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Tips for Successful Virtual Interviews

Tips for Successful Virtual Interviews

The dreaded second wave of the pandemic is upon us which means that doing things virtually is becoming the new normal. For the job seeker, this means that virtual interviews via popular video conferencing apps like Zoom are not disappearing any time soon. Virtual interviews may seem like an easier way of landing a position on the surface, but they can present hidden problems that could get in the way of your next dream job. Read on below as we discuss the best tips for acing your next virtual interview!

Make Sure Everything is Working on Your End

There is nothing more frustrating than technical issues when you are trying to put your best self forward. While sometimes there isn’t anything you can do to prevent a loss of connection or audio, you can be sure to do everything you can to ensure a smooth interview over the internet.

One hour before your interview, call a friend or family member over the application that you will be using to do the interview. Make sure that your video and audio are working correctly. By giving yourself an hour before the interview time you ensure that you can have ample time to fix any problems that come up in your test call.

Pay Attention To Your Background

It’s the little things that may get you the job and one of those little things may be what’s behind you during your interview. Be sure to be sitting in front of a clean and organized area. You may want to take it a step further and get a white sheet backdrop with a houseplant or something else aesthetically pleasing. Your interviewer will be seeing a lot of candidates over video conferencing and will remember the ones that were visually appealing, this also includes what you are wearing!

Close All Windows and Messages

Just like you would silence your phone before sitting down at a real-life interview, you need to be sure you close all internet browser windows and tabs that are not directly related to the interview. Also be sure to mute all messaging apps you have open. Just one moment of distraction during the interview could lose you the job.

Eye Contact

One of the biggest drawbacks of virtual interviews is the lack of human interaction in real life. Little things like a hand shake or body language are sorely missed when hiring candidates. Eye contact is very important and it is something that can be maintained with a virtual interviewer by looking directly into your camera instead of looking at your screen. This may feel awkward at first so it’s important to practice this with a friend or family member beforehand. It’s a little trick that can make a big difference!

While the economy is still struggling, there are many industries that are still booming. Don’t put your job search on hold just because you have to stay home!

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5 Job Search Tips for the Multifamily Industry

5 Job Search Tips for the Multifamily Industry

It’s a great time to be in the multifamily housing industry with rentals continuing to soar alongside new properties being built throughout 2020 and beyond. If you find yourself looking for a job in this ever expanding work sector you can read on to see our top 5 job search tops for the Multifamily industry!

1.  Complete Your Linked In Profile

LinkedIn is still the go-to social media for professionals and also provides great tips and tools for completing your profile. Even if you are not applying for executive-level positions you can still benefit from being on this networking platform. Completing your profile is an extension of your resume and is quick and free.  Top tips for succeeding on LinkedIn include making sure your profile picture is professional-looking, writing a quick bio that has been checked for errors, and also follow companies you are applying for.

2. Check out Recruitment Agencies

Multifamily Professional recruitment agencies, such as Hire Priority, are great places to look for amazing opportunities in the industry. These entities have developed trusted relationships with successful properties and often have upper management opportunities to offer candidates in addition to entry-level positions.

3. Go Old School

If you want to work in a certain area, it may be beneficial to drive around and take note of the properties you might be interested in working for. Seeing a property in person can not only give you a better understanding of the work environment, but also shows the hiring manager your initiative when you mention the fact  you selected their property as a potential workplace after seeing it in person.

4. Apartment Associations

Apartment Associations are a great way to get in touch with the professionals in your city to network your way into your next career. The associations hold events and even job fairs that you can take part in. Some are also willing to give you job leads if they know a certain property may be looking. If you are looking to move to a different city, that city’s apartment association is a great place to start to get to know the industry in that area.

5. Get Certified

Certifications are great additions to your resume, especially if you are looking to enter the maintenance field of the multifamily housing industry. Apartment Associations are also great places to look for certification programs. Check out the National Apartment Association for many great resources to get certified. 

Now is a great time to gain a position in the ever-growing Multifamily Housing Industry. To get started today please reach out to Hire Priority by submitting your resume on our website HERE.

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Top 5 Ways to Get Hired Quickly in 2020

We can all agree that 2020 has been a monumental year for many reasons, however no matter what has happened people still need to find work. While hiring may look a little different this year, it should not stop a driven candidate from finding their next big career opportunity. Below we have listed out the Top 5 Ways to Get Hired Quickly in 2020. 

1. Job Specific Resume

One of the best ways to get hired quickly is to tailor your resume to the position you are applying for. This includes looking at the qualifications for the job and including references to these in your skills section on your resume. For example iif a Leasing Consultant position you are applying for asks for sales experience, you should include all relevant sales skills you possess on your resume. You can also include a cover letter that details how you would sell the apartment units to prospective residents. Tailoring your resume can be time consuming, but the payoff of getting hired quickly is certainly worth it.

