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In-Person vs. Phone Interviews: The Pros & Cons

Congratulations! After a long and sometimes frustrating process of applying for new positions, you’ve been asked for an interview. That’s wonderful! 

There are two classic interview styles: The in-person and the over-the-phone. In some cases, one type of interview might lead to the other, so it’s best to do all you can to prepare for either outcome. 

But as a job seeker, which kind is better? Do you want to go with the in-person, where you can see the responses to your answers, or the phone interview, where you can sit comfortably at home? 

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A Positive Attitude at Work Contributes to Your Success

We’ve all had bad days. Sometimes it feels like bad days stretch into weeks, and the next thing you know, it’s been a bad six months. It can be really easy to fall into a rut when nothing’s going the way you want, and it feels like the world, or at least work, is against you. 

Is it time for an attitude adjustment? Does that even make a difference? 

It might be — and it can

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Key Differences Between a Boss and a Leader

This might sound like the set-up to a joke, but it’s not: What’s the difference between a boss and a leader? 

Much like squares and rectangles, bosses can be leaders, and leaders can be bosses, but they’re not always the same thing at the same time. 

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Maneuvering Your Job Search Through COVID-19

Right now times are very uncertain, very stressful and even a bit frightening. The COVID-19 outbreak has not only caused a health crisis but an economic crisis, as well. In a matter of days, millions of people found themselves suddenly out of work. Millions more are weeks or even days away from losing their jobs, and millions more still are left uncertain about whether their companies will last through this crisis.  

While the numbers are bleak and you are probably anxious, there is good news. Companies all across the country are hiring right now and many companies still have long-term plans to hire throughout the year. That means that the best thing for you to do right now is to continue your job search, despite your anxiety. Follow these tips to keep your job search on track through COVID-19. 

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Benefits of Maintaining Strong Communication With Your Candidates Through A Crisis

Communicating with your candidates is always important, but maintaining strong communication with them during a crisis can set you apart from your competitors. Thanks to COVID-19, our economy came to a grinding halt in March, and businesses are facing unique challenges. On one hand, millions of businesses were deemed “non-essential” and were forced to close their doors, putting them in danger of shutting down permanently. On the other hand, some employers in industries deemed essential are having problems attracting candidates amid the crisis.  

Whatever your struggles are now, there are real benefits that come with staying in touch with candidates throughout this crisis.  

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5 Podcasts to Help Boost Your Career

Everyone gets to a point where they want to learn a little more or get some motivation, to do better in their career. But who has the time to go back to school, or take an online course, or read a bunch of books? 

Luckily, we live in the golden age of digital audio, with new podcasts coming out all the time to provide information on just about any subject under the sun. 

That could lead to another problem, though: Too many choices! 

Here are some suggestions to get you started. Grab your earbuds and give these a listen: 

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Employee Appreciation Ideas Without Breaking the Bank

A company is only as successful as its employees. A good manager knows this and wants to do all he or she can to make sure their team feels appreciated and valued. 

The good news is, appreciating your employees doesn’t necessarily mean having to shell out bags of cash in the process. 

Here are some ideas on how to thank your employees without wrecking the bottom line: 

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How to Change Your Luck in Your Job Search

We’ve all been there. Searching for a new job can be stressful, frustrating, and lonely work. Whether you’re in a position you’re no longer happy with or breaking into the market for the first time, a job search can feel like a 10-mile slog uphill with the wind in your face. 

You’ve sent out dozens of resumes, maybe even had an interview or two, but nothing’s coming of it. You’re starting to feel stuck and discouraged. You wonder whether you’ll ever get called on a job. 

Good news: It doesn’t have to be that way! 

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Retention Tips for a Tight Talent Market

Hiring managers, HR reps, and team leaders know intuitively why it’s essential to keep your best workers happy and under your roof. 

When a good worker goes somewhere else, it creates a bottleneck in production. It hurts efficiency, lowers morale, decreases institutional knowledge, and it brings on a period of reduced productivity until a new person is recruited, hired, trained, and ready to work. 

But when top talent is being contacted by other companies, or if someone’s unhappy and starting to look around, what can be done to retain them? It doesn’t necessarily mean cracking open the vault and offering a hefty raise (but that might be something to consider if the person is especially valuable or holds a set of rare skills). 

Here are some ways to keep your best workers on your team: 

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The Importance of Employee Feedback for Your Business

Feedback doesn’t have to be a dirty or scary word. It’s of the utmost importance that employers, managers, and team leaders know what’s going on with their subordinates.

It’s crucial for productivity, morale, and retention. 

But why? Isn’t feedback just another word for complaining? 

That might be the way it was in the past — think of those old suggestion boxes that went overlooked and ignored — but we’re wiser now, more considerate and more interested in hearing from our workers. 

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