Fall is peak hiring season! Is your professional profile ready? Whether you are interested in applying for an entry level position, or an executive level position, you will need an impressive resume. Peak hiring season provides more opportunities, but it’s also the same time of year that employees are out looking for jobs. If you let one of our Certified Professional Resume Writers help you with your resume, your odds of contact from recruiters will increase by 30-40%! Click here for more information about the resume services we offer. Don’t forget to get your LinkedIn ready too. Most hiring managers will look for you on LinkedIn before giving you a call for an interview. They will examine how you present yourself online, what kind of connections you have, and what kind of posts you share. We can help with that too! We are qualified to help you showcase your expertise and let your professionalism shine [...]
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References are a valuable tool to use during your interviewing process. In many cases, employers will ask to see a list of references towards the end of the hiring process. Hiring managers often use a candidates reference list to narrow down the final 2-3 candidates for the position. They usually don’t have time to call references for every single person they interview. But, many people don’t have a good list of references either because they are scared to ask someone to be a reference, or because they haven’t done a good enough job of seeking out advocates. Before you begin looking for a job, think of any people who have witnessed your work ethic, who would be able to say good things about the quality of your work. Try to pick people from different organizations—not all coming from the same place, and not all at the same levels. For example, one reference might be a [...]
While your technical skills are of course very important, a candidate’s personality traits may carry just as much weight in the hiring decision. If you want to boost your chances of getting the job, make sure to showcase these 3 traits. 1. Be personable. Hiring managers want to see that you will be able to work well with others, get along with the team, and represent their company culture. Be amiable, courteous, and friendly to everyone you come in contact with on the day of your interview from the parking lot attendant, to the security guard, to the desk assistant, to the hiring manager. Treat everyone with respect and be personable. Interpersonal skills will set you apart. 2. Show Initiative. The best employees are the ones who are adaptable to change, and show a sincere eagerness to learn and grow throughout their career. Show initiative to take on extra work, to learn new things, and [...]
The ability to communicate effectively electronically is one of the most important communication skills in the workplace today. The bulk of communication at work now occurs through email. Emails can be your greatest communication tool, or a thorn in your side depending on how you use them. So, how do you write effective emails in the work place? Before you write any email, consider these questions: · What are you trying to accomplish? · Is email the best way to communicate this message? · What will the audience gain or learn from this email? Then, you can tailor your communication based on the answers to these questions. Try to keep your message as clear and concise as possible. Be mindful that the average office employee receives 120+ emails a day (https://www.campaignmonitor.com/blog/email-marketing/2019/05/shocking-truth-about-how-many-emails-sent/). People don't always have enough time in their day to even read all of their emails. This is why it’s absolutely imperative to make [...]
Leadership skills aren’t just important for leaders. Technical skills will only get you so far in your career. At every level of your profession, it’s important to display leadership skills. The ability to influence is just as critical to success early in your career as it is when you progress through the ranks. While leadership skills comes naturally for some people, it is a skill that needs to be developed for most. So, how do you develop your leadership skills? One of the easiest ways to develop your leadership skills is to show initiative. You can show initiative by taking on more responsibilities, going above and beyond at your current position, learning things that are outside your primary job duties, training others on skills that you possess. Once you have learned new areas of the business, put your critical thinking cap on, and think of ways to improve your area of the business utilizing behaviors [...]
Your first job is most likely not going to be your dream job. When you are just starting out in your career, you are most likely not going to start in the best job with an ideal pay—what’s important is just getting your foot in the door which will open opportunities to eventually climb your way to your dream job. The old aged about “climbing the corporate ladder” isn’t just a clever thing people say, it’s true. Oftentimes you do have to start at the bottom of the ladder and exert tons of effort to climb your way up. Your first job may not fulfill all of your desires, passions, interests, or even be fun. But, it’s important to use this as a stepping stone—once you just get your foot in the door, a world of opportunities can open for you if you keep an open mind and work hard. Don’t take yourself too seriously [...]
Winston Churchill said it best, “Success if not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Failure is scary—in fact many people have a crippling fear of failure. However, most successful people have accepted the belief that failure is a necessary part of success. Did you know that Bill Gate’s first business failed wretchedly? Yes, that’s right, the richest person in the universe failed to make money on his first business. But, he understood that failure was a part of success, and he later said that this failure is what ultimately helped him to create a better product called Microsoft. Thomas Edison attempted 10,000 times before he successfully invented the light bulb. He responded to what most people would consider failure by saying, “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Do not let one, two, three, or even 3,000 misses keep you from trying. It’s very [...]
The job market right now is very competitive, and you may be wondering how to stand out as a job seeker in this type of market. Here are 5 strategies to help you stand out among a pool of applicants: Research what kind of jobs are in demand and look for positions in those areas. Pursuing a job in a field that is actively growing or high in demand will improve your chances at landing a job. Showcase your skills with a professional resume, cover letter, and utilize an online networking site such as LinkedIn. People skills are often what land you the job. You may not be the only applicant with technical skills, but if you are the only applicant with technical skills and people skills, you will get the job. In order to stand apart you should exhibit teamwork, reliability, work ethic, and strong communication skills. Don't wait until you need a job [...]
Inevitably, no matter what line of work you are in, you will need to lead a difficult conversation at one point or another in your career. You may need to give bad news, communicate performance issues, or express dissatisfaction to elicit change of some kind. Whether the conversation is with your manager or a direct report, these types of conversations can be very intimidating. It’s important to be prepared to lead the conversation well to elicit the best possible outcome. In order to have a productive, difficult conversation, it’s important to make sure you have it at the right time and in the right place. Schedule a time that works for both parties, do not catch the other person off guard. Set aside a private and comfortable space. Do not have a difficult conversation where others may hear you and join in. (This may sound obvious to some, but you’d be surprised how often this [...]
The job world is always changing. With advancing technologies, corporate mergers, and a variety of workforce settings, adaptability is a more important skill than ever. Adaptability is defined as a skill or ability to change actions, course, or approach of doing things in order to suit a new situation. Do you consider yourself an adaptable employee? How can you become more adaptable? It's important to understand that there are multiple ways to reach the same goal. There’s not always a right or wrong answer. One person can add 8 +2 to get to 10, and another person can add 3 + 7 to get to 10. The end result is the same, but different people may find different ways to reach the same end goal. Neither way is wrong. Stop complaining. Negative attitudes about impending changes set you up to fail. Try to stay positive about the future ahead. Know that there may be some [...]