Worklife Round-Up for Oct 1st, 2018

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This week we have articles on workplace conflict, background checks, bad breath, interviewing, resumes and selecting between job offers.


How To Resolve Conflict In The Workplace

Conflict in the workplace is not always a bad thing. Ignoring it, however, always is. Healthy conflict leads to questions and discussions, opening up new ways of thinking and more innovative solutions to problems. Negative conflict affects employee performance and engagement and leads to declines in productivity.



Why is this important? The Internet has given recruiters unprecedented access to job seeker information. Checking, for example, a candidate’s credit history or criminal record can be done quickly and cheaply through a variety of websites. Knowing what information is evaluated during background checks can help job seekers better prepare for the recruitment process.


Thursday Troubleshooter: How to have the bad breath conversation with a coworker

QUESTION: Please help me address this issue. We have a temp hygienist who is helping us during a transition at our office. The problem is her coffee/perio breath. She is a very friendly and helpful person. How do I address this issue? Help!


Negative Behaviors to Avoid Doing Job Interviews

Most job-hunters focus on the positive behaviors and personality traits they need to exhibit during a job interview. However, they also need to review what not to do in an interview. Inappropriate, negative behaviors can sway the interviewer against even the best resume and skill set. Remember, the interviewer begins …


36 words and phrases you should never include on your résumé

Hiring managers are sick of seeing buzzwords on résumés. “Hard worker,” “ambitious,” and other clichés shouldn’t be included on your résumé. Instead, show how you’ll be a good contributor to the workplace. While many large companies use automated résumé screener software to cut down the initial pool of job applicants, loading your résumé with meaningless buzzwords is not the smartest way to get noticed.


How do I choose between two solid job offers?

So you’ve killed it in your interviews and now you have not one, but two awesome offers. First-congrats! If you’re doing the job search right, you can be faced with choosing between multiple enticing positions. To get here, you’ve probably targeted your outreach, prepared for every interview, tailored your questions, sent follow up notes and thank you’s.


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