Mother Nature has certainly revealed her ugly side this summer. As I walk alongside our beautiful oceanside community, that I am thankful to call home, I can’t help but think about the devastation that could have struck here. I hope that in times of crisis our neighbours and friends abroad would aid in getting the community through the tough times and to eventually rebuild what was lost.
As Hurricane Maria bares down on the northern Caribbean, just after Irma and Jose left a trail of destruction, I want to help in any way I can. Think twice before you send any blankets, clothes or toys into a disaster. Transporting, sorting and donated goods can divert resources away from more pressing work. Donating your time or a little money is the very best help.
Be aware of online scams and illegitimate websites to donate to and protect yourself.
Here is some information if you want to donate and helpful tips on how to avoid scams.
Red Cross - http://www.redcross.org
Red Cross is a company that organizes volunteers, donations and fundraising ideas.
Global Giving - https://www.globalgiving.org
The largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors and companies in nearly every country.
GoFundMe - www.gofundme.com
GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform. Simply type in “Hurricane” and any other care you wish to donate to.
Also, keep an eye out for any local events and parties in your community that you can attend, have a few beers and donate to make it count.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, the other for helping others” – Audrey Hepburn
When you’re interviewing for a new job, you’re likely aware of the common pitfalls that you should absolutely avoid. There are so many obvious dos and don’ts for a job interview, but what about the interview habits that seem smart but are hurting your chances at getting that offer letter?
1. Arriving to your interview inexplicably early.
Showing up 20 minutes late to an interview is an absolute no-no. In this instance persons will tend to show up too early. Surprisingly, you may think that arriving early is the best thing when all it is really doing is placing stress on the interviewer’s shoulders, for the reason being that they do not want you to wait a long period of time for them. If you decide to arrive early, walk over to a nearby coffee shop and give your notes another view.
2. Hitting the nervous button.
Admitting to the interviewer that you are nervous is definitely a bad idea. The interviewer understands job interviews are no fun, however, you want to present yourself as a confident candidate even if your palms are sweating. You should always exude as much confidence as possible — and if not, fake it until you make it!
3. Assuming that the interviewer is your friend.
In the present time, it is normal for individuals to do a little research on social media on your interviewer and their personal life. Even if they seem that they are the coolest person you have ever met, under no circumstances should you slip out of your professional side at any time during the interview.
4. Dressing too formal — or too informal.
First impressions are key! Dressing down pre-interview will initiate an awkward conversation, but it is highly crucial. However, if you are in a creative field, wearing a full suit is not the best option. A good reminder for office attire is to try to keep with the overall tone of the field and office atmosphere that you are interviewing in. It also does not hurt to call and ask before time.
5. Telling the interviewer what you think they want to hear.
It is not such a great idea to blatantly lie about anything on your resumé but the concept of telling the interviewer what they want to hear is not a good thing. On such an occasion it may feel like a good idea, seemingly if it is tiny, such as a minor exaggeration of your skills level. However, it is not honest of yourself to provide an inaccurate profile of who you are. Eventually in the end, the truth will somehow find its way to the surface.
6. You’re too honest.
Unfortunately, being too honest is just as bad as not being honest. In an interview you should never speak rude of your previous boss, no matter how bad they were. This will have your potential new boss wondering whether if you will say the same things about them when you are ready to resign. This regards your current company, colleagues, or boss.
7. You use too many buzzwords.
There are certain buzzwords we all use in a job interview that we know sound great but might not actually mean anything. Saying things like “I’m a team player!” or “I’m detail-oriented!” sound super positive, but are really just filler unless you’ve got solid proof to back them up. If you’re going to use these buzzy terms, make sure you have solid anecdotal evidence to go along with them, like the time you took one for the team on a major work project, or a specific way you’re dedicated to finite details in your position.
8. You’re an eager beaver.
While it’s never a good idea to seem too cool in a job interview, it’s also not a good idea to be overly enthusiastic either. Interviewers want to see a candidate that is engaged and excited about the position, but being too eager can read a little bit desperate. Treat the interview like an authentic conversation, and you’ll be much likelier to get a true feel for the company and your possible new colleagues, instead of trying to dazzle them with your charm and wit.
Now print out those resumes and go get that job of your dreams! You’ve got this.
Being more professional in the office can help you in many ways. You can gain respect from others, and it can help with being promoted.
Here are a few tips you can demonstrate to make yourself seem more professional. I’m not saying they’re easy, but they are simple… Keep in mind, nobody demonstrates them all constantly. You’re only human. Just try to be the best human you can be.
It’s good entrepreneurial advice to “fake it till you make it,” but your performance needs to be grounded in truth. Otherwise, no matter your skills, your deficits, your interests - or frankly, even the things you aren’t interested in - people can tell
2. Be well groomed and appropriately dressed
You should come into work every day clean and well-groomed to ensure you have a professional appearance.
Caring and self-awareness, combined with good communications ability, leads to prudence and the ability to be candid without giving offense.
Nothing says "professional" like accomplishments, especially repeated accomplishments over time.
This one is my most favorite of them all. Confidence without the ability to back it up is useless, but if you’re truly competent, own it.
This is a part of displaying confidence - knowing who you are and where you fit in the world, and owning your strengths and weaknesses.
7. Strategic thinking
Truly professional people identify their goals, then work backward to achieve them.
