Robert Half Blog

Resumania: Rumpelstiltskin Impersonators Need Not Apply

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 15, 2014 9:43:58 AM

rumpelstiltskinPoets and novelists often use complex metaphors to further a reader’s understanding or to highlight important ideas, but crafting a cover letter or resume is not an exercise in creative writing.

Use a straightforward approach when contacting prospective employers. After all, a busy hiring manager simply does not have the time to search for the hidden meaning of your message.

The following job candidates made some odd comparisons:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

What the August Jobs Report Does Not Mean for Your Business

Posted by Dawn Fay on Sep 11, 2014 2:38:32 PM

jobs reportThe Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) August jobs report shows that businesses added fewer jobs than analysts had predicted and fewer jobs than the economy had added over the past several months. Does this apparent slowdown mean that top talent is more readily available — and that your organization can finally relax efforts to attract and retain skilled people?

Actually, no. In fact, relaxing your recruitment efforts is what the August jobs report does not mean for your business because skilled professionals are in very high demand now. One month does not make a trend. “Several economists shrugged off last month’s slowdown as a blip,” wrote USA Today, which points out that the BLS could revise its August numbers upward, as it has in years past.

Topics: Hiring, Employment News, Small Business

9 Low-Cost Ways to Keep Employee Retention High

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

employee_retentionDo you know what it costs to replace a worker if he walked out the door today? Some estimates run as high as 150 percent of the annual salary, but there are lots of hidden costs, too. 

No wonder employee retention is the top concern of many executives. Yes, providing competitive compensation is one way to keep your employees happy. But it’s not the only strategy. Here are nine low-cost ways to keep employee retention high.

Topics: Workplace, Management

Resumania: Keep Sweating the Small Stuff

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 8, 2014 6:05:00 AM

mistakes_in_resumeOne incorrectly used term. One transposed letter. One misplaced punctuation mark. That’s all it could take to cause an employer to question your professionalism and attention to detail. And that’s why it’s so critical to carefully review your resume and cover letter.  

Relying on spell-check alone is problematic because the program won’t necessarily flag every type of error. Proofread on screen and on paper, and ask a friend or family member for feedback. Fresh eyes can catch tricky mistakes you overlooked.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

5 Common Reasons People Totally Blow the Job Interview

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 4, 2014 6:05:00 AM

blow_the_job_interviewYour resume and cover letter are in tip-top shape. You feel strongly qualified for the positions you apply to. You don’t have trouble landing an interview. But you can’t seem to get a job offer.

“What am I doing wrong?” you ask yourself. There’s likely a disconnect between how you think you come off in an interview and how potential employers are seeing you. Or perhaps you’re having a crisis of confidence. With a little improvement to your interviewing skills, you can show potential employers the real you and improve your chances of landing that dream job.

Topics: Job Search, Interviewing

Resumania: Yo! Don’t Do This With Your Resume or Cover Letter

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 2, 2014 6:05:00 AM

resume_slangThere are many ways to address a prospective employer. “What’s up?” probably isn’t the best option. “Hey!” and “Yo!” aren’t any better, but some job seekers continue to take an overly casual approach.

Writing in a relaxed tone is an easy trap to fall into considering today’s texting culture. But your resume and cover letter must convey your professionalism and an understanding of proper business etiquette, so avoid using abbreviations, slang and colloquialisms. These job candidates were far too informal:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

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