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 At least weekly, we’ll provide you with newsworthy and topical insight from others in the field – that discuss changes in the workplace and other relevant information. Check here often as we comb through our professional resources to choose what might be most helpful.

 


 

2017 Hiring Trends

From U.S. News: “instead of talking yourself out of pursuing an opportunity by convincing yourself that no one will contact you, go ahead …”

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 Negotiating at the time of the job offer

most people wouldn’t normally think of asking their company to help their spouse find a new job – especially if they’re a new hire.”

Top secrets revealed – on getting hired this year – from LinkedIn and Fast Company.

“…professionals need to keep doing what they’ve always had to do: Work your connections. Keep learning. Stay flexible. And always keep an eye on the market, because new, never-before-seen opportunities will be waiting around every corner.”

 


Plug a hole in your resume by volunteering.

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Social Media Use Enhancing Your Job Search

‘Job seeking has changed a lot over the past few years. Gone are the days of waiting for the Sunday newspaper to scour the job section for new opportunities.’

In this article, from Entrepreneur Magazine discover 13 social media tips – that work for business branding, and personal branding as well.

 

 



Are you Job-Hopping or Developing Professionally?

It’s hard to avoid the negativity that goes along with perceived job hopping. In some industries, it is often the norm in order to climb a ladder up or across in order to gain more perspective in an organization. But another industry might not always get that. Read this article via Forbes in their Leadership section.


 How to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

Read this article from Inc. Magazine.  “Emotional intelligence guides our ability to deal with others; to understand their emotions, as well as our own.”


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It’s all about relationships  – 10 Career Advancements Habits to Start

In this article from Forbes, it highlights just a few things you can do to advance your career. You should be able to accomplish these things over lunch and on a regular basis. No more going to your car for a nap, or disappearing daily at the lunch hour to avoid others. You’re already at work, dressed for work, on company time (mostly) – run with it. Make a friend in HR! I like that one

 

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Listen to this podcast with the author of “The Episodic Career, Navigating Today’s Job Market” through Knowledge at Wharton, one of my regular resources.


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Freelance resources? Has anyone discovered Expert Exchange?  Or for IT/Engineering roles – Sologig?

Please take a look at this article from Entrepreneur Magazine of the ’15 Best Freelance Websites’ and see if there’s something for you.

And if you would – share with the rest of us any sites you’ve used and had success through; their fees or any other insight you can provide to the rest of us.

Thanks!


 

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Eye Contact | Expression | Posture | Body Language

Interviews Making You Nervous? Read this article from the Telegraph about how it’s the little things that can make a difference.

From eye contact to the color you wear; from your body language to being mindful of personal space. These are all good points and worth your time to consider – especially fidgeting with your face or hair!

 


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From the Harvard Business Review – 8 Self-Assessments You Need to Improve at Work    (or when looking for work in our opinion)

This article is about growth (vs. being stagnant), about keeping up with your employer’s evolving needs; it addresses growth, culture, work and life balance, emotional intelligence, communication and even financial skills.

Manage yourself – manage your career! My motto for the week!


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Time to ditch the ‘objective’ portion on your resume and replace it with something more meaningful



 

Being Yourself …

Fast Company is one of my favorite magazines, for technology, general business management, and so much more. This article linked above considers the upside as well as the potential downside of ‘being yourself’ in a job interview.

For the most part, you should, while proceeding with caution. ‘Confidence’ does not necessarily mean ‘Competent.’


 

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Article from Forbes…How to get through a job interview when you suspect – that they suspect you’re over qualified. Addressing the elephant in the room right away may be a good strategy.

 


 

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22 Questions for YOU to ask in order to understand the company culture

This article from Forbes reiterates just how essential it is to have your own set of questions to ask during an interview. Their focus is on gaining some insight on the company culture so that you can make an educated decision should you get a job offer. The other benefit – intelligent questions that you pose will shed more light on your abilities, your intellect and a lot more. Always, be prepared with questions to ask during your interviews – questions that the company’s website won’t provide.


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Your career, your age = value and wisdom!

This article from NextAvenue.org by another career blogger offers great tips to consider when you’re at a crossroad.

What is midlife anyway? I thought it was 50, but maybe it’s more like 60. As adults, many of are forced to consider career changes due to workforce reductions for the most part. But what do we do next? There can be a silver lining to being ejected from your comfort zone, but not necessarily when it comes to you earnings.

One needs to overcome perceived employer prejudices and really evaluate their needs, their interests and more.


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What Makes People Charismatic?

There are 4 good points in this article from Inc. Magazine, but I will focus on their last one – Asking a good question.

Not so much a secret but asking good questions works well in so many scenarios, and can make one stand out from the crowd. The crowd? That could be others being interviewed for the job; a networking event; in a presentation. What makes people think before they respond and when that response includes – that’s a really good question! Aside from the other good points in this article – asking questions, intelligent ones, infers that you are interested and want to know more.


