2 EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR RESUME STAND OUT

Searching for a job is extremely tough. It involves a lot of work; crafting your resume, searching for job listings and online job boards, writing countless different cover letters, preparing for interviews and finally, interviewing.

If you are what to make sure that your resume stands out among the rest, check out two essential tips you should follow.

1. Show off your personality
It often seems like there are too many people and not enough jobs. Many people apply for hundreds of jobs without even securing an interview, which can feel demoralising and frustrating. Make sure your resume stands out by filling it with your personality. Include any volunteering or networking that you have done, and include some character in your cover letter. If you make the interviewer smile, they are much more likely to remember your resume later.

 

2. Take any advice you get

 

If you applied for a job and didn’t get the position, email the company to see if they can provide you with any feedback. It could only have been one thing on your resume that stopped you getting the job, and if you change that now, you are more likely to get hired later. Sometimes it can be hurtful getting constructive criticism, but remind yourself it is just that; it is constructive criticism, designed to help you improve.

 

Do you agree with this? Do you disagree? Let me know with a comment! I hope everyone is enjoying the new year!

5 SIGNS THAT SHOW YOU WORK TOO HARD

Do you think that you work too hard? While everyone works on a near daily basis, some people push themselves to stress and worry from working too hard when they don’t necessarily have to. Everyone has to work – but if your work is making you feel ill with worry, then you probably need to cut back.

Check out 5 signs that show you are working too hard.

  1. You worry about going to work – once you (sort of) enjoyed getting up to go to work to be productive and power your day. Now thinking about going into work makes you feel stressed and fearful.
  2. Your email and voice mail are always full – throughout the working day people are constantly trying to contact you. You have other work to do but you don’t want to ignore anything important – so normally you answer emails and calls during your free time, as well as during work.
  3. Your input is nothing like your output – you work so hard everyday that your batteries are drained and your brain is fried by the end of the day, but you are seeing very little evidence of your efforts.
  4. You struggle to sleep at night – because all you can think about is work. While you’re supposed to be sleeping you are actually planning how to break down your workload so you manage to get everything done.
  5. You have blurry vision at work – because you spend too much time looking at a computer. You are likely to arrive early and stay late, and often you eat your lunch while you work.

Do you think you work too hard? Or do you have any suggestions for anyone who does work too hard? Let me know with a comment!

4 Methods To Help You Break ANY Bad Habit Part Two

5 SIGNS THAT SHOW YOU ARE A SLACKER

No-one likes a slacker. They don’t do their share of work, they rely on others and  it isn’t just their own work they ruin – they can often lower the quality of other people’s work, too. But how do you know if you are a slacker? Let’s face it; no-one want to admit that they are a slacker!

Check out 5 signs that indicate that you may be a slacker.

  1. You don’t fully understand your responsibilities and you blame your boss – yes, your boss should fully explain your role to you, but if he doesn’t, you should ask him so you know. It is your responsibility to make sure you are being productive, not your bosses’.
  2.  Other people have to fix your work for you – rarely do you complete a piece of work that is fully finished. Often your work is sent back to you to be reworked, or it falls into the laps of other employees.
  3. You don’t get along with your boss or  any of your co-workers, and you blame them – you think EVERYONE you work with is standoffish and rude, and you never considered that it could be you who is unpleasant. Note – this is very difference from choosing to keep to yourself!
  4. You refuse to do any work that ‘isn’t your job’ – you know your job role and you refuse to be a pushover by doing any extra work. However, there is a line between being a pushover and just being lazy and self-motivated. Make sure you know which one you are.
  5.  You show up late, do personal things all day at work and leave early – these are all signs that you dislike doing you work and avoid it whenever possible (which is pretty much the definition of a slacker).

What did you think of this list? Do you work with any slackers – or are you a slacker? Let me know in the comment section below!

I hope you all had a great New Year! 🙂

4 things you need to do if you hate office politics

Four things you should do if you hate office politics

Do you hate office politics at your work? Lots of people hate the competitive or gossipy feeling in their office, but sadly sometimes office politics are unavoidable. They can help you to move forward within your career and form relationships with your co-workers, and you can end up feeling left on the sidelines.

Check out 4 ways you can make office politics work for you.

1. Learn everything you can about your work

How does your work measure success? Who are the most influential people in your office? What style of management does your work use? This useful information will help you to gain the right skills to navigate your way through office politics without making any awkward mistakes.

2. Know when to fight and when to fly

Sometimes you will encounter conflict in office politics. This is totally fine – the real art is knowing when to stick up for yourself and when you should back down. You don’t want to make enemies, so weigh up the pros and cons of getting involved. Ask yourself these questions; will you irritate someone? How influential is that person? Would it benefit you to get involved, or could it create negative reactions?

3. Take notes from both the people who are best and the worst at playing the game

Some people are terrible at office politics and some people are great at playing the game. Take notes from the people who play the game for their own gain, but also watch the people who get involved to stave away boredom. This will teach you what to do and what not to do.