8. Communicating effectively
Speak clearly, and speak up when necessary. To communicate professionally, you need to show you can write and speak with confidence and clarity. Be an active listener during meetings and discussions and wait until someone is finished speaking to share your thoughts.
9. Maintain a positive attitude
Often, a professional attitude is a positive and motivated one. To be successful, you will need to demonstrate to others that you have the skills and knowledge to perform your duties and responsibilities.
People can depend on you to show up on time, submit your work when it’s supposed to be ready, and this is another way of building your colleagues, managers and clients relationship.
Remember, "professionalism is not a label you give yourself, it’s a description you hope others will apply to you".
The SteppingStones competition is still on! We are a little over 300 likes away from crowning our SteppingStones “SupperFan 3000”! Who will be the new “SuperFan 3000”? Who will hold the title SteppingStones “SuperFan 3000” until we hit 4000 “Likes”? Who will win all these goodies? We just have to wait and see!
Our current winner Lauren holds the title of the SteppingStones “SuperFan 2000” and she will hold this title until we hit our 3000th “Like” at which time we will crown our new SteppingStones “SuperFan 3000” and reward one of our followers “Likes” with some serious SteppingStones swag!
So if you would like to be the next winner of this basket full of goodies and the title SteppingStones “SuperFan 3000” all you need to do is “Like” the SteppingStones Facebook page and BOOM!!! You're in it to win it – it’s that easy.
One lucky follower will win the following:
Officially declared the SteppingStones “Superfan 3000”
Bottle of Rose Moët & Chandon
Invited to regular socials on island with the SteppingStones team
SteppingStones wine glass
SteppingStones wine bottle opener
SteppingStones cup holder
SteppingStones pink t-shirt
SteppingStones pink sunglasses
SteppingStones notepad, pens & paperclips
SteppingStones Day planer
Good luck to everyone! and thank you for “Liking”, Your Type of People.
Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It does not matter what your position is on the organizational chart whether it being Director or Receptionist, you have the ability as an individual to be the best leader that you can be. For your family, colleagues, and even yourself!
Fulfilling the role of a leader showcases your inspiring courage and passion for others. You can be a leader anywhere that you are, especially in a sophisticated work environment or in the comfort of your home.
1. Strive for intelligence.
Intelligence is the new style to wear everywhere that you go. No matter the location, individuals tend to be more drawn to the intelligent.
This does not include the individuals who say that they are smart or want others to think that they are always aware of what they are talking about primarily because of their job title.
And after that “smart” individual is finished, the real intelligence comes forth and they will begin to command and control the room.
2. Have no fear.
One of things about being a leader is that you have to step out of your comfort zone and do challenging things.
You need to become the person who others will look at, from how you plan your actions when you may need to advance by making a push into the unknown.
Individuals will often watch others that are fearless and willing to look foolish and fail.
3. Have that “Fire”.
No matter what it is you do, do it with passion. Persons who don’t have passion nor avidity will be like a needle in a haystack, hard to find and easily forgotten missed and forgotten.
Your opinion is valued. It is okay to get angry, emotional, or excited, because if you have a suggestion, keep it to yourself and do nothing about it then that’s exactly what is going to happen. Nothing.
4. Be genuine and give.
It is always better to give than to receive. Therefore, give your appreciation to everyone especially to those who aren’t expecting it.
Doing something as small and simple as this will make the ability that you have to impact and influence others very great, in comparison to someone that has a high title like a Director.
Earned leadership is far greater than inherited leadership.
After reading these four brilliant tips, if you’ve decided that you want to be a leader, you now have the right tools to do so.
There are lots of ways in which we can handle stress; my two things – Yoga & Art. (When one of those becomes stressful, which is not often, I’ll look to the other one) Unfortunately, in the middle of work, when something becomes overwhelming and stressful, I can’t just pick up a paintbrush.
My colleague recently shared an article; “12 Business Leaders on How They Handle Stress” written by Ashley Lee for Fortune (Full Article: http://amp.timeinc.net/fortune/2016/08/30/12-business-leaders-on-how-they-handle-stress/?source=dam&_lrsc=f88ce26b-44d4-4f87-ada3-866c07201d85) and a few pointers really resonated with me.
#3 Take a break. – Every now and then, or often, it’s good to take a break. Take 5 minutes, make yourself a coffee, go for a quick walk. Clearing your head can help.
#8 Remember what really matters. – Think about the bigger picture; at the end of the day, there are more important things.
#10 Plan ahead. – Being organized always helps me feel less stressed. If I have a plan for the day; I find I get things done, feel less stressed and accomplished.
And obviously for me #6 is my go to; Sweat it out! When you exercise, or do yoga in my case, “happy” endorphins are released so this reduces stress.
Hopefully these little tips from some of the top business people will help; don’t let stress get you down!
It seems everything in life these days causes stress; and that this stress can cause various health issues. According to numerous health sites such as the NHS, stress can cause headaches, insomnia, anxiety and depression. In the modern world, we all know this. But I recently read an article claiming that taking a vacation can actually stress you out. (WHAT?!) https://qz.com/1021728/going-on-vacation-is-stressful-according-to-recent-surveys-of-workers/?_lrsc=94206d59-0cc4-4e9c-9106-d7ec9f360c21
So, can taking a vacation stress you out more than not taking one? According to Jennifer and her article; she claims yes, but I personally don’t think so.
