Candidates

  • What Employers Want – Part II

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    Long gone are the days of interviews like this. “Can you do this . . . and that . . . and yes, this one other thing as well?” “Why yes, I can!” “You can? That’s great! You’re hired.” Hiring managers and business owners want and need candidates with more than just the technical know-how…

  • What Employers Want – Part I

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    Want to trade in your “candidate” status for “employee” status? Candidates who possess the sought-after traits employers are looking for, won’t be “candidates” for long. And increasingly those traits are coming in under the heading “soft skills,” as employers realize how essential this intangible set of skills is in today’s workforce. “Most companies are hiring…

  • Waving the Flag in Minneapolis  

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    It was a proud day in 1858 when, on July 4th, a star was added to the flag of the United States of America for the state of Minnesota, who had joined the Union on May 11, 1858, as the 32nd state. To this day, Minnesotans continue to proudly celebrate the adoption of the Declaration…

  • 5 Strategies that Minimize Stress

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    (Beating Workplace Anxiety – Part II) Anxiety can affect your work productivity and damage relationships with your co-workers. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with anxiety so that you can reduce or even eliminate the effect it has on your life and your career. * Breathe – Take a deeeeeep breath Anxiety sabotages your ability…

  • Beating Workplace Anxiety – Part I

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    Place two fingers on the inside edge of your wrist. That slight throbbing you feel is your pulse. Having a pulse means you’re alive. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that living comes with some level of stress. UC Berkeley stress researcher Daniella Kaufer says, “We’re learning that moderate amounts of stress…

  • Strategies for Moving to a Better Position

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    If you’re happy in your current job, satisfied with the position and all that goes with it, bravo. Stay put and excel. But if you have a hankering to move onward and upward soon, or even down the road, then here’s some tips—centered around goals, building a reputation, and networking—that will head you in that…

  • Be a Thought Leader

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    You know the guy or gal everyone seeks out for feedback or to brainstorm with because he/she knows their stuff? Their thoughts, strategies, ideas are cutting-edge, intuitive, assertive, even gutsy but not in a give-caution-to-the-wind sort of way. Sure you know him/her. You want to be him/her. But how? How does a person achieve that…

  • Uncommon Strategy for Productivity

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    Think you’ve exhausted the potential out of the common list of productivity tips? A lot of repeats pop-up on these frequent compilations meant to spur you on to greater productivity. Chances are you skim the list, muttering, “Uh huh . . . yep . . . nothing new here.” And then move on. You’re aware…

  • Be a Winning Team Player part II

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    Ok – so last week we discussed what a team player “looks like.” Let’s carry that a step further and dig into what active team participation means. Would a relay team be successful with one “bum leg”? Doubtful. Every runner must do his/her part for the team to have a chance at winning. The same…

  • Be a Winning Team Player part I

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    Remember the days of choosing up teams at recess and how you longed to be one of the first “chosen” for kickball? While your playground days may be long gone, hopefully, the drive to be a desirable team member is still there. Only now it’s shifted from the playground to the workplace. And if you’re…