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Interview Tips
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This is your one-stop-shop for resources to help you prevail through your job search. Whether you’re looking for interview advice, job search tips, or an outlook on the labor market, JSG has you covered. We have tons of resources to help guide you to a successful job search. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

How To Job Search While Currently Employed

How To Job Search While Currently Employed

As the economy recovers, employees are leaving their current positions in droves. Throughout the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, many clung to less-than-ideal jobs for the sake of stability. Now, they are ready to take the next step in their career! If you find yourself in this position, you may be wondering how to do this successfully in a market that is still full of unknowns. Don’t worry; we’re breaking down all our best tips to job search while currently employed so you can land that next position. 

Be Respectful of Your Current Employer 

One of the most important things to keep in mind as you search for a new job is to be respectful to your current position. Don’t spend time at work looking for new jobs or working on your application materials. When the time comes for interviews, try to schedule before or after work if you can. If that’s not possible, be sure to block that time off on your calendar as an appointment. There is no need to disclose more information, but you do need to be transparent about your time away. 

Worker Smarter, Not Harder 

As you job search while still fulfilling your current position’s duties, your time will be limited. This is why it is essential to work smarter, not harder! First, sign up for job alerts that match your expertise on sites like IndeedLinkedIn, and Johnson Service Group. Then, spend a few evenings or a weekend getting your job materials updated. You will still need to customize your resume and cover letter for each position, but having good solid templates will save you a lot of time in the long run. 

Know Your Must-Haves 

Time is of the essence during a job search, which is why you must utilize it to your advantage. You don’t want to waste your time pursuing jobs that won’t be the right fit. So, before you jump into a job search while currently employed, make a list of your must-haves. These should be non-negotiable items that you will not sacrifice in your next position. Think of things like remote work options, flexible schedules, matching 401k, and opportunities for advancement. It’s nice to distinguish these from the “nice-to-have” perks that you’re willing to forfeit.

It’s part of your career journey

Despite what societal expectations may say, it is okay to search for a new job while you’re employed. In fact, it’s an essential part of designing your career to be exactly the way you want it. However, these guidelines will help you do it the right way! If you’re interested in more job search and interview tips, take the time to explore our candidate resources.

How to Format Your Professional References

How to Format Your Professional References

If you are one of the many employed job seekers looking for greener pastures, it’s time to formulate a list of references. Your list must comprise of professional references that can eloquently speak to your credentials and qualifications for the job. It’s crucial to have this document prepared, so you don’t have to scramble to gather your contacts when a hiring manager requests them. If you are getting ready to create or review your professional references, here is why hiring managers ask for them and some tips on how to format them correctly.

Why do employers request professional references?

A hiring manager will ask you to provide a list of references at some point in the job application process. Typically, it’s towards the end of the hiring process, but some companies may ask for your references as you fill out your application. They want to hear from your peers, colleagues, or former managers to gauge how well you can perform the essential job duties. Also, your references serve as a guide to see how well you fit as a team player and co-worker. Your resume can provide insight into your capabilities, but your contacts can shed light on you as an employee.

What to include on your professional reference list

When submitting your professional references, we always recommend having them in a separate document. Listing your references on your resume can be distracting from all of your excellent qualifications and skillsets, and they take up valuable space.

When preparing your list of references, here is what you should include:

  • Include your name and contact details at the top of the page
  • Have three to four references (or however many the employer specifies)
  • Each reference should include their full name, job title, the company’s name and address, and their contact details
  • A brief sentence or two on your professional relationship

Professional reference example

Here is an example of how to properly format your professional references:

Jane Doe

Recruiting Manager

ABC Company

Chicago, IL 65432

(123) 456-7891 | jdoe@abccompany.com

Jane was my recruiting supervisor with my previous employer.

Now, all you have to do is repeat this process for your other references, and you will be in good shape!

