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Your responsibility going back to work is to not infect others with Covid-19

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I have a friend who has a compromised immune system. One that means if he gets the coronavirus, there is an almost 100% chance he will end up in the hospital — because that is what happened to all the other patients of his doctor have done.So, he’s been very careful. He rarely goes out […].

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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. Perfection has pitfalls Perfection means you never […]. Related posts: Performance reviews don’t embrace mistakes. 5 crucial tips to help you stand out at work.

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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. Today, there is a different type of "tyranny" - the tyranny of having to work for corporations. Of […]. Related posts: When your manager says one thing and means another. 30 Career Management Tips — Separate career management from a company.

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How context provides your resume a competitive advantage

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If job skills are the currency of work, business results seal the deal. Business resume 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. Having you on the team means more will get done. But […]. Related posts: 2 competitive advantages of adding your company’s context in a resume. Interview question – what project are you most proud of?

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Why scale is an important ingredient of your resume accomplishments

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Simply put: In your resume accomplishments, 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 ability […]. Related posts: Your resume writing needs specifics. How to find business results for your resume accomplishments. Interview questions need clarifying. Job Search Resume Tips

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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. Instead of answering with what you are willing to do for the team, answer with […]. Related posts: Build powerful stories to answer interview questions. To answer interview questions, use a CAR.

2019 130

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? Usually it is because we don’t focus on our job search skills until we need […]. The post Why job search skills are so crucial to landing a job appeared first on Cube Rules. Related posts: Job search shows need for soft job skills. 3 keys to job search excellence.

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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. And, once you determine which areas you could improve, you put a plan in […]. The post Why digging up your own mud is a winning career strategy appeared first on Cube Rules. Job Performance

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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. Blue sky stuff doesn't cut it; only things that lead you to employment security […]. Related posts: 5 actions to take before starting your job search. 13 job and career actions to take for 2013. 14 Career Tasks for 2014. Job Skills

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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 Plan for it.Prepare a thoughtful answer since, chances are, someone somewhere will pose […]. Related posts: Interview Question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

2019 118

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. One article put it this way: “If you are granted an audience.” ” […]. Related posts: 30 Career Management Tips: Manage your meetings. 5 Simple Tips to Earn More Respect from Your Manager.

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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. Truth be told, you won't have a lot of experience starting out -- perhaps valuable internships -- so proving you can do the job […]. The post What got you to Level One will not get you to Level Two appeared first on Cube Rules. Related posts: Tips to Take Your Internship to the Next Level.

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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

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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. Examples of forced choice interview questions “What is more important to you, […]. Related posts: Interview Question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

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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. But if you ask “Describe your management style” in an interview, you will fail to discern the real management approach. Seriously, how many managers […]. Related posts: Interview Question: What questions do you have for me? Interview Question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

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5 phone interview mistakes you must not make

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Phone interviews are the classic next step after successfully submitting your resume for a job. People blow the phone interview all the time — sometimes before they even have the telephone interview scheduled. Making any of these five mistakes for your phone interviews can doom the chances of moving on to the face-to-face job interview […]. Related posts: 5 Simple Tips for Answering Phone Interview Questions. Cell phone uses yesterday. 5 rules for phone interviews.

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. Anyone can improve upon their chances of success in landing a […]. Related posts: Job search shows need for soft job skills. 2 monumental reasons for soft skills on your resume. 3 Reasons to Categorize Job Skills on a Resume.

2019 109

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. Not only can it drive you crazy, but you can end up getting a poor performance review from too many bosses […]. Related posts: The top 3 phrases great bosses love to hear. Have a horrible manager? Here’s 5 ways to deal with it. How to tell your boss no — without getting fired.

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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. For help, you search the Google to find out great examples of phrases to use on […]. Related posts: Track business results for your performance review. The resume lie does not work. Your resume writing needs specifics. Job Search Resume resume tip writing your resume

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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?” ” The question begs you to bare your soul about all that was horrible about your last job, last […]. Related posts: Interview question: Why did you leave your last job? Interview Question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

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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. Check out my Resume Tips page.Show that you produce results on your […]. Related posts: 4 Things Everyone Forgets to Put on Their Resume. Get an employer’s attention with your resume.

