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Could Your Career Be Killing You?
Monday, July 30, 2012

Our bodies were not made to withstand some of our daily life's routines. Many common health problems arise after years of arduous and repetitive lifestyle. Usually, once we develop these bad work habits, the consequences of them will stick to the end of our careers and beyond retirement.

As a good employee you take it all for the team but is it really worth it? Luckily, there's a middle ground between being good to your work and being good to your body. Find out which habits you may be guilty of and how you can start changing them for the better:

1) Commute.

In a weak job market, having an inconvenient job is better than not having one at all. Those who spend their days sitting at a desk already have it bad by being sedentary for the majority of the time. Adding more sitting time during your commute makes it worse. A sedentary lifestyle actually takes a bigger toll on your body even though it may seem less strenuous that being on your feet all day. To be healthy, your body needs a good balance of activity. Try to find ways of incorporating exercise into your day like taking the stairs or a gym class after hours.

2) Footwear.

This is aimed more toward women but it applies to everyone. We all want to dress to impress at work but usually the nicer looking an outfit is, the more uncomfortable it is to wear. Even though you might not be on your feet as much, shoes that weren't meant for comfort will put some strain on your feet. Think of the arches in high heels, your feet aren't going to be happy stuffed into the shape of a shoe that puts all the weight on the toes. In any case, if you're going to wear shoes that aren't comfortable, bring a pair to have in the office that are. Your feet will thank you.

3) Neglecting breakfast.

This has become an increasing issue in today's society. It seems that the morning just doesn't accomodate the time to sit down and have a meal. Or some simply don't have an appetite for it in the morning. This is one of the factors as to why so many people are less healthy than they could be. People who make the time to have breakfast take the initiative to balance out their lifestyle. So why is breakfast so important?

The thing about eating habits is that meals should start early and end early. After a night of sleeping (fasting) your body needs a jumpstart of energy. This doesn't mean eating a big meal, it just means eating something substantial. Stretching your nightly fast until lunch could lead to you binging and doesn't allow your brain to perform at optimal level when you get in to work in the morning.

4) All-nighters.

Staying up all night just sounds as bad of an idea as it is. Sure, they're hard to avoid when the gravity of an assignment calls for it but all-nighters are a last resort and should not become a regular habit. Depriving yourself of sleep on a regular basis is putting you down a slippery slope. The mind needs rest and a good amount of it in order to function properly. You might think that you're being a champ by pushing yourself but there's no victory is giving it anything but 100%.

5) Eating out.

Why more people don't pack their own lunches is a mystery when you think about its benefits. Putting your own lunch together makes you put more thought into what you'll be putting in your belly. Plus, it's much cheaper when you buy food from the store or pack leftovers than spending $10-$15 on eating a or from a restaurant. For someone who works at a desk for the majority of the day, you only have to worry about pacifying your hunger rather than burning off fuel.

6) Posture.

This is one of the harder problems to prevent and correct. It's easy to get used to sitting a certain way, usually the wrong way, and bring on the back problems down the road past the point of no return. The really is no point of no return unless you've thrown in the towel. Work on relaxing your muscles and sitting up straight. You want to put as little strain on your body as possible so the goal is to sit a position that feels natural.

No matter how great your posture is during the day, sitting for long periods of time is not good for your circulation. Make it a habit to get up and stretch or walk around throughout the day get your blood pumping and loosen your muscles.

3 Questions Not to Ask In An Interview
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What's an interview other than an exchange of questions and answers? Sounds simple, right? Well, yes and no.

At the end of the interview when the interviewer asks if you have any questions, you are should always be prepared with plenty. But it isn't about how many questions you ask, it's about the kinds of questions.

Interviews are also situations where there is most definitely a right and wrong for both questions and answers.

You should never going into an interview without a game plan, or with questions like these.

1) Who is your biggest competition?

How you find the right questions to ask comes from the thoroughness of your background research of the company. Asking about things that you can easily find out on your own just shows them that that you were too lazy to do some digging. Making it obvious to the interviewer that you don't know the first thing about the place you want to work at is a good way to sabbotage yourself.

2) What are the hours?

Here's an example of a superficial question. You aren't digging past the surface. You need to show the interviewer through your thinking process that getting this job means a lot to you. This also applies to asking things about money and holidays. Ask something instead along the lines of what the typical career path in that position is and what the company does to encourage and enhance development in its employees. Show that you're interested in being a part of the team.

 3) Can I borrow a pen?

This is not a joke. Part of being prepared means covering the bases and that includes materials. Interviewees are expected to bring their resumes, pen, and notepad at the very least. If you have a business card then by all means bring some of those too. You might thing that asking for a pen isn't a big deal and you'd be right. But it is another thing that the interviewer can take into consideration in terms of how'd you be as a worker.
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