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5 Tips for Staying Calm During a Job Interview

Keeping calm during a job interview is often easier said than done. However, while your resume, experience, skills, and education are all important factors in landing the job, the interview is usually a company’s first real impression of you. Learn how to conquer the interview nerves and put your best self forward with these tips.

1. Prepare as much as possible

Once you know the interview is happening, the work begins. To prepare for the interview, start by researching the company by visiting its website, social channels, and reading articles or press releases the company has published. Part of the prep is also practicing answers to common interview questions such as identifying your strengths, weakness, and why you’re interested in the position. You will feel more confident prepping your answers ahead of time.

2. Write down questions

While researching the company, write down questions you would like to ask the interviewer about the specifics of the company, culture, or position. Physically writing these questions down can help you remember them better during the interview. Make sure to use a reliable pen that won’t smear or smudge like the G-750 Gel Retractable Pen. It has rapid dry gel ink and a unique hexagonal barrel design. Or if you’re a fan of ballpoint pens, Choose Different with the STEEL F-402 Ballpoint Retractable Pen. It has a weighted barrel, comfort grip, and comes in both blue and black ink.

3. Skip excessive caffeine

Caffeine can sometimes amplify nerves, so it’s best not to overdo it on the day of your interview. Stick to one cup of coffee or tea in the morning and then switch to water to prevent the jitters and instead stay hydrated the rest of the day. This will keep your mind sharp without increasing feeling of anxiety or nerves.

4. Arrive early to the interview

Whether you are interviewing virtually or in-person, aim to sign on or arrive at least 15 minutes early so you have time to collect your thoughts and review any last-minute preparations. If you are interviewing virtually, this will also give you time to triple-check your internet connection and audio/video quality. If you are interviewing in-person, it allows you flexibility to find the right building or office in adequate time. Being punctual also shows that you respect your interviewer’s time, and you are serious about the position.

If you’re interviewing virtually, make sure to check out these additional tips to ace your virtual interview. Whether the position is remote or in a different part of the country, or the employer is unable to have an interview at the job location, it’s important to be just as prepared for a virtual interview as an in-person one.

5. Slow down and speak mindfully

During the interview, remember to take deep breaths and slow down. Take your time to formulate your thoughts—this will not only allow you to articulate a well thought out answer, but it will also demonstrate that you can work well under pressure. Thinking of the interview as an open conversation can help alleviate some of the stress involved, too. Afterall, you need to determine whether this job is a fit for you just as much as showing that you’re a fit for it.

Interviews can be stressful and nerve-wracking, but they don’t have to be. Next time you have an important interview, use these tips to remain calm and knock it out of the park. For more career guidance, check out 5 Simple Job-Hunting Tips.

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How to Make More Productive To-Do Lists

To-do lists are one of the most important tools for staying focused and organized during the workday. This tool can help you manage all of your tasks and prepare you for the day, or week, ahead of you. But are your to-do lists helping you be as productive as you can be? Here are some tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your to-do lists and being as productive as possible.

1. Keeping More Than One To-Do List

The first step in having a more productive to-do list is to actually have more than one (as crazy as that might sound). Having multiple lists can help you organize your tasks more precisely and gives you a better idea of your priorities from day to day. We recommend having a daily list, a weekly list, and a master list. The master list will be where all of your large, overarching tasks and projects live.

2. Use a Trustworthy Pen

Keeping your to-do lists digitally is not as effective as handwriting them. When writing your to-do lists you want to make sure you have a writing instrument that gives you a comfortable writing experience and doesn’t leave you with smudges or smears. Reach for the reliable G-450 Retractable Gel Pen with its weighted brass barrel and rapid dry gel ink. Or if you need more flexibility, try the M-350 Mechanical Pencil, available in three stylish barrel colors. It also features a secure metal clip so it will always by your side.

3. Break it Down

Use your to-do lists to get specific about what task exactly needs to be completed for each project. This is where your daily list comes in handy—it should act as the place where you break down your bigger weekly or even monthly projects into more manageable pieces. Writing down every task, such as specific budget sheets that need to be balanced or business phone calls that need to be returned, will make your time management more efficient and ensure that even the smallest tasks will not slip through the cracks.

4. Organize by Priority

The next step in making your to-do lists more productive is to organize the tasks from highest to lowest priority. This will make it easier for you to see what needs to be completed first and which one is the most important. Organizing tasks this way also prevents you from wasting time on assignments that do not require your immediate attention. It also allows you to just move down your list chronologically instead of scanning for which task should be checked off next.

5. Schedule Times

It can be very easy to get sucked into a project and end up spending way more time than you anticipated. When writing out a task on your to-do list, put an estimate of how much time it should take you to complete. In the long run, this will keep you on track while also making sure you are properly managing your time. These estimations should be a guideline. If a project takes longer than anticipated, it’s okay—just readjust your day and keep on going!

Being productive and managing your time every day can be a struggle, so it is important to use all the tools at your disposal to increase efficiency. To-do lists are your biggest asset and can completely transform how you manage tasks daily. Next time you write out a to-do list, we hope you utilize at least one of these tips.

