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Workplace Deal Breakers Revealed

Posted by Mackenzie Burch on Nov 26, 2014 6:00:00 AM

workplace_deal-breakersIt’s one thing to be a workplace annoyance, but what’s the breaking point for an unsatisfied employee?

Workplace deal breakers shed light on why people leave their jobs. Retain your top talent by knowing what does (and doesn’t) keep your employees happy.

Topics: Workplace, Management

Small is Big: 5 Advantages of Working for a Small Business

Posted by Christine Pardi on Nov 25, 2014 4:00:00 AM

RH_SmallBizAdvantageYou’re in the job market and you’re excited about the prospect of a working for a new company. You’ve done your homework on top employers and have read about the cool perks and benefits that bigger companies are touting. You’re thinking, “big pay, big benefits, big opportunity!” But are you missing the big picture?

Sure, big companies have a lot to offer, but small firms can offer many appealing benefits that you may not have considered. In fact, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, since 1990, small businesses added 8 million new jobs. So when it comes to the job search, small is big. Here are five advantages of working for a small business:

Topics: Job Search, Employment News, Small Business

Are You With Me? 11 Tips to Help You Stay Focused at Work

Posted by Robert Half on Nov 21, 2014 11:14:00 AM

fantasty_footballYou know what you should be doing: Working on that spreadsheet your boss asked you for last week.

Instead, you keep checking your fantasy football league lineup and texting your buddies to ask if you should trade Peyton Manning for Aaron Rodgers. You’re not a productivity all-pro right now.

According to a Robert Half survey of chief financial officers, social media activity and other nonbusiness online use distract about a third of their employees. More than a fourth say employees who chat with each other about nonwork topics were the biggest time wasters. So before you mistakenly enter Peyton Manning’s total passing yards into your biggest client’s P&L spreadsheet, try these tips to stay focused at work.

Topics: Workplace, Productivity

Writing a Good Resume When You Have an Employment Gap

Posted by Robert Half on Nov 20, 2014 12:20:54 PM

resume_gapJust because you have a period when you were unemployed doesn’t mean you can’t produce an effective resume.

In today’s world, employers know you could have been out of work for a number of reasons through no fault of your own, such as a company downsizing or restructuring.

Whatever caused your employment gap, writing a good resume in this situation means thinking strategically. Follow these three steps so that the next hiring manager’s focus is on your unique qualifications.

Topics: Job Search, Resume

How to Write a Cover Letter They Can’t Ignore

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

writing_a_cover_letterMany job candidates focus all their energy on their resume and don’t take the time to learn how to write a cover letter.

However, if you write a weak cover letter or none at all, your well-crafted resume may never get seen. On the other hand, a great cover letter sets you apart and demands attention. Ninety-one percent of executives polled by Robert Half said cover letters are valuable when evaluating job candidates. Here are some tips to get you started.

Topics: Job Search, Cover Letter

10 Small Ways You Can Be Greener at Work

Posted by Robert Half on Nov 13, 2014 6:00:00 AM

going_green_at_workAs Kermit the Frog said, it's not easy being green. But it has gotten a lot easier to go green than it used to be. In support of America Recycles Day (November 15), here are 10 ways to help make your workplace a green business. 

Topics: Workplace

The Veteran Job Search: Why It’s Unique and How to Navigate It

Posted by Robert Half on Nov 11, 2014 6:00:00 AM

robert-half-veteran-job-searchThe U.S. military often provides its service members with gainful employment for as long as they wish to serve. But what happens when you decide it's time to join the civilian labor force?

A veteran job search is unique – and challenging – for a number of reasons. Perhaps that's why, according to reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan experience a higher unemployment rate than nonveterans. The following advice can help you buck the trend and find success:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Veterans

Resumania: Prune the Flowery Prose in Your Resume and Cover Letter

Posted by Robert Half on Nov 10, 2014 10:33:53 AM

resume_writing_flowery_proseInstead of writing to impress, write to inform. As we’ve noted previously, excessive wordiness and formality in your resume or cover letter can come across as stilted, pretentious or forced.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

My Takeaway From October’s Jobs Report: Don’t Waste Time!

Posted by Paul McDonald on Nov 7, 2014 7:25:00 AM

jobs-report-octoberI always look forward to the first week of every month. I’m not only anticipating the weeks ahead but also reflecting on the results of the past month. The monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is quite revealing. And I often get questions about what the data mean. Here’s my take:

Topics: Hiring, Employment News, Management, BLS Jobs Report

Thoughts From an Intern: 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Between Job Offers

Posted by Mackenzie Burch on Nov 5, 2014 6:00:00 AM

apples_and_orangesAfter I graduated from college, I found myself in an enviable situation: two great job offers on the table. But as excited as I was, this was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to face.

On one hand, I had my first full-time job offer for a receptionist/administrative position. It wasn’t relevant to my field of interest, but it was a good opportunity, nonetheless. On the other hand, I had a part-time public relations internship offer. The work really interested me, but there was no guarantee for the future. To make it all the more difficult, the full-time position was with a startup offering competitive compensation, full benefits and equity. The internship offered less pay, but it was with an established, reputable company that I knew I could learn a great deal from. It was like comparing apples to oranges.

Topics: Job Search, Careers With Robert Half, Students