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Justin Jones
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What is workplace etiquette?

  • Workplace etiquette refers to the set of acceptable behaviors and manners that employees are expected to adhere to in a professional environment.

Examples of workplace etiquette :

  • Dress code: Dress appropriately for your workplace. Some workplaces require formal attire, while others allow for casual dress.

  • Punctuality: Arrive on time for meetings, work, and appointments.

  • Communication: Speak clearly and politely to colleagues and clients. Avoid using profanity or offensive language.

  • Respect: Show respect to colleagues and superiors. Be courteous and considerate of their opinions.

  • Use of technology: Use technology appropriately, such as avoiding personal use of company computers and phones.

  • Personal hygiene: Maintain good personal hygiene to avoid offending colleagues and clients.

  • Confidentiality: Maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive information.

  • Eating and drinking: Avoid eating strong-smelling food at your desk, and use the designated break area for meals.

  • Workplace safety: Adhere to safety rules and procedures.

  • Professionalism: Conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times, maintaining a positive attitude and being a team player.

#jobsearch #professionalism #ChicagoUrbanLeague

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Five Ways to Have a Stress-Free First Day of Work

~Do tasks to prepare for the first day. This can include picking out your clothes, packing your lunch the night before, or packing your bag of choice.

~Figure out your route duration and mode of transportation. Whether that be taking the train or getting an Uber, learn how long your commute is from home to work. Also, taking that commute as a trial before the first day will help manage your time efficiently.

~Ask about the onboarding process. Be sure to ask about any paperwork, trainings, or orientation meetings you have to attend.

~Create a list of questions. These questions can be for your boss, manager, or other employees about the work environment and expectations.

~Curate an elevator pitch. You never know who you may meet and where they may take you. Always have an elevator pitch ready to introduce the best version of yourself.

#interview #jobsearch #ChicagoUrbanLeague #WorkforceDevelopment @ChicagoUrbanLeague

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As our City Wide Job Fair is approaching, here are some do’s and don’ts of attending a job interview:

Do’s:

  1. Be on the side of professionalism when choosing your attire to demonstrate that you are taking the interview seriously. Your hygiene and appearance should be flawless.
  2. Arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the interview.
  3. Make sure you are aware of the employer's next move in the hiring process and are aware of when and who you should contact. Recognize any required next steps for you to take.
  4. Promptly, send your interviewer a letter of appreciation.

Don’ts:

  1. Don't criticize current or former professors or employers.
  2. Don’t act as though you would accept any job or need employment.
  3. Don't give false information in your application or your interview responses.
  4. Don't create the appearance that you are exclusively concerned with money; wait until the employer brings up compensation and benefits before you inquire about them.

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Education and Workforce start with exposure! At #ChicagoUrbanLeague we welcome you to explore all our Career Path Programs to get you started on your next career adventure.
#askmehow #hiringnews #jobsearch #IT @ChicagoUrbanLeague

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Hello All, My name is Latisha Brandon and I currently work for the Chicago Urban League in Chicago. On Tuesday, June 18, 2019 we will be have our annual Citywide Job Fair at the UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt). There will be over 100 employers and community resources. To register please click the link below:

https://www.jobcase.com/chicago-job-fair

Hope to see you there!

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Ashley Wilson
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Whether you’re looking for a job or have one now, the time will come when you understandably will want to make more money. So, when you feel the moment has arrived to ask for a raise; follow these steps to help make it happen!

1- Make a plan Decide when you will ask and whom you will speak with. If it’s not your boss then who should this discussion take place with? Timing is also important, if your boss is going through a particularly stressful week it might be better to ask at another time!

2- Know it’s ok to ask It doesn’t make you greedy or entitled, so don’t be nervous! Your manager has likely been through this many times before and he/she expects it to happen. Be strong in your ask and know this is what is best for you. If the answer is no, you didn’t do anything wrong. My suggestion would be to follow up and ask them what would be needed to earn a raise! This way you have something to work towards to make that possible. You will also know where you stand and why.

3- Share where you want to go Companies like to know that you are in it for the long haul. So, stop and think about where you see yourself in another year. What can you bring to the company during that time? What do you personally want to accomplish? This is the time to speak up about positive things you want to progress towards at the company.

4- Know your worth and the market It’s important to know how much you are being paid compared to the current market. Sites like GlassDoor and others will help with this! Simply search for your job title, area in which you live, and then look for jobs with similar responsibilities to the ones you have now. This will give you a baseline. If you feel you are being underpaid comparably save the data you have found. This will help you put together a number in your mind that is reasonable and on target with the current market for your position!

5- Map out what you’ve accomplished This goes hand in hand with your plan! Before you ask for a raise spend some time putting together a list of all the things you’ve done over the time you’ve been there (or since your last raise). Note how far you’ve grown from the beginning to end. Be sure to pay attention to any specific accomplishments and highlight these! This will help you prove to your manager that you not only have done great things but are continuing to achieve more.

Good luck : )

Please comment with any questions or suggestions on how to earn a raise.

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One of the most common questions asked during an interview or at a job fair is…

Can you tell me about yourself?

Other variations could include: -Why should we hire you? -Why do you want to work here? -Tell us who you are. -What is it about us that makes you want to work here?

Just know that employers are NOT looking for you to actually tell them about your personal life like your favorite tv shows or how awesome your children are. They are expecting you will tell them about yourself and give them a brief overview of who you are, professionally speaking.

