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A Day in the Life of a Lifehack Writer…

A Day in the Life of a Lifehack Writer…

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    Finding lifehacks isn’t as easy as it looks. A lot goes on behind the scenes to put together the tips and tricks we provide. We test these tips out in our own lives to figure out what works. Depending on the topic, sometimes we speak from our experiences (such as my lifehacks on how to bypass resume filters or land a promotion), and other times we need to do a little research.
    I’m lucky in that I’m a full-time writer, although for many, writing is a side job. If you’re looking to become a Lifehack writer (or you just enjoy the site and want to get to know us better), here’s a day in the life:

    Morning Routines

    The Internet is easily the greatest invention in human history–it’s filled with information. The first thing I do every morning when I get out of bed is boot up computer. By the time I have my breakfast ready, I’m able to check my emails and browse news trends across business, tech, science, and entertainment verticals. It’s how I stay abreast of creative places to store photos online, etc.

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    I like to keep energized and up to speed with what’s going on in the world around me; it reminds me that I’m human.

    Whatever your morning routine, make sure you take care of yourself every morning–if you don’t, nobody will.

    Healthy Activities and Taking Stock

    An unfortunate part of being human is aging, so it’s important we make the most of our time. At Lifehack, we focus on participating in healthy activities, taking stock of what we have, practicing gratitude, and productive planning and executing goals, such as how to quit smoking. Throughout the day, I constantly take photos, videos, and notes of what I’m doing, what’s going on around me, and what others are doing.

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    People-watching is a vital part of the Lifehack process–you may think everyone does something one way or another because of your personal experiences, but you may be the one doing things different. Keeping an open mind and paying close attention to what’s happening around you is a great way to see how you fit into the big picture at all times.

    Nina Matthews Photography

      Lifehacks, Loopholes, and Bearing in Mind

      Lifehacking for me is about finding the most optimal way to do things. Yes, you certainly can use the mouth from a soda bottle to close your bag of chips (crisps for the Brits), but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Just because something can be done doesn’t necessarily mean it should–there are numerous ways to close a bag of chips faster than cutting a bottle. What I look for is software, apps, games, projects, and new ways of thinking that make everyday tasks easier.

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      As a former banker, I’m fascinated by alternative banking methods. I’ve researched the topic for years and have appeared on TV, radio, and even the front page of Yahoo! discussing these alternative options to big banking. My financial work often leaks into my lifehacks, and some feature it prominently, such as this lifehack on banking alternatives.

      Yoga and meditation are great to get your mind running–it doesn’t take any money to get started, and you get a clean slate to work with. By taking your focus off all the problems, worries, and goals that bog you down, you’re more likely to stay in a good mood. Being happy begets compassion and graciousness toward others, who will in turn introduce you to new ways of doing things.

      The Lifehack Writing Process

      Writing is the least of what a writer does–evenings are normally filled with writing, editing, formatting, and finding pictures and illustrations. For every piece I submit, I have two pieces to correct. At Lifehack, we have a stringent process in which multiple people review each post before it goes live. During this process, we discuss the value of the information, the look, and any suggestions for refining the piece. Sometimes it’s quick and painless, and other times it can be a long-term stalemate. Keeping everything light and humorous is vital to preventing all of us from pulling our hair out.

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      I’ve written all around the web, and Lifehack has always been one of my favorites. The variety of topics, and the freedom to choose from a variety of assignments, keeps me coming back to share the tips and tricks that get me through everyday life.

      If there’s any specific tips, topics, and hacks you’d like to see, let me know below, and I’ll make sure our editorial staff sees it.

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      Last Updated on June 25, 2019

      How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

      How to Ace an Interview: 10 Tips from a Professional Career Advisor

      Wondering how to ace an interview? In this article, you will learn everything you need to nail your dream job — from resume submission to the end of the interview cycle.

      In order to land a job interview, you must start with submitting a great resume. Submitting resumes is generally done by, “apply now”, the way many apply for consideration to a job requisition. Even if not applying the tradition way, let’s say, emailing someone in your network about an opportunity- you will still need a great resume.

      So first thing first, work on your resume.

      Today in the United States, 98% of organizations use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to extract information from an applicant’s resume to build a digital applicant profile that can be searched, filtered, and/or ranked.[1] So, a resume that is ATS friendly is part one for landing and acing a job interview.

      To do this, a resume must have certain formatting and keywords to get the resume through the scan and into the hands of a recruiter. Without a resume that works with and for today’s technology and requirements, an interview can be difficult to land.

      Here’s a great DIY Resume Guide (Do it Yourself Resume Guide) to help you craft an ATS and Recruiter friendly resume:[2]

      There used to be a time where a job application was enough, today, an ATS friendly resume leads all methods in landing a job interview.

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      Now, let’s talk about acing that interview.

