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    Having a tour concert is one of the essentials of any artiste. This serves to not only promote your music but also to get to know your fans better, understand what exactly they want and learn about the type of audience you are targeting.

    In order for the tour to be successful, you need one great tour crew. This article seeks to discuss the attributes you should look for when hiring a crew to go on tour with you and the easy steps involved in hiring one!

    Even though concert tour contracts provide for the crew at all stops, it is important to have your own crew to travel with you from one venue to another. This local crew is invaluable because it has first-hand knowledge on your band, the show and all its equipment not forgetting that it is with you at all stops. However, finding your next concert tour crew can be a bit overwhelming. Herein are a few attributes that you should look for when hiring:

    · Adaptable and flexible. Most of the times mishaps occur during the show, for instance, the sound system may not function as required. You will need somebody who can quickly deal with the situation at hand.

    · Committed. The tour crew must consist of members who are willing to set aside their other business and experience the hustle of being on the road with you. They should stick with you until the very last leg of the tour.

    · Skilled. One of the major essentials is a group of people who are familiar with the music equipment. This serves to ensure that your equipment will be properly handled with the utmost care and also run it quite effectively.

    · Team players. A concert tour crew involves a large number of people. When hiring, make sure that the crew members are people who are likely to get along well with not only your band mates but also other managers so as to reduce any tension while on the road.

    When looking to hire your crew, you can easily find one at a music website. There are hundreds of websites which avail crew members just waiting to be taken on board a tour. When you get to the website, you will be required to give specifications on the crew members you wish to hire. Such details include:

    · The number of crew members.

    · The number of days you are expected to be on tour.

    · Any specific preference for the type of members you would like, for instance, one may state that he is looking for a crew member who is familiar with electronics.

    After entering the necessary details, you will be notified of the total amount of money you are supposed to pay. Later on, you will get a chance to meet with the crew members through an agent, after which you will get to know them better and let them know when to start packing.

    CONCLUSION

    As an artist, performing from venue to venue during your tour is bound to be overwhelming. Always ensure that you have a reliable crew because at the end of the day it is your combined efforts that make the whole concert a success.

    Sources:
    http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com
    https://www.musicskanner.com

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    Hiring staff can be a challenging undertaking for any business. A pop-up restaurant is no exception. While there are many great culinary schools in the country, getting top quality staff is not always as straightforward as it looks. At the same time, there are many talented people who can attend culinary schools because of the high fees involved. 

    There are many factors to consider when deliberating on how to hire staff for a pop-up restaurant. The importance of conducting proper background checks cannot be gainsaid.

    But at the same time, you have to be careful not to hurt your chances of getting the best talent because of the background checks. For example, you don’t want to do away with a person who has the ability to handle any recipe just because he got a speeding ticket when he was 19. The most important traits are the ones that are relevant to the person’s ability to do the job.

    Here are some tips for effective pop-up restaurant staff recruitment:

    #1.Make your ads specific and informative

    The most effective pop-up restaurant ads have one thing in common: They include keywords that describe the restaurant’s concept, projected opening date, style of service and other specifics that are relevant to the job description and the requirements. The ad should also be professionally presented in multiple channels including social media, word of mouth and online.

    #2.Develop a thoughtful set of interview questions

    If you have a list of well-thought-out interview questions, it will be very easy for you determine the candidates that share your values. You will also be able to avoid haphazard interviewing while keeping the process objective. The end-result is interviews that are efficient and give the applicants an idea of the level of professionalism that you require from them.

    #3.Check for physical cues

    A pop-up restaurant requires employees who are friendly and warm. While almost everyone describes themselves as friendly and warm, you can easily assess their behavior during the interview. If they can barely crack a smile when they enter the interview room or maintain eye contact during the interview, dig deeper.

    #4.Aim for diversity

    Diversity is very important when recruiting staff for a pop-up restaurant. You need a team that is diverse in terms of skill set, knowledge, personality and experience. If you assemble a staff that is dynamic, it will be very easy to develop the desired culture for your restaurant. 

    #5.References are very important

    Every candidate should be in a position to provide at least three professional references. These references should be contacted without exception. Make the applicants aware in advance that you intend to get in touch with the references that they will provide. 

    #6.The interviews should be conducted by at least two managers

    This is the best way to avoid passing over good candidates. Nothing feels as bad as missing out on a great candidate. When an opinion is taken from more than one person, it is much more likely to be accurate that if it were only taken from one person. At the same time, this helps eliminate cases where a manager lobbies for a particular candidate. 

    Conclusion

    The quality of the staff that you hire will go a long way in determining the success of your restaurant. This is why it is important to make sure that the process that you use is well-organized so that you find candidates that are a great fit for your business. 

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    A guide to impressing new employees for Success

    It is commonly thought that first impressions in business are the impressions provided by employees to the company owners or their co-workers.  While this is true, the first impression of a workplace to the new employee also needs to be taken into account.  In fact, the first impression of a workplace can be highly significant in influencing the worker's work approach.

    In job interviews, applicants will often attempt to impress the interviewer or recruiter; however, it is important also for those interviewing to know that they are 'on the spot'.  While the potential employee needs to impress, attracting positive workers can be challenging and it is vital that the interviewer creates a favorable setting.  Good impressions, similar to bad impressions, can remain imprinted in a person's memory for years to come and will influence an overall perception of a business.

    In addition, a new employee needs to experience a positive first impression of his or her co-workers.  New staff must feel welcome, engaged and must be offered assistance in any situations where it may be necessary.  This article will provide information on how to help companies attain a good first impression and retain employees.

    #1.Preparing For The Employee's Arrival

    First impressions matter, so having a reception that impresses is important. Many businesses will spend a lot on making this area look great. You could add some nice art, or take a look at these wall water fountain ideas. They could be the thing that creates the first impression that snags a great employee.

    It is highly recommended that all new employees have the resources needed for work as soon as they begin with the company, for example the necessary office supplies and software.  By having resources, they will be able to begin immediately increasing productivity levels.  Furthermore, by having resources at hand, the worker will not need to scurry around for items and the organization will be presented as professional.

    • Computer
    • Phone
    • Email & network access
    • Office supplies

    Doing so shows the employee that they’re a priority and a valued member of the organization.

    #2.Engaging With The Employee

    It is often necessary for new staff members to complete a vast amount of paperwork before beginning their work.  This can be a time-consuming task; therefore, it may be beneficial to first sit down with them for a beverage or light breakfast making them feel welcome before beginning paperwork.  In some instances, it is best to provide the worker with a break from completing the forms to show them the office and introduce them to current employees.  In fact, it is also possible to divide the paperwork over a period of two or more days if there is extensive documentation. Here are some tips.

    • Host a catered lunch.
    • Take the team to a favorite local eatery.
    • Throw an after-work happy hour.

    Events like these can give your new and current employees a chance to get to know each other in a more open, lower-stress environment.

    #3.Provide Guidance For The New Employee

    It may be simpler to 'throw the new employee into the deep end', but this is arguably one of the most frustrating experiences for any new staff member.  A new staff member should not be expected to perform duties without guidance or training.  The amount of training required is dependent on the work involved and the employee; however, the majority of companies will spend many hours working directly with the new staff member.

    To achieve this focused training, it is necessary for the skilled trainer or supervisor to block out several units of time to spend with the employee during their first week at work.  Furthermore, the sessions should have as few disruptions as possible.  An effective trainer must use a new employee's perspective because this will allow him or her to clearly explain processes and procedures.  New staff present with varying skill levels in different areas and some will learn faster than others; therefore, it is important that the trainer can adjust their teaching techniques accordingly.

    • Not Too intensive an information-giving session is likely to be ineffective.
    • Using a variety of techniques to giude the employee, such as orally or material, based on the person learning styles
    • shadowing and one to one on the job training

    #4.Setting Them Up To Succeed

    One of the best methods to ease new staff members into a work environment is setting them up to succeed.  This will ensure that they do not feel overwhelmed when approaching tasks and are able to understand what is expected.  Typically highly skilled workers will move quickly onto challenging tasks, but it is recommended that both entry-level and experienced employees be set up.  One approach is providing positive feedback during final reports as this will help the individual feel engaged.

    • Discuss personal goals alongside professional aims.
    • Set challenging or achievable targets for employees
    • Create a plan for success and something easy to stick to
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    Social Media and social networking is no new concept in the job search space.  Depending on who you ask – you’ll receive varying tips to build your network and possibly land a job.

    Some of the advice is good, but as one Recruiter shared, “Don’t listen to all the bad advice out there – if it seems crazy it’s because it is”.

    At a Minnesota Recruiters event a week ago, we asked Recruiters to identify useful tips for job seekers when they are leveraging social media in their job search.

    We compiled the list into the following 25 bite-size tips:

     

    Before you start:

    1) Remember that people buy from people. Give your platforms some personality.

    2) Target your social media to where your candidates are.

    3) Due to social media being ever changing, review your strategy, ideally, every three months.

    4) Set yourself achievable targets which you can measure.

    5) Do not use it as another tool to sell the business; give your audience a reason to follow and a desire to work for you.

    LinkedIn:

    Connect with Pure Jobs on Linkedin

    LinkedIn is dubbed as the business social media site and with over 160 million users; it is a great site to source candidates.

    6) Highlight your vacancies by sharing them within various groups relevant to your business.

    7) Do not wait until you need something; build your network out from the start.

    8) If no groups exist that cater to your industry, create one.

    9) If you already have a group, create a sub group and title it ‘careers.’

    10) Make sure your company profile is set up fully and professionally.

    Facebook:

    Add Pure Jobs on Facebook

    Facebook is a great place to showcase your businesses personality and engage with others.

    11) Use pictures to show glimpses of ‘behind the scenes’ at your business. This will promote what environment candidates will be working in. Show them what a great place your business is.

    12) Upload videos showcasing different members of the team and their everyday activities. It allows candidates to see what the roles may entail.

    13) Encourage participation from others by running different Q&A sessions on various topics that relate to the business. It shows you are willing to share your expertise.

    14) Balance entertaining and enlightening posts alongside adverts of vacancies so that the audience keeps checking back.

    15) Use the filtering function available to search for people via their education, experience, location and interests.

    Twitter:

    Add Pure Jobs on Twitter

    Use the 140 character limit to source your perfect candidate.

    16) Use platforms such as Hootsuite to schedule tweets so that you reach readers at their varying reading times.

    17) Optimize the use of hashtags to promote your vacancies, for example #vacancy #sales #job

    18) Use the profile bio you are given to direct viewers to the businesses careers page.

    19) Keep your Twitter personal to the business and observe proper Twitter etiquette. Do not Tweet on others behalf.

    20) Make sure you shorten your URL so that you have more space in your Tweet to relay extra information.

    Pinterest:

    Use this creative platform to source any creative candidates you may want. 

    Add Pure Jobs on Pinterest

    21) Use the board titles to reflect the industry that you are recruiting for.

    22) Make sure you pin/re-pin both interesting and relevant content; both that reflects the business and the vacancy.

    23) Using the logo of the department you are recruiting for, create a job board and attach a link to the application page.

    24) Create a board that allows and encourages creative jobseekers to upload their CVs.

    25) Follow as many people as you can. Each connection could be a potential candidate for your business. 

    Use social media as a vehicle, not a substitute for an in-person interaction Remember your audience and that social doesn’t necessarily mean casual Engaging in social shouldn’t be a one-way communication or conversation Don’t fall for all the fads.  It’s likely you won’t find your next job browsing Pinterest, although some of the worst recruiting consultants make it seem like a viable channel to be found Pick one or two social sites and be active.  It’s also important to have your profile and any links on other static sites that you do not visit as frequently Use the right keywords in order to be found Have a Skype account, make the offer to conduct a digital interview or ask if the company uses a video interviewing service Post industry content on the social sites and be focused Don’t be afraid to reach out to employers directly via social sites Your social presence is your personal brand – protect it Use social media for validation, see who you know, what they’re saying – it’s great for research Don’t listen to all the bad advice out there – if it seems crazy it’s because it is Check out a company’s social profiles to see if they have FAQs to help answer any questions you may have Increase the visibility of your personal and professional brand by posting several times a month on the various social sites Educate yourself about it before using it Keep your information current Be targeted and visible Set goals and prioritize activities (making connections, in person meetings, etc) Post your resume on sites like Facebook – it’s part of your brand too Follow company pages and social channels as they can contain information or updates you might not find elsewhere Stay on top of changes to the sites (ex. LinkedIn’s recent launch of “endorsements”) Quality vs. quantity Don’t sit back and wait for things to happen – take charge and make it happen Do it right or don’t do it at all Giving back to your network should be as big of a priority as receiving

    Additional tips? Use the comments section.

     

     

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     5 Compelling Tips on Writing an Effective Job Description

    Do you want the best candidate for your job – well then these tips will help you create a great job advert and get the right person.

    #1. First Impressions must be Amazing

    Grabbing the right people's attention is the key to good advertising. If what you are looking for is a high calibre, knowledgeable, and hardworking candidate, than your job post must stick out from the rest on the job board.

    The more you carefully plan out and energetically create your job advertisement, the higher your chances are of attracting the ideal high-achieving candidate that your vacancy needs.

    Our Tip:

    Focus on catchy job titles and roles and responsibilities, provide salary information or use ballpark to give the candidate the chance to negotiate.

    #2. Write description that is Search Engine Friendly

    As with a web page, it is crucial that you job advertisement be found easily by relevant candidate in the search engines. Take the queries that you candidate will use as to search for a jobs online into consideration, and then tailor your language to fit these.

    By including keywords that relate to the job type, the role and rank of your organization in your job advertisement with the use of clear sentences throughout it, you can increase its search ability. That being said, it is of extreme importance that you do not overuse these keywords, this will come across unnatural to the search engines and could lower your ability of ranking well with those keywords, this could have negative effect on you being able to achieve your goal.

    Our Tip:

    To avoid receiving non-qualified candidate we suggested wording that you can always include at the bottom of your job ad as a bit of a disclaimer: “Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process”.

    #3. It is all about the Formatting

    A job advertisement that is effective is one that is clear, brief, and to the point. The format you choose to use can help you to achieve much of this. Being as most of your prospective candidates for a job position will be looking online with the use of their laptops, tablets and smartphones after work or during their commute, it is important to be brief.

