The Perks of Temp Work

The numbers of temp jobs have been showing relatively healthy gains during the employment market’s very sluggish recovery. And many experts see the increase in temporary employment as a good sign that the recovery will continue–companies often hire temp workers as a way to increase production or development without the financial obligation that full-time employees

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Metrics that matter

Staffing metrics have evolved from rough estimates on absenteeism to complex studies that evaluate every aspect of human-capital measurement. Along the way, the issue of what to measure has become as important as the old issue of how to measure.

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Why You Should Ignore Negative Job-Market News

When did you last read such headlines as “340 People Newly Hired This Month!” “15,000 New Jobs Filled Last Quarter” or anything remotely resembling them in your local newspaper? Wouldn’t it be refreshing if you read an article mentioning how your state government was planning to hire 20,000 people next month?

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How To Get Your Career Change In Motion

Changing careers can be like taking a train trip. You plan it, start at one location and go to your ultimate destination, with stops in between. (Sorry, there are no non-stop career trains.) The basics for getting started are scheduling your departure time and showing up at the station. Here’s how to get yourself moving.

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Answering the Weaknesses Question

What’s your greatest weakness? This query has been an enduring weapon in the hiring manager’s arsenal, but most people still have trouble with the dilemma it poses: answer too frankly, and you’ll torpedo your prospects. Give a canned answer and you’ll seem phony, or worse, evasive (“My greatest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist and

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Pass the Telephone Screen

Not all interviews are face to face. If you’re conducting a long-distance career search or need to talk to a manager who’s not in town, you may undergo a phone interview. By conducting preliminary phone interviews, employers save money and shorten the hiring cycle. An HR professional may call a candidate with a stellar resume

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Following Up After the Interview

When you leave an interview, you should leave the building as gracefully as you entered it. Make sure you’re as cordial to people on the way out as you were coming in. Then, as you decompress, take some time to review the interview while it’s still fresh in your mind. Because interviewing is a learnable

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The Art of the Interview

If the very word “interview” makes your palms sweat and your head itch, then take a deep breath, sit down and read this easy step-by-step guide to acing the interview. Dress appropriately. This one may seem basic, but it’s easier said than done. Before you start your rounds of interviews, be sure to have a

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A job interview on a Ferris wheel? Um, OK

CHICAGO — As if job interviews weren’t stomach-churning enough, imagine sitting through one while looping around a giant Ferris wheel. Last month, top executives from ad agency Havas Worldwide commandeered six gondolas of the Ferris wheel at Chicago tourist hotspot Navy Pier to interview job candidates for several dozen positions, giving each applicant two revolutions

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