It is true that before a vacation one has to put in a few extra hours to make sure everything runs smoothly while you’re gone and once back, there are many emails that need to be dealt with but this shouldn’t stop you from going on vacation or relaxing while you are actually gone.
After recently taking my vacation after 13 months since my last; I can say it’s done me more good than harm.
According to another article, written by Lolly Daskal; there are actually scientific reasons why a vacation is good for you and how these can assist in the health issues that stress causes. https://www.inc.com/lolly-daskal/4-scientific-reasons-why-vacation-is-awesome-for-you.html
Moreover, a vacation is the time when you can spend time with family, visit a new country, experience something new, and get away from the office or environment where you spend all your time.
Even though I live in the Cayman Islands, where a lot of people come to take their vacation, I find everyone needs time away from their normal; even if it is a Caribbean island.
Take a vacation; promise you won’t regret it.
By Katie Schwandt
In recent months I’ve found myself plagued with hip and sciatica pain. Jokingly, I started chalking it up to my ripe old age of 33, but as the pain got to be more chronic, I had no choice but to reach out to medical professionals and my coach at the gym (@crossfit7mile)
I had received lots of treatment and coaching, varying from different sources, and there is one thing that both my coach and chiropractor could agree on. I’m a typical high-heel wearing, desk jockey.
It’s been a slow road to recovery, and I’ve constantly had to work on my posture and stretching throughout the day.
So here is my advice to all my fellow desk jockeys out there, be proactive and not reactive like me!
This is a great link to 7 simple stretches that we should be doing every day in between our countless emails, cups of coffee and witty colleague banter:
Here are a few katie-isms that I’ve learned along the way:
1. Heels: if you’re anything like me, you’ll be buried in my favourite high heels. This was easily the hardest thing for me to give up (at least wearing them all day long). While a cute flat pair of shoes, just isn’t the same, the 70-year old you will thank you.
2. Leg Crossings: I’m again going to pick on the ladies, but crossing your legs and sitting in that position for the majority of your day throws your hip balance off, could cause varicose veins, could raise your blood pressure and puts pressure on the nerve behind your knee, which supplies sensation to the lower legs and feet.
3. Water: Drink it. And when you think you’ve drank enough, drink a liter more.
4. Fascia: Learn what it is and why you need to stretch. It’s basically the meshing the holds all your muscles together (this in layman’s terms, by the way). I had no idea what is was before all this, and turns out, it’s important!
5. Big Giant Ball: I’m lucky enough to a have a boss who recognized that a chair was doing me no good! Plead with your managers or HR Staff and get a big ball in your office to sit on for at least an hour a day. It helps your back posture, eases the pressure on your hips and is just plain fun to bounce on. I actually found that I’m more productive as well! Something about the bouncing making you feel more energetic!
6. Weak Core and Glutes: As if I didn’t know already, but my abs and glutes simply aren’t strong enough! Planks and Raised Glute Bridges are the way forward and if you don’t know what they are, a good Youtube video is all you need!
Take care desk jockeys! And remember happy back, happy life!
June 1st was the start of the hurricane season and we would like to remind you of the following
Want to have more confidence, increased motivation, lower stress and the ability to basically rule the world? Sit up straight.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are the tropical gems of the Caribbean Sea.
Writing a resume can be hard; updating it after a long time can be even harder.
Good talent is extremely difficult to find. The most sought after candidates (those with the most experience/desirable experience) are usually already working and satisfied in their current job.
As most of us know, we have a public holiday in June in honour of the Queen’s birthday. However, this is not her real birthday, only her “official” one.
Having prepared tons of candidates over the years for interviews, one area candidates often struggle with is asking an effective closing question when the interviewer asks "do you have any questions for me?"
There's a misconception that if you accept a new role with the same job title in a new company that this would not be beneficial to your career, but this is not always the case!
We all know that life is stressful, pretty much every aspect of it, from getting to work on time, meeting deadlines, juggling your family responsibilities and trying your best to get some “you” time.
Have you ever woken up feeling even more tried than you felt before you went to bed? If your answer is YES! Then here are 5 tips that might enlighten you and help you sleep better!
The success of any individual leader is inextricably tied to the understanding, and relative standing, of HR itself inside an organisation.
As a recruiter, my job is more than keyword and database searching, sending resumes hoping one sticks.
Have you ever gone into work or walked into a classwork, or even your own home bombarded with tons of work to do?
Ask anyone who has worked internationally about their experience and I can bet they will tell you that it is one of the best things they ever did personally and professionally. Why?
Tony Robbins, one of my biggest entrepreneurial and life gurus said that of you are not growing, you’re dying in one of his well-known talks about raising your standards and I couldn’t agree more.
If you haven't visited or don't originally hail from the North East of England, you may be somewhat baffled by this phrase. In North-Eastern English dialect, 'shy bairns get nowt' is a well-known idiom that essentially translates to 'shy children get nothing'.
Cayman’s Premier hails local employment as ‘best for a decade’
Saving Money can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, we have it and then poof, it’s gone. Here are 7 short and simple step by step tips to help you save money this year.
As we ring in the New Year this weekend, many people will turn their mind to a New Year's resolution about their career - Katie's article earlier this week discussed how to go about creating your work-related resolutions for 2017.
For the majority of the business world, Christmas is a time when things slow down, people go on vacation, spend time with family and generally time feels like it pauses for a bit.
If you've been trying your very hardest to get the promotion you've always wanted, you may be going about it all wrong.
