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Wednesday
Jul112012

11 Best Business Opportunities By Industry

Starting a business is always risky, especially if your business is trying to swim against the larger economic tides. That’s why many savvy entrepreneurs take a broader view of the forces shaping supply and demand before taking the plunge and founding a company. What those broader forces reveal: Now is a great time to get in the game.

The economy is growing again, with gross domestic product up 2.3% compared to 1.7% last year. Interest rates also remain at historic lows, with no sign of significant inflation. There is also plenty of capital to be had, as venture capitalists continue to make deals at a brisk rate. Even the IPO market seems hot these days, especially with Facebook set to debut this week. Add all that up, and you’ve got some pretty favorable business conditions.

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Why You Should Really Avoid Making That Counter Offer

Think about it: an employee successfully went through the process of finding, interviewing and accepting a new job, only to be pulled back in by the company they already committed to leaving.

Whether their reason is salary, position, a better company, or sheer boredom, there are very few instances, if any, when a counter offer should be made — or accepted.

The reality is that even if a counter offer is accepted, the employee will soon fall back into the funnel of unhappiness or doubt that originally caused them to look for a new job. More often than not, the offer just delays the inevitable.

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Monday
Jul092012

7 Fatal Interviewer Mistakes

Job candidates make a lot of mistakes in interviews. That’s bad—at least for a person hoping to get hired—but what’s much worse is when you, as the interviewer, make one of the following mistakes:

1. Mistake nervousness or shyness for a lack of ability.

Some people just don’t interview well. They’re nervous or shy and don’t make a great impression. An awkward interview does not mean a candidate can’t do the job, though: Great communication skills in no way signals expertise.

When candidates seem nervous or uncomfortable, give them the benefit of the initial doubt. Help them relax. You’re a leader and your job is to get the best from people—even people you haven’t hired yet. You might just uncover a diamond in the deer-in-the-headlights rough.

And if the people you interview often seem uncomfortable, take a step back and consider your approach. You might be the problem.

2. Fail to go off script.

An interviewer should follow a plan and ask a reasonably specific set of questions, but the best questions are almost always follow-up questions. (Most candidates are prepared for an initial question, but questions that drill deeper are much tougher to fluff.)

Listen to initial answers. Then ask why. Or when. Ask how a project turned out. Ask what made a position hard or made a project difficult.

Not only will you get past the canned responses but you will also learn details—positive and negative—the candidate never planned, or would have thought, to share.

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Friday
Jun292012

5 Great Ways to Prepare for an Online Interview

As many companies fine-tune their hiring processes, they are embracing alternative ways to conduct interviews with candidates who may not reside in the same city. One of the more recent options is the online interview.

Companies have long conducted telephone interviews in place of face-to-face interviews, when needed. But now, with technology such as Skype available, employers can get as close as possible to the in-person interview experience. So how can you as a candidate prepare for this unique interview?

1. Know How the Online Interview Works

In order to get the most out of your interview, you’ll want to make sure you know in advance how it is going to work. Make sure you have all of the proper software downloaded to your computer, that your camera and microphone are working properly, and that you know exactly how to navigate the system. If possible, request information days in advance about the software you’ll need so that you can take some time to learn it before the interview starts.

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Thursday
Jun282012

How to Make the Perfect Job Offer: 9 Tips

You found the perfect candidate for your job opening. She’s clearly the best person for the job. She’s awesome.

So why take a chance on losing her? If that happens you’ll be forced to hire the second best candidate or, worse, have to start over.

I asked Jorg Stegemann, a recruiter and placement specialist and Director of Experis (a division of ManPower Group, how to make a job offer the right way.

Here are Jorg’s nine steps to a successful job offer:

1. Move fast.

If you’ve made a decision, why wait? Time is always your enemy in your recruiting, even in a down economy exceptional talent is rare.

Whenever possible contact the selected candidate later the same day of their final interview. If not, make contact within a day or two at most. Not only can you ease the candidate’s stress during the post-interview waiting period but you also show how thrilled you are to make them a part of your team.

2. Always call.

Some companies send emails or letters. Don’t. Make a phone call; not only can you convey your excitement, but you can gauge the level of enthusiasm of the selected candidate, too.

