Black Friday Thanksgiving Countdown Survival Tips For Retail Workers: #5 Stay Hydrated For Energy



When you work long hours during any hellacious sale event, it is vital to keep yourself hydrated. Our bodies are like little cars taking us places and doing things. If we don't put gas in our body cars, they stop working and break down...

So our next tip for Black Friday Sale Hell or any kind of sale hell, is to make sure you stay hydrated and get enough water during the course of your shift. Having enough water will give you the energy you need to get through it without feeling like you were mauled by those Black Friday Shopping Zombies.

Debates rage on how much water you should be drinking daily, but working Retail Hell often doesn't give you the choice to follow any water regimen that you might have going for yourself and it can be such an all-consuming job when it comes to your attention. You may not know that you're dehydrated until you're already feeling the effects. Here are some dehydration warning signs to look for:

  • Increased thirst
  • Dry mouth and swollen tongue
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations (feeling that the heart is jumping or pounding)
  • Confusion
  • Sluggishness
  • Fainting
  • Inability to sweat
  • Decreased urine output

Dehydration can creep up quickly, especially if you're under stress or too busy to notice the signs. You don't want your afternoon bathroom break to be the sign that pulls all the symptoms together and puts your health at risk.

JoesThat said, drink in moderation but throughout the day; it's important for your health, but odds are if you're working a customer-facing job, you can't just walk off every time you need to go to the restroom.

If your store allows, keep a bottle of water at your station; you can grab a swig between customers. Depending on where you work, there may be policies against doing that but during sales rules about water are often relaxed. Management knows it's important even if they aren't doing anything about it (Like handing out water to their employees and encouraging them to drink and take breaks, wouldn't that be nice?)

If you aren't able to have water at your register or nearby in a stockroom, make sure to be thinking about the idea that your body needs water frequently and is quickly drying up like the Sahara desert as you ring up one custy after another. Force management to give you your break or at least allow you to slip away for a few moments to get hydrated!

A tip to keep your water cold, is to freeze a bottle or two overnight. Take sips as the ice melts over the duration of your Black Friday shift, and you will keep your body supplied with a steady flow of hydrating water.

Freddy recommends Trader Joe's Alkaline Water as an awesome hydrater for Retail Hell. It's at an affordable price of $1.19 for 1L and the water is unbelievably refreshing with no aftertaste. Without going into the science of it all, alkaline water helps neutralize acid in the bloodstream, which leads to increased oxygen levels and improved energy. Some folks use it for anti-aging and healing, but it's an excellent way to get super hydrated quickly. And the water tastes great on top of it!

Alkaline or not, perhaps you loath water and your tastebuds need more to get you to drink up. Here are other ways to stay hydrated during your sale hell shift:

Ccoffee1Coconut Water

Coconut Water is a great hydrator, and low in carbohydrates, while still rich in potassium. Its unsweetened varieties can be very hydrating (assuming you like its unique taste). 

Coffee, Tea, and Juices

Coffee is the number one choice of drink outside of water for just about everyone working in retail! Our little buddy, Mr. Caffeine helps get us through those fiery days of Retail Hell. But it does not replace the benefits of pure water for hydration. It's better to treat coffee as an accessory to your water drinking and letting it give you a boost of energy, but don't drink more than one cup and don't drink it on an empty stomach. There's nothing worse than "coffee stomach!"  If you're not a lover of coffee, hopefully there is some sort of tea you are able to enjoy. Juices are great too as they are packed with vitamins and hydrating abilities, but most have to remain chilled and they don't replace water that your dried up sale hell body so desperately needs. 


Another way to keep your hydration up during a long sale shift is at lunch. Try and avoid the Burger and Fries even though your tired mind in search of tastebud joy is telling you that's what the body wants. On Black Friday or any sale day where you are working hideously long hours, try not to overeat (because that can make you sleepy) and stick with foods that will help hydrate you. On the flip side of hell, many people forget to eat and that's not good either. Many of us have been there. Make sure your body gets nourishment. Fruits and veggies like watermelon, lettuce, strawberries, celery will absorb quicker into your body, that Ultimate Cheeseburger not so much...

Energy and Sports Drinks

We don't recommend Energy and Sports Drinks on their own for staying hydrated even though that is the claim to fame with many of them  -- your body still needs WATER, plain old WATER -- but they are an AWESOME accessory to Sale Hell, especially if you are dragging and feeling like you want to crawl underneath the register and go to sleep. 

There are all kinds of health drinks and vitamins loaded with zippy energy like ginseng, B vitamins, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, taurine, mau haung, or yohimbe just to name a few. Find an energy drink or supplement that works for you and if you are on a low or no sugar diet, always read labels. Some drinks will be healthy like they say, and others contain too much sugar and corn syrup.

RHSEPT 558Freddy no longer drinks Diet Rockstar as you've seen in this classic RHU pics, but it was always one of his favorites in Retail Hell. For a long shift of sale hell he recommends 5-hour Energy. (They also make it caffeine free) His tip is to buy the 5 Hour Energy Extra Strength and keep it in your pocket or near the register all day. Instead of drinking it all at once you sip from it, taking nips all day long as you need them. Getting blasts of fruity energy throughout. 

