Welcome back, everyone! Before we head into the weekend, we wanted to make sure to leave you with our favorite tips to reset, relaxation, and enjoy your free time away from the office! Keep reading here to achieve ultimate relaxation today.

Let’s Indulge in Self-Care…

  • Meditation: The task sounds more intimidating than the actual practice itself.. most people envision meditation, gratitude, and mindfulness practices as an hour-long activity requiring you to sit on a yoga mat and breathe. Well, we’re here to debunk this myth! Gratitude and meditation practices make take just a few short minutes and may include a thought or two, a journaling exercise, or some breathing, but they do not need to be considered a huge activity. We encourage you to do so when you wake up or before bed, especially by putting your phone down and “unplugging” to do so.
  • Say No: Learning to say no is beneficial for your self-care! We often feel pressured by “FOMO” to attend all events while in high school and throughout college. However, if you’re reaching burnout or a point where the stress of balancing all activities is beginning to outweigh the social benefit, it’s essential to set boundaries with yourself. Remember, saying no does not need to be viewed as a negative but as a beneficial moment to allow yourself to recharge and attain an independent moment to relax.
  • Engage in and Allow Yourself Breaks: Using breaks to break from schoolwork, social events, or activities is the best way to recharge your body and brain for a great rest of the day. Breaks lead to better productivity, so they should be viewed as equally important to the moments and hours spent being productive.
    • Extra Tip: While taking a break, we encourage you to go for a walk, exercise, stretch, practice yoga, grab a snack, make a smoothie, walk to a cafe for a cup of coffee or tea, call a friend, take a bath, paint your nails, do a face mask or skincare routine, light a candle, listen to music, listen to a podcast, or engage in a small activity solely for the joy of it! Above all, make sure that your “break” isn’t a secret disguise while you’re still glued to a screen. Put that phone down!
  • Input “Self-Care” Into Your Schedule: By actually documenting moments of self-care as events on your schedule, you will be more likely to “complete” it. Visually and physically blocking out time for self-care will help you practice it every day! Start by identifying the points in the day where you could best utilize a break and then block it in: we recommend in the morning before you start your day, in the middle, in the late afternoon before dinner, or before bed! Any of those will help break up your day and add in a little “treat.”
  • Self-spoil! That’s right, we said to spoil yourself. After all, it is YOU that wakes up every morning to work hard and achieve your goals. If this means you want to grab a fancy dinner, get a blowout, sign up for a workout class, take a trip to the spa or nail salon, buy a new clothing item, take a new lesson (like golf) or otherwise “treat” yourself to something out of the ordinary, the weekend is the perfect time to do so.

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Welcome back, everyone! This morning, we are here to help discuss what culture means at the office. Whether you’re working fully remotely, in a hybrid format, or going into the office in person each day, workplace culture is a crucial component of job satisfaction. Not only does culture exist at the enterprise level, but also across leadership, teammates, and within each department. So, in order to find out how you best fit into your office, organization, and greater culture, keep reading HERE!

Evaluating Workplace Culture…

  • Vision: While stability may be comfortable at work, a company with a vision for the future, even if it may even seem impossible, is one that is geared up to succeed. Visions are meant to act as guides, and often will even set unrealistic goals to help employees maintain a strong drive and motivation. Does your work environment have a clear vision?
    • Extra tip: Before accepting a job offer, make sure that your personal mission and vision align with those of the entire organization. Ensuring this will allow you to maintain enthusiasm and true care for the work you complete.
  • Morals and Values: An organization with genuine morals and values is one that deeply cares for its employees and their satisfaction, in addition to the success of the business. Morals and values can be exhibited in a concrete manner, potentially in a manual or posted on a wall, but are often expressed in intangible ways and through behaviors. Make sure that your firm takes notable action to enact these morals and values because we all know, you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?
    • Extra tip: We know that not every day can include a clear display of morals and values. However, does your company provide a volunteer day? Organizations to work with? Does it stand up for minority groups and make efforts to create diverse leadership? Do they partner with ethical organizations? These are all questions to ask yourself!
  • Teamwork: In your career, you will undoubtedly find yourself working on many different teams with various types of employees. Firms that monitor and encourage contribution from all team members, and from employees at all different levels are firms that exhibit true care for teamwork. In addition, an office that values teamwork will make sure that all employees are dedicated and in tune with the organization’s morals and values.
  • Support for Uniqueness and Creativity: One of the greatest aspects that help employees to feel valued is an organization’s ability to support and even encourage individual uniqueness and creativity. Flexibility awarded to employees as they complete projects, responsibilities, and even paths to take to achieve goals is one of the greatest ways to measure the trust your company has in you.
  • Feedback Loops: In the same way that organizations should encourage you to embrace your creativity and unique skillset, we also find immense value in companies that invest in their employee’s growth. This may look like a quarterly, formalized check-in in an HR software program, regular 1:1s with management and leadership, or written documentation of feedback and opportunities for improvement. Whatever it is for you, it is key to your professional development to have this type of consistent dialogue within your role!
  • Employee Retention: While many aspects of workplace culture are nonmeasurable, employee retention is something that you can actually evaluate. Retention is a great way to measure if culture is being exhibited in an effortful manner. A workplace with a flourishing, successful culture is one that employees will want to work for forever! So, are they staying with your firm?

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Welcome back, everyone! We hope that you enjoyed your week – as I return from a vacation and some PTO, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to address how I best prepare for vacation days so that I can take full advantage of my time OOO (out of office). Keep reading to find out how to do so HERE!

Communicate and Anticipate:

If you are planning to ask for time off, make sure to read any company policies in order to make sure you are following all guidelines. For example, if your company requires that you give notice of your request at least 4 weeks prior to your desired vacation, plan as far ahead as possible to be able to do so and request the dates that work best for YOU! It’s always better to ask way ahead of time so as to ensure that your manager will have time to prepare for your absence and allocate your assignments to other employees.

