Links I Love Wednesday

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Links I Love Wednesday

1. 5 of the Prettiest Ikea Hacks (theglitterguide.com). These girls take cheap furniture and make it look awesomely luxe [love me some DIY].

2. The Difference Between Healthy Love and Unhealthy Love (mindbodygreen.com).

3. Homemade Seasoned Pita Chips Recipe (tablefortwoblog.com). These would go PERFECTLY with unlimited amounts of guacamole. PLUS, they take only 20 minutes to throw together.

4. Why Employers Are Slow at Hiring (levo.com). Waiting to score an interview to that dream job you’ve been eyeing? Don’t feel discouraged. This article tells you why it takes a couple of weeks for employers to hire someone.

5.If Ron Swanson Quotes Were Motivational Posters (buzzfeed.com).

6. Apple Cider Martini (theglitterguide.com). Nothing says fall quite like a martini..err..I mean apple cider.

7. How to Prepare for a Job Interview (hellogiggles.com).

8. 21 Genius Hacks for Fixing Ruined Clothes (cosmopolitan.com). I mean, we all spill lunches on ourselves on a daily basis [ha ha.. I mean.. That can’t just be me, right?]. The wonderful people over at Cosmo have figured out a few hacks to get rid of those everyday stains.

Have a great Wednesday, you awesomely fantastic group of people! ❤

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7 Ways to Boost Productivity at Work

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7 Ways to Boost Productivity at WorkWork can be overwhelming at times – I totally get it. However, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you’re making the most of your time. Not only will this make you more productive at work, it will also reduce your stress levels substantially because you won’t feel like you’re scrambling last minute to get everything done.

So, without further ado – 7 Ways to Boost Productivity at Work:

1. Turn your phone off/silence it. If you’re on a roll and really beasting a project, nothing is going to break that concentration quite like the chime of your phone or ding of your email. So if you’re working on an important project – especially if that project has a deadline – mute your devices. Speaking of deadlines…

2. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. If you have a task or project you need completed, set a hard deadline for yourself. Even if your boss or manager hasn’t given you an exact completion date, set one for yourself. Project needs to be completed sometime next week? Cool, tell yourself that you’re going to have it done by 5PM on Wednesday. Having a deadline will force discipline.

3. Get a good night’s rest. A good day is almost always determined long before you get to work. You’ll be less likely to procrastinate and sludge around the office if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and relaxing morning. So get your beauty sleep, homey. That way you’ll have the energy you need to take the world by storm at work.

4. Clean up your office space. When you get to the office (or right before you leave), tidy up your office space and make sure your desk is clean. This is a great way to ensure you won’t fiddle with desk mess when you should be getting work done.

5. Take short breaks. Tell yourself that you’re going to work for 50 minutes straight and then take a 10 minute break to walk around the office, get water, etc. This is especially true if you work at a job where you’re mostly sedentary. Walking around and moving your joints will give your brain a break and also improve your health.

6. If you’re out of work, find some. If you find that you have a lot of time to kill at work because you finished a project early or business is slow, go find something to do! Get a head start on a project that is coming up, help a co-worker manage their workload, leave passive aggressive notes throughout the office, etc.

7. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. If you sit at your desk all day long, eating lunch there is a bad idea. Get out of the office and eat your lunch at a local park. If it’s blistering cold outside, go sit in the break room and snack on your food with a good book. Whatever you need to do. Just make sure you take a break from your desk for the duration of your lunch.

Readers: Anything to add? What helps you stay productive at work?

Links I Love Wednesday

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Links I Love Wednesday

1. Secrets to an Amazing Love Life (mindbodygreen.com). “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” [If you know what movie that is from, we just became best friends.]

2.How to Use Makeup Highlighters (wellandgood.com).

3. Pesto Zucchini Fritters with Caprese Bruschetta Topping (closetcooking.com). These look absolutely delicious! I’m going to pretend that they are low-cal because.. veggies, right?

4. Badass Couple Turns Wedding Day Hurricane Into Best Party Ever (cosmopolitan). So basically, their wedding gets pummeled by a hurricane and this cute couple put smiles on their faces and dance in the rain.

5.  9 to 5 Chic: 10 Style Tricks That Show You Mean Business (laurenconrad.com).

6. Five People to Avoid in Life (sweetlemonmag.com). Some people are like poison. This article details the five types of poisonous people that you don’t need in your life [’cause you’re a RAY OF FRIGGIN’ SUNSHINE and don’t you forget it].

7. 3 Yoga Poses to Help You Relax (prevention.com).

8. Let’s Take a Road Trip: Travel Inspiration (theberry.com). You know that restless feeling where you just want to hop on a plane and travel somewhere exotic and new? If you’re prone to those feelings.. Don’t look at this.

9. 7 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With Your Job (hellogiggles.com). Dread going to work? YFeel completely unmotivated when you’re there? Yeah, it might be time to spruce up that resumé, m’dear.

10. The 18 Most Adorable Co-Pilots To Ever Exist (buzzfeed.com). PUPPIES. That’s all you need to know.

And in memory of Robin Williams..

How to Get Your Dream Job without Experience

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How to Get Your Dream Job without ExperienceOne of the first things that I like to do in the morning is browse through my Twitter feed and get a feel for what’s going on in the world. [AKA stalk Cosmopolitan online.] Today while reading up on the riveting details of the stock market*, [*fawning over cute puppies] I stumbled across an article from the great people over at Levo: No Experience? No Problem. How 4 Pros Landed Their Dream Gigs.

Having only graduated from the University of Michigan about a year ago, I completely understand how frustrating it can be trying to get a job when you have little to no experience – let alone your DREAM job! Before I graduated, I must have sent out 100+  applications/résumé‎s and received 200+ rejections. [How does that happen? I DON’T KNOW, but apparently it does.] Thankfully, my current employer saw something in my poorly worded résumé, and working here has been an excellent learning experience.

Looking back on when I first started applying, I realize now that 1) my résumé was an EXACT replica of hundreds of other recent graduates, 2) my cover letter had zero personality and did a piss poor job of telling people who I was as a person. [e.g., rapid consumer of large quantities of guacamole.] After seeing how the interview process played out at my current job, and doing extensive research on the subject, I’ve come up with a few ways that you [YES, YOU!] can get your dream job without experience.

In addition to the excellent points made by Levo, [seriously, go read this right meow.] I’d like to add a few of my own:

1.  Don’t have just one résumé. Take a look at what the position your applying for entails and what they are looking for in a candidate. Then, update your résumé and focus on skills/experiences that you have that relate to the job. When it comes to your résumé and cover letter, one size does NOT fit all.

2. Get yourself some solid recommendations. Unless you’re a hermit, [not hating on hermits, you do YOU.] you know individuals that may be willing to vouch for your character, skills, etc. Ask them to write you a recommendation letter or endorse you on your LinkedIn account. [No mom, not you.] If you’ve caught the attention of the potential employer with your résumé/cover letter, strong recommendations may be your ticket to an interview.

3. After the interview is over, thank the interviewer for their time! I recommend sending them a handwritten note, simply because it will make you stand out. An email can be quickly scanned and trashed, while a note is something they’re more likely to linger over. If you’re the type of person to procrastinate and forget, write the note beforehand and pop it in a nearby post box after the interview is finito.

While I definitely don’t have all the answers, hopefully these tips will help you in your quest to score the job of your dreams! If you’re currently applying, I’m sending good vibes your way! [*gOoD vIbEs..OoH mAgIcAl*]

Readers: Have any tips to add? What has worked for you in the past when trying to score an interview?

 

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