CAREEREALISM http://www.careerealism.com Career Advice & Job Search Magazine Sat, 30 May 2015 05:30:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Important Cover Letter Guidelines You Can’t Afford To Ignore http://www.careerealism.com/cover-letter-guidelines-2/ http://www.careerealism.com/cover-letter-guidelines-2/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 05:30:39 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=35000 Cover letters, like resumes, must be tailored specifically for each position. Here are more important cover letter guidelines to review...

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5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have Friends At Work http://www.careerealism.com/friends-work/ http://www.careerealism.com/friends-work/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 05:30:17 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=19481 What do you do when you don't have friends at work? It can make it a lonely place. Here are five reasons people end up friendless at their job.

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As humans, we need some form of social interactions (some of us more than others). However, we all do need and thrive on the simple act of connecting to people.

Related: 5 Ways To Build Relationships With Colleagues

For the majority of us, our social fabric is created through work. We see these people every day. We have work in common. We get to know them in ways the spouse and significant others simply don’t. When we leave these people due to job change, it can be painful.

Yet, despite all this social goodness that work can bring, what happens when it doesn’t happen to you? What do you do when you don’t have friends at work? No one to save you space at a meeting or light up when you enter a room. It happens, and when it does, there’s no lonelier place to be. It can be so impactful that it can cause a person to look for another job.

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Have Friends At Work

Here are situations you may be facing and what you can do about them:

1. You’re New

You may think you’re past due for connecting to people in a deeper way at work. Sometimes, the dynamic is such that it simply takes a while and ongoing persistence to break through.

2. You Got Off On The Wrong Foot

It doesn’t matter if you were misinterpreted. Somehow, you did something right off the bat that got you sideways with many of your peers. If you did do something wrong, make amends and don’t do it again. Being a big person takes courage, but you will win friends. If there is nothing to make amends for, stay friendly and ignore the undertow. It will eventually fade.

3. The Cliques Are Too Strong To Penetrate

Just like high school, there are work situations where you are the outsider and will stay that way for an indefinite period of time. Most likely, these people have worked together for a while and the bond is tight. They probably don’t realize how unfriendly they may seem.

You need to be friendly and make efforts to get to know each person at an individual level. It may take some big work event, like a year-end close, to be the final catalyst that forms the bond. There’s nothing like being in the trenches with people to nail the trust and support.

4. You’re Not A Cultural Fit

That feels like a hard message, but it truly is not personal. We all have values and work styles we wear like a suit. They are out there for everyone to see and experience.

Many times, when we aren’t a cultural fit, we are out of step with the people we work with. This makes it hard to really form friendships. If you aren’t a cultural fit, you need to admit it and move on. It not only won’t help form friendships, but it won’t help your career either.

5. You’re An Introvert Who’s Turning More Inward

For introverts it can be tough to push yourself toward people you don’t know. When an introvert is surrounded by ‘strangers,’ it’s easy to retreat even further. You could appear kind of wonky and unapproachable, making it difficult for co-workers to approach you. You’ve set up your own lonely situation and only you can make your way out.

To make is less overwhelming, simply focus on one or two people with whom you feel some form of affinity, and focus on getting to know them. It will help you overall and will become a catalyst to forming more relationships.

Work relationships can make or break a job. They can nourish you and help you excel in your career, if they are healthy work relationships. When those bonds are not forming it can make you feel very lonely, but there are things you can do to improve the situation. You need patience and a friendly smile.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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How To Write A Resume That Helps You Land Your First Job http://www.careerealism.com/resume-helps-land-job/ http://www.careerealism.com/resume-helps-land-job/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 05:15:11 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=18804 Your resume helps you land your first job by presenting you at your best to hiring managers who are looking for someone with your skills.

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Many people writing a resume for their first job make these mistakes:

  • They try too hard to be clever and stand out by using fancy fonts, colors, clip art or even video resumes.
  • They think volunteer work, summer jobs and school honors or adult-ed courses do not count.
  • They are not clear about their career goals; they apply for everything and expect their resume to get them “any job.”
  • They do not research what employers want.

Your resume helps you land your first job by presenting you at your best to recruiters and hiring managers who are looking for someone with your achievements, skills, and education.

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Here’s what you should be doing:

1. Forget about clever paper, fonts, and presentations.

Companies are not impressed by an origami resume. Focus on skills and achievements and you will quickly grab their attention.

