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The advertisement sounds enticing: an identified hourly wage or annual salary. Your eyes light up, your hands rub together in anticipation, and you envision all the good that new income will do for you. Especially if you’re new to employment, that first paycheck comes fraught with disappointment and the depressing realization that what you put in your wallet does not match the amount quoted. Basic categories of salary The...
“Dress for the job you want” goes the adage advising job seekers. That advice doesn’t take into account company culture and the job in question. Perhaps it ought to be tossed aside in favor of something more practical. The rules governing proper interview attire rely on a few unchanging basics for both men and women. Fortunately, making a good first impression upon a hiring manager doesn’t depend upon investing in...
Job hunters often hear an old saying that pertains to finding employment: “It’s not what you know, it’s whom you know.” The adage refers to the timeless activity of networking. Much of today’s networking occurs online through such platforms as  LinkedIn  and  Alignable , but the old tried-and-true methods still work and still yield results. However, none of it happens without an investment in...
  No job lasts forever. Whether you’re a loyal employee who has worked for the same employer for decades or a rising professional jumping from position to position to acquire the experience needed to climb the corporate ladder, you will eventually leave that job. Leaving the job with grace and goodwill demands the courtesy of a formal resignation letter. Writing the resignation letter The best resignation letters...
You have been  called in for an interview . Congratulations. This is a step closer to getting the job. The interview is one of the last steps of recruitment and one of the key ones. How you perform in the interview will be a key factor in whether you get the job or not. The process can be nerve-racking but by keeping some things in mind, you can overcome it. Here are some tips for that: 1. Research the company and employer...
Even with low unemployment, a shallow labor pool, and employers struggling to fill vacant positions and retain good employees, workers must not allow themselves to grow arrogant. Markets are cyclical: this year we have a worker’s market, next year we may have an employer’s market. However, no job lasts forever. We have long since outgrown the expectation of lifetime employment and accepted a new conventional reality of a career...
Often used interchangeably, the terms résumé and curriculum vitae (CV) do not mean the same thing. Which you use may depend upon your location and the career field. Undercover Recruiter  defines the difference between the two common documents used in job applications. The CV provided in-depth information about the applicant and “contains a high level of detail” about the applicant’s achievements....
In 2015,  Adweek  learned that 92 percent of recruiters use social media to find, evaluate, and hire job candidates. The admonition never to post anything on social media that you wouldn’t want your grandmother (or great grandmother) to see holds true even more so today, because recruiters really are looking at your social media and they aren’t afraid of disqualifying an otherwise suitable candidate who posts...
So much is said these days about the importance of personal fulfillment that anyone who hits 40 years old and doesn’t feel satisfied with the progress of his or her life contemplates changing careers. Such contemplation becomes reality when companies undergoing financial hardship jettison the older and more highly paid employees first. Or when a worker realizes he or she is staring at retirement sooner rather than later. Or that the...
A tight labor market increased sharing of parental responsibility, and an enormous generation of Millennials in their prime childbearing years are forcing the corporate world to take heed of the needs of working parents, especially mothers. Not every business has embraced the new employment ethics, but many see the vast pool of talent available who are ready, able, and willing to work on their terms. There’s never been a better time to...
The indoctrination that a successful career requires a university degree—preferably an advanced degree—coincided with a recession in the 1980s that wiped out manufacturing jobs. The de facto annihilation of the manufacturing sector, along with the widespread elimination of middle management jobs, launched new and demanding expectations for college degrees. Young adults answered the new demands by enrolling en masse into...
We all have those days when life and work collide. Sometimes the reasons for missing work are legitimate, not so much other times. Regardless, reasons vary from needing a “mental health” break to escape a punishing workload or a toxic office environment to household or health-related emergencies. To determine how frequently employees called in sick when they weren’t, Harris Poll conducted a survey from August 16 to...