You’re repelled by their behavior. It wastes your time, contributes to a short fuse and drains you. It makes you feel powerless. Should you replace toxic vendors?
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Postinterview advice abounds. Write a thank-you note. Follow up in the amount of time the employer suggested when you asked and don’t overlook some of the best employer feedback. Sometimes it comes wrapped in the message that you don’t fit in the new environment. Think strategically.
Blame baby boomers for expressing themselves. They spend forever talking to make people feel good and understand the complex world around them. The consequences are real. For example, Laura Stack, in “What To Do When There’s Too Much to Do: Reduce Tasks, Increase Results and Save 90 Minutes a Day,” writes that “gossiping and complaining … waste time (and damage) corporate culture.”
Job hunters often don’t understand why employers don’t hire them. Some recruitment efforts fall flat for a number of reasons. Applicants may assume they lacked qualifications or fit, when the reasons for not hiring may be unrelated to them.
Ambitious small-business owners may not know when to stop competing for new business. Overextending may become habitual, especially during startup.
Valerie Poteete of Las Vegas had for six years been the Wishing Faery, motivating and teaching children to think positively.
In some offices, people focus on a person as responsible for their dissatisfaction and blame the person for causing it, according to Jessica Campbell, a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Palm Beach, Fla. These situations often lead to upheaval in the workplace, with the scapegoat being terminated, resigning or doing anything to hang on.
What gets people hired? Let successful former job seekers describe the smartest job-hunting tactic they ever used in their careers. Of the four here, one reduced his reliance on online searching, another decided to be who she is, a third sourced contacts from the business that let her go and a fourth relentlessly followed every lead.
In “Contagious: Why Things Catch On,” Jonah Berger writes that “people tend to ignore the importance of offline word of mouth … ” and cites research maintaining “only 7 percent of word-of-mouth happens online.”
You’ve found a business with a culture and potential boss you like. However, you’ve been rejected for the job you wanted. How can you prepare yourself to land a job? How can you make an impact?
Technology, once sexy, offers unimaginable efficiency when it doesn’t malfunction. It enraptured sectors of the workplace and still facilitates career obsolescence, tension and exit interviews for nonconverts. Now that some of the early adopters of technology have spent their careers with it, how are they reacting to it? Is their behavior aligned with that of other technical and nontechnical players?
One of the most difficult forms of interviewing doesn’t require new-fangled technology. Rather, it’s a new group form — multiple applicants for the same position, possibly from multiple generations. What new rules apply?
“Small businesses are more likely to have passionate people or passionate people are more likely to be in small businesses,” says August Turak, author of “Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest for Meaning and Authenticity.”
Put multiple small-business owners together in low-cost space and the result is co-working. This new development, multiple contiguous offices in open space, is spreading across the country. What new issues arise among these neighboring co-workers?
A wave of abundance, with the exception of rejections, rarely washes over a job-seeker. Everything else seems in limited supply, including contacts. Enter a person who freely gives you one. Should you do more than write, telephone or email thanks?
Consumers, often very demanding customers, have their own pocketbooks at stake and lack product knowledge. Three immigrant business owners from as many continents draw on their culture to enhance their customer service.
Obtaining short-term assignments through a recruiting firm is different from landing one on your own with an organization. Recruiters may be advantageous to your search, because they work in the world of jobs. However, working with them is less direct and therefore a little more complicated.
“Contract workers are the business equivalent of stepchildren who go from one parent’s home to the other,” comments Misti Cain, founder of the boutique marketing agency Red Cello Marketing in Carlsbad, Calif. She worked with them for seven years and is one now.
Entrepreneurs, compared with people in other occupations, often appear to experience life as a whole in their work. They’re engaged, attentive and open to surprises that lift them up. Sometimes, the natural environment causes them; other times, entrepreneurial drive does.
Some companies were still shrinking as recently as 2012, Seattle-based PayScale Inc. says. PayScale reports amassing compensation data with 36 million salary profiles. More than a fifth (21 percent) of large organizations shrank, while 17 percent of both small and medium-sized companies did.
As the economy inches along in recovery, dreams of greater impact and/or equity may lure you into considering startups for possible employment.
Co-founders with similar skills and/or experience may have difficulty deciding who should do what when. If the co-founders’ skill sets are very different, the demarcation line is clearer.
Although job-seekers may overshare in interviews with negative statements about a previous employer, they risk falling victim to it.
“We’d been working on a large tool for four or five months to allow people new to investing to search more than 15,000 mutual funds and identify the best ones for them,” says Susan Lyon, senior analyst at NerdWallet Inc., a financial literacy website based out of San Francisco. “It was a really big data set. Less than a week before launch, we found an error we’d have to correct.”
You have your job down pat. You know your industry. You job hunt intelligently, but you’ve hit a brick wall. What have you not learned to do? For inspiration, read some tips from people throughout the country.
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