2. Recognize and embrace the value of your experiences and education.

One of my clients worked the same summer job every year and showed enough skill in that short time to win two promotions. Another client who wanted to become a training manager wrote her thesis on “Mentoring in the Workplace.” A future sales person helped sell tickets to a nonprofit’s fundraising event. These are all important achievements.

3. Write your resume for the job you want, not “any job.”

Do you prefer to work in a forest or an office? Do you like to travel and meet people, to work in a team or to work at home alone? Did you take courses in biology or art? Apply for the jobs you are prepared for and excite you.

4. Find out what employers want.

Read the ads. Talk to people who already work in the job or industry that appeals to you. Read books about your chosen field. When you know what employers want, you can write a resume and cover letter that shows how you meet their needs.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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5 Ways To Say ‘No’ Effectively http://www.careerealism.com/art-skill-effectively/ http://www.careerealism.com/art-skill-effectively/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 04:50:17 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=10555 Saying "no" in a way that is respectful but firm is a key skill you can develop - It's also an art. Here are five ways to say "no" effectively.

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We all get bombarded with requests and demands for our attention and our time. Learning to say “No” in a way that is respectful but firm is a key skill you can develop to handle those requests you simply do not have time for (or the knowledge to do effectively).

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I recently re-read the book, The Power of a Positive No, written by William Ury. His book offers great advice and tips for how to say “No” with grace and effect. In his book, William offers the following specific phrases you can use to say “No” to the demands of others in a manner that is appreciative and flows naturally and sincerely:

“No” Or “No Thanks.”

Directness has its place, but it can also be expressed gracefully. Adding the word “thanks” to your “no” shows respect and care for the relationship.

“I Have A Policy.”

Examples include, “I have a policy to never lend money to friends or family members,” or, “I have a policy to never make significant purchases without first speaking to my wife (or husband, or partner).”

“I Have Plans.”

A great concrete everyday phrase that can affirm your interests as well as you power without spoiling your relationship is, “I already have plans,” or, “I have another event I’ve committed to that evening.”

“Not Now.”

Maybe another time. This softens the blow of a “No” and leaves the door open to a future request. “Not now” should only be used in those cases where there does exist a real possibility for addressing the others’ needs in the future.

“I Prefer To Decline Rather Than Do A Poor Job.”

When you decline rather than do a poor job, you are not only affirming your own interests but also paying attention to the relationship. You would both be worse off, and so would your relationship, if you say “Yes” and then a job that turns out to be much less than satisfactory.

Know your limits and acknowledge them freely. Spend your time doing what you do well and what is truly best for you. Both you and the other will be better off in the long run.

This post was originally published on an earlier date.

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3 Steps To Help You Master The Art Of Delegation http://www.careerealism.com/master-delegation/ http://www.careerealism.com/master-delegation/#respond Sat, 30 May 2015 04:30:34 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=25206 Great leaders know how to delegate. Do you? Not knowing how to delegate could be holding you back. Learn how to master the art of delegation!

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One of the great opportunities of leadership is the delegation of tasks to others, which not only frees up your time to be more strategic but also develops those employees to whom you’ve delegated.

Related: 6 Career Management Hacks That Will Get You Ahead

Although it is a great opportunity for leaders, it is also a great challenge. Delegating means letting go of a fair amount of, if not all of, the control associated with the way tasks are completed. I find this to be a struggle for many leaders, myself included.

As the owner of my business, I find that letting go of tasks and delegating to others can be quite a challenge at times. What if they don’t do it right? What if they don’t get it done on time? What if they upset the clients?

These “what if’s” can go on forever! I’ve tortured myself through many of them and I’ve seen many of my clients do the same. What I’ve learned, both personally and through working with others in this area, are some key steps to take to ease concerns about delegating to others.

First, you want to have a high degree of confidence in the people you delegate to; therefore, be diligent in your selection of those you hire to work for you. Often times leaders are in a hurry to get a position filled so do not take enough time to be sure they are making the best selection. Without confidence that you have the best people on your team, delegating can be difficult. Yet, when you know you’ve got the right people in place, it is much easier to delegate with assurance.

