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Salary Negotiation Tips for Your Next Job

Just about everyone knows their ideal salary figure when starting their job search, but does your work experience, position and location warrant that number? Finding a happy medium between your desired salary and what your future employer’s budget allows can be a complicated procedure. So how can you ensure your dream job comes with a competitive compensation package? Check out our guide to negotiating a fair salary.

The interview process is stressful but impressing an HR department to make a positive hiring decision is only half the battle. After all, getting the job means nothing if you aren’t fairly compensated for the new role and responsibilities. Read on for our salary negotiation tips to help ensure your dream job comes with a matching compensation package.

Facts are your friend

Getting what you’re worth can only happen when you know what that is. It’s not enough to have a number in mind; back it up by researching the salary ranges in your labour market as a good starting point.

Websites such as Payscale.com, Glassdoor and the Government of Canada – Job Bank will provide you with salary ranges of positions based on experience and location, often with a breakdown of comparable companies. This will give you a better understanding of industry pay standards to help guide your negotiation. Salaries will vary not only by industry and experience but also by size of company and region of employment. Make sure to consult the appropriate salary information for the job specifications.

Self-assessment

Be critical about your skills, experience and how you measure up as a candidate in the industry. Gaining a better understanding of whether you are above average, average or still developing will help you set realistic expectations in your field.

Check out our Salary Guide for salary ranges for your job, experience, company size and location. 

Negotiating at your best

Once armed with an honest self-assessment and reliable sources of data about salaries in your field and region, its time to put these tools to work to ensure you get what you’re worth. Rarely will you lose an offer by negotiating a higher salary, but if you absolutely cannot afford to lose a job offer, wait for them to discuss salary first and delicately suggest a higher number.

Stay flexible

Consider alternative compensation bargaining chips such as a signing bonus, vacation time, the option to work from home or biannual reviews. Not only does this give you the ability to negotiate a better compensation package that best suits your lifestyle, it also demonstrates your flexibility to your future employer.

Still nervous about how your potential employer will react to negotiation? Reiterate your enthusiasm for joining the company and the position. Use phrases such as “I am really excited to work here” and “I appreciate your offer” and follow up with a request to consider a higher salary based on your skills/experience or research of the industry.

Regardless of whether you are met with silence or pushback, don’t let your confidence or enthusiasm dissipate! According to an analysis by Salary.com, avoiding salary negotiations can cost employees big in lost wages over the course of your career. Which makes this the million dollar question: are you really going to settle for less than you’re worth?

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

 

A Final Reflection on My #CEO1Month Experience

In September, Olivia Poulin, Canada’s 2018 CEO for One Month winner, was selected as a top 10 finalist for the Adecco Group’s Global CEO for One Month competition. She traveled to London, England to participate in the 3-day Global Bootcamp with 9 other finalists from across the world — and eventually made it to the top 5! Here, she shares her final reflection on her Global CEO for One Month experience.

Selection Process

During the month I shadowed Adecco Canada President Gilbert Boileau, I also completed a series of weekly challenges for the global CEO for One Month competition. These challenges — including personality tests, preparing a competitor analysis report and presenting my innovation project — tested my skills and let me demonstrate some of the things I was learning. It was these challenges, plus an interview with the Adecco Global Team, that were used to select the top 10 finalists out of 47 country CEOs to participate in the global CEO for One Month Bootcamp in London, England.

The night before the announcement, I hardly slept. Watching the Facebook Live announcement with my family at 6:30 a.m., we anxiously waited for The Adecco Group CEO Alain Dehaze to announce the lucky 10. We held our breath as he said, “then we travel across the ocean to… Canada: Olivia Poulin”. We exploded with joy! You can check out the video here. I was in shock but thrilled — and I had just 4 days to prepare for my trip to England!

