Kelly Kantrowitz

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HR Trends to Keep on Your Radar in 2018


From social networking platforms and mobile applications to new engagement strategies, HR professionals have been adapting to a tsunami of changes over the past year due to our evolving workplace. Executives have shifted their strategy; with a focus on building an internal structure that’s rooted in attracting and retaining quality talent. At the forefront of employer discussions were buzzwords like ‘engagement’ and ‘culture,’ – two areas of investment that soared to the head of business initiatives.

In Hiring Advice, Workplace Tech, Tips for Employers, Recruitment Strategies, Industry Trends

How to Explain Why You Were Fired During an Interview

“Why were you let go from your previous position?”

The question is cringe-worthy. It feels like the hiring manager is staring into your soul as beads of sweat begin forming in your tightly clasped hands. However, the reality is, if you were terminated from a past position, you will be asked this question in your interview. No matter what euphemism you elect to use – parted ways, terminated, etc. – you will still have to provide an explanation to your prospective employer. Properly preparing to answer this question is the best way to avoid getting tongue-tied or issuing a slew of ‘um’s,’ which can paint your candidacy in a negative light.

In Career Advice, Job Seekers, Interview Questions, Impressing a Hiring Manager, Interview Tips

First Day at a New Job? Here Are the Must-Ask Questions That'll Set You up for Success

With a new job comes a rollercoaster of emotions -– excitement that rivals Will Ferrell’s whenever Santa Claus is around in Elf, uncertainty surrounding whether or not you’ll fit in with your colleagues, an eagerness to succeed, anxiety over how comprehensive your training will be, and the inevitable confusion you’ll face when you accidentally sit at a coworker’s desk or wander into the wrong conference room.

The good news is, the barrage of conflicting emotions is completely normal, albeit a bit uncomfortable. Along with a fresh start comes the opportunity to set yourself up for success by asking questions and gaining important insight into the culture, processes, and overall lay of the land.

In Career Advice, Job Seekers, Impressing a Hiring Manager, Office Culture, Workplace Etiquette

How Temporary Jobs Can Help You Get a Foot in the Door

Whether you’re facing the pressure of acing final exams, making your first student loan payment, or learning how to navigate the wildly competitive labor market for the first time, getting your foot in the door isn’t easy. If you’re still a student, nabbing a job that is both rewarding and suitable for your erratic schedule of classes, lectures, and studying may seem extremely difficult. While it may take a bit of added effort, you don’t have to work a job that you wholeheartedly despise. 

Similarly, for recent grads or career changers, you can break into your target industry without taking an unrelated position just to foot the bills. Starting your career with a temporary job is a great way to get experience in your field of choice with the flexibility to complement the varying lifestyles of students and recent graduates. Here’s how taking a temporary job can work for you.

In Career Advice, Job Seekers, Career Advancement

Unconventional Stunts Job Seekers Use to Get Noticed

Despite your eclectic work experience, impressive collection of internships, and applaudable top-tier schooling, getting noticed amidst a heaping pile of resumes is no easy feat. This is especially true for highly-coveted companies like Facebook or Google, where it would take an archaeological mission just to excavate your resume from the mound of applications. Oh, the throes of living the job seeker life. You need to customize your resume to complement each new position you apply for, perform in-depth research of your potential employer to ace your interview, and more importantly, you need to be memorable if you want to seperate yourself from the swarm of hungry competitors. 

In Career Advice, Job Seekers, Impressing a Hiring Manager

Pass the Stuffing and the Smiles at Work This Thanksgiving

Family, a scrumptious bowl of stuffing, and the mouth-watering aroma of roasted turkey means Thanksgiving is in the air. With the holiday just days away, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on all the things you’re grateful for. In the spirit of gratitude, use this opportunity to show your coworkers – the second family you spent a bulk of your time with – some appreciation. By showing your colleagues how thankful you are, you not only solidify the strength and quality of your relationship with that individual, but you will also see a corresponding effect on your work, interactions, and future networking as a result.

In Career Advice, Positivity in the Workplace, Office Culture, In-House Tips & Tricks, Holiday Celebration