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Workplace stress is something many individuals are familiar with and experience every day. More than 1 million workers are absent from their employment each business day due to high levels of stress. While there are many causes ranging from excessive workloads to conflicts in the office, there are several things you can do to reduce your stress while on the job. Here are five things that will help reduce your stress at work. 1. Organization  A cluttered and disorganized environment can cause additional stress. It makes it challenging to relax and focus. It can also increase feelings of anxiety and make...

Searching for your dream job can be an overwhelming and frustrating process. You can send in dozens of applications and attend numerous interviews and still get nowhere. A job fair is a terrific way to meet face-to-face with an employer. These opportunities are more than just learning about job openings and current employers who are hiring. They provide several benefits to help you find a job faster and that is a good fit for your experience and skills. Here are a few reasons why a job fair is an important part of a job search.  Learn What Companies are Looking For Job...

It can take the average person six to twelve months to land a job. Unfortunately, the longer you are without a job, the harder it is to find one. Employers may be hesitant to hire you and have many questions about the gap of employment on your resume. However, no matter if you have been unemployed for a few weeks or many months, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of landing a job. Here are four of them.  1. Network Networking is truly one of your greatest resources for landing a job. Research shows that approximately 80%...

When you’ve gone through the grueling application process and have finally received word that you are offered the job, you likely want to scream “Yes! I accept!” However, there are several things you should consider and a few ways to handle this situation with professionalism. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of accepting a job offer. Show Appreciation If you receive an email or physical letter from the company, make sure to send an immediate reply. Tell the manager, HR representative, or another individual “thank you.” This will let the individual know that you are grateful for the opportunity and...

The job hunt is an overwhelming process. You want to feature yourself in the best light to certain companies. You want to show how you can become an asset to their team, help their business succeed, and be a valuable resource. However, to market yourself, should you highlight your experience in a particular field or should you focus on your talent? What qualities are companies looking for?  Hiring for Experience  When you highlight your experience on your resume or in your job interview, you showcase your knowledge. Experience tells the managers, recruiters, and HR personnel that you are less likely to...

As you search for your dream job, you may be on the lookout for many benefits such as unlimited paid time off. While this perk is rare, there are some companies like Eventbrite, General Electric, and Groupon that offer unlimited vacation time.  Why are some companies jumping on board and offering unlimited PTO? Are there drawbacks to this decision? Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of unlimited paid time off.   Pro: It Improves Employee Engagement Levels  Vacations give your employees an opportunity to rest. It allows them to clear their minds. By taking this time, they feel happier,...

Winter is quickly approaching and that means flu and cold season is upon us. While most of us spend time each day sanitizing and tidying our homes, we often overlook our work areas. Our offices are breeding grounds for millions of bacteria. Unfortunately, many of these areas are not cleaned every day and some aren’t cleaned at all. Here are five of the dirtiest places in an office that you should sanitize daily.  1. Keyboard When was the last time you sanitized your keyboard? Research from the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia found that keyboards are some of the dirtiest places...

Each day the average worker receives up to 121 emails and they spend up to three hours of their workday attempting to control their inbox. While email is an effective communication tool, it can hinder your productivity in the workplace. Unfortunately, if you don’t check your emails often or make these messages a priority, your inbox can get out of control. Here are a few tips to help you better control your email inbox and improve your productivity in the office.  Make it an Appointment Just like you make appointments for phone calls or meetings, schedule blocks of time throughout your day...

After receiving a poor performance review, you may experience any number of emotions from anger and sadness to confusion. This review can affect future promotions, pay increases, and your self-confidence in the workplace. However, before you fight back and become defensive, here are several things you need to do first.  Calm Down and Reflect Acting hastily out of anger is only going to make matters worse. Before you say or do anything, give yourself time to calm down. Go home for the night and reflect on the situation. Did your boss provide examples that you can analyze? Did they give you a...

No matter your industry or job position, you will always want to improve and become better. For example, you may have your sights set on a job promotion, a certain sales revenue, or even inventing a new product. While it is important to have goals, some of your career goals may be a little out of reach. These may be good goals, but they aren’t realistic, at least in the present. When goal-setting, here are a few things you can do to help you set realistic goals at work.  Be S.M.A.R.T. SMART goal setting is one of the most effective and powerful...