Bootcamp, Day 0 – September 17th, 2018

Yes, it’s called Day 0! On Monday, all the finalists started arriving at the hotel. The first person I met was Beatrice Partain from Sweden. We went to her favourite chocolate shop and explored the streets of London while we waited for the others. It didn’t feel like I was meeting anyone for the first time; I felt like I had known these friends my entire life! As everyone continued to arrive, we spent lots of time talking and getting to know each other better. Then, we gathered to be introduced to the jury (the team that would evaluate our challenges and decide who would become Global CEO for One Month), play some ice breaker games, and get an idea for how the week would work. We went to dinner as a group and I finally got to hear more about the incredible lives and experiences of my fellow finalists. What impressive people they are!

Get to know everyone with these CEO for One Month Bootcamp videos.

Bootcamp, Day 1 – September 18th, 2018

Showtime! On Day 1, we walked to a business incubator where most of our activities over the next few days would take place. Challenge 1 was playing a “game” on our phones that would judge our strategizing capabilities and emotional intelligence. Then we had an Adecco Group X session with a presentation by Christian Howes, a social media and big data expert. He brought a lot of energy to the room and taught us about how data is used to tailor media to specific consumers and how social media can be used to predict outcomes of real world events. After that, we participated in a virtual reality challenge using Google’s Tilt Brush program (basically Microsoft Paint, but for VR). In teams, one person wore the headset while the others described what they had to draw based on a photo they were looking at. It was tough listening to many voices providing instructions all at once, drawing in 3D and learning to use the system all at the same time, but it helped all of us improve our communication skills and teamwork.

After a quick lunch, we had 1 hour to prepare our innovation projects and 5 minutes to present to the finalists and the jury. Personally, I loved this challenge because I was so passionate about my idea for my innovation project and I enjoy presenting. I was super impressed by everyone else’s ideas too. It was then that I realized how influential my 9 friends would be to the future of the world and business. For our third challenge of the day, we were put into teams and tasked with solving a data breach crisis. We had to explain how we would respond and what we would say to stakeholders and shareholders.

Next, we walked to a “surprise” destination: the LinkedIn London Office building. We watched a presentation about new LinkedIn products not yet available, went on a tour where we saw their incredible themed meeting rooms (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Candyland etc.) and workout facilities, and we learned about the culture of trust at LinkedIn.

It’s hard to believe that we managed to pack all of that into one day, but we did — and it was amazing. It felt like we had been together for a week already based on the strength of the relationships we had formed.

Bootcamp, Day 2 – September 19th, 2018

On Day 2, I had my first interview with the jury. It was certainly not like any other interview I’ve had: it was only 15 minutes and they asked us two very unconventional questions. After that we had some time for photos and videos, followed by a team lunch. Our fourth challenge at boot camp tasked us with pitching a startup by researching a new venture and giving a 5-minute presentation to the jury, Dragons’-Den-style. Challenge 5 was a roundtable discussion with David Malkinson, the Chief Marketing Officer of The Adecco Group for UK & Ireland. We discussed the role technology plays and would continue to play in the future of life and work.

After that, we walked to our dinner restaurant. We were shocked to see Alain Dehaze (Global CEO of the Adecco Group), Stephan Howeg (Global Chief Marketing & Communications Officer), Jake Schwartz (co-founder of General Assembly), Cynthia Hansen (Head of the Adecco Group Foundation) and others from the Adecco Group. We had the opportunity to talk with them and hear more about their work and wisdom, while also having the opportunity to tell them about our experiences. It was incredible to be in a room with such amazing leaders and people. Alain was there to provide input on who he thought should be in the top 5 in preparation for the announcement. After dinner, we returned to the hotel and waited for the CEO for One Month team to meet us. We gathered together in the dark room and anxiously waited to hear our names called for the top 5. My name was called first and I breathed a big sigh of relief while trying to contain my excitement! The other finalists were Miguel from Spain, Lisa from Germany, Yolian from the USA and Zoey from Singapore. As the final five, we were given instructions to prepare a 3-minute speech for the morning and told that we would have an interview with Alain Dehaze before the announcement. I returned to my room to FaceTime my family and share the exciting news. Messages of encouragement and support flooded in. It was amazing!

