your best effort within reasonable limits. Until you sign the contract and the HR paperwork, you are not an employee yet. If your prospective employer has any qualms about treating you like one prior to saying the magic words “When can you start?” reconsider whether the assignment is a profitable use of your time.

Job Interview Questions You Should Prepare For

Preparing for interview questions in a job interview isn’t easy, but a few tips and hints might help. Applicants have read the company’s about us page in the application process, so they are aware of the company’s philosophy. Write down a few questions pertaining to that philosophy and then answer them. Another tip for answering questions in a job interview would be to have a friend ask you some questions about the job. Then switch places and be the interviewer. Ask your friend the questions you have already prepared. It will give you a chance to see how it feels on the other side of the desk. That confidence will take you through the interview very well.

A hint about interviews is that many of the questions can be found in the philosophy mentioned above and also in the application itself. Try to recall other interviews with other questions, because most all human resources people use the same questions. The questions will vary with industry, of course, but other questions remain the same.

Questions an interviewer might ask are as follows:

1. How do you handle upset customers?

2. How would you deal with employees who tell the supervisor one thing, but tell you another?

3. If you accept a management position with our company, tell me how you would conduct yourself in the event of a robbery?

4. Tell me about the last time you raised sales in a quarter and in how many subsequent quarters?

5. Describe your best presentation to a client.

6. Why are you the person we are looking for?

7. Tell me about the worst day you ever had. What did you do to overcome it? How did you make it better for those you worked with? How did it affect your performance in the following weeks?

8. What does a client look for when you make a presentation? How do you supply it? Why do you supply it?

9. If you worked at home, how would your performance match working in the office? Would you accomplish as much? Does supervisory attention bother you?

10. Why is greeting a customer coming in the door so important?

11. What do you do when you see someone stealing?

12. What is the single most important thing people look for when they come in the door?

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?

14. What are your ultimate goals for your life?

15. Would you like to have my job?

Character Based Interview Questions

Why are you leaving your present job?

I am looking for more challenges and more responsibility in a new position. I don’t feel as though my unique skill set is being fully utilized. I’m looking for a position where I can truly shine and put my education and experience to work. Unfortunately, my current job just doesn’t offer a whole lot of room for personal growth and career development. I don’t feel as though I’m being challenged enough. I feel as if I could be more of an asset to a company where I can utilize my education and skills. I would love the opportunity to work for a company where I’m challenged on a daily basis to put my best work forward. I am sad to leave my current boss and coworkers, but I’m looking forward to this next step in my life.

How do you feel about leaving all of your benefits?

I’m looking forward to an opportunity to prove myself in a new office environment. Unfortunately, that means giving up my current benefits package. I have no doubt that I will excel during a probationary period in my new position. I’m excited about making the leap into a new position. I am ready to accept the new career challenges and work hard to achieve my goals. In addition, I don’t think that any employee should stay in a position for a benefits package alone. That is a recipe for an unhappy, unproductive worker, and I don’t think it benefits the company either.

Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment.

My ideal working environment is pretty flexible. I work incredibly well by myself and with others. It is important to me that I get the chance to put my best foot forward each day. I enjoy working independently, and I do very well in a quiet, distraction-free workspace. In addition, I also enjoy collaborating with others. I’m a valuable team player, and I understand the importance of working well with others. My flexibility makes me a great choice for a dynamic office environment.

How would you evaluate your present firm?

I love my present firm. I hate to leave them, but the current position just isn’t right for me. I will miss my coworkers and teammates. The only thing I haven’t enjoyed about my present firm is the lack of challenges in my daily work. I feel as though I could be putting my knowledge to much better use. Although I will miss all of my former team members and coworkers, I am looking forward to a more challenging and exciting position. I am ready to take the next step in my career. My present firm was perfect when I first began, but now I’m ready to move into a more difficult and demanding position.

Why haven’t you found a new position before now?

I have only just started looking for new positions. Although I’ve been thinking about a career change for a little while, I only just made the decision to pursue new positions. This is actually the first position I came upon. I do have a couple of appointments lined up, but your company is my top choice. I would love the opportunity to put my education and skills to good use here. In fact, I am really interested in hearing more about the intricate daily details of the job.

