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A workplace with a high level of morale is more productive than a workplace with low morale. Staff who take an interest and care about each other collaborate effectively towards a goal. Communication flows more freely, according to David Parnell, a communications consultant interviewed by Forbes. Sandra Haurant of The Guardian explains that knowing your… Read more »

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Every workplace has myriad personalities. Learning to effectively interact with others is crucial to professional development and a company‚Äôs success. Smooth relations and effective teamwork will also provide a fun place in which to work. Amanda Haddaway of Careerealism emphasizes that getting along with co-workers does not necessarily require extrovert-type behavior in every situation. Learning… Read more »

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A phone interviews should be prepared for as thoroughly as an in-person interview. Sarah Needleman of the Wall Street Journal writes that employers are expecting more from phone interviews, and some job hunters are finding that they can last for an hour or more. Some employers are asking that candidates provide extensive work history details… Read more »

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Telephone etiquette is not a skill usually listed on a job description; however, a poor telephone manner is likely to discount you from a candidate shortlist. Clear speech and respect for the person to whom the call is addressed reflects a caller who is polished, intelligent, and worthy of consideration as an employee. Try recording… Read more »

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Taking some time to collect yourself in between jobs can be an effective strategy. It gives you time to reflect and to decide if you would like to change direction. However, taking too long to rejoin the work force, or not engaging in activities that reflect personal development, can leave you with some explaining to… Read more »

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It can be difficult to jump back into job searching when you have been out of work for some time. Some good news, however, comes in an article by Floyd Norris in the New York Times. Norris implies that certain demographics are excluded from certain employment calculations, and that lamented employment statistics may not be… Read more »

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There is a reason recruiters use social media as the number one tool to find and screen applicants. The information that can be garnered using social aggregation tools can resemble that of an FBI investigation. According to Mashable and a study by Reppler, ninety percent of recruiters use social network profiles in the hiring process…. Read more »

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Social media can be an indirect path to new opportunities. Most positions are filled by referred candidates before job descriptions are ever advertised. The secret to finding an opportunity then is to extend your professional network. Social media can be a way to reach potential references or attract potential employers. Additionally, exploiting social media by… Read more »

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Turning a passion into a career is the goal of many. However, the hard part is determining what you are passionate about and whether you have the commitment and resources to pursue it. Success comes from hard work and, often, failure. But determination and persistence can turn setbacks into achievements. Passion negates boredom as athletes… Read more »

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Wall Street Journal contributor, Marilyn Faucher, reported on the networking efforts of an MBA graduate in his search for a professional marketing position. Setting his sights on a big city firm, from his remote location in Williamsburg, Virginia, he successfully reached contacts in leading marketing companies using social media platforms such as LinkedIn. The tactics… Read more »