Bootcamp, Day 3 – September 20th, 2018

I woke up early to get ready and head to the final venue with Miguel, Lisa, Yolian and Zoey. We each had a 15-minute private interview with Alain Dehaze, and then had time to socialize with all who gathered for the final announcement. The event started and the final five had a few minutes to give their speeches and talk about what the program meant to each of us. It was a wonderful opportunity to address the group and show them the impact the program had on our lives. As Alain and Aly Sparks (Global Head of Talent Acquisition with the Adecco Group and President of the Jury) prepared to make the announcement, I stood with the other finalists on stage, eager to hear who it would be. Alain spoke highly of his selected candidate, and, when he announced the name of my friend Lisa Frommhold from Germany, I turned and gave her a big hug! I was so happy for her and believe she truly is so deserving.

While Lisa ran around London getting amazing photo and video shots for the announcement, the rest of the group used our precious few hours of remaining time in London to see the sights — Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. Our last dinner together was emotional; we were all sad that we’d have to leave each other the next day, so we made the most of the evening by going dancing and staying up late to savour every minute together. Syed, the UK CEO for One Month, also joined us, and it was amazing to meet yet another talented friend.

Post-Bootcamp – Returning Home

The morning after the big announcement, everyone had scattered departure times. My heart honestly ached as I said my goodbyes and walked away from them to head to the airport. In Canada, my brother and sister picked me up in Toronto to drive me home to Niagara Falls. That’s when I realized just how quickly everything had happened and that — just like that — life would go right back to normal. The only difference was that I had changed. The things I learned, the people I met, the experiences I had — these things will stay with me forever.

Other Thoughts & Lessons Learned

I was so incredibly impressed by how wonderful the other 9 finalists are. Their ambitions, experiences and wisdom taught me a lot in the few days we spent together. Many of them had travelled or lived in other countries, spoke multiple languages, were studying impressive subjects in school, and were passionate about their hobbies and culture. We grew so close and shared many challenging experiences that strengthened our bond and I truly believe that we will be friends forever. I can’t wait to see how they will have a positive impact on whatever they choose to do with their lives.

The collaboration exhibited by the finalists was also impressive. Though we were all technically competing for spots in the Top 5 and wanted to be selected as Global CEO, not once did I see any jealousy or anyone being “too competitive” to outshine the others. We all encouraged each other to do our best and use our strengths to work together.

In the spirit of honesty, I will admit that I assumed that if I wasn’t selected as Global CEO for One Month that I would feel like I had failed or would feel disappointed in myself. I couldn’t believe how much the opposite was true. I was SO happy and excited for my friend Lisa that I didn’t even have time to think about myself. Interacting with her throughout the boot camp was always enjoyable, and her warm heart and stable leadership style were outstanding. As I reflected on how I felt after all the chaos of the announcement, I realized that I was not sad or disappointed — I was still so grateful and happy for the things I experienced and the people I met. I was proud to represent Canada and make it to the top 5. I couldn’t have asked for more from the program!

The Adecco Group truly does live by its values. These values resonated very strongly with me and are what made me want to participate in the program. Entrepreneurship, customer focus, responsibility, passion and team work were exemplified by each person that represented The Adecco Group. It is a forward-thinking company that wants to improve lives and shape the future of work for the better. I’m grateful to have seen firsthand the positive impact Adecco has around the world.

My favourite quote has always been: “Every single thing that has happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.” I love this quote because it reflects the importance of the journey in getting to where you are. None of us woke up one day and just became CEO for One Month top 10 finalists. We all had experiences to draw on that led us to that very moment. Starting a company, holding leadership positions at school, public speaking at my Church, suffering a major leg injury with a yearlong rehab, winning case competitions, struggling through classes I didn’t enjoy, shadowing other senior executives — all of these things gave me experiences worth talking about that shaped who I am and put me in a position to learn from this program. All that, plus a little bit of luck and good fortune! It all matters along the way.