When looking for a new job there are a few things to consider. You may be a recent graduate and therefore have less experience than your competition when you’re entering the job market.
The festive season is now in full swing, and what better way to get into the spirit of things than by watching the Cayman Islands Drama Society’s ‘A Playhouse Family Christmas’.
We see a lot of interest from professionals with experience in Bermuda who are interested in relocating to Cayman.
As darkness falls tonight and as people settle down in front of their televisions, thousands of others will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and head for the door.
Save the date because the Singing Christmas Tree is back
The word “confidentiality” has both casual and legal meanings in the workplace and will have different meanings throughout your professional career.
Calling all SteppingStones Fans to “Like” and share our SteppingStones page so we can reward you for your “Like” with some serious SteppingStones swag!
After successfully mastering cover letters, resumes, and job applications, it’s time to understand how to succeed in a job interview so that you are closer to your goal of obtaining a job offer.
Now that summer is over and the kids are back in school, we are all having to readjust to the hectic school time merry go round – dropping the kids off, picking them up and chauffeuring them to various activities whilst dealing with increased traffic and our own professional and personal commitments.
It’s that time of year, summer break is over and kids are heading back to school. The doors of all schools are reopening to welcome our kids back.
Summer has finally come to an end – pack your bags, print off your schedules and don’t be late for your first day!
You’ve hired someone who you believed would be a great fit for your organization, but they’ve turned out to be a disaster!
Below is a beautiful poem by Joe Miller that I thought would help everyone get through their Monday's.
It is getting more and more difficult to ‘switch off’ from technology and get a good night’s sleep.
Recently here at SteppingStones Recruitment, we have begun introducing yoga into the workplace.
This past weekend marked the launch of the new ferry service that will shuttle passengers from Camana Bay to Rum Point and Kaibo.
Sunday 24th July 2016 is International Self-Care Day the focus of which is to promote healthy lifestyle self-care programmes in organizations and communities around the world by encouraging individuals to take ownership of their personal wellness in order to improve longevity and quality of life.
Work can be stressful from time to time and its very important to grab a few minutes for yourself.
Three weeks ago, SteppingStones started a competition called Steppingstones SuperFan 2000 with the goal of reaching 2000 “Likes” on our Facebook page.
When working in a professional industry, communication is key, especially in the recruitment industry!
This bank holiday weekend marks the beginning of the 2016 CayFilm Festival. As usual, the event will feature, films, panel discussions and celebrity guests.
Hi, all SteppingStones is one of the sponsors for this event tonight and we do hope to see everyone there!!
Following on from our previous blog on the importance of hurricane preparedness, here is some additional information on weathering the season starting with a list of the shelters in the most populated districts of George Town and West Bay.
As we all know the hurricane season has officially started and will run from June 1st until November 30th 2016 and with that being said, we would like to help you get prepared for this busy hurricane season.
This Saturday, June 11th 2016, over 800 swimmers will take to the sea to swim one mile in aid of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
There is a thin line between being a Friend and being a Manager to your staff; and it can sometimes be very hard to find that balance.
1. Fact finding exercise – how do you know if you don’t go?
Our world is constantly growing and updating day by day and the real possibility of your job being replaced by a computer or robot is getting greater and greater.
Most people's biggest job-hunting fear is being put on the spot by oddball interview questions such as these (which are real):
Every week, two of our staff here at SteppingStones Recruitment go the primary school in West Bay, Sir John A. Cumber, to play games and do activities with a few of the children.
Today is a leap day and in honor of that, here are 5 interesting and fun facts about a leap year.
The Chamber of Commerce’s annual Careers Expo is being held today 26th February 2016 at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) from 10am to 7:00 pm.
There's been so much going on lately that we haven't got around to telling you how much we loved sponsoring and attending Legends at Camana Bay!
The Cayman Arts Festival is currently underway and we had the opportunity to attend the opening event at the First Baptist Church on Thursday 18th February:
When people enter the workforce, they do so with their own perceptions and expectations.
Have you got an important interview coming up and you’re trying to prepare? It’s important to be aware that interviewers are leaning more and more towards unstructured job interviews…
Suits is an American iconic series that has redefined Corporate Luxury. If you’ve never seen the show it features a successful corporate lawyer named Harvey Specter who is known for his lavish lifestyle, winning mentality and corporate brilliance, which makes him a captivating protagonist.
This weekend sees the return of Legends Tennis entering it's 13th year – an amazing event hosted on the Court at Camana Bay.
Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s main annual fundraiser Stride Against Cancer is coming up this Sunday January 31st 2016, entering in its 11th year.
Music has always been an integral part of the human experience throughout the ages and with apparently good reason as scientists are now touting the myriad health benefits of playing and / or listening to music, particularly music that you like.
Every job seeker wants to stand out from the competition — but some candidates go about it all wrong.
Many of us work in a fast-paced environment and in order to be successful in this environment, here are some excellent tips on how to keep up and stay ahead:
The new year brings with it a number of inevitable things: resolutions that will either last the distance or be broken by this weekend, gym memberships, a pledge to eat healthily for at least the whole of January and a goal to save more money and spend more time doing the things you love.
If you’re anything like me, you have a list of things that you would like to achieve for 2016. New year, new you…and usually fitness is one top on this list!
If you’re anything like me, you have a list of things that you would like to achieve for 2016. New year, new you…and usually fitness is one top on this list!
