How To Spot Problem Candidates

Candidates can look so good on paper that they trick you into thinking they are the perfect fit for the job. It’s important that you spot the basic warning signs during the interview to prevent yourself from taking on a problem candidate. There are lots of factors that you need to take into consideration; Will they get on with the rest of your team? Are they reliable? Are they capable? Most importantly, Are they telling the truth? Even if they aren’t lying, there may be a couple of things that they say or do that may put you off.

Here are 5 things worth looking out for before they become problem employees

1. Money Orientated:

Although candidates are entitled to ask about salary, this shouldn’t be their only concern. You can spot a candidate who is only interested in the money by how salary appears to be their main reason for moving on. This goes for perks too, if their only interests are in relation to holidays, perks and money then it’s more than likely they don’t want to work for your company, they just want a job. 

Some companies benefits play a huge part in the hiring process and it’s perfectly normal for the candidate to be inquisitive about these perks but there are many downfalls to this approach. You need to make sure that their passion lies in the role and not just what you can give to them. Candidates come across as less of a risk if they choose the job based on what it entails, it shows they will get great job satisfaction from this role and not just salary satisfaction. By hiring a candidate who only displays interest in the Salary, you should expect regular pay rise requests and potentially, a higher staff turnover – avoid!

2. Bad Mouthing:

During the interview, you may ask questions about the candidates previous roles. Strangely, some candidates see this an opportunity to bad-mouth their ex-employersAlarm bells should be ringing by this point. If they left their job due to not getting on with their manager or colleagues, it’s likely they will cause trouble in their next position. Their openness to talk badly about them during an interview clearly displays their lack of professionalism. They have just met you and yet they are gossiping about their ex-employer, lack of trust springs to mind.

If they blame the termination of their previous job on someone else, this signifies how easy it is for them to blame others and this may cause issues in the future. Candidates should refer to previous jobs and employers in a professional and polite manner, avoid those who cannot adopt professionalism.

3. Self-Criticism:

You may notice from some of the answers that you receive that your candidate struggles to criticise themselves. This immediately signifies a problem candidate. When candidates are able to criticise themselves, it shows that they are clearly aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and by personally recognising them, they can work on their weaknesses as well as focusing on their strengths. The candidate may inform you that their only weakness is that they are a ‘perfectionist’ – how very cliche. 

Candidates who fail to recognise their own weaknesses are often quicker to push the blame on to others to overcome their imperfections. Problems may arise in the future and their inability to accept criticism may cause further issues – avoid!

4. Lack of Knowledge:

Now, this one seems pretty obvious but it is a definite red alert. They may be an ideal candidate in terms of skills and experience but if they know nothing about your company or the role, it’s probably best to avoid. All candidates should do their research before the interview, not only to display their interest but to make sure that the company and the role are right for them.

They may not be familiar with the size of your company, what services you provide or what the role consists of. By showing no interest or knowledge, it suggests that they are only thinking of themselves and not passionate or motivated towards the role or your company – avoid! 

5. Me, Myself & I:

You can often spot when someone isn’t a team player by their desire to talk about themselves and no-one else. All the success they have earned, by themselves and not a mention of anyone else along the way. This is often the same person who competes against their colleagues and doesn’t do a thing wrong themselves.

Failure to work as a team can result in bad tension within the office and cause unnecessary problems and distractions from work itself. You want to hire an employee who wants to help others and someone who looks to others for inspiration, not the mirror. If your office is a place that encourages teamwork and collaboration, it’s probably best to avoid this employee.

7 Ways To Stand Out During Your Summer Internship !!

Internships are a fantastic way to put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom into good use. An internship will boost your CV, give you the chance to build lasting professional connections, and could potentially lead you into an incredible full-time job offer.

If you’re hoping to get the foot firmly in the door of your chosen industry, you need to do everything in your power to stand out and make a lasting impression. So how do you do it?

  1. Do your research:

This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at the number of interns who show up to their new role knowing very little about the company they are interning for. Be sure to clue-up on the company’s key elements and culture, as this will not only impress your employer, but it will make you feel more confident and able to join in on conversations in the office. Showing that you are genuinely interested in the role is key.

  1. Network, network, network:

One of the most valuable aspects of an internship is the fact that you get the chance to build lasting connections with professionals in your industry. Make the effort to get to know people and learn from them. These individuals will see first-hand how you work and what you are capable of, and so can be the ones to support you on your way to landing a full-time role.

  1. Become a real member of the team:

If there is one thing you should avoid, it is treating your internship like an internship. If you want to be taken seriously, you must take the job seriously as if it were a real, full-time role. The most important thing to understand is that your contributions to the company will have an effect on other people – therefore, your mistakes will too.