This program changed my life and I want to spread the word to students across the world: apply to the CEO For One Month Program. You will learn and experience so much. Yes, it might feel like a shot in the dark… but somebody has to be selected. Why not you?

 

Olivia can be found on Instagram (@poulin09) and Twitter (@oliviapoulin).

Top 5 Resume Mistakes to Avoid

There are several common mistakes that can send your resume straight to the rejection pile. It’s not exactly fair, but with some careful attention and the following examples of 5 things to avoid when writing your resume, you can increase your odds of being contacted for an interview.

1. Your resume is more than one page.

Regardless of whether you are just entering the workforce, or have been working for 15 years, your resume should never exceed 1 page. Be selective with the skills and experiences that best apply to the position at hand to keep your resume targeted to the job posting and easy-to-read.

With hundreds of resumes crossing their desks, recruiters must evaluate them quickly, spending an average of six seconds scanning a resume. Knowing that you have very little time to grab a recruiter’s attention, restricting yourself to a one page document forces you to present only the most relevant information.

Can I adjust the margins on my resume?

Sneaky tricks to beat the page count didn’t work in school and they definitely won’t work with a hiring manager. Not only will they see through the attempt to get more information onto the page, but exceptionally small page margins will also make your resume more difficult to read, and ultimately more likely to end up in the trash.

Resume format guidelines to improve your chances:

  • Keep margins at least 1 inch on all sides.
  • Keep font size at a minimum of 11 points.
  • Be consistent with punctuation and how you write the dates of each job.
  • Be concise: list your achievements and responsibilities in bullet-point format.
  • Be specific: use quantifiable examples of the success you achieved in each role.

2. You didn’t proofread your resume and cover letter.

Is “careless” the first impression you’re looking to make on your potential new employer? Even though mistakes happen all the time in the real world, a typo on your resume is a clear sign that you either didn’t bother to proofread, or that you did, but failed to catch a mistake. That kind of mistake isn’t encouraging for future employers who want to ensure they’re hiring someone whose work they can trust.

To avoid grammatical and spelling errors, make sure to recruit several people to proofread your resume. Friends or family will do, provided they are attentive and have a firm grasp of the English language.

And be sure to double check consistency in your use of past and present tense. Remember: present tense should only be used when describing the responsibilities of your current job.

3. You included subjective traits.

Have you used any of the following descriptions?

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Team player
  • Hard worker
  • Results-driven
  • Detail-oriented

If so, prove it! Not only are these expressions overused, they’re completely subjective. Even if you really are a hard worker who is results-driven, unless you can provide quantifiable proof, the statement doesn’t belong on your resume. Stick to listing accomplishments with concrete evidence that proves these skills.

As so many people hold inaccurate perceptions of their quality of work, employers in general will disregard subjective claims on a resume. Looking to impress? Hit them with facts — hard numbers and supporting evidence prove why you’d be a great addition to their team.

Ask yourself: “what have I achieved that demonstrates the skills this hiring manager is looking for?” For example, a promotion may demonstrate your work ethic, while managing a large number of colleagues will prove your leadership skills.

4. You didn’t tailor your resume for each specific job you applied to.

Tailoring a resume may seem like a daunting task when applying to multiple jobs, but the added work is sure to pay off in the end. A generic resume lends the impression that you have blindly applied for a position that you may or may not be qualified for, thus limiting your odds of being contacted for an interview.

To start tailoring your resume:

Read and understand the job description: what responsibilities stand out about the position? Are any requirements repeated? Which duties relate to your experience at your current or past position?

Organize your resume based on relevancy to the position: regardless of whether it’s your education, a past job or a recent certification, make sure your most relevant experience is listed first. There’s no rule that says your resume must be in chronological order so it’s completely acceptable to organize your resume in a way that highlights your relevant experience for the hiring manager.

Align your past experience: how can your existing experience be revamped to better align with the requirements of the job? For examples of ways to alter your bullets to emphasize certain soft skills, check out this article by Muse.

