5 Ways Social Media Can Make or Break Your Interview
"I saw on your Facebook page that you hated your last employer. How do I know you won't bash our company too, if you work here?" "I read your tweets about getting drunk three days last week. Do you have an alcohol problem?" "Your photo on Google Profiles is very sexy. Do you think this is a good image for a professional?"   Questions like these are not what you want to hear from your interviewer. They're a pretty sure sign you won't be getting any job offer. And they could have been prevented if you had just spent a little time polishing up your social media presence.   Since at least 80% of recruiters now check applicants' social media — and about two thirds of those say they've made a hiring decision based on what they found there — this is really worth doing. Let's look at 5 ways you can make sure they see you as a standout candidate for the job.   1. Hide your personal stuff on Facebook. To do this, you'll have to create specific groups, such as "Personal" and...
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The Biggest Interview Mistake You Don’t Want to Make
In the thousands of job interviews we at Integrity Staffing Solutions conduct every year, we’ve seen some pretty outrageous mistakes, from bringing breakfast (and eating it while talking) to showing up in a torn T-shirt and cutoffs.   The Mistake: Being Unprepared. However, in our opinion, the one mistake that will do the most damage to your chance of getting hired is not doing your homework ahead of time. For one thing, knowing something about the company you’re interviewing with will help you explain how you can contribute to their success. For another, not bothering to do any research tells them you’re lazy and/or not really interested in working there.   3 Ways to Avoid It: Research, Research, Research.   Research the company. Read their website thoroughly, until you’re confident you understand their business, vision, culture, challenges and recent events or changes. Check out their social media pages (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). Google the company and see what...
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Want to Keep It Together at Work? Start Your Day Like This.
“I am so tired. I can’t even think about getting up and brushing my teeth, let alone going to work.”   We all say this to ourselves once a while when the alarm goes off. But if you say it every day, you need an energy makeover. Here are some tips to help get you going and keep you sailing through the work day with ease.   Wake Up Your Body. If you’re the type of person who’s organized and energetic enough to get up early and go for a run, you’re not reading this anyway. For the rest of us, a one-minute, all-over stretch followed by shaking out your arms and legs is a more realistic option to energize muscles and release stiffness. You don’t even have to get out of bed to do it.   Change Your Self-Talk. Remember that “I’m so tired” thinking we mentioned? It can be more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than you realize. Try starting every day with a positive thought such as, “I’m full of energy to master whatever challenges the day brings.” It doesn’t matter if you don’t...
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5 Must-Take Steps Before Launching a Job Hunt
This post could also be called “How Not to Make Your Job Hunt a Total Waste of Time.” Why? Because if you don’t take these 5 steps before you start, you won’t know if your job search strategies will get you hired, or do the exact opposite.   Analyze yourself. Sit down and think about what you want your next job to be. What are your needs, goals, strengths and interests? Equally important, what are your weaknesses and dislikes? If the job openings in your current career or industry are scarce, what related fields or positions might your skills translate to?   To get ideas, you could take a career assessment test; there are a number of free ones on the Internet.   Research potential jobs. Once you’ve come up with a list of possible career paths and industries, learn more about them to decide on your top choices to pursue. This could include: Companies in your area who might employ you Online publications Professional groups   Develop a search strategy....
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5 Presentation Techniques Really Successful Public Speakers Use
Sooner or later, most company leaders find themselves having to give a presentation, whether to prospective customers, industry peers or employees. If sales or educational roles aren’t within your normal range of responsibilities, this can be a daunting proposition. Here are 5 tips for giving a presentation that connects with your audience.   Be yourself. It is essential to sell yourself before you sell your message, according to Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, Toastmasters International Champion for 2014. The more authentic you are, the more your listeners will trust what you say. Boost your confidence by remembering these two things: you know this stuff, or you wouldn’t be the one doing the presenting; and keep your language conversational, rather than like an actor reading a script.   Have a strong message. Pick one clear thought that you want to communicate, and stick to that story line throughout the presentation, says bestselling public speaking author Carmine Gallo....