  1. Challenge yourself:

An internship is your greatest opportunity to develop as a professional individual and step out of your comfort zone – and although it may seem like a daunting prospect, it’s the best way to learn. This will ultimately enrich your professional portfolio.

  1. Approach tasks with optimism and enthusiasm:

Whether you are asked to take on a big project or are simply asked to make photo-copies, get coffee or do other menial work – you should approach each and every task with optimism and enthusiasm. This way, your employer will begin to put their trust in you and will want to remember your name.

  1. Ask questions:

Never be afraid to ask questions about something you’re unsure of. Your employer will be more than willing to take the time to explain something in detail to avoid mistakes being made. Just be sure to listen carefully when a process is being explained, to prevent someone having to explain themselves repeatedly.

  1. Ask for feedback:

One of the best chances to learn during an internship arises from receiving feedback. It is likely that you will receive some form of formal feedback when your internship comes to an end, however don’t be afraid to ask for more regular feedback. For example, if you complete a big task, ask your employer how they think you did, what you could have done better, etc. Be prepared to take constructive criticism on board – your willingness to continually learn and improve will always impress your employer.

15 Signs It’s Time To Switch Jobs !!

 Feeling dissatisfied in your job and not sure if you should start looking for a new position? How do you identify if it’s time to move on? There are several indicators that you can use as a determining factor.

Have a look at this list below and see if any of these signs sound familiar.

1. You’ve outgrown your job:

Maybe you started somewhere to learn about the industry you love, but now you’ve reached a brick wall? If you can’t use all your experience at your current job, then perhaps it’s time to find a position where all your skills are being utilised.

It’s unwise to spend too long at a place you feel that you’re stuck, particularly if you don’t see the chance to progress up the chain of command. If you have achieved all the goals you set out to achieve, then it may be time to change jobs.

 2. Your current job is not supporting your career goals:

Author of best selling goal achieving books, Victor Ghebre, gives a very poetic reason for the importance of setting career goals, “A career goal is like a compass on a dark and endless ocean and it guides your progress in the proper direction. Without a compass, you would be lost in the high seas.”

It’s important to set realistic long and short term goals, but to remain flexible to change. If you know what your career goals are but your current position doesn’t fit within this framework, it may be time to change jobs.

 3. Office dynamics – a toxic work environment:

There are several signs identified that can indicate that you are working in a toxic environment, these include things like widespread anger and frustration, workplace bullying being tolerated or admired, scapegoats being blamed, and dysfunctional relationships. Many of us have worked in a toxic environment before and more often than not, things don’t improve quickly enough for you to justify continuing to work there.

No one deserves to be treated unfairly all the time. If you work in a toxic environment, this can be a really great reason to change jobs.

 4. Little, or no job security:

The world is now a very different place to the workplace of decades past. As a result of globalization, outsourcing, contracting, downsizing, recession and even natural disaster, job security is truly a thing of the past. To a certain degree, no one really has total job security, but there is a difference between a competitive market and a company that is unstable.

If people are being hired and fired at whim, and you have to sweat each day wondering if you’ll be next, save yourself the pain and start looking. This may be an indication that you should consider jumping ship.

 5. Your salary is not reflective of your experience:

You can (and should) put up with a lower salary if there is some point to it, but staying at a company longer than you should for no good reason is pointless. A good salary policy is intended to act as a way to keep good staff in place at an organisation. If you feel that your company is not trying to retain you by offering you a package appropriate to your skills and experience, then you need to investigate other companies that might.

 6. You’ve already given your employer a second chance:

Sticking it out can be an admirable quality, but sometimes you just have to know when to give up. If you’re in the position of constantly making excuses for your employer, it could be time to consider leaving for good. If you’ve had the thought that, “This is enough!” more than a few times, you really could be beating your head up against a brick wall.

With all relationships, be them personal or professional – you’ve got to know when to cut your losses. Don’t be a martyr – if you know you’ve been in this position before – it may be time to switch jobs.

7. You have mastered your current job:

Have you simply stayed in your job too long? Have you come to the realisation that you’ve mastered it? Some researchers suggest that the typical worker masters his or her specific job over the course of three years.

These experts suggest that after three years, you’ve probably reached saturation point – maybe you’re capable of more. Changing jobs after that three-year span recharges the process, giving you the chance to gain skills more quickly for the next three years in a new position.

8. You’re not being challenged:

We may think that not having much to do at work would be a blessing, but anyone who’s tried it, knows that a position where you are not being challenged can actually be a curse.

Being challenged at work is crucial to job satisfaction. If we’re not challenged enough, we feel bored, restless, and unproductive.

You do need to strike a balance. If your job is too challenging – this can lead to constant stress.  Think about where your job falls on this spectrum. If you really feel under-utilised and it’s been a trend more than a circumstance, it may be time to find something where all your talents are being used.

