8 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Your Career

A good quote can give us the motivation we need to tackle a day of work and help us stay optimistic. These little quote squares we have made for you can be printed and pinned in unique places to remind you throughout the day to stay motivated and to work hard! Whether on your mirror when you wake up in the morning, pasted in your planner or on your cars dash – wise words can make a difference. Here are some of our favorite quotes.

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  1. “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell

 

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2. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days you feel good.” – Jerry West

 

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3. “If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” – Toni Morrison

 

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4. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke

 

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5. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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6 . “Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” – Toni Morrison

 

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7. “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s a part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

 

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8. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”  – Steve Jobs

 

Tips for Managing your Afternoon Work Slump

It’s a proven fact that after lunch when the clock hits 3, everyone starts to hit that mid day work slump. Suffering through the pain of lolling eyes and office yawn trains is not ideal, but is the norm. But, in reality, there are a lot of easy tricks to wake up and give yourself the kick you need to power on through.

  • Take a 10 minutes outdoor break. Some fresh air and sunlight can really do you good.
  • Take consist breaks away from your computer screen to avoid straining your eyes (another fantastic way to make you tired… that was sarcasm)
  • Phone call breaks to those who matter most can take your mind off work and lift your spirits.
  • Visit your co-workers cubes – there’s nothing contributing to your slump more than an entire day in a cube!
  • Have a healthy snack – particularly one that isn’t filled with carbs that will weigh you down. Try nuts, fruit, or protein filled treats.
  • Fact: chewing can relieve sleepiness. Get your favorite pack of gum and chomp away!

Here’s how to avoid it all together (yes, that is possible).

  • Get a good nights sleep the night before (well, duh).
  • Eat breakfast – another no-brainer.
  • Drinks lots of water – in fact, 11-12 cups a day. Dehydration leads to drowsiness!
  • Stay away from sugar. You’re just asking for a crash!

How to Effectively Ask for a Raise

The nerve-racking slow buildup of tension and the constant self-encouragement to finally ask your boss for the raise you desire can be outrageously exhausting. The fact of the matter is, you should feel comfortable enough to talk to your boss openly and honestly about acquiring a raise, but we tend, as human beings, to get in our own heads and over-analyze. It’s what we do best. So, naturally, here are some of the best tips we can provide to tackle your anxiety and be prepared to ask for that raise.

Find the right moment. When asking for your raise, you will want it to be at a time when business is booming. If your company is going through some pitfalls and the environment is stressful, then that might not be a good moment to approach your boss. Experts say the best time to ask is right after you have completed a project and are just starting a new one or during (or right after) your performance review.

Go into the discussion prepared. You will need to have evidence as to why you feel you deserve that raise and how you are valuable to the company. Display all that you have contributed and how important that has been to the company’s growth. Provide him/her with positive ways you have helped them and how they, too, will benefit out of your raise.

Be confident in yourself and your reasoning, and be sure of your worth – but don’t be cocky. Staying humble is honorable. Don’t complain or create ultimatums – major no-no.

If the answer is no: (again) always be prepared. Ask if there is any other way that you can be contributed for your growth – more flexible hours, stocks, a bonus, etc. If the answer is a complete and entire no, ask what you can do to earn one. Showing desire for growth and improvement is always admirable and a deserving quality, even if it isn’t at the current moment.

And lastly, stop over-thinking. It’s much, much, much more simple than you are making it out to be in your head. You can only do your best to be prepared and know what you want. Stay calm, cool and collected. You’ve got this.

Brain Food: Here’s What You Should Be Snacking on at Work

It’s important that as we go about our day, especially for as long as they are at work and as little as we are moving, that we are staying healthy and productive. Eating brain healthy snacks that not only are good for our bodies but increase focus, memory, and concentration are critical and more than beneficial – they’re necessary. Therefore, here is our list of some of the best brain healthy snacks to munch on while in the office!

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Brainberries (aka blueberries). Research has found that these tasty little fruits protect the brain from oxidative stress – something you majorly want to steer clear of.

Avocado…. so bring out the mini guac snacks (Sabra makes little snack packs of chips & guacamole that you can get at Target)! The monounsaturated fat in avocados assists with good blood flow and lower blood pressure, lowering the risk of hypertension.

Citrus fruits (like an orange) that contain vitamin C are said to protect against degeneration due to aging and can have the ability to increase brain agility.

Dark Chocolate. The benefits to this sweet treat are endless. Packed to the brim with powerful antioxidants and natural stimulants, like caffeine, it not only can enhance your mood but can increase concentration and focus.

Nuts & seeds. Heavy with Vitamin E, an ounce a day of this simple snack can slow down cognitive decline as you age, and are an overall healthy option!

