Balance: How Work-Life Balance is Crucial to Your Career’s Success

When it comes to your work-life balance it’s about juggling all your responsibilities in just 24 hours, every day. And it can be difficult trying to manage your time between family, work, friends, and of course, you. But balancing your work and life is a crucial part of you having a successful career.

Ways to instill work-life balance effectively

Something that is super important in becoming successful with your career and at home, is balancing your responsibilities. You can do this by making sure you’re doing things you enjoy. Whether that means enjoying your job or having fun outside of work. It can help balance you out when one of those two things are stressful or vice-versa.

Also, make sure you’re with a good company that respects you and your home life. This is key to any working relationship. When you feel appreciated and cared for, you come into work knowing what you have to do that day, as well as knowing it will not be coming home with you.

When you interview for a job, you’re also interviewing the employer to see if they are the right fit for you! You get to choose who you share your talents with (especially, with the candidate-driven market we are in). And you want to make sure it’s a company that respects and knows the difference between your family time and work time.

By taking initiative upfront, it will be easier to focus on your work-life balance and help you understand the importance of it. Without that balance, your work production and health could suffer due to unnecessary stress. Which no one wants to deal with when you’re just trying to enjoy your life and career.

How to ensure you have a good Work-Life Balance

With these simple steps, you can make sure you’re taking steps to de-stress and unplug from work and life stresses.

Workout and eat healthily – whether that is going for a walk 3-4 times a week or going to the gym. Make sure you’re taking care of your physical health. Giving yourself that time to work on improving your health will only help you feel better about yourself and accomplish more in your day to day duties.

Hobbies – Reminding yourself of the importance of doing things other than work and house chores keeps you happy and excited for what the next day brings. Having different hobbies helps you relax and take that time you need to debrief from life and work. Because de-stressing and doing the things you love to do ‘just because’ will help you stay healthy and happy. Which only keeps you more productive in the office and life.

Un-Plug from work and technology – With work and technology being so hand-in-hand nowadays, it makes it hard to truly leave work… at work. But it’s important to remember that work will always be there tomorrow. Your loved ones, friends, that age your child is today, is and will always be changing. Make sure you’re spending that time with them. Enjoying every stage of life, because one day you won’t be able to.

Your work-life balance will determine your career and life successes, so make sure you take the time to focus on each role and balance them accordingly.

“As far as I know, you only get one shot at this life. It only goes around once and time is precious. When (your) not working, you’d better spend that time with someone important.”Benjamin Bratt


These Are The 3 Things You Need To Research About A Company Before You Interview

3 Things You Need To Research About A Company Before You Interview

These Are The 3 Things You Need To Research About A Company Before You Interview

Recently, I’ve heard job seekers complaining that they keep getting interviews but don’t receive any offers. You might ask, how is that possible? Does this mean there are no jobs to be had? According to a recent report we have more openings than ever before, but it’s tougher to find talented candidates.

Many candidates are great interviewers and have used their interviewing skills to land their jobs in the past, but a great personality is not going to cut it in today’s job market. One must realize that we live in the world of information at your fingertips and employers want to be “wowed” in the interview. Not dazzled with fancy words and flashing sales pitches, but by a thoughtful candidate that took the time to do some homework.

An employer wants to know that you took the time to know who they are and what makes them tick.  Too many times candidates decide to “wing it” when it comes to first impressions. We suggest to our candidates that they take responsibility for the interview.

Research the following three areas before an interview

  • The company website, look through the pages, learn about the mission and the products and the leadership.
  • Find them on Social Media and see if they are involved in their community or if they have videos that give insight into their culture.
  • Find any news articles about them recently. Keep an eye out for awards or major announcements. Google is your friend.

Spending a weekend or a few hours learning about the company you are interviewing with will do a few things. It will set you apart from the competition and it will impress your potential boss, but most importantly it will excite you about the opportunity. Excitement is contagious and the employer will be excited about you!

