Dating in the Workplace

How to handle it.

You see someone across a crowded room. Perhaps it’s an assembly line in the warehouse, a busy hallway in an office, or a crowded call center.

Your eyes meet. The attraction is magnetic. Bad love songs play in your head.

You just got bit by the workplace love bug.

For Valentine’s Day, here are a few rules to follow to ensure that your blossoming romance doesn’t backfire if things turn sour.

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Answering the Interview Question: Why Should I Hire You?

Do you have an answer ready?

This question is like the shark in Jaws. You never know when it’s going to attack. It could be at the beginning of the interview, or maybe in the middle. It’s even possible it catches you off guard at the end when you think you’re safe.

What’s so scary? It’s only five words. “Why should I hire you?”  You might also get “Why do you want to work at this company,” or something else along similar lines.

The scary thing is that answering these questions requires plenty of preparation beforehand. This is probably not an answer you can come up with right away (especially if you first consider saying “because I need money, duh.”)

Here are a few essential things to include in your answer.

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Job Spotlight: Graphic Designer

Draw on your design experience for this competitive field.

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help you answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from salary and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Graphic Designer

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re illustrating the importance of loving your job with a look at graphic design. Competition for graphic design positions is high, as employment is projected to grow 4% from 2016 to 2026, a lower rate than most occupations. Responsibilities include using graphic design skills to work on websites, books, magazines, product packaging, websites, exhibitions, corporate branding, and more.

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Question of the Month: What is Your Preferred Method of Interacting with a Company During Your Job Search?

Long before the internet was easily accessible, you’d have to visit a business or temp service to pick up a physical application to apply for a job. Then, you’d need to bring the application back (or, in some cases, mail it) to submit it.

Interviews were either in-person or over the phone. There wasn’t really a third option.

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When It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Do you like your job?

According to a recent Gallup study, 51% of employees aren’t engaged at work. Meaning they just do what they have to do to get through the day, but don’t really have dreams for advancement. Another 16% are “actively disengaged,” meaning they complain all the time and bring the entire mood of the workplace down.

That’s about 2/3 of the workforce who don’t really like their jobs. But these individuals don’t quit. They keep working. Why?

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Poll Results: Does Your Company Have a Workplace Chaplain?

Here’s what you had to say.

Recently we asked our Job Journey readers whether their company has a workplace chaplain.

The top choice was “No, a workplace chaplain is not appropriate/necessary” with 40% of the vote. “No, but I wish we did” came in second, with 34% of the vote, followed by “Yes, they are an important part of our culture” with 16% of the vote” and “Yes, but I don’t think a workplace chaplain is appropriate/necessary” with 4% of the vote.

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Getting a Job in 2019

Following a strong employment market in 2018, the new year begins on a generally optimistic note.

To provide accurate and timely employment forecasts for business leaders, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights survey to track quarterly hiring trends across a wide range of industries. This information is invaluable to jobseekers, as it allows them to be savvy about the general trends of the market and which industries are more likely to be hiring in the coming quarter.

Express surveyed business owners, decision makers, and human resource professionals about the overall hiring trends in their markets and how they impact their hiring decisions.

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