Are you currently in between jobs? Many people experience a gap when moving from one job to the next or after being laid off. The way you utilize your time during that gap is important for the success of finding your next job. Continue reading below to find out what to do during an employment gap!

  1. Update Your Resume: Resumes can be a daunting task. It’s that thing that is always on someone’s to-do list, but it keeps getting pushed back. No one wants to spend time updating their resume, but this is one of the most beneficial things you can do during an employment gap. Take the time to proofread, reformat, and update your resume so it’s in tiptop shape.
  2. Improve Your Skills or Learn New Skills: Adding certifications to your resume is a great way to up your game. Take advantage of the time you have during an employment gap and take online certifications for things like marketing, strategy, and technology, etc. There are many online certifications that are free, and adding some certifications to your resume will help you give it the boost it needs.
  3. Reach Out to Your Contacts: Reach out to some past contacts to let them know you’re in a transition period between jobs. Consider sending people in your network an email updating them on your career journey and also sending along your resume too. Use your networks to your advantage! It’s a great way to find new opportunities or jobs that may not even be posted anywhere. It can get you ahead of the game and help secure a potential new job.
  4. Quality Over Quantity: When applying for new jobs, keep this phrase in mind. It isn’t about how many jobs you apply for, it’s about how much effort you put into your application. Tailor your resume and application to each job and do your research on the company. You don’t want to apply to hundreds of jobs and not be able to keep track of where you even applied. Apply to jobs at companies you want to work at and take the time to send in a quality application. While it’s time-consuming, it’s worth it in the long run.

Having an excessive amount of free time might make you feel anxious during an employment gap. Remember to keep yourself on a schedule so you aren’t bombarded with hours of free time. Take these tips and make good use of the time you have to make your job search a good one. It can take time to find a job that fits your criteria but stay motivated and you will get there!

If you are in the middle of an employment gap, check out our open jobs list here!

Are you in the process of job interviews? Read our article here to learn more about successful interviews!

Are you on track to graduate college? College can be a very fun and exciting time, but it is also a time where you can prepare for your future. Today we are discussing some things you can do to make sure your post-grad experience is a smooth one. Continue reading below to find out things you should do while in college to prepare for post-grad!

Get Out of the Classroom: The classroom is a great place to learn extremely useful information, but you will also learn a lot when you step outside of the classroom. Join some extracurricular activities! Every campus has clubs and organizations, whether it’s an art club or a public relations club, you might find something that will be beneficial to your future career. Learning takes place even outside of the classroom. Invest your time in a part-time job on campus, volunteering, or even an internship.

Start Networking: Networking is a great way to get yourself out there. Make a LinkedIn profile and connect with your peers, friends, family, and professors. Make new connections, but also use the connections you already have. Network with friends who graduated and have been in the workforce or maybe even the career you want- chances are they have ample information that is useful. Networking can be difficult for some but start by building friendships and relationships with people.

Find a Mentor: A mentor is a very beneficial person to have on your team. A mentor can be anyone including a friend, family member, boss, or a professor! It may seem scary, but it isn’t as intimidating as you think. Just find a trusted person that you are comfortable talking with. A mentor can provide so much knowledge and help you with things like- resumes, practice interviews, networking, cover letters, etc. A mentor in the field of work that you want to go into is an extra bonus!

Work on Your Resume: Get your resume ready for the job search that follows graduation. Use college as a time to refine and perfect your resume. If you have no idea where to start, don’t be stressed out! Talk with a mentor or professor for help. Every college has a career center, so start there! They can proofread your resume, help you update it, and reformat it.

These are all great ways to get on track for the post-grad life. Post-grad can be an alarming time, utilize these tips to help you feel more at ease about the transitions! Get ahead of the game and do these things to make your college experience great and useful.

Searching for a new position? Submit your resume to any of our open jobs!

Where are you living post-grad? Read our article to find out the benefits of living at home!

Are you searching for a job and stressed out about the interviews? It’s totally normal to feel that way, many people get nervous about interviews. Interviews can be a tedious and stressful part of the job search process. After interviewing, it’s important to remain calm even if you feel stressed about how the interview went.  Use the following tips below to guide you on what not to do after an interview!

