Often what sets one candidate above another for a job are their ‘soft skills’. These skills aren’t specific to any job or industry, and will make you more successful on whatever your chosen career path is.
Some people are naturally great with these work skills, but anyone can learn and improve their soft skills.
In work and in life, I’ve found that most mistakes and arguments are caused by simple misunderstanding and miscommunication. Being able to convey a concept clearly to another person determines how they respond, eliminates confusion, and keeps a project running smoothly.
How to improve? Listen. Always give 100% of your attention to the person you are talking or listening to. Ask questions to clarify anything that seems unclear, no matter how silly it seems. A lot of verbal communication is about empathy: understand that the person you are explaining something to can’t read your mind, consider things from their point of view, not just your own.
Continue reading 4 Skills Needed for Any Job +How to Improve Them
Is it starting to seem like all your job descriptions are the same? A description of your organization, the typical duties of the position, a list of qualifications followed by some mandatory requirements. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because most job descriptions follow the same old script. Yes, traditional job descriptions are boring… so how do you make your company stand out?
Be completely honest, good & bad
A new hire will learn soon enough about all the gritty details of a job at your company, so why not be up front from the start? A detail that seems to detract from a glowing dream job description might turn some people off, but this is a good thing. The people that can’t or don’t want to handle the negative side of a job aren’t going to last long in the position anyway, and those that decide to apply for the job despite a negative point in the description will be more likely to stay for the long term. Continue reading 4 ways to Buck the Conventional Job Description
The numbers are very clear: candidates are far more likely to complete a job application on their desktop, instead of their mobile device. Applying to jobs is simply not as good an experience on mobile as it is with a full screen and keyboard.
While that information may come as no surprise, new research shows that there is a huge difference in the click-to-apply rates for the different types of mobile devices. A study from Appcast has found that candidates using Android devices are 2.25 times more likely to complete a job application as their peers using an iOS device.
Why are Android users more likely to complete their job applications?
Continue reading iOS vs Android on Mobile Recruiting
Check out this helpful video on what to consider when uploading your resume into online recruitment systems. Understand the simple rules of what to include and what to avoid so that your resume is accepted and noticed by recruiters. One tip: trying to ‘game the system’ won’t help you in the end!
Continue reading Fix your Resume for Online Systems: Video
Flexible work leads to higher productivity, lower stress and an expanded talent pool among other benefits. It’s no wonder that more companies are embracing flexibility and changing the definition of today’s workplace.
Have a look at this infographic from TechnologyAdvice for insight into what types of flexible work exist, why people want greater flexibility and why 9-5 will be a thing of the past.
A candidate walks in the door with an okay skill set but a personality that would fit right in with your office culture. The next candidate seems a little standoffish, but their skill level for the job is the best of any applicant. Who gets the job? Continue reading Is the Best Hire for Skill or Cultural Fit?