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December 1st, 2010 by Linda White   Posted in Interviewing, Most Popular

Business discussionIn this competitive job climate, employers want to know that you are a go-getter. They want to see that you have taken the initiative where it counts and that you are committed to your goals. Look for questions like these that they will ask to ferret out your level of motivation. Key in on answers that will show you are a top performer and can take the bull by the horns.

Q: How long have you been looking for a job?

A: “After I was laid off from my last job, I took some time to figure out what I really wanted to do next. I decided to take the opportunity to take some classes and do some informational interviewing. While I was laid off in October of last year, I have only really begun looking for a new position in the last few weeks. I’m being very selective in what I apply for. This position and company struck me as something I could really contribute to. I am very interested in finding out more about your company and this position.”

Rationale: If the end date of your last position is more than six months in the past, this is a red flag for any employer. They are going to want to know if there is something wrong with you that has caused other employers to pass you by. If you have some reason for delaying your search or have been busy with other endeavors, now is the time to say that. If that’s not the case, try to come up with a positive spin – like how you recently revamped your resume, did some mock interviews, and are now approaching your job search differently. Whatever the case, you are now positive, and are looking for a good fit in a tough market.
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November 29th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in In the Workplace, Most Popular

modern officeWorkers today are continually being asked to do more and more work in the same eight-hour day. The hectic schedule of this fast-paced world we live in can leave even the best of us in the dust – which is why good organization has become so key. The more prepared and organized you can make your workspace, the better your chances are for success.

Negative space makes for a positive working environment. Whether or not it’s pretty, you want to be able to see most of your desktop at any given time. This means keeping only essential items out on a permanent basis, like your computer and phone. Depending on your job, these items can obviously change, but keeping your desk clean and clear will prevent you from burying and losing work, or needing to clean before you have a place to work, both time-consuming activities.
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November 12th, 2010 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Career Advice, Job Search, Most Popular

LeaderSome people are born leaders, some strive to become leaders, and some are thrust into leadership by circumstances. But in every case, a leader has certain abilities and talents that make her or him stand out from the crowd.

Here’s a quick quiz to see where you stack up on leadership:

Instructions: For each item, write down the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement. Use the following scale:
  1. (Strongly Disagree)
  2. (Mildly Disagree)
  3. (Neither Agree Nor Disagree)
  4. (Mildly Agree)
  5. (Strongly Agree)
At the end of the quiz you’ll find a quick scoring assessment.
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November 11th, 2010 by Linda White   Posted in Interviewing, Most Popular

MoneyMoney, money, money

Everyone knows that you are there to interview because you need the job. Acting like money is not your concern will not fool anyone. However, you also need to control this discussion, without giving away your end of the bargain, until an offer is made. So what do you do when the interviewer brings up salary during the interview? If they are really interested, they may be trying to ferret out just how low they can go on their initial offer. Don’t give them the ammunition to low-ball you.

Q: What kind of salary do you think you are worth?

A: “With my experience and skills, I think that I fit in very nicely with the mid-range that this type of position would offer. I can add my additional experience in a related industry and produce results that will benefit the bottom line.”

Rationale: Don’t be offended by this. And do not, whatever you do, give out an actual number. Just indicate that you are a competent professional and well worth the industry standard rate that this type of position offers.
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November 3rd, 2010 by Linda White   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace, Most Popular

Business discussionSo you have finally started that new job. Everything looked great during the interviews. You even have a nice office and the lunchroom is comfortable. During the summer they will have half days on Fridays and your boss seems to be really easy to get along with. But how can you tell what the real culture is at this new place, and fit in to it without making some major gaffes?

First, figure out the work ethic here. During your first week or so, you should arrive as early as you can. Try to stay late a couple days, too. If nothing else, say you just want to get your desk in order. You’ve either got nothing else to do at this point, or you are going to be overwhelmed with the paperwork, learning the systems, and possibly getting your workload thrown at you right away. So put in some time to find out how this place ticks. It will be well worth it.
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