  • Pro-tip: Pay attention to how your teammates request PTO! Do they do so a few days ahead, weeks before,… do they send out a calendar invite so the team has a view into their absence? Assimilating into the practices sent in place will set you up for success.

Tips on How and When to Ask:

  • Ask during “down” times: This may seem obvious, but try to plan your vacation during a time when your team isn’t drowning in work.  Many of us have certain “busy” seasons at work, and if you are swamped with projects, wait until the busy period is over and everything has cooled down (keep this in mind for your boss as well – if they are super busy, leaving in the midst may leave a negative impression on the team).
  • Prepare: If you know that you are going on your vacation soon, make sure all of your work is complete beforehand. Even if this requires some extra hours in the office, they will pay off in the future by showing your teammates that you care to leave them in a secure position to take on some of your responsibilities.
  • Communicate: On the same note as leaving minimal work to your teammates, make sure to communicate (through email or other written dialogue) to all appropriate parties that you’re leaving and when. That way everyone will know what to expect once you’re gone and for how long!
  • Collaborate with your coworkers: There will always be “popular” times to take off work like the holiday season and year-end. When able, try to divide these days up and work as a team with your coworkers to maximize each employee’s satisfaction.
  • On vacation… STAY on vacation! Even if you are itching to check your work email or phone while you are physically out of town, we recommend that you do NOT unless absolutely necessary. Remember, you have PTO for a reason and what that means is to… unplug from work. Setting the precedent of being reachable while out of the office will not only hinder your ability to relax but could contribute to a negative work-life balance and culture as well.
  • Extra note for new employees: Remember that if you are new to a job, you are expected to be prepared, productive, and most importantly, present. We recommend you do not ask for time off within the first several months of your job if you can avoid it!

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Welcome back, everyone! As you know, resumes are frequently spoken about here at Esquire Recruiting, LLC. Resumes are extremely prevalent in securing a job, and help hiring managers to learn about you. Today, we will discuss some resume mistakes to avoid! Avoiding the mistakes listed below will help ensure that your resume is tip-top. Keep reading to find out the best way to stand out and display your best candidate self!

Let’s… Avoid these Mistakes!

  • Sloppy Mistakes: Sloppy mistakes can be totally avoided with a bit of extra work and attention. These mistakes consist of things such as spelling errors, typos, and punctuation. With a bit of extra proofreading, you can avoid these mistakes that will make a hiring manager think twice about your application. Proofread your resume a few times by yourself and when you finally think it is perfect, send it to a friend for a final review.
    • Extra tip: There are many FREE online tools that will do this job for you! Utilize spell check on any platform, or install Grammarly for an automated review of your work. The more layers of editing and eyes on your resume, the better!
  • Generic Feel and Wording: Your resume should not look the same for every job you apply to. While this may sound like a time-consuming task, in editing your resume to appeal to individual job applications, is absolutely worth it. Sending a generic resume to employers will give them the inkling that you don’t particularly care about that specific job but instead are copying, pasting, and applying to anything that you think is available.
    • Extra tip: Research resume templates that are relative to your field, potential role, etc. That way, you will be able to gauge the appropriate look (like having a profile pic), feel (like font type), and types of words used to describe certain experiences and fields.
    • KeywordsThe best way to tailor your resume to every job application is to use keywords. Look at the job description for the position you are applying for and use it to your advantage. Use the keywords from the job description in your resume and sell yourself so that you convince the company that they should hire you!
  • Accomplishments: A common mistake many people make is highlighting their job duties rather than their accomplishments. Put an emphasis on what you accomplished in your past positions, not just what you had to do. Demonstrate the activities you have achievedd within your daily job duties, as doing so will show the hiring manager/company through your accomplishments that you went above and beyond.

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Welcome back, everyone! We hope that you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend – and if you’re in Chicago like we are, a brief introduction to fall weather and a momentary reprieve from the heat! However, if you’re feeling excited about the changing of the seasons like we are, then it is time for you to hop into Fall with us. How do you re-align for a new time of year or get back on track? find out below!

Let’s… Hop into Fall (a new season)!

  • Get Outside: The summer months are spent beneath the sun but don’t let the end of summer mean the end of venturing outside – especially during the last few weeks of September, make sure to value pockets of time that you can spend outdoors! Not only is doing so a great source of Vitamin D to stimulate overall health and productivity, but will allow you to appreciate the warm weather while it’s still here.
    • Extra Tips: Find a picnic spot, listen to a podcast on a walk, take a lunch break on a patio or at an outdoor cafe, or go see a “movie in the park” and participate in an outdoor community activity.
  • Make a Bucket List: Of things you’re most excited about in the coming months. Ready to leave summer behind? Summer is not for everyone. The heat, bugs, and lack of routine might have you excited for pumpkin spice lattes and a Halloween movie marathon. If this sounds like you, make a bucket list of things you are looking forward to. Even if you LOVE summer, to get excited about September and the new things to come, a bucket list can help. Setting goals and creating bucket lists help focus our attention, articulate what we want to explore, and turn those ideas into a reality.
    • Extra Tip: As we enter Q4, this is also a great time to check in with the goals you’ve set for this year! Are you on track personally? Professionally? How can you make these last few months COUNT?
  • Personal Reflection: Whether this is through journaling, meditation, or time alone with your thoughts, think about some of these questions:
    • What was your favorite thing about summer?
    • What was the best thing that you experienced this summer?
    • If you could go back and do summer over, what would you change?
    • What did you learn about yourself this summer?
    • How was this summer different from past summers?
    • What lessons or takeaways would you like to carry with you into the fall?
  • Create a routine. Creating a new routine can be just the fresh start you need to kickstart the new season. Get organized and prioritize what needs to be done in September. You can almost think of September as the new January! Cleaning out your closet, workspace, or other environments is a perfect way to create a refreshed and re-ignited sense of motivation to close out the year.