    What your candidate will be scanning are countless job advertisements for specific key phrases - when presented with a hefty paragraph, this can be quite difficult to do. It is best to use brief, one sentence paragraph as well as bullet points for conveying your content. Try using a verb to begin each bullet point, this shows the client that you have gotten straight to the point. These rules can also be used for outdoor advertising.

    Another thing you can consider is the use of graphics, colour coding, and interesting typography so that you can alert possible candidates of your advertisement. For example, if the position will require that they regularly use analytical and problem solving skills, then perhaps take a different approach and have the candidate work and solve a puzzle before them in order to find the key information. This could be done as a mathematical problem or a word-search.

    This will not only catch the eye and interest of the ideal types of candidates, you are also disqualifying anyone who is unable to solve the puzzle right off the bat and therefore is not a candidate the fulfils this role´s criteria.

    #4. What is it Your Candidate Wants to Know?

    Make sure that your job advertisement engages your client and leads then to get in touch with you about the position; for this result to be achieved you have to identify the information that needs to be included. The structure of the job advertisement can vary from one industry to the next, however you key facts should generally be presented as follows:

    ·         First Line: Position overview.

    ·         Second Line: What makes this position different from other roles in the same niche.

    ·         Third Line: What qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience are required?

    ·         Fourth Line: Call to action.

    Ou Our Tip:

    That being said, as mentioned in point three, when writing and formatting you job advertisement, with the use of the proper context you are able to think out of the box. There are certain industries that make for the perfect opportunity for those creative juices to flow, it is however to heel the following in mind:

    • The core elements which a candidate will be interested in knowing, for example the title and job description.
    • The platform on which you will place your advertisement, when it comes to more creative advertisements, a job board is not the best place, whereas a relevant website or industry magazine is.

    #5. Use Visuals to make it Interesting

    Depending on the industry for which you are recruiting as well as who the candidate is, including interesting visuals within the advertisement may be appropriate and beneficial. This is especially relevant those who are in media and other creative industries, those who will find that a job advertisement with visuals and an eye-catching layout can make all of the difference. 

    Our Tip:

    It is said that job descriptions with company logos will always perform better than job descriptions with no company logo. 

     

  • Getting ‘Revenge’ After Being Rejected By Employers

    After weeks of going back and forth with an amazing company about a job that would be absolutely PERFECT for you, they tell you the position has been filled. Wait, WHAT? Excuse me? What was all of that talk about how “you’ve really impressed us,” “you’d be a great asset to our company,” and “we think you’d be an ideal fit”? Where they all lies? Filthy, stinkin’, rotten LIES?

    Being rejected totally sucks. You went all in for this job only to leave with nothing. You felt lead on and used. And worst of all, you didn’t feel good enough.

    Unfortunately, the hiring process can be complicated, and there are a lot of factors that could’ve contributed to this less-than-satisfactory result (i.e. internal candidates, office politics, requirements, etc.). But the best way to get back at an employer who let you down is to use your frustration as fuel to go grab a better, HOTTER opportunity (like these professionals did).

    You deserve an employer that’s going to treat you right, value your contributions, and maybe even take you out to lunch once and awhile. So, how do you do that? What can you do to make employers fight over you? Try this…

    Use that broken heart to motivate you more.

    You fully invested your time, energy, and emotions into that last opportunity and got totally burned. As much as it sucks, it happens, and the best way to get “revenge” is to get back out there and find another opportunity that’s better for you. Turn that frustration into fuel.

    Make a great impression.

    Show them respect by dressing up for interviews, researching the company, and building rapport with the people you meet. Beyond that, make sure your online presence is looking good. Recruiters are trained to search for you online before anything, so update that old LinkedIn profile, clean up your social media, and consider starting a blog to showcase your expertise.

    Don’t keep them waiting.

    Whether you were contacted by a recruiter about a job or you applied on your own, it’s very important to keep things moving during the hiring process. Otherwise, someone else might come along and snatch the opportunity right out of your hands. Don’t wait three days to send over a resume when asked and try not to reschedule job interviews. Get them what they need ASAP.

    Treat each company like it’s the only one.

    When you’re chatting it up with an employer, give your full attention. Tailor your resume and cover letter so they speak directly to the company and job. Invite people from the department to connect and start conversations with them. Bring up specific things about the company that excite you. Even if you’re applying to several companies, it’s important to treat each one as if it’s the only one.

    Don’t make it all about you.

    During the hiring process, it’s easy to feel like everything is about you. You’re the candidate for the job, you’re being asked the questions, you’re trying to make a good impression. However, it’s just as much about the employer. You should want to learn as much as you can about this company, team, and industry. Be curious, ask questions, and do your homework. Turn interviews into conversations. Give them a chance to share stories, ideas, and goals, too.

    Be confident in yourself.

    Being rejected by an employer can take a hit to your confidence. If you’re feeling unworthy of landing similar roles, you need to take some time to regroup and get your confidence back. Employers dig confidence. Not cockiness, confidence. So, think about what you’re good at doing and write it down. Reassure yourself that you are a valuable asset and that you have great things to offer. It will help you sell yourself to future employers.

    Show off your assets.

    What is it about your unique experience that will be beneficial to employers? Think about what each employer is trying to achieve and then determine how your skills/insight can help them get where they want to go. If you got it, you gotta flaunt it!

    Flirt a little.

    Show them you’re interested and excited about the opportunity. Otherwise, they might not realize how much you want it. If you try to act too cool, you can come off as cold and uninterested. So, smile, ask questions, point out projects that excite you, and always send a thank you note after interviews.

    Don’t come across too strong.

    While showing enthusiasm is essential when wooing an employer, it’s equally important to know where to draw the line. If you’re too eager, it can actually work against you. For example, if you follow up too much, you can come across as pushy and aggressive.Try to balance your efforts so you don’t scare employers away.

    Invite them to take the relationship to the next level.

    If you want a second date with an employer, you need to ask. Bring up next steps at the end of interviews and keep the conversation going by following up. This will reinforce your interest for the opportunity and will prove that you’re serious about making this a long-term thing with the company.

    Being rejected by one employer doesn’t mean there isn’t another employer out there for you. Rejections happen, and it’s up to you to bounce back. If you’re still having trouble getting back out there, watch this free webinar “How 5,000+ Professionals Got Out Of Their Career Rut” with J.T. O’Donnell.

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  • Why It Pays to Remain Calm When You’re Under Financial Pressure

    Thinking about my $33,000 student loan from grad school, my rent, my car insurance, Christmas gifts and unpaid vacation (because I work for myself) doesn’t make me jump for joy.

    This is something they never teach you in school: how to make good financial decisions even when you’re under financial pressure.

    Because let’s face it: bills are never going to disappear. The only thing we can change is the way we respond to them.

    The cost of NOT remaining calm under financial pressure

    In his book Turn It Up, Jeffrey Spencer says that feeling overwhelmed is similar to action paralysis and kills any initiatives to complete tasks.

    Feeling overwhelmed is the oldest excuse in the book, he writes; it’s a protective mechanism—fear manifesting itself in a different manner.

    What’s the cost of feeling overwhelmed?

    1. Avoidance behavior. When you’re overwhelmed about your finances, the last thing you want to do is look at your financial situation, so you’ll find a way—any way!—to avoid your finances.

    2. Increased debt. It’s easy to lose track of spending and other expenses when you feel overwhelmed, because something as simple as checking your bank balance or drafting your budget feels like too much, which only worsens the situation.

    3. Bad investment decisions. To make good investments, you have to be willing to do the research and understand your financial needs, which is difficult to do when you’re avoiding them.

    4. Procrastinating. Overwhelm over money leads to action paralysis with your finances and leaves you feeling lost.

    How to remain calm under pressure and eliminate financial overwhelm

    We feel overwhelmed about our finances when we lump all our financial problems under one umbrella without taking the time to deal with each one individually.

    So, how can you eliminate financial overwhelm?

    1. Use the Pareto Principle (or 80/20 rule). This principle states that 20 percent of something is always responsible for 80 percent of the results.

    Not all of the actions you have on your to-do list will improve your finances. To be more productive, prioritize the actions that’ll make the greatest impact on your finances.

    For me, that action is earning more money (rather than frugality) so that I can pay off my student loans faster and focus on my entrepreneurial ventures.

    2. Break up your financial vision into quarterly goals. It’s not enough to say you want financial freedom. Define what financial freedom looks like to you.

    Become clear on what you want financially: extra income, more investments, more savings or no debt. Trying to meet all of these financial goals all at once will leave you feeling overwhelmed. Instead, choose the goal you feel most passionate about now and focus on achieving that one.

    When you become clear about what you want to achieve, the actions you need to take to make that a reality will become very clear. See the vision and then take the ONE action that will bring you closer to that vision. Clarity makes taking action a breeze.

     3. Focus on your strengths and delegate the rest. You become overwhelmed when you try to do everything yourself.

    Get to know yourself. Know what you’re good at, and delegate the tasks you’re not good at. For five bucks, you can hire someone on Fiverr to do the things you’re not good at.

     4. Budget and automate your expenses. Eliminate decision-making fatigue by budgeting and automating monthly expenses or bills.

    I even go so far as to draw up a monthly grocery list so I know exactly what to buy every month. This saves me time and money.

    5. Meditate. Neuro-science research by Dr. Kabat-Zinn has shown that meditation shifts brain activity to the left frontal lobe, which makes meditators calmer and happier. The research also shows that people who meditate produce less cortisol (the stress hormone) than people who don’t meditate.

    How do you cope with financial overwhelm?

    Vangile Makwakwa is a money coach and writer who’s passionate about wealth building and changing the way people feel about money. She is the author of Heart, Mind & Money: Using Emotional Intelligence for Financial Success.

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      Commuting costs money and also time. Even though you can’t control the traffic, you should be able to do so with your costs and here are some tips to help. Find Ways To Get More Miles Out Of Each Gallon of Gas   The first step in getting better gas mileage is investing in a vehicle that has excellent fuel efficiency. Above and beyond that, however, you can also make changes to ... Read the full article
  • How to Recruit and Manage Volunteers

    Volunteer recruitment can be a long, audacious process. When working for a charity or non-profit organization it's easy to get caught up worrying about finding unpaid workers, and forget about how to plan for them. If, however, you focus on simplicity and make it easier for people to apply, your application requests will increase significantly.

    Finding Volunteers

    In order to find volunteers you will need to cast a wide net, using more than one method to attract them. After all, you're looking for free help; therefore, many will move, grow tired, lose interest or have to leave due to work commitments. In order to succeed you need to be persistent and master the art of rinsing and repeating.

    Word of mouth is still one of the most effective ways to get new recruits. Encourage volunteers to bring a friend with them and spread the word on Facebook and Instagram – or where they tend to “hang out” in the digital realm. Social media is one the best resources at your disposal. It's free, accessible, and most importantly, provides a platform that could make your blog posts and articles go viral. This level of exposure can do more for your organization than most other forms of traditional advertising.

    In addition, get in touch with clubs, corporations and businesses that support charitable ventures. If a company has a community affairs/relations department, send them your proposal. While they are usually set up to provide monetary donations, some of them will provide staff on a volunteer basis if they like your cause.

    Designing the Application Process

    People are giving up their own time to help you; therefore, you need to make the application process as easy and clear as possible for them. Design a simple application form that can be submitted online. If you're in doubt about the legalities of hiring asylum seekers, immigrants or anyone with a criminal record, seek legal counsel beforehand about what information they will need to provide on the form.

    When you're ready to interview potential candidates keep everything informal. The last thing you should do is make the interviewee feel on the spot. Ask them why they want to volunteer, what they'd like to learn, and how they hope to gain experience.

    Performing Criminal Records Checks

    The purpose of a Criminal Records Bureau check (CRB checks) – now officially called a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check – is to assess someone's criminal record and determine whether or not they are suitable for a specific job. This is a legal requirement for certain roles within the volunteer sector, such as those involving children and healthcare.

    Only employers and licensing bodies are permitted to request a DBS check – volunteers are not allowed to perform checks on themselves. In order to apply for a DBS check you must either register directly with DBS or use a third party service, such as uCheck.

    If you haven't worked for a charity or non-profit organization before, don't worry if you're not getting much interest from volunteers straight away. It can take a long time to get the ball rolling. Just keep getting the word out and encouraging others to spread the message. 

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    With more and more college graduates joining the workforce, we – mature adults – need to present an advantage, so we can get the better jobs. That is why more and more individuals are going back to school at 30. The main reason is that we have the experience but things have changed dramatically over the last decade. We need to be able to keep up with the new trends and offer services that businesses need.

    However, if you aren’t ready to go sit in a classroom for hours and you need to work to pay the bills like most of us do, you can make the extra money that you need in freelance academic writing industry. It is one of the best ways to make money and learn a lot in the process. You get to know the concepts, write the papers, and get paid for doing it instead of paying the school.

    #1.What is Freelance Academic Writing?

    Many students hire professional writers to write their essays, research papers, homework assignments, and more. They pay handsomely for the service as well. You can write their assignments for them and make a good living doing it.

    Freelance academic writers create scholarly documents for students and if you want to be one of them, you will need to be aware of the various academic formats and how to create academic papers in order to be successful. If you were good at writing your papers at school, you will likely do a great job being an academic writer. And this time you will be getting paid to do it.

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    #2.How Do People Earn Money Writing Academic Pieces for Students?

    Academic writers are given an order and a deadline. They set the price or accept the price that the student wants to pay for the services. They complete the paper and turn it in. Next thing they know they are sitting there with a pocket full of cash. Great writers work for around six hours a day and come out like they were working overtime. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

    #3. What Does a Typical Freelance Academic Writer Look Like?

    A typical freelance academic writer is usually between 25 and 34 years old, however you can make it at any age. The majority of academic writers are women. Half of them have full time jobs on the side. All of them love to read or learn. The average writers have at least two year experience in academic writing. These writers love to write essays and they come from all over the world. Writing is their passion and when you are able to do what you love, you are a happy camper.Check out the typical features of freelance academic writers: can you associate yourself with them? If yes, you may just be the perfect fit to become a freelance academic writer. Get paid to write those essays that you actually enjoyed writing at school. You can do what you love and make some money to pay the bills.

    What is better than that?

    #4.Why People Decide to Become Freelance Academic Writers?

