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Wait, Don't Go! Why You Really Should Offer Employee Incentives and Bonuses

Posted by Robert Half on Dec 19, 2014 6:00:00 AM

employee_incentives_and_bonusesWorried about losing your top talent? Now is a good time to think about what you can do to retain your best people.

Keep your team happy by offering employee incentives and bonuses as part of your retention efforts.

Need ideas? Here are examples of each. 

Topics: Management

Pay Up! 5 Salary Negotiation Tips To Get The Money You Want

Posted by Robert Half on Dec 17, 2014 6:00:00 AM

salary_negotiationYou’ve been offered the job, received the details about the pay and benefits, and all that’s left now is for you to make your decision.

You’re already in a good position to negotiate pay because you’ve done your homework on the company and you know the market value of your position. As you respond, remember these five salary negotiation tips:

Topics: Job Search, Salary, Interviewing

Resumania: Motto Mania

Posted by Robert Half on Dec 15, 2014 6:00:00 AM

motto_maniaYou’ve likely noticed that some people include a pithy statement at the bottom of their email messages. For instance, just below the sender’s signature line, you might find a personal motto or a quotation from a famous historical figure. While including clever catchphrases or inspirational sayings is generally fine for email, they don’t belong on your resume.

If you have not already impressed prospective employers with a succinct summary of your professional skills and experience, it’s unlikely that they’ll be swayed by your advice to “Smile because it is free and fun,” as one job candidate wrote in her resume.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

How to Be Productive at Work If You’re a Lark or a Night Owl

Posted by Robert Half on Dec 12, 2014 11:20:58 AM

productive_at_work_night_owlThe early bird may get the worm, but what if you're a night owl? Not everyone works best during the typical 9-to-5 workday. Some are most productive in the early morning, while others hit their peak creative time at night.

Here’s how to be your most productive during the traditional workday shift and how to negotiate work hours with your boss if you need to.

Topics: Workplace, Productivity

9 Better Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break Than Eating Alone (And Working!)

Posted by Robert Half on Dec 11, 2014 12:54:19 PM

lunch_breakFewer than two out of 10 workers regularly take a lunch break away from their desks.

Not good. Your lunch break can be an excellent chance to do some networking or recharge for the rest of the day.

Here are 9 better ways to spend your lunch break than scarfing down a sandwich at your workstation:

Topics: Time Management

5 Mistakes to Sidestep During a Salary Negotiation With a Candidate

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

salary_negotiationIf you’re a hiring manager, you may be interested to know that more than six in 10 executives polled in a Robert Half survey said they’re willing to negotiate starting salary.

And no doubt, the best candidates know this. The better the candidate, the more likely you need to be ready for salary negotiation when the time comes. Get a head start by taking a look at these five common mistakes managers make when attempting to close a deal:

Topics: Hiring, Salary Guide

5 Things Job Seekers Can Learn From the November Jobs Report

Posted by Paul McDonald on Dec 5, 2014 8:26:35 AM

november_jobs_report_snapshotThe strong November jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) clearly shows that employers are in hiring mode. If you’re in the job market, now is not the time to slack off on your search. The holidays are here, but so are employment opportunities! Here’s my advice for making the most of these pivotal final weeks of the year.

Topics: Job Search, Employment News, BLS Jobs Report

Feeling the Flu? When Calling in Sick is Unavoidable

Posted by Robert Half on Dec 3, 2014 6:00:00 AM

too_sick_to_workIn a recent Robert Half survey, 7 in 10 professionals polled admitted they frequently go to work when they're feeling sick. Managers are aware of the issue: Sixty-five percent said that sick employees go to work at least somewhat frequently. 

While you may fear falling behind if you take a sick day, when you feel the flu coming on or you’re contagious with a viral or bacterial illness, it’s far better to stay home and rest. 

But sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re ill enough to call in sick. Here are five situations when staying home is the right thing to do:

Topics: Workplace, Productivity

Look Away! 3 Tips for Preventing Computer Eye Strain

Posted by Robert Half on Dec 2, 2014 6:00:00 AM

computer_eye_strainAre your eyes straining to see this? For most people who work on computers, screen glare, combined with constant refocusing, leads to computer-related eye problems.

Think about it: If you work on a computer most of the day and follow that up with an evening of using your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop later to check social media, most of your day is spent staring at a screen.

Topics: Workplace

Resumania: “Will Work for Cheap”

Posted by Robert Half on Dec 1, 2014 11:38:00 AM

sell_yourself_shortYour resume is very much a sales tool. But unlike a Cyber Monday advertisement, spotlighting your low price isn’t going to help you make the sale.

Trying to undercut the competition might be a useful tactic for retailers, but it’s not a wise strategy for job seekers. By focusing on how low they’ll go in terms of their salary requirements rather than playing up their professional skills and abilities, these applicants sold themselves short:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter