Tip Tuesday: Grads, bring down your ego

In this day and age, it’s usually the norm to have either a university degree or college diploma. Because of this, many recent grads in the past years feel entitled to secure a job in their field right after or a few months after graduation. And when they aren’t able to, they blame the poor job market and the economy and start feeling unmotivated with their job search and life in general.

If you’re guilty of that, bring your ego down a bit! If you look at the very successful people, they all started from the bottom and most hopped from random job to random job. Stepping it down a notch and getting any job after graduation while looking for the right job will keep you from feeling negative and blaming the economy. You’ll also build character, learn to budget, meet new people (possibly connections to another job closer to your filed) and most importantly, real life work experience.

 

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Tip Tuesday: Budget With $5 Bills

Here’s something to try out if you want to start budgeting: for every $5 bill you receive, save it. At the end of every month, count how much money you’ve saved up from just those bills alone. Five bucks doesn’t seem like much but you’ll be surprised how fast things add up.

Hopefully this tip will motivate you to put some money aside while working in the summer or at you full-time job.

 

How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Do you just feel like falling right back into bed every morning when you wake up? Need ten cups of coffee just to function? Then we think you might need a sleep intervention.

Not getting a proper amount of sleep can affect every aspect of your life. It can slow your thinking, hinder your memory, make it easier to get sick and even cause depression. And worst of all, it may prevent you from having the energy and determination to search for jobs!

We don’t want any of that stuff to happen to you, so we’re going to tell you how to make the most of your good night’s sleep.

The Four Stages of the Sleep Cycle:
You should understand a few things about sleep before you try to improve its quality – namely what sleep cycles are and their stages. So first off, a sleep cycle is a 90 minute cycle of four stages: two REM (Rapid Eye Movement, which is caused by dreaming) and two non-REM. People generally need five or six cycles to feel well rested, so that’s what you should aim for. If you can’t fit all of them in, it’s possible to feel adequately rested on just three or four, but you need to wake up at the right time.

Stage 1
– A very light sleep. The body is either easing into a shallow sleep from a deep one (stage 4), or easing into a shallow sleep from wakefulness. People are easily awoken at this stage with very little side effects. It’s about 10-15 minutes long and is the window we want to wake ourselves up in – but we’ll get to that later.

Stage 2 In stage 2 your body is preparing for deep sleep. You’re less easily awakened here and your heart rate slows, and body temperature drops. Waking up isn’t terrible, but it’s sort of disorienting.

Stage 3 & 4 These are your stages of deep sleep: 4 being much deeper than 3. They’re when the REM sleep sets in, and quite difficult to wake from. If you are awoken from stage 3 or 4, you’ll feel grumpy, groggy and disoriented. These make up the bulk of your cycle, and you do not want to wake up from either.

Get Sleep and Don’t Wake up Grumpy!
Waking up during stage 3 or 4 in the morning because of your alarm clock is probably why you hate mornings so much. So lets change it up!

Knowing that each cycle takes about 90 minutes to arrive at completion, and that the average person takes about 15 minutes to fall asleep, you can calculate the best time to wake up from whenever you want to go to sleep. Remember, you’re aiming for stage 1, which lasts 10 – 15 minutes, so you want to wake yourself up 5 or 10 minutes after the end of your last cycle.

If all that sounds a little too complicated, don’t worry! Here’s a sleep calculator which will do all the math for you!

If that doesn’t help, you can try turning your phone off or putting it to airplane mode at night (your phone gives off tiny electrical pulses some people are sensitive to and keeps you awake,) and you can try reading a book instead of a lit screen – studies have shown that LED screens have the same effect on the brain as caffeine.

Hopefully that will help you sleep through the night from now on and always be at your best at work or that early morning job interview!

See you next Tuesday for another great tip!

Question of the week: How long have you gone without sleeping?

Also check out:
How to Not Be Late For Work
How to Stay Awake at Work

 

Wall Street Job Report – How to Get Your Resume Past Computer Screening

Credit: The Wall Street Job Report

Hundreds and thousands of resumes pour in for recruiters and hiring managers to look over everyday. To make their lives easier, computerized systems help them select potential candidates by scanning keywords and other information. This often is a disadvantage to job seekers because resume #312 can be easily lost in the pile. To get around this, the Wall Street Job Report has some tips on How to Get Your Resume Past Computer Screening Tactics.

 


 

Job Fact Friday: Social Media

Social media is quickly becoming the new job search tool. Generation Y has made social media such a large part of their lives that companies are picking up this trend and posting jobs on social media websites. Common ones include Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus. So the next time you’re browsing online, make sure you don’t neglect the job postings on social media. They’re just as legitimate as the jobs that are posted on other online job boards or the career section in newspapers and magazines.

Tip Tuesday: Things People Overlook in Job Interviews


Sometimes when you don’t think it’s a big deal, doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal to the interviewer. Watch this video for some of the common things that people tend to forget to do or not do during a job interview that can save your chances at being hired.