Business Communication Essentials, 8th Ed.
Chapter 14. Applying and Interviewing for Employment
"It can be easy to forget that interviews aren’t about you.
"To help employees understand how office etiquette varies, UK office-supplier Viking reached out to 18 of their international employees who have worked in countries that range from Germany to the US.
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"On some level, most of us want to be liked.
According to Richard Moy, "As hard as it is to believe, there are times when you might get turned down for roles, even after you’ve knocked it out of the park during the interview process.
"As it turns out, some recent scientific research suggests that it is possible to draw inferences about someone's personality based on his relationship to his phone.
"I’m going to let you in on a little secret—one of my least favorite things about being a recruiter was reading cover letters.
"Unless you’re already a creative genius, having a helter-skelter work space is likely to hinder you from feeling productive, happy, or inspired.
Jessica Orwig discusses the work of Gavin de Becker (photo, left).
"I’m assuming you’ve read a lot of the great resume advice that exists out there (especially right here on The Muse!).
"If you want to hire a great candidate, you’d better ask the right questions.
Jacquelyn Smith and Rachel Gillett (photo, left) report over at BusinessInsider.
"'As a recruiter, I see thousands of resumes, most of which miss the mark,' says Rebecca Barnes-Hogg, a hiring mentor, recruiting strategist and human resources expert.
"It's a problem many of us have faced in some fashion: knowing what the healthy choice is, yet lacking the motivation to make it," writes Shana Lebowitz in a BusinessInsider.
"Despite the fact that hiring managers now ask for a variety of application materials, resumes are still an extremely important part of the process.
"Right before I go out onstage, I think about punching every audience member directly in the mouth.
"Are you really qualified for the position you’re interviewing for?
"Etiquette might seem old-fashioned, but it's also an essential business tool.
"To help you tackle the specific work issues you’re likely to face, we tapped three work-from-home experts for their tips on how to maximize four key areas of home-based office life so you can boost productivity and success.
"Let's start with why you shouldn't feel guilty about saying no.
"Just as your home is, in some sense, a reflection of you, a company’s office says a lot about its culture.