Don’t Stress Yourself Out: After an interview, you might feel like freaking out, but that is not in your best favor. While it’s easy to stress yourself out about it, don’t overthink it. If you sit there and playback in your head what you could have/should have said, you will make yourself crazy. Also, try not to worry about hearing back from the interviewer. Give yourself a one week time period to let yourself worry, and then try to move on.

Don’t Cross Social Media Boundaries: Don’t go on a social media rampage right away. While you may want to add your interviewers on LinkedIn or other social media sites, it’s not the best idea. This may cross a boundary for them or give them a bad impression of you right after the interview. Wait for the social media adding until you have secured the job!

Don’t Drop The Ball During a Followup: Following up after an interview is important because it shows that you are reliable and consistent. Double-check to make sure your followup isn’t sloppy, because the hiring person will take note of that. Spell check for typos and make sure you are spelling everyone’s name right and the company name. If your follow-up is neat and free of errors it will show them that you took your time and put thought into it.

Don’t Forget to Send a Thank You: Just like the followup, sending a thank you note or email is a great way to show the employer that you are serious about this position and it will help you make a great impression. Send a thank you email or note within 24 hours of your interview and make sure to proofread it!

After your interview, follow these tips so you can keep your good impression with the employers. You don’t want to have an amazing interview and then put a damper on your impression by forgetting to send a thank you or not following up. From Esquire Recruiting LLC to you: good luck on your interviews!

Prepare for your next interview by brushing up on some tips! Read more here!

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Are you in the midst of a job search and considering a recruiter’s help? At Esquire Recruiting LLC, we know how invaluable a recruiter can be to a job search. It’s a great way to find a role that is fit for you. Continue reading below to find out some important questions you should be asking your recruiter!

What are the main qualifications the employer is looking for? 

  • This is an essential question to ask because you need to know more about the position. This question will give you insight into what the recruiter’s client is expecting from candidates and you if applying for the position. The recruiter has most likely spoken with the employer about qualifications and potentially even received a list of exactly what the employer is looking for.

What is the job description?

  • Asking this question will tell you what the client/employer expects. It’s basic information, but also very important to know if you choose to move forward and apply. Just like the qualifications, the recruiter knows what the job description is and what the expectations are.

How long has this job been open?

  • This is a fair question to ask because you want to know all the details. The job search process can be tedious and overwhelming. If the job just opened, you may be one of the first candidates to interview, which means the employer is probably going through other interviews as well. This isn’t a necessary question to know, but it can help you determine a time frame for how long you may be waiting to hear back from an employer or when the position will be filled.

What experience do you have recruiting in this industry?

  • Recruiters are filled with knowledge. They see endless amounts of resumes per day and speak with multitudes of people. Asking them their experience is a fair question and can help you gain trust in them for your job search. Recruiters with good experience know the field like the back of their hand.

What information do you have about the company?

  • The recruiter most likely has a relationship with this company or even exclusively works with the hiring manager. Asking this question can help you understand more about how the company operates and what their work culture is like.

Asking recruiters questions is a great way to establish a relationship with them and make a great first impression! There are so many more questions that you can ask them- don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Recruiters can provide you with such great information, such as- resume help, tips for interviews/interview process, and even insight into information about an employer.

Searching for a new role? Check out our open jobs list!

Read this article to discover why you should stay in touch with recruiters after the job search is over! 

This week, we are talking about accepting job offers. Accepting a job offer can be so exciting yet scary at the same time. A new job can come with a lot of unknown territories, which is why we are going to discuss a list of questions that you should ask before accepting any job offer. You want to be sure you know exactly what you are getting yourself into, so you can make sure the job is right for you!

The Role

The first category that you want to ask questions about is the role itself. Before jumping into saying yes, be sure this role is fitting for you. Knowing what to expect will be greatly beneficial to you and clarify what the job entails. Below is a list of questions to ask regarding the job!

  • When do I start?
  • What are my immediate priorities?
  • What does a normal day look like in this job role?
  • What are the expectations of me?

The Team

This is another important category to ask questions about. Almost every employee has a team or is interacting with people throughout the workday. You might be attending meetings or being assigned projects that involve other colleagues. Asking these questions will give you an understanding about who you are working with or working for.

