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My Boss is Hinting I Should Quit—Now What?

 

At some point in your career, you’ll question whether you’re on the right path. When your boss starts questioning your career path, it’s time to take a serious look at what you’re doing and why.

If your boss makes a suggestion that you may want to look for another job, there are a few steps you can take to find your next career move.

1: Assess What You Really Want

The first thing to do in this case is to step back and consider what direction you want to go in your career with this company.  Be honest with yourself by asking “do you really want this job?” There is no reason to fight for something that no longer excited you.

2: Meet With Your Manager

After you evaluate your job and career path and decide you want to stay with your company, schedule a time to meet with your manager and discuss how you can move forward. This is a good time to talk about what issues the management team sees, where they feel you fit best within the company and what you’d like to do.  During the meeting, you should share not only what you want moving forward, but also how you plan to address the original issue.

3: Create a Plan

What if you decide that you really don’t want to be in this job anymore?  You have two options, stay and wait for things to improve or start looking for a new positon.  Either way, you should evaluate your career and where/what your next role should include—you don’t want to make a bad decision.  Finally, create plan for your registration.  Evaluate the timing, insurance transitions and your registration.

 

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What is Your Body Language Saying…At Work?

 

Body language reveals a lot about a person.  Your body language at work….how professional interact conveys a lot to your peers and manager.

So what does your body language say about you?

Body Language #1: Leaning back in your chair

What It Says About You:  It says you are leaving forward into a problem. Don’t lean backwards because it shows that you’re alienating.

 

Body Language #2: Crossing your arms in a meeting

What It Says About You: Crossing your arms shows you are cut off from receiving ideas…you are defensive.  If your body position is open, you are open to receiving new ideas and what people are saying.]

 

Body Language #3: Gesturing with your hands

What It Says About You: Gesturing with open palms shows you are honest and sensitive.

 

Body Language #4: Tapping your pen on the table

What It Says About You: This shows you are impatient or in discomfort

 

Body Language #5: Licking your lips

What It Says About You:  Chewing on your lips or licking your lips shows you are nervous and /or bored

 

Body Language #6: Stretching or yawning.

What It Says About You: Stretching or rubbing you head in meetings signals that you’re bored.

 

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4 Resumes Mistakes That Are Costing You That Dream Job

 

A resume is the most important step in getting a job.  The smallest error can cost you the interview and your dream job.  Your resume paints a picture of your experience, successes and career.  Most hiring managers weigh an applicant’s resume heavily when filling a position.  Every piece of information in the resume should be clear, accurate and well-thought-out.

Below are 4 common resume mistakes job seekers should avoid:

 

  1. Too Many Grammatical Errors

Typos and grammatical errors are costly errors because such mistakes can easily destroy your credibility.  This can be easily avoided by proofreading your resume. Give it to a friend or family member for a fresh set of eyes. It’s not worth missing out on a job opportunity because of an avoidable spelling mistake.

 

  1. Emphasizes Duties Over Accomplishments

A common mistake in many resumes where many job applicants spend most of the space highlighting the job responsibilities instead of focusing on their accomplishments.  Prospective employers want to see specific, quantifiable accomplishments on your resume.   These accomplishment speak to your ability and what you can bring to their team and company.

 

  1. Filled With Jargon or Terminology

Exhibiting your specific skillsets are important, especially when you are seeking a technical or IT job, but too much jargon or too much “tech talk” in your resume can often prevent the company from identifying your accomplishment and viewing your experience.

 

  1. Too Long

It is important to highlight your experience and accomplishments, but if your resume is too long the hiring manager may not finish reading it….a miss important details that relate to their opportunity.  A good rule of thumb is to give enough details about your previous positions, while emphasizing your accomplishment, but leave some more detail you can expand on in an interview.  This will help you peak the hiring managers interest in you and help you empress them during the interview.

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20 Most Common Interview Questions

 

Preparing for an interview can be the difference between success and failure.  One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to practice your interview questions and answers.  This will help you hone your answers.

We have complied 20 of the most common interview questions below.  Practice your answers so you will feel comfortable and put your best foot forward.

  1. Do you live close by?
  2. Are you willing to relocate?
  3. What are your strengths?
  4. What are your weaknesses?
  5. What do you think you bring to (insert name of company here)?
  6. What made you leave your last role?
  7. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  8. Tell me about a time you made a mistake and how you fixed it.
  9. What would you accomplish in the first 30/60/90 days?
  10. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  11. What’s your dream job?
  12. Tell me about your educational background
  13. Can you work more than 40 hours per week?
  14. What’s your availability?
  15. Who are our competitors?
  16. What motivates you?
  17. What would your direct reports say about you?
  18. What are your hobbies?
  19. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  20. What questions do you have for me?

 

 

 

 

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