2. Prepare Your References

A good and effective hiring manager will always check references. Many candidates don’t check in with their references before including them on their resumes, often just putting the names of their old bosses. This results in the hiring manager calling for people that don’t work in those positions anymore. Even worse, if a reference isn’t prepared to get a call about you they can be annoyed and come across as not favorable to you. Make sure you call and discuss your job search with all references you include on your resume. 

3. Look for Jobs in Flourishing Industries

The pandemic has brought some industries to their knees and knowing which industries are thriving and which are laying people off is essential in your job search. You don’t want to waste your time going after positions in the hospitality industry at this time for example. You would want to concentrate on an industry that is doing well, such as Multifamily Housing, so you are applying for active positions. Don’t worry about having work history in that industry, just be sure to be ready to explain how your skill set transfers to the specific position open.

4. Practice Doing Virtual Interviews

2020 is the year of virtual interviews! This is great news for job seekers because you can interview from the comfort of your own home. However, there can be a pitfall here. You will want to practice interviewing with your friends and family so you can be sure to come across as professional in your home environment. Things such as your background, background noise, dress, and video quality can all influence a hiring decision.

5. Be Flexible

Since some companies are creating new protocols and new positions to deal with the new way of doing business in 2020 they will be looking for new hires that can roll with the punches. Be sure to go into a new position with a “can-do” attitude and be sure to add value to a company in these uncertain times.

With these 5 aspects you can be sure to be working in your new position quickly! Good luck on your job search!

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy During the Quarantine

America has now accepted that social distancing is essential in controlling the current health pandemic we find ourselves in. However, as the weeks drag on, we are all discovering that keeping to the quarantine isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

Aside from the financial ramifications of staying home, many people are also starting to experience emotional consequences of being away from friends, family, and society in general.

Taking care of your mental health is always important, however it is imperative in this period of quarantine. Fortunately, there are great ways to stay mentally healthy during these unprecedented times.

Keep in a Daily Routine

One of the biggest contributors to negative feelings in quarantine is loss of autonomy. We take for granted our ability to go where we want to go, when we want to go there. Without even realizing it, we can quickly start to feel feelings of frustration and angst when our freedom is taken away, even if we know it’s for a necessary reason.

Keeping in a daily routine within the confines of your quarantine location can help in alleviating these negative feelings. If you are working from home, you can make sure that you are keeping to a similar normal workday with scheduled lunches and breaks. You can also block off 40min time chunks with 20min breaks in between to work on certain work tasks. Use the 20min break times to check the news, social media, do laundry, or anything else that distracts you from your work tasks.

If your kids are at home you can also implement these 40min time chunks with 20min breaks in between. They may be old enough to have virtual learning and homework to do or they may be too young and require you to provide activities and screen time.

If you are unemployed at this time you can dedicate your 40min work times to household tasks, job searching online, or hobbies. Also schedule your lunch and your “clock out” time.

The main point is finding a schedule that works for you and sticking to it.  Let the weekends be open so that you have a weekly schedule in addition to a daily schedule. We don’t know how long this will last and you want to set yourself up for success.

Exercise

If exercise isn’t a part of your normal lifestyle, it isn’t going to be something you really want to do when you are feeling stressed, frustrated, and stuck from being in doors. However, exercise has been proven to be a huge mood booster, even when the world is “normal”. All you need is access to the internet to find workout solutions and routines to add into your daily schedule.

Street Parking is a fantastic website that has a low monthly subscription fee and gives daily workouts that use minimal equipment and even body weight only exercises. Best part is they range from 10min-20min most times. They also have a very supportive online community for you to interact with and ask questions.

Getting your body moving in a meaningful way for 10min a day, 4 days a week, can make a huge difference in your mental health and also help to establish a good habit you may keep with you when we are all allowed to resume our lives.

Forgive Yourself

Lastly, and possibly most importantly, forgive yourself when things don’t go as planned. We are all getting a lot more screen time than we usually do (who else has turned off those judgy screen time notifications?), our kids are being extra needy, and our pets are wondering what the heck is going on. Now is not the time to be hard on yourself if you find that staying on the couch and eating your favorite snack is your #1 priority. 

That being said, make sure that you forgive and forget. Bounce back from the couch and get back to that daily routine as soon as you realize you are ready. Put down the remote when you can and do your 10min workout. Take it moment by moment and you will find that quarantine is a lot more bearable.

Take care of yourself and the ones you love and remember we are all in this together.

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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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