Keep your brain healthy and strong.

Work is hard. In addition to normal job responsibilities, you also have to deal with other people. And sometimes stressful conflict can pop up with co-workers, bosses, vice-presidents, and even higher up the chain.

Occasionally those interactions go swimmingly. And occasionally they don’t.

As defined by Merriam-Webster, a mental health day is “a day that an employee takes off from work in order to relieve stress or renew vitality.”

Sounds nice, doesn’t it? If you find yourself dreading driving to the office every morning, bringing work home with you (either physically or mentally), or flinching every time your phone rings, it’s time for a mental health day.

Here are a few signs it might be time to rest the ol’ noggin.

  1. You wake up (and go to sleep) dreading work.

Your first thoughts in the morning should be something along the lines of “wow, I should brush my teeth,” or “I wonder what I should have for breakfast today.” They shouldn’t be “I really don’t like my job, oh please no anything but that,” or “I don’t work well with my boss, I’d rather lie in bed all day.”

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Interviews. You have an hour, maybe less, to make an incredible first impression. But that’s tough! There are so many ways you could mess up, from arriving late to wearing the wrong clothes to sharing too much of your personal life.

Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered. As a staffing company, we have plenty of experience with interviews. That means that we know what works and what doesn’t.

  1. Using Your Cell Phone

That text, email, or social media update is right there, buzzing in your pocket. Resist the urge to check it! Interviewers are trying to get to know you, and that can’t really happen when you’re staring at a screen.

Consider turning your phone off before walking into your meeting. Give your interviewer your undivided attention.

If you don’t, they might think you lack focus and choose another candidate.

  1. Not Asking Any Questions (Or Asking the Wrong Ones)

At the end of the interview, most interviewers ask if you have any questions. You should always have a few prepared to show your interest in both the company and the specific position you’re applying for.

Just make sure the questions you ask aren’t ones that can be answered with a simple Google search. If it’s …read more

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When we think of workplace injuries, our thoughts turn to accidents on construction sites or unfortunate incidents involving warehouse fork-lifts. However, plenty of injuries happen in offices every day.

From tripping over electrical cords to slipping on someone’s spilled lunch, you never know what could cause an injury. Here’s a handy flyer to make sure you end up safe and sound.

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Connections make the world go ‘round

Very few people enjoy professional networking events, and according to a study put out by Administrative Science Quarterly, there’s a reason for that. These events don’t work. Ninety-five percent of attendees hope to make new contacts, yet spend over 50% of the event talking to people they already know.

Another study from the same journal shows that networking to advance your career can actually make you feel uncomfortable. Turns out folks don’t like using people for their own nefarious career-furthering purposes.

All of that is why Natasha Lyonne, star of Netflix’s Russian Doll and Orange is the New Black, has a simple two-step approach to networking. She spoke of her approach at The Cut’s “How I Get It Done” conference in New York, covered by Quartz.

  1. Get Out of the House

“You gotta leave the house in this life,” Lyonne said. “I don’t want to do anything ever … If you give me a day off, my dream is to stay in bed all day.”

But you won’t meet people, expand your network, or learn anything while staying in bed, no matter how wondrously fluffy your pillow …read more

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June is safety month, and we’ll be sharing useful graphics all month. Today we focus on industrial safety hazards.

If you work in industrial environments, you know that workplace injuries are far too common when safety isn’t prioritized. From minor slips and trips to major injuries and worse, there are plenty of possibilities.

In order to reduce workplace accidents, we created a graphic designed to remind workers of the best ways to protect themselves.

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Interviewers tell us about disruptive behaviors all the time. People that don’t make eye contact, never stop talking, or show up late. But today we want to turn the tables and see what interviewers have done that you found less-than-stellar.

Whether they came in the door 20 minutes late, spent the entire time texting, or showed up completely unprepared, we want to hear about it. Let us know in our poll!

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Many jobseekers spend hours a day filling out job applications online. In today’s world, would-be-employees need to treat the job search itself like a part-time job to get the position of their dreams.

Moving on isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In a study by Workopolis, 75% of applicants for a given role aren’t actually qualified to do it. “98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening and only the ‘Top 2%’ of candidates make it to the interview,” says Robert Meier, President of Job Market Experts.

However, being able to do a job isn’t just about the listed requirements.

The Harvard Business Review surveyed more than a thousand people, both male and female, and asked them the following: “Why didn’t you apply for that job?”

  • 4% of men and 40.6% of women said, “I didn’t think they would hire me since I didn’t meet the qualifications and I didn’t want to waste my time and energy.”
  • 20% of men and 13.1% of women said it was because “I was being respectful of the time and preferences of the person reviewing applications they had already made clear who they were looking for.”
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You keep getting interviews, but why won’t anybody hire you?

The job search isn’t easy. You can submit 50 online job applications and never hear back from a single company.

But what do you do when you ARE getting interviews, but never progressing beyond the first or second round? Your resume isn’t the problem, so there must be something else holding you back.

We’ve got you covered. There can be plenty of reasons you aren’t getting the job offer. Let’s dig in.

You aren’t answering the interview questions correctly.

One of the hardest parts of interviews is that nobody will tell you how you did after the fact. You won’t get a gold star for doing well or a fat F for failing. However, if you aren’t getting any job offers, there might be something wrong with the way you’re answering questions during the interview.

Luckily, we have an entire series of blog articles designed to help you with the toughest interview questions, from “What Are Your Top 3 Strengths and Weaknesses” to “Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?”

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Stay positive and dodge the drama.

Humans like to gossip. It’s fun to talk to your co-workers about managers that might be less-than-perfect, or project members that just aren’t carrying their weight. You get a certain buzz from feeling like you’re “in-the-know” on a juicy situation.

It’s something we all do. But there are plenty of reasons to minimize gossiping in the workplace, especially if you want to grow your career. Let’s dig in.

  1. Gossip breeds negativity

Gossip is rarely positive. The more you gossip, the more you’re dwelling on harmful feelings and emotions. That can get tiring after a while and trap you in a cycle of negativity.

Gossip is usually born out of a place of self-doubt (you want to impress others with your insider knowledge) or jealousy (Carmen only got that promotion because she’s friends with the director). Instead of talking to others about the latest faux-pas, act to further your career and surround yourself with folks that uplift and inspire you.

  1. If they gossip about others…

They probably gossip about you, too. You don’t want to spend years trusting your co-worker only to learn they’ve been speaking badly of you all along.

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It isn’t impossible, but you have to be prepared.

Maybe you love to brew coffee. Perhaps embroidery is your favorite thing. It’s even possible you want to dedicate your life to raising alpacas.

Whatever your passion, if it results in a product or service, there’s someone out there making a living off it.

However, before you quit your job to paint or to open your own clothing boutique, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. What’s Your Passion?

The answer might seem obvious, but a passion isn’t just something you enjoy doing. A passion is something you’re meant to do; it completes you.

Say you love to drink coffee. You might think that would mean you should open a coffee shop. But there are ton of jobs connected to coffee, from coffee tasting to coffee farming to working in a coffee shop. Basically, there are many, many jobs that could fulfill your passion; so don’t focus on only one position.

  1. Is This Something You Can Do All Day Every Day?

Doing something for fun is one thing. Doing it to pay your bills is another. You may love embroidering shirts or pillows and selling them online, but could you handle embroidering every day for eight …read more

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