  • Who will I report to directly?
  • Will anyone be reporting to me?
  • Who will I work with most closely?
  • Is there anyone on the team that can help me get settled and provide guidance?
  • What is the company culture?

The Salary & Benefits

For some people, this may be an uncomfortable topic to talk about, but it is imperative. You want to know that you are going to be fairly compensated for your work and receiving good benefits. Try to work past any uncomfortable feelings, and ask these important questions!

  • Is the salary negotiable?
  • What is included as part of the benefits package?
  • What are the main working hours?
  • How many paid sick days/personal days do I receive?
  • How much paid vacation time will I get in the course of a year?

These questions are all great examples of what you should ask before accepting any job offer. If you’re in between offers, knowing the answers to these questions can be a deciding factor for what job you choose. Educate yourself on the company itself and the job role before accepting any offer!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Not ready to accept a job offer? Find out how to decline the job offer here!

 

 

In order to perform the best at work, self-care should be a priority for you. When self-care is practiced, it can help your work life and personal life balance improve. If self-care isn’t one of your priorities, it may be easier for you to feel burned out or run down at work. Continue reading below for some good self-care tips!

Self-Care Tips

Say No: Learning how to say no is so beneficial for your self-care. While saying no can be difficult, it’s important to set those boundaries with your coworkers. Saying no doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, it just means you can’t handle that extra task at the moment.

Use Gaps and Breaks: Using your breaks to actually break from working is so important. As we discussed on Friday, breaks lead to better productivity. They can also help you relax and take a breather from the pile of work you have in front of you. Gaps are just as important too. If you find yourself with a few extra minutes in between meetings or tasks, use it to take a lap around the office, grab some water, or even meditate.

Add it to Your Schedule: Our schedules dictate our whole work day. Whether we have a meeting to attend or a team lunch, we always add those events to our calendar. Add in self-care to your schedule! By physically making it an event, you will be more likely to complete it. Add in ten minutes of meditation or schedule a 20-minute walk. Visually and physically blocking out time for self-care will help you practice it every day.

Update Your Workspace: Our desk and workspace should be like a sanctuary for us. Organize your workspace so you have a more clear mind. Along with organization, personalize it. Add in picture frames of family or friends and things that make you happy. Hang positive or motivating quotes, so you can feel inspired throughout your day.

These tips are great examples of how to practice self-care. Self-care is one of those things where it is just necessary in order to have productive and less stressful workdays. Take at least one of these tips and add it into your normal work routine! Self-care is practiced in different ways for everyone, so find what is right for you!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Looking to relieve stress and how to do it? Find out how here!

On Monday, we discussed tips that would make for more productive meetings. Today, we are going to talk about your work day! Sometimes it’s hard to get through the day without feeling burnt out and exhausted. Creating healthy habits at work can help make your day more productive. Continue reading to find out what habits to avoid so your day can be productive!

Habits to Avoid

Sugar: Consuming too much sugar during the work day is prone to make you feel tired and unconcentrated. Overconsuming sugar will lessen your ability to stay productive throughout the work day. On the flip side, make sure you aren’t under consuming sugar. When glucose levels are down, it can also be hard to focus on the important tasks you need to complete. Keep some low sugar snacks on hand like nuts, fruits, and veggies!

Sitting all day without breaks: Don’t skip your breaks! It is imperative to your productive day that you take all of your breaks. Giving your body and brain a break will help you come back with a fresh mind that will be more productive. If you are sitting all day, it’s easy to feel foggy and tired. Get up and go for a walk on your breaks or do a quick stretch in your office. Your mind and body will benefit from it, and so will your work!

Eating a heavy lunch: After eating a heavy meal it’s common to feel very tired or like you’re in a “food coma.” Choosing a big meal while at work isn’t the best option. Your lunch will set the tone for the remainder of your work day and you want it to energize and fuel your body and mind, not make you feel lethargic.

Keeping your phone right next to you: While many people use their phone as a means of communication at work, it’s so easy to get sucked into the world of social media. Social media is a great way to procrastinate and kill time. If you’re sitting working at your desk, put your phone away and only use it on your breaks. Doing this will increase your productivity. Allow yourself 10 minutes on your phone after you finish every task, or make up a plan that suits your working conditions.