 9. Your boss doesn’t inspire you:

They don’t need to be Ghandi-like, but your boss should be leading you in a direction that you want to go. Most of us have had the pleasure of working for someone who inspires us, and the displeasure of being employed under someone who makes our blood boil.

If you constantly put up with a situation where you are becoming frustrated, then this will definitely start to affect your work. Don’t let a relationship with a bad boss ruin your chances of getting ahead. If you and your boss really don’t click, and you question the way he or she is leading the team, this could be a sign that it’s time to say ‘adiós’.

10. Your employer is about to fail:

There are some signs that indicate that a company or a division is going down. People losing their jobs, managers and directors being shifted or given new titles, office basics being cut (“didn’t we used to have teabags in the kitchen?”).

If you can see that your company’s on its way to financial ruin – or worse – it’s probably a good time to find a new job. If you can see sure signs that your company is heading for trouble, make a plan – and fast. There is no need to go down with the ship; make a strategic move to jump while you still can.

11. Your life has changed:

Maybe your job is no longer suiting your personal needs. If you’ve recently started or added to your family, if you now have more home duties such as caring for a relative, or if you no longer feel compatible with your company’s working hours, it’s OK to give yourself permission to leave.

 12. You don’t have the skills you need to be a success:

This is a difficult one as it involves admitting defeat. The worst mistake you can make is sticking around in a job that you really lack talent for, because there might be something out there that suits you more. We can’t all be good at everything, and as we age and grow, we learn what we are skilled and efficient at. If you find yourself in this position, write a list of what you’re really good at and hone the list down. Investigate finding a position that suits your skill-set better.

 13. You already have a better offer:

If someone at a rival company or in a different field is making contact with you, offering you a better title, more suitable work tasks, or better money, or all three, then you would genuinely be doing yourself a disservice by not investigating this offer.

It’s important to consider your team’s needs before jumping ship, and no one is suggesting that you burn bridges, but don’t stay at your current job just because you feel you have to. If you already have a better offer – it may not be there forever. Take the initiative and switch jobs.

 14. Your company has questionable ethics

Codes of conduct or business ethics exist to guide the expected behavior of honorable employees, but much of their origination occurred for the same reason as policies.

Bad workplace ethics can range from how the employees are treated by the employer, how the employees treat each other and how the company treats its customers or acts in the marketplace. Poor ethics could be demonstrated in something as simple as poor workplace culture (no one helps to clean the kitchen or replace the ink in the printer, lots of unexplained sick days) to a company that constantly expects unpaid overtime of its employees or manufactures an unethical product in an unethical way.

Lapses in company ethics can indicate severe problems within a company’s framework. Or you may just be experiencing a clash between your personal ethics and the ethics of your company. Either way, in the long term, this can lead to major problems at work

 15. Your job is making you sick

Sickness can manifest as stress, sleeplessness, tiredness or high blood pressure. If you are experiencing factors such as no holiday leave, long hours and limited flexibility to live your life, it may lead to prolonged feelings of stress, sickness or pain. This can be one of the biggest indicators that it’s time to leave.

If it’s something you feel you might be able to work with your boss on, then by all means, call a meeting. Some workplaces are healthier than others, but what makes a healthy workplace?

If your jobs is not ticking those boxes, know that there may be better opportunities for you elsewhere.

Time to say goodbye

Staying in a job for too long where you are not meeting your needs is a bad choice. Not only are you limiting your own personal endeavours, you may be doing a disservice to your fellow employees and your employer. If you have experienced three or more of the signs above, then it’s probably time you started to think seriously about switching jobs.

Be brave! Find something that will suit you better, and this time next year you could be a lot happier.



We often hear the term ‘personal branding’ but it’s much less often defined for us. And it is even less likely that we will hear or see an explanation of what personal branding has to do with our job search.

Simply put, your personal brand is about you getting clear on who you are, what you stand for and where your strengths lie—and then consistently communicating it to the rest of the world. If you accept this definition, it’s easy to see how personal branding fits in with the job hunt. Each job seeker is his or her own brand and it is their objective to sell and market themselves to employers and recruiters just as a specific brand of confectionary will sell and market themselves to consumers.

Here are the 5 Personal Branding Tips: 

1) Get clear on who you are.

You can’t brand yourself until you know what that brand is going to be about. Reflect on your experiences, preferences, qualities and values to gain clarity on who you are, what you’re good at and what you want. Knowing what you want is key to knowing what direction you want your personal brand to take. The purpose of the self-branding process in the context of a job search should be to get to where you want to be, so decide on how you’re going to get there before you set off.

2) Choose only one destination.