5. You lied, exaggerated or misrepresented your work or accomplishments.

Lying or “padding” your resume is a common technique amongst job hunters to make them seem more qualified for a job than they truly are. Though it may seem easy to get away with, if your lie isn’t unveiled through social media or the interview process, chances are your references will call out your bluff.

Bottom line? Don’t pad your resume!

There’s a point of no return between “spinning” your skills and experience a certain way and falsifying your achievements. Not only do you risk being blacklisted from the company if you are caught lying, but you will also ruin your relationship with your references.

Your resume is the first and often only impression an employer will have of you. It can instantly make or break your chances of being contacted for an interview or disregarded for the position entirely. If you are looking to increase your odds in the hiring process, avoid making any of these common errors on your resume. You may be unable to control a hiring manager’s decision, but you can control your resume and how it portrays you as the best candidate for the role!

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

 

Career Development Through Temp Work

Have you ever wondered if temporary work is right for you? As one of Canada’s top employment agencies, we’re a little biased. We think temp work provides individuals with the opportunities they need to build the career they want. Wherever you are in your career, temporary assignments offer the flexibility and learning opportunities you’ve been looking for! Join us as we take a look at how temporary work through employment agencies can help you develop your career.

Experience the best that Canadian businesses have to offer

Working for different employers across varied industries is a great way to gain firsthand experience of diverse roles and responsibilities. Many workers use contract assignments to test different positions and responsibilities to find the best fit for them. At the same time, temporary assignments give employers an opportunity to evaluate the best candidates before hiring the most suitable for longer-term contracts. This type of work is especially helpful to get your foot in the door at companies that aren’t currently hiring on a permanent basis; you’ll know their operations and have already proven your skills if the company decides to hire permanent employees in the future.

Best of all, it doesn’t matter where you are in your career. Contract work helps first-time jobseekers and transitioning workers alike find meaningful employment on their terms. Whether you’re entering or re-entering the workforce, looking to fill employment gaps or paring down your work hours, temporary employment provides amazing opportunities for work when you need it.

You don’t have to do it alone

With an employment agency, you can take a lot of the guesswork out of temporary work. At Adecco, our Recruitment Consultants offer expert guidance to temporary associates on resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, personal branding and presentation skills. Then, we focus on your success by working with our clients to provide safe and fulfilling work for our temporary associates and we communicate with you throughout the process. With employment agencies that offer you this kind of support, you know your career is in good hands.

Permanent options… if you want it!

Whether your goal is to continue pursuing contract assignments or gain permanent employment, temporary work offers the variety and exposure you need to shape the career you want.

If it’s permanent employment you’re seeking, the best part about gaining exposure to different companies through contract assignments is finding the right one for you! Radial is a perfect example of the kind of dynamic organization that’s focused on success for their employees and temporary workers alike. A global e-commerce company specializing in distributed order management, enterprise inventory and availability, store fulfillment, and customer care, Radial offers individuals the work they want to do in an environment they won’t want to leave.

Here’s what three individuals had to say about how Radial and Adecco helped transform their careers:

Samantha Scott, Operations Supervisor

I began working with Radial through Adecco in October of 2010 as an inbound associate. In 2012 I was hired directly to Radial from Adecco. After 2012 I was promoted to team lead and then again in 2014 to Operations Supervisor. Radial has shown and continues to show me their commitment to growing and developing people who work hard. I have had the opportunity to benefit from this and continue to see what a great future Radial can provide to me and anyone who sets their mind to it.

Justin Smithers, Operations Supervisor

I began working with Radial through Adecco in August of 2014. I was immediately impressed by Radial, the culture was fantastic and I was placed into an environment where I was able to thrive and develop. Through support from both Radial and Adecco, I was hired on as a full-time associate in March of 2015. From there, the building leaders continued to provide opportunity and capitalize on my skill set, while developing me for future success. In August of 2016, I was promoted to Team Lead and given my first opportunity to manage associates. I progressed further and in August of 2017, I reached my goal in becoming Operations Supervisor.