4. Help others when you have the time

Many think the best way to play office politics is to help the most influential people and ignore the least influential. This is actually more likely to damage your plan; your boss will notice if you only help him out, and the less influential people could get a promotion at any point. Instead help anyone who needs it if you have free time; this way the majority of the office will like you (and also owe you a favor!)

4 Things To Talk To Your Boss About

Do you talk to your boss regularly, or do you avoid speaking to them at all? Many people dislike talking to their boss as they feel intimidated and under pressure. However, if you never discuss certain things with your boss you may start to become unhappy at work. It is important that you two are on the same page and are working towards similar goals – check out 4 things you should talk about with your boss.

1. Your ideas regarding the company – From improving office conditions to working towards the company goal, you may have ideas that could improve the company you work for. You know the business well and your suggestions could help both the company and your career, so don’t be afraid to bring up the possibility of change with your boss.

2. Career advancement – Will you still be working at the same company in 5 years? If so, you should discuss the prospect of career advancement with your boss. This means your boss knows what you want to achieve, and if it is bad news you can find out before you invest too much of your time. Some companies will be unable to offer you a raise or a promotion, and you should know that before you start working towards one.

3. Life outside of work – You may want to keep your social life private at work, and that is completely understandable. However, make sure you’re not alienating yourself from your boss – while you may not want to discuss what you did over the weekend, there is no harm in talking about TV shows you like or your favorite meal. Little talks about the things you both enjoy will help you both to see each other as real people, in turn strengthening your professional bond.

4. Advice about work – If you are struggling with a project you may want to completely avoid your boss, but it is better for both of you if you go to your boss to ask them for advice. They know the company well and they want you to succeed in your role. Don’t lean on your boss for support all of the time, but if you are struggling they will help you to get back on track.

What did you think of this list? I know there is a stereotype that most people hate their bosses, but in my experience this isn’t always true. Don’t get me wrong – I know a lot of bosses can be lazy, selfish and disinterested! What is your boss like? Do you get along? Let me know with a comment!
I hope you’re all having a great week! 🙂

5 AWESOME GIFTS FOR WRITERS

5 AWESOME GIFTS FOR WRITERS

What is the perfect gift for a writer? You probably already have all of the essentials; a notebook, unlimited pens and a laptop. However, there are many quirky gifts out there that make writing easier, more practical and lets face it – more fun.

Check out 5 awesome gifts for writers below.

1. Smart Sweatpants

smart sweatpants

Writers like to be comfortable while they write – that’s why so many of them work in their PJs. However, these awesome smart sweatpants mean you can be super comfy while still looking like a real, adult grown-up – perfect!

2. Writer’s Mug

Writers Mug

This mug is a quite tongue-in-cheek, but I think most of the writers I know would use it with pride. After all, it is pretty accurate, right?

3. AquaNotes

aquanotes

How awesome is this gift? AquaNotes gives you the opportunity to write down any random thoughts or ideas you have while you’re in the shower. I actually come up with a lot of my article ideas while I’m washing my hair, so I may have to treat myself to this one!

4. Writer’s Remedy

Writers Remedy

If you know a writer who has writer’s block, this thoughtful and funny little gift would be perfect for them. Filled with magnetic letters, this could help them get their creative juices flowing – and if not, it is sure to put a smile on their face!

5. Space Pen

Space Pen

This pen is pretty awesome; it can write at any angle, and works in zero gravity. While most writers are firmly seated on Earth, this pen means you can write in bed upside down. Super handy!

What did you guys think of these gifts? Would any be particularly useful to you? I am definitely going to invest in some AquaNotes!

I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME PART TWO

4 WEIRD DISTRACTIONS YOU FACE WHEN YOU WORK FROM HOME PART TWO

Do you work from home? Working from home opens up a whole new world of strange distractions, from chairs that are too comfortable to life admin you need to catch up on.

Check out 4 weird distractions you may have faced if you work from home.

1. Your Pets

Every day, at some point while you work, your pet will come up to you and try to get your attention. They could want food, letting outside, a stroke, or simply your attention, but you always end up giving in and giving them what they what. They are too cute to ignore – unlike the seven work emails you need to reply to.

2. Any Food In The House

There is delicious food in your cupboards and fridge, and you could be eating it right now. Maybe you will go make yourself a little healthy snack, like a sandwich or a salad. You travel to the kitchen, and spend fifteen minutes looking in your fridge and cupboard- only to settle on toast.

3. How Clean Your House Is

The floor in your bedroom needs vacuuming, and you’ve just noticed that your office desk has a few crumbs on it. The thing is – you never notice any of the mess until you’re supposed to be doing work. You quickly wipe the crumbs off the desk and try not to think about your bedroom floor. You try even harder to not think about all the dirty dishes and laundry.

4. The Internet

The only reason why you went on Youtube was to put some good background music on, but the recommended video was cute kittens – you HAD to click on it. The only thing is, that was over an hour ago – now you’re reading about different cat breeds on Wikipedia while searching cat hashtags on Instagram.

What did you guys think of this follow-up piece? I thought I would write another post about distractions you can be faced with when you work from home as I really enjoyed writing the last piece. Let me know if you can think of any other distractions that I could be faced with when I work from home!

