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Let’s face it, although the economy has improved over the last few years and more jobs are being created, times are still tough for many. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate as of April 2014, was 6.3%. Although the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since 2008, one third of today’s unemployed Americans find themselves in the category of the long-term unemployed. Once you cross the line from short-term to long-term unemployed, it is often difficult to even get your application and resume seen by employers. Luckily, with a lot of motivation and persistence, there are things that you can do to help overcome this national crisis: Coaching - One-on-one focused coaching in the areas of résumé and LinkedIn profile development, networking, interview preparation, etc., can be a great help during your job search. Job coaches can convey knowledge of the latest trends, and provide support and perspective throughout a job hunt. Networking – Far more jobs are obtained because the job seeker knows someone on the inside who goes to bat for them than any other method. It could be a relative or friend, someone you meet at an alumni event, a professional meeting, an informational interview or standing on the sidelines of your child’s soccer match. Networking is about building relationships, not asking for favors. It takes effort, whether in-person or online through LinkedIn and other social media sites. Volunteering - Donating your times and skills while unemployed is an excellent way to maintain ties to your community and support a cause that resonates with you. Often people can gain added skills and experience that are transferrable to new employment opportunities. And, of course, it is also commonplace for people to actually be hired by the nonprofit at which they’ve demonstrated their talent and enthusiasm. Skill Building - One of the biggest fears employers have of hiring someone who has been out of work for more than six months is that they have not kept up with developments in their field, or built upon their existing skills. By taking courses, gaining certifications or doing individual projects, one can demonstrate initiative and that he or she continues to be up-to-date. Read More

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Job search. Two simple words that can strike an instant rush of dread and heartache into almost anybody. We’ve all been there. Whether you just graduated college and are looking for your first “real” job, got laid-off from a previous job or are currently employed and looking to change jobs, the job search never gets easier. Especially after a few months of no contact from prospective employers. At this point you are probably pulling your hair out and asking yourself “What’s wrong with me?” The answer isn’t what’s wrong with YOU, it’s what’s wrong with your job search strategy. Here are four reasons why prospective employers aren’t taking your bait and how you can fix it. 1. You aren’t networking By now, this concept should sound like a broken record to you. In case you didn’t know, four in ten people say they’ve not only found a job, but they’ve found their BEST job through a personal connection. If you aren’t doing this, it’s a good indication as to why you haven’t found a job. Read More

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Sales Coaching Can Teach Employees How To Be Top Performers Sometime last week I had the honor to learn from Bill Eckstrom, President and founder of the EcSell Institute – a business whose mission is to impact performance of sales departments by increasing quality of sales coaching. Bill came all the way from Nebraska to Link’s headquarters in Houston, TX, to share with us his knowledge and wisdom to help us achieve high performance sales, and impact businesses in a positive way, with employee satisfaction and solutions to sales departments. Bill teaches us that, before understanding how to coach, we must first learn why coaching is important and what coaching is. Read More

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The average full-time employee works 40 hours a week, which is equal to 1,960 hours per year. A person who works from the age of 21 to 65 will have spent a staggering 91,250 hours of their lifetime at work. I can’t help but ask myself, if we spend THIS much time at work, why shouldn’t we place more emphasis on company culture? Think about it…you are spending almost 1/3 of your life at work. Shouldn’t we have the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of our lives…including our jobs? Read More

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How do I effectively retain my best people and reduce employee turnover? If you are a leader of a business you have probably been asked this question a million times, and you’ve probably asked it yourself on occasion. So, why can’t people seem to grasp the answer? The answer to that is simple. Most leaders rely on what they THINK their employees want, rather than actually ASKING their employees what they want. Do you see the difference? In order to learn how to retain employees, you need to find out what motivates them. And to motivate your employees you need to give them what they want and not what you think they need. What Employees Want Survey Read More