How To Get the Interview




The methods of achieving one vary by company. It is best to know what the company’s application
process is before taking your first step.
Job Fashion

Generally, when a company is hiring they post an ad in the newspaper or an
online job bank. How to contact them is usually included in the ad as well. You don’t
want to email a resume to a company that is requesting that you walk in with your
resume. You don’t want to call a company that requires a faxed resume etc.

Poor Working Relationship with your Boss

Poor Relationship
It may be the reason you are looking for another job in the first place – you and your
current boss do not work well together.

How to Answer the Tough Questions

Tough Questions
Each interview has at least one, a question that you really don’t know the best way to
answer.

Ask Your Own Questions

Mistakes
Okay, you have made it to the end of your interview and the interviewer says it is now
your turn.  They want to know if you have any questions for them.  And most likely you
do:  “How did I do” and “Are you going to hire me” – unfortunately you can’t ask either
one.  But there are questions that you can ask to glean some information on how you
performed and to determine if the company is a right fit for you.

Should You Apply for Jobs that You Are Not Qualified For?


First Day On Job
Are you on a hunt for a new job or a new career?  If you are, you will likely come across a number of job listings, some of which you may be qualified for and others that you may not necessarily be qualified for.  When it comes to applying for a job, there are many job seekers who wonder if they should bother applying for a job that they are not really qualified for. To determine whether or not you should, you may want to examine the pros and cons of doing so.

Preparing for Your Job Interview

Prepare For Interview
Have you recently landed a job interview, from one of the job listings that you applied to?  If you have, when is your interview scheduled?  If your interview is scheduled to take place in a few days or even in a few hours, are you prepared for it?

Job Hunting: The Importance of a Professional Resume

Job Hunting
Are you currently job hunting?  If you are, you will likely find a number of job listings that you want to apply for, if you haven’t already done so.  No matter what type of job you are applying for, whether you want to be a contractor, a secretary, or a retail store manager, you will want to make a resume for yourself. 

How to Get the Most Out of Job Hunting Websites

Job Search

Are you looking for a new job? If you are and if you also have internet access, there is a good chance that you may end up turning to career hunting or job hunting websites.

Unique Ways to Find Jobs

Find Jobs

Are you in need of a job?  Whether you are currently unemployed or if you would just like to find a new job, one that pays better or one that you actually enjoy doing each and everyday, you may be wondering how you can go about finding new opportunities.

What to Consider Before Changing Career Fields

Career Change
Are you currently unsatisfied with your job or the direction of your career?  If you are, you may be interested in changing career fields. While this is more than possible to do, it is important to remember that not all jobs and career fields are the same.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Relocating for Your Job

Relocating for job
Have you recently been asked by your employer to relocate?  If you have been, you are not alone.  Each year, thousands of individuals are asked about relocating by their employers.  In today’s society, many companies are finding it difficult and costly to run a business. This is what leads many companies to consider downsizing or moving their headquarters to areas in which it is cheaper to operate a business.  With this common occurrence, you may find yourself being asked by your employer to relocate.

If you have been asked by your employer to relocate, you may be unsure as to how you should proceed.  One of the best ways to determine if relocating for your job is the right decision for you is to examine the advantages and disadvantages of relocation. These advantages and disadvantages can make it easier for you to make the decision that is best for your needs and possibly the needs of your family.  Just a few of the many advantages and disadvantages to relocating that you may want to take into consideration are outlined below.

Perhaps, the greatest advantage to relocating for a job is the fact that you are able to keep your job.  While circumstances may vary, you will often find that you are given three choices when asked to relocate. Those three choices often include accepting the relocation offer, quitting your job, or being fired or laid off.  If you have been faced with these choices, you may want to seriously consider relocating, as it will enable you to keep your job and often your current position, pay, and seniority as well.

Another one of the many advantages to relocating for a job is a fresh start.  Many times, families or individuals just need a chance to start over.  If you or your family are currently unhappy with where you live or life in general, a change may do you good.  It is also important to mention cost of living.  To save money, many companies make the decision to relocate in areas that are known for their low or affordable cost of living.  This is what can enable them to save money.  This low or affordable cost of living may also make it easier, as well as more affordable for you to go about buying a new home and so forth.

Although a fresh start may sound nice for a large number of individuals, it does no’t mean that it is right for everyone, like you or your family. Relocating may be difficult or even impossible for you to do if you have a spouse who is currently employed or if you have a teenager is satisfied with their current school and friends.  These are all factors to consider.  With that in mind, relocation isn’t a decision that you should make on your own, especially if you have a family.  It is a decision that should involve everyone who would be impacted, in one way or another, with relocation.

The cost of relocation is another disadvantage or downside to doing so.  With that in mind, it is advised that you speak with your employer about assistance.  If you aren’t given a choice or if your employer wants to keep you on their team, you may be able to get financial assistance for relocating.  This financial assistance, if it is offered, will likely vary, but you should be able to get assistance with the hiring of a moving company, as well as the cost of gasoline or airline tickets to your new destination.  Even if financial assistance for relocating is not offered, it would not hurt for you to at least inquire about it.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration if you are ever given the opportunity to relocate.  As a reminder, the decision to relocate is one that should be made in conjunction with you, your employer, as well as your family.

 The Importance of Doing Research Before Changing Jobs


Are you currently employed, but unhappy with your current job?  Whether you are unsatisfied with your current pay level or feel as if you are unable to advance within your company, you may be interested in changing jobs or possibly even careers.  If that is the case, you are urged not to act on an impulse, as doing so can create more harm that good.

Should you be interested in changing jobs or careers, there are a number of important points that you will want to take into consideration, before you take action. These points can help to ensure that you are able to easily and effectively change jobs, without causing any harm to your good name or your finances.  A few of the many points that you will want to keep in mind are outlined below for your convenience.

One of the most important points to examine is the current job outlook in or around your area.  This is important, as it can have an impact on your ability to change careers or find a new job.  Another one of the many reasons why it is important to first examine the job outlook for your area is because once many individuals decide that they would like to have a career change or a job change they go right ahead and do so.  If you rely on your current job to support yourself and your family, you will want to try and refrain from outright quitting your current job without a new one in place.

As ideal as it is to hear that you may want to keep your current job while trying to find a new job at the same time, you may be curious as to how it is even possible to do. While it may require a lot of hard work and tough scheduling, it is more than possible for you to do so.  In fact, you may want to consider giving your employer your notice, if the job outlook in your area is enough to give you hope.  With that in mind, you may want to consider giving more notice than the traditional two weeks. This can help buy yourself time, as well give your employer ample opportunity to find your replacement. This may also give you the opportunity to take off time for job interviews.  However, if you feel uncomfortable taking this approach, it is advised that you use sick time or vacation time to attend any upcoming job interviews you are able to land.

