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Employers Beware!

October 24th, 2012

Most employers don’t have a clue how vulnerable they really are.

I follow the Herman Group, futurists out of Greensboro, NC, and for the past several years they’ve been predicting a large impending employee turnover. Now, they claim it’s going to happen next quarter.

The conditions are perfect: a recovering United States economy, increasing job growth, and unhappy employees.

Others agree with The Herman Group. A just released 2012 Aflac WorkForces Report indicates that 49 percent of workers are “at least somewhat likely to look for a job this year”. In addition, 50 percent of workers say employee benefits are “very or extremely influential on decision to leave”. Most of the people who intend to leave describe themselves as “top talent”. These men and women are the kind of workers companies can’t afford to lose.

The employment market is flipping, and most talented employees will be in the driver’s seat once again.

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Body Language and Interviewing

April 3rd, 2011

Make a strong first impression. Body language can account for as much as 90 percent of first impressions. When you’re looking for a job, your body language can make or break that first interview. Here are some tips for making a winning first impression and getting asked back.

First, don’t sit down while you wait for your interviewer to come and greet you. Instead, stand and wait or sit on the arm of a chair. That way you won’t be in an awkward position where you have to stand and gather yourself and your belongings in an odd sort of shuffle.

When your interviewer arrives, make eye contact, raise your eyebrows slightly in acknowledgment, smile, and then shake hands firmly.

During the interview, make eye contact when listening to show your interest, but don’t stare. Sit up straight in your chair instead of slouching, and when you’re done, leave strong by giving a good, palm-to-palm handshake.

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