Reduce Work-Related Stress: Create A Self-Care Plan

Tight deadlines, budget cuts, economic change, interpersonal conflicts, and an overall lack of sleep is enough to make anyone overwhelmed with stress. And this list is only the tip of the iceberg.
Even though we have seen an increase in self-care campaigns in the past few years work stress is still a prevalent issue. However, this is not a surprising phenomenon considering we spend a large part of our lives at work. Our careers and the level of success we have within them often times dictate how we perform in other areas of our lives. At times it can be difficult to keep work-related stress where it belongs- in the office and so it goes home with us and there it continues to infiltrate our lives even further. So, with that being said wouldn’t it be better to have a preventive game plan for stress reduction/management?

The American Institute of Stress, says this about workplace stress:

Stress is a highly personalized phenomenon and can vary widely even in identical situations for different reasons. One survey showed that having to complete paperwork was more stressful for many police officers than the dangers associated with pursuing criminals. The severity of job stress depends on the magnitude of the demands that are being made and the individual’s sense of control or decision-making latitude he or she has in dealing with them. Scientific studies based on this model confirm that workers who perceive they are subjected to high demands but have little control are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.


The American Institute of Stress. [Web log post]. Retrieved April 30, 2019, from https://www.stress.org/workplace-stress

As mentioned by the American Institute of Stress, the cause and effects of stress vary from person to person. Some individuals thrive when faced with high-pressure situations and work environments while others perform better under slower paced, less frenzied environments. It all hinges on the individual’s personality and work/learning style. Either way, having a toolbelt of stress-reducing tactics can only serve to promote a healthy life both in the office and at home.

Taking time for self-care is such an important element for reducing and managing our stress levels. So it’s a great place to start thinking about your stress management plan. What do you absolutely love to do? And we are not talking about work here, this has to be something non-work related that you can do for pure enjoyment. Read this article, “10 Tips to Help You De-Stress” for inspiration on implementing activities and an overall mindset towards self-care.

A stressed-out worker is an unhappy worker, and an unhappy worker is an unproductive worker. In fact, an estimated 1 million workers call in sick as a result of stress every day.

Uzialko, Adam C. [Web log post]. 3 Steps to Eliminate Workplace Stress. April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 30, 2019
https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8129-stress-reduction-tips.html

In the article above the author breaks it down into three easy categories to help us focus our efforts on reducing workplace stress. 1. Identify the cause 2. Assess your communication habits 3.Do more for yourself.

Read the full article here.

Stress and how we cope varies from person to person. So what helps one person may not be helpful for another. No one else truly knows where your area’s of struggle may be in the work environment. This is why it is important to be proactive in your own self-care/stress management strategy.

It is a good idea to routinely take stock of your work day and see where there is room for improvement, not only in productivity but also in stress reduction/management techniques. Because let’s face it, our level of success depends greatly on our health. In order to continue performing well in our jobs, we need to ensure we are strong both physically and mentally so we can not only meet the demands of work life but exceed them.

Additional Reading:

https://www.forbes.com/2009/09/30/executive-job-stress-leadership-ceonetwork-ccl.html#668ee1e75faf

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2013/03/20/12-ways-to-eliminate-stress-at-work/#708a16aa7f29

https://www.business2community.com/strategy/8-proven-ways-to-overcome-work-stress-01267151

https://hbr.org/2018/08/you-know-you-need-more-sleep-heres-how-to-get-it?autocomplete=true


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Trends in Executive Leadership

The Executive Leader of any organization carries a substantial amount of responsibility for the success of a business. Needless to say the investment in training and educating these leaders needs to be an ongoing priority. The landscape of business is constantly changing, therefore, it is important that the education of our leaders changes and adapts with it. In their article found in the Harvard Business Review, Mihnea Moldoveanu and Das Narayandas talk about how, “The need for leadership development has never been more urgent.”

As demand grows for executive education that is customizable, trackable, and measurably effective, new competitors are emerging. Business schools, consultancies, corporate universities, and digital platforms are all vying to provide skills development programs, and each player has certain advantages and constraints.


Moldoveanu, Mihnea and Narayandas, Das (2019, March). Educating the Next Generation of Leaders [Web log post]. Retrieved March 26, 2019, fromhttps://hbr.org/2019/03/educating-the-next-generation-of-leaders

Moldoveanu and Narayandas explain what the training and education opportunities for executive leaders have been as well as the trends we are seeing in this area now. They refer to as the “Personal Learning Cloud” or PLC as an up and coming method of executive leadership training. Essentially what they are referring to here are the online training courses and forums and any sort of social platforms where learning/education can be found at the click of a mouse. These are being sourced not only by traditional institutions but “upstarts” as they say. This clearly opens up the way for leaders to gain access to learning opportunities quicker and more conveniently and most likely at a lower cost point.

