In the grand scheme of your job search, a phone interview might not feel like something worth preparing for -- but this just isn’t the case. While it’s certainly true a phone interview is a cursory step in early candidate screening, this doesn’t make it any less important than an in-person interview. Job seekers should consider this phase to be an important opportunity to leave a lasting impression on their potential employer. If you’re not careful, you could easily ruin your chances of moving forward in the hiring process. Here are six ways to blow your next phone interview: 1. Don’t Bother Getting Out Of Bed Taking an overly casual approach to your phone interview can certainly ensure failure. While your potential employer may not be able to see how you’re dressed or what you’re doing, it will certainly come across in your tone of voice. A phone interview isn’t a time to casually lounge in bed while wearing your sweats. Dressing nicely and sitting up straight at your desk will … [Read more...] about Ways To Ruin Your Phone Interview
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Everyone has that honeymoon period in their line of work, where they feel like what they're doing with their life is all well and good. For the lucky ones, it's something that will continue throughout their careers, but others aren't so lucky; as such, many people not only find themselves disgruntled by their current role, but their choice of profession. However, if you find yourself in this situation, it's not worth getting angry or consigning yourself to a future of disappointment. There are plenty of other ways for you to shape a more positive working life, and sometimes it's pretty simple. Hard work and dedication are obviously required to move in a different direction, but it can still be fun. Using one career example for consistency - that of a journalist - follow the rules below to establish a new course to follow in your life, if you need one! Is your job all that bad, or does it just need tweaking? Journalists, for example, may just find that the company they work for is … [Read more...] about Changing Careers – Is It As Hard As You Think?
The most important parts of a company are the people that help run it: the employees. Keeping them happy, though, can prove difficult if you are only concerned with the bottom line. Keeping morale high is the work of a good manager and can be attained if you address the other aspects of your employees’ lives other than the tasks you have hired them to do. Appealing to their competitive side through company goals, streamlining benefits and human resources through a workforce management system, and taking time out to celebrate can be ways to remind your employees that you care about them. Invite Friendly Competition The day-to-day in an office can be a bit humdrum. Everybody has a job to do, but let’s face it: it can get monotonous. Sometimes setting short-term goals with a little friendly competition can be enough of an incentive in order to light a fire under your employees. Set team goals for the week or the month; then, offer a prize for the person who reaches that goal … [Read more...] about Importance of Keeping Your Employees Happy
Lack of confidence manifests itself for many reasons. Starting a new job, having colleagues with more skills or qualifications than yourself, poor relationships with other staff, an unsupportive employer, or just being too hard on yourself are just a few of the reasons for having a lack confidence at work. Whatever the reason, building your confidence at work is possible. Not only will being more confident eliminate the negative consequences of self-doubt, it will also lead to a more progressive and enjoyable development in your career. Confidence is an attractive quality to employers and also portrays a positive outward image of the company, which makes you a more valuable employee. Confidence shows you can be trusted to deliver and your employer will be more likely to give you more responsibility and further promotion. Colleagues will be more comfortable associating and working with someone successful and not likely to negatively affect their own work. So how do you Become … [Read more...] about Increasing Confidence in the Workplace
Office politics can be good or bad. Good office politics is all about fostering good working relationships, advancing your career and enhancing the productivity and performance of the company. Unfortunately, mostly when office politics is being referred to, it's about the negative aspects. Bad office politics is one of the devils of the working world, with some places suffering from and by it more than others. When it gets particularly bad it can have a detrimental and damaging effect on productivity and performance of the company and the health, attitude and well-being of the staff. If the politics at your workplace is getting you down or causing problems there are ways you can be to keep its effects to a minimum. Be Respectful Stay respectful to your colleagues. Treat them in such a way that you would like them to treat you. Be polite and professional, never getting personal. This sets an example but also puts in place a benchmark for others to how they treat you in return. … [Read more...] about How to Deal With Office Politics
NASA is the administration for national Aeronautics and Space. It is based in the United States and is in charge of research and discoveries in aerospace and aeronautics. There are many opportunities available at NASA for those who have a passion for atmospheric and celestial studies. Individuals who want to pursue a career at NASA must have degrees in engineering, aeronautics and astronautics, or anything else related to science or mathematics. Aerospace Engineering is an area of study which concerns the development of air and spacecraft, missiles, and other structures that function in aerospace. Aeronautical Engineering and Astronomical Engineering are the two subcategories that fall under Aerospace Engineering. Aeronautical Engineering is targeted for students who are interested in aviation. Astronomical Engineering is an option that would attract students who are interested in celestial objects and phenomena that happens beyond the Earth's atmosphere. Other areas of engineering … [Read more...] about So You Want to Work for NASA?
