Monthly Archives: April 2016

20Apr/16

Task for the Day: Be Productive!

Feeling like you are in a slump and longing to get back to a more productive you? Revamp your daily routine with these tips to have a more effective work day.

Dedicate Time to Planning Each Day
Usually 5-10 minutes in the morning or the evening can be set aside to assess the day’s tasks and to outline a game plan to achieve them.

Take Care of Small Tasks Immediately
If a task suddenly arises that takes less than five minutes to complete, do it right then to avoid writing it down or trying to remember it later.

Create a To-Do List and Prioritize It
Not only should you have a to-do list, but it should be arranged to reflect the absolute essentials for each day.

Know Your Peak Times of the Day
No one is at his/her best all day long. People who are on top of things know their most productive times of the day. This is usually a 2-3-hour window that occurs once or twice a day. Figure out that window(s) of time and use it to tackle your most important tasks.

Make Sure You Are Being Held Accountable
A highly productive person hates to disappoint others when they follow up on tasks. Because of this, they are open with supervisors and team members about what they want to accomplish that day, week and even the entire month.

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19Apr/16

How Many Pages Should My Resume Be?

While it seems that all you hear these days is that resumes should be only one page the one-page “rule” cannot apply to all applicants. For more experienced applicants, a one-page resume can be too condensed and shortchange their overall professional experience. In this case having two-page resume or even more if not a terrible idea. Besides, many resume go through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and as long as important keywords are mentioned in your resume, that is really what counts.

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18Apr/16

Stress Management: How to Cope with a Stressful Workday

We all have had to endure an intensive workload at one point in our careers. But there are a few critical actions we can take to help us manage those highly stressful moments with ease.

Know When to Multitask
When used effectively, multitasking can work—like when you’re listening to a career-related podcast while driving to work or lunch, or when you’re brainstorming project ideas while going for your morning run. Every work task does not need to be completed in the confines of a cubicle. Take advantage of those times when you can complete multiple, menial tasks at once.

Use a Scheduling Tool that Is Effective for You
If you are a person who can easily misplace sticky notes after five minutes, then maybe the pen and paper method of scheduling is ineffective for you. Same for a person who is not tech savvy – stay away from those mobile calendars. Scheduling is supposed to reduce stress, not add to it. Use a scheduling system (pen & pad, phone, whiteboard, etc.) that accommodates your lifestyle.

Take a Break
It may sound counterproductive, but working from sunrise to sunset does will not alleviate the stresses of a jam-packed schedule. Regular breaks for things like food, water, and movement actually make people more effective and efficient.

Be Realistic About How Much Time Things Take
If you underestimate how long it takes to complete a project, you are inevitably going to get behind. On the other hand, if you overestimate how long tasks take, you will never be as efficient as you could be.

Be a Perfectionist When It Counts
You will never finish anything if every single task must be completed without flaw or error. Striving for perfection can be a help but know when it is effective to use it.

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
No matter how talented you are, you cannot do it all alone. If you have the ability to give a small task to someone else, give it away and don’t think twice. Don’t carry an unnecessary work load – seek help!

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01Apr/16

Life Happens, Don’t Stress Over Work Gaps

Every job candidate is unique, and brings something different to the table. But common situation among all candidates is when a candidate is concerned with how to address gaps of employment, whether its taking a year off to care for a sick relative, taking time off to focus on education. The best solution to this dilemma is to not directly address these gaps, as this will often bring up a red flag to the potential employer. It is preferred not to address the reason for the gap, and just let it sit there. Believe it or not, employers also have lives of their own, and understand that situations in life happens, which lead to not working for an extended period of time. We all have things that happen, and any reasonable person (hopefully most employers) will understand that there are good and legitimate reasons for having gaps on your resume. The resume should have just enough information to get you an interview. At the interview, I’m sure the employer will inquire about these gaps. But, at the point of the resume, mentioning the reasons for the gaps will cause more problems. Again, nearly everyone who receives your resume should fully understand that things happens.

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