Avoiding these habits should help you have a more productive work day. Set goals, make lists, and create healthy habits to help you be your best self at work.

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Read our blog here to find out how to fuel your work day!

Meetings can often be a blessing or a curse. Some people may feel they are a waste of time while others find them to be productive and helpful. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, meetings are an easy way to help your team regroup and communicate effectively. Continue reading below to find out some ways to have productive meetings!

Productivity Tips

Agenda and Time Limit: You may not like meetings because they are long, boring, and seem like a waste of time. That is why every meeting needs a strict time limit! Create an agenda with all the talking points and topics/tasks that need to be completed. once the agenda is made, you will have a better idea of how much time you need for your meeting. The shorter the meeting, the better the outcome. This will help you be organized and keep the side chatter and off-topic comments on track!

Use Technology and Media: This is a fresh and exciting way to present information. People may get distracted or not pay attention if someone is talking the whole time. If you have a presentation set up- it gives a new take on information and keeps people interacting. At the same time- try to keep people using their devices to a limited. That way they will not be distracted by their emails or social media during the course of the meeting.

Limit Number of Attendees: Conducting a meeting with the whole department in attendance may be unnecessary and a distraction. Make sure you have everyone in attendance that needs to be there but don’t over invite. If it isn’t crucial for someone to attend- don’t force them. This will help with the productivity and time limit on your meetings. When there are too many people in a room, it can get hectic.

Use these tips to help your meetings run smoothly. These ideas don’t work for everyone depending on the size or morale of your company. Try to find what works best for your team and stick with that!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Use our guide here to learn how to make effective presentations!

 

Whether you are a recruiter or an employee, teamwork is probably a huge part of your job. The dynamic of your team needs to be strong and spirited in order for everyone’s jobs to go smoothly. At Esquire, we love our team and know that teamwork is important! Teams aren’t always successful, and they can go through ebbs and flows, but continue reading to find out successful qualities of a team!

Communication

Communication is important for any team! Share your thoughts, doubts, problems, questions, and whatever else you can think of with your team. Transparent communication is a must for being successful. Lack of or poor communication can sometimes lead to irritation or incorrect/incomplete work! Communicating with your team on even the small things will make a huge difference. Everyone wants to know that they’re on the same page, and they won’t be able to read anyone’s mind, so simply talk and communicate.

Goals and Support

Make goals with your team! Strive to complete the goals together and support each other in the process. Setting goals as a team will help understand what needs to be done and even improve results. Supporting your team members comes without question. No one can be great alone! Everyone needs support here and there or maybe even a push they can’t give themselves. Support your team members through their successes and failures to help build them up. Everyone is able to work easier knowing they have a supportive team behind them- it helps build confidence and security.

Diversity and Work Load

Diversity in a team is imperative. Everyone brings something different to the table! With everyone’s different skill sets, strengths, and weaknesses, your team should be able to figure out a way where everyone is using their strongest skills! Having different age groups, cultures, and personalities on the team can help spark creativity and new ideas. Divvying up the workload evenly is also an important team aspect. You don’t want one team member to feel like they are carrying the team, but you also don’t want someone to feel like they aren’t capable of doing any work. A fair workload for everyone is important- and the workload will vary depending on their specific title or strengths and weaknesses.

Fun

A successful team will be able to have fun! They will be able to laugh at their mistakes and brush it off while continuing their jobs. Having fun is crucial because it will make work more bearable and help you love your job. Working in a fun environment will lead to more productivity and better team morale.

If your current team has these qualities, you are set for success! If you don’t, don’t worry, you are not doomed. Arrange to have some team building exercises, happy hours, or team meals together. This will help you build these qualities and be on your way to success!

Wondering how to get along with your coworkers to increase team morale? Read about it here!

Also, check out our current open jobs!

 

 

 

Networking is an important part of a career and when it’s executed successfully, it expands your connections. It isn’t always easy, and it takes time and practice. There isn’t a perfect way to network, but there are some things that you should stay away from. Keep reading below to find out some common mistakes that you will want to avoid when networking!

