How to Deal with Salary Issues

Ah, the dreaded salary question. Candidates hate it. Hiring managers flub it. Even seasoned recruiters can get tongue tied when trying to navigate the increasingly sensitive legal waters surrounding the issue. It’s not surprising. Laws are changing and in many states you can no longer ask about a person’s salary history. On the surface this seems beneficial to candidates […]

Does Volunteering Help Your Career?

Dedicating a year or two to help others through service-oriented work experiences is a noble pursuit filled with potential benefits including hard and soft skill development, cross-cultural exposure, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from lending a hand. It can also be viewed as a positive differentiator in a world full of self-promotion and “company me” mindsets. However, before you head off to […]

Interview Red Flags Candidates Should Watch For

There’s a host of advice for HR and hiring managers on spotting red flags that may signal a problem or high maintenance employee, but little counsel is given on the reverse point of view. Because an interview is a two-way assessment, candidates should also be vigilant in their evaluation of the prospective employer and watchful of wording that could spell trouble down the line. Traditionally red […]

How to Save Time During a Job Search

Hiring cycles can be long, even when you’re the perfect fit. The quicker you can land a new gig, the lower the impact being out of work or underemployed has on your financial well being. When it comes to work, time truly is money. Try these hacks to beat the clock: Leverage Social Media: Whether you have 200 followers or 2 million, […]

Five People to Be Friendly with at Work

I’m a big fan of the saying, “In a world where you can be anything, it’s best to be kind.” There’s real value in a good-natured disposition, in a willingness to help and be humble, and to developing a reputation untarnished by scandal. No one’s perfect of course, but keeping your word and forging healthy relationships with co-workers provide a solid foundation […]

Four Advantages That Set Career Changers Apart

People often think they have to play catch up when they switch careers. While there will certainly be a fair bit of technical or job-specific learning to do, one shouldn’t discount the value of the skills and experiences they bring to the new profession. Specifically, career switchers have the following advantages over some traditional candidates: Optimism: When you’re new to […]

Onboarding Excellence

Many companies waste an insane amount of time by loading employees up with information they won’t recall, training they don’t need, and organizational commercials they don’t want. It is one of the least “customer focused” processes that HR provides. If you expect more from your company, ask HR to follow these simple steps: Focus on the Audience: On day one […]

How to Find Meaningful Work

The definition of meaningful work differs from person to person. And while the what may vary, the how you obtain and the why it matters is largely the same. Typically, meaningful work feeds your interests, has an impact on various stakeholders, and sparks continuous learning that causes the cycle to repeat. Meaningful work is not some elusive ideal that requires a […]

How to Speak Like a Pro

Public speaking is a challenging endeavor. Even the experts get a few butterflies before hitting the stage. Whether you shrink from the mic or relish any opportunity to work a room, follow these five tips to avoid coming off like an amateur. Cut the Long-winded Intro: People will tune out if you make them listen to a lengthy bio. Whether you’re giving […]

How to Recover From an Office Blunder

If you’ve been in the workforce long enough chances are you’ve made more than a few mistakes. Your ability to recover depends on the type of blunder, it’s size and impact, the company culture, and how you approach the aftermath. Content or Context Many mistakes are job-specific, content-based errors which involve not knowing what or how to do something. While typically associated with those new […]