Robert Half Blog

Workforce Solutions Help Small Companies Compete With Larger Rivals

Posted by Robert Half on Apr 1, 2015 6:00:00 AM

workforce_solutionsEntrepreneurs cherish the myth of the small company taking its market by storm, overcoming long odds and catching its much larger competitors napping. Behind this heroic storyline, however, is a harsh reality. Many small businesses face challenges their larger rivals don’t: meager startup budgets and haphazard recruiting in an intensely competitive market for specialized talent.

Topics: Hiring, Small Business

Ready for Some Bad Advice? 3 Common Cover Letter Tips to Ignore

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

cover_letter_tipsThe challenge of writing a powerful cover letter can lead job candidates to search endlessly for advice. But be careful. While you’ll likely find some nuggets of wisdom, you may stumble upon a few cover letter tips that could lead you astray.

Topics: Job Search, Cover Letter

Write A Resignation Letter, But Don’t Deliver It

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 27, 2015 6:00:00 AM

resignation_letterFeeling frustrated at work? On the brink of quitting? In this post, noted author and speaker Todd Henry suggests trying a cathartic writing exercise before throwing in the towel.

If you’re doing work that matters to you, conflict is inevitable. It’s also invited. Conflict is one of the primary ways we internalize, process, and add value to the ideas of others. Rather than seeing conflict as the enemy, we need to recognize that it can — in many circumstances — be a platform for brilliant collaborative work.

Topics: Career

Boomerang Employees: Talent Can Come Back to You, So Be Ready to Catch It

Posted by Paul McDonald on Mar 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

boomerang_employeesNot that long ago in the business world, when workers left their jobs to pursue new opportunities, it usually meant they had to sever ties for good with their former employers. Resignations, even on the best of terms, were not unlike awkward breakups. And getting back together? Almost unheard of.

Today, however, more employers are taking things less personally and looking at former team members through a different lens. They see them as part of the organization’s future, rather than the past. They are embracing the idea of hiring “boomerang employees” — the people who left their organization on good terms to explore a new path, but decided later that they would like to come back.

Topics: Hiring, Management

4 of the Most Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 23, 2015 6:00:00 AM

common_interview_questionsPrepping for a job interview? Here are four common interview questions you should be ready to answer. 

A prospective employer calls and wants to meet with you. Congrats! That means you’ve gotten your foot in the proverbial door. But once the excitement about the prospect of a new job starts to fade, you may find it replaced with a tinge of anxiety.

Topics: Job Search, Interviewing

3 Ways Career Enthusiasm Can Propel Your Career

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 20, 2015 6:00:00 AM

career_enthusiasmCareer enthusiasm is critical for job seekers and employees. Here is how to join the ranks of the contagiously enthusiastic.  

Let’s travel back in time for just a minute. Think of when you were in college, high school or grade school. Didn’t you have teachers who made their classes exciting, even if the subject wasn’t your cup of tea? What was it about those teachers that sparked your interest — and maybe even encouraged you to make the extra effort and excel?

Topics: Job Search, Career

4 Tips for Integrating Work-Life Balance into Your Office Culture

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

work_life_balancePromoting work-life balance doesn’t just benefit employees — it helps your overall organization.

Did you know that working more can actually lead to decreased productivity? When your employees are stressed, their physical and mental well-being is more likely to be negatively affected. They work less efficiently, they call in sick more often and their work quality suffers. But the negative cycle doesn’t end there. Morale can slip, too, and pretty soon, they might start looking for better job opportunities.

Topics: Management, Retention

7 Ways You Can Make a Bad Day at Work Much Better

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 16, 2015 6:00:00 AM

bad_day_at_workLooks like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays!

You overslept. There was no time for your coffee — or you had coffee, but you spilled it on your new shirt. You struggled to get your report done on time — and then the boss didn’t like it. If you’re having a bad day at work, turn it around with these seven tips.

Topics: Workplace

The Resume Objective is Dead. Long Live the Resume Objective!

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 12, 2015 6:00:00 AM

resume_objective_statementIt was once considered absolutely necessary to open your resume with an objective statement. Nowadays, many career experts feel the resume objective is no longer needed, and advise replacing it with a professional summary. Does this mean the resume objective is obsolete? Not necessarily.

Topics: Job Search, Resume

6 Ways to Make a Difference at Work

Posted by Robert Half on Mar 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

differenceatworkAlthough it can’t be measured on a performance review, making a difference at the office is personally rewarding — and likely to help you get ahead in your career.

Here are six suggestions to help you make a difference at work and make someone's day better:

Topics: Workplace Etiquette, Workplace