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Career Advice – Put the Phone Away: How to Be More Productive at Work

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

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Put the phone away

 

It’s ingrained in our daily lives – we constantly need to know what’s going on in the outside world, who has posted what on social media, how many likes you have. Our phones are constantly glued in our hands. Don’t get us wrong, smartphones are great, but they can also impact our productivity at work.

 

We’ve been there, you’re on a roll on a project or a task, and your phone starts lighting up with notifications. Automatically, as if it was on impulse, you just have to check. You could then spend the next five to thirty minutes scrolling. Then, to get back to your project or task, you’re out of the zone and it takes a while to get into it. 

 

So, what can be done to ensure that your phone isn’t impeding your productivity at work? Apple has a few great features that you can use. You can set your phone to ‘do not disturb’ during certain hours of the day, only allowing phone calls come through from select numbers if you wanted. This is great to set if you’re on a deadline and want to make sure that you won’t get distracted.

 

Another great feature that can be used is ‘screen time’. This feature breaks down what you’re using your phone for, where you spend the most time, whether it be social media, emails, texts, and how long throughout the day you’re using those apps. It can also show you how many times a day you physically pick up your phone, and the first time in the day that you did. 

 

Through this feature, you can set time limits for yourself for certain apps. For example, if you find that you’re scrolling through Instagram all day every day, you can set a limit for how long your phone will let you be on it. If you set it for only an hour, you’re going to make sure that when you’re at work you aren’t aimlessly scrolling through and maybe saving that hour for when you are home to catch up on the day.

 

Lastly, through ‘screen time’ you can set your phone to ‘downtime’ which is similar to ‘do not disturb’. This allows you to schedule time away from your phone where only apps and phone calls that you choose can come through. 

 

Smartphones are great, especially in most workplaces, but they can also be a distraction. Try to be mindful of your phone usage and you will find that you are more productive in your workday with fewer distractions.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Career Advice – How Therapy Can Benefit Your Day to Day

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

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When people think of going to therapy, they think of grief counselling, trying to get over a traumatic event, or they have a mental illness. This isn’t the case. Going to therapy is beneficial to anybody and everybody (and we’re not just talking retail therapy). Through therapy, you learn great life skills, get to understand yourself more, and is someone to talk to who you can 100% trust. Going to therapy is not just beneficial to your day to day life, but it will help you at work as well. SNTF has looked at the three best things you’ll learn if you go to therapy.

 

How to cope

We all understand the feeling when you’re stressed. It’s an awful, overwhelming emotion that takes a toll on you mentally and physically. By going to therapy, you are able to learn coping mechanisms to help deal with day to day stress. By doing this, you’ll find that you’ll be able to be more focused and more productive at work. 

It’s not just stress that you’ll learn how to cope with. It’s how to deal with anger when you have a bad day. How to deal with sadness if you hit a speed bump in your plans. It’s everything in between that we think we have a handle on, but can impact your life in many ways.

 

How to understand yourself

Burnout is a thing that many people struggle with at work. With therapy, you’ll learn to understand to listen to your body and your mind. This will help you to not become overwhelmed and learn to say no when you need to listen to your body. Taking care of yourself is always number one to anything else.

 

How to let things go

Holding a grudge is common. Sometimes it’s hard to let things go when you’ve been hurt or done wrong by. By going to therapy, you’re able to talk to someone neutral to let everything off of your chest. You will learn to not hold on to the little things, but understand why they bother you and move past it.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Career Advice Fashion Jobs Internships

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Career Q+A - Christie Lohr

 

 

 

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Career Tips Job Advice Fashion Jobs

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Career Tips - Christie Lohr

 

Click to watch career tips from our Founder Christie Lohr!

 

 

The job advice she shares includes:

 

• How to write the perfect cover letter

• How to improve your resume to land the job

• What to include in your resume

• How how to answer hard interview questions

• Tips to getting promoted

• How to ask for a raise

Career Advice – Perfecting a LinkedIn Message

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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LinkedIn Message

 

As a professional, a job seeker, or just someone looking to network, LinkedIn is your best friend. However, sometimes sending a LinkedIn message can be a daunting task. If you’re unsure where to start, or looking to perfect the message that could land you a job or a connection, we’ve got you covered. 

 

Personalize 

If you’re sending a message to someone you don’t personally know, make sure you address them by name. From there, personalize your message. Maybe you are aware that they have just hosted a fundraiser, were on vacation, or launched a new project. Touch on that. For example:

Hello Jane,

I hope all is well with you. I’m sure you’ve had a busy week with the launch of your new collection. Congratulations, it looks amazing!

You are showing that you follow their work, or them on social media, so you are aware of them and knowledgeable. You’ve done your research so make sure it shows. 

