You’ve been thinking about making a change. You’re thinking about looking for a new job. “Oh, I’ll wait until the new year, then I’ll start looking”. This is what runs through most people’s minds. New year, new you and all that. But, why wait until the new year? December is a great time to get a head start venturing into your job search. Get your resume updated. Fine tune your LinkedIn profile. Audit your social media presence, and make sure you are presented in a professional manner. You want to make sure that you are ready for that fresh start. Get these tasks completed now, so that a new start is possible in the new year.
Get ready to apply for jobs in December. Don’t wait until January to start your job search. December can be a quiet time for a lot of corporations. This could be a perfect opportunity to get seen by that recruiter or HR Manager. Not everybody takes 2 weeks off during the winter holidays. Some decisions makers might take a day or two off here or there. It can be a slow time of year for their customers, which means they could have more time to review that stack of resumes on their desk. There is also a real possibility of going to job interviews during this slow business time of year.
Make 2018 a year that you start off right. Be prepared before the new year begins.
Starting each day with this one habit will set you up for success.
Navy Seal Admiral McRaven explains at a university commencement speech why making your bed everyday may be the best way to start off your day.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
Every year on April 22, more than a billion people across the globe celebrate Earth Day.
Earth Day gives us the opportunity to come together to share awareness of what we can do to maintain a healthy environment on our planet. We believe we’re pretty good about recycling and being energy efficient in our homes, but what about our workplaces?
Here are some easy practices that can be put in place at the office:
Use less paper. Do you really need to print that email? At least print double sided if you have to.
Turn off the lights. As the days get longer, allow the natural light from the windows to brighten your workspace
Watch that thermostat. Keep the office at a comfortable temperature. Wear layers instead of adjusting the thermostat.
Stock the staff kitchen with reusable cutlery, glasses, dishes, cups. Have well marked recycling bins for food waste, plastics, paper etc.
Buy energy efficient equipment. Laptops use less energy than desktops. Use sleep or standby mode when not in use. Turn off your computer at end of the day, and especially for the weekend.
Walk, bike, or take public transportation to work. If your position allows for it, occasionally telecommute.
Donate used electronic equipment to charities.
If we can all make adjustments, we can contribute to a healthy planet.
Poor grammar, spelling mistakes, too many pages long…recruiters have seen many resume mistakes. Make sure your resume is polished and ready so you can get that interview! Hiring Managers have been known to spend only 6 seconds looking at your resume. Not getting any call backs from your job applications and resume submissions? Perhaps it is time to review your resume, and make sure it is clear and concise.
Here is a short video on 9 common mistakes people make on their resumes.
video credit: Business Insider
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We’ve all been asked this question. And throughout our lives, the answer can change as our skills refine and our interests shift.
I am the parent of a pre-teen and a teenager. They have many questions about their future, and are figuring out their interests along the way. They both know that they want a career that interests them, and will sustain them. I look forward to showing them this infographic below, as many of the points are ones that come up in our thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations about choosing a career.
Are you sitting at your desk all day? Check out this quick video below which shares tips about stretches we can do for better posture, plus how often we should stand up from our desk. Walking around the office would help too. You know what they say, “Sitting is the new smoking”.