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Welcome back, everyone! Today we’re here to piggyback on our rotation review. Once you’ve rotated, trained a backfill, and are beginning to shift your full attention to onboarding, it’s crucial to set up coffee chats across your new organization! What is a coffee chat? How do you best succeed in these conversations? Find out everything you need to know below!

What is a “Coffee Chat”?

Coffee chats are typically 30-minute conversations scheduled between 2 employees of an organization. Especially at large corporate offices, these “chats” may mean a quick run to an on-site coffee shop or sitting area, walking around the perimeter of the office, meeting at a desk, or joining a virtual call. Do these chats always involve coffee? Nope! Likely, both employees will bring the coffee they’ve already purchased earlier that day; the title just sets the tone for a casual, friendly atmosphere. During these conversations, employees may get to know each other, gain introductory information about their jobs, ask for feedback, or learn about completely different areas and positions within the organization! We encourage you to ALWAYS offer to purchase coffee for the other person as a thank you for their time and conversation.

Capitalizing on Coffee Chats:

  • Preparation and Purpose: In order to gain a meaningful amount of knowledge from your conversations, make sure that you are setting up chats with employees that you have a true interest in (whether that be their role, background, accomplishments, etc.). When entering into this conversation, you should have previously conducted a quick search on their background, and a light gauge of their current work so as to avoid taking a large portion of time dedicated solely to introductions.
  • Utilize your Org Chart! Almost all employees have access to an internal org chart that displays all employees within departments, business units, teams, etc. Evaluate your org chart to better understand all of the key players that will contribute to your role (either in dependency, cross-functionality, on your team or in leadership!). By creating personal relationships with other employees that you are bound to interact with almost every day, you will be setting yourself up for success and simultaneously showcasing a genuine desire to get to know them beyond the scope of their work.
  • Ask Specific Questions: As it relates to our point above, you should not be asking questions like, “How’d you get here?” or “So, what do you do?” If you’ve initiated a chat, it is likely for the specific purpose to learn more about an employee. For example, if you’re speaking to someone on the public relations side of the business, focus questions around, “How have you handled our company’s relationship with X topic/company/etc.? How much of your time do spend avoiding negative PR vs creating positive PR?” Always make the employee feel valued! After all, they dedicated a portion of their day specifically to you.
  • Maintain the Relationship: A coffee chat might be a periodic occurrence, but communication should not be. Make sure to maintain the relationships that you’ve worked to schedule and cultivate! Whether this means a weekly check-in, an email update of your recent accomplishments, or a quick link to a relevant article, make sure to keep consistent contact and follow up after your thank you note!

Employees are incredibly fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to network with one another and dedicate work time to meeting and chatting! Take advantage of these opportunities and capitalize on your time through prior research, preparation, and purpose.

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Welcome back from the holiday weekend, everyone! Today, as promised, we are continuing to divulge some of my best practices and tips for navigating a rotation program. If you are entering into a new role, or even starting off at a new company, keep reading to find out how to reach success as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Navigating a Rotation…

  • Learn About your Business Unit: Above all, utilize your first weeks of training time to learn as much as possible about your new department, team, and business model. How does your product or team generate revenue? How do you contribute to the bigger picture of the company? How can you provide value and achieve success in this role? Asking these questions to your new manager, or leveraging online courses and training modules are keys to understanding this type of information and integrating it into your new role.
  • Set “SMART” Goals: Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely goals! Whether this is formally documented in an HR platform, with your manager in a document, submitted to leadership, etc., understanding your 30, 60, or 90 days deliverables and expectations is a crucial way to view your path forward. Make sure to contribute to personal and professional development that is meaningful to you as well as your leadership! Creating alignment on both sides of the coin is a great way to ensure you feel personally motivated and so does your leadership.
  • Curate your Environment: It is easy to feel fatigued in your bedroom, home office, or working space after spending so much consistent time in one area. That feeling is completely normal! We encourage you to “spruce” up your environment by picking up a new scent (candle or incense), gifting yourself with something that brings you happiness (like new wall art or desk accessories), and otherwise making your space somewhere you want to spend time.
  • Identify leadership: Remember, if you are undergoing change, it is likely that many others are too. Whether this is your mentor, manager, boss, or teammate, we highly value the importance of using your resources! Identify those who are senior in their experience and ask for help, recommendations, advice, or best practices to maintain a sense of motivation, dedication to your work, and accountability to your goals.
  • Ask for help! Above all, you are not alone! So many of us feel fatigued in our day-to-day life, lack motivation, or need a refresh. Seek help from your friends and family, in your work or school resources, or even through therapy! Talking through feelings and avoiding a build-up of frustration is the best possible way to mitigate burnout. And if you’re ever seeking additional advice and guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team!

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Welcome back to the blog! Today, as we head into a nice and long holiday weekend, I wanted to expand on the topic I covered Monday: training new coworkers. It is the reality that as long as you are a part of your work team, people will inevitably come and go. As I head into my next rotation for the upcoming year, I thought it would be a perfect time to discuss what a rotation program is, the expectations, and where I am headed!