    The most elite writers decide to become freelance writers because they love to write and they want to do what they love. If you find it easy to write an academic paper or you love to blog, you can become a part of this elite group. You can write on a contract to contract basis. You can set your own prices, choose the jobs that you want to do, and have fun writing and making money doing it.

    #5.How to Decide Whether You Are Ready for an Academic Writing Job

     If you love to write and love to learn, you are ready. There are many levels of writing that you can do. You can answer a few questions, custom essay help, write an essay, conduct a research, or complete a thesis. You are ready, so what are you waiting for?

     

    Author Bio: M. Suleman is a senior academic writer, proofreader and ghost writer at Paperwritinghelp.net. Being at supervisory level he’s written number of articles and reviews. He has in-depth knowledge and experience in academia, current affairs and writing on history.

     

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    With advances in technology, the possibility of fraud has increased. As more people rely on digital and electronic media for their purchases, banking, communication, etc., entrepreneurial thieves are finding ways to steal information and money. Fraud investigators are charged with helping prevent this and for investigating when an incident occurs. As a result, there is a continually growing demand for educated and experienced fraud investigators. These specialists are employed by law enforcement, the federal government, banks, insurance agencies, and healthcare organizations. Others enter private practice and work for clients who need their help.

    Career Description: Duties and Common Tasks

    There are a variety of tasks assigned to a fraud investigator. Fraud investigators typically work on cases such as credit card and insurance fraud. They perform a range of tasks including interviewing individuals involved in the case, working with officials from the organization impacted by the fraud, and partnering with law enforcement when necessary. Investigators meet with those who are involved in the case including employers, complainants, and witnesses. They research transactions and records, especially electronic or digital transactions or records. They will also execute and serve search warrants and collect evidence of any fraudulent activity including surveillance operations. Fraud investigators will often partner with individuals from local, state and federal criminal justice systems including attorney generals and prosecutors as they present the results of their investigation and testify in court.

    How To Become A Fraud Investigator

    To become a fraud investigator, an individual must have at least a high school diploma. Most will earn a Bachelor's degree before entering the field. The most common degrees are in economic crime, cyber security, criminal justice, law, accounting, fraud management and business administration. Most states require that fraud investigators are licensed and others also require continuing education to maintain the investigator's license.

    The hiring process will vary depending on the organization, but most will include the following steps and requirements:

    - An applicant must have either a degree in a related field or possess relevant experience. Depending on the hiring organization, the applicant may not need a degree. The degree will often count as experience and make the candidate more attractive to the hiring organization.

    - The applicant applies to the job as fraud investigator

    - The applicant will be asked to interview for the position

    - The applicant will undergo a physical examination, polygraph exam, drug test, and a background investigation

    - The applicant is selected for the position

    - The new investigator undergoes on-the-job training

    Training As A Fraud Investigator

    Most organizations want a fraud investigator to have previous experience in some type of investigations or to possess an undergraduate or associate degree in a relevant discipline. An investigator may also become a certified fraud examiner. Certification is issued by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and requires the investigator to pass an online examination. Most fraud investigators also must complete on-the-job training as well.

    Prospects

    There are so many prospects for those trained in investigating fraud nowadays. With increasing amounts of fraud online, the cybersecurity area has grown dramatically. Fraud for insurance businesses is also a huge part of the industry and even casinos, even though casinos can use a lot of methods to prevent fraud, they often use outside people too.

    Other Experience And Skills

    Individuals who are experienced in background investigations, criminal investigations, insurance casualty claims or suspect business practices are usually the most desirable candidates for positions as fraud investigators. Fraud investigators should possess certain skills including how to take statements, how to conduct interviews, how to collect and protect evidence, and how to write reports.

    There are several different titles within the field of fraud investigators. These include fraud examiner, fraud analyst, fraud investigator and fraud investigation officer. The job description for each of these may differ slightly depending on the hiring organization.

    Fraud investigators can expect to earn a median annual salary of close to $70,000. The outlook for job growth is excellent and is expected to grow between five and eight percent by 2024.

  • Escape the boring office, get a job outdoors

    Have you ever stared out of the office window on a sunny day and wondered what madness keeps you here indoors? Of course you have—you’re human. Have you stared out on a wet, windy, cold day and thought the same? Perhaps not… but if you have, then it may be time to start thinking seriously about a new career—one that will get you outside whatever the weather.

    Careers Needing a Specialized Degree

    Some of the most attractive and lucrative careers require a specific degree, often at the doctorate level. However, if you already have such a degree, or you have the time and resources to study for one, there are fascinating jobs to be done.

    Landscape Architect. This involves planning, building, and managing open spaces. Much of the work is for government agencies, but increasingly private businesses are developing areas of land. The work has changed in recent decades as the emphasis is now on sustainable environments. If you see yourself as a 21st-century Capability Brown, this could be a heavenly opportunity for you.

    Surveyor. Surveyors work in many different environments, from domestic properties to government developments. Wherever there is construction, surveyors are needed. The technology is racing ahead, and you will need to keep abreast of it.

    Environmental or marine scientist. For many people the dream job is to be out in the wild, discovering more about the world we live in. Scientists are involved in research projects from Antarctica to the Amazon, from Sydney Harbour to the Sahara.

    Careers Needing Transferable Degrees or In-Work Qualifications

    There are more jobs that can provide training while you work, or which will accept a background in other relevant disciplines.

    ●     Pest Controller. Wherever there are people, there will always be pests and pest controllers will be needed. The work can take a strong stomach sometimes, but you can gain experience and qualifications at the same time. In some areas, pest controllers specialize in fields such as termite eradication.

    ●     Builder. The construction industry is very dependent on the economic conditions, but over the cycle, there is a demand which tends to grow. You will need an apprenticeship in all but the most menial of labor jobs.

    ●     Park Ranger. There is a lot of competition for a job which fulfills many people’s idea of perfection. It requires qualifications in a relevant environmental field, experience, and knowledge of the wild, and an ability to handle the public. Other jobs in parks are available as a potential entry.

    Careers Not Needing Formal Qualifications

    If the prospect of sitting exams fills you with dread, there are still areas of work that you can go into, developing your own interests. Incomes are more haphazard, but you can start earning straight away.

    Gardener. With a good knowledge of plants and an eye for order, you will always find people who need a gardener, either because they lack the time or skill for their own gardens, or because they are no longer fit enough to do their own work.

    Photographer. It may seem that everyone records their own events on their smartphones nowadays, but there is still demand for those essential top-class pictures for special occasions. If you can get known by a publisher, there may be contract work available. On the downside, all your weekends may be occupied throughout the summer.

    Dog-Walker. Walking other people’s dogs can be surprisingly lucrative—if you live in the right sort of area. It is also a big responsibility, and you need to know all the local regulations.

    Something to Note

    When you work in an office, your employer has the responsibility and power to adjust your environment to look after you. In the great outdoors, the environment is what it is and you need to be prepared for all sorts of conditions.

    You will need to be equipped with the right clothing for every sort of weather. You will need the right shoes for work, the right PPE (personal protective equipment), and clothing that will keep you safe from every extreme of hot, cold, and wet weather. Working outside is a constantly changing experience, the climate cares nothing for your welfare, and it is down to you to adapt.

    The Call of the Wild

    We are creatures who like our comforts, but we are also creatures who evolved in the natural environment and it still calls us all from time to time. It is difficult, but not impossible, to make the transition to working outside and, for the right people, the rewards can outweigh the disadvantages many times over.

    Isobel Walker gets anxious when she's stuck indoors for too long, and knew she could never cope with an office job. She's the girl who needs to get outdoors, dig in the mud and feel the wind in her hair.

     

    Your Turn: Have you ever had a job (or other way to make money) that let you work outdoors most of the time? Tell us about it.

     

  • Job Search Mistakes not to do
     
    For many job seekers, the Internet presents two very different worlds. One consists of hanging out with friends via social networking, and the other focuses on the seriousness of a job search.

    Having the worlds collide could result in the playful social media environment posing problems for a job search since many employers conduct online research to determine candidate eligibility. This is why, if you’re looking for work, it’s best to avoid the following social media mistakes that could hinder your job seeking process:

    #1. Leaving Your Profile Page Open To Strangers

    If you’re conducting a job search, now’s the time to set your personal profiles to private. Doing this ensures your personal information is viewable only to your friends list—not employers digging for information that could remove you from candidacy.

    #2. Including Your Real First And Last Names On Your Profiles

    On sites like Facebook, it’s often difficult to use any name but your real one. But if you want to keep your private and job-seeking lives separate, now’s the time to find a way to alter your name. If you can’t change the names on your sites, consider temporarily deactivating them. Or stop posting information that is unprofessional and in this day and age – easy to find.

    #3. Displaying Unprofessional Profile Photos

    An employer doesn’t have to be on your friends list to see a profile photo of you on display. So, be sure not to make the photo of you lying drunk on the curb your main profile picture. Instead, consider a professional picture—or even a cartoonish avatar as an alternative. If an employer conducts a Google search of your name any pictures affiliated with your profiles may pop up on the first results page.

    #4. Allowing Friends To Post Unprofessional Comments

    Managers often judge crude or offensive comments left on profiles, even if they’re left by someone else. So, in case your profile slips through the cracks and is viewable by some hiring managers, make sure all comments listed are PG-13.

    #5. Tweeting About Bad Work Behavior

    You may want to tweet to your friends you got away with being late for the third time this week. But while job seeking, it’s best to avoid these types of tweets as they could look bad to a prospective employer who is looking for a way to judge your work ethic.

    #6. Bashing Current/Previous Employers

    Many people like to make comments about how their co-workers or boss made them mad. Keep in mind prospective employers will be looking for this type of information, so refrain from making these comments at all costs.

    The slightest mistakes made while playing in the world of social media could make a huge difference in your being hired. So keep this in mind as you decide how you will allow your social networking and job seeking worlds to coexist.

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  •  Avoid Frustration

    Ok so your job search is becoming very frustrating  not getting good feedback, bad interviews, the most frustrated thing about looking for new opportunities is not finding the right one.

     

    Here's A list of tips as a frustrated job seeker should bear in mind.  This advice is basic but does trend to get over looked sometimes so embrace  the, as you will soon find the, vital. 

     

    Be noticeable

    It's not necessarily an easy thing to be noticed in today's market as most organisation have adopted in many ways when it comes to short-listing candidates.  The market has always changing so if your applying for a job and your competing with numerous applicants for the same job position make sure your noticeable.  Think out side the box, and focus on things that make you unique, make your CV or resume, Cover letter look unique this way you will stand out from others.  The Sole purpose of a resume is to grab the attention of your potential employer.  Target you resume to the job position, (think: qualifications, certifications, requirements), use bullet points on resume, use a clean layout, use a logo (think: your name) That, my friends, is how you make your resume stand out.  The sole purpose of a resume is to grab the attention of the employer, so always remember this.

     

    Recognize When to Change

    The biggest mistake job hunters make is not knowing when their resume or cover letter is not effective, such as not getting interview requests from employers,  meaning time for a change in either your resume or cover letter so If your are not getting results, you need to change it.

    Do not be scared to try different formats, layouts! I am sure you know everyone has different opinions on resume formatting and content, which means employers will too.  Keep your resume and cv up to date & then upload your resume.

     

    Formal or Informal Networking

    It is said at at least 60% - some report even higher statistics - of all jobs are found by networking. Some one you know, knows somebody that knows somebody so dig in deep and start networking you never know where someone might be looking. Remember your job search needs to go beyond the internet to be more effective. NETWORK! Do not be afraid to let everyone you know that you are looking for opportunities.

    Send an e-mail to anyone who might know someone who might have a job opening. You will be surprised how many leads you can find by letting people know you are in the job market. You will find that people really do want to help you. Network, network and network. Did I say network? If you do not ask no one can help you. Search everyday!

     

    Job Search Everyday, in every way

    Try to do something career related once a day, if not more. If you stop job searching your results will be delayed. Apply for opportunities that you meet most of the requirements. Employers always advertise a laundry list of qualifications and requirements. They would like to find the perfect person to match every qualification, but employers know this person does not exist. They are looking for someone who closely matches and someone who will fit well into the culture.

     

    Basics interview preparation

    When you go in for an interview make sure you are on time, prepared and researched the company you are interviewing with. Do not rely on just the company’s website for information. Be savvy! Use Google, Yahoo Finance, and Business Journals. This will show the employer how serious you are.

    Come prepared with extra resumes and have copies of your references ready to go. The goal is to demonstrate your professionalism to the employer.

     

    What do you find most frustrating in your job search?  

     

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    As a freelance writer and businessman working within the copywriting sector, toiling through CVs and writing samples takes up a fairly substantial part of my working day. While I won't claim to be an expert, I've do find it easy to differentiate a good CV from a bad CV.

    If you're still hunting around for paid freelance writing work, don't make these mistakes.

    Strange Layout and Presentation

    We all judge books by their cover to a certain extent, that's why when people say “presentation is everything” they're speaking a cold, hard truth. I tend to think that writers who can't be bothered to present their work and experience clearly – any writer worth their salt knows that white space is a big part of the process  – will probably have bad habits. In any sector, eye-catching fonts, colour and jazzy layouts are a no go. And unless you're an actor, you really don't need a headshot.

    Strange Layout and Presentation

    Excessively Long “About” Section

    If I hire you as a writer I don't need a life story. A paragraph about your personal goals, strengths and passions will suffice. Keep it fresh. Everyone likes to travel and considers themselves to be a “good people person.” On the other end of the spectrum, don't forget the About section altogether as it provides a great opportunity to sell yourself.

    Lack of Online Presence

    A blog is extremely important in today's digital age as it will demonstrate commitment and passion for the craft. Additionally, list your social networks. Even if you've only got ten Facebook and Twitter followers, it will show that you take marketing seriously.

    Spelling Mistakes

    Believe it or not, but I read plenty of CVs that are riddled with spelling mistakes. Of course, when you write for a living subtle errors will inevitably creep through, that's only natural. However, a CV is supposed to be the most important part of the application process; therefore, it should highlight your very best work.

    SEO Writing Experience

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with SEO writing. My first paid gigs were from content mills. While I'm not ashamed to admit this, I'm not exactly going to wear it like a badge of honour. If you started in SEO copywriting, avoid words and phrases that are more synonymous with marketers than writers: content (what's wrong with article?), native English (this means absolutely nothing), keyword density (I'll usually stop reading here).