Having a Balanced Work Life is Critical to Overall Life Success!

Work life balance is one of the most important things in life. As works consumes the majority of our days, we tend to lose sight of other important and critical aspects to life, like family and personal time to relax. You shouldn’t be waiting until your one, two week vacation a year to unwind – you might not make it to that vacation alive (kidding, but not really). Stress builds easily and can fly very under the radar. When we start feeling more tired, more anxiety, more illness, the responsible factor alone could be stress. Whether work is stressing you out or it isn’t, it’s still very crucial to have a life outside of it.

When you leave the office you need to leave work there, too. We spend more time working our nine to five jobs than we do at home and with our family, and that alone says something important. There needs to be a clear separation between the two, and time at home needs to be spent focusing on family relationships. This also ends up benefiting your career, as it makes that time you have at work more essential and your focus more acute.

Here are some tips to having a good work life balance:

  1. Set daily goals. It’s encouraging to have a sense of achievement at the end of each day
  2. Crush procrastination by setting task goals. A walk, coffee, snack break, etc. at the end of an important task can give you more incentive to get it finished
  3. Take breaks, even if that isn’t your choice of a reward. It’s important to take 5 and get your blood flowing and revitalized
  4. Listen to music while you work. It improves concentration, encourages creativity, and reduces stress.
  5. Make yourself unavailable at home. It’s hard to do, but getting rid of those devices that are critical to your career while you’re at home is a must.
  6. Exercise. This is one of the hardest things to make time for in a work-driven life. After a long day at work it’s easy to want to sit on the couch and potato, but exercise has critical health benefits that are important to your personal life and your career.
  7. Learn to say no. When your schedule is full and you’re feeling backed up and stressed, say no. It’s that simple.
  8. Be honest about your stress. Let your boss know and your colleagues, and find a solution rather than complain about the problem.

 

How do you keep your work life balanced?

Personality Test Questions You May Be Asked in an Interview

Employers want to go beyond the paper when it comes to finding the perfect employee. It’s not just about someone’s professional background, it’s about their personality and work ethic – which is exactly why more often than not, employers utilize a personality test in an interview. Things can get tricky really quickly when you’re under pressure to think on the spot about questions as deep as these, which is exactly why you need to be prepared and always stay honest! Therefore, here are some of the strangest personality test questions you may be asked in an interview, and why.

If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?

This is a surprisingly common question in the interview process. It not only surprises candidates but forces them to think deeply on the spot and test their creativity.

What types of hobbies do you enjoy?

What you do and enjoy outside of work says a lot about your personality to employers and can give some insight on your soft skills.

Have you ever played on a sports team?

In certain types of business, this is an important question. Companies typically driven by sales and competitiveness may look for someone with a sports background because that attitude will translate into the workplace and help drive productivity.

What celebrity would you want to meet? Why? 

Who you look up to says a lot about who you aspire to be and your values, and gives hiring managers a different perspective into your personality.

What drives you in your professional life? 

Some employers even go as far as asking specifically if it’s money or learning and growth. Each business has its own idea of goals and values and they want to make sure that what drives you is also something that matches the company!

 

What would your best friend say is the best part about being your friend? 

This is an interesting one. There are many different things people value in friendships, and what makes two people good friends is not necessarily their common interests, but their similar values in what it means to be a friend. This question alone is insightful to how you will fit into the office environment with your co-workers.

 

To see more questions, check out Monster’s list here.

 

 

Military Veterans Make Amazing Employees – Here’s Why…

As a staffing company for many government positions, we have had and continue to have the privilege of working alongside veterans, and alongside our partner, Hire Our Heroes. Transitioning from a combat lifestyle back into the civilian world can be stressful and confusing, but there’s one thing that we know for sure and it’s that veterans make for great employees! Here are the top 4 reasons you should hire a vet.

  1. They are cultured. In the military, service members get to travel the world and even have to adapt to other cultures.
  2.  They work hard and give their all. From the moment they sign the registration papers, they are taking orders and being put to the test. Perseverance is an understatement when it comes to understanding a veterans initiative.
  3. They are loyal. A Veterans previous job in active duty was to put their lives on the line – not only for their country but for their brothers in arms. They know what it means to be ‘do or die’ for a cause, and while things may not get that extreme in the office, you can count on them to always have your back and be exceptional team players.
  4. They are decisive. When it comes to making decisions, you can always count on a veteran do it quickly and effectively. There’s no time in the field to ‘sit on it’ for awhile – situations need analyzed and executed promptly.

Hiring a veteran isn’t a matter of giving back, it’s a matter of making a smart business decision out of self-interest and growth. Good news is, there’s plenty of them to hire!

