How Much Follow-Up is Too Much?

A strong interview performance can give you a certain rush of euphoria and optimism. It’s a little like the feeling you get following a great first date. However, just like texting your new romance a dozen times the next day could end up hurting your long-term chances, an over-aggressive follow up after a good interview… Read More

How to Hire Quickly Without Losing Quality

Speed and quality usually exist on opposite sides of a spectrum. You can get something fast, or you can get something really good. A Big Mac vs. Kobe beef cooked sous vide. A vlog you record in a few minutes on your iPhone vs. the award-winning movie Boyhood, filmed over 12 years. This relationship applies… Read More

Reconnecting With Old Colleagues

A good network pulls in people from all parts of your life. Family, friends, former roommates, acquaintances, people you meet at conferences – anybody from any walk of life can provide a meaningful career connection. However, no one is more relevant than former coworkers and former managers. These key connections operate in your industry and… Read More

Employee Appreciation Ideas

You don’t have a business without your employees. They help find and service your customers. They make your product. Every day, they contribute their talent and their knowledge to making your business grow. So, why is it so hard to say “thank you?” Part of the issue comes from the regular bustle of day-to-day life.… Read More

What’s the Best Way to Decline an Interview If You’ve Received an Offer Elsewhere?

It’s good to be wanted. Being out of work can mess with your confidence, so receiving interest from multiple potential employers can help pump up your deflated ego. However, it can also create complications. When you’re deep in the job-search process, you’ll send out applications to any position that seems remotely promising. And you’ll accept… Read More

Tips for Confronting an Employee About Performance Issues

No one likes confrontation. Well, maybe some people do…but they belong more in an MMA ring than they do in a corporate conference room. Conflict is rarely good for business. It saps morale and adds tension to otherwise productive relationships. That said, tough conversations sometimes have to happen. If an employee’s performance falls below expectations,… Read More

What’s the Best Way to Explain Why I Left My Company?

The worst part of any first date? The point in the evening where you trade details about old relationships. The worst part of any job interview (besides the moment right after they ask the dreaded “what are your biggest weaknesses” question)? Recounting why you left your previous jobs. Like discussing the end of an old… Read More

Not Feeling Challenged at Work?

It’s become a bore. Every commute is an uninspired trudge, and every day unfolds as dragged-out grey tedium, punctuated by yawns and the constant checking of the clock. Well, maybe it’s not that bad. But you do feel underutilized and unappreciated. You need room to stretch your talents and develop your skill set, both to… Read More

How to Make Your Office More Fun for Your Staff

Work is never going to be a rave in Ibiza. We know this…unless, of course, you happen to be a DJ. But for the rest of us, the definition of “fun” has to be tempered a bit for the office. Just like there’s “business casual,” which doesn’t include hoodies or yoga pants, you should think… Read More

Should You Take Your Work Home?

It’s eight o’clock at night on a nice summer day. Your kid wants to shoot some hoops with you in the driveway. Your spouse wants to take a nice walk. You’re only about 10 pages into that book you’ve been meaning to read and you still haven’t watched the last season of Game of Thrones.… Read More