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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. You can’t blame the person, […]. Related posts: When your resume isn’t working, here are 5 ways to improve it. Why soft skills should be included on your resume.

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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. What happens, though, is once you define an accomplishment, you are […]. Related posts: You need business results on your resume – here are 3 sources to get them. 30 Career Management Tips — Document your accomplishments.

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. On top of that, any negativity towards your old supervisor is immediately viewed as you not willing to work towards the department goals. Answering interview […]. Related posts: Interview questions-What do you think about your old boss? Questions to ask during the interview.

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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. But companies — or parts of companies — can still be in trouble. Bad things happening to employees are […]. Related posts: To Stay or Leave – Your Company. Company, manager and team loyalty are misunderstood. Don’t invest in your company stock.

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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. Each section has unique attributes and all of them together strive to build a story […]. Related posts: The chronological resume case study – results. 6 principles to use when writing your resume.

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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. These interviews, done on the phone, require different approaches to answering the interview questions than a face to face interview. Here are […]. Related posts: Why answering interview questions is like your first date. Why interview questions fail.

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 […]. Related posts: Interview Question: Why should I hire you? Too technical to hire. Coping with a demoralized company as a new hire. Job Search Interviews job interview management new hire

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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. We don’t take a hard enough look at these situations to help […]. The post The subtle – and not subtle – actions that ruin your productivity appeared first on Cube Rules.

2019 109

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. It’s time consuming, wasteful, and the result is miscommunication, configuring an incorrect task, or missing that […]. The post 4 email practices to significantly improve your communication appeared first on Cube Rules.

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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. While I put lots of boundaries around my personal life so that my work life doesn’t intrude, one’s life is a whole unit and there were […]. The post How to deal with too many tasks and not enough time appeared first on Cube Rules. Related posts: 6 powerful ways to categorize your tasks.

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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. The course covered how to build goals, measurement systems, and how to determine an objective’s importance. It’s a […]. Related posts: Wildly Important Goals — A Reality Check. Irrational, Yet Effective, Goals.

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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. Today, there is a different type of "tyranny" - the tyranny of having to work for corporations. Of […]. The post What Career Freedom Really Means appeared first on Cube Rules. Related posts: What Balance Really Means.

2019 109

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 Tell me about the benefits of the company (please don't ask this; […]. The post You ask questions in an interview. Here are the ones you should be asking. appeared first on Cube Rules.

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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. There are reasons:Managers change […]. The post All jobs end. Here is how to tell it is coming. appeared first on Cube Rules. Related posts: Once, good jobs paid good salaries and benefits.

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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. What few pundits do, however, is talk about why speaking poorly […]. The post In the job interview, she whined about her current job. That cost her the new job. appeared first on Cube Rules. Related posts: Hiring managers don’t know interview questions.

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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. Here's what I get for answers:What we did was analyze.There were two ways […]. The post Many candidates don’t answer the job interview question. Here’s why that’s a problem. appeared first on Cube Rules.

2019 109

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. And you know that sooner or later, your job performance will reflect that the job is no longer interesting to you… Whether it is boredom, politics, an impending layoff, or just […]. The post Why networking in your own company is the best way to find a job appeared first on Cube Rules. Related posts: Who should you ask your information interview questions?

2019 109

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. Differences that can cause you to lose the job. Let’s […]. The post Why a video job interview is more difficult than a face to face interview appeared first on Cube Rules.

2019 109

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)? You either read those emails and thought nothing of it or read those emails and had your anxiety levels go up. […]. The post 3 ways to know when it is time for a job search appeared first on Cube Rules.

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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

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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. Your job skills have changed, your accomplishments have […]. The post 3 key steps to start your job search appeared first on Cube Rules. Job Search LinkedIn Resume

2019 109

5 signals to make a career change

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Do you seem to have a perpetual cold? Do you avoid thinking about where you’ll be in five years – because you know it will be at the same desk? Do you avoid parties because of the dreaded “so… what do you do?” question? If so, it’s time to take a look at your career […]. Job Performance career change job performance

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