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How To Address The Most Asked Question During An Interview: Are You a Team Player?

In almost every interview, you are asked, “Are you a team player?” The obvious answer is “yes,” to this question, however, interviewers will ask to order to determine if you are able to support a team and work well with others. Thinking about this question and prepare yourself to have an example of when you demonstrated this behavior. You can use these questions to self-reflect and describe how you are a team player. Are you helpful? Do you enjoy collaborating with others and discussing new ideas with your co-workers? Are you able to communicate with people who have different personalities or even complex personalities effectively? Do you know how to reconcile conflicts and motivate people? Are you cautious in your communication method? After answering these five questions you will have a clear understanding of how best to address the question "Are you a team player" in your next interview.  If you would like to discuss [...]

How To Address The Most Asked Question During An Interview: Are You a Team Player?2020-05-27T16:56:46+00:00

How To Set Boundaries When Working From Home

Many people are now working from home and enjoying a bit more flexibility within their day. However, in order to stay sharp and happy working from home, you'll need to establish some home office rules and routines. Don't start working the minute you wake up It's easy to roll out of bed and immediately log into work, but this could potentially be setting you up for a 10 hour day, causing you to burn out. Instead, go through a morning routine. Give yourself time to get ready for the day, workout, brew some coffee, or get some fresh air. Having a routine will allow you some much needed YOU time before starting work.  Workspace is for work only  One of the best things you can do when you are working from home is to give yourself a space where you do nothing but work. Being able to dedicate a work-only area will allow you to set boundaries [...]

How To Set Boundaries When Working From Home2020-05-20T16:36:51+00:00

6 Key Steps For Successful Remote Interviews

While hiring has slowed, it hasn't stopped altogether. Many employers are still recruiting - they're just doing it remotely. Here are six steps to nailing that remote interviewing, and bagging the job. Your setup Sit down and turn your camera on, what can be seen?  Arrange your face at the center of the screen. Check the position or height of your laptop to get the angle right, so you're not looking down at the camera. Take a look around the space. Clear away clutter and make the area tidy.  Be aware of noise or distractions that might interrupt you, like housemates in the kitchen, or pets. Find a quiet space that allows you to focus. Try a test run With so many video conferencing platforms, it's easy to get confused. Whether it's Webex, Zoom, Skype, or Teams, practice with a friend to learn the platform being used. There is nothing worse than your connection freezing [...]

6 Key Steps For Successful Remote Interviews2020-05-12T16:40:51+00:00

Returning to Work During COVID-19

  With businesses gearing up to reopen, employers are figuring out how to navigate through this uncertain time and create a new normal for all their employees. You might be feeling excited to be getting back to work or to apply for a new job in one of the high demand industries, it's essential to be prepared to experience some changes.  Most employers are asking employees to do a temperature check before coming into the building to work. Employees are advised to stay home if they feel any hint of illness. Many businesses will have restrictions on the number of patrons allowed in the building at a time, requiring masks, and asking people to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from each other. Offices may install plexiglass shields between desks, especially if the workspace is traditionally open. There will possibly be fewer in-person meetings and limits to the number of employees allowed in a [...]

Returning to Work During COVID-192020-05-05T16:53:15+00:00

6 Questions to ask a recruiter before your interview

  While you are on the phone with a recruiter, don't forget to ask these crucial questions.   In today's busy world, it takes time for recruiters to reach out to potential applicants. You could have applied for a job weeks ago, or just yesterday, either way, you need to be prepared when they call. The call, even if it only lasts for 5 minutes, is essential and more important than the job interview. Why? First impressions are unforgettable, and this is your chance to show who you are.  It's also a perfect time to ask any questions you have about the job so you can be prepared for the interview. Here are some quick questions to ask the job recruiter. 1. Do you work for the hiring company? There are two types of recruiters. It's essential to know the difference between each one. An internal recruiter works directly with the company that looking for [...]

