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London and Quadrant firm on personal and professional development

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London and Quadrant housing association is currently going through a merger with East Thames. The unification will make it the biggest housing association in London, increasing its stock to more than 100,000 properties and its staff to more than 2,500. For Chris Gillam, the group’s HR director and chair of its equality and diversity working group, part of the challenge during this process is to ensure that in every one of its 18 offices across the city the firm is representative of that community. - Advertisement - Video Playback Not Supported  Its entire workforce is made up of 60 per [...]

4 Chicago tech companies making professional development a priority

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Employees are a company’s most important asset, and investing in them is the best way to foster continued growth. But what does investing in your employees actually look like in practice? We spoke with four fast-growing Chicago tech companies to find out.   To make sure its team members hit the ground running, Adage Technologies pairs every new employee with a mentor charged with showing them the ropes for the first six months. The learning process continues throughout the employee’s tenure, through weekly coaching, lunch-and-learns, off-site learning opportunities, book clubs and company support for any resources, materials, training and certifications [...]

Turning Professional Development Into a Competitive Advantage

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Hiring managers face a difficult task today: trying to identify and secure commitments from in-demand professionals. Job openings, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, are currently at one of the highest levels on record. While the demand is there, the supply of available candidates with the needed skills is not. In a Robert Half survey, the majority of CFOs reported challenges finding professionals with in-demand expertise. In addition, in May, national unemployment hit its lowest figure in 16 years, and rates for specialized positions, such as those in accounting and finance, are often even lower. Compounding this [...]

Interview Tips for College Grads

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If you're a recent college grad heading into a job interview, you'll need to brush up on more than your resume! Tracee Carrasco, Fox Business Network , KIDY 12:12 PM. CDT June 12, 2017 Attention, grads: the secret to landing your dream job could take place before your interview even begins! Candidates how preform background checks on themselves can gain key insights into what a prospective employer may see. Millennial career expert Jill Jacinto said to look up your credit score before a job interview. “You need to have an idea of what these companies are going to find about [...]

Want to be bilingual? Here are 10 tips for learning a new language

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If your summertime travel plans include places where English isn’t the primary language, it’s a good idea to pick up some key phrases before starting your trip. RELATED: 10 inexpensive places to get away from it all Here are some tips on how best to learn a language. 1. Immerse yourself Surround yourself with as much of the language as you can. Dedicate daily time to practice, but also try to think of phrases during your daily life. For example, if you’re texting a friend, try to think of how you would say a phrase you sent in another language. 2. [...]

Job interview survival guide – top tips and common shortfalls

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Comments (2) Job interviews can be daunting no matter how many you have under your belt. Here are seven essentials to consider to ensure you're fully prepared. Whether you're getting ready for your first ever interview or a long-awaited dream job is on the line, you'll want to keep these tips and common shortfalls in mind. 1. First impressions How you present and compose yourself is crucial to an employer's first impression of whether you will make a suitable fit for their business. Ensure you dress smartly and appropriately for the role, greet your interviewee with a strong handshake, and don't [...]

8 Interview Tips to Improve Your Performance

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Interview is the final process before one gets selected for a job, and so, can make or break the chances of getting one. No matter how proficient a person is in his or her field of work unless he or she is able to convey the same to the interviewer with confidence, it will remain on paper only. Also, the information given on your resume would amount to nothing if you are not able to convincingly answer the related queries. Given the importance of the interview process in the final selection of a candidate, one should prepare adequately for it [...]

Nurse job interview tips: top nine questions and answers | Healthcare Professionals Network

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Compassion and communication, respect and resilience, accountability and adaptability – a good nurse possesses a daunting set of qualities. If you’re newly qualified, how can you convince employers you have what it takes? We asked those responsible for hiring band five nurses to tell us how they identify the right candidates. Here, they reveal some of the most common interview questions, as well as tips on how to answer them. Why do you want this job? The first question is usually broad. Candidates shouldn’t go into lots of detail but obviously shouldn’t give an answer that’s too short. If they’re [...]

Is empathy training the next evolution of corporate professional development?

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It goes without saying that you can't successfully operate without empathetic leaders. A study conducted by Businessolver indicated that 98% of HR professionals and 92% of employees believe employers that are empathetic actually improve retention rates. Yet less than half of employees polled would describe their employers as empathetic, and a lack of emotional connection has been at the center of several employment law cases in the past year. HR's own identity struggle between corporate entity and employee advocate often discourages victims from seeking the department's help. “Every organization should see empathy as something that’s a growing cultural value," Jon [...]

Job Interview Tips: 10 YouTube Videos That’ll Boost Your Confidence

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Image: Getty You finally got that email or phone call to come in for an interview. Now that the initial rush of joy has subsided, the nerves set in. A good interview is “all about preparation meeting the right attitude,” explains Laura DeCarlo, president of Career Directors International and author of Resumes for Dummies. “Do you really want to take the chance, go up for your dream job, and not get it just because you don’t know how to sell yourself in an interview?” Rhetorical question. You know the basics — research the company, practice talking to yourself in front of a [...]