Want a New Job? Be a Team Player

first_imgThink about it: when was the last time you saw a job description that didn’t call for a team player? It’s probably been awhile. After all, hiring managers are looking for someone to join a team, not just a company.Teamwork capabilities don’t just attract hiring managers, they boost your hireability — and in more ways than one. When it comes to landing your dream job, there’s only so much you can do on your own. You need to take advantage of the career advancement opportunities your peers and coworkers can provide.Here are four ways aiding your peers can aid you in your job search:1. Sharpen your teamwork capabilities.Being able to work with others toward a common goal may seem like an innate ability, but it takes some effort to be able to work successfully within a team environment. Not everyone is equally capable of communicating ideas, trusting others, or giving credit where credit is due — which is why so many people cringed at the mention of “group project” in school.It takes practice to work and succeed as a team. The best way to develop teamwork skills is simply to work with others. Not only does helping your peers improve your collaboration skills, but also it gives you tangible teamwork experience that you can mention during your next job interview.2. Learn something new. For many of us, our various jobs and roles tend to fall into a routine. You may work on the same type of tasks or toward the same set of goals day in and day out, which gives you only so many opportunities to learn something new. One such opportunity is working with others. Volunteering to help your colleagues is a great way to gain new perspectives, knowledge, and skills.And you don’t have to work with someone in another department or line of work to learn something new. Working alongside someone who does exactly what you do can give you an entirely new perspective on something with which you’re already familiar.3. Gain potential references.The more people you work and interact with, the more people you have who can accurately vouch for your skills and capabilities. And, considering the vast majority of employers (80 percent) actually contact references and take their words into consideration when evaluating potential employees, according to a survey by CareerBuilder, you’ll need all the positive references you can get.In fact, the same survey found that 70 percent of job seekers provide three or more references when they apply to a job. So, keep in mind when opportunities arise to lend a helping hand to your peers or coworkers that doing so can help boost their opinion (and reference) of you.4. Secure new opportunities.Taking time out of your day to help your peers with their tasks isn’t just appreciated, it’s remembered. And, when the time comes to search for a new job, your peers may feel more inclined to share new opportunities with you. They’ll remember how willing you were to help them and will jump at the chance not just to return the favor, but to work with you again.As the saying goes, “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” While securing new job opportunities shouldn’t be your main motivation in helping your peers and co-workers, it definitely makes assisting others that much sweeter.What are some other ways helping others can help you during your job search?last_img read more

6 Ingredients to Never Put on Sensitive Skin

first_imgSensitive skin can be difficult to manage if you don’t know what things can cause an outbreak. When it comes to skincare, you have to be careful about the things you put on your skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you might want to avoid a medley of things your skin might come into contact with every day.While some things may seem good for your skin, people with sensitive skin could easily suffer an adverse reaction to these very products. Dermatologists list a variety of things that people with sensitive skin should avoid in order to keep their skin soft and healthy.HERE ARE 6 INGREDIENTS TO NEVER PUT ON SENSITIVE SKIN1. DYESWhile most clothing contains dyes of some sort, you should do your best to avoid getting these dyes onto your skin. Make sure to wash all your new clothes when you get them from the store, as this will remove excess dye from the factory out of the fabric.Not only should you avoid dye from clothing, but you should also avoid hair dyes. Permanent hair dye colors tend to have ingredients that cause irritation to sensitive skin. Dark hair dye colors, especially, can often cause an allergic reaction in someone who has sensitive skin. If you’re looking to dye your hair, consider hypoallergenic or natural hair dye methods. Natural dyes such as henna may not last as long, but they will be healthier for sensitive skin in the long run.2. ESSENTIAL OILSEven though essential oils are supposed to be “all natural,” they can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Essential oils are incredibly concentrated, and for this reason should never be used without first diluting them. This also goes for people who don’t have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin or any form of allergy, you should avoid using essential oils, even if they’re diluted.3. EXFOLIANTSIf you’re looking to get excess matter or dead skin off your body, you would do well to be careful about the products you choose. Many dermatologists suggest that using gentle exfoliants can be good for people with sensitive skin, especially ones that have citrus in them. Chemical exfoliants can cause allergic reactions or other problems in skin that is sensitive. It might be better to use an exfoliating sponge along with soap and warm water, rather than using an actual exfoliant product.4. VITAMIN E OILVitamin E oil might work well on your skin, but if you have sensitive skin or pores that are easily clogged, avoid using Vitamin E oil on your face. When you have sensitive skin, Vitamin E oil might cause an allergic reaction, such as a rash. Vitamin E oil benefits the skin of some people, but you should still try to steer clear of using this product on the face.5. CHEMICAL SUNSCREENSDid you know that you can find sunscreens that don’t include harsh chemicals? People likely don’t worry about the sunscreen they put on their skin, since it’s supposed to help them avoid getting burned in the first place. After all, how bad could skin protection be? For people with sensitive skin, the very products that they’re using to keep their skin safe might actually be causing problems. Dr. Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist, suggests avoiding sunscreen with chemicalslike Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Homosalate, and similar chemicals.6. FRAGRANCESIf you have sensitive skin, avoid products with fragrances. This doesn’t simply mean perfumes, either. Lotions, soaps, shampoos, and perfumes are frequently made with fragrances. The chemicals used to make our skin products smell nice can cause allergic reactions or other issues. Try to avoid scented skin products to keep your skin safe.FINAL THOUGHTSYour skin is the largest organ on your body. Keeping your skin healthy is an important part of caring for your body. Healthy skin is just as important as eating right and exercising regularly. You might not have realized that so many things that should be “good” for your skin can cause issues if you have sensitive skin. The above list reveals the top things to avoid if you’re experiencing outbreaks or allergic reactions on your skin.“Take good care of your skin and hydrate. If you have good skin, everything else will fall into place.” – Liya KebedeSourcelast_img read more