Rethinking Your Company Culture

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7/22/2017 6:00 PM

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Culture visibility. Culture isn’t just some words you write on a piece of paper. It is something your employees and customers can see through daily actions and behaviors. How do you as a leader show what your culture is? Does your team embody the same values? Customers should be able to visibly see what your core values and culture is.

Ask yourself why. What are you hoping for in changing your company culture? Why do you want to change? What are the values you want everyone to be on board with? Before making any big changes, you should be clear with everyone why you’re doing it and get the team on board for your ideas and changes. 

Consider the past. Most people have a hard time with change. Some employees might be reluctant to letting go of company traditions or habits. Make sure you’re aware of this and be respectful of others feelings. Consider the positive things in the past and hold on to the good things your company culture has to offer. 

Create a safe space. A healthy company culture should provide a space where everyone feels safe in expressing themselves freely. As you make cultural changes in the work place, make sure you are open to others emotions and employees can speak openly.

Employee engagement. What changes will you make to get everyone involved? What are you going to do to make sure the new culture is accepted openly. This is always a major concern when thinking about changing the values or vision of your workplace. Think about how you can actively engage all of your employees in a positive way. 

 

Making Your Company More Human

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7/18/2017 10:44 PM

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Gaining trust from your audience and your customers is so important. One of the best ways to build that trust is to make sure people see your company as much more than just a faceless company trying to make a profit off everything they buy. People are much more likely to buy things from people they trust and know. The same goes for your company. Show people you have a group of lovable people behind your company lines. Here’s how you can make your company more human.

Team introductions. Introducing your team is probably the best place to start. Feature a small photo and bio about your team members on the company website. Another thing you can do is post a series of introductions on Facebook. This way people can virtually “meet” them and get to know their faces. Use photos, videos, and interesting facts about each team member. This is chance to have fun with it, and show off your personalities. 

Keep your audience up to date during trips or events. Tweeting or posting updates while on a company trip or event is a great way to show people real life of your team while on the road. Twitter is a fast and easy place to share pictures and videos while at a conference. This doesn’t just apply for when you go out of town. This could mean company-wide meetings, or even just a team lunch. 

Keep it personal. Be as personal and real as possible. Engage in conversations with customers, have random Q&A’s to get options from them. The more you reach out and engage with your audience, they will see you as a unique, diverse group of people behind the brand that truly care about their needs.

These Tips Will Help You Ace Your Next Job Interview

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7/18/2017 9:44 PM

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You’ve perfected your resume, applied to an endless amount of jobs, and now it’s time the for the interview. Chances are you aren’t the only candidate that’s interviewing with the company. This means you are going to have to work extra hard at “selling yourself.” It’s important that you show them you are the best fit for this position. Here are some tips on how to ace your next job interview. 

Get to know the company. In order to win over the interviewer, you need to show them that you are interested and serious about the position. The best way to do this is to know certain key aspects about the company. What products do they offer? Who are their competitors? Who are a few important key people i the company? To find answers to these questions, you’ll have to do some research on their company website, and social media channels. 

Ask questions. Interviewers ask questions to get an insight on your personality and professional skills. The same goes for you as the interviewee. Think of a few interesting questions you can ask in your interview. In most interviews you are given the opportunity to ask a few questions. This is the time where you should show them you are serious in getting to know more about the company.

Share your own experiences. Be open and share your own experiences in the interview. Think of a good story you can share about your achievements and successes in previous jobs. Tell them about key achievements and the skills you used to reach them. Throw in some numbers as evidence as well. The point is to share stories that show your contributions were significant and impactful o the company. 

 

Dress to impress. This may seem like a no brainer, but dressing the part has a serious impact on your ability to ace your job interview. Make sure you aren’t underdressed or dressed to formally. Become familiar with the company culture and how people dress.

These Tips Will Help You Ace Your Next Job Interview

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7/18/2017 9:44 PM

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You’ve perfected your resume, applied to an endless amount of jobs, and now it’s time the for the interview. Chances are you aren’t the only candidate that’s interviewing with the company. This means you are going to have to work extra hard at “selling yourself.” It’s important that you show them you are the best fit for this position. Here are some tips on how to ace your next job interview. 

