Good Work-Life Balance Boosts Future Productivity


A two-year study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, found that seemingly innocuous (and very ubiquitous) after-work activities may do you more harm than good if they're connected to your job. When workers email, text and communicate on social media with colleagues and supervisors beyond their actual work hours, they end up crunched for rejuvenation time. The research suggests that it isn't smart to blur the boundaries between your work and home life. If you want to be at your best throughout the week and enjoy the quality sleep and recovery that you need for optimal productivity, reset your work-life balance.

Here's how:

Be selective about your screens:

Television and movies are better for you than you think when it comes to switching your work brain off. Research suggests watching a TV program for pleasure rather than professional progress can help you detach from your work worries. If while using your smartphone or laptop for entertainment, you're tempted to quickly check your work email inbox, text or tweet to a co-worker or work on a business presentation, resist the urge and consider a screen-free activity, such as reading a book or listening to music.

Create a new after-work routine:

If you’re in the habit of constant connection with your workplace, building a new routine can help you separate home and office life. Checking your smartphone can feel addictive so do what it takes to free yourself from this temptation. Start a new routine to divert your attention from digital devices that serve as umbilical cords to the office.

Get Domestic:

Puttering around your home, cooking nourishing food, and taking care of your surroundings are proven ways to replenish your personal resources. If you have kids under your care, put your time and attention into them, and you’ll benefit alongside them.


How to Land an Entry-Level Job

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What does entry-level mean?

Entry-level jobs are intended for people who don’t have much professional experience. Some of these jobs are designed to simply meet immediate company needs and offer few opportunities for advancement. Others help young people launch careers, providing them with pathways to move up in the ranks.

What entry-level jobs are in demand?

Companies in the hospitality, retail and sales industries typically hire lots of entry-level workers. This echoes data from ZipRecruiter, an online employment marketplace, about the backgrounds employers seek most when hiring entry-level employees who have college degrees:

  • Sales and marketing

  • Consulting

  • Hospitality

  • Outside Sales

  • Public Relations

According to ZipRecruiter, small businesses are looking to hire lots of workers into the following entry-level jobs, which don't necessarily require bachelor's degrees:

  • Customer service representative

  • Receptionist

  • General laborer

  • Field service worker

  • Warehouse worker

  • Pest-control worker

  • Data-entry worker

  • Driver

  • Installer

  • Call-center worker

How to find an entry-level job?

For people new to job hunting, it may not be obvious which jobs qualify as entry-level positions.

Some employers want to make sure they don't confuse candidates and so will include the words "entry-level" in a job title or at the beginning of the description in a job advertisement.

Some companies use words such as "trainee" or "development program" in entry-level job titles and ads.

What do employers look for in entry-level workers

Some companies expect entry-level employees to arrive on the first day with specific technical skills, while others provide training programs to teach recruits how to fulfill most of their job responsibilities.

Recognizing that entry-level workers don't have much experience, hiring managers at both kinds of companies are "looking for people who are able to adapt, grow, and learn on the spot efficiently.

Many companies care less about their employees' college majors than about whether workers have or seem capable of picking up relevant skills.

How to get hired for an entry-level job:

Although some companies, especially those that hire large numbers of entry-level workers, rely heavily on online job applications, there are several other strategies to pursue to land your first job.

One is participating in an internship or co-op program while still in school or soon after graduation to get on a company's radar. Another is taking on and performing well in a seasonal job, which can lead to full-time opportunities.

Speaking with a recruiter during job fairs or college events can also be useful for securing an entry-level job.

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Your College Major Does Not Define Your Career


No one is employed as an "English major." Nor, for that matter, as a "biology major" or "business major." Although a few fields correspond with professions, such as engineering and nursing, most liberal arts degrees don't point to specific employment routes. Rather, they provide a set of skills that help job seekers navigate the professional landscape.

And it's those skills that hiring managers desire. “In a 2015 Association of American Colleges & Universities survey of 400 employers, 91 percent agreed that a candidate's demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major.”

A New Look at Liberal Arts:

The eight competencies employers consider essential are critical thinking and problem solving; teamwork and collaboration; professionalism and work ethic; communication; leadership; digital technology; career management; and multicultural fluency, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. “The Association of American Colleges & Universities developed a similar list, which also includes quantitative reasoning; innovation and creativity; ethical judgment; and self-motivation.”

“Liberal arts coursework teaches and strengthens many of those job skills.”

Reassessing 'Safe' Majors:

While liberal arts majors worry about their futures, students pursuing degrees in STEM subjects may assume career success is within grasp. Indeed, there is high demand for workers with expertise in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

However, a bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences, mathematics or statistics is not always enough to guarantee a great job. "In those fields, frequently you need to have a graduate degree to be effective in the workplace."

Discerning a Direction:

The discernment process requires you to think beyond what you want to study in college. You have to ask yourself: "What kinds of contributions do you want to make to an employer when you leave and how are you going to demonstrate that?" Hendershot says. Then, get ideas about where the skills you gain might lead you by perusing “first destination” outcome data compiled by universities to track where graduates from each department end up.

