Business Advice

Onboarding your new household staff or manager

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Within the corporate environment, companies invest significant dollars into making sure that their new employees will feel welcome, acclimate to the culture, and become effective in their new jobs. Considering that it can cost up to 50% of the person’s salary to replace them, a solid onboarding process is a valuable strategy.

However, within the home staffing environment, how to get your new employees up-to-speed may not be so clear cut.  If you’ve never had private staff before, the challenge can ...

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Using diversity to evaluate company culture

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In the modern world of job searching, finding a position that is a good match has more to do with company culture than any other factor.  However, many job seekers don’t know what to look for when trying to determine the workplace culture.  Some things are obvious, such as the physical aspects of the work environment – for example, many introverts are not comfortable working in an “open office” design, where there is very little separation from one person’s workspace ...

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Picking the best picture for your social media

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Your picture: on social media sites like LinkedIn, profiles with a picture gain a significantly higher amount of views.  However, that picture can be either the kiss of death or the start of a professional relationship.  With so much riding on this first impression, how can you be sure that your picture is conveying the right image?

www.PhotoFeeler.com is a website that allows users to upload a photo and gain insight from other users on key components on their first ...

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How to instantly increase your LinkedIn network

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network connections treeFrustrated with the limited views on LinkedIn profiles?  Want to increase your exposure to second and third degree connections?  How about send emails or invitations to people you don’t know?

The answer is simple: join and get involved in the Groups.

 Join Groups

In particular, look for the large Groups in your area.  By joining these Groups, you have access to most of the ...

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5 ways to destroy your new contract job

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Contract work is new norm for many people.  Do you know the traps to avoid when taking a contract job?

It’s quite common for job seekers to accept contract or temporary jobs with the hopes that they will turn into full-time employment.  Even without the potential of a new job, the contract assignment has become a crucial piece to any employment scenario.

However, many people are destroying this opportunity within the first two weeks.  In the contract world, these mistakes may not ...

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Winning the interview on first sight

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More than ever, it is important for employers to understand who you are during the interview process. When they get a feel for your personality, they can picture you fitting in with their company culture. Clearly, your wardrobe choice at that first interview is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a positive first impression.

The clothes maketh the (wo)man

Fashion is the very first impressions a potential employer gains before you even get the chance to speak. So if you really want to ...

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Poor LinkedIn practices that kill candidates

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Watch out for Linkedin mistakesEveryone knows that posting negative comments on LinkedIn is a sure-fire way to scare off employers and recruiters alike. However, many candidates are killing their chances without even knowing it by making these common mistakes on their profiles.

Improper formatting of their name

It’s shocking to see how many people are making this mistake.  Either their name is listed in ALL ...

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The Entrepreneur Job Description

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Most people are more effective in their jobs when they know what the expectations are and the typical duties.  In a normal employment situation, this is communicated in the job description from the company.  But what if you are working for yourself or have your own business?

While you may be inclined to say “I do everything,” that’s not an effective management tool.  The idea is to evaluate your effectiveness in all the areas and then see how it can be ...

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