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Dealing With the Monday Blues?

 

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Having the Monday blues? I know, I know…most people dread this day. I have some recommendations to make it more enjoyable.

Let me give you some background about me before I start getting into this post, so you can understand where I am coming from. I am a 24-year-old finishing up on my Bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. I have two jobs, going to school full-time, and I write blogs for TSSI on the side. Sounds exhausting, right? I don’t tend to have the Monday blues though because I start my day off like this.


Here is how to feel better on your Monday’s or any day of the week!

WATER
My first recommendation that I always start my day with is drinking a glass of water (at least 8-12 oz). This starts boosting your metabolism, starts detoxing your body, and gets you ready for your day.

BREAKFAST
My ideal breakfast is a clean breakfast. No processed foods and if there are, it is 100% whole wheat.

MEAL CHOICE #1
1 slice of whole wheat toast, half of an avocado, and 1 over-easy egg. (DO DIE FOR)

MEAL CHOICE #2
1 slice of whole wheat toast, slice up 1 banana, 2-3 tsp of peanut butter, and sprinkle 1-2 tsp of chia seeds

MEAL CHOICE #3
For those who do not like to eat in the morning. Make a peanut butter and banana smoothie – blend together 2 tsp of peanut butter, 1 frozen banana, a little milk/milk substitute or plain greek yogurt, and some honey. Or make a veggie/fruit smoothie. 1 cup of frozen spinach (greens), ½ cup of frozen fruit, 1-2 tsp of honey, and water. If you do not use frozen fruits or veggies, you’ll have to add ice.

Those are just a few ideas that I do. Starting your day with a glass of water and breakfast helps brain function, gets your body working and ready for your day. Food fuels your body and is there to help you function. You will be in a happier mood and it may surprise you how your Mondays turn out! If you may poor breakfast choices, your mood will not be as good as others! Also, a little reminder, pack some healthy snacks to keep the good vibe going throughout your day.

BREAKS

Some people have highly stressful jobs, some people have a lot on their plate which stresses them out as well. Add on if you’re having a bad case of the Monday blues, you’ll still dislike Monday’s. But when work gets too much for you, take a step back for a few minutes and collect yourself. Ask your boss if you can step outside of the office, go walk around the building, do something just to collect your cool. If you just stick with the stress all day, there are no advantages of that to you mentally or physically. Help your body handle the stress by taking a step back. This could be tied into listening to your favorite song or music.


Hope this helps you deal with your Monday Blues! Enjoy!

 

Common Interview Questions and Tips

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When it comes the time you have to interview, the process of researching and prepping for the interview can determine your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to prep for an interview is to practice your responses to common questions and in general any questions.

We are here to help you succeed in the interviewing process. Here are some common interview questions we ask or know others ask.

  1. Describe yourself?
  2. What is one of your weaknesses?
  3. What are your strengths?
  4. Why should we hire you?
  5. Why do you want to work here?
  6. What are your goals?
  7. Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job?
  8. When were you most satisfied in your job?
  9. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
  10. What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
  11. What salary are you seeking?
  12. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  13. Tell me about a time you made a mistake?
  14. How do you deal with an angry customer?
  15. How do you handle pressure?
  16. What is the last book you’ve read for fun?
  17. If you were an animal what kind would you be?
  18. What questions do you have for me?

We want to help you prepare for some of these questions. Since they are easy to answer wrong, this leads them to not get to the next step in the interview process or they get chosen over.

What is one of your weaknesses?

This is the most difficult and dreaded question to answer. Most people like to pick a weaker strength, but that is not what the interviewer is looking for. We recommend to stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits: “I am very critical of my own work. I have always prided myself on having everything perfect or error-free. I am aware that this sometimes is time-consuming. I try to trust myself with my efforts and quality of work to not be critical.”

What are you goals?

We would like to hear about your future goals, but in an interview, you should talk about short-term goals and intermediate goals. An example of this, “my first priority is to do team building activities because I want our company to work as a team. My long-term goal would start becoming more sustainable in greener decisions and ways”.

Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job?

If you are currently unemployed, state you reason for leaving in a positive context: “I managed to survive three rounds of company downsizing, but the fourth time I did not make the cut”. If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: “After two years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience and skills”. You could say “I want a company that cares about its workers & companies morale. My current company has lost focus on that and I like and believe in your company values.”

Why do you want to work here?