Taking Vitamins and herbs is also an excellent way to keep your energy up during Black Friday, but remember, you still need to drink water. Lots of water.

A sale can get busy and before you know it hours have passed and you have had no drink. One way to tell if your body is dehydrated is by checking out the color of your urine. Your pee should be a pale yellow color. Any darker than that, means you should be drinking some water. 

Whatever your choice is to stay hydrated, just remember to drink throughout your shift when you can. Too often the chaos of retail and sales can make us feel like we are robots and our minds end up being captured by the store. The last thing we are thinking about is what our body needs. But if we don't take care of ourselves during our work shifts, who will? Definitely not The Store. It wants you glued behind that register ringing and greeting custys. It's up to us.

Take care of your body on Black Friday and drink lots of Water!





Important Tip For Men Who Are Seeking Jobs


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My name is Nubs. I have a short and sweet memo to all of you male jobseekers. 
Clothing makes the man. 
My boss very badly wants to give you a job. We are short staffed in two departments. So when you come in wearing your uniform from your current job, ripped, torn, stained clothing. He gets disheartened as he only invites people to interview who has a chance. Please at the very least wipe the worst of the muck of your trainers, pick out a clean untorn pair of blue jeans, and invest in a 5 dollar PLAIN polo shirt from wally world. It makes a world of difference.
p.s.  To the gentleman who interviewed yesterday. We all have our outside hobbies....but advertising your N****R LYFE FOREVER may have been a bit much, tone it down ok?



8 Ways You Can Make Hiring Managers Not Want To Hire You



From Yahoo:

Getting a job isn't just about having strong qualifications. It's also about being someone who hiring managers want to hire and work with every day. That means they're paying attention to how you operate and whether you understand business norms at every stage of the hiring process, from the very first contact.

There are a few things some job candidates do that function as flashing neon signs of weirdness to employers. Here are eight of them:

1. Sending flowers, candy or other gifts to the hiring manager. Some candidates still think this is a good way to stand out, but there's probably no faster way to make a hiring manager uncomfortable. If you're not qualified for the job, sending a gift isn't going to change that. And if you are qualified for the job, you've now made the interviewer uncomfortable by implying that you think your qualifications aren't enough on their own, but that she might be swayed by some chocolate. It's tacky and ineffective.

2. Showing up without an appointment and asking to meet with the hiring manager.There's a very small number of fields where this can be normal, but in the vast, vast majority of professional fields, it's just not done. Most hiring managers are busy. They set aside specific blocks of time to interview job candidates -- the ones who they've decided they want to speak with. If you show up without an invitation, you look like you're either trying to circumvent that process or like you don't understand business norms.

Jason 001a3. Including a line in your cover letter warning employers not to contact you unless they can meet specific conditions. Some candidates think that they'll save themselves time or show employers that they're serious if they include a sentence in their cover letter like: "Please do not contact me unless you are serious about hiring a driven, results-oriented sales director." Or: "Please do not contact me unless you can pay a competitive salary and benefits." Those are reasonable things to want, but statements like those don't just ward off employers you won't like -- they'll ward off everyone else, too. It's just too negative and accusatory.

4. Applying for jobs from an email account that you share with your spouse. If you want to share an email account with your spouse in your personal life, that's your call. But for your professional life, you need your own. Employers don't want to feel like they're corresponding with two people when they write back to you; they want to speak only with you. And email accounts are free, after all.

5. Offering to work for free. Sometimes job candidates will offer to work for a week or a month for free, in order to prove themselves. This is a bad idea for two reasons. First, it's illegal.Minimum wage laws require employers to pay people who do work for them (with some exceptions, like nonprofits). Second, bringing on new employees takes an enormous amount of time and energy for training, among other things. The first weeks are usually a loss for the employer, because they're investing time in getting you up to speed. Most don't want to make that kind of investment in anyone other than the best candidate (who they expect to pay).

6. Reading your answers word for word from notes during an interview. Notes are good, and it's great to bring them to a job interview. But they're just there to jog your memory, not to give you a script to read. Reading prepared answers makes it look like you can't think on your feet -- and for all we know, someone else may have written those answers for you. Interviews need to be real conversations, not rigidly rehearsed performances.

Jason 0227. Including a photo with your résumé. While there are some countries outside the U.S. where it's normal and even expected to send a photo when applying for a job, it's very much not the business convention here, and you'll look out of touch with business norms if you include one. After all, unless you're applying for a job as a model or an actor, your photo has no relevance to your ability to do the job.

8. Saying you'll do "anything it takes" to get the job. Good employers don't want you to do that. They don't want you to want to do that. Remember: An employer isn't doing you a favor by interviewing or hiring you. You're having a conversation to try to figure out whether you'd each like to embark upon a business relationship -- one that you'd both benefit from. Plus, employers (and other people) respect people who respect themselves. Signal that you're worthy of their respect.