      A job interview is part 2 of the job application process. An interview is where applicants that have met the minimum requirements are selected to discuss the job opportunity with the employer or hiring manager.

      Interviews are generally conducted via telephone, in person, and or applications/technology such as Skype. When the interview is landed, these 10 tips will help you ace the job interview:

      1. Going for a Job Opportunity That Speaks to Your Passion

      Having a passion for the job/ industry is extremely important. Doing something that aligns with inner passion is important for quality of life.

      People that have passion for the job that they are interviewing for generally have better interview experiences. When we talk about what we love, it is seen in our faces, our body language, and heard in our tone. Here’re 10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money.

      In short, consideration of talents, discovering the things that make you happy and sad, and what you love losing yourself in.

      2. Study the Job Description: Essential Job Functions and Qualification Requirements

      Doing this will allow you the opportunity to develop examples of past and present experience that relate to the essential job functions and required qualifications.

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      Examples of experience is always a plus for interviewers, painting a full picture goes a long way. Even when not asked for an example, it is always a plus to tie answers to interview questions to examples from your experience.

      If there is a portfolio (work samples: images, writing samples, published work, videos, awards, etc.) of work- that’s even better!

      3. Research the Company and the Interviewer(s)

      Being an employee means entering into a relationship with an employer. In many areas of life, research is done prior to committing; researching a company prior to an interview is no different.

      It is important to determine if the company is a good fit and therefore makes it easier to answer “why do you want to work here?” It helps better verbalize how past experience, skills, and values align with the company’s mission, and it shows the interviewer that you are interested in more than just a job.

      4. Think Positive and Tap into Confidence

      Positivity exudes confidence and both are necessary, so the employers knows that trust can be given.

      Thoughts lead to action, therefore, operating from a positive perspective will reveal confidence. The goal of the interview is to land the job offer; employers need to believe that you believe in yourself so that they can believe you. Here are a few tips for positive thinking.

      5. Have Copies of the Resume Used to Apply for the Job

      It’s always good to be ready for extra interviewers in the room; many interviews today are panel interviews/ multi-person interviews.

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      Though a resume was likely submitted with the application, it is always a good idea to come with extra copies in anticipation of the potential need. If there was no resume submission, it is crucial that you provide a copy during the interview; doing this shows the employer preparedness and resolution to challenges.

      6. Plan for Behavior Based Interview Questions

      Most companies use pre-selected questions, often times having a list of behavior-based questions. Usually these questions start with: “provide an example of”, “tell me about a time when”, and/or “describe a time/situation when”.

      Having examples of problems solved and strategies used, initiatives led, contributions to teams and departments, will help ace a job interview. Painting a picture to help employers see skills, qualifications, and experience is extremely important during a job interview.

      7. Make a List of Selling Points

      It’s important to be proactive about the selling points that you want to make in an interview. This is where a portfolio works great! It is a great idea to make a list of selling points that reaffirms and demonstrates skills, qualifications, and experience.

      Consider: awards, programs/ processes launched that led to cost savings and/or profitability, training/education, etc.

      8. Showcase a Mixture of Personality and Professionalism

      Companies like to make sure that interviewees are a good match for the company culture. Having a good balance of personality and professionalism during a job interview is key.

      Personality can be shown when discussing hobbies, community service or extracurricular activities in answers to behavior-based questions, when describing your passion, and when discussing selling points.

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      9. Have Your Questions Ready- Interviewing Isn’t One-Sided

      Interviews are two-sided, like all relationships (an employee and employer agreement is a type of relationship). Before entering in many relationships, we all have a set of questions that we need answers to, prior to making the decision to commit.

      Beyond doing this for self (because asking questions helps reduce doubt and uncertainty), it also shows the employer that there is interest in the company and its future and, shows that you are informed.

      Here are a few considerations: “Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?”, “Why is this position open?”, and “What qualifications/ skills are important to succeed in this role?” You can also take a look at this guide for more idea: 7 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview That Will Impress the Interviewer

      10. Follow-up with a Thank You Note

      Interviewers love gratitude. Sending a “thank you for taking the time to discuss the job opening with me”, is very important to acing an interview.

      Interviewers discuss one job opening with many applicants. A thank you note can serve as gratitude and the final chance to showcase selling points. This is also the opportunity to address any concerns that the interviewer may have had in the interview.

      Summing It up

      Consider a job interview a house. the foundation for acing a job interview is passion. The frame is a resume that lands the interview. The plumbing and electrical are showing up with confidence, providing a list of selling points, having examples of your experience and qualifications, and engaging the interviewer. The roof is showing gratitude with a thank you note.

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      Featured photo credit: Nik MacMillan via unsplash.com

      Reference

      [1] Jobscan: What is an Applicant Tracking System?
      [2] Veronica Castillo: New Job- DIY Resume

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