2016 is flying by! The holiday season and New Year are almost upon us, but there’s one thing we must do before winter can truly begin: turn back our clocks. Daylight Savings Time is this weekend, and before we know it, the sun will be setting an hour earlier in our days. While the darkness at the end of the workday is something many people dread, there is a silver lining in it all. We gain an extra hour in our weekend that we otherwise would not have.
Alas, it all balances out come spring when we set our clocks forward for the start of a new season, but this one time of year when our weekend is extra long is something to savor. How will you be spending your extra hour? We’ve compiled a few ideas to help you make the most of it.
- Sleep in. Enough said. Sometimes an extra hour in our pajamas is just what we need after a long week and a probably eventful Saturday.
- Catch up on taxes. If you’re like us, you’re questioning how on earth the end of 2016 is so clearly in sight. If you’re like us, you’re also probably behind on many things that you vowed to stay ahead of at the very beginning of the year… the dreaded taxes perhaps being one of them. Before the rush of the holiday season truly begins, take this extra hour to organize your finances, expenses, income reports, and anything else that pertains to your taxes. When the start of 2017 comes around, you’ll be thankful that you did.
- Organize an area of your home you’ve been avoiding. We all have that one place in our home that has, unintentionally, become the “designated dump zone.” Maybe it’s the desk where we throw all the paperwork and miscellaneous items that we’re too tired to deal with when we get home from work. Maybe it’s the room where we pile things up and shut the door in a rush right before guests arrive. Maybe it’s the closet that is overflowing with too many clothes and shoes. Whatever it is, spend an hour decluttering and organizing. It’ll feel nice to check this off your list Sunday morning and still have the rest of the day ahead of you to relax.
- Plan a Sunday morning family outing. Are your weekends usually so full of appointments and social events that before you know it, Monday morning has arrived, you’re completely exhausted and you’re questioning where the weekend went? Well, not this weekend. Block off Sunday morning to go somewhere or do something that you’ve been meaning to do with your family or friends. Explore that quaint small town 30 minutes down the road that you’ve only ever driven through. Take the kids to the museum you know they’ll love. Meet an old friend for brunch. Try a new coffee house. If you can’t think of anything, head to your state’s website. There’s bound to be many local attractions you’ve never even thought of!
- Treat yourself. Our weeks are usually so filled up with work and plans that quality alone time is not something we get to experience much of. Take some alone time to relax and rejuvenate. Go out for a hike by yourself, sit in a park and read that book you haven’t touched in months, head to the spa. Treat yourself for an extra hour doing something you love, then head back and spend the rest of your Sunday with your family. We guarantee you’ll probably feel better than ever.
Tweet us at @RigsbySearch to let us know how you plan to spend your extra hour!
Real-world career advice holds tremendous value, no matter who it is coming from. There is no teacher like that of experience.
As firm believers in constant learning from the people around us, we asked our staff what the best piece of professional advice they ever received was. The answers include great tips for your career and maybe even real life, too.
“Always look for ways to improve.” Tiffany Schifley, Operations Manager
“If you notice something wrong with your work or if you’ve made a mistake, take a deep breath and try to solve the problem. Come up with 2 to 3 solutions to fix it before bringing it to the attention of others.”
“Be present.” Sean Rigsby, Managing Partner and Senior Executive Recruiter
“My old boss used to say ‘When you’re here, be here; when you’re not, don’t be here.’ It’s advice that has stuck with me and I’ve always tried to follow throughout my 20 + year career.”
“Be kind.” Michael Kaufman, Environmental Recruiter
“Treat everyone with kindness, and always be professional first. It can a long way.”
“Go beyond your comfort zone.” Sarah Wheeler, Head of Marketing and Research
“At the edge of your comfort zone is where you’ll find success. Never be afraid to be wrong, and never be afraid to step outside the box. You’ll never regret it.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? Share it with us on social media by tagging Rigsby Search Group (on Facebook or Twitter). We’ll share it with our followers and help to begin a chain of helpful tips!
These days, everyone who is anyone is online. The big virtual space that we know as the World Wide Web is so deeply embedded into our daily culture and routine that nearly everything we do can somehow be related to the Internet. So it’s only natural that when it comes to career building and job seeking, your online presence will play a role. Chances are, if you discovered a job posting online and applied there, more than likely, when that hiring authority receives your resume, they will type your name into Google, Facebook or LinkedIn and do their own research. The last thing you want is for that to hurt your chances at landing a position you really wanted.
Cleaning up your online presence is something that should be done every so often. Here’s a few methods that may help streamline the process.
- Make it a monthly goal. Pick a date, whether it be the first of the month or the very last day, and mark it in your calendar for the remainder of the calendar year.
- Regulate every post. Always keep the thought in the back of your mind that your coworkers and potential future hiring managers may one day see what you are posting. Ask yourself how you would feel if you saw the same photograph or article on another coworker’s profile. What thoughts would immediately come to mind?
- Enhance your privacy settings. Before sharing that photo on Facebook, choose the audience that you want to see it. During your monthly cleanup sessions, double check your account privacy settings for each of your social media accounts to make sure they are the way you want them to be.
- Don’t be fooled. Privacy settings are great, but don’t let them fool you into thinking that you are safe to post anything. Proceed with caution knowing that what you post, can, in some way or another, be seen by anyone. Anything is possible in the incredibly interconnected world of social media.
Networking is important, don’t get us wrong! Who you know can sometimes be just as important as what you know. We are big believers in social media and the power that it holds to connect us all. We’re telling you to go for it, network like crazy, but monitoring your online presence and regulating the content which you are sharing with the world is very important in preserving your identity.