The most in-demand soft and hard skills for 2020

A new report has revealed the most in-demand soft and hard skills for 2020. If you’re looking to add to your skillset or wondering what to highlight in your resume, this should come in handy. The most in-demand soft skills Lets start with the top soft skills. Soft skills are always in demand. All things…

Happy employees are more productive than unhappy ones by this much

It should be a no brainer that happy employees are more productive, but in case you need proof, a new study proves it. New research from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, in collaboration with British multinational telecoms firm BT, has found that happy employees are 13% more productive than unhappy ones. According to a media…

How to prep your references. Yes, you have to!

Prep your references before the hiring manager calls. Don’t skip this step. Here’s how to do it. I recently heard yet another story from an acquaintance about getting a surprise call from an employer to be a reference for someone about whom they really didn’t have much good to say. “I thought, ‘really?’” he said….

How to answer “what are your salary expectations?”

One of the most common job search conundrums is how to answer the “what are your salary expectations?” question. This question might come up at any time. For example, when submitting your application, if the employer has given instructions to, say, “submit your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to (email address).” Or it might…

Don’t make any big career decisions when hungry (study)

Study find making decisions when hungry is a bad idea. If you receive a job offer and aren’t sure whether to accept it or not, don’t make any rash decisions. Have a snack first. New research from the University of Dundee suggests that making important decisions about the future on an empty stomach is a…

Overqualified? New study says you should probably hide it

The job search: you just can’t win. You work hard, improve your skillset, and add to your qualifications. Then what? Employers just think you’re a flake. Wait… what? Yeah. A new study has found that being overqualified can cost candidates job opportunities because hiring managers will suspect you of “lacking commitment.” Researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s…

New research finds dishonesty is viewed as an asset for certain jobs

They always say not to lie during the job search, but new research suggests that maybe being perceived as less than entirely honest is not such a bad thing, especially if the job you want requires a lot of selling. New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that the ability…

80% of Canadians are stressed about pay

This probably won’t come as a shock to many of you, but new research finds that most Canadians are stressed out about their pay. Ceridian, a Human Resources software company, partnered with Hanover Research to survey 909 full-time, part-time, and freelance employees in Canada and find out how we feel about the pay experience. And…