Do you work with other people? In almost any job, you have to communicate with people every day. Communication is one of the most important tools to use at work. Working with other people can be stressful at times, so today we are going to talk about how to ease that stress. Continue reading to find out how to communicate with your colleagues better!

Communication Style: Understanding what your own communication style is before interacting with others can be very beneficial. Are you analytical, personal, functional, or intuitive? There might be times where you need to alter the way you communicate depending on who you are talking to. If you find yourself to be analytical and always concerned with the hard facts and data, you might need to adapt if you are speaking with a coworker who is intuitive and doesn’t like hearing about all of the little details. Understanding our personal communication styles, along with our colleagues, is crucial in order to communicate better.

Channel Preference: The channel we choose when communicating with our peers and colleagues is an important part of the communication process.  Do they like to use email, face to face interaction, instant messaging, or phone calls? What is your preferred method of communication? If you prefer your colleagues to email you in the morning while you’re catching up on work rather than talking face to face, make them aware of it. Find out how what methods your colleagues like to use throughout the workday. Respecting each other’s preferred method of communication will help make communicating easier.

Constructive Criticism: Communicating difficult things, such as criticism, can be a hard message to get across. When you need to do this with your colleagues, stay constructive. Give them pointers that will help them improve their work or project, without attacking or embarrassing them.

Mistakes: Miscommunication and mistakes will happen often at work and with colleagues. Use direct communication when these things occur to ensure it solved efficiently and quickly. Recognize your mistake, apologize, and fix it as best as you can. When a colleague makes a mistake, give them the same grace you show yourself.

Conflict in the workplace is going to happen. It’s inevitable because we are communicating with different people every day. Use the above tips to help you avoid conflict when communicating at work. Your day at work shouldn’t be filled with stress about communicating with your peers!

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Have you ever thought about creating a personal website? It may seem over the top and unnecessary, but there are actually many benefits to your own website. Continue reading and I will share some of the benefits and things you should include in a personal website!

Benefits

First Impression: While a resume is your first impression to potential employers and recruiters, it is also very common for them to google your name. When they google you and end up finding a website with all of your information included, they might be pleasantly surprised. This will help you make a great impression.

Online Presence: An online presence is so important in our digitally-driven society. The first place people will look you up is through social media/google. A personal website will be beneficial because you can link all of your professional social media accounts in one place. Potential employers and recruiters will be able to find your LinkedIn, Glassdoor, etc, all through your personal website. A personal website will help create a strong online presence, and it is even better for showing off all of your best work, awards, and skills. Depending on your career, you could include things on the website such as portfolio/work samples, client testimonials, pictures, video clips, etc.

Creativity: A personal website gives you a better chance of being creative as opposed to a resume. Your website is like an interactive resume and portfolio all about you, which you can design and create. Use the small details to your advantage, things like font and theme, because whatever you choose will send a message of who you are. With full creative freedom, you might want to start writing a weekly business blog or write about projects you’re working on. With a personal website, you have the flexibility to post whatever content you want.

A personal website will not make or break your job search and/or career. If you choose to make one, it is simply an enhancement to your online presence. If you don’t know where to start, here are some links to take a look at – Revu, WordPress, Squarespace, or Wix. These are all great platforms that can help you create your own personal website, but as always make sure to do some research before taking the plunge.

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At Esquire Recruiting, LLC, we want to help prepare you for success! Which is why we will be talking about job search tips today. The hunt for a job may seem easy in our digital era, but it can still be stressful! Continue reading to learn some tips that can help put your mind at ease during a job search.

Tips & Tricks

Organization: One of the first steps you should take in the job search process is getting organized! Organize your thoughts and your productivity. Before you fully begin your job search, take time to think about what you truly want in a job. Once you know what you’re looking for, it will make it a bit easier. Developing an organization system for your job search will be a key to success. Something as simple as a spreadsheet or a planner will help you remember what jobs you applied for, where you have scheduled interviews, and jobs you still need to apply for. If a spreadsheet or planner isn’t your style, develop a system that works best for you.

