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  • Adopt These Habits of Mentally Strong People

    06/25/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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    They’re disciplined. Tenacious. And remarkably resilient.

    They’re mentally strong people, and their grit helps them overcome tremendous obstacles to achieve their goals.

    Whether it’s personally or professionally, we all face challenges in our lives that test our mettle. Do you have what it takes to succeed, even when the going gets rough? Make sure you’re properly equipped by adopting these habits and characteristics of mentally strong people:

    They fight even when they feel defeated.

    Mentally tough individuals know that it’s not how often they’re knocked down; it’s how often they get back up that matters. When challenges arise, the mentally strong don’t roll over. They resolve to face those challenges, work until they overcome them, and then use what they’ve learned in the process to grow, change and prepare for the next obstacle that comes their way.

    They have high emotional intelligence.

    Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a combination of self-awareness and awareness of others that enables you to identify and manage your emotions; interpret others’ emotions and behaviors; and use that knowledge to respond effectively. It’s what enables mentally tough people to tolerate strong negative emotions and channel them positively. And unlike IQ, which is relatively fixed, EQ is a skill you can develop to improve your mental strength.

    They prevent negative people from undermining their success.

    We all encounter “Debbie Downers” and “Haters.” Mentally strong individuals know how to effectively neutralize them by managing conflict constructively. In this post, we explain how to prevent toxic people from derailing your success and bringing your entire company down.

    They accept delayed gratification.

    People who are mentally tough know that patience is essential to success. Failure, trial-and-error and setbacks are all part of the journey; the path to achieving a goal is almost never instant, and never a straight line. Through experience, mentally strong individuals have learned that results only materialize when they put in the hard work and forego instant gratification.

    When the going gets tough, Exact Staff is here to support your success.

    Serving organizations nationwide, the Exact Family of Companies provides a wide range of talented, mentally tough people – and a full complement of staffing solutions – to make you more efficient and successful.

    Whether you need to fast-track a challenging project, delegate non-essential tasks or build a more positive, resilient team of high performers, we have you covered. Just give us a call!

Email Opening Lines That Make You Look Clueless

06/22/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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“You have absolutely no idea who I am, and I have absolutely no idea how to start this email.”

You wouldn’t begin writing an email this way, right? Unfortunately, some business professionals pour a ton of effort into writing compelling email subject lines that get their emails opened, but drop the ball once they get to the body by:

  • being too casual or formal;
  • being too cheery or disingenuous;
  • offending the recipient.

If you want to appear confident, sincere and likeable in your emails – and convince recipients to take a desired action – steer clear of these opening lines that make you look clueless:

“Hey there”

This opener may be fine for personal emails or emails to coworkers, but steer clear of it if you’re writing to someone you’ve never met. It’s too casual, and it sounds like you’re trying to gloss over the fact that you don’t know the recipient’s name (believe us, your recipient will notice).

“To whom it may concern”

It’s cold. It’s impersonal. And your reader will likely think, Alright, this doesn’t concern me, so there’s no need to read further.

“Dear Sir or Madam” or “Dear [job title]”

Nothing screams “I don’t know who you are!” quite like these greetings. If you’re not convinced, consider how likely you’d be to read an email from a stranger that started one of these ways.

“You don’t know me but”

You may be a stranger, but there’s no need to emphasize that fact; it only puts more distance between you and your recipient. In most cases, you can eliminate this opener entirely and just get to the point: “You don’t know me but I’d like to invite you to our business mixer on July 17th.”

Want a better alternative?

If you’re writing a business email to someone you don’t know well (or at all), keep it simple! A variation of “Hi [first name],” is usually your best bet. It’s friendly, innocuous, straightforward and sincere. And if the situation dictates a bit more formality, you can always use the person’s last name.

Looking for more tips for writing effective business emails?

Check out these earlier posts:

Secrets to Writing Clear and Effective Emails

Writing Email Subject Lines? Here’s What NOT to Do

What can Exact Staff do for you?

With a national presence and a full complement of staffing and placement solutions, our national employment agency is here to help. Drop us an email or give us a call today.

Entertain Your Audience for Maximum Impact During a Meeting

06/18/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Ever had to lead a dull meeting? Give a presentation on a dry topic? Teach your team something that’s important but incredibly boring?

Then you know how tough an audience can be.

By now you’ve probably heard that statistic from Microsoft saying that the average human attention span is shorter than a goldfish’s. Regardless of whether it’s true, one thing is certain:

If you can’t hold your audience members’ attention, you can’t influence, teach or lead them.

Do you have to be a fire-breather or contortionist to hold your attendees’ interest? No; but if you make an effort engage and entertain them, you’ll be much more successful in your endeavor.

