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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

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

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

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

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

What is an Application Tracking System – and why is it important?

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If you've done any research into writing a resume, you'll soon come across the dreaded ATS -- Application Tracking System. It's that dastardly beast that will grab your resume and throw it into the digital trash bin if you don't feed it right and correctly. It is the black box of resumes reviews -- machine driven […]. The post What is an Application Tracking System – and why is it important? appeared first on Cube Rules. Job Search Application Tracking System ATS Resume

2019 109

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

Why To Do Lists work for task management – until they don’t

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Having a method of managing your to do list is a vitally important job skill for the Cubicle Warrior. The problem is that word there — manage. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do it very well. The Harvard Business Review just recommending blowing up your to do list altogether. The author offers up […]. The post Why To Do Lists work for task management – until they don’t appeared first on Cube Rules. Job Performance

2019 109

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.

2016 211

2 monumental reasons for soft skills on your resume

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When we think of job skills on our resumes, we usually think of direct job skills — our education, certifications, programming languages, etc. Then we ignore our skills relating to teamwork or emotional maturity because, well, they are hard to quantify.

2015 260

7 Resume Blunders Recruiters Will Not Forgive

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Whether you’re changing jobs or trying to catch your first interview, the one thing employers and recruiters want to see is a proper resume. You should think of your resume as a representative talking to the employer on your behalf, because that’s exactly what it does.

2016 198

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 141

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

Once, good jobs paid good salaries and benefits. Now good jobs prepare you for your next job.

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I believe in jobs that have good salaries, bonuses, and benefits. But I also believe that every jobs ends. And when that job ends, you need to have skills and accomplishments to grab that next job. It didn’t used to be this way.

2017 158

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

How to write a focused personal statement for your resume

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Are you in the situation where you need to write a resume and simply don’t know where to start? On top of this faced with the challenge of writing your own personal statement? We have the expert advice to guide you through this often-fraught process. To get you to the top of the pile, we […].

2015 243

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

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 189

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

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

The changing resume (Infographic)

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The resume is constantly evolving. Here are some of the ways that resumes are changing from Davitt Corporate Partners: Job Search Resume video resume

2015 234

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

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

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

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 […].

Great resume advice – that is really terrible

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There is a lot of resume advice out there (including this site). The brutal truth is.a lot of that advice is really, seriously terrible. If you follow that advice, you won't get the interview and wonder why that happens when you are following supposedly good advice. So let's get rid of some resume myths and why […]. The post Great resume advice – that is really terrible appeared first on Cube Rules. Job Search resume advice

2018 100

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

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

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

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