Second, you will probably need a fair amount of updates and status checks on how your team is doing with the tasks. (Usually I need more updates and status checks early in the relationship.) Once you get to know the individuals and their work ethic, and your relationship develops, the amount of check-ins decreases because the expectations are well understood, and your confidence in their ability to meet your expectations increases.

Lastly, you want to change any “what if” comments from negative to positive. So, instead of thinking, “What if they don’t do it right?” try, “What if they do it better than I ever could?” Or, “What if this works out better than I thought?” That mindset shift will help you expect the best as opposed to expecting things to go wrong.

Does this mean things never go wrong? Of course not but it certainly sets up an environment that is more expectant of success than if you continue to think of all the possible ways things could go wrong.

Although this is not always easy for leaders, letting go of control and delegating is necessary and highly beneficial for all. It not only enables you, the leader, to focus on more strategic items but it motivates your workforce to take on more responsibility and fosters more employee development.

This month’s development tip: Have you mastered the art of delegation? If so, congratulations! We’d love to hear some of your success tactics so please visit our Facebook wall and share!

If not, follow the suggested steps in this month’s article; with each step you should begin to get more comfortable with letting go.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Poll: Why WOULDN’T you try virtual career coaching? http://www.careerealism.com/virtual-career-coaching-try/ http://www.careerealism.com/virtual-career-coaching-try/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 15:20:19 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=42540 Why WOULDN'T you try virtual career coaching? Please take our poll! We're gathering data to help make your career development and job search easier. Thanks!

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How To Start A Business Without Quitting Your Day Job http://www.careerealism.com/start-business-without-quitting-day-job/ http://www.careerealism.com/start-business-without-quitting-day-job/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 05:42:21 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=42524 Starting a franchise can be an attractive option for people who might want to start a business, but may not be ready to quit their day jobs. Here's why.

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Starting a franchise business can be an attractive option for people who have always wanted to have their own business, but may not be ready to quit their day jobs just yet.

Related: Starting A Business? 4 Ways To Capitalize On Economic Trends

Being able to profit directly from your labor, increase your independence, and gain better control over the future of your career all prove compelling incentives for folks like John Baldino and his wife, Kathleen, of Milford, Delaware.

Baldino and his wife, both with corporate backgrounds, spent some time researching franchises, and the one that rose to the top of their list was a beauty salon business. They liked its business model and that it was a “manager-run” business, in which the owner manages the manager, who runs the store.

“I was already a customer for probably five years before I actually bought one,” he said.

The idea of starting with a small operation that offers future growth has great appeal, especially for folks who may be anxious about venturing out on their own. A franchise system like the one the Baldinos chose can help ease the transition.

The way this franchise system is designed, the owner is the people manager and the cheerleader, whose job is to check the numbers and be involved in recruiting, training and marketing, as well as scoping out the next business opportunity.

After deciding to purchase a salon, Baldino said they went through a six-month evaluation — a type of mutual vetting period — before they were able to sign the contract.

“The process of how to run this business is very well-defined,” Baldino said. “There was a clear understanding of what it takes to be successful.”

Baldino particularly liked how the company’s procedures and technology all worked together.

For example, this franchisor offers its owners an iPad app, through which franchisees can get real-time data on what’s going on in their salons. Owners can actually sit in their office (at their job) and watch the salon. They can see which stylists are currently cutting hair and which ones may be on a break.

Many of this company’s franchisees come from corporate America, and the quality they tend to share is an interest in conservative growth. They want their own businesses but don’t want a lot of risk, so they prefer to start slow.

And over time, franchisees are encouraged to purchase additional salons because a multi-unit operation offers economies of scale, as well as greater management flexibility. For example, managers can shift stylists around to different stores to meet demand

The Baldinos started with one franchise two years ago, opened their second a year later and are now actively scouting for another location.

“I have a great general manager. She runs both salons,” he said. “I just have to mix in the right people.”

Baldino estimates he puts in about 10 hours a week, and his wife, who left her job to devote more time to the business, works 25 to 30 hours a week.

Their growth mode increases the time commitment, he noted, since opening a new salon requires an extensive ramp-up period and intensive marketing to encourage people to change their habits.

Since their managers handle the nitty-gritty of day-to-day operations, he and his wife can think about the bigger picture, such as marketing and growing their business.

While Baldino isn’t ready to leave his corporate job, he can imagine the day he will transition completely to small-business owner. By then, it may not be such a small business. As for now, they’re looking at one franchise at a time.

