How to Increase Your Likability in the Workplace

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Career success may start with strong, relevant skill sets and technical competence, but it doesn’t end there. And as most of us begin to realize a few years into our professional lives, the things that make a person trustworthy, magnetic, and highly respected aren’t necessarily related to concrete accomplishments, awards, or technical certifications. Simple likeability… Read more »

Key Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

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Social media may be transforming the landscape of business, and a Facebook profile or Twitter feed may be the perfect way to reach out to your specific target audience. But your success with these utilities will depend on how you use them. Keep these simple tips in mind, and remember: Social media can support your… Read more »

You’re the Ideal Candidate…So Let Employers Know!

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When you present yourself to employers, you have one statement to make above all others. Sure, you’re clean, you’re friendly, you’re not a criminal, and you intend to do your best to help the company make money. But these things won’t set you apart from your competitors waiting in the lobby. What sets you apart… Read more »

Meaningful Employee Recognition…On a Budget?

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Most experienced managers know that employee recognition is an important component of productivity and morale. And it’s easy to act on this when revenues are flowing and the future looks bright. But what happens when your business moves into a period of uncertainty, payroll budgets shrink, hiring stalls, and bonuses dry up? How can you… Read more »

Tips for Interviewing with a Recruiter

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If your job search strategy involves posting your resume on public job boards—which it should—your document may eventually find its way into the hands of recruiter. And if that recruiter sees a potential match between your skills and an open position she’s trying to fill for an employer, she’s likely to contact you and talk… Read more »

Five Common Mistakes During Job Interviews

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Are you making any of these five common mistakes during the interview process? If so, this might be the reason your interviews don’t produce very helpful or accurate information. Resolve these problems, and you may see a noticeable improvement in your hiring and staffing outcomes. 1. Talking too much As soon as the candidate sits down,… Read more »

Consider the Benefits of “Underqualified” Applicants

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You have an important position to fill by the end of the month, and you’ve narrowed your candidate pool down to two final contenders. One of your applicants has a degree from an expensive university, and she holds a current position in which she’s considered a star employee. The other has a degree from a… Read more »

Thank You Notes (And Other Ways to Stand Out from the Crowd)

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When you found the posting for the job of your dreams, you noticed that the employer didn’t hide the truth in fine print: Right there in the ad, you were told that you’d be competing with hundreds of other applicants for this position. Later, when you showed up for you first round interview, you found… Read more »

Are Neutral Reference Checks a Bad Sign?

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Reference checks require time, and time costs money. A high quality reference check is obviously worth the value of that time and then some…But how exactly can you make the distinction between a useful reference check and a dead end? A great reference check is one that offers 1) a response so glowing that it… Read more »

Five Leadership New Year’s Resolutions

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The beginning of the new year comes with a set of annual policies and traditions in most workplaces. Employee evaluations provide team members with clear yearly feedback and a list of plans and goals for the year ahead. And while they help their employees check off accomplishments and lessons learned, managers also like to face… Read more »