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5 Ways to Relieve Stress After Work

Whether you work from home or in an office setting, many of us often take our jobs home with us without realizing it. Job stress can seep in during times we’re supposed to be relaxing, and instead of making the most of our non-work lives, we’re combating anxiety about the next workday. Read on for a few simple tips to leave job stress at work and embrace mindfulness once you sign off for the day.

1. Tie Up Loose Ends Before You Leave Work

One of the best ways you can leave job stress at work is to prepare yourself before you leave. To cut down on after-hours troubleshooting, prepare a to-do list that highlights the priority tasks you want to accomplish the next day. This practice will not only organize your workload, but it can help you to leave feeling that things are taken care of. Bonus: You will start the next day knowing exactly what you want to tackle first. To jot down this to-do list, use a reliable pen like the STEEL G-402 Gel Retractable Pen. It has rapid dry ink (RDI) technology, so you won’t need to worry about smears or smudging—even if you’re left-handed.

2. Take a Walk or Go for a Run

Stepping outside for some fresh air is a great way to change your scenery and start the transition from work to home life for the night. Brisk walking, and other cardiovascular exercise like running, has been shown to boost endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression. Any activity that boosts your heart rate and causes you to get a bit sweaty will help relieve some of your stress, so you’re better prepared to tackle tomorrow.

3. Start a Journaling Practice

Journaling is a highly effective tool for stress relief and can take several forms, so you can rest assured there is a type of journaling that will best fit your needs. A gratitude journal can help you focus on what you are grateful for and create a more positive mood in the moment. You can also use journaling as an emotional release by identifying triggers of stress and then exploring more positive reframing. Whichever way you prefer to journal, make sure to use a dependable pen that won’t interrupt your thought process. Choose Different with the stylish Sarasa Grand Gel Retractable Pen. It features a weighted brass barrel in 6 fashionable colors and fast drying gel ink for the ultimate writing experience.

4. Embrace Stress

This may sound contradictory, but new research has shown that embracing stress can help you become less affected by it. In a viral Ted Talk, Health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal discusses how stress can make us stronger, smarter and happier—if we learn how to open our minds to it. The initial research showed that viewing stress as a helpful part of life, rather than as harmful, is associated with better health, emotional wellbeing and productivity at work—even during periods of high stress. This approach can be used to build resiliency over a longer period of time.

5. Cook Something Delicious

Nutritious and delicious food can improve your mood while fueling your body and mind. When we get overwhelmed, we tend to reach for a quick and unhealthy snack that can make us feel slow and tired. Keeping your hands busy while cooking a meal is a great way to help relax and allow yourself to put the stressors in the back of your mind.

No matter how stressful work can be, remember to prioritize yourself and create a daily practice of activities that enforce a better work-life balance. These tips and tricks, when used over the long term, can help you relax and set yourself up for success both professionally and personally.

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5 Office Spring Cleaning Tips to Boost Productivity

The warmer weather and the longer days intensify our desire to clean and organize. While many people take the time to clean out their wardrobes and organize their homes, one area that is often neglected is an office or desk space. Since your work area is a place where you spend 8+ hours per day, it is important to take the time to clean out these spots, as well. Use these tips to get the most out of your spring cleaning and prepare yourself for the rest of the year.

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How to Find Zen During Stressful Days at Work

With all the distractions, decisions, and duties that bombard us at work, it’s not surprising to find yourself battling stress in the workplace at times. During these moments of stress and frustration, it is important to remain calm and find ways to increase positivity and productivity.

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6 Ways to Have an Effective Evening Routine

Everyone knows how important a morning routine is, but an evening routine is just as critical for your overall productivity and daily mindset. Evening routines are an essential because, unlike morning routines, they set us up for two things: wrapping up our day and—the ultimate goal—getting an amazing night’s sleep. Here are ideas to add into your evening routine to make it even better.

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5 Tips for Networking Like a Professional

With the latest developments in technology and social media, the way we network has drastically shifted over the last 30 years. There are countless opportunities for us to meet people in our professional fields and connect with them on a more personal level both in-person and online. While being able to network is a vital skill, approaching and engaging someone you may not know takes practice and lot of confidence. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of networking and connecting with others.

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5 Tips to Write More Professionally

Being able to write in a professional manner is an important part of any career or job. Clearly communicating your thoughts, opinions, and even concerns to your co-workers or boss can help you be successful on your own but also have success within your team.

Professional writing is a skill that may even help you advance your career. Need help making your writing more professional? Here are some of our best tips.

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7 Best Zebra Pens for the Office

No matter the workplace or your job role, pens are an essential tool that’s crucial for getting tasks done—but they don’t have to be ordinary or boring. The right tool can help you achieve your goals and even act as a professional accessory to your everyday style. Regardless of your profession, personal style, or preferences Zebra Pen has a pen that is perfect, just for you.

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5 Ways to Help Prevent Burnout

If constant stress has you feeling helpless, completely exhausted, and in a slump, you may be on the road to burnout. But you don’t have to be ready to throw in the towel in order to make improvements. Learn what you can do to regain your balance and feel positive and hopeful again with these five tips on preventing burnout.

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