The above mentioned tips can help you if you are looking to change jobs; however, if you are looking to change careers there are more points that you will want to take into consideration.  One of those points is the needed training and experience.  For example, if you are currently working as a secretary and if your dream job involves working as a nurse, have you attended nursing school?  If you have yet to do so, you may be unable to find a job in the field of nursing or even health care for that matter.  Although this does seem like common sense, it is a scenario that many hopeful job seekers fail to take into consideration.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many points that you will want to take into consideration, before you decide to automatically go ahead and change jobs or change careers.  In all honesty, it is advised that you use your best judgment.  Never assume that you will land a new job until you are actually offered it and never count on being awarded job that you are unqualified for.  Using your best judgment is the perfect way to find a new job or career, but without hurting your good name and your finances.

To Ask for a Raise or To Not?


Are you currently satisfied with your job, but unhappy with the pay?  Do you need an increase in pay to support your family?  If you do, you may be interested in asking your supervisor about a raise.  If that is the case, you may want to continue reading on. A few of the many factors that you should take into consideration, before you decide to ask your employer for a raise, are outlined below for your convenience.

One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, when trying to determine if you should ask for a raise, is your duties.  Have you recently taken on more duties at work?  If you have, were you compensated for those additional duties?  If you were not, you may be within your right to ask for pay raise.  With that in mind, you also need to examine the other aspect of duties.  If you recently had your workload reduced, you may want to refrain from asking for a pay raise, as it may give off an unpleasant impression of yourself.

Seniority is another factor that you will want to take into consideration, when trying to determine if you should ask for a pay raise.  Your length of employment can play a large role in whether or not you are able to receive the raise that you were hoping for.  Generally speaking, the longer you work for a company, the more likely it is that you will be able to get a raise.  In fact, before asking for a raise, you may want to refer to your employee handbook, as your company may already have a pay raise plan in place.

The minimum wage for your state is another one of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, when examining pay raises.  In recent years, may states have made the decision to increase their minimum wage pay rates. In fact, some of these wage increases have been quite high.  You will first want to make sure that you are making more than minimum wage.  If your state recently increased its minimum wage, your employer should have done so as well, but there is no harm in checking.  You may also want to see about requesting a pay raise that will increase your wage in conjunction with any state minimum wage increases.  For example, you will want to make sure that you are making at least a few dollars more an hour than all new hires.

Speaking of the starting wage for your company, you may want to verify this information.  Generally speaking, long-term employees should be making more money than new hires, especially in similar positions.  You may be able to examine the average starting pay for new hires in your company by examining any company job listings that you are able to come across. You may also be able to get information from other employees about their salary. With that in mind, many companies require confidentially when associated with pay.  Therefore, if you are aware of a coworker’s income, you will want to refrain from citing that as an example with your supervisors.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you will want take into consideration, before you make the decision to ask for a raise.  Should you decide to ask for a raise, you will want to take a positive, friendly approach when doing so.

What Not to Do When Resigning From Your Job


Are you currently unsatisfied with your job or the company in which you work for?  If you are, you may have considered changing jobs.  If you have thought your decision over and decided that seeking employment elsewhere is best for you, you will need to resign from your current position.  Unfortunately, for many individuals this is a lot easier said than done.

If this is the first time that you are attempting to hand in your resignation, you may be unsure as to how you should proceed. Perhaps, the best way to go about quitting your job, in the appropriate matter, is to familiarize yourself with what you should no’t do. A few of the many steps that you will not want to take, when quitting your job, are outlined below for your convenience.

One of the worst things that you can do, when looking to resign from your job, is quitting on impulse.  This most commonly occurs after receiving discipline or when a work related conflict arises.  No matter how upset or frustrated you are, you will want to try, at all costs, to not quit on the spot.  This can not only reflect negatively upon you at the moment, but an impulse resignation may impact your chances of finding employment in the future. That is why you will want to try and give your employers notice, should you wish to seek employment elsewhere.
   
Speaking of giving your employer an appropriate amount of notice, when looking to change jobs, you are advised to do so in a reasonable amount of time.  Most employers expect to receive at least two weeks notice.  If you do not have a new job lined up, you may want to extend your notice time or offer to help your employer until they are able to find a replacement or until you are able to find employment elsewhere. It is also important that you submit your resignation in a professional matter.  Try and do so in person, with a formal written resignation as well.

Another one of the many things that you do not want to do, when looking to resign from your current position, is bad mouth your bosses to others, including your friends, coworkers, or during future job interviews.  You need to make sure that you do not “burn any bridges.”  This is extremely important, as you never know when your words or your actions may come back to haunt you.  You will want to ensure that your current employer, the one in which you no longer want to work for, is able to give you a glowing recommendation for years to come.

Another one of the many things that you will not want to do is “go out with a bang.”  Even if you are quitting your job because you are unhappy with your pay or with your boss or other coworkers, you will want to leave as quietly as possible.  You will want to put a happy smile on your face, no matter what your real emotions are.  As previously stated, you will want to ensure that you are able to use your current employer as a job reference for years to come. You also need to remember that you never know when you may come into contact with your bosses or coworkers in the future.

It is also important that you do not try and mislead your current employer in any way, shape, or form.  If you are not planning to quit your job until you have a new one lined up, you will want to proceed with caution. You will want to make sure that your prospective employers will not contact your currently employer asking for a reference.  To prevent this from happening, you may want to inform all prospective employers that you have yet to submit your resignation or submit your resignation before you start applying for new jobs.

By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, you should be able to submit your resignation without causing any harm to your finances or your good name.  In all honesty, all you really need to do is just use your best judgment, as it is usually the best guide to follow.

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Should You Change Jobs?

Change jobs
 Are you currently unhappy with your job or with your employer in general?  If you are, you may have considered changing jobs. With that in mind, if you depend on your paycheck to help pay your bills or to help support your family, you may be unsure as to whether or not a job change is really in the best interest of you and your family.  If this is something that you have asked yourself before, you will want to continue reading on.

When it comes to determining whether or not you should change jobs, there are a number of important factors that you will want to take into consideration. These factors are important, as no two situations are the same.  Different individuals rely on their paychecks for different things.  That is why it is advised that you examine the factors outlined below and then use them in your own, personal, situations.

One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, before deciding if you should change jobs, is your current job’s pay. Do you think that you receive a fair salary?  If you do, do you know that it may be difficult for you to make the same amount of money elsewhere?  Unless you are lucky enough to receive a job in upper level management, you may find yourself right back at the bottom of the ladder, having to work your way right back up.  For that reason, you will want to first take your current salary and compare it the salary that is being advertised with job openings that you can find in your local newspapers or on-line.

