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Think of your resume as your single and best chance at getting the attention of an employer. A well-written and attractive resume can help your application get a little more attention than one that is too long, too dull, and fails to showcase what makes you worthy of an in-depth interview. In one study, we learned that a recruiter spends an average of only 7.4 seconds reviewing an application. You don’t have much time to sell yourself.

I know that it is difficult to believe unless you have ever had the experience of going through one hundred resumes for a…


If you are stressed with an ever-growing to-do list, it might be tempting to throw up your hands and surrender to the demands of your work. Some simple time management tools could help you deal with your overwhelm if you have never thought of yourself as someone who needs such a system. Fear not. You don’t need to invest in a fancy computer program, folders, or binders. Instead, you can start with some simple tricks that might give you just enough margin to get more done.

Begin with a sense of where things break down for you. Do you not…


When I shared my approach to handling my emails, I received a question from someone who wondered what to do when emails are not returned. You might have asked a question or reminded someone of a project, and you get no response. Crickets. It can be frustrating because it requires you to remind and chase down a reply continually.

There are a variety of reasons why people don’t respond to your email. Some of them may be your fault.

Your email might have been too long. Some people like to write stream of conscious emails. A busy person might be…


We seem to be living in a world of distractions. People interrupt you. Emails demand your attention. You have to prepare for meetings quickly. Plus, your to-do list keeps growing. While you are working on one project, you are tempted to start another. If you could only concentrate!

We all struggle with focus from time to time. But like anything else, we can train ourselves to concentrate more and feel better about what we are accomplishing.

Here are five steps to take:

Set Goals

Know what is the most important thing you need to be working on at that moment…


Amazon is an amazing company. They’ve pretty much changed the way most Americans shop. They can nearly satisfy our every want. Quickly. Most Americans admire them. In 2017, it was ranked as the top brand in the US.

Reinhard Cate, content marketing manager of Protagonist, a consumer research company, analyzed the Amazon phenomena. “We found that the company’s emphasis on a positive and wholesome customer experience helped maintain the narrative or deeply held belief that Amazon’s actions and policies always place their customers first,” he said

They make it look easy, but they work hard at it. …


Your organization probably believes it needs to do a better job with diversity in hiring, equity, and inclusion. But, are you willing to hire someone with a criminal record even if it would help you improve your group’s diversity?

The National Employment Law Project reports that an estimated 70 million people in the United States — nearly one in three adults — have a prior arrest or conviction record. We know from various studies that more persons of color are incarcerated than whites.

This is a difficult subject for some groups as more include a criminal background check as part…


Think of your resume as your single and best chance at getting the attention of an employer. A well-written and attractive resume can help your application get a little more attention than one that is too long, too dull, and fails to showcase what makes you worthy of an in-depth look. In one study, we learned that a recruiter spends an average of only 7.4 seconds.

I know that it is difficult to believe unless you have ever had the experience of going through one hundred resumes for a single opening. They all begin to look the same.

In preparing…


It would almost be impossible to list all of the productivity apps available to us. I primarily use four.

I describe Evernote as my second brain. All of my notes, projects, and files are stored in their cloud. I’ve been using it since 2011, and it currently contains several thousand notes.

#produc

Nirvana HQ is where I keep all of my ‘to-do’ lists. It is designed to easily follow “Getting Things Done” recommendations for tracking both projects and next actions. I’ve been using it since 2010.

Calendly allows me to expedite scheduling meetings. If I send you a link, you can…


Goldfish are better at concentrating than us. According to a Microsoft study, while a goldfish can hold their attention spans for 9 seconds, ours starts to decline after 8 seconds. (Don’t ask me how they measured that.)

If you spend most of your time in meetings, you will recognize those moments when you are no longer paying attention, and your mind starts to drift. If you are in front of a computer screen, that is when you start checking your email and begin browsing the Internet. You may have seen colleagues nod off. …


You might see an item on your “to-do” list that was there a week ago…or possibly even a month ago. Procrastination can occur because you either dread tackling the issue or you feel you want to think about the matter a little more. Either way, it makes you less productive and efficient.

No one knows why some people procrastinate, but phenomena has a scientific name: Temporal discounting Procrastinators would rather experience a smaller win by completing an easier task more quickly rather than receiving a larger reward by taking on a bigger project. According to a study in the Journal…

Dave Edwards

Dave helps aspiring leaders and organizations. He blogs on management related issues at www.DaveEdwardsMedia.com

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