Monthly Archives: December 2018

Rethinking Job Offer Remorse – Ask #HR Bartender

HRBartender recently responded to a letter from a job seeker who turned down a job from a large Hospital but wanted to reconsider and apply for a job at the same place because their current employer didn’t uphold a promise to them. In a situation like this, it can be useful to try to sincerely and candidly explain the situation. Staying in contact via LinkedIn after turning down a job can also be a good way of keeping the connection alive.

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How to write a cover letter people will actually read

Taking the time to write a memorable, well thought-out cover letter optimized to the position and organization you are applying for can make a real difference in a close race with another applicant, yet to many people treat cover letters like a pro-forma, bland form letter. Don’t restate your resume, since if the hiring manager is interested at all they will read it anyway, and don’t use cliche generalities like “I’m a hard worker” that they’ve heard from every other applicant. Instead, research the company and he job and then lay out what specific things you can bring to both.

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Why Prosperity Has Increased but Happiness Has Not

One of the central trends of modern society has been the disconnect between growing material welfare and stagnant or decreasing personal and societal morale. Happiness, however, is both local and relative. If your immediate surroundings are miserable, you won’t care how the country or world overall is doing, and if your relative welfare decreases in comparison to that of others, you’ll probably be upset about it. Inequality breeds discontent for this reason, among others. Thatcherite/Reaganite exaltation of Free markets has slammed headlong into these basic facts of human nature and proven unable to adapt to them.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/opinion/happiness-inequality-prosperity-.html

Employees Are Your Business Differentiator – Friday Distraction

Many businesses do not appreciate their customers and do the least amount of work possible for them. Having a business is only beneficial if everyone is on the same page. Customer appreciation is key. For example, hotels are notorious for being very lousy or exceptionally great. One hotel may offer free bottles of water as a complimentary gift. It is up to the employee to make sure it was offered. That is what makes a good business strive even more and keeps customers coming back to enjoy the service that is being provided.

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Say These 7 Words When Employees Bring You Their Problems

Mark Murphy’s study of 27,000 managers and employees suggests that one of the most powerful tricks in management is to respond to problems by asking employees “what’s your plan to fix this?” instead of losing one’s temper. The study revealed that only about 23 percent of workers believe that their managers consistently provide constructive feedback when workers consult them about problems, but that workers in that 23 percent have consistently higher satisfaction with their companies. This suggests that finding a good way to respond to problems workers report is hugely important.

Read more: https://forbes.com/sites/markmurphy/2018/08/19/say-these-7-words-when-employees-bring-you-their-problems