GoodCellas Recognition

For this post, I wanted to highlight GoodCellas, a company that can buy and sell old cell phones. As ubiquitous as smartphones are nowadays, their service is valuable because it can save you money, especially compared to buying phones directly through a carrier. While sites like eBay or Craigslist are out there too, companies like GoodCellas and its ilk are out there to allow for a more secure customer experience.

As far as user experience goes, the process for buying or trading in a device is fairly simple. Even if you’ve never done something line this before, the step-by-step instructions are straightforward. Obviously, this should be a minimum requirement when using any website, but it’s a bit more impressive here. The steps you need to take can be fairly involved depending on your technical expertise, and it’s a big boon to have all information readily available.

Ultimately, you’re going to want to make a decision for yourself, obviously. Maybe you still want a new, shiny phone that badly. But for this blog, I figured this was a cool company to highlight to give y’all an option if you’re looking to save a bit of money on your next phone purchase.

Business Recognition Guide

It’s been a while since I have done a business shout out, but I’m back. A normal post for me is highlighting a great business, but today I am going to highlight a business AND provide a business recognition guide. Hardworking employees are why these businesses are highlighted in the first place, so of course they deserve proper recognition. There are various ways to provide recognition, and these are my favorite ones:

Buy Trophies Online through Recognition Source. I’m using this business because of its values. Like me, they realize that “excellence deserves to be awarded.” Acknowledging your hardworking employees with a trophy, plaque or corporate gift is an impressive gesture that they’re sure to remember. Custom engraving makes each gift more personal. A personal gift beats a last minute gift that isn’t nearly as thoughtful. Stop the gift cards and flowers, and choose a piece that can be cherished for years to come.

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Have Actual Interactions. Face-to-face interactions always win. An occasional thank you or congratulations email is fine, but when it comes to the big stuff, make time to show your gratitude. Not only will your employees feel appreciated, a stronger bond can come out of speaking to one another about positive topics. Even if you’re a busy person, a 5 to 10 minute conversation is worth it. An employee that knows he or she is valued will continue to prove their worth. That’s the power of praise!

Like This Blog, Highlight Them. One of the best ways to let an employee know that they’re recognized is by highlighting their best qualities or best work. This can be done in a few different ways. If your company has a blog or a newsletter, write up a short piece about them. You can also implement an employee of the month program. This way, every deserving employee has their chance to shine.

You might want to check this out, it’s a good one!

Business Shout Out!

As my readers know, I enjoy putting the spotlight on new businesses or small businesses that are making big waves. Today, I am going to focus on a business that isn’t new, but it’s a business I love. It’s Rug and Home, a home furnishings and rug store. North Carolina has two locations and South Carolina has one. I’ve been to all three! Rug and Home doesn’t just offer quality products, it offers quality customer service and quality interior designers. This is one business that knows good products and services! I also admire Rug and Home’s story. I find that I am most loyal to stores that give back to the community. Maybe it’s because I feel as though I am helping them to contribute even more?!

Here are a couple of the qualities I look for when it comes to choosing a business, let alone raving about them on my blog!

Quality Products

I know what you’re thinking, how obvious right?! Well, I’ll tell you what I mean when I say quality products. This means that the store put a great deal of thought and consideration into choosing products. While choosing, the product buyers not only look at quality, they look at affordability, where the product is coming from, what the customers want to see, how the product was made, and so on. I love stores that sell products that have a story behind them, for example, a product that was manufactured across the globe in a community that needs the money. This kind of thinking also falls into corporate social responsibility, which I will get to in just a little bit! It’s one of my favorite topics and I actually wish I went into that field.

As you can see, a quality product isn’t just one that is durable and useful, it’s one that has a story, one that gives back, one that connects with customers, and so much more.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility is a business’ initiative to bettering the safety of products or services and the environment, as well as giving back to the community or getting involved with non-profit organizations. The business is also responsible for keeping the stakeholders. Corporate social responsibility has become so popular that businesses have created specific CSR programs and have hired a CSR specific department. In 2016, customers are looking for these CSR efforts and if they are non-existent or just not recorded properly, customers are likely to choose another company.

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Do you have anything you specifically look for when you’re choosing between one business or another? Dawn is one example for me. I’ve chosen to remain brand loyal with this business because of the CSR efforts that were put into place.

Here’s a video about corporate social responsibility. There is so much more to CSR than I have discussed. If you have your own business or you’re part of a CSR department, you’ll want to check this out! Don’t feel like you have to implement everything at once. Create a focused goal and move on from there. It also all depends on what your business can handle at the moment. Good Luck!

The BP Group

Since the cold weather is approaching us quickly here in Connecticut, I thought a good company to shout out would be one that helps us through the winter, The BP Group. The BP Group is in the HVAC Maintenance, HVAC Mechanical, Service and Building Technology Industry. They are some pretty awesome HVAC specialists. Located in my favorite state New York, they were founded in 1985. It’s important that we stay warm this winter while saving money, and a major part in doing that is making sure that your HVAC system is up to date.ls

Something that I admire a lot about this company is that they do a lot of things together as a team to support different causes, for example they have done the Tough Mudder Challenge located in Old Bethpage Village Restoration in support of the Wounded Warrior Project on August 15, 2015. They also attended the 6th annual John Comito memorial walk.