Get to know the company. In order to win over the interviewer, you need to show them that you are interested and serious about the position. The best way to do this is to know certain key aspects about the company. What products do they offer? Who are their competitors? Who are a few important key people i the company? To find answers to these questions, you’ll have to do some research on their company website, and social media channels. 

Ask questions. Interviewers ask questions to get an insight on your personality and professional skills. The same goes for you as the interviewee. Think of a few interesting questions you can ask in your interview. In most interviews you are given the opportunity to ask a few questions. This is the time where you should show them you are serious in getting to know more about the company.

Share your own experiences. Be open and share your own experiences in the interview. Think of a good story you can share about your achievements and successes in previous jobs. Tell them about key achievements and the skills you used to reach them. Throw in some numbers as evidence as well. The point is to share stories that show your contributions were significant and impactful o the company. 

Dress to impress. This may seem like a no brainer, but dressing the part has a serious impact on your ability to ace your job interview. Make sure you aren’t underdressed or dressed to formally. Become familiar with the company culture and how people dress.

Virtues of Great Team Players

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7/6/2017 1:23 PM

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Great teams are made up of more than just smart people. It takes certain characteristics and virtues when it comes to finding a great team player.

Work ethic and motivation. The first important virtue of a great team player is the they have a great work ethic and are hungry and motivated. They don’t settle, and always push themselves to do more and be more. They look to take more responsibility, learn more, and contribute as much as possible. They go above and beyond to achieve the best possible results, and push others to do the same. 

People skills and common sense. Being smart isn’t the same as being intelligent. Being smart means having social skills, common sense, and the ability to get along with others and work with them efficiently and effectively. You want to have a team that has social skills and interpersonal awareness and can understand how to deal with others.

Humility. You want your team to be made up of humble individuals. The team’s requirements and goals come before their own. Great team players aren’t worried about their status or ego. They focus on the team as a whole and are committed to team goals.

People who lack these three key virtues have a small chance of becoming great team players. Not every organization is built on teamwork; but if that is your goal then it is necessary for every team member to practice these characteristics. Leaders need to be positive role models and promote these virtues in the workplace.

How To Answer Difficult Interview Questions

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6/28/2017 2:22 AM

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Everyone knows that feeling of excitement you get when you hear back from a potential employer. You’ve spent hours applying for jobs, updating your resume, writing the perfect cover letter and you got yourself an interview! However, this is when the fear and panic starts to set in for some people. The nature of the questions asked in an interview will vary depending on the position you’ve applied for. One question that always seems to come up is, ‘why should we hire you?’ Here are some suggestions that will help you figure out the bet way to answer it. 

Focus on your skills. If you know you have the skills to do the job, tell your interviewer and be confident! Make a mental note of the requirements on the application before your interview and focus on those. Explain that you feel confident taking on this position and what skills you have that make you the perfect fit for the job. Don’t exaggerate and pretend to be more qualified than you are, but share good examples of the skillset you have to offer. 

Talk about your personal qualities. We all have different qualities that make us unique, so use those to your advantage. Point out your personal qualities that make you stand out among other candidates and why you would be the best fit for the company. 

Ask questions and listen. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask questions about the company, about the position you’re applying for, etc. Listen for any problems that you might be able to help resolve if you were apart of the company. If they ask you how you would handle a certain problem or situation, answer honestly about how you would tackle them.

How To Build A Strong Company Culture

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6/18/2017 4:06 PM

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Creating a positive company culture and employee experience aren't always easy to figure out. Problems will arise, and that is why it is so important to be proactive in a into paying employees needs, and create a culture that encourages growth, self-esteem, and trust amongst everyone. 

Employee needs are met. Designing a great workplace is about creating a space for your employees. If an employee doesn't feel safe at their work, they are less likely to be focused on learning new skills and building relationships. There are different areas you can focus on that will help employees do their best work and feel valued. 

Physical needs. Making sure your employees have good physical health is one of the easiest ways to take care of them. Workers who eat healthy meals and exercise daily are more likely to have better job performance and less sick days. 

Safety. It is essential for employees to feel safe both physically and psychologically in the workplace. In order to build a company where employees feel safe, there must be trust in management and inclusive policies. 

