Helpful Ways To Organize Your Office

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  1. Purge your office – get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around your office, if you have items that are just there and serving no purpose and are not getting used, it’s time to toss it. Anything in the office should be fair game. If it’s broken and needs repairs you should stop and ask yourself, “am I really going to fix it?” If the answer is no then throw it away. Get rid of the clutter and your office will feel much bigger.
  2. Put everything away – This may see like an odd step to do at the beginning, but it is easier to organize your office if your items are where they belong. So put everything in it’s proper place.
  3. Establish “zones” – figure out what type of activity happens in the different areas of your space. The most common zones are: a main workspace (desk ) a reference area (filing cabinet and shelves) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)
  4. Make it convenient – Place the supplies that you use most within reach or in drawers in your desk.
  5. Label everything – Get a label maker that’s simple to use. Label shelves, bins and drawers. This will remind you where things go and to help you maintain your organization as well as help others who may have a need to find or use,anything from your office.
  6. Change the filing system – You may be able to eliminate some of the files, folders, and papers in your office. If you have the storage to keep digital files, it will save you a ton of space. This will be time consuming to convert everything to digital files, but it is so worth it. With that being said, make sure you are doing regular back-ups. Tip: you should always keep important documents in a hard copy.
  7. Organize your drawers – Use drawer organizers to help you divide your items. These will also make it easier to find things in your drawers. It is also recommended that you have one drawer for supplies and one drawer for your personal items.
  8. Maintain it – the most important step is to keep up with your organization. Enjoy your organized office!
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How To Ask For A Raise

Asking for a raise can be a very intimidating and awkward experience. The best way to go about asking for a raise is to be prepared. Your anxiety and nervousness will subside when you’re well-prepared. But, you might just find that asking for a raise is easier than expected.

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First things first – when asking for a raise you can’t simply say “can I have a raise”? You need to have a specific and realistic number in mind. You need to do your research and find an average rate for similar positions in your area and then compare that number to what you are currently making. This will help you calculate exactly how much to ask for when asking for a raise. Other factors can effect that desired number such as how long you’ve been in the position.

Next, you need to not only talk about what you have done, but what you are planning to do within the company. This will give your boss the notion that you are there to stay and thinking about the future. You can accomplish this by evaluating what your company needs and is currently lacking. Back your ideas up with methods on how you are going to solve the problems and why you are the perfect person to solve them.

You should definitely mention your accomplishments when you ask for a raise. Sometimes it is uncomfortable bragging about yourself, but making a point that you are a valuable asset to the company is always a good move. Make sure you talk about your successes and achievements, not just qualities you have.

Timing is everything, so time your proposal properly. The most ideal time to ask for a raise is when you have just completed a project, solved problem, adopted new responsibilities, or done something else that was noteworthy for the company.

You might also consider asking for a bonus instead. Some companies may be able to provide you a bonus if a pay increase is not possible. Bonuses do not commit the company to a long-term salary change, so sometime companies are more willing to do bonuses than raises.

A major mistake that is commonly made is complaining. Complaining about your current income is not how you should go about getting a raise. Even if you are someone who hasn’t gotten a raise in years or someone who does twice the amount of work as fellow employees, no boss wants to hear it. You can always spin these negatives into positive points for your proposition.

Often times people will use leverage such as another job offer they have received in order to get a raise at their current company. This is not always the best route. Yes, you want to prove you are a valuable asset, but this could appear to your boss as a sign you are not committed to the company.

So just remember these steps: do your research, form a proposal, brag about yourself, and keep it positive and your request for a raise might be granted.

Critical Interview Tips

Let’s face it, interviewing is just plain awkward. You feel uncomfortable and nervous, which often times leads you to forget crucial factors that employers and recruiters are looking for.

Here are crucial interview tips that will help you stand out:

  1. Walk in with confidence. First impression are everything.
  2. Have a firm handshake. A firm handshake portrays confidence.
  3. Make eye contact with the person you are speaking to.
  4. Smile! You want to come off as a friendly co-worker that people at the company would like to work with.
  5. Know about the company you are interview with. Researching them is important!
  6. Avoid fidgeting and talking with your hands. Even though you are just trying to settle your nerves, it is distracting and lets the recruiter know that you are uncomfortable.
  7. Know about yourself. This may sound silly, but the recruiter is trying to learn about you, so be able to explain everything that is on your resume in detail.
  8. Dress for the part you are applying for. You should always be well groomed when going in for an interview.
  9. Don’t just focus on you. Ask the recruiter about themselves, their experiences at the company, why they choose this company, etc. This will help you learn about the company and if you’d fit in and enjoy it.
  10. Show interest. Be passionate about the job, the opportunity and the company.
  11. ASK FOR THE JOB (if you want it)! This is the most important. Ask what the next steps are, it shows that you are truly interested.
  12. Follow up. Contact the recruiter after the interview to say thank you and to schedule the next step of the hiring process.

 

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Hopefully these tips will help you in your next interview process. Just remember to relax and be prepared!