5 Ways To Move Forward When You’re Uncertain About Your Future

Do you feel uncertain about your future? Many people of many ages struggle with this problem, but there is no one solution. However, changing your mind-set and your daily attitude can help you to move forward and gain clarity – check out 5 ways to move forward when you’re uncertain about your future.

1. Have a great attitude. You don’t have to view your uncertain future negatively – this could be the point in your life where you discover your true passions and interests. Having a positive attitude means you are more likely to notice and seize opportunities when they pop up. Having a negative attitude can leave you dwelling on your situation, rather than focusing on how to move forward.

2. Believe in your current job. Even if you don’t want to stay at your job, focus on the positives while you’re there. From paying the bills to helping you grow as person, most jobs will give you something very useful without you even noticing. Don’t give up on your work – the skills you work on while you’re there could later help you to land your dream job.

3. Work on improving yourself. Very successful people and companies continue to work on self-improvement even when they are doing well. Instead of thinking about your uncertain future, think about you could make yourself the best version of yourself in preparation for the future.

4. Decide what you want. You may feel uncertain, but there are probably many things you are already certain about. Ask yourself; what industry do I want to work in? Where do I want to be in 5 months? Where do I want to be in 5 years? Even if you can only answer one question, that is one thing you know for sure about your future.

5. Stick it out. If you do the four things above for a week and stop, you will not feel yourself moving forward. Stay focused on moving forward and having a positive mind-set, and you will slowly but surely notice your future becoming clearer to you. Good luck!

3 Signs You’re Working Too Much

8 Super Easy Ways To Be More Productive

Do you wish you were more productive? Many people aspire to be more productive, but find that their willpower can sometimes let them down. Check out 8 ways to improve your productivity and get better results.

1. Do The Worst First

A good way to overcome procrastination is to do the worst job first. After you have finished the job you will feel proud and accomplished, and you can finish the rest of your tasks with relative ease.

2. Have A No Communication Hour

Set aside one hour of the day when you won’t answer texts, calls or emails. This alone time will help you to concentrate on your more challenging projects.

3. Don’t Do It If You Don’t Need To

Some people set themselves too much work, in the hopes that their day will be extra productive. However, when they actually start the day and realize how much work they have to do, they can become demotivated and unproductive. If you don’t need to do it, push it to the back of the list – or take it off entirely.

4. Set Daily And Weekly Goals

Having clear targets and goals will stop you from becoming distracted. Set the targets before the day/week starts so you can start your day already knowing what needs to be done.

5. Work Out When You Work Best

Some people work best when they first wake up, others after exercise and others during the night. Work out when you are at your most productive and motivated, and try to complete as much work as possible during this time. This way it is more likely that you will get the work done in a reasonable amount of time, to a high standard.

6. Earn Your Breaks

Set small targets that are attainable before you take a work break. You could say you won’t break until you have written 3 pages – you know you can do it before you need to break, and hitting small targets throughout the day will motivate you further.

7. Take A Break From The Internet Every Day

Switch off your laptop or computer WiFi every day for an hour. During this time you can work on any tasks that you don’t need the internet for; after all, leaving the internet on when you don’t need it is normally just a huge distraction!

8. Add The Small Jobs Together

Take half an hour each day to work on all your smaller tasks, like making phone calls and replying to emails. Many people do these tasks while they do bigger projects, but this multitasking option can actually cause you to lose focus and become distracted.

4 Ways People Mess Up Telephone Interviews

Have you ever had a job interview over the phone? Most people have been through a few, but there are many pitfalls to phone interviews that most people don’t consider.

Check out 4 ways that people mess up telephone interviews.

They Are Unprepared

Many people answer the phone to interviewers when they are halfway through cooking dinner or looking after their children, making the interview stressful for everyone involved.

It is better to not answer if you are busy, and to simply call back later. Interviewers will leave their name and number, so hold off if you are busy and give them a ring back when you can give them all of your time and attention.

They Forget The Important Details

This has happened to most people at least once – they have answered their phone to a job interview, and because they have applied for so many jobs, they have no idea who they are actually speaking to.

This can be tough to deal with, but a good way to do so is to keep notes on all of your applications. Note down important phone numbers, and when you get the call, it is much more likely you will know who is on the end of the line without having to ask.

They Sound Disinterested

As the interviewer cannot see your outfit or face over the phone, you have to use your voice to seem interested, enthusiastic and professional.

Many people struggle with either sounding disinterested or fake and over the top – a good way to deal with this is to take a deep breath to calm you down before you answer. Focus on being clear and coherent, rather than agreeable or excited.

They Don’t Do Their Research

When people first apply for jobs, they often do some research into the company and what they do. In interviews, they use this knowledge to make themselves appear interested and keen – but many people forget to do this during phone interviews. While phone interviews often seem much more casual, it is still important to seem like you are interested in the people you may be working for in the future.

Try to do some research into the company you are working for, and write it down. This way, if you receive the call, you can simply pick up the piece of paper with all of the information you need on it. Good luck!

Do you have any tips to help people improve their telephone interviewing skills? Thank you – as always – for checking out my blog and reading my posts! 🙂