Resume Restart

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I don't know about you, but resumes stress me out. Starting in high school we all learned some semblance of a template to follow when writing a resume to send to potential employers. Somehow everyone still writes them and formats them a little differently. Sadly I still haven't quite figured out the format for a perfectly formatted resume, but let me share a few tips for freshening up the one you already have.

o   CURRENT: Looking at your resume, it’s easy to write down EVERYTHING that you have ever done. Since most employers will scan through only looking for relevant information, a good rule is to only go back 5-10 years. This can help you to keep your resume clean and to the point.

o   RELEVANTBesides keeping more recent information, only include things that would make you stand out to that particular company. Try not to leave gaps without job experience, but adjust the number of years according to job type and relevancy to your application.

o   HONORING: If you were recently recognized with an honor or certification, especially if it is relevant to the job you are applying, add it! Gloat a little about your achievements with endorsements you have received for your hard work in the past. Following the rules set above, make sure that these awards are also current and relevant to the last 5 years give or take. 

o   CHECKEDIt’s so easy to misspell a word or to use the wrong punctuation. If you haven't looked at your resume in a while, it might be worth rereading it to make sure that it is written well. Try reading it out loud to yourself or having a friend take a look at it for you. Though your experience is more important than your grammar on your resume, an employer will still get an impression of you based on it. Save yourself a bad first impression by ensuring that you are putting your best self forward. 

Keep It Positive

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Your attitude in the workplace can serve as your greatest asset or your worst downfall. Attitude is defined as "a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior." If that's all true then not only does your attitude change how you see work, it changes how your work sees you. "A negative mind will never give you a positive life." An unknown author nailed it in pointing out that half of the battle is creating a positive mindset.

I would like to take this a step further and say that the goal isn't just a happy grin and pleasantries between coworkers. Attitudes can't be faked like short term feelings. A genuinely good attitude can be a game changer when it comes to your perspective on work, success, and your overall satisfaction in your career. With a well checked and healthy attitude, you may just find yourself liking what you do more.

Struggling to be positive? Here are 3 ways to help you obtain and keep a positive attitude in the workplace:

o   Communication is key: Communication is the centerpiece of the direction that the company’s attitude goes to. Clear communication will lead to understanding and cooperative teamwork, whereas miscommunication will lead to internal problems and possible mistrust. Asking questions when needed to clear any confusion will lead to a positive attitude. You’ll understand what’s going on and build stronger relationships with your boss and co-workers. I don't know about you, but strong fun relationships with my coworkers certainly get me up in the morning easier than a task list.

o   Remember your goals: What do YOU want to accomplish? What are things that YOU want to happen? Sometimes, trivial things get in the way of the big picture. At our office we are creating a dream wall to post pictures of our families and goals for the future. There is something about sharing it together as an office that creates accountability and excitement. As we dream together about goals they become a part of a greater combined positive attitude.

o   Take a break: Sometimes we get so caught up in our everyday workplace, in our everyday lives, that we forget to take a break. So take a break. Go for a run. Listen to some relaxing music. Read a book. Do things that make YOU happy and do them often. Have small breaks in-between periods of work. Popular imagery I have heard to describe this idea compares us to a cup full of water. A cup that has water in it will only pour into other surrounding cups if it is overflowing. We need to learn what it is that helps each of us to overflow and affect change in those around us. A positive attitude is infectious and influential. 

What have you found in your own workplace that helps you to maintain a positive attitude? We would love to hear your ideas and give them a try ourselves.

The Schedule Situation

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In our office we try to emphasize managing one's desk by creating a set schedule to follow. Since joining Kalos this has been one of the most challenging tasks I have had. I am a bit of a free spirit and though I am organized, the idea of maintaining a predisposed schedule has been intimidating to say the least. My professional resolution for 2018 is to figure out what works for me in creating and following through with a schedule despite my hesitation and intimidation.

There are two typical reactions to setting a daily work schedule:

1. Excitement/relief. Setting a schedule helps to keep you on track and understand when to do what task. Without organization of tasks, you may feel overwhelmed by choices or the amount you have to do. Creating a schedule is less stressful for you.

2. Absolute dread. You feel setting a schedule won't allow for the flexibility you need to move about your day. As often happens, extra projects would throw off any schedule you could create. Leaving a schedule flexible is less stressful for you.

I don't believe that either reaction is completely right or wrong. A classic 1 can be too rigid and oftentimes has a hard time functioning in a team setting or when surprise tasks come up. A 2 is great at being flexible with hours and tasks, but often struggles with their attention and follow through. I myself have been both of these types at different points in my life, and though I am nowhere near figuring out how to run the perfect schedule in seamless efficiency, I have learned a few things:

  1. Categorize your daily tasks. Make "buckets" that each task can be split into. Be sure to check in and refill those buckets as needed to ensure you have enough to do without gaps.
  2. Set a schedule. Just because you write it in ink doesn't mean that there isn't room for change. Make bold, hour-long schedule blocks for each "bucket" to ensure that you dip into everything each day.
  3. Don't be afraid to change up your day, but don't compromise your schedule shape. The blocks of time were set for a reason, and if you are seeing efficiency and success, DON'T COMPROMISE. Since your schedule is in blocks, simply categorize the new task like you would any other and switch which hour that bucket is worked on.
  4. When starting out with creating a habit, you need to stick to it. You won't know if it really works until you try to stick to it for at least 3 weeks. Give yourself a chance to adjust and see the difference in your efficiency.
  5. HAVE FUN! I know this sounds strange but when you set a schedule for yourself and stick with it, there is far less brain power going into your daily need to ask "what am I going to do?" You already know because you have it written down and figured out for you. Bask in the organization of your day and ability to get it all done too.

 

 

New Year, New Goals, Same Excellence.

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Like any new year, we will spend the next few months adjusting to writing an 18 where a 17 used to be, we slowly adjust to the year we are in. Business doesn't have quite the same luxury. Quarter 1 begins the second that the ball drops and in that, so does the need to begin again. As much as Kalos is seeking to be financially successful, if you have journeyed with us you know that our goals are deeper than that. A business run well is consistent in values and service but constantly willing to reevaluate and change with the market and more importantly, the people it is dedicated to. As a company, we have established what we are about. We are about the business of people whether it be filling a needed role, establishing a partnership, or making the best connection.

 

When people set resolutions, they are speaking out about changes they want to make in their lives in the coming year. Resolutions are dreams of what can be better in lifestyle and practice. Plato said "the unexamined life is not worth living." In the same way a company that isn't well examined is not worth running. This blog is our effort to keep learning what we can about being the best company we can and to share that knowledge whether it be professional advice or personal goals with you.
 

This is our resolution:


Whether you found your way to us as a dear friend, a hopeful candidate, or a professional partnership, we resolve to be a company that examines the ways that we serve you in 2018. Excellent and honorable work has always been our greatest goal and as we grow and change and move into another year we are more aware than ever that we only succeed if you do. 

 

Here's to 2018 and more opportunities to succeed together!