Monthly Archives: February 2017

Become a Morning Person—5 Steps


Are you not a morning person?  Do you struggle to get your day started?  If so, it’s time you transform the way you start your workday so that you’ll have more energy, be more focused and ready for success. Here are 5 early morning habits to start today.

1. Breakfast

Breakfast can be a time acclimate to your day.  Eat breakfast at home and use it as a time for quiet reflection.  Eat break at home, instead of on the go, will help you start your day out on the right note.

2. Time for Quiet Reflection

Taking time to reflect on the big issues, you upcoming day, etc can help you be prepared for anything.  Millionaires site quiet reflection as one of their keys to success, when they are surveyed.

3. Spend Time with Family

Most of us are extremely busy and getting precious time with our family is difficult Spending time with loved ones is a boost that powers many successful people through the day. This will help you get closer to the work-life balance you are pushing for and can often make your day go faster and smoother.

4. Prioritization

Writing down the top tasks you want to get done for the day isn’t new. Setting priorities in the morning helps keep yourself accountable during the day.  Putting this list in a visible place can help you push to complete those top tasks.

5. Exercise

Exercising in the morning pumps the body with endorphins and boosts energy levels throughout the day. Your exercise routine doesn’t have to be two hours, but even a short walk or yoga class can be energize you through the day.



10 Things To Leave Off Your Resume


Your resume is your first impression.  The language and content of your resume can increase or decrease your chances of landing the job.  Filling precious resume space with verbose language or buzzwords can backfire. Here are 10 words to remove from your resume today:

1. Unemployed

The dates of your employment are shown on your resume. Don’t further emphasize you are unemployed.

2. Hardworking

Company already assume you are a hardworking individual, don’t call it out. 

3. Objective

Most resumes are self-explanatory.  There is no need to take up valuable space with an objective.  It is redundant.

4. Synergy

Words like “synergy” are buzzwords and over used.  Try and avoid them in your resume.

5. Reference Available Upon Request

Having “references upon request” at the bottom of your resume is a sign that a candidate is overeager. If a recruiter wants to call to know more about you, they will reach out directly. There is no need to point out the obvious

6. Rock star

The term “rock star” has been over used in the last few years, especially in the technology industry.

7. Dabbled

Using “dabbled” indicates that you were exposed to a skill or technology.  If that is the case and you don’t use the skill or technology in your position(s), leave it off your resume.

8. Expert

Stay away from the word expert, unless you truly are an expert.  If you include it in your resume, be prepared to back it up during the interview

9. Excessive personal information

Avoid including your birthday, family information, visa status, etc. This information doesn’t speak to your qualifications.

10. Hobbies

Content that does not relate to the job and does not address what qualifications can eliminate you as a candidate.  It is safer to leave hobbies off your resume.  Let me company focus on what you do at work, not after work.



Are You Happy at Work? 4 Clues


These days there is a lot of conversation about employee satisfaction and happiness.  Company consistently evaluate and add perks and benefits in an attempt to achieve this happiness.  Unlimited time off, flexible work schedules, and even stocked break rooms are some of the ways companies work to ensure their employees are happy and love their jobs.

Here are some clues to help you determine if you love your job and are happy:


1.     Passion—if you feel passionate about your job already, congratulations.  However, for many people the passion for their job is harder to quantify.  Take some time to evaluate your job and task that you love or feel passionate about.  Once you identify the areas of your job that make you happy, ask your manager to increase those responsibilities.  This will help you increase the areas of your positon you feel passionate about and create more happiness.

2.     Independence—everyone wants a job that offers a little bit of flexibility, whether that’s the opportunity to choose roles on projects, the ability work from home or go to your child’s school pay.   This flexibility can help with your work life balance and make your job happier.

3.     Cultural Fit—this term gets used too much, but creating friendships at work and having camaraderie can help you find happiness at work.

4.     Compensation—we all want to be valued for the work we perform.  This compensation includes not only your salary, but benefits and perks.  Money alone can’t buy happiness at work, but being under compensated can quickly lead to discontent.



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