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4 job hunting tips while you are still employed

June 05, 2015

Looking for a change while being employed can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, people who are employed are much more desirable candidates to hiring managers than those who aren?t. But on the other hand, a job search ? regardless of however confidential it?s intended to be kept ? can tip one?s current boss or manager off with disastrous results. So how can you safely hunt jobs while working in your current position? Here are 4 tips. Never look for a new job using your company?s resources. It?s unethical and your manager will be the first person to know that you are up to something. Besides, spending company hours on job search will negatively affect your performance. If you have no other option but to talk to a recruiter while at work, schedule the call during lunch time. Stay tight-lipped about your plan. Divulging the information to even the most trusted coworker can be ... View Post

How do you answer why you left your previous job?

May 15, 2015

You are sitting in an interview and the meeting is proceeding very well. You are dressed up and feeling on top of your game. You have established rapport. You have asked all of those good interview questions that you prepared. And then the dreaded question: why did you leave XYZ Company? And now you aren't prepared. But you should be.First, analyze why you left each job listed on your resume (if it's on your resume, it's subject to discussion!).Consider the reason; then craft an explanation ... View Post

Job search during the holidays? YES.

May 05, 2015

Prioritize your work schedule in advance. Instead of daydreaming about your weekend on Friday afternoon, take a few minutes for a quick review of your most important tasks for Monday. List them according to importance. Or, you may prefer to list them by level of difficulty to get the tough ones out of the way first. Set a goal for the week. While you are working on your to-do list for Monday, go ahead and set a goal for the week. Don?t get too ambitious. After all, you don?t want to get ... View Post

4 ways to keep calm during an interview

April 24, 2015

Most people feel nervous before or during a job interview but when you get too anxious, it?s time to take a few countermeasures. Use relaxation techniques: The tried and true methods include deep breathing exercises and maintaining good posture. You?ll look and feel more confident. Visualize being successful: Imagine that you already have the offer and you?re just confirming it by attending the interview (just don?t get over confident!). Begin with the end in mind. Stay calm: How you ... View Post

4 great ways contract employees contribute to the success of your company

April 15, 2015

We are in a time of shifting business models and hiring needs. Here are some ideas on how engaging contingent workers fits well with changing, and sometimes uncertain, times.1. Temporary or contract employees can help you avoid the negative consequences of unwise hiring decisions that can incur prolonged expenses and headaches.Engaging contingent workers is a great example of "try before you buy". You can observe the individual's productivity and match with your corporate culture before hiring ... View Post

Besides salary, what do employees wish for in 2015?

April 07, 2015

A recent survey of more than 2,100 CFOs and employees has revealed that more money is not the only incentive employees expect from their employers; the 2015 benefits wish list sheds light on what really drives employees in today?s changing work environment.[table caption="WISH LIST 2015" width="500" colwidth="130|20" colalign="left" border="1" ]More vacation days,30%Better benefits plan such as enhanced health care,26%Flexible schedule including telecommuting,19%Training or professional ... View Post

Did she just ask me about a skill I don?t have?

April 02, 2015

You are sitting in the interview. Everything has gone so well? and then, the interviewer just asked you about a skill you don't have. It wasn't on the job description online, it never came up in any prior discussions. Don't get nervous - stay calm in any situation during an interview. You aren't prepared!But yes! You really are prepared! How many times have you had to learn something on the job and on the fly? A new software your employer purchased and you're supposed to be the expert? New ERP ... View Post