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Brady Bonifas

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Jun 24, 2019 9:19:00 AM

Effective Networking

No matter what stage you are at in your HR or payroll career, there is one thing that we all should be doing: networking.

When we attend events or stay active online with people outside of our workplace, this helps our careers in ways we don’t even realize.

For some of us, it may seem easy and people refer to us as a social butterfly or someone who knows everyone. Others feel uncomfortable at networking events and avoid them at all costs. That’s nothing to be ashamed of because there are more in that situation than we think.

However, none of us want to miss out on an opportunity to advance in our careers because we don’t like going. Every professional has distinct skills.  For this reason, networking can be so exciting because we feed off each other’s knowledge and experiences to push ourselves. Here’s some advice for effective networking and how to break out of your shell while successfully developing confidence, successful relationships, and a sense of satisfaction.

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Courtney Reynolds

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Mar 26, 2019 5:22:36 PM

Avoid Making an Awful First Impression

Congratulations – you’ve landed an interview for your next payroll or HR position! Now it is time to not only nail the interview but make a great first impression so your interview (and your HR job candidacy) doesn’t get derailed. At Willory we've heard of far too many payroll and HR candidates’ chances for the job die before the interview really gets going. Why? Because the payroll or HR candidate makes a terrible first impression. Here are some things for you to consider ensuring your own interview doesn’t go off the rails.  

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Lisa (Dean) Mamula

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Aug 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Are your references really available upon request?

Whether it’s just a formality or the final piece to the puzzle in separating yourself from another payroll or HR candidate, you’ll need references at the ready in your job hunt . Unfortunately finding the right references is often a candidate afterthought in a job search . But you should make sure they’re lined up before the critical go or no-go decision comes from an employer. Typically , any position will ask for three professional references (leave off those relatives) who can vouch that what you’ve said is true . As a best practice, and often a requirement , provide both email and phone number to communicate with your reference . It’s not always as simple as having three go-to people for each and every HR opportunity or circumstance, so here are a few things to consider as you develop your references, before request:

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Courtney Reynolds

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Jul 30, 2018 10:07:00 AM

Are Thank You Notes Even Necessary?

As you embark on a payroll or HR interview, what do you do when it’s over? Twenty years ago, you would have mailed a “Thank You” note as a follow-up to your HR interview – but is that a valid strategy today? Or does sending a note make it look like you’re either desperate or out-of-step with the times? Let’s examine post-interview Thank You notes and whether they help or hurt you land your next payroll or HR opportunity.

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Jamie (Rugh) Myers

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Jun 28, 2018 7:54:00 AM

How to Determine if a Company is a Cultural Fit for YOU

Too often when we’re interviewing for a payroll or HR position we’re focused on landing the job instead of finding out if the HR position is right for us or if the company’s culture is what we want. An interview is not meant to be a one-way exercise where you solely prove yourself to a company – make sure the company engages with you a little as well. I always share with my candidates that you are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing you. As difficult and time-consuming as finding an HR or payroll job can be, the last thing you want to find yourself doing is searching for another job six-months out because it wasn’t the right long-term fit for all of the parties involved. Trust me, I’ve worked for Willory for almost 7 years now and I know personally know how valuable working in a culture can be to your professional AND personal life – we want to help you find the best possible fit for you.

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Doug Adams

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Apr 12, 2018 9:04:00 AM

The Dreaded “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

I was interviewing people the past few weeks and the most uncomfortable part – for me and them – was the dreaded opening question. Oh, I tried to vary it up, but it was basically the same question most ask… “Tell me about yourself.” As a side note, my colleague does a better job with this and positions it as “Tell me something about you I wouldn’t learn on your resume.  

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Bob Haas

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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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