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Managers Take Note: Social Media Can Influence Your Hiring Or Promotion Decisions

contentSocial media can be a useful tool for managers when hiring, promoting or even assigning new projects.

Your job candidates or high potentials look great on paper, and present well in person, but does their professionalism extend to their online presence? Consider checking out their social media profiles and potential “digital footprint” on other sites as well.

A manager that I met at a woman’s networking event last month told me that she always “Googles” her candidates as part of her hiring process.

She explained, “They may ace my in-person interview, but how else can I truly tell if they are as responsible and mature as they convey in person? Easy, I check them out online!”

She said she specifically scours their Facebook and Twitter pages to see if they have provocative selfies alone or with friends and questionable activities or posts, and whether they’ve ever spoken badly about their current employers.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in branding, business faux pas, business professionalism, development, Etiquette, job interview, personal branding, professional development, self-marketing, social media, workplace etiquette, workplace manners, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

June 26’s National Handshake Day: It’s Career Critical to Master Yours

This Thursday, June 26, is National Handshake Day. So, time to ensure that yours is the best it can be.

Handshakes have been around practically since the birth of civilization, and were originally a way to prove that you had no weapons in your hand when meeting someone new.

Now, many people avoid handshaking for fear of catching and spreading germs. In the world of business, however, it’s usually impossible to avoid handshaking.

The handshake is still based on trust, and showing people that you trust and want to connect and build a relationship with them.

Research backs that up … A 2012 MIT study “The Power of a Handshake: Neural Correlates of Evaluative Judgments in Observed Social Interactions” concludes that “strangers do form a better impression of those who proffer their hand in greeting.”

If you’re looking for a job, having an impressive handshake also can win over your interviewer.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in career, communicating, communication skills, development, Etiquette, Generation Y, handshake, job interview, professional development, success, work, workplace, workplace etiquette, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

Business/Career Goals: Change From Old School to New School Thinking

The way that businesses operate is changing in many ways. Concepts about effective leadership are changing, as is the prevalence of flex-time, shared jobs, working virtually from home, and the need to influence with or without authority based on a title or pay grade.

Companies are looking for outside-the-box thinkers and leadership abilities at all levels from the mailroom to the boardroom.

They want a “new school” way of thinking and not the “old school” mentality that what worked before is good enough.

Employers are complaining they cannot find new hires with the skills they need, and their bottom lines are suffering.

Would-be employees — particularly recently minted college graduates — are complaining that they can’t find positions that give them the chance to fully demonstrate their skills and talents.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in accountability, advocates, branding, career, Coaching, communicating, communication, communication skills, development, Executive coaching, happiness at work, influencing without authority, job interview, leader, leading, manager, personal branding, self-marketing, success, taking on leadership roles, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.

National Workplace Wellness Week: Professional Development’s Impact on Health

wellness3Did you know the first full week in April — April 7 to 11th — is National Workplace Wellness Week? No, that’s not a late April Fool’s joke — it’s a real resolution that was initiated by the American Heart Association and passed by the House of Representatives.

Now, some might mumble and grumble to the effect of, “Don’t our elected representatives have anything better to do?” but I think this resolution highlights something that most people take for granted: the importance of your job and career to your overall health, happiness, and general fulfillment in life.

Here is some of the wording of the bill:

“Whereas comprehensive, culturally sensitive health promotion within the workplace is essential to maintain and improve United States workers’ health, as a significant part of a working citizen’s day is spent at work;

Whereas employees who improve their health reduce their probability of chronic health conditions, lower their out-of-pocket medical and pharmaceutical costs, reduce pain and suffering, have greater levels of energy and vitality, and experience increased satisfaction with their lives and jobs …”

As I blogged about before, more and more corporations are starting wellness programs in the workplace — recognizing the benefits to their bottom line: happy and healthy workers are productive, successful employees.

Posted by Marjorie Brody in attitude, business professionalism, career, career wellness, Coaching, communicating, communication, communication skills, development, happiness at work, influencing others, job interview, Leadership, leading, Leading Others, professional development, wellness, work, workplace.

Effective Negotiation Skills Begin With Communication

Negotiations-1What does negotiation mean to you? Does it bring to mind an Armani-suited, corporate raider type, devouring other companies with brilliant and aggressive strategy? Or do you picture an unflinching hostage negotiator, trying to talk down arms-wielding terrorists?

A colleague once told me, “I never negotiate.”

Wrong! He negotiates all the time — as we all do. After all, how many of us are in jobs where we’re not communicating with other people?

When you’re communicating with other people, you frequently are negotiating on some level.

Women typically have a harder time negotiating than men — and end up paying the price, literally. According to a study cited in the article, “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide,” “women who consistently negotiate their salary increases earn at least $1 million more during their careers than women who don’t.” Yikes!

Posted by Marjorie Brody in attitude, business professionalism, career, communicating, communication, communication skills, development, influencing others, job interview, Listening, negotiating, negotiation, negotiation skills, work, workplace, Workplace, Career, Business, Communication, Professionalism.