It’s Friday once again which means that it’s time for another Link Roundup! This week we have some great advice about how you can prepare for your job interview, as well as your overall job search. Alternatively, if you’re on the employer side of things, we have a great write up from Gallup on some of their findings regarding employee engagement and happiness. If any of those sound interesting to you, read on below the fold!
Once you’ve been offered a job, it’s hard not to be ecstatic. However, at this point you ultimately hold all the cards. There is no point throughout your job search process when you will have this much leverage. This article from the Harvard Business Review discusses the importance of thinking logically instead of emotionally when evaluating an offer. If you’re currently nearing the end of a job search or think you may be soon, definitely give this a read.
It seems like there are still things we are discovering on LinkedIn’s new user interface, and we’re not alone. A writer over at HubSpot has put together a list of a few things she noticed on the platform that are new and different. One of the updates involves the publishing platform on LinkedIn, which is a great way to show that you are up on industry news. The other major change she took notice of is the new homepage, which is quite hard to miss. Do you like the updated page? Let us know in the comments!
Struggling to jump start your job search? It could be because you’re not organized! Applying haphazardly to jobs online may make you feel like you’re accomplishing something, but it’s definitely not the best approach. Before you even begin to apply to jobs, you should have a clear mindset of what you are looking for, and why. If you’re not exactly sure how you should structure your job search, this article will get you off on the right foot and set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
You’ve probably been there. It’s the morning of your first day at work. You’ve gone over the job description, and you think you know what to expect but you can’t shake that nervous feeling. Thankfully, there is a way to get rid of of those butterflies! Make sure you’re prepared ahead of time, and you can walk in the door with confidence. That preparation includes not only dressing appropriately and grooming yourself properly, it also includes your mindset. Check out this great article to get yourself in the right place both physically and mentally.
A lot can be said about color therapy, to the point where some prisons began painting their walls pink. While that color has been proven to calm inmates, we’re left wondering: what color is proven to lead to a job offer after an interview? Based on a survey sample of 180 applicants, the research firm discovered that 70% of successful applicants wore outfits that were ‘mostly black’ while interviewing. Within the group of candidates rejected, only 30% had worn black. We’re not sure if this is cause and effect, or if black is just the most common color for interview attire, but we’ll leave that determination up to you!
Now that you know what color will apparently bring you the most success in a job interview, it’s time to figure out what type of clothes to wear. If you’re given a specific dress code to abide by before the interview, it’s important to follow it. This CNBC article talked with a stylist from Racked.com who helped clarify what each style of professional dress entails. If you’ve struggled to figure out the difference between business formal and business casual, this is the article for you.
For anyone introverted, networking events can seem more like a nightmare and less like an opportunity. Despite this, networking remains one of the best ways to find a job. So how can you overcome your fear and get the most out of a networking event? Thankfully Forbes writer Jim Nichols is sympathetic to the cause, and has written a guide for the shy. With just a few observations and approaches, you can walk into a networking opportunity feeling confidence instead of dread.
Our last link is a publication by Gallup, regarding the importance of employee happiness and engagement. After carrying out some research, they’ve made connections between employee happiness and business outcomes. Their findings may interest you- it looks like happiness doesn’t directly tie to business outcomes. The same can’t be said for employee engagement however. Gallup did find stronger ties between employee engagement and business outcomes. So if you’re looking for a way to empower your employees and increase profitability, that’s likely the best avenue. There’s no way to summarize all the information, so if you’re interested make sure you check out the full article!
That’s all we have for today! We hope you found some useful advice whether it was about preparing for a job interview, or better engaging your employees. We’ll be back next week with another set of links, and if you have any topics you’d like us to focus on just let us know in the comments!