The 5 signs you are on the brink of a burnout 

While juggling the demands of a busy life can be exhausting, pushing yourself too far, and too often can leave you burnt out – a condition more damaging to your health than stress.

‘You no longer feel capable of caring about what’s important to you, to making any effort, or staying motivated,’ Reach Out explained.

 

What are the signs you may be experiencing burnout?

* Feeling exhausted and unable to perform basic tasks

* Losing motivation in many aspects of your life, including your work and friendships

* Feeling unable to focus or concentrate on tasks

* Feeling empty or lacking in emotion

* Losing your passion and drive

* Experiencing conflict in your relationships with co-workers, friends and family

* Withdrawing emotionally from friends and family

Source: Reach Out 

5 efficient ways to achieve the perfect life-work balance

Most if not all the times, work might be very demanding , however, it should never become a priority over your well-being, your life and your peace of mind

You need time and energy for your hobbies and interests, for your family and loved ones.

We have highlighted 5 ways that can give you tips on how to balance both life and work.

1. Always schedule your events

By micro managing your events , it will help you create time for office activities as well as free time to do your own kind of personal activities outside work like hanging out with family and friends.

This creates balance for both your social and professional life.

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2. Do not procrastinate 

This is a very important factor for a very simple reason, when you procrastinate, you will be taking time from an activity or your free time.

In short if you have planned to do something, just do it otherwise you will end up messing your schedules, in the end you will end up not having a balance between your professional and your personal life.

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3. Make sure you like your work

If you have a problem with where you are working or you simply just don’t like your job, you will not be happy, plain and simple.

It doesn’t mean you have to love everything about your job but have some positives about it that will make you want to go to the office every morning.

This will make you create balance between your working conditions, and your personal life in general.

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4. Make time for yourself

If you do not make time for yourself, you will be very miserable in both your work and personal life.

It is very important to create time for yourself. This will make it very easy to distinguish your work and you personal life time. It is very important to do this, trust me you will age gracefully if you make sure you have time for yourself.

By making time, it basically means, go out, go make your hair, go for spa dates, travel, try out new things, sleep more and much  more of that.

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5. Introduce some little spice to your life

If both your personal life and work have been stagnating or have become boring, change a few things to add that extraness to your life.

It is important to keep your life happy with some spiced up activities. This will not strain you from trying to keep a balance between the two.

If you think that you do not spend quality time with your family in the evening, try to reschedule your work hours. Maybe arrive at work a little early and come back home a bit early.

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5 career lessons everyone should know about the job market

“Work hard and get those good grades so that you get that perfect career job,” are some of the words that we have all heard in our years of growing up.

However, as you get into that job space you realize that not everything is on a silver platter like they once said.

So here are 5 lessons that  you need to know in the career world.

1. Success takes time

Success takes a lot of hard work and simply just sticking to your plan is very important.

Being happy in your career doesn’t come as easily as you think or just with a blink of an eye, reaching success takes time  and accepting this requires patience.

One more thing, success doesn’t happen by taking one bold leap. Don’t forget the little steps you take along the way, they may not seem much now,they may even seem insignificant  but years from now, you will be glad you took them.

 

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2. Even your best career will have its down sides 

Even on your worst days, that carer is still worth the try, it may have some down sides to it like working long shifts, little or small pay but that does not necessarily mean you have to quit that job.

Looking at the positive side to that job will help you know your initial goal and that is to work hard  reaching for that success.

 

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3. Your idea of a dream job can change

In the job industry, the idea of what you have in mind as a dream job can easily change. The truth is everyone deserves to love their career, but more importantly everyone has the ability to do so.

It won’t happen immediately, and along the way you might find that you are good at another career than the one you thought you were good at.

You may have thought that your career path was writing but you may find that you are also really good at anchoring.

 

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4. Career happiness require work

Ever been in a work environment and you see people leaving their work stations everyday with a smile of their face? Do you wonder why? Do you wonder what their secret is ? You may even think they got a work promotion  or won the lottery 365 days of the year.

Well the real secret is that people work hard to get to where they are .

Some may not have even loved the job when they stared but they persevered during all those low days and low paying jobs just to get to where they are.

5. You can create your own opportunities.

In every job career, when it comes to making moves in our career, we tend to wait for permission. We wait for someone to show us all the ropes instead of going to get the experience yourself.

We wait to get job promotions and increase in salaries instead of working hard to acquire you own job/firm so as to become less dependent of that place to begin with.

It’s a trap we so easily fall into when in reality, we are the only ones who can give ourselves permission to do something.  You can accomplish much more in a team than by yourself of course, but do not let the absence of help pull you down.