Avoid getting caught up in chasing more than one avenue. You’ll greatly improve your chances of getting the job you want if you target just one thing. The most successful brands focus on one overarching mission—it’s clear to everyone what the brand is about, because it’s about one thing.

3) Get passionate.

Don’t just build your brand around what you’re good at, but also around what you’re passionate about. When we’re doing or focusing on something we’re passionate about, it’s really obvious from our faces and behaviour. The energy from within us therefore attracts people to our brand. You ideally want a job where you feel passionate about the work and your best bet of landing that job is to show that you’re passionate about getting it.

4) Create a personal brand statement.

If it helps you define who you are and what you’re about, write down a personal brand statement. Who are you really? What are you offering? What do you want? Once you’ve nailed down a final version of the statement, you might like it enough to use it in public—on LinkedIn, for instance—in order to explain and publicize your brand. If you decide to do this, make sure the statement is no more than 1 or 2 sentences long, in order to keep the reader’s attention. Adapt your written statement into an elevator pitch you can deliver orally in face-to-face situations where you have the opportunity to promote your brand to someone. You could even use it in a job interview if the right question is asked.

5) Brand your CV.

Make your CV as targeted as your brand—after all, it’s actually a part of your brand if you’re a job hunter. Focus the content of your CV on each particular vacancy you apply to. Don’t just send out uniform, irrelevant CVs to everywhere you apply to. Use action verbs in present progressive tense on your CV. For example, when describing what your duties were in your previous work position, use words such as ‘targeting’, ‘leading, ‘selling’, ‘guiding’, ‘communicating’, ‘presenting’, ‘investigating’ and so on and so forth. Don’t use lack of paid work experience as an excuse for having a vague CV or no CV at all. Get out there and undertake some voluntary work or an internship to flesh your CV out and learn something about yourself at the same time.


Give Your Resume Edge Using These 5 Easy Steps!!


Each week, thousands of resumes cross the desks of the busiest recruiters.

In a matter of 6 seconds or less, a recruiter will decide if you, as a candidate, is worth another look or if your resume will end up in the ‘G-file’.

This can be the most challenging for some professionals — especially for those who are accustomed to succeeding.

Here are five easy wayy for a resume edge: 

Edge #1 :

– Save your resume in a simple and 100% scan able format.

If you choose one thing to give your resume edge, make sure you save your resume as an applicant tracking system-friendly (ATS) format. Editorial Note: Here’s part 1 of our jobseeker’s guide to applicant tracking (ATS) systems to ensure your resume is ATS compliant.

Do NOT save your resume as a PDF because most systems cannot scan this type of resume and our information will not appear to the hiring manager on the other end. Use a simple Word format, left-aligned, and with all the pertinent section headings. Need a quick review of what these should be? Review the ATS to see what information is being required before you submit the resume.

Edge #2 :

– Always include a strong cover letter.

Experts do speculate that when candidates include a brief, well-written cover letter with their resumes, the resume gets read approx. 20% more frequently. The good news is that you don’t have to write like Shakespeare to send in an outstanding cover letter. You really have two choices here.

First, you can try to go it yourself and include a brief, but powerful, resume introduction. OR, you can hire an executive-level resume writer to draft a professional cover letter that grabs the hiring manager’s attention. You are a pro, so go with a resume writer to help you stand out!

Edge #3 :

 – Boost your font size and increase white space.  

By the end of each day, after reading through dozens of resumes, a recruiter can easily go cross-eyed.

Choose a resume format that is simple and includes plenty of white space to pull this off well. Then increase the font size for things you want to stand out, such as your name, your top skills, and your job titles. This will often get noticed by recruiters who will appreciate the fact you are saving their sore eyes.

Edge #4 :

 – Use a digital interactive resume.

A resume is absolutely necessary at this stage in your career. But, if you have the option of including a link to your portfolio or another online resource that further demonstrates your credentials, by all means, use this to your advantage.

Create an edgy resume that’s digital and interactive. This can be easily done by using WordPress or another website building platform, then uploading a brief, but powerful video introduction, links to your career history and education, samples of your best work, and testimonials from past employers. Here are some really cool examples of creative digital resumes and websites from The Muse to give you some ideas.

Edge #5 :

 – Connect with your LinkedIn profile brand.

This is where a lot of professionals get stumped, so I want to clarify a few things here. A LinkedIn profile is NOT another version of your resume. It’s not a place to list a bunch of jobs you’ve had or add random people to your list of contacts. Instead, you can use this platform to stand out as the thought-leader, using strong content strategies for writing a killer Linked profile – and resume too!

First, the headshot. Make your photo as attractive and professional looking as possible – do this right and you will attract many people to you!

