Upcoming Hits & Misses for 2014

Many times finding a job is not about your resume, the interview or experience – it is about being informed. The past few years we have seen many great companies expand, while some other such as Blockbuster Video and Borders have gone out of business. Be ahead of the job search game by knowing who is growing and who is not, tailor you job search for better opportunities. When potential job candidates can talk about company plans, they seem more interested making them a better fit.

And just because a company is contracting does not mean to employees should run out to look for another job, in fact many times an employee who offers assistance to management in transitional phases will get promoted for being a team player.

About.com has recently published a list of retail chains that are opening stores and closing stores during this calendar year.  The links to these articles are listed below.

Store Opening (Sample)
Family Dollar
Dollar Tree

Store Closings (Sample)
JC Penny
Barnes and Noble
Edwin Watt’s Golf

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Six Factors That Can Cost You the Job at an Interview

Most job seekers know that an unprofessional appearance will count against them at an interview. Here are six MORE factors that can help you remain in the unemployment line:

(1) Being unprepared for the interview. Prepare, plan, and practice! In today’s tough job market, you MUST do everything you can to give yourself an edge… preparation is the key.

(2) Not being able to communicate clearly and effectively. This is important during the interview and on the job. Being nervous can really mess up your communication skills, so being well prepared and practicing what you’re going to say are always your best bet.

(3) Being aggressive, arrogant, or acting in a superior way. No one wants to hire or work with people who think they’re better than everyone else. Be careful with your attitude, even if you think you’re surrounded by incompetent fools. Being confident is good. Being an arrogant jerk is bad.

(4) Making excuses for failings. Your teacher never bought “The dog ate my homework!” and your boss isn’t going to buy “The finance department gave me the wrong figures!” In the grown-up world, you have to take responsibility for what you are responsible for! You’ll never earn respect by blaming others when things go wrong.

(5) Saying unfavorable things about previous employers. Even if you left a job because the boss was an egomaniac who took credit for all of your hard work, verbally abused you in front of others, and poisoned the plant on your desk, don’t say anything bad about him/her during an interview. When asked “Why did you leave your last job?” say something like “My manager and I both agreed that my advancement opportunities were limited there and obtaining another position was the best option for me and my career goals.”

(6) Having a poor/limp handshake. Why do people think you’ll be a lousy employee if you have a lousy handshake? That’s not really logical, is it? Doesn’t matter. It just turns people off and gives them a bad impression of you. So make your handshake firm and confident but not bone-crushing. (It’s not a competition to see who winces first!)

If you DON’T want to be unemployed, don’t let any of those traits apply to you!

Make 2014 Your Championship Year

Headway is kicking off 2014 with a new webinar series. The first is “Make 2014 Your Championship Year” and they want to share with you the results they know are proven to work so your company can find the top performing salespeople more quickly and with less certainty.

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