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October 24, 2013

New Job Salary: Be Realistic, but Consider Other Factors

A job offer from a new employer almost always yields a greater salary boost than an internal promotion.  Abandoning the comfort and familiarity of one’s current workplace to fulfill a specific vacancy elsewhere gives an external candidate more bargaining power than an internal employee. Despite this discrepancy, professionals have to maintain realistic expectations regarding base salary increases when pursuing employment with new organizations.

October 18, 2013

A Closer Look at the Executive Assistant Profession

executive-assistant-professionAt number 10 on the US News list of Best Business Jobs of 2013, the executive assistant occupation is now widely considered an “integral part” of any office environment. Poised for rapid by 2020, the executive assistant profession is expanding at a rate twice as a fast as that of administrative assistant positions. However, despite the role’s increased recognition and favorable hiring outlook, many have only a vague understanding of and appreciation for the profession.

October 11, 2013

Five Simple Steps toward a Better Company Culture

Consult any professional for hiring advice and you’re likely to hear something about cultural fit, which, as we’ve noted before, refers to how well a candidate’s personality, values and attributes align with an organization’s intangible, non-business aspects. The assessment of cultural fit is a vital part of the hiring process, but how should you approach it?

October 04, 2013

Maintaining Momentum: The Second-Round Interview

momentum-second-interviewIf you’ve recently been invited back for a second-round interview, congratulations! The prospective employer has deemed your professional experience, presentation and enthusiasm worthy of your advancement to the next stage in the process. If you haven’t been in this situation before, or are refreshing your skills after a long hiatus from interviewing, you’re now well-aware that a job offer is rarely delivered after a single, face-to-face meeting.