As 2015 draws to a close, now is the time to reflect on how 2015 went and what changes you wish to make for the year ahead.
It’s that time of year, yet again. Time to make those New Year’s resolutions.
It is that time of year again when the Christmas decorations go up, along with the balance on your credit card!
If you're hoping to land a new job in the New Year, you've come to the right place.
Here at SteppingStones, we love all of our temps, but there’s a bunch that regularly shine apart from the rest when it comes to payroll time….
It’s that time of year again. It’s the holiday season and that means the 4 F’s; family, festivities, food and fun!
1. The demand for Temporary workers is at a high. Employers are often short-staffed due to many permanent employees being off on annual leave around the holidays so this is the perfect time to get your foot in the door!
The holiday season has started and First Assembly of God is kicking it off with the Singing Christmas Tree starting tomorrow Saturday 28 Nov, 2015 to Sunday 29 Nov, 2015 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm so if you are looking for something to do this weekend with the whole family, you are in luck! And even best the event is free to attend!
With the Holiday season fast approaching, Camana Bay is offering their usual annual festivities to get you in the Christmas spirit!
Pirates Week 2015 started on 12 November and will finish on 22 November 2015 and will be eleven fun filled days with music, street dances, competitions, games, wonderful local food and drink, kids day, glittering parade, sports events for everyone, Heritage Days, pirate invasion and fireworks galore!
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 silence finally fell across Europe when four years of a devastating and acrimonious world war finally came to end.
It’s the month of November and that can only mean 1 thing, its MOVEMBER MONTH.
Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralyzed.
When you think of boosting productivity, factors such as improving sleep, exercise and eating habits are probably amongst the first to come to mind, however many career minded people are now realizing that making time for ‘me-time’ or for solitude is also vital to maintaining optimum productivity.
Do you wish you were a morning person? I know I do, but I just can’t seem to make it work.
For the best possible people who can fit within your culture and contribute within your organisation is a challenge and an opportunity.
Did you go home from work yesterday still on fire from your mega productive work day? Or did you feel defeated from a day that you had, to drag yourself through ready to fall into bed and sleep it all away?
As everyone is quite well aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!
It’s that time of year when die-hard football and soccer fans are glued to their TV’s and are packing on the pounds from snacking on high calorie treats.
Whilst most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early states and encourage others to do the same.
Grand Cayman is known for its world class cuisine, and there is no better way to sample some of this cuisine than during Restaurant Month, which The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is bringing back for its 3rd year!
Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Whether you are interested in finding bargains, decluttering your home or taking care of your health whilst supporting a worthy cause, there is an event taking place this weekend that is perfect for you!
The ability to stay calm under pressure and control your emotions is directly related to your performance.
A recent article on UK-based website Mail Online, states that “the average boss looks at a curriculum vitae for just three minutes while one in five make a decision on a candidate after perusing it for under a minute.”
The Cayman community came together in full force to show support for the Heroes’ for Hannah event in support of The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer.
Its 9/11 and as many of you know today is a very touching day for many people who lost loved ones in the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon 14 years ago when nearly 3,000 people were killed and my heart goes out to each and every one of those family members.
In addition to being aware of correct interview etiquette, a topic even more important to reflect on would be the love you have for the job you are pursuing as a career.
Are you starting to think about the New Year and a potential change in job?
Well the summer has flown by and it is hard to believe that it is already almost September and almost time for the kids to go back to school! Many parents are busy with such preparations, buying school supplies and uniforms, organizing school lunches and all of the myriad tasks required for kids to be ready for the first day of school. But what about the rest of the school year? Are there things that parents can do to help maintain relative harmony throughout the school year while helping their child to have a successful school year? The folks at FamilyEducation.com believe that organization is the key and have some tips for helping kids (and Mom and Dad) to stay organized throughout the year. The best part is that your child will learn valuable life / self-management skills, which will serve them well in college and beyond.
I have summarized these tips below, please see the link below for the full article:
Checklists: Encourage your child to keep a ‘to-do” list of assignments, household chores, class materials etc. and to keep a separate homework book to track homework assignments.
Prioritizing homework assignments, in the order in which they should be done. For example by numbering them.
Set up a quiet, convenient and dedicated study area, with a designated study time - encourage good study habits.
Have an easy system for organizing notebooks and class materials, consider using color coded notebooks or binders and encourage your child to clean out and organized their back pack and papers every week.
Develop a household routine that ensures regular meals and a regular bedtime for your child. They need nutritious ‘fuel’ and lots of sleep to learn well.
A central family calendar is invaluable for helping everyone to stay on track and helps kids and parents to plan for the day and to minimize stress arising from last minute, frantic searching for homework, gym shoes, clean leotard, etc. Moms, you know exactly what I’m talking about! In fact, encourage your kids to layout their clothes/ uniforms and to pack all the items needed for the next day from the night before.
It is almost that time of year when the summer break is over and our kids will be heading back to school, in just a few weeks the doors of all schools will be open to welcome our kids back and I am here to share with you a few tips to help make you and your kid’s lives a little bit easier.
5 tips on How to get ready for going back to school, check out this link below and enjoy getting ready to get back in the swing of things for this new school year.
Here are some jokes to get you through your Friday.
Q: Why did the cookie go to the hospital?
A: Because he felt crummy
Q: Why did Johnny throw the clock out of the window?
A: Because he wanted to see time fly!
