Life Principles for Personal Excellence

Present times glorify hustle culture to the point that we have a tendency to think about our careers more than any other part of our lives. Whether you work from home or on-site/at an office, your job takes up 40+ hours of your week. Additionally, there is a ton of content in the online space that focuses on careers. Whether it discusses tactics for getting a job or how to do your best work on the job, what often gets missed is recommendations for personal life. Our professional and personal lives are intertwined and go hand-in-hand with one another. If we commit ourselves to personal excellence, it will show through in our professional lives and vice versa. Here are 10 principles to live by for personal excellence.

1. Develop Beneficial Habits

Habits are what will shape your life. It’s the things that you do consistently that will give you the results you’re looking for. Begin by deciding what you want in all areas of your life: money, relationships, health & fitness, etc. Then come up with habits that will get you closer to them. Habits can be hard to establish, but once you get through the initial forming of them, they will become a part of you. Choose wisely and you will notice them changing your life for the better.

2. Seek Knowledge, Not Just Results

Don’t get me wrong, we should always be striving to meet our goals. But we don’t want to get so focused on our results that we forget to do things for the experience, the pleasure, the experimentation, the exploration. Life is just as much about the memories and experiences as it is about making things happen for ourselves. Don’t burn out or miss all of the fun by always having an end in mind. You’re allowed to do things just because.

3. Learn Something New Every Day

Doing so will improve your life in more ways than one. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to handle what life throws at you. You will also naturally start to have more confidence in yourself. It can also spark your interest in what will become a lifelong hobby or new career path. You will catch yourself starting to think outside the box and randomly being able to use the information you’ve learned as situations come up.


4. Lack of Planning Results in Less Than Achievement

No one is saying that you have to obsessively plan, but you will save a lot of time if you start your days with a plan instead of trying to wing everything. You also need to know what you’re working towards so you can break it down into small steps to create it. Planning will look different for everyone, do it in a way that works for you. The most important thing is just to have a plan and stick to it as often and as best as you can.

5. Distraction is the Enemy of Productivity

There are so many things in life that require your attention. Be sure that the majority of your time is being spent focused on building the life you want. Also, make it a point to eliminate things that are taking from you. Chores, long commutes, lack of planning, time-wasting habits, etc. This doesn’t mean that you can’t ever mindlessly scroll through social media, but do it intentionally instead of letting two hours go by and then wondering why you have no time left in your day for the important things.


6. Ability is Mostly about How You Spend Your Time

It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap and believe that someone else is talented at the thing you want or want to do. While ability can definitely give you the upper hand in some cases, working on your craft regularly is what will set you apart. Natural talent is only a part of it, don’t discourage yourself from trying and working at something just because you didn’t start out as skilled as someone else.

7.It’s Never Too Late to Be Great

Too many people choose not to act on something that they want because they fear that they started or are starting too late. If you choose to start now, you will surprise yourself with how far you’ve come in a year; especially if you’re consistent. If it’s something that you’ve been considering for a while now, it will keep coming up until you act on it. Start now, today it’s not too late, but someday it will be.

8. Do One thing that Scares You a Day

Taking small steps daily will help you diminish your fears and give you the courage to purse the bigger things that scare you. Doing one thing that scares you a day will help you grow as a person and see that we are much more capable than we ever imagined ourselves to be.

9. Take Your Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise Seriously

You have two places to live, the earth and your body. When we’re younger, we like to believe that we’re invincible and can eat whatever we want, go without exercise, and run on just a few hours of sleep per night. As you get older this becomes less and less of the case and will start to affect your work performance and quality of life. You don’t have to treat life like a fitness competition, but you definitely want to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.


10. Do What YOU Want

In this lifetime, there are so many (and will continue to be) expectations put on us by society, family, and everyone in between. Especially if you decide to do something unconventional or even just outside of your usual, people are going to say something. You get one life to live, do it your way. If you choose to listen to everyone else instead of yourself, you will be missing out and constantly wondering what it would have been like if you had just done what you wanted. You’re the only one that has to live with yourself, no other explanation needed.

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Signs Your Hiring Process Isn’t Working for You

We don’t go into the hiring process expecting it to fail, but bad hires happen—and they can cost your organization a lot of time and money. If you’ve been struggling to attract the right kind of employee, it might not be their fault. It could be that your hiring process isn’t working for you. Luckily, it’s easy to evaluate your hiring practices and make any necessary adjustments.

Signs your hiring process needs help

  • • High turnover. Didn’t you just do this six months ago? If you’re dealing with a high turnover rate, that’s a clear sign that you’re not finding the right fit for your company and the specific position.
  • • Long hiring times. If your hiring process take months to complete, it’s not necessarily a sign that you have too many great candidates to choose from. Good hiring processes don’t need to be long in order to find quality candidates.
  • • Low or no ROI. Are you spending months looking for a good employee? When you spend a lot of time, money and effort finding the right fit but aren’t successful, that’s another indicator that your hiring process needs to be revisited.
  • • Deficient applicant pools. When interest in the position is lower than you were counting on, it’s a sign that either your job description is lackluster, the compensation isn’t a fit for the type of candidate you’re looking for or that you’re not reaching the type of people you’re hoping to hire.
  • • Frequent withdrawals. Maybe your job description is stellar and you have a lot of qualified candidates to choose from, but they’re frequently withdrawing their interest sometime between the interview and the offer. That’s a sign that your interview process is too onerous. If candidates decline once you’ve made the offer, consider whether it’s compensation, your team or something else that makes you less attractive.
  • • Negative performance reviews. Are you hiring qualified candidates only to find that your managers and supervisors are unhappy with the choices? That indicates there’s a disconnect between your understanding of what they need from an employee versus what they actually want.