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4 Signs You Are Sabotaging Your Own Success

Another great article from Inc. Magazine provides insight on 4 areas of self-sabotage, from no change to too much change; about goals and risk taking. Regardless of your employment status – business owner or not, this is really good food for thought.


 

 

There are many ways to fail a job interview. Here’s just 12 of them, from Fiscal Geek.


IS YOUR JOB SEARCH FAILING, Or…
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Good points in this article – points we might not even be thinking of when it comes to the time and devotion needed for a serious job search endeavor.



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Have you considered freelancing? Read this article first to figure out if it is a good option for you.


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 Check out this site for tips on active listening and other important communication messages. In particular, this article on active listening that is quite relevant to today’s blog posting.

 

Mindtools – Essential Tools for an Excellent Career


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Reid Hoffman, Founder of LinkedIn – teaching at Stanford

See what he has to say about his most memorable entrepreneurial failure and other issues.


When does religion excuse you from doing your job?

This article from the Washington Post explains the nitty-gritty.

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We can’t escape it. This holier-than-thou Kim Kentucky who has as much press as the donald, getting jailed, then in a celebratory release after a few days – waving her righteous flag. I’ve personally worked in types of organizations that may be considered detrimental or against one’s beliefs (about war, guns, gambling, serving alcohol…) then why take the job?

In this case however, the law changed after the clerk was hired, and while she was in the job. City management should address this issue internally when the law did change and offer the employees/clerks a chance to state their concerns, if they had them — even privately. The clerk’s office as a whole has a responsibility to uphold the laws. If one individual cannot handle that because of personal or religious beliefs – then they might consider finding other employment (in my humble opinion). However, this is another reason why one person can’t be the sole person to do the job. Other’s need to be cross-trained to carry on, and as in this case, I believe deputy clerks stepped up – and willingly so.

“Under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act, both public and private employers have a duty to exempt religious employees from generally applicable work rules, so long as this won’t create an “undue hardship,” meaning more than a modest cost, on the employer. If the employees can be accommodated in a way that would let the job still get done without much burden on the employer, coworkers, and customers — for instance by switching the employee’s assignments with another employee or by otherwise slightly changing the job duties — then the employer must accommodate them.”


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Speaking of improving communication skills – starting with body language through to listening skills. Ten great tips to check out from LifeHacker.


When Your Interview Isn’t Going So Good

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Being intuitive and taking cues during the interview process, is essential according to this article from Glassdoor.com.  Being assertive without being aggressive takes some practice for many. Read this article on how to look for specific cues and how to recalculate and redirect as needed.

Before You Start Your Job Search – Seek Out the Right Company First.

Truly food for thought – and maybe a good way to redirect your job search if you’re feeling stuck and going nowhere. This article from Forbes (Leadership), discusses high performing companies (and employees) but how important selection is to certain organizations…and how important that might be to you. Whether you are looking for a cultural fit, work and life balance, great benefit opportunities, professional development — see what companies can offer you, before you let them see what you can offer yourself. It’s another way to stretch the research you do on an organization. When hiring execs and managers find the right person – they just might create a position to get them on board. And that is where cultural fit works both ways, among several other factors.

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Hurting Your Job Search Efforts?

Recommendations, Profile Photo or Quality over Quantity? All of these truly matter when keeping your LinkedIn profile primed to be noticed, according to this article from one of our favorite magazines – Fast Company.

17 Habits to Make You Look More Professional

An article from Inc. Magazine that was written in response to another one – on habits that make you look unprofessional. I especially like the points on candor and caring.

Bragging during an interview? Be careful when name-dropping.

This article ‘Humblebragging’ from Harvard Business School discusses the ways self-promotion can actually be self-demotion during a job interview. I know the feeling and have experienced this during interviews as well. A major turn off to the HR or corporate recruiter, as well to the hiring managers. You may just drop the ‘wrong’ name as your association with a certain someone may actually harm your reputation instead of enhancing it. It’s a small world after all.

When Unemployed – What Should Your LinkedIn Headline State?

Recently shared with our LinkedIn group from Business Insider – this article provides good alternatives to sharing you’ve just lost your job.

Looking for a promotion? Maybe you should take a vacation!

This article from the Harvard Business Review (June) explains why taking time off is not at all a bad thing, like often perceived. In fact, when you don’t take the time off you are granted — it’s basically like taking a pay cut! Now that’s some food for thought.

6 Signs you may want to turn down that job offer.

Earlier this month, TNW.com presented some basic signs that an interview might display when they become disinterested in a candidate. I’m sure we’ve all experienced this at some point in our careers. I’ve walked out of at least two interviews in the past, with utterly rude or blatantly sexist hiring managers.