If you’re in the middle of a recruiting search, then you hopefully have already a concrete job description, a good idea of a competitive salary, and an ideal start date. But what about the right candidate? It’s more than just academic or professional experience – they need to have the right employee personality traits. If not, you could get more than you bargained for . . . and not in a good way.

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If you are hiring, beware of these difficult employee personality traits:

So you’ve decided, as the old song says, “you can take this job and shove it”? Too many hours? Not enough dollars? Awful commute? Bored out of your mind? There are lots of good reasons for why you want to leave your job. But you should know them and understand them. If you don’t. . .maybe wait until you do. want to leave your job

If you want to leave your job, make sure you know why.

Whether you’re actively in the market for a new job, or just casually pondering looking for a new opportunity, you should consider doing informational interviews. The benefits are more significant than apparent, and they are great preparation for interviews for an actual position.

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Here are some reasons to consider informational interviews:

It’s no secret these days that companies in most industries are finding the value in hiring a temporary employee -- or thousands -- in the cases of brands like UPS and Target during the holidays. But while it’s certainly not new or unusual, hiring a temporary employee is sometimes undervalued. hiring a temporary employee

Here are five great reasons for hiring a temporary employee.

If you’ve been in the job market for more than…a minute, you’re probably imagining – no fantasizing – about getting that job offer. You can see yourself saying yes, and leaving the job hunt behind. But what about when it isn’t right? Do you know when to turn down a job offer? Yes, really, these times exist. And they can be hard to see in the moment. turn down a job

Five times you should turn down a job offer:

Even in the best of jobs – fulfilling work, great pay, interesting colleagues – it’s often difficult to not occasionally get pulled into the petty underbelly of work, no matter how hard you try to avoid office politics. It’s usually close to impossible to completely stay out of the way – people are people and there are always a handful (or more) who want to manipulate situations to their advantage. avoid office politics

Here are some ways to avoid office politics:

You got a new job! Awesome. Congratulations. Or, an offer for a new job, anyway. Still great, but if you haven’t accepted yet, you want to be sure to negotiate a job offer. And it’s not all about money (although, hey, that’s part of it.) negotiate a job offer

Here are tips to negotiate a job offer.

If you’re in the job market, then you’re almost certainly on LinkedIn and active on online job boards. You hopefully also have a polished, professional resume. A great resume is important, but you can be even more creative with an online resume – a personal website, of sorts, but very streamlined to just your professional profile. build an online resume

Here’s how to build an online resume:

Whenever you find yourself in the market for a new job, you’ll likely get all kinds of advice. Some of which is more useful than others, as everyone has a different opinion on what’s the most difficult thing about finding your next position. But one thing people don’t consider is age. If you’re an older job seeker – especially over 50 – you could find that you have unique challenges.

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Things to consider if you’re an older job seeker:

We mentioned previously that one challenge with feeling as if you hate your job is that as Americans, we average fewer vacation days than many countries, in for example, Western Europe. But the truth is, even if you love your job, you must take vacation days. In fact, if you’re unhappy you might actually take advantage of some days away. The danger in being driven and satisfied at work is not knowing when to step back. why you must take vacation (1)

You must take vacation – and here’s why.