The greatest strength of mankind is the unstoppable ability to adapt. This unique human-asset is often not utilized in organisations. This is a striking fact, because in a society that changes in a ongoing fast pace, innovation and adaptability are skills that separate the profitable companies from the losing companies. Therefore, companies that want to be around in 2015 need to ‘humanize’ their business.
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Many of us have had periods in our work history when we were not employed. That might be due to going back to school, raising children, illness or job loss. While it might not seem like an issue from the job-seeker’s perspective, it can send up red flags to employers. Gaps in your employment history without explanation make potential employers question those periods before having the chance to meet you.
Here’s how to handle an employment lapse:
Avoid Gaps Altogether. If you aren’t in a paid position, you can certainly find creative ways to fill that time and make it more appealing to future employers. For example, an internshipor volunteer work can both help boost your resume; learning new skills can as well.
“Show how you put your time to good use,” says Patrick Sweeney, president of the management consulting firm Caliper. “Examples could be learning more about…
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- Target your requests. Don’t ask whoever is available. Create a list of people who have access to relevant resources, information, and experience on your problem and approach them first.
- Frame your question. Figure out what you need before asking for input. Know what information would be useful to hear and help explore gaps in your thinking.
- Redirect the conversation. If the person offering advice jumps to erroneous conclusions, redirect them. Most people will not be offended when politely refocused.
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