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Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2019)

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Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2019)

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What Makes a Company Stand Out from the Pack?


What makes a company unique? Many might argue that its products, logo, or branding are what makes an organization stand out. However, the true distinguishing factor — at least, for the people who spend each workday there — is the corporate culture. What makes up a company’s culture, and why should potential employees care?

What creates culture

A company’s culture comprises the tangible and intangible characteristics that make that company unique:

  • Core values — What values does the company hold dear? More important, what does it expect employees to care about? A company that believes in driven innovation isn’t likely to be a good fit for someone who wants to leave at 5 p.m. to get home to family.
  • Environment — Work environments vary greatly — for example, one company may offer a relaxed scenario with shared workspaces and “bring your dog to work” days, while another company has a much more formal atmosphere with cubicles and private offices.
  • Communication — How do company leaders convey strategies, policies, and company changes to employees? Is communication transparent, or on a need-to-know basis?
  • Dress code — Related to environment, dress codes indicate how strict or relaxed the culture is.
  • Perks — Does the company offer team-building, training, and recreational events for employees? Sponsor continuing education programs or professional development opportunities? Perks show what the company thinks (or expects) employees care about.
  • Respect — Does the company embrace diversity? Is there mutual respect between company leaders and staff?
  • Team spirit — A strong team mentality might translate into willingness to put in extra hours, or create a more family-like atmosphere.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #6 (2019)

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When is Leaving a Job the Best Option?




Many people joke about “walking away from it all.” Although fantasizing about leaving your job for something better is a typical way to relieve stress, sometimes quitting is truly the best thing to do. But if you’re considering this type of change, make sure you do it in the right way. Otherwise, you might burn bridges that are vital parts of your career path.

Stay or go?

The average American spends 10.3 years at work — about 13% of a typical lifetime. That’s a significant amount of time, especially when you’re in a job you don’t enjoy.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #5 (2019)

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Can you make more money by quitting your job? Recent macroeconomic findings from the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City suggest so.

“Unlike wages of stayers, wagers of switchers are much more cyclically sensitive, as contracts signed with new employers are more likely to reflect current economic conditions,” noted economist José Mustre-del-Rio in the research report, “Following the Leaders: Wage Growth of Job Switchers.” “Historically, wage growth of switchers tracks the quits rate, suggesting that as the labor market continues to recover and the quits rate continues to rise, switchers’ wage gains should rise even further as a result of competitive pressures. Consistent with this hypothesis, we find that switchers’ wage growth has been quite strong the past several quarters as the labor market continues to tighten.”

In layman’s terms? More American workers are voluntarily quitting their jobs (in fact, the number of people quitting jobs just hit an eight-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), which indicates a steadily improving labor market. And those who quit their jobs to pursue new job opportunities tend to be able to negotiate pay raises above the inflation rate and cost of living increases.

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