Rotation Programs…

  • Duration: First and foremost, the duration of rotations changes depending on which company you are working for. Even within the program, I am currently participating in, the rotation timeline has maintained a 2-year consistency, but shifted between 6-month, 9-month, and 1-year rotations depending on the needs of the business! My current structure follows 2, year-long rotations (meaning that I will “graduate” the program in about a year from now!) throughout different areas of the enterprise. Engaging in this long of a rotation has allowed me to feel fully immersed in my team, valuable in the projects I’ve been able to accomplish, and even ready for my next endeavor and transition off!
  • Role Selection: Another variable of rotation programs is your ability to contribute to the role that you are placed in. Some companies may completely decide this placement for you and have consistent rotation positions that remain the same and “rotate” through employees, whereas others might change every cycle! It is key to discuss with your hiring manager what this will look like as you are applying and also once you are involved in the program so that you know what to expect. If per se, you will be able to have a voice in the way you rotate through the company, it’s even more beneficial to get ahead and start networking ASAP to build connections and be able to gauge which areas of the organization might need future help (in the form of a rotation) soon!
  • Leaving your Team in a Solid Position: What do I mean by this? Well, if we’re being honest, you likely won’t have an exact rotation date where 100% of your work shifts to your new team. If you’ve worked in a corporate setting, you know how easily lines get blurred as timelines shift and responsibilities are adjusted. So, make sure to discuss your transition plan with your manager; do they expect a 50:50 ratio shift when you change positions for the first few weeks? 75:25, 80:20? These are crucial learnings to take into your transition plan to be able to provide your new manager as they craft their first 30-day goals.
    • This being said, you should plan ahead and begin crafting your exit resources approximately 60 days before your departure from the team. Whether this looks like standard work to follow within software programs, project submissions, communications, etc., or other resource guides, use your final weeks to get ahead of these deliverables! Doing so will not only help the person that back-fills your role but will absolutely alleviate the potential of you having to complete more work after you leave as a result of a lack of knowledge on a certain process.

Tune in next week to wrap up on this topic!

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Welcome to a new week, everyone! As I transition into my next rotation (check out our blog later this week!), it has been a great time to reflect on my prior year, my deliverables and the projects I’ve led, and what it means to be in my current role! Especially as I had a new teammate join my prior team, I was tasked with creating resources and assisting in her onboarding. So, how do you become the best help to new employees in their transition period? Keep reading to find out!

Helping New Coworkers Onboard…

  • Create Standard Work: Where applicable, I highly recommend creating step-by-step guides on how to complete blanket tasks that your entire team is responsible for knowing on a consistent basis. Whether this is an access request, request to a cross-functional team, submission in a commonly used software/platform, etc., it will not only help them but also YOU to have a reference guide! Often, the more “mundane” tasks that you’ve become used to are those that are most ambiguous to a new employee, so make sure to be mindful of all inputs that you execute daily.
  • Create Best Practices: On the same note, create best practices or include them within standard work resources! Whether this means a certain way of titling projects or inputting descriptions, communicating to teams, engaging in a meeting-cadence for weekly team connects, fonts/formats/layouts utilized in presentations or documents, and more, there is likely a quicker avenue to the finish line that’s guided by knowing your best work! Especially as it relates to the preferences of the cross-functional teams you work with, assisting someone new on the ins and outs of the way you work is key to their integration and successful joining the team.
  • Create Tracker of In-flight Projects: If you’re leaving the team as I am, it is also super important to have written documentation of projects or tasks that are incomplete upon your departure. Documenting the resources (like employees across the org.), who the tasks are being assigned to, the status, and any relevant documentation will ease your team’s ability to take over where you left off.
  • Free Up Some Space! Free up your calendar when and where you can. Simply stating to the new teammate to “find some time on your cal” will not suffice in being welcoming and engaging. Make sure to suggest optimal times to chat live or via video, or even meet in person when able!
  • Create Consistent Touch-bases: On the same note, take ownership over the cadence that you will connect with this new employee. Daily? Weekly? Bi-weekly? This will ultimately be up to you, but we encourage you to get ahead of scheduling conflicts and create a recurring meeting so as to prove your reliability and interest in helping with onboarding.

We hope that by implementing the above points, you will not only help onboard a new teammate but in an even shorter time with greater efficiency! So, make sure to continuously remind that person that you are there as a resource, willing to help, and will offer assistance often but when able (make sure you’re compromising on both ends!).

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Welcome back, everyone! With the mid-to-last few weeks of August come many of our transitions back to college! Are you heading down the road? Across the country? Road-tripping to school? Whatever returning to school looks like for you, let’s follow the below steps to set ourselves up for a successful year.

Let’s get Organized Back on Campus…

  • Task Prioritization: Between assignments, presentations, projects, and exams, it’s crucial to prioritize assignments based on their due date and impact on your overall grade. Make sure to avoid spreading yourself too thin across multiple projects; to avoid this, pace your study schedule across days and a variety of times, and incorporate breaks, so that you won’t be left cramming for hours on end in the days leading up to due dates. By prioritizing obligations, you will find yourself on a healthy track toward success!
    • Measurable Goals: A great way to set measurable priorities is to include goals for each assignment or study habit. Whether this means a one-hour goal of studying per exam each day, or a one-page goal per report or essay to be completed every other day, SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely) will assist you in actually tracking progress and spanning obligations over a time period instead of cramming at the last moment.
  • School Shopping Starts… Now! In order to truly get on top of several different courses, we encourage you to purchase the appropriate materials ahead of your first day. Whether this means binders, folders, pens, pencils, headphones, a driving pass, or whatever it may be, setting yourself up for success is a great way to get ahead.
  • Prioritize Your Routine: We know it can be easy to fall out of a regular routine throughout summer when most of our tasks are pushed to the side. However, whilst in school, adhering to a structured routine is your best way to avoid missing projects or deadlines, and also to continue feeling your best.
    • Extra Tip: To stay on track with all of your assignments and due dates, we encourage you to incorporate any of the following into your daily plan: an alarm clock, morning meditation or stretch, making your bed, eating breakfast, or otherwise setting consistent tasks is a great way to replicate a regular day, but adapted to a study environment.
    • Extra Tip 2: Prioritizing a routine means… having one in the first place! We recommended arriving on campus early to be able to take a “lay of the land” and locate your course buildings if in-person, nearest gym, grocery store, library, study spot, cafe, coffee shop, etc.!
  • Rest! Above all, we know that when your body is telling you to take a break, it’s because you’ve pushed yourself to the max. Make sure to allow a minimum of 7 hours of sleep each night to jumpstart your next day and maintain optimal energy and health.

