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How To Maintain Work-Life Balance

“Work-Life Balance” was one of the most searched for terms on Google last year and it’s easy to understand why. With the rise of technology invading our homes and personal time, it is becoming harder than ever to draw a line in the sand between work time and non-work time.

This is coupled with long work hours, extreme multitasking, and the pressure to work as hard as possible to maintain career trajectory. So how do you make sure your life doesn’t become your work? We have a few strategies that you can implement below!

Block Your Time

According to the bestselling book The One Thing by real estate celebrity Gary Keller, time blocking can be the way to propel yourself to career success. The method is simple: identify what the most important activity you do that directly relates to your job’s success rate and block off time to devote to just that. If you are in the multifamily industry your most important activity may be marketing your property. If you are a staffing professional your most important activity may be finding qualified candidates.

The sweet spot seems to be 25 minute time blocks with 10 minute breaks in between. The main focus of time blocking is to not get distracted by ANYTHING. No answering the phone, no checking email, no answering your co-worker. Find a spot where you can hunker down and let your colleagues know what you are doing. As you complete your time blocks you will know how many blocks a day to dedicate to your activity in order to get results. The point is to get more results in less time by implementing extreme focus.

Put Your Phone to Bed

Most of us are guilty of coming home from a long day at work only to sit on the comfy couch and stare at our phones. This activity has a numbing effect on us and serves to help us leave the stress of the day behind and lose ourselves in the world of the internet.

The problem with this activity is the disconnection it causes between us and the ones we love. Our children and spouses get robbed of their time with us because our faces are in our phone. Even if you live alone, your mind is distracted from fulfilling activities such as reading, working on a hobby, or spending time with friends (in real life).

A way to avoid the phone trap is to literally put it to bed at a certain time. If you have children and get home 3 hours before their bedtime, putting your phone to bed when you walk in the door is best. A drawer or an out-of-sight charging station is a great “bed” for a phone. If your job requires you to be on alert after works hours, you can set a timer to remind you to check your phone after an appropriate amount of time, such as every hour.

Be Mindful


Meditation is really an extraordinary practice. The key element to remember here is the word “practice” because it has to be done regularly and over time for it to have an effect on your brain.

The effect it will eventually have is to enable you to step back from stress and emotions and have the superpower to make decisions and take action from a place of neutral observation.

Start with sitting quietly and focusing on your breathing for 3 minutes a day. Aim to work up to 10 minutes a day of sitting in purposeful silence with the goal of gently turning away from any thoughts or emotions that comes into your mind as you meditate.

In addition, during your day as your transition from task to task, try to have a moment where you come back briefly to that place of observation and refocus on what you are about to do. This mindfulness will not only increase your effectiveness, but it will also serve you when work time is done and you transition into personal time.

Achieving work-life balance is at the top of most working people’s list of priorities and with the above steps you can begin to achieve better relationships at work, home, and with yourself.

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Top Tips for Using LinkedIn in 2019

Social networking is a fantastic way to accomplish your professional goals and no other social network delivers opportunities like LinkedIn.

We know the idea of paying attention to one more social network may seem exhausting, but we assure you that by implementing these top tips for using LinkedIn you will see quick and compounding results.

Get a Professional Headshot

When it comes to an online presence you can’t get around the fact that your image is going to be the first thing people look at when considering you for an opportunity. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars with a professional photographer (although it is a great investment) if you don’t want to. It can be as simple as getting in front of a white or black background, being professionally dressed, have adequate lighting, and use your smartphone to snap a shot. The biggest thing you want to avoid is having an unprofessional photo attached to your LinkedIn profile.

Put Keywords in Your Tagline, aka Headline

LinkedIn automatically defaults this area of your profile for your job title. However, it is best to put keywords for your industry so you can stay on the radar of recruiters, related businesses, and candidates. In the multifamily housing industry you would use key words such as:

Apartment Industry Recruiter | Multifamily Staffing Professional | Hiring Specialist

Not only do these keywords explain the job title of someone that works in the multifamily industry, but they also get picked up in LinkedIn’s algorithms when a user searches for them.

Join Groups on LinkedIn

LinkedIn groups are like mini-networking happy hours online. They get incredibly specialized and can be a gathering place where you can meet industry professionals, bounce around ideas, and ask for advice. In addition to the immediate value LinkedIn groups can provide, they will also be there for you when you decide to look for your next professional opportunity. LinkedIn groups are not for selling products or services, they are for networking and should be treated with respect for the other members.