Downsizing. Outsourcing. Reshaping. These words sound bad coming out of the mouth of an employer and they could have even worse effects on your income. However, they might represent the opening in life you’ve been waiting for. Does it mean your dreams can come true when you hear you’re losing your job? If you handle this shift in your career the right way, it could mean just that. Prepping for the Inevitable Changes One reason you’ll feel caught off-guard when you are laid off is you haven’t been reading the proverbial writing on the wall. Have you seen managers get replaced? Has your office space been reduced by a floor or more? Are coworkers having hours cut or have employees begun working from home? When you start to see these telltale signs in your company, consider what might be ahead. Unfortunately, no one is irreplaceable and no one is invulnerable when a company faces a drastic drop-off in revenue. If you’ve dreamt about a freelance career or changing the work you do … [Read more...] about Freelancing: How to Turn Work Negatives into Life Positives
Emails are now a vital part of every one's day to day communication. For those people who are very active online or who run their own business, a solid email management system can make a world of a difference to the overall success of their enterprise. Anyone can stay on top of their email inbox just by following a few guidelines and making use of the tools and software readily available. A healthy email routine is the way forward for those who cannot afford to miss even a single message. Read and reply The most common way emails get overlooked is when their intended recipient reads them without replying on the spot. Correspondence that has been marked as read will easily blend in with the other emails you have already replied to, and when receiving numerous messages a day it's very likely that you will not remember which emails you have yet to address until it's too late. Don't ignore mail Another useful habit to get into is to compose a standard reply for those emails you don't … [Read more...] about 8 Tips For Effectively Managing Email
Intro to Entre A recent meeting of techies and entrepreneurs in early November rekindled an increasingly heated debate just in time for the holidays. The big question asked seemed simple enough: "Do tech start-ups need an MBA?" Most of the start-up participants at Harvard Business School's Cyberposium 18 had a decidedly tepid response to the query. The heated aspect comes from the seemingly defensive MBA attendees and current business school students, professors and graduates who read of the meeting soon afterward. After years of validation in the form of significant salary increases to reward their advance from a bachelor's degree in business, they seem stunned that their own presumed indispensable and crucial contributions to any business venture seemed, well, superfluous. As Barb Darrow, a reporter for GigaOm.com, wrote, she was "struck by the concern [MBA] attendees seemed to feel about what their advanced degree will mean in a tough economy and in a tech business that elevates … [Read more...] about MBAs: Welcome to the Real World
When you are looking for a job, your resume is the tool that gets you in the door. A resume is the first thing that an employer sees, and in a worst case scenario, it is the only thing that the employer will ever see. When you want to make sure that you’re going to get that call for an interview, you need to make sure that your resume looks great. You likely know what needs to be on your resume, but what about what should absolutely not be on it? 1. Lies If you take nothing else away from this list take this: lies are never appropriate for a resume. Sometimes the person that is looking over the resume can detect a lie right away, and you will simply never get a call back. Sometimes, your deception can go on for quite a while, but when it is found it can and will result in a fast termination. Lying on your resume is something that only ever hurts you; if you are lying on your resume, you will almost certainly be found out, and the results are often worse than if you were honest in the … [Read more...] about What Not to Include in Your Resume