4 Networking Mistakes

  1. Talking all about yourself: You definitely want to talk about yourself when you are networking, but you don’t want to talk about yourself the whole time! Say what you need to say and talk about your most important accomplishments, but let the other person talk as well! The conversation should be a two-way street.
  2. Sticking with one group of people or friend: This is a common mistake. Many times we stay near people that we know because we are most comfortable around them. When you’re at a networking event, don’t be afraid to venture out because that is the whole point. Get out of your comfort zone and talk to people you have never met before, you can meet back up with your friends when the event is ending.
  3. Speaking negatively about others: Don’t approach any conversation with negativity, especially when you’re talking about other people. You never know who might know that person, so steer clear from the negative talk and gossip. Talking negatively about someone else can hinder your network because you might develop a bad reputation.
  4. Following up: Not following up after a networking event or conversation with someone is one mistake you shouldn’t make. If you had a great and lively conversation with someone, follow up with them within 24-48 hours. It will show them you are serious about what you do and they will most likely remember you since it hasn’t been too long. Send a quick email or give them a call to follow up and make sure you don’t lose that connection!

Networking can be tricky, but follow these tips to make sure you don’t make too many mistakes. Be yourself while having conversations and you should be on your way to building your network and connections!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Nervous about networking? Learn how to network more effectively here! 

 

Changing jobs can be a great way to develop or advance your career. If you are having doubts and uncertainty, or even just getting tired of your job, it might be time for a change! There are many signs that you should change jobs- keep reading below to see if one of them applies to you!

Signs That a Job Change is in Your Future

Growth: Ask yourself if there is room to grow or advance in your current position. If the answer is no, then reevaluate and start a job search. If there isn’t an opportunity for advancement or a promotion, you won’t experience much growth. People start to get bored when they aren’t challenged, and if you are bored at work, it will lead to overall unhappiness in your career and life. If you can’t challenge yourself and grow your skill set, then you need to find a job that will help you do that.

Feeling Stuck: Feeling stuck in your work life can make someone feel bogged down. Feeling too comfortable or stuck can lead to lack of motivation or being drained. If you don’t look forward to going into the office on Mondays or any day, you might be stuck. Work isn’t always enjoyable, but at the end of the day, you should like your job. There are many different circumstances as to why you may feel stuck in your career, but don’t let anything hold you back from moving on to a new job.

Finances: Another reason you should change jobs, is if the opportunity for a raise isn’t available or you haven’t had the opportunities to earn one. While money is not everything, it can be a motivating factor. People like to be compensated fairly for the work they do, and if you have the opportunity for better pay because of your skill set and work, take it!

Not everyone stays in the same job or at the same company for their whole career. Knowing when to change jobs can be difficult, so make sure you self reflect and are on the right path towards your career dreams.

Ready to leave your current job? Read our article here!

Searching for a new job? Read through our open jobs list!

The interview process can be scary and nerve-wracking. Making yourself familiar with the following mistakes can help you prepare for your own interview! At Esquire, we interview people daily, so we know how daunting interviews may be! No matter how many interviews you have gone on, there is always room to improve your skills. What mistakes should you avoid during an interview? Continue reading below to find out!

You Don’t Make Eye Contact

In the midst of your nervousness, you might forget to make eye contact with your interviewer. Try your best to avoid this! Making eye contact with them during the course of your interview shows that you are engaged. Eye contact is an easy way to show you are present and being an active listener. Maintaining eye contact, especially during the hard questions, shows your confidence!

You Don’t Have a Good Attitude

Are you too enthusiastic or too monotone? It’s important to find a balance between those two extremes. Being overly enthusiastic can give the interviewer vibes that you are putting on a show. You might not seem sincere if you overcompensate. Avoid being monotone during the interview as well. This can show that you might not be interested in the job or company, which will be a red flag for the interviewer.

You Avoid Tricky Questions

There are so many aspects to interview questions. Make sure you don’t dodge the tricky questions. Answering the hard questions thoroughly can show that you are adaptable and will be able to problem solve. Also, don’t forget to ask the interviewer some questions! If you ask them questions, they will know you care about the position and company, and you will look prepared and be taken seriously.

You Don’t Show Your Personality

Be yourself! While there are many things that aren’t appropriate to say or do, it is important that you show the interviewer who you are. The interviewer needs to know what you are like so they can imagine if you are a good fit for their company or team. Be confident and don’t fidget.