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she dispenses advice on career, job search and management issues. She's the author of "How to Get a Job: Secrets of a Hiring Manager," co-author of "Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results" and the former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management.

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CareerBuilder Survey Reveals The Worst Way You Could Describe Yourself on a Résumé



From Business Insider:

There are tons of generic and nonsensical words you could use to describe yourself to potential employers, but the absolute worst according to hiring managers are, "best of breed."

When CareerBuilder surveyed more than 2,200 hiring managers last year, 38% of respondents agreed this term is the most irritating description yet.

And when 68% of hiring managers spend less than two minutes reviewing a résumé, your word choice as a job candidate can mean all the difference in the world.

"Anyone can say they are 'best of breed,'" says Mary Lorenz, a corporate communications manager at CareerBuilder. "Employers want to know what makes the job seekers unique, and how they will add value to the specific organization for which they're applying."

One of the major issues with using these kinds of terms is they have become so overused, they've lost all meaning, Lorenz says. The other major problem with these words is that they're generic and they don't differentiate the job seeker from other candidates.

"The problem with buzzwords is they often don't mean anything, which can make a job seeker look corny or, worse, lazy," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director for professional placement firm Robert Half. "Avoiding overused terms can help job seekers convey their message and stand out from the crowd."

Alyssa Gelbard, founder and president of Résumé Strategists, also notes that describing your personal attributes serves more as fluff than function and shouldn't be included on a résumé.

"A hiring manager wants to know how you can help their organization and see your accomplishments, your results, and the specific value that you bring based on your experience and expertise," she explains.

When writing your résumé, it's important to show rather than tell, Lorenz says, and speak in terms of accomplishments.

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3 Words You Should Never Say at Work



From Yahoo:

"Your work is great, but ..." 

You may remember the old playground adage in grade school: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

Unfortunately, says Darlene Price, "this saying does not apply in the workplace."

Price, president of Well Said, Inc., and author of "Well Said! Presentations and Conversations That Get Results," says words, poorly and unconsciously chosen, can indeed harm your credibility, relationships, and opportunities for career advancement.

"Words matter," she explains. "They are a key component of persuasive communication. Regardless of the audience, topic, or industry, or whether the setting is a stand-up presentation, sit-down conversation, telephone discussion, or an online meeting, a leader uses language to influence someone's mind in order to achieve a certain result. That's one reason they're seen as leaders; their words compel people to follow. "

When you want to influence others to see something your way, deliberately choose to speak words that are empowering to others and avoid words that are jeopardizing to your message and credibility, she advises. Three common words to consider dropping: "but," "fine," and "try." 

Here's why:


"But" is a good word if you're aiming to express "on the contrary," Price says.

For example, "My boss went to the conference, but I remained at the office." Here, the word "but" opposes and negates the clause that comes before it indicating a dissimilar notion. 

Now, imagine it your significant other said to you, "Honey, I love you, but ..." Or if your boss said to you, "You're doing a great job, but ..." "This powerful conjunction puts a damper on the preceding positive clause," she explains. "Similarly, imagine if a potential customer heard a salesperson say, 'Our product is fast, easy, and affordable, but ... we don't have any units in stock until December.' In this case, the word 'but' creates a negative that didn't exist before."

Hear the difference when you replace the "but" with "and": "Our product is fast, easy, and affordable,and we'll have units available in December.

"If you want to keep the tone positive and motivate others to act, replace 'but' with 'and,'" she suggests.

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The word "fine" is a useful, descriptive adjective when you want to express superior quality or the highest grade, such as a "fine wine" or "fine dining." However, choose another word if you're answering questions such as, "How are you?" "How's the project going?" or "How is our new employee Sue performing?"

"In any situation where you're describing a state of being or your emotions, the word 'fine' is vague, overused, and colloquial — the word may even be perceived by others as dishonest and dismissive," warns Price.

She says people often reply with the word "fine" in less-than-satisfactory situations just to avoid confrontation. "That's why the Urban Dictionary defines 'I'm fine' as 'the most told lie in the English language.'"

Therefore, in the workplace, everyone knows from personal experience the word "fine" doesn't really mean fine.

"To be credible and convincing as a professional, choose another word to honestly communicate the true state of affairs," she suggests.

When someone asks how you are, or how your day is going, respond with something along the lines of: "Very well, thank you!" 

If someone asks, "How's the project coming along?" say something like: "On time and under budget! May I give you a quick update?" 

If they inquire about how the new hire is doing, try: "Sue is doing a superb job — she's great with people and a real expert in her field."

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"While you're at it, drop the word 'try,'" Price suggests.

"Imagine your boss says to you, 'I need your proposal by 10 a.m. tomorrow for the customer meeting.' Your reply is, 'Okay. I'll try to get it finished.' The word 'try' implies the possibility it may not get finished." 

No boss wants to hear this, as it presupposes possible failure, she adds. It also tells them you're not completely confident in your abilities to get it done, which isn't the message you want to send at work.

"Instead, why not say, 'I'll get it finished' or 'I'll have it on your desk by 9 a.m.'?" Price says.

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