Had you thought of leaving your present position before? If so, what do you think held you there?

I have thought about leaving my present position before now. It was a fleeting thought a little over a year ago. I just felt as though I wasn’t fully utilizing my education and skills. I feel as though I’ve been wasting my talents at my current position. At first, it was just a though. I didn’t seriously begin looking for a new position until just recently. Ultimately, it is important for me to put my education and talents to work for my company. I’m looking forward to working in a challenging position where I can put all of my skills to work.

What do you think of your current boss?

My current boss is fantastic. I’m sad to be leaving, but the position just isn’t right for me. I enjoyed completing my assignments on time, and my boss was great about recognizing achievement. I was always happy to come in early or stay late when it was necessary. In addition, my boss had a fantastic open-door policy. It was so easy to speak with him about any issues that needed to be addressed. In fact, when I told him I was leaving, he was incredibly supportive. He would be happy to give you an excellent reference for me if you would like to call him.

Would you describe a situation in which your work was criticized?

My work was criticized on a fairly regular basis. It isn’t uncommon for somebody in my position to have regular reviews. I actually really enjoy the review process. I like to know how I’m doing, and how I can improve. Recently, my boss gave me a great review on one of my reports. He did point out a few minor issues that I could improve on. My very next report was perfect. I take criticism very well, and I think it is important for developing a great working relationship.

What other types of jobs or companies are you considering?

I am considering similar positions at a few different companies. It is no secret that your company is an industry-leader. I would love the chance to work for you. I do have a few other interviews lined up, but I’m just not as excited about them. Ultimately, this is my top choice, and I would love the opportunity to put my knowledge, education and skills to great use.

Typical Interview Questions and Answers

Why did you leave your last job?

Although I thoroughly enjoyed working my last job, I decided to leave for a few different reasons. Working a graveyard position does have benefits, but being away from my wife and son at night made this a difficult position to work in. I also really enjoy talking to people, and providing my customers with the best customer service possible. Unfortunately, while working a graveyard position, I interacted with few customers throughout the night. My primary focus was prepping for the following day, and these tasks did become monotonous.

What experience do you have in this field?

Since this is my first job, I didn’t have much experience in the field. I had to learn how to prepare foods, properly clean and sanitize dishes, and use the cash register. I also had to learn how to do cash-ins and cash-outs, as well as cash drops. This was all new to me. On the other hand, I’ve been in Internet Marketing since 2008, so customer service came as second nature. The customer is always right, and I always know that I need to put the customer first, in any business situation.

Do you consider yourself successful?

I definitely do consider myself to be successful. Success is defined by your daily ability to focus on tasks that will make you successful. Success is also defined by the happiness that you receive by performing these tasks on a daily basis. I’m successful because I enjoy what I’m doing, and I’m persistent at reaching my goals every single day. On a more basic level, I see success as having a roof over my head, and being able to feed my family every single day. For those reasons alone, I’m both successful and blessed. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

What do co-workers say about you?

My co-workers say that I’m nice, enjoyable to be around, and hardworking. When it comes to me being nice, I like to always put others before myself. I always like to do my best to help others, and I always like to be sure that I’m respecting everyone who I come into contact with. I believe I’m enjoyable to be around because I respect others, but I also like to have a good time. I like to joke around, but be serious when it comes to completing tasks. Finally, coworkers say that I’m hardworking because they see me rushing to meet deadlines. If I have 5 minutes left in my shift, I don’t wait for my shift to end and then hand my job over to the next employee. I rush, sweating if I have to, to complete the necessary tasks to get the job done.

What do you know about this organization?

I know that this organization was founded over 10 years ago, and started off on a small scale. I also know that they’re a franchise, and have grown into a huge organization over he years. I know that this organization strives on customer satisfaction, and a system that allows for things to be done in the shortest amount of time possible. It goes without saying that this is the most well-known organization in its’ niche, on the planet.