 

Why

You want to let this person know why you’re reaching out to them. Are you inquiring about a position or are you looking to connect for a coffee for more insight in a field or company? Just remember whoever you’re reaching out to probably gets many different ‘cold messages’ via Linkedin, so be clear. For example:

I am just reaching out to connect and hear more about your role as Vice President of Designs with *INSERT COMPANY NAME*. I would love to take you for a coffee to discuss this further’.

 

Introduce yourself

As they do get a lot of messages, what makes you stand out. These are busy professionals, so make it worth their while to make time for you. If you’re a new graduate and you received outstanding marks, mention that. If you’ve worked in a similar role or have expert experience mention it. Perhaps the company is global and you have dual citizenship. For example:

‘My name is Sue and I hold both my English and Canadian passports. I currently work in Visual Merchandising and have so for the past 10 years.’

 

Close off strong

You don’t want the message to be too long. When a message is too long, they will skim and miss important information, or they won’t read it at all. You want to get them hooked and learn more about you. This is key for you to ensure they want to make the time to meet you. Don’t forget to also upload a resumé as this is your informal, professional introduction. For example:

 ‘I would love to connect and chat further about your career, how you got where you are, and what advice you may be able to share as I continue to progress in my career. 

I have uploaded my resume and would love to go over it with you over a coffee in the coming weeks.

Speak soon,

Sue’ 

 

LinkedIn messages are meant to be short and sweet introductions with just enough information to show that you are knowledgeable about them (don’t copy and paste your messages!) and you are the person they need to meet!

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Career Advice – How to Beat the Sunday Blues

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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Sunday Night Blues

We all know that sinking feeling. It’s 4pm on a Sunday and all you can think about are all the things you need to get done for the week and how fast the weekend has flown by. The ‘Sunday Blues’ are real and we are not here for them! It doesn’t matter if you love your 9 to 5, or dread going in to work, we all feel the same, weekends are just way too short. So, how can you ensure that you don’t feel this dreaded feeling every weekend? We’ve come up with a list to get you through the Sunday Blues.

 

Prep

Turn this dreaded task into something fun. As part of our Sunday routine, we usually meal prep and choose our outfits, right? It can become a mundane task where you just move through the motions. Have fun with it! When you’re meal prepping, make foods that you will be excited to eat. It still could just be a salad, but what can you do to make it different and fun. 

 

Set Goals

Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish in the upcoming work week. What are your goals to complete? You’ll be setting yourself up for success and change the negative feeling of the weekend coming to an end to a positive feeling. You will look forward to what you can accomplish in the work week. 

 

Make Sunday Special

Pick something that you can do every Sunday that makes it special and ends your weekend on a high note. Maybe it’s a date night with your significant other. Maybe it’s girl’s night. Maybe it’s a few hours you can sit by yourself and read a book. Choose something that you can keep up every Sunday to combat the blues.

 

Self-Care

There is #selfcaresunday for a reason! Take this time to focus on you. Our go to? A glass of wine, a good book, a bubble bath and a facemask. Your weekend may have been hectic, so it’s nice to end it off by relaxing and centring yourself. Not only will you feel great, but you’ll start your work week off refreshed.

 

Exercise and reflect

Don’t skip the workout on Sunday. It doesn’t have to be a full-blown gym session, but take some time to get your blood pumping and reflect on all the great things you did over the weekend. If the weather allows, go for a walk outside and be with nature. Not only will you feel great, but you’re being healthy as well.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Career Advice – How to Fight Back When Anxiety Hits at Work

Monday, May 13th, 2019

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Whether it be work, home, or environmental reasons, anxiety is becoming more and more prevalent in society. It used to be a faux pas to talk about, but the stigma is going away. So, if you’re at work and anxiety suddenly creeps on, what can you do to combat it? It’s true, sometimes you need to just go home and take some time for yourself, but if that’s not an option, how can you get through your workday? We’ve come up with the best ways to fight anxiety!

 

Meditation

 

Headspace is an amazing app that guides you through different meditations. They all vary in length and help with different things going on in your life. This is a great way to step out of the office for a second, find a quiet space and check in with yourself.

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Essential Oils

 

Companies like Saje are great sources for holistic health. Having a roller ball of essential oils, nasal inhalers or putting on a diffuser will not only smell great but help reduce stress and anxiety.  They also have more at home options like bath salts or bath drops that emit essential oils.

 

Focus on your breathing

 

Taking a slow deep inhale with a deep exhale four times brings your body to a calm state. It brings your body back in check. It gives you something to focus on and achieve. If the first four breaths don’t work, keep trying.

