College was a great experience, I got my first sense of freedom and was living on my own, when I graduated, I started applying for jobs. Jobs that required experience, but I was in a bind – how do I get an entry-level job that requires experience when I needed (and wanted) to work full-time while … [Read more...] about What I Wish I Had Known When I Graduated College
The modern-day workplace did a complete 180 from what it was even two years ago. Despite these changes, employees still need a level of psychological security and emotional safety from their employer. And the number of workplaces where emotional safety is successfully cultivated is concerning. A … [Read more...] about Building an Emotionally Safe Workplace
As I walked away from my cubicle in March of 2020, I was anxious, worried, and cautiously optimistic. While I was excited to cut down on commute time and regain some work-life balance, I asked myself, “Am I set up for this?” I’m an extrovert who talks to people for a living. My coworkers are like my … [Read more...] about Work From Home Isolation Is Real. Here’s How To Protect Yourself Against It.
“What questions do you have for me?” It’s one of the most important interview questions that your interviewer will ask. But why is this so important? Replying with a short, “I don’t have any,” while simple, says a lot without saying much. When you say nothing, you allow your interviewer to … [Read more...] about Stop Asking these Low-Value Interview Questions! Here’s What You Should Ask Instead.
Let’s pretend for a second that this pandemic didn’t happen. If you were beginning a job search in an alternate 2021, you’d probably still feel overwhelmed. The idea of going into a new office, meeting new people, making a good first impression, learning a new routine, trying to get along with new … [Read more...] about New Job Nerves or Something Else? Is Social Anxiety Sabotaging Your Job Search?
The pandemic has changed many things about the employment world. For many hiring leaders and job seekers, navigating these new waters can be tricky. With so much up in the air, it’s hard to know what the next week holds for your operations, new roles, interviewing, etc. –let alone what those things … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Video Interviewing
In 2020, an alarming number of US employees admitted to feeling stressed or fatigued, with 76% stating that they were experiencing burnout. Regardless of how you define it, burnout is very real. In most cases, the causes of employee burnout are so small, it’s often hard to notice they’re occurring. … [Read more...] about 9 Little Things That Lead to Big Employee Burnout
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?