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 Professional (Bilingual) – Houston, TX

Apartment Leasing Professional – Apartment / Multifamily

Hire Priority, leaders in Multifamily Staffing is looking for a qualified candidate for the following position:

Job Title: Apartment Leasing Professional

Benefits of working with us:

  • Work with a fun-natured, high energy property
  • Tremendous opportunities for advancement
  • Competitive hourly pay, plus commissions, and more!

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Location: Houston
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Responsibilities:

  • Engaging with prospective residents by showing apartment homes and amenities
  • Generating leads and following up with prospects daily
  • Preparing lease agreements
  • Providing excellent customer service to residents and prospects
  • Executing marketing strategies to increase traffic to the property

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Qualifications:

  • Multifamily Leasing Experience required
  • Strong customer service skills, professionalism & self-confidence are a must!
  • Must be flexible to work weekends
  • Professional appearance and demeanor

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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

Compensation: Competitive salary/DOE
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We look forward to adding you to our team!

Apply here or call us at 713.960.9906!

Leasing Agent, Apartment leasing, Apartment units, Apartment complex, Houston Real Estate, Multifamily, HAA, TAA

INDHOU

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

Experience:

  • Yardi: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Tax Credit: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Onesite: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Apartment Leasing: 1 year (Preferred)

Language:

  • Spanish/English (Preferred)

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Apartment Maintenance Lead Technician (EPA) – Houston, TX

EPA Maintenance Tech – Apartment / Multifamily Industry

Hire Priority, leaders in Multifamily Maintenance Staffing is looking for a qualified EPA/HVAC Lead Maintenance Tech for a property in the Houston area!

Job Title: EPA/HVAC Lead Maintenance Tech

Why become apart of our team?

  • We are a caring team, with a great family dynamic
  • A property with a dedicated maintenance team
  • We are a large company, with opportunities for growth and advancement

Location: Houston

Compensation: Competitive salary

You 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
  • It 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).

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

We look forward to adding you to our team!

Apply now or call us at (713) 960 9906!

Maintenance, Maintenance assistant, Plumber, Painter, Remodeling, HVAC, EPA, CPO,Apartment units, Apartment complex, Houston Real Estate, Multifamily, HAA, TAA

INDHOU

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

Experience:

  • Apartment Maintenance: 1 year (Preferred)

License:

  • EPA Universal (Preferred)
  • HVAC (Preferred)

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Make Ready Technician – Austin, TX

Hire Priority Staffing, leaders in Apartment Maintenance Staffing, is currently seeking a qualified Make Ready Technician to join our team. If you are a team player, who takes pride in their work, this may be the perfect opportunity for you!

Why become apart of our team?

  • We are a caring team, who believes in a great work-life balance.
  • We offer competitive hourly pay, and we pay weekly.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Knowledge of painting, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, sheetrock, and appliance installation.
  • Ensure that all vacant apartments are thoroughly restored to “make ready” status in a timely manner for new residents to move in.
  • Ability to prioritize work.

Qualifications:

  • Apartment industry experience very helpful!
  • Have your own basic tools.
  • Remodeling, handyman, general labor or construction background helpful, if you have no onsite experience.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize workload.

Please be available for an immediate interview!

Must provide identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S, and complete an application and interview process.

We look forward to adding you to our team!

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Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $14.00 to $16.00 /hour

Pay may depend on skills and/or qualifications

Location:

  • Austin, TX (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Paid time off

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Bilingual Leasing Consultant (Austin, TX)

Hire Priority, leaders in Multifamily Staffing is looking to hire a high-energy Bilingual Leasing Consultant, who 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 may be the perfect opportunity for you!

Benefits of Being a Leasing Consultant:

  • Tremendous opportunities for advancement from within.
  • Hourly up to $15/hr DOE plus great benefits and commissions.

Leasing Consultant Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Leasing Consultant Requirements:

  • Speaks fluent Spanish.
  • Apartment industry experience of at least 1 year preferred.
  • Strong customer service skills, professionalism & self-confidence are a MUST.
  • Ability to work weekends.

Please be available for an immediate interview!

  • Must provide identification and proof of eligibility to work in the U.S, and complete an application and interview process.

We look forward to adding you to our team!

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Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $13.00 to $15.00 /hour

Language:

  • Spanish (Required)

Additional Compensation:

  • Commission
  • Bonuses

Work Location:

  • One location

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off

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How Self-Care Can Lead To Your Dream Job

How Self-Care Can Lead To Your Dream Job
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These days everyone knows that “self-care” is something that can help us ease stress and be happier people. While many of us are now able to leave guilt behind when they treat themselves, there are some that still feel like they can’t drop the productivity ball long enough to take a bubble bath.

However, what if those self-care moments could lead to your dream job? Then you would be doing double-duty by getting ahead and becoming a less-stressed, more focused individual!

Below we discuss three ways self-care can lead to your dream job!

Fitness

Many studies have proven that engaging in regular physical activity can alleviate stress. However, not many people talk about how stress and physical discomfort can negatively impact your job performance, not to mention your stamina.

After putting a full work day in, it can be almost impossible to come home and think about searching for that perfect job you are yearning for, or even think about how you will get your next promotion at your current company.

While it may feel counterintuitive, making regular exercise a part of your daily routine will actually help you find more time in your day to pursue your professional goals.

Yoga is a great practice to incorporate into your fitness arsenal because it is low-impact and easily accessible. Yoga also works on your mind’s health while your body benefits. If you live in the Texas cities of Austin, Houston, Dallas, or San Antonio you can check out Black Swan Yoga, a highly recommended donation-based yoga studio.

Journaling

Up next in the “self-care” suggestion list is the practice of journaling. According to Intermountainhealthcare.org:

“Journaling is an incredible stress management tool, a good-for-you habit that lessens the impact of physical stressors on your health. In fact, a study (Scientific American) showed that expressive writing (like journaling) for only 15 to 20 minutes a day […] was enough to lower blood pressure and improve liver functionality”

Those are powerful claims! Our health is the number one factor in whether or not we will pursue our goals, and something so simple as putting pen to paper for 15 min a day could help ensure we are in the right condition to succeed. If you are looking for journals that inspire you to write, you can visit Archer & Olive, an Austin, Texas-based journal company.

Mindfulness

Meditation has gone from existing on the societal fringe to becoming a mainstream staple in self-care. The main goal in meditation is to create space in your mind and your life. We tend to go from one activity to the next without much thought and then before we know it the day is done and we are in bed thinking about all the the things we didn’t get to do (or even worse, thinking about all the things we DID but wish he had done differently).

Spending 10min a day in silence, focusing on the breath, trains our mind to slow down and gives us an opportunity to focus on what we CHOOSE to focus on. One of the early epithanies of meditation is realizing that we aren’t choosing our thoughts, they are choosing and controlling us. A great app on your Iphone or Android to get started with is the Waking Up App by Sam Harris.

If you are searching for your perfect job or that next promotion, meditation can help you laser focus on the steps you need to take to make your dream a reality.

While it is always overwhelming to start a new practice, whether it’s in fitness, journaling, or meditation, once you get going it makes the rest of your life a bit easier. It’s all about trusting the process and letting it lead you to your professional and personal goals!

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