Health insurance is another factor that you will want to take into consideration, when deciding if you should change your job.  Do you currently rely on your job for health insurance, either for yourself or for your whole family?  If you do, this is definitely a factor that needs to be taken into consideration. Yes, you may be able to purchase health insurance for yourself or at least an extension of your coverage, but you should know that this can get quite expensive.  With that in mind, should you still decide to switch jobs, you may want to schedule all of your doctor’s appointments before you do so, just to get everything in order.  If your current coverage includes dental and vision coverage, you may also want to make these appointments too, just in case.

The current job outlook is another factor that you will want to take into consideration.  If you are looking to change jobs, do you already have a new job lined up?  If you do not, you will want to at least make sure that there is a good chance that you can seek employment elsewhere.  In most cases, you are unable to collect unemployment payments if you leave your job on your own terms.  If you have a family to support or if you rely on your income to pay important bills, like your rent or mortgage payments, you may want to have a backup plan in place.

In keeping with the current job outlook, you are advised to examine all job openings in your area.  What you will want to do is examine any required training, work experience, or education. Unfortunately, many individuals realize too late that they are unqualified for their dream job.  This is something that you do not want to do.  Instead of assuming, you can easily examine the average job requirements by examining all available job openings in your local newspaper or online.  If you do not have the necessary training, you may want to consider enrolling in a career training course, as they may be able to improve your chances of finding a new job.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, should you be interested in changing jobs.  Of course, the decision to seek employment elsewhere is your decision to make, but, with something this important, you are advised to proceed with caution.

Should You Relocate If Asked By Your Employer


Each day, millions of Americans go to work, do their job, and return home to their friends or family.  Unfortunately, that schedule can sometimes be disrupted with the question of relocation.  If you have recently been asked by your employer to relocate, you may be unsure as to what you should do.  If you are, do not worry, as this is a completely normal feeling.  Relocation is a large decision and it is one that should not be made without some serious consideration.

When it comes to determining whether or not you should relocate for your job, there are a number of important factors that you will want to take into consideration.  One of those factors is the choices that you have.  In most instances, you will find that you are not only asked to relocate, but you should also be given a number of different options.  If your only options are to accept the relocation offer or be laid off, you may want to give relocation some thought.  There is nothing worse than losing your job, especially if it is a job that you love or one that you have been working at for years.

Your family and social life is another factor that you will want to take into consideration, should you ever find that your employer wants you to relocate.  If you have a family, it is important that you take their wants and needs into consideration as well.  If you have a spouse, will he or she be able to find employment in your new destination?  How about your children, will they accept relocating to a new area, having to make new friends, and having to attend a new school?  These are all factors that you will want to take into consideration. In fact, that is why you may want to make sure that your decision to relocate is one that is made by your whole family.

You also need to take the time to examine the area in which you would relocate to for your job, should you decide to accept the relocation offer from your employer.  You will want to examine the cost of living, the current real estate market, as well as the crime rate.  If you will be relocating with your family, it is important that you relocate to an area that is known for being safe and a great place, in general, to raise a family.  That is why it is important to remember that your decision to relocate will affect more than just you.  Even if you are single, it is still advised that you examine your intended relocation destination, as you do not want to find out later on that it wasn’t what you had hoped it would be.

Perhaps, the greatest factor that you will want to take into consideration, when trying to determine if you should accept your employer’s relocation offer, is the cost of relocating.  If you would be required to relocate to another state, you may find it costly to move all of your belongings into your new home or apartment and you may also find the cost of travel costly as well.  Before accepting a relocation offer from your employer, it is important to make sure that you can afford the move.  If you do not suspect that you can, you may want to inquire about receiving financial assistance from your employer.  After all, they are the ones who want you to relocate for your job.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factor that you will want to take into consideration, should you ever receive a relocation offer from your employer.  As a reminder, the decision to relocate is one that should be made in conjunction with you and your family.  Even if you are single, the decision to uproot your life and relocate for your job is a decision that should not be made on a whim.

Should You Start Your Own Business?


Are you unsatisfied with your current job?  If you are, you may be interested in changing employers.  While it is more than possible for you to find, apply for, and be awarded a new job, did you know that is not your only option?  Have you ever thought about starting your own business?  If this is a thought that has yet to cross your mind, you may want give starting your own business some serious consideration.

As nice as it is to hear that you should examine starting your own business, you may be curious as to which points you should take the time to examine.  If you are serious about starting your own business or at least learning if running your own business is something that you are capable of doing, you will want to continue reading on.  A few important points that should be taken into consideration by those who are interested in leaving the traditional workplace to start a business are outlined below.

One of the many points that you will want to take into consideration, when looking to start your own business, is the startup costs associated with doing so. Whether you would like to open up a gift shop or if you would like to sell your professional writing services, it is likely that you will need to make some startup purchases.  The startup costs associated with starting your own business will all depend on the opportunities that you choose.  Although there is likely to be some variance, it is likely that you will need to purchase a computer, internet service, a business phone, business phone service, a fax machine, a copier, an office desk, and other office furniture.  If you have an ideal credit score, you may be able to receive financial assistance to get your business up and running.

Another factor that you need to take into consideration, when looking to determine if you should leave your current job and start your own business is time.  Should you be interested in starting your own business, it is important to remember that you will likely not see success right away.  Many businesses, no matter what the type, take time to see profits and success.  You have to market your business to the general public, set up your online website or your storefront location, and do so much more.  That is why it is important that you not only have enough money to get your business up and running, but you will also want to make sure that you also have enough money to support yourself and your family until you are able to start making a profit with your own business.

Another one of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, when trying to determine if you should start your own business, is insurance.  At your current position, do you have health insurance?  If you are married, would you be able to get health insurance through your spouse?  If you would be unable to do so, health insurance is something that you will want to take into consideration.  Even if your health is fine right now, you never know what could happen, especially if your health insurance is also used to help cover the rest of your family. Should you decide to start your own business, you should be able to purchase insurance for yourself or for the rest of your family.  With that in mind, it is important to remember that insurance costs money, quite a bit of money to be exact.

What is nice about starting your own business is that you, literally, have an unlimited number of options. For example, did you know that you can sell a product or a service?  Popular startup businesses include gift shops, cleaning services, accounting services, and so forth.  In addition to the type of business that you would like to start, you also have a number of different options when it comes to operating a business. Many entrepreneurs run online businesses, storefront businesses, or even both.  In all honesty, the decision is yours to make.  With that in mind, the decisions that you do make can have a huge impact in determining whether or not your business, should you decide to start one, is a success.

Should You Work from Home?


Are you currently employed outside of the home?  If you are, do you regularly find yourself frustrated with the daily commute to and from work?  Do you regularly find yourself fed up with workplace gossip or antics that may go on at your company workplace?  If you do, have you ever considered working from home?  If working from home is something that you have considered, you should know that you are not alone.  Wanting to work from home is a dream that many have, but is that dream one that could become a reality or should it become a reality for you?