What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

I’ve done many things to improve my knowledge over the past year. I’ve taken a number of business classes, and I’ve also taken a class on sales persuasion, which came to be very useful in work, and in my Internet Marketing business. I’ve also been reading many success books, and the one that really comes to my mind is, “4-Hour Work Week.” This book has taught me how to better manage my time, and focus only on tasks that will bring success my way. Before “4-Hour Work Week,” I would waste a lot of time on tasks that didn’t do me any good. Today, I only focus on tasks that will bring me in income.

Are you applying for other jobs?

I’m for many jobs. Right now, I’m applying to be a writer across many freelance writing websites on the Internet. I’m also applying for jobs at a few different call centers. In the future, I may consider personal training and medical assisting. For now though, my main focus is getting a job with your organization, which is my top priority. Still, I do have to apply for other jobs for the sake of my family, and keeping food on the table, and a roof over our heads.

Why do you want to work for this organization?

There are a few reasons I would like to work for this organization. For starters, I will be working during the day. Graveyard is killing me, and it would be nice to work normal hours. The great thing is, I can choose to work 3, 13-hour shifts, 4, 10-hour shifts, or 5, 8-hour shifts. Next to getting 40-hours a week, the base-pay is roughly $14.00 an hour, and I’ve heard that benefits are included. Most importantly though, I will finally be talking to customers.

Do you know anyone who works for us?

I actually don’t personally know anyone who works for you. I’ve had a few people come in and talk about their experiences with you. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone directly who has experience working in this position. The feedback I’ve received has been positive, and it’s lead me to applying for this job opportunity.

What kind of salary do you need?

I don’t need a salary, as long as my hours are consistent. What I would like is to start off with the base pay of $14.00 an hour. From there, I would like to work my way up to team-leader, and eventually get to $20.00 an hour. If salary is an option, I would like to be making $5,000 a month. $5,000 has always been a goal of mine, and that would make my family and I more than comfortable. We’d also finally be able to begin saving up for a house.

Standard Opening Interview Questions

Tell me about yourself
“Thank you for this opportunity for me to provide a deeper reflection of my training and experience. I have enjoyed being the youngest of four children. This afforded me the opportunity to observe how my older siblings handled the successes and failures of life. This experience also helped to formulate both my professional and personal goals and aspirations. I observed the perseverance of my parents in providing for our family. This helped me formulate my values and work ethic which was a catalyst for me to be very dedicated in accomplishing tasks. I also like giving back to a community that has supported me in accomplishing my goals. I have a great sense of humor, and open to constructive criticism. I enjoy watching and participating in team sports, but enjoy playing golf. I enjoy listening to a variety of music genres.”

What do you know about our company?
“According to S&P, you are the fifth most successful company in this market in the world. I see you have designated ten percent of your profit annually to childcare facilities in the community. This is a family friendly company. I read that the CEO of the company is a graduate of one of the finest schools in the country, which I have found to be one of the forerunners in the technological industry. The annual report also reveals that the Board of Directors has taken great care in employing people whose capabilities match with the company’s mission. I have also reviewed your P&L statements that reveal a stability and profitability in this market.”

Why do you want to work for us?
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work for you because of your reputation in the market place about giving back to the community. It is a match with my personal goals for a successful business model. I have researched your training model, and it will provide an avenue for me to build upon the skills I bring to this company as well as assist your organization in moving forward.”

What would you do for us? What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
“I have a certain set of skills that are compatible with your goals and objectives which will assist me in contributing to your profitability. I believe the combination of my technical training and the life experiences both personal and professional are the right match for the both of us. I bring a strong worth ethic, team-work orientation, and a ardent fervor for demonstrating my craft.”

What about the job offered do you find the most attractive? Least attractive?
“I like the workplace environment, facility, and the goals and mission of the company. The company’s philosophy of your treatment of the people working for you, and the research into how you value the input from your employees is a great incentive to want to come and work here. As far as the least attractive I would say it is the commute by automobile is longer than I anticipated. But I like the idea that the public transit system is available and I would save both time and it is economical as well.”

Why should we hire you?
“I know that I have received the highest quality of training in this field, but I do know that learning is a continuous cycle. So I will be an asset to your company because I am capable of blending these two components. Your company has proven to be a prototype in this market for innovative concepts, and I feel my qualifications can lend to your mission.”