Belonging. Your company should support relationships inside and outside of work in order to create a sense of love and belonging in the workplace. Communication is key in making this happen. Make sure your employees have the tools they need to communicate with each other. You can also plan company events that everyone can attend and socialize outside of work.

Recognition. You want to make sure your employees feel recognized, respected, valued and celebrated in order to have them do their best work. Peers, not money, have a bigger influence on coworkers. Create a space where employees help build each other and support promotions in the workplace. 

 

What exactly are interviews for?

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6/13/2017 8:19 PM

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Interviews are only one part in the process of knowing if a candidate is going to be a good fit or not. Interviews increase the chances of predicting candidate success. So what exactly are interviews for? Assuming you’ve already assessed the candidate’s skills and abilities, the purpose of the interview is to find out “who” this person is. How will they react to showing up on time or being late? Did they call ahead or give notice? All of these things will be able to tell you a lot about a candidate and the kind of person they are.

In an interview, you are looking for three D’s:

Discipline. What kinds of things do they do to improve themselves? How do they improve their work and do better? In what ways do they discipline themselves so they can do their best work and stay motivated? 

Desire. What is their desire to do the job, and go above and beyond in the workplace? How will they help grow the organization? What is their desire to help team members? 

Distractions. How do they avoid distractions at work? How do they focus on important tasks that need to be done? How do they deal with distractions and buckle down to get their work done?

Make sure you are asking the right questions. Remove the questions that support “self-marketing” and ask things about the job, how they’ll fit in with coworkers, and how they will help grow the organization. Also, be sure to ask behavioral interview questions. This shows how they have handled situations that deal with desire, discipline, and distractions. 

Interviews are your chance to get to know the person, and to ask them questions about how they will handle situations in the workplace and to make sure they are a good fit for your company. 

Naturally Skilled Recruiters Have These Traits

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6/13/2017 3:22 PM

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When it comes to recruiting, it either comes naturally to you, or it doesn’t. Even those who aren’t recruiting professionals may find themselves in situations where they need to be good recruiters and interviewers. Recruiting can be competitive and that is why it is so important to have the right traits to attract good candidates. 

They have empathy. As a recruiter, you should be able to put yourself in others’ shoes and show empathy. You have to get to know your candidates beyond what is on their resume in order to understand what motivates them. You should also understand the amount of change the candidate will be facing with a new job.

They enjoy people. This one is a no brainer. But if you generally don’t like people, or aren’t much of a people person, you won’t be a very good recruiter. Relationships are one of the most important parts of recruiting. You have to enjoy talking to people, getting to know them, and remember things that are important to them. 

They do their research. One thing that will make you stand out as a recruiter is doing your research. When you find out information ahead of time you won’t look foolish when you meet the candidate. Most recruiters today already use social media as part of their recruiting process. 

Don’t work harder, work smarter. When you focus on making an impact on your business, you will start working smarter instead of harder. Plan your time and stay organized. A good recruiter knows how to balance productivity and impact to the business.

 

Do These Things Before You Send Off Your Resume

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6/8/2017 9:35 PM

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You have one chance to make a first impression, so you want to make sure it counts! Take a minute to make sure your resume is completely polished. Here’s a few things to double check before you send it off.

Proofread. This one is a no brainer already, but be sure there aren’t any typos or grammatical errors. This can cause a hiring manager to move on to the next resume i the pile. Have a second or third set of eyes double check and make sure there aren’t any mistakes!

Use correct verb tenses. This one is pretty simple: If you did something as part of a prior job, you should use the past tense. If it’s related to your current job position, make sure you use present tense. Little details like this can make a big difference!

Make sure it’s readable. It is key that your resume is easy to read and navigate through. One idea to help with this is to share it with some friends or family members to get their opinion. Make sure your font choice, margins, and layout make your resume readable and easy to scan through!

Make sure you have a cover letter. If you get the chance to send a cover letter along with your resume, it can go a long way with making your resume stand out to recruiters. Make sure your cover letter is proofed, and well-formatted as well.

Once you’ve crossed these things off your checklist, and double checked your resume, you are good to send it off! 

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