Many people are examining the relative advantages and disadvantages of working part time versus full time due to simple economic realities or personal choice. There are a number of factors to consider when looking at part time rather than full-time employment. Working part time offers many personal benefits, and may be why 26 million people work less than 35 hours per week (the official cut off for part time in the U.S.). working part time

Some reasons to consider working part time:

It may seem like a distant memory, but it wasn’t that long ago when the idea of people working in open plan offices was unheard of. Everyone out in one large space, all at long tables with dividing walls wasn’t a thing. People had offices. Four walls, with a door, and did work in their own enclosed physical space. open plan offices

Open plan offices come with specific challenges.

It can be so exciting to get a chance to interview for a new job. Whether it’s because you haven’t had luck finding something, or it’s the company of your dreams, or the beginning of your career, nothing is more devastating than a terrible interview experience. But the reality is that it’s more common than you might think. And it doesn’t have to be the end of the conversation. terrible interview

What to do after a terrible interview:

Pretty much everyone realizes by now that the digital age has sped up pretty much everything we do. And yet, it takes longer than ever to do things we never did before. This is especially true at the office, where time management tips did not have to include warnings about surfing the internet, checking personal email or sending instant messages. Because . . . none of that stuff was possibly 30 years ago. time management

Here are ways to improve your time management at the office

You’re only as good as the people who work for you. A bad boss is any employee's worst nightmare. Whether they work at a Fortune 500 company or the local hardware store, employees want to work for someone who knows how to motivate people and encourage them to become even better. There is a clear difference between simply being a boss and being a leader. Maintaining traits of great bosses get and keep great employees. Bosses explain; leaders inspire; bosses criticize; leaders mentor, bosses are superficial; leaders are genuine. Traits of great bosses directly lessen the chances of losing valuable employees.

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Traits of great bosses to strive for:

Trade shows can be a fantastic way to make sales, increase your network, find vendors or partners and assess the competition. But if you aren’t prepared in advance, organized on the day, and strategic afterwards, you can end up wasting time and resources. But there are steps you can take to ensure you have a successful trade show – building your brand as creative, relaxed, informed or whatever you want your business to project.

Ways to make sure that you have a successful trade show:

Even when a candidate looks great on paper, you tend to hold your breath until you meet them. Can they back up their experience with strong examples? Why are they looking for a new position? Without a crystal ball, it’s part interrogation and part instinct. But many employers try to get better predictors of success with behavioral interview questions. behavioral interview questions

How to ask behavioral interview questions:

For anxious job seekers, resume lies are of the most common ways that some people stretch the truth.  If your conscience does not keep you from deceit, the fact that human resources professionals are on to the game should. Surveys found that these professionals have increased the amount of time they spend checking references in the last three years. Remember every lie needs another one to back it up.  Don’t do it. Seriously.

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Here are some of the most common resume lies:

Whether you are starting a business, in a high growth stage, or just reduced staff, it’s easy to find yourself stretched too thin. Either you are doing too many tasks, or you’re doing things you aren’t very good at – spending a ton of time getting new email up and running, or figuring out which financial software to use. Using a virtual assistant – someone who works from their home or an office in a different location – could be a great solution to ease your workload how you want, when you want. using a virtual assistant

Ways you could be using a virtual assistant:

One of the primary reasons new businesses fail is they simply don’t have enough money. Sure, sometimes they just have a terrible business idea (mittens for cats was not the hole in the market you envisioned). But usually it’s money, and a great business plan – written thoughtfully and early – will reveal potential money problems (and probably the mittens problem too). But people often think of a business plan as a document to provide to a lender or an investor to solicit cash. And that’s certainly true. But even if you don’t need money, you still need a plan. great business plan

Here’s why you need a great business plan: