Candidate Tips
How to Sound Polished and Professional

 

 

Before heading off to job interviews it’s important to spend some time knowing what you actually sound like, to ensure you sound not only confident but also polished and professional. Listening to your own voice can be a little off putting for some, but hear us out on this one !

 

Grab your phone and record yourself having a conversation on a voice memo app, listen back and prepare to be surprised! If you are guilty of any of the below, it may be time to work on those bad vocal habits you’ve acquired. 

 

 

1. Lose the uptalk 

 

Do you speak as though every sentence is a question? It makes you sound unsure of yourself and to an interviewer, could be a little distracting. To practice speaking without it, here’s a little trick - grab a book, hold it at arms length and start reading out loud. Whenever you reach a full stop, drop your arm and your voice along with it. 

 

2. Speak slower

 

Rushing when speaking gives the impression you don’t value what you’re saying, and it doesn’t give people a chance to absorb what you’re saying. To practice slowing down, talk or read out loud to yourself and clap your hands at the end of every sentence to train your brain to stop for punctuation marks. This is a great one to practice as most people will naturally speed up their speech when they are in a nerve wracking environment, like a job interview. 

 

3. Eliminate fillers

 

We can hear our mums saying it now, “stop saying like after every word!” 

“Like,” “um,” “you know,” “sort of,”- they all make you sound like you don’t know what to say, like you need to qualify all of your statements. Replace these filler words with pauses, which allow you to gather your thoughts and think more clearly, while giving meaning to the next thing you say. 

 

4. Make yourself heard 

 

If your voice is barely audible, chances are whatever you’re saying will come across as equally unsubstantial. Unsurprisingly, speaking up will make you sound more powerful. Visualising your voice as a ball you can bounce off the walls will help you project without feeling unnatural or overdoing it. 

 

5. Work on losing the vocal fry 

 

This point is particularly aimed at the ladies! Vocal Fry is the technical term for the throaty, creaky sound of, for example, Kim Kardashian’s voice. Studies are showing that more and more women are mimicking it in their own voices without even noticing it. It causes people to perceive you as less competent and trustworthy, plus it’s terrible for you vocal cords. Simply being aware of it will make a big difference. 

 

 
How to make yourself employable and a land a job as a graduate.

 

 

Fresher’s week has come and gone and before you know it summer exams will be creeping around the corner. The time will soon come to think about what you’re going to do after university. 

 

The immediate post-university period is crucial. Some who are on the ball may already have graduate schemes and jobs lined up, while for others the attention is focused on other things like festival season! But your future is worth thinking about, especially as figures released last year show that a third of graduates were working in unskilled roles after leaving university. 

 

There’s a number of things you can do to make yourself more employable, and some of them are a lot easier than you think. Here are our tips to help you land your first job as a graduate. 


1. Write your CV like a story 

 

Forget the boring templated CV if you want to land a top position after graduating. Tell recruiters like us your story, letting your CV answer questions which focus on

 

  • Why they should employ you?
  • What’s your experience? 
  • What makes you stand out? 

 

Always remember to tailor your CV to each job that you apply for, focusing on the skillsets required for that particular role. 

 

And don’t rush an application. If you don’t want to spend the time to land an interview, you probably don’t want it enough. 

 

2. Google Yourself 

 

More than 80% of employers research a candidate on google, so it's worth taking ten minutes to run a google search on your name to see what comes up. You won't want prospective employers seeing your drunken photos from your freshers week! Moving forward, keep those types of photos off of your social media, and think about deleting historical ones. 

 

We would suggest tailoring your online presence to your chosen industry, and make sure when someone searches you, what they see makes you stand out; look at it as an opportunity to impress. 

 

Thank about which social media channels reflect your interest in a subject and spend some time on LinkedIn building up your profile on there. 

 

Ensure your online presence portrays you as an individual with a keen interest and understanding in your field. 

 

3. Get Social 

 

Social media, when done properly, can help you to land interviews and showcase opportunities. 

 

Once you've built up your profile on LinkedIn, use it to connect with employers and recruiters as well as to showcase your expertise. 

 

For creatives, use channels such as Creative Pool and Behance to publish your work. 

 

Use twitter to engage with a company ahead of applying for a role. Showing a keen interest in them before an interview will always help your application. 