Companies are seeing a disconnect between the training their executive leaders are receiving and the actual practical application of that training on the job.


Chief learning officers find that traditional programs no longer adequately prepare executives for the challenges they face today and those they will face tomorrow. Companies are seeking the communicative, interpretive, affective, and perceptual skills needed to lead coherent, proactive collaboration. But most executive education programs—designed as extensions of or substitutes for MBA programs—focus on discipline-based skill sets, such as strategy development and financial analysis, and seriously underplay important relational, communication, and affective skills.
No wonder CLOs say they’re having trouble justifying their annual training budgets.
Executive education programs also fall short of their own stated objective. “Lifelong learning” has been a buzzword in corporate and university circles for decades, but it is still far from a reality. Traditional executive education is simply too episodic, exclusive, and expensive to achieve that goal. Not surprisingly, top business schools, including Rotman and HBS, have seen demand increase significantly for customized, cohort-based programs that address companies’ idiosyncratic talent-development needs. Corporate universities and the personal learning cloud—the growing mix of online courses, social and interactive platforms, and learning tools from both traditional institutions and upstarts—are filling the gap.


Moldoveanu, Mihnea and Narayandas, Das (2019, March). Educating the Next Generation of Leaders [Web log post]. Retrieved March 26, 2019, fromhttps://hbr.org/2019/03/educating-the-next-generation-of-leaders

It appears that more practical, ongoing (online) training is starting to come into favor versus the more traditional forms of education when companies are budgeting for their Executive Leadership training. The benefit of going this route is having a more flexible schedule as well a more tailor-made training program curated specifically for a particular business’s needs. This is will provide companies with a higher Return On Investment for the training of their Executive Leadership because it is less likely the leaders will be spending time and resources on material that will not translate directly into their roles within that company.

Additional Resources:
https://www.aesc.org/insights/thought-leadership

What is a Product Manager?

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Product Manager

Have you ever wondered what a Product Manager does? In this post, we will take a look at some details about what a Project Managers job portfolio might look like as well as the particular skill set that one might posess as a Product Manager.

The basic explanation of what a Product Manager does is this: they are the lead person when it comes to all aspects of a product. This individual is responsible for anything from the development/ improvements of said product(s) to the marketing and business strategies for the product(s) and everything in between. Think about the process involved in taking a concept from the drawing board to “launch day” and even beyond. All the minute details involved in a successful product management campaign all rest on the shoulders of a compentent Product Manager. Again this is a very basic definition of the work a Product Manager does but it gives you an idea of what one can expect from this professional.


The product manager is the person responsible for defining the why, when, and what of the product that the engineering team builds. This means they lead cross-functional teams from a product’s conception all the way through to its launch.


https://www.aha.io/roadmapping/guide/product-management/what-is-the-role-of-a-product-manager

In an article found in Transparent Career, you can see a list they created for the most popular companies to work for as a Product Manager. Among the list is Apple, Microsoft and Google to name a few. It is not a surprise to read the names on the article and see why any Product Manager would love to work for these industry leaders.

Product Management is an exciting profession it is both analytical and creative. So with that being said a Product Manager should possess both strong creative and analytic problem-solving. Here are a few skills and abilities that come to mind when describing a successful Product Manager:

  • Design skills/knowledge
  • Strong communication skills
  • Adaptability
  • Analytic thinker
  • Problem solving skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Market trend research/knowledge
  • Target audience research/knowledge

In an article found in the hubspot.com blog they go more in depth with what a Product Manager does as well as the different roles that might be carried out depending on the industry and products being managed. See article here.

If you are the kind of person that enjoys doing market research, loves creating design or marketing campaigns, thrives on creative problem solving and you have a visionary leadership mentality then being a Product Manager may be your career.

For information on salary range and popular companies to work for as a Product Manager refer to our previous post-Popular Careers and Employers in San Francisco, CA.


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Working with a Professional Resume Writer

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Professional Resume Writing

At Power Writers USA it is our job to help you stand out from the crowd. You may have wondered what you can expect from working with a Professional Resume Writer. Or perhaps you have questioned the benefit of hiring a professional writer to help with your resume. In this article, we will discuss the benefits and outline what you can expect when working with Power Writers USA.

