5 Easy Ways to Balance Your Work and Family Life

Work and family life balance is something we all should strive to achieve.

It’s the end of February, the month of love! Although many of you may be terribly busy at work or maintaining your business if self-employed, are you remembering to love your family?

Now I know everyone loves their family.  But are you making time for your family life?  It is important.

Work and Family Life Balance

Use These Tips to Help Balance Your Work and Family Life

I’m not suggesting you slow down or become a slacker, but I want to give you 5 simple ways to ensure that you are productive, but also fostering your important relationships.

  1. Keep Your Work Life and Your Family Life Separate

If you work from home, keep your business behind your office door. This is about choosing your priorities. When you’re at work, work is important, but when you’re at home, the family is key! There is no way to strike the perfect balance unless you recognize that work and family are not synonymous – they are and should be, two separate parts of your life.   Even if you have the type of job that requires more time, everyone needs to unplug at times.   When you work from home, it is very easy to let it take over your whole life.   It is important that you create boundaries.

Here’s a tip: Don’t sync your work email to your personal cell phone!

  1. Leave Work at the Door

When you punch out, that job isn’t your problem until the next time you punch in! Once you pull in the driveway or step out of your office, your family is your priority now. It is important to share your work achievements and experiences with your family, but you must also know when to stop talking shop. It is easy to let thoughts of work consume all your time.  Your time at home is your time to recuperate. What better way to do that than to have a family game night?

  1. Schedule Vacations

Don’t use your personal or vacation time to sit around and do nothing! Most importantly, don’t use those days to catch up on work.  Don’t let those vacation days lapse.  According to CNBC, in 2018, US workers forfeited 200 million vacation days.  This should not be happening!

We all know that money is an issue but it is a renewable resource. What you can’t get back are memories and experiences that didn’t happen!  Plan vacations and take them.  Even if it means going somewhere local. Don’t lose vacation time.

Here’s a tip:  Let the family help plan those vacations.  Planning turns into quality time and they all will have a vested interest and look forward to the vacation.

  1. Communication is Key

Why should your coworkers get to hear your voice more than your spouse? We often forget that relationships don’t maintain themselves. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching a movie tonight, eat a meal together with the TV off. This will give you the chance to at least get a few words in before it’s back to bed and up for work again.  If it is been so long since you have had a conversation with each other that you don’t know where to start, Google some conversation starters to give you ideas.

Remember, communication can be nonverbal – pick up some flowers on your way home or make it a point to kiss your family goodnight. Read the kids a story, put a note in their lunchbox, schedule time to just be together.  Small actions can sometimes speak louder than words.

  1. Know There Is Not  a Perfect Balance

Nothing in this world is cut-and-dry or black and white. There will be times when you have to work late in your office or grab some overtime on a weekend. The best thing you can do is make up for that time later. Treat this less like a balanced scale and more like a seesaw. Just make sure that each side gets equal attention. If you worked last weekend, plan a family trip this weekend. If a trip isn’t realistic, do something together at home!   Need some ideas?  Cook a meal together, bake cookies, put a puzzle together, have a family game night, exercise together, go for a bike ride, or plan your next vacation.

Here’s a tip: When you know things are going to get crazy at work, talk to your family in advance.  Let them know you might not be as available but the following week you will plan something together.  Usually knowing what to expect helps them accept that you will be working extra.

Everyone’s work experience is different, but we all share the basic human need for relatedness and connection to others. While perfect work and family balance might not be possible, be sure each is getting your attention.

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3 Quick Tips for Work-Life Balance at Home

3 Tips for Work-life balanceIs work-life balance an issue for you and your family?    Today, there are more dual-income earners and women breadwinners than ever before. Typical “gender roles” are becoming less mainstream with families working together as partners when conquering household chores and raising a family.

The Challenges

Both males and females are facing new challenges balancing home life and career.  You can’t necessarily control everything in your life, especially at work.  But you can make an effort to find a balance.