6 Questions to ask a recruiter before your interview2020-05-05T16:57:36+00:00

Resume writing with limited or no work experience

  Resume writing with limited or no work experience First-time job seekers applying for jobs are facing a similar challenge: no work experience to prove they’re qualified. Most hiring managers or recruiters are reviewing work history as one of the best ways to predict future job performance. So what can you do when you don’t have work experience? Maybe you’re fresh out of school, or you are trying to change careers – it might be a bit tricky, but with these tips, you can still create an impressive entry-level resume. 1. Short and Sweet Most resumes have two pages, but this could be silly when you don’t have the experience to fill the pages. Keep things short and easy to read on one page, so your best achievements and skills can stand out to hiring managers. 2. Transferable skills List anything work-related that comes to mind. Emphasizing your transferable skills will help in two ways: [...]

Resume writing with limited or no work experience2020-05-05T17:02:59+00:00

Why hiring an interview coach is worth it

  Why hiring an interview coach is worth it When you are thinking about your upcoming interview, do you start to sweat and stress out? Has this ever happened to you while you were sitting down in front of your potential employer?  Good news; you are not alone. Job interviews are stressful, no matter how much experience you may have. Meeting new people, in general, is nerve-racking enough, not to mention the questions that go hand in hand with any interview, "Tell me about you," "Can you remember a time when," and everyone's favorite "What are your weaknesses"... plus, your dream job could slip through your fingers with one wrong response. No big deal, right? Without preparation, It's a pretty big deal. This is not the time to be recruiting your friends or family to role play with you; instead, hire an interview coach.  Interview Coaches will help you reduce the sweat and stress that [...]

Why hiring an interview coach is worth it2020-05-05T17:04:45+00:00

Why is my job searching not working?

  Why is my job searching not working?    Have you been spending hours, days, months, searching for a job, and you keep coming up empty-handed? Have you been blaming the lack of job responses on the economy or feel like everyone is struggling right now? There are people out there right now finding jobs and doing it within a few days or weeks of starting from starting their search.  If you do not see those kinds of results, you're probably making mistakes that lots of people do when starting the job search process.  Don't worry; we have some ideas that can help you! Once you understand your mistakes, you will realize that simple changes will make a massive difference to the results you're seeing. Mistakes to Avoid Job Applications Yes, you read that right. Understanding that not all applications are created equal and can take up precious time that should be spent on real [...]

Why is my job searching not working?2020-05-05T17:06:25+00:00

Practical tools to make a successful career change

  Practical tools to make a successful career change Changing Paths From a young age, we set our sites on careers that are frequently not practical as adults, leaving us to contemplate a different career path. Reasons for this change can be vastly different from one person to the next, but the idea of changing your career can be intimidating.  Before choosing to switch careers, it could be helpful to evaluate your current position. What are the things you found intriguing when you first took the job, and what are the main concerns you have today? This process could help determine if you need to explore more options in your current career or change paths entirely. Here are a few simple tools to help you make a successful career change   Understanding your current job satisfaction. It’s important to know about your current job you like and dislike. While evaluating the reason why you dislike [...]

Practical tools to make a successful career change2020-05-05T17:07:33+00:00

3 Most Effective Job Search Strategies in 2020

  3 Most Effective Job Search Strategies in 2020 People are changing jobs 10-15 times during their professional careers. With so many people transitioning from job to job, how can you stay ahead of the crowd?  Every person's process for job hunting is different, but we think you could streamline your process with these three strategies to help you get hired faster.  Online Job Searching Most people search for jobs online, using general search terms. Specific search terms provide better results. For example, if you are looking for a job in human resources, use terms like "human resources coordinator St. Paul" to specify the location you are looking for. Using specific keywords like above in Google will take you directly to posts from organizations using similar keywords, thanks to Google's job search platform.  You may also run into other platforms such as Glassdoor, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. These sites are designed to pull together relevant job [...]

3 Most Effective Job Search Strategies in 20202020-05-05T17:09:22+00:00