We often encourage you to embrace failure as a part of your professional growth and development. However, today, we’re here to offer you some concrete examples of success and character-building aspects that stem from initial failures. Keep reading to find them out!

Failure Helps You Display…

  • Courage: I’m sure we’ve all heard the saying… “no risk, no reward.” In embracing and following gut instincts when taking on risky projects and endeavors, you are bound to encounter failures. However, doing so means that you were willing to trust your instincts and step out of the box, which, in the end, helps you to showcase your courage and willingness to try something new and unexpected.
  • Willingness to Learn: Those who stay in their comfort zones and are unwilling to try new things will end up in a much worse off position, as close-mindedness is a huge barrier to success. Encountering failure shows that you were willing to expand your capabilities and learn new skills, strategies, or paths. Even better, once you encounter a specific mistake, it is likely that you will never make it again! Learning to break down those roadblocks will allow you to cultivate new skills and talents, ultimately helping you to advance your career.
  • Desire to Grow: A lot of the benefits of failure tie directly to your ability to grow both personally or professionally. There is no opportunity to grow once when you are staying stagnant or feel as though your skill level has plateaued. Some of the best ways to stimulate career growth are by joining employee resource groups, attending career panels or conferences, or reaching out to find new mentor support! Additionally, expressing a desire to take on greater responsibility and obtain higher involvement roles will help you to portray your desire to grow and learn, qualities that triumph over small failures.
  • Resilience: There is no better time to display your resilience than in times of challenge. To say that you will never be challenged throughout your career would be crazy! Entering the business world with a mindset that plans and prepares for failure will allow you to maintain a positive outlook and attitude when the situation arrives. Expressing resilience to your team and supervisors will leave a truly valuable impression.
  • Ambition: Encountering failure is a product of entering the unknown. Therefore, those who push their limits and test their intelligence are those who put themselves at risk for encountering difficulty. However, in acquiring new positions, achieving promotions, and advancing your career trajectory, you must be able to convey the ways in which you are able to contribute to the growth of your firm. So, we encourage you to test the unknown, as doing so will allow you to uncover new strategies and developments that even the highest levels of management may not have seen.

As scary as it may seem, failure is an unavoidable part of life. Therefore, gear up, get ready and enter each new endeavor with a positive outlook and a failure-preparation plan. Remember, not all failure is bad… these 5 reasons show you why, in fact, it’s actually beneficial!

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What other qualities make employees attractive (and ready for promotions!)? Find out here!

On Monday, we taught you the important steps to follow to recover from being late to work. However, what should you do when you are running late to an interview? Because your tardiness may be your first impression on the company, it is even more important to follow the strategies listed below to reconfigure your image!

  1. Communicate! Just as we highlighted in our previous article, communication is your key to recuperating. Call the company or interviewer (if you have been provided contact information) as soon as you realize that you may not make it to your interview on time. You are much better off making your future employer aware of your mistakes instead of trying to beat the clock and leaving the interviewers confused without notice.
  2. Provide an ETA: It is essential to make your interviewer aware of when exactly you plan on arriving. Remember, they have several obligations aside from your interview scheduled throughout the day, and if there is an opportunity for them to reorganize and not lose their valuable time it will help you immensely (in not suffering from a detrimental first impression!).
  3. Apologize Immediately: When you arrive at the company, make sure to apologize to whoever was affected. Owning up to your mistakes showcases your ability to hold yourself accountable, which is an important quality of any employee. Maintain eye contact, awareness of your body language and tone, and convey honest feelings about your mistake.
    • Extra Tip: Do NOT make up an elaborate story about what caused you to be late! Hiring managers are not unforgiving, but they will be able to see through a lie. So, stick to your facts and explain what really happened so as to maintain honesty.
  4. Prepare to Reschedule: Now that you have, unfortunately, caused a delay in their day, it is your responsibility to prepare to reconfigure your schedule at some point in the future if you are afforded another interview opportunity. Unless the time offered is absolutely unavoidable in your schedule, reorganize any other obligations to prove that this new position is your priority.
  5. Take a Moment to Relax: Once you arrive on site, take an extra moment to regain composure and relax. Whether this means running to the bathroom to touch up, grabbing a glass of water, or sitting down and relaxing your breathing, it is better that you enter the interview with a calm and confident demeanor, instead of rushing in and appearing frantic.
  6. Thank your interviewer! We hope this one is especially obvious. However, we highly encourage you to send an extra-genuine, kind-hearted thank you letter immediately following the interview. This may be a good time to handwrite a letter and drop it off or priority-mail it to the office. Addressing your mistake one last time and reminding the hiring manager that it will not happen again will elevate your lasting impression.

More often than not, your hiring manager will be able to look past a few minutes of tardiness. It is the actions that you take following the situation that will determine your lasting impression as a reliable, caring, and dedicated future employee. So, dust yourself off and enter the interview like you would any other… with confidence and a rocking first impression!

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It is reasonable to assume that at some point in your professional career, you will find yourself waking up to an alarm clock that reads a time much past the one you were hoping to see. Uh-oh… you’re going to be late to work! So, how should you handle this situation without damaging your reputation as a reliable employee? Find out here!

  1. Relax: Right away, take a deep breath and remember that being a little late to work will not cause you to lose your job, and is absolutely not the end of the world. Take a step back, organize your thoughts, and begin the day with a calm demeanor. It is in high-stress situations that people become unaware or reckless, and the last thing your company would want is for you to jeopardize your own safety.
  2. Call the company or your boss: If you are not going to be at your desk by the time expected, then communication is your key to being able to recover and move on through your day. Calling your boss or supervisor as soon as you realize the time crunch will allow them adequate time to reorganize their schedule and accommodate you. Especially if you are scheduled for a meeting or presentation at the beginning of the day, it is crucial to notify those who will be affected as soon as possible to avoid any frustration, irritation, or disappointment.
  3. Communicate any other necessary information: If there is a document you must place on someone’s desk by a certain time, a phone call to make, or any other obligation that may interfere with you being late, initiate any other communication practices to ensure that your tasks are completed as they would have been. Not only will this showcase your ability to be proactive and flexible in unforeseen circumstances, but it will help minimize any consequences of your absence.
  4. Stay until you are caught up: More likely than not, being partially late to work will not seriously affect your obligations or responsibilities. However, if this time delay caused you to fall behind on assignments, projects, or any of your responsibilities as a team member, make sure to portray your dedication and motivation by staying late (either during your break or after hours) and catching up.
  5. Own up to the mistake: As we’ve previously stated, being late to work is nowhere near detrimental to your career or position (if only on rare occasions – don’t make a habit of it!). However, we encourage you to confront the situation head-on by approaching your coworkers, teammates, boss, or anyone affected by you in apologizing right away. Doing so will allow you to convey your mistake in a genuine manner, instead of trying to hide it.
  6. Make the change: Owning up to your mistake and saying that it won’t happen again is half the battle, now it’s time to put forth full effort into adhering to your promises! Show up to work early, return favors that may have been made for you, and express full engagement at all times.