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4 Qualities You Really Need in a Work Friend
You know what makes a good personal friend. But what makes a good work friend? After all, you’re not trusting them with the darkest secrets of your soul, or needing their help to get through a bad breakup.   Think about it, though. Maybe the qualities of a true friend are basically the same no matter where you find them.   Got Your Back. A good work friend supports you when you’re having difficulties, whether it’s with an impossible deadline or an unfriendly co-worker. She doesn’t talk about you behind your back, or if she does, it’s only the good things.   Shares. A real work friend takes his full share of the workload. And no more than his fair share of the credit for a project you worked on together. He shares his coffee creamer when you run out. And the tab when you go out for lunch together.   Knows the Score. This must-have work friend shows you the ropes. Tricks for getting your tasks done faster and better. Personalities of the people you work with, and...
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How to Harness the Power of Your Internship
Here’s how it’s supposed to work: An internship gives you experience that you can leverage into a full-time position in your chosen field. This is how it all too often really works: You spend the summer doing grunt work, or worse, doing nothing at all. Can this resume entry be saved?   Yes, it can! No matter how lowly or off-topic you think your internship was, you have still learned things that will be of value to future employers. It’s all in how you look at it … and present it when marketing yourself.   Professional skills. If you lucked into an internship where you received relevant training and opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the company’s operations, then you will certainly make the most of that on your resume and in your next job.   But even the most mundane task can sound impressive if you add the right details. Of these two resume entries, which person would you hire? Helped with warehouse restocking. Handled restocking of 25,000 sq. ft....
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5 Tips for Using Facebook to Get Hired
Sure, Facebook is where you share what happened on last night’s night on the town and photos of your new kitten. But Facebook can also be a great tool for finding job opportunities and landing an offer.   Control who sees what.   Up to 80% of recruiters now check applicants’ Facebook pages before making a hiring decision. Do you really want them to see those selfies of your trip to Vegas, or that rant about what an idiot your current boss is?   Instead of making all your posts public, target them to specific groups of friends. To do this, click the “Public” box, select “More options,” then “Custom.” Now you can fill in which groups will and won’t see your post.   Your groups are listed under the “FRIENDS” header in the left sidebar (close friends, acquaintances, etc.). Click the header and you can create a new group; call it Professional, or something similar. Now go to your list of friends, click the drop-down menu next to each name, and assign that person to one of...
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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Took a Management Role
Congratulations, you’re now the boss! Now what?   You may be one of the lucky ones whose company offers management training. More likely, though, you were promoted from the ranks and thrown into your new role with no idea how different your life was about to become.   But help is at hand from the management experts at Integrity Staffing Solutions. We’ve talked with hundreds of managers over the years, both inside and outside our organization, and here are the 10 things they most often say.   You’re not your co-workers’ buddy anymore. The people who were your equals are now your subordinates. You’ll need to develop new relationships with them, so that you can effectively give direction, constructive criticism and performance rewards without giving offense.   You’ve joined a new club. It’s the management club. You’ll have a new communication style with other supervisors on your level, as well as those above you.   Your role is not production anymore. You were...
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Why Meditation Is Actually Good for Your Career
Why are organizations like FaceBook, Google, HBO and the Seattle Seahawks allowing time, space and even classes for workers to meditate? Because they’ve learned that it helps their employees: Stay focused longer Solve problems better and faster Be a better team player These are the qualities that lead to career advancement.   In this age of the cubicle and the open plan workplace, high noise and activity levels constantly suck our energy and ability to concentrate. Result: Mental stress Health problems (increased sick days) On-the-job mistakes and injuries None of which will get you selected for promotion.   Trying to live with this sensory overload only burns us out faster, by causing chronically high adrenaline levels. Instead, we need to escape from it, if only for a few minutes. Meditation is the perfect way to do that.   One study showed that after only 15 minutes of meditation, workers received higher performance ratings. It’s also a well-proven...
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