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    03/29/19 11:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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    No matter who you are, air travel is expensive!

    Whether you travel regularly for work, you’re headed somewhere warm for spring break, or you’re planning your summer vacation, most of us will take a plane ride in the next six months. Here’s how to cut costs while traveling on your favorite airline.

    Southwest Airlines

    If you’re a frequent flier, Southwest is the way to go! Once you have enough points—1 point for each dollar you spend—you can earn discounts on flights. And you can hit up Companion Pass, meaning that a person of your choosing can fly for free. You can also join Click ‘N Save, their newsletter that clues you in on special deals and low fares.

    Spirit Airlines

    Spirit has a lot of little, extra fees that add up in a big way, but if you plan ahead, you can save some dough. First, print your boarding pass before you get to the airport. They charge $2 to print it at the kiosk and $10 to print it at the counter. And bring your own snacks! Once you board the plane, you’ll be charged between $1 and $10 for snacks and $1 to $15 for drinks. And finally, book your own flights—their Reservation Center charges you at least $35 per booking.

    Delta Airlines

    Delta posts their best deals on their Flight Deals and Offers Page. Even on a budget, it’s possible to check out cities all around the world. And Delta lets you rent a car and book a hotel at the same time you’re arranging your flight, and as long as you have a SkyMiles number, you’ll earn extra miles while you drive.

    Hawaiian Airlines

    Depending on when you fly, you can book some low airfare through Hawaiian Airlines. January, February and March seem to be the cheapest months to fly while June, July, August, and December are the priciest. Their special offers page shows you the best days to fly for the lowest prices to mainland cities.

    Alaska Airlines

    Discount codes are the way to go on Alaska Airlines. If you have a credit card through one of their partners, like Alaska Airlines Visa and World Elite Mastercard, you can save and store discount codes to use later. Their website also features deals and sales each week.

    JetBlue Airways

    Use the internet! JetBlue charges an additional $25 per person if you book your flights over the phone. Besides, their best deals are found on their Deals page, Best Fare Finder, and JetBlueCheeps. And if you’re among their frequent fliers, you can seize exclusive fares, upgrades, and perks.

    United Airlines

    If you sign up for United credit cards, either Chase United Explorer Credit Card or Chase United Mileage Plus Explorer Business Card, your first bag can fly for free. You can also check their Special Flight Offers page for upcoming deals and low fares. Veterans and active service members can snag a 5% discount on airfare.

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Things You Should Never Do Right Before Bed

03/25/19 11:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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Sleep advice is everywhere.

It seems that everyone is preaching about the importance of sleep and it’s enough to make us anxious. Even if you’re laying in bed for the recommended 7 to 9 hours, you might not be asleep the whole time or getting the kind of sleep you need. Poor sleep is associated with all kinds of health problems, not to mention the effect it has on your ability to stay focused and motivated during the day. Here are things you should never do right before bed to get the best rest possible.

Work on Work

It seems like a great idea to catch up on emails once you climb into bed, or even get a jump start on tomorrow’s tasks, but if you want to maximize your rest time, don’t. Just by putting yourself into a “work frame of mind,” you’re activating your brain and renewing any stressors that aggravated you during the day. Instead you want to feel nice and peaceful as your head hits the pillow.

Drink Alcohol

Though a glass of wine or a beer might help you relax as you unwind at night, it actually reduces your REM sleep. This is the sleep you need to feel fully rested in the morning, so you try to maximize it. Most people who have a drink or two before falling asleep report waking up throughout the night, often without being able to fall back asleep.

Drink Too Much Water

Nothing wakes you up in the middle of the night with as much urgency as a full bladder! Hydration is a big piece of good health, but sleep is just as important. Drink your water throughout the day and cut yourself off after dinnertime.

Use Your Phone

Screens—TV’s, phones, laptops, particularly the blue and white lights that they give off—prevent your brain from releasing melatonin, which is the hormone needed to fall asleep. So, though your phone is a good way to unwind and relax, it’s not helpful at inducing good, quality sleep.

Eat Sugar

You’ve eaten healthy all day long, don’t ruin it at bedtime! It’s tempting to grab a small piece of chocolate or have a bowl of ice cream when you’re watching your shows in the evening, but sugary, fatty foods may prevent you from entering a deep slumber and might even cause sleep interruptions. Not to mention the fact that chocolate contains caffeine!

Eat Spicy Foods

If you’re into spicier foods, reserve those meals for earlier in the day. Put hot sauce on your eggs at breakfast or stop at the taco truck at lunchtime. Spicy foods cause acid reflux and indigestion that sometimes can’t even be quelled with a handful of Tums.