Always ask for permission

Before you ever submit your list of references, you must ask each of them for permission. Most people would be happy to provide a recommendation for you to move onto another opportunity. However, the last thing you want to do is catch one of your references off guard. Even if they have given their permission in the past, it’s crucial to ask them before submitting again. Giving them a heads up will help each of your references be on the lookout for a phone call or an email to provide a recommendation. Plus, reaching out to each one allows you to double-check that you still have their current contact details to ensure there are no hiccups when your prospective employer begins to reach out to them.

Selecting the right references

Choosing the proper references for the job is just as important as formatting your list. Unfortunately, you cannot submit the same list over and over again. Just like your resume, you must tailor your references for the job at hand. You want to select people that will bolster your candidacy by elaborating on your skill sets, relevant projects, and qualifications. You never want to choose a colleague or former boss that cannot attest to your skills that are relevant to this job opportunity.

Need more job search advice?

So, here are a few easy tips to effectively format your professional references. If you are looking for more job search or interviewing advice, look at our candidate resources! We have an extensive collection of valuable tips, tricks, and guides to help you successfully navigate through your job search. Good luck, and happy hunting!

Should You Send A Post-Interview Thank-You Note

Should You Send A Post-Interview Thank-You Note?

Do you always send a thank-you note after an interview? Although still a norm for most job seekers, a recent poll from Andrew Seaman, a Senior Editor for Job Search & Careers at LinkedIn, revealed some interesting insights about thank-you messages. In the survey, only 59% of participants said they always send a thank-you note. 29% said it depends on the situation or they sometimes they send one, while a shocking 13% of respondents never send one. So, should you be sending a thank-you note after each interview? Yes, you definitely should, and here is why they add value to your candidacy.

Thank-you notes express your gratitude

Some think writing a thank-you note is old school, but it’s an easy and effective way to express your gratitude. If you have ever been a part of a hiring team, you understand how time-consuming and stressful the hiring process can be. Sending a brief message that illustrates your gratitude to your interviewers for taking the time out of their busy schedules goes a long way. It also can help reinforce your interest in the position and keep you in the back of the hiring team’s minds as they make a decision.

We always encourage the candidates we represent to send thank-you emails after their interviews. Most of our clients let us know if they don’t, which shows how much importance many employers put on receiving them.

It can be more challenging during remote interviews

Many people said they don’t always send a thank-note after an interview because it can be challenging to reach everyone during a virtual interview. Some or all of the interviewers you meet with may all be working remotely. If someone from HR sets up the interview, it can be challenging to secure their details to send a thank-you message after your meeting. However, job seekers need to adapt their thank-you note strategy. If you don’t communicate directly with the hiring manager, you can typically find their contact details pretty easily online. Have a pen and notepad at the ready during your interview so you can jot down the hiring team’s names (and some notes about your conversations with them!). Then, after your meeting, look them up on LinkedIn or check the company website to see if their contact info is on there.

However, if you are still struggling to find everyone’s contact details, it’s okay to send a thank-you email to one of the interviewers and ask them to share your gratitude with the others.

Thank-you note best practices

If it’s been a while since you last crafted a thank-you note (or if you have never sent one), we are here to share some best practices with you.

First of all, send your thank-you note right away. We recommend sending it within a couple of hours after your meeting. The longer you wait, the least effective your message will be. Too often, a candidate sends their message several days afterward, and by that point, they may already be out of contention.

Furthermore, keep your thank-you message short and sweet. Hiring managers are busy, and they don’t have time to read a novel if they are actively interviewing candidates.

Also, in your message, make sure you are tying in specific details about your interview. Did you have a conversation about a mutual hobby? Was there a particular problem you enjoyed discussing? Do your passions align well with the company’s vision or mission statement? Whatever you discussed, tie it into your thank-you note to reiterate your conversation and show your interest in the position.

Finally, customize each note for every interviewer. Yes, we recommend sending a thank-you message to everyone in the meeting. If you took some notes during your interview, this should be a piece of cake! Try and make every message personalized to illustrate you were paying attention to each interviewer. A personalized thank-you will go a long way when the hiring team is discussing you and your qualifications amongst each other.