    No Samples

    This is undoubtedly the most important part of a writer's CV. To be perfectly honest, the rest is just a way to get the reader to want to read the samples. While you should attach a few articles, screenplay segments, short stories, etc., to your CV as a separate file, you should also include a few loglines within the CV itself.

    CV writing isn't easy. Every employer is searching for something different and has their own personal preference. However, if you're a writer looking for your next gig, please take the aforementioned advice into consideration. Fixing just one of these problems might just lead to your next paycheck.

    Written by Adam Manuel.

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    In the film “Horrible Bosses,” any resemblance to real or living people may have been purely coincidental, but for many American workers, the portrayal represents a familiar daily reality in the workplace: their bosses are making them miserable. And sick. The Journal of Business and Psychology reported that workers’ health can be adversely affected by a negative psychological climate, which can lead to a slew of health-related problems, including heart disease and depression.

    Adding insult to injury is the fact that CEOs make 380 times more than the average worker. The average compensation for a CEO rose almost 727 percent between the years 1978 and 2011—more than twice the increase in S&P’s 500-stock index—while pay for the average nonsupervisory worker in the private sector rose less than 6 percent during that same period. While employees generally accept that their boss is going to earn more than they do , they rest assured that with the additional money probably come a proportionate amount of stress and anxiety. As Robert Frost wryly noted, “By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” On the contrary, however, research indicates that those in high leadership positions actually experience less stress than those in non-leadership positions.

    So are bosses worth it? A new study suggests that they can make a significant impact on company productivity and through a seemingly simple act: they teach their employees useful skills. Their employees may not be particularly motivated by bosses, but they are learning from them—at least from the good ones. This infographic examines the impact of management on workers and how much bosses may actually be worth.

    For a complete list of sources, please view the infographic.

     

    Who's the Boss? (And Why it Matters

     

      Credit to OnlineColleges for the infographic -  Find an online college for you! with OnlineColleges

     

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    Why choosing Recruitment Funding is your best idea yet

    Setting up a temporary or permanent recruitment start-up can be a super exciting time in both your life and career. It can also bring a sense of financial insecurity as you embark on what feels like a really big investment. And rightly so, it most certainly is a financial investment, but it doesn’t have to come with the strain you might be expecting.

    How you may be wondering can you guarantee that? Two words – Recruitment & Funding…

    What those two words bring are five reasons why choosing Recruitment Funding is your best idea yet…

    Feel like you’re the star performer at your agency?

    If you’re the top performer within your agency, and you know your market inside out then with the correct funding you can take that risk to go it alone. One of the main worries about branching into your own agency is that you don’t have the financial security. With a recruitment funding company, that worry is lifted. Starting out on your own should be seen as looking to build something great, which has great prospects and opportunity.

    Paying your workers

    There is the risk that your business could fail even before it gets off the ground what with having to pay your workers. And without workers, there are no clients so of course they need paying on time. Recruitment Funding can guarantee that your workers get paid as well as pay you your profit on the same day.

    Win more clients

    Recruitment Funding allows you to offer a unique 12 Month Rebate Scheme. This gives you the ammunition to get onto preferred supplier lists which can be really difficult to secure. This, in turn, allows access to increased profits through the charging of higher fees.

    Company Growth

    When it comes to recruitment companies in the UK, 75% of them never reach a headcount of over 10 people. It takes an industry expert to work with you on strategies for accelerating that growth, not only that but the support from a recruitment funding company is also a bonus.

    No cash, no risk

    Recruitment Funding means you can start a temp or perm business today with no cash or risk. Most Recruitment Funding firms just require you to have the workers because they have the systems and money to make it happen. This means you have the support that allows you to live and invest in the success of your start up.

    If you need any further convincing then get in touch with a specialist, they’ll be able to give you much more extensive detail and reason why partnering with a Recruitment Funding firm will help turn your dreams into a reality.

    Lots of perm and temp start-ups reveal that the key to their success is being able to spend more time dedicated to activity that generate fees and business development – Recruitment Funding can therefore support you and enable you to spend more time on what’s important

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  • Lies

    #1. “You’re in the lead for this position.”

    Are you really? Have they already interviewed everyone? This might be the truth, or it might just be flattery to keep you hanging on.

    Don’t take these words to mean too much. You may very well be in the lead, but you also may be the first candidate they’ve interviewed, and you never who will come through that door next.

     

    #2. “We think your outside life is just as important as your work life.”

    This one may make you believe you’ll never be working late hours or weekends, but unfortunately, that’s rarely the case anymore. To really find out, dig a little deeper.

    Can you work from home if you have a sick child? Do they have strict office hours, or can you be flexible? Will you travel? Answers to these questions will help you suss out a company’s priorities more than a blanket statement about work-life balance.

     

    #3. “We offer excellent benefits.”

    The company might offer great benefits, but do a little investigating before you believe it. It’s a tough time out there for health care, after all. And if the employer offers a lot of vacation days, will you really be able to take them all? Sometimes it’s hard to take time off even if you have vacation days because of job demands, finances or company policies.

     

    #4. “We’re working on hiring someone who would help you.”

    This might be a red flag that they know the position is overly demanding. Find out why. Will that new person be an assistant or hold a parallel position? What happens if they don’t hire someone; will you be responsible for more than you initially thought?

     

    #5. “Our company doesn’t have any drama or politics.”

    Is that possible? Whether it’s office politics or office drama, it’s there. Maybe not quite as much as in an eighth-grade classroom, but life has drama and politics; there’s no hiding from it.

     

    #6. “We’re still not sure of the salary.”

    Why not? What are they waiting for? The salary should already be in place if they’re ready to hire someone. There is usually room for negotiation, but the company probably has a base line to start with. Make sure you’re aware of the salary before you accept any position!

     

    #7. “We offer lots of help/training to get you started.”

    What kind of help and training? Will you have to read a big fat manual in your off hours? Will you have a mentor for the first few weeks?

    Some companies offer in-house training before you get started, while others only offer a couple of online tutorials. Find out so you know what you’re getting into.

     

    #8. “We’ll make a quick decision and move fast.”

    Even in the most ideal situations, the time from interview to start date is usually a few weeks. Between protocol in human resources and all necessary sign-offs, “quick” is a relative term.

    Stay positive, but know that things take time.

     

    #9. “If this doesn’t work, we’ll keep you in mind for other opportunities.”

    The truth is, they probably won’t. Even if they do have something else for you, it may not be what you want.

    So keep looking. If it happens to work out, that’s great, but don’t sit around waiting for another position to open up for you.

    Job seekers often get a bad rap for embellishing resumes and past experience. But those little lies can come from the other side, too.

     

    Have you heard any others share your comments below?

     

     

  • 50 Job Search Tips From Recruiters That You Need To Know About

    When researching the most effective practices on conducting a job search, job seekers can get a lot of mixed messages on what to do (or what not to do) – depending on the who they talk to. HR and Recruiting professionals can be a great source of information, given their roles in the recruitment and selection process.

    Related article: #1 Mistake People Make On Online Job Applications

    This article is comprised of job search tips from 50 different HR and Recruiting members of Minnesota Recruiters.

    #1. Use Google to find email addresses of target companies. Enter “*@domainname.higherleveldomain” For example, if looking for an email address at Pearson search “*@pearson.com”, which will give you several examples of their email format.  From there  you can fill in the target’s name.

    #2. Don’t assume the jobs posted online are the only positions available. Recruiters often close their postings online before jobs are filled. You must network and market yourself!

    #3. If you know any recruiters or managers who regularly interview prospective new employees, ask them to give you a mock interview and take their feedback on your résumé and your interview style. This will improve your confidence and performance in real interview situations.

    #4. Listen to opportunities even when you are happy in your position. A new opportunity may take you to an even better place, personally and professionally.

    #5. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone! If you let your thumbs do the talking, you’ll find yourself at the bottom of the inbox and a lose out on an opportunity.

    RESEARCH AND PREP

    #6. Learn as much as you can about the interviewer before the interview, and prepare questions before the meeting.

    #7. Research the company prior to interviewing, in order to ask informed questions of your interviewer. Focus on questions that are pertinent to the position you are considering.

    #8. Do not only have answers prepared for the great things about yourself, but be prepared to answer the tough questions such as, “Describe the worst experience you have had with a customer? How did you handle it & what was the outcome?”

    #9. Never underestimate the power of preparing for an interview, and be armed with examples to showcase your skills. With more companies using phone screens and video conferencing for interviews, I would also suggest practicing in front of your webcam or over the phone with a friend.

    #10. Read the job description, not just the title before you apply to a job!

    ONLINE JOB SEARCH

    #11. Spend a day registering and applying to all jobs of interest to you on job boards such as Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, and niche job boards such as CollegeRecruiter.com and then don’t go back to them unless you receive an emailed job match alert (some sites call them agents) with a job which matches your interests. Starting on day two, network, network, network.

    #12. Search and apply for jobs online using all of the traditional methods like Monster, CareerBuilder, Pure-jobs.com, DICE, etc., and establish automated job notifications utilizing the online career sites for the companies you are interested in and register your profile with them.  Write down the job numbers and go find anyone you can on LinkedIn (preferably a recruiter or HR representative) and establish a dialogue with them. Tell them your story and why you think you would be good for the job, and reference the job number. Ask them who you can send the resume directly to for consideration, and tell them you will also submit your profile online. Establishing this direct connection with the company and/or its recruiting staff may help you make inroads into the company or, at the very least, will establish a connection for you who can help you find a job and refer you to others in their network!

    PERSONAL BRAND

    #13. Google Yourself. Put positive and branded professional content under your name and Google yourself everyday.

    #14. Develop an elevator pitch to use at career fairs or networking events.

    #15. Look at you email address and ask yourself if that email represents a good business image of yourself. Emails like: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are probably not images a hiring manager would like to see in a future employee they expect to be hard-working and dedicated. If you have a personalised email address, I encourage you to get a new account for your job search needs that will include your name to keep that image at a professional level.

    #16. Update (or create) your Linked In profile and ensure it reflects you, your personality and your experience.

    #17. Ask yourself “What would I do for a job/career if money were no object and why?”. If you can answer this about yourself, you can and should be able to go forward with a foundation to review and assess any new opportunities that come your way.

    #18. Build your personal brand and develop your social network.

    YOUR RESUME

    #19. When preparing your resume for submission, create a section following your professional summary that is titled “Experience Highlights”. Craft four to five bullet points that summarize your expertise as it relates to the specific position. Many organizations now use technology to sort through keywords and you should tailor your resume each time to accurately reflect your fit with the role. Be sure to include what you personally did and the result.

    #20. If you really want to impress a recruiter, tailor your resume to fit the job description of the job you are applying to. Don’t rely on a cookie-cutter resume to pique the interest of the recruiter. Pick out some main themes in the job description and use similar words or phrases when writing your career objective and when describing your work history.

    #21. Use keywords from the job description in your resume. For example if the job description lists working in a Call Center Environment make sure you have “Call Center Environment” in your resume….but make sure you actually have that experience before you add it in your resume.

    #22. Make sure your resume is as clean as possible. Do not get fancy with borders, fonts, etc Once the resume enters our resume database it will scramble and if I can’t read it I move on to the next one.

    #23. Don’t make your resume so short that you cut out companies that might help you connect with interviewers or cut skills that may assist you to getting a position. Flip side, don’t make it overly in-depth that no one can tell what you are good at.

    #24. I am amazed that in this day and age people still submit their resumes without using spell check. Not only should everyone use spell check (can be set up to automatically spell check when you click on send), but you should definitely read and re-read your cover letter prior to hitting send. There is nothing worse than telling a company you are applying for a position that they don’t even have available (oops, forgot to change the title on the cover letter from the previous application!) This is such a small thing that translates into you even getting an interview – highly recommend!

    #25. Put a phone number on your resume that you will actually be able to answer and’/or will consistently check messages on. Many people put a personal cell phone or home phone number on their resume, however use a company cell phone all day and never check messages on the other numbers. If traveling, it could be days before you know a recruiter has even called, and can miss that opportunity all together!

    #26. Make sure to include a cover letter which will allow you to incorporate how your KSA’s (knowledge, skills, and abilities) along with your experience on your resume correlates to the position you are applying for. Depending on the type position you are applying for try to show your personality in your cover letter…personally I like to see a little humor in a cover letter as it allows me to believe the candidate will fit into our culture. Someone with a sense of humor can usually let stress roll of his/her back and continue working through difficult situations.

    #27. As a recruiter for a call center I see a lot of resumes with inappropriate handles for emails. Take the time to get a free email address with your name and use it only for resumes or networking needs. Another thing to keep in mind is caller tunes on your cell phone. If your cell phone has an inappropriate song as a caller tune for the caller to hear, you may want to change it to a standard ring tone, or at the very least something more professional.

    #28. Be sure that employment history and contact information is current. It is ok to show that you are currently unemployed. Revise your resume to highlight skills that are applicable to each specific job you apply for so that it is easy to find the applicable experience.

    #29. Don’t be the only one to proofread your resume! You’ve read it a billion times over, so of course you’re not going to see the same mistake that’s been there for the last 50+ times you’ve submitted it. Find someone else, anyone else, to go over it. That person will be much more apt to find typos, missing words, etc. and it will definitely pay off in the long run to recruiters and hiring managers alike.

    #30. In our ever-changing economy, there is more unemployment than ever before. Many people have found themselves out of work for six-months, one year, or more as a stay-at-home parent who are looking to re-enter the workforce. Many times, these people become candidates in our applicant tracking systems who have obvious and unexplained employment gaps on their resumes.

    In Corporate America where we see hundreds of resumes a day, these candidates may not stand a chance. Although some recruiters may disagree, some of the best advice comes from better utilizing your cover letter (yes, I read them!) and resume to depict a little bit more of your life story. Job seekers can easily dedicate a section of their resume to where this mystery time has been spent. Have you been a home manager (stay-at-home parent)? Have you been actively pursuing work (an avid job seeker)? Have you been serving others and gaining additional skills (volunteer)? Or have you simply gone back to school? As recruiters, we want to know these things!! Job seekers can also write a sentence or two in their cover letter to explain their situation. If I don’t understand why someone is applying for a specific job, I often times scroll back up to the cover letter; seeking clarification. These small tweaks may not guarantee an interview or a job, but it will ensure more understanding and could result in a better sell from recruiter to hiring manager.