According to Business News Daily, having a good work-life balance has numerous positive effects, including minimizing stress and burnout, and promoting overall well-being.   So it is important to strive for a better balance.

Employers are recognizing the added pressures and looking at the best ways to support, engage and maximize employee time and productivity.  But there are times when work-life can seem overwhelming.

While your employer may make changes to help, you can improve your home life partnership with these power-sharing tips.  Giving up power isn’t easy, especially when you don’t give it up at work.  But seeking ways to share the home duties relieves significant stress and helps you to be a partner and employee.

Dividing the Work at Home

How do you split the work at home?

Check out these top 3 power-sharing tips:

Embrace Individual Strengths

If your partner is a better cook and enjoys it, let them do it, even if you have always been the one to make dinner. Your strengths can be used for multi-tasking laundry or helping with homework.

Give Up on “Your Way”

When you start to share tasks in the household it is easy to be critical about the way someone else does things. This is especially difficult when you know “your way” is better. Keep in mind it is important to have the towels laundered and folded even if it’s not the way you usually do it.

Sharing is Caring

Sharing household chores no matter how hard your day was at work shows your partner that you care about their time and effort as well. Not only does this help your marriage/partnership, it has a ripple effect in overall happiness and satisfaction in life.

Work-life Balance

Take a few minutes today to devote to your work-life balance and think about what you can delegate to someone else.  How can you empower them to do the tasks needed.  Work-life balance are important for your mental health and for the success of your family.

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Getting Past the Gatekeepers to Get a Job Interview

Sometimes it can be tough getting to the person you want to interview with for a potential job. Their schedules are packed so they designate appointments, phone calls, and emails to their personal assistants to handle for them. This means, you have to go through the assistant to get to the person you want to have an interview with; not always an easy task.

Getting past the gatekeepers

Tips for Getting Past the Gatekeepers to Get a Job Interview

Here are some tips for getting past the gatekeepers to get the job interview you want:

  1. Do Your Research

Know what the company is all about and what their needs are; this will help you figure out how to market yourself to them. Spend some time on their website, scrolling through their social media, and checking out some of the employees on LinkedIn, especially the person you want to meet. If the company has an HR manager or recruiter, research them too. They may be the gatekeeper themselves, or they may be able to help you get past the gatekeeper.  If you know who the gatekeepers are, research them as well.  Making conversation with them will be important.

  1. Be Polite, Professional, and Confident

You’ll never make it past the gatekeeper if they don’t think you’d be a good fit for the company. Whether your making a phone call or sending an email, let your best self shine through. Stay focused and don’t ramble on, get to the point in a friendly way and ask how you can get a meeting with the person you want to talk to. You may need to sell yourself and your knowledge and skills to impress them; do it confidently without being boastful.  Most of all, be nice!

  1. Ask for the Person You Want to Speak With by First and Last Name

This will suggest that you are familiar with the person you want to meet with or, at the very least, you’ve done your research. Be sure to address any emails to the HR manager or recruiter by first and last name as well. It shows that you’re professional and courteous.  If sending an email, be sure you proofread and spellcheck before hitting the send button.

  1. Use Your Connections

When researching the employees of the company on LinkedIn, see who your mutual connections are. If someone you know happens to know someone who works for the company, you can ask for an introduction or ask them to pass your resume on to the proper person.

  1. Don’t Leave Empty-handed

If you can’t get through, at least use your email communication or phone call to obtain some information on the company or the person you want to meet with. Ask for more details about the job, the timeline for interviewing and hiring, and the steps you can take to get your resume seen by the right person. This will not only provide you great information, but it will also show that you’re serious about getting the job.

Use these tips for getting past the gatekeepers and remember: Being polite, conversational, and friendly with the gatekeeper will improve your chances of getting the interview you want. If they like you and think you’re a good fit for the job, they’ll do whatever they can to make sure you get an appointment.

Are You Ready to Work With a Career Coach?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to begin coaching that will differentiate you from other job seekers and help you develop a  job search strategy as you begin your job search.

