You’ve Been Fired from Your Last Job – How Can You Address It in the Next Interview

June 28th, 2018

No one wants to be fired. But if you are, it doesn’t have to be the end of your career. You can, of course, take time to grieve and even wallow, but don’t let it define you. Recover from your mistakes and move on. But that also means you’ll need to field questions in interviews that may try to get to the bottom of why you left your last job. Your answers will make all the difference, so it’s time to learn how to provide the best answer possible to these kinds of questions. Here are some things to consider.

Honesty

You will be asked, point blank, why you left your last job. Lying about it won’t do you any good and could actually cost you the opportunity. Your new employer will conduct reference checks and may uncover the truth themselves, so use caution when answering. The truth is, many people have been fired before and went on to have wonderful careers in a better environment, so use that to your advantage.

Education

Life in a learning experience. That is true about being fired as well. Why were you fired? Use that reason to allow yourself to become a better person. If, for example, you had problems meeting important deadlines, spend time learning how to better organize your time so it doesn’t happen again. Then communicate that to the hiring manager in your next interview. People aren’t interested in the problem, they want to know the solution.

Positivity

You can be mad about being fired, that’s absolutely the right human emotion. But don’t let your interviewer see it. Negativity is a major red flag for potential employers and if they hear you speaking poorly about someone with whom you’ve worked in the past, they’ll be concerned about repeat behavior. Instead, stay positive talking about your past job and your ideas for the future

Ownership

The bottom line is that you need to take responsibility for the actions that led you to be terminated from the job. And, in order for a company to decide to take a chance on you, they need to see that you have ownership of your mistakes and are actively working to improve them and not letting them hold you back. You sell this in your interview by sharing how you’ve grown from the experience and showing them how it won’t happen again.

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“Would Your Last Boss Hire You?” – Should You Ask This in the Interview?

June 21st, 2018

Throughout the hiring process, hiring managers are given a lot of advice about what to ask and what answers to expect. There is so much advice out there it can be difficult to know what are or are not good questions to get down to the bottom of things and give you the details you need to know to make a decision. For all the strange questions you might consider, “Would your last boss hire you?” may give you some information that will help you better understand the candidate. Let’s take a closer look.

Would Your Last Boss Hire You?

The first thing this does is force the candidate to think about things in a new way. They may have thought about their accomplishments in their previous jobs and planned on sharing them with you. They may have been cautioned about saying negative things about past employers and are hedging around certain topics to keep things positive.

By framing the question in this way, they have to stop and think. That means they can’t just repeat answers they’ve practiced in the mirror. You’re making them think on their feet and that’s a good thing. You want to hire someone who isn’t thrown off by simple requests. Their specific answer isn’t as important as how they answer.

What Answer are You Expecting?

Though the specific answer isn’t that important, you certainly have some expectations about what they should say. For example, if they respond that their previous employer would not hire them, you’re going to want to know why. If they cross the line from confidence into arrogance in their answer, that might be a red flag as well.

Know that the answer isn’t important, but understand what it is that you’re looking for when they answer. Look at their body language. Look at the way they hesitate, if they hesitate. Listen for negativity in their answers. But don’t just look for red flags. Also, consider the positive cues they could reply with.

What Does it Tell You About the Candidate?

Of course, beyond your expectations is what their answer really tells you. Consider this scenario. You ask your candidate if their previous boss would hire them again. They appear taken aback for a moment and then carefully constructs their answer. They may say something like, “I had an excellent relationship with my previous boss. He relied on me to make sure things were on track without much hand-holding. It was my organizational skills that allowed him to remain hands off, and he appreciated that.” This answer tells you that they are proud of what they’ve done in the past and that their previous employer trusted them on the job.

If, however, their answer begins with a laugh and an almost dismissive tone, such as, “Well, he hired me once. I don’t see why he wouldn’t do it again.” They may be hiding more important information with their short, curt answer. This may tell you that they don’t respect the process, they had negative feelings about their previous boss, or that there may have been tension in that working relationship.

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What Does It Take to Become a Certified Forklift Driver?

June 14th, 2018

Should you become a certified forklift driver to help you find your next job? Is it something that will help your career? What kinds of opportunities can you get when you have this certification? There are a few things to consider if you’re interested in pursuing a career within a warehouse. If this is something you’ve wondered about, here is some inside information on how to get your forklift certification and what you do with it once you have it.

Opportunities for forklift drivers.

