• What to Do If You’re Blindsided by an Interview Question
    The interview was going great until it wasn’t. You practiced the customary interview questions, developed a friendly rapport, and nailed every response with poise and humor. Then the hiring manager asked you another question, and it completely blindsided you. Have no idea where to begin? We can h...
  • How to Use Creative Strategies to Get Discovered By Candidates
    In an effort to get the best talent, hiring managers are in a unique position to help their companies get noticed. Here are a few ideas to help you get creative in order to get discovered.
  • Is It Appropriate To Recruit Former Employees?
    Not long ago, it was rare for hiring managers to see former employees applying for new positions at the company. But today, it’s a common occurrence—so common, in fact, the trend has even been given a catchy name, “boomerang employees.” This has lead many hiring managers to wonder: Is it appropri...
  • The 5 Types of People You Should Have On Your Reference List
    You've passed so many tests already—standing out in a pile of resumes, acing a phone interview, surviving multiple rounds of in-person interviews—and now it's time to overcome the final hurdle: the reference check. Hopefully you've already cultivated a well-rounded list of references. If not, her...
  • Make New Hires Your New Year’s Resolution
    Few tasks are as time- and energy-consuming as the recruiting process. According to a 2017 study by the Society of Human Resource Management, each new hire costs your company $4,425 on average—and the recruiting process typically takes 42 days to complete. Given the reality of tight budgets and t...
  • How to Make Sure Your Cover Letter is a Success
    To make your cover letter work for you, not against you, you will need to be savvy. A quick scan reveals whether applicants are serious about a position or simply blasting out their resume. Read on to learn more!
  • 5 Small Questions Your New Hire May Have That Matter
    New hires have many questions—both big and small, about expectations, company culture, and rules and procedures they need to follow. Here are some examples of seemingly trivial queries new hires may have that you need to be prepared to answer.
  • What to Do After a Job Rejection
    There's no getting around it: A job rejection stings, even if you've decided the position probably wasn't right for you. No one wants to be second choice. But, like most things in life, there are ways you can make the most of the situation. Here's what to do after a job rejection to keep your dig...
  • How to Answer: "What Are You Passionate About?"
    The last thing you expect during a job interview is for the hiring manager to ask you a personal question like, “What are you passionate about?” Here's how you can best prepare for it.
  • How to Cultivate Management Skills Before You Are a Manager
    Landing a management job without experience is unlikely. Employers want candidates with proven managerial skills supported by years of experience. But how do you get management experience if no one will hire you without it? Thankfully, you can cultivate management skills before becoming a manag...
  • How to Create an Intentional Workplace Culture
    In the workplace, unleashing potential does not require a dramatic increase to pay, perks, or benefits. And it’s not about hiring and developing superstars.
  • The Value of Coaching Employees into Higher Positions
    Managing a division or running an entire company is time-consuming. It’s hard to carve out time to coach subordinates to move up to higher positions. But good professional development can add up to savings and success for your entire company.
  • Tips for Cutting Your Resume Down to One Page
    When job-hunting, you're excited to tell a hiring manager exactly how much value you'll bring to the company—but that doesn't mean your resume should read like a novel. This is yet another time in life when less is more. In most cases, unless you're an upper-level executive, your resume should no...
  • Is It Appropriate To Ask Why A Position Is Open During An Interview?
    You might wonder whether it's appropriate to ask why a position is open during an interview. Not only is it appropriate—it's critical to ensuring the position is a good fit. Here’s why.
  • Virtual or In-Person Interviews: What’s the Right Answer When You Have the Choice?
    If you’re asked to choose between interviewing in person or virtually, what should you say? What factors should you consider? Spoiler alert: Sometimes Zoom is the right answer.
  • How to Explain a Toxic Work Environment During a Job Interview
    Sometimes quitting your job is the best answer. It should be your last resort, but there are times when a workplace is so toxic or detrimental to your health you simply must get out.
  • How to Respond to: "Walk Me Through Your Resume"
    "Walk me through your resume" is a common interview question, yet it also trips up many job candidates. It's not an invitation to tell your life story in chronological order. Instead, it's an opportunity to showcase your presentation styles, ability to synthesize information, and trajectory of pr...
  • How to Answer: "How Do You Like to Be Managed?"
    Nothing is certain but death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin—but if he'd been around in the 21st century, he might have added the interview question "How do you like to be managed" to his list. After all, you’re almost guaranteed to be asked this question at some point during the interv...
  • 5 Hot Jobs in D.C. that Can Mean Hiring Headaches
    Healthcare, services, managers and tech. And, of course, lawyers. There are many ways to evaluate what’s hot and what’s not in the D.C. job market. No matter how you slice and dice the numbers, though, those five categories are infernos. Here’s why.
  • What Is The Best Time Of Year To Apply For A Job?
    Now that the New Year has come and gone and you're cruising through your resolutions, if you’re like many people, finding a new job is one of the must-do's on your list. If you want to act while the iron's hot, it's helpful to know the ebbs and flows of when the best times of the year are to appl...