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March 22, 2023

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Tips Jar

Tips Jar: Cutting Distractions Working at Home

Working from home but finding that all those distractions are getting in your way?  This piece says the four best ways to increase your productivity are to 1) Prepare your week with a weekly schedule 2)  Inform friends and neighbors of your work hours 3) Limit your time on social networks and 4) Reschedule household tasks to do before or after working hours. What works best for you? Let us know.


Tips Jar: Temping to Boost Your Job Search

If you’re like most job seekers, your goal is to find a permanent, full-time position. To find this position, you might contact hiring organizations directly, tap into your network, or maybe even work with a recruiter. The idea of “temping” to find your job might not be on your radar, or might be something you are considering as a last resort. Many job seekers think temping only benefits employers, when actually it can benefit the candidate, too.What you don’t know about temping could be preventing you from landing your dream job.
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Job Search Tip: Act Like An Athlete

Career coach Bobbie LaPorte advises her clients to adapt the mindset and strategies of an athlete in order to manage successful careers. Discipline, self-awareness and resiliency all translate from winning on the field to excelling in the business world, she says. Here’s how to do it:

Envision the Finish Line and Make a Plan to Reach It: Define your goal clearly and create an action plan to obtain it, much as all-stars start at the desired “win” to frame their training and performance.  Without an overall strategy to guide your efforts, you can be easily distracted.

— Find Your Own Success Team: Ask someone you admire in your industry to be your mentor and learn his or her best practices.  Develop a professional network of people who can help you be successful. Share career aspirations and achievements as well as concerns or fears with close confidants.   They can help you celebrate the good times and push you through difficult periods.

— Don’t Give Up: When you feel discouraged, remember the times you’ve seen professional athletes, Olympic competitors and even the kids in your local soccer league come within seconds of defeat — only to somehow find the inspiration, discipline and singular focus on their goal to win.