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3 Networking Questions You Should Never Ask

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 29, 2014 9:00:00 AM

RH_blog_networking_no_nosRemembering that the goal of networking is to establish relationships in your job search. To help you achieve your objective, steer clear of these three networking no-no’s.

1. “Do you like your job?” (or any closed-ended question)
Closed-ended questions can stop a conversation cold when the person responds with a “yes,” “no” or other quick response. Cue the chirping crickets.

Open-ended questions are a better alternative because they get the person talking — and most people love talking about themselves. Make sure you listen up: Asking follow-up questions will show you’re interested in the conversation.

Topics: Networking

Resumania: Why to Put a Spotlight on Your Soft Skills

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 28, 2014 4:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_soft_skillsTop-notch people skills aren’t merely preferred by employers today — they’re now expected for most roles. 

Because attitude is everything on the job hunt, don’t just focus on your technical qualifications when crafting your resume and cover letter. Emphasize those increasingly pivotal soft skills, too. These strengths might include the ability to lead a team, negotiate, build consensus or resolve conflict.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

A Healthy Look at Workplace Wellness Programs

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 25, 2014 11:15:51 AM

RH_Blog_workplace wellness programsAccording to a Rand workplace wellness study, half of U.S. employers offer wellness promotion programs.

With these initiatives, companies hope to encourage employees to take better care of themselves and, in turn, keep healthcare costs down. Fewer sick employees also translates to a boost in productivity and a healthier bottom line. Plus, there’s an Affordable Care Act perk: Clients can receive incentives for establishing workplace wellness programs.

Topics: Workplace, Management

7 Tips for Salary Negotiation With a Job Candidate

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 24, 2014 4:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_Salary NegotiationIt’s a great feeling when your top candidate is eager about your job offer, isn’t it?

But you can’t pop open the champagne quite yet: There is still the salary negotiation. Job seekers today are informed, prepared and ready to negotiate, and you should be, too. Here are seven tips to make sure you get what you want out of a salary negotiation.

Topics: Salary, Hiring, Salary Guide

Resumania: Thank-You Notes Should Be Proofread, Too

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 21, 2014 11:08:21 AM

RH_Blog_Thank_you_letterAsk job candidates to name the most important part of the hiring process, and a common answer is likely to be the interview. But many applicants forget that what they do after the interview also impacts how employers perceive them. For instance, 91 percent of managers said it’s helpful for a candidate to send a thank-you note following an interview, according to a survey by our company.

Promptly showing your gratitude displays good etiquette. It’s also a smart way to again express your interest in the job and re-emphasize the relevant skills that qualify you for the role. But as with your resume and cover letter, your efforts will backfire if you fail to proofread your thank-you note or take the wrong tone. Here are some thank-you note mishaps we’ve collected over the years:

Topics: Resumania

8 Things to Expect From a Second Interview

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM

RH Blog_second interviewCongratulations! You’ve been asked back for a second interview. At this point, you're being seriously considered for the position based on your success in the first interview.

You were well-prepared for the initial meeting, but what should you anticipate for this round?

Topics: Job Search, Interviewing

Coming Home: 6 Lessons Boomerang Employees Can Learn From LeBron’s Return

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 15, 2014 3:00:00 AM

RH_Blog_Rehire_boomerang_employeesAfter four years and two NBA championships, LeBron James is coming home. The Northeast Ohio native is giving up the heat and glory of Miami for a return to his beloved Cleveland.

Of course, LeBron isn’t the only person who’s ever wondered if the welcome mat still sits outside a former employer’s door. The good news is that, for many professionals, it does. Hiring is picking up, and companies are having a hard time finding skilled talent. That means they’re more open than ever to bringing back boomerang employees.

As the Cavaliers prepare to re-integrate their hometown hero, here are six lessons a potential rehire can learn from LeBron:

Topics: Job Search, Career, Employment News

Resumania: Don’t Go Old School

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 14, 2014 1:52:10 PM

RH_Blog_education_on_the_resumeThe prominence of the education section of your resume relates to where you are in your career. If you’re a recent graduate, for example, it makes sense to place education-related information near the top of the document. But as your work history develops, details about your academic career should move toward the bottom.

Employers are more interested in your recent professional accomplishments than scholastic achievements from years ago. These experienced professionals included dated academic details:

Topics: Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

Speak Up! 3 Tips for Promoting Effective Communication in the Workplace

Posted by Robert Half on Jul 11, 2014 4:30:00 AM

effective communication in the workplaceHere’s a riddle: Its lack is more demoralizing to employees than being micromanaged. Its presence is more valuable to employees than a raise. What is it? More than a riddle, the answer could improve your workplace.

According to an Accountemps survey, one-third of participating HR managers said that the lack of open, honest communication has the most negative impact on employee morale, with micromanaging coming in second. Conversely, more than one-third of managers said that communicating more effectively improves morale more than anything else, including raises, recognition programs and unexpected rewards.

Topics: Workplace, Management

Playing Nice: 4 Ways You Can Rally a Team Around Its Differences

Posted by Robin Jones on Jul 9, 2014 5:13:16 PM

RH_Blog_Team_differencesThe final matchup of the 2014 World Cup has been set! And no doubt coach Joachim Löw of Germany and Alejandro Sabella of Argentina both understand the same thing: that players from various backgrounds and with diverse playing styles make for the strongest possible team. Embracing team diversity can drive success.

Likewise, the best managers take employees from different cultures and generations, with different approaches to work, and make sure they come together cohesively. Here are four ideas for embracing diversity in the workplace so all staff members feel included and respected and so you can use the team’s differences to propel it forward:

Topics: Mentoring, Management