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The One Degree Of Difference In Your Job Search

The One Degree Of Difference In Your Job Search

As I thought about 2017 and what my “theme” would be for the year, I remembered a video I had seen once about “The One Degree Of Difference.” Essentially, it means to be just a little better than you were before at every little thing you do, and in the end, you will see a significant improvement. This applies to all facets of life: work, family, relationships, and of course, your job search. What can you do above and beyond your normal daily routine to turn your job search into your dream job? Here’s are a few places you can start:

  1. Have a “fluid” resume

While you might have a great resume that highlights all of your various skills and experiences, that just won’t cut it in 2017. A giant, comprehensive book of everything you’ve done is virtually impossible for a Hiring Manager or HR Rep to sift through in order to find your relevant information. You should be adjusting your resume for every opportunity you apply to. No two job opportunities are the same! Once you’ve made the adjustments, take your resume and the job description to a third party (family, friend, networking acquaintance) and have them judge them for relevancy.

  1. Focus your job search

The shotgun approach to applying for jobs is going to get you left behind this year. You cannot apply to any and every job that *kind of, sort of* matches your skill set. Research the Hiring Managers for every company you want to work for and send your resume directly to them. Or better yet, call a great recruiter (that’s me) and work with them on getting your resume into the hands of the hiring manager. The last thing you want is for your hard-earned, personalized resume to go into the black hole of nothingness when you apply to a company on their website. You all know what I’m talking about…

  1. Research (I mean REALLY research) the companies you apply to

Most importantly, you need to make sure you do your research on the company and the potential new boss. You don’t want to be one of the average people that comes in to an interview and has done a quick scan of the company website while in the parking lot waiting for the interview. (You wouldn’t believe how many people still do this.) You want to invest time and understanding in your future by doing the research and making sure this is the right opportunity for you.

We live in America, the “land of opportunity.” All you have to do is work for what you want and you can earn it. It doesn’t matter how you got the interview, there is never a guarantee that you will be getting an offer. You have to show them that you want it more than anyone else and you have the skills it takes to get it done. You don’t have to be x-number of degrees better than anyone, you just need to be one degree better than the best. The more areas you have the extra “one degree,” the better candidate you will be. All it takes is one degree of difference to change your 2017 job search into your dream job.

4 Steps Closer to Your Next Job Interview

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Today we’re giving you all the tools to get through the job search one step at a time. Combine these four steps with your skills and confidence and you will lead yourself straight to an interview.

Step 1: Ready

“Knowledge is power, but enthusiasm pulls the switch.” –Ivern Ball

Direction: Research your marketability.

A good place to start when you begin a job search is inward. Understanding and sharing your brand is essential when tapping into the job market. We recommend you start by researching your marketability.

  • Find out how your line of work is rewarded in the market. >>Pay Scale: Salary Calculator
  • If you are opening to relocating for your career, find out where you should live to maximize your compensation. >>Pop Sugar: Market Research
  • If you know where you want to relocate, find out how it compares to your current market. >>Pay Scale: Cost of Living Calculator
  • Next, evaluate your skills and determine which skills are in demand. Take online courses, both paid and free to further your professional development. >>The Muse: Professional Development
  • Skills Evaluation: Technical skills are quickly becoming a standard across business. >>The Muse: Skills Evaluation
  • Find out how to leverage job boards to uncover the most valuable skills. >>U.S. News: Job Boards

Step 2: Aim

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupry

Direction: Update your job search materials.

  • Resumes and cover letters should be tailored to the position you’re applying for. >>Life Hacker: Resume Tailoring
  • Select companies you want to work for. >>LinkedIn Research Company  LinkedIn is a great place to start but don’t forget to research the company website, press releases, financial reports, and social media.

Step 3: Fire

“Vision without execution is hallucination.” –Thomas Edison

Direction: Selectively apply for positions that align with your skills.

  • Read between the lines. Not having all of the requirements for a position doesn’t make you unqualified, it creates opportunity. >>The Muse: Job Requirement Awareness
  • Develop a job application strategy and organize how you approach your next job search. >>About Careers: Applying for Jobs

Step 4: Reload

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” –Henry Ford

Direction: Get organized.

  • After you have strategically applied for the most ideal jobs, it’s time to get organized. Use these suggestions to ensure you have a post application strategy. >>About Careers: Job Search Strategy
  • Follow-up with HR professionals and the most effective way possible, seek out the hiring manager. >>About Careers: Contact Hiring Manager
  • Measure your job search success. Find out how to evaluate your job search and make the proper changes. >>U.S. News: Measure Search Success


Getting to the interview is the first step in showcasing your unique style. Make sure you approach each step in the process with confidence and you are sure to land interviews.