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Feb 28th, 2019
Do you feel that your co-workers respect you?  Do they listen to what you say and treat you professionally?  If not, then you have a problem.  You don't need to be close friends with your co-workers, but you do need their respect.  If you think this may be an issue for you, here are a few steps that you can take: Accomplish your goals.  As you experience success, you will begin to gain credibility in the organization.  Your co-workers will see that you are a valuable member of the team and they will respect you for it.  However, they have to know about your... + continue reading
Feb 21st, 2019
You never know what to expect from a job interview.  Sometimes the questions are easy, while other times they leave you feeling like a deer in headlights as your brain scrambles to come up with a response.  It is important to take a moment to consider why interviewers ask tough questions.  Since they know that you have been preparing for this interview, they may want to catch you off guard so that they can get a better understanding of how you think and your level of experience.  Here are some tips that will help you navigate these tough questions: Prepare for common... + continue reading
Feb 19th, 2019
You need to get a job.  In order to get a job, you need to write a resume, cover letter, make a list of employers and search the job advertisements.  You know what you need to do, the problem is that you can't seem to get started.  Many people suffer from procrastination and while it can be debilitating, it is possible to overcome it.  The key is to be mindful of it.  Here are some steps to help you get started:  Ask yourself why your foot is on the brake.  Whether you are aware of it or not, there is a reason that you are procrastinating.  Something... + continue reading
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