Career Advice

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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Why The Apartment Industry Is Perfect for Young Professionals

Why The Apartment Industry is Perfect for Young Professionals

As Millennials enter the workplace and choose their professions, it is becoming clear that there are certain industries that are booming and certain industries that are slipping. According to Forbes.com, industries that are experiencing the most growth include technology (no surprise there), healthcare, and finance. However as more and more of the younger generation chooses rental over ownership for their home option, the multi-family industry is becoming more and more prevalent in Millennial culture.

The top reason young people are choosing to rent over buying a home is because of access to prime city-centers. It is becoming more a part of their culture to live/work/play in the same area and this is presenting an amazing opportunity to the multi-family industry to capture the next generation of working professionals.

Beyond proximity, the Apartment Industry is a perfect choice for those entering the workforce or changing careers. Below we have listed out the top reasons the Multi-Family Housing Industry is the Right Career for Millennials!

Accessible

To begin a career as a leasing agent you most often do not need to have a college degree. While many young people are still opting to go to college, this option is attractive to those that are working while attending school or to those that are ready to start their professions after high school. Because of the high demand for apartments, the industry is constantly hiring which presents ample opportunity to young professionals for landing jobs.

Lots of Room for Growth

According to Multifamily Executive, the average age of a property manager is 50-years-old. This means that in 10 years most of them will be retiring and leaving space for those below to move up. The career ladder for multi-family professionals is clear with many opportunities for people to either grow with a large property management company or seek out larger companies to accommodate their career growth as they see fit.

Job Security

According to National Real Estate Investor: “Lifestyle preferences have shifted towards renting, young people are waiting longer before they form their own households, as well as before they marry and start families”- October 2018.

What this means is that for the foreseeable future, the apartment industry is not only stable, but it is expanding year over year. The likelihood of being downsized from a Multifamily job position is rare and being able to find work when a position doesn’t work out in your best interests is easier than most professions.

Ability to Switch Locations Easily

It’s no secret that Millennials want flexibility and the ability to uproot and explore the country. Unlike working with a big corporation that only has headquarters in a few cities, the apartment industry is everywhere. A leasing or maintenance professional could live in a different city every year if they wanted to and still be able to find work easily.

Benefits and Compensation

According to a recent survey conducted by J. Turner Research, the average salary for a Regional Property Manager with about 12 years of experience is $124,336 with an average bonus of $25,908. This comes along with health insurance and other traditional benefits as well as use of apartment amenities such as a pool and gym. As a young professional looking to invest themselves in a career that could pay six figures in under 15 years, the multi-family housing industry is looking pretty great!

Chance to Apply Skills in Social Media Technology

One of the best ways to get positive attention from your boss in the apartment industry is to be able to handle a property’s social media like a professional. Social media skills are practically bred into Millennials and they can use that technology aptitude to set themselves apart from their not-so-tech-savvy coworkers. Because of the prevalence of Multifamily properties, each property needs to be able to adequately market themselves so they can keep their units full. Social media skills are therefore highly desired among leasing professionals and property managers.

There you have it! All the reasons the Apartment Industry is PERFECT for young professionals!

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Top 5 Austin, Texas Experiences in December 2018 and January 2019

Things to do in Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas is a great place to live for many reasons. Besides the Tex-Mex and live music, Austin also offers many unique and fun events for its residents and visitors to enjoy.

Now that the weather has turned to non-sweltering temperatures in central Texas, you will want to get outdoors and experience all that Austin has to offer!

Below we have listed the Top 5 Austin Experiences in December and January!

1. The Trail of Lights in Zilker Park (2100 Barton Springs Road, 12/10/18-12/23/18)

This year marks the 52nd anniversary of the infamous Trail of Lights in Zilker Park! There you will find dazzling holiday lights to walk through with your family and friends, along with yummy food vendors selling everything from hot chocolate to tamales! You can spin yourself into a dizzy stupor under the Zilker Christmas Tree located at the entrance and pictured below or just take numerous selfies with all the holiday characters you will find there!

