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Expert Advice for Negotiating a Killer Relocation Package

Would you be willing to move for the right job? President Trump and some economic forecasters say workers need to go where they can get the best jobs, and that might not be where they currently reside. Whether you're heading to the coast to further your manufacturing career or going to the Midwest to tap into your health care talents, moving for work is a major life change. Certainly it...

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Assessment Tools to Help You Find a Direction

According to some studies, up to 85 percent of all American workers are unhappy in their jobs and feel they could be happier elsewhere. But where? They rarely know. After going through an evaluation or assessment process, however, many decide their present situation is not so bad after all. They realize they don’t need a major change, just a few tweaks here and there. Assessments are helpful even if you don’t...

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Termination Tips: How to Do It Right

It's never easy to terminate an employee, no matter the circumstances. If you're in HR, you probably put a lot of consideration into how to protect the company and follow proper legal procedures. What you may not put as much thought into is how to handle the termination ethically from the employee's standpoint. Becoming unemployed is a great life trauma. So many companies needlessly compound employees’ shock and emotional distress...

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New Year, New Dreams, New Opportunities

Did you know the period immediately following New Year’s Day is typically the busiest hiring time of the calendar year? That’s because many companies are scrambling to fill jobs budgeted from the previous year, and because as new budgets take effect, companies are gearing up to hire. Although the economy is healthy, there are a substantial number of qualified people ready to fill many managerial, professional and technical positions. Though promising,...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Finite Daily Brain Power

If you're a typical professional in America, you probably work eight or more hours a day. The word in question here is, arguably, work. Even the smartest, most productive people cannot work for an entire eight-hour period. The brain simply doesn't function that way; it's fundamentally contrary to human nature. Think about any standard day you spend at work. Yes, you work on projects, but you also spend time socializing, eating,...

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Member Success: Members Make Rewarding Career Transitions

Those who have lost positions in now-dwindling industries must reinvent themselves. As such, they face some of the greatest difficulties when it comes to finding a new career. Here’s where GetFive members have the advantage and can make use of dependable resources and invaluable support. Take, for example, Nancy. For 24 years Nancy worked in the book publishing industry, managing printing vendors. Then she lost her job. “I love the...

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The Truth About Holiday Hiring: Why and How to Kick Your Search Into High Gear

As we wind down the last few weeks of 2017, it’s easy for job hunters to feel a sense of anxiety and succumb to gloom and doom. At GetFive, we remind our members that there are good reasons to stay positive, even in the most difficult of times. If you are ready to give up because you haven’t landed a new job, or cannot generate the kinds of meetings and...

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6 Tips to Stand Out When Applying for a Nonprofit Job

Thinking of setting your sights on the nonprofit sector? Working for a charity can be a very gratifying and wonderful way to maximize your professional talent. In general, nonprofit organizations look for many of the same skills for-profit businesses do, but that doesn't mean your resume, cover letter and into Standout interview answers should be exactly the same for each. There are subtle adjustments you can make to help you stand out against...

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How HR Can Sensitively, Confidentially and Effectively Handle Employee Depression

You're feeling pretty down when your boss comes over to your desk. You perk up trying to give the impression you're happy and being productive. When she asks how you're doing, you give the typical "good, thanks" response. You want her to think you are the picture-perfect positive employee, of course. Everyone has tough days. But when those days turn into weeks and then months, it can be something much...

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4 Principles to Keep in Mind as You Learn a New Company Culture

If you’ve ever taken a vacation to a foreign country, you probably headed down to the bookstore to find a travel guide so you would know where to stay, where to eat, and what to visit. You may have also picked up a pocket dictionary and learned a few phrases of the language and something about the culture. Joining a new company can be like moving to a foreign country. Stepping...

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Finding What Makes You Happy, A Client Success Story

Tony started going to GetFive after the bulk of his job at a large at an international bank moved overseas.With his coach, Celia Currin, Tony focused on identifying the elements that would give him the greatest career satisfaction. “Celia helped me recognize what it is in a job that would make me happy,” Tony says. “That was very, very important. We went through several sessions going over exactly that.” With Celia,...

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Why the Holiday Season IS NOT a Bad Time to Job Search

Conventional wisdom has it that the holiday season is a bad time to look for a job. But conventional wisdom is wrong. In fact, there are definite advantages to sustaining — and even ramping up — a full-time job search during the holidays. This is no time to take a vacation! As tempting as it might be to kick back and relax, a brief review of the following points should convince you...

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Problem-Solving: The Solution-Based Method

If you’re like most people, you have no shortage of problems waiting to be solved. And as you try to solve them, you talk, talk, talk about it. There’s something very satisfying about understanding the problem, its causes, and what will fix it. The more we consider, discuss, and come up with ideas on how to solve it, the more we become experts on the problem. But it’s easy to...

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5 Tips to Better Deal with Rejection

Hearing "no" is difficult. If it's a job you really wanted, the sting can linger. However, if you're going to be a successful job seeker, you need to figure out how to handle rejection with grace while not allowing it to bruise your ego. Some job searches are extensive. Lengthy applications followed by multiple interviews, tests, background checks and phone calls add up over time. You might think you're about to begin hiring...

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Why it is OK to Contact the Hiring Manager Directly

There’s a common misconception among job seekers that while waiting to hear back on a job, they’re supposed to patiently wait to hear from Human Resources on the status of their application or interview. It’s startling how quickly job hunters conclude they’re not allowed to contact the hiring manager or take other actions that might have a positive effect on their job search. In many situations, it’s okay to contact...

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6 Steps to Career Success During the Holidays

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with old friends and visit loved ones, and if you’re job hunting or looking to advance your career, the many parties during the season also provide an ideal stage for networking. Holiday parties offer a great opportunity to get in front of people in a more relaxed setting, one where the mood is festive and key people are feeling social and approachable. To help your...

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Facts and the First Amendment: Freedom of Speech at Work

We live in a time when politics and personal opinion are polarizing the nation. Last year's presidential election was unlike any other in history. Then came the Women's March in D.C., the demonstrations in Charlottesville, and the #GoogleManifesto. This year the topic of standing versus kneeling during the national anthem dominated news headlines. No matter your beliefs, the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech are fundamental to what it means to...

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