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WorkVine: 10 ‘Stupid’ Questions You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Ask

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 30, 2014 6:00:00 AM

stupid_questionWorkVine: The Quirks of Work! addresses the lighter side of the workplace, with fun topics to help you get through the workday. Look for future WorkVine posts from Robert Half.

You just started a new job and want to make a good impression, but you’re afraid of asking what could turn out to be an obvious question and looking dumb.

Don't worry. In the spirit of Ask a Stupid Question Day (September 30), go ahead and ask these questions because they’re not stupid questions after all.

Topics: Workplace

Resumania: Would You Hire Candidate A or Candidate B?

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 29, 2014 6:00:00 AM

two_job_candidatesGood resumes feature concrete achievements, not routine daily tasks. For instance, consider the difference between the approaches these two management candidates took:

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Resumania, Cover Letter

7 Must-Have Skills in Today's Job Market

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 26, 2014 6:00:00 AM

job_skills-1It’s very likely that the next person who interviews you will be looking to see whether you have skills in the following areas.

Be sure they’re in your tool belt and on your resume to give you a boost in today’s competitive job market.

Topics: Job Search, Resume, Social Media, Interviewing

New Job Jitters? 5 Ways to Get Over It (And Find Out Where the Coffee Is!)

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 25, 2014 6:00:00 AM

first_day_of_new_jobYou thought the butterflies in your stomach would disappear because you made it through the interview process and landed the job, right?

Not quite. Your first day at a new job can be just as nerve-wracking as the job search itself. While it’s perfectly natural to feel anxious about your new role and workplace, you can start off on the right foot by being prepared. Here’s how.

Topics: Workplace Etiquette, Workplace

Upspeak: The Career-Limiting Trait You May Not Know You Have

Posted by Paul McDonald on Sep 24, 2014 6:00:00 AM

upspeak_3My second-grade teacher was a drill sergeant. But like all tough teachers, I learned valuable lessons from her that stick with me to this day. I can still remember answering a question she had posed to the class. I was so unsure of myself that my answer sounded like another question. Mrs. Fravel was quick to respond, “Are you making a statement, or are you asking me a question?” It was one of her favorite comments to make in that class, as a lot of us were guilty of using what is now called upspeak.

The practice of speaking in a rising tone of apology or questioning goes by several other terms, including high rising terminal (HRT), uptalk, rising inflection and high rising intonation (HRI). But no matter what you call it, it can have devastating consequences on your professional prospects.

Topics: Professional Development, Interviewing

7 Lessons From Influential Women in Business

Posted by Robert Half on Sep 22, 2014 6:00:00 AM

women_in_businessBusinesswomen can teach valuable lessons about succeeding in your career. In honor of American Business Women's Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 22, here are seven lessons to take away from these powerhouses.

Topics: Career, Professional Development, Management

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