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The hidden scars of a job loss affect people years after the event

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Sometimes, the best thing is to get laid off. It, of course, is tumultuous, chaos, stressful, and oftentimes, maddening. In the long run, however, a layoff can help you define yourself, what you want to do and who you want to work for.

2018 130

The two minute rule for a successful meeting

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We all have a lot of meetings during our day. I don’t know about you, but I can go from meeting to meeting to meeting with nary a break. After a while, it all kinda becomes a blur. It doesn’t have to. The problem with those blurry meetings is that over time, you become highly […].

2018 130

4 job interview differentiators to make you the preferred candidate

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After conducting my last job interview — where I was interviewing a candidate — I reflected on what differentiated a job candidate from others. After all, I’ve done a ton of job interviews over the past year.

2018 130

2 reasons your manager is your most important customer

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You read about it all the time — you have to take care of the customer. The customer is always right. Without customers, we have no business. What Cubicle Warriors know, however, it that the most important customer isn’t some vague person out there.

2018 130

4 Things Everyone Forgets to Put on Their Resume

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Knowing what to put on your resume can be difficult. You want to sound qualified for the job with all the right experience, and attributes without sounding pretentious.

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4 must do actions to take before applying for a job

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If it has been a while since you’ve been in a job search, it’s tempting to apply to a perfect job posting right away. Tempting, but there is work to do. Before you blast out your resume, take some time to review the basics. Not too long — job postings get removed as fast […].

2017 158

The 4-point framework for answering job interview questions

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When the hiring manager has to interrupt you answering an interview question in order to ask you another question, you’ve pretty much lost the job. That’s happened in literally all of the interviews I’m participating in for the day job. It drives me (and the hiring manager) crazy.

2017 173

7 ways to nail the interview

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Maybe you have recently graduated college and are looking to land your first big break in your chosen field. Maybe you’ve been breaking your back in an industry for 25 years, but the shift toward the knowledge economy has forced you to retool and reengage the marketplace in a new way.

2016 187

How to get the interview without the perfect resume

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What does it take to get the interview? One of the best ways to get an interview for a job you qualify for is to have an awesome resume. One that matches the job description as closely as possible. A resume that shows an outstanding ability to get things done. But most resumes are not […].

2016 191

Resumes need action language. This is how to get it.

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Writing resumes can be tough. There are so many rules. Most of the rules don’t mean much. But this one does: Use action verbs to describe your work. Most of the time, people put their job responsibilities on their resume.

2017 176

How to make difficult decisions (and not just for work)

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Making difficult decisions is…well, difficult. It helps to have a process to help you on your way. This infographic gives you that process and it will help you in your life and work. Courtesy of: OnStride Making difficult decisions is…well, difficult.

2016 188

You have done the work for the promotion, but it does not happen. Now what?

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I do love hearing from my readers. They ask pretty good questions. This one came in today: “In order to be promoted, one must already be doing the work required in the promotion.”

2017 141

The 7 sections of a resume explained

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Let’s get resume building back to the beginning for a bit. Let’s start with the basics and go through what sections every resume should include. Even though many, if not most, resumes don’t include all these sections. To their peril.

2016 176

4 critical accomplishments needed in your new position

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There are four critical accomplishments you need to have when you start a new position. None of them relate to your job skills and have little to do with your interview. Instead, you need to learn how things get done in your new job. How you can fit into the team. What your manager tells […].

The ONE thing to get right in your resume

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Of all of the pieces of the resume puzzle, getting to the essential is, well, essential. The pundits don’t help. Their advice is long on “should’s” and light on “must’s.” ” Plus, the advice is often contradictory from one pundit to the next.

2016 180

5 straightforward ways to build job success

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In this digital age where rapid change is the norm, one thing you would probably like to stay the same is your status as a gainfully employed professional with career-growth potential.

2016 181

Simplify your job interview answers to get the job

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Recently I attended a two-day course in presentation skills. Since I did that whole debate thing in high school — and went to nationals in oratory — I didn’t think I would get much out of the course. Most of it, I knew.

2016 172

How long will your job last?

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Every job ends. The only question is when. Will it be tomorrow? Two months from now? Two decades from now? We really don’t think about when our job ends on a consistent basis. Usually, we start to think about getting a new job when bad stuff starts to happen.

2016 170

How to use job descriptions to evaluate your resume

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Here is the frustrating question: “I need to redo my resume because I want a new job. What should I put in it?” ” It’s a frustrating question…because I can’t answer it. So, I ask questions.

2017 164

There are only two reasons people voluntarily leave their jobs

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While there are many reasons employees voluntarily leave their positions — and companies are looking at those reasons plus other life events to try and prevent people from leaving — I think there are simply two broad reasons why people move on.

2017 158

Yesterday, I lost my hard drive. The second time in three weeks.

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You know that sinking feeling when your hard drive starts acting up? First, you sort of ignore it. Then it gets serious enough to run diagnostics and then run a disk repair. And the repair program tells you that you have an unfixable hard drive.

