How to Crush Your First Month on the Job

Calling all new college grads taking on their first job ever, and everyone who’s ever hopped from company to company to take on a new, cooler position: You know that first month is clutch. You can crush it and set yourself up for success at the company, or fall (proverbially) flat on your face, left worrying whether you have a future here. As career coach Hallie Crawford explains, “during the first month of any job, you are being observed carefully—especially as a new grad with little work experience.” Why? “Management will want to make sure they have made a good investment and that you are living up to what you said you could do in your interview,” she says. Don’t worry, though: We’ve got eight expert-approved ways for you to stand out in all the right ways during your first month on the job. Here they are: 1. Be diligent. Mistakes happen, of course, but you won’t knock your boss’ socks off by making too many in your first month. Luckily, most mistakes are easy to avoid, says Crawford, if you are simply diligent and double-check your work. And sure, “you don’t want to be a show-off,” Crawford says, “because

8 Words or Phrases to Avoid When You’re Trying to Project Confidence

Let’s get straight and to the point: words matter. A LOT. And they’re especially important in a professional context. Word choice can be the difference between getting your opinion brushed aside or having someone take your opinion seriously. If you would like it to be the latter (which you obviously should), it’s time for a quick check-up on your office vocab. We spoke with Joel Garfinkle, Executive Coach and Author of Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level to get his opinions on what words to avoid—and what words to use—in order to project confidence and capability. Glassdoor: What’s the #1 word people need to remove from their vocabulary to come across as confident and capable? Joel Garfinkle: There isn’t one specific word people should eliminate from their vocabulary, to appear more confident, but rather one set of words – filler words. Filler words, including “Umm,” “Uh” and “Like” indicate you’re not exactly sure what word you’re going to say next, which makes you sound less confident. Glassdoor: What do you see as the ‘weakest’ words to use in a professional context? Joel Garfinkle: “Usually” and “Often” are the weakest words in a professional context.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Organizing Your Job Search

When on the hunt for a job, it’s not uncommon to be applying for multiple opportunities at once. This is especially true for those of us just starting out in our careers. But multiple applications mean different resume versions, various cover letters and many, many different deadlines to keep track of. With so many moving parts at once, it’s easy to become disorganized. But a disorderly job search process can lead to embarrassing mistakes such as lost phone numbers, confused deadlines, and missed interviews. To help you avoid these downfalls, we’ve put together a few tips to help you keep your job search organized. Start With Your Career Goals It’s easy to want to just jump right in and begin filling out job applications. But before you do, it’s best to take a step back and take a look at the bigger picture. Your career journey should start with a look at the direction in which you’re headed. Though it may seem trivial to set aside time to organize your thoughts to clearly think through the career path you’d like to pursue, this is one of the most important steps to take. How are you supposed to start going anywhere

10 Things You Need to Check Before Submitting Your Resume

Whew! You’ve revised your resume, updated all of the information on it and incorporated all of the right keywords. You must be exhausted and so ready to apply to your dream job. However, before uploading that PDF resume, there are a few key things to double-check. 1. Spelling The number one thing to check on your resume before clicking ‘submit’ is your grammar and spelling. Don’t just rely on Microsoft Word to catch misspellings — read and re-read your resume to catch potential errors. Then, send your resume to a friend to have them read through with a ‘fine tooth comb’. 2. Correct Tense (Past vs. Present) As a general rule, if an action or accomplishment on your resume is in the past, use the past tense. However, if you are speaking about a current role and current accomplishments, use the present tense. Hiring managers cringe when they see this mistake on a resume, so as you’re editing, be sure to use the correct tense: manage vs. managed, deliver vs. delivered, execute vs. executed. 3. Focus Clarity is key. Your resume should clearly state what you do, what you have accomplished, and what your narrative is. If you are applying to

Job Search Stalled?

The job search process is tiring. Not only does it take a lot of time, it can wear you out putting your self-worth on the line every time you apply for a job, only to be rejected. When you’ve been searching for months, it can seem like there’s just no available jobs out there for you. What if you didn’t have to do this all on your own? That’s where staffing agencies come in.  A staffing agency works on behalf of a company to find temporary employees for positions the company needs filled immediately. The agency is responsible for posting jobs, vetting candidates, and eventually hiring employees. Staffing agencies can be your golden ticket to employment. Here’s why: 1. You can work temporarily while still job searching. Even if you don’t see the position you hold during a temporary job as your life’s calling, it can provide a valuable source of income while you continue the search for your dream job. “Besides helping pay the rent, temporary gigs in your chosen field are a good way to enter the market and make a name for yourself before you commit to an employer,” says Karla L. Miller, author of the Washington