You have spent countless hours searching for a job, messaging recruiters, preparing for interviews, and finally, it happened! You were offered a job! But it's not your dream job, and you are unsure if you want to take it. What can you do? Below are some helpful tips for turning down a job offer. Is calling, emailing, or sending a letter the best way to reject a job offer? The easiest way to refuse a job is by email. It's convenient and straightforward, but it's not the most professional. A phone call is the best way to handle turning down a job. However, a letter is the way to go if you cannot reach the hiring manager or recruiter. Timing is key After reviewing the job offer, you realize that the position is not for you, or maybe you received a better offer from another company. It's always better to reach out immediately once you [...]
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Are You Using LinkedIn to Grow Your Career? Are you using all that LinkedIn has to offer? LinkedIn is more than just another social networking website. It’s not just for career seekers. LinkedIn can help you grow your career in numerous ways. You can use it to meet like-minded people in your industry, attract recruiters, find potential business partners, connect with former co-workers, locate a mentor, establish your personal brand, gain notoriety, and so much more. If you’re not using LinkedIn to grow your career, you miss out on great opportunities! Here are some features you can start using now to help you in your career! Join LinkedIn Groups You can join an existing group or create a brand-new one! Using groups is a great way to connect with other like-minded professionals. You can share tips and tricks of the trade, develop a name for yourself, and more. This is a great way to share, [...]
Have you ever tried to do something on your own and then had to hire a professional? By enlisting an expert from the beginning, you save yourself time and energy and be much happier with the results. Choose a Resume Writing Expert at Heartland Resumes. You can be confident in their skills, and they guarantee their results. Job searching is stressful and time-consuming. A resume writing expert helps. Spending hours every day searching for a job is not ideal. That is only the beginning of the process. Have you ever thought about the time it takes to prepare for job hunting? Getting the outfit just right to research, attend networking events, and practice interview questions takes away valuable time that could be used for anything else. By hiring a resume professional to do all the heavy lifting, you will spend time doing what you want and getting a complete and effective professional resume. A professional [...]
Work takes up most of our daily lives, causing more challenges and stress. Some companies have taken notice and increased company morale by offering more perks. But not every business is equal, so how can we create a positive work environment? Our attitude at work plays a significant role in the people around us. The suggestions below can help improve workplace behavior by influencing others to make positive changes by modeling the behavior we want to see. Here are 5 Ways to Create A More Positive Work Environment Give lots of encouragement I truly appreciate the way you… I'm so impressed with… You're great at… Show appreciation Thanking a colleague for something they did is a great way to boost people's moods. Be specific about why you are thanking them, and be sure to copy their boss as well. Spread kindness Smiling and saying "Hello" to twice as many people as usual will instantly brighten [...]
A first impression is everything when searching for a job. Does your resume represent who you are to employers? A professional resume should reflect your experience, areas of expertise, education, ambition, and purpose. No matter what type of position you are applying for, entry-level, executive, or anywhere in between, your resume needs to stand out from the crowd. Our certified resume writers will create a resume that accurately represents you and everything you have to offer. Your Resume is your Marketing Tool! Your resume is your very own marketing tool. It allows potential employers and recruiters to get to know and feel who you are. Trying to summarize all your years of experience and accomplishments in a couple of pages can be difficult; however, it's an essential part of getting hired for your dream job. On the other hand, if you are newly out of college and have limited professional experience, your resume should focus [...]
Are you ready to move on to a new chapter in your life? Whether climbing the career ladder or taking time away from work, you should write a professional resignation letter. It’s always best to inform your employer that you’re resigning, ensuring you leave positively and professionally. Writing down your reasons for why you are leaving can be stressful. If you’re struggling with what to write, don’t stress, we are here to help guide you on how to write a professional resignation letter. Stay professional when writing a Resignation Letter. Even if your current company is exceptionally informal and you’re on excellent terms with your boss, your resignation letter should be acknowledged. Use professional language and a formal tone when writing your resignation letter. Keep your letter short and sweet. A resignation letter is not the place for in-depth explanations as to why you’re leaving the role. If you want to provide your supervisor or [...]
Have you ever thought about being able to give your younger professional self career advice? Many of us have. We can’t go back in time, but you can pay it forward. Hindsight is 20/20, and some of the best insights come from past experiences. Here is some advice from well-established professionals on what they didn’t know then and what they’d pass on to their younger selves now. The Best Career Advice is to Love What You Do You will be more successful if you like what you do. Your passion will show through your work, and you will inevitably be more engaged in your career. Start Saving Your Pay Immediately When you start your career, Saving consistently will offer you more financial freedom in the future. Never Work For Horrible Bosses Life is way too short to tolerate terrible bosses. If you find yourself working for one unless you are starving or desperate, start looking [...]
One of the most common interview questions is, “Tell me about yourself.” Open-ended questions like this frequently trip people up. It’s a somewhat vague question, and it’s hard to understand what the interviewer is asking. Don’t find yourself unprepared in an interview. Use this question as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd. Practice your answers to the questions. Ask yourself the following questions: What is different about my life that qualifies me for this position? Why am I interested in this role? Are my passions & interests aligned with this position? How do my hobbies & community engagement relate to this role? Is there anything about my previous career experience or education that would help me excel in this position? Are the company’s values and vision aligned with my own? Remember that this question can set the mood for the rest of the interview since it’s usually one of the first questions asked. [...]
While introverts and extroverts can be successful in any role, people with introverted personality types might be attracted to some jobs over others. Many introverts might also find that they excel in positions with specific qualities. For example, it can be energizing for people with introverted tendencies to have a job that provides a decent amount of independent work time. What are the good careers for introverts? To assist you in your career search, check out the following tips and some good potential introvert careers. What should introverts be looking for when searching for a career? An introvert isn't always shy, speaks softly, and strives to avoid social interactions. Introverts can possess excellent interpersonal skills and be highly sociable. However, introverts often need time to regain energy after these occurrences, unlike extroverts, who feel energized by working in group settings and leading meetings. While introverts can complete the same tasks as extroverts, they're generally more [...]
Several people fall into the trap of overthinking job descriptions. It can feel overwhelming for job seekers to read an extensive list of job duties. Try to remember that most hiring managers do not create the job description at most major corporations. They are typically written by human resources, who have never worked a day in the actual position. Job descriptions commonly use corporate lingo and can sound intimidating. Think you're underqualified. Apply anyway. Don't avoid a job application based entirely on the description. Work history, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn will go a long way with any hiring manager. We can help you communicate this through your resume, cover letter, and interview coaching so that you can manage the job's primary responsibilities and learn the rest. Even if you think the company looks like an excellent fit but the job seems a little too complicated, you can still use the interview to get your [...]