 

4. Network, Network, Network

 

Just like entrepreneurs must network to win work and generate leads, you must do the same to land your dream job. Use both online and face-to-face networking approaches, get to know as many influencers within your industry as possible both locally and nationally. 

 

Ways you can build these relationships include social media networking, attending career fairs, undertaking work placements and apprenticeships and volunteering. 

 

Remember, it’s not what you know but who you know. 

 

5. Learn the Art of Selling Yourself

 

We understand that this doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but selling yourself is just like marketing yourself as you would a business. Start by putting yourself in the shoes of a recruiter and ask yourself whether you stand out from a crowd of CVs and applicants. If not, spend some time working out why. 

 

But never lie on a CV application to make yourself look better. Not even the little white lies. You will be found out and it won’t do you any favours. 

 

6. Boost Your Confidence 

 

Trust us when we say that a confident individual is a far more attractive candidate to employers than a shy one. Display your confidence by being prepared for your interview armed with good research about the company and the job role you’re applying for; be positive throughout and learn from your mistakes. 

 

By organising a few dummy run interviews with friends and family will really help you to prepare and allow you to speak comfortably and confidently in front of an interviewer without felling nervous. Just avoid coming across as cocky and over-confident, as it’s often seen as a mask for someone who is hiding something. 

 

7. Gain Industry Experience

 

Regardless of whether it’s paid or unpaid, an internship or a summer job, do all that you can to gain industry experience. Employers will want to see more than just your qualifications and are more likely to interview a candidate who has actively sought out previous work experience. It will help set you apart from those who have none. 

 

8. Research Companies Before Applying 

 

It’s really helpful to spend some time researching and getting to know companies that are of interest before applying for a job role there. Follow them on social media and subscribe to their company blog. This will give you helpful insight into the company culture, not just what service they provide and the clients they provide for. After all, you want to make sure you work for a company that fits your needs as much as you fit theirs. 

 

Never assume that you can research a company the morning before an interview. The candidates that really stand out are the ones who have clearly done their homework researching the company in detail. 

 

9. Never Stop Learning 

 

We know you have just finished your degree, and learning is something you’re hoping to leave behind. But in reality you should never stop learning. Knowledge is very powerful and the more you know in your chosen industry the more employable you become. 

 

It takes people years to reach the top of their game, and those that do have continued their learning and understanding. We suggest subscribing to relevant blogs, watching helpful webinars and attending conferences to help build on your knowledge. 

 

10. Believe In Yourself 

 

There’s a lot to be said for someone who believes in themselves. You’d be surprised how much this can impact your ability to sell yourself. Never doubt yourself and your ability to succeed in your chosen career. Negativity is never good and those who focus on positives will go further than those who don’t. 

 

Justify in your head why you should be selected for a role and you’ll find it far easier to convince recruiters and employers.

 

11. Be Flexible 

 

Whilst this is easier for some than for others, always try to be flexible. An application for one role may see you offered an interview for another or perhaps on a slightly lower than expected salary. Being flexible on specific job roles, salary and working hours will help you to get your foot in the door of the company you want to be part of. 

 

Heading into an interview or applying for a role with a fixed mindset is never a good idea, as things don’t always go just as you expected them to. 

 

Being flexible sets you apart from those who aren’t.

 

 

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The best way to answer “Why Should We Hire You?” in your interview.

 

 

Most hiring managers will close out an interview asking you point blank why they should hire you. If you’ve ever been stumped when it comes to this question, the painful truth is you likely failed that interview.

 

If you want to impress you potential employer and demonstrate your desire to work for them, you will need to have done your research on the company and position well in advance in order to close the interview on a positive note.

 

When you are prepared and have completed your research ahead of time, it will be easy for you to address the key reasons why you are perfect for the job.

 

 

Point out your skills.

 

When you have a solid understanding of the position’s job duties and requirements, this should be an easy sell to the employer. Take a look at what they want and need from the position you’re applying for. 

 

  • What are the key skills and requirements? 
  • Are there any additional experiences or skills that you have which would be a plus for the position? 

 

For example, if the company is searching for a finance manager for their global staffing company, it would be a huge bonus if your financial experience is on a global basis or in the staffing industry. This is something that you would want to point out to them as a reason why they should hire you for the job.