The perfect thank-you note example

Are you looking for an example to help craft the perfect thank-you message? Look no further! Here is a template with some pointers to help you write a compelling, engaging thank-you note.

Why Hiring Managers Ask About Your Hobbies in Interviews

Why Hiring Managers Ask About Your Hobbies in Interviews

Sometimes the most innocent interview questions can catch us off guard. Hiring managers often ask, “what are your hobbies?” or “what do you like to do for fun outside of work?” You might be curious about the intention of these questions. Are they just trying to get to know you better? Or are they trying to read into your hobbies to see how you will fit with the company’s culture? Here are a few reasons why hiring managers ask about your hobbies in interviews.

It’s often an icebreaker question

Most of the time, asking about your hobbies is just an icebreaker question. In most situations, hiring managers will start with a few simple questions to get the interviewee talking and help them feel more relaxed during an otherwise tense setting. Asking about your hobbies is an easy way to help candidates open up and get them to speak more authentically throughout the interview. When the interviewee feels a little more relaxed, they are more likely to be themselves rather than put up a facade of what they think the hiring manager is looking for. So, if this question is brought up early on in your meeting, don’t read too much into it.

Shows what candidates are passionate about

Also, when hiring managers ask you about your hobbies in interviews, they may be trying to discover your passions. Sure, you can say your passions align with the company’s core values and mission statement. But do your hobbies back up these principles? Asking about your hobbies outside of work is an excellent way for hiring managers to get a better picture of the real you. It’s easy to put up a wall during an interview and show them what you think they want to hear. But a candidate divulging what they enjoy doing outside of work can provide better insight into what drives them and what they care about.

Hobbies can identify transferrable skills

When a hiring manager asks about your hobbies, they are sometimes trying to identify transferrable skills. Sure, you may have three years of experience in your field, but does your love of rock climbing or crocheting blankets have skills, such as leadership or attention to detail, that can translate to the job you are applying for? Basically, sharing your hobbies with hiring managers can help them understand how well-rounded you are as a person.

Additionally, these transferrable skills are even more significant for entry-level candidates with little to no real experience. If you are fresh out of school or made a career change during the pandemic, you may have little to no experience in this field or industry. However, understanding your hobbies and how you spend your free time can help the interviewers grasp what you can bring to the table, even if you don’t have direct experience.

When discussing your hobbies, be honest and provide examples

So, when you are asked this question in your interview, how do you tackle this question? First of all, have some appropriate hobbies at the top of your mind. Yes, we all like watching Netflix and hanging out with our friends. However, you must share hobbies that add value to your candidacy and reflect some of your skill sets. Think of hobbies that demonstrate drive, personal development, leadership qualities, and/or creativity. So whatever hobby you decide to share during your interview, be ready to provide examples and express why you enjoy that hobby. Explaining why you enjoy volunteering at your local food bank or cross-country skiing allows you to inject your personality during the hiring process and show off some of your soft skills that can be useful in this role.

Regardless of what hobby or activity you choose, do not lie about it. If you say you love playing chess and actually have no idea how to play, and you just want to look clever, you are in a world of trouble. Never lie about a hobby. The hiring manager may ask detailed questions about it, or coincidentally, share the same hobby. If you cannot intelligently discuss it, it won’t add value to your candidacy (and can hurt your chances if they suspect you are lying).

Are you looking for more job-search advice?

So, these are three reasons why hiring managers ask about hobbies during an interview. If you are looking for more job-search advice, take a look at our candidate resources! We have hundreds of helpful guides, articles, and tips to help you successfully land your next job.

How To Inject Your Personality Into Your Job Search

How To Inject Your Personality Into Your Job Search

When you are applying for a job, you must stand out amongst the rest of the applicants. But how? The best way to make a great impression is to let your personality shine in multiple ways throughout the hiring process. Here are four spots perfectly primed for you to inject your personality into your job search!