When it comes to working from home, there are many individuals who have a misconception.  Yes, working from home can involve working from home in your “down,” clothes, but there is much more to working from home than comfort. Before you automatically decide to ask your current employer about working from home or quit your job so that you can work from home, you will want to continue reading on.

One of the hardest parts about working from home is finding a work-at-home job or a work-at-home opportunity. Unfortunately, this is where many individuals make costly mistakes.  Many mistakenly quit their jobs with the belief that it would be relatively easy for them to find a paid work-at-home job or a paid work-at-home opportunity. As previously stated, working from home is something that is rapidly increasing in popularity. What does this mean for you?  It means that it can be difficult for you to find a legitimate work-at-home job or work-at-home opportunity, as there is a lot of competition for doing so.

A limited number of jobs is why it is advised that you do not terminate your current position with your employer until you have a steady work-at-home job or work-at-home opportunity lined up. This will prevent you from suffering from financial difficulties, should you be unable to find a work-at-home job or work-at-home opportunity that pays.  The good news about this approach is that the internet enables you to research and apply for work-at-home jobs and work-at-home opportunities at just about any point in time, including in the evenings or on the weekends.  You may also want to consider asking your current employer if you are able to work from home.  This will all depend on the preference of your employer, as well as your work duties.

Although there are a number of different ways that you can go about finding work-at-home jobs or work-at-home opportunities, it is important to remember that working from home isn’t right for everyone.  One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration is your ability to follow a schedule or have your project submitted by a deadline without constant monitoring from your supervisor.  Working from home is nice, but it essentially becomes your own responsibility to stay focused and stay on task. For that reason, if you regularly find yourself distracted at home, working from home may not be right for you.

Another one of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, when looking to work from home is the startup costs. These startup costs will all depend on which work-at-home opportunity you decide to take. For instance, if you choose to start your own business, you will find that your startup costs will be higher than if you were a home based worker for another company.  Of course, it is important to make sure that you do have all needed equipment pieces.  These pieces may include a computer, Internet access, a second dedicated phone line, a fax machine, or a copy machine.  The good news is that you may already have all or most of these items inside your home.

Additional factors that you will want to take into consideration include health insurance, as most home based workers are not covered with medical insurance, and childcare, if you are a parent.  A close examination should help you determine whether or not working from home is best for you.  

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How to Properly Quit Your Job

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Are you currently unsatisfied with your job?  If you are, you may be interested in exploring your other options. To do so, many individuals make the decision to turn in their resignation or to quit.  If you are interested in quitting your job, you will want to continue reading on.  A few tips on how to properly terminate your current position are outlined below.

The best thing that you can do, when looking to quit your job, involves giving your employer as much notice as possible.  Many employers expect to receive at least two weeks worth of notice from those who are interested in seeking employment elsewhere.  If at all possible, you may want to consider giving more than two weeks notice.  Unless you have a new job lined up, you may want to offer to stay until a replacement is found or until you are able to secure a new job.

When turning in your resignation, you will want to do so in a formal matter. At all costs, you will want to avoid quitting over the phone or in an email.  You will want to type up a proper notice on your computer and submit a printout to your employer, particularly in person.  In your resignation letter, be sure to thank your employer for giving you the opportunity to work with them, and so forth.

You will want to be sure to not “burn any bridges,” when quitting your current job.  This is extremely important, as you need to remember that your actions have consequences, possibly for years to come.  You will want to make sure that you are pleasant at all times. You will want deal with your bosses, coworkers, and anyone else that you may come into contact with in a happy pleasant matter.  You never know when you may come back into contact with your boss and this is important to take into consideration when packing up your workplace belongings.

In keeping with packing up your workplace belongings, you will want to ensure that you return all important documents or any other pieces of company property that you may have in your possession. Even if you are not asked, you will want to return all items that you didn’t personally purchase yourself. In addition to preventing any misunderstandings, in terms of theft, you may also create a good, long lasting impression of yourself.  

In all honesty, the best thing that you can do, when looking to resign from your current job, is to use your best judgment.  For instance, you will not want to search and apply for new jobs and list your current job on your resume as a reference, especially if you have yet to officially submit your resignation.  You will also, as previously stated, want to try and avoid quitting your job on impulse, unless a serious situation arises, such as one that may put you in danger.

In keeping with using your best judgment, you may want to put yourself in the place of your employer or your boss.  What would you like to hear from yourself?  This simple question will help to ensure that you submit your resignation in a matter that is deemed appropriate.  You will want to ensure that you are able to get a good reference from your current employer for years to come.

How You Should Handle a Difficult Boss


Do you love your job, but not necessarily your boss?  If you have a difficult boss, your first impulse may be to quit your job.  Of course, the decision to quit your job because of your boss is your decision to make, but you shouldn’t put your future or your finances in jeopardy because of someone else.  For tips on how to handle difficult bosses, you may want to continue reading on.

One of the best ways to go about dealing with a difficult boss involves having an open line of communication, as often as possible.  You may be surprised how many conflicts and problems arise from miscommunication.  What you may interpret as a mean, mad, or upset boss, many actually just be the result of miscommunication.  Even if you aren’t required to update or report to your boss, you may want to consider doing so.  This is especially easy if you and your boss work in the same establishment.

Another one of the many ways that you go about handling a difficult boss involves keeping your opinions to yourself. As much as you want to, you will want to refrain from talking badly or gossiping about your boss.  Unfortunately, many individuals, possibly just like you, do not realize who talks to who or how fast word can travel.  If you and your supervisor already have a strained relationship, you will not want to make it worse with workplace gossip.

You can also try and improve your workplace relationship with your boss by extending an olive branch. You may want to go out of your way to be polite and offer assistance.  For example, you may want to consider offering to work late or offer your assistance for a project that may have a tight deadline.  Also, something as simple as saying hello or acknowledging your boss may be enough to improve their attitude or demeanor toward you.  You need to remember that working in management can be difficult.  That is what leads many managers to have the demeanors that they have.  Many feel as if they need to be professional and demanding, all at the same time.

If you have tried all of the above mentioned approaches and are still having problems dealing with your difficult boss, you may want to consider going over your supervisor’s head.  In most cases, you will find that your supervisor has someone that they need to report to.  While this approach may be able to help you deal with a difficult boss, it is important that you use your best judgment. You do not want to go above your supervisor with small problems, such as a rushed meeting.  Issues that you may want to bring to the attention of your boss’s supervisor include sexual harassment or multiple promotion denials.

Another approach that you can take involves quitting your job.  However, as stated above, you may want to refrain from doing so.  It is advised that you do not let another person, such as your boss, ruin your opportunity to have a good job or receive funds to pay yours bills and support your family. Before you make the decision to hand in your resignation, it is advised that you seriously consider your decision to quit, as well as the consequences for doing so.  If you are sure that resigning from your job is the best decision, you will want to do so in a pleasant and appropriate manner, no matter how you feel about your supervisor.

