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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.

 

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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.

 

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Creating a Social Brand for Your Job Search

 

 

So, we all know of corporate brands.  We see their logos in commercials, on billboards and even on clothing, like t-shirts.  However, we are less familiar with personal social brands.  Your social brand is your identity online and in social media.  Most of us have some social media imprint, but haven’t consciously considered our individual social brand.  This social brand is always important, but never more than when you are looking for a new job.

 

Why Build a Social Brand?

  1. Companies are already researching you online—these days most companies look for you online through avenues like Linkedin and Facebook. Most companies and hiring manger consider it a red flag if they can’t find you at all online.  With a bit of work on your personal brand, you can control what companies learn about you without looking like you are trying to hide something.
  2. Attract new opportunities and establish your credibility—Personal social branding is another form of networking. We all know that networking can help in our job searching.  So, use your social brand to identify yourself has an expert in your field by blogging.  This will promote your personal brand and also your professional skills

How to Begin Establishing Your Social Brand

  1. Determine your brand—this is the most basic step, but usually the hardest and most important. Think about what you want people to find when they search for you online.
  2. Compare yourself—don’t just Google yourself, search other people to see their social network, the tools they use and the areas they look to influence. Look at what is already out there and see how you can leverage it to define you as a person, showcase your talents, and introduce people to you as an employee.
  3. Showcase your brand–Make sure your social network profiles are up-to-date with work information and skill sets. If you have a website, connect to your LinkedIn and Twitter, and vice-versa. Craft your brand while keeping in mind your goals for your career and reputation.
  4. Be active—always keep your online presence up to date—it represents you. Be sure to regularly update your website and online resume.
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5 Tips for Job Searches during the Holidays

 

Searching for a job is never easy, but searching during the holiday season can be challenging and discouraging.  Here are 5 tips for your holiday search:

Companies Do Hire in DecemberDon’t believe people who say that no one hires in December. While it’s true that some searches slow down or get put on hold, plenty of hiring still happens around the holidays. December is still a great time to get your resume out to companies and have interviews. Often, manager are scrambling to hire for open positions before January 1st, so the decision making process can be faster.

There is Less CompetitionMost job seekers get discouraged during the holiday season or choose to wait until the New Year. So, often your resume will get noticed faster during the holiday. In fact, some hiring managers report that job applications slow to a trickle around this time of year and they have trouble finding suitable candidates for jobs that must be filled quickly.3.

Remember to Be FlexibleOften companies that are trying to make a hire before the new year are often trying to move quickly but may have limited interviewing slots available because of the vacation schedules of those involved in the interview process You’ll have a leg up if you’re willing to juggle your schedule to make yourself available when they can talk. So, remember to be flexible and it will pay off.

 Be Prepared for the Holiday RejectionRealize that some rejection might come along with the mistletoe this year. If you are searching for a job in December, you could get a rejection near Christmas. Don’t let the possible rejection interfere with your holidays.

Take Advantage of Holiday NetworkingWe all go to holiday parties and events during this time of year. Most likely, you will be asked about your job search. So be prepared to make the most of these events and the opportunity to network.  Networking at any time is a great way to learn about new positions and job opportunities.

 

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4 Resumes Mistakes That Are Costing You That Dream Job

 

A resume is the most important step in getting a job.  The smallest error can cost you the interview and your dream job.  Your resume paints a picture of your experience, successes and career.  Most hiring managers weigh an applicant’s resume heavily when filling a position.  Every piece of information in the resume should be clear, accurate and well-thought-out.

Below are 4 common resume mistakes job seekers should avoid:

 

  1. Too Many Grammatical Errors

Typos and grammatical errors are costly errors because such mistakes can easily destroy your credibility.  This can be easily avoided by proofreading your resume. Give it to a friend or family member for a fresh set of eyes. It’s not worth missing out on a job opportunity because of an avoidable spelling mistake.

 

  1. Emphasizes Duties Over Accomplishments

A common mistake in many resumes where many job applicants spend most of the space highlighting the job responsibilities instead of focusing on their accomplishments.  Prospective employers want to see specific, quantifiable accomplishments on your resume.   These accomplishment speak to your ability and what you can bring to their team and company.

 

  1. Filled With Jargon or Terminology

Exhibiting your specific skillsets are important, especially when you are seeking a technical or IT job, but too much jargon or too much “tech talk” in your resume can often prevent the company from identifying your accomplishment and viewing your experience.