What do you look for in a job?
“I am excited about the opportunity to work in a place where I feel that my job skills will be both challenged, enhanced, rewarded, and there is room for growth and movement. I look for a work environment where positive morale between employer and employee is paramount to the success of the business. One thing that is necessary for both a successful, healthy personal and professional life is controlling stress. There are always complications in any situation, but the atmosphere in which you have to handle them must be positive. The management of any organization or corporation must be cognizant of their work environment for their employees to flourish and contribute to the mission of the company.”

How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
“Nothing in this life is concrete, and we cannot predict what will happen. We only prepare according to our set of life goals. I understand that there is a required orientation period for this company, and I understand that you provide excellent guidance in order to hone in on my craft. Depending on the product or service developed, and the training I bring to the table for this market, you can depend on my dedication to completing tasks in a timely fashion or according to the set timeframe.”

How long would you stay with us?
“As anyone knows, life can be unpredictable, but I have a timeline for my occupational goals. This company has a proven track record of maintaining a consistent and stable workforce. I see working with this company as a part of my long range plan, and I look forward to the opportunity of contributing to this company and developing a committed relationship.”

Performance Based Interview Answers

How have you helped increase sales? Profits?

My ability as a sales leader has helped encourage my coworkers and managers to increase profitability. I look for the highest potential when making a sale, and I can recognize when a deal is going to go through. Over the past few years of my employment, I have generated more revenue than most of my teammates by working longer hours, seeking out optimal clients and dedicating myself to the organization’s growth. I attribute this to my strong leadership role. Recognizing where a team’s strengths lie has helped propel not only myself but also my organization, which has led to increased sales and profitability.

Have you helped reduce costs? How?
Knowing when to cut back is an important quality, and it’s one in which I happen to pride myself. Sometimes, you just have to scale down services in order to achieve results. This does not mean cutting quality, but rather cutting excess baggage that weighs down a company’s ability to produce. I work within the confines of my organization’s needs, meaning that I work longer hours while still within my set salary, which reduces overhead and operating costs. Encouraging my teammates to do the same means that eventually, when the company is stronger and the economy has bounced back, we will reap those benefits.

How much money did you account for?
In terms of what I personally was held accountable for, I was responsible for maintaining several of our larger, more established clients. Over the period of the last few years, I have attracted big clients to the organization, some of them by simply outlining our organization’s success and some by personal connection. I have a great ability to connect with people, which helps me to increase our sales. This ability allows me to draw in successful a new client base while maintaining our existing clients on all levels. It’s an overall satisfactory situation for me, the clients and my organization.

How many people did you supervise on your last job?
I have always had a knack for getting the best out of people. Recognizing this, my superiors have placed a fairly large number of people in my direct line of supervision. I supervised a team that proved to be very successful, as our numbers indicate. Noting that people have different strengths and weaknesses, I am able to assign tasks to the right people to enhance and increase our productivity. Allowing people to work within their interests and skills allows us to be more productive as a unit, which in turn increases the organization’s success. Supervising well has become one of my most valued attributes.

Do you like working with figures more than words?
I would say that I prefer both for various reasons. On the one hand, running numbers and managing accounts comes naturally to me. I enjoy the solidity of numbers, the way that math doesn’t change no matter what else does. On the other hand, I also appreciate words for their ability to connect and motivate people. Without the right words, I could not do what I do so successfully. People get lost when you start giving them figure after figure; instead, I can paint a picture that speaks to the nature of the accounting aspect without losing them in dozens of figures. I would say that I equally respect both figures and words.

In your current or last position, what features did you like the most? Least?
In my last position, I had a manager who liked to micromanage, and it seriously affected my ability to get anything done. I feel that people in positions like mine do not need as much hands-on structure as other employees. In this case, my manager took such a participative role in my work that it led to my resigning due to lack of support. I never felt trusted. Conversely, working here has allowed me to hone my skills and get guidance from my managers without feeling that they distrust me. I can work without someone constantly hovering over my every move, which allows me to work more efficiently.