Secondly, your title and description need to be edgy and attention-grabbing. Make it known what you do and why you are the best.

Third, get connected with the right people who are influencers in your industry and the business world. Think of people you love to follow on other publications and those who have something worth listening too.



Workplace stressors, like tight deadlines and large workloads, can be overwhelming. Letting stress get out of hand can not only impact the quality of your work, it can contribute to health issues both minor to severe, ranging from headaches to an increased risk of heart disease. Whether constant interruptions, taking on more tasks than you have time in the day for, or forgetting to take care of yourself have you stressed out at work, there are ways to cope and find your center of calm.

Here are the 8 tips to cope with stress at your workplace: 

1) Stay Focused by Eliminating Interruptions: 

The workplace is full of interruptions. All the stopping and starting can make it difficult to get in a rhythm and put you behind in your work, which is not good for managing stress. Eliminating interruptions is a great way to stay focus and stay on top of your work. Reduce interruptions by setting aside a certain window of time during the day to answer emails all at once, instead of every 10 minutes, block out office chatter by closing your office door, if you have one, or wear noise canceling headphones if you’re in a cubicle.

2) Take Care of Yourself Outside of the Workplace:

Taking care of yourself outside of the workplace is often forgotten, but it is important for mental health and reducing stress. A lack of sleep can increase stress hormones. Making sleep a priority can help reduce stress hormones, which can translate to feeling less stressed in the workplace. Eating healthy is also important to managing stress and some foods may even help reduce stress. Some stress busting foods to add to your diet include berries, cashews, chamomile tea, and oatmeal.

3) Take Time Off to Recharge:

Working non-stop can cause burnout, which can be avoided if you actually use your vacation and personal time off days. Taking time off from work can help reduce stress hormones. Whether you plan a relaxing trip lounging on the beach or stay home, getting away from work can help recharge your batteries.

4) Don’t Be Afraid to Say No:

It’s easy to feel the need to take on every task thrown your way, especially when trying to make a good impression in the workplace. Saying yes to everything can cause your responsibilities to get out of hand, leading to a stressful work environment. Sometimes, the best thing to do is say no. Learning to say no can help keep your workload manageable.

5) Pick Up a Fun Side Job:

Taking on another job when trying to cope with stress in the workplace may seem counter-intuitive, but having an additional source of income can help take some of the pressure off of your regular 9 to 5 job. When you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. Look for a fun side job or freelance work that you can enjoy. Picking up a side job is great for those who like to socialize and need the flexibility of working on their own schedule.

6) Utilize Tech and Apps for Managing Stress:

Tech and apps can help you manage stress both in and outside of the workplace. Online tools, like The Huffington Post’s GPS for the Soul, offer tips for de-stressing your life, while apps like Headspace help users develop breathing techniques to deal with stress and learn meditation practices, respectively.

7) Ask for Help:

Don’t be afraid to ask for help or accept it. Sometimes the best way to reduce stress is to have the support of others. Help may come in the form of other coworkers taking on some of your tasks or job duties or it could simply be talking about what’s going on to a trusted friend or loved one or seeking counseling. Talk to your supervisor about ways to reduce stress in your job, such as getting support from coworkers or changing your workspace to make it more conducive to getting your work done.

8) Regain Your Sense of Calm: 

When workplace stress gets out of control, it can have a negative impact on your overall quality of life. Making these simple changes can help you combat stress and find your sense of calm.

10 Tips for Staying Positive While Job Searching !!

It is easy to become frustrated or disheartened during a job search, particularly if you’ve been unemployed or job hunting for an extended period of time. However, it is important to try to remain positive throughout the job search process.

Feeling positive will help motivate you to continue with your job search. Also, your positive attitude will come across during interviews and networking opportunities, increasing your chances of making a strong first impression.

 10 Tips for Staying Positive While Job Searching:

1. Create a Daily Job Search Routine:

If possible, treat your job search like a 9 – 5 job. Wake up early, take a lunch break, and end your job search activities before dinner. Creating a regular routine, and keeping your job search organized, will keep you focused and motivated. Also, setting a start and end time to your job search forces you to stop thinking about your job search in the evenings, and spend time focusing on other important aspects of your life, like your friends and family.

2. Find Time to Not Think About Your Job Search:

It’s easy to always have your job search in the back of your mind. However, excessive worry about your job search only increases your stress and keeps you from enjoying other aspects of your life. Set aside time each day to forget about your job search and do something you enjoy, like going for a walk (exercise is an important way to de-stress!) or going to a movie.

3. Volunteer:

Helping others is a good way to help you feel more purpose-driven. Find a volunteer organization that is related to your personal interests, or even to your career. Volunteer organizations also provide an opportunity for networking.

