Before you hire your first employees, read this

You could be making a big mistake if you blend the personal and professional too often at work

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BY BRUCE POON TIP | Founder, G Adventures

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Saturday is the United Nations' International Day of Friendship, a day that's designed to "strengthen bonds among individuals and generate greater respect and understanding in our world." During these turbulent times, we certainly need more of that.

Five Interview Questions a Recruiter Shouldn’t Miss

Every candidate walks in to an interview with the expectation of it being the first step towards a successful career and the connection that the candidate builds over the interview will reflect on the decision that they make. Even the best of candidates might change their mind when they don’t feel connected or comfortable with the employer. Although many believe that candidates always expect an easy way out of a question, in reality what they desire are questions that will portray their personal beliefs and highlight their subject knowledge. Questions like “Where do you see yourself in five years” have gotten old and almost everyone come with an answer prepared for that. You don’t want a candidate that has memorised the answers for each question, you need a candidate that can think on his/her feet. Someone that is confident enough to tackle a question as an when it’s asked, someone creative and willing to take up a challenge without hesitance. Here are a list of questions that you can ask from your future interview candidates to keep the conversation going.

What to look for in your next job hunt

Sometimes the simplest things attract us to certain organisations. It could be the atmosphere or even the family like nature among coworkers. We’re all searching for that click when you know it’s the right place to be. But unfortunately that click doesn’t just happen, and sometimes you just have to keep searching. That’s all for that dream job that we envision in our minds and before landing that dream job, we have to go through some not so dream jobs to get there. But it’s always good to have an idea of what you want and what to look for when searching for a job. If you have been working for a while, you’ve probably figured out what works for you but if it’s still your first few, here are some things to look for when you go on that job hunt.

Hire the Best People, and Let Them Work from Wherever They Are

By Cassandra Frangos

I ran into a former HR colleague at a conference last month. We got to talking and she mentioned she was finding it difficult to hire a cybersecurity expert. I wasn’t surprised. Security talent is scarce in the tech sector right now. “I found someone phenomenal, but she’s in Washington State, and she won’t move to our cybersecurity group in San Francisco,” my friend lamented.

4 Things That Sink New Executives, and How to Overcome Them

ByRon Carucci

FEBRUARY 09, 2016

When mountaineers ascend rapidly to very high altitudes, they sometimes suffer from a condition called acute mountain sickness. The severe nausea and headaches are much like a bad hangover, but left unaddressed, can be debilitating and even fatal.

Study: Firms with More Women in the C-Suite Are More Profitable

By Marcus Noland and Tyler Moran

FEBRUARY 08, 2016

While successful female leaders have made headlines in recent years — Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, and Indra Nooyi all come to mind — they remain the exception to the rule.

Yet in the U.S. women make up nearly 40% of MBA graduates and 40% of managers. In many countries they make up an equal or greater share of tertiary graduates and the professional and technical labor force. And worldwide they are catching up to men in levels of education and workforce participation. So why do women remain hard to find in the corporate boardroom and the C-suite?

The common lies that all interview candidates say

No matter how many times you go through an interview there’s always going to be that feeling of nervousness within you every time you walk into the room. Grant it the first few are bit more terrifying than the rest that follows. Although the feeling is not as strong it doesn’t fade away completely. Its human nature to feel a bit nervous before a milestone that decides the next step in your career. We tend to say some elaborate partial truths that we prepare for ahead of time. From the very first, “how are you today?” “Great!” the rest of the interview is usually pre prepare answers that sometime turn out to be some elaborate truths or just plain lies. And although we are under the impression that we are fooling the interviewer its fair bet to say that it’s not the first time that persons hears the same story.

20 Things the Most Respected  Bosses Do Every Day

Think about the best boss you've ever known. Here are 20 things I'll bet he or she never stopped doing.

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BY BILL MURPHY JR. Executive editor, TheMid.com, and founder, ProGhostwriters.com@BillMurphyJr

Think about the best boss you've ever had.

Maybe you're fortunate, and we're talking about the person you call your boss today. Maybe it's someone you recall fondly from years ago. (Maybe you don't have a boss--good for you!--but I'll bet you've had one at some time in the past.) Regardless of who this person is, I'm confident I can describe him or her. That's because highly respected bosses often have a lot in common with one another. Here are 20 of the key things they do almost every day.

1. They share their vision. The most important thing a leader can do is provide his or her team with a goal that is worth their time. Granted, the boss doesn't always get to set the agenda, but a great one will advocate for something worthy, and ensure that he communicates it effectively and often.

5 Email Mistakes That Make  You Look Really   Unprofessional

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BY PETER ECONOMY The Leadership Guy@bizzwriter

The average employee spends about 25 percent of their workday dealing with email. Why not get it right the first time?

A new problem of our super tech-savvy world is email communication. When do we send them? How often? And, most worrisome of all, what do we say? Studies show that the average employee spends about 25 percent of each workday simply sorting through, responding to, and creating their email messages. Yet, despite all the time we spend writing electronic notes, very few people actually know how to send good emails.

In order to execute emailing successfully, you have to master grammar and punctuation--as well as know when to switch from being overly formal to carrying more casual conversation on the web. In her book, The Essentials of Business Etiquette, career coach Barbara Pachter reveals some email etiquette tips to keep you from looking unprofessional.

How to Break Up With a Bad  Career

Moving on from a bad career starts with a clear plan for a better one.

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BY J.T. O'DONNELL Founder and CEO, CareerHMO.com@jtodonnell

You've finally come to the conclusion that your career isn't right for you. You're ready to move on. Easier said than done. How do you get out of a career path you've been on for a while?

Step 1: Get clear on your pivot. You need to choose a new career direction based on the facts. What problems do you want to solve? What skills do you want to leverage? How do you want to provide value to an employer? The more specific you can be about your new career direction, the easier it will be to connect the dots and get a new job doing what you want.

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