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Oct 12
2020

Virtual Job Interviews

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In the past, final job interviews were conducted face-to-face. It often included travel when filling key positions. Today, because of COVID-19, more final selections are based on online interviews. Given this reality, many of us need to prepare for Zoom or Skype interview opportunities differently.  

Consider what God said to Samuel: "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."  (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV, italics mine) However, since your interview is with another person, the reality is that physical details matter, and there are several things you can do to prepare for an online job interview to assist you in landing an offer.

Jul 01
2020

Speaking Effectively

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A number of times I’ve touched on the topic for effective speaking. At times, and I try to apply the lesson to myself, I shared individuals there’s a reason TED Talks are limited to 18 minutes, most listeners struggled to stay focused for much more than 20 or for a maximum 25 minutes. TED Talks are a collection of well presented speeches based on the premise of presenting ideas well worth spreading.

Jan 20
2020

Read the Employee Manual Carefully

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I know many people never read their employee handbook.  Instead they only dig into it if they’re unhappy about something and want to prove their point.

Any new employee, at any level in a corporation, should read and make sure they understand the employee handbook. Here are four reasons why this is important. 

1.      The handbook communicates the dress code and other behavioral standards.

Dec 09
2019

Saying No

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I don’t like saying no.  I shouldn’t say this because someone reading this article may bombard me with a request for assistance. I’ve had a tendency to take on too many things partly because I don’t want to say no. A turning point for me came a few years ago when I came to the realization that every time I said yes to request I was, by default, saying no to something else. Perhaps I was saying no to family time or to another priority commitment. In life there are no free lunches and no extra time, so when we add something; it alters the schedule. The only question is what part do we alter?

Oct 28
2019

When a Boss Pushes More Work Your Way

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Frequently, an employer will ask for more work from an employee, more than what the basic job description may have identified.  I have been guilty of this to accomplish an important task but also because I felt some employees were capable of doing more. At times we can push too hard in ways that leave the employee overcommitted.  This requires the staff member to make choices about what work to do and what work to delay.

Experience as taught me that when I had additional work thrust in my direction, I would sit down with my boss and explain my current projects and how my committed time was already scheduled.  Then, I asked my supervisor how to delay or delete some tasks in order to take on the new assignment. Sometimes I just wanted my manager to realize my dilemma and figure out another way to get the task done without me. However, when an employee finds themselves in an untenable position, it may be time to start looking for another job.