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Posted December 13, 2013 by

Prove You’re The Top Entry Level Job Candidate During an Interview. 8 Traits to Demonstrate

Entry level job candidates, do you want to make a great impression during an interview?  The following post has eight traits you can demonstrate to prove you’re the top job candidate.

Companies continually deal with increasing levels of uncertainty and fewer resources. The result has been a growing emphasis on finding and hiring a certain type of employee: consistently effective, adaptable and enjoyable to work with. These people can be hard to spot in advance, but when an employer meets one, they know it right away. These indispensable employees tend to

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Posted October 17, 2013 by

How the Rules of Online Dating Can Affect Your Entry Level Job Search

Entry level job seekers may not understand how the rules of online dating can affect their job searches.  The following post explains how the approach to both is similar.

Your 20s are a time to explore the professional and personal passions that will stick with you for the rest of your life. But as just about every 20-something has figured out, searching is tough. It’s stressful and uncertain. Sometimes it’d be nice to have some help narrowing down your options. This probably explains why

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Posted October 03, 2013 by

Young Professionals, Do Your Recent College Graduate Jobs Promote Innovation? 5 Traits to Tell If You Can Succeed as an Intrapreneur

Employers hiring for recent college graduate jobs may want to consider candidates who are innovative.  These just might be the workers who come up with the next big thing for their business.  For young professionals who desire success as intrapreneurs, the following post identifies five traits to possess.

Where is it written that entrepreneurs are only sole proprietors, closely held business owners or people who start a new company? Or that the great innovators, ideators and creators always start their own companies and enterprises? You can innovate from within, too. A common misconception is that those willing to step

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Posted August 12, 2013 by

Are Your Employees Engaged on Their Entry Level Jobs?

Employee engagement is crucial to the success of a company.  Employers should make sure they understand this concept in order to manage new employees for positions such as entry level jobs.  The following post explains more about employee engagement.

Dale Carnegie and MSW did a study on over 1500 employees, to dig further into what creates engaged employees, and what key attributes are present within these engaged employees. Some startling employee engagement statistics revealed in this study showed that 29% of the workforce is engaged, 45% are not engaged, and 26

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Posted August 08, 2013 by

3 Interview Questions New College Grads MUST ASK

Gail Palubiak

Gail Palubiak, Managing Partner of Lehman Gates Executive Search

As a recruiter, I have skin in the game since my reputation is on the line when my candidates go on interviews. If they shine then I shine, they get hired and I get paid. If they suck then I suck, they don’t get hired and I don’t get paid. See the parallel? It was imperative for the success of my candidates, as well as for my own success, that I become a voracious student of what it takes to land a job.

I realized that most people do a lot of homework learning how to answer interview questions (i.e. What’s your greatest weakness? How do you handle conflict? Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Oh, and of course…Tell me about yourself). By now your college counselor has grilled you about the importance of a well delivered elevator pitch, right? There are other valuable resources on your career placement intranet and on the internet to help you prepare answers for interview questions. That’s not exactly the problem (don’t get me wrong, it can be a problem but I’ll save that for a later post). But one of the most prevalent problems is how few people come to an interview equipped with their own “knock-‘em-off-their-feet” questions. I’m not talking about questions that every other candidate is asking; What keeps you up at night? What’s your company’s greatest competitive advantage/weakness? Granted, these are helpful but you need to come to the table with questions that will elevate you in the minds of the hiring managers. (more…)

Posted May 10, 2013 by

What’s your E-IQ ?

A diagram focusing on emotional intelligence

A diagram focusing on emotional intelligence. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

During the selection process, hiring managers are usually interested in education, skills, experience of the job candidate and cognitive abilities.  Another key indicator of success in the workplace is emotional intelligence.  Commonly known as EI, emotional intelligence is the ability of a person to identify, evaluate, and manage personal feelings and those of other people, as individuals or as groups.

While technical skills may be learned through observation and on the job experience, it’s a long process for a person to develop emotional intelligence through training.  Recent surveys indicate that over 71 percent of employers value emotional intelligence over IQ. This is a staggering statistic, but it shows how much emotional intelligence can be a factor in overall workplace success. (more…)