Q: Why was the baby strawberry crying?
A: Because his mom and dad were in a jam.
Q: What do lawyers wear to court?
Q: What did one toilet say to the other toilet?
A: You look flushed
Q: Why wouldn't the shrimp share his treasure?
A: Because he was a little shellfish
Q: What do you call a fake noodle?
A: An impasta
Q: What lights up a soccer stadium?
A: A soccer match
Q: Why shouldn't you write with a broken pencil?
A: Because it's pointless.
Q: What do call cheese that isn't yours?
A: Nacho Cheese
Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and twitches?
A: A nervous wreck
Q: How do you make a tissue dance?
A: Put a little boogey in it!
Q: What do you call a sleeping bull?
A: A bulldozer!
Q: What do you call a belt with a watch on it?
A: A waist of time
Q: What is the best day to go to the beach?
A: Sunday, of course!
Q: Why is England the wettest country?
A: Because the queen has reigned there for years!
Q: Why did the computer go to the doctor?
A: Because it had a virus!
Q: What happened to the dog that swallowed a firefly?
A: It barked with de-light!
Q: What do you get when you cross fish and an elephant?
A: Swimming trunks.
Q: What do you call the security guards who work at the Samsung store?
A: Guardians of the Galaxy.
Q: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Q: Why did the barber win the race?
A: Because he took a short cut.
Q: When does Friday come before Thursday?
A: In the dictionary
Q: Where do boats go when they get sick?
A: The dock
Q: Why did the scarecrow win an award?
A: Because he was out-standing in his field.
Q: Why is Peter Pan always flying?
A: He neverlands!
If that didn’t get you laughing, I don’t know what will.
Have a great weekend everyone!
The turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea make for the perfect location for an open water swimming event.
This Monday saw a blog entry from the lovely Theresa encouraging you all to start planning your family vacation… as of August 7th, Cayman Airways have now been operating 47 years as the National Airline of the Cayman Islands and to celebrate they are now offering huge discounts on airfares for the Fall. Now there is NO excuse to book a trip somewhere! The question is where to go…?
For the ultimate city break, why not choose the one and only New York City. Soak in the sights that you have seen in countless movies and shop till you drop. Leave feeling very smug that your Christmas shopping is all done!
Thrill seekers may choose Tampa, where they can visit Busch Gardens for the ultimate weekend of excitement and exhilaration. Family fun for everyone, the African themed theme park is open till midnight and hosts some of the best rollercoasters in the world.
For glam and glitz, look no further than Miami. Sip a cocktail on the world famous Ocean Drive and watch the glitterati go by.
In need of some serious relaxation? Why not hop the short flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica and do just that. Home to numerous luxury beach resorts, take only your bathing suits and a good book and just switch off. Montego Bay Marine Park also offers fabulous snorkeling and diving at coral reefs in the protected waters for anyone wanting a slightly more strenuous activity!
Escape to the jungle and visit La Ceiba, Honduras. Completely different to Grand Cayman in every way, this is a seriously adrenaline junkies paradise with options such as white water rafting to zip lining high above the lush tropical mountains.
Why not keep it local, and visit one of the two sister islands, Little Cayman or Cayman Brac. Tropical island getaways, these islands are small and perfectly formed and ready to be explored.
Cayman Airways are the only airline that allow you to check in 2 bags for FREE (perfect for those shopping destinations!) and a delicious in flight rum punch! So, all that is left to do, is pick your destination and get a cheap deal.
For more information visit https://www.caymanairways.com/FlyHappyCayman
Happy vacation planning!
In a recent article from Forbes called “The Biggest Mistakes 20-Something Job Seekers Make”, Susan Adams highlights some very valid points from Danu Ticktin Kopik. However as a 20-something year old I feel compelled to argue some of them in our 20-something favour! The mistakes (according to Adams and Kopik) included:
Acting Entitled – In the article we learn that an intern had informed their supervisor that they needed to leave early as they had a horseback riding lesson. This of course, is not acceptable on the first day but nowadays, many companies offer flexi time and tend to encourage after work activities as this helps with the work life balance that attracts Generation Y/Millennials in the first place.
Starting the process too late – On this we are told that waiting until after graduation for work experience is too late. In today’s competitive market I agree. However education is the key. Too many times have I interviewed candidates that ended up dropping out of their studies to work as they struggled to juggle both commitments.
Under-utilising the alumni network – This makes sense, utilising your alumni network is the key, however casting the net further is also important because everyone in your network will also be utilising or should also be utilising this route.
Doing poor research – She makes the point that just checking a company’s website is not enough and she is right, social media, publications and news articles are great sources of interesting information but try not to overdo it. Often candidates can fall into the trap of almost ‘overpreparing’ and mentioning facts about the company the interviewers themselves didn’t even know, which can lead to embarrassment.
Not showing enough appreciation for the interviewer – As a recruiter I have come across this personally, however I would not expect candidates to send a Thank You note. It can be a nice touch and although it is common in the US and other places, this is not the norm everywhere, a strong interview should be enough to leave a lasting impression.
Failing to show generational deference – She gives an example of an intern that went up to the Chief Diversity Officer and requested feedback on their internship. “Young people are so used to being included in conversations, they fail to grasp their position in the pecking order” – I totally disagree with this. What is wrong with showing some courage? Being proactive? Many employers appreciate this and would see it as a genuine sign of enthusiasm.