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The Ultimate Guide To Finding A Mentor http://www.careerealism.com/finding-mentor-ultimate-guide/ http://www.careerealism.com/finding-mentor-ultimate-guide/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 05:00:16 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41085 Everywhere you look, experts say you need a mentor to succeed. But why? And who? And how? To find out, check out this Ultimate Guide To Finding A Mentor!

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Everywhere you look, experts say you need a mentor to succeed. Immediately, we picture a Yoda-like figure who will guide us on our road to wherever it is we wish to go. But, shortly after that, most of us realize we don’t have access to anyone that masterful or knowledgeable.

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Well, my personal approach to mentors is somewhat unusual, but it eliminates the problem above.

I believe a mentor is an individual – or resource – that guides and educates those less experienced within a particular industry to become more accustomed to and confident in their roles.

I believe mentors can also come in the form of resources, not just physical, living persons.

So yes, everyone can access to mentors.

In case you were wondering, the word ‘Mentor’ is actually derived from a character in Homer’s The Odyssey where he serves as a friend and council of the main character Odysseus.

Despite what you think, the chances are great that you’ve had some form of mentorship in your life. Some friends might have been a source of guidance throughout your life without you realizing it.

Defining a mentor already showcases the importance of them, no matter which category of your life you need assistance in, their presence can do wonders for your personal and professional growth.

Just in case you’re not sold, here are some reasons why you should invest your time and in some cases, money, in a mentor.

Why You Should Have A Mentor

One of the greatest things about mentors is that they allow you access to other important people within your field. Although this should always be a give-and-take relationship, and your mentor hopefully gains satisfaction from your relationship, it can be very time consuming.

In order to make the most of the relationship both parties need to determine what it is that they want to get out of the agreement and how much their are willing to put in.

Mentors can do a number of things for your career. They can help you build your resume, guide you on a project, and help you identity resources, including referring you to other mentors and important people in your field.

Apart from gaining invaluable experience in learning from your mentor your relationship adds to your overall credibility. Having someone that knows your business-mind, skills, and capabilities can be highly beneficial in a work environment, especially if you have a mentorship program within your company.

If you work as a freelance professional, a mentor could really boost your career, especially if you choose someone that is way ahead of you. Successful people don’t mind sharing their methods and tips and, quite to the contrary, they often want to educate others.

Different Types Of Mentorship To Consider

We are all different and don’t necessarily have similar needs when it comes to the type of guidance we want.

Some might prefer having in-depth conversations with their mentors for hours on end, while others would rather do some academic research or make use of other self-help resources.

Formal Or Informal Mentorship

Within companies, the mentorship programs are mostly formal.

This is where a mentor works through a certain program advised by management. Within these mandatory mentoring relationship the meetings are scheduled, tracked, documented, and evaluated based on clearly articulated goals and milestones.

On the other hand, informal mentoring relationships are formed on a spontaneous level where the mentee is motivated or inspired by a certain individual and feel the need to learn from them.

The Life Coach

This is an individual that you consult with for personal growth. They could either have a human resources or psychology background to assist you in finding your balance.

This mentor is someone that will have an objective input and opinion on what is going on in your life. This type of mentoring relationship mostly happens face-to-face, although there are alternative options that are becoming much more popular, such as Skype, phone, or some other online method.

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The Peer-To-Peer Support

Even though mentorship is about learning from someone more experienced, it can also be practiced with your equals. Think of it as a support system of like-minded peers with the same goals and vision in mind.

This type of mentorship is mostly informal and can take place during office lunches or casual coffee dates.

The Self-Help Mentor

Some individuals prefer to educate themselves with self-help materials. Not everyone is a fan of putting their feelings into words and they don’t necessarily know how to express themselves on a verbal platform. The wonderful thing for those that prefer self-help mentoring is that there is a world of resources waiting to be explored.

The self-help mentor takes the form of books, eBooks, manuals, articles, checklists, software or websites that provide proven formulas or step-by-step advice on how to grow professionally.

The Leader

This is the individual that has an executive or senior title. Their status within their company boasts of success and influence and such a relationship would be highly beneficial.

This type of mentorship is likely to take place in a formal fashion unless you have a more relaxed relationship with the individual.