 

Being able to establish the connection between your skills and the job requirements is necessary if you wish to have a successful interview.

 

Establish your ability to learn.

 

As always, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have in the position at hand. You must also be willing and able to learn a new business, new processes, or even a new industry.

 

If you have had successful experience learning and picking up new skills in the past, be sure to bring this up during the interview. This proves that you not only have the key skills they are looking for, but that you also have the initiative and desire to learn more.

 

Don’t forget about the culture.

 

If you have done your research prior to the interview, you will be very familiar with the company’s culture. No longer is it satisfactory for HR to just find someone with the skills and experience to hire for a job. Today, hiring managers are searching for individuals who will transition smoothly into their company’s culture.

 

Make sure that you establish your knowledge of the company culture. If you have worked in similar cultures in the past, talk about this. State how your attitude and beliefs will fit in well with the company’s established culture.

 
The Dreaded Digital Burnout and How to Avoid It

 

 

Pretty much all of us are involved in the digital world to some extent, take work emails for example. We understand that sometimes it feels like it’s almost impossible to escape from them, and this can cause some real stress. This often results in ‘Digital Burnout.’ 

 

The dictionary definition of ‘burnout’ is “a physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.”

 

Everyone feels stressed from time to time, and we’ve all been there, it’s human nature;  for example when Monday rolls back round and all you want to do is hit the snooze button, hide under the duvet and ignore the world.  

 

But burnout is something more, and is identified through the consistency of feeling overloaded with work, dissatisfied and cynical about work and feeling stuck in a job rut without the power to escape, all of which can lead to physical and mental illness. 

 

 

So how can you tell if you’re just stressed or suffering from digital burnout? 

 

The key indicator is your motivation levels. Sure, stress can affect your energy levels, but burnout drains you of motivation and inspiration, leaving you with a sense of hopelessness. 

 

Traditionally it has been doctors and nurses who are thought of as the most common sufferers of burnout. The ‘always on call’ nature of their work, plus their average forty-plus hour working weeks places them in a high risk category. But digital burnout is increasing within the digital sector, as more and more people take their work home with them in the form of emails, social media and technology. 

 

What’s the best way of avoiding burnout? 

 

We’ve put together three tips below to help you adjust your outlook to help avoid a digital burnout. But if you do feel as though you may be suffering from burnout - please go and see your Doctor! Remember we’re just recruiters! 

 

Tip 1: Find and remove stressors 

 

With regards to your career and job, it’s important to focus on what is working for you, what inspires and motivates you and focus on that, whilst attempting to get rid of all the things that leave you feeling drained. 

 

And always be honest with yourself, ask yourself is your work fulfilling, or is it holding you back?

 

Tip 2: Find time to Unplug

 

If you can’t unplug then you can’t escape. Create rules that will allow you to completely switch off from work. Whether its just for an hour a day, an evening off a week or using the weekend to completely ignore anything remotely work related. Getting away from your job both physically and mentally and spending time with friends and family is like medicine. It’s important to spend your free time in your happy space, and not worrying about how much work you have to do. 

 

Tip 3: Focus on You

 

Looking after yourself should never been overlooked. Eat right, drink plenty of water, sleep lots and exercise. If you’re on the brink of burnout, take a big step back and look at how you’re treating yourself. Surviving on 4 hours of sleep and relying on caffeine and chocolate to get you through the day is not going to help you. 

Take small steps towards a big difference. Walk to work, or to the next bus stop along your route, keep a bottle of water on you all the time, swap out the junk for something more healthy. All these little changes add up to help make you feel 100 times better within yourself. 

 

 

All these ideas might be obvious, but its always the most obvious solutions that are the first to be overlooked. Being mindful of you mental health, even if you feel fine, will make you feel more productive, happier and energised. 

 
Back on the Market: Tips for Experienced Job Seekers

 

 

Whether you’re currently employed and dipping your toe in the job pool, looking for a change of scenery at work and at home or you were recently laid off from a long-held position, a job search can be a challenge for anyone who has been steadily employed for the better part of a decade or longer. It can be especially daunting if you haven’t yet established a digital presence and brand.

 

To this we say: breathe. Here at Agenda Recruitment, we recognise that many are dealing with similar obstacles, so we have put together some actionable tips for your job search:

 

REWORK YOUR CV


Give your CV the love and attention it deserves. Don’t rush it, because this is the first impression employers will have of you when applying to new positions.

