Workplace Ghosting: Is it Acceptable?
With the current economy booming and job candidate mobility on the rise as a result, there has become an increasing trend within the job market that only recently acquired a name: workplace ghosting. Today, more and more job candidates are ghosting employers during the hiring process. But it’s not just a candidate problem. Employers are…Read More
How to Proactively Work with a Recruiter
Working with a recruiter in your job search can have many ups and downs as you navigate your way to your next career position. However, it does not have to be painful. Job seekers who proactively use recruiters in their job search not only have a better success rate at finding new employment faster, but…Read More
Contractor: 1099 or W2?
If you are thinking about becoming a contractor, there are two employment types you should consider before jumping in with both feet. Each comes with their own positives and negatives, and therefore, should be heavily reviewed by you if contracting becomes your next career step. In this article, we will try to help you answer…Read More
Becoming a Federal Contractor
Becoming a Federal contractor can be a rewarding career move for anyone interested in gaining access to the Federal workforce. But it does come with pitfalls. If you want to walk this path, you need to make an informed decision. In this article, we share some of the things you need to know to become…Read More
Three Reasons to Prepare for a Recruiter’s Phone Screen
As recruiters, we at Merit321 have been through hundreds of interviews with candidates looking for their next big career break. However, while many of the candidates we screen for our positions appear well qualified on paper in the skills they can offer our clients, not all are equal. If you want to impress a recruiter…Read More
How to Manage Toxic Behavior at Work
In our previous article we discussed some categories of toxic bosses that employees regularly deal with day in and day out. However, these behaviors aren’t limited to leadership. Employees can exhibit toxic behavior that can also lead to a defeated work environment that has you searching for a new role outside your current employer. Below,…Read More
Is Your Boss Toxic?
There’s an old saying in business: “Employees don’t leave companies – they leave bad bosses.” Back in 2015, a Gallup poll of more than 1 million U.S. workers confirmed this adage, and today, the results haven’t changed. Seventy-five percent of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of bad bosses. Atrocious conduct at…Read More
Giving Your Security Clearance Information Over the Phone
Cleared job seekers who search for a new role must provide their security clearance information when they seek new opportunities. Providing this over the phone can raise concerns given we live in an era where identity theft is a common crime. However, it’s a process you must face if you want to move to the…Read More
What Not to Do When Writing Your Resume
We’ve shared some ideas about resume writing at Merit321, and that’s because we’ve seen a lot of resumes. Some job applicants are great at communicating their skills and accomplishments, while others struggle to sell themselves effectively. If you want to catch an employer’s eye for a job, you must demonstrate your value as an employee.…Read More
Should You Use Social Media in Your Job Search?
Should you use social media in your job search? Yes. With today’s world becoming harder to catch the attention of prospective employers, it’s important to consider your online presence as being an opportunity to showcase your personal brand. Employers nowadays are inundated with thousands of resumes from competitive job seekers who seek to grab their…Read More