Category Archives: Career Development
It’s funny, isn’t it? — that in the blink of an eye the workplace is dramatically changing… Business is changing. The technology boom that happened within the past 15 years has forced new ways of working into offices around America, the UK and the world. Most of these changes are for the better, and ultimately, are a necessity to keep society moving forward.
There’s a trend that’s starting, as recent graduates are doing everything using the latest technology. This trend puts pressure on workers to learn how to work and keep up with Continue reading
It’s a cardinal sin to go into a job interview without planning and preparing to manage the opportunity for maximum impact.
First of all, be aware of the six criteria by which most interviewers will rate your interview skills and qualifications for the job.
1. Personal impression you make: neatness in dress and manner; self-confidence; and maturity.
2. Preparation for the interview: knowledge about the business of the potential employer; list of questions to ask the interviewer.
3. Communication skills: written and oral.
4. Attitude: enthusiasm, sincerity and interest in the opportunity.
5. Competence: education and experience.
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Confidence attracts. I’m not talking about arrogance, which really bothered me when I was a recruiter and still bothers me (because who wants to deal with that!). I’m talking about quiet confidence, poise, that “it” factor of believing in yourself and knowing you will get things done. Projecting confidence in a job interview, business meeting or sales call is difficult. Many people, even with a healthy dose of overall self-esteem, can still waver in these high stakes situations. Here are some tips for increasing your career confidence:
America is a country of forward-thinking innovation. In our rich history, we’ve revolutionized vehicle production, walked on the moon, and produced successful entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. However, despite all of this progress, we still have a long way to go, especially in terms of education.
A National Adult Literacy Survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003 revealed that a startling one in five Americans lacks basic skills beyond the fourth-grade level. That’s a hard pill to swallow, especially when you stop and think about how the current job market is becoming increasingly global pits our citizens against job Continue reading
If you are a get-things-done manager, sooner or later you will come in conflict with your boss. The same sort of assertiveness and confidence that leads you to have a mind of your own has helped him to earn his position.
Another reality is that if you do not have periodic disagreements with your supervisors you are probably not being as assertive as you should be in moving your career ahead.
These conflicts can prove to be hazardous to the health of your career if they are not handled with common sense.
No one Continue reading