In March 2020, all non-essential businesses were told to close their physical doors and open up digital ones. This meant sending employees to work from home. As the 14-day shelter-in-place order approached week three...then four...then ten....it became clear no one knew how long the work from home … [Read more...] about Is Working From Home Working for You?
Forgetting an item that you need for your first day of work is easy to do, but if you are starting your first remote job, forgetting something critical for first-day success is even easier. We have put together a checklist of the commonly overlooked aspects of preparing for your first day of working … [Read more...] about Starting a New Remote Job? Check out This Checklist!
After months of working from home, and a COVID vaccine in production, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. While we are not out of the woods yet, for many remote workers, this means that our time working from home (most likely) will be ending sometime in 2021. It’s time to start … [Read more...] about Returning to the Office? These 6 Tips Can Help You Prepare
The term “elevator pitch” or elevator speech gets used a lot in the professional world, but what exactly is it and what does it mean? You’re not trying to educate someone on all things elevators! Your elevator pitch is a verbal snapshot of you as a professional that is meant to grab your listener’s … [Read more...] about 8 Do’s and Don’ts for Building a Bad*ss Elevator Pitch
Whether it’s through grip or greeting, you can learn a lot about someone from their handshake. It only takes a few seconds to do, but your handshake communicates confidence, respect, friendliness, etc. And, if you’re (un)lucky enough, you might just learn about the health of the person on the … [Read more...] about Waving Goodbye to the Handshake: Creative Alternatives You Can Try on Your Next Interview
2020 has changed a lot of things about…a lot of things; millions of Americans have found themselves laid off or furloughed for (possibly) the first time in their lives. If you found yourself in that position, it can be comforting to know you’re not alone, but even still, something that shocking can … [Read more...] about Formatting Your Resume When Furloughed and Other Resume Writing Tips
No matter what desk (or table) you currently call your office, maintaining a healthy work-life balance is important, but we all know that is easier said than done. With our culture of instant gratification and technology literally at our fingertips, it can be challenging to truly unplug. And when … [Read more...] about The Hard Work of Taking Time off Work: How to Fully Unplug on Your Next Staycation
During an interview, an employer’s main goal is to get a better understanding of who you are as a professional along with your professional history. You may encounter questions about why you left a job as well as questions about any gaps in your employment history. Responding to your interviewer can … [Read more...] about Mind the Gap: How to Address Gaps in Your Employment History During an Interview
The decision to enter the workforce and the process of finding a job post-graduation is daunting. For those who decided to start their career journey in 2020, current events may have derailed their roadmap a bit. Although this year has proven to be one for the history books (quite literally), and … [Read more...] about A Job Seeker Survival Guide: How to Stand Out Professionally During COVID-19
Everyone goes through it at some point in their life: quitting your job. When this time comes, there are some important things you need to remember in order to make the transition (and those tough conversations) as seamless as possible: Be Professional Regardless of what you think an employer … [Read more...] about Leaving a Job? Here’s What You Need to Know
In light of recent events, citizens of Illinois and throughout the nation are grappling with the stress of employment uncertainty. Within these uncertain times, many professionals have found themselves without a job. As a professional, it is important to understand the difference between being laid … [Read more...] about What is the Difference Between Furlough and Layoff?
Whether it is in our personal lives or our professional ones, we use our phones for everything. What most people don’t realize, however, is that the role the phone plays in the business world is a little different than it is in private or personal communication. Many professionals think, “Hey, a … [Read more...] about Five Rules of Professional Phone Call Etiquette
Have you ever woken up not feeling 100% up to par and contemplated if you should go to work? Many individuals’ concerns about calling in sick revolve around losing their jobs or losing out on pay. Deciding to call in sick isn’t always easy, especially given the current circumstances around COVID-19. … [Read more...] about Sick Enough for a Sick Day: Best Practices for Calling off Work
There are about 5.59 billion active email accounts, each of them having a username as unique as the person who uses the account. Although an email address may seem like a great place to show off your creativity or a special characteristic about you, when it comes to your job hunt, that creativity … [Read more...] about Is Your Email Address Sending the Right Message?
This season alone, as of February 2020, the CDC estimates at least 34 million people have caught a flu illness. The biggest indicator of the flu is its tell-tale symptoms: cough, sore throat, headache, lethargy, muscle and body aches, fever and chills – just to name a few. Whether it’s the flu or … [Read more...] about Be a Workplace Warrior: Tips to Help You Fight The Flu
Job fairs can be a nerve-wracking experience, but they don’t have to be! The businesses that attend job fairs are coming to your school with the intent to hire –and with any luck, the person they hire will be you! Here are 6 tips to stand out in the (literal) crowd: 1. Dress for the Job You … [Read more...] about 6 Simple Tricks to Nail Your Next Job Fair
We’ve all been there. We’ve all taken that walk into the interview room, rehearsing our elevator pitches in our heads; going over the lines of our resume in the hopes that we don’t forget to mention any of the experiences that make us right for this role. You sit down in the interview room and pull … [Read more...] about Tell Me About It: 7 Open-Ended Interview Questions and Their Responses
Clothes. When most of us land a new job, this is the last thing on our mind. Well, except for maybe planning out next Friday’s shopping spree with your newfound spending cash. In all seriousness, deciding what to wear to a new job can be nerve-racking. Even though an HR manager may have said the … [Read more...] about Addressing the Dress Code: Workplace Attire Definitions and Guidelines