In your current or last position, what are or were your five most significant accomplishments?
In my current position, I have: increased profits by significant margin, built a solid team of people, worked well with my managers to accomplish more than we thought possible, learned several new skills that will help me in the future, and I have spoken at several conferences on business practices. Each of these things has contributed to my overall success and stability in my position, and they will propel me forward in the future. I could not have done any of these without the support of management and my team, for which I am very grateful.

Building an Effective Resume

When building a resume, there are some tips to keep in mind. Many times it is difficult to decide exactly what should be included and what should not. How long should it be and what style should be used are important factors to consider.

A resume should not be a life history report. It does not need to include every class you’ve ever taken nor every job you’ve ever held. You do not need a long list of references for each job. You do not need to include addresses and phone numbers for each employer. If a potential employer would like more information, they will ask you. You should not include all your abilities and skills. Going on and on about your cooking ability for an office job will only take needed space.

A resume should not be longer than a page and it should not be difficult to read. When resumes extend pages and pages, the potential employer gets tired and frustrated. Keep in mind that they are probably looking at hundreds of resumes, and a long resume may deter them enough to not even consider it. It should be short and to the point.

A resume should contain the intended mission or purpose of sending it. It should include education and experience that is relevant to the type of job that is being sought out. It is appropriate to include brief descriptions of tasks and accomplishments during each job listed. It should highlight your abilities and skills that are pertinent to the job. It should include your name, address and a way to contact you.

In order to make your resume stand out, you may be tempted to choose bright colors and big lettering. This may get the potential employer’s attention, but it may not convince them that you are serious or right for the job. Resume style should be simple and clear. It should not have many distractions and clip art. It should be built to have the information stand out, not your sense of humor.

With all the potential candidates, make sure your resume is concise and accurate. Misspellings, typos and mistakes detract from your credibility. It can cause a potential employer to assume that you are not serious or conscientious. If you are printing your resume, make sure the paper is clean and not folded or crumpled in any way. Your resume represents you.

Why Do We Work Hard For Others?

I have been thinking a lot about why a lot of us work so hard for our employers.  I know that the unemployment numbers are still high in some areas so that those of us who are employed are considered fortunate, but why do so many of us spend more time with our coworkers than we do with our families?

If you have a normal 40 hour work week and commute to the office then you would be away from home for 50 hours or more a week.  When you get home you are often tired and grumpy and maybe watch a few shows and then go to sleep.  When I think about it, most people spend more than half of their waking hours doing work related things.  This is perfectly fine when you enjoy your work, but so many people hate their jobs and they still continue on the same path.  Why?   Here are some of my conclusions.

1. Routine–  Many of us know our jobs well so that it is easy to finish our daily routine.  There are occasional challenges, but at every job there is just a good amount of work that needs to be repeated over and over again.  This makes the job easy after you get used to it.  Most of us have clear projects and directions at work, and that makes it easy.

2. Environment–   Another reason why working for an employer is easy is that so much infrastructure is already set up for you.  You have a workspace, a paycheck, and a defined set of benefits.  Usually there is very little that is unknown.  If your employer loses money chances are you will still get paid and life goes on.  For the most part you don’t have to worry about things like corporate taxes, lawyers, or paying other people.  You just concentrate on your portion of the work and it is fine.

3. Structure – It’s easy to fit in when you have a “regular” job.  The most common question ask when people meet you is usually, “what do you do?”  If you’re over 22 and under 65 most people expect you to have a job.  This is not exactly a reason why people work so hard for an employer, but it is a reason why so many people choose the set path of working for a corporation or some other established entity.  It is considered normal to work 40 hours a week plus or minus 10 to 20 hours of commute time and overtime.  Being normal is easier.

I have to admit that I know that keeping my job is much easier than quitting and starting something on my own.  I know that many small business owners put in a lot more than 40 hours a week, and those that hire people have to worry about a lot more than just themselves.  I am glad to see that many people have become self employed in this recession because they got kicked out of their easy jobs.  Hopefully a good number of them are starting businesses that will hire people in the future.