 

Go in with a strategy to market yourself. Ask yourself: How do you want to be perceived by potential employers, and which positions would you like to be considered for? This may mean “re-titling” yourself to catch a potential employer’s attention. For example, you may want to call yourself a “Production Manager” rather than a “Director of Production,” simply because there are more manager-level roles available. Most workplaces only have one Director, so those opportunities can be few and far between.

 

As you detail your previous experience in your CV, keep it clean, simple and try not to exceed two pages. No need for a photo on your CV–keep that for LinkedIn–and remove any experience from before 2000, because technology has made pre-2000 experience irrelevant. Creative and marketing jobs are not the same as they were in the 90s, therefore there really isn’t any reason to detail that experience.

 

Similarly, be sure to include up-to-date software skills and any new certifications you’ve acquired.

 

BUILD AN ONLINE PRESENCE


Create a LinkedIn profile if you haven’t yet already, as this will be a powerful tool to let recruiters and former colleagues know you’re looking for work. It helps bring opportunities to your inbox, and supplements your proactive efforts.

 

Flesh out your LinkedIn profile with recent experience and a professional photo, then connect with your business contacts to expand your network. As a tip, searching for LinkedIn profiles of professionals with similar backgrounds can help you find different ways of improving your profile through imitation (this, of course, does not mean plagiarism!).

 

If you work in a creative field, you must put together a portfolio of recent work. We highly recommend using a site like Behance, Creativepool or Squarespace to showcase your work online. A PDF will also work, but without attachment to an online network like Behance, it won’t bring you the inbound employment opportunities that these online portfolio sites provide. When updating your portfolio, be sure to drop anything too dated (the last 3 years of work would be most relevant), redundant or any pieces that doesn’t serve a purpose.

 

KEEP AN OPEN MIND

 

Don’t close doors before they’re even opened! Explore a wide variety of options, including those outside of your current industry or comfort zone. For example, if you’ve worked in ad agencies for most of your career, now could be a good time to look at corporate and brand-side opportunities. Remember, it’s just an interview – you’re not accepting the offer by simply exploring a job opportunity. Check it out and trust your gut. You may be surprised.

 

Furthermore, stay open to freelance and contract opportunities as well, which can provide income, build new skills and add diversity to your CV (which is especially helpful if you’ve spent a decade embedded in the processes and workflows of one company). Temporary roles can be very helpful in transitioning a creative or marketing pro into a new role.

 

It can also lead to something more long-term. At Agenda Recruitment, we’re seeing more and more temp jobs turn into permanent positions. Look at freelance work as a chance to prove yourself and earn a full-time seat.

 

PRACTICE YOUR INTERVIEW SKILLS

 

If you haven’t interviewed in years, meeting with potential employers can be nerve-wracking. In our experience, the number one mistake made by those who have been out of the job market for a while, is simply talking too much; About yourself, about your last company, about your previous experience, about your pet… know when enough is enough and let others get a word in.

 

Mirror your interviewer, listen and answer thoughtfully with an emphasis on how you can help them accomplish their goals. Focus on the needs of the company you’re interviewing with, not your former employer’s needs – each company has its own unique business challenges, and it’s up to you to show how your skills adapt. It’s important not to come off as having blinders on.

 

And one more thing: Remember to check your ego at the door. You’re likely very accomplished at this stage in your career, but what got you to this point in your career may not be what gets you to the next level. Be receptive to new ideas and new ways of doing things when discussing a role with your potential new team.

 

STAY POSITIVE

 

If the search is taking a little longer than you hoped, don’t get discouraged. Remember your experience is valuable, and your gap-less CV speaks volumes of your skill set, loyalty and dependability. Stay positive and be creative as you go about your job search.

 

And, most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Working with a trusted recruiter who is specialised within your field can widen your network and the amount of job opportunities available to you. Recruiters can help make your job search easier and infinitely less stressful (we do the brunt of the work for you!).

 

To learn more about how Agenda Recruitment can help you find your next career opportunity, or to speak with an industry-specific recruiter, contact us today.

