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Career gaps sometimes happen. Perhaps you’ve taken time off to travel, volunteer or raise a family—but now it’s come time to re-enter the workforce. You may be nervous that you’ve “timed yourself out” of job opportunities, but the key to remember is what you learned while you sought alternate ways to spend your time. Plus,… Read more »

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Are you ready for something new? Maybe you’ve lost the spark you once felt for your current job—you find yourself dragging your feet on the way in and running for your car at the end of the day. If you’ve grown tired of what you do, you may find yourself bored, apathetic or even depressed…. Read more »

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Engaged employees are what every employer strives for. They get their work done and on time (or even ahead of time!). They have good attitudes, work well as a team and add to the positive corporate culture around them. And then there are disengaged employees. Employees who are disengaged lack that little spark they need… Read more »

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Are you ready? Phone interviews can strike fear into the hearts of many, because they cut out one significant part of in-person interviews—body language. Without physical cues from your interviewer, it can be hard to tell how your answer went over, how you’re doing and even when to pause or keep speaking. But with some… Read more »

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No one wants to be the “new kid.” And temporary workers may feel especially on edge because they’ll only be with your team for a short time. However, there’s no reason why your temp employees can’t feel just as much a part of the work family as your full-timers. And when you take steps to… Read more »

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What are your future goals for yourself? Regardless of where you’re headed, it’s always a good idea to do the best you can at your current job. Your boss is being tasked with projects from their boss—and if you can be a valuable resource, it will help the success of your company. This can help… Read more »

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A fun workplace and strong company culture are keys to attracting and retaining top talent. And most businesses today are doing what they can to build work environments that are both stimulating and productive. Fun atmospheres don’t create lackadaisical workers, either—in fact, just the opposite. The free flow of ideas that often come about in… Read more »

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40 hours may seem like a lot of time. But when you break it down into eight hours each workday—minus your lunch break, trips to the coffee pot, phone calls and meetings, checking email, stopping to talk with co-workers, etc.—all of the sudden your eight hours start to dwindle. If you’re like most professionals, you… Read more »

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In short, yes. Micromanagers are those that assign a project, then follow up constantly on progress. And by interrupting an employee’s thought process and work flow, micromanagers can stifle productivity as well as morale—because an employee feels they are not being trusted to get the work done. Micromanagement can also lead to decreased sharing of… Read more »

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Post-recession, the demand for engineers has become more competitive. Of course, the best and brightest engineers will have a portfolio that shows their education, mathematical and technical ability, and experience. But beyond that, high-performing engineers must possess other important “soft skills” that make them great at what they do—and help them fit into the culture… Read more »