Written by Chelsea Flynn.
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Its summer time and the kiddos are out on summer break, this can only mean one thing! Its Family Vacation time!!! I have just booked my family summer vacation trip with Travel Pros to Disney World and you can do the same by checking out Travel Pros or Cayman Airways today.
If you are thinking about going off island for your family, Cayman Airway has a numbers of great deals on at the moment! Here is a list of some amazing deals to get you started.
- Travel Pros is offering a vacation package to Orlando this summer, your kids’ dreams will come true with a trip to Disney World Orlando.
- With up to 5 flights a week to Tampa, planning your family summer vacation is a breeze.
- Just an hour's flight from Grand Cayman, fly nonstop to La Ceiba this summer with an extra flight on Wednesdays.
- Choose from multiple nonstop flights a day from Grand Cayman to Miami this summer with prices starting at just CI$266 round trip.
- Getaway to a new adventure, with twice-weekly nonstop flights to Dallas this summer.
- Enjoy a week in Chicago with convenient nonstop flights this summer and let the adventure being.
- With nonstop flights to New York, it's easy to take a bite out of the Big Apple this summer and shop till you drop.
So with all these great deals and ideas take the step and start a family adventure vacation today!
A number of people who come to this beautiful island do so to take up an exciting new temporary or permanent role through SteppingStones.
So what’s the best way to settle in and make Cayman your home?
1. Say YES to everything! If you are invited to a party or outing, or even for a coffee with some new friends, make an effort to go along. You never know who you might meet and as the island is so small, you’ll find everyone knows each other.
2. Volunteer. As we covered in a previous blog, volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and meet people.
3. Sports. If you are the energetic type, there are all kinds of sports clubs in Cayman, ranging from Irish Gealic football to rugby to beach volleyball. With Cayman having such a wonderful climate, it’s a great way to spend your free time.
4. Network. Get to know people in the same industry as you, or with the same interests.
5. Share a house or condo. When you first arrive on island this is a great way to cut down on the cost of accommodation and also make friends in the process.
6. Explore the island. Cayman is so much more than just Seven Mile Beach and George Town. There are so many sights to see in the East End, and other places such as the Botanical Gardens and Pedro St James.
7. Check out Facebook sites like Cayman Friends or Caymums. These are great pages to meet people in the same situation as you – away from home and looking to meet new people.
Cayman is such a friendly place that settling in will take no time – you just need to embrace all that it has to offer!
I recently read an article written by Sarah Robb O’Hagan, president of Equinox where she shares 5 tips on staying motivated at work. I found them to be super helpful and hope you will too!
I am presenting to a group of college students tomorrow and have started to get a little anxious…will I be a good presenter? Will they like me? Will I fumble my words?
In order to ensure the future success of your organisation, you need to have effective leaders in place. Here are seven key traits that you might want to look for in your leaders:
School’s out for summer! Massive cheers from the kids, huge sighs from the parents.
Having recently joined the recruitment industry, it has been interesting to observe the importance of having regular interaction and socials with members of your temporary support team.
How you dress for your next job interview might be more important than you think.
The Cayman social calendar is packed at the moment, and next weekend it is the 2015 Cayfilm Festival beginning on Thursday 18th June and running until Saturday 20th June.
Ever wonder how we celebrate our Queen’s birthday? Well we do it with a public holiday, an award ceremony, an annual parade and a traditional garden party at the Governor’s House!
Do you find it difficult on a daily basis to keep positive? Life can be tough and it’s easy to get dragged down- however all we need is effective ways to stay positive in a (sometimes) negative world…
1st June sees the start of our hurricane season here in Grand Cayman, and if the weather outside the last few days is anything to go by, it’s best to start getting prepared in the event that we do experience a hurricane or extreme adverse weather.
Today, June 1st is marked as “unofficial” National Barefoot Day: a day where you can kick off your shoes and enjoy walking freely barefoot.
As many of you may already know, May 2015 has been designated as Child Month in the Cayman Islands.
Are you a job seeker and are actively interviewing? No matter how experienced you are, we all get a little nervous before a big interview!
Discovery Day, 18th May 2015, is much more than just another public holiday, it is the day when we celebrate the discovery of the islands by Christopher Columbus during his fourth voyage on 10th May 1503. Records show that on that day, Columbus’ son Ferdinand, made note of sighting two small islands filled with tortoises, and they were consequently named Las Tortugas.
We all know that no two people are the same - that is the beauty of human beings, the fact that we are all different! Life would be pretty dull if we all thought the same way.
Every year since the early 1980’s, during the first weekend in May, we have the Cayman Carnival which is also known as “Batabano”.
Networking is a fear many people share, some would even say it's one of the scariest steps of finding a job. Whether it's getting freaked out by small talk or the fear of forgetting someone's name, networking can be a scary.
We have all experienced the mid- morning, mid-afternoon energy slump when blood sugar levels plummet, leaving our brains and bodies starved for energy and lowering our productivity.
Do you have any spare time and would like to get more involved in the Cayman community? Volunteering is a great way to help others, while meeting people and making a contribution to the local community.
For all you sports junkies, coming to Cayman Islands this weekend is the Norceca Beach Volleyball Championship.
We all lose focus from time to time, but here are 3 simple ways to curb it and get back on track to be more productive!
Whether you work full time because you have to in order to make ends meet, or because you just love what you do, once you become a working mom, your life will be changed forever.