Remember, being late to work for one day will not change your career trajectory, and will not affect your current position. However, it is the way you handle the situation and the intention of not allowing it to happen again that will impact the way that you are viewed by the rest of the firm. Sticking to these actions will ensure you to be able to go on with your day smoothly!

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Aside from tardiness, what other behaviors should you avoid at work? Find out here!

It is no doubt that being likable is the first step towards becoming an attractive teammate and cultivating relationships. In the business world, relationships are one of your key tools useful for attaining a successful career. So, what are the top 6 behaviors that will ensure you to become more a more likable person? Keep reading to find out!

  1. Exude High Emotional Intelligence: Cultivating the ability to be able to understand, analyze, and observe the behaviors of those who surround you both in your office and personal life will aid you immensely in catering to people’s needs. Doing so will allow you to be the best “audience member” you can be, and, therefore, will attract others to you. People love to be understood, as it helps save themselves the time it takes to explain how they are feeling! Think about it, how much faster could you complete projects if you could anticipate people’s reactions?
  2. Express Interest in Conversation: There is no better way to become likable them by helping others feel valued, and it is super easy to do so! Especially in conversations, always make sure that you are maintaining eye contact, holding an enthusiastic and kind tone, and expressing friendly, warm body language. Additionally, express curiosity and interest by asking questions or clarifying points throughout the conversation!
  3. Keep an Open Mind: Those who are open-minded are sure to develop higher quality relationships with their coworkers and teammates. Helping others feel safe in their work environments, without the fear of judgment, will allow you and everyone around you to be able to express yourselves and reach your greatest creative potential! Although an idea may seem funky at first, it may very well become your finishing product.
  4. Always Respect Others: No matter how you may disagree, always make sure to maintain a notable level of respect with anyone you encounter. There are several effective, appropriate mechanisms for handling disagreements or debates, and there is no reason to ever resort to a disrespectful demeanor. Showcasing consistent respect for others will elevate how attractive you are to work with and be around, causing you to become more likable!
  5. Manage Your Temper: As we’ve stated in the past, you will undoubtedly encounter frustration at work. However, you must maintain composure and an appropriate attitude. Not only will this show others that you are capable of overcoming challenges, but it will help yourself portray one of your greatest qualities, your coping skills! Someone who can maintain composure when faced with adversity is a strong leader and an attractive coworker.
  6. Stay True to Yourself, and Do the Right Thing! We hope it goes without saying that breaking the rules or finding loopholes in order to achieve success will only come back to hurt you. However, there are many other ways to always do the right thing. Whether this means returning back a coffee to someone you “owe,” taking someone out to lunch, congratulating others, giving credit where it is due, owning up to your mistakes, or maintaining honesty even in difficult situations, enforcing these actions will allow you to flourish among others.

Exemplifying these qualities will help you to build and attain endless amounts of valuable relationships and allow you to become your most likable self!

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Missed our Tuesday article? Find out the top behaviors to avoid here!

There are certain behaviors that are proven to trigger irritation in others, especially in work environments. Gaining an awareness of what these behaviors are, and therefore, how they cause other people to feel will allow you to be proactive in your actions and subsequently more likable. Remember, your behaviors cause you to become more likable, not some natural quality that you are born with. So, this is under your control! Keep reading to find out which behaviors we believe you should avoid at all costs.

  1. Losing Your Temper: We can certainly be honest with you in saying that there have been, and will always be, instances that occur at work that cause you to lose your temper. However, it is how you handle those situations and the behaviors you express that will prove crucial to how you are viewed. Screaming at coworkers, your boss, or anyone else, kicking, hitting, or throwing things, or causing anyone to cry will leave a highly detrimental impact on those who surround you.
  2. Name Dropping: I’m sure the moment you read those words you’ve already envisioned a coworker, friend, or supervisor that continuously name drops in conversations. Doing so, while it may appear that it allows you to showcase some of your impressive connections, will only cause others to analyze your behaviors as someone who is in constant need of attention. Taking that a little further, someone of this sort is likely insecure in their own performance and abilities, and therefore not someone you would like to have as a leader!
  3. Bragging: As it relates to name dropping, we encourage you to completely avoid the general behavior of bragging. For starters, when you achieve an excellent performance, presentation, or outcome on a project, we can ensure you that the office will know about it. So, by consistently telling others, you are showing subtle self-depreciation, and again, hidden insecurity. Be confident in your achievements and we promise you that you will see results!
  4. Dismissing Others: Everyone you meet, and yourself, enjoy feeling valued in a conversation. Pay extra attention to this as you meet and build relationships with others. Always be keen to maintain eye contact, keep your phone away, ask questions to display active listening, and remember other people’s names! Someone who appears uninterested in conversation is often someone who feels superior or entitled… highly unlikeable traits.
  5. Closed Mindedness: If you take work, or life, too seriously, you will end up becoming close-minded to ideas, environments, and people. This is super harmful to your ability to build relationships, as it will cause you to lose approachability, friendliness, and ultimately likeableness.
  6. Gossiping: This last one, although pretty self-explanatory, is one of the most crucial behaviors to avoid at work, in life, and anywhere you go. We encourage you to designate a different outlet which will allow you to let off steam (exercising, painting, grabbing a bite to eat, walking to coffee or around a neighborhood, etc.). Gossiping is guaranteed to come around and bite you, and in some instances may even cause you to lose relationships entirely. So… not ever worth it!