How to adjust your hiring process

  • • Evaluate the skills needed for the job. Talk with your management staff to discuss the specific skills they think successful candidates need, and have them articulate why. Decide whether what you’re asking for is a “need” or a “nice to have.”
  • • Revisit your job posting and compensation. Are you offering competitive compensation? We all want a bargain, but you shouldn’t expect to receive the equivalent of quality champagne on a Diet Coke budget. You can also adjust your job posting by asking staff members to review and identify ways to make it more compelling.
  • • Standardize your evaluation. Finally, make a list of what you’re evaluating and how you’ll score candidates—this makes the whole process more objective, and helps you look past personality.

Not attracting the right candidates for your open positions? Contact Award Staffing for help finding and hiring the right candidates for your company.

What to Expect from Your Candidate Pool in 2020

Change is the only constant in life. After more than 30 years of staffing Minnesota companies, we know this all too well. This will be a big year for employers as they look to staff their companies amid changing technologies, geographies and politics.

Here’s what our staffing team predicts the hiring process will look like in 2020.

It’s an employee’s market

Talented and skilled employees are in charge. They have the power to select the jobs that are right for them. Companies will have to up their offers to compete and to recruit the most talented candidates. Competition isn’t just about building an attractive benefits package, but also advertising a strong culture. Companies need to present themselves as places where people want to be. These companies value their employees by promoting work-life balance and investing in education and training.

Candidates want a clear process

Job searches are tough. Candidates hate to spend a lot of time and effort applying without so much as an acknowledgment whether their materials were reviewed. The most competitive companies will have a clear hiring process that they relay through their staffing firm to ensure communications are clear and frequent. The clearer you are about your expectations and process, the more likely you are to find the right candidate.

Candidates are flexible with how they do their work

The assumption is that everyone wants a full-time job that comes with strong benefits. While that is ideal, it doesn’t fit everyone’s current situations. Some of your best candidates may only be interested in part-time work, freelancing or project-based assignments. They may want the flexibility to take other jobs or to manage other responsibilities like childcare. You might also be deterring candidates by not clarifying whether a job can be done remotely. Being flexible about how work is performed can help broaden your candidate pool.

Pedigree is less important than potential

Job postings are notorious for having impossible-to-meet requirements. Oftentimes entry level jobs demand college degrees and five years of experience. This eliminates perfectly capable candidates who could quickly learn the skills needed if the company invested in on-the-job training. Instead of focusing on finding a mythical ideal candidate, consider how you can train current and new employees to create the workforce your company needs.

Salary history is off-limits

Although there is no law on the books in Minnesota (yet), more and more states and cities are passing laws making it illegal to ask about a candidate’s salary history. This question can lead to companies underpaying candidates based off of their previous income. It can also eliminate qualified candidates who previously earned more but are willing to take the pay cut to work for your company. While this is technically still legal, you may want to reconsider how you structure your applications and interview process. What’s most important is the value the candidate could bring to your company right now.

If you’re curious about how your company can stay competitive with its hiring in 2020, Award Staffing can help. Contact us today to learn more.

Traits You Should Seek When Hiring Leaders

When you are in charge of hiring for your company, you should hire employees who have leadership traits. This will allow you to give these employees growth potential and see if they can grow into long-term roles. Here are the traits you should seek when hiring leaders: 


If a potential candidate is proactive, they will make a good leader. This person will be able to see and act upon potential problems before they even become problems. You can test this trait in a potential employee by asking him what he or she would do in a certain problematic situation. If the answer has any hints of self-reflection, you can rest assured that this candidate is proactive.


It’s important to remain optimistic when you’re a leader. If you hire someone who is a pessimist, it will be hard for him or her to take risks when risks are needed. This person will need to be able to inspire the team that works underneath them and keep everyone positive when times are tough. However, it’s important to make sure this person is not just an optimist, but also a realist.

Good at Listening

If a potential recruit is good at listening, he or she will make a good leader. The reason for this is that the leader will be able to take suggestions from other leaders or team members and effectively implement them. This means this person will also be able to keep him or herself from getting out of control if a situation needs to be reigned in.


One very important quality of being a good leader is that the individual is open-minded. Often, situations arise in the business setting that are unexpected or less-than-ideal. You will need to hire someone who is open-minded and will be able to take a certain route even if it’s not conventional or entirely practical.

If you are looking for people who could potentially be leaders in your business, contact Award Staffing. We will find people who exemplify these positive traits and would be interested in taking on a leadership position in the future.



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