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What Does Your Messy Workspace Say About You?

You may know where everything is on your messy desk, but what does your cluttered space say about you to co-workers and superiors? Are you missing out on career-defining opportunities because your peers think you lack organizational skills? People associate a host of traits with organization – maturity, discipline, value, focus and more. If you are known as the untidy, disorganized employee, you may be unknowingly viewed in an unflattering light. Even if you are leaps and bounds more mature than the office class clown, there is a possibility that your disorganization can put you in the same...

Veterans Day: An Early Celebration

Many people and businesses acknowledge Veterans Day when the national holiday arrives on November 11th each year, but how many of us are honoring these heroes of the past, present and future all year round? It’s so easy to get swept up in our busy routines right away again on November 12th and put our appreciation for veterans on the backburner until next year. It doesn’t help that lately it seems as if every day is a new holiday demanding attention of its own. If you need proof, just check what’s trending on Twitter when you wake up in the morning: #nationalfriendshipday...

The 3 stages of a successful job interview

The 3 stages of a successful job interview: Before, during, and after
Job interviews have 3 stages. Are you ready for every stage? Here's an infographic from Doherty explaining the basic do's and don'ts for a successful job interview process.

Honesty the Best Policy on Résumés

Honesty the Best Policy on Résumés
The importance of being honest on one’s résumé has once again been in the news. This time by up and coming college basketball coach Steve Masiello who led a small school to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years. This put him on the shortlist of desired coaches, and he was offered a job by a more prominent school. The offer was rescinded this week after it was revealed he never graduated with the Bachelor’s Degree. Two years ago, the CEO of Yahoo met the same...

Resume Hack: Don't get lost in the HR forest

Resume Hack: Don't get lost in the HR forest
2 Quick Tips to Keep Your Resume on Top of the Pile In HR and everywhere else, there's been a gradual migration away from paper resumes and file cabinets, and toward digital documents and virtual folders. However, one thing will never change in HR‒the critical need to stay organized. Something as simple as the type or name of your resume document can play a big part in helping managers store and access your resume. After all, why make things difficult for the person who might hire you? Tip #1: PDF or Not? In today’s world, HR departments use Applicant Tracking...

How job interviews are changing: Gamification and other tech tools

How job interviews are changing: Gamification and other tech tools
I read an interesting article from Forbes the other day, "Want To Work Here? Play This Game First!" It describes a new “interviewing” method in which a hiring manager hands you a tablet and asks you to play some games for an hour. You are left in the room alone, interacting with the tablet rather than the interviewer. Supposedly, it tracks your moves, and can show the hiring manager how fast you learn, your processes, behaviors, and even how you approach risks. It is a very interesting...

Keys to Career Success: 6 Little Things That Make a Big Difference

Keys to Career Success: 6 Little Things That Make a Big Difference
I recently attended a networking event for the Southwest Metro Human Resources Association that left me with some insight on how to take realistic, proactive steps toward your career development. Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand and Communications Officer at Deluxe Corporation and marketing guru, gave some common sense lessons on how the way you conduct yourself is just as important as your work experience and education. I wanted to share with you some of the key points I took from her presentation. Focus on the positive. This one...

How to do interview follow-up right: Walk the fine line . . .

How to do interview follow-up right:  Walk the fine line . . .
You've undoubtedly heard numerous times that it’s a good idea to follow up with the hiring manager after you have completed an interview. There is, however, a fine line with this process that can shine either a positive or negative light on yourself as a candidate. In this article, I will break down the “DOs and DON’Ts” of interview follow up. Why follow up? Following up after an interview is important for a number of reasons. Mainly, it expresses your interest and excitement in the position. It could also set you apart from other candidates who are not following up. If the company...

Take a Leap of Faith: Questions for the Recruiter vs. Questions for the Interviewer

Take a Leap of Faith: Questions for the Recruiter vs. Questions for the Interviewer
We know. You've got questions. Every job opportunity raises a million important questions. But, which questions can you ask your recruiter and which should wait until you can ask the company directly? Got ants in your pants? I recently worked with a candidate who had a long list of questions well before he even got to the point of an interview. Don’t get me wrong, questions concerning the position are great, and as a recruiter, we do our best to get every one of these questions answered ASAP. The issue in this particular situation, however, was that his questions concerning benefits,...

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