On our résumé we usually have basic information name, address, contact number, and email. When putting your résumé together keep in mind these key points for your basic information. You must grab the hiring manager or person reviewing applications attention quickly. Based on conversations with hiring managers and human resource professionals a résumé is usually only looked over for less than two minutes on the initial review.
Who doesn’t have a cell phone? Let alone not carry it to work? It great your family and friends can reach you any time of the day….who doesn’t love that. While being connected can be a good thing it can also greatly affect your productivity at work. Checking your every couple minutes doesn’t only distract you from work but also may annoy your boss and coworkers. Follow these five tips with your phone at work:
Put it away
Excessive use of your phone can interfere with productivity. To avoid the temptation throw it in your desk drawer. Ok not literally throw you may break it. Doing this will help you reduce the urge to check it.
Use it only for important calls
Do you need to have a casual conversation with family or friends? Save it for your break time.
Getting a call that your child is sick at school or a family member is going to the hospital? Take those.
Remember you do have voicemail and most calls are totally fine going to voicemail and don’t require immediate attention. You can check your voicemail during a break and call back.
Leave the phone out of meetings
Have you ever had someone during a meeting look at their phone? Have you been that person? When a person is speaking and they notice the person looking at their phone they perceive they aren’t listening and being active in the meeting. Only use it if it needed for the purpose of the meeting otherwise it will signal to your boss that your mind isn’t on the business at hand.
At work most workers deal with some form of stress. Some factors may be concerns of job security, tight deadlines, a large number of projects, and fear of making mistakes. Add on top of that factors outside of the workplace such as family issues or health issues.
However, there are ways to help reduce your stress levels while at work. Here is a list of 5 ways to help reduce work related stress.
Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and clear your mind for two to five minutes. Do this every two to three hours at work and it will help you relax, recharge, and refocus.
2. Take a walk
Spring has just arrived so during your lunch break take a short walk outside. This will greatly improve your mood and reenergize you for the remainder of the work day. Nature’s best cure is fresh air, movement, and sunshine.
If you have a desk job sitting for long periods of time puts a lot of stress on your eyes and back. Every couple hours try some stretching and desk exercises. Check out these desk exercises.
4. To-do list
To do list can help prioritize and keep you on track. But a mile long to-do list can really stress someone out. Make sure your to-do list is specific, measurable, attainable, and includes time limits. Also, don’t start with the first thing on your list in the morning. See if there is something short and easy to do first because it is rewarding seeing things marked off your list.
5. Turn on music
Music on in the background can help reduce stress. Though be considerate to fellow co-workers and bring in headphones and crank up your favorite tunes. If you are tired then turn on a fast tempo song to reenergize.
If you are getting ready for an interview it is best to prepare yourself to respond effectively to the questions. A quick google search will show you the most common questions asked. Though not all interviewers ask only the common ones. The office I work for definitely strays from the common ones and throws out some curveballs to the people coming in for the interview.
Below is a list of unique interview questions:
1. If you had an autobiography what would be the title?
2. If you could have dinner with one person dead or alive who would it be?
3. Why are manhole covers round?
4. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
5. Ask them to sell you a pencil in three minutes or less.
6. If you could be any animal what would it be and why?