Something that I love to see in a business is when they go above and beyond to make their customer feel like they are thinking about the little things for them. BP group does this with their sustainable solutions.

Make sure to stay warm this winter. If you’re in the tri-state area, keep The BP Group in mind when you need an HVAC repair. Below is a video for fun tips to stay warm in the winter!

Design Shout Out!

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I’ve recently been very interested in redoing my house, maybe interested is an understatement, it’s more like obsessed. So due to my obsession I have been doing a ton of research on different home design sites and I found a company that I feel deserves a shout out. The company is called Archways and Ceilings, they are located in Texas and were founded in 1988.

One reason that I am shouting out this company is because I think it’s pretty cool how they got started. The company started with just three guys working out of their garage making archways in their spare time. Archways and Ceilings still remembers where they came from and are very humble, and that’s something that I find very admirable. I always have an interest in startup businesses because of all the passion that they are fueled by.

I also appreciated going on their website because of how easy it was for me to navigate around. Their process from the quote to the installation, is laid out very clearly so anyone could understand without confusion. They also have helpful videos to make sure that their customers can install their products with ease. I appreciate a company that will go above and beyond to make sure that their customers are happy.

Another thing that I found on their website that I thought was awesome was that you can see a 3D image of your design. I ordered my first Archways and Ceilings product, the fireplace canopy today and I’m super excited to get it in the mail and install it. I’ll let you guys know how it looks. If you guys want some tips on redoing your home while saving money, I suggest watching this video below!

Huemor, a Long Island Design Company

Web Design Company in My Hometown

I think it’s important to recognize companies that are doing well and starting to make it big. Since I’ve really been missing New York I thought I would pick a company from the great state itself. I wanted to recognize a 100 percent independently owned web design company, Huemor, a Long Island web design agency. I always loved going to Long Island because of all the things to do there, especially the wineries.

Huemor is the company that I decided to shout out because there are many things that I admire about this company. Huemor is fairly new, established in 2011. With just one quick look at its website you can tell that your about to work with a creative group of people. This Long Island company really cares about the people that they’re working with and makes them feel like their input is important. They really value their clients’ opinions. They make very creative, user-friendly websites. Some things that they will help you with is improving something you already have, adding value to something that already exists. They can also help you create something completely new. If you scroll through their website and come across the section with all the work, you can see for yourself the cool websites that they have designed and improved thus far. (Oh yeah! And that adorable dog!).

For only being in business for a few years, they have already made incredible headway in getting some amazing clients. It’s also pretty impressive that they have won over 20 awards since 2011.  This startup company is really making it big and I think it’s important to give companies like this one recognition. Check them out for yourself: https://huemor.rocks. Maybe I should have them fix up my blog (wink, wink). If you have any companies that you feel deserve some love, send them my way! Wow, this video really made me miss life in New York.

Interview Tips

Tips for Interviews

I thought it would be a good idea for my first post to be about one of the first steps of getting a job and also one of my biggest fears when I was first entering the business world, interviews. Interviews can be very scary for many reasons; the fact that you only have one chance, the difficult questions, the intimidating interviewer, and the many other factors that are involved in the interview process. I have experience on both ends of the interview process and have learned a lot over the years.

First impressions are extremely important. Your interview begins as soon as you walk in the door. The first moment that an interviewer sees you they already have an impression about you. So the question now is how do we make that a good impression?

  •  The first important thing is your arrival time. I would say that it is pretty common sense that arriving late is a big mistake, but arriving too early is also not so good. I would suggest arriving five to ten minutes before your interview time.
  • I know for me, my biggest problem was figuring out what to wear. You don’t want to be too overdressed or too under-dressed. A good idea would be to call the front desk before and figure out the dress code.6282742648_701a57090c_z
  • Be aware of your body language, you want to be confident. Watch the communication style of your interviewer, in terms of tone and pace and try to mirror how they are communicating.
  • Make sure you prepare beforehand. Research the company and learn all about them. This will help you when talking to the interviewer, just in case they throw a question about the company at you or if you want to make small talk about the company.
  • Something that I think is very important is to be friendly and respectful to whoever is working at the front desk. Although they aren’t doing your actually interview if you leave a good impression on them chances are they will leave a good word about you with whoever is in charge of making the decision.

Something that I found makes many people nervous before an interview is wondering what questions they will be asked and making sure that they will have a good answer for each of them. 

  • The greatest weakness question. I’m starting with this one because I feel like this is one that gets many people nervous. The key to this question is to be honest with your weakness, but also give examples of how you’re working on improving the weakness. Be confident while explaining your weakness.
  •  Have you ever had a bad experience with an employer? When answering this question you want to avoid being rude about your previous employer. The person asking this question just really wants to see if you can think quickly on your feet.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Researching the company’s culture comes in handy when answering this question. You should tailor your answer to things that pertain to the company’s mission.

These are just a few examples of questions that I have personally struggled with in my interviews. If you guys have any other question that you find difficult and need some help with, or some good tips on how to handle tough interview questions, feel free to let me know what they are and I will help you out or share them with others! Hopefully my tips help you prepare better for your next interview.

This video is another helpful source for some interview do’s and don’ts.