Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Small Talk

Small talk is always important in business to gain a sense of interest in another employee. Small talk will help you relate to others and get you working as a team more. There are however some inappropriate things that should not be discussed such as religion or beliefs. Good small talk conversations can include sports, TV, movies, news, entertain, travel and vacations, work experience, family, and more. These are simple conversations that will help you gain a "work friendship" with other employees. Besides getting to know others better, small talk can also help you with your communication skills. Communication skills are extremely important in the business industry.

A Proper LinkedIn Account

This link discusses how to make a LinkedIn account. It addresses that if you do not know how to make a proper account, do not make one at all. Having a poor or not updated account can hurt you more than not having one at all. This is because others can view your page and will see you are slacking, don't care, or simply don't have the skills to be in one of the biggest professional networks. This website shows you exactly how to make your LinkedIn page perfect. You always need to have a picture. In the headline, discuss exactly who you are and what you do. Only reach out to people you find will benefit you and you can partake in discussions with them. Reach out to people in order to get recommendations, especially someone within your industry. Only address the skills that you are confident you can use in the interview and on the job. Lastly, always update any information or other people and company's will not know the real you.

It takes more than just a resume!

This article states that yes, it is important for your resume to address anything and everything your employer will want to know. However, there is much more than a resume that will indiciate if you are the right person for the job.  For example, your resume may say you were a server at job and what your duties were, but it doesn't say whether or not you handled your job well or if you communicated with others well. A resume also doesn't show the attidtude of the job seeker. The attitude of someone can only be concluded after a face to face meeting, not through a piece of paper such as a resume. Another reason a job requires more than a resume is because it is not easy to address everything you need to say, such as your leadership skills and how you have been a leader in your past careers. There are many reasons why interviews are so important in getting a job. The main reason is because the resume simply does not cover everything that the employer may need to know in order to hire the right employee for the job.