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Do You Need a Career Coach?

If you’re unhappy with your job and looking to make a change, a career coach may be just what you need. Even if you think everything is “fine,” you may feel deep down that you’re not doing what makes you happy.

Career Coach

A career coach can help you with a simple task like updating your resume to make it shine. Or something more complex like helping you figure out what you really want to do with your life. They can guide you through the confusion of changing jobs or careers, going back to school, and even just moving to a different company.

Working with a career coach is a great way to get an unbiased opinion on changes you can make in your career path.

Signs You Need a Career Coach

If you’re not sure if working with a coach is the right choice for you, here are a few signs to help you figure it out.

  1. You’re Unhappy in Your Current Job

This is one of the most obvious signs that you’re ready for a change. If you’re feeling unhappy but don’t know what you want to do instead, a career coach can help you guide you to the answer you’re looking for.

  1. Having the “It’s a Paycheck” Mentality

This goes hand-in-hand with #1. You’re unhappy with your job, but hey, at least it’s a paycheck. Having a job that you love can also give you a paycheck that makes you happy. It IS possible to have both and a career coach can help you figure out how to make that happen.

  1. You Like Your Job But Need to Make More Money

Knowing how to ask for the raise you deserve can be difficult. There are a few tricks you can use like doing your research and knowing what other people in your field make. A career coach can help you negotiate the best way to approach your company, what to say, and when to make the move when asking for a raise. They can also help you figure out if you can make the money you want to make working for another company.

  1. You’re Stuck

If you’ve been stuck in the same position, making the same salary, without any raises or promotions for too long, it’s time to consider a change. Working with a career coach can help you figure out how to put your skills and experience to use in a job that will pay you more and has more opportunities for growth.

  1. You Have Too Many or Too Few Interests

When you know you want to make a change but you’re not sure what you want to do, a career coach can help you sort through your ideas and make sense of them. They can also help you dig deep to find your true passions and put them to use in your career.

  1. You’ve Been Unemployed Too Long

Even if your resume looks great and you have tons of experience, being unemployed for too long can work against you when you’re trying to reenter to the work world. Potential employers can see this as a negative. A career coach can help you improve your resume, practice your interview skills, and help you figure out how to answer the tough questions like “why have you been unemployed so long.”

There are many great benefits to working with a career coach. Whether you’re trying to change careers, find your passion, get back into the corporate world, or make more money, a career coach can help you achieve your goals.

Are You Ready to Work With a Career Coach?

Call your Career Coach, Rachel Schneider at Career Find and schedule a meeting to begin coaching that will differentiate you from other job seekers and help you develop a  job search strategy as you begin your job search.

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4 Ways Pinterest Can Ramp Up Your Job Search

Have you considered using Pinterest for your job search?

Right now Pinterest is still a growing social media site on the Internet  Pinterest is the fourth-most-popular social media platform in America. It outranks Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter and WhatsApp.  So if you aren’t on it, go check it out.  Pinterest has more than 250 million monthly active users.  That means people who are looking for jobs and people who are hiring are using Pinterest.

If you are already addicted to pinning dessert recipes and exercise tips, take some time to pin for your job search as well.

Pinterest For Your Job Search

Using Pinterest For Your Job Search

Follow these tips to use Pinterest to help you land the job of your dreams.

1. Create a Portfolio Board

Start by turning your resume into a portfolio. Create boards based on your work experience, awards, accomplishments, degrees, certificates, and even your hobbies and interests. We do however recommend you stay away from controversial topics like politics.

2. Professional or Community Organization Boards

Next, create a board that showcases the professional or volunteer community organizations that you are involved with. Make sure to describe any committees or offices you may have held.

3. Follow Company Boards

Then find the companies you want to work for. Small and large companies figured out the sales and marketing value of Pinterest early on. By following these company boards, you can learn a lot about each company’s culture, focus and overall brand. These insights can help you stand above other applicants.

