Why problem-solvers get the job offer | HR experts: Employee retention starts in the interview | Unemployment rate hits 50-year low
October 7, 2019
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Getting Ahead
Why problem-solvers get the job offer
Candidates can win over hiring managers by being fully prepared to answer their questions and ask intelligent ones of their own that show they are a good fit for the role, writes career coach Martin Yate. "The candidate who is best able to identify and discuss his or her skills and experiences and show how they relate to the recurring problems of a job is the one who gets the job offer," he writes.
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HR experts: Employee retention starts in the interview
Efforts to keep employees around start even before the candidate accepts the job offer, according to the panel of human resource experts. Time and money should be spent on retention, and it starts as early as the interview process because this is where workers get a first glimpse of the company.
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Poll question: Do you deserve a promotion?
The top story from last week's Your Career, "33 signs you deserve a promotion" (see below), got me thinking whether I deserve a promotion or if everyone thinks they deserve a new job title and salary. Honestly, do you deserve a promotion this year? Poll results on Friday.
The Landscape
Unemployment rate hits 50-year low
The unemployment rate for September fell to 3.5%, the lowest rate since 1969. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the US economy is doing well and added, "Our job is to keep it there."
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Health care, education lead job growth
According to the Labor Department's September jobs report, health care and education had the largest net gain of jobs. Manufacturing and retail in particular saw the most losses in number of jobs.
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Balancing Yourself
How to improve workplace stress and unhappiness
A workplace behavior study done by Ginger found common habits of unhappy workers include taking on too much work, failing to reach out for support from their team, and poor stress management. To deal with these issues, Ginger recommends that workers focus on quality over quantity, seek help from their teams, and rest in order to reduce stress.
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The Water Cooler
Would you try guinea pig ice cream?
Would you try guinea pig ice cream?
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As a new ice cream vendor in Quito, Ecuador, Maria del Carmen Pilapana took a risk with crazy flavors, and now guinea pig is her hottest flavor, beating beetle and mushroom flavors. Pilapana makes a pate out of guinea pig, which is a staple in the area, and then adds cream to create the flavor, which is said to taste like chicken.
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If you're not invited to the party, throw your own.
Diahann Carroll, actress, singer, model
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