In the busy world that we live in today, prioritising your work and your personal life can come as a challenge.
SteppingStones Cayman Big Game 5 sees the return of Mexico on April 11th 2015, hoping to take revenge for their 46-13 defeat at the hands of Cayman in Big Game 1!
After a record year for tourism in 2014, arrival figures have continued to rise.
The long awaited Easter weekend, from Good Friday 3rd April 2015 through to Easter Monday 6th April 2015, is rapidly approaching and there are lots of fun family activities taking place on island.
Easter is only a week away and here in the Cayman Islands it is all about spending time with family and friends and reflecting on God’s blessings.
SteppingStones has a booth at the Career, Education & Training Expo that is taking place TODAY at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).
According to the most recent Credit Suisse Annual Hedge Fund Investor Survey, the growth of the hedge fund industry is looking very positive due to investors forecasting around a 14.4% increase for 2015.
Next week sees the Cayman Chamber of Commerce Careers, Education and Training Expo 2015 take place. It is Cayman’s biggest educational event of the year.
Welcome to March! There is always something happening here on this beautiful island and this month is no exception.
As a local, anyone could guess what a ritual Sunday is like, you’ve got three options that nearly everyone takes part of.
I was telling someone the other day how much I love my job, I mean really love it, and it occurred to me that I am more than likely in the minority.
Some companies have not heard of employee retention and after all the time and money they spend on recruiting talent, they do very little to retain their talented employees. Here are some ways to avoid that talent walking out the door:
Grand Cayman has had an eventful few days following the long-awaited Legends Tennis 2015 which returned for its 12th year running as well as the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit 2015.
With Valentine's Day upon us tomorrow, Grand Cayman is a great place to celebrate the romantic holiday.
We’ve all had that Sunday night feeling….the anxious wait for Monday to come round and the start of another week.
We can all get a little stressed at work from time to time, but how is it best to deal with it?
January 26th here in the Cayman Islands marked the celebration of National Heroes Day, which is 1 of Cayman’s most memorable and patriotic annual observances public holidays.
It’s an age old term that we hear time and time again: ‘do one thing every day that scares you’.
Being a full-time working mother can lead to feelings of guilt and stress because of divided attention between work and family.
Money does not necessarily motivate us to work harder so it might be time to look at the way people are rewarded.
Forbes Shared an extremely interesting article featuring the world’s top 10 highest ranking women in terms of their achievements in business.
We are halfway through the first month of a brand New Year and hopefully everyone’s resolutions are still in full swing.
The New Year has arrived, and it brings with it a chance to create a new you and make a fresh start.
Now that the New Year’s celebrations and the first week of 2015 are behind us, it is time to start checking into the exciting and fun local events coming up in 2015.
Let’s kick start 2015 with some exciting events in Grand Cayman that will bring out your inner foodie!
Did you make any New Year resolutions or have any New Year resolutions in mind for this New Year?
So the year 2014 has come to an end and what better way to celebrate New Year’s eve than on of the world’s best beaches, surrounded by loved ones around a bonfire.
So here we are, another year gone, Christmas is less than one week away, and I am sure you are all starting to think about your ‘New Years’ Resolutions’ for 2015 right?
Ah, it's 'that' time of year again. The holiday season is in full swing and it is always busy busy, whether out celebrating with your work colleagues, catching up with friends or simply shopping till you drop, Christmas, although fun and sparkly, can also be physically and mentally draining!
The definition of wellness is associated with the quality/state of your mind, body and health, particularly due to a conscientious effort - but how important is this when related to the work place environment?
After the celebrations of Thanksgiving this week, it had me thinking. Even though I was not brought up with this traditional day of thanks, I was drawn to the reasons why people celebrate it until this day.
Anthony Robbins has built an excellent reputation in motivational speaking over the past 3 decades.
During times of expansion, restructuring and general movement within a business, it is easy, perhaps even correct, to focus on nothing but the excitement of building your staff, increasing your numbers, always looking to the next hire.
According to a recent JobsOutlook report published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), eight out of ten employers (79%) are using temporary support staff to provide short-term solutions to gaps in strategic skills within their workforces.
Cayman has its fair share of high achieving women within the workplace, especially within Government.
Networking is not easy at times, in particular if you are not comfortable engaging in conversation with complete strangers.
There are multiple steps one should take when preparing for an interview. Make sure to be in appropriate attire, have copies of a resume available and come prepared.
Often you may find yourself in a situation where your boss asks a question, but you're unsure what the answer is.
You have made the decision to leave your current position, and then your boss presents you with a counter-offer in a bid to convince you to stay. What is the right thing to do?
As part of the recruitment process, HR professionals and hiring managers are likely to post a description of the job they are trying to fill onto internal and external job boards, and shortlist suitable candidates from the applicant pool.
In an ever increasing world of stress and deadlines, recruitment is always the icing on the cake when it comes to long ‘to do’ lists and additional headaches in the office.
The Chamber of Commerce Careers, Education, Training and Jobs Expo is taking place RIGHT NOW at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) auditorium.
Whether you are a college student who’s just starting out, a home maker returning to the work force or a successful professional seeking career advancement or change, it makes sense to spend some time each year on designing or updating your written ‘Career Plan’.
Whether you are writing or updating your resume or preparing for that all important interview, having a clear idea of your job skills and being able to communicate these to your prospective employer can significantly impact your chances of being hired.