4. Join (or Start) a Job Search Club:

Joining an organization of other job seekers will provide you with much-needed support.

A job club can help you stay on top of your own job search, and may even provide you with job search tips and job leads. Look to networking sites, your local library, or your college career center for possible clubs.

5. Set Reasonable, Concrete Goals:

At the start of each week, make a list of specific, manageable goals that you would like to achieve. Perhaps you’d like to write five cover letters that week, or go to three job fairs. By focusing on small, achievable goals, you will feel more accomplished throughout your job search.

6. Celebrate Small Victories:

It is easy to focus on the negative during a job search, such as the interview you didn’t land or the job you didn’t get. Instead, focus on even the smallest wins. Be proud of yourself for getting a phone interview, even if you don’t get asked for an in-person interview. Pat yourself on the back when you make a new LinkedIn connection or someone comments on your blog post. Celebrating the small wins will help you focus on the positive.

7. Move On Quickly:

If you apply for a job or interview for a position, it is easy to become fixated on waiting for a reply from the employer. Yes, you should keep track of the jobs to which you apply, and you can contact the employer if you do not hear a response in a week or two.

However, if you do not hear any response, or if you do not get the job, move on. Simply cross that job off of your list and focus on the next opportunity.

8. See Everything as an Opportunity:

It’s easy to become tired of writing cover letters, going to interviews, and networking. However, try to think of each activity as an opportunity that will only make you a better job candidate. If you are interviewing for a job you don’t think you really want (or don’t think you will get), try to think of the interview as a chance to network and work on your interview skills. Think of each cover letter as the chance to hone your writing and editing abilities.

Simply thinking of tasks as opportunities rather than chores will put you in a positive mindset.

9. Focus on Your Positives:

When job searching, it is useful to make a list of your best qualities, skills, and accomplishments. This list will help you when crafting your cover letters and when practicing for an interview. Keep this list where you can see it, and review it regularly. Remembering what makes you a successful job candidate and a talented, unique person will help boost your confidence during the job search process.

10. Focus on What You Can Control:

You can’t control if and when an interviewer will call you back, or whether those networking contacts you emailed will provide you with any leads. If you feel yourself worrying about something that is out of your control, do something that you can control, such as writing and sending out a cover letter, or attending a networking event. By focusing on what you can do to help your job search, you will worry less about what is out of your hands.

10 Things to Consider Before You Say Yes to a Job Offer!!

Very few of us will retire from the same employer that gave us our first job out of school. While some of those job changes might be involuntary, due to a layoff or termination or other circumstances beyond our control, eventually, we’ll be the ones to say goodbye.

That means knowing when to stay and when to go – and being aware that it’s not always easy to tell the difference at first glance.

10 Things to Consider Before You Say Yes to a Job Offer

If you’re contemplating a job change, here’s what you need to consider before you make the leap:

1. Will you make more money? (Are you sure?)

Money isn’t everything, but you can’t enjoy much of anything without it – constant worry about finances has a way of taking the joy out of life.

While a higher salary isn’t the only reason to take a job, most people want to see a steady increase in salary over time. If your present employer doesn’t offer much in the way of regular raises your best bet might be to move on to greener pastures.

Of course, before you take the cash and run, you better make sure it adds up to as much as you hope. Compensation isn’t just a matter of what’s printed on your paycheck. Make sure you aren’t trading higher contributions to health insurance or other before-tax benefits for a slightly higher paycheck… which will go to pay for those self-same benefits.

  Use these free paycheck calculator to figure out what your net income will be.

2. What are you giving up by leaving?

Unless your job is truly wretched, there are probably a few things you like about it, even if it’s just the people you work with or an easy commute. Make sure you’re looking at all the pros and cons of leaving and staying before you make up your mind – even if, in the end, it’s a pretty easy call.

3. Is there room for growth in your new position?

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t want to change jobs every year for the rest of your life, but you need to know that you’ll meet new challenges and learn new skills, even when you stay put. Ideally, your new role should come with the possibility of growing into another, higher position at the same company.

4. Does the corporate culture feel comfortable for you?

Everyone has their own idea of a good time, and that’s as true professionally as it is personally. While you might look at an open-plan office and see one big party of creativity and collaboration, another person might cringe and go running back to their cube. If possible, ask to take a tour of the office during your interview process. Pay close attention to the physical space, noise level, demeanor and behavior of the staff, etc. Do you see yourself working well there, and feeling comfortable? There’s no perfect company, but there is a perfect company for you.

5. Do you respect the people you’ve met so far?

You can’t tell everything about your future co-workers by what you see during your interview, but you can get a general vibe of what kind of personality shines at the company.

6. Will you learn something new?

There’s no way to be 100 percent sure that you’ll love your new job, but if you can learn a new skill while you’re there, you’ll have moved the needle on your career, no matter what.