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Quit Your Job


Are you frustrated with your job?  Whether you dislike your boss, your coworkers, your work hours, or the pay, you may be interested in quitting your job.  Of course, the decision to quit your job is your decision to make, but there are some instances in which you may want to give your decision a second thought.  A few of those instances are outlined below for your convenience.

One of the many situations where you may want to hold off on quitting your job right away is if you recently got a new boss.  If you have a new supervisor, you are encouraged to give it time.  Most new supervisors are difficult at first, as they feel that they need to be.  But, overtime, you will find that most of those in management will let a new side of themselves show, possibly a more pleasant and friendlier side.

Another one of the many situations in which you may want to reconsider quitting your job is if you are annoyed by one of your coworkers, namely the one who may have a desk or an office next to or near you. You should never let someone else make you quit or lose your job, especially if it is just because you do not like them.  Of course, you are advised to take your safety into consideration.  If one of your coworkers is displaying actions that may cause you harm, you may need to take action right away.  This action may involve resigning from your job, but it should also involve contacting a supervisor first.  You should never have a quit your job because someone else is in the wrong.

A poor review is another situation in which you may not want to quit your job.  Although it may seem embarrassing and frustrating if you ever receive a bad review, it is important to remember that it can happen to the best of people and the hardest of workers.  No one is perfect all of the time and this is something that you need to remember.  Instead of quitting your job because of a poor review, you will want to use your review as an opportunity to better yourself. You can set the goal of improving your workplace actions, which should result in a better review the next time around.

Being passed up for a promotion is another reason why you may not want to quit your job. There are a number of different factors to take into consideration, when it comes to promotions, namely being passed up for one.  Why were you passed up for the promotion that you wanted, do you know?  Was there another employee who was more qualified or who had more seniority than you?  You can also use being passed up for a promotion as a way to improve your work skills by setting goals for yourself. With that in mind, if you regularly find yourself being passed up for promotions that you are more than qualified for, you may want to consider seeking employment elsewhere.

The above mentioned situations are all situations in which you may want to refrain from quitting your job, especially without consideration.  Of course, there are extenuating circumstances to the situations mentioned above, such ones that may involve sexual harassment or other dangerous situations in your workplace.

Should You Ask for a Promotion?


Are you frustrated with your current position at work?  Would you like to advance in your company?  If you would like to do so, you may be interested in asking for a promotion.  The question is should you?

When it comes to determining if you should ask for a promotion, it is something that you may not want to do on impulse. Asking from a promotion can work in your favor, but there are no guarantees. A promotion request can cause no changes or it can cause you harm. For that reason, there are a number of factors that you will first want to take into consideration, before you ask your boss for a promotion.

One of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, when determining if you should inquire about a promotion, is an open position.  If you want to be promoted, do you even know if there is an open position or one that will soon open? This, alone, can improve your chances of receiving a promotion, as they often say that timing is everything.  What you will want to do is keep your eyes and ears open.  If you hear of any open positions in your company or if you see job listings online or in your local newspaper, you may want to consider asking your supervisor for a promotion.

Your length of employment is another factor that should be taken into consideration, before you make a decision about asking for a promotion.  While there are no guarantees, your chances of receiving a promotion are higher with long-term employment.  Many companies like to promote from within, as well as promote those who have been with the company for an extended period of time.  A short employment term doesn’t mean that you can’t ask for a promotion, but it is just one of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration.

Your intentions are another factor that you should take into consideration, when trying to determine if you should ask your supervisor for a promotion.  Are you interested in leaving the company in search of a better job, such as one that may offer better pay or better benefits?  If you are interested in doing so, you may want to consider asking for a promotion, but in a pleasant matter.  If you are looking for “greener pastures,” you may have nothing to lose by asking for a promotion.  In fact, you may be surprised with the answer that you hear.  Many employers will use promotions or higher pay to retain employees who they do not want removed from their team.

Of course, you don’t want to instigate workplace gossip, but you may want to see if any other employees have asked for a promotion in the past.  Did they see success or were they turned away?  Speaking of which, were there any complications that arose from the asking of a promotion?  This is important, as it may give you an idea as to whether or not you should ask for a promotion.  As a reminder, it is important to not take the approach of gossiping to get your information, but you may just want to keep your eyes and ears open.  

If you do decide that you would like to ask your supervisor or supervisors for a promotion, you are advised to proceed with caution.  Unless you have worked personally with your supervisors before, they may be unaware of your employment status or the tasks that you have completed.  You will want to attempt to schedule a meeting with your supervisor or supervisors. During this meeting, you will want to try and sell yourself.  Point out all of your accomplishments, mention how advancement has always been a goal of yours, and so forth.

The above mentioned factors are just a few of the many factors that you will want to take into consideration, when trying to determine if you should inquire about a promotion. Should you decide to do so, it is advised that you take a pleasant approach and do not get upset or feel offended if your request for a promotion is denied.

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How to Ask Your Employer About Working from Home

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Do you love your job, but just not the people in which you work with or the workplace setting in general?  If your answer is yes, you may want to think about asking your employer if you can work from home.  Even if working from home is an idea that you do not feel your employer will support, you may still want to give it a try.  After all, inquiring should no’t cause any harm

Before outlining how you can go about asking your supervisor if you can work from home, it is important to make sure that it would even be possible for you to do so.  This requires examining a number of different points. First, you will want to examine if it is even possible for you to work from home.  Can you complete all of your tasks and duties from home?  You will want to make sure that your job is something that you can even do from home. For instance, if you are a company greeter and your job involves greeting and directing all clients to the right department, you will likely be unable to perform your required tasks at home.

Secondly, you will want to examine if you have the equipment needed to work from home.  The equipment that you will need to work from home will all depend on your company, as well as your job tasks.  Although there will be some variances, you will likely need to have a business phone, business phone service, a copy machine, fax machine, a computer, and possibly even high speed internet.  If you do not already have these items in your possession, you will need to examine the cost of purchasing them.

Thirdly, you will want to examine your ability to work from home. As nice as it is to be able to work from home, you should know that working from home isn’t right for everyone.  You will want to make sure that you are able to stay focused and stay on task without supervision from your boss.  If you cannot do so or if you are unsure if you will have a problem, you may want to reconsider working from home.  Saying that you are more than capable of working from home, when you are actually not, can have dire consequences.  You may end up putting your job, as well as your good name in jeopardy.

If, after considering the above mentioned points, you think that you would be a good work at home candidate, you will want to work on your approach.  You will not want to ask your supervisor about working from home on an impulse.  You will want to carefully plan out your approach.  You want to so in a professional matter.  You should ask about working from home in a formal meeting that you have set up. Try and avoid asking your supervisor over the phone or in an email.