The leader types are willing to sacrifice their valuable time and resources in order for the entire organization to grow.

The Inner Mentor

Some of us might have enough drive and discipline to take mentorship into our own hands.

Although this is an option, it would be best to practice this method in combination with another type of mentorship relationship.

With regard to the inner mentorship, you rely on your life experience and intuition to guide you. Pick apart your career highs and lows in order to determine your true strengths and weaknesses.

This is not an easy feat, as you will have to be able to be truly honest with yourself and approach the exercise in a logical and practical manner while fully trusting your instincts.

Social Media Gurus

In the past, it wouldn’t have been as easy to reach out to those you admire. These days, even the most influential people have some form of social media presence.

Although it might be a long shot, you can approach your idol or prospective mentor via these channels. They might surprise you.

This mentorship method is ideal for those that work independently and don’t necessarily have access to company leadership programs.

How To Approach a Mentor Relationship

Know What You Want

In order for you to make the most of a mentorship opportunity, you have to clarify what you want out of it.

Specify the role you need your mentor to play and what your expectations are. What is your main objective? Do you need your mentor to help you on an academic or technical level or are you merely looking for someone to help with your networking ventures?

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Open Communication

Apart from determining what you want, you will have to communicate in a clear manner to make sure you and the mentor are on the same page.

Communicate your expectations and agree on the level of commitment both parties will engage in. Establish how much time and availability you would need to reach your goals and plan ahead what would be discussed during your meetings in order to reach your goals.

As you can see, mentorship can come in various different forms, all of which are able to facilitate your goals and objectives if used in manner intended.

Find out what works best for you and follow that route or several of the mentoring routes mentioned in this article.

Either way, mentoring relationships are one of the fastest ways to achieve success.

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This post was originally published on an earlier date.

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How To Brand Yourself As A Freelancer http://www.careerealism.com/freelancer-brand-yourself/ http://www.careerealism.com/freelancer-brand-yourself/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 04:56:05 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41075 Are you a freelancer? Here are five ways to brand yourself as a freelancer—and enjoy the flexibility, freedom, and financial gain that comes with it.

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Finding your way as a full-fledged freelancer can be tricky. Between getting your name out there and scoring a steady stream of clients, the road to a freelance career isn’t always easy.

Related: How To Determine Your Niche As A Freelancer

Here are five ways to brand yourself as a freelancer—and enjoy the flexibility, freedom, and financial gain that comes with it.

Get social.

Up until now, you’ve been social on social media posting pics of your family and friends. As a freelancer, you’ll need to put a more professional polish on your social media strategy. For starters, you should have a professional Facebook page, as well as a Twitter account for your business. You’ll need to rethink your LinkedIn profile, too, to give it a more polished—and freelance-focused—look.

Revamp your resume.

Up until now, your resume has shown all of your work that was done while you worked for various companies. If you want to find freelance clients, though, you’ll need to redesign your resume to spotlight the work you’ve done as a freelancer. After all, clients will want to see samples of your current work so that they can determine what you can do for them—and subsequently hire you.

Set up shop.

As a freelancer, you can find potential leads anywhere in the world. But in order to secure those leads as future clients, you’ll need to show them samples of your work. In lieu of a brick-and-mortar store, you should have a website that spotlights your skills and services. If you’re on a budget (or aren’t too tech-savvy), there are simple ways in which to get your portfolio online ASAP. Sites such as Squarespace or About.me can get you—and your biz—up and running quickly.

Find your referrals.

You know that you’re a whiz at marketing, but potential clients don’t know that… yet. That’s why it’s important to get referrals and recommendations from former clients you’ve worked with. It can be as simple as having them write a small testimonial for your website, a recommendation on your LinkedIn profile, or even a Like on your Facebook page. Every referral will aid in establishing you as an expert in your field, and someone who should be hired for a company’s next project.

Practice your pitch.

From standing in line at the supermarket to picking up your kids from their after-school activities, you never know where you may find your next client. It’s crucial to be able to explain your skills, services, and previous work experience to a potential client at a moment’s notice. Write out the most important aspects that a client who may hire you would want to know about your business, and then practice saying your story until you feel totally comfortable and confident. The last thing you want is to sound phony or rehearsed. So be sure to keep it short, sweet, and personable.

Being a freelancer is one of the best ways to achieve work-life balance. All you need to do is take some small steps and you’ll ensure a long and successful freelancing career.