On Your Resume 

Showing a bit of personality on your resume can be tricky, but it is possible! (Keep in mind, this is all relative to your industry. If you’re in a more stiff professional sector such as banking, you might want to skip this one!) If you’re in a creative field, try showing a subtle and tasteful color into your headings or try out a more artistic layout. One of our favorite ways to highlight who you are is to showcase some of your passion projects or relevant hobbies. We find that often, your hobbies can benefit your professional life in a variety of ways!

In Your Cover Letter

If you’re required to submit a cover letter, it’s a great space to show a bit of your personality naturally. You can use the introduction to kick it off with a bang to grab the hiring manager’s attention right away. Then, in the meat of your cover letter, let your personality shine by highlighting some of your favorite projects and recounting your relevant work history. Finally, leave a lasting impression with a confident conclusion.

Throughout Your LinkedIn Profile 

With how accessible social media is these days, LinkedIn should be an active part of your job search strategy. Furthermore, it’s the perfect spot to give the hiring manager a glimpse into who you are. You have more creative freedom to inject your personality into your job search on LinkedIn than you do with any other step in the process. From your cover photo to your summary to your activity feed, you can show off your best professional self. Brush up on some of our best LinkedIn tips here.

Inject Your Personality During Your Interview 

Last but certainly not least, the interview. Chances are, you’ll have numerous opportunities to highlight your personality throughout an interview. Keep in mind that when an employer is hiring, they don’t just want a skillset; they also want you! Don’t be afraid to discuss how you got where you are today, inspirations, passions, and more. And if they ask you what your hobbies are or what you like to do for fun? Have a couple of go-to answers that extend beyond “watching Netflix and hanging out with friends.” Share something unique and insightful that will help you stand out from other applicants.

So, those are four easy ways you can inject your personality into your job search. Are you interested in more job search advice? Explore our candidate resources here!

When Should You Ask About WFH in the Hiring Process?

When Should You Ask About WFH in the Hiring Process?

As the country continues to heal from the aftermath of the pandemic, more jobs are returning. According to the latest JOLTS report, there are 9.2 million job openings as of May 2021. Furthermore, over 850,000 jobs were added by the U.S. economy, significantly surpassing economists’ projections of 700,000. So, with so many jobs available and 42% of employed job seekers looking for greener pastures, more people are starting to dip their toes into the job market. But if you are looking for a new position and want (or even need to) work remotely, when is the best time to broach this question? Here is when you should ask about working from home during the hiring process.

WFH policies are usually in job descriptions

So, if you are searching for a new job opportunity and remote work is a must-have, when should you ask the hiring manager? Typically, job descriptions will give you some indication of the company’s work from home or hybrid policies. Explaining the onsite or remote work policies in job descriptions became the norm during the pandemic, and now that we are well into recovery mode, most employers are still making this clear. Job descriptions are either clarifying that they are onsite positions to avoid any confusion, or employers are giving a glimpse at their remote work policies to lure in new candidates. Either way, most employers are (and should) share these details in their job descriptions.

When to pop the WFH question

However, if there is no mention of the company’s policies, you may have to ask for clarification. So, if working from home is an absolute must, when should you ask about WFH in the hiring process? It’s usually best to ask at the beginning of the process to save both you and the employer time. If the hiring manager or recruiter does not mention the topic at the beginning of an interview or pre-screening, you can safely ask towards the end of your conversation. Generally, this topic will come naturally during an initial interview, as most employers want to make their policies know upfront. If they do not support any remote work or hybrid working formats, they will usually be straightforward to weed out candidates with remote work as a main priority.

Nevertheless, if remote work is a deal-breaker for you, you should ask about it during that initial interview. Even if a company supports remote work or a hybrid schedule now, that doesn’t mean they will do so, say six months from now. Many companies are still evolving to offer safe working environments for their staff. In other words, the employer’s remote work policy may not be set in stone and could change as time goes on. So, if this conversation does not arise during your initial interview, you should ask for details towards the end of your meeting.

How to ask about working from home

If you need to broach the subject, you can easily do so with a quick question. Here is an excellent example of how to ask about WFH during the hiring process:

“The job description did not clarify if this position is onsite only or offers the opportunity to work remotely. Can you please elaborate on your work from home policy?”