2016 170

Will you love this job?

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You hate your job. It blows the big one. There’s no culture, it makes you uncomfortable, and Janet from accounting is always whispering whatever behind your back. There are a whole list of red flags you kick yourself for ignoring during the interview.

2017 158

How happy employees can lead to a happy company

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Personally, I’m leery of “happy employees” lead to “happy companies.” ” Management, after all, will lay you off in a New York Minute if they think it is need to meet whatever goal is in front of them.

2016 170

How to Establish Yourself as an Asset, Not Just an Employee

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In a recovering economy, businesses today are very careful with their biggest expense: people. Job security is virtually nonexistent for most employees, but in any workplace there are people who are indispensable. Productivity would grind to a crawl if they were no longer doing their job.

2016 170

Your resume needs to explain what your company does

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Typically, your Professional Experience is the largest section of your resume. Here, you list your positions, results — and the companies you’ve worked for. It’s the company I want to focus on today. Everyone knows what a company is, right?

2016 163

Beyond The Resume: What Makes You a Good Candidate

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You’re keenly aware of the competition out there. You have an impressive resume but so do other applicants. Step to the head of the line by knowing what catches a recruiter’s ears and eyes. Here’s how to be a standout candidate beyond your written credentials.

2017 158

The unexplained employment truth about The Writing on the Wall

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There are hints. And rumors. And some facts about what is happening at your company. Stuff that will impact your job one way or the other. It’s called “the writing on the wall.” ” Plain truth coming at you, obvious to any impartial observer.

2016 163

5 actions to treat your references like royalty

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Quality job references are gold. So why do we treat our job references so poorly? I’ve given a lot of job references in my career — and no one has a process down outside of, “Can I use you as a reference?”

2017 151

How the 2018 Tax Cut is not a tax cut for Cubicle Warriors

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When the Republicans passed their tax cut at the end of 2017, the Republicans proclaimed it was a (windfall) tax cut for corporations and a (small) tax cut for individuals. Well, it is a windfall for corporations. For families? It depends. For Cubicle Warriors? It’s probably a tax increase. If you were curious, you might have […]. The post How the 2018 Tax Cut is not a tax cut for Cubicle Warriors appeared first on Cube Rules. Personal Finance

2018 100

8 Smart Ways You Can Nail Your First Ever Job Interview

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Preparing for your first job interview can be nerve-racking. Even if you know what to answer to common interview questions, the pressure can get into your head. Staying calm is one of the many ways on how to ace job interviews.

2016 164

2 reasons it really is harder to get a job after a recession

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The economy is great — getting a job is easier than any time in the last decade. And yet, for many of us, it is not.

2016 153

Why your business results require context on a resume

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If job skills are the currency of work, business results seal the deal. Business results show potential employers, including those in your current company but in a different department, that your work can help them meet their business goals. Your work produces results.

2016 153

Why scale is an important ingredient of your resume

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Simply put: In the work you do, size matters. If you think about it, what you and the hiring manager are doing is seeing if there is a good fit for you on the team – one of the only three things every interview question is about. And scale is a big deal in determining your […].

2016 153

The expert interview on jobs, interviews, and careers at Vocate

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I was fortunate to be able to provide some of the Cubicle Warrior perspective on jobs, interviews, and careers over at Vocate. It’s a pretty long, wide-ranging interview.

2017 130

15 stress-busting jobs to kickstart your career

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I’ll bet each of these positions have their own level of stress. If any of you out there are in this kind of position, I’d love to hear from you on what stresses you have in these jobs. From Quantum Binders: I’ll bet each of these positions have their own level of stress.

2016 153

What skills are needed for a successful job interview

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A lot of articles about doing a job interview talk about how to prepare for an interview. I do as well. But most articles don’t talk about the skills you need to have successful job interviews. This one does. Skills are a bit different than a list of things to do to prepare for a […].

2017 130

3 things I learned from pausing Cube Rules

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Most people would not have noticed because they were looking somewhere in the past where a thousand articles have been published, but since May, 2017, I officially paused Cube Rules. For a lot of reasons, I needed to back away.

2017 130

6 tips to deliver a professional video interview

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If you haven’t yet experienced a video interview…you will. Video interviews, even as the initial screening interview, give the appearance of a face-to-face interview. But a video interview is a very different experience than a traditional face-to-face interview.

2016 176

5 Tips To To Adjust To A Frequently-On-The-Road Job

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In today’s world most jobs will entail some form of travel. Some are three or four times a year while others are three or four times a week. If you are in the latter category and are not used to it, quite a lot of adjustment is needed. Everything from the food you eat to […].

2017 141

5 naked truths about your job performance rating

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Now that we are pretty much done with performance reviews, it is a good time to look at some truths about performance ratings. Note: this is not about your performance review where you and your manager (hopefully) talk through your work during the period.

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