Monthly Archives: May 2013

Confident or Humble?

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“To get ahead, is it more important to be confident or humble?”

This week for our Question of the week, the vast majority of you said it was more important to be confident than humble in order to get ahead.  Hundreds of you weighed in and over 73% of you said confidence trumps humbleness.

We personally believe both are very important qualities! Confidence will allow others to give you the respect that you deserve – but it wouldn’t hurt to have a slice of “humble pie” every now and again…afterall, no one likes an OVERLY confident person. Find a way to be confident but also open to those around you.

What does it really take to succeed? Check out this great article we found on LinkedIn: http://linkd.in/Zk8DDJ.

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Thank You Note 101

 

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So you just left the interview and you feel confident about the job.  What should you do next?  Send a thank you to the interviewer expressing how excited you are about the opportunity and how much you appreciated their time.

US News posted some great advice on what to avoid when writing your Thank You.  Avoid these common mistakes and you will be even closer to your dream job!

  • Never start the interview with HEY.  This is much too informal.  You want to seal the deal and show that you are taking the opportunity seriously.
  • Do not wait too long.  Send a follow-up email within 24 hours.  We also suggest sending a hand written note. This has a much more personal touch.
  • Spell the interviewers name wrong.  Double check on LinkedIn or the company website to make sure that you have the correct spelling.
  • Avoid sending gifts. At the time you might think that this will get you ahead.  In reality this will take away from your interview and could offend the interviewer.
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How To Get the Most Out Of Your Freelance Talent Tip #2

Your Pre-work Is Their Homework

Along with the project brief, successful project delivery also hinges on the effort you put into the discovery phase.  Curate all possible background material that will help your freelancer understand the context and content of your project.  For a marketing consultant, this may include other strategy documents, branding documents, past project samples, competitive materials or a list of relevant web links.  For a writer, it could be that plus established corporate copy guidelines, examples of copy you like and don’t like, and bios and contact details of internal content experts with whom they might be working.  Similarly for a designer, provide established branding guidelines along with design samples you think are “on brand” or not.  Require your freelancer to study the materials prior to arriving at the office or kicking off the project.  And, by the way, a good freelancer would proactively ask you for these materials.  If you’re working with one who hasn’t expressed interest in clarifying background resources, you may want to rethink your talent choice.

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