What Are The Qualities That Define Leadership In A Changing Situation?

Leadership is the same everyday. Whether you are in a merger, a downsizing, a major growth of business or a average predictable pattern of work, each of us must lead using at least these six skills. How solid are yours? Vision Leaders have a clear vision of where they want to go, specifically related to an organization, how they will grow it into a well known business with a recognizable brand that differentiates it from its competition. However, vision alone is not enough.Leaders not only have this vision but also are able to develop and implement a plan for success. Passion and drive complete the picture; leaders are also able to share their vision and generate support from others to fulfill the goal. Focus And Discipline Strong leaders are disciplined. They set priorities and single-mindedly create a set of actions that they fulfill. This focus enables them to drive action and achieve results. You can spot a good leader because they are so...
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Invited to Do a Phone Interview?

Many companies use phone interviews as an initial employment screening technique for a variety of reasons. Because they're generally brief, phone interviews save companies time. They also serve as a more realistic screening alternative for cases in which companies are considering out-of-town (or out-of-state and foreign) candidates. A phone interview seems so informal on the surface that it can be easy to fall into the trap of "phoning it in" -- i.e., not preparing for it as well as you would for an in-person interview. Don't get caught with your guard down. Be sure to research the company, study the job description, and practice your responses to anticipated questions, just as you would for any other interview. Where is their vulnerability? Do they admit it? Are you a solution? Why? A very important opportunity in phone interviews is when you are asked, “Do you have any questions?” Most people say “no, not right now”. Not only is this the wrong answer, but...
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Cover Letters (again)

Cover Letters (again)

I find myself in too many debates with clients over the need for a cover letter. But checking with hiring managers and recruiters, they are welcomed and valued. So let's discuss it again. 1. A cover letter is a valuable and persuasive tool in your job search. 2. Essentially, your job is to communicate your value within your cover letter without replicating the content in your resume. It can be difficult to do for even the best of writers. So, how do you show the value you offer a potential employer without repeating yourself? Here are a few tips. 1. Keep It Concise Avoid the tendency to get overly wordy. In fact, if you can keep your cover letter to 150 words or less, you’re doing GREAT. Write everything you’d like to say within the cover letter, check your word count, then go back and start deleting superfluous words. 2. Know What They Want Know what they want and address it. Start your cover letter by hitting...
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