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Tristan Layfield Career Coach - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Magazine, Side Hustle Series

Tristan Layfield: Career Coach & Quality Assurance Professional

Have you ever worked with a career coach? Consistently updating our interview/ feature stories is one way we enjoy sharing stories from other workers in diverse fields. We believe in storytelling because everyone’s life and career journey are unique. We all have that perspective that even though feels similar to an experience someone else might have encountered in the past remains unique to us.

Some people don’t understand how coaching might be beneficial or the whole idea, this interview will help shed some light on this. Tristan Layfield works full-time and has a business he runs as well — talk about passion and career!

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Getting Ahead

The Truth About Working From Home

Recently, at a hang out with a colleague we got chatting about work, life and all that comes with it. A long time ago, I might have said I wanted a job where I would have to go into the office every day. That day though, sitting and having a conversation between two ladies who just wanted to catch up on a couple of drinks, we both agreed that it’s truly a good benefit to have the option to work from home aka ‘WFH’.

It’s really encouraging when you have employers that see the value in providing work from home options as a benefit because it’s really a competitive advantage. Especially with how busy life can get, it’s of importance that you have some work-life balance. Having this option helps an employee feel valued and not feel like just a seat warmer.

It’s important for employers to realize that the quality of your work isn’t determined by how often you show up in the office but in your results. Many companies are now adopting this approach and it’s only getting even better as most companies now offer this as an unlimited option, meaning that employment options are getting better.

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Niche Role as an Employee Profession - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

Why Heading Into A Niche Is A Good Thing

Maybe you’re at odds with your current job, and you want to find something niche you would be more suited for. You’re not the only one, in fact, your boat is overcrowded. Many people want to work in their particular industry but haven’t been able to find a job that they find is going to allow them to be at their best.

This is where niche roles come into play because despite being in the same industries, they offer something different and off the beaten path. But what is a niche job exactly? Clearly, it’s something that isn’t part of the norm and offers something that is not going to be for everyone. On the other hand, it can also be deemed more specialist, something that requires unique skills that are hard to come by.

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Employers Value Grit - ZInny Factor
Career Change

Why Employers Still Value Grit

Grit is a quality we don’t often talk about these days. It seems somehow old fashioned and a bit harsh. But grit (or determination) is vital for success in today’s workplace, both for the individual and the team at large. Someone with grit never gives up, no matter how hard the stakes get.

That can be at a personal level, perhaps as an athlete. But we would also recognize grit as camaraderie and working for a higher good, despite whatever insecurities or hardships the individual is experiencing. That’s why we often think of soldiers when we hear the word grit. World War II was full of tales of grit and courage in the face of the adversity.

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Study When Working Full-Time - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

You Can Study While Working Full-Time: Here Is How

Remember the last time you had to study without feeling too cramped for time? You most likely had to study full-time and that was your only job: study. Now though, you have a full-time job that requires undivided attention and you also need to develop yourself professionally.

Let’s be honest, this means business. Studying is a job on its own and needs dedication as well. So how can you manage your time wisely? Well, good thing that you have this article to refer to as there will be realistic tips to help you navigate this time of your life.

In a previous article, we delved into how to keep learning when you work full-time and quite frankly to achieve this, there needs to be some level of time management and dedication which is why this article will come in helpful in the long run.

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Authentic Interview - ZInny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

Why Employers Are Looking For Your Authenticity

What are your thoughts on being authentic? Put yourself in the shoes of a business owner. Just imagine how stressful their lives are. They have a million other rivals to compete with, they’re constantly trying to innovate and stay ahead of the curve. Trying to implement new technologies. Desperately trying to understand consumer trends and searching for talent.

That last part concerns you, someone who is searching for a new career or a new job has to factor in all these things an employer is trying to do. So when it comes to hiring, a business owner doesn’t want just any average Joe, they want someone who can really change things for them.

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How to Find a Mentor - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Entrepreneur's Workplace

How To Find A Mentor: 5 Practical Tips

In a previous article, I talked about how mentorship has been helpful in my career journey. Naturally, the next thing should be to discuss how you can actually find a mentor. So in this article, we’ll dive even further while being realistic.

Basically, where do you find one? How does it even begin? Are you just supposed to go out there, discover some outspoken person and demand that he/ she become your mentor? Is this even a logical way to go about this?

A lot of times, we hear that you must have a mentor, everyone out there seems to be scouting for a mentor. I mean, in the last post, I argued for the case of mentorship and the fact that it has helped me. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t you want to find a mentor, right?

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Job Search While Currently Employed - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead, Job Search

How To Search For A Job While You Are Currently Employed

People change jobs for a number of reasons and this is okay. We are allowed to do what it takes to grow our careers if it serves a greater good and makes us find fulfillment. Gone are the days when you had to work a job that made you feel miserable or didn’t align with your purpose or passion, whatever that means to you!

Many experts believe that job seekers who are currently employed are more desirable candidates. But then you also hear people say: “if you hate a job, quit!”

Hold on for a minute! Yes. Quit. But are you living in a fairytale land?

We all wish that Disney stories were real and we could magically have our situations change in the twinkle of an eye. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality for many people. You’ve got bills to pay, have a certain lifestyle you want to maintain. Possibly have kids or family who depend on you.

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Relocate - Zinny Factor
Career Change, Getting Ahead

Things To Consider Before Relocating For A Job

Being offered a new job is definitely an exciting and flattering thing to happen, and it can be even more exciting when there’s the prospect to relocate to somewhere new that you’ve maybe been to before and really enjoyed or have never visited before which can actually make it all the more exciting.

However, as with any major decision in life, this is one that should be considered carefully. Of course, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t go with it if that’s what your gut instinct is telling you, and you certainly shouldn’t hold off on your dreams because you talk yourself out of it or because others think it’s a bad idea, but at the same time, it’s definitely something that warrants a bit of a decision making process so that you can decide if it’s really the right thing for you.

In this post, we’re going to share with you some things to consider before relocating for a job so that you can determine if it’s what you really want or not.

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What to do with Manager - Zinny Factor
Career Change

10 Things You Must Avoid in Front of Your Manager

Multiple global studies have revealed that 79% of people who quit their jobs mark “lack of appreciation” as the main reason for the switch or because of a bad manager. When your work isn’t cherished, you don’t feel the motivation to perform to the best of your abilities. But it is actually quite difficult to keep your managers happy and satisfied with your performance.

It is hard for the employees to realize the toughness of a manager’s duty. This is because they are unaware of the challenges which these managers encounter on a day-to-day basis. By realizing what it’s like to be a manager, you can actually be more valuable to him than a burden.

If you are inclined to make the life of your manager easier and wish to score a good reputation in his eyes, here are some of the things which you must not do in front of him.

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