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This month we will continue to highlight from a topic heading from our archive of Digital Employment Tips which you will find on our website. These topics range from Application, Attitude, Cover Letter/Resume, Disability Issues, Interview, Networking, and Work Experience. For this entry I will be discussing from the seventh section from the topic heading Attitude, specifically Standing Up For Yourself—an action that we all must know how to do in our personal lives, academic lives, and work lives.

Standing up for yourself is intimidating to think about. It generally requires first to recognize that you are being wronged or taken advantage of, and then you must come to terms at how to handle your particular situation. It’s important to speak up when you feel like you’re being treated unfairly in a friendship, relationship, but it’s especially detrimental to your work and happiness to address any unsavory aspects at your place of employment. This could be that you’re feeling discriminated against, bullied, patronized, or singled out. If you feel as if you can confront your stressor on your own, that’s a great place to start. Though a lot of times that can bring up more drama or strife than hoped for and so it’s best to try out other strategies. One way to solve your issue could be to speak to your supervisor, manager, or even the executive in charge of your workplace. If that makes you feel uncomfortable, you could try starting by asking advice from your friends, family, partner, or any other trusted individuals in your network. They can help you by detailing out a plan of action to best advocate for yourself.

The bottom line is, you should never find yourself in a situation where you feel hopeless and without the agency to make things better for yourself. It takes practice, and the belief that you deserve to feel safe and accepted in your place of work. If this topic is one you’d like to do more research on, feel free to check out this informative article I found that goes more in depth. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next month, I hope everyone finds themselves warm and cozy. See you in February!

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