Have you ever described yourself on your resume or in your cover letter as a "hard worker" with a "positive attitude" who is able to "learn quickly?" Let guess - did your job application seem to disappear into the HR black hole? Here's why. While the prevalence of applicant tracking systems, which match up job applications with the skills listed in the job description, has grown, in the end there's still a human doing the final screening. And humans don't connect with a series of keywords - they connect with good stories. In other words, don't sell yourself short by just throwing in flat, overused words to describe your soft skills.
Refresh your negotiation skills. Read 6 tips for reluctant negotiators.
Amplified Leadership by Dan Reiland is about developing leaders. He places the development of leaders into a five-step process: Establish a Relationship, Engage a Follower, Embrace a Team, Coach an Apprentice, and finally, Mentor a New Leader. Here are five lessons from his book.
After the end of the fiscal year, many companies ask employees to complete self-evaluations. While many people scoff at this process and don't take it seriously, it can actually be a great opportunity to increase communication between you and your boss and improve your career development. This year, try taking a new approach with an invigorated attitude.
Is 2014 going to be the year you finally land your dream job? With budgets evaluated and annual goals set, many employers are ready to welcome a crop of new team members to start the year off right. If you want to get a jump on the competition and wow the hiring managers at your next job interview, follow these six resume and interviewing tips from career experts.
Sometimes the hardest part of your job isn't the work; it's the people. The problem is, most employees get uncomfortable when conflict arises and don't always address it or handle it with poise. Conflict is the result of a mental risk-to-reward calculation regarding the value of pursuing the issue or 'thing' in question. Read more about how to handle conflict in the workplace.
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People in every workplace talk about building the team, working as a team, and my team, but few understand how to create the experience of team work or how to develop an effective team. Belonging to a team, in the broadest sense, is a result of feeling part of something larger than yourself. It has a lot to do with your understanding of the mission or objectives of your organization. Read more on how to develop effective teams.
Read how emotional control or emotional neutrality are critical for wise leadership.
The ubiquity of e-mail means that everyone in business, from lords of finance to programmers who dream in code, needs to write intelligently. By using simple, clear, precise language, and following a few other basic writing rules, you can become a better communicator and improve the prospects for your career.
Plenty of job candidates get nervous in the hot seat during an interview - but you'll want to try your hardest to remain cool, calm and collected. Read 14 tips to help you stay calm.
What does it take to build relationships with diverse audiences? Read a top 10 list for engaging diverse audiences.
We all know of examples of leaders who excelled in one environment and failed in another, as well as leaders who were average in one organization and proved spectacular in a new role. One of the factors explaining this phenomenon is that leadership is a relational skill; it is about how you interact with others. Sometimes we relate well, and other times not so well, but how we relate is always having an impact on our leadership effectiveness. So how then can we relate more effectively as leaders? Read seven simple steps for improving your ability to do so.
Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex popular consultants and lay people alike. The author has written several books on leadership for employee engagement, and yet it occurred to the author he never actually paused to define leadership. Read what leadership is not and what leadership is...
Most leaders have learned along the way that empathy is a critical leadership skill but few have an understanding of why. Empathy is a form of attention that goes beyond the intellect and involves directly sensing what it is like to be in someone else's shoes. Read how to be empathetic.