Job Seeker

New Year? New Profile!

 

Heads up jobseekers.  The overwhelming majority of employers and recruiters review candidate’s social media profiles before hiring and a recent survey of almost 2000 recruiters and HR professionals across multiple industries suggests that most candidate’s profiles are more likely to hurt than to help their chances of getting of hired.

Now is the time to add some professional lustre to your online profiles so ...

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How to Solve the Trickiest Interview Question of All Time

What’s the best way to sell the interviewer a pen?

Should you:

A. Describe the pen’s features

B. Discuss the pen’s benefits

C. Converse with the customer, or

D. None of the above

While A. and B. may get woven in, the best way to sell a pen is to get to know your customer, what your customer is looking for, and what they’re looking for then to suggest an appropriate product (ie what the customer wants ...

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6 Statements That Have No Place in the Workplace

     
  1. “It’s not my job.”If your boss asks you to complete a task, then guess what?  It’s just become your job!  If you don’t know how to do what’s being assigned, share that you’re not an expert on the task, but you’ll happily seek out whatever resources may be needed to get the job done.
  2. “This position is only a stepping stone.” It very well may be, but you ...
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4 Secrets to Career Advancement

 

  • Don’t focus solely on your job—think about your career! And the best time to work on your career is when you’re happily and gainfully employed.  If you practice perpetual career management, you’ll position yourself for salary increases and promotions and never worry about layoffs or job security because you’ll have so many coals in the fire through consistent networking and professional development.

 

  • The best self-marketer (often) gets the ...
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4 Ways to Stop Sweating the Small Stuff at Work

You must prioritize to be successful at work.  When you drop the following things from your to-do list, you’ll stop wasting precious time and energy and become more effective where it counts.

1)     After you suggest a new time- or money-saving measure to your supervisor and your supervisor expresses a preference for the current method or system, drop it.  Pushing further could cause you to be perceived as an aggressive know-it-all by the person who’s doing your performance evaluations and you don’t want that.

2)     Unless ...

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Prepare for Your Next Job NOW

 

The last thing you want to be doing when you’re looking for your next opportunity is to be scrambling to build connections and feverishly updating your resume.  Follow these tips to stay ahead of the game:

  • Keep current on industry news and study trends so you know which way the wind is blowing.  Read one book this month related to your field.

 

  • Join professional organizations.  If your employer won’t pay ...
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New in a Management Role?; A Primer for First-Time Supervisors

  • You can’t be friends with everyone. This is one of the hardest aspects of being a manager for people moving out of the rank and file.  They tend to feel like traitors to their peers.  You don’t need to stop being friendly and sociable.  You do need to enforce policies and discipline employees whenever necessary.
  • Delegate, delegate, delegate. Of course, there are many things only you can do, but empower your team ...
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Planning Your Company’s Halloween Festivities As a Career Move

It’s never too early to start planning for Halloween in my book…and what better way to gain some workplace kudos than by whipping up some Halloween antics?  Unless someone in your office has already claimed the role of being the designated holiday-crazed maniac, your boss will probably be game to ordain you the Howl-o-ween Coordinator.  You never know unless you ask!

The first thing you should do is to remember ...

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Is 80 the New Retirement?

Experts suggest that the aging of our population is one of our most pressing social issues, registering right on up there in importance with our dwindling oil and water resources.  The European Union declared 2012 the Year of “Active Aging and Intergenerational Solidarity”—but, if anything, the challenges may be even more extreme on this side of the pond.

The National Journal concurs, suggesting that the biggest ...

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When You Can’t Stand Another Day in Your Current Position…

  1. Breathe.
  2. Join a job seekers support group or meetup. A job seekers / job finders support group isn’t about moping, nor is it solely about emotional support (although that may be a component).  It’s about learning the skills and abilities of those in the group, discovering what each person is looking for, then working as a team to get everyone connected with a job they love. The time you invest in a group like this is multiplied by the number of ...
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