Familiarize yourself with these common mistakes so you don’t make them! Interviews can get easier if you feel prepared and confident.

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

What should you do if you’re late to an interview? Find out here!

Getting through a workday is much easier if you have colleagues that like you! If you feel that all your colleagues hate or dislike you, it can make your days long and hard. You won’t feel miserable at work if people actually enjoy being around you. Understanding and using the following habits should help you gain your fellow colleague’s trust and acceptance!

Self Awareness

Self-awareness is a key factor of likable people. If you are able to recognize your strengths, weaknesses, motivations, and emotions, then you are a self-aware person. Self-awareness can help you consciously identify how people perceive you, which can be helpful in the workplace. Taking ownership of our behavior is one of the first steps of becoming more likable. Sometimes it can be hard for a person to admit their wrongdoings or faults. If you are transparent about your flaws and take accountability for your actions, you will be able to gain that approval from your colleagues.

Managing Stress

One of the reasons you may not be liked in your office could be the way you react to stress. Everyone reacts to stressful situations differently, and some people let these situations get the best of them. Pay attention to how you are treating your colleagues when you are dealing with a difficult or stressful circumstance. Are you taking it out on them or letting it affect your mood? Find new ways and outlets to manage your stress so you can maintain peace with your colleagues. If you feel a stressful task or moment is about to happen, play your favorite music or take a deep breath, and give yourself a moment to calm down. Your workplace will be happier and your coworkers will appreciate you more if you manage stress in a practical way.

Judgment

Passing judgment happens all day long. It can happen by staring at someone as they walk by or correcting someone who is speaking. These are some of the things you may do subconsciously every day. In order to be likable at work, stop judging your colleagues. Accept people for who they are- flaws and all! Beating yourself or a colleague up over a mistake isn’t productive, it just shows that you are judgmental. Everyone makes a mistake here and there, it is a part of being human. If your colleagues see you as a nonjudgmental person, they will be more open to the idea of liking you.

Try to make these things a habit and you will find that you will be more likable at work!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Read here to find out about mistakes you should never make at work!

Interviews are a huge stressor in the job search process. Not being prepared can be a hinder to making your interview successful. It’s your first impression with the company and you want to do everything you can to make sure you ace it. Continue reading below to find 5 tricks that will help you succeed!

Interview Tips

  1. Show Confidence: Walking into your interview and owning the room will show the employer that you are confident! Show your confidence through your body language and eye contact. Maintain good eye contact when listening and speaking, being sure to talk slowly and calmly. Sitting in a power stance will make it seem like you aren’t nervous, even if you are! 
  2. Be Candid: Show that you are straightforward and truthful with your answers to the questions. Communicating candidly opens up the conversation and shows that you aren’t afraid to speak about your weaknesses or shortcomings.
  3. Showcase Your Potential: While talking about what you have already accomplished, make sure you include what you can do in the future. Employers like to see potential in candidates and hear about what you will be able to do.
  4. Effort Over Success: While you should definitely talk about your accomplishments, share about the effort it took to make those things happen. Organizations want to know that you are a hard worker, and if you discuss your efforts and difficulties, it will show them you value hard work.
  5. Say Thank You: Sending a note or email to the organization, within 24 hours of your interview, thanking them for their time is a considerable way to show your character. A simple thank you won’t get you the job, but it can help you make a great impression.

Utilizing these tips in your interview should help you make a great impression!

Feeling unprepared for an upcoming interview? Read our article here to brush up on interview questions!

Searching for a new position? Read through our open jobs list!

Are you worried that you are nearing the end of the road in your current job? Job insecurity is a fear that many have. There are signs that you can pay attention to in order to make sure you aren’t going to be fired! Continue reading below to find out!

Reduced Responsibilities

Is your workload much lighter than it normally is? Being assigned less work is sometimes a sign of getting fired. If you find yourself with a lot more time on your hands, pay attention to your workload or the projects that are being assigned to you. If you used to be really busy, and now find yourself with a lot of extra time, that can be a telling sign.

