What to Do After You’ve Accepted a New Job

Receiving the offer of a new job can prompt some of the most unalloyed feelings of joy possible. For a moment, at least. But soon, the rush of euphoria and the unabashed kitchen-dancing subsides, and different feelings begin to bubble up. Anticipation. Nervousness. Worry. Going into a new situation can cause stress. Even though your new job represents a great opportunity, it’s natural to feel a little apprehensive. The best cure is to prepare. Get everything set for the first day so you don’t add to your jitters with disorganization and uncertainty. Here are six items to keep in mind… Read more »

Five Things to Avoid Talking About in Your Next Interview

Any social situation is a potential trap, especially when your goal is to impress strangers. The possibility exists that you’ll get overeager and attempt a joke that doesn’t land, or accidentally insult someone with an off-handed remark. A job interview multiplies this concern. You aren’t just driven by the general human desire to impress. Your future earnings depend on making a good impression. It presents an even greater temptation to stretch and say more than you should. Not just a trap, a bear trap. More than even a bear trap. It’s a dragon trap. But there are some rules you… Read more »

Don’t Burn Bridges: Learn to Quit the Right Way

You have a fantasy of how it will go: You’ll stand up on your desk, give a rousing speech about the incompetence of management and the uselessness of your soon-to-be-former coworkers, then you’ll drop the mic (you have a mic in this daydream for some reason) and storm out the door, maybe in slow motion, maybe with Queen’s “We Are The Champions” blasting in the background. Best to avoid any version of that a fantasy. It might be satisfying to tell off your boss or insult your least favorite coworkers on your way out the door. But, it can have… Read more »

The Best Ways to Explain a Gap in Your Resume

When a potential employer reviews your resume, they’re looking for clues. First and foremost, that you’re qualified for the job—but also, that they can trust you, and your work ethic. Job gaps can send up a red flag to employers that you may not be who you seem. But have no fear—many people take time off from work to raise children, take care of sick loved ones, travel, complete course work, and much more. Three ways to handle job gaps If you have job gaps on your resume, the key is to know how to position them to avoid any… Read more »

Five Body Language Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Interview

You’ve perfected your interview skills and chosen a killer outfit—and the body language you use when meeting with an interviewer is like the cherry on the top of your interview sundae. It helps you make a good impression on a hiring manager and showcase yourself as the professional you are, plus it helps you stick in the mind of your interviewer—all good things when you’re hoping to win a new job. Five tips for positive body language Body language helps you project confidence and positive energy. And during an interview, this helps give you an edge over your competition. To… Read more »

How to Know if You Need a Resume for Your Career

Apply for a banker position at Goldman Sachs or a coding job at Google, and you know you need a resume. For other positions, the process might seem less obvious. Light industrial jobs often fall in the grey area. Some companies require a formal resume as part of the application process. Other places might not. Instead, firms might rely on an application you fill out, either with old-fashioned paper and pen or on a computer. Often, these are available to complete online. Whether you’ll need a resume for a particular job should be clear from the position. The job posting… Read more »

How to Keep Your Young and Talented Employee

Imagine draft night. Your favorite team has the first pick. They select the teenage hot shot tearing up the college ranks. The air suddenly fills with hope and anticipation. Fast forward to three years later. Your budding superstar has turned around the team’s prospects. But it’s getting to the end of his rookie contract. Now, tension and doubt pervade every report. His every statement is scrutinized. Will he re-sign? Is he moving to greener pastures? When these kinds of stories happen in the sports world, they drive endless conversations and garner top-ranked positions on news sites. But a smaller version… Read more »