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Is "Thank you" really a simple gesture?

Is "Thank you" really a simple gesture?
The highest ROI management tool I know is one that is available to everyone, costs essentially nothing, and is a proven driver of workplace productivity. That tool is gratitude. As obvious as this may sound to some, it is oftentimes overlooked, particularly in companies and among teams for whom seemingly no results are good enough and no bar is eve...
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What Should You Look For In A Recruiting Firm?

What Should You Look For In A Recruiting Firm?
For many job seekers, finding a good career at the right company can be more challenging than planned. Whether you're looking to pop in and out of the workforce on temporary jobs, or hoping for a direct hire position, sometimes candidates need a partner, someone who can connect them to the opportunities they really want. That's where a recruiting f...
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The Difference Between Leading and Managing

The Difference Between Leading and Managing
Some managers come up through the ranks, while others have been brought in because of their education or experience managing people and projects. Regardless of how you became a leader, here you are, and your job has two major priorities: getting the most out of your team and getting the project done right. When you're trying to inspire, encourage a...
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Five Ways to Clean Up Your Resume

Five Ways to Clean Up Your Resume
Think of your resume like a story – your story, in fact. It is the tale of your professional experience, your personal achievements and work ethic. You want that story to be compelling, as it conveys your potential value to a hiring team or prospective employer. A professional resume opens the doors to possibilities. However, sometimes when a job s...
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What To Say When They Ask “Why Do You Want This Job”

What To Say When They Ask “Why Do You Want This Job”
The first time you really get to shine with a new employer happens during the interview. You're going to be asked all kinds of questions, from understanding your strengths to picking apart your weaknesses. The most challenging questions, however, tend to be more abstract. One of the most difficult ones in this group: Why do you want this job? While...
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Learn About Working for an ESOP

Learn About Working for an ESOP
Wouldn't being an owner of a company inspire you to work hard to make it a success? This motivation is one of the driving forces behind companies opting for employee ownership. There are several ways to accomplish employee ownership. Employees can buy stock directly, receive stock options, or through a profit sharing plan. Stocks can even be given ...
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Benefits of an ESOP

Benefits of an ESOP
When trying to address issues of retention and productivity, a lot of tried and true options usually get tossed on the table. Some companies, however, are taking a bolder, out-of-the-box approach that has been shown to work, now more than ever. An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is an employee-owner method that provides a company's workforce w...
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Reflect a Company’s Culture to Your Employees

Reflect a Company’s Culture to Your Employees
For nearly five years in a row, Google's corporate offices – all of them across the globe – rank as the number one best place to work. It isn't just that their offices look like living rooms or that Ping-Pong tables line the break rooms. This billion-dollar company attracts and retains top performers because their company culture shows temporary an...
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Why You Should Build a Personal Brand Online

Why You Should Build a Personal Brand Online
If you're not attracting the top performers in your industry that means your competitors are. The first step to catching the eye of a game-changing candidate is to build a strong and engaging personal brand online. Keeping your company information consistent and informative, while ensuring the conversation on social media stays exciting and visible...
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Using Other Social Media Outlets to Build Your Brand

Using Other Social Media Outlets to Build Your Brand
Your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram could be getting you more friends and followers, but they might just cost you a job. More and more potential employers are checking social media sites for applicants; sometimes even before they interview. With access to these sites on both computers and smartphones, it's more important than ever that yo...
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Improve Your Company LinkedIn Page To Get Better Leads

Improve Your Company LinkedIn Page To Get Better Leads
More than one-third of all new marriages start with an online introduction. If social media is a valid place to meet your mate, you can bet it's also an ideal spot to meet your next big client. Using LinkedIn to establish your brand is a lucrative way to expand your network of possibilities. You can connect with customers, build your brand image an...
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Do you get overwhelmed by all the things you need to do in a day?

Do you get overwhelmed by all the things you need to do in a day?
List your top 5-7 goals for the day and break the list down to 3. It's good to get in the habit of making lists; it's bad to make long lists. If you've got more than 5 items on your list, break it down to the top 3 things (you can always go back and edit in another task or two). But with a list of 20 things, how can you not be overwhelmed? Three is...
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Beware of the time stealer!

Beware of the time stealer!
Proceed cautiously to prioritize other people's "urgent" requests. When someone asks you for help to do a project or to meet some other urgent need, practice saying "What's your deadline on this? or When do you need this done?" Then schedule for completion for that day. Most people when asked one of those questions realize it's not as urgent and wi...
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What to Do When You Don’t Know How to Answer an Interview Question

What to Do When You Don’t Know How to Answer an Interview Question
When an interviewer asks a question and you blank on the answer, the silence can seem louder than a scream. You might not know how to answer or, more commonly, nerves get the best of you and your brain freezes up. Whether applying for a permanent job or a temporary position, many job seekers find themselves in this situation at one time or another....
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Get the Edge over Other Job Candidates

Get the Edge over Other Job Candidates
Sometimes, the door to our success is the one we open for ourselves. Standing out from the crowd by working smarter – not harder – at applying for jobs can do the trick. It's time to clean out the stale job-hunting tactics that aren't producing results. Rewriting your cover letter can give you an edge. Write a hard-hitting opening line Your cover l...
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Prepare Your Business for a Minimum Wage Increase

Prepare Your Business for a Minimum Wage Increase
Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has been outspoken about his desire to raise the national minimum wage. Since 2014, at least 10 states voted to increase their minimum wages, with many more state legislatures seriously discussing the issue. Some are poised to raise their minimum wage in the coming years. A report from the White House claims ...
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Last-Minute Job Interview, Here’s What to Focus on

Last-Minute Job Interview, Here’s What to Focus on
Finally! The call you've been waiting for. You've got an interview for your dream job! But wait – first thing tomorrow morning? How can you possibly be ready? Here are a few last-minute tips to help you prepare and get the offer – even at the last minute. Wardrobe It's too late to dry clean your suit now, but pull it out and take a quick look. Hit ...
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How Do You Write a Post-Interview Thank-You Note?

How Do You Write a Post-Interview Thank-You Note?
If you aren't following up after an interview, you seriously risk losing the employment opportunity. A brief thank-you note after an interview is a great way to stay fresh in the hiring manager's mind and show that you respect their time. It's also an opportunity to recover if you missed any questions or left out any important experience details. S...
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Stand Out in the Job Market by Showcasing Bilingual Skills

Stand Out in the Job Market by Showcasing Bilingual Skills
Being bilingual is one of the most surefire ways to stand out during an interview. It's an extremely valuable skill that surprisingly few Americans possess. Whether you're a recent graduate or an experienced professional, most managers agree that fluency in a second language can not only help your resume stand out, it can also open doors to special...
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3 Methods to Test Bilingual Candidates

3 Methods to Test Bilingual Candidates
Companies who hire bilingual talent need employees who can effectively communicate in another language; most often in the United States, the second language is Spanish. When you need an employee who can deliver products and services to customers in a foreign language, you'll need to make bilingual skills a priority. Thorough phone interviews, onlin...
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