The Interview: Answering questions designed to trick you

Question 1: Why do you want to work here?In other words, “do you know and care about what our company does? Don’t be fooled – this question is not all about you. Do your research prior to the interviewand identify the company’s mission and values and explain how these align with your own. The employer just wants to know whether you understand how their company works, andthat you’re passionate about their values. Question 2: Where do you see yourself in five years?In other words,...
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Learn how to say no at work

The word no is often associated with negativity, but sometimes saying yes to everything in work can lead to more problems than a simple no The hardest thing about saying no tends to be the fear of letting someone down. It’simportant to know when and how to say no before you become overwhelmed with all the work you should have declined or pushed back to a later date Think it Through Nobody needs an answer straight away, so when your boss or colleague asks you to help them with a new pro...
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How To Stand Out At Work

How do you get that promotion at work when your co-workers are also jockeying for it? Standing out from the competition may be easier than you think. Here are some tips to stand out without destroying your relationships with your colleagues Go Above and Beyond Showing initiative and taking on tasks you weren’t necessarily assigned to do will getattention from the boss. Being willing to step outside your normal job or skill set anddo what others won’t will draw good attention. When you’re ...
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How to be a valuable employee at work

Every manager expects their employees to work hard and do their jobs, but with just a little nudge you can stand out. Here are 5 great tips to get you started • Communication: more is more Whether you’re new to your role or you’ve been doing this job for years, the moreyou communicate the better off you will be. Questions help you know exactly what isexpected of you and make sure you don’t have to rework anything. At the same time,it will help your boss see that you are engaged with ...
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How To Experience Better Levels Of Success In Your Career

If you’re ready to take your career to a new level, there are a few things that you should start doing to become a better employee now. Here are some suggestions: • Increase Productivity Through Focused ActionInstead of being “busy” all the time, make sure that you’re filling your time withtasks that will be beneficial for the company. Put together an effective to-do list by writing down tasks that will help you move forward in your goals and make measurable progress on your curren...
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Resolving Conflicts With Your Co-Workers

Unfortunately, there is always going to be that person at work. The one who always finds the negative in every idea, who complains constantly, or never turns in theirwork on time, or ever. However, your productivity and quality of work doesn’t have tobe dragged down by their poor performance. If you’re dealing with a toxic co-worker, here are some ideas to manage the situation. Don’t get too close If you have to work on a project with them, try to keep an emotional distance. After all, th...
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Finding Your Dream Job

Finding your dream job requires you to take action. Here are 5 steps on how you can path your way in finding your dream job Step 1 – Do something This may seem slightly obvious but sitting there wondering why your career goalsaren’t coming together won’t make things fall into place. It’s true what they say,something worth having, never comes easy. So, start setting out a plan to help you achieve your dream job and your one step closer to getting it. Step 2 – Decide what job y...
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Should I add referees in my resume?

Do not put names of your referees in your resume. Referees are valuable to you and should only be called at the final stage of the recruitment process - when it is important, and you are likely to be offered a job if the references are satisfactory. Always advise your referee when you have given their name to an employer or head-hunter so they are well informed and can support your application when contacted. Consider adding them if your job is unusually dependent on a strong network. Sales ...
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Follow Up Your Resume With A Phone Call or Email

Be polite but persistent when following up with your resume. This encourages them to action or to reconsider it, and gives you another chance to sell yourself. This doesn’t mean you ‘argue’ with the judges decision. Feedback will help you understand whether the role was realistic for you and you may get a referral to someone else. Less than 5% of candidates seek real feedback from recruiters - a terrible waste of all the effort you have put in. Here are some of our tips on how you can follo...
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Use Actions Words In Your Resume

EBR’s Career Coaching can help you create a cover letter and resume that gets you in the top 1%, and will have potential employers want to meet you! Head over to our website now for more information about our Career Coaching service Increasingly, organisations want people who can implement positive change. Use action words in your resume when describing your responsibilities and achievements, as these type of words are better than passive descriptive words. Always state what it is you can ...
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