Emotional intelligence in the workplace

job tipsEmotional intelligence is the “ability to be aware of, name, and manage one’s emotions.” Beyond this, emotional intelligence in the workplace suggests an ability to understand the emotions of others and “relate to others in effective ways both personally and professionally in a wide range of contexts and roles.” Despite the misconception that decisions, particularly in the workplace, are made through reason and logic, it is actually true that “we decide 100 percent of everything emotionally and then spend hours, weeks or months underpinning these decisions with logical justifications.” In the workplace, candidates with a strong level of emotional intelligence are able to maintain a level of professionalism and adapt emotionally to accommodate a wide range of challenges. Emotional intelligence is the driver behind strong business deals, sales and marketing, and partner relationship – among many other professional situations.
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How to cultivate a strong mentor relationship

Man-and-woman-sitting-next-to-each-otherMentor “matching” goes both ways: a good fit doesn’t mean that it is best only for the mentee; rather, a strong match indicates that both parties are content with the relationship. When approaching someone to be a mentor, you should directly check in and ensure that they can benefit from supporting you in your career. It may seem like a contradiction to the nature of a mentor relationship, but many mentors do benefit from helping up-and-coming professionals.

Traits of a strong mentor

A good mentor is someone who is willing to work for you without doing things for you entirely. They should always provide perspective but never give you the answer without first guiding and/or challenging you to reach it on your own. Here are a few key traits of a strong mentor:
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Best Practices for Writing a Job Description

hands-writing-job-descriptionToday’s job market already faces a daunting skills gap, and when hiring managers and employers are unable to craft a realistic and successful job description, this gap only widens as they fail to attract and align with the talent and skill sets needed to fill the role(s). Employers must do their part in combatting the skills gap – and attaining the best possible talent for their own benefit – by understanding how a strong job description is crafted. Anyone hoping to hire the perfect candidate must master this mundane but critical skill.

The job description must cater to the most prominent needs of the role, maintain a level of realism, and be worded in a way that catches the attention of the right people.
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Filling The Talent Pool: Industries & places that are hiring

Jobs, at long last, appear to be back.

The U.S. economy added 298,000 jobs in June and another 209,000 jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past six months, the economy has added 1.5 million jobs, marking the strongest six-month stretch for hiring since 2006. Meanwhile, job openings in the U.S. recently rose to the highest level in five years.

“It feels to me like the job market is humming,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told the Houston Chronicle.

This is very good news for sure. Yet, good news that comes with a unique challenge. As the demand for workers grows, filling the talent pool becomes increasingly difficult.
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Un-End the Summer with daily prizes from Adecco Staffing USA

Un-end summer imageFor most Americans, the arrival of Labor Day signals the end of pool parties, BBQs and vacation time, and the return to the nine-to-five grind, schoolwork and pasty complexions. This year, Adecco is attempting to change all that. Even though Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the season, our giveaway contest gives you multiple chances to “un-end” the summer and keep the good times going. Enter our contest on Facebook to win great prizes, including an iPad, a 55” Smart TV, a $1,500 airline gift card and more!

How to Enter:

1. “Like” the Adecco Staffing USA page on Facebook

2. Click on the “Un-End the Summer” contest status update or tab

3. Answer our summer-themed poll every weekday from August 18-29 for the chance to win one of ten awesome prizes

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One overlooked character trait you should interview for

Woman-researching-at-a-deskIt is all too easy to miss important information about a candidate in the brief time that an interview usually requires. More and more, employers are asking questions that discern critical thinking – but there’s still one area that most employers or hiring managers are forgetting: intellectual curiosity. Data shows that a level of curiosity for the field that you are in can carry you very far and impact the company you work for significantly. Here’s why you intellectually curious individuals are valuable hires – and how to know when you’re interviewing a candidate with intellectual curiosity:
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