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There are some of us who can instantly establish a connection with a new person. And then there are the rest of us. For many people, establishing rapport is a challenge, especially in a setting like a job interview.  Hiring managers offer jobs to people they like and the pressure to establish good rapport can… Read more »

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We all know someone who somehow managed to land an amazing job within days of starting their search. It’s easy to get jealous of these people, but the fact is, most job searches take a long time. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to get out of a bad situation, when you’ve been laid… Read more »

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Many professionals keep their resumes on a shelf, only updating the document when they are actively engaged in a job search. However, ignoring your resume until you “need” it can mean that the resume is less effective. Regularly updating your resume is important whether you are actively seeking employment or not. This is why. You’ll… Read more »

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No matter how well an interview is going, you have to remember that things can still go sideways during the closing phase of the conversation. If you don’t end on a strong note, the hiring manager won’t remember you favorably, and your chances will be blown. It is critical to close the interview like a… Read more »

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You’ve been told over and over again that your network is an invaluable resource when looking for a job. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to reach out to your contacts to ask for help. Use these strategies to come off as a consummate professional, rather than a pest. One: Ask… Read more »

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Working out an elevator pitch can be stressful – and for good reason. Only some of us are natural salespeople who feel comfortable “pitching” to others, the rest of us would rather pass if given the option. Some professionals get so stressed out by elevator pitches, in fact, that many of them justify not creating… Read more »

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There are numerous reasons why people look for new jobs. They may want to take a step forward in their career. They may be making a lateral move to get out of a poor work environment. They may even be taking a step backward to get their foot in the door of a new organization…. Read more »

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When it comes to employee classifications, many companies stick to the “traditional” silos. They typically have two groups: Permanent employees and temporary employees or contractors. However, more and more companies are improving their hiring processes and boosting retention rates through a  “try-before-you-buy” approach. Contract-To-Hire Defined The term “contract-to-hire” is fairly self-explanatory.  Typically, a professional is… Read more »

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When was the last time your managers updated job descriptions for their staff? Writing accurate and updated job role profiles lays the foundation for many critical business processes like performance reviews, training, compensation, and even recruiting. Without accurate job role profiles, you’re much more likely to attract the wrong type of candidate, which means time… Read more »

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Thanks to sites like Glassdoor, candidates can research your interview process, including the exact you ask, with ideas on suggested answers. Job seekers love it, but that information allows people to prepare canned answers ahead of time, making it difficult for hiring managers to accurately assess potential new employees and can lead to poor hiring… Read more »