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Should an Office Space Affect Your Next Job Decision?

So you've found an amazing job at a great company and you're ready to sign an employment agreement, but there's one thing holding you back: the office space. Work environments and office orientations vary in countless ways, and if you're going to spend a minimum of 40 hours a week in a given place, you'd prefer it to be adequate — if not enjoyable. If you take an office tour...

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Transitioning in an Industry in Transition

When Lauren was laid off from her position at a prominent news magazine, she came up against a major job search obstacle: her age. Striving for a fresh start while others her age were preparing for retirement was a unique challenge. To raise the hurdle that much higher, Lauren was targeting the publishing industry, which continues to be in a major transition phase due to extensive losses since the rise of digital publishing....

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What to Look for in An Offer Letter

After applying GetFive's proven method and strategic approach to decision making and job searching you've finally received thing you've been working towards - an offer letter from a great company. But before you rush into the job, it's critical that you carefully review what they've given you. While it's not an official employment contract, an offer letter does contain crucial clues on what the benefits and terms of your employment...

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How to Terminate with Dignity + [Infographic]

We've all heard the horror stories: The one about the worker who was mistakenly left out of a company meeting only to learn about mass layoffs after returning from lunch. Or what about the employees who came to work Monday morning to find their computers locked and belongings packed, all before even learning the company had decided to downsize. And perhaps the biggest blunder — the employees who were terminated by...

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4 Simple Steps to Effective Thank-You Notes

Despite major changes in how people search for and get jobs, one simple step continues to be important: sending thank-you notes after an interview. Why? A powerful thank-you note can help you move to the next phase in the hiring process. A poorly written one — or sending none at all — can damage your chances of landing the job. That shouldn't be a risk you're willing to take. Follow...

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Boost Your Own Morale: Staying Positive During Your Job Search

The typical job search can be very hard on the ego. You’re continually being judged, the value of your past experiences is in question and you may face more rejection than you’ve ever felt in your life. While that feeling is normal, it’s crucial you’re able to overcome the resulting self-doubt and move forward with your quest. Letting discouragement seep into the tone of your job queries or interviews will...

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Video Interview Tips: Making a Positive Impression for the Camera

Hiring managers are using video interviewing more frequently than ever before. For candidates, interviewing via video conference comes with numerous unique concerns that can cause plenty of anxiety. To avoid pitfalls and make a great professional impression, it's important to prepare. Two video interview methods Candidates may experience two different types of video interviews. The first is a one-way interview where you're asked a series of predetermined questions, and then your...

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Thinking of Moving to a Direct Competitor? What You Need to Know to Navigate Muddy Waters

You've found a job at a direct competitor of your current employer. Whether it's for better pay, job security or career growth, this common scenario can be tricky sometimes. You must be thoughtful about how you handle the situation because it could define your professional reputation or jeopardize your future entirely. Take these steps to navigate the muddy waters so you can find greener pastures ahead. Ensure the interview is...

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How a toxic company culture can impact your bottom line, and what to do about it

Is your workplace toxic? The question might sound like it's coming from Captain Obvious, but a culture breakdown can sneak up on you, little by little, until it begins to feel normal. But it isn't. A nest of weeds can sprout from a garden like that, and those weeds can grow to choke your company's bottom line. A toxic culture causes poor morale and drooping employee satisfaction. When everyone is miserable,...

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Updated Job Search Tips for New Graduates

This year millions of college graduates donned a cap and gown and reached out on that stage for the diploma they've worked so hard to earn. Now comes the real adventure: getting a job in their chosen profession. Of course, before the job comes the job search. Well-meaning friends, parents, and relatives are all ready with insight and guidance. The problem is, much of this advice comes from decades ago. The...

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Job Searching Over 50: Common Mistakes to Avoid

So many job hunting advice columns focus on those just out of college or professionals only a few years into their career. What if your years are a little more "golden" than that? Finding a new job at 50, 60, or older can seem challenging. There are many unique considerations that lead to common pitfalls. If you're job searching later in life, you can still find the success you desire. GetFive career...

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10 Ways to Test the Waters Before Diving Into a New Career

The alarman jump diving from pier into seam blares as you struggle to blink open your eyes for another routine morning. You'll head into the same job you've worked at in the same old industry for the last 20 or more years. It used to be your passion, but now it's just bland. You often feel empty and spend your day dreaming of something more than just a paycheck.

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How To Make the Most of Your 401(k)

Creating a long-term, successful career is about more than just getting the perfect job - it's also about managing your personal finances. At GetFive, we're big believers in planning ahead for long term success, and one of the most important parts of that is building a retirement fund and 401(k). This may seem like a mysterious topic to you, but we've got you covered - here are our tips on...

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What Performance Review Best Fits Your Company?

From traditional to trendy, there are varied approaches for reviewing employee performance. You may have had the same review policy in place for decades, but is it best serving employees and management? As companies evolve, so too should their process for reviews. Each methodology has positives and negatives, but above all else, it's important to select an approach that is useful, respectful, and reflective of the organizational culture. Here are some...

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Easy Ways to Maximize Outplacement Services

It's a difficult day. You've just been let go from your job. One comfort you have in this otherwise unfortunate situation is you received a severance package. As part of this, you are getting outplacement services, but what does this really mean? Outplacement services provide assistance to employees in finding new work. After losing a job, the prospect of finding another position can feel overwhelming, especially if the loss was unexpected. With emotions...

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10 Reasons to Get a Career Coach That Have Nothing to Do with Job Searching

When you think about career coaches, you probably envision the savvy professionals that give advice during a job search. They toil away critiquing resumes, finessing cover letters and conducting mock interviews so you can knock it out of the park, ultimately getting multiple job offers. But a career coach's expertise goes well beyond the job hunt. For a lifelong dynamic career, it's smart to maintain a relationship with one in...

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Finding Employment When You Only Have a Short Window, A Client Success Story

Rush Perez needed a job and he needed it fast. Instead of gambling with his job search, he decided to place his bet on the experts by joining GetFive. The 5-Step Method completely transformed his job search trajectory. He says one of the most helpful pieces of advice he received was to take the consultant approach to interviewing. Perez explains this as "where you imagine yourself as a consultant for...

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