Resume: The obvious task to complete before beginning a job search is updating your resume. If it’s been a while since you’ve looked at your resume, it’s time to give it the TLC it needs. Since your resume is essentially a first impression of who you are, you should make sure everything is cleaned up, up to date, and customized. Check out our blog here on how to update your resume.

Network: We have talked about networking on our blog before, but this can be a crucial step in the job search process. Utilizing all of the contacts you have made may lead to some job opportunities. Former colleagues and acquaintances are normally happy to lend a hand or help you find a great job opportunity. LinkedIn is also a great place to start when reaching out to your connections!

These are just a couple of ways to have success during your job search. Remember that while it is a stressful time, it can be so rewarding in the end when you get that interview or job you wanted.

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Judgments are made by our peers and acquaintances unknowingly every day. Today, we are going to talk about certain things or habits you may have that influence the way people think about you. These can apply to everyday life, but also your work life, and help you make the best impression possible.

Handshake: Many people believe that your handshake tells a lot about you as a person. While we shouldn’t judge people on something as simple as a handshake, it is your first impression when you meet someone or in interviews. Some people associate a weak handshake with personality traits such as low confidence, shyness, introversion, etc. A firm handshake indicates that you have high confidence in yourself.

Time: Whether you show up to events and meetings on time can be a major thing you are being judged on. This, of course, depends on who is making the judgments. If your boss is holding a meeting promptly at 9 AM and expects everyone to be punctual, this is not a situation where you should show up late. Arriving late to meetings and interviews can come across as if you do not care or do not respect the people you are meeting. The U.S. culture is very focused on time, especially in the professional world.

Eye Contact: Eye contact is a great tool to use when listening to coworkers or peers talk. It helps them know you are taking in what they are saying and engaged. On the other hand, too much eye contact can be seen as threatening or uncomfortable. Find a happy-medium, natural eye contact is the way to go.

Phone Etiquette: In our technology-driven society, phone etiquette is a big factor in which people may be judging you. Pulling out your phone in the middle of a conversation or meeting is frustrating to those you are interacting with. It communicates to others that you don’t respect them or care about what they are saying. While a lot of us may use our phones for our jobs, it’s important to know what time and place is acceptable to use your phone.

There should be a happy-medium and good balance of all of these things and habits. These will not make or break you as a person, but it will help you make a great impression on your peers, coworkers, bosses, etc.

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Here at Esquire Recruiting, LLC we talk a lot about interviews and how to do your best because we want you to succeed! Interviews aren’t always an easy task and they can be scary at times. Today, we’re going to talk about three topics and things you should be doing to prepare for your interview in order to feel more confident!

Research

Completing your due diligence ahead of time is imperative for the interview. Research can be time-consuming, but if the role is something you care about then it won’t seem tedious. Research the role you applied for. To do this, read the job description thoroughly so you know exactly what the company is looking for in their candidate. Research the company as well. Understand their values and mission, and try to find out anything you can about their workplace culture. Researching will help you feel prepared before your interview.

Practice

Practicing for interviews can seem silly and unnecessary, but it really does help! Find someone to help you do a mock interview. Practice answering questions about the role of the job, your skills, and the company’s values. Practicing can help you formulate good answers, so you don’t sound as awkward or unsure during the real thing. Mock interviews can also help eliminate anxiety and stress when it comes time for the real thing. Confidence is key!

Questions

Prepare some questions that you can ask the hiring manager or person who is conducting the interviews. We have previously posted about questions to ask the employer, so familiarize yourself with that post if you need some ideas. Always show up to your interview prepared with some questions to ask. Questions show them that you are interested and it also shows that you have done your research, which is a good thing!

Preparing for interviews might seem unnecessary to some, but it boosts confidence and success. Above, we have talked about just a few of the things you should be doing before an interview. Use those suggestions to help get your head in the right place before an interview. Start preparing for an interview more than one day in advance, this will be sure to make you feel prepared.

 

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