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Setting Up A Kick Ass Home Office

Setting Up A Kick Ass Home Office

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    So you work from home or you telecommute and you need your workspace to be focused, relaxed. It needs to be the right environment to let you kick on with your work and get things done without distractions. At the same time, you want it to be a place you want to be in. If you’re this person, then this lesson is for you, a step by step Lifehack Lesson written by Trevor Dobrygoski that provides the low-down on what to look out for and how to plan and organize your home office creation. It’s free for the first week of publishing, and you can get a subscription to Lifehack Lessons for only $4.99 per month and get access to all the other Lessons.

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    Here’s an excerpt from this lesson

    Lighting

    Lighting is probably one of the most overlooked parts of a home office. Having a desk face a window can be great as long as the sun doesn’t shine through the window directly into your eyes halfway through the day. In the summer this can be extremely hot not to mention generally distracting throughout the day. In the same instance, having a window directly behind you can cause quite a bit of glare a computer monitor.

    Using natural light sources and light bulbs with a more natural light tone can really make a difference on how tired you feel after a long period of work. The placement of the lights can also come into play. Make sure to have a light behind you and over your work area. This can help reduce eye strain.

    Computers and Monitors

    A computer and/or monitor is something you don’t really want to skimp on. Since you will be staring at It the majority of the day, you should have something pleasing to the eye and new enough to let you do anything your job could call for. The a choice of laptop or desktop computer will really depend on what you prefer or what is best suited for your job.

    Depending on the type of projects you work on, a large monitor or dual monitor setup would be ideal. Even if you use a laptop most the time, having an additional monitor, maybe something mounted on the wall like a flatscreen, can really help when you have lots of programs and documents open.

    Make sure the monitor or monitors are placed far enough away where you aren’t straining to read without the screen. The less eyestrain you have, the longer you be able to work without fatigue. The height of the monitor can play a big role in fatigue as well. If the monitor is too high, it can cause shoulder and back pain. If the monitor is too low it can cause neck pain.

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    Last Updated on May 23, 2021

    10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

    10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

    Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

    Try job search apps!

    To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

    1. jobandtalent

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      Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

      Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

      Download it for iOS and Android.

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      2. Jobr

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        This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

        Download it for iOS.

        3. Monster Job Search

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          I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

          Download it for iOS and Android.

          4. Jobs and Career Search

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          job and career search

            This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

            Download it for iOS.

            5. Hyper Networking Groups

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              This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

              Download it for iOS.

              6. CardDrop

              CardDrop

                CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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                Download it for Android and iOS.

                7. Job Interview Questions

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                  Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                  Download it for Android.

                  8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                    This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                    Download it for Android.

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                    9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                      Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                      You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                      Download this app for iOS and Android.

                      10. HireVue

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                        HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                        When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                        Download it for Android and iOS.

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