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4 Surprising Presentation Tips From The Emmy Awards

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 29, 2014 9:31:03 AM

rh_blog_emmy_awardsYou may not have realized it as you sat spellbound by sequined celebrities, but the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards were educational. All those introductions and acceptance speeches provided a number of useful presentation tips that you can apply to your career. Before launching into your next PowerPoint deck, consider these four lessons learned from the Emmys:

Topics: Workplace Etiquette, Professional Development

The History of Labor Day and How to Not Labor Twice as Hard the Day After

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 26, 2014 5:10:00 AM

Labor_DayHow great is Labor Day? It’s the “Good job!” to you from Uncle Sam for the contributions you’ve made during your working hours to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the United States.

Here’s a little about the history of Labor Day, along with some tips to keep you from working twice as hard when you return from your day of rest. (How ironic would that be?)

Topics: Time Management, Workplace

Resumania: Does Your Education Section Make the Grade?

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 25, 2014 5:05:00 AM

education_on_resumeIt’s back-to-school season. As students across the country return to the classroom, it’s an appropriate time to take a good look at the education section of your resume. Here are the ABCs of writing and formatting your academic credentials:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania

4 Excuses Holding Back Your Career Training and Development

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 19, 2014 11:02:22 AM

RH_Blog_excusesYou’re thinking about how you can advance your career, but you haven’t moved an inch toward honing your skills or developing additional ones.

You know all of the options available to you: Conferences, courses, mentoring programs and webinars. A book on some aspect of enhancing your skills has probably been lying on your desk for weeks. Even months.

Topics: Professional Development

Resumania: Bad Jokes Are No Laughing Matter

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 18, 2014 6:03:00 AM

RH_Blog-Bad_jokeWhen applying for a job, aim to present yourself as a highly qualified candidate – not a comedian. Yes, having a sense of humor can be helpful to your career, but there’s a time and place for it.

While it’s acceptable to inject a little personality into your resume and cover letter, don’t fill your application materials with jokes or sarcasm. Humor doesn’t always translate well on paper, so it’s generally best to stick to the facts.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Thoughts From an Intern: 6 Ways This Internship Is Going to Kick-Start My Career

Posted by Mackenzie Burch on Aug 14, 2014 8:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_MacKenzieHi, I’m Mackenzie Burch, Robert Half’s newest public relations (PR) intern! I am a recent graduate from San Jose State University with my bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in business, and I’m an aspiring PR professional.

During my time here, I will be blogging periodically about what it’s like being an intern: my day-to-day job, insight into the field, and all the tips and tricks I learn along the way. I hope you enjoy Thoughts From an Intern.

Topics: Careers With Robert Half, Students

Resumania: Craft Compelling Cover Letter Conclusions

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 11, 2014 10:43:27 AM

RH_Blog_cover_letter_closeWhen it comes to cover letters, it’s important to write a compelling, attention-grabbing opening sentence. But to leave prospective employers with a favorable impression, you also must craft a solid conclusion.

Consider using your last sentence or two to reassert your strong interest in the position and suitability for both the role and company. And, of course, make sure your conclusion is free of errors. As the saying goes, “Good to begin well, better to end well.”

Topics: Resumania, Cover Letter

Shark Week at Work! Are You Swimming With an Office Shark?

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

RH_Blog_shark_weekJust in time for summer vacation, Discovery Channel’s perversely popular Shark Week is back to rear its menacing fin in our fearful faces.

These days, sharks can threaten more than just our day at the beach. If there’s anything we can learn from last week’s “disasterrific” premiere of Sharknado 2 (yes, wait for it, there is a lesson here), it’s this: Sharks are everywhere, including the workplace.

The office shark is a workplace bully, a unique and dangerous creature that shares many characteristics with its ocean-dwelling cousins. Office sharks are aggressive, attack without warning and always look out for number one.

Topics: Workplace Etiquette, Workplace

3 Lessons Employers Should Learn From the Latest Jobs Report

Posted by Dawn Fay on Aug 6, 2014 1:07:00 PM

RH_Blog_jobs_reportI get a lot of questions from job seekers and hiring managers about the state of today’s job market. And when the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its monthly jobs report, those questions reach fever pitch. What do the numbers mean? How should we interpret them? What’s ahead?

The latest jobs report was a good one. July marked the sixth consecutive month of job gains in excess of 200,000. And the economy is adding more higher-wage jobs, a trend nicely explained by Paul Davidson in USA Today. He notes, for example, that accounting firms have added roughly 45,000 jobs already this year. That compares to just 10,000 in all of 2013.

Topics: Hiring, Employment News, Management

10 Top Interview Questions to Ask to Find Your Next Great Hire

Posted by Robert Half on Aug 5, 2014 6:02:00 AM

RH_Blog_Top_10_interview_questionsA great interview question can reveal insight into a candidate’s personality and approaches that you wouldn’t necessarily determine from standard interview questions.

Consider using these 10 top interview questions to really get to know a candidate.

Topics: Hiring, Interviewing