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Welcome back, everyone! We hope that you had a wonderful weekend and are taking advantage of the last few weeks of summer. As I enter into a new position at the end of this week (I’ll get into those details on Thursday!), I thought it would be a perfect time to refresh our memory on the importance of being an active and engaged listener at work. Keep reading to find out how to best soak up information and engage in conversations!

Being the Best Listener You Can Be…

  • Removing distractions! Even if you have a habit of multitasking in some meetings or during activities, being a great listener requires full focus on whatever is in front of you. We spend a majority of our day thinking about what we are going to do next and it distracts us from the task at hand. Silence your phone; turn off your texts or notifications on your computer, and you will already be more prepared to listen.
  • Body language: When you are talking to someone in person (and over a virtual call as well!), body language is so crucial to how you come across. Simply making sure you are facing the person you are talking to can help you focus on what they are saying. Also, better posture shows the person that you care about what they are saying and want to know more.
  • Eye contact: I know eye contact can sometimes feel awkward or uncomfortable… it’s probably just my generation trained to stare at their phones, but it really comes in handy when trying to listen to others actively. Our mind follows where our eyes are so if your eyes are darting around a coffee shop, your office space, a wall, or especially a screen, more likely than not the person you are speaking to will assume that your thoughts aren’t far behind.
  • Draw interest from the other person: We are much more prone to be attentive listeners when the person who is speaking is interesting to us. If you find yourself having trouble listening to others, try and ask yourself – what you can get out of the conversation. Treating every conversation at work and as you are training with importance will undoubtedly help you stay engaged. You never know who will be on track toward becoming your next go-to person or mentor, so treat everyone with interest and respect.
  • Be present: What do we mean by this? While incorporating the above aspects will set you up for success, the final piece of the puzzle is participation and being present! Ask questions throughout the conversation or jot down notes for the end, and make sure to address topics covered in your 1:1. For example, if you’re discussing the new role, ask questions about goals, deliverables, and other expectations of your performance. If you’re chatting about the hybrid work environment, as how the team cadence looks for going into the office – asking questions relevant to the conversation shows you’re being thoughtful and engaged.

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Welcome back, everyone! Today we are here to provide a bit 0f color to some of our recent graduates, as well as any employee in the working force seeking out a new opportunity, role, or entry-level job role! We know how difficult it can feel and be to be persistent and motivated in a job search. The reality is that there will be far more rejections than acceptions… But we are here to remind you that all you need is ONE acceptance and here are some of the best tips to get you on the right track.

Key Aspects of Your Job Search…

  • Perseverance: This can be a tricky strategy. You might find yourself feeling hopeless after a few months filled with rejection and no luck. There are many long and hard stages of the job search process, but perseverance will keep you going. It will help you stay positive and realize that this search will be over soon and at the end of it, you will have a great job! Those who persevere will feel more rewarded!
    • Best practice: Set metrics to hold yourself accountable to! Whether this means 5, 10, or even 50 applications sent in each week, creating a goal to set and meet on a specific cadence is key to feeling accomplished regardless of that week’s outcome.
  • Timing: Timing can be everything! If you find that perfect job, perfect location, but you think the time isn’t right, this is where you make a mistake. Good jobs aren’t open for a long time. They fill up pretty fast usually, so jump on something when you see it! And remember, just because you accept a job in a new industry or city does not mean that you are committing to the rest of your career. Things change all of the time, so allow yourself flexibility and openness to diving outside of your comfort zone.
  • Skill: Your skills are your greatest asset. Prepare yourself on how to sell people on your skills and talk about the great things you can do. Use your downtime to improve on your current skills or even learn new ones – online certifications (through platforms like LinkedIn, Google, or Amazon) is a great way to improve and update your skill set.
    • Besst practice: There are also many personality and strength tests for FREE USE online! Use these tests to examine your skill set and offer concrete examples as to why your strong areas support your potential next role.
  • Customization: Take time to tailor your resume to each job you are applying for; this may seem tedious, but will undoubtedly prove valuable when it comes to your next employer (and the recruiter evaluating your candidate profile!). This might look like adjusting the format, descriptions, coloration, or even the experiences per application, but it is key to showcasing you care about each given role to adapting your resume to show so.

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Welcome back, everyone! Today, as well as throughout the summer, I’ve spent a bunch of time working alongside interns and post-graduates who are soon to enter the corporate workforce full-time (and for a LONG time!).  As “Gen-Z” employees are quickly rising to the most populous generation, making up more than 1/3 of the current workforce, it’s crucial for employers to understand their preferences and deliver on expectations.

To our recruiters and employers, this article is for you! Keep reading to find out the best way to cater job offerings to this generation, retain employees, and curate a benefits package that will please all candidates.