    Moral of the story: As recruiters, we don’t need your biography, but we do want to know why you haven’t been working. Find a succinct way to tell us!

    NETWORKING

    #31. If you are networking and sending a cold email, please do your research and reach out to the correct person for the role. Please do not reach out to 20 people at once with the same email. They will all end up in the recruiters inbox and she will not be happy. 

    #32. LinkedIn Recruiters love to connect with people on LinkedIn. However, if someone I don’t know asks to connect with me and then within 5 minutes, sends me a request to find a job at my company for them, it leaves a bad impression. Connect with me, tell me about yourself and find out some information about me and I will be more than glad to help you out.

    #33. Network, network, network! It’s important to let everyone you know be aware that you are seeking a new job. Your network will help you make connections that you would not have imagined otherwise.

    #34. Of course, it is better to have a target list of companies, and have your resume in the company’s system BEFORE the opening occurs. It is even better is to have network contacts inside the organization who can help.

    TIP – However, we all know that many opportunities come to potential applicants via job boards. For these posted positions, apply within the first 24 – 48 hours of the posting. The recruiter spends more time on the early resumes, and often hiring managers put the pressure on the recruiter (“Did we get any good candidates over the weekend?”). It is estimated that 60 -75% of successful candidates (those that got the job) applied within the first 24 hours of the job post. Delay can hurt you.

    #35. Leverage your personal network, let friends and family know that you are looking for a job, in a competitive job market this can open new opportunities for you!

    #36. Don’t be shy. A lot of job seekers are either ashamed that they are unemployed or don’t want to let people know they are looking for a job. Let it be known and get the word out there. Networking is one of the most important aspects of searching for a job, getting out there and meeting with people, attending events can only benefit you as a job seeker.

    #37. Network, network, network! I wasn’t sure how I was going to get a foot into my field, human resources, and graduation was quickly approaching. Through a series of highly unlikely events, set in motion by networking, I landed a perfect job to get started in HR. Go to conferences. Attend seminars. Listen to webinars and podcasts. Immerse yourself in your field of choice, paid or unpaid, and doors will open for you to land that stellar job. Good luck!

    #38. I strongly encourage job seekers to send out a “message blast” to all their contacts on LinkedIn! I have them include some information about the type of position they are looking for and add their LinkedIn Link to their profile. I also have them to ask their contacts to forward their information to their LinkedIn contacts in other industries. I know this works… when my HR position was eliminated, I sent out a “blast” to all my contacts and within 1 hour, I had 4 messages about positions in organizations that had not yet posted their open position. I am currently working in one of those “un-posted” positions! LinkedIn is a powerful tool in the job search process!

    #39. Network and network wisely! The single most job opportunities I see in my non-metro MN location is through a Linux Users Group, an IT focused networking group who all share a common interest. Comparatively, if the job seeker is looking for a Human Resources position, join your local SHRM chapter. If the interviewer knows your name before he sees your resume, you have a competitive advantage!

    INTERVIEWING

    #40. During an interview, the #1 thing hiring managers are looking for in candidates (whether they realize out or not): passion for the job they are being interviewed for, i.e., the occupation and/or industry. Everyone likes to work with someone who loves what they do!

    #41. For Phone interviews, remember to always close. If you want the job, tell them “you want the job”. Try to ask a couple of key questions…what the “next steps” are for the in-person interview, decision-making timelines and possibly who the decision maker is. And, remember to send a “thank you” email.

    #42. Have prepared, well thought out, meaningful questions to ask at every stage of the interview. It demonstrates your research capabilities, your preparedness and engagement.

    #43. FIrst impression go a long way when interviewing. Always show up 5 minutes early, but not 30 minutes! Always give a firm hand shake and greet with a smile. And do your research on the company prior to your interview. This shows your interest in the company. Last but not least, always follow-up with a thank you email.

    #44. Appearance counts in interviews…lose the gray hair before interviewing. Now is not the time to take a stand regarding “going natural” with your gray hair. It can make you look 10 years older, and though age discrimination is prohibited in employment, you don’t want to give the interviewers any cause to surmise that, if hired, you may be with them for only a few years.

    #45. Always be prepared to ask questions at the end of the interview, even if you feel you know the company/position. It can even be about the company history, culture, something that you read about the company online, anything, but do not ever say you don’t have any questions. The impression that this leaves with a recruiter is that you are not interested in the role they just spent time interviewing you for.

    #46. Phone interviews with recruiters are often a candidates first step in the door, learn the fine line between providing too much information during this often short phone screen vs. not providing enough context; be able to hold an engaging conversation and demonstrate your passion. The recruiter you speak with is your potential gateway to the hiring manager, take the time to prepare.

    FOLLOW-UP

    #47. If there is a job that you are REALLY interested in, make some phone calls once you have submitted your application. Do some follow-up! Contact talent acquisition/recruiters at that company, confirm they received your application, etc., find someone you know on LinkedIn who works at that company to help you make the right connection. Don’t let your resume/application be overlooked.

    #48. The best piece of advice I can give to job seekers is the mindful discipline to follow-up with those with whom you’ve met along your job search journey. Gone are the days of handwritten thank you notes, but not their lasting impact and impression!

    #49. Follow-up and follow-through are key components of any successful job seekers search. If you notice a position posted online, research the company on LinkedIn and find a contact (preferably a contact in the department of interest – i.e if it’s an Accounting role find the Accounting Manager or Controller…if one is not available HR will do). Draft an email with your resume and cover letter and send it to that contact. Follow up with a voicemail to formally introduce yourself and mention your availability for an interview. If you don’t hear back within a week FOLLOW UP. Phone calls are better than emails when it comes to following up…make sure you reference the resume you sent over. By simply submitting a resume to on online posting your chance of being seen through the black hole of HR is slim…do your due diligence, and if it’s a position you’re interested in go out and get it!

    #50. Send follow-up thank-you notes to everyone you meet with.

    A few of the contributors to the list of 50 job search tips include:

    Searching for your next job or career takes an investment. Our hope is that the tips outlined here can provide insights into what recruiters are looking for – and how to set yourself apart from your competition (other candidates).

    Have additional job search tips to share? Use the comments section.

     

     

  • Interview Hacks You should Know About

    In a perfect world, everyone can find the job they want. However, in the real world, you have to do all in your power to showcase your skills and your capabilities. These interview tips that you can find in the article are not only very helpful; they will bring you the tools and experience you need to eliminate the hassle and just enjoy your interview without any problem. All these interview hacks are designed to make the entire process faster and easier, which is what matters the most.

    Always try to sell your conviction

    If you want to do something properly, you have to do it with a lot of conviction. At the end of the day, you have to believe that the product can save your life, as this is the only true way to sell it to others. As long as you focus on using conviction as a selling point, results can be second to none. After all, you need to make sure that you believe in yourself and in that company. With this type of approach, it will be a lot easier to reach the results you want fast and easy. You need to keep in mind that using the right interview tips can surely come in handy and in the end, it can pay off a lot, as explained by the CV review service The CV Architect. 

    In addition, if you sell yourself with conviction, you also show that your skills are of a very high standard. Things like this can take the experience to new heights, and you certainly want that to happen in the end for sure. 

    Sell the very best quality

    In case you hate self-promotion, you do have to focus on those types of qualities that employers want to find in you. As long as you show them that you have what it takes to be a part of their business, you will be hired without a problem. Yes, the idea here is that you need to show them what others might have missed. The qualities you have matter a lot, and in the end, this can be kind of interesting to be honest. Be perceptive, know how to answer and always bring your skills in front.

    The more you talk about the stuff you can do, your work ethic, benefits and interpersonal skills, the better you will do. Yes, there will be many challenges and issues along the way, but in the end, things can indeed pay off. You may not have to display a job skill all the time, but as long as you display interpersonal or useful skills, this may become an advantage. This is one of the best interview tips for employers!

    Sell your history

    One of the main interview tips for managers is to research your history. You do not have to promote your entire history, just figure out what catches the eye for that particular workplace. The more you focus on your experience and history meaningful to that working environment, the better it will be for you. After all, you want to have as many chances as possible and at the end that can easily pay off quite a bit. It’s one of the better options that you can find out there, so try to keep it in mind. 

    Yes, you have to study a bit from home as you figure out what works and what does not when you sell your history. The idea is to know what catches the eye for an employer and make the most out of it. This is one of the best interview tips that you should follow!

    Sell your expertise

    Aside from all the skills mentioned above, you have to keep in mind that there will also be an expertise you have and which you naturally want to promote as fast as you can. The idea is to use the skill set to try to talk about your expertise in a natural manner. Figure out what you are an expert in and make sure that you put your skills to good use. 

    Many companies are looking for professionals in various fields, so you may never know when these areas come in handy. All you have to do is to retain that approach and improve it to the best of your capabilities, as explained by the London CV writer The CV Architect.

    The more you want to focus on that, the better the results will be in the end. After all, you need to maintain a focus on your expertise, and you even want to improve it. The more you do that, the better the success you can have in the end.

    Sell your passion

    One of the primary interview tips is always to try to sell your passion. At the end of the day, the more you are passionate about something, the better the results you can get from it. Just because that company wants something different, that does not mean they will not hire you. The reason is simple; all businesses want passionate people, they want someone which cares about the industry.

    If you are passionate about the industry, then you have to talk about it as much as you can. Deliver some insight, talk one on one with the employer, show them that you know their business and what they do, etc. These are the smaller details that can quickly pay off and which may even bring you the results and approach you need. The idea here is not to rush; you have to maintain an accurate focus on stability and progress the best way you can. It certainly shines, and it brings in front one of the best options out there.

    Do not hesitate and use all these great interview tips to get the job that you always wanted. Even if it may seem hard to do at first, the reality is that you can find a good job without that much of a hassle. Just try to stay committed, focus on your success, and you will not be disappointed. After all, if you sell your quality, history, conviction, expertise and passion, you are bound to be successful!

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  • How to identify Candidate Skills and Ability with online skill tests

    According to a report carried out by Oxford Economics, the cost of replacing a member of staff is just over £30,000 per employee. While recruitment agency fees, advertising expenses, lost management time through interviews, and hiring temporary workers all contribute to this figure, the biggest reason why it costs so much is because the average new hire takes 28 weeks to reach optimum productivity.

    Therefore, more and more employers are looking at ways to not only streamline the recruitment process, but also make sure that candidates with the ability to hit the ground running get hired first time around. Thankfully, there is a way to make this recruitment dream a reality.

    Online skill tests enable any organisation to identify and assess a candidate’s expertise and ability. This can be carried out early on in the process too, thus eliminating time wasters and creating a short-list quickly. But how exactly should you approach this potentially revolutionary recruitment method? Here to explain is industry specialist Skillsarena.

    Test technical and soft skills

    Seeing as technical and soft skills will be used in the workplace, it is crucial you test both during any pre-employment assessment. After all, an engineering graduate could come up with an innovative invention but be unable to communicate how it works. A simulation is usually the best method for testing both technical and soft skills, as it can portray real-life scenarios accurately.

    Focus on the job

    There is little to no point testing an individual’s generic skills that every candidate will most likely possess. Instead, focus on the position you are advertising for and include questions that directly relate to everyday responsibilities or on-the-job performance. You might want to shadow existing employees to see what skills they use the most during a typical day for inspiration.

    Choose the right method

    Once you know which skills to assess, you will need to choose the right testing method. For example, a customer service position could benefit from a role-playing game, where the candidate’s journey is determined by their ability to solve problems or make decisions. Although this won’t necessarily give the individual a grade, it will reveal whether they need to work on specific skill sets.

    Look at skills and personality

    Even if you have found an ideal candidate for the position, don’t ignore or overlook the importance of their personality. There is every chance that they might not have the same attitude as fellow employees or the attributes required to fit in with the company culture. Skill tests aren’t just about productivity and performance, they can also help out with keeping employee turnover to a minimum too.

    Consider testing existing employees

    Despite the fact most businesses use online skill tests for potential recruits, there is no reason why you can’t utilise them for existing employees as well. Along with being able to plug any gaps in an individual’s knowledge, you may find that certain members of staff would be better suited elsewhere in the organisation.

     

     

  • Applying For Nursing School? Here's How To Make A Great Impression At The Interview

    Are you interested in becoming a nurse? Are you planning to apply to a nursing school? Does the thought of the interview process make you a little nervous? There is no need to worry! The tips in this article were provided by nursing educators who have sat in on many interviews. They will help you make a great first impression and hopefully get into the school of your dreams!

    #1. Show Them Your Best Self

    You can really show off what you have to offer in an interview, particularly if you don't feel that you look like a strong applicant on paper. Most admissions committee members forget facts and figures, but they do remember the stories you tell and what you have to say. The interview allows you to show off your unique personality and gives you a chance to show why you would be a great addition to the program and to the nursing field.

    #2. Remember That Interview Is Only Part Of The Process

    Most people are nervous when they go into an interview, but you must remember that the educators are not trying to cross applicants off their list through this process. They simply want to meet you and talk about their program. Their questions are designed to help them understand how you would fit into the school. The interview is typically not going to be the defining factor as to whether or not you get into the nursing program; it is simply part of the process.

    #3. Familiarize Yourself With Current Nursing Topics

    Pour over nursing journals and reputable online sites to learn what is currently going on in the nursing world. You want to be able to discuss important issues, like diabetes, with ease. It is crucial that you are able to communicate about health issues, because you need to show that you can handle these topics with your own patients one day. If you’re interested in looking for work then Cavendish Professionals have a great selection.

    #4. Learn About The Educational Institution

    Before you go into the interview, learn as much as possible about the school that you are applying to. It is very important that you do your homework. You will not make a good impression if you ask questions and the answers to those questions can be easily found online. In particular, make sure you look up the nursing school's mission. Make sure that you tell at least one story in your interview that aligns with the mission of the educational institution you are applying to.

    #5. Be Accountable

    Tell the truth during your interview. Don't add on to a story with embellished facts to make it sound better. Be honest when discussing your grades and accomplishments in school. If there is something in your record that you are not proud of, you don't need to ignore it but you shouldn't harp on it either. The faculty members are going to look at your transcripts and at how well you've done on tests and other assessments. They will know if something is unusual; therefore, make sure you take accountability for any such discrepancies. Also, make sure not to brag when talking about yourself.