Things to do in Austin, Texas

2. The Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Barton Springs (2201 Barton Springs Road, 1/1/19)

Barton Springs is a perfect 68°-70°F year-round that is refreshing on a hot summer day and cozy on those frigid winter mornings, but that doesn’t make jumping in on New Year’s Day any less impressive! Join other Austinites as they start their 2017 off shivering from the magical waters of Barton Springs. Be ready to warm up with free coffee and donuts right outside the gate after you take your plunge!

3. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar (900 Barton Springs Road) and the Blue Genie Art Bazaar (6100 Airport Blvd) (11/24/18-12/24/18)

We admit it, we cheated a little on this one because it’s two events…but you can’t mention one without including the other! It is the ultimate holiday shopping experience that is quintessentially Austin. At the Blue Genie Art Bazaar shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. A great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar also features local award-winning artists along with with live music and two full bars making it the ultimate shopping experience.

4. Free Week (Various locations, 1/1/19-1/8/19)

The first week of January might be the best time for a music fan to visit Austin. Why? Hundreds of Austin bands participate in this annual FREE event that encompasses multiple venues all over Austin. Plan to be out and about to take part in a music tradition that showcases why Austin is just so darn great!

5. Ice Skating on the Plaza at Whole Foods (525 N Lamar Blvd, 11/27/18 – 1/7/19)

Just because you live in central Texas doesn’t mean you don’t need to brush up on those ice skating skills! Spend an afternoon on the ice rink at the Whole Foods flagship store on North Lamar. Then head inside for a cup of cocoa or cider and live, local music on the weekends! You can also plan to eat a delicious lunch or dinner at one of the pop-up restaurants in the store and enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer at the sit-down tasting bars. The PERFECT date night!

2019 is going to be another GREAT year to live in Austin, Texas…but 2018 isn’t over yet! Get out there and enjoy all this city has to offer!

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3 Reasons Why Involvement in Your Local Apartment Association will Lead to Your Next Promotion

3 Reasons Why Involvement in Your local Apartment Association will Lead to Your Next Promotion

We have all been guilty of putting off getting involved with a professional organization because of lack of time and energy. However, you may be missing out on much more than a well-organized casino night with your industry peers. In the multi-family housing industry, apartment associations are a must-stop for career advancement. Below we have listed out 3 Reasons Why Involvement in Your local Apartment Association will Lead to Your Next Promotion!

1. Education

One of the cornerstone initiatives of professional associations are to educate their members on what the latest techniques and industry trends are. Your local apartment association holds valuable classroom-type and online educational courses on many of the subjects your employer cares about. Not only will you learn how to be the best you can be in your personal job, but you can be the employee that comes back to your office and shares valuable (and impressive) information with your fellow team members. Your employer is sure to notice your efforts and will put you at the top of the list for a future career advancement opportunity.

2. Networking Gold

It is very easy to get stuck in a career fishbowl by not socializing with other professionals in your chosen industry. Your local apartment association, in addition to educational courses, hosts social events that serve the purpose of allowing its members to meet and network with each other. In the case that you work at a company that does not offer opportunity for the growth you desire, these professional social events might just put you in front of a future employer that can offer the growth you are looking for.

Aside from introducing you to outside employers, these social activities can also help bring you and your current boss closer together. Often times the office environment is too busy and routine for you to really differentiate yourself from your co-workers, especially when a promotion is on the table. By giving yourself the opportunity to shine in front of your boss at an industry social event, you could reap the benefits back at the office in the form of career advancement.

3. Shows Your Career Ambition

Nothing shows your employer where your professional head is more than getting involved in your industry outside working hours. Being active in your local and national apartment association will tell others around you that you are an ambitious industry leader and you care deeply about your career path. These are the exact qualities that bosses look for when considering a promotion. Put yourself ahead of the pack and get involved with your local apartment association today!

National Apartment Association: https://www.naahq.org/

Texas Apartment Association: https://www.taa.org/

Austin Apartment Association: https://www.austinaptassoc.com/

Apartment Association of Greater Dallas: https://aagdallas.com/

Houston Apartment Association: https://www.haaonline.org/

San Antonio Apartment Association: https://www.saaaonline.org/

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