Gen-Z Working Preferences…

  • Environment: Environment is a key to workplace satisfaction for this generation! So, what do we mean by a positive working environment? Consider natural lighting, open space, updated furniture, and an office that feels “light.” Gone are the days of dark cubicles and grey, and welcome are the days of color. The more enjoyable the physical environment is, the most enjoyable your employees are likely to be.
  • Hybrid Flexibility: That’s right, with the pandemic came a seemingly permanent shift in the way that employees are considering their day-to-day in-person expectations. So, if able, we highly consider that your office integrates a flexible and hybrid working environment into your daily expectations. Whether this looks like 3 in-person/2 virtually enforced days per week, 5-day flexibility, 1-day per week requirement, etc., every formation looks different! Allowing and embedding trust into your employees by allowing them to guide their own daily routine is a phenomenal way to retain talent. We also encourage you to incentivize this type of benefit! Maybe this looks like meeting a sales quota, a deliverable, an outcome, etc., but creating rewards in the form of flexibility for performance is also a great means of positive reinforcement.
  • Well-being Benefits and Focus: What does this mean to your employment package? Mental health days, rewards for completing tasks, flexibility on Fridays, well-being checks, and resources (like online learnings) are all great manifestations of a focus on your employee’s well-being. Remember, the happier that you can make your employees each day, the more elongated motivation and consideration they will feel to stay with your company.
  • Openness to Job Changes: Unfortunately, Gen-Z more than any other generation is willing to relocate to a more fitting opportunity if their current job doesn’t meet their qualities of satisfaction. Things like a hybrid environment benefit package, compensation, and growth opportunities are all important factors that Gen-Z will continuously evaluate as it relates to staying in their current role. Checking in with your employees through surveys that allow them to provide their voice and perspective is an amazing format to make your employees feel heard!

Like we said at the beginning, this generation is quickly rising to become the most influential of all in the workforce! So achieving the above attributes and instilling them into the framework of your company will prove key to ongoing and sustainable success.

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If you live in the Midwest like me, then you’ve probably already encountered a few days that feel as if we live in Arizona…. in fact, just about everyone in the country has experienced outrageously hot summer days this year. However, with the weather and heat comes a push and encouragement to spend time (safely, and with sunscreen!) outdoors and in the fresh air. If you lost track of your workout regime in quarantine or over the past year, or if you’re looking to jump into exercise, this article is for YOU! Find out some of our favorite fitness resources below…

Ideas for Exercise…

Self-Guided

Above all, getting to the gym and rotating around a few different machines is a traditional, basic, and effective way to get your body moving. Whether this means the elliptical, treadmill, weight machines, stair climber, bench, or any other material you have as a resource, get on there and get going! The hardest part about working out is getting to the gym, and remembering that every other person is there for the same reason that you are is a great way to decrease the nerves and start increasing your confidence.

Bicycling Outside

No matter where you live, we can almost guarantee that there are forest preserves, hiking routes, or outdoor bike paths near you. This may look like a few miles or a few hours.. anything works! Just get on, and get moving. Bicycling is a fantastic lifetime sport that does not require the same cardio exertion as would a treadmill or outdoor run. Not only is this sport maintainable and a great way to burn some calories, but is a super-inclusive activity for any aged person looking to get riding.

Find a Hill

Cardio lovers… this one is for YOU! If you live a relatively close distance to a hill (at parks, near schools, at a neighborhood recreation center, etc.), this is a cost-free and highly effective workout for individuals seeking a cardio-heavy experience. Taking the side stairs or running up the face will provide equally exhausting and rewarding exercise experiences at your leisure and at a self-guided pace. Remember, getting there is the hardest part! Whether you run, jog, or walk, moving your body is a success in and of itself… and there’s always room to continually improve! Working out is a lifestyle above all else, so take it slow and steady to optimize your health.

Online Classes and Videos

Since the start of the “OG” quarantine, we’re sure just about every single one of you has heard of a friend, family member, or have even found yourself engaging with online fitness content. YouTube, IGTV, live videos, and almost every social platform have taken to fitness classes taught through the screen. If you’re like me, and 91-degree weather means staying inside and away from the heat of the sun, this is a great alternative to maintain movement! Even more, many fitness classes require no added equipment or materials to participate… so all you need is you. 

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Welcome back, everyone! As we spoke about last week, the months following college graduation are quite ambiguous for most students. Many of you have become accustomed to living on your own over the past years, and as a result, hope to try on a new city or “flee the nest” right after graduation. While we spoke about some financial benefits of living at home, we thought it fair to show you the other side of the coin! If you’re toying with the idea of relocation, keep reading below to find out our pro tips as to why you should go for it.

Benefits of Relocating Post-Grad…

  • Developing Independence: While college is undoubtedly a phenomenal resource that allows students to experience independence for the first time, living on your own in a different city will provide even more opportunities for maturity and growth. Likely, you will be placing yourself in an environment without the cushion of dozens of friends, familiar professors and buildings, and even restaurants and coffee shops! For that reason, you may find yourself with new, unexpected responsibilities and opportunities: navigating grocery shopping, finding relaxation outlets, new exercise routes or studios, seeking new friendships or mentors, etc. This is an amazing time to put your skills to the test!
  • Dream Company: At least in my experience, I’ve found that some of my “dream” companies are located solely in California, New York, Austin, etc. So, if leaving your hometown allows you to pursue your absolute dream role, this is the time to do so! Working for a company that you’re passionate about will undoubtedly make a new city more enjoyable and fun, and it may allow you to explore an area of the U.S. that you hadn’t even previously considered!
  • New Start: A supernormal feeling that comes with college graduation is some time to reevaluate your current satisfaction with the people with who you surround yourself will. While not necessarily bad, it’s completely reasonable to feel as though you’ve outgrown your close circle, or that you’re in the market for a refresh. Moving to a new location will undoubtedly help you immerse yourself in a new culture and therefore surround yourself with people different and similar to yourself. Refreshing your social circle after graduation is a phenomenal reason to explore a new city, state, or region of the U.S. and beyond!
    • Extra tip: If you’re struggling to meet new people, check out Bumble BFF, Facebook Groups, the Geneva app, and other media avenues intended to bring new people together with a shared interest in developing a friendship! Trying out a new workout class, cafe, boutique, restaurant, or busy location while on your own is also a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone and meet someone new. Always adopt a smile and a friendly face and you’re sure to connect with someone new!
  • Temporary Commitment: More now than ever before, companies are developing and offering rotational programs for graduates post-college. Accepting a role of this sort will provide you with an exceptional measure of testing out a new city with an expiration date in mind. One year, two years, or even a few months from now, you’ll be able to reassess your contentment with a city and potentially even relocate again!