 

Distract yourself

 

Finding ten things that you can see, hear, feel, taste and smell helps to take your mind off of anxiety. This makes it easier to get out of your head and notice things around you. It’s a mini-game that you can do as an interesting way to fight back.

 

Self-Care

 

Our biggest tip is to take care of yourself. Work can be stressful and it’s important to take that time for yourself. This is a pre-emptive tip rather than an in the moment one, but it is so worth it. Whether it be getting your hair or nails done, going to the spa, going to the gym, or just reading a book. Taking that time for you will deeply help in the long run.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Career Advice – How to Not Lose Interest in Your Day Job

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

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Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaLatest Office & Work Outfits Ideas for Women  (2)The saying is if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. However, this is not always true for everyone. Sometimes a job is just a way to make a living. If this is the case, there is still no reason to get bored of your day to day routine. It’s hard not to imagine living on a beach, working remote, travelling the world as a career. This is just not a reality for everyone.

 

Why are you working here?

 

If you think of this daily, it will give you the motivation to work harder. If you wake up every morning and just go through the motions, you’re going to get bored with your work. Why are you in the position you’re in? Why are you with the company you’re with? If you’re there to learn, what is your take away each day? Think about your job more than just a job, but a learning experience.

 

What can you do differently?

 

Maybe you’re trying to find a faster, more efficient way to complete your tasks. Go through the trial and error and find something that works for you.  Keep your routine fresh every day and you won’t lose interest in your job. Even if it’s just changing one simple thing, it can make a world of difference.

 

Invest in yourself

 

If you’re invested in yourself you’ll put more value into your day job. You will take everything you do and see how it is positively affecting your life. What is the bigger value this job or career is bringing you? If you are invested in yourself, you are more likely to put all of you into your tasks and routine. If you’re fully invested, you won’t get bored.

 

Find challenges

 

Don’t ever give up. If a task is challenging, it is easy to just walk away. If you stick with it and succeed, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. If you step outside your comfort zone, it may be scary, but it is out of your normal routine. Take your time, strategize and challenge yourself.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

 

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Career Advice – How to Keep New Employees Happy

Monday, April 8th, 2019

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As Recruiters or Hiring Managers, you’re the front line and first contact for your company. You’re a spokesperson and in a way, a bit of PR for the company and work culture. You’re selling the role and company culture to potential candidates, and because you want to fill the position, you need to convincingly pitch the job and company. I know because I used to be a Recruiter for a top Canadian retailer and now I recruiter on my own with Style Nine to Five. It’s important that when new employees begin their new job, the environment and role you sold them on match their expectations.

 

Part of a recruiter’s role is to share the excitement and convince potential candidates how pleased they would be with the particular role – after all, I sit there with a big smile on my face, gushing with pride about my great experiences and just how wonderful the company is. In past experiences filling Store Manager roles for top retailers, many times, unfortunately, when these employees started, their store management failed to deliver my vision. Ultimately, the employees didn’t last and they were unhappy.

 

Accepting a new job offer is a big commitment and career move for the candidate. More often than not, they’ve left a current position they enjoy for the one you’re selling. During the training process they may start to lose hope. Does management appear too busy to find the time to train? Are the new employees feeling left out and isolated from other existing members of staff? Is the role and its responsibilities not as expected from the interview process? Are they receiving adequate training? New employees may start looking for other jobs immediately otherwise. Even if they do decide to stick it out, that once eager, excited employee is a little less motivated now.

 

How do we improve this barrier? It’s up to store management to make the best impression to new employees and maintain that standard. Keep their dreams alive.

 

It is definitely a conversation worth having with your team.

 

– Christie Lohr

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Career Advice Round Up – Resumes, Interviews, Asking for a Raise

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

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We’ve got some helpful career tips for all industries! Whether you want to know how to ask for a raise, how to turn your internship into a full time job, how to create your online brand to impress potential employers or even how to motivate those part time employees if they’re not working hard (this one’s for you employers!), we’re excited to continuously share our knowable and experiences with you. Click on the topics below to read the entire career advice article!

 

How to apply and actually get the job?! Insider tip from our founder Christie Lohr.

 

Resume advice – be sure you’re highlighting the good stuff.

 

How to answer “What are your greatest weaknesses” question at an interview.

 

Employers, manager and business owners – this one is for you. How to motivate those unmotivated employees.

 

How to get the job after the interview.

 

How to turn your internship into a job.

 

5 questions to ask at an interview.

 

Create an online personal brand to wow potential employers.

 

How to ask for a raise.

 

6 tips for getting yourself promoted.

 

Thank you for visiting Style Nine to Five for career advice and fashion + retail jobs!

 

– Christie Lohr

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