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Five Office Life Hacks

Office life can be a handful with tasks you have to do, the different situations you have to handle, the different people you have to deal with, and the things you keep misplacing. The good news is there are things you can do to make office life a whole lot easier. Clean Up the Smart Way Clutter gets in the way of work. If you don’t organize your workspace you end up looking for things

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10 tips to building the job-winning resume

In this competitive market, a job-winning resume is essential to get the desired position. The resume acts as a company’s first impression of the candidate and determines whether the candidate gets invited for an interview. Below are ten tips to creating a job-winning resume. Short, clear, and concise It is a misconception that long resumes land interviews. In the busy corporate environment, no one has time to read a long resume. It is suggested that

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How To Be An Exceptional Employee

Every boss says she wants her employees to be reliable and dependable. Every boss says she wants her employees to be proactive and diligent. Every boss says she wants her employees to be good leaders and good followers. That’s what every boss says they want… but what they really want are employees that go above and beyond, possessing qualities that never appear on performance appraisals but make a massive impact on a team and business.

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10 Great Questions to Ask at Interviews

You’re on top of the world feeling like you just answered every question with poise and professionalism, then the Interviewer says, “so, do you have any questions for me?” You may have had the perfect answers, but do you have the perfect questions for them in return? Here are ten great questions for candidates to ask interviewers that will aid in the perfect interview conclusion: If you were to hire me, what could I expect in

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Boost Your Resume with Volunteer Work

Volunteering can be a boost to your job search if you’re unemployed or for your career if you are employed. Volunteering is attractive to employers since it demonstrates a broader consciousness of an employee – concern for one’s community – and that the volunteering employee is grounded and more likely to remain a loyal employee even in uncertain corporate times. Not only does volunteering look great on a resume for someone who has been job hunting, but it

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Reasons to Keep Job Hunting in December

If you’re thinking of holding off on your job hunt until January, think again. The truth is a lot of interviewing and even final hiring decisions are made during December — and applicants actively pursuing positions can get a jump on the flood of candidates that typically wait until January to enter the job market. Many job hunters mistakenly believe employers are too busy in December with year-end accounting or budgeting issues, customers’ immediate needs or marketing

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How LinkedIn Recommendations Can Help You

LinkedIn has this neat feature where you can request a recommendation from people you know and work with, so why not leverage this to your advantage? Adding recommendations onto your LinkedIn profile can provide numerous benefits: Recommendations from not only managers and clients, but direct and indirect reports, and peers can give a reader a complete 360 view of your professional performance and capabilities. As long as you’re not doing “you scratch my back and

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Michigan Outperforms National Unemployment Rate

The OnStaff Group is happy to say we play a role in finding employment for those searching here in Southwest Michigan!    Michigan manufacturers should be proud of the role they played in driving down Michigan’s unemployment. As of September, Michigan’s 5.0 percent unemployment is below the national average of 5.1 percent — the first time since August 2000. “We need to stay focused on our goal, but it also is important to look back to see how

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Improving Soft Skills Will Make You More Employable

You may be a whiz at math and computers, but do you have the personality to land your new job? Technology has integrated the work place and has allowed us to automate more technical jobs, new research shows that communicating clearly and being a team player matter more than ever. Training in mathematics and computer science are still very viable investments, but social skills are increasingly necessary along with cognitive skills; as technology becomes more

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5 Ways to Improve Your Communication

Success can largely depend upon how effectively you communicate. With this in mind, there are five common habits of speech that alienate coworkers and vastly limit your ability to inspire and lead others. Speechifying Strong business relationships emerge from conversations. Speechifying is the opposite of conversation; it’s a one-way street where you end up talking AT somebody rather than talking WITH somebody. Mostly this happens in presentations, when the speaker hasn’t left room for the audience to

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