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From Coworkers to Buds: Fun Team-Building Activities in an Hour!

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 16, 2014 4:50:00 PM

RH_Blog_Team_Building_Activities_2We’re all kids at heart, right? Even your buttoned-up VP likes a lively game now and then, and nearly everyone enjoys a short diversion during routine days. Doing fun team-building activities together also raises spirits, builds camaraderie and yields greater productivity.

There are lots of techniques and methods to help encourage team cohesiveness. The next time your team has a free hour, try one of these fun team-building activities to build unity, reduce stress and have some fun:

Topics: Career, Workplace, Management, Productivity

Resumania: Give Employers Information, Not Stipulations

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 14, 2014 9:46:33 AM

RH_Blog_Resume_InformationIf there’s one thing to remember as you write your resume and cover letter it’s that employers are interested in what you can do for them, not what you want from them. While some job applicants put the cart before the horse by including their salary requirements, other applicants go even further by listing the perks and benefits that they need.

Making any sort of demand or stipulation will only decrease your chances of landing an interview, let alone a job offer.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania

The People Factor: Doing Rewarding Work at Robert Half

Posted by Leah Bacon on Apr 10, 2014 2:32:39 PM

RH_Blog_Rewarding_WorkFor nearly eight years, I have held the unique position of editor-in-chief of the Robert Half employee magazine, Half Times. During that time, I have had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of our employees about their roles with us. I’ve also heard them describe why they consider what they do each day to be rewarding work.

Relationships Lead to Rewarding Work
Being in the relationship business is personal. We build relationships with the businesses we serve and the people for whom we find jobs. And that makes for rewarding work.

Topics: Careers With Robert Half, Workplace

Resumania: Keep Salary Requirements Out of Your Resume

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 7, 2014 4:30:00 AM

RH_salary_requirementsHere’s some career advice you can bank on: Don’t include your salary requirements in your resume unless an employer specifically requests that information in the job posting. Mentioning compensation can come across as presumptuous. In addition, you could put yourself at a disadvantage later if the job pays more than the salary you list. Plus, money is not everything.

Wait until you’ve secured a job interview and the employer has expressed interest in hiring you before broaching the subject. These job applicants put the cart before the horse:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania

60-Second Networking: Three Elevator Speech Examples Any Professional Can Use in the Job Search

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 4, 2014 3:30:00 AM

RH_blog_elevator_speech_examplesThe elevator pitch — everybody says you should have one when you’re job searching. But what exactly are you supposed to say to make it memorable and effective in helping you find work?

At the one moment when your words matter most, it’s easy to get tongue-tied. The best way to overcome nervousness is to plan your elevator speech and practice until you can deliver it effortlessly.

Before you craft the perfect pitch, analyze the type of role you’d like to occupy and the type of company that would be your ideal employer. Then, consider these three elevator speech examples the next time someone asks, “What do you do?”

Topics: Job Search, Networking

Resumania: Certain Resume Mistakes are Impossible to Overlook

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 1, 2014 5:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_Resume_MistakesWhile it is true that a single typo on your resume can damage your chances of landing a job interview, all errors are not created equal. For example, if you’re a strong candidate with highly marketable skills, a hiring manager might be willing to ignore the fact that you wrote to instead of too.

But other spelling and grammatical goofs, however, are simply inexcusable. Even the most forgiving of employers would have difficulty overlooking these oh-so-sloppy resume mistakes:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania

No Laughing Matter: Avoid Being ‘Fooled’ in the Job Search

Posted by Katie Evans on Mar 31, 2014 10:21:00 AM

RH_Blog_April_Fools_DayApril Fools’ is a day of fun and surprises – but when the surprise is a job you weren’t expecting – it’s no laughing matter.

When a friend of mine decided to accept an entry-level position, I had my suspicions at the start when she read the header of the job posting “Are You a PR Rock Super Star? Join the Revolution.” She assured me this was the job for her, and it would give her an opportunity to really get her feet wet and “own PR” for a growing, start-up company. A few months later, the story had changed – so too did her enthusiasm and zeal for the job. Turns out, not only was the company not growing, but she spent the bulk of her day on tasks unrelated to the role … and, did I mention, she was still waiting to get paid? 

Topics: Job Search, Interviewing

Tips for Making the Most of Career Development Programs

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 28, 2014 10:50:11 AM

RH_blog_career_development_programsEmployers often spotlight their career development programs when recruiting and retaining workers. That’s because many professionals — including IT workers and lawyers, according to various surveys conducted by Robert Half — place a premium on companies that make the effort to help them learn and grow.

But are you taking full advantage of your company’s training options? Chances are they go beyond classroom instruction to include a wide range of activities, such as individual coaching, mentoring and job shadowing.

Topics: Training, Professional Development, Mentoring

Resumania: Beware the Risks of Resume Humor

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 24, 2014 3:30:00 AM

RH_blog_resume_humorWith April Fools’ Day just around the corner it’s time to bust out the whoopee cushions. While pulling some harmless pranks around the office is generally fine, keep the resume humor to a minimum.

Yes, it’s OK to inject a touch of wit and personality into your application materials, but don’t go overboard with the playfulness. Prospective employers seek insights into your skills – not your wacky sense of humor. Hiring managers won’t take you seriously if your top priority seems to be cracking one-liners.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania

Letter to My Younger Self on Careers

Posted by Julie Ann Sims on Mar 21, 2014 10:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_Letter_to_My_Younger_SelfI often get tapped for advice by those who are just starting out in their careers. That got me thinking about what advice I would have given my younger self – the journalism graduate just getting a toehold in the work world. Here are a few nuggets of advice I would offer:

Topics: Students, Mentoring, Graduates