For someone interested in working in a warehouse environment, knowing how to drive a forklift can be a huge professional benefit. Many jobs require previous forklift experience or a certification. There are also a variety of types of forklifts that many companies will use, so diversified warehouse driving experience can also be beneficial for your career in the long term.

Take classes.

There are a variety of ways to become certified to drive a forklift. In some cases, companies will certify individuals and provide them with their certification after gaining experience. In other cases, you can take courses at your local trade or technical school. There are even online certifications. Keep in mind that each state has different requirements for how certifications can be obtained and what their employers can accept.

Additional skills required.

Know that there is more to landing a forklift driving job than just skills driving a forklift. Companies look for a variety of personal traits and professional skills when making a hiring decision. You will need to demonstrate reliability, good communication skills, and an aptitude for technology.

Leverage your certification.

When you are certified, you can work with a staffing professional to help you find a position within a warehouse job so you can use your forklift driving skills and potentially earn more money. There are often premiums for positions requiring forklift certifications, and it can also lead to supervisor roles in the future. Be sure to let hiring managers and recruiters know if you have forklift skills from previous positions.

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Yes – It’s Possible to Eat Healthy at Work. Here’s How

May 10th, 2018

You may feel like it’s always go, go, go at work, so you’re certain you won’t have a spare moment to eat a healthy snack or meal. When whipping through the drive-thru on your short lunch hour seems like the only alternative, it may sound impossible to conceive of healthier lunch habits. But it is possible to eat healthy while on the job. Here are some tips to make sure you’re getting the right nutrition for that energy burst you’ll need for a productive day.

Avoid junk altogether.

It can be difficult, but if you don’t have junk food available it’s much easier to avoid it. Don’t keep candy at your desk, don’t bring change for the snack machine, and don’t have chips in the break room. The less accessible you make the unhealthy options, the most likely you are to stick to the healthy ones.

Take your lunch hour.

So often employees eat at their desk or simply don’t take lunch at all. But this is critical for maintaining a healthy diet as well as your emotional health on the job. Take a real lunch hour. Leave the office. Pack a healthy lunch so you don’t feel tempted to swing through the drive-thru on your way out.

Bring your leftovers.

Another trick to making sure you have healthy lunches is to make healthy dinners and save your leftovers. Make an additional half portion when you’re cooking in the evening and set it aside so you can bring it to work the next day. This will help keep you on track with healthy eating.

Drink plenty of water.

Sometimes when our brain tells us we’re hungry, it should be telling us we’re thirsty. Curb your cravings by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. The conventional wisdom is eight glasses of water a day, but the truth is a little more complicated than that. Most healthy adults will get plenty of water, but if you’re concerned, know that current science suggests more than three liters of fluid for men and more than two for women.

Plan ahead.

It’s also helpful if you plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. It’s easy to give into stress eating and just grab salty snacks or sugary sodas if you’re feeling stressed. But when you’re stressed is exactly the time you should be turning to healthy alternatives. Pack and prepare your snacks and lunch to prevent yourself from grabbing and eating just anything.

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Facebook Jobs – Is This Where You Find Your Next Job?

April 26th, 2018

If you know you need to be using social media to help you find a job but don’t know where to start, this guide can help. With all the news about Facebook today, the platform isn’t disappearing entirely and there are still ways to make it work for you. The Facebook Jobs feature is one of these ways. There are a few ways you can use the service to help you find and land your next job. Here are just a few things to get you started.

Search Facebook Jobs.

Visit Facebook.com/jobs to see new posts from local businesses looking for employees in your area. This is the most convenient option and offers targeted solutions so you don’t see jobs that are out of your area or not in your industry. However, you can also follow companies on Facebook to watch for updates on their pages.

Apply online.

Facebook Jobs allows business to include a simple online application with the post. Before you click “apply” be sure to read the complete job description. You want to make sure they don’t have different or additional instructions that you should follow. Always be prepared and do exactly what is being asked when you apply for a new position online.

Maintain a professional profile.

Your Facebook profile, and all of your social media accounts should remain professional. Know that when an employer looks at these accounts they will make a first impression. Keep photographs professional. If you would prefer to keep Facebook personal, lock down your security settings but know that profile and cover pictures are always publically visible.

Interact with businesses online.

While you should make use of the Facebook Jobs feature, also be sure to interact with businesses on their pages. Follow them. Participate in conversations. Watch for new information that can help you when you do apply or interview with the company. Become a brand ambassador. If a company already knows your name in a positive way, they’re more likely to call you when your resume crosses their desk.

