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Oct 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Dos and Don’ts of HR Networking

Whether you’re looking now or have plans to look for a payroll or HR position… someday… networking is the best way to be considered as HR positions come open. Ever hear the phrase “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”? Of course, you still need the skills to land your next HR position, but being a known commodity is often a differentiator between hired and not.

Networking can also help you meet people that can mentor you and maybe even acquire new skills! But how do you even get started – the advice to “network more” is a bit hollow without knowing the questions to ask yourself as well as where to find the answers.

SHRM, APA and other industry events are important, but look to expand your attendance beyond these organizations. Alumni events, meetups for people with other interests, and gatherings you find on places like LinkedIn can all be the key to advancing your career. They can even help land your next payroll or HR opportunity.

Before you go to a networking event, make sure you have reachable goals to make meaningful connections. You may choose to do some research to find out who will be at an event to pre-select who you’d like to meet. Taking this one step further, find out whether an existing contact can make an introduction either ahead of time or at the event. Here’s our quick list of some other do’s (and don’ts) of networking…

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Apr 4, 2018 11:32:00 AM

Name Dropping to Get Ahead in your Job Search

Name dropping gets a bad rap as it’s often used to cash in on a person’s associations to advance one’s own position. The worst “offenders” drop names of people they barely know as a close ally when in reality the relationship may be best characterized as “casual acquaintances.”

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Mar 29, 2017 8:18:14 AM

The Key (Words) to Getting Your HR/Payroll Resume Seen

When you submit your HR/payroll resume online, a real person will look at it… right? I mean surely, after you take the time to answer the questions, submit a personal cover letter, etc. the organization will take at least some time to review your qualifications for their HR or payroll position… correct? Not necessarily as more and more companies are using applicant-tracking systems (ATS) to automatically sort through online applications.

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Oct 12, 2016 1:22:56 PM

You’ve Got Ten Minutes, Make Them Count

You may have heard in the past that hiring managers make a decision within ten minutes on a candidate. This came from a 2012 study where hiring executives were asked, “How long does it typically take you to form either a positive or negative opinion of a job candidate during an initial interview?” The median response was ten minutes. In other words, you have just ten measly minutes to make an impression to keep you in the running for the HR or payroll position you covet.

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Dec 8, 2015 3:23:53 PM

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Job Searching in 2016

It’s the time of year when people start crafting their New Year’s resolutions based upon what is important to them. If you’re thinking about improving your overall happiness, perhaps it’s a great time to start looking for a new job. Workplace happiness plays a big part on your overall health and happiness. It makes no sense to stay in a position that is draining your when there are great opportunities out there. And there are many HR and payroll positions waiting for the right candidate.

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Jul 29, 2015 9:58:23 PM

Don’t Sabotage Your Own Job Search

Finding a job is rarely easy. But if you are looking for an HR or payroll position, make sure you don’t make it harder on yourself than in already is.

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Mar 23, 2015 12:06:19 PM

Spring Cleaning for Your HR/Payroll Resume: Don’ts

The weather may not be indicative of the fact, but spring is here – so let’s get down to cleaning up your resume, including what you should remove from your resume. A separate blog article will cover what needs to be included.

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Sep 26, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Use Your Hand to Land the Maximum Job Offer

Congratulations – you’ve sent your resume, achieved a first, second, and maybe even third interview and you’ve gotten a job offer.

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Jan 20, 2014 5:39:00 PM

Career Off Track? Some Useful Things to Do About It

Let's face it - careers have ups, downs, and steady points.  Sometimes a steady job can become a plateau we are comfortable with or worst case, a rut.  If you are in the same position for several years, are you growing? And are you comfortable or complacent?

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Aug 4, 2013 4:50:49 PM

Job Jumper? What To Do When Your New Job Isn't What You Bargained For.

We see lots of payroll and HR resumes at Willory, literally all types of candidates with a variety of backgrounds. Consider Stacey (name changed to protect the innocent)… Stacey started a job six months ago and approached Willory to help her find a new HR position. But she has anxiety over being seen as a job jumper after such a short stay with her current employer.

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