Many of us want more of a work-life balance when it comes to our personal lives. Many of us have children and want to be able to spend more time with our families. Some of us may just be looking to get out of the rat race and slow down a bit.
Some millionaires only stop working when they sleep, but most of us don’t want to work every hour we’re awake. Finding a work-life balance that’s healthy can take some thought and research, but it can be accomplished. Here are the three best jobs for a good work-life balance in 2017.
1. Corporate recruiter.
The job of the corporate recruiter is essentially a headhunter working for just one company. The same job can go by the title of “talent acquisition” or “HR (human resources) professional.” This job has not only the role of finding talented people. It is also the role of writing job descriptions, reviewing all the incoming resumes, screening candidates, offering employment extensions, and keeping records of all new hires. Working with just one company allows the corporate recruiter to become more in-tune with the current employees and applicants for offered positions. Average salary is $65,000-$70,000.
In this job, we’ll have the stability of working for just one company instead of many. Working for one company allows us to become very knowledgeable about the company and what the company stands for. Even if we have plans eventually to work for ourselves as a headhunter, this is good experience and knowledge, and this promotes our work-life balance.
A corporate recruiter may need to travel and attend seminars. While attending these functions, we’ll also broaden our networks, and that can help the business. As we’re expanding our networks, we may also find the perfect candidate for a job opening within our company.
As a corporate recruiter, we may acquire more responsibility as we become more familiar with the company and how it works. Some of the other tasks that we may be expected to take over are referrals programs, employee retention, and onboarding. With these extra tasks, we can use the time to become experts in the field of human resources.
While working as a corporate recruiter, we’ll of course have the help of technology. There are many programs available to help streamline tasks, keep records, and sort candidates. There are several recruiting software programs now available to make the job a bit easier. Web 2.0 is making changes in the recruiting world by leaps and bounds. By using the available technology, it’s easier than ever to get our employer’s name and brand out there in the business world.
Businesses are looking to save money, and we are in a computer world now. Many businesses are now offering flexibility, allowing corporate recruiters to work from home. With all of the electronics available, we’re able to stay ahead of the game and achieve a work-life balance.
2. Content manager.
A content manager is someone who handles all of the content for a specific company. There are even content managers who work for multiple smaller companies. Another title for content manager is “communications manager.” Depending on the size of the company, a content manager may have several responsibilities. All companies need digital content if they’re active with social media and email marketing. As content managers, the content that we manage is what our company will put out there for the public to read and, we hope, share on their social networks. Average salary is $74,000.
Most businesses know how important their high-quality content is to their business and business leads. With the world always being on the internet, there’s an increased need for content that’s high quality and eye-catching. A business knows it needs that content and must find someone who can handle the writing and posting of that content. Smaller companies can have one content manager, while large companies may need a whole content creation team in place. Content managers have marketing and writing skills. Many trained marketers out there have the marketing down, but they have no clue where to begin with the content strategy. This is where a good content manager becomes golden.
Content managers handle and edit the business’s blog needs and all other content from the content team or others, such as podcasts, videos, ebooks, email campaigns, social media campaigns, flyers, and anything else that the business may need in content form.
Because the role of content manager is still pretty new, this is a great role to jump into for those of us who love to write and handle content. Content managers have to brainstorm and fully know the business that the content is for. Writing a white paper on a particular business is tough if we don’t know the company well.
When we apply to be a content manager, let’s be sure we understand the role and responsibilities we’ll be covering. Although many companies have different roles for each of the titles, it’s best to fully understand what the expectations are.
Work-life balance here is key. If we’re personally writing the content for the business, sometimes we can do so from a home office. Many content managers will only have to go to the business office periodically. In the world of telecommuting, some content managers can work from home full-time. Even when coordinating assignments for the content team and making sure the content expectations are met, the content manager may handle a lot of the duties from home, improving work-life balance.
3. Creative manager.
If we’re creative and love to help inspire others, then this job role may be just for us. Creative managers envision their company’s project or brand and then take it to print, video, and digital media. The salary is about $105,000.
A creative manager for a large company may have a team to oversee. The role of the creative manager isn’t only to inspire the team, protect the ideas of the team, and coordinate all of the brainstorming, but it’s also to have a bit of knowledge of pop culture, counterculture, and art history. Keeping current on politics and the art world can also be a huge plus.
In order to be successful in the role of creative manager, we must be able to inspire our team members and make sure they know what’s expected from them. We need to be able to envision ideas as the team comes up with them. Nearly everything we know can be relevant to the job of a creative manager if we’re open-minded and let it. By drawing on our own life experiences as inspiration in this job, we can achieve a good work-life balance for ourselves, and we can teach our team the same thing. With too much work time, we begin to get stifled. Maintaining that balance is something we all need in order to remain creative.
Having a job that allows for a healthy work-life balance is important for a number of reasons. Being able to separate our jobs from our personal lives is something that many of us still haven’t mastered. Having the best of both worlds can happen if we allow ourselves to grow and make changes. What’s your dream job for a great work-life balance? Tell us about it in the comments.
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