7. If you had to get a new job next year, would it be easier or harder than it is right now?

Let’s say the worst happens, and you hate your new job – or your new boss foolishly decides you’re not a good fit. Will moving to this new position put you in a better or worse place than you’re in right now? Ideally, you’re leaving your current role in order to move to a situation in which you’ll gain experience, knowledge, skills, and a positive brand association that will help you in your career long after you’ve left your next job.

8. Why do people leave jobs at your prospective employer?

You hate stress, but this company is famous for making grown men weep in the middle of the office. You value diversity, but everyone who stays long enough for their stock to vest hangs out at the same alumni club. If you want to know whether you’ll be happy and successful at a job, look at the folks who left… or were forced out. If you resemble them more than the people who stayed, you could be in trouble.

9. How’s the company doing?

Your new employer could be the perfect place for you, and your new job the ideal role – but if the company isn’t around long enough for you to get your first review, it won’t matter. Do your due diligence before accepting an offer. If the company is public, you may be able to glean some information on their financial stability from public filings and reports.

You can also dig up some information with a simple Google search and perusal of their social media mentions. Bearing in mind, of course, that electronic gossip is likely to be as complete a picture as the old-fashioned kind that takes place around the water cooler – which is to say, it isn’t. That’s OK, though: you don’t need to know everything. You just need to get a sense of whether there might be trouble ahead.

10. Where will you go after this job is done?

Just as your last job wasn’t, well, your last job, neither is this one likely to be. Make sure that your next step leads in the right direction, and not into a corner. Careers can and do zigzag, but you need to be able to keep moving.

Top 9 Qualities That Make A Great Leader !!!

Having a great idea, and assembling a team to bring that concept to life is the first step in creating a successful business venture. While finding a new and unique idea is rare enough; the ability to successfully execute this idea is what separates the dreamers from the entrepreneurs. However you see yourself, whatever your age may be, as soon as you make that exciting first hire, you have taken the first steps in becoming a powerful leader. When money is tight and startup fundraising is required, stress levels are high, and the visions of instant success don’t happen like you thought, it’s easy to let those emotions get to you, and thereby your team. Take a breath, calm yourself down, and remind yourself of the leader you are and would like to become.

Here are some key qualities that every good leader should possess, and learn to emphasize.

1) Honesty:

Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, its important to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.

As we do at CoFoundersLab, one of the largest networks for entrepreneurs online, we try to make a list of values and core beliefs that both you and your brand represent, and post this in your office. Promote a healthy interoffice lifestyle, and encourage your team to live up to these standards. By emphasizing these standards, and displaying them yourself, you will hopefully influence the office environment into a friendly and helpful workspace.

2) Communication:

Knowing what you want accomplished may seem clear in your head, but if you try to explain it to someone else and are met with a blank expression, you know there is a problem. If this has been your experience, then you may want to focus on honing your communication skills. Being able to clearly and succinctly describe what you want done is extremely important. If you can’t relate your vision to your team, you won’t all be working towards the same goal.

Training new members and creating a productive work environment all depend on healthy lines of communication. Whether that stems from an open door policy to your office, or making it a point to talk to your staff on a daily basis, making yourself available to discuss interoffice issues is vital. Your team will learn to trust and depend on you, and will be less hesitant to work harder.

3) Confidence: 

There may be days where the future of your brand is worrisome and things aren’t going according to plan. This is true with any business, large or small, and the most important thing is not to panic. Part of your job as a leader is to put out fires and maintain the team morale. Keep up your confidence level, and assure everyone that setbacks are natural and the important thing is to focus on the larger goal. As the leader, by staying calm and confident, you will help keep the team feeling the same. Remember, your team will take cues from you, so if you exude a level of calm damage control, your team will pick up on that feeling. The key objective is to keep everyone working and moving ahead.

4) Commitment:

If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you’re going to need to lead by example. There is no greater motivation than seeing the boss down in the trenches working alongside everyone else, showing that hard work is being done on every level. By proving your commitment to the brand and your role, you will not only earn the respect of your team, but will also instill that same hardworking energy among your staff. It’s important to show your commitment not only to the work at hand, but also to your promises. If you pledged to host a holiday party, or uphold summer Fridays, keep your word. You want to create a reputation for not just working hard, but also be known as a fair leader. Once you have gained the respect of your team, they are more likely to deliver the peak amount of quality work possible.

5) Positive Attitude: 

You want to keep your team motivated towards the continued success of the company, and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee, relationship advice, or even just an occasional beer in the office, remember that everyone on your team is a person. Keep the office mood a fine balance between productivity and playfulness.

