Part-time work becomes something of a Godsend during times of economic hardship, not least because erstwhile job seekers are desperate to keep their feet firmly grounded in the world of work. It is an entirely different kettle of fish to a full-time role however and as such boasts interviews that have an altogether more relaxed and less intense atmosphere. This does not devalue their importance; however, but simply requires a different mindset for you to…

While job interviews can be daunting experiences, imagine how much more difficult they would be if employers posed a dazzling array of unusual and unpredictable questions? Well, imagine no more, as various high profile companies and technology-based firms have decided to introduce the element of surprise for candidates seeking employment with them. So now is the time to embrace the world of the strange interview question, and make thinking outside of the box outside of…

From the moment we meet someone, we form an impression about them. And it’s the same with a job interview. As soon as your interviewer meets you, they form an impression about what sort of person you are, what kind of employee you would make, and what you might be like to work with. Even when we’re not speaking, we are still communicating. The way we move, our gestures, and what we wear all say…

According to Business Week, the average employee has a one-in-three chance of getting fired. Here’s what you’ll need to know in the event that the ax falls on you! Q: Is it better to pre-empt a firing by resigning instead? A: In most cases, no. Out of pride, many people fall into this trap and wind up waiving claim to severance pay, benefits, earned bonuses and commissions, and unemployment compensation. With so many victims of downsizings…

As a manager of new hires, you are as responsible for inspiring great performance as you are for getting new employees oriented to your company and to their role. Especially during their on boarding process, you should model the things you ask of your new staff. To create leaders out of your new hires, here are a few key actionable strategies: Let yourself learn from them. If you want to create a culture of perpetual learning…

Let’s think about this. Why are you thinking of writing a CV? What message do you want to get across? You need to make a good strong first impression, and you need to show your reader that you have substantial knowledge, relevant experience, and pertinent achievements. You also need some quick wins and reminders that can make the CV just that bit better. 1. REMEMBER Your CV does not get you the job; it needs to get…

The decision to terminate an employee is never easy and is usually a last-resort measure. But unfortunately, termination may be inevitable. To avoid legal problems down the road, you should establish a set approach to employee management that includes procedures for firing an employee. The following six steps can help you effectively handle terminations. First: Document Set out reasonable expectations from the beginning. When a new employee first starts, provide them with a job description…

What do you think of when I say the word blog? Do you envision a MacBook toting teenager writing about anything and everything going on their world? Maybe your thoughts turn to a friend who chronicles her life story online for all to read. Perhaps the word blog hasn’t even crossed your mind because your business already has a website. If you happen to fall into this last category, you’re going to be delightfully surprised…