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Eight crucial steps to perfect your online profile for future employers

 

Highlights

– Cheat sheet tells you how to get the basics right and use the perfect profile pic

– Build up your recommendations and use LinkedIn’s more hidden handy tools

– The nifty tips compiled by online-based Leisure Jobs could help your prospects

Someone with a fully optimised ‘all-star’ Linkedin profile is 40 times more likely to receive job opportunities via the website or app than those who don’t bother, recruitment experts at online-based Leisure Jobs claim.

With that in mind, to get ahead of the job-seeking pack you need to use these eight nifty ‘cheat sheet’ tips to make the most of your LinkedIn profile and secure that all-important dream job.

1. Get the basics right

There are a number of basic points on a LinkedIn profile that you need to get right. The most pertinent are outlined below.

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As a starting point, include your first, last and middle name, if applicable. This is not the place for nicknames or humorous references to job titles such as ‘Sales Rockstar’ or ‘Developer Ninja’, Leisure Jobs says.

2. Get your image right

A crucial element of any decent LinkedIn account is a profile picture. You can also add a ‘banner’ image’ to your profile to give your profile an extra boost.

For a profile picture, consider the sort of industry you work in and select an appropriate headshot for both potential employers and your peers.

There a a few simple dos and don’ts to consider when selecting your profile shot.

Getting a professional photographer may seem like an unnecessary and time consuming expense, but it could pay off in the log run and help you curate a more professional looking online LinkedIn profile.

3. Get decent recommendations

For ongoing network development, a solid combination of recommendations and skill endorsements can go a long way to successful networking on LinkedIn.

Written by other members, recommendations add more credibility to your profile and work history and enhance your profile’s visibility to others.

4. Make use of LinkedIn’s hidden features

Setting up a basic profile on LinkedIn is all well and good, but to get the most out of the site you need to delve a little deeper.

For a start, you can message someone you are not connected with by joining a common group.

Click the hyperlinked members list on the group homepage, search for your desired connection and click the ‘Message’ button next to their name.

5. Show up in more search results

Customise your LinkedIn URL to make it easier for people to find you, more professional looking and easier to share. The SEO benefits may be minimal, but it is good practice nonetheless. To do this click the ‘Edit public profile & URL’ on the right-hand side of your profile.

Are you bilingual or multilingual? The general rule on LinkedIn is that you may only have one profile, however, according to Leisure Jobs, there is one exception to that rule: The Secondary Language Profile.

6. Polish your profile regularly

Make sure you keep your profile current. LinkedIn users who update their profiles are more likely to get job offers.

The best time to post on LinkedIn is, according to Leisure Jobs, between Tuesday to Thursday, 8am – 9am and 4pm – 6pm local time

7. Keep your online profile secure

With recent news of so many high-profile data breaches, it is important to make sure you know how to keep your LinkedIn account information private.

Automatic checks already protect all LinkedIn accounts and are designed to thwart unauthorised sign-in attempts and keep user’s data safe. But, you can take several additional steps to ensure your account is completely watertight.

8. Use the mobile app to get a new job

According to Leisure Jobs, half of LinkedIn visits are made on a mobile device, so if you don’t want to alert your bosses via your desktop that you are desperate for a new job, consider downloading LinkedIn’s mobile app.

If you’ve got the LinkedIn app you can use something called the ‘QR Code.’

This offers a quick way to find the profile of someone you just met so you can connect with them on the spot.

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The crazy myths told about women in these 6 careers

It is not uncommon to hear myths about women in certain careers. From Journalists to barmaids, here are some careers that Kenyans say men should be cautious about.

Do you agree with the list. drop your comments below.

 

1. Journalist

Media girls in Kenya have been getting a bad rap, all for the stories revolving around their love lives. Is it because she is in the limelight? She meets alot of people in her daily work, but does that mean she can’t be trusted?

It’s also said she meets a lot of very prominent personalities during their line of work. This really scares men away. Most of them claim that these ladies are s3xually loose.

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  1. Barmaids/Waitresses

Even those barmaids and waitresses working in high end establishments are not sparred the condemnation. They make their spouses go through some sleepless night worrying about their whereabouts. They also brush shoulders with high profile people in  their everyday interactions. Most of the men think there is always something fishy going on behind the scenes.

  1. Cabin crew

Men who date female cabin crews feel very insecure and jealous of their wives and girlfriends because they travel the whole world, meet a lot more people including potential boyfriends.

4. Politicians

We haven’t been spared scandals by Kenyan female politicians. They address wananchi alot and command respect. They also have private meetings with wealthy men, and rumors are abound about relationships. They are knowledgeable about things, and this could intimidate men.

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5. Models

It is said they intimidate men, owing to their good physique and contacts with men out there.

Is society being too harsh? Do they attract too much attention, thus pushing away potential suitors?

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6. Lawyers

Finally, the lady lawyer is not left behind. There is an old myth passed from one generation to another claiming that women in the law profession have an in-born contempt for men. Those married to them complain they’re  too authoritative and controlling even in their homes. They  also are branded as the know-it-all.

 

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