Stay tuned… on Thursday, we’ll highlight some of the greatest qualities and behaviors you can perform at work that will help you to become all the more likable!

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Find out how to nail a first impression here!

Often times, we treat sleep as if it is a choice. Whether we set it on the back-burner due to work obligations or personal life choices, it seems as though sleep and rest are low on the priority list. However, sleep is truly one of the most essential components of being successful at work; keep reading to find out our top 6 reasons why we believe so…

  1. Your Health! First and foremost, your health deserves to be your number one priority. Because sleep has such a high impact on your health, mainly your heart, blood vessels, and immune system, sleep should also earn a spot at the top of your priority list. Although you may feel as though you’re “fine for now,” your future self is being compromised with each hour of rest that you pass up.
  2. Sharp Brain: With adequate sleep, the brain becomes much more capable of retaining important details, general information, names, ideas, and anything correlated with memory function.
  3. Improving Productivity: That’s right! It is proven that sleep aids your brain’s ability to function at its highest levels of cognition, concentration, and productivity, ultimately leading to your greatest performance.
  4. Social Activity: Sleep is highly linked to mood improvements and elevation, causing you to be more socially aware and energetic. With a sharp, prepared brain to take on a workday, you’ll be ready to nail the crucial aspect of work that is emotional recognition. Being able to analyze and understand the emotions of your coworkers, bosses, and clients will allow you to secure deals and achieve success.
  5. Friends! Being rest-deprived may easily cause you to pass up social opportunities, nights out with coworkers, friends, or family, or general personal activities that allow you to socialize with others. As we all know, your friendships and relationships with others make up a huge aspect of your level of fulfillment and happiness. So, if for nobody else, rest for yourself!
  6. Increased Creativity: By allowing time to rest throughout the day and sleep at night, you are actively helping yourself to clear your brain of any thoughts along the lines of… your desire to rest, how tired you are, thinking about projects or tasks that you may have forgotten about, or how you are not feeling as healthy or up to speed that day. With that newfound clarity, you will be able to dedicate your work day to what makes you unique, your creativity!

We hope that by learning about these key results of sufficient rest, you have also become confident in the importance of making this one of your top priorities! Take an extra nap today, or add an extra hour of sleep to your night, and see for yourself how much better you feel!

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If you’re looking for a new role… we encourage you to first master the top traits that we look for as recruiters!

Workplace culture is a product of many aspects of a corporation. Today, we’re here to introduce you to some of the most valuable, productive components of a work environment that will allow your firm to thrive! Keep reading to find them out…

  • Vision: While stability may be comfortable at work, a company with a vision for the future, even if it may even seem impossible, is one that will succeed. Visions are meant to act as guides, and often will even set unrealistic goals to help employees maintain a strong drive and motivation. Does your work environment have a clear vision?
    • Extra tip: Before accepting a job offer, make sure that your personal mission and vision align with those of the entire organization. Ensuring this will allow you to maintain enthusiasm and true care for the work you complete.
  • Morals and Values: An organization with genuine morals and values is one that deeply cares for its employees and their satisfaction, in addition to the success of the business. Morals and values can be exhibited in a concrete manner, potentially in a manual or posted on a wall, but are often expressed in intangible ways and through behaviors. Make sure that your firm takes notable action to enact these morals and values because we all know, you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?
  • Teamwork: In your career, you will undoubtedly find yourself working on many different teams with various types of employees. Firms that monitor and encourage contribution from all team members, and from employees at all different levels are firms that exhibit true care for teamwork. In addition, an office that values teamwork will make sure that all employees are dedicated and in tune with the organization’s morals and values.
  • Support for Uniqueness and Creativity: One of the greatest aspects that help employees to feel valued is in an organization’s ability to support and even encourage individual uniqueness and creativity. Flexibility awarded to employees as they complete projects, responsibilities, and even paths to take to achieve goals is one of the greatest ways to measure the trust your company has in you.
  • Employee Retention: While many aspects of workplace culture are nonmeasurable, employee retention is something that you can actually evaluate. Retention is a great way to measure if culture is being exhibited in an effortful manner. A workplace with a flourishing, successful culture is one that employees will want to work for forever! So, are they staying with your firm?

Some other highly important aspects include recognitioncommunication, flexibility. fun, goal setting, feedback, constructive critique, and rewards! So … how does your company measure up?

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Missed our article Monday? Click here to find out how to identify your workplace culture type!

In the past few decades, workplace culture has gained enormous amounts of attention, as it is often a tell-tale sign of a successful professional environment. Some workplace cultures have proven more attractive to employees than others. Keep reading to evaluate how these match up to your own office and if you are operating in a healthy, happy environment!

  • Clan Culture: Clan is a very family-like culture in that it supports the importance of communication, commitment, and development. A sense of loyalty flows throughout the entire employee team, led by CEOs who appear as mentor-like leader figures. As a giant group built on these pillars of caring teamwork, clan is absolutely a culture employees look for as they apply to new companies.
  • Adhocracy Culture: Several young, technology-based companies tend to adhere to adhocracy culture. With a goal set based on innovation, entrepreneurial qualities, and a visionary mindset, employees in this type of environment are highly encouraged to pursue their own creativity in hopes of generating new, exciting products design to meet target market needs. In this type of culture, “pushing-the-envelope” and risk-taking is valued and seen as crucial to the success of the company.
  • Market Culture: This type of culture differs in that it is highly focused around goal-meeting requirements, finishing projects, and getting things done at a quick, efficient place. Where leaders in clan cultures may be seen as mentor-like guides, leaders in this culture are seen as producers, driven, expectation-setting drivers, and potentially sometimes even as rivals. If you are motivated by concrete requirements for goal achievement, an interest in market share or profitability, this type of environment may help you maintain motivation and drive.
    • Goal Examples: Increasing market share, creating 10 new products by the end of the year, measuring client preferences and evaluations, expanding competition, or obtaining new partnerships.
  • Hierarchy Culture: One that has not been proven as a “fan favorite” is hierarchy culture. Hierarchy does not allow for much flexibility, as it is built on rules, structure, formatting, organization, and is quite formal. Driven to meet long-term and generally stable goals, employees adhere to the path created to them by rules and obligations. There is not much room for creativity and innovation in this type of environment, and staying in line helps the organization maintain their track by minimizing “risk-taking”.

The cultures we have focused on above are some that college students may learn in their courses and have been historically recognized by firms and large corporations. However, as the idea of “workplace culture” is one that changes frequently and adapts to new, developing types of environments, there are several different “cultures” you may become familiar with. Some of these include: “team-first,” “elite,” “horizontal,” “conventional,” and “progressive.” If you are looking to learn more about these, check out Enplug Blog’s article here!

On Thursday . . . we will dive into some of the more detailed components that help create and develop workplace cultures!

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Stumbled into a conflict at work? Learn our top strategies to help you solve it here!

Personality traits go hand-in-hand with qualifying dimensions on resumes and in interviews. There are a group of certain traits that recruiters are looking for in candidates applying to any role. Cultivating these attributes will allow you to achieve great success in your career! Find them out here.

  1. Attitude: Right off the bat, one of the greatest ways you can secure a great first impression is by showcasing a positive, enthusiastic attitude! One of the most highly valued traits you can provide to coworkers, supervisors, and bosses is an attitude unhindered by challenges or obstacles. Maintaining this positive outlook will help you to prove that you are a pleasant, hardworking employee. Remember, contributing to the atmosphere of your work environment is a highly important component of your role.
  2. Work Ethic: As we have reinstated numerous times, failure is an acceptable component of any career path! However, it is the work ethic you showcase and exude that will allow you to overcome challenges and achieve your goals. Recruiters look for a strong work ethic, as it allows them to understand both your ability to jump into a new organization with full and tireless effort, as well as the ability to be persistent and proactive when encountering difficulty.
  3. Flexibility: Remembering that your boss has a lot on their plate will allow you to become more flexible at work. Additionally, understanding that, at times, you will encounter unforeseen circumstances will help you to embrace unexpected change. Trust us, this quality strongly shows and helps you stand out as someone who is incredibly easy to work with! Adding on to this quality is also the value in adaptation. Companies are bound to undergo change or possible acquisitions. Being able to adjust to an ever-changing work environment is guaranteed to set you aside from the rest.
  4. Reliability: If you are a dependable resource to the company you are working for, they will absolutely want to keep you on their team! For this reason, make sure to explain if you’ve had several job transitions throughout your career, as holding roles is an attractive quality that will showcase your loyalty to positions.
  5. Team Player: The ability to work effectively in a team has become a true necessity of being a desirable employee. In order to be a valuable team player, work to improve traits like collaboration, communication, listening skills, compromising abilities, etc.
  6. Intrinsic Motivation: A motivation to achieve success fueled by oneself is a wonderful quality to possess in the workforce. In contrast to extrinsic motivational factors like salary or benefit package incentives, finding an inner desire to achieve success displays your undying dedication to your work and responsibilities.
  7. Honesty: Although maintaining honesty may appear as difficult, it is crucial to the way you are viewed by your employer. For example, if you were let go from a previous position, it is way more helpful to be upfront and explain the reasoning instead of trying to beat around the bush. Employers and recruiters will recognize and appreciate your transparency. Remember, it is equally as important to acknowledge tasks and activities you’ve completed in efforts to improve faults or weaknesses.

It is important to know that this is not a fixed list, and important qualities and traits are everchanging and adapting to modernized work environments. Keeping these important traits in mind will allow you to excel in your interviews and achieve numerous new positions!

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Read this article to discover our tips to nailing first impressions!

Your cover letter is a consistent, important part of each of your professional applications. For that reason, it is crucial to nail some certain elements that will allow you to exemplify your best qualities while also showcasing your care and dedication to differentiating companies. Find out our top tips here!

  • Catching Attention: First and foremost, your cover letter is your one-stop shop for catching the eye of your next employer. For this reason, we encourage you to put a lot of effort into setting yourself aside as unique while trying to do something interesting that will draw attention to your letter.
  • Incorporating Personality: While it may seem like a cover letter is more like a checklist, we encourage you to keep in mind the value in it being called a “letter.” Within a letter must entail personal attributes, morals, values, and other aspects that set you apart as an individual and a candidate. With the volume of cover letters that recruiters evaluate each day, it is essential to help yourself stand out by offering a sneak-peak into your personality to the reader!
  • Make it Direct: In a related point of caution, although we encourage you to incorporate your personality into your letter, we warn you of the importance of getting straight to the point. A cover letter that is too long will likely not be read all the way through, as there are too high of a volume of applicants to each job in today’s age.
  • Introduction to Resume Questions: Often, when resumes display random gaps between jobs, short time periods spent at firms, or other potentially questionable characteristics, interviewers will ask you to explain your reasoning. Your cover letter is a great place to begin introducing explanations about your previous roles and responsibilities. This way, recruiters or interviewers will be able to ask you questions that allow you to elaborate on your best qualities instead of focusing on past “hiccups.”
  • Showcasing Genuine Interest: Your cover letter must be customized for every different company you apply to! As easy as it may be to copy and paste your letter each time, differentiating only by company name, we promise you that it will show. Lack of detail and personalization to companies will only decrease your chances of recognition. Make sure to do some research about each new company you apply to so that you can cater your letter to their varying morals, goals, and missions.
  • No Typos! We hope that this goes without saying, but a letter with any sort of grammatical error or typo will be tossed almost immediately in the rejection pile (metaphorical, of course). Remember that you are competing against dozens and sometimes even hundreds of other applicants, so any way that a recruiter can set your application aside will make their job easier.

While your cover letter is most likely not going to make-or-break your application, they are a fantastic means of letting your employer get to know you, some of your accomplishments or past challenges, your interest, and your general profile as an employee. Nailing these letters is a quality that will aid you throughout your entire career!

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First comes your cover letter, then comes the resume! What shouldn’t you include? Find out here!

On Monday, we taught you how to create effective presentations. But don’t worry, we didn’t forget about the equally important counterpart of presentations… the physical slides! Designing creative slides will allow you to raise the engagement of your audience immensely! Follow our steps below.

  • Maintain Simplicity: Just as we encouraged you to maintain simplicity in your delivery, we also believe in the power of simple slides. Simple slides entail minimal pictures (used only when relevant) and text per slides, easy to read fonts, and utilization of effective lists.
  • Cohesive Coloring: Colors of slide backgrounds, texts, and bullets should all align with one another and stay consistent. This way, the viewer’s eye will not become confused as it works to interpret each new slide of yours. Keep in mind that loud or bold colors and patterns distract a viewer’s eye. Safe and professional colors always include greys, light pigments, dark blues, or blacks.
  • Limited Animations and Transitions: There is definitely taste in incorporating animations and transitions onto slides throughout your presentation. However, by adding too many transitions, slides will become jumbled and lose cohesion. Make sure that your transition adds to the demonstration instead of distracts. Always avoid having a transition or animation on every single slide! Overwhelming viewers will cause them to lose interest.
  • Clear Photographs: All images on slides must be clear and high quality! There are several free websites that offer stock photos for any user, one of our favorites being Pexels.com. Check in with your company to see if there are any stock photos already purchased for your use.
  • Correlated Images: Images must not only be clear but also related to the context of your presentations. If you are struggling to find an image that relates to your slide, you are often better off leaving it without a picture and instead adding an animation or engaging transition.
  • Incorporate Descriptive Charts: … when necessary! Charts must also showcase simplicity so that they are easy for your audience to analyze. Some popular and professional charts include bar charts, histograms, line charts, and, in some instances, pie charts. Your audience should develop further inquiries about your investigations, not clarifying questions because of a chart that is too complex.
    • Extra Tip: Always included a title, axis titles, clear (and differentiated) lines, a trend line when necessary, and any other relevant and explanatory chart elements.
  • Be Aware of Font Choice: Fonts that are too fancy, bold, or quirky will distract your viewer as they will be forced to take extra time to read the text and maintain focus on what you are saying. Fonts like Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri, or Georgia are typically safe bets.
    • Extra Note: Just as you would in professional emails, use boldface and italics when appropriate and when you are trying to emphasize certain information. However, be consistent in your choices! What we mean by that is, if you are using boldface to emphasize a certain message, use that when drawing attention to any other information as well.

By following these tips, we are confident that you will soon master your ability to create easily readable and engaging slides for your work presentations!

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Missed our article Monday? Learn how to create effective presentations here!

If you have ever worked in a professional environment, we can almost guarantee that you have been required to sit through a presentation. Presentations have historically been and still remain to be, one of the greatest assets used to convey information throughout a firm. However, without an engaging demonstration, presentations are nearly worthless.

Find out how to create engaging presentations below!

  • Practice! As much as you may believe that you are able to go up and wing your presentation to your team, we promise you that with practice, you will deliver information with greater ease, poise, and confidence. There is no greater way to show your audience that you care than by being prepared.
  • Hook Your Audience: We encourage you to work extra hard to nail the first few minutes of your presentations! Find some kind of hook that will immediately raise the interest of the room, and you are guaranteed to keep their engagement for longer than you would have. Whether this is a surprising statistic, image, or video, try searching something unexpected and exciting.
  • Focus on a “You” View: In order to engage your coworkers and supervisors, you must express why they should care about what you are saying. Provide reasons why your idea will benefit them, the efficiency of the firm, or team proficiency. By doing so, you will show your audience that you value their time while proving the purpose as to why they are there.
  • Be Honest: If there are still aspects of your project, idea, or work that you are presenting, be honest with the people your presentations are guided towards. This honesty will prove your ingenuity and help you to portray yourself as a liable employee, not one who covers up potential challenges in order to “succeed”.
  • Keep Things Simple: Maintaining awareness of your time limit is essential to creating a successful presentation. For that reason, work to make your idea as simple as possible. Once you help your audience get on board, questions will follow and you will be able to dive into deeper detail. Starting off with too complex of a plan will create a disconnect with your listeners.
  • Be Aware of Your Tone and ExpressionMake sure to keep your tone upbeat, positive, and inviting. Additionally, smiling and maintaining eye contact with your audience will help you to elevate their interest while allowing them to feel like team members instead of sole viewers or critiques. Walk in with a straight posture, a friendly attitude, and a genuine smile, and you will already be off to a solid start. Don’t forget, body language showcases intention!
  • Be Personal: Weave in stories, anecdotes, or other pieces of information that will allow your presentations to come across as more natural and story-like. By doing so, you will help your demonstration to be segregated from a mere work obligation and instead become an interesting escape from the everyday work routine.

Remember, presentations are a component of your professional career that cannot be avoided! Begin practicing now, and you will find yourself an expert in no time!

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One goal of work-presentations is to initiate a change. Not sure how to do so? Find out the polite and professional way to suggest a change at work here!

Conflict at work is an occurrence that is not uncommon but can be handled incorrectly without proper training. Today, we’re here to introduce to you our conflict resolution strategies that will help you deal with these situations in a way that works for everyone! By learning these key tips, you’ll be headed to management in no time.

  • The 24-Hour Rule: We hope that many of you are familiar with this rule! However, if you are not, the 24-hour rule encourages anyone dealing with anger or frustration to wait 24 hours before confronting the problem head-on. First, apply this rule before evaluating if there truly is a conflict at all.
  • Set up a Time to Talk: Attempting to solve your conflict in the middle of your work shift is inappropriate. Doing so will hinder your ability to gauge the entire problem and will create an unwanted scene. We encourage you to approach the person directly and ask them when is a good time to speak. Potential times to focus on are: before the office opens, when your shift ends, or during your lunch break.
    • Extra benefit: Setting a time to converse allows you to plan what you are going to say and reach a calm demeanor that you may not have achieved otherwise. It is crucial to take some time and evaluate the situation instead of acting when emotions are running high.
  • Be Aware of Your Language: Avoid accusatory language at all times! Statements of this type include, “you always do this…”, “it’s your fault that this happened because..”, “this happened because of you…”. Approaching any situation by immediately expressing blame will only cause the other person to become upset and unwilling to compromise. Focus on feelings statements like “I believe…”, “I feel…”, etc.
  • Listen: Remember, there are two sides to every story. While you most likely believe that you are in the right, you must acknowledge that the other person has feelings too, and those feelings are valid. It is absolutely crucial for you to listen to the other side of the story. Showcase active listening skills by nodding your head, making eye contact, and asking questions for clarification. Until you truly understand where the other person is coming from, you will not reach an effective conclusion.
  • Apologize: It’s okay if you realize an hour, day, or week later that you may have been in the wrong. However, where your true character shows is in your ability to apologize and resolve the conflict.

