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14 actions to boost your job performance this year

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Updated for 2020. Time to close up for the year and start looking at the next one. When I think about the upcoming year, I want to come up with actionable, doable tasks that will help your career and job performance.

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Why you should strive for excellence at work, not perfection

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People — and managers — have perceptions about our work. These perceptions influence how people work with you and also how they help you in your work and career. When trying to present yourself to others at work, I would suggest striving for excellence, not perfection. Here’s why.

2019 184

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How to answer teamwork interview questions

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Every person hired works on a team so teamwork interview questions are logical and expected. Candidates often answer teamwork interview questions with “willing to work long hours” or “willing to help a person on my team” answers — and fail.

2019 169

How to answer the weakness interview question

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“What’s your greatest weakness?” is a common interview question that doesn’t need to trip you up. While some recruiters have stopped using it after receiving too many canned answers, many others still include it in their repertoire. So what's a candidate to do?Plan

2019 153

5 tips for talking to a CEO

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There are lots of articles about how to talk to people in higher levels of management. Most of them start with the wrong premise. For example, many writers consider an opportunity to speak to upper management more on the level of meeting royalty.

2019 153

Beware the forced choice interview question

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Forced choice interview questions put you into what my old debate days called a “dilemma”– no matter which way you answered, you lose. Pick one of two opposing choices and pick your poison. Let’s get some help on this forced choice interview question.

2019 141

Why asking about your management style is a poor interview question

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Asking about a manager’s management style is necessary to determine if you are okay with the job or, if you are a manager, your management style fits in with the company.

2019 141

4 job skills to make yourself more marketable

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In an uncertain economy, it may seem difficult to distinguish yourself in a job market that is flooded with many job seekers. Whatever the conditions, there are things that you can do to showcase yourself as the most attractive candidate to a potential employer.

2019 141

3 ways to deal with too many bosses

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It’s one thing to deal with one manager. It’s worse dealing with another. And another. And all those stakeholders who think they can have a piece of your time to do work for them.

2019 141

Why job search skills are so crucial to landing a job

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There are job skills. And then there are job search skills. They are not the same. A big part of why many people have such a difficult time landing a job is because they have poor job search skills. And why is that?

2019 194

How to Add More Leadership Experience to Your Resume

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Regardless of the field you might be interested in going into, leadership experience will help your resume stand out. There are five methods of showing your leadership skills on your resume. Let's take a look.See more resume tips and my approach to building resumes.

2019 130

How to dramatically improve your resume…even if you don’t know how

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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. And then I start frustrating the person asking the question, usually because they don’t know the answers.

2019 130

How to find business results for your resume accomplishments

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One of my most consistent resume themes is that your resume must show your accomplishments. Logical — but where do you find your achievements to put on your resume? This is a big deal to a lot of people. Defining an accomplishment is one thing.

Interview Questions: What did you like least about your last supervisor?

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Interview questions are tough to answer when they ask you to go negative on your current job, isn’t it? Going negative on interview questions, after all, makes you look negative.

2019 130

How to tell if your company is in trouble. And it is not by what you think.

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Compared to the Great Recession, the economy is in pretty good shape. Employment is as well. That doesn’t mean the layoffs have stopped. Nor does it mean that outsourcing doesn’t continue. That global thing is real.

2019 130

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.

2019 130

5 Simple Tips for Answering Phone Interview Questions

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Once your resume is out there, the next step in the hiring process is usually a phone interview with a recruiter. Someone who is an intermediary between you and a hiring manager interview.

How to do a performance review of your manager

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It is coming to the year-end performance review time. We’re all concerned about our performance review, of course, but now is also a good time to review the performance of your manager in terms of how effective the manager is with you and your work.

2019 141

3 questions to ask when your new hire sucks

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As a manager, it is a great relief to go through the hiring process and, after great deliberation, hire what you think is a great new person to help out your team. Once in a while, though, that great new hire walks in the door on day one and doesn’t look or sound like the […].

2019 130

Why digging up your own mud is a winning career strategy

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If you were an awesome Cubicle Warrior, you would do something called “digging up your own mud.” ” A sexy term, right? What it means is that you want to coldly evaluate your own performance and determine in which areas you could improve.

2019 201

What got you to Level One will not get you to Level Two

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At the beginning of your career, your technical skills matter the most. Whether you're in business, healthcare, or other service industries, your job skills will carry the day with a hiring manager.

2019 163

Resume Tip: Why saying a proven track record of success is worthless

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Writing a resume is tough. You are supposed to compress your life into one page or two, or three or five — depending on which resume pundit you listen to — and provide those pithy statements about your work.

2019 130

Interview Question: What did you like least about your last job?

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Oh, the interview questions hiring managers will throw at us when we are must vulnerable during the interview. Things are moving along nicely, then comes this zinger: “Tell me what you least liked about your last job?”

2019 130

I Love WIG’s — Wildly Important Goals

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I love WIG’s — Wildly Important Goals. You should too. Several years ago, I took The 4 Disciplines of Execution course from FranklinCovey. The course was mostly about setting up the foundation, through goals, of excellent execution.

2019 130

The subtle – and not subtle – actions that ruin your productivity

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Even when you know multi-tasking doesn’t work — we do it anyway. We can’t seem to help it. There are ways that we sabotage ourselves, though. We allow out software programs to default ways to interrupt us. Our physical location supports being interrupted.

2019 141

4 email practices to significantly improve your communication

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Email is the bane of my existence. I get too many emails, emails that don’t pertain to my work (much) and emails that I spend way too much time trying to figure out what the person is asking for.

2019 141

How to deal with too many tasks and not enough time

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Since February, my work life has been filled with hundreds of tasks needing to be done on hard (political) deadlines with not enough resources or time to do them.

2019 141

What Career Freedom Really Means

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In the United States today, it is our Independence Day, a holiday celebrating the independence from England. You'll hear a lot of talk today about independence and freedom; how we broke away from the tyranny of England's King.

2019 141

You ask questions in an interview. Nice. Here are the ones you should be asking.

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At some point, after you've been asked all those interview questions, you finally get this question: "What questions do you have for me?" Unfortunately, a lot of people ask some basic questions:Tell me a little more about the position (open ended, but for what purpose?)Tell

2019 141

All jobs end. Here is how to tell it is coming.

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A career principle of mine: All jobs end. All jobs. The only question is when. The only other question is how to tell. I learned this from an excellent manager of mine quite some time ago. He didn't have a questionaire or something (I do), but he was insistent that all jobs end.

2019 141

In the job interview, she whined about her current job. That cost her the new job.

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One of the consistent pieces of job interview advice is to not speak badly about your current job – especially if you go into a victim mentality, or, for that matter, your horrible manager. It is a truism. I believe it is true as well.

2019 141

Many candidates don’t answer the job interview question. Here’s why that’s a problem.

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Here's a situation I've faced when conducting job interview way more often than I should: I ask a question and the question is never answered. After listening to an answer, I ask, "What role did you play in achieving those results?" Straightforward enough.

2019 141

Why networking in your own company is the best way to find a job

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You’re looking at the writing on the wall: your job is about to end. Mostly because the job is no longer sustainable for you.

2019 141

Why a video job interview is more difficult than a face to face interview

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One of the reasons video job interviews are compelling is because you can see each other on the screen even though you aren’t in the same room. After all, a video interview is just like a face to face interview, right? Ummmm.not really. There are significant differences.

2019 141

3 ways to know when it is time for a job search

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You know those memos that come out from management announcing the next, coolest thing in organizational wonder? Or how somebody is leaving to "pursue other business interests" (fired) or "provided wonderful accomplishments" (left on their own)?

2019 141

3 key steps to start your job search

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When you decide it is time to look for a new job — even if the new job is inside your current company, deciding what to do first can initially seem daunting. There is a lot to do, typically, because you haven’t looked for a job recently.

2019 141

My friend got laid off — from his dream job

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Well, that was a surprise. My friend -- who only early this year took a position that he considered his dream job -- got laid off. Got called into his manager's office and, in what is becoming scripted for managers, was told his final day would be November 30th (I found out about the layoff […]. The post My friend got laid off — from his dream job appeared first on Cube Rules. Job Search job layoff

2018 139

Ignoring your performance goals hurt your rating (I am guilty of this)

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How many of you create your goals with your manager? Yes, everyone. How many of you create your goals and then ignore them until it is time to do your mid-year and year-end performance review? I raise my hand to that one this year (not every year). I'm paying (literally) for it, too.

2018 141

How certain goals force an average performance rating

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Here are the goals that are easy to check off:Completed all mandatory training on timeResponded to all risks and issues assigned to you Supported department initiatives for improvementPretty awesome, right? You get to answer with a big, affirmative YES I DID!

2018 141

Why multiple sub-goals drive your performance rating to average

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Your performance review and rating is important — it drives your salary and bonus, if you have the ability to get one. When it comes to performance, then, one strives to not be average — meets your goals — but to exceed so as to get a better salary increase and better bonus.When you sit […].

2018 141

Why team goals drag your performance review rating down

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We're heading into performance review season and it's time when we all do our self-reviews. The ones where we write the review for the manager and provide fodder for our manager to defend our rating in the calibration sessions.

2018 141

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.

2016 218

5 crucial tips to help you stand out at work

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It can be tough to stand out in a company of talented individuals. Especially if you work for a large corporation, you may wonder how you will be able to make your mark. However, there are plenty of ways to stand out in a corporate environment with a little extra effort.

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