It’s no secret that Covid changed the world of work for many. There were some who lost their jobs, and others who left of their own accord. Known as the great resignation of 2021, a large number of Americans – over 47 million – voluntarily quit their jobs. And the trend continues in 2022. CNBC recently reported that the Willis Towers Watson’s 2022 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey showed that 44% of employees are “job seekers”.
It’s been a nice, relaxing weekend, but Sunday is coming to a close and in the back of your mind you’re already dreading going back to work Monday. It seems like it’s the same old cycle – what seems like a never-ending workweek and then the all-to-quick weekend.
There are small steps you can take to combat those Monday blues. If you’re able to finish small tasks Friday, you won’t have to worry about those on Monday. Before you leave your desk on Friday, make note of the things you’d like to tackle come Monday morning. Straighten your work area so that you will walk into an organized office on Monday. Try not to schedule any meetings for Monday morning to allow yourself a smooth transition into the work week.
You landed an interview with a company you really want to work for. Congratulations! Now the question is how do you look presentable and make a great impression? When you’re interviewing in-person, make sure your attire is professional and that you are looking fresh and clean in your outfit. The hiring personnel are going to immediately look you up and down before they have a chance to question you, so walk in confident and feeling good in your outfit.
You’ve gone through the hard part of tailoring your resume to the job description, crafting a beautiful cover letter, and filling out your job application. You’re done now, right? Believe it or not, there is one step you might be missing: a letter of recommendation.
Letters of recommendations are a classic place to stumble on during applications. Is there a right or wrong way when going about asking for a letter of recommendation? To begin, let’s look at the reasoning behind getting a letter of recommendation.
Why Do You Need a Letter of Recommendation?
Most students experience some stress and perhaps a bit of anxiety when a big test is coming up. Feeling a little on edge is often a good thing because it drives many students to dedicate more time to studying.
But problems can occur when you experience extreme test stress that interferes with your quality of life in one or both of the following ways:
You struggle to concentrate and have trouble studying for big tests. The days and hours leading up to an important test are wasted in anxiety, fear, and overthinking.
When considering a career path or job; consider the possibility of evening or overnight work. For some employees, working at night is a personal preference because that’s when they feel more alert, it’s quiet and they can get more accomplished. For others their spouse may work during the day, and they are with the kids. This makes working at night ideal so there is no need to pay for daycare. In some fields, working at night results in a higher salary. And let’s face it – those evening shifts might have the extra benefit of less traffic on your commute!
If you are looking for a career that allows the benefit of nighttime work; here are some jobs that are ideal for night owls.
When looking for employment, job engines are a great resource. These sites include job listings, company information, interview and career advice, help for uploading your resume, easy apply buttons and more.
When applying for positions, it’s best to join multiple sites, sign up for email alerts and check in frequently to keep up to date with the job posting. Be sure to write down all the jobs you applied for and on which site so that when contacted, you know which job they are speaking about and the company that is hiring.
Below are some of the more popular job search engines:
Indeed - very easy to navigate and apply.
LinkedIn - your professional profile page, you can network and find open job positions.
Remote schooling has been introduced into almost every household within the past couple of years. For some, it is a beneficial way to study and learn, and for others it is a struggle. What we have learned is that you can set yourself up for successful remote learning with the right tools and study environment.
Selecting a degree or deciding what career training path is ideal for you can be difficult. Don’t waste time and money going after a career that won’t fulfill you. Understanding a little more about your personality and temperament will narrow down choices and direct your path toward a job that can make you happy!
The 16 personality types were created by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs, developers of the MBTI® assessment. Myers and Briggs created their personality typology to help people discover their own strengths and gain a better understanding of how people are different from one another.
On a really tight schedule? Or maybe you work from home and there are constant distractions? You have a deadline for work due Friday, you blinked and now it’s Wednesday! Life can creep up on you, but if you can improve your focus, you can meet those deadlines. Below are a few suggestions that work wonders for beating distractions.
Instead of medication try meditation! Naturally prepare your mind for focus. Meditation can include deep breathing exercising throughout the day, or a more formal break in the middle of work for a quick refresh.
Designated work areas are critical in maximizing your focus. Get into your space and allow for some private work time. The clean and comfortable environment will help you focus and complete your tasks.
Taking a 10-minute break in between long periods of work helps to clear your mind. When you come back you can have a fresh view of what you are working on.