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Many employees assume their bosses want them to be ‘yes’ men — or women — but it’s hard to shine when you blend in with the crowd. Safety is always a top priority with the best companies, and they want employees who share this conviction. Oftentimes, the people who make the rules aren’t on the… Read more »

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Of all the soft skills critical to achieving the right cultural fit in a candidate, communication ranks at or near the top of the list. Communication skills have become increasingly important due to a growing emphasis on team-based collaboration within companies. You can best assess communication skills in a team interview setting, where you have… Read more »

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Out of all the candidates in the running, you stood out as the best. First, congratulations! Getting a new job is exciting. You’re probably equal parts thrilled and nervous about starting your new gig, but you’ll be great. During your first few days, you’ll meet many people and learn a lot. It might feel a… Read more »

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It’s a candidates’ market as job growth continues to be solid – a trend that started in 2012. While top talent is in high demand, you may still find yourself with two outstanding prospects – and only one position to fill. You don’t want to let go of either prospect. And time is of the… Read more »

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When hiring a new employee, it’s easy to get caught up searching for someone who checks all your boxes; however, that person rarely exists. Instead, it’s best to focus on finding a candidate who perfectly fits your company culture and mold them into your ideal staffer from there. Personality traits rarely change, but a candidate… Read more »

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Business today is regularly conducted through smartphones, as a necessary tool for workers to communicate and access information. The topic is timely, as this year the iPhone is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Both personally and professionally, you probably wonder what you did without it. But, do the distractions of technology threaten safety and well-being in… Read more »

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In a perfect world, employees would always see eye-to-eye, but interviewers know it doesn’t work that way. Personality clashes and differences in opinion happen every day at every office, so hiring managers want to know how you handle these situations. If you try to pretend you’ve never dealt with a difficult co-worker, they’ll see right… Read more »

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As an employer, the qualities you want in a new hire likely include job-related and technical skills, emotional intelligence and the right education and experience. And these are key requirements, of course. But one of the traits you truly need in each of your staff members is likability. In short, you need people who communicate… Read more »

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Pretty much an interview standard, managers rarely miss the opportunity to ask the “Tell me about yourself” question. Typically the first item on the list, this is your chance to sell your overall fit for the job in approximately two minutes’ time. It’s hard to give a great response to this question off the cuff,… Read more »

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Research supports a premise that really shouldn’t surprise anyone: Happier employees are more productive employees. A recent example is a study done by the Social Marketing Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in a Global Economy. It showed that productivity increased by an average of 12 percent, and as much as… Read more »