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How to Find a Great Mentor

By Interview Tips

Having a mentor on your side can be a huge help in the job search process. To find and keep a good one, you need to know how to first build the relationship.

Start by knowing exactly what you want. Decide what you want out of the mentor relationship and how you want it to work before pursuing one.

Don’t make up any problems. When your mentor asks you how they can help, have an answer ready, so that you don’t have to make up a problem on the spot.

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The Skills You Need Before Applying for a Social Media Job

By Resumes

There’s more to being a social media manager than just knowing how to use Facebook and Twitter. The best people for the job know how to track, measure and analyze social media efforts, and offer a number of special skills.

Social media managers need to be good communicators. They are the voice for the brand, and they know exactly how to adapt their communication based on the platform.

Creativity is also a must. And it’s not just about writing either. You need to have good visual skills as well. There’s lots of competition on social media, so you need to know how to stand out in a crowd.

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How to Help a Co-Worker Through a Personal Crisis

By Management Tips

It’s normal to grow close to your co-workers. After all, you do spend 40 hours a week with them. But when a co-worker is going through a personal crisis, it can be difficult to know how exactly to help them without crossing the line.

Let your colleague know you’re there for them. Be approachable, but don’t ask too many questions or pry into their life.

Don’t offer your co-worker advice, unless they specifically ask for it. You want to make them feel comforted, so don’t share your opinions.

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How to Unite Employees Into a Cohesive Team

By Management Tips

Sometimes when you’re working it can feel like you’re going solo, instead of contributing to a team. Take a few simple steps to ensure that your employees feel the bonds of teamwork.

Encourage team members to ask for feedback and share the progress of each project your team is working on.  Make everyone feel involved along the way.

Hold regular meetings to give your employees updates on projects. Have everyone share what they’re working on to expose any opportunities for collaboration.

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Avoid Overused Phrases in Your Resume

By Resumes

The summary of your resume is the best place to showcase your best attributes and accomplishments. But there are a few overused phrases that you should avoid saying to ensure recruiters are impressed by you.

Don’t say you’re an “out-of-the-box thinker.” Too many people use this phrase without giving examples to back it up. Use the space for actual accomplishments that showcase your skills rather than giving an abstract idea.

Don’t call yourself a leader. You can’t exactly claim leadership skills without proving them. Instead point out instances or times where you’ve led others.

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What to Negotiate When Relocating for a Job

By Interview Tips

Moving can be a hassle – even if you’re doing it for the job of your dreams. When you’re negotiating an out-of-state job, there are certain things you should ask for to make your transition easier.

Ask your company to allow you and your family to take a relocation scouting trip. These trips give you the opportunity to look for a place to live and to scout the area and get to know it better.

Temporary housing, if available, is a great benefit. Getting a one or two month housing option takes the pressure off and gives you plenty of time to find someplace more permanent.

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How to Convince Your Co-Workers You’re a Morning Person

By Management Tips

Not everyone is a morning person. But just cause you stay up late doesn’t mean you can get out of getting to work early in the morning. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make waking up early easier.

Try using hot and cold hydrotherapy in the shower. Turn your nozzle as cold as it goes and stand under the water for 30 seconds. Then do the same, but turn the nozzle all the way to hot. Then, always end on cold.

Exercise just for 10 minutes. Get the blood flowing with a 10-minute yoga practice or Pilates routine. You’ll feel more refreshed after doing something active.

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How to Show You’re the Perfect Fit With Your Resume

By Resumes

When you’re applying for a job, it’s important to customize your resume for the specific position. But it can be tricky to know how to show that you are the one they’re looking for.

If they’re looking for a team player, be sure to highlight instances where you exhibited team work. Some words to use include “collaborate,” “participate” and “partner.”

For positions requiring leadership skills, demonstrate your ability to motivate and inspire. Key words include “supervise,” “manage” and “teach.”

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