You would be surprised how much a simple conversation can resolve! Allowing yourself to acknowledge another’s person’s perspective, and working to reach a solution in which both parties are happy is a skill that you will need for the rest of your career. Mastering your ability to do so will help you achieve your goals and work up the ladder!

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Reached a position of management? Learn how to succeed on your first day here!

At Esquire Recruiting LLC, we understand that perfection is not a realistic expectation of an employee. Mistakes will undoubtedly be made, and any professional will encounter failure at some point in their career, and probably more than once. However, keep reading to find out certain mistakes that you must avoid at all costs!

  • Betrayal: Causing an employer to feel betrayed is a feeling that you must make sure does not occur during your time spent working for a firm. In the past, we’ve introduced you to articles explaining how to leave your position appropriately, how to decline a counter offer, and how to suggest a change at work in an effective manner. Check out those articles to learn how to approach a situation that may entice conflict in a polite, professional manner.
    • Some examples of situations that may elicit feelings of betrayal: Leaving your position without a two-week or proper notice, hiding from supervisors to avoid confronting failure, or offering an idea to a supervisor that was developed by a coworker other than yourself.
  • Backstabbing: Building off of our point on betrayal is the importance of never backstabbing another employee to help yourself get ahead. Mistakes of this sort will land you on the “bad side” of your coworkers, and often cause your manager to question your team loyalty.
  • Taking Credit Without Ownership: Remember, success is almost always the result of effective and productive teamwork and cohesion amongst all employees. For that reason, make sure to always give credit where it is due, and not to accept all of the success as your own. Doing so may, again, have the potential worse effect of causing you to stand out as someone who is not a team player.
  • Boasting and Bragging: We promise you that if your work stands out and your effort is apparent, people will notice your successes! There is no reason to boast about your accomplishments to others. Doing so often comes across as an effort to make others feel inferior.
  • Speaking Behind Others Backs: A result of spending eight hours a day among the same people may, at times, cause frustration or irritation. However, gossiping about your coworkers, supervisors, or CEO’s will almost always land you in hot water! We encourage you to take out your feelings in a more healthy manner, possibly by exercising, listening to music, taking a walk during your lunch break to excuse yourself from the environment, or even relaxing with a glass of wine once the day is over.
  • Lying:  One overarching reason why lies are provoked at work is by a fear of failure. However, lying about your progress, results, or struggles will guarantee you to encounter greater failure than you would have if you had just confronted the situation head-on. Managers are taught how to deal with failure for a reason, and as you express your need for help you should be met with support and constructive criticism. No need to beat around the bush!

To emphasize this once more, mistakes are completely acceptable! It is when they are caused by a lack of honesty, loyalty, and integrity that they become detrimental to the way you are viewed and your performance as a team member and employee. By avoiding these damaging mistakes you will become a successful team member and valuable employee to any organization.

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Read here to learn how to leave your position the right way!

Part of life is figuring out your identity by trying new things, immersing yourself in different types of environment, and taking chances! For that reason, today we’re here to de-stigmatize the idea that you should have a job set immediately following your college graduation. If you’ve found yourself without a plan in place, keep reading to find out some tips about what you can do!

  • Keep a Positive Mindset: We encourage you to ignore the instinct of guilt or stress and instead embrace a positive mindset and outlook. After all, you are young and this is still the time to explore endeavors and figure out your passion! Positivity will aid you in your ability to put yourself out there to many companies.
  • Take Advantage of Time to Save Money: Moving back home temporarily and taking advantage of the time to stay on a budget will aid you immensely once you are immersed in a more stable setting in regards to your position and income. 
  • Network! We cannot emphasize enough the importance of networking! No matter who you reach out to, whether a friend of a friend, family member, a mentor, a past professional or someone you found on LinkedIn – expanding your network will help you for the rest of your professional career! You never know who may be the person that can set you up with an interview or potential new position.
  • Identify a Mentor: Parents and friends are fantastic outlets for advice and support. However, we feel that mentors are the most valuable resource to help you become immersed in the professional workforce and achieve your goals. Finding a mentor will provide you with guidance, advice, and ideas for different career paths that you may have not been previously aware of!
  • Participate in a Job Shadow Day: If there is a field or industry that interests you, take advantage of opportunities to be a part of a job shadow day! Doing so will allow you to become temporarily involved in an environment that may spike a permanent interest. This will also help you identify specific roles that do not align with your desired career path.
  • Find New Hobbies: We know this sounds cliche, but one of the most important components of time off from work is keeping yourself busy by engaging in activities that you enjoy. Whether this consists of finding a new workout class or facility, trying out a cooking class, taking up art, or going to a concert, it is important to take advantage of the freedom you now have that allows you to pursue your personal interests.
  • Search for Internships: Maybe you aren’t ready to fully commit to a permanent position right out of college. Just as we encourage job shadow days, we also offer you the idea of trying out an internship! In many cases, doing so will allow you to generate an income while building skills and exploring potential companies or roles.

It is important to remember that you are not alone in this process and that is completely acceptable to graduate from college without a solidified job offer! First and foremost, it is crucial to have a sturdy understanding of your career goals and interests before you apply to a permanent job role. However, if you feel ready . . . check out our open jobs list!

Starting a new position soon? Here’s what you need to know before your first day on the job.

When we think of the word boss, we usually associate our descriptions with someone who conducts orders and assigns responsibilities. However, today we’re here to offer you some guidelines of what you should expect out of your supervisor. Evaluating these steps should help you to understand the effectiveness of your current boss!