This question is a simple way to get a better idea of the company’s WFH situation. But if you absolutely must work from home and you need to ensure remote work is a permanent perk at the company, you can clarify their policy with the following question:

“So, you mentioned that some employees are currently working remotely. Is this a policy [company name] plans on supporting in the future?”

Asking this question is an excellent way to understand the company’s stance on working from home permanently.

Don’t be afraid to ask

At the end of the day, don’t be afraid to ask the employer about their WFH plans. Policies are changing, and remote work is more convenient in specific locations and industries. As long as you ask earlier in the hiring process, you are in good shape. Just like with the salary and benefits, never start the conversation off with the company’s opinion on working from home. And even if they do not support a hybrid workforce, that doesn’t mean they won’t make an exception for the right person. You don’t know until you ask, but you must ask at the appropriate time.

5 Video Interview Mistakes to Avoid

5 Video Interview Mistakes to Avoid

Ah, the dreaded video interview. You might have nightmares of answering a question while still on mute, having your computer freeze mid-elevator pitch, or your cat walking across your keyboard as you try to explain how detail-oriented you are. And while virtual interviews present a unique set of challenges, they don’t have to be anxiety-inducing. Keep reading for five video interview mistakes you should avoid and how to do so professionally.

Having A Messy Background  

One of the detriments to interviewing over video is that you are exposing your personal space. With a traditional interview, you’re traveling to their office and thus don’t have to worry about presenting an organized and professional environment. Keep your area clear of clutter, make sure there’s plenty of natural light, and limit the amount of stuff in the background.

Dressing Unprofessionally  

You’ve seen the horror stories of people not wearing pants on Zoom calls. Don’t be that person! Make sure you are dressed professionally from head to toe (even if you think you’ll only be on camera from the waist up.) Additionally, consider how specific colors and patterns look on camera. A good rule of thumb is to stick with neutrals and clean lines. A blazer with a plain shirt underneath is always a great bet!

Not Practicing Beforehand  

No preparing before your interview is one of the biggest video interview mistakes you can make. With all of the complications that technology can bring, you do not want to be caught off guard! Test out your video camera (don’t forget to check your background while you’re at it!), make sure your audio works okay, and most importantly, find a spot in your house that gets excellent Wi-Fi. Most employers will be understanding if you have technical difficulties. Still, it can throw off your confidence if you have to repeat things or move locations to find better Wi-Fi in the middle of your interview.

Not Limiting Distractions  

When video interviewing from your home, this is a big one. Put the dogs outside, find something to occupy the kids, and turn your phone on silent. Now, we understand that some interruptions are inevitable. The mailman might set off your dog, or your kid desperately needs fruit snacks at the most inconvenient times. In these cases, it can be helpful to be upfront about your environment right when the interview starts. For example, say, “Before we get started, I did want to warn you that my 3-year-old is in the next room. I explained to him that I had an important meeting, but we all know how that goes!” Interviewers will appreciate your honesty and communication.

Not Taking Advantage of the Benefits Video Interviewing Offers  

Last but perhaps most importantly, do not miss an opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of video interviewing. That’s right, along with all the challenges, there are good sides to a virtual interview! Unlike an in-person interview, you can surround yourself with tools to help guide you through an interview. Think of answers to tough questions like “what is your greatest weakness?” or some quick notes on recent accomplishments the company has gained. Another great thing to have handy is some questions to ask when you get to the interview’s final minutes. These can all be transcribed in a word document on a second screen, jotted down on sticky notes surrounding your laptop, or even just written out in a notebook on your desk.

Don’t be intimidated by these video interview mistakes

In the end, you don’t have to be intimidated by video interviews. While they do come with a unique set of challenges, they also present a few opportunities to show your personality and prepare ahead of time. Are you interested in more interview advice? Explore our library here!

