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  • The Worst Hiring Mistakes We’ve Seen
    Lately, it feels like the only thing more difficult than hiring quality applicants is keeping quality employees. If you’re starting to notice a pattern of mis-hires, it’s time to revamp your interviewing practices to bring on more successful candidates. To help, we’re recounting the five worst hi...
  • What to Do When You’re Bored At Work (Other Than Eating)
    At some point, we've all been bored at work. Maybe the busy season is over or you're the unlucky soul alone in the office between Christmas and New Year's. No matter the reason, at some point you're going to find yourself with some extra time to fill. Here are a few ideas to keep you out of troub...
  • The Feedback Your Employees Really Want
    The employee evaluation process is awkward at best. The trick to making the situation more beneficial and less painful for all involved is to focus on giving the types of feedback employees really want: feedback that's frequent, constructive, and actionable, as well as delivered in an appropriate...
  • What Your Boss's 1:1 Style Says About Them…And You
    Whether your boss gravitates toward big meetings and group projects or prefers to work individually with their employees, he will have to conduct one-on-one meetings. Some take the buddy-buddy approach, some use a coaching or mentoring style, and others take advantage of the opportunity to microm...
  • Can I Excel at My Job, Enjoy a Social Life, and Get Enough Sleep?
    “Can I excel at my job, enjoy a social life, and get enough sleep?” We’ve all asked ourselves some version of this question, and our answers typically fall somewhere between a self-defeating no and derisive laughter at our own foolishness. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to exc...
  • How to Keep Company Culture Strong When Employees Work Remotely
    So your office is no longer filled to capacity, thanks to the modern age of technology and the ability to work remote. Don’t worry. You can still have a strong organizational culture even when some, half, or even all of your team is working from home. After all, the terms “community” and “culture...
  • What to Do if You’re Not a Morning Person
    Mornings are the worst. The hazy headspace, the heavy eyelids, the leaden steps… Everything about everything makes you want to slump over. And. Just. Not. We get it, and we’ve got a few ideas to help. Here’s what to do if you’re not a morning person.
  • How Can I Learn to Like What I Do For a Living?
    Most people spend a large portion of their lives earning a living. It’s inevitable that you’ll have bad days at work, but have you found the occasional “My job is the worst” venting session has become the norm? Sometimes it requires a major life overhaul, including a career switch, to set things...
  • How to Get Your Foot In the Door At Your Dream Company
    We all have a list of companies we aspire to work at during the pinnacle of our careers. To get one step closer to making that dream a reality, consider these tips to get your foot in the door of your dream company — whether or not it has an open position you’re interested in right now.
  • 5 Things to Consider When Hiring College Seniors for Post-Grad
    Even with all the preparation available at most university campuses, some new college grads still struggle with the transition into the “real world.” This can be due to a variety of reasons, including immaturity, external hardships, or just plain inexperience. There’s a lot to be said for hiring ...
  • You Have More Power Than You Think
    Much has been written about the quest for power. Some studies indicate that human beings universally long not for freedom, per se, but power. Whole civilizations have risen through the use of power. Whole civilizations have fallen through the use of power. But what does it mean to have power ...
  • 7 Unusual Job Search Hacks
    Job searches can be incredibly stressful. Whether we’re burning through savings or pining for something different, our haste to end the search successfully can lead us to make some novice errors, like sending applications where we definitely don’t fit or coming across as mechanical in our interac...
  • 5 Reasons Why Candidates Aren’t Accepting Your Job Offer
    After several rounds of interviews with potential hires, you've finally found an ideal candidate who expresses an interest in the position. You get excited thinking about nailing down the final details in your next conversation to seal the deal. Instead, you're shocked to find your offer is polit...
  • I Still Don’t Know What I Want to Be When I Grow Up
    Imagine you’re back in first grade. Your teacher asks you to draw what you want to be when you grow up. Now you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, and you wonder why you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up. Is something wrong with you?
  • 5 Things You Should Never Put In Writing At Work
    The workday can feel so long…and your email inbox or Slack channel can seem like such a private haven—a secret clubhouse where you can share jokes and kvetch with your work spouse. But don't let a false sense of security lull you into making a career-derailing mistake. There are certain things yo...
  • Is the Candidate Lying During This Interview? Here’s How to Tell
    So much focus is placed on the stress faced by job candidates, but it can actually be just as nerve-wracking on the other side of the table. Unfortunately, it's all too common for candidates to lie on their resumes or during interviews. As a hiring manager, you need to be on the lookout for signs...
  • How to Design a Collaborative Office Space
    Raise your hand if you like cubicles. What? No one? No big surprise there. Cubicles are the death knell of both privacy and collaboration. They’re the unhappy medium between private offices and open, shared workspaces. So if you want to get on trend and take advantage of the many benefits of col...
  • Keep Getting Rejected? 3 Things to Keep in Mind
    Let's not sugarcoat it: Rejection stinks. Nothing is fun about being turned down for a job opportunity. And while circumstances are often beyond your control (they went with an internal candidate, or the position wasn't filled), if you’re consistently coming in second or third during the hiring p...
  • How Long Do You Need To Stay At a Job Before Moving On?
    Everyone knows that how you quit your job is important. But not everyone realizes that knowing when to do so is just as—if not more—important. So you’ve decided to move on? Read on for a general guide of quitting times that will reveal to future employers more about you than you might expect.
  • How to Navigate Interviews When You’re Moving to a Different City or State
    You want to get a job in a different city or state, and you’re not quite sure how to go about navigating the interview process. While in many ways the out-of-town job hunt mirrors the local search, there are definitely curves in the road that need to be navigated differently. But don’t worry; we’...