Mejo Varghese, Site Operations Manager

My career at Radial began several years ago in 2012 where I was given the opportunity to begin working as an IT Technician through Adecco. As a new immigrant, it was not easy to find a job in your related field. I was grateful to Adecco for helping me find my career and giving me an excellent opportunity.

Working at Radial, I quickly realized the potential for growth within this company. I soon was promoted to Site Operations Supervisor, and after one year, I was able to advance in my career and become the Site Operations Manager. Radial not only values its employees but also helps each one of us to grow to our full potential!

Interested in working with Radial? View Adecco jobs with Radial and apply today.

Learn a new skill or two or ten

While you’re on assignment, take advantage of the opportunity to learn new skills. Be open to learning new things and look for chances to practice and develop your skills in current and future assignments.

Another way to develop your skills is to take advantage of online learning opportunities. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) like Alison or Coursera give learners free online learning opportunities to gain knowledge and skills anywhere, at any time. And when you’re a temporary associate with Adecco, you gain access to hundreds of online training modules in everything from technical software courses to customer service skills, health and safety legislation to business writing. These courses help candidates on or between assignments strengthen their skill sets and resumes, enriching on-the-job learning for greater success.

Get the benefit of benefits

Many employment agencies, including Adecco, offer employees skills training, experience, mentorship, and benefits. From the employment agency’s perspective, offering these perks helps retain top talent. And for temporary associates, benefits make a temp career more predictable, with group health, dental and life insurance, vacation pay, time off, statutory holiday pay, career counselling and skills training.

With skills training and career development at some of the best companies in Canada, not to mention awesome benefits, why not start working temp today?

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

 

Interview with Confidence

Interviews can be awkward, uncomfortable and downright terrifying no matter how many you attend. A great confidence booster is knowledge! If you take the time to get to know the position, responsibilities and company, we promise that your confidence will grow. For more tips to help make the interview process as smooth as possible, check out Adecco’s guide to interviewing with confidence.

1. Get to know the company

Trying to make a lasting impression? Don’t go into the interview room unprepared. Instead, research the organization ahead of your interview to gain a better understanding of their expectations. Use sources such as:

  • The company website
  • Google “News” search
  • Friends and colleagues
  • LinkedIn and other social media platforms
  • Glassdoor

What should you look for while doing research?

  • Company Values: Familiarize yourself with the organization and their expectations of their employees.
  • Leadership: Pay attention to profiles of upper management or hiring managers and what they care about. They just may be your interviewers!
  • News: Check out the company’s recent triumphs and struggles in the media.
  • Clientele: Delve into the organization’s products and services to better understand their target market.
  • Culture: Differentiate between the company’s desired culture and the reality. Learn about the real workplace environment from insiders.

 2. Review your accomplishments

Think you know the company inside and out? Now you’re ready to make the connection between the organization and how you will fit in there.

  • Start with the job description: The company has given you a road map of their expectations of the successful candidate. Reference this often during your research and make sure to keep detailed notes.
  • Brush up on your professional history: Now that you are familiar with what the organization is looking for, examine your past roles for examples of related past achievements. Make sure to cite concrete examples that demonstrate savings of time, money and/or resources.
  • Practice your answers to those cardinal questions: Regardless of how creative your interviewer gets with their questions, they will always want to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Be sure to select strengths that compliment the job description. Don’t be afraid to be honest about your weaknesses, but follow with how you manage them at work.
  • Put your best foot forward: Your resume may have gotten you through the door, but it’s your soft skills that make the lasting impression on the hiring team. Relax, be yourself and stay positive! Remember that employers are assessing you on your presentation and attitude as well as your professional background.
  • Clean up your social media: How are your social media privacy settings? Have you ever tried to Google yourself? Take a closer look at your online presence to make sure it’s appropriate for all future employers to see.

3. Get your questions ready

Here’s an insider tip from your friendly Adecco Recruiters: interviewers prefer candidates who ask questions. It identifies critical thinking skills and exemplifies confidence. Jot down questions that arise throughout your research phase to ask during your interview. If you need help, consider these:

  • What are the main responsibilities of the job?
  • Who does the position report to?
  • What are some of the challenges of this position?
  • How does this team support the company’s current goals?