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Don’t Hold Yourself Back: Overcoming Obstacles that Are Hindering Your Ability to Find a Great Position

September 28th, 2017

Are you feeling frustrated by your job search? Have you taken a step back to have a critical look at what might be in your way? There may be several obstacles holding you back, so it’s important to see them and determine the best solution. Whether the hurdle is self-imposed or from an outside source, they can be overcome. Let’s take a look at some of the common obstacles job seekers face and what you can do about them.

Only using one method to apply.

Many job seekers make a big mistake by following only the path of least resistance in the job market. Applying for jobs online using the popular job boards is, by far, the easiest way. But it isn’t always the most effective. Instead, vary your methods by applying online, connecting through social media, networking in person, and more.

Not having enough experience.

You may find yourself not applying for jobs you really want because you’re worried you don’t have enough experience. And in some cases, this may be a reasonable strategy. But not having all of the exact experience isn’t always an issue on the job market. Look at the experience you do have. Could it be transferable? Could you market yourself differently?

Saying you can’t network.

Networking in person can be scary, especially if you’re introverted or shy. But simply avoiding it can be the very difference in your job search. Challenge yourself to get out there. Pick just one event a month. Make sure to bring business cards with you. But also push yourself to get at least 5 business cards. Then make sure you’re following up.

Thinking the employer holds the cards.

Many job seekers believe that the only power in the job market lies with the employer. But that isn’t always the case. You have the talent they need, so leverage that. Create a list of employers you want to work within your community. Next, connect with them on social media. When the time is right, ask them how you can apply with their company. You’ll be surprised by the results.

Not looking at all your options.

Finally, many job seekers pigeonhole themselves without even realizing it. If you’re avoiding certain opportunities or avenues, you may be cutting yourself off from the very job that’s perfect. Always weigh your options. Always look outside of the box. Give yourself a chance to be creative in your search and try new things.

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5 of the 10 Fastest Growing Economies Are in Texas

November 5th, 2015

The news that Texas has 5 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the nation comes as no surprise. Things are always bigger in Texas. So what does this growth mean for both job seekers and businesses in these growing cities? When you’re making any changes for hiring, you may want to keep these ideas in mind. Let’s take a closer look at the five places experiencing rapid growth and how you can harness it for your business.

Corpus Christi

With 6.5 percent GDP growth estimate, this coastal town on the Gulf of Mexico is seeing an increase of commerce in the area. The primary industry is manufacturing. This means that anyone who has experience with warehouse, production, and technology that assists the processes will have a good shot at being employed in Corpus Christi and businesses in this sector are in demand.

Victoria

Just north of Corpus Christi near the Gulf is the town of Victoria. This city has seen a 6.7 percent growth over the last few years. However, this area is looking at mining as its primary growth industry. Of course, with mining comes a variety of support level industries, including administrative and project management specializations.

DFW and Arlington

At 8.5 percent you can’t leave the Dallas and Fort Worth areas off the list. This includes Arlington as well as the metro area continues to grow. There are several industries that are booming around the region including finance, insurance, real estate, rental markets and leasing. It is no surprise that with the rise of financial businesses that real estate is also popular. The new employees who move into the area need somewhere to live.

San Angelo

Just west of the DFW and Austin areas is the town of San Angelo, which has reached the high rate of an 11.4 percent increase in GDP. The big surprise here is that their growth industry is government. The city is not far from the state capital in Austin, and it is actively hiring for a variety of local government and workforce jobs.

Midland

And to the west of San Angelo is the city of Midland, which was number one in the country at a GDP growth estimate of a whopping 24.1 percent! Like Victoria, the primary industry boom in this area is mining. But also like Victoria, this comes with all of the additional jobs that will supplement and support the industry.

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Help Your Overwhelmed Team with These Leadership Tips

September 18th, 2015

Even if your staff is made up of superstars, there will come a time in their career where things become overwhelming. While the first reaction might be to suggest they get it together, there may be a better way to approach the situation as a manager. Can you help your team become less overwhelmed simply by becoming a better leader? You can, and here’s how.

Redirect their focus and priorities.

The biggest reason for job burnout is taking on too much too fast and feeling pressure to do everything. If your employees can’t see the forest through the trees then it is your job to steer them on a better path. Determine the overall priorities and redirect their focus on what really matters.

Make changes to their workload.

