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At any stage in your professional journey, you may come across an employer or a recruiter who asks to verify your educational credentials. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as 30% of candidates admitted to lying on their resumes, yet 79% of them never get caught. In fact, 85% of employers in the US who conduct background checks find that candidates have lied on their resumes or job applications.
Maybe you think you’ve finally found your dream job. Everything about it is perfect, except… the salary. Unfortunately, it just isn’t where you want it to be. So, should you give up and move on? Given all the effort you’ve already invested, it’s probably wise to try and negotiate a better salary before you do.
Whether you’re applying for your first job or looking to move up the career ladder, personality tests aren’t usually the first thing we think about. But surprisingly, they can have a massive impact on how our future employers perceive us. In fact, a 2017 study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has found that 32% of U.S. employers use personality tests when hiring for senior management positions, and 28% use them for middle management positions. Personality tests are also used for hourly workers and contractors, though less frequently.
Learning how to persuade people is like a key that can unlock any door. Acing the interview for the job of your dreams. Getting the best deal on a new car. Closing a sale with a skeptical customer. All of these wins require a level of persuasiveness.
Have you been working in sales for several years now and feel ready to move up the career ladder? Do you enjoy leading sales teams and developing strategies to drive company sales? Would you describe yourself as a strong communicator, negotiator, and closer? If so, then there’s a good chance that a sales manager position might be the ideal fit for you.
Frankly, if you need a job, the best time to apply for one is right now. But, regardless of timing, the competition is fierce and job seekers should do everything they can to score an advantage. Understanding when companies hire, the typical hiring season trends, and the right time of year to apply for jobs will give you the best chance at success.