Interview Tips to Help You Land Your Next Job

Interview Tips to Help You Land Your Next Job

Interviews are an essential step to a potential job opportunity to show off who you are and showcase how you will make a positive impact. As you start to land more interviews, nerves can be a familiar feeling headed into an interview when thinking about why you would make a great fit. This feeling is normal and can sometimes bring a lot of stress to someone. That is why we will breaking down some essential tips to help you land your next job. 

Confidence is Key 

It is no secret that any potential employer will want to see some confidence in any candidate they interview. That is why practicing the way you talk throughout your interview is imperative. If you can portray that you are confident in your work and yourself, it will impress any hiring manager. Having confidence in your ability to talk is not the only thing, but also how you prepare for the interview itself. By researching the company or business you are interviewing for, you will feel more confident about why you want the position and how you will fit into that specific role. This research can help you connect your experience from your resume to the job you are applying for, giving the hiring manager a better sense of how you make a positive impact.

Connecting these dots is a great way to follow up with specific interview questions, showing them that you are excited about this opportunity. Overall, having confidence coming into an interview will naturally give off a great impression to any hiring manager and help you land your next job.

Knocking Down the Interview Questions 

During your interview, you are going to be asked a ton of questions. Some questions will be easier than others, but clearly answering all the questions is essential to land your next job. The main idea of answering any interview question is showing value and demonstrating and providing examples. You mustn’t ramble past the original question and keep your responses to a reasonable length. Hiring managers can lose focus if you start to wander on one question and lose track of what you are saying. It is essential to keep your responses to questions focused on the topic and relating it back to your prospective new job.

If you want to knock down your interview questions and land your next job, practice your answers to some of the most common (and tricky) interview questions.

Show Off Who You Are 

The whole point of an interview is to show off your personality and who you are. Hiring managers want to get a sense of who you are, so it is crucial to take advantage of small talk and storytelling. In going into and out of your interview, you will find some time to talk to the hiring manager about random things that pop up. For example, talking about the weather outside and what activities you like to do outside of work. This chit-chat can be an excellent opportunity to illustrate some of your personality and help you establish rapport with the hiring team. When storytelling, you have a chance to create a narrative of your career and what you want to do in the future. Again, this is an excellent opportunity to give the interviewers a sneak peek into your personality and help you land your next job.

Follow Up 

Finally, after any interview you have, it is crucial to thank the hiring team for their time. Always make sure to send a thank-you email and reiterate your gratitude for the interview. In your email, you should briefly summarize why you are a perfect fit for the team and what you can bring to the table. Are you interested in more interviewing tips or tricks? Check out our interview prep and advice resources to help you land your next job! 

What To Include On Your Personal Website

What To Include On Your Personal Website

When you want to stand out during your job search, creating a personal website is a great way to do so. There are tons of paid or free options that make it really easy to put together an online representation of you and your professional life, such as SquarespaceWordPress, or Wix. Not so design-savvy? Partner with someone on a site like Fiverr to craft one for you! Regardless of the method, you need to have a solid outline of what to include on your personal website to set you apart from the crowd. Here are four things you should always include:

Introduction

Now, just because this is coined as a “personal” website doesn’t mean it is a space to tell your whole life story. Keep it professional and straightforward while letting a bit of your personality shine through! Include your introduction front and center on your personal website, so they get to know you right away. Introduce who you are, what you’re passionate about, and where you aspire to take your career. The field in which you work largely determines how creative you can be here, so try to meld your tone with the overall tone of your industry.

Work History

This does not need to be as extensive as your resume, but a visual representation of your work history can be helpful. It’s also a great way to include interactive links so your prospective employers can learn more about your past. Your personal website can also be the perfect place to expand more on your skillsets, whether they were honed through work experiences or not!

Portfolio

Your professional portfolio can vary greatly depending on which industry you are in. If you’re a designer, it will consist of visual images or graphics. A writer? Writing samples galore! Have an engineering background? Highlight some of your most significant projects. No matter the field, include as many links as possible so the hiring manager can explore more details of your accomplishments.

