The Best Leaders Live In And On Purpose

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Companies that are successful tend to share one common trait: They pursue a specific purpose, in addition to pursuing profits. For example, Whole Foods’ mission statement is, “Our deepest purpose as an organization is helping support the health, well-being, and healing of both people — customers, Team Members, and business organizations in general — and the planet.” Organizations look for employees, particularly leaders, to buy into their purpose. These are the companies that have impact and ...

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Including Volunteer Experience On Your Resume

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With the Holidays upon us, many people are looking for ways to give back in their community. This is one of the great things associated with the Season: people donating their time and money to those less fortunate and in need. Of course, those needs do not end on December 26th. As we mentioned in our December 2015 blog post, Actions To Stay Positive During Your Job Search, there is no greater joy than volunteering and ...

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7 Common Interview Mistakes Made By Candidates

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You have made it through the process to being one of the final candidates for a position. The interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that “I am the best candidate for this position. Let me tell you why.” Any hint or red flag that might indicate you are a bad hire will put you out of the running. Employers cannot afford to make bad hires. With reviewing resumes, reference checks, interviewing, training and more—hiring a replacement is ...

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About Team Robinson!

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When people find out that as principals of Robinson-Robinson & Associates Sam and I are also a husband-wife team they ask, “How can you two work together?” Or sometimes the response is, “I could never work with my wife/husband.” We never thought too much about these comments until I read a Success.com online article (2013, Dec.) by Emma Johnson entitled, How to Make Husband-Wife Business Partnerships Work. In it, she quotes Marion McCallom Hampton, Ph.D., ...

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Important Questions To Ask A Potential Employer

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You have been looking for an interview and your executive recruiter contacts you with the news that you have been waiting for: you have an interview with a company that you would really like to work for!

After dancing a little happy jig, it is time to get down to business: Interview preparation. Many people will spend all of their time focused on one thing: being ready to answer any and every question that the ...

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Is your Personal Brand on Social Media Networking Sites Costing You?

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Current research suggests that you can have the perfect resume and still not get the position that you interview for. In fact, 80% of employers are looking for a cultural fit over executive skills.

It has been said that interviews boil down to three things:

  1. Can you do the job?
  2. Will you do the job with passion?
  3. Do we want you around?

The third question can be restated as “Do you fit ...

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Gender Diversity At The Executive Level Still A Work In Progress

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In 2016, women are still underrepresented at all levels of the corporate pipeline. It is assumed that this is a result of women having a more difficult time than men in balancing work and family life. While that may be the case in certain situations, the biggest issue is that women face greater barriers to advancement and a steeper path to senior leadership.

Female leadership is of vital importance to organizations that endeavor to ...

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Challenges and Strategies For Up-and-Coming Minority Executives

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You have done all of the right things. You have gone to the “right” schools. You have excelled in your professional career (with the sterling performance reviews to prove it). You seem well-positioned to take the next step: getting a shot at the top executive jobs and boardroom position that non-minorities seem to get when having a track record that is similar to yours. But you do not get that opportunity. You get passed over again and again. What to ...

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Personality Traits That Employers Are Looking For

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Current research suggests that you can have the perfect resume and still not get the position that you interview for. In fact, 80% of employers are looking for a cultural fit over executive skills.

From data collected from over 1,200 companies, here are the 5 personality traits that employers are looking for most:

Professionalism

A first impression trait, the employer will begin making an evaluation of you from the time that ...

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How to Prepare For a Successful Interview

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When you get the opportunity to interview for a position, it can be both exciting and stressful. What is the company looking for? Are you qualified? Will they like you? Typically, companies are looking for someone who demonstrates competence, a good attitude and personality that fits in with the company. Here is how you can prepare for a successful interview to ensure you make a good first impression:

Research the Company

For ...

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