Monthly Archives: May 2018

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You Can Increase Your…

Many surveys are publishing similar results when it comes to the growth of freelancing in today's economy.  Between 35%+ currently and 50% in the coming years, the percentage of freelancers in the workforce is growing steadily.  There are many reasons for it, from lower costs for business to more workers who want better control of their working hours and rewards.  Almost anyone can add to their income through freelancing part-time to get their feet wet.  It is all about what you know.  Do you know what you know that is of value to others?   The Self-Assessment Step Instead of jumping onto freelancing websites to see what you may find that you can do for income, first figure out what it is that you can do well.  What do you know, what have you done, and what experience do you have that others will pay you to share? Depending on your age, you have a past education and work history, and that's where you start.  If you went to college, what was your major/minor?  Were there courses you particularly liked and spent time learning more about those subjects?  Did you later get a job using that education?  Perhaps you were a finance major who worked for a bank, an investment firm, or a lender. Did you go to trade school or learn a trade on the job?  Maybe you learned..

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Why Reaching the Casual…

When the unemployment rate is high, employers can pick and choose their new hires from the ranks of those without a job. Those job seekers may need to update their skills, and they may need a bit of retraining here and there, but they are widely available and anxious for a new opportunity. Things become considerably more challenging when the economy turns around and the unemployment rate dips. While no one wants a bad economy, it is hard to deny that a good economy presents a difficult environment for those with jobs to fill. Economists used to define full employment as a 5% unemployment rate, and though things have changed somewhat, that guideline is still a useful one for employers and hiring managers. When the unemployment rate dips to the 5% level and below, an overwhelming percentage of workers who want jobs already have jobs. Hiring new workers in an environment like that can be challenging to say the least, but all is not lost. Some 95% of the working-age population may have jobs, but that does not mean they love their jobs or their employers. No matter how high or low the unemployment rate, there are always disaffected workers, or employees who would eagerly switch jobs if given the opportunity. That is where the casual job search comes into play. Employers who are able to reach out to those..

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3 Toxic Employee Types…

Too many businesses struggle recognizing toxic personalities on their staff. Sometimes their personal feelings get in the way, or they don't know what a bad employee looks like. Spending a few minutes learning common personality types can help them uncover troubling habits, and decide strategies that work for their team. The Micromanager Managers should delegate responsibilities, but some concentrate too much on small details. Micromanagers spend most of their time pestering underlings about small details, sabotaging their productivity. Instead of assigning tasks and offering help or correction when needed, they hover behind employees, making sure they use the water cooler correctly. Of course, this wastes the micromanager's time, too! Thankfully, nitpicky leaders aren't hard to spot. Look for annoyed or unproductive employees. If everyone is trying to do their job well but can't, look to management first. If they are always babysitting their employees instead of giving them space, you probably have a micromanager. Asking employees about how their coworkers spend their time is sometimes helpful, but could backfire, too. Looking at body language and attitude is a safer approach, and you can always ask questions to confirm your suspicions later. Remember, you will lose your staff's trust if they think you are talking behind their back. The Pretender Intelligent people will find ways to save time and effort, at work or home. You should always ask yourself if an..

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Fine-Tune Recruitment Advertising to…

An enduring characteristic of the job market is that there have always been more job-seekers than available jobs, not least because of constantly growing populations and sluggish economic growth. In an environment where job demand exceeds supply, your company should find it easy to fill vacancies. All you need do is release a recruitment advertisement in target group-appropriate media to attract plenty of job hunters. But is a huge response what you really need? Wouldn't this burden your HR department with the task of sifting through dozens of applications, many of which might not fill the bill? Wouldn't it be better if your recruitment ad had filters built into it, so you net the right people? Here are pointers to help you craft a job ad--not to draw an exceptional number of people, but a number of exceptional ones. Make it stand out Look at the 'Appointments' page of a newspaper. You'll see a formidable mass of text with nothing to break the monotony. This is because most recruitment ads are designed without visuals on the assumption that job seekers will find what they're looking for anyway. But what if your recruitment ad is missed altogether? Wouldn't it be better to treat it like a regular display ad, with a powerful headline and arresting visuals that are sure to be noticed? This means going in for a larger size, so..

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9 Tips for a…

Every morning men and women wake up full of plans for the day. Every night those same people go to bed not having accomplished half of what they wanted to do or worse, didn't get to it at all. To ensure a productive day, there are a few details to keep in mind. 1. While there's no need to wake up at the crack of dawn, try to get up at a reasonable hour. You'll feel more energetic and in better spirit than when you sleep late. Have a shower and get dressed. Some people like to work in their pajamas, but the fact is, sooner or later they will start to feel sluggish. 2. Have breakfast. Whether you like toast and a boiled egg, milk on cereal, or coffee and a muffin, anything is better than nothing. You'll need food to sustain you. 3. If you like lists, write down the things you need to do and then prioritize them. Being able to cross one item after another off your list will motivate you to keep going. 4. If you know that you're easily distracted, allow yourself to check your emails and social media messages first thing in the morning and then close those programs. Leaving them open will only tempt you to revisit those sites or worse, you'll succumb to playing games. 5. If you're prone to feeling..

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