This post was originally published on an earlier date.

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10 Reasons To Leave Your Desk At Lunch http://www.careerealism.com/leave-your-desk-lunch/ http://www.careerealism.com/leave-your-desk-lunch/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 04:55:02 +0000 http://www.careerealism.com/?p=41097 Do you eat your lunch at your desk every day? You might want to change your habits. Here are 10 compelling reasons why you NEED to leave your desk at lunch.

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Do you eat your lunch at your desk every day? Do you feel that you can’t spare even 30 minutes, much less an hour, away from your computer? Are you afraid that you might miss an e-mail or not make a deadline because you took your lunch away from your desk?

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I admit, I have been guilty of not taking time for myself at lunchtime. I don’t know why I thought anything in my inbox was more important than my health or sense of wellbeing. But as Maya Angelou has said, “When you know better, you do better.” I now know better. I now know that taking time away from my desk has proven benefits.

10 Reasons To Leave Your Desk At Lunch

In case you need to be convinced, check out the following ten reasons why you need to go out for lunch.

1. You will be more productive.

You are not a machine. As a human being, you have certain physical limitations whether you want to acknowledge them or not. In order to be more productive in any given day, you need to move away from your desk a few times per day including lunchtime.

2. You will be more creative.

The same point I just made in #1 is doubly true for creativity. Have you ever experienced the phenomenon of having some of your greatest ideas while in the shower? Do you think you are alone in that? You’re not. When you “free yourself up” as you do in the shower or while taking a break from your work, your brain is suddenly “free” to consider new, fresh ideas that can potentially solve the problems that were plaguing you while you were so vigorously pondering the issue. Letting your mind wander a bit over lunch can lead to new ideas and new inspiration.

3. You will become a more mindful eater.

Eating at your desk means that you are multi-tasking. Your attention isn’t on your work, and it is certainly not on the food that I suspect you are practically inhaling. In order to be a healthy eater, you need to pay attention to what you are eating. You will enjoy your food more. You will ingest less of it. And, as a result, you should see the health benefits as well.

4. You will have better work relationships with colleagues.

… if you go out to lunch with them occasionally. Relationships at work are important. You need to work on establishing healthy connections there in order to enhance your overall job satisfaction. This doesn’t mean you should make your colleagues your best friends or your closest confidants. In fact, you need to use discretion when discussing personal matters with office mates. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go out with them and enjoy time away from your respective offices.

5. You need fresh air.

One reason to leave your desk at lunchtime is to get outside and get some fresh air. You need to clear your head, and you need fresh air for better health.

6. You can sit too much… and it could kill you.

Your body needs to move. In fact, research supports the fact that sitting for too long is extremely unhealthy. It would do you a great deal of good and would help your overall health if you take a brisk walk during lunchtime.

7. Your desk—and your computer keyboard—won’t be full of food crumbs.

… if you avoid eating at your desk. From the standpoint of keeping your desk free of food debris and ultimately ants that will heed the call of food crumbs at your work area, you are better off to avoid eating at your desk.

8. You will enjoy your food more.

Be aware of what you are eating. In order to enjoy your food, you need to pay attention to it. Note the taste of the lunch you are ingesting. It is also more likely that you will stop eating when you are full if you are paying attention as you are eating.

9. You may use your lunchtime as a networking opportunity.

In the world of CareerHMO, “every job is temporary,” and you are always and ever a “business-of-one.” That means that you should always be open to new opportunities, and given that networking is nothing more than getting with friends, colleagues, and new acquaintances, lunchtime is a perfect networking opportunity.

10. You may also use the time to catch up with old friends.

We are sometimes so busy with work and family obligations that we lose track of our friends. We need friendships for a happier, healthier life. Use your lunchtime to catch up with your friends. You won’t be sorry.

When all is said and done, the research on getting away from your desk at lunchtime is very clear. Research aside, however, common sense dictates that you need to take a break during the middle of the day if you want to do your best work. Give yourself a lunch break away from your desk. You deserve it.

This post was originally published on an earlier date.

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Kitty Boitnott

About the author

Kitty Boitnott, Ph.D., NBCT is a Certified Life Strategies and Stress Management Coach and is an ICC at CareerHMO. Visit her coaching page here.

 

 

 


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