Before your scheduled meeting is to take place, you will want to make sure that you have “all of your bases covered.”  You will want to create a pros and cons list that you can use to outline both the advantages and disadvantages of working from home.  You should also have a good reason as to why you, in particular, want to work from home, as your employer will likely ask.  

When asking your supervisor about the possibility of working from home, you will want and need to sell yourself.  That is why it is advised that you create a pros and cons list.  You will also want to prepare for this meeting with practice.  See if any of your friends or family members would like to play the role of your boss in mock meeting.  Practicing your approach may help to ease any nervousness that you may have.

How to Get a Promotion Without Having to Ask for One


Are you interested in advancing within your company?  If you are, your first though may be to ask for a promotion.  Of course, it is more than possible for you to ask for a promotion, but do you know that they are not always well received?  For that reason, you may want to consider holding off on asking for a promotion.  Instead, you may want to take steps to get yourself noticed at work, in a good way.  In fact, you may even find yourself being presented with a promotion, without you ever having to ask for one yourself.

As nice as it is to hear that you may be able to get a promotion without ever having to ask for one, you may be unsure as to how you can go about doing so.  A few of the many steps that you can take to help you get a promotion are outlined below.  With that in mind, it is important to remember that there are no guarantees.  With some companies and supervisors you can, literally, be the hardest worker in the world and still never see a promotion in your life.  Although there are no guarantees when trying to acquire a promotion yourself, it is important to remember that you have nothing to lose.

One of the many ways that you can help increase your chances of getting a promotion is by taking the time to help out your other coworkers, especially when they may be having any complications or problems with a particular task.  Extending a hand is a great way to get yourself noticed.  If you are interested in receiving a promotion, it is likely that you would like to be in management.  Managers are not only required to develop project task lists for their team members, but they are also supposed to offer guidance and assistance when needed.  Should you take the time to offer that same guidance and assistance to your coworkers, you are more likely to find yourself being noticed by your supervisors.

Another way that you can work to improve your chances of receiving a promotion, without having to ask for one, is by taking part in any optional meetings. These meetings may include in person meetings, video meetings online, or business conference calls on the telephone.  Even if your attendance is not required, but is allowed, you will want to participate in these events.  Even if you choose not to speak a word, your in person attendance will likely be noticed. The information that you learn about your company in these types of business meetings may also help to improve your chances of receiving a promotion, as you may retain knowledge that other employees are currently unaware of or unconcerned about.

You can also improve your chances of receiving a promotion, without having to inquire about one yourself, by offering to work as much as possible.  This extra step is one that you may want to take; however, you should consider your current social and family life as well. If you are able to work extended hours, work on weekends, be on call, or log in as many overtime hours as possible, you may want to consider doing so.  Your presence in the office after hours will likely be noticed and taken into consideration when it comes time to hand out promotions.

Another one of the many steps that you may want to take, to help improve your  chances of getting a promotion without having to ask for one is offering to volunteer for any activities that may be associated with work, but not necessarily for work.  This best example of this is by volunteering to play on your company’s softball or volleyball team.  This simple action not only allows you to have fun and possibly make new friends, but it also gives you ability to say that you “fully,” support your company.  Volunteering for something that is associated with your company, without any pay, typically creates a good impression.

The above mentioned steps are just a few of the many ways that you can go about trying to get a promotion without having to ask for one.  In the end, if all else fails, you may want to consider examining your other options, such as inquiring about a promotion or seeking employment elsewhere.

How to Handle Difficult Coworkers


Do you love your job, but just not your coworkers?  If this is how you can describe your feelings about your job, you may want to continue reading on.  Unfortunately, when placed in a similar position, one that involves difficult or unruly coworkers, many individuals assume that their only option is to resign from their current position. Of course, it is more than possible for you to do so, but did you know that you do have other options?

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you have complications, problems, or a conflict with a coworker of yours, there are a number of different steps that you can take. These steps, which are outlined below, can help you retain your job and your income, which you may rely on to support your family.  If you have been looking for an easy way to deal with one or more difficult coworkers at your workplace, you will want to continue reading on.

Before examining ways in which you can handle or deal with difficult coworkers, it is important to remember that circumstances should be taken into consideration.  A small conflict may be one that you can handle on your own; however, more serious problems may call for more serious actions. With that in mind, one of the first things that you should do, when looking to deal with a difficult coworker, is speaking with them privately.

When speaking with a coworker that you have a problem with, you will want to be careful.  When this conversation takes place, should it ever, you will want to be as pleasant and as friendly as possible.  Many individuals do not realize that even a slight attitude can make a problem with a coworker much worse.  If you are frustrated with a coworker who can never seem to get a project completed on time, you may want to offer to help them create a schedule. If you have a problem with a perfume or cologne that a coworker may be wearing, you may first want to explain any health complications that you may be having due to the scent.

As previously stated, it is important to remember that there extenuating circumstances that should be taken into consideration. For instance, if you feel that a coworker of yours is harassing you, in a sexual way or not, you may want to refrain from speaking to them.  In certain situations like these, those who are unstable feed off of contact from you and others in your situation. To protect yourself from any harm, you may want to consider contacting your supervisor right away.

Speaking of contacting your supervisor, if you have discussed your problems with a coworker personally and you have not seen any positive changes, you may want to consider brining your supervisor in on the issue. When doing this, you will want to use your best judgment.  If you regularly find yourself performing the duties and tasks for your coworker or if they mishandled important company documents, you should approach your supervisor without any question.  Smaller issues you may want to refrain from brining your supervisor in on, as you may actually end up creating a bad impression of yourself.

The above mentioned steps are just a few of the many steps that you can take if you are having conflict or problems with one of your coworkers.  As a reminder, you are advised to use your best judgment when handling situations such as these.

How to Properly Handle Workplace Conflicts


Have you been having problems at work, namely problems with your boss or your coworkers?  If you have, you are not alone.  Workplace conflicts are a lot more common than you may have originally thought.  You and many others may have problems with a coworker, a supervisor, or both.  When faced with a workplace conflict, you will want to be careful, as your actions can have consequences.

When it comes to handing workplace conflicts, there are a number of different factors that you will want to take into consideration. One of those factors is the situation or who you may have a conflict with.  If your conflict is with a coworker, you may want to speak with one of your supervisors.  On the other hand, if you are having a conflict with your supervisor, you may be able to go above their head and deal with another member of management.

Speaking of having workplace conflicts with a coworker, it is important to note that you need to proceed with caution, especially when reporting their behavior to your supervisor.  You need to remember that even the best of workplaces have cliques.  You will want to make sure that your supervisor isn’t close with the person in question.  Even if a relationship does exist, you can still take your concerns to your boss, but you just need to do so in a pleasant and professional way.  You will want to avoid, at all costs, sounding like you are spiteful or gossiping.