The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates that you have given thought to this question. They want to make sure you are not sending out resumes just because there are openings. For example, “I’ve selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices”. You could also say, “My passion is to have relationships with employees and management, so we can strive to make the company reach its fullest potential. We share the same values for growth and opportunities”.

In addition to common questions that we have listed, these are not all the questions that can be asked of you. Some can be very bizarre and unexpected. Make sure that the interviewer does not ask any illegal questions (age, race, and etc.) You can politely ask “how is this relevant” or “what does this have to do with the positon you are applying for”. Knowing the do’s and the do not’s have advantages and disadvantages, so we overall recommend you doing research and preparation for every interview.

 

 

 

Work Safety

Workplace safety is an important part of a company. It affects many entities of a company from their environment and culture to lowering absenteeism. By having a safety policy it holds the company and the safety practices accountable to improve the company as a whole. Following safety policies and practices supports the company’s defense if anything were to go wrong with regulations.

Every company wants to have a consistent and reliable safety management and we believe that with making sure all employees abide by the policies will benefit the company. Having safety policies can prevent workplace accidents. This supports the company when they have an open door policy.

In other words, making sure their employees feel comfortable enough to report any unsafe behaviors to their top management. Holding the company accountable for workforce safety will maintain many areas of safety. Such as, working practices in the company, prevent occupational disabilities, conduct workshops to promote work practices, safety regulations, ergonomic issues, and prevention with safety management.

The following will help lower accidents and absenteeism at the work place.

  1. Here are some tips to keep in mind at your workplace to help with safety:

  2. Your #1 goal – your safety is your personal responsibility.

  3. Always follow practices and procedures.

  4. Keep your work space clean and organized.

  5. Be alert and awake on the job.

  6. When in doubt, contact your supervisor for training and/or guidance.

  7. Obey safety signs, stickers, and tags to follow correct procedures.

  8. Report serious injuries and/or behaviors immediately.

We hope in the long run that it will promote a higher productivity as well as create a stronger culture within the company. Having a safe work environment for employees and safety policies that everyone follows together will assist the growth of the company.

MOST COMMON RESUME MISTAKES

Are you applying for jobs? Have you mastered what should and should not be on your resume? There are common mistakes applicants make on their resume that has a large impact of an employer’s decision about you. The damage it does for your image might cost you your call back for coming in for an interview.

These errors could be influencing the decision of you getting your dream job. We all know how easy it is to make mistakes on your resume. There are a few common mistakes you might be making. Here is how to avoid them to make sure you can be a strong candidate for the jobs you apply for.


 

Grammatical Errors

By having no grammar errors and proof reading your resume, it demonstrates to the employer’s that you care about your work. Having mistakes on your resume can make an employer have snap judgements that lead to having a negative emphasis on you. They can conclude that you may not be able to write or you do not care if there are typos and/or grammatical errors.

Bad Objective

Employers do read majority of your resume. Too often though candidates will put a generalized objective that is not specific to the company that they are applying for. An example of this is, “Seeking a challenging position that offers potential growth.” Employers are looking more for something like this, “A challenging management position that allows me to contribute my interpersonal skills and experience with and through others.”

Too Generalized

Previously mentioned being specific has an impact on how you stand out. Being too general on your resume has an impact as well. Sending out your resume to multiple companies with the same resume usually gets tossed in the “poor resume” pile. You cannot have a one-size-fits-all resume. Generalizing what you do clearly illustrates to the employer that you may not have key factors to make you stand out or be able to handle the position.

Lack of Specifics

Showing employers your accomplishments will help them understand what you have actually done. When you are not specific it can really change the emphasis they have on your experience and skills. For example, if you put “worked with employees in an office setting” verses “supervised and worked with 12 employees”.

Contact InformationSome candidates think they are not getting any bites when they apply for jobs, but have you checked your contact information to make sure it was correct. Some people get a new phone number and forget to update it on their resume. Another mistake to avoid is using an inappropriate email or having a complex email. (I.E sugarmama70@aol.com or arina19_merino90@frontier.net).There are many other mistakes one can make. You’ll have to explore the others through other sites.


We hope these mistakes benefit your resume and your chances of getting a call back for an interview.

Let’s say you have a strong resume and the employer decides they want to call you in for an interview. They reference your resume for your contact information. What happens when it is the wrong phone number? In this case, you won’t be getting a job any time soon if employers can’t get a hold of you.