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If you’re desire to grow your team is keeping you up at night, contact the experts at Exact Staff. With a skilled team of recruiters in place to help source and provide your organization with the best available talent, trust us with your hiring needs and get that sleep you deserve!

How to Clear Your Mind So You Can Do Your Best Work

03/22/19 10:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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It’s hard to focus when you’ve got a lot on your mind.

You sit down to be creative and all you can think about is that last argument you had with your spouse. Or that you must reschedule your dentist appointment. Or what you’re going to order for lunch. But there are ways around this—ways to clear your mind so you can concentrate on the project in front of you. After all, you don’t want to be known for handing in sub-par assignments. Here’s how to clear your mind so you can do your best work.

Sit and Think

Set aside a few minutes and just think. Clear off your desk so that only a notepad and pen sit in front of you. For the first minute or two, don’t write anything. Just take a deep breath and welcome any thought that comes into your head. If you want, carry on in this meditative state. Welcome a thought and then release it.

Make a List

Once you’ve meditated for a minute or two, start to write.

Go through your major categories of life and brainstorm your list of major thoughts for each one as though you’re pulling them out of your head to discard them. Later, that list could be your to-do-list.

First, your health and wellness needs—you’re dehydrated, your tooth is bothering you.

The next category is family and friends—your son’s birthday is coming up or you need to catch up with a friend.

Next, your personal belongings—you need to order a new suit or call a plumber about a leak.

Then tackle some thoughts about your work projects, your career goals, your finances, and any other major category in your life. As the thoughts leave your brain and land on your paper, you’re clearing your mind so you can focus.

Get Active

Go for a walk, or a run, or just do a few minutes of jumping jacks, squats, lunges, or push-ups. Your blood starts flowing, endorphins are released, your mood is boosted, and you forget about the stress. It’s the best way to activate your muscles and stimulate your brain.

Be Grateful

Take a few minutes to jot down the things you’re thankful for—good health, a great job, a warm house, or quality friends and family. By focusing on the positive, you automatically lower your stress and anxiety and allow yourself to focus on the tasks in front of you.

Do Something Mindless

Straighten up your desk, fold laundry, sweep the floor, or sit and play a game that doesn’t require much thought. These simple actions give you the chance to sort your thoughts—your hands are busy while your mind wanders. As soon as you’re finished your mindless tasks, go back to work. Sit down and see what comes out now that your other distracting thoughts have been released.

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How to Blow Your Boss’s Mind (in the Best Way Possible!)

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8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 am

03/19/19 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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Early risers are a virtuous people!

Research suggests that successful people get up and accomplish more in those first few hours of wake time than the rest of us do in an entire day. And the list of famed early risers is long—Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Vanguard chairman Bill McNabb, and Four-Star General Stanley McChrystal, not to mention world-class athletes who squeeze in their workouts before the sun comes up.

Here are eight things every person should do before 8am.

Get Enough Sleep

There’s no point in rising at 5:30am if you didn’t sleep until 2am. Seven to nine hours a night is linked to increased memory, a longer life, better focus, lower stress levels, and decreased risk of depression.

Give to Your Loved Ones

Sit down to have breakfast with your kids or leave a note for your spouse as you head out the door. If you start out your day by doing something thoughtful and kind for someone you love, you’ll experience more joy and you’ll probably see that act of love returned.

Pray and Meditate

Give thanks for the good things in your life! When you’re grateful for what you have, you change your focus. See the positive in the world and you’ll immediately see opportunity and abundance in front of you.

Do Something Great

You’re awake and the rest of the world is still asleep! The world is at your command, so do something brave. Send that email you’ve been hesitant about. Or tackle that one item on your to-do list you’ve been avoiding. Just do it!

Work Out

And nothing makes me feel more courageous than a successful workout. Regular exercise boosts your energy, decreases your stress and anxiety, and increases your clarity and creativity. It might be HIIT, weight training, yoga, or a long-distance run, but whatever you do, get your blood flowing!

Read Something Inspiring

Pick something motivating or informational and read or listen to it each morning to get your day started. It might be a biography of your hero, a book about psychology you’re interested in, or motivational quotes by successful professionals. You can do it during your commute, while eating breakfast, when you’re out for a jog, or while sitting peacefully.

Keep a Journal

Journaling is a great activity to keep you focused. Jot down your hopes and dreams, your to-do list for the day, or a list of your stressors and anxieties. By putting these things into words, you focus your actions for the day.

Take a Step

You probably have some long-term goals laid out for your personal life or your career—landing your dream job or buying a new home. Each morning, take just one step toward your big goals and sooner rather than later, you’ll be there! Don’t put it off for tomorrow when you can take care of it right now!

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