    #6. Practice

    You can expect certain questions at your interview. For example, it is very likely that you will be asked why you want to go into nursing. Think about your answers ahead of time so that you come across as articulate and intelligent.

    Make sure that you don't just answer the question quickly and then move on. Give examples. For instance, if you say that you want to be a nurse because you would like to help people, talk about how you have already helped people in some way through your volunteer work or current job. You can also discuss any leadership roles that you have taken on.

    Another question that you may hear is, "Discuss a problem that you've faced and how you solved that problem." Remember that there is not a "wrong" answer to this question; the interviewers want you to engage in critical thinking. Therefore, answer all the questions as honestly and accurately as you can.

    #7. Be Professional

    When you go into your interview, act as though you are applying for a job. If you don't know what to do in a job interview, do your research and learn how you need to dress and how you should appear when you go in. Of course, remember that eye contact is crucial.

    In order to keep your stress levels down as much as possible, get to your interview early. Make sure you allow time for parking and walking to the interview spot. Have the phone number to the nursing school handy and call if there is a problem.

    Do not bring food or drink into your interview. Make sure your cell phone is off. If you have children, find childcare for them and leave them at home.

  • Amazing Tips: What You Should Wear To an Interview

    When it comes to an interview, dressing the part is just as important as having a good CV and cover letter.  Your interview is when you get a chance to show off and have all of your hard work pay off.  This is why you need to choose the right interview attire which is in line with today's dress code.  However, there are no cut and dry answers when it comes to what you should wear to your interview.  Some professions require strict business attire while there are other hiring managers who do not care as long as you are not in jeans and a t-shirt.  There are some guidelines that you can consider which will help you choose the best outfit. 

    Dress better than the Person next To You does

    When you prepare for your interview you should look at the positions in the company directly above the one that you are applying for.  You can then use their dress code to determine what you should be wearing.  When you dress for the job above your own this shows that you have drive to move up the corporate ladder.  An example of this will be an interviewee for shift manager at Walmart could dress in khakis and a polo shirt, but going the extra mile and arriving in a suit and tie could stand you in better stead.

    Going the extra mile and impressing the hiring manager with your attire is better.  This is due to the manager seeing that you have an executive mentality.  It is important that you research the dress code of the company before your interview and look at the higher up positions for inspiration.  You will need to be careful and not go overboard when you try to dress for success.

    Dress For The Part

    Any actor can tell you that playing the role is more important than reciting the lines and they need to have a wardrobe that matches and compliments their performance.  You need to keep this in mind when it comes time to dress for your interview as your attire is not about getting the job you want, but rather a part of the overall presentation of yourself.  Hiring managers will make their decision in the first 10 seconds of an interview so your presentation needs to be flawless. 

    This will make it harder for the hiring manager to eliminate you from their list of potential hires.  You should also ensure that you wear neutral colors and stay away from patterns.  You should Google what current interview trends are and look for any videos that give you an idea.  It is also important that you consider the climate of the office and your comfort.

    Stay Up To Date

    An interview is about sending a message and nothing sends a bad message like being in an outdated interview outfit which does not match the dress codes of today.  This does not mean that you need to wear the latest fashion trend, but you should stay away from clothing that is more than 5 years old.  Attire made up of fresh styles will send a message that you are in touch with current times.

    Something else that you want to avoid is looking too casual and fresh.  While the hiring manager will want young, fresh styles they do not want to see sandals, nose rings or an interviewee that looks like they are ready to go on a night out.  You should not dress like you have just graduated even if this is the case as you need to dress like you have had a similar job or better.  It is important to remember that you should stay away from older styles, but do not look too casual or like you are going to meet your friends.

    Remember the Occasion

    Wearing a suit and tie or other professional attire may not always be the best solution.  There are some jobs that do not require formal attire and you need to remember that you are painting the picture of the perfect candidate with your interview clothing.  The best way to avoid any embarrassment in the interview is to research.  You should talk to some local recruiters and to the college education center.  They will be able to tell you what the industry appropriate attire will be. 

    You also need to prepare for the climate and weather.  Wearing a thin shirt and tie is not practical for the winters, but a dress sweater over your shirt will fit the climate perfectly.  However, dress clothing could make you feel uncomfortable in the heart of summer.  A rule of thumb is to dress the part, but make sure that you are comfortable in the climate. 

    Remember that you need to research the industry to determine the appropriate clothing.  You also need to consider the season and climate.  It is important that you are comfortable and not sweating while you are in the interview.

    Stay Comfortable

    Comfort is one of the most important things when it comes to interviews.  A hiring manager will be able to tell if you are nervous and uncomfortable.  The discomfort you feel could be coming from the new shoes that you have bought, but they will not be able to tell that.  They could assume that the uncomfortable feelings are from a lack of experience. 

    When you decide what to wear to your interview you need to pick clothes that will help you get the job.  You should not wear brand new clothes to the interview and a tried and true outfit will be much better.  Break in your shoes before the interview and to avoid any embarrassing moments you need to remember to remove all the tags. A lot of people find modern orthopaedic shoes look practical and are also very comfortable and perfect for such an occasion.

     

    Dressing for success is not difficult as you simply need to research what the dress code is and make yourself comfortable.  Interview attire should complement the presentation that you are giving to get the job.  You should also account for the weather.

  • Beard Or No Beard? How To Make A Good Impression At Your Interview

    If you are currently looking for a job, you may be wondering if you should be clean shaven during the interview process or not. While you may enjoy showing off a little bit of your personality through your facial hair, remember that employers might have a certain image that they want their employees to uphold. You don't want to do anything in an interview to draw attention away from your qualifications and ability to do the job well. For that reason, being clean shaven is typically recommended.

    #1. Why You Should Shave

    If you are headed in to an interview, it is a good idea to shave off your facial hair. Facial hair actually encompasses several different things; it is not just your beard. It also involves sideburns, mustaches, and goatees. There are corporations that have strict dress codes in place. They like their employees to look a certain way, and if you go into the interview looking different, they may not be able to get past your appearance. In particular, companies that deal with government business and finances are fairly strict. Companies operating in the medical field are as well. These companies all interact with the public, so they want to portray themselves a certain way. For example, at Disney World, employees have to follow certain guidelines regarding facial hair.

    #2. Leaving Your Beard

    Some companies are not as strict as others. Therefore, you don't necessarily have to shave for an interview, depending on which company you want to work for. For example, IT companies generally don't have a dress code. As long as you can work well with computers, you are okay. In addition, there are several other professions where a beard might be permissible, including architecture, landscaping and even journalism. However, if you do decide to leave the beard or even are growing a beard, you need to have it trimmed neatly so that you look as professional as possible. Think about going into a salon to have them do it.

    #3. Dressing For An Interview

    Regardless of whether you have facial hair or not, you need to look nice at your interview. Make sure that your clothing is clean and wrinkle free. Cut your nails and have your hair trimmed prior to going in. Wearing a suit is the best idea, but you may be able to get away with a nice shirt and a tie as well (depending on the company). Make sure you look up the company prior to going in for the interview so you can figure out how formal they are. If you want to be safe, just put on a suit; you really can't go wrong. Here are some good tips from Forbes.

    Final Thoughts

    Beards are a way of expressing yourself. In some cultures or religions, they are also a symbol of something more. For example, in Islam and in Amish cultures, a beard is grown to show maturity. If your beard is important to either your culture or your religion, be aware that diversity training has helped to educate employers on this fact.

     

  • 6 Types Of Illegal Interview Questions To Watch Out For

    And, sadly, they’re asked all of the time. This has been a problem job seekers have dealt with for decades. In fact, Mary Tyler Moore highlighted the issue on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970.

    Moore, who passed away last week at age 80, used her character on the show to help pave the way for equality and fairness in the workplace.

    During the first episode of the show, Moore’s character was interviewing for a new job. The man who was interviewing her (her soon-to-be boss), went ahead and berating her with all kinds of personal questions that didn’t relate to the job whatsoever (i.e., Are you married? What’s your religion?). These, of course, are illegal interview questions and cannot be asked.

    In the scene, Moore’s character wasted no time calling him out on the inappropriate questions, and actually ended up landing the job. You can watch this scene around the 6:40 mark of the following video.

    Please Don’t Say These Things During Your Next Job Interview 

    Did you know that there are interview questions out there that might SEEM legitimate but are actually illegal? While there are some that are clearly inappropriate, not all of them are so obvious. Here are a few types of illegal interview questions you should watch out for during your next interview.

    #1. Questions about your family life.

    Are you married? Do you have any kids? Are you pregnant?

    #2. Questions about race.

    What’s your nationality? What race are you?

    #3. Questions about religion.

    What church do you attend? What is your religion? Are you religious?

    #4. Questions about your living situation.

    Do you own a home? Do you rent? Do you have an apartment? Do you have anybody living with you? Do you live with your parents?

    #5. Questions about your gender.

    Are you male or female?

    #6. Questions about your age.

    How old are you? What’s your birth year? When’s your birthday?

    Why These Questions Are Illegal

    So, what makes these questions illegal? First, they have no relation to the job requirements. Second, there are strict laws in place that prevent interviewers from asking interview questions that can be discriminatory.

    Why Interviewers Ask Illegal Questions

    Unfortunately, there are bad interviewers out there who will try to slip some of these questions in on purpose (hello, workplace discrimination). There are also some inexperienced interviewers out there who simply don’t know these are illegal questions and are just trying to make conversation. If you’re asked these questions, whether intentional or not, it’s best to be prepared so you don’t get flustered during the interview.

    Although Moore’s character’s approach was aggressive and would very likely work against you if you tried it during an interview, the purpose of this scene was to make a point – the information she was being asked was not relevant to the job or her ability to do it. If you’re worried about getting asked these questions during interviews, check out our Interview Prep Plan.

    How To Prepare

    Sadly, these types of illegal interview questions are asked all of the time during interviews. Not sure how to prepare for them? We built an in-depth interview prep course that will help you understand how to respond to such questions. You can learn more about it here. Best of luck on your upcoming interviews!

     

     

  • Please Don’t Say These Things During Your Next Job Interview

    Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to conduct several job interviews for openings at our company. Interviewing can actually be pretty fun, especially when you’re on the other side of the table!

    However, I know how stressful it can be when you’re the one in the hot seat as an eager job candidate. Emotions are high, nervous are in play, and there’s so much information you need to remember. It can be tough!

    And, because I know how difficult it can be to be in that position, I want to share some major red flags I’ve encountered when interviewing candidates. I know there’s a lot to remember, but there are some things you should NEVER say during a job interview. So, if you’ve got an interview coming up, make sure you review these phrases before you hop on the phone or walk into the office.

    #1. “I don’t see myself working here for more than two years.”

    Even if the job you’re applying for isn’t something you can really see yourself doing for the long-term, don’t volunteer that information to your interviewer. You might have big career aspirations, but it’s important to focus on the job you’re interviewing for now — no matter how entry-level.

    By telling your interviewer that you’re essentially uncommitted to the job, you can sabotage your chances of landing the gig. Think about it from the employer’s perspective: Why would a company want to invest in, hire, and train someone who is already planning on leaving before he or she even gets the job offer?

    Second, you might not realize how much growth potential this role has and whether or not it might transform into something that excites you. Every dream job starts somewhere. So, why kill the opportunity before you give it a chance?

    #2. “I don’t have any questions.”

    Typically, at the end of interviews, we ask our job candidates if they have any questions for us. We EXPECT questions. The candidate should be looking to learn as much as he or she can about the role, company, and team. It’s just as much for his or her benefit as it is for the employer.

    Also, don’t just want until the end of the interview to ask questions. An interview should be a two-way conversation. So, ask questions throughout the interview to emphasize your interest, curiosity, and listening skills.

    #3. “So, what does your company actually do, anyway?”

    You should be able to find basic information about the company by doing a simple Google search. While it’s very important to ask questions during a job interview, it’s just as important to ask the RIGHT questions — questions that show you’ve done your homework but want to dig deeper. Asking questions you could (and frankly should) have the answers to beforehand (like what the company does, when it started, why it started, etc.) isn’t going to make you look very good.

    #4. “What else can you tell me about the salary and benefits?”

    Learning about what you’ll be paid and what benefits you’ll receive as an employee is something you’ll want to understand down the line, but please don’t bring this up during your first interview. This information will be revealed and/or mapped out for you as you get closer to a job offer. If you ask questions like this one too soon, though, you risk looking like you’re only in it for the money and kickbacks.

    Employers know these things are important to job candidates, obviously, but if you start focusing on it too early in the process, it can be a huge turn off. Again, think about it from the employer’s point of view: If you’re taking this job solely for the money and/or benefits, who’s to say you won’t up and leave when a better offer comes along? What’s keeping you at the company other than the extras? Instead, focus on why you want to work at this particular job at this specific company. The other stuff will come up later.

    #5. “What kind of skills are you looking to leverage in this position?”

    This is a similar question to #3. If you feel like you need to ask what kinds of skill sets are required for this role, you didn’t read the job description carefully enough. That information should be all over the job posting and you should be prepared to show examples of how your experience will be valuable.

    If the job description was a little vague, though, ask more targeted questions about the role. For example, “What does the typical day look like for this employee?” or “What kinds of projects would I be working on specifically and how would they add value to the company?” Questions like these will allow you to get more clues on the role AND give you a deeper understanding of what you’re expected to accomplish as an employee.

    A job interview can be scary, yes, but if you go in prepared, it’s actually pretty exciting. When you understand the employer’s side of things, it’s easier to frame your thoughts and questions. If you feel like you’re “stuck” in an endless job search and can’t move past the job interview process, check out our free webinar “How To Get ‘Unstuck’ In Your Career with J.T. O’Donnell. There might be something holding your back that you’re not even aware of, and this webinar can help you start moving forward.

    Best of luck on your upcoming job interviews!

     

     

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    People exchanging digital hugs and kisses is nothing new, particularly in the age of Twitter and texting. But the “xoxo” sign-off once reserved for friends or family you would actually hug and kiss is now appearing in work emails. A recent article for The Atlantic explores the distinctly female trend, asking whether X’s and O’s are feminizing the workplace or undermining women’s professionalism.