Try to refrain from first asking questions about salary, vacation and other forms of compensation. It leaves the impression that you prioritize your financial gain over the company’s collective goals.

Once you’ve finished your research, practice! practice! practice! Make sure you’re knowledgeable about the organization and your contributions to easily overcome any surprise questions that may come your way. Then walk into that interview with the confidence of a tenured employee and not a potential new hire!

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

 

How to Eliminate Those Post-Vacation Blues

Sadly, all great vacations must come to an end. Whether it was spent binging on Netflix and junk food, lying on a beach or exploring a new country, getting back to your “regular” routine after time off can feel near impossible. Don’t let your return to reality ruin your great summer memories; follow our seven tips and return to work as the new and improved you!

  1. Return to work mid-week

There is nothing worse than returning from vacation to a full work week. Instead, try to ease yourself back into the swing of things by scheduling your return mid-week. Not only will the partial week let you catch up on emails and voicemails, it will act as a transitional period from relaxation to a full work load.

Productivity tip: Use your last day of vacation to mentally prepare for your return. Get a good nights’ rest to be in top shape for your day of work ahead!

  1. Get a fresh start

Think of your return to work as a clean slate: a fresh beginning after your time off to re-focus on your career. Use this fresh start to develop healthy work habits. Get yourself organized and set goals for your professional development.

Productivity tip: Organize your email inbox. Unsubscribe and unfollow unwanted spam email. This will keep your email more organized and save you time on filtering through unnecessary content.

  1. Start small

 Tackling a large project right off the bat will leave you overwhelmed and unproductive. Instead, pick something small to check off your to-do list. The sense of accomplishment from finishing that small task will motivate you to tackle your next bigger project.

 Productivity tip – Try making yourself a to-do list. Crossing off even the smallest of tasks can be a visual stimulant for productivity. 

  1. Set realistic but firm deadlines

 Setting deadlines at work is a great way to hold yourself accountable for your productivity. But when returning to work after a vacation, it’s important to cut yourself some slack with the transition. Add some buffer time to your deadlines to accommodate your post-vacation working speed. Meeting these deadlines will motivate you while gradually increasing your productivity.

Productivity tip: Take control of your calendar. Not only will it help you stay organized with due dates, meetings or application deadlines, keeping your calendar updated helps you schedule uninterrupted work periods to supercharge your productivity.

  1. Return to your healthy diet

Food for thought: was your vacation spent indulging in rich foods and maybe even alcoholic beverages? Counter that poor diet by returning to work with a healthy lunch and snacks. Better nutrition can provide the energy and concentration required to conquer your return to work!

Did you know – A poor diet can lead to fatigue, decreased mental effectiveness, higher levels of stress and depression and decreased productivity

  1. Limit your social media intake

 Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram can make the return to reality increasingly painful. With a plethora of imagery from family and friends of vacation and adventures, it’s easy to feel extra disappointed that your time off has come to an end. Limiting your social media intake upon your return to work can help you maintain focus and avoid those post-vacation blues.

Productivity tip: Set a couple hours a day away from your electronic devices or opt to turn your phone’s data off at work to avoid distracting notifications.

  1. Reward yourself with breaks

Don’t try to be the office hero. It’s unrealistic to expect yourself to be caught up in your first day back. Rushing to catch up can quickly undo those vacation vibes, leaving you stressed and burnt out. Make sure to reward your accomplishments (big or small) with healthy breaks. Grab a healthy treat from the fridge or take a midday walk to get some fresh air.

Productivity tip: Take a break when things get good, like after you’ve accomplished a goal or set an action plan. This will help motivate you to go back to work after your break.

 

Vacations are intended to refresh and re-focus. Don’t let the end of your vacation leave you depressed. Look at your return to work as a new beginning and watch your productivity and professional development soar!

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.