First of all, it is important to look at your resume as an investment in your future. This document is going to be your initial point of contact with potential employers and we want to position you for instant impact when your resume lands in front of the employer or job recruiters.

Today’s job search methods are a bit different than what they used to be. With the ever-increasing drive for companies to streamline their hiring process, new software has been created to funnel prospective job applicants through a series of algorithms. This process is known as ATS which is short for Applicant Tracking System. In an article in SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com they define what ATS is and why it is so useful through the hiring process:


An applicant tracking system (ATS) is software that manages the recruiting and hiring process, including job postings and job applications. It organizes and makes searchable information about job seekers. As its name implies, an ATS tracks candidates through the hiring process. It helps scheduling, issues notification alerts and sends automated emails to candidates. But these systems are far more than organizers.

An ATS is also used to cull candidates. It conducts a preliminary analysis of the applicants to find the best fits for a job. The goal is to speed HR’s review of job applications and resumes. It may look for keywords or use AI-type algorithms that run a deeper analysis of the job applicant.


applicant tracking system (ATS) [Web log post]. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from https://searchhrsoftware.techtarget.com/definition/applicant-tracking-system-ATS

Power Writers USA ensures that all resumes are written for ATS optimization. So you can rest assured that your resume makes it through all the rankings and algorithms and lands in front of the right people. To learn more about what ATS is and how it works read this helpful article found in, SearchHRSoftware.techtarget.com.

Another component of modern job searching is your LinkedIn Profile. Having a presence on LinkedIn keeps you dialed into the job market. Think of your LinkedIn profile as your personal advertising page. It provides you with an online space to highlight your education, career goals, and achievements. Power Writers USA understands the importance of a LinkedIn profile which is why one of the services we provide is LinkedIn Profile Optimization. It is important to note that your resume and LinkedIn Profile are meant to compliment each other. So keeping your LinkedIn profile updated with the information from your resume will help give prospective employers the most accurate and current information on your career history and goals. Your profile not only keeps you current but it also helps you streamline your job search because LinkedIn helps filter jobs based on keywords found in your profile.

In her article on Forbes.com Robin Ryan talks mentions one of the many beneficial elements of a LinkedIn Profile. She speaks to having recommendations on your profile:
“Recommendations are pure gold as they live forever on the profile”. You can read the full article here. So you can see how your LinkedIn Profile becomes a virtual extension of your hard copy resume. They are not carbon copies of one another rather they are used to complement one another.

Here is an example from linkedjetpack.com on what a good recommendation should look like and how beneficial it is for “selling yourself” to prospective employers:


“I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Peter. I had the pleasure of working with Peter for three years at the Big Corp, collaborating on several project teams. Peter’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company. No matter how tense a meeting, Peter made sure everyone left with a smile. As a team member or a leader, Peter earns my highest recommendation.”

You can see how having a number of recommendations such as this on LinkedIn could potentially boost your appeal and put you ahead of your competition. Taking your raw data to formulate a streamlined and unique resume along with an optimized LinkedIn Profile is just two of the ways you will benefit from working with our Professional Resume Writers.

It is not uncommon for some to struggle with the ability to articulate who and what they are. Some of us find it very difficult to explain ourselves to others in a way that best highlights our achievements. All the elements are there for a strong resume but we need help compiling it into a cohesive format. Once all this data is collected and we have all our educational achievements and career accomplishments in front of us it can seem daunting to try and pull it all together while keeping in mind formatting and algorithms. This is where relying on a professional writer becomes invaluable.

It is not always easy to know exactly where we should be focusing our attention and efforts when it comes to our careers let alone job searching. Hiring a resume writer will help bring clarity to the various elements of your resume. Whether you are thinking about a career change or are looking to position yourself for advancement within your current job Power Writers USA has the knowledge and experience to craft an eye-catching resume for you.
Every resume written by Power Writers USA is custom made for each individual. As mentioned before the resume is also optimized for ATS.


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Books For Your Nightstand

This is a great article to read if you are considering writing your own resume.  Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

We here at Power Writers USA agree with Emily Delbridge’s statement:

“… building a career, unlike finding a job, is a lifetime pursuit”.


Delbridge, Emily (2018, December 24). The 9 best Career Books to buy in 2019 [Web log post]. Retrieved February 21, 2019, from https://www.thebalancecareers.com/best-career-books-4173929

We also know to navigate the constantly changing face of job economics and trends can be a daunting task. This is precisely why we dedicate ourselves to coming alongside our clients to assist them in building a fresh and dynamic resume. We believe a professional resume creates a strong foundation for any career path.

