We often find ourselves asking this question, “How can we be more productive at work?” Whether we’re searching for ways to streamline processes, minimize clutter or simply stay-on-task, there are a few tried-and-true methods to employ that will help you increase your output without pulling more time.
- Prioritize. First thing each morning, establish your priorities. Organize your time by taking into consideration how much time you’ll need for each task and the best time of day to complete each task.
- Establish Routines. Sure, it may sound monotonous, but our brains are wired to execute patterns. Establish routines for your more mundane tasks, such as checking email, responding to requests or archiving projects.
- Group Similar Tasks. Say you have two separate projects that require the same or similar task. While you’re in the swing of completing one, go ahead and complete the other. Just don’t get the two mixed up.
- Take Breaks. Sounds counter-intuitive, right? Wrong. Complex tasks take a lot of mental effort. Give your brain and body a quick breather so it can come back to the table (or desk) refreshed.
- Create a List. Along the same lines of prioritizing, creating a list will help you establish what must get done in your day and helps you visualize your tasks to prioritize them.
What are some strategies you employ to be more productive at work?
Oftentimes, especially toward the beginning of our careers, we consider a job change. Whether it’s leaving your first job or switching careers altogether, the decision can be a daunting one. What if you don’t enjoy this new career after you switch? What if you make the wrong decision? How do you know whether or not you’ll pick up the necessary skills?
Enter temporary employment.
Working a temporary job enables you to get a feel for what a specific career or business would be like to work in full-time. Here are some other advantages:
- Temporary employment gets you “in the door” to your dream position.
- You gain valuable experience that can carry you through to a full time position.
- Temporary employment builds your professional network.
- It keeps your skills sharp.
- It keeps your resume alive.
Have you ever considered temporary employment? Are you looking to try your hand in a new career? We’d love to hear from you.
Prepping for an interview is a lot like prepping for a test. You need to make sure you study, make sure you get enough sleep and make sure you’re not late. But here are a few other helpful hints to help get you ready for your next interview:
- Pick out your outfit the night before. You don’t want to be late because your outfit didn’t work or because you couldn’t find the shirt you were looking for.
- Review your own resume. It’s a no brainer to review the company and the job requirements beforehand, but also brush up on what your resume actually says, so you’re prepared to answer any questions.
- Practice your verbal and non-verbal communication.
- Arrive 15 minutes early.
What ways to you prep for an interview? Leave them in the comments below!
Let’s face it: Interviews are stressful. They become even more stressful when you’re thrown a curveball of an interview question. We’ve compiled some of the most bizarre and off the wall interview questions we’ve ever heard. We want to hear yours! Leave a note in the comments below and share your crazy interview stories.
- What type of animal do you most relate with and why?
- Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
- How does the internet work?
- How many cows are in Canada?
- A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
- What songs best describe your work ethic?
- If you were a pizza delivery man, how would you benefit from scissors?
- Why is a tennis ball fuzzy?
- Do you believe in Bigfoot?
How would you answer the above questions?
Over the years, we’ve given and received sage wisdom and career advice. Now, we’re gladly passing it along to you.
1. Don’t settle for a job you’re not passionate about. It’s more than a means to pay your bills. A job consumes the better part of your life, so don’t get stuck in a position or field you hate.
2. Focus on making an impact quickly. The faster you make an impact at your job, the more attention and support you’ll get.
3. Measure your success and build case studies. Not only will this help support your ask for a promotion or raise, it will help you beef up your resume if or when you look for your next opportunity.
4. Locate mentors. Whether they’re within your company or just in your circle of friends, scout out individuals who live the type of lifestyle you want. Ask them to mentor you in your quest to get there.
5. Take risks. Make sure they’re intelligent, but also make sure they’re bold.
6. Build a network. Surround yourself with smart, resourceful and successful people.
7. Keep learning. Always, always, always learn something. Keep challenging and pushing yourself to achieve your goals.
What is some of the best career advice you’ve ever received? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Oftentimes in our corporate (or even personal) lives, we reach a particular plateau. Perhaps your job has become stagnant, you’re not feeling as creative or your abilities have reached beyond your job description. Whatever the case may be, you aren’t bound by your surroundings. At Sherpa, we’re in the business of hiking beyond the corporate plateau and helping our job seekers achieve their business goals.
So here’s what you do:
- Make a plan. Sure, it may seem cliché, but even the best hikers carry a map. Figure out where your peak is—a promotion, a new industry, etc.
- Take the steps. Know where you want to go? Next, figure out how to get there. Sometimes hiking beyond the plateau involves going through a valley first, but you at least have your destination in sight.
- Lean on us. Think of us as your trustiest pair of hiking shoes. Call on Sherpa to help you take that next employment step. We’ll work to place you in exactly the right place.
What does your final, business destination look like? We’d love to know your business goals!