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Seriously Scary Work Worries (and How to Face Them)

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 21, 2014 9:45:00 AM

work_worriesLast week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that new jobless claims fell to a 14-year low. So you can probably move the fear of being laid off lower on your list of work worries. But that doesn’t mean you’re breathing easy when it comes to your job. If you’re like most professionals, you’ve got at least one or two other work-related fears keeping you up at night.

What work worries are most people haunted by? That’s the question Robert Half asked professionals across the U.S. and Canada just in time for Halloween. Here are the top results:

Topics: Workplace

Resumania: Campaign for the Job With Care and Class

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 20, 2014 5:37:24 PM

campaign_for_the_jobWith Election Day approaching, it’s virtually impossible to escape the negative political ads filling the airwaves. But candidates who rely strictly on attacking opponents — rather than highlighting their own strengths and accomplishments — risk alienating the very people they need to win over. The same is true for job candidates.

Employers want to know why they should hire you, not why they shouldn’t hire someone else. These applicants took the wrong approach:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

How to Be a Good Boss: 10 Tips

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 16, 2014 6:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_good_bossDisplay your World’s Greatest Boss mug with pride on Boss’s Day, the 16th of October!

And to make sure you continue to showcase the characteristics of a good boss, check to see if you’re following these 10 tips:

Topics: Workplace, Management

The 2015 Salary Guides Are Here!

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 14, 2014 9:30:00 AM

2015_salary_increaseThe just-released 2015 Salary Guides from Robert Half show that U.S. starting salaries for professional occupations are projected to increase an average of 3.8 percent next year.

The largest expected gains in salaries among all fields researched are in technology, with an anticipated 5.7 percent overall increase in the average starting salary for newly hired information technology (IT) workers. Accounting and finance and creative and marketing professionals can expect starting salaries to rise an average of 3.5 percent, according to the research.

Topics: Job Search, Salary, Hiring, Salary Guide

7 Time Management Tips to Reform Ineffective Meetings

Posted by Tim Hird on Oct 13, 2014 1:55:00 PM

time_management_tips_for_effective_meetingsRiddle: What never starts on time, always runs long and often features material that could have been covered in an email?

Answer: A meeting.

These are only a few of the reasons people give as to why meetings are a waste of time. Well, perhaps not a complete waste: Only about a quarter of the meeting is ill spent, according to professionals interviewed for a Robert Half Management Resources survey.

Topics: Time Management, Workplace

Resumania: Why You Should Never Badmouth a Boss

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 13, 2014 6:00:00 AM

badmouth_the_bossNational Boss’s Day, an annual holiday when employees show appreciation to their managers, is celebrated on October 16. How (or if) you thank your boss for his or her efforts and support is up to you. But here’s one clear-cut boss-related rule: Never complain about a current or former manager in your resume or cover letter.

Badmouthing employers will only lead hiring managers to question your professionalism and attitude. Instead of coming across as having a chip on your shoulder, use your application materials to highlight your ability to take direction and work well with others.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Bad Day? 5 Good Ways to Deal With Frustration at Work

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 10, 2014 6:00:00 AM

frustration_at_workYour computer crashed — again. Your boss assigned you more work when you’re already swamped.

Your coworkers are being loud. It feels like an episode of “Seinfeld” — without the laugh track. Frustration at work can wreck your day. Don’t let it. Use these tips to improve your outlook. Serenity now!

Topics: Workplace

The Art of the Interview Process: Tips for Employers

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 9, 2014 6:00:00 AM

interview_tips_for_employersSure, David Letterman used to make interviewing look like a snap, but that’s due to lots of preparation and practice.

Many hiring managers think they can just wing it during interviews, not investing the time, energy or concentration that effective job interviewing requires. That’s no laughing matter because hiring on the basis of a faulty interview can leave you with underperforming employees who cost you in terms of both time and money.

Topics: Hiring, Interviewing

How Taking Your Networking In-House Could Help Your Career

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 8, 2014 6:00:00 AM

networking_on_the_jobIn “The Office” episode “The Meeting,” Jim, a successful Scranton paper salesman, sets up a meeting with New York-based CFO David Wallace to discuss company productivity and a possible promotion. Although things don’t go as planned (as usual, thanks to the antics of Michael Scott), the episode is a great illustration of on-the-job networking.

What’s on-the-job networking? Also called internal networking, it’s an often-overlooked method to help you advance your career within your current company. On-the-job networking is a smart move, because internal job applications often get preference over outside applicants for open positions. Compared to traditional networking, on-the-job networking is in many ways less challenging because you already know the firm. You’re familiar with its operations and can identify people you’d like to know better — and keep an eye on roles you’re interested in before they become available. The trick is to network effectively.

Topics: Networking, Professional Development

Resumania: Are You Looking for a Good Job – or a Lifeboat to Save You From a Bad One?

Posted by Robert Half on Oct 6, 2014 10:49:44 AM

escape_from_jobHiring managers are drawn to job applicants who show strong interest in the open position as well as in-depth knowledge of the company. That’s why researching a prospective employer and writing a targeted resume and cover letter is so critical.

What you absolutely don’t want to do is send a message that you’re simply looking for any job that will enable you to escape your current employer. Your reason for wanting to leave should never be your focus. Hiring managers want assurances that a candidate is enthusiastically running to their company — not desperately running away from a bad situation.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter