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Did you get a formal verbal or written warning at work? Well unfortunately, you should be concerned. Warnings are part of a progressive disciplinary system: First, your supervisor may mention there’s an issue with your behavior or performance. The next step is a verbal or written warning, both of which are formal, documented measures that… Read more »

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Congratulations! Your resume was selected because the hiring manager was impressed with your skill set! You set up an interview time and you know exactly when you are taking the next step on your path to a new job. Interviews can be stressful but don’t worry – you got this! Of course, it helps to… Read more »

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Job searching can feel very regimented: There are guidelines for resume and cover letter formats and once you make it to the interview stage, there’s an expectation that you’ll have the perfect answers to every interview question. Amidst all these rules, it can be easy to forget that you are an individual, with a personality… Read more »

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Job interviews ought to feel like a polite conversation, with each person asking questions and giving answers. While your interviewer should take precedence when it comes to asking questions, you should expect to ask questions as well. When you ask thoughtful questions based on good research, you gain valuable insight into the opportunity while showing… Read more »

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Company-wide change is unavoidable for any business, but as businesses grow and staff members become used to the same people, methods and technology, they get set in their ways. When the time for an organizational change comes, it’s common to have unhappy and concerned staff members who staunchly resist. There’s a psychological basis for this… Read more »

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The unemployment rate is falling, salaries are rising, and competition for skilled talent is getting intense as businesses expand in this robust economy. Although it may be easier to find a job than it was during the Great Recession, you still need a stand-out resume to get the admin position you really want. With hiring… Read more »

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Depending on your relationship status, you might be familiar with the idea of ‘ghosting’ in the dating world – which is when someone you’re interested in stops responding to your texts, calls, IMs, emails, etc. The phenomenon has recently expanded to include professional relationships, specifically the tenuous connections between applicants and potential employers. Job seekers… Read more »

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How to Manage the Stress of Your Job Search

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, so it’s understandable if you make a boneheaded mistake due to being nervous. What you don’t want to do is make a big mistake that has nothing to do with nerves. For instance, you can’t really chalk up being an hour late to being stressed out. Bad, unforced errors not… Read more »

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Most people stress out about interviews and its common for nerves to get the best of us. If you consider that the whole point of an interview is to show you are the best person for the position, you need to concentrate on that objective, and you can get over your stress. Stress-related mistakes aside,… Read more »

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Whether you want to make contacts at a networking event or you’re being asked to introduce yourself in a job interview, a good elevator pitch can set you up to achieve your career goals. An elevator pitch is a little speech about yourself as a professional that lasts about as long as an elevator ride,… Read more »