 

  1. Too Long

It is important to highlight your experience and accomplishments, but if your resume is too long the hiring manager may not finish reading it….a miss important details that relate to their opportunity.  A good rule of thumb is to give enough details about your previous positions, while emphasizing your accomplishment, but leave some more detail you can expand on in an interview.  This will help you peak the hiring managers interest in you and help you empress them during the interview.

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5 Things That Will Cost You That Job

 

You have been searching for the right job and now you have the all-important in person interview scheduled.  In any interview there are things that can get you the job and things that will guarantee you don’t get the job.

Here you 5 things that will cost you that job every time:

 

  1. Inappropriate Dress

These days more and more companies are casual or business casual, so dressing for an interview can be tricky.  You should ask your recruiter or HR contract to ensure you are dressed properly. However, if you don’t know, make sure you dress more conservatively.  A dark suit and tie are always a good choice.

  1. Not Listening

We all do it…we are eager to impressed and don’t listen to the interviewer.  The best interviews are conversations.  To have a great conversation, you need to listen to the other person.

  1. Not Giving Examples of Your Experience

It is important to back up your experience with examples from your career.  Examples that include quantifiable or measurable results are the best.  These examples allow the interviewer to imagine your impact in their company.

  1. Bad Mouthing a Previous Employer

We have all had bad experiences at work, but sharing that experience can show make your prospective company think you are a complainer.  Instead, limit your explanations and remain positive.  People want to hire positive employees.

  1. Forgot to Ask For the Job

The most common mistake most people make during an interview is they don’t ask for the job.  At the end of the interview, be sure to tell the person interviewing you, how interested you are in the opportunity and that you would be eager to join the company.  This shows your interest level and tells the company you want this position.

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Holiday Time Off Requests-Is It Too Late?

 

 

One of the e best things about the holiday season is taking time off. The only problem…everyone wants to take the same days off.

If your company doesn’t give the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, these are prime time vacation days that everyone wants to take off. If you’re making specific plans during this busy vacation season, it’s hard to know exactly when you should bring it up with your boss.

When To Ask
Planning ahead on time off requests is always the best.  When the time off concerns the holiday season, managers are always burden with ensuring the work is covered.  So, the sooner you let you manager know your holiday plans, the more likely that your request will be approved.

Too Early vs. Too Late
You may wonder if it’s ever possible to ask for vacation too far in advance. For example, if you ask for holiday vacation in December over the summer, will it come off like you’re trying to “get ahead” of other people’s requests? This depends on how your company schedules holiday and if they can identify the business needs so far in advance. If you believe the request is too early, a good idea is to let you manager know your intentions.  Telling him/her that you want a certain day off for vacation, if it is possible.  This will help you “hold your place” in the line of requests/

What To Do If You Wait Too Long
It’s November, is it too late to ask? At this point, you need to just go ahead and ask your manager. If you can provide a solution for your manager, they’re more likely to agree to give you the time you want. If you aren’t able to find someone to cover for you.  Finding a plan that is workable for you and your manager will help you solidify your holiday plans.

One of the e best things about the holiday season is taking time off. The only problem…everyone wants to take the same days off.

If your company doesn’t give the week between Christmas and New Year’s off, these are prime time vacation days that everyone wants to take off. If you’re making specific plans during this busy vacation season, it’s hard to know exactly when you should bring it up with your boss.

When To Ask
Planning ahead on time off requests is always the best.  When the time off concerns the holiday season, managers are always burden with ensuring the work is covered.  So, the sooner you let you manager know your holiday plans, the more likely that your request will be approved.

Too Early vs. Too Late
You may wonder if it’s ever possible to ask for vacation too far in advance. For example, if you ask for holiday vacation in December over the summer, will it come off like you’re trying to “get ahead” of other people’s requests? This depends on how your company schedules holiday and if they can identify the business needs so far in advance. If you believe the request is too early, a good idea is to let you manager know your intentions.  Telling him/her that you want a certain day off for vacation, if it is possible.  This will help you “hold your place” in the line of requests/

What To Do If You Wait Too Long
It’s November, is it too late to ask? At this point, you need to just go ahead and ask your manager. If you can provide a solution for your manager, they’re more likely to agree to give you the time you want. If you aren’t able to find someone to cover for you.  Finding a plan that is workable for you and your manager will help you solidify your holiday plans.

 

 

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