Coworkers Start to Distance Themselves

Do you feel like your colleagues are avoiding you? There might be a reason for that. Your coworkers might have knowledge that you are getting the ax, and in turn, they aren’t sure how to act around you. If people start whispering when you are walking by or stopping their conversation altogether, take notice, because they may be talking about you.

Performance Reviews

If you are suddenly put on a performance plan or are receiving mediocre performance reviews, this may also be a sign. Being constantly criticized at work can be exhausting and overwhelming. Sometimes performance reviews or plans mean that you are falling short of your duties, and it can be a last-ditch effort to help you improve.

New Employee

If someone is hired that has the same skill set as you or a better skill set, this can be a sign that you are getting fired. If you are asked to train this employee, that is also a red flag. Sometimes companies don’t want to fire someone unless they have a replacement, so you may be training this person to do some of your job duties and responsibilities.

While these are all signs that you are on the road to getting fired, they can also be taken out of context. Don’t panic or get paranoid right away, assess your work situation before you jump to any conclusions! Communicate with your bosses and always keep your options open!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Worried about your work performance? Check out our article on behaviors to avoid at work!

Do you ever struggle to make it through a workday? Long days in the office can be difficult and exhausting. There are some ways to better fuel your day and survive your to-do lists. Continue reading below to find out how to endure your work day!

Fuel Your Work Day

Feed your mind: Eating breakfast and eating throughout your workday is important. Food is fuel for our bodies and gives us the energy to get through the whole day. Start the day with a hearty breakfast and keep snacks on hand! Drink a lot of water and remember to breathe if you feel stressed. You’ll be able to concentrate more on the things that need to be done if you aren’t hungry.

Tackle Challenging Tasks: The most difficult tasks on your lists are some of the first that should be completed when you are working. Taking on the harder tasks first can help you be more productive and uncover potential problems early on. Handling these tasks first gives you unlimited time to work on it, as opposed to beginning it at the end of the day. Start your day with the challenging tasks first, because everything else you have to achieve will seem way easier!

Motivate yourself: Find ways to motivate yourself! Make small goals for yourself to achieve during the course of the day! This can help split up your work and make you want to get it done. Being motivated can help you increase productivity, get better results, and be more positive. Whether you are motivated through quotes, listening to your favorite music, or rewarding yourself, motivation is a great way to stay committed to the tasks you have to do!

Everyone has different ways to make their workday productive, so find what works best for you! If you have trouble making it through the workday without feeling rundown and tired, hopefully, these tips can help you!

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Stressed out from work? Read our article here on how to relieve that stress!

 

Networking effectively is an invaluable tool and strategy. Anyone can do it and use it to further their career! It is an essential part of a job search and can help present new opportunities. What ways can help you better your networking skills? Continue reading below to find out!

  1. Online Presence: Social networks are an integral part of today’s world. In order to effectively make connections, your social media presence needs to be strong. Keep your social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter up to date and current. Make sure your skills and experience are updated and displayed on your social media. If you post engaging content, it will influence people to interact and share your posts.
  2. Be Yourself: If you are genuine and real during a conversation or interaction, it can make your connections and relationships more authentic. People want to feel like they are being listened to when conversing, so asking questions and understanding them will be important. As a result, they will feel that the conversation is flowing and you are attentive. Make personal phone calls or emails to stay in touch, so people know that you are genuine.
  3. Contacts: You want to evaluate your current contacts and create new ones when networking during a job search. Maintain strategic relationships with valued contacts in order to further your networking. A great way to meet new contacts is to go out of your comfort zone. Invite people to attend events with you or accept invites to professional gatherings that will help you network, even if you wouldn’t normally attend.

Don’t be afraid to get out there and network for yourself! By using these tips to improve your networking skills, hopefully, you will land that next job or succeed at the next interview!

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Nervous about networking? Learn how to make a great first impression here!

The transition from college life to post-graduation life can be a stressful time for students. There are plenty of advantages to moving out that can help ease that transition. Keep reading for the benefits of living on your own after graduation and how you can make the most of it!

Financial Freedom

  • Money: Moving out post-graduation is a great opportunity to secure your financial freedom, but it is also a big responsibility. You are now solely in control of your finances and managing your money. You will be paying your own bills, buying your own groceries, and maybe even paying student loans. Take this time to set up a budget for your expenses so you can live within your means!