So get ready to banish those blank stares. Say “so long” to attendees’ heavy sighs. With these three tips, you can transform any topic from boring to entertaining – and make a big impact on your audience:

Get Visual

You may be good looking. You may even have executive presence. But we live in a visual world, and we’re wired to understand images. Our brains process images 60,000 times faster than text, and we don’t even have the innate cognitive ability to process words.

So, if you want to capture – and hold – your audience’s attention, supplement your verbal presentation with visuals:

  • Don’t just paste words on a slide. Incorporate charts, diagrams, infographics, videos…you get the picture.
  • Use visual metaphors. Drive home a high-level concept by finding an image that parallels it.
  • Inject a little humor. Your topic may be dry, but that doesn’t mean your presentation has to be. Inserting a cartoon or funny image can break the monotony and is great for re-engaging a disconnected audience. And while it probably goes without saying, be sure to use humor in a way that’s appropriate for your audience.

Explain the Why

Why should I care? Why does it matter? Why am I even here? These are the questions your audience members are asking – especially if their attendance is required. To keep your listeners from automatically tuning you out, explain the “WIIFM” (what’s in it for me) at or near the beginning of the presentation.

Share Your Passion

“FOMO” (fear of missing out) is a big driver of curiosity and attention. If you want attendees to be interested in what you’re sharing, you have to convey your enthusiasm about the topic. And don’t try to fake it – it won’t work. Find an aspect of your presentation that’s truly meaningful to you and use it to spark your audience’s attention.

Have training to conduct? Need extra time to prepare a big presentation?

Exact Staff is here to help. We provide the right resources, exactly when you need them, to free-up your time for high priority work. To learn more about how we can help, schedule a free consultation today.

Sit at a Desk All Day? Here’s the Workout You Need to Do

06/11/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Ever hear of dead butt syndrome?

It sounds creepy, but it’s a real medical condition! Also known as gluteal amnesia, the condition develops when the gluteus medius (one of the three main muscles that make up your behind) stops firing correctly. Left untreated, it can lead to lower back pain, hip pain, as well as knee and ankle problems.

If you sit on your bum all day, you’re much more prone to developing dead butt syndrome – as well as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and even cancer. But the purpose of this post isn’t to scare you; it’s to get you (and your glute muscles) fired up!

If you have a desk job, it’s important for you take periodic breaks to stretch and move your body. Today, our national recruitment agency shares exercises to keep you in prime form:

Note: If you have back problems or other health issues, consult with your doctor before trying any of these exercises.

Dead Bugs

This move targets your core and helps ensure correct spinal alignment:

  1. Lie down on your back, with your arms raised toward the ceiling (at shoulder level) and your legs in tabletop position (bend your knees to 90 degrees and stack them over your hips).
  2. Slowly extend your right leg out straight (stop before your heel hits the floor), while also extending your left arm over your head until the back of your hand is just above the floor. Keep your navel drawn in toward your spine to keep your abdominal muscles engaged and protect your lower back.
  3. Return your arm and leg to the starting position, and repeat with the left leg and right arm.
  4. Repeat steps one through three for 20 reps.

Planks

They’re tough, but they work! If you haven’t done planks before, start with a 15-second hold and gradually increase the length as you become stronger and more stable. Here’s how to plank like a pro:

  1. Get down on the ground with toes shoulder-width apart. Place your forearms and palms on the floor, so that your elbows are directly underneath your shoulders.
  2. Lift your thighs and hips off the ground, so your core is tight and your body is in a straight line from head to toe.
  3. Keep your thighs, butt, abs, shoulders and arms tight to maintain the plank position, while adopting a neutral position for your neck and spine.

Chair Yoga

Yep, you can do yoga right at your desk! Here are a few moves that are great for your lower back:

  • Backbend arches. Slide your butt forward to the edge of your chair (make sure you lock the wheels if it’s on rollers), and then place your hands behind you with your fingers pointing away from your body. Prop yourself up on your fingertips, drawing your tailbone in and up – so you stretch the entire front of your body. Hold that position while you draw eight to 10 breaths, then release.
  • Roll downs. Sit upright in your chair with your feet planted firmly on the ground, about hip-width apart. Allow your arms to hang naturally. Starting with your head, gently roll your neck and spine forward and downward while exhaling, until your face is down near the top of your thighs. Then begin inhaling, while you slowly stack your vertebrae back up to a sitting position. Be sure to keep your stomach muscles drawn in to protect your spine. Repeat this cycle of moves five to eight times.

Get Your Workforce in Great Shape – with Help from Exact Staff

The Exact Family of Companies offers a full complement of national staffing and placement solutions to:

  • Provide temporary support to “offload” low-priority or repetitive tasks.
  • Assume the time-consuming aspects of hiring including managing job postings, screening resumes and conducting initial interviews.
  • Take a proactive approach to managing your staffing and recruiting needs. The better you plan your needs, the more effectively we can help you meet them (saving you time and frustration!).

If you’re ready to learn more, give Exact Staff a call.

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