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Welcome back, everyone! Today, we’re here to refresh on a topic we’ve been covering since the start of the pandemic: working from home! Now that almost all of us, and if not us then likely a person we know, have transitioned their work to the virtual environment, it’s crucial to stay in tune with how to maintain motivation and engagement through your screen. If you’re still WFH full-time or in a hybrid format, this article is for you. Keep reading here to find out our best tips for staying engaged no matter where you work…

Stay Engaged: Working From Home Edition…

  • Fitness: It’s no shock that those who work from home are less likely to be active during their day! Without being forced to commute or leave their four walls, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of sitting and not doing. However, as we’ve encouraged you in the past, being the caloric benefit, exercise helps to decrease stress, increase energy, and overall optimize your physical and emotional well-being! So, whether it looks like going to the gym, outside on a walk, engaging in an at-home video, lifting weights, working with a trainer, or anything else, stay moving! You might even work for a company that provides monetary incentives as a benefit for staying healthy – so make sure to look into how they are investing in your health starting today!
  • Virtual team-building: While not always ideal (let’s be honest here!), it’s still key to relationship building to offer and participate in virtual team-building events. Whether this is a virtual happy hour, escape room, mystery game, scavenger hunt, mixology class, game night, or what have you, make sure to come with a positive attitude and a smile. Those of you who participate in these types of events undoubtedly retrieve the most value from WFH environments and build ever-lasting connections with coworkers and leadership alike.
  • Optimize your WFH setup! Again, you may not know it, but many companies offer benefits in the form of compensation for at-home offices. So, look into how to derive the most value out of your benefits package by embedding some key attributes of a functional space into your home today:
    • Laptop or several monitors and keyboard
    • Quality headphones or earbuds
    • Adjustable standing desk or treadmill desk if people prefer to work standing up or want to work out a bit
    • An ergonomic and comfortable chair
    • Hardware accessories, such as webcam and wireless device charging station
    • Ring light to better show people’s faces on video calls
  • Learning opportunities: Take advantage of online opportunities to increase your professional skills and competency! Many courses can be found on Udemy, Development internal websites, and more. Even LinkedIn, Amazon, and Google offer several free-to-access programs for you to enjoy and utilize!
  • Prioritizing mental well-being: Finally, we all know that being isolated in a virtual format can be damaging to one’s mental well-being. So, always factor in times for breaks, outdoor walks, re-fueling with a full lunch, and other pockets of “you time.” While we all know the urgency of work obligations, at the end of the day, remind yourself that the world will go on without you meeting one deadline! And never be too hard on yourself, we’re all trying our best out here!

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The months following college graduation are quite ambiguous for most students. Many of you have become accustomed to living on your own over the past years, and the thought of transitioning back into your old household may not appear the most enticing choice. However, the financial benefits of living at home, as well as a few more that we will list below, may convince you to consider this option. Especially for those of you on the job hunt – it’s important to evaluate these advantages!

Saving Money!

  • Rent-Free Living: In most cases, living at home means that you will be able to avoid the costs of rent that come with cities. If you are looking to save up for your first apartment’s rent, staying at home for a few months will help you set aside a substantial amount of money that you can use to create a stable, prepared future.
    • Extra Tip: Don’t just talk about saving, do it! Set a strict monthly amount to hold yourself accountable; that way, you will force yourself to “walk the walk” and take action.
  • Other Ways to Save:
    • Use your money saved from rent to invest in stocks, bonds, or other investments!
    • Start paying off student loans.
    • Ensure that you have a positive, strong credit score.
    • Begin thinking about your future budget; plan out an estimate of monthly expenses so as to prepare for your future move out.

Other Home Benefits . . .

  • Utilizing Home Network: Placing yourself back into a setting surrounded by loving family members, old friends, or neighbors will allow you to use your network while searching for a new position. You never know which old relationship may provide you with your next opportunity! Remember, it is always important to be constantly working to make connections and expand your network in the business world. Living at home is a great head start!
  • Time to Plan: It is likely that your last semester in college was filled with job applications, last-minute exams or projects, and most certainly, lots of celebrations! We understand that you may feel as though you haven’t had a moment to yourself to start seriously considering your professional opportunities and hopes for your career. Settling back in at home will provide you significant time to reflect on your desires and start planning to make them a reality.
  • Try Out Something New: Maybe being at home will allow you to finally try out that new hobby you’ve been thinking about for years! Make sure you are keeping yourself busy so as to stay motivated. Other ideas include art classes, cooking classes, new workouts, or even some outdoor activities like kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding.
  • Family! Let’s not forget, that you’ve likely been away from your family for years! It’s crazy how much a few months will allow you to spend quality time with those you love while doing things you love with your newfound free time. While we encourage you to continue your job search throughout this time, we hope you recognize the importance of taking advantage of these priceless moments…. especially… home-cooked meals!

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Good afternoon, everyone! Today, we’re here to provide you with a few fun ideas and ways to spend your weekend in my hometown, Chicago. While some of these are taking place right now, other attractions are available (and often free!) year round – so to those of our national followers, this might be the perfect time for you to plan a trip to our Windy City!

