Monthly Archives: June 2015

SEO – Your new job search weapon

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seo4By now, you’ve probably heard about the powers of SEO and how it can connect and target individuals all over the web. Most of what you have heard probably came from marketers or webmasters, but SEO is a powerful tool that you can use in your job search. SEO, or search engine optimization, is the process of increasing a website’s visibility on a search engine’s results in order to drive traffic to that website. Ever Googled yourself? Read More

You better recognize… your employees

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recognition3According to the largest group of employers surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management, employee retention and turnover are the biggest challenges we are facing in the work world. The key to confronting both is employee recognition programs that reflect the cultural values of the organization, a new SHRM survey concludes. Your employees work hard (well, most of them), and deserve to be recognized for their hard work. Read More

Periscope & Meerkat: The Next Big Thing in HR?

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In the world of social media and mobile apps, the newest shiny objects to catch the public’s attention are two live streaming apps: Periscope and Meerkat. You may have heard of them when they made waves broadcasting the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, or users illegally streaming the newest Game of Thrones season. Both are apps you can download to your Android or iOS device and allow you to broadcast live video to your followers around the world, each with varying features like scheduling the broadcasts and the ability to upload to YouTube. Though live streaming has been around for years with the rise of user generated videos on YouTube and Vine, Periscope and Meerkat provide a new way of looking at sharing video on mobile devices.

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Conquer Conflict in 8 Steps

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conflictConflict in the workplace arises for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes the issue comes down to a simple misunderstanding. Other times, it can be a heated blowout with many different underlying problems. Different people with different goals in mind, different personalities and different personal values end up in these conflicts in every industry in every part of the globe. More often than not it boils down to three types of situations. A conflict with the boss, a conflict with a peer, or a conflict with the supervisee. Read More

OWN your next interview

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On the subject of interviews and interviewing advice, most of the content revolves around what the job seeker can do better in order to ace the interview. For good reason – the interviewer holds all the cards and can take the interview in whatever direction he or she wants to, leaving the interviewee with many questions to prepare for. What should I say about my last boss? Or, Will they ask me a super obscure question to put me on the spot? It’s a nerve wracking experience we’ve all been through.

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Cover Letters: Endangered, but Not Extinct

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There is a lot of debate over whether the cover letter has become obsolete over the years. As a complement to your resume, the idea behind the cover letter is to showcase a few of your skills or qualities and how they apply to the job. Yet in our fast paced, digital world that prefers 140 character tweets and texts, it’s a no brainer that the cover letter’s relevance and significance would be debated over. Forbes is reporting that the cover letter is almost dead, we’ve written about the extinction of the coverletter”saurus”, and while 90% of hiring managers say they never even read cover letters, 53% of employers prefer a candidate who submits one.

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Less is more – leave these 8 things off your resume

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There comes a time in everyone’s professional lives when a resume update is in order. Whether you’re between jobs, passively looking in other industries, or content with your situation and simply want to keep your resume current, it’s important to know what you should and should not include. The resume is a key tool in the recruiting process and is the first impression a hiring manager or recruiter gets of you. Just Google “resume tips” and you’ll receive about 97,000,000 results, chock full of individual opinions on what makes a great resume, what makes a resume stand out, resume design templates and resume blunders, to name a few topics. It’s overwhelming.

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