  • Consistent Feedback: As you complete your daily tasks and fulfill your roles, we encourage you to ask yourself how frequently you are receiving feedback. Obtaining consistent feedback throughout project timelines will allow you to avoid instances in which you are requested to start over and will help you reduce a great deal of stress.
  • Meaningful Conversations and Information: Although your boss may be strained between supervising several projects, they are still there to act as your valuable resource and guide. For that reason, as an employee, you deserve meaningful feedback, directions, and periodic meetings to evaluate your performance. If you feel as though your boss does not communicate in a meaningful manner, you may want to check up with a higher supervisor.
  • Acception of Failure: At some point in your professional career, we can nearly guarantee that you will be faced with failure. Whether this is concerned with not meeting goals or deadlines, or creating a project that is not on par with original ideas, it is an inevitable component of any person’s career. However, having trust in your boss to provide constructive criticism instead of consequences will lead you to become more creative and trusting in your own capabilities.
  • Appreciation and Praise: Again, with all of the work and effort you put into each day in the office, you deserve recognition for your accomplishments! As much as a boss serves as an outlet for critique, they should also behave as a cheerleader for their divisions! Without your work, the firm would not be able to function cohesively and successfully.
  • Effort Towards a Workplace Culture: A component of the workplace that continues to receive recognition and value is the culture constructed by top management. Your boss should be working to create an effective culture in which employees feel valued and motivated to achieve their professional goals. Without a recognizable culture, relationships between co-workers and supervisors will be negatively compromised.
  • Demonstrate Proactive Problem-Solving Skills: As the ultimate guide of the team, your boss should be capable of offering different problem-solving skills, in addition to being able to understand varying environments and structural problems. It is perfectly acceptable to be stuck in a decision and receive help, it should be available to you!
  • Trust in Their Employees: At the end of the day, we are all adults. And for that reason, we should be treated as such. Your boss should showcase trust in you and each of your coworkers by encouraging freedom of creativity. Feeling micromanaged causes stress, fear of failure, and ultimately hinders creativity. Asses your environment and how often you are encouraged to embrace your own, unique thoughts and ideas.

Bosses are put in place to be an outlet of support and an ultimate voice of guidance. If your boss meets the above criteria, then we are confident that you are in an environment that will allow you to flourish as a professional. If these ideas do not align with your management, consider evaluating the value of your position and role in your firm.

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Transitioning into a managemental position? Find out how to succeed on your first day here!

One of the many goals of Esquire Recruiting LLC is to prepare professionals to achieve success in the workforce. Unfortunately, a central part of your career may revolve around the day you find out that your company is being acquired. While there is a solid chance that you will remain unaffected, we’re here to teach you ways to prepare and stay on top of this type of situation.

  • Evaluate: This is an important time to ask yourself several questions… What is your role in the company? Are you replaceable? What sets you aside (as a performer, employee, etc.)? What would the company lose without you? In the event that companies are acquiring more employees on both sides, there is a chance that your position is up for replacement. Knowing the answers to these questions will help you get ahead and stay aware.
  • Begin Searching for New Positions: If answering those questions caused you to fear for your position, this is a logical time for you to begin a job hunt. It is better to begin your search now than wait in the event that you are let go without the stability of a back-up transition opportunity.
  • Stand Out: It is easy to feel intimidated by the potential of significant change. Although you may feel comfortable in your current routine, showcasing your adaptability, focus, and dedication to your employer will help you stand out as a reliable and valuable employee! Remember, change is nearly unavoidable, so embracing it with a positive mindset is the smartest way to showcase your value. 
  • Be Aware of Benefit Changes: There is a chance that being acquired has relatively no effect on your benefits package. However, as this is may not be the case, it is important to look into the changes that are about to take place. What does this mean for your 401(k), vacation time, time off, health care or dental care packages, etc.? Knowing the answer to these questions may assist you in your assessment of staying with your current company.
  • Prepare for Uncertainty: We know that uncertainty may provoke stress and anxiety. However, mentally preparing yourself for this transition will allow you to maintain composure when faced with the event. Allowing yourself to become comfortable with the idea of change will allow you to embrace it and ultimately stand out amongst those who are unable to accept this transition with the same level of ease.
  • Maintain a Social Outlook: Embracing change comes with meeting new coworkers, leaders, and potential managers. We highly encourage you to fight the feeling of curling up and hiding and instead embrace your social outlook and make efforts to create relationships with these new people! You never know who may be sitting on the new desk next to you or acting as your new supervisor. Creating new connections will undoubtedly assist you in maintaining value as an employee.

We hope you find comfort in understanding that companies are acquired each and every day. There are millions of professional employees who have found themselves in the same position as you may be in. More importantly, if you are worried about obtaining a new position, we’re here to help!

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Read our article to find out everything you need to know about company benefits!

Transitioning into a position of management can easily come with ease if you follow the steps we’re about to show you! Whether you are expecting to obtain a managemental position soon, or hope to in the future, the points we’re about to show you will prove crucial to your success.

  1. Be a Sponge: Before you transition into management, it is vital that you put forth every effort to learn everything about your new position. To your superiors, this will help ease their workload. To your inferiors, this will allow you to appear as prepared, professional, and a valuable resource. Remember, all CEO’s and employees who hold management positions were once in your place, so don’t be afraid to ask questions! Expressing a desire to be prepared is a highly attractive quality.
  2. Designate a Mentor: You may already have a professional mentor to look up to. However, if you do not, this is a perfect time to seek one! We encourage you to think about those professional people who you look up to, hope to mirror in a similar role, or seek advice from. In management, you will likely encounter unforeseen circumstances. Having a resource to confide in will provide you with immense comfort.
  3. Be a Model: Especially during the first few months of your transition, you must act as a role model to the rest of your organization. This means arriving even earlier to work than usual, dressing extra-professionally, being aware of your breaks, and always monitoring the way you treat others. Remembers, the employees who now work “below” you are evaluating you as their leader each moment of the day. Make a positive impression!
  4. Understand Your Shift in Responsibility: In an entry-level position, it is common to be primarily responsible for your own tasks and responsibilities as a team member. Now, as a leader, you are held responsible for guiding the performance of entire teams or sectors of employees. Acknowledging this shift in mindset will allow you to lead with a clear idea of group success – not just your own.
  5. Analyze the Environment: We strongly encourage you to avoid the all-too-easy power-hungry feeling and desire to make immediate changes within your work. While you may not agree with past policies, it is super important to take weeks or even months to evaluate all operations within your firm. Once you feel you have an adequate gauge of all policies, then you are ready to designate policy changes or alterations.
  6. Allow for Critique and Perspectives: Although you are the ultimate decision-maker for your team, we highly encourage you to listen to and acknowledge all opinions and perspectives of team members. There is no greater way to showcase your value to others than by incorporating and acknowledging their opinions.

