Five Ways to Promote Better Work/Life Balance

Work is important, but life happens! It can be tricky to juggle personal and family responsibilities with a 40-hour work week. Employees who feel too chained to work can end up feeling drained, and this can impact their productivity. Now more than ever, employers are understanding of the need for work/life balance. When your workers can make time for all aspects of their lives, it helps them to feel more enriched and content—and balanced! Five Work/Life Balance Tips You can support employee health and happiness with the following: Teach employees what work/life balance means. If they’re not familiar with the… Read more »

Don’t Burn Bridges: Learn to Quit the Right Way

You have a fantasy of how it will go: You’ll stand up on your desk, give a rousing speech about the incompetence of management and the uselessness of your soon-to-be-former coworkers, then you’ll drop the mic (you have a mic in this daydream for some reason) and storm out the door, maybe in slow motion, maybe with Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blasting in the background. Best to avoid any version of that a fantasy. It might be satisfying to tell off your boss or insult your least favorite coworkers on your way out the door. But, it can have… Read more »

The Best Ways to Explain a Gap in Your Resume

When a potential employer reviews your resume, they’re looking for clues. First and foremost, that you’re qualified for the job—but also, that they can trust you, and your work ethic. Job gaps can send up a red flag to employers that you may not be who you seem. But have no fear—many people take time off from work to raise children, take care of sick loved ones, travel, complete course work, and much more. Three ways to handle job gaps If you have job gaps on your resume, the key is to know how to position them to avoid any… Read more »

Five Body Language Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Interview

You’ve perfected your interview skills and chosen a killer outfit—and the body language you use when meeting with an interviewer is like the cherry on the top of your interview sundae. It helps you make a good impression on a hiring manager and showcase yourself as the professional you are, plus it helps you stick in the mind of your interviewer—all good things when you’re hoping to win a new job. Five tips for positive body language Body language helps you project confidence and positive energy. And during an interview, this helps give you an edge over your competition. To… Read more »

How to Know if You Need a Resume for Your Career

Apply for a banker position at Goldman Sachs or a coding job at Google, and you know you need a resume. For other positions, the process might seem less obvious. Light industrial jobs often fall in the grey area. Some companies require a formal resume as part of the application process. Other places might not. Instead, firms might rely on an application you fill out, either with old-fashioned paper and pen or on a computer. Often, these are available to complete online. Whether you’ll need a resume for a particular job should be clear from the position. The job posting… Read more »

4 Reasons Why You Never Heard Back After Your Last Interview

It’s stressful enough when it has to do with romance. But when you get ghosted after a job interview, it becomes a new level of tension. Think about the dating situation: You send a text. You expect to hear something back immediately. Good or bad, you’re prepared. But then, nothing. Hours go by. Then a day. Now it’s a couple days later and you still haven’t heard anything. Did they get the text at all? Did they see it and then forget? Do they just think you’re an unattractive goof? Did they get trapped under a fallen bookcase and are… Read more »

The Benefits of Learning a Skilled Trade

The high school guidance counselor’s office. Talking about tests and schedules, getting brochures and advice. And all of it trying to steer you into college, and eventually some kind of office job. The office job thing sounded boring to you at the time and still seems like a deadly, clock-watching nightmare now. Is that the only path to success? Without a college degree, are you stuck on the road toward a Terminator Judgement Day-type hellscape, where robots will eventually transform every blue-collar worker into a permanently unemployed ward of the state? Luckily, the answer is a resounding “no.” There are… Read more »

Getting to Work On Time

It seems so simple during the day. You walk in 15 minutes late, harried, embarrassed, once again having to start your workday by apologizing to everyone. You vow it will never happen again. And at noon, you mean it. But, by six the next morning, you’re back hitting the snooze bar and the cycle starts up again. So how do you break out of it? Getting to work on time can be more complicated than it seems. When you use public transportation or when you have a long commute, getting to work can feel like planning the D-Day invasion. You… Read more »

Workplace Conversation Doesn’t Have to Be Awkward – Use These Tips!

Stepping into a new office can spark flashbacks to the first day of junior high. You’re back in the cafeteria, holding your tray, not sure where you’re supposed to sit. After all, starting a new job can be tough enough – getting used to a new boss, a new organization and a new job description – without adding the social aspect onto it. Getting to know your co-workers can stir up anxiety in even the most confident person. This can prove particularly difficult when you come into a situation as a temp. You’re moving in and out of jobs, making… Read more »

How to Write Your Very First Resume

Congratulations! Whether you’ve just finished high school, graduated with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or completed a trade school course, you’re ready to enter the workforce! Your ticket to the working world is your resume. This allows employers to make the first cut when deciding who they will hire. Crafting that first resume can prove difficult. Much of the advice about how to organize and shape a resume assumes you have a wealth of experience to use. Your early-career version has special concerns to keep in mind. But don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here are four steps to writing… Read more »