6) Creativity: 

Some decisions will not always be so clear-cut. You may be forced at times to deviate from your set course and make an on the fly decision. This is where your creativity will prove to be vital. It is during these critical situations that your team will look to you for guidance and you may be forced to make a quick decision. As a leader, its important to learn to think outside the box and to choose which of two bad choices is the best option. Don’t immediately choose the first or easiest possibility; sometimes its best to give these issues some thought, and even turn to your team for guidance. By utilizing all possible options before making a rash decision, you can typically reach the end conclusion you were aiming for.

7) Intuition: 

When leading a team through uncharted waters, there is no roadmap on what to do. Everything is uncertain, and the higher the risk, the higher the pressure. That is where your natural intuition has to kick in. Guiding your team through the process of your day-to-day tasks can be honed down to a science. But when something unexpected occurs, or you are thrown into a new scenario, your team will look to you for guidance. Drawing on past experience is a good reflex, as is reaching out to your mentors for support. Eventually though, the tough decisions will be up to you to decide and you will need to depend on your gut instinct for answers. Learning to trust yourself is as important as your team learning to trust you.

8) Inspire:

Creating a business often involves a bit of forecasting. Especially in the beginning stages of a startup, inspiring your team to see the vision of the successes to come is vital. Make your team feel invested in the accomplishments of the company. Whether everyone owns a piece of equity, or you operate on a bonus system, generating enthusiasm for the hard work you are all putting in is so important. Being able to inspire your team is great for focusing on the future goals, but it is also important for the current issues. When you are all mired deep in work, morale is low, and energy levels are fading, recognize that everyone needs a break now and then. Acknowledge the work that everyone has dedicated and commend the team on each of their efforts. It is your job to keep spirits up, and that begins with an appreciation for the hard work.

9) Approach: 

Not all human beings are the same. A basic concept, but something that is often overlooked. You have cultural perspectives, language barriers, different educational backgrounds, personality traits and varying value systems with which individuals come pre-conditioned that greatly affects how information is processed and interpreted. Some people work well under pressure, others don’t. Some respond best to tough love, others take it personally and shut down. In order to optimize your effectiveness as a leader, you must have the ability to customize your approach on a person by person basis, based on the situation at hand. Your capacity to execute this concept will play a huge role in your ability to get the best work out of your team and other partners along he journey.

How to impress any interviewer,according to Facebook’s global head of Recruiting

  • whether you’re going for your dream job or your first gig out of your college,you want to make sure you pull out all the stops in any job interview. Facebook global head of recruiting Miranda Kalinowski recently shared her top tips for knocking your next interview out of the park.
  • Make sure you’re connecting your own experience with company’s central ethos or goals. In Facebook’s case,recruiters are specifically looking for certain personality types.
  • “We hire builders,” she says. “What I mean by that is, whether you’re someone like a finance analyst or a designer or one of our engineers, the people who thrive here are the people who look beyond the status quo. They love creating new things and figuring out how to continuously improve the way that we’re working and the products we’re building.”
  • It’s important to be your own advocate,kalinowski says. During one of her job interviews with facebook,kalinowski says she found herself answering a question with what she realized was “a pretty lame example”
  • “I had a decision to make,” she tells Business Insider.”I decided to pa7use the interview and say to the interviewer,’I feel like I’ve given a bad example and I can think of a better one,do you mind if I start again?’I was probably 45 seconds into the answer. The interviewer not only encouraged that,but I think I won some brownie points just in terms of being authentic and having confidence to ask for that.”
  • If you find youself tripping up at any point, take a deep breath and own it. 
  • “The interviewer will want to get quite deep into the detail of that situation and listen for what the candidate did and said thought in those momentsso they can really get to know how that person approaches problem-solving,”Kalinowki says.
  • Brainstorm some concrete examples from you experience and be prepared to speak about them.Incorporating details will boost your credibility and impress your interviewer.
  • Oftentimes,the interviewer actually cares more about your thought process than the anecode or problem itself.
  • Kalinowski notes that,while preparation is crucial, it is possible to overdo it. Make sure your always treating the interview as a conversation and aswering questions,ratherthan reciting memorized anecodes.
  • Kalinowski recalled interviewing one candidate who exuded a “contagious and very refreshing” level of excitment about potentially working at Facebook.
  • The candidate went so far as to offer to work for free on a trial basis. Kalinowski notes that facebook would never accept such an offer,but it was nonetheless”an incredible testament and gesture.”
  • While she’s not suggesting you offer to give away your work for free,Kalinowski says you should definately find away express your enthusiasm to offer the interviewer.
  • Don’t skimp on the research. Kalinowski recomments checking up on resources like Glassdoor to prepare yourself for the company’s hiring process. Many companies like Facebook also have their own career sites with resources and helpful articles.