For example, six months after commencement, students who graduated from American University with bachelor's degrees in art history in 2015, 2016 and 2017 worked for organizations including Disney, the National Air and Space Museum and One River School of Art + Design. Nearly half worked at for-profit companies, 38 percent worked for nonprofits and 13 percent worked for the government. Six percent were enrolled in graduate school while working.

Students who graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 with bachelor's degrees in psychology found jobs at places including DeloitteBierman ABA Autism Center and the U.S. House of Representatives. Six months after commencement, 38 percent were employed, 39 percent were pursuing advanced education, 14 percent were enrolled in service programs, 2 percent were seeking work and 7 percent were engaged in other activities.

Outcomes data is available at the national level, too, from the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Looking at this information can help job seekers stay realistic when considering career opportunities. The skills they gain from particular majors will make them strong candidates for some jobs and weak candidates for others.


Work Skills That Set Millennials Apart

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Standing Out From the Crowd:

Contrary to popular belief, not all millennials are the same. Setting yourself apart from negative stereotypes about millennials can do a lot of good for whichever career path you decide to pursue. Learning to work well with people of different ages and living up to good expectations will help you succeed in your career path.

Technological Savviness

Because millennials were immersed in technology from a young age, that fact can carry with it some expectations about your technological prowess. If you have some trouble with this skill-set it may be useful to learn how to make yourself just a little bit more technologically savvy.

Competent Communication

Though millennials are readily able to communicate with technology, the old ways of communication have not lost their value. Oral communication skills can be an invaluable asset for anyone, especially to the younger worker who wants to set himself apart.

Sense of Purpose

More than previous generations, millennials seek jobs that align with their personal values. They are eager to find employers who make a positive impact on society, and this can lead them to be prone to higher levels of job dissatisfaction. Because of this you should seek work that enables you to be able to make an impact and that you can feel right about from the get-go, like say during the interview process. This can make you a valuable and passionate employee and provide you with work satisfaction.

Comfort with Collaboration

Because work is becoming increasingly more collaborative, teamwork is an especially valuable skill-set to learn. Listening skills are an important component of teamwork and this skill should not be lightly overlooked.


Because millennials are better adapted than older generations to learn new things; this can become a double edged sword because they tend to want to learn new things before they’ve mastered old ones. Patience to learn as well as to overcome their own tendencies is a valuable skill to have.

Interest in Self Improvement

Because younger generations have a greater desire for feedback on their work performance, this can create a more developed interest in self improvement. This is a very desirable and useful skill to have.

Problem Solving Prowess

Open mindedness is a quality that millennials tend to have. Because of this they are better suited for problem solving. The ability to solve complex issues can also be an invaluable asset.


In an increasingly automated and digitized work world, people skills will be the most valuable skills. People who can display empathy towards their clients and co-workers will distinguish themselves amongst their peers. They will also have better job security as even the best technology will have trouble emulating true empathy.

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Almost Half of Professionals Lose Sleep Over Work

Almost Half of Professionals Lose Sleep Over Work

Many people are bringing work into bed with them.

More than 40 percent of professionals report they often lose sleep because they can't get their job off their minds, according to a survey of 2,800 people by global staffing firm Accountemps.

Randomized Experiment: If You’re Genuinely Unsure Whether to Quit Your Job or Break Up, then You Probably Should

Randomized Experiment: If You’re Genuinely Unsure Whether to Quit Your Job or Break Up, then You Probably Should

Levitt collected tens of thousands of people who were deeply unsure whether to make a big change in their life. After offering some advice on how to make hard choices, those who remained truly undecided were given the chance to use a flip of a coin to settle the issue. 22,500 did so. Levitt then followed up two and six months later to ask people whether they had actually made the change, and how happy they were out of 10.

People who faced an important decision and got heads – which indicated they should quit, break up, propose, or otherwise mix things up – were 11 percentage points more likely to do so.

5 Ways To Achieve Career Fulfillment

5 Ways To Achieve Career Fulfillment

More than ever, people aren’t just working for a paycheck. They’re working for fulfillment. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. A 2013 Gallup poll found something startling: 52% of workers completely dislike their jobs, and 18% are just disengaged from their work altogether.

Everything can change when you truly love your job and your career. You’ll be happier, more engaged and more productive. But how can you get to that point? Here are five ways to achieve that career fulfillment that everyone strives for.

3 Steps To Develop Your Career Plan

3 Steps To Develop Your Career Plan

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

If you’re anything like the average working person, you can expect to change careers 5-7 times in your life. That’s a lot of change… The best way to be prepared for it is to make a plan!

The 15 Best-Paying Jobs for Women in 2018

The 15 Best-Paying Jobs for Women in 2018

In the push towards gender equality, women in the workplace face challenges that often feel out of their control — out-dated corporate policies, sexist colleagues and managers with subconscious hiring preferences, to name a few. But one of the few factors firmly in the hands of women is which career path to pursue.