Chicago Attractions:

  • Lollapalooza: One of the iconic moments of a Chicago summer is Lollapalooza. Whether you like rock, indie, country (sometimes), EDM, rap, or pop music… this is the place to be! This year, headliners like Dua Lipa and Green Day are taking the stage in just a few hours. If you’ve never been to Grant Park, this is certainly your reason to make a trip Downtown. We recommend buying tickets in advance when able, dressing for the weather, and hydrating throughout the day to account for walking through the festival grounds!
  • Randolph Street Market: Another awesome attraction that is set to return to Chicago after its Covid-based hiatus is the Randolph Street Market. Also found in the downtown area of the city, you can find antiques, vintage clothing, food, drinks, entertainment, and more at this fest! Make sure to stop by on July 30th or 31st to participate.
  • Taste of [Neighborhoods]: Additionally, while not necessarily tied to one place (Wicker, Chicago in general, Lincoln Ave, and more!), there are several “Taste of” events scattered throughout the warm summer months. Usually lined with other goodies and live music, these are often free and wonderful ways to spend your afternoon. Make sure to plan your transportation to the event and wear comfortable shoes! While most vendors have POS terminals, we also recommend having a bit of cash on hand to ease the process.
  • The Bean and the Magnificent Mile: As I’m sure you’ve heard of, one of the most tourist-centric areas is Millennium Park and specifically, “the Bean.” An enormous and shocking sculpture, the Bean is one of the visuals that remind people of our city. Make sure to take a bit of a walk or drive North and shop along the Magnificent Mile, home to the most populous stores in the city.
  • A walk on the Lakeshore Path or Chicago River: Finally, and also free, is walking along Lake Michigan or the Chicago River. There are several entry points to these walking paths throughout different neighborhoods, so a quick map search will direct you toward your closest route. Not only are the walks beautiful, but give a great opportunity to view the city and its buildings from far and from up close.

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Welcome back, everyone! We hope you had a great weekend and are ready to re-charge for an equally great week. Today, we’re here to discuss the benefits of volunteering – especially at work. Many of us, without even knowing it, are incentivized through corporate programs to volunteer and give back to our communities. Whether your company has a donation match policy or offers events to engage in volunteering amongst coworkers, find out how to best prepare here!

Look into Volunteering Opportunities

First and foremost, in order to participate in a volunteering event, you must evaluate your options! At many companies, designated platforms are formed to encourage employees to volunteer, engage in events, connect with one another, and monetarily support foundations they feel passionate about. First look into the ways in which you can maximize donations through matching programs or through certain non-profits that your employer partners with. If you’re unsure where to start, a corporate responsibility report is a great way to learn about your company’s history of “walking the walk” when it comes to giving back. Otherwise, ask your hiring manager, boss, or teammates as a great way to find out how others have engaged in this benefit and how you can do the same!

Prepare for your Event!

  • Prepare: Preparing for a volunteer event is easy! Simply follow the steps below and you’re sure to have a smooth and enjoyable day. Always ensure that your work that day is complete and you are not sacrificing any deadlines as a result of the event. Even if this means working a bit more on the days prior, it’s key to be able to unplug and take advantage of your entire volunteering experience while there.
    • Alert your team or take PTO! While volunteering events usually ladder into regular work hours, this may not always be the case! Check-in with your manager to set clear expectations of your absence and account for any required PTO hours.
  • Dress the part: Additionally, remember that you are representing the company you work for at these events! Dressing appropriately, wearing closed-toed shoes (no logos or graphics!), and adhering to company policy as you would in the office are important at an offsite event. Make sure to be on the lookout for emails leading up to the event that will absolutely clarify dress expectations, whether, the activity you’re participating in, and if you should be wearing a company shirt.
  • Bring a lunch, snacks, and water: The email that clarifies the dress code will likely also give you a list of what to bring and what to expect at the event. This may mean that water and snacks are provided or a full-catered luncheon! Whatever it is, it’s important to be prepared soo that you can last through the entire event without fatigue. Volunteering often looks like physical labor, so being fully energized and having food/water on hand is crucial to staying engaged.
  • Organize transportation: Finally, don’t leave logistics until the morning of! If you are required to travel for the day, look into company shuttles, stipends, or modes of transportation. If not, find your most accessible route and coordinate with a coworker when able! Always allow for extra time and arrive early to get settled and excited.

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Good morning, everyone! We hope that you are enjoying days of sunshine, outdoor time, and spending outside work hours with friends and family. If I’ve noticed one thing about friends of mine and even my family – it’s that the summer days bring… golf! And a lot of it! If you are interested in getting some practice in golf and learning the “rules of the road” when it comes to playing, you’re in the right place. Especially for those of us at companies that sponsor golf outings or if golfing is a significant attribute to your client relationships – it is crucial to be able to know the etiquette expected on the course.

Learning the Basics of Golf…

  • Dress the part: How you dress is often one of the first things someone will notice about you! For women, a longer skirt or golf pants and a collared shirt are appropriate. For men, nice shorts or pants, and a collared shirt are expected on the course – this means that the backward hats, swim trunks, jerseys, muscle tees, or regular t-shirts can stay at home. A great way to envision your dress should be “business professional x Golf” – while you may not wear the same outfit in the office as on the golf, dressing the part means dressing appropriately to surround yourself with leadership, teammates, and employees across the organization.
  • Make sure you arrive early: As applies to most things in life, make sure that you are respecting other people’s time and always be on time for your tee time. Especially for those of us new to the course, make sure to arrive early so that you can make yourself comfortable, get organized, and rest for a moment before you get going.
  • All electronics – off: You should not be using your phone during your time on the course. Make sure that you turn it off or at least turn your ringer off. Avoiding any scenario during which your phone could ring in the middle of a client’s or teammate’s swing is a key to being successful and pleasant.
  • Keep your temper under control and be aware of your volume level: Although golf can be a frustrating game, you want to keep your cool. You may be hitting the ball every way except the fairway as a beginner. No matter what happens, you always keep your composure and keep going! Golf is a great way to see how someone can deal with adversity. So, after a bad shot, pick your head up, laugh it off, and get ready for the next one! Under no circumstance should you throw your club or start yelling and cursing – and this also goes for your volume level. As you’ll quickly notice, golf is a relatively quiet spot, and replicating your volume surroundings is a great way to show your etiquette.

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