Finding the right employment position is stressful at the best of times. But the pandemic and rapid digitization of the job market is making the prospect of searching for a new job downright terrifying. LinkedIn profile optimization, endless streams of correspondence, and, of course, those devastating rejection emails are all resource- and time-consuming endeavors. And that’s before factoring in the analysis of whether or not the job is even the right fit for you.  A silver lining in this process is that sites are providing more transparency into the actual day-to-day deliverables of job roles. You can use this information in...

If you’re someone who works at least 40 hours a week (as people increasingly are), you spend nearly 2,100 hours every year on the job. That’s over half of all your waking hours spent with colleagues, staff, management, and customers. Considering how particular we can be when deciding how and with whom to spend our free time, it’s interesting that more people don’t put the same level of consideration into their time spent at work. By taking the time to understand the values, goals, and practices of our potential work environments, you can ensure that the time you spend at...

When it comes to setting yourself apart during the hiring process, nothing is more important than successfully navigating the interview. Sure, you may have the perfect resume, a long list of quality references, and all the personality traits of the ideal new hire. But if you can’t provide a satisfactory answer to these important questions, you have little to no chance of making the cut, especially in today’s competitive marketplace.  Preparation is key in the eyes of potential employers, yet many applicants don’t invest enough time in preparing for the interview process. Failure to consider this crucial step may be an...

When you’re job hunting, your most powerful tool will be your resumé. It’s the first impression that employers will have of you, so making sure that it’s perfectly polished is an absolute must. Furthermore, in today’s world, employers are buried in online applications; you only have a few seconds to catch an employer’s eye. By following the tips outlined below, you’ll create a strong resumé that will get your foot in the door.  Tailor Your Resumé The most important strategy you can implement is to tailor your resumé to the job. Most employers use an applicant tracking system (ATS), which scans your...

Hiring team members that are compatible with one another is easier said than done. For one, pinpointing what makes individuals within a team click with one another is difficult to define. Ask a highly capable team what makes them work together so well, and you’ll likely get a myriad of different answers. On top of that, what works for them might not work for other teams.  So what do you do? Clearly, workplace compatibility is extremely important for making sure your business operations run as intended and to lower turnover rates. In fact, one in ten workers who leave their jobs...

There are many reasons you may feel the need to work on your confidence at work. Perhaps you're in a position that requires skills you haven’t yet acquired, or you have less experience than your colleagues. Maybe you have a new employer and are unsure of your ability to meet their expectations, or your expectations are higher than they should be.  However, having a healthy level of confidence at work can be vital to your success. Confidence can help you overcome fear and anxiety so you can take action. It can make you more motivated and ambitious. Crucially, confidence can help...

When beginning a new job hunt, having clear criteria to use as search filters will help narrow the available opportunities. While it is critical to keep in mind criteria specific to job function, location, and industry, it is equally, if not more, vital to consider your personal criteria.   Some of the personal criteria to consider include the following: Lifestyle – work-life balance and remote work and travel opportunities Compensation – bonus and equity opportunities, health and other benefits Employer structure and size – large corporation or small owner-operated Advancement and growth opportunities – training, mentorship opportunities Employer history and reputation –...

One could argue that the need to inspire hope in your workforce has never been more pressing. During these challenging social and economic times, a hopeful state of mind is especially crucial for nurturing positive motivational behavior among your employees.  Hope provides individuals with the courage to set balanced yet challenging goals and motivates them to accomplish goals through self-determination. Hopeful employees are better equipped to find alternative solutions to your company’s goals should obstacles arise in their paths. Studies have shown a strong correlation between workplace engagement and hope. When your workplace is engaged, it results in improved performance. Inspiring hope...

If you’re in the middle of a job hunt, you may feel that playing the numbers game and sharing your resume with multiple employers will increase your chances for more interviews and considerations. That’s not necessarily the case. Instead, it’s best to focus your application so you can: More effectively customize it to meet specific employer requirements and values Demonstrate that you’re a worthy candidate for the role Find a job that will fulfill your needs as an employee and individual pursuing a career When perusing online job descriptions, you may be more focused on who’s hiring now and only focusing...

Are you starting a new job role in the middle of the pandemic? If the company works remotely, your onboarding process will be very different from your past experiences. Rather than office tours and team luncheons, you’re remaining in your home while familiarizing yourself with your new company values and operations. So how can you settle into your new workforce and establish a positive first impression to earn your colleagues’ and employer’s trust as a new hire?  While you may have successfully established this in your job interview, you need to walk the talk now that you’ve been offered the job...