Update Your Connections

From the Clark Blog (https://clark.com/employment-military/linkedin-profile-tips-get-job/):

On a monthly basis, update your contacts that you include in your list of LinkedIn connections. LinkedIn gives you a powerful tool to expand your network. Go to My Network, click on Connections and click on the star wheel to the right to access the ability to add your Gmail contacts or import contact files to invite to your network.

Additionally, under My Network, you can choose “Add Contacts” and LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to add individuals one-by-one or choose your email provider to sync your contacts with your profile connections.

Upload Video To Your Profile

Here are some ideas:

  • Record a short video giving an overview of the content you’re sharing
  • Review a book or other piece of content and share your review.
  • Share videos of client testimonials.
  • Do an overview of a product or platform and share a few tips or tricks.
  • Create a teaser or trailer to a longer video or episode of a series.

Video is an amazing way to get your profile at the top of search results within LinkedIn.

There you go, a few quick tips to make LinkedIn work for you which leads to happy networking in 2019!

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Apartment Leasing Agent – Bilingual (Austin, TX)

A high energy property is seeking an Exceptional Apartment Leasing Consultantwho is not afraid of working hard and loves interacting with people! If you are motivated, dependable, capable of closing deals,and love working in a fast-paced environment, this is the perfect opportunity for you!!

Benefits of an Apartment Leasing Consultant:

Working with a fun-natured, high energy property!
Tremendous opportunities for advancement from within!
Hourly up to $13/hr DOE plus great benefits and commissions!
Apartment Leasing Consultant Activities:

Engaging with prospective residents by showing units and amenities.
Generating leads and following up with prospects.
Preparing and processing lease agreements.
Providing excellent customer service to residents and future residents.
Executing marketing strategies to increase traffic to the property.
Apartment Leasing Agent Skills:

Fluent in Spanish
Apartment industry experience of at least 1 year helpful.
Strong customer service skills, professionalism & self-confidence are a MUST.
Proficient in apartment industry software helpful
Ability to work weekends
Immediate availability helpful
Location: North Austin, TX

Please be available for immediate interview!

Must provide identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S, and complete an application and interview process.
Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

Leasing: 1 year (Preferred)
Language:

Spanish (Required)
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Apartment Maintenance Technician (Austin, TX)

Hire Priority, leaders in Multifamily Maintenance Staffing, is looking for a qualified Maintenance Tech for a new property in the Austin area! No EPA needed.

Why become apart of our team?

We offer competitive hourly pay, apartment concessions, paid time off, health benefits and more!
500 unit property with a well established staff
We are a large company, with many opportunities for growth and advancement
Location: South Austin

Compensation: $15-$18/hr DOE + apartment concessions and Benefits

You Have:

Can ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promote continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
Ability to run tickets for occupied Apartment homes. Repair small appliances, experience in painting, light plumbing, basic electric, drywall, etc and have your own basic tools.
Can perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. Be a team-player, aren’t afraid to help-out where needed.
Good interpersonal skills, and a customer service mindset.
Bilingual helpful, but not required.
Qualifications:

Multifamily experience (VERY HELPFUL, but will consider someone without onsite experience if you have the required skill set)
Ability to work weekends and be on-call (when needed)
MUST:

Be able to pass a drug test

Provide one form of identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Be able to complete an application and interview process

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

maintenance technician: 1 year (Required)
Location:

Austin, TX (Preferred)
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Lead Maintenance Technician / EPA (Houston, TX)

Hire Priority, leaders in Multifamily Maintenance Staffing, is looking for a qualified EPA Maintenance Tech for an award winning property in the Houston area!

Why become apart of our team?

We are a caring team, with a great family dynamic.
We are a large company, with opportunities for growth and advancement.
We offer competitive hourly pay!
Location: Houston/ Midtown/ Downtown

Compensation: $16-$18/hr DOE

Must Have:

Experience troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair of residential/ commercial air conditioning and multi-zone heating and cooling systems.
Ability to efficiently prioritize, and run multiple work orders daily, or as needed
Can ensure proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promote continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
Can perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Good interpersonal skills, and a customer service mindset.
Bilingual helpful, but not required.
Qualifications:

Universal EPA certification
Multifamily experience (VERY HELPFUL, but will consider someone without onsite experience if you have the required skill set)
Experience in HVAC, painting, plumbing, basic electric, drywall, etc. and have your own tools.
Ability to work weekends and be on-call (when needed).
Requirements:

Provide forms of identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
Be able to complete an application and interview process
Apply now or call us at (713) 960 9906 !

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary

Experience:

Maintenance: 1 year (Preferred)
Apartment industry: 1 year (Preferred)
License:

EPA (Preferred)
HVAC (Preferred)
Language:

Spanish (Preferred)
Work authorization:

United States (Preferred)
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