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Should You Be Using a Skills-Based Resume?

For many years, job hunters have been using a resume that lists their work experiences in a reverse-chronological format. It made sense: Show a prospective employer where you have worked and what your duties were, and start with the most recent.

But what about those fresh graduates who have no experience to list? Or the candidate whose goal is to change careers? Outlining their experiences will not necessarily show the hiring manager that they could be a good fit for the company.

Why You Should be Conducting Reference Checks

It’s a sad reality of hiring: Some candidates are guilty of fudging on their resumes, and others are flat-out lying. In many of these cases, no real harm is done by these embellishments or by the start- and end-date manipulations that applicants use to hide gaps in their employment history. The problem is employers have no way of knowing if these are little white lies or the fraudulent kind that could get them embroiled in a costly lawsuit.

How to Balance Productivity and Fun in the Workplace

They call it work for a reason. Your employers expect you to work hard and be productive. After all, that’s what they pay you to do.

On the other hand, there are no rules, written or unwritten, that prohibit you from being productive and having fun at your workplace. Your eight- or ten-hour days can be stressful for you and your team. Lightening things up will make your days flow smoothly and help you be more productive.

Here are a few things you can try:

Make friends

Tips for Hiring the Best Candidate, Not Just Someone Who Interviews Well

If you have been hiring for any length of time, you’ve probably seen and heard it all. So let’s narrow this down a bit and call it a tale of two candidates. This story will likely sound familiar.

Candidate one, Joe, is smooth—real smooth. You can ask him any question, and he fires back a well-prepared answer. He’s a sharp dresser with a firm handshake, and he has been saying all the right things. He seems like the kind of young man who makes friends easily and, despite your vow to always be objective, you come away from the interview liking him yourself.

How to Become an Indispensable Employee

Nobody is indispensable (or so they say). When an exceptional worker leaves, someone will eventually step in and take over the duties of that departed employee. Life goes on.

Well, if that’s the case, why do companies often go to great lengths to retain their superstars by offering top wages, bonuses and promotions as incentives to stay? Someone thinks they are indispensable—or at least all but impossible to replace!

Do your managers see you as indispensable? Do you ever wish they did?

Ways to Effectively Create Employee Development Plans

An employee development plan will give your workers opportunities and a roadmap on how to strengthen their skills and advance their careers. And those newly strengthened skills will give them the tools to help your business move ahead. Everyone benefits!

However, an employee development program should not be created haphazardly. Its success depends on careful planning and implementation. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Developmental needs should be aligned with business needs.

What You Absolutely Must Have in Your Cover Letter

You’ve heard it before from the gurus of job hunting: Do your homework before you have any communication with a prospective employer. That means research the job you’re applying for, the company you’re applying to and even the industry it is part of, including its competition.

Since your cover letter is among the first documents you’ll be sending out, this is where you will show proof you have done your homework. You should tailor your cover letter to the job and the company. It should also include three elements if you want the best chance to have it noticed.

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