On the other hand, if you have a problem or a workplace conflict with your supervisor, you will want to consider going above their head, especially if the conflict you are having is a major one.  Major conflict can involve unfair treatment, unpaid overtime, and so forth.  Unless you are dealing directly with the owner of your company, you will likely find that your supervisor has a boss and so on.  When speaking with a supervisor, especially one who is ahead of your own manager, you will be as professional as possible. You will want to try and schedule a meeting in person.  You may have to make arrangements over the phone or through email, but you should refrain from divulging too much information at first.

As previously stated, it is important that you are professional when handling any workplace conflict.  It may be a good idea to keep documentation of all the complaints or problems you would like to bring attention to. For example, you may want to write down the time and date and a summary of what happens each time that you may be harassed, even if it is not sexual in nature. You will want to have documented proof to back up your claims, especially the serious ones.  The last thing that you want to do in a meeting with your supervisor or even their supervisor is come off as unprofessional or as the one with the issues.

The above mentioned methods are just a few of the many ways that you can go about trying to resolve any conflicts that you may be having at work.  Any small issues, such as a coworker wearing a strong perfume, should try to be handled privately first.  If you are unable to see success, especially after supervisors have been alerted, you may then want to consider seeking employment elsewhere, but you may want to use this only as a last resort.

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The Benefits of Mock Interviews

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Are you currently unemployed and looking for a job?  Even if you are employed right now, are you looking to change jobs or careers?  If so, you may soon start examining all available job openings in your area, as well as submit job applications or resumes for those openings. With luck, you will soon find yourself with a number of scheduled interviews.

Speaking of job interviews, when was the last time that you had one?  If it has been awhile since your last job interview, you may want to consider doing a few practice runs. These practice runs are commonly referred to as mock interviews. Although mock interviews may seem a little bit silly, there are a number of benefits to doing them.

One of the benefit to doing mock interviews before a real job interview is your options.  Most job seekers try to use their friends and family members for practice.  If this an approach that you would like to take, you will want to have your partner ask you common job interview questions, such what your strengths and weaknesses are. Be sure to answer with professional responses, just as if you would in real job interview.  You can also do a mock interview in front of your mirror. While this approach isn’t as realistic, it can help you practice your intended interview questions.

Another one of the many benefits to doing mock interviews, before you have a real interview, is the practice that you will receive.  It is no secret that job interviews can be nerve-wracking.  Even if this isn’t your first job interview, they can still cause you nervousness. Many job seekers find that holding mock job interviews with their friends or family members helps to ease the nervousness often associated with job interviews.  In fact, many also have reported a slight increase in confidence.

Preparation is another one of the many benefits of mock interviews. The goal of a mock or practice interview is to help you prepare for an upcoming job interview. This preparation may include answering common interview questions in a timely matter, giving a proper greeting, as well as departing properly from a job interview.  If this is your first job interview or if you haven’t attend a job interview in awhile now, you may be unsure as to how the process will proceed.  Mock interviews are not only a great way to calm your nerves, but they can also give you guidance, which can help you sail through your next job interview like a breeze.

If you are able to do a mock interview with a close friend or family member, you may get a number of pointers.  Using other individuals, especially those who are known for their unbiased opinions is the best way to examine your job interview approach.  If your friends or family members have any suggestions, like tips on how you can improve your answers, you may want to consider their suggestions. In, fact, you may learn something new or important by doing a mock interview with your friends or family members.

As outlined above, there are a number of benefits to doing a mock interview with a close friend or family member.  As a reminder, it is also possible for you to practice in front of a mirror, but you may have the best luck with someone who can give you feedback or provide you with helpful suggestions.

The Importance of Politeness When Dealing with Prospective Employers


Are you looking to find a new job?  If you are, you will likely come into contact with a number of different individuals, likely from a number of different companies.  No matter whom you are dealing with, it is important that you are polite at all times.  For more information on the importance of politeness, when dealing with prospective employers, you will want to read on.

One of the best ways to understand the importance of politeness is to put yourself in someone else’s place.  For starters, imagine yourself as the hiring manager for a local retail store.  If you were to come into contact with two job applicants, one of which who responded with “please” and “thank you,” and another that acted as if speaking to you was just a waste of their time, which individual would you be more likely to hire?  It is likely that you would respond with the candidate who was polite.  It is no secret that employers do not want to hire those who are impolite or have bad matters.

One of the many reasons why it is important for companies to hire polite and compassionate people is because their employees can either make or break their business.  This is particularly true when direct customer contact is required.  In keeping with the retail setting, retailers want and need employees who are warm, welcoming, and inviting.  An employee with a poor attitude can cause customers to take their business elsewhere. That is why it is important to be polite when dealing with all prospective employers, no matter which type of industry you are interested in working in.

It is also important to mention that you should be polite at all times and to whomever you come into contact with. Unfortunately, many job seekers make this mistake.  Many mistakenly believe that the only person they need to impress is the individual conducting the job interview.  Yes, most of your focus and politeness should be focused on your job interview, but you need to keep other instances in mind.  For instance, should you drop off a job application or a resume, it is advised that you greet the acceptor in a pleasant and positive matter.  It is not uncommon for some employees to pass word on to their supervisors about poor experiences they had with those dropping off applications or resumes.

Should you receive a call asking to schedule an interview, there is a good chance that the supervisor conducting the interview will not be the one on the telephone with you.  Often times assistants or secretaries handles these types of scheduling issues.  This is something that should no’t impact your behavior or demeanor when speaking to the individual in question though.  That is why it important that you are polite to whomever you may be speaking with on the phone.  Whether you dealing with a secretary or an assistant manager, it is advised that you are polite as possible.  Answering another telephone call, not saying “thank you,” or quickly ending the phone call can land you in hot water.

The above mentioned scenarios are a few of the many situations in which it is important to be polite when looking for a job.  As a reminder, politeness comes in a number of different sizes, shapes, and styles.  In most cases, saying “please,” and “thank you,” should be enough for those of importance to take notice.

Ways to Impress Hiring Employers After the Interview


Are you currently on a search to find a new job?  If you are, you may be preparing yourself for upcoming job interviews.  Although a good percentage of your time should be focused on mastering the interviews at hand, you may also want to examine your actions and what they should be after an interview has ended.

As previously stated, it is advised that you spend a good percentage of your time focusing on mastering the interviews which you should have scheduled soon. These preparation tips may include familiarizing yourself with common interview questions, creating a list of questions that you should ask interviewers, as well as choosing a professional outfit for you to wear. As soon as you have each of these preparation steps out of the way, you may want to take the time to focus on after the interview.