    On the one hand, workplace etiquette for women is already complicated enough. We have to worry about everything from our heels and hemlines to how we give commands and feedback. Why bother with worrying about when to reciprocate an interoffice xo or what happens if you xo a male colleague, to say nothing of your boss? At best, misplaced xo’s may end in a humorous misunderstanding. At worst, they can cause discomfort or the belief that you are trying to kindle an office romance. More important, as the Atlantic article asks, “Why, after all the strides we’ve made to be taken seriously at work, must we end our e‑mails with the digital equivalent of a pink Gelly Roll pen?”

    Yet power players like Arianna Huffington, Wendy Williams and Diane Sawyer all xo. Norah Ephron‘s effusive xo-ing matched her effusive personality. In You Just Don’t Understand, sociolinguist Deborah Tannen points out that for men, conversation is about negotiating status, while for women, conversation is about negotiating closeness and intimacy. If communication is how women bond, a preference for ending emails to female colleagues with a more intimate “xoxo” instead of a relatively icy “regards” makes a lot of sense. Perhaps xo-ing isn’t unprofessional, then, but part of a new type of professionalism being created by women who finally have offices of their own?

    While there are valid points for and against hugs and kisses in the office, professionalism is mission critical to young women climbing career ladders. Frankly, it’s just not worth risking. Yes, context matters a lot; finance norms are not the same as fashion norms, and hugs and kisses to a close female colleague or peer are very different than hugs and kisses to your older male boss. If you must xo, whether you would actually hug and kiss the recipient is probably a good litmus test. But there is never anything wrong with “best,” “thanks” or “regards.”

    Do you “xo” your coworkers? Do they “xo” you? Or do you think that digital hugs and kisses at work are equally as inappropriate as real ones? Tell us in the comments.

    Kirsten Murray holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Gender, Development and Globalization. She managed a daily research publication for a large hedge fund in the New York area but has since traded in her city slicker status for life on an Indiana farm, where she is pursuing her goal of being a writer. You can follow her rural mishaps and adventures on her blog, www.dupontdiaries.com.

    Dana Sitar:

    What an adorable point of controversy! I exclusively work freelance from home, so no office politics, but ALL of my work communication is via email. When I started, I would have said 'Absolutely not!' to email X's and O's, opting for stringent professionalism. But after a few months alone at home and a few bubbly, smiley-face-ridden emails from colleagues, I realized that it's just a lot more pleasant to communicate that way. If you're the kind of professional woman who hugs co-workers in greeting IRL, by all means include it in your emails. Let your personality show in that most common communication! Plus, your digital embrace might just bring a smile to a co-worker's crappy day!

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    How to Spot Signs of Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace

    We all want to succeed in the workplace but gender discrimination can occasionally rear its ugly head and hold us back. If an employee is being treated unfairly because of their gender, that could count sexual discrimination. The important thing to know is how to recognise sexual discrimination and what you can do about it. That way you can focus on achieving your ambitions without worrying about your gender.


    Sexual harassment

    Do you have a colleague that flirts with you inappropriately and doesn’t get the message when you want them to leave you alone? Do they touch you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable? Regardless of gender, if a colleague makes unwanted physical or verbal sexual advances, they could be guilty of sexual harassment.

     

    Being overlooked for promotions after maternity leave

    It is your legal right to take maternity leave and no one should feel ashamed for being a parent. But many women find that they have been overlooked for promotions, moved onto less important projects, paid less or made redundant once they return to the office. If you are being sidelined after taking maternity leave in spite of your experience and qualifications, this could be a form of discrimination.

     

    Feeling excluded and belittled because of your gender

    Do your colleagues stereotype your abilities according to your gender? Are you excluded from social events because you’re a woman or man? What counts as harmless banter for some can make you feel belittled, isolated and get in the way of you doing your job.

    This is usually a problem in professions that are dominated by a single-gender. For example, women may face discrimination within engineering roles while men may face discrimination in secretarial posts.

     

    Experiencing unfair treatment after reporting sexual discrimination

    In some cases, an employee reporting gender bias to HR can lead to further victimisation. For example, the employee can be moved off important projects, treated worse by the perpetrator or made to feel uncomfortable to the point where they want to leave. Employers are responsible for protecting employees against gender-discrimination and are liable if they fail to take sufficient action.

     

    Unequal Pay

    It can lead to awkward conversations but knowing how much your peers get paid can help to narrow the gender pay gap. If you are being paid less than a colleague of the opposite sex for doing the same work, you are entitled to equal compensation.

     

    It’s easy to assume that there’s little you can do about sexual discrimination. But fortunately there are laws to protect you. If you think you are experiencing sexual discrimination, you can get the advice of aEmployment Law Solicitor and make asexual discrimination claim.

     

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    Ways to Backup Your Data and Keep It Safe

    Work is stressful and you want the comfort of knowing that whatever assignments you produce are safe and secure. The cyber world is unpredictable and you never know when you’ll click the wrong button and wipe your entire system. It’s critical for your business to have a plan in place for when bad luck strikes and you must act fast.

    Businesses need to take cyber security and data storage seriously. There’s critical information on the computers like personal client records. Don’t put yourself in a sticky situation by avoiding looking into file protection software. See reasons why you should backup your data.

     

    Data Loss is Common

    Losing data due to accidents, PC failure and coffee spills is more common than you may think. You need to be prepared for any situation. Don’t assume it can’t happen to you and your team. Data is typically saved in places on the computer that’ll quickly disappear should you experience a failure. Viruses are very common and another reason why backing up your data is so important. In addition, theft of property occurs and you need to protect what’s yours if you value the information. Make the right move and ensure your data can be restored.

    Retrieve Lost Files

    You’re human and so are your employees. There’ll be times when someone clicks that unwanted virus or deletes a file accidently. It’s very simple to recover files when you have them backed up. You don’t need to fear these kind of misfortunes if you’ve been taking steady snapshots of your system. There’s no need to get angry at each other when you have a plan for getting back the files quickly and efficiently. Remain calm knowing you’re able to retrieve lost files and get back to work again in no time.

    Avoid Doing Work Twice

    No one wants to do their work a second time. It’s stressful enough to complete it once. If the systems go down or files are lost, use Easy & Secure Backup Software – SecureBackup to get your data and files restored. Otherwise, you’ll spend hours trying to recreate a project you previously completed. This is a waste of your staff’s time, so it’s best to prevent this type of situation by using secure backup programs.  

    There’s No Excuse

    The bottom line is that there’s no reason why you can’t backup your data. It’s easy and will save you major inconveniences down the road. Be smart and put the right tools in place to get back what’s yours, should one of the unfortunate incidents happen to you. Mishaps are unpredictable and will leave you feeling frustrated if you’re not prepared. Do what you know is right and choose to use a backup procedure, so you and your staff are in a good place, should you run into any issues.

    Ways to Back your Data

    1. Save It to a NAS Device

    Pros: Can “set and forget” for automatic backup
    Cons: Costly

    2. Save It to an External or Portable Hard Drive (Solid-state)

    Pros: Very easy to use
    Cons: High chance of failure

    3. Burn It directly on to a CD (or DVD or Blu-ray Disc)

    Pros: Can store safely in a second location (safety deposit box, for example)
    Cons: Costly with large amount of data

    4.Save it in the cloud

    Pros: Affordable options
    Crons: capacity limitations

    5.Save it on a USB Flash Drive

    Pros: Portable
    Conrs: Not always durable

    Conclusion

    All computers are prone to accidents and crashes. If you know this to be true, then it’s best to protect yourself ahead of time. These are reasons why you should back up your data. 

     

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    UK employment law is highly regulated and frequently changes. Here, we cut through the legal complexities to provide an overview of your employment rights. 

    Minimum wage

    Current minimum wages are:

    21 and over: £6.19;

    18 to 20: £4.98;

    Under 18: £3.68; and

    Apprentices under 19 or in their first year: £2.65.

    Under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, your employer is not allowed to pay you less than the minimum wage even if you agree.

    Working hours and annual holidays

    Full time workers are entitled to 28 days paid leave a year, including bank holidays. If they wish, your employer can make you work on a bank holiday and give you a different day off instead.

    The Working Time Regulations 1999 set a maximum average working week of 48 hours, and   requires employees to be given an uninterrupted rest break as follows:

    20 minutes where the working day is six hours or more;

    11 hours in every 24 hour period; and

    24 hours a week or 48 hours in a fortnight.

    There are exceptions for certain workers, including senior executives, emergency and security service. It is also possible for you to “opt out” of the Regulations. Different working time rules apply to under 18s.

    Parental leave

    Mothers can normally take up to 52 weeks maternity leave, and fathers are usually allowed one or two weeks’ paternity leave. If the mother does not use her whole allowance, fathers can have up to a further 26 weeks.

    If you have been employed for the 26 weeks leading up to the 15th week before the baby’s due date, you are also entitled to statutory maternity or paternity pay. For mothers, this is 90% of your usual salary for the first six weeks and £135.45 per week (if this is lower) for another 33 weeks. For fathers it is the lower of 90% of your salary or £135.45 per week.

    Dismissal

    Employers have certain legal obligations when terminating your employment:

    They must follow certain procedures, for example trying to resolve problems with extra training, holding a meeting to discuss the problem, and giving you a final warning;

    If your contract states anything about termination of employment, the employer must abide by this; and

    They must have a valid reason for dismissal.

    However, these obligations only normally apply once you have been employed for one year (or two years if you started after 6th April 2012). There are exceptions to this in some cases, for example if you have been unlawfully discriminated against.

    If you believe that your employment rights have been breached there are a number of sources you can turn to. As well as consulting a qualified employment lawyer, you may get advice and assistance from ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service); your trade union (if applicable); and, if you have been discriminated against, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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    The need for employees to work hard in the fast-paced business world is one of the leading factors that cause stress and depression in many people. Although some people toughen up to handle the ever increasing pressures at work, most people resolve to shut down or even become passive. This almost always leads to low productivity, business processes grinding to a halt or little to no creativity. Unless one learns how to manage stress and workplace pressures, productivity becomes an issue in most business setups. Discussed below are a few tips to help you manage workplace stress for better productivity.

     

    1.            Report to work early

    Just because the contract says you should report to work at 8 or 9 in the morning doesn't mean you cannot show up early. Reporting to your station at least 30 minutes before the official time you enough time to savor your morning coffee, as well as check emails that may have trickled in overnight. With the 30 minutes head start, you will be able to handle and even reply to inboxes without any distractions. You will also be surprised how peaceful and quiet the office is at that time.

     

    2.            Have a To-Do List

    Although smartphones, tablets, and laptops may be distracting, you can take advantage of these technologically advanced gadgets to manage your time better. In addition to using the calendar, take advantage of the To Do list, alarm, timer, and scheduler on your smartphone or laptop. These should help keep you on track and even handle tasks as they should.  Timing tasks and having them cleared on time will help put you in power, hence do more in record time. Maintaining a daily planner also helps have a less stressful day.

     

    3.            Be present in meetings

    We all dread long business meetings. This is one of the reasons most people feel bored and often engage in other activities such as checking the mail, or even worse, using the social media.  Although these may seem important now, whatever is said in the meeting is more valuable and could force you into chasing after in later on in the day. Trying to multitask while in meetings will only take a toll on your day, and most probably drain your brain on the long run. Consider putting your phone or tablet in vibrate or silent mode to avoid getting distracted. Here is some advice.

     

    4.            Try not to procrastinate

     

    The internet, and particularly the social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) are some of the main culprits that help us procrastinate. If you have to use the internet at work, then focus on what is required but don't wade off. If you need to surf to clear your mind, then just allow yourself to surf for at least 5 minutes, or 10 minutes on the most. Some sites such as ESPN.Com and other helpful ones may come in handy when you need to pass some time. Remember not to overdo it, as this will only help you procrastinate.

     

    5.            Set time boundaries

    Although smart gadgets may help make your work easier and even improve your productivity, they can be the main reason why you do not have some 'me' time.  As much as you want to remain connected, it's advisable to disconnect and do things that you love doing. This could be to tend to your garden, watch a favorite movie, unwind, or just have some time alone. Disconnecting from these gadgets and appreciating other things 'offline' helps your brain relax and keep you motivated.  The best thing with protecting your personal time is that you get to benefit psychologically.

     

    6.            Meditation

    Meditation has all sorts of properties that can benefit you as a person and also take you down a notch or two after work or during it. There are a variety of different sorts of meditation out there and they truly can help reduce stress if done properly. With numerous techniques for meditations out there, you’re sure to find one that will work around you and your busy life.

     

     

    All of these tips should help reduce the incidence of stress at work and help you get and stay focused as well as feel a lot better. 

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    There are some common things you should expect when you first go into business for yourself. On the first day, you create your business plan. That night you go to bed at a regular hour and then wake up to several voicemails from some big time investors wanting to make your dreams come true. That’s when the cool party invites start rolling in and you get to meet some celebrities. After a few months of that, you become like the Instagram guy, sell your company and start sleeping on top of hundred dollar bills.

    Oh wait.

    Actually, the life of a startup is not such a glamorous one so early on. It’s been one year since I started my first venture and I’m very proud of the growth my company has gone through. But it’s been a hard road to get here. My life has gone through some changes.

    The dishes in the sink, for example, do themselves a little bit less (ok, sure, we’ll blame the growing business on that one). My dogs have perfected “sad face” to guilt me when I’m sitting at my desk ignoring them for too long. I’ve learned to silence my phone when I’m on a date, (though I still throw glances at my purse wondering what might be happening). I still have to choose between my addiction to Target and the need to pay for a conference in another city (no, I do not need another stupid candle!). And every so often, I show up to an event and my friends don’t recognize me.

    But I wouldn’t change the last year. Because despite the hours that I keep and the sacrifices I’ve had to make, I have had an amazing time. And I’ve gained a lot of wisdom. Here are just five things I’ve picked up along the way.  

    You gotta go fast. You know what happens when you wait too long to execute on an idea? Lots of things. But none of it is good. You sit at happy hours with friends discussing your idea and some mild acquaintance will shout, “Oh, I totally agree! Because I thought of that too!” And then you hear someone on the radio talking about “Wouldn’t it be nice if this was invented?” And then you see it pop up one day on the internets. And there it is. The thing you didn’t create because you were too busy over-analyzing and twiddling your thumbs.

