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Four Ways to Handle Boredom and Feeling Overqualified on the Job

Big yawn.

Let’s face it now — sometimes we’re overqualified for our current job, completely bored or experience a combination of both. As for the good news, you’re not alone. As for the other good news? There are a few ways to handle it to put a spring back into your step as you realize this is merely temporary.

1. View your career in chapters. Hilary Pearl, founder of executive coaching firm Pearl Associates, told The New York Times to remind yourself it’s a temporary situation. “Tell yourself the current situation isn’t the end of your career. Don’t overdramatize the negative aspects but try to view the situation more philosophically: life is a series of phases, and this is one of them.”

2. Look at it as a gift. For real. If you’re overqualified and you can zone out most of the time and still do a stellar job, maybe you can learn other aspects of the business or volunteer for special projects to boost your resume. Eileen Zimmerman wrote in the piece, “Seek tasks and responsibilities that force you to learn something new or to work harder.”

3. Channel your positivity. Instead of dwelling in the negative — and yes, we know this sounds so very Pollyanna of us — but why not leverage this as an opportunity to reframe your thoughts?

4. Focus on things you enjoy doing outside of work. Whether you’re in a book club, play tennis or hockey, it’s all good. Just think — the low maintenance job and responsibilities gives your mind the freedom to roam and enjoy pursuing your out-of-office pursuits. Plus, you can always volunteer in your community and take up a new hobby or personal goal like training for a mini-marathon.

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How to Make the Most of a Vacation Without Thinking About the Office

Let’s face it: We love modern technology. Smart phones, iPads, laptops — the works.

However, when you want to go on a well-deserved vacation, these little devices could become our nemesis. The looming question remains: How can you physically detach when your in box is merely one press of the button away?

According to Eileen Zimmerman, “Career Couch” columnist for The New York Times, it can be done.

In one column, Dawn Fay, a district president in the NYC office of Robert Half International recommends planning ahead. “Make a plan that covers what you intend to finish before you leave, as well as the tasks that will be handled each day you are gone and by whom, so everyone knows their responsibilities.” Read more