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Archive for November, 2014

Don’ts for Completing Applications

Often a time we all look for what we have to do when it comes to completing a job application. What about what not to write when completing these forms. There is no right or wrong but sometimes the obvious gets us making errors and mistakes. if we know the don’ts to completing the application then we wont have to worry about it not being correct.

I’ve just complied some points that i use when completing these applications

  • Don’t cross off information
  • Don’t write unemployed on application
  • Don’t say anything bad about a person or company
  • Don’t forget to sign and date on the application
  • Don’t lie
  • Don’t make mistakes
  • Don’t leave blanks
  • Don’t use abbreviations
  • Don’t try to explain limitations on the application – describe your abilities and skills

Networking for Dummies

Grow your business, build your career, find more customers, and build a valuable support network of like minded business people.

Networking is a crucial skill for all professionals and business owners. Quite simply, it’s a fast and effective way to build your business or career – and excellent networking skills will set you apart from the competition. Business Networking For Dummies shows you how to get the most out of networking – both online and offline.

With Business Networking For Dummies, you’ll learn to:

  • Use business networking to grow and develop your business
  • Find the right platform or platforms to build your own network and ‘assemble your crowd’
  • Pitch yourself and your business with confidence
  • Get the most out of face-to-face networking events – including valuable tips on presentation skills and sound bites!
  • Join up your ‘real life’ and online networking
  • Measure your networking success
  • Follow up with new contacts successfully

Find this great guide on Amazon

Skills to Pay the Bills

They say 80% of job are not advertised. So how do you find a good job that will pay the bills. Well its not what you know its who you know and networking with the right people the right way can definitely help your dream become a reality.

for more information check out this video.

Etiquette for the Boss

People think that etiquette behavior only applies to employees and workers down the management pyramid, when in actuality it applies to everyone, f not more so to top managers and bosses. They need to set an example so its best they show that through setting good examples and being role models for other employees.

If you are a boss with motives to become a better role model and show sophistication through out what you do in public and at work read the article linked before for more information:

It addresses anything from communication, business writing and dressing professionally at all times

Don’t for Work Place Etiquette

Office culture varies widely from place to place but these tips apply from the most relaxed start up to a downtown corner office.

Don’t default ‘reply all’. Keep ‘reply all’s’ to a minimum and only when the whole group is interested in your answer. When sending a group email where replies only need to be directed to you, consider BCC. Instead, be a good email-er and preface subject lines with FYI: or Response needed.

Don’t abbreviate words. Your colleagues deserve the same respect as clients. Keep the language in emails and other communication grammatically correct (and brief). This helps prevent confusion and keeps you looking professional. Additionally, turn off the caps lock. Beyond an overly-long acronym, it has no place in the workplace.

Don’t forget that sound- and smells- travel. In an open office, chomping and chewing or reheated lunches can easily grate coworkers’ nerves. While that leftover garlic pasta is delicious, it’s best to not use the communal microwave to heat it up.

Do’s for Work Place Etiquette

Here are a few basic etiquette pointers to keep things cool in the workplace:

Do respect your coworker’s space. Offices, even if they are cubicles or open desks, should be respected as belonging to the ‘owner.’ Knock on the cubicle door or otherwise announce yourself and refrain from leaning on someone else’s desk.

Do make work-friends. Some offices everyone is close and others are strictly business-only. Do what works for you, but knowing a few details about co-workers’ lives makes it a lot easier to make small talk in the elevator or while waiting for the coffee to finish brewing.

Do ask before you put someone on speakerphone. If anyone else will be listening to the call, introduce them as well. Likewise if you’d like to record a call, ask first.

How to Apply for a Job

Do you need to start a job search, but aren’t sure how to go about applying for jobs?  How you apply for jobs depends on the type of position you are seeking, and how the company accepts applications. Here are a few ways you can look for jobs.

Apply for Jobs Online

Before you start applying for jobs online it’s important to prepare to complete online job applications and to gather all the information you’ll need to apply.

Email Job Applications

When you are using email to apply for jobs, all your communications should be as professional as they would be if you were sending written correspondence.  Your email messages need to be properly formatted and should include a relevant subject line and your signature.

Apply for Jobs on Company’s Website

Company websites are among the best sources of job listings, especially if you know what companies you are interested in working for. You can go directly to the source and search for and apply for jobs online directly on many company websites.

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