Be a Better Employee… INSTANTLY!

English: emperform

We all want to improve—to be better parents, spouses or friends.

There has always been a deep-seated need to rise above our current life situation. This drive is something hard-wired in our DNA and (for the history of humanity) has fueled success in business, relationships and life.

Every employee—from the mail room to the boardroom—wants to better themselves, but are often held back from acting on this primal need.


One reason could be that improvement is thought to be hard work. Everyone wants to improve, but relatively few want to do the heavy lifting to actually make it happen.

For those afraid that self-improvement is too daunting a task, there is an answer!

Unlike weight loss and awesome six-pack abs, there is a way to become a better employee immediately.

From Dr. Dean Burke, ten ways to improve yourself at work—INSTANTLY!

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Behavioral Interviewing: How to Be a STAR!

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“Tell me about a time you solved a problem.”

An interviewer who has never uttered these words is simply missing an opportunity—and is only performing half an interview.

This question, and all the different ways it can be worded, is at the heart of the behavioral interview, and gets to root of a company’s current problem—finding the person who is a perfect fit for the company and its culture.

Behavioral interviewing is a structured process to determine if the candidate has both the character and work ethic required for a particular position.

Rarely focusing on the technical skills required for the job; the purpose of behavioral interviews is to be more of a matchmaker. Like in the dating world, behavioral interviews succeed best when they finding compatibility between the prospective employee and employer.

And just like dating, the consequences of a poor match in hiring can be frightening. A lousy hire wastes money, time and energy.

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MindMap: How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleThe ability to interact well with others is one of those necessary life skills for any outstanding employee or entrepreneur.

Think about the importance of strong communication skills the next time you want something from co-workers or a boss. Imagine how much easier it would be handling customers by using your wits; getting them to sign the dotted line will be a breeze!

These “soft skills” can certainly put a person on the fast track to success.

Not surprisingly, companies evaluate the character and personality of a candidate seriously when hiring, sometimes more than even experience and training. Success in any organization is in a large part based on what kind of “fit” you are in the corporate culture.

Advice about life skills can be found everywhere; there is no shortage of books and videos in the self-help category. Motivational speaking has become a decidedly profitable field. No doubt because every speaker claims they have the “answer.”

Theories about how to deal with people have been around since the dawn of man. Unsurprisingly, the best advice is far from original—it is often unsophisticated wisdom passed down from one generation to another.

Typically, most advice falls under the variety of “common sense.” Hear it, and there is a natural inclination to roll eyes and sigh in boredom.

Just because you might have heard it all before, that doesn’t make wrong to hear it one more time. Since your success—in relationships on and off the job depends on it, it would be foolish not to review the basics every so often—especially when you can get it in a clear, concise form.

First published in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is one of the best-selling books ever published on the subject dealing with people. To date, it has sold 15 million copies world-wide. Carnegie’s book has instructed and inspired countless numbers of people—both in business and in life. user Aaron W. created a “mind map” of the key points from How to Win Friends... This interesting flow chart outlines many of the main themes, including “Six Ways to Make People Like You,” and “Fundamental Techniques in Handling People.“

It is a tremendous resource for anyone wanting to brush up on soft skills. Think of it as a “refresher course for life.”

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Learning from a Bad Boss

Learning From A Bad BossMany things (both good and bad) can happen in the workplace. One of worst is working under a bad boss. The way a boss can be bad is as varied as management styles—a bad boss can either disrespectful, incompetent  offensive, arrogant or any combination.

They could even be a decent person, but have poor leadership skills.

Having a lousy boss doesn’t mean you cannot learn how to be a better employee—and perhaps a better boss  later on in your career.

Here are several ways you can learn from a terrible boss—and improve your own future:

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How to Build a Personal Brand [Infographic]

Personal Branding Step-By-StepThe key to any job search is to have the skills and experience that employers need.  More than that, to be truly successful, job seekers must also develop a strategy to market those skills.

An advanced job search must effectively communicate that a candidate knows what they are doing, shows accomplishments and their potential for the future.  That means the to be the best talent, job seekers should have a laundry list of expertise—incorporating hard skills of learning and experience and soft skills of personality and character.

One way to wrap yourself effectively in one dynamite employment package is through a marketing strategy called branding. Creating a personal brand is the most direct way to “deliver the goods” to prospective employers; an organized way to prove who you are as both an employee and as a person;  in addition to what you can “bring to the table” as a benefit to the targeted employer.

How to start a personal brand? First, you must understand yourself—your strengths, weaknesses and passions. Focus your efforts on the strong points in your resume and reinforce the weak spots, so your brand can ensure that you are a winner!

Use this infographic from Mattias Gronborg, a Social Media Guru, to discover how to build your personal branding.

Infographic after the jump…

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5 Recruitment Fails!

5 Recruitment FailsA well-thought recruitment strategy can be the lifeblood of a successful organization. Bringing in the right expertise is required to support a company, keeping it fresh, innovative, competitive and always at the top of the game.

Unfortunately, companies often see recruitment as a burden. They want nothing to do with it, and when they do, they hire reluctantly and with as little effort possible. What they fail to realize is that hiring the wrong people can be devastating; costing much more than if they hired right the first time.

There are some recruitment tactics that should never be attempted. Think about how awful recruitment can be like shooting yourself in the foot.

If you recognize any business committing these five recruitment fails—stop them NOW, before it’s too late!
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