ON THE JOB: Getting Along

Written by Joanna M. Carman

At some jobs, you will find that co-workers share personal experiences, problems, and triumphs. In others, co-workers maintain professional relationships, keeping personal talk to a minimum. In either type of work environment, you will need to learn to get along withrepparttar people you work with.

Think aboutrepparttar 102016 difference you would feel inrepparttar 102017 following two scenarios:

1. You work in an office where every time you leaverepparttar 102018 room, you arerepparttar 102019 topic of conversation. Not only that, but you constantly have to defend your work and role inrepparttar 102020 company because your co-workers don’t think you are pulling your weight. On several occasions, arguments have escalated to yelling or fighting.

2. You work in an office where co-workers say, “Hello” or “Good Morning”repparttar 102021 first time they see you. When you have a question, you can find help within your company without feeling any differently about your abilities. (After all, you can’t know everything). And, when things get frustrating, you and your co-workers pull together to getrepparttar 102022 job done.

Who would really want to wake up every morning forrepparttar 102023 first job? Chances arerepparttar 102024 company inrepparttar 102025 first scenario has a high turnover rate and is not producing as it could. Nobody can work to their full potential if they do not feel good about showing up for their job each day.

You are not expected to be friends with all of your co-workers and supervisors. In fact, some employers discourage personal relationships withinrepparttar 102026 workplace. However, you are expected to respect your co-workers,repparttar 102027 company, and it’s clients and guests.

Understand that when a company hires you, they are offering you payment for your knowledge and skills, and your ability to use those skills in collaboration with everyone else atrepparttar 102028 company. You are being hired as part of a team. As part ofrepparttar 102029 team, you are expected to treat every other team member withrepparttar 102030 same respect and professionalism that you expect from them.

How to Show Respect

Here are some easy ways to show your co-workers respect, therefore nurturing a positive and productive workplace: - Smile – As silly as it sounds, a smile helps instantly put people at ease, and makes them want to smile, too. - Old-fashion manners – Take an extra two seconds to holdrepparttar 102031 elevator door for someone you see sprinting to it. Be courteous and open doors, help co-workers carry handfuls of papers, and make a good habit of using “please” and “thank you.” - Listen – When someone is takingrepparttar 102032 time to explain directions or offer you feedback, make eye contact and listen to what they’re saying. Think of how it makes you feel when you are talking to someone while they’re ruffling through papers and grunting an occasional “ah-huh”. - Offer assistance – If you see your co-worker in a jam, offer whatever help you can. Respect them by showing them that you are both onrepparttar 102033 same team. There may come a day that you will need help getting an important project done by deadline. If you have shown this kind of respect to your co-workers, they will most likely show it to you.

Tips for Conducting "In Person" (face-to-face) Interviews

Written by Jill Black

If you are a writer or self-publisher that are times when an interview will be required to add an extra dimension, insight or more depth to a project you are working on.

In offline interviewing there are generally three ways to conduct an interview:

1) In person (face-to-face interview) 2) By telephone 3) By mail

In this article I will be focusing onrepparttar "In person" (face to face) interview.

Many beginner writers find interviewing a daunting experience and avoid doing interviews even when it would benefit what they are working on and makerepparttar 102015 project more complete.

Beginners Tip: To overcome your nervousness practice, and then practice some more, on your family and friends before ever requesting your first "live person" interview.

Below you will find a few tips for whenrepparttar 102016 day arrives and you need to conduct THE INTERVIEW ...

Tools you will need:

=> Cassette Recorder

=> Notebook and Pen

=> Press Pass

(I carry my press pass with me to interviews, however, this is not a necessity for carrying out interviews. If you do have a press pass remember to take it along with you though as it is a sign of your professionalism when you introduce yourself)

=> Background Research:

Do your homework onrepparttar 102017 person before going torepparttar 102018 interview.

This could involve a search ofrepparttar 102019 persons online press kit page, through media press clippings, atrepparttar 102020 library,repparttar 102021 who's who directory etc.

Having some background knowledge will give you greater self-confidence and will help give a stronger line as torepparttar 102022 questions you may want to ask.

Interviews can be 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour or over repparttar 102023 course of a month or more e.g. if you are doing an autobiography.

When you make a time forrepparttar 102024 interview propose to take at least 30 minutes.

Suggest you go torepparttar 102025 persons, home, office or place of business - being in their own environment will put them at ease and may providerepparttar 102026 right background to your interview.

Dress appropriately for where you are going, and who you are meeting. As a rule wear clothes that will not cause offence as many people you meet will be very conservative.

=> Preparing Questions:

Rule #1 Don't ask stupid questions... and don't ask questions you can find out through research unless it's to confirm a point.

Prepare your list of questions in advance jotting downrepparttar 102027 questions and points you want to ask in brief heading form (they should be used only as a point of reference duringrepparttar 102028 interview).

Maintain eye contact withrepparttar 102029 person you are interviewing as much as possible.

Listen carefully and establish a relaxed style of questioning.

Allowrepparttar 102030 questions to flow according torepparttar 102031 context, glancing at your list only to refresh your memory or fill a long pause inrepparttar 102032 conversation.

Be open to new questions and new points raised duringrepparttar 102033 interview. Flexibility in your interviewing will allow you to pursue interesting or relevant sidelines as they come up. These may be areas of activity that you are unaware of despite your research.

Don't worry about ending up with more information than you require. Use what you need and putrepparttar 102034 rest in your files to be used at another time.

=> Cassette recorder and notebook:

Checkrepparttar 102035 cassette recorder batteries, cassette tape and volume BEFORE you arrive forrepparttar 102036 interview.

Your cassette recorder should be compact, light and discreet in appearance. I find it best to use a recorder that uses standard size cassettes as they are easier to obtain than micro cassettes if you find yourself in an out ofrepparttar 102037 way place.

Afterrepparttar 102038 introductory formalities always ask permission if you can use a recorder BEFORErepparttar 102039 interview starts, then produce it and get started onrepparttar 102040 interview. Few people object to a cassette recorder but if they do, just use your notebook.

Using a cassette recorder helps establish an easy-going communication between you andrepparttar 102041 person you are interviewing as you are not constantly looking down take write notes.

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