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Wednesday
Jun272012

6 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress sucks. According to the American Psychological Association, stress can result in headache, muscle tension, muscle pain, chest pain, fatigue, upset stomach, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, lack of focus, irritability, depression, eating problems, addiction … and social withdrawal. Yow!

Fortunately, stress isn’t inevitable, even in today’s hyper-connected, highly competitive world. Here are six techniques that I’ve picked up over the years and now use on a daily basis.

1. Create an Oasis

In the past, people worked 9 to 5; in today’s business environments, there’s pressure to work (or at least be available) 24/7. Needless to say, that pressure generates oodles of stress.

An absurdly easy way to get reduce that stress is to shut down your computer and your cell–not just while you sleep, but also an hour before and after you sleep.

This takes discipline, because you’re probably in habit of checking email, texts and so forth. This also takes self-confidence, because you must believe that you need to be at the constant beck and call of your boss, colleagues and customers. Do it anyway.

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Tuesday
Jun262012

How to Lead Your Company Through Change

Different employees react differently to change. However each feels about a new situation, you can help all of them adjust.

Charles Darwin said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

The business world is just like the natural world. In 30 years of leadership training, I have seen giant companies that were considered invulnerable turn into dead dinosaurs. I’ve seen small start-ups with bright ideas fail to navigate sharp turns ahead. And I’ve seen companies survive, even when confronted with problems beyond their control, because leaders adapted and stayed one step ahead.

Things never stay the same, so the ability to lead in times of change is vital. We often resist change because it takes us out of our comfort zone, but change can be exciting, healthy, and profitable.

There is no bigger change for an entrepreneur than being bought out. You, like the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, may someday be faced with the biggest question of all: stay independent, or sell?

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Monday
Jun252012

14 Lessons From Benjamin Franklin About Getting What You Want In Life

Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life.

Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done.

Here are 14 action-inducing lessons from him:

Less Talk, More Action

“Well done is better than well said.”

Talk is cheap. Talking about a project won’t get it completed. We all know people who constantly talk about the things they are going to do but rarely ever take that first step. Eventually people begin to question their credibility. Taking action and seeing the task through to completion is the only way to get the job done.

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Friday
Jun222012

The Skype Or Online Face To Face Job Interview Experience

The camcorder/Skype interview was bound to happen – and it’s been happening faster and faster as the world becomes smaller and smaller. Because we are able to reach out to others around the world through social networking, electronic devices and instant communication – without leaving home or the office it is not surprising that companies have latched on to this technique to conduct job interviews.

Companies and agencies continue to be challenged to find ways of cutting costs, especially when it comes to travel and entertainment. Interviewing long-distance is the perfect solution to slashing thousands and thousands of dollars off of the corporate recruiting budget.

The latest trend in job interviews is to use the camcord/Skype technology to screen and interview applicants. Companies are finding this new method to be a great way to save time as well as money by conducting phone screenings before they bring the candidate in for a face-to-face interview – and in some cases to conduct the full job interview over Skype.

Just a few of the companies that are joining the ranks and using Camcorder interviews are — Merck Pharmaceutical, University of Michigan, UPS, Amway, Kohler, Broadcom, Walmart, InterContinental Hotel Group, ARAMARK, Mayo Clinic – with more companies jumping on the band wagon daily.So, if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest trends for job interviewing get ready for the next challenge – interviewing in front of a Camcorder.

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Thursday
Jun212012

7 dumb mistakes managers make (and what to do instead)

By Darryl Rosen

You glance down at an incoming text while an employee is talking to you. DUMB! Or you bark “Just get it done!” to your team and then walk away. DUMB!

According to a recent CareerBuilder poll, 58% of managers received no training before starting the job, which often results in avoidable management missteps like these.

Even smart, well-trained managers make dumb mistakes. But the difference between dumb managers and smart ones is that smart managers notice when their people are unmotivated or uninspired. They work at making small behavioral changes to correct the common management mistakes that are impeding their performance.

Here are seven dumb mistakes managers make, followed by what you should do instead. Any of these sound familiar?

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