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Feb 14th, 2019
At work your relationships with your co-workers can either make or break you.  If you have good relationships, your work atmosphere will be warm and friendly.  However, if your relationships are poor, you can quickly find yourself in a situation where you are always watching your back.  While the organizational culture will play a role in the way that employees interact, your own behaviour makes a huge difference in the type of relationships that you form.  Here are a few simple guidelines that will help you work with your co-workers in a positive way:  Communicate... + continue reading
Feb 12th, 2019
When you are meeting with employers, confidence is key.  If you are confident that you can do the job, the employer will be more comfortable with taking a chance on you.  The biggest threat to our self-confidence comes from inside our own minds.  You know that persistent voice of doubt that is constantly questioning your abilities, downplaying your accomplishments, and criticizing you for every little mistake?! That's what is bringing you down.  Scientists estimate that 80% of our internal chatter is negative and possibly 2/3rds of it is false.  (Source: Carson "... + continue reading
Feb 08th, 2019
When an employer makes a decision to hire you, they are taking a chance on you.  You need to show them that you have confidence in your abilities.  It is commonly understood that 55% of communication is body language.  This means that all of your carefully crafted interview responses account for less than half of the message that is being communicated.  Interviewers often pay close attention to your body language because they believe that it is an accurate indication of your true feelings.  Here are a few tips that will help you make sure that your non-verbal... + continue reading
Feb 05th, 2019
Getting your resume in first is no guarantee that you will get an interview but early applicants do have a better chance than those who apply later.  If the employer is in a hurry to hire, they may start scheduling interviews as soon as they begin receiving applications.  If they are overwhelmed with the response to a job posting, they may decide not to even look at any new applicants until they have interviewed the candidates that they short listed from the first batch.  If you apply during the first day or two, you can rest assured that your resume will at least be considered... + continue reading
Jan 31st, 2019
Interviews are scary.  However, if you prepare effectively you can reduce your nerves and position yourself to perform well.  Since most interviewers ask a lot of the same questions, a good place to start is to practice the common ones.  Here are a few questions that you will almost always be asked: Tell me about yourself.  This is probably the most common interview question.  Interviewers love it because it provides them with an overview and it gets you talking.  The problem is that because it is so general, it is easy to mess it up.  A good approach is to... + continue reading
Jan 29th, 2019
You were so excited to get an interview.  It felt like success was within your grasp but from the moment you sat down, nothing went as planned.  Your words came out wrong and even though you know that you are perfect for the job, it didn't come through when you were answering the questions.  Now you feel like you had a chance and you blew it.  Given that it takes so much time and effort to even get an interview, it is extremely frustrating when you don't perform well.  You may be starting to feel like nobody is ever going to hire you.  Don't despair; job... + continue reading
Jan 25th, 2019
You made it through the first interview and they invited you back.  This means that you are one of their top candidates, which is a significant accomplishment.  So how do you convert this into a job offer?  Here are a few tips:   Be ready to repeat yourself.  Since you will likely be meeting with a different person for the second interview, there is a good chance that they will ask you a lot of the same questions.  It is important that you answer these questions with the same level of energy and enthusiasm as you had the last time because the employer is looking... + continue reading