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You Interviewed Well, So Why Didn’t You Get the Job?

Crystal balls, fortune tellers and Ouija boards can’t always answer that question. However, we will go over some of the reasons why maybe it didn’t work out. There’s almost nothing more frustrating or even more emotional about finding out that you didn’t get an offer for a job that you really wanted. Sure, there are […]

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Hiring Now? Absolutely!

Do you have the perfect mix of people working for you? If you stated yes, perhaps you had your fingers crossed. What if that question was asked three months ago when things were ‘good’? Unfortunately, the time has come for companies to make those tough staffing choices. Do you try and keep everyone? Or do […]

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I Have a Job; Now How Do I Keep It?

This article is in response to the previous two month’s columns in which we determined ways that companies could retain their key employees. This month we delve into what everyone is talking about and fearing: How Do I Keep My Job? Given today’s economic climate and uncertainty, it is much different than it was even […]

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Five Ways for Finding the Perfect Candidate

Talent is defined by the Collins English Dictionary as ‘a natural ability to do something well’. Whether it is sales, management, purchasing, accounting, etc., it is clearly evident that not everyone can do another’s job. For this reason, companies must always be searching for new ‘talent’. There are many reasons companies constantly seek out new […]

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A New Year, a New Attitude

2009 is gone, thankfully. For most of us business-wise, last year was no picnic and, except for hopefully some great personal or family memories, we bid it goodbye, and good riddance. What about 2010? What endearing prospects do we have and what will those of us in the electrical industry take away in moving towards […]

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What’s Next If You Get Fired or Laid-Off?

One day, you wake up, everything is going well. You go into work, probably on a Friday. The afternoon comes and you’re invited to have a little chat with your manager. Within a few moments your life has changed. You no longer have a job. What happens now? As many of us already know, the […]

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How Good Are Your References?

How concerned do we really need to be about references? Aren’t all references predictable as no one will ever provide a poor portrait of someone that they know and probably worked with? Sure, as long as you know you what your colleague will say. But what happens when the all-routine reference check comes back with […]

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Who Do You Want to Work For and Why?

When we first entered the workforce, many of us didn’t have a lot of options. We just needed to either get a job or get started on some kind of a career after college or trade school. Bills were coming in and we didn’t have the luxury of time to do the due diligence and […]

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Reputation and Character

In any industry, electrical or not, sometimes a reputation and your character are all you have. Sometimes confused, the dictionary defines reputation as ‘the word which refers to the position one occupies or the standing that one has in the opinion of others’. Character is the ‘combination of moral and other traits which make one […]

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Are You Valuable Enough to Keep?

What do you have that the other person in a similar role doesn’t? Or, turn it around; what DON’T you have that the other has? Job lay-offs and RIF’s (reduction in forces) are still around and unfortunately they haven’t gone away. There is still so much uncertainty in the job market (and stock market). The […]

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