As an employer, when we hire someone new it’s vital that we find someone who can get the job done. Whilst we of course understand that it takes time for someone to learn the job, often having some experience in a related field means that the candidate in question is much more likely to pick up the ropes at a faster pace compared to someone else. When comparing this with looking at someone’s education, we usually check their qualifications to see how well rounded someone might be. However, in the forefront of our minds is ‘how quick can said person pick the job up?’ Many job hunters get frustrated with the fact that employers often require a certain amount of experience, especially when they are fresh out of college and haven’t yet had the chance to work. It’s important to note that the word ‘experience’ doesn’t always mean several years in a similar job. ‘Experience’ could come down to plenty of things such as people working on side projects or volunteering on a part time basis. If … [Read more...] about Is Experience More Important Than Education?
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Presenting the perfect pitch can often be a daunting prospect, particularly if you’re making the presentation in an interview scenario. Luckily, many skills that are applicable to most business scenarios, such as the ability to present information in a concise and accessible manner, can be extrapolated to making a good interview presentation. Follow these five top tips to present a perfect pitch. 1 - The first rule of any good presentation is good preparation, and this is even more important in an interview, as you may not know in advance the constituents of your audience. The more familiar you are with your presentation, the more professional your pitch will appear. If possible, try to learn your pitch by heart rather than referring to notes, to encourage the impression that you really know your topic well. Make sure all your equipment and materials are ready, for example that you have a sufficient number of hand-outs, and that you know in which folder your presentation file is … [Read more...] about The Art of Presenting: 5 Tips for the Perfect Interview Pitch
Telecommuting is now an accepted norm in many industries. However, some employers remain behind the times by declining requests from their workers to develop telecommuting policies. If you want to begin telecommuting but are afraid your employer will turn down the request, the following are five ways to plead your case. Claim Your History of Work Independence If you have an independent working style and have displayed this during your years of working for a company, claim this as a reason why your employer should let you telecommute. Independent workers are often best suited for telecommuting since they don’t need a manager’s guidance with every aspect of a work project. Of course, you’ll need to show solid proof that you’re an independent worker for management to take this claim seriously. Cite the Company Cost Benefits Often, employers don’t want to know why an employee stands to benefit from a telecommuting policy, they want to know how the company will benefit from the change. … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Plead Your Case for a Telecommuting Policy
You’re on the job hunt, sending out applications, completing interviews and waiting to receive a job offer. While you’ll review many things when deciding whether a potential employer will be the right match for you, have you closely examined the company’s benefits package? The benefits that employers offer their workers vary widely from one company to the next. Some organizations only offer bare bones packages while others provide gym memberships, matches on 401K plans and more. There’s much to learn from reviewing benefits packages and the details you gather may just finalize the decision regarding whether or not you want to work for a potential employer. Review the Small Perks While benefits such as life insurance and health insurance are standard in most packages, look for smaller perks offered by potential employers. Some companies include benefits such as gym memberships or onsite daycare in their packages to enhance the working experiences of their … [Read more...] about What a Benefits Package Says About a Potential Employer
In today’s face-paced work environment, conflicts between employees and employers are on the rise. Job stress from daily living can make its way into a person’s work life. While conflict might be a natural part of life, maintaining a positive work environment should be every employer’s goal. April was Workplace Conflict Awareness Month, and across the country, companies planned events to bring awareness to this important issue. The goal is to teach companies that attempting to avoid conflict is a waste of time and resources. Instead, the goal should be have a structure in place to manage and deal with any issues. Secondly, that structure should include tactics to transform conflict into creativity. But every month needs to draw attention to this issue. There are several steps one can take to deal with conflict in the workplace. First you must establish exactly who is involved in the conflict and whether or not the conflict is interfering with their work. Once you have discovered the … [Read more...] about How to Hold a Meeting When There is Tension in the Office
Would you like to get more out of your work day rather than just seeing each day as one step closer to the end of the work week? Here are a few ideas: 1. Start the Day Well How we start the day makes a big difference to how the day goes. For example, rolling out of bed at the last minute will make you feel unprepared and like you are catching up all day. Find a way to start the day well that works for you. Could you get up earlier and meditate? Exercise? Or have enough time to exercise before you go to work. 2. Create A Plan Having a plan for the day really helps you to get the most out of the work day. Without a plan we are like a ship without direction. Using a diary or a planner helps you to prioritise and be clear what needs to be done (and what could be dropped if necessary). 3. Take Breaks Taking breaks at work is vital for your mental and physical wellbeing. If you … [Read more...] about 6 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Work Day
The allures of higher pay, a new city and new adventures often draw employees to give up their current jobs and relocate for opportunities with other companies. While relocating for work can offer benefits, it also often brings unexpected drawbacks. From higher living costs to personal life changes, workers must assess what job relocations may bring before making their final decisions. The following are four specifics to consider before accepting a job offer in a new city. Review the Pay Difference Relocating for work can be expensive. From paying for a moving van to putting down a deposit on a new apartment, the costs can quickly accumulate. Before relocating for work, review the pay difference between your current workplace and the new job offer. A new pay rate should typically be significantly higher than a current job to cover the costs of moving and settling into the new city. If you don’t think the new pay rate will be sufficient, negotiate for a larger salary with the new … [Read more...] about Thinking of Relocating for Work? Don’t Move Too Fast!
As youngsters, we learn the lessons needed to function in society. From parents teaching their toddlers not to whine to preschool teachers showing students the value of taking turns, each early childhood lesson is meant to carry individuals through the stages of life. Unfortunately, as people age and enter the workplace, many lose those important childhood lessons. From whining at employers to being impatient with coworkers, many employees revert to toddler-like actions when faced with workplace stress. Here are five preschool refreshers that double as career advice that most employees could use to improve their workplace relations. Don’t Whine No one wants to hear you whine incessantly about workplace issues. Employees who whine about projects to coworkers or who complain to managers about coworkers are viewed as immature and as unable to handle workplace stress. If you have serious issues with a particular workplace project, approach your manager in an adult-like manner and … [Read more...] about 5 Preschool Lessons Most Employees Could Use
So, the first day of your new job is finally here. You’re nervous. You want to make a good impression, but you don’t want to come across as trying too hard or make any first day blunders. How do you strike that all important balance and more importantly, survive your first day? Be Prepared Preparation will help you feel more in control of your first day. Choose your clothes the night before, bearing in mind the impression that you want to make. If you don’t know what the ‘dress code’ is, I’d suggest erring on the side of caution and going smarter, rather than too casual. You can always adjust your attire after that all important first day. Have a good night sleep and set your alarm in plenty of time for the next day. Even if you feel nervous, try to have some breakfast as this will help you feel more comfortable when you arrive… there is nothing worst than a grumbling stomach! Stay Relaxed Your new company have hired you to be you. Of course … [Read more...] about First Day On The Job? How To Survive
Picture this trend: there are more and more people wanting the same jobs, who can do what you can, just as well as you can and there aren’t enough jobs to satisfy everybody. However you can distinguish yourself and elevate your perceived value beyond others. In order to do this I want to show you how creating an online biography can be hugely beneficial in making you stand out from other people. The preferred service that I would recommend for creating an online biography is about.me however there are similar services that exist which have their own unique spin on the online bio including favlors.me, follr.com, and Path.to. However About Dot Me plays very nicely off the about pages listed in the menus of almost every professional website out there. I think other services can be vague in communicating what their purpose is or even come across as a little immature. Remember you are ultimately going to want to link your new biography from other places. First things first, ensure you … [Read more...] about Jobs: How Creating an Online Biography Will Help Get You Hired