4. Follow Career Experts

Lastly, follow career experts. Career experts are using Pinterest to help job seekers with career advice and inspiration. Follow CareerFind here, we have lots of tips on job search, interview tips, career happiness, and work/life balance.

Happy Pinning!

Help For Your Job Search

If you need help with creating a resume, interviewing, or other job search items, contact Rachel Schneider at YourCareerFind.com.

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Are You Thinking About a “Snowbird” Job?

Is a “snowbird” job for you?  When the weather begins to turn colder, many northerners start thinking about heading south for the winter.  Along with spending the cold months in a warmer climate, many also look for a job to pass the time or to help pay their expenses while away from home.   Could this be you?

Snowbird jobs

Boomers are the New Snowbirds

Baby boomers are taking over the snowbird population.  According to AARP, today the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of 50 and 69: the baby boomers. This generation is known to be active and they tend to have disposable income, are well-educated, and adapt to the snowbird lifestyle very well.

If you are relocating to a warmer climate such as Florida, Arizona, Texas, Las Vagas, Hawaii, and California to avoid the winter chill you might want to consider some unique employment opportunities available to you.

Disney, for example, does brisk hiring for its theme parks during winter months to handle the influx of tourists. That is just the tip of the iceberg for both full-time and part-time jobs available.  Think resorts, freelance work, and more.

Let’s look at a few “snowbird” friendly options available.

Snowbird Job Options

1. Resort and Theme Park Positions

Theme parks are always in need of extra help.  Especially during winter months when college student workers are back in school.  Seasonal openings can include anything from assisting customers on and off rides, working in a gift shop, greeting airport arrivals,  to handling castmembers wardrobes.  A few snowbirds have even suited up as costumed characters!  (Be aware, these positions require auditions, and you must be willing and able to spend time standing to sign autographs and pose for photos.)

Resorts of all shapes and sizes across the Sunbelt increase their staff during winter months. You might find work in any number of capacities, from bartender, gardener, or spa worker to parking valet or room cleaner.

2.  Freelance Work

Put your past work experience in the 9 – 5 world out there and develop a consulting business.  You can work when it suits you and you are not geographically bound.  You can continue working year-round regardless of where you are living.

3. Spring Training Staff

Spring training camps for Major League Baseball teams in Arizona and Florida have a range of possible positions: ushering, selling programs, selling peanuts and popcorn, or sales in the team merchandise shop.

Some jobs require more expertise than others. For instance, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a recent posting for a seasonal sales assistant who would take an active role in marketing and special promotions.  Some duties might not be exciting, but the chance to work in an area that is fun and entertaining might be the perfect snowbird job for you.

4. Travel Nurse

Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are in high demand at hospitals and doctors’ offices in Florida and Arizona during the winter months.

The majority of travel nursing assignments run for 13 weeks — often with the option of extending the term to six months. You must have a travel-nursing license to practice in each state.

5. Substitute Teaching

If you hold a college degree, most states allow you to substitute teach in a classroom for daily wages.  Depending on the state, you might have to apply for the state-approved certification.

6.  Housesitting

Living in other people’s homes while they are on vacation can be lucrative and take care of your housing issues while you are enjoying a warmer climate.  Trusted Housesitters is a great place to learn more.

7. Be A Pet Sitter

If you enjoy spending time with animals, this growing industry might be a perfect fit for you.  You can be a dog walker or actually stay in the home with pets when owners are away.  Check out DogVacay for more information on both options.

There are dozens of other snowbird job opportunities, these are popular ones that came to mind.  Whatever you decide to do to take care of your finances and free time, becoming a snowbird can be a great experience.   It can be a great option for people suffering from seasonal depression or those who just hate the cold. If you plan correctly, it is absolutely possible to become a snowbird before the age of 65 in preparation for your final retirement.

Need Help Preparing to Apply for a Snowbird Job?

Should you need help preparing a resume for a snowbird job or any other position, don’t hesitate to contact Rachel at YourCareerFind.com and schedule a consultation.

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