Relevant Links

Speaking of links, you might have picked up on a trend throughout this article. Personal websites are ideal for sharing links! In addition to work history and portfolio links, include links to any professional social media. LinkedIn is an obvious one (click here for tips on getting your LinkedIn job search ready!), but maybe you also have an Instagram account to showcase your work or run a mastermind group on Facebook. Anything that is a representation of you as a professional is fair game!

While your personal website is still a piece of your professional puzzle, don’t be afraid to show a little creativity. One of the most significant benefits of this job search tool is that it allows you to tell your story and show prospective employers who you are. If done right, it can be just the thing to set you apart from your competition and land you your next position!

What’s the Best Day to Work from Home?

What’s the Best Day to Work from Home?

Hybrid working schedules – where you work some combination of in the office and remotely – are gaining in popularity. Thousands of companies shifted to supporting a remote workforce, and many of these employers are continuing to do so post-pandemic in some capacity. However, how these hybrid working schedules will be structured is a mystery to most. Some employers are designating which days their staff can WFH, while others have the flexibility to choose their schedules. So, what’s the best day to work from home without raising any red flags with your employers?

Mondays and Fridays

For most employers, the beginning and the very end of the week are a no-go, which is not a surprise for many. These days are off-limits for most employers, and if you have the opportunity to choose your days off, you’re better off choosing one of the other three days in a workweek. Unfortunately, the automatic thought for most employers about working from home on Mondays and Fridays is you are either extending your weekend or trying to coast into the next one. This is obviously not true for many works, but this is the perception that it can create choosing one of these days.

You can argue that you can start or end the week on a strong note by working from home on one of these days. You wouldn’t have to commute and sit in traffic and can get right to work. However, there are better days to work from home in most situations.

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Tuesdays and Thursdays are better options for most. Working from home on one of these days offers a nice break into the workweek. Before the pandemic, I worked remotely every Tuesday and Thursday. It provided a nice flow to the week: one day in the office, one day at home, one day back in the office, one day at home, and one more day in the office. It gave me a nice balance for the week. Also, it allowed me to plan specific tasks that were more suitable for the office environment (meetings, collaboration, etc.) and other activities that were more appropriate to my home “office.”

However, you may only get the opportunity to work one day from home. In that case, working remotely on a Tuesday or a Thursday may not be ideal. It may feel like your time is chopped up if you work from home only after one day at the office and then three more days straight in the office from Wednesday through Friday. The same goes for Thursdays. It may be challenging to work from home on a Thursday and then have to return to the office on Friday to finish out the week.

Wednesdays are the optimal WFH days

That leaves us with Wednesday, which is probably the best WFH day you can choose. Choosing to work from home in the middle of the workweek may seem odd, but it provides an excellent balance and flow to your work schedule. Two days in the office, one productive day working remote, and two more days in the office to finish out the week. 

This splits up the workweek symmetrically and can allow you to really schedule out your entire week. You can start the work week with two collaborative days in the office and tackle any important meetings at the beginning of your week. Then, you have an entire day to grind out some tasks and other work activities that require more concentration and solitude. Finally, you end the week strong with two more collaborative days at the office where you can wrap up any tasks or meetings before the weekend arrives. Plus, by scheduling your work from home day in the middle of the week, you avoid and superstitions about you trying to extend your weekend with remote work on Mondays or Fridays.

Ultimately, the day that works best for you depends

As a general consensus, the best day to work from home is a Wednesday. But that may not always be the case. Everyone has a different working situation and a remote day that works best for you clearly depends on your lifestyle, the industry you work in, and the role you play in your company. If the best day to work from home is on any other day, it may not be a dealbreaker. So, if your employer has strict guidelines about your work from home policy, express your concerns with your manager. If they don’t understand your situation and why a certain day remote might work better than another, it’s difficult for them to support you.

Regardless of which day works best for you, the bottom line is transparency and open communication with your employer go a long way. In most cases, they will understand your situation and may offer you some flexibility. After all, we all had to be a little bit more flexible over the last 18+ months.

If you are looking for ways to boost your productivity while working from home, here are three easy ways to stay productive while working from home.