Resume and Career Articles

Job Satisfaction Low Nationally and Internationally

Job satisfaction levels have been dropping in the United States and internationally, according to three recent studies. In this article, we’ll explore each of these studies to find out why workers have been so unhappy, how many employees plan on leaving their jobs, and how job satisfaction levels vary across age groups. Plus, we’ll share tips for improving your situation if you feel unhappy at work.

2011 Study on Low Job Satisfaction in the United States: Half of Americans Unhappy at Work
A recent survey of nearly 2,400 American employees found half were unhappy at work, confirming the low levels of national […]

How to Pass an Employment Assessment Test – Part 2

Employment assessment testing was the topic of one of our previous blog articles. We discussed how to avoid completing employment assessment tests in ways that would send red flags to hiring managers. Today, we’re going to cover how to answer job assessment tests in a way that sends positive signals to employers.

Again, if we want to understand how to answer employment assessment questionnaires in a way that emphasizes desirable qualities, we need to understand what those qualities are. According to Josh Bersin, CEO of California research company Bersin & Associates, in Oakland, California, these hiring tests are most often used […]

How to Pass an Employment Assessment Test – Part 1

Employment assessment tests are becoming more popular as companies seek to filter out applicants in today’s crowded market. You may have experienced one of these employment personality tests yourself after filling out an online job application. After entering information relevant to the job, you were asked to answer between 50 and 200 questions about yourself, many of which required you to agree or disagree with various statements that had little to do with the job you applied for. You may have been confused as to what some of these questions were actually trying to find out or why you were […]

Resume Cover Letter

Resume cover letters are indispensable in your job search. Employers expect every resume to come with a matching cover letter. Like your resume, your cover letter should be an advertizement for you. It should not just be an introduction to your resume or a summary of your resume!

Today, cover letters are often e-mailed, so some of the rules you grew up with have changed. Others, such as basic courtesy, have withstood the test of time. This article will take you through the 8 steps to writing an excellent cover letter that will make you stand out from the crowd.

1. Read […]

CV Resume

Do you know the differences between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume? While a resume is a compact, usually one page long ad for you as an employee, a CV is a significantly longer document that describes you as an academic, teacher, researcher, or medical professional. While the average resume only receives a 20-second scan, you can expect your curriculum vitae to be read more carefully. After all, your future employer or school could have just asked you for a resume—if they ask you for a CV, they want to know more.

The following table covers some of the main […]

Proactive Workplace Conflict Resolution

Before You Accept that Job Offer, Ask Yourself…

Who is the boss?

Your new boss or immediate supervisor may not necessarily be the one that interviews you. If you have an opportunity before you accept your new job offer, try to meet with the person that will be your new boss or supervisor. Your specific job position or job role will determine how much direct interaction you may or may not have with your boss. Although, at some point you will have to interact with someone in an authority position, whether your boss, a department supervisor, or a team leader.

As you know, […]