In her article, Emily Delbridge has curated a useful list of books for anyone interested in reading up on career advice.

For full article: Click here 

Doing your research on job market trends is definitely time well spent. It can be nice to have a list of books to help narrow your focus and perhaps provide some much-needed inspiration.


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Your resume helps put all the pieces together for a strong career portfolio.

6 Good Reasons to (Always!) Keep Your Resume Updated

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If you’ve been happily employed at the same job for several years, there’s a good chance your resume has been gathering virtual cobwebs. You’re certainly not alone—my resume has yet to be updated with anything I’ve done for the past year and a half or so on the job.  It’s important to keep your resume updated though, read this article to learn why.

Original article click here.

And if you’re not planning on searching for a new gig anytime soon, you might think this is perfectly fine. Well, I’m here to tell you that, unfortunately, it’s not.

In fact, a polished resume (and LinkedIn profile!) can be almost as valuable to you now as they are when you’re in the middle of a job search. Read on for six good reasons to keep your resume updated—always.

1. In Case You Want to Present Yourself as an Expert

Speaking at conferences, contributing articles to publications, or giving quotes to the media as an expert in your field are all excellent ways to grow yourself professionally without leaving your current gig. But when you pitch yourself to the media or conference organizers, you’re going to have to be able to adequately strut your stuff.

By keeping your resume and LinkedIn profile updated, you can send them off without blinking an eye. (And after you’ve given an amazing presentation or had your article published? You should probably, you know, add it to your resume.)

2. In Case Someone Wants to Nominate You For Something

A friend of mine recently had a colleague nominate her for an award, but when he reached out to ask her for a resume to send to the committee, she realized she hadn’t updated hers in years—and therefore it only showed a sliver of her awesome achievements! Instead of feeling totally excited for the recognition, she found herself scrambling to fix up her resume, and ultimately sending in a document that didn’t represent her as well as a carefully updated one would have.

By having your LinkedIn profile and resume no more than a month old, you avoid selling yourself short (and leaving a generous colleague hanging).

3. In Case You Want to Pick Up Some Side Work

Even if you’re not looking for a new full-time job, you may decide you want to pick up some freelance work or collaborate with someone on a side project. And if a great opportunity lands in front of you, you’ll be happier and more confident if you aren’t scrambling to get your resume up to snuff.

For example, I was passively considering picking up some freelance work recently when what seemed like the perfect opportunity presented itself. I wanted to get my name and expertise in the hiring manager’s inbox ASAP—when I realized that not only did I not have an updated resume, I didn’t even have a copy of one on my new computer. Rookie move.

Don’t find yourself in a pinch like me. Keep an updated file of your resume somewhere it’s easy to find, along with a document containing all the experience not on your one-pager (in case you need to tailor the experience you’re showing off for a specific position).

4. In Case You Have Secret Admirers

Just because you’re not looking for a new job doesn’t mean someone else isn’t looking for someone exactly like you. Recruiters or people looking to collaborate on projects are often actively keeping an eye out for the perfect fit. If they call you up asking for your resume—or come across your three-year-old LinkedIn profile—they’re unlikely to be impressed.

But if they see an up-to-date document or profile detailing all of the impressive things you’ve done recently? They might just extend you an offer that you’d have a hard time turning down (and, at the very least, it’ll be a nice confidence boost!).

5. In Case a Promotion Comes Up at Work

Even if you adore your current company and have no plans to leave, you may eventually be ready for a more senior position. And even though your manager has firsthand experience of your incredible work, the powers-that-be who are making a decision may still want to see it all on paper.

By having an updated resume on hand, you’ll be able to get your application submitted in a timely manner, showing off your experience, work ethic, and enthusiasm for the new position.

6. In Case the Worst Happens

Unfortunately, no matter how much you love your job or how stellar you are at it, a situation may arise where you get laid off or let go. And if that does happen, you’re going to have enough to think about without adding updating your ancient resume into the mix.

Do yourself a favor and regularly update your job search credentials even when you’re not looking for a job. By keeping your resume current, you’re just a cover letter away from bouncing back into the job-searching market.

The best part of all of this? Keeping your resume updated doesn’t have to take a huge amount of time, especially if you’re doing it regularly. Simply carving out 30 minutes or so every month can be enough to give your resume the polishing-up it needs.

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