 

Looking to hire veterans? Check out HireOurHeroes.org for more info.

Adjusting to a New Job: Fresh Meat 101

Adjusting to a new job can be tough – and when we say tough, we mean it. It’s always those first few moments of awkward silence in the office and being the “new girl/guy” that really puts the pressure on us to show our worth and become a team player. It’s true that only time can tell if it’s a right fit – personally and professionally – but there are some tips and tricks you can follow to smoothen the process.

Make an effort to get to know new colleagues but set boundaries. there’s nothing more overbearing than a new employee strolling into an office and acting like they won the place – or one who shares too much personal information. Make an effort to get to know your colleagues but at a professional distance, and take your time. there’s no need to rush!

Don’t get cliquey. It’s easy to be drawn into an office clique as a newbie when all you desire is to be included and feel comfortable, but this is a major no-no. Things might not always be what they seem and you don’t want to get yourself involved in something before you understand the entire office environment.

Ask a lot of questions. Whether you think it may be a “stupid question” or not – no questions are stupid. It’s okay if you don’t know how to do something. Growth and an eagerness to learn is a sign of commitment and interest.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Everything will fall into place eventually, and your daily routine will become more and more normal. The first few months are the most important in determining your commitment to the position.

Pay attention to the office culture and adapt. What is lunch hour like? Do people talk during the day or mainly focus on their work? Is it expected that you arrive early and stay late, or punch the clock? These are all things to take note of and conform to – if it works for you, that is, but it’s best that you do.

The 5 Best Careers of 2016

There’s a common thread here – healthcare. All but one of the top 5 jobs of 2016 with prospective growth into 2017 fall under the healthcare spectrum, from dentistry to anesthesia. As stated on U.S. News, here were the top 5 best careers of 2016 based off their income, prospective growth and work-life quality.

5. Physician Assistant

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A Physician Assistant (PA) is a qualified healthcare professional who practices routine clinical procedures under the supervision of a Physician. A PA needs a bachelors degree as well as multiple training certifications.

  • Median Salary: $95,820
  • Expected Job Openings: 28,700

4. Nurse Anesthetist

A Nurse Anesthetist is a nurse who specifically specializes in the execution of anesthesia. To become a Nurse Anesthetist one must complete their Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with additional specific training.

  • Median Salary: $153,780
  • Expected Job Openings:

3. Computer Systems Analyst 

A Computer Systems Analyst typically requires a Bachelor’s Degree in computer or information science or similar fields, but experience is key. Computer Systems Analysts study current organizations computer systems designs and procedures to implement more effective information systems solutions.

  • Median Salary: ~$85,000
  • Expected Job Openings: 118,000-568,000

2. Dentist

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A Dentist completes an addition 4 years of dental school after receiving their Bachelors degree, and works to study, diagnose, treat and prevent disease, etc. in the oral cavity.

  • Median Salary: $158,310
  • Expected Job Openings: 23,300

1. Orthodontist

An Orthodontist is a specific dental specialization which prevents and treats facial and dental irregularities. To become an Orthodontist, one must attend an undergraduate college or university, apply and complete dental school, and then graduate from an Orthodontic Graduate Program.

  • Median Salary: >$187,199
  • Expected Job Openings: 1,500

Take These Steps to Have a Happier Career

There’s no other place we spend more time than at work, and no other thing we spend more time thinking about than our work. Sounds sad, that word work taking up so much ofhappy-career-advice-apertus-partners-hiring-jobs-staffing our lives, but it doesn’t have to be. The missing key to a happy and successful career could simply be yourself.

  • Stay neutral at work … Don’t get involved in any office gossip. Stay on good terms with everyone and have no opinions on controversial relationship matters in the office that don’t have to do with you, or even do. The least said, soonest mended.
  • Be self aware… Re-read emails before sending them and be more thoughtful when interacting with others. Look at everything from an outside perspective – for instance, your criticism could be beneficial but how you implement it is most important; how are you coming across?
  • Stay positive and reinforce it to others… Encourage colleagues to be and do their best and show your appreciation to them. At the end of each day, look back on your work and take note of the positives. Your positivism will shed off on others and it will not only create a more up-bet work environment, but it will gain you respect and admiration.
  • Take advantage of ‘you time’… Don’t forget about your health. Your work day may be long and tiring but your body needs exercise, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Meditate, take a yoga class, go for a long walk during your lunch break. Commit yourself to a daily activity goal.

happy-work-apertus-partners-career-staffing-jobs-hiringIf none of these steps can make an impact on your happiness at work, then for your own health, take the leap to move on to something new. Whether it’s a new company or even a new career – life is what you make it! Don’t let yourself regret not going down the path you dream of, just make the change! It’s as simple as your own happiness and determination!