You should be ready with a one-minute answer that summarizes where you are in your career, generally with an emphasis on your most recent job and the strengths of your approach.

Answer these 5 questions to help you plan what to say and impress employers!

1- What are the three strongest reasons I am a great fit for this job?

2- What are some positive things I can say about the company, and how can I connect what they do with what I can bring to them?

3- Why do I really want this job beyond having a steady paycheck and perks?

4- What are three AWESOME things I did in my previous position that I can also offer in this new role?

5- What is the EXACT job description (make sure to write it down) and how do MY skills match up with it? Be as specific as possible.

Answering these questions will help you feel prepared to go into an interview with some great things to say!

Need some help?

Comment below!

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Ashley Wilson
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If you spent time applying or going through the interview process and now it’s all over you might be left wondering…”NOW what?” If you followed up, awesome! If you didn’t, keep reading and learn the importance and how to go about it.

Following up is a critical aspect of the job seeking process. It does a few things. It lets the employer know you are serious, reminds them of who you are and your qualifications, and keeps the hiring process moving along. So let’s take a look at how following up works.

When- Send your follow up at least 1-2 business days after an interview and 2-3 business days after submitting an application. Read more about following up after an application in Matt Bornhorst 's post [HERE] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/1a5dc93f-d04e-5a34-8e38-215550b0f363).

Who- You must be sure to reach out to the right person! Whether you jotted the employer’s email address down in a notebook or found it on the website, make sure to reach out directly to the person you spoke to or the hiring manager. By sending it to an individual (and make sure to address it to them) you will avoid it being lost in the shuffle.

How- You can follow up with a call, email, or [thank you card] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/6f8322ea-b3fd-5930-98b9-d8d30b735880). Email is suggested as it’s instant and will give you the proper amount of time to gather your thoughts, however, there is also something wonderfully personal about receiving a handwritten note if you can send it quickly. See what to say in your follow up [HERE] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/3a2695c7-ced7-5bea-af4e-8789f758e97b).

What- Make sure it’s personal. Remember that employers have likely met and spoken to MANY candidates so it’s unlikely they will automatically remember you. If you had a good conversation during the interview, make note of something you discussed and mention it. Perhaps you both went to a certain college or own black labs. It’s all about forging a connection! Also be sure to explain how excited you’d be to work for them. Mention the main reasons why you would be the right person for the job by emphasizing your strengths and capabilities while demonstrating that you are a great fit. Keep it short and straight to the point.

A follow up is a great way to include those final things you may have neglected to mention during the interview or hiring process so make sure not to forget to take the time to do so.

Please comment with any questions!

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Ashley Wilson
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It's time to follow up!

Don’t let employers forget about you once the job fair ends...

-Do it sooner rather than later 1-2 days after the job fair is ideal.

-Make it personal Remember that employers have met and spoken to MANY people at the fair, so it’s unlikely they will automatically remember you. If you had a good conversation, make note of something you discussed and mention it in the email.

-Reach out to the right people Whether you jotted the employer’s email address down in a notebook or you took their business card, make sure to reach out. If you did neither don't worry, you can go to the company's website and look for the hiring manager's email. Once you have found it follow up with a friendly email.

-What to say In the email, explain how excited you’d be to work for them. Mention the main reasons why you would be the right person for the job by emphasizing your strengths and capabilities while demonstrating that you are a great fit. Keep it short and straight to the point.

Here is what a sample follow up email could look like:

Hi [Name],

It’s [your name], we met at [name of the job fair] this past [date]. I know your inbox is probably quite a busy place right now, but I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to speak with me. I…. (Include any personal connections you made here, for example, I can’t believe we both attended Maryville High school). I would be thrilled for the opportunity to interview with [company Name] for the position of [the position] that you’re currently offering. I believe that my skills are strongly in line with this position’s requirements and my overall experience in [Your special skill/experience] would be especially valuable when… [connect your skills to what they need]. I have attached my resume for you to look over when you have a free moment.

Thank you again [their name] and I hope to speak with you soon!

Best, [Your Name]

Let us know how the Chicago job fair went. We would love to hear from you! : )

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Ashley Wilson
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When [getting ready for a job fair] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/9585469d-075b-510f-a14b-b957c403aa11) it’s important to ensure you have 40-50 copies of your resume, that you have prepared yourself with what to say, but most importantly have picked out your clothing.

It is NEVER a good idea to wear jeans to a job fair.

Here’s why….

-Many organizations who host the job fairs have a dress code and jeans are a big no, no. This includes the [Chicago job fair] (https://www.jobcase.com/chicago-job-fair) on June 20th.

-You will be meeting with multiple companies throughout the day and want to make a great first impression with each of them. Dress to impress!

-You want to treat this as if you were interviewing for your dream job. Would you show up in jeans?

-Wearing jeans says to potential employers that you are dressed casually and at a glance, they may decide that you are not serious and don’t want the job versus the next candidate who is dressed professionally.

What to wear instead of jeans:

Dress slacks without any stains, holes, rips, and without wrinkles. You can pick up a pair of dress slacks at Walmart, Kohls, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Target, or at any clothing store near you.

When in doubt ask a sales associate for assistance and tell them that you are attending a job fair and need professional clothing which includes dress slacks.

For more tips on what you should wear to the fair please check out [this information] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/9c344981-aa8c-58f6-966a-6a2526db420f).

Wishing you the best of luck in all future job fairs, and we hope to see you in Chicago this Wednesday!

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