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5 tips to be a great employee – temp or perm

Do you shoot yourself in the foot when you start a job? Here is a list of good ideas.

It is easy to destroy your reputation in the first week or two. Whether you have a new job, are on a contract, or are just on a temp assignment.

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How to beat personality tests and FAQ

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. (E. Letterman)

 

Here is how your boss decides to use personality tests. Then we will show you how to “beat” them.

His story

Your job as boss is in danger. 3 more people have quit. 5 of the last 10 people you hired […]

Job interview – Good manners

Good manners soothe people in a potentially bad situation. In a positive situation good manners make everyone involved even more pleased. Manners are society’s way of helping people cope with each other.

Here are some situations and how to deal with them:

I really want this job: At the end of the interview say, “This […]

Job search: what the reality show would look like

There is a natural progression to a job search and how you feel when you have been fired. Let me give you the key line that would be in the 8 episodes of the reality show, “I Was Fired.”

Episode 1: Fired? I’ll have another job before I’m out the door, you slug.

Episode 2: […]

6 things to suck your career into a tar pit

These are 6 related habits that people fall into that torpedo their careers. The author pretends it is just IT people. These will sink you into a tar pit that won’t necessarily get you fired, but will keep you from making any progress in your career.

Here is the article.

My last job stunk, what do I say?

“My last employer lied to me. He looked me straight in the eye and lied to me twice in the employment interview. Then he spent the next year undermining me. He made it impossible to reach the pay level he promised me.”

When he told me that, I understood. I’m an agency recruiter. I could […]

How much do we have to pay you? – The correct answer

It’s your first interview. Things are going well. The wall clock says you’ve been here 45 minutes. That’s good. Then the hirer sits back in his chair and asks, “How much do we have to pay you?”

This can be a disaster. If you come up with too big of a number, they won’t hire […]

6 real reasons people turn down jobs

Too bad. When someone gets a job offer and turns it down, it disappoints the folks who made the offer. Here are 6 real reasons people turn down jobs.

Will the folks who made the offer learn from it? Will they even listen if you tell them why you turned down the job?

I am […]

Job hunt tips for older (no, for all) professionals

Your age can be a problem. It can also be an asset when job hunting. Whether you are in accounting, computers, or engineering, age discrimination exists. You can also use your age to your advantage.

Do you remember Ronald Reagan saying that he wouldn’t use his opponents youth and inexperience as a political tool? (here […]

Your sunshine collection can get you a raise or a job

Memory is a fickle thing. When you are depressed, you can hardly remember cheerful times. It is a good thing you know how to write. Keeping track of little things can change your entire career. Your job journal can be a lifesaver when things get rough. It is your sunshine collection.

Every time someone compliments […]