 
10 Ways To Brand Yourself as a Graphic Designer

 

 

As a graphic designer, you've probably had the opportunity to create a brand identity for a client. But have you taken the time to brand yourself? Building your own brand is in many ways more important than the work you do for clients because it demonstrates your strategic thinking and creativity to potential new clients straight off the mark. 

 

The saying "the shoemaker's children have no shoes" can easily refer to graphic designers or creative agencies that don't carefully craft and maintain their own brands. Like the shoemaker who doesn't have time to make shoes for his own kids, a designer who neglects to create a logo for their freelancing business carries through the analogy. When you brand yourself effectively, you're not only representing yourself well but also giving prospective clients and employers an idea of your level of professionalism and the confidence they need to hire you.

 

But what does it mean to brand yourself? Personal branding is loosely defined as a representation of your professional skills and experience viewed through a lens that reflects your unique, authentic self.

 

Whether you're a freelance designer seeking new clients or searching for full-time employment in a creative agency or in-house department, branding yourself should be Job 1 — even before polishing your portfolio and resume, because your brand should shine through in both.

 

Here are 10 tips on how to brand yourself as a graphic designer:

 

1. Treat yourself as a client

Take your branding project through the same process you would use with a key client. Block time in your schedule, develop a creative brief, and gather information about your competitors and your market.

 

2. Study the brands you admire

How do the designers and creative agencies you respect present themselves verbally and visually? As you brand yourself, study other successful brands. Observing what they're doing right — and wrong — can help you enhance your own branding.

 

3. Start with words, not images

While it's tempting to start your branding process by sketching a personal logo, that's not the place to begin. To effectively brand yourself, make a list of your skills, experience and qualities. What do you love to do? Who are your ideal clients? Develop a list of words that reflect who you are, personally and professionally.

 

4. Find your unique offering

Thinking about your competition, consider what you bring to the table: a unique perspective, a specific skill or a way of working that's different from every other graphic designer in your area.

 

5. Make it authentic

When you brand yourself, you have to live it in every interaction you have with clients or prospective employers. When you're comfortable in your own skin, your authenticity shines through, which makes you appear more genuine and trustworthy.

 

6. Craft your story

Take a stab at writing your professional bio. If this becomes a daunting task, consider hiring a copywriter to help.

 

7. Draft an elevator pitch

Distill that story into a single sentence that effectively (and interestingly) conveys your brand premise. As they say, it takes only a second to make a good (or bad) impression. When you inadvertently bump into a potential client, your elevator pitch can come in handy as a succinct, descriptive and accurate way to present your brand.

 

8. Translate words to images

Sketch designs to represent your brand. Whether it's a typographical treatment of your name or a conceptual graphic, find the best way to brand yourself so your look matches your story.

 

9. Carry your brand through

Brand yourself with a full suite of tools and materials, including your logo, portfolio, website, business cards and invoices.

 

10. Refine

Your personal brand is a living thing, and it should evolve as your graphic design career develops. Revisit it every two or three years to see if it needs a refresh.

 

When you brand yourself effectively, you create a strong impression that quickly tells a prospective client or employer all the important things they need to know about you — and can impact their decision to work with you or contact a competitor.

 

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Should you quit your job?

 

 

If you’re feeling unhappy at work, you’re not alone. A staggering 6.5 million UK workers (that’s a whopping 30% of the working population) also admit to being unhappy in their jobs. 

 

All those unhappy people is pretty unsettling, but if you’re really not sure if you should quit your job, then you found the right place. 

 

Don't fall into the common belief that no one actually likes their job, and that many will stick it out through their unhappiness. Guess what, there are people who do in fact love their jobs. 

 

It may be your time to stand up for yourself and put your happiness first. 

 

Still not convinced? Here’s seven signs it’s time to find your happy job.

 

 

1. You have a terrible boss. 

 

An obvious first point, and the reason that so many employees decide to quit. We get it, when you have an awful boss at work it can be truly miserable. 

 

  • You feel they don’t appreciate your hard work 
  • They don't treat you very well as an employee 
  • They refuse to give you a break 

 

Whatever it is, if you don’t feel comfortable taking to your boss about it, it can cause real problems. A good leader will be there to help their employees, mentor and nurture them. That’s obviously a great prospect for you, but great for the outlook of the company too. 

 

It goes without saying that companies that have a bosses that just yell all day and don’t care about their employees, won’t have a high staff retention rate. 