Remember, you were appointed to a management position because you earned it and deserve the role! By following these six key strategies, you will find yourself achieving high levels of success in no time!

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Read our article to learn how to nail your first impression!

The millennial generation, dating back to around 1980 and lasting through 2000, marks an evolution of youth impacted by previously non-existent digital media and technology. As these people grow up and enter the professional workforce it is crucial to understand how they operate, and what this means for your business and employee retention. So, how do millennials impact the workforce and how do they prefer to be treated? Keep reading to find out!

  • “Purpose Over Paycheck”: Historically, motivation has been fueled by the incentive that is salaries and wages. There has been no greater reason to achieve results than by your expected compensation. However, this trend differs among millennials. In fact, these professionals actually prefer to feel a greater purpose for their work and being over a simple paycheck. It is when their responsibilities appear valuable and worthwhile that the greatest results and levels of motivation are achieved.
  • Mentors and Support: Millennials have proven to be less responsive to traditional supervisors, and more receptive when they are appointed caring mentors. Where the image of a “boss” usually coordinates to a visual of someone hovering over employees, enforcing deadlines or reminders, and in several instances enacting disciplinary actions, mentors are illustrated in a majorly different light. Mentors teach accountability, responsibility, and diligence with a stronger sense of support and care. This attitude is much more effective among the millennial generation.
  • Trust and Understanding: It is crucial to treat your millennial employees with open communication and honesty. These professionals must feel comfortable confiding in their supervisors, as opposed to being negatively affected by feelings of intimidation or fear.
  • Using Failure as a Part of the Process: Understanding that failure brings ultimate success is a vital component of the “recipe” for retention. It is most meaningful when employers help their millennial employees to “get back up” after symbolically “falling down” after a failed assignment that may not have reflected the true effort put in. Collaboration is a key component of this process so that the final presentation of a project is not the first time it is being evaluated.
  • Allowing and Promoting Growth: Instilling a substantial level of freedom among these employees will allow them to activate their unique senses of creativity. This same culture built on healthy flexibility, as opposed to a more structured design, will help these important figures in completing their responsibilities with a necessary level of comfort and confidence in their work. Additionally, making employees aware of their potential for upward mobility will allow them to work even harder to reach greater success.
  • Embracing Themselves: Each of the points above builds up to the most valuable component of interacting with these individuals; they must be allowed to embrace who they are without detrimental judgment and critique. Once these millennials identify their greatest strengths and weaknesses, we are confident that they will prove themselves as some of the most valuable employees of your firm.

Millennials now comprise approximately 35% of the entire workforce! That being said, it is quite necessary to understand how they operate so that you can maximize their growth potential and productivity. Following the important notes above will allow you to do so effectively and efficiently!

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Not sure how to work effectively among different types of employees? Read our article to find out how to become the best possible coworker you can be!

If you’re looking to achieve recognition from your boss or coworkers, a potential promotion or raise, or an advancement within your company, there is no better way to do so then by elevating your relationships with others by becoming the ideal coworker! Remember, your coworkers are those people who you will likely spend more time with than anyone else. Learn how to do so here and we guarantee you that your work environment will cultivate into an even more pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere than (we hope) it already is!

  • Offer a Friendly Face: In creating relationships with coworkers, you will either find yourself entering a completely new office setting, or welcoming someone into your own. In either position, maintain awareness of the way you exude your first impression. The value of a smile and greeting is enormous and nearly guaranteed to help you create a positive lasting impression on the people you will be working with far into the distant future.
  • Show Respect: We know what you’re thinking, of course, this one is obvious! However, you would be surprised at how easily a coworker can offend another by disregarding small offensive comments that seriously hurt the feelings of others. Some topics to maintain awareness of include religion, politics, sexual orientation, etc. Always make a point of respecting the desires of others! For example, if the coworker next to you prefers to keep their desk spotless, make an extra effort to keep your area clean.
  • Keep Work at Work: You may find yourself becoming super close with your coworkers and that is great. However, we want to remind you of the importance of keeping work talk at work, to avoid the chance of embarrassing someone without the intention to or bringing up a weekend memory that should stay in the weekend.
  • Maintaining Office Etiquette: By showcasing your etiquette at work, you will be showing others respect and also creating an image of yourself as someone who is easy to work with and pleasant to be around. Someone of the ways you may portray etiquette are by keeping your area clean, maintaining an appropriate volume during personal and professional phone calls, being aware of when coworkers are busy and making sure not to be a distraction.
  • Stay Out of Drama: If workplace drama ever arises, make sure to stay out of it! At the end of the day, work is a place for work, not social interaction. For that reason, there should almost never be a circumstance where you find yourself involved in drama. We assure you that those people who stay neutral are recognized and praised by their coworkers and especially their supervisors!
  • Display Appreciation and Acknowledgment: Have you ever found yourself hoping to be recognized for your hard work? Well if your answer is yes, you are just like everyone else! Remember that in treating your coworkers. There is no better way to show your care for others at work than by vocalizing your appreciation and acknowledging their efforts. This is also a great way to help them stay on task and motivated as a teammate!

By putting effort into these six strategies, we are certain that you will find your workplace relationships flourishing and become all the more strong. Becoming someone with the quality of being a fantastic coworker will undoubtedly set you up for permanent workplace success.

Curious about how to nail a first impression? Find out here!

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