    If I can impart any wisdom on you today, it’s…go faster. If you have an idea and you’re passionate about it, don’t wait. As one of the speakers at the Women 2.0 Pitch Conference stated earlier this year, startups must ship constantly (a product, an idea, a service, whatever) to be relevant. If you’re sitting on your idea for years and years, you’re not shipping. And someone else will gladly do it.

    The people who most suffer in this department? Perfectionists. If you’re one of those, either change yourself or bring on someone who can push you to go live quickly. Because if you spend all your time tweaking and touching up and making it shiny and pretty, someone else will beat you to it.

    Be smart about the money. I probably should have put this as my first bullet point. Money is critical to a startup. Because…uhh…you need it? In this first year of founding and as I’ve started coaching off the side of my desk, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the money part of starting a business. And also about the survival mode to stay afloat (because that’s actually a thing — needing to stay afloat). Where do you get it? What did the business plan look like? Who invests? What’s a VC?

    Let me tell you this. Don’t not start something simply because you don’t have the money. My journalism professor would kill me for that last sentence. So here it is again. Don’t miss out on building a great company out of a great idea just because you don’t have the cash.

    I didn’t start out searching for a VC, or big investors, although many do and that’s ok. I instead went with a different path and it’s worked out very well for the vision I have for this business. But as I look toward growing my company further, I’m now investigating options like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo because I love the concept of crowdfunding. If you are even remotely thinking of starting your own business and aren’t fiercely connected into the world of startups or rich people, consider going this route. Because you know all the friends, family and even strangers who get excited when you talk about your idea? These sites will let them show you their support by tossing in something as small as $5 (sometimes a lot more) to help you get there. You will be shocked by how many people want to help out with your idea, you simply just need to tell them about it.

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    You know how they say if you can’t tell who the ugliest person in the room is…then it’s probably you? I think the same is true for bullying. I hate to break it to you, but if you don’t think there are bullies at your workplace, you’re probably it. And to all the people who tell me that your workplace is so great this never happens, then congrats! (but I don’t believe you).

    I can tell you the exact moment I was bullied for the first time in the workplace. But I won’t, it’s boring. I will, however, tell you I’m just like anyone who’s ever been bullied to the point of breakage, I remember the experience vividly. It made an impact on me and drove me to change how I interacted with certain kinds of coworkers. It also gave me the resolve to never work for a company that fostered a culture of bullying. And I haven’t since.

    I’ll be the first to admit I’m not perfect. Because ever since that experience that I remember so well, I’m willing to bet that I’ve unknowingly bullied someone. And I bet you have too.

    For some, bullying is a lifestyle – these people are the easiest to spot and avoid (seriously, I should have seen her coming, but my blonde highlights, I mean…my natural color…got in the way). For the rest of the bunch, moments of bullying are passing. But impactful. And people in this category are the ones I’m writing to here. The ones who have been bullied or the ones who have bullied in random situations. For the sake of the conversation, let’s say I’m only talking to…all humans.

    Our moments of bullying come from a bevy of scenarios. Take your pick. If you’re competitive in the workplace or work in an industry where you have no choice not to be, you could be familiar with a little term called jealousy (we’ve all been there). Little random moments of jealousy can drive you to become a bully in the blink of an eye. For others, it’s simply survival in a cut-throat environment (no one likes to see the boss stomping down the hall!). Sometimes its anger (payback’s a…well, you know). Whatever it is, we can all agree that bullies are rarely born from sunshine’y happy internal moments that we would admit in public.

    Here are just a few of the bullying tactics out there.

    You torment. Ahh, this category has endless possibilities. You ignore someone. You bug them too much. You don’t invite them to lunch. You bombard them with meetings. You intentionally disregard emails. You don’t listen to instructions and make them do extra work. You can find a number of ways to torment a colleague, I’m sure you’ve all gotten creative. Each time you’re doing something you know will annoy a colleague, you’re being a bully. Here’s the caveat though, we all annoy each other! So when I talk about tormenting, I’m not referencing the torment that comes from different working styles and different personalities. I’m talking about the intentional instances.

    You tattle. I’ll say this as professionally as I can – tattling about stupid stuff is stupid. When I tattled as a child (I’m the middle kid, of course I tattled), my parents were just as mad at me as they were at my sister for <insert whatever highly inappropriate, illegal and offensive act that big sisters do to make your life more difficult>. And now as a grown adult in the workplace, I see the same thing happening. The tattler looks just as foolish as the one who did the wrong. Why not, instead, work with the person who frustrated you and fix the problem before it turns into a wildfire of they-said-they-said?

    You point fingers. Finger pointers are exposed when someone approaches them with fire in their eyes, looking for a fall guy. Some inner element of their body just cannot take the torture and BAM! Their fingers aim squarely into another person’s face (it’s the classic “I’m rubber, you’re glue” syndrome). Or, you want to share the love and spread the blame (because everything’s better in a team!). If you are in “trouble” for something that you legitimately played a part in, be a bigger person and take your licks. Sometimes there are issues in the workplace that are so big, the blame has to go somewhere, so don’t bully someone else and point fingers off of you. Taking ownership of your mistakes is a noble characteristic and a sign of a leader.

    You publicly pick on people. None of us are idiots (I’m assuming). You know the coworkers who can take a joke, and you know the ones who can’t. You also know which topics are sensitive and which ones are not. When you publicly pick on someone who can’t take a joke about a topic they do not want to joke about, you might be bullying them. Cheap shots fall into this category too. Oh, and following it up with “I’m just teasing,” doesn’t give you reprieve.

    You CC the whole world. So you don’t like what you read in an email. Well, that’s ok. It happens all the time. However, if your first go-to tactic is CC’ing your boss, or their boss, or tons of other people who can wreak havoc on a person, then you might be bullying someone. Granted, there are times when you really need to hammer something in, and a higher-up is helpful here. But people overuse the heck out of the CC line in an email, and frankly, it’s considered hostile if not warranted (here’s a simple test: if you’re doing it to be sassy, then it’s not warranted).

    They point out your mistakes and tell everyone. Much like one of my “attention-to-detail” colleagues did as soon as I published this story with only five ways to spot a bully.

     

    Spotting The signs:

    Anton Hout, founder of OvercomeBullying.org, identifies these eight bully types:

    #1. The Screaming Mimi. 

    This is the most easily recognizable type of workplace bully. Screaming Mimis are loud and obnoxious, and their abusive behavior is meant to berate and humiliate people. They thrive on the notion that others fear them.

    #2. The Two-Headed Snake. 

    To a co-worker’s face, this employee acts like a trusted friend or colleague. However, when the co-worker is out of earshot, this person will destroy his colleague’s reputation, stab him in the back and even take credit for his work.

    #3. The Constant Critic. 

    This bully’s goal is to dismantle other people’s confidence through constant – and often unwarranted – criticism. A critic will look for any possible flaw in someone’s work and labors tirelessly to kill that person’s credibility. Impeccable work? No problem: This type of bully isn’t above falsifying documents or creating evidence to make others look bad.

    #4. The Gatekeeper. 

    Every office has at least one employee who gets off on wielding his or her power over others – regardless of whether that power is real or perceived. Gatekeepers deny people the tools they need – whether it’s resources, time or information – to do their jobs efficiently.

    #5. The Attention Seeker. 

    This type of bully wants to be the center of the action at all times. They’ll try to get on their superior’s good side through consistent flattery and even come on as kind and helpful to their peers – especially the newer employees. However, if co-workers don’t provide the right amount of attention, these bullies can quickly turn on them.

    Attention seekers are often overly dramatic and relate everything to something that’s going wrong in their own lives to garner sympathy and control. These bullies also have a tendency to coax personal info out of new employees – only to use it against them later.

    #6. The Wannabe. 

    This is an employee who sees himself or herself as absolutely indispensable and expects recognition for everything. But Wannabes aren’t usually very good at their jobs. To compensate, these bullies spend a majority of their time watching more competent workers and looking for areas of skilled workers’ performance to complain about.

    Wannabes will demand that everything is done their way – even when there are better ways of doing things. Because they’re automatically opposed to others’ ideas, they’ll do everything in their power to prevent changes to their work processes.

    #7. The Guru. 

    Generally, there’s nothing wrong with this bully’s work performance. In fact, it’s not unusual for a Guru to be considered an expert in his or her own niche area. What these bullies offer in technical skill, however, they severely lack in emotional maturity.

     

    Gurus see themselves as being superior to their co-workers. As a result, they don’t consider how their actions will affect others, aren’t able to fathom the possibility that they can be wrong and don’t accept responsibility for their own actions. In addition, because these bullies feel as though they’re “above it all,” they don’t always feel compelled to follow the same rules as everybody else.

     

  • 5 Good Habits That Destroy Unproductive Meetings

    Unproductive meetings are the WORST. Ain’t nobody got time for that! And ain’t nobody got money for that, either. An estimated $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings, according to this article in Business Insider. YIKES.

    Communicating well with your colleagues, partners, and clients can be a struggle sometimes… ESPECIALLY when you feel like there have been a lot of meetings that haven’t amounted to anything.

    We’re all busy. Time is precious. Money is scarce. Want to be better at meetings? With a little structure and better communication habits in the office, you can transform your inefficient meetings into productive gatherings. Here are some habits that will completely destroy those boring, unproductive meetings we all hate.

    Go in with ideas, comments, or suggestions.

    Don’t wait until the meeting to think of feedback or ideas. Not only will you waste precious time brainstorming during the meeting, but you risk drawing a blank, which isn’t a good look. Prepare some thoughts before you head into your next meeting.

    Create an agenda to follow.

    Unstructured meetings are inefficient. People get off topic and distracted, which usually prolongs meetings for no good reason (and no one has time for that). Giving your meetings structure can help things move along faster.

    Set a time frame.

    Provide a set time for the meeting, and emphasize that you’d like things to be wrapped up by a certain time. Otherwise, you risk your meeting running longer than it needs to be and wasting everyone’s time.

    Make sure everyone leaves with action items.

    If you meet with your team about a project, event, or something else, make sure everyone leaves with action items before you leave the meeting. Otherwise, people might not know what they’re expected to do or what other people are supposed to do. If you need to meet multiple times about something, assign team members actionable items to present next time. This ensures that everything gets done.

    Make sure everyone is clear on what’s happening.

    Sometimes people tend to go off into “la la land” during meetings. In addition, poor communication between colleagues can often result in misinterpreted ideas, thoughts, and feedback. Before you leave your meeting, make sure everyone understand what’s expected of them and double check to make sure everyone is on the same page.

    Stop wasting time and money on unproductive meetings. Instead, start incorporating these good habits when you have meetings with your team, partners, or clients.

  • The Way You’re Branding Yourself At Work Might Be Hurting Your Career

    Your personal brand follows you around like a loyal canine – in your job search, online, at home, and even at work. In fact, are you even aware of how you’re branding yourself at work? The wrong brand can hurt your career (it can even send you into a major career rut), so it’s important to know how people might be perceiving you in the workplace. Does any of this sound like you?

    You’re the go-to (for everything).

    Are you the “yes” man/woman at your office? Are you the person people go to when they need to unload work? If you say “yes” to everything that’s asked of you, there’s a good chance you’re going to burn yourself out. Do you really have time to do Susan’s extra paperwork this weekend? Do you really have bandwidth to bake cookies for everyone on Friday? While there’s some stuff you’re expected to do, especially when you’re an office newbie, be more conscious of what you say “yes” to at the office.

    You’re the “minimum requirements only” person.

    Are you in right at 9am and out the door on the dot at 5pm? Do you avoid volunteering for projects because “it’s not your job”? While you don’t want to necessarily accept everything people ask of you, if you don’t make an effort once and awhile to go above and beyond, you risk looking lazy to your boss, colleagues, and clients. Branding yourself at work this way, even if you don’t mean to do it, can hold you back from promotions and can even put you on the short list for layoffs.

    You’re the one who “doesn’t have time for this s#!$%.”

    Are you always on your phone during meetings? Do you find yourself half-listening during conversations? You might have a lot going on, but not being present when people are speaking to you is disrespectful and rude. This can result in resentment and frustration from your co-workers. Also, if you’re not fully listening during meetings, you could miss important information you need to complete projects.

    You’re the needy colleague.

    Are you always going to your co-workers for help without trying to figure it out on your own first? While it’s great to ask questions, it’s just as important to try and figure certain things out on your own. Otherwise, you risk irritating those around you and appearing incapable of doing your job.

    You’re the office gossip.

    Do you constantly chat with your co-workers about office drama? Branding yourself at work as the office gossip will discourage people from confiding in you and you risk being left out of important conversations/decisions. Further, no one wants to be tied up in drama at work – it’s not a good look.

    You’re the overly-apologetic-for-no-reason person.

    Are you always apologizing for things that aren’t your fault? If you’re regularly saying “I’m sorry” to people at work, you’re either doing something very wrong or you’re just overly apologetic. To be honest, someone who apologizes too often can be just annoying, if not more annoying, than someone who doesn’t apologize at all. Most of us (including me) are guilty of doing this. There’s a fine line between taking responsibility when things go wrong and apologizing for things that aren’t your fault (or just going overboard with your apology). Plus, if you do it too much, people will stop taking you seriously.

    You’re the finger pointer.

    Now, let’s talk about the opposite side of the spectrum. Do you constantly make excuses when things don’t go right? Do you blame others when things go wrong? This behavior, for obvious reasons, is going to get you in trouble at work.

    You’re the cocky co-worker.

    Are you always bragging about your accomplishments? Are you the one who constantly boasts things like, “I can do everyone’s job SO much better”? Confidence is important, but if you’re just being cocky for the sake of it, you’re going to aggravate your co-workers to no end. Having this attitude can cause unnecessary rifts in the office, hurting the team dynamic. Not only that, you just look like a jerk.

    You’re the Debbie Downer.

    Do you find yourself constantly bringing people down with your negativity? No one likes a Debbie Downer, and people don’t want to work with one either. Stop bringing your drama to work and try to be more positive. Don’t kill good opportunities with bad vibes.

    Succeeding in the office requires you to balance all of these workplace personas. Sure, you don’t want to take on too much, but you don’t want to look lazy either. Take a minute to think about how you’re branding yourself at work, and if it’s how you’d like to be perceived.

     

     

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