 

 

2. Poor structure and management. 

 

When a work environment is a disorganised mess, with poor management it will inevitable spiral downhill. In most cases, employers will get frustrated and stop performing at their best and will eventually give up or leave. 

 

If you feel you’re currently in this type of environment, where managers don't really seem to care, it may be time to quit. 

 

Be reassured that there will be someone else who will appreciate your hard work. 

 

 

3. You’re not happy with your salary.

 

You might not hate your job, but your salary just isn’t cutting it anymore? 

 

It will be up to you to find the balance between enjoying your job and being able to live on a lower salary than you’d hoped for. 

 

If you haven’t already, it may be worth speaking to your boss - they may be able to do something. And if you don't ask then you’ll never know. 

 

But if you do try to negotiate higher pay, make sure you go in prepared. 

 

 

4. No room for growth. 

 

Most jobs and companies will offer the chance of promotion and room to move up the career ladder. However, some companies just don’t and that could be for a number of reasons. 

 

They may be a small business will a low turnover of staff

The budget may be tight 

They don't like to hire from within the business

 

Whatever the reason, if you feel you’re being held back from your true potential, it’s definitely time to move on. 

 

 

5. Long hours with no flexibility. 

 

You’ve got a high salary, but you have to work all hours under the sun. What’s the point, you don’t have the time to spend it anyway. 

 

Maintaining a work-life balance is absolutely essential to living a happy and healthy life. If your current workplace doesn’t value that, then they may not be the right fit for you as an employee. 

 

 

6. Life 

 

Big changes happen throughout life, so if you’ve gone through one yourself recently it may be worth reconsidering your options. It might be time to reassure yourself that you’re in the right place, in the right career. 

 

Think about these things: 

 

  • Is the salary still suitable?
  • Is the stress-level acceptable?
  • Will you need more flexibility?
  • Is the location still working? 
  • Are you happy?

 

Sometimes it’s essential to reassess things. 

 

 

7. Stress

 

Stress is unfortunately an inevitable part of life. And there will be points in your career that you will stress about something. 

 

However, it is important to draw yourself a line. There is a time when enough becomes enough. 

 

If you start to feel emotionally and physically unwell, and you find no joy in what you do. If it starts to affect the people closet to you, then it may well be time to hand in your resignation. 

 

 

 

The above are all very different legitimate reasons to consider leaving a job. But we definitely do not suggest walking straight into the office, and in a blaze of drama scream “I quit” before slamming the door behind you. 

 

It’s extremely important to consider your situation before doing anything and we believe it’s always better to have a new job lined up first. 

 

If you’re ready to start looking for a new role then we can help you find your happy job asap. 

 

 
How To Be & Stay Creative for Career Success



You have nailed your job interview, and you’re in a deserving job that brings you happiness and money. But is it enough to achieve career success?

 

Although you have great knowledge, skills and experience in your chosen career, you must stay creative to keep on climbing the career ladder.

 

First and foremost, let’s take a look at the statistics:


80% of people claim that creativity is the key driver of economic growth

75% of people think they are not living up to their creative potential

60% of CEOs agree that creativity is the most important skill to have in a leadership role

 

Hold on…

 

What is creativity?


“To me, creativity is seeing and communicating ideas in ways that are unique, compelling, and unexpected.” – Lee Odden

 

It seems that being creative at work can help you a lot! But if you’re still hesitating whether it is important, take a look at the reasons why doing it should be high on your list:

 

Why you need to stay creative

 

1. Creativity Gives You Flexibility

No matter what your job position is, you need to stay focused on the task to complete it on a high level. Even if you have a short attention span, you can work hard on your task until someone or something interrupts you. The business environment is full of distractions like noisy colleagues, meetings, conference calls, and you need to stay flexible to boost your focus.

 

Being creative encourages flexibility as you can switch between tasks with ease. The key point is that creativity is connected with advanced memory abilities and focus, so it’s easier to shift tasks.

 

2. Creativity Prevents Burnout

Having overwhelming tasks at work may lead to burnout which means reducing job performance. If you have a goal to achieve career success, burnout is your biggest enemy. However, creativity can help you a lot as you can find a unique solution to any task and, therefore, make it more interesting. After all, a routine can cause stress as your brain doesn’t work for its potential, so stay slightly groggy.