After the interview?  If you are wondering what you should after a job interview, you are definitely not alone.  Unfortunately, this is where many job seekers make mistakes, possibly costly mistakes.  Many believe that as soon as they finish up a job interview, the rest is in the hands of the management staff. While this can ring true in many cases, did you know that there are still steps that you can take to improve your chances of getting the job, even after the interview has ended?

One of the many steps that you can take, after your job interview has ended, is by going out of your way to thank the interviewer.  In most cases, you will find that this person would be your supervisor if you were to get the position.  Be sure to thank them for the job interview opportunity. Also, if you had a scheduling conflict or were late to your job interview, be sure to thank the interviewer for being patient and accommodating to you. This may improve your chances in more ways than you could have ever imagined, especially if you were late. Be sure to shake hands.  Many view this as the “official,” closing of a job interview.

When you leave the interview room, there is a good chance that you would have to walk through the rest of the establishment. Whether you have to walk fifty feet or five hundred feet, there is a good chance that you will come into contact with other individuals, namely other employees.  Be sure to acknowledge them with a quick hello as you pass.  This is particularly important if a company supervisor is escorting you from the building or at least watching you leave. Acknowledging other coworkers shows that you are able to go out of your way to get along with them. This is a good sign that you may be a great team player.

Once you return home, you will want to prepare a thank you letter to mail out to the interviewer. There are many individuals who have pre made thank you letters.  In fact, some will even mail out their thank you notes on their way home from the interview. While it is possible to do so, you may want to add a personal note to your thank you letter.  This will help to prove it was no’t a necessarily a preplanned gesture. With that in mind, the sooner that you can mail out your thank you note, the better shape you will likely be in. You will want to try and have your thank you note reach its recipient before an official decision has been made on who gets the job.

As outlined above, there are a number of different ways that you can go about landing your dream job even after the job interview has concluded.  What is nice is that these steps are relatively easy to implement.  In fact, you rarely have to take any special action.  These steps may not always lead you to be hired for the job, but there is no harm in taking a chance.

What to Do If You Don'’t Know How to Write a Resume


Are you interested in changing careers or changing jobs?  If you are, have you started your job search?  Even if you have started your job search, but you are currently coming up empty handed, you are urged to take a close look at your resume.  Speaking of resumes, are you even using one?

When it comes to finding a new job or changing careers, it is important that you have a resume.  Unfortunately, many job seekers mistakenly believe that job interviews are the most important component of finding a new job. While this can be true in many cases, it is important to remember that a quality resume is what enables you to get a job interview in the first place.  That is why it is important that you not only submit a job application, but that you also attach a resume as well.

As important as resumes are, there are still many job seekers who do not submit them.  One of the many reasons for this is because resumes, especially ones that are considered “perfect,” can occasionally be difficult to write.  If you are unsure as to how you can go about writing a professional resume, namely one that will land you multiple job interviews, you will want to continue reading on.  Just a few of your many options are outlined below.

If you are interested in developing your own resume, but you are unsure as to how you should proceed, you may want to turn to the internet. Online, you can find a number of websites that are commonly referred to as career websites. These types of websites often have information, including tips, on creating a professional resume.  It should also be possible for you to find free resume templates online. These free resume templates can be used as guides for you, when looking to create a “perfect,” resume.

In keeping with finding free resume templates, did you know that many computer programs, such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Works, have free resume templates available with them?  If you are using these two programs or other similar ones, you will want to examine your program’s templates.  What is nice about using your computer’s template programs is that you often have a number of different options.  It is not uncommon for you to find ten or more free resume templates, that come in a number of different styles, already installed in your computer.  

As outlined above, you have a number of different options if you are looking to create a professional looking resume on your own. As nice as making your own resume is, as it is free to do so, you may not have the needed time or you may be unimpressed with your own resume.  If that is the case, you may want to consider seeking professional assistance. One of the best ways to do this is by using the Internet to your advantage, namely a standard Internet search. When performing a standard Internet search, you may want to search with phrases such as “resume writer,” or “professional resume writer.”  Although you will have to pay to use the services of a professional resume writer, you and your prospective employers will likely be satisfied with the end result, which should be a great resume!
As outlined above, you have a number of different options when looking to have a professional resume to submit to all prospective employers.  No matter which option you choose, you should find that having a resume, let alone a professional one, should increase your chances of finding a new job.

Work Related Credit Checks:  How to Handle Them If You Have a Poor Credit Score


When many of us think of credit history, credit scores, or credit ratings, financial loans are often the first things that come to mind. While financial lenders are known for their regular use of credit checks, did you know that employers are also starting to perform credit checks on their new hires?  They are and if you are looking for a career change, this may have a negative impact on your ability to obtain the job of your dreams.

When it comes to employment and credit checks, you are either concerned or not concerned at all.  If you have a poor credit score, you may be unsure as to whether or not you should even apply for certain jobs. In the past, many financial institutions and insurance companies required credit checks, but now more and more employers are starting to do the same.  In fact, if you are looking to work in a fast food restaurant or even as a stocker at one of your local supermarkets, there is a good chance that you may still have a credit check performed on you.  

If you are interested in avoiding all jobs that check your credit, you will want to keep a close eye on all of the applications that you fill out.  Many employers will outline their hiring practices, such as whether or not credit checks are performed, on their job applications.  If you are not filling out an application, but rather sending in a resume, you may be able to find what you are looking for one the company’s website, should they have one.  If you are still coming up empty handed, you should be informed of all credit checks before they are performed.  

Although your first impulse, as mentioned above, many be to avoid applying for jobs where your credit will be checked, you may want to rethink your decision to do so.  What you need to remember is that more and more employers are starting to check the credit history of all new hires.  By avoiding these types of companies, you may seriously hinder your ability to get a new job.  Instead, there are a few steps that you may want to take and these steps are outlined below for your convenience.

If you are currently employed and just looking for a career change, you may want to consider holding off on that career change. Until you are able to repair your credit, even just a little bit, you may want to refrain from apply for new jobs, especially those that will check your credit. What many individuals do not know is that if you pay off only a couple of your debts, your credit rating will improve. When looking for new employees to hire, employers are realistic. They know that they will rarely be able to find employees with perfect credit scores.  That is why any improvements that you can make, no matter how large or small, should help you.

Although controversial, there are many who state that you should openly discuss your credit history with potential employers, especially if they ask you about your credit or ask you to okay a check on your credit history. If your debt is due to an unexpected emergency, like a medical emergency, you may want to state so. As previously mentioned, most employers are realistic; they know that not everyone is perfect. Of course, you will want to take every step to improve your credit, but having a good, verifiable excuse may help your case.  If you have a poor credit rating, you really don’t have that much to do lose, do you?

The above mentioned points are all points that you will want to take into consideration, when encountering a company who wants to check your credit.

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