Some employees have a hard time saying no. While they should have take ownership of this, it is also part of your job as their manager to assess when things are getting out of hand. If you notice that deadlines are being missed and your team is overwhelmed, make changes to their workload. Hiring a temporary employee to help out is one great solution.

Give them uninterrupted work time.

Another big challenge for employees is time management. Not that they can’t appropriately manage their own time but interruptions are expected and often a big problem. Allow them to let their calls go to voice mail and not check email except during certain times of the day. Follow-ups can happen between specified hours.

Change your approach to meetings.

Speaking of distractions, meetings can be the biggest time waster in the workday. Often meetings go longer than expected and become a forum for everyone to state everything they want to say. This can be counterproductive during the work day. Change your approach to have fewer, shorter meetings. Keep things on track.

Lead by example.

Lastly, you can’t expect your team to feel less stress in the workplace if you’re consistently overwhelmed as a manager. They will see how you handle yourself and will begin to reflect that behavior in their day-to-day work. Learn to manage your own tasks and calendar and demonstrate how it works to be confident about doing your job.

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Have a Plan When Attending Your Next Job Fair

September 11th, 2015

Job fairs can be a colossal waste of time if you’re not properly prepared. But if you have a plan of attack and stick to it, then the job fair can be one of the best hidden tools of a job search. Because of their popularity, not everyone in the building will have created a plan to help them navigate and network the best way possible. Here are some things you can do to make sure you’re ahead of the competition at your next job fair.

Make a good first impression

Your plan should start before you even set foot in the convention center. You won’t be meeting for interviews, but you should treat it like one. Dress professionally, establish an elevator speech that will give the person an idea of who you are and what you’re looking for, and always be courteous. Bring your resume and business cards and be sure to get their contact info.

Create a map and plan

Job fairs sometimes feel like a herd of cattle shuffling along. It shouldn’t feel like that. You may be just one person in a sea of thousands of job seekers but you don’t have to act that way. You are the one in complete control. When you arrive review the list of businesses attending and make a game plan. Only visit the top companies and introduce yourself to them in a professional manner. If you can’t see yourself working for that company then don’t waste your time standing in line to meet with their representatives.

Introduce yourself

There will be a good portion of the event spent standing in line. You can use this time to make connections with others in your community. Introduce yourself, ask them what they’re looking for, and see if you can connect them to others in your network. A lot of people will have nerves, so breaking the ice and getting the ball rolling can open unexpected connections. You will get a reputation in your community as a connector, which will only enhance your position as a professional. You can give them your business cards as well.

Always follow up

Now that you’ve collected all of these business cards you need to do something with them. The very next day, sit down and send out thank you emails that reference the conversations you had with them at their booth or in line. This is your opportunity to make a lasting impression and help you stand out from the crowd. If you feel comfortable, connect with those people on LinkedIn and continue the networking process.

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Manage Your Team Without Being a Jerk

August 7th, 2015

Some organizations believe it takes a strong personality to corral and motivate a team. Managers with abrasive personalities may feel like they are getting more accomplished when they raise their voice to their employees, but are they really? When many professionals are asked why they left their previous job, their honest answer would be “management.” People don’t quit jobs, they quit managers they feel are abusive or difficult to work for. You can avoid these situations by managing your team in a way that doesn’t make you out to be a jerk. Here are some ways you can do that starting today.

It’s not the people but the system
When you decide to place blame on individuals, you may be missing an important component to the problem. Often the people aren’t to blame but the system they are attempting to follow. Before you call someone to the carpet, consider looking at how they are handling the job, what tools they have at their disposal, and if there are any improvements that could be made.

Look for solutions, not accusations
To this point, never verbally abuse an employee in front of other employees. It isn’t a good idea to do it in private either. No one likes to work for someone who yells, and bosses who do it often will quickly get a negative reputation with the company. Instead, look for the solutions to the problem and work with your team members to solve them. Maintain a cool, level head and you’ll solve more of them.

Recognize strengths and play to them
Everyone on your team has particular strengths. Encourage them to excel by providing assignments, duties, and projects based on what it is they love to do and what they’re particularly good at. When you engage them with work they like, they are also more likely to succeed at the other parts of their job as well. Setting your employees up to succeed will lead to less chances where criticism is needed.

Trust your team as the professionals you hired
Micromanagement is a dirty word in the workplace. Many bosses feel that the work won’t be done sufficiently if they aren’t constantly supervising their employees. Don’t they say, “If you want it done right, do it yourself?” If this is the case then you may have hired the wrong people. Your employees are professionals and are skilled at what they do, so let them do it!

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