 

3. Creativity Improves Productivity

Being productive in a workplace means being able to complete more tasks, spending less time. All in all, it means finding a work-life balance, so many people crave for productivity at work.

 

When you have improved creativity skills, you know how to use different methods to finish your tasks.

 

4. Creativity Helps to Find Various Solutions

Creativity offers diversity. When you think outside the box, you’re able to find solutions to the same problem and pick out the most actionable one. Going beyond the surface, creative workers can make up unusual problem-solving and, therefore, achieve success.

 

5. Creativity Keeps You One Step Ahead of Competitors

What makes you any different from other colleagues hoping for a job promotion? Your creativity, without a doubt! The more creative you are, the more unique ideas you have. Working in a competitive environment, you need to offer something innovative. Therefore, your skills are in a high demand for employers.

 

6. Creativity Increases Income

For a variety of reasons, creativity gives you opportunities to earn more. When you’re a valuable worker, your boss knows the importance of your work for the company, so you get a promotion and keep on climbing the career ladder.

 

Plus, being creative at work allows you to take several freelance projects as you’re able to complete them on time. In short, you’re able to manage several works to increase your income.

 

7. Creativity Helps to Win Friends at Work

Creative people know how to establish good relations with different people, and it plays an important role in the business environment. Although you don’t have to become close friends with your colleagues, getting along with them is crucial for your business growth.

 

8. Creativity Keeps You Inspired and Motivated

Creativity drives innovation, and when you see the progress of your work, it inspires.

It goes without saying that being inspired and motivated is great when it comes to achieving business success. If you know how to learn from other people who succeed and draw inspiration from them, you don’t give up.

 

9. Creativity Allows You to Keep a Work-Life Balance

It’s scientifically proven that creative people can find a balance between work and life as they know how to keep in touch with their dearest and nearest while working hard. When you have a creative attitude towards the life, you have various techniques to stay a profitable worker without sacrificing your personal life.

 

 

Ways to Improve Creativity at Your Workplace

 

All the above-mentioned reasons prove that staying creative at workplace pays off, so if you want to improve creative skills, check out the list of ways on how to do it with ease:

 

Form Flawless Daily Habits


Having daily routines can be a key to success as some of your habits can give you benefits in a business environment.


get enough sleep: if you sleep for 7-9 hours, your body gets a rest which gives you extra energy for daily activities.

drinking a cup of green tea: it consists L-theanine that boosts brain powers and, therefore, you’re more creative.

do physical activities: going in for sports helps to improve mental skills like creative thinking.


It doesn’t take much time or effort to form these habits but it gives you an incredible result.

 

A well-organised workplace

Distractions are the biggest enemies for creativity. When you’re working in a messy environment, you spend a lot of time searching for things in those not so organised piles of papers, therefore reducing your creativity. Creating a well-organised workplace (where everything has its place) is important.

 

Brainstorming

Although many people prefer working alone, collaborating with your team can enhance creativity. All people are different and we have various views, so discussing a topic together can give useful insights.

 

Role Play

If you’re an employer who wants to encourage employees, do an experiment: change people’s duties for one day. Implementing a role play in a workplace can help to understand more about your colleagues’ duties and boost creativity.

 

Challenging Tasks

Have you ever heard advice to ‘find comfort in discomfort’?

When you take a slightly difficult task, you start using extra brain power, and it helps to become more creative. Plus, if you have a difficult task, you need to stay creative to find a solution to it. Thinking outside the box is the next step towards personal growth.

 

Bonus Systems

Although most of us know that we’re lucky when we’re able to do what we love for a living, it’s important to get a financial bonus to keep on achieving success. People who have bonus systems at work are more likely to do their best whilst completing tasks.

 

Changing a Workplace

Changing a workplace can lead to creativity boost. The main idea is that you need to adapt and respond to change, and it makes you more creative. Moreover, if you work in an office daily, you don’t have a source of inspiration, while working in a cafe can give you insights while observing other people.

 

The Sum Up

Being creative pays off as you can stay ahead of your competitors and get more at work. However, some people believe that creativity is available for a limited group of people. If you believe that being creative is an inherited skill, you should try to develop it. Without a doubt, creativity can be taught and learnt, if you have the want and desire.

 
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