Posts tagged #March Madness

Managing Madness At Work (Tips For Stress Relief & Organization)

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Sometimes work can feel like the last game of the NCAA March Madness – stressful, frantic, and anxiety-filled. You’re on the edge of your seat hoping to achieve your objectives for the day before the buzzer goes off. We’ve all been there, and while some workplace stress is inevitable, there are ways to manage the madness and excel in your career with minimal stress and organization.

Track Your Stressors And Develop Healthy Responses

What heightens your stress levels and how do you respond? These are completely different from person to person, but it’s important to identify what puts you on edge and how you naturally respond to it. Once you identify this, develop healthy coping methods. Relaxing with a good book, spending time with friends or family, doing yoga, or exercising are a few great ways many people cut stress.

Also make sure to get enough sleep so you’re refreshed and mentally prepared in the office. Sleep may be the first thing to slip when work gets tough, but that’s the time you need to make sleep a priority. If you're holding onto office stress at home, consider setting an alarm to get ready for bed. Brush your teeth, shower, play relaxing music, to clear your mind and prepare for sleep.

Prioritize Organization

Planning ahead and staying organized can greatly reduce stress. Manage your time and tasks more efficiently with a method that works for you. Whether using calendar reminders, time tracking tools, or traditional pen and paper, make sure you’re prioritizing organization.

Ditch Multitasking

While multitasking seems like a great way to get more done at once, studies show it actually decreases your productivity by 40%. When you have a long to-do list productivity needs to be on your side. Say no to multitasking and focus on completing one task at a time.

Has the workplace stress become too much to handle? If you’re considering a job change or big career move, we’re here to help you find your dream job. Our team of career coaches can help you identify your unique talents based on your personality traits and help you find the career that’s best suited for you. Contact us to get in touch with our team.

Posted on March 19, 2019 and filed under Career.

Do You Have a Bracket For Your Job Search?

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March Madness brackets are due March 17. It’s that time of year where we “bet” on top college basketball teams in hopes of a promising end to the season. If you pick a March Madness bracket – what’s your strategy? Do you choose your favorite team no matter how well they performed during the season? Or do you research the best teams and make your best bracket based on that? It can feel overwhelming to narrow down the teams based on their performance.

In many ways, you can set up a bracket for your job search. Start with a wide net of job prospects and narrow them down based on fit and secured interviews. Think of yourself as the NCAA championship trophy and the potential employers as the teams. When you match the trophy with the best-suited team – YOU with the best potential employer – you have a winning pair.

Here are a few ways to set your job search up with a bracket:

  1. Get Organized - Whether you’re planning your March Madness bracket or your job search bracket, the first step is to get organized. Research and list all the relevant potential employers and job openings in your region. If you’re open to relocation, list employers in those regions too. Use spreadsheets to stay on top of your communication, status, and next steps. Housing all this information in one spreadsheet will put you in scoring position for your next job.

  2. Start Broad - Cast a wide net and start narrowing it down based on your experiences with the employer. You won’t win every interview, but play the long game and stick it out. Not every job will match your skill set perfectly. If you’re really interested in a company, keep them in your bracket. While it may not be a slam dunk, at least you gave it a shot.

  3. Invest the Time - The job search, like March Madness, is a time-intensive process. But it’s worth it to find your dream job, so stick with it! Invest the time upfront selecting the teams and roles you could see yourself fitting in with best. Tweak each resume and cover letter personally to the employer and role.

  4. Find Takeaways - Job hunting and interviewing is a tough process, but aim to focus on the positives each step of the way. You may discover new must-haves for a job, or things you can do without. Every interview is a learning experience where you can reflect and improve for the next one.

  5. Play Until The Buzzer Rings - Don’t stop pursuing other opportunities simply because you found your ideal job at the ideal company. You never know how things will play out until the offer letter is signed. You may find out your dream job has mediocre benefits or less than ideal salary. If you don’t play your best with the other employers in your bracket, you may lose your opportunity. Stay strong and play out each game.

Are you ready to get the ball rolling on your job search but don’t know where to start? We admit it can be overwhelming. At the Wilbanks Consulting Group, we help people identify their strengths, prep for the interview, and coach throughout the entire job search process – from the application all the way to negotiation. If you need help setting up your job search bracket, we’re here to help.


Posted on March 5, 2019 and filed under Career, Search Strategy.