Independence

  • Self Discipline: Having your own independence is something you experience in college. Moving out after graduation will help you continue to achieve that independence. Living on your own can lead to a lot of self-discovery and decision making. Decision making can be a source of stress, but making the final decisions in your life is part of finding your independence. Holding yourself accountable when it comes to everyday life will be a learning process. Set goals, create healthy habits, and stay organized. These tricks will help you maintain your independence.

Community

  • Choosing your community: A great benefit of moving out is that you can choose where you want to live! There are many aspects when deciding on a place to live.
    • City or Town Size: Finding the right fit is crucial to a smooth and happy transition. Whether you want to live in a big city or rural town, it’s important to identify which one works best for your lifestyle.
    • Commute Time and Public Transportation: This is a necessary factor to consider when choosing the community you want to live in. Having accessible public transportation and a shorter commute to work will provide less stress.
    • Roommates: Living with roommates after graduation is an option! It can help save money on your rent and make the experience more fun. Selecting your roommates is a big choice because you want to make sure they are compatible.

Moving out after graduation is a fun and beneficial experience. Moving out may not work for everyone, so consider your options before you make a choice. Hopefully, you will be able to take these advantages of moving out and put them to use!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list here!

Think living at home is a better option? Find out the benefits of moving home post-graduation here!

 

The months following college graduation are quite ambiguous for most students. Many of you have become accustomed to living on your own for the past for years, and the thought of transitioning back into your old household may not appear as 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 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 for, 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 utilize your network while searching for a new position. You never know which old relationship may provide you 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, 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 new found 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…. and especially… home cooked meals!

Graduating college is a huge transitional moment in your life, and we’re here to help ensure that you have the smoothest move-out and move-in possible. On Monday, we’ll introduce you to some of the benefits of moving out following graduation instead of staying at home.

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Looking for a city to move to? Find out which qualities to evaluate in your search here!

There are a truly endless number of cities to look into as you begin planning for your future career and lifestyle post-graduation. Today, we’re here to open your eyes to some of the highlights that will impact your life depending on the city you move to! Keep reading to find them out and assess your own likes and dislikes.

  • Career Expansion Opportunities: Before you accept a position in a new city, it is important to look into their competitors, and general opportunities geared towards your career path in a given city. If you set yourself up somewhere where there are several opportunities to pursues different companies and move up the “totem pole”, then you will avoid ever feeling stuck where you are!
  • General Costs: Depending on which city you pursue a new life in, you will incur different levels of daily taxes and expenses. It is important to be able to evaluate how your desired lifestyle will align with these costs. Envisioning daily or weekly costs, such as groceries, gas or utilities will allow you to decide where you best fit.
  • Climate: As a mid-west native, I can attest to how much of an impact weather has on your day-to-day life! It is crucial to be conscious of how often you may be able to be outside, in light clothing, bundled up, commute by foot, etc. If you have a preference for warm or cold weather, that will help you to narrow down your list right away!
  • Night Life and Culture: Although your job opportunity may be a driving factor of the cities you are looking into, your future social life as a result of where you live will prove to be a large factor in your happiness and satisfaction! So, looking into the volume of restaurants, activities, bars, coffee shops, movie theaters, or other social spots will help you to envision the life you will be able to create for yourself surrounded by those in the city you choose.
  • Taxes: Different cities, and more so different states and areas of the United States have different levels of income, state, and sales taxes that will make a large dent in your income. It is important to consider this when deciding where to settle down for your first career, as the lifestyle you hope to live should be able to accommodate your tax payments! Did you know… “Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon don’t collect sales tax for retail sales and some other services?” (thebalance.com).
  • Additional Aspects to Evaluate: Real estate value, safety/crime rates, education systems, transportation options, city size, healthcare, accessible airports, distance from family/friends, and distance from your job location.

Each city you view will present its own unique list of advantages, disadvantages, and your personal likes or dislikes. Remembering that your living circumstance is often only temporary should help relax some of the weight on your shoulders in making this large decision. So, sit back, use our list, and you’ll find your perfect match in no time!

Searching for a new position? Check out our open jobs list!

Recent graduate? Find out how to find a job after college here!