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How to Make Your Resume Stand Out Amongst Other Job Applicants

That dream job suddenly appears and you need to know how to make your resume stand out from all the others. With many companies scrambling to find workers and 9.2 million job openings, how hard can it be? Lots of people are reassessing the work they did pre-pandemic, exiting the workforce en masse and considering what they really want now that we’re (almost) on the other side. In the midst of it all, there are still plenty of applicants for the most coveted jobs. You may be able to shine once y

8 Types of Power for Today’s Leaders

Everyone leads differently. But all leadership involves power. Leaders use their power to engage others and inspire them to action. It’s important, therefore, for leaders to understand the many types of power available to them. Power doesn’t necessarily stem from a title or role. The best leaders, whether they have legitimate power or not, understand how to use power to influence others and bring about the results they desire. Just as every employee brings their own skills and talents to a comp

Will Working in the Cannabis Industry Damage Your Personal Brand as a Leader?

It’s official. Cannabis is becoming more mainstream. Does that mean you should consider a job in the industry? Some executives may hesitate to work for a cannabis company until they gain a full understanding of how it fits in with their personal marketing plan and career aspirations. Cannabis experience can be a valuable addition to your resume. Certainly, other cannabis companies seek candidates with prior positions in the industry. But how about other, more traditional businesses? As of 2021

How to Develop a More Diverse Skill Set in the Workplace

It's hard to be all things to all people. A barista is not a bartender, though both deal in shots and shakers. Still, if the world's supply of coffee suddenly dried up, it wouldn’t hurt to know how to mix an extra-dry martini. Indeed, in most occupations, it pays to develop a diverse set of skills. For one, diverse skills help ensure that you can do more than surf the Internet during the slow times. More importantly, diverse skills enable you to build your relevancy in the workplace and position you as a serious contender -- maybe even for the corner office.

10 Worst Interview Responses

Don’t be complacent about the routine questions asked during interviews. These questions can be tricky, and how you respond to them can determine whether you are hired. Prepare by reviewing the worst responses and taking the time to formulate better answers. A little preparation can give you an edge over unprepared applicants. Tell me about yourself. “I was born in a rural town in downstate Illinois. I went to grade school at…” Why not: The interviewer wants a brief synopsis of your professiona

How to Deal With an Indifferent Supervisor at Work

In addition to managing your day-to-day performance, your supervisor should serve as a coach, mentor, and advocate to you. Under good conditions, most do. But, when the pressures and the demands of running a successful business begin to overwhelm a manager, apathy can set in. When your supervisor is indifferent, she may not effectively function in any of her roles. If this happens, you may need to take steps to maintain your optimism, as well as your career trajectory. Every employee should hav

What to Do When You Aren't Happy With Your Job

Work seems much easier when you love your job -- you can breeze through the toughest times and still feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. However, when you do not enjoy your job, it’s much more difficult to get through the day, let alone feel energized by what you do. Before quitting becomes your best option, implement a few key strategies to help you tolerate your current situation with your sanity in check. There can be a variety of reasons why you're unhappy with your job, i

How to Get Past a Demotion

Even without a pay cut, a job demotion – or reclassification, as such demotions are currently known — can be a debilitating experience. These days, demotions are quickly becoming a common way to deal with budgetary cutbacks. If you have been demoted, it can leave you feeling enraged and ready to quit. Given the current economic realities, however, you may want to reconsider. You can get past a demotion and, perhaps, even thrive. In the past, a demotion was likely to be a penalty for poor perfor

A Sample of Behavioral Questions and Answers in a Job Interview

Behavioral questions are included in job interviews because they are thought to be accurate predictors of future job success. Rather than those with simple "yes" or "no" answers, behavioral questions tend to be more revealing of past performance than typical interview questions. Although there are perhaps a dozen types of behavioral questions, most fall into a handful of categories. Leadership questions focus on strategies an employee has used to manage teams, as well as for hiring, developing,
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