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7 Things To Bring…

Have you just been invited to an interview, but unsure what to bring? Or wondering whether you should bring anything at all? Worry not, there are just a few things to bring that will be useful for you but impressive to whom is interviewing you. 1. A copy or two of your CV Most likely, the interviewers will have a copy of your CV in front of them, with some notes scribbled on suggesting potential questions to ask you. However, it's always handy to have an extra copy or two if somebody else asks for one, and it is worth bringing extra copies if you have updated your CV since applying for the job. Your CV might be handy for you if you need to provide dates of previous employment when filling in a written application form, or for when providing reference contacts. 2. Identification You never know when you'll need your ID, or what their company's security procedures are. 3. The job spec Hopefully, you've read the job spec several times, and know what types of skills the job requires, and what the day-to-day responsibilities are of the job. Before you go into the interview, maybe even when you are sitting in the car because you've made sure to be early, make a few notes on the job spec itself. Circle the skills that you have, what job responsibilities..

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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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