11 signs your boss may be a narcissist, including lots of swearing and a love of being in control

A narcissist at work may make your day-to-day difficult. It’s not much better if that narcissist is your boss. There are many narcissists in power because of traits they’re able to leverage, such as risk-taking and being charming.

Business Insider says that, “Narcissists often thrive in leadership roles, since so-called “productive narcissists” are super comfortable with risk and charming enough to get people’s backing for their ideas.”   But the problem, of course, is that narcissists are typically looking out for themselves, ready to cut down anybody who challenges them, and like to take credit for other people’s work.

Here are 11 signs BI says to watch for:



12 Words to Add to Your Resume if You Want to Get the Job

The goal of your resumé isn’t to politely ask for a job—it’s to make hiring managers pray that you walk through their door. In order to make that happen, Monster.com career expert Vicki Salemi shares that buzzwords can energize your resumé and get you that first meeting. “You can stand out with hiring managers by speaking the company’s language,” Salemi says. “Review the company’s job description before you apply online, revise your resumé, and do a quick search and replace to speak their language so words truly pop.” Here are more tricks for writing a resumé that will get you hired.

Different jobs will have different requirements, but here are Salemi’s picks for your resumé’s 12 must-have words and what they signify to recruiters.
1 Led: “This shows you have leadership skills, whether you led a team, a process—or all of the above! It’s important to flex this skill set on your resume.”
2 Launched: “You take initiative! You had an idea and followed through to completion. You can leverage this bullet as a talking point during the interview.”
3 Quantify: “I don’t mean the word ‘quantify,’ I mean that the narrative you’re telling     about your career progression should always include numbers. Did you manage a team? Terrific! How many people did you manage? How often did you meet?”

4 Achieved / Accomplished: “Show your success! If you’ve earned a prestigious accolade within your company, highlight this on your resume. This will help you stand out from peers in the candidate pool.”
5 Trained: “Explain leadership initiatives and get specific with numbers. Who did you train? How many people did you train? Did you create a training manual for new hires in your department? Was it online as well as hands-on mentoring?”
6 Resolved: “This shows you know how to independently and proactively work through a problem. If there are numbers attached, such as figuring out how to trim a department’s spending without reducing headcount, or you resolved ongoing conflicts with an internal department, mention it on your resume succinctly and then be prepared to illustrate it with anecdotes during the interview.”
7 Improved: “How has your presence on the team improved the company? And this isn’t just limited to productivity and/or profitability—boosting morale counts, too!”
8 Initiated: “This demonstrates confidence and the ability to think and move forward with your ideas.”
9 Implemented: “As a follow-up to what you initiated, this shows you follow through and get stuff done.”

10 Reconciled: “Demonstrates analytical skills. Whether you reconciled bills or resolved a conflict between team members, this is a coveted skill.”
11 Partnered: “Who have you collaborated with—or thought outside-the-box with—to work well together? Highlight this.”
12 Advised: “This shows a sense of leadership and can be combined with other keywords above. For instance, if you created a training manual for new hires, you probably advised them and served as a subject and/or process matter expert within your group.”
Finally, make sure not to hit send too quickly, she warns. “Use spell check! No matter how sparkling your resume appears, if there are typos or grammatical errors, it’s game over.”
The post 12 Words to Add to Your Resume if You Want to Get the Job appeared first on Reader’s Digest.   Joe McKinley 12/17/2018

I’ve been a manager for 10 years — here are the 5 best ways to impress your boss


Impressing your boss may feel like trying to hit a moving target, but there are steps you can take to get there no matter what your field.
Author Nicole Rollender draws on her 10 years of experience as a manager in publishing houses for this list of the five best ways to impress your boss.
From generating ideas to simply being responsive, here’s how you can stand out from your colleagues.



Even for the most fearless amongst us, job interviews can be nerve wracking. In order to give us the best chance of success we tend to prepare for many of the difficult questions we anticipate, questions like:

Why should we hire you?
What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
What are your key strengths and weaknesses?
1. Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?

Think about the key skills you might need for the job you have applied for and assess your own level of expertise and experience in that context. It makes sense to identify the more specific or technical skills that your potential employer might expect as well as some more generic skills such as being a good communicator, having good IT skills, being a team player, etc. Once you have prepared for this question it will help you answer many different interview questions without getting sidetracked into talking about things that are not relevant. Remember that you want to demonstrate that you are aware of the key skills, expertise and experience required to do the job and that you have what it takes to perform it. Always go back to the key skills, expertise and experience when answering scary (and sometimes silly) questions like:

Tell me about yourself?
What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses?
What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
Why do you think you are right for this job?
What do you think the main challenges will be?
2. Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?

Any potential employer wants to know that you are interested in the company and excited about the prospect of working there. You therefore want to demonstrate that you have researched the company, understand its strategy, current performance, structure, market position and products and that you can’t wait to join them. For most, you will have done your homework before you even applied for the job, but if you haven’t then check out the ‘about us’ section on their website and search for the latest strategy documents, annual reports, key statistics as well as the company history. Show that you know them and demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job and company. Here you might also want to think about your ambitions and how they fit into the company you have applied for. You can then use the insights for answering questions such as:

What do you know about our company?
What do you think our company is aiming to achieve?
What do you know about our products and services?
Why do you want to work for this company?
Why do you think this job is right for you?
What motivates you?
3. Will you fit into the team, culture and company?

This final key question is about your personality and your style and how you as a person fit into the team and culture of the company. Companies have different cultures, which translate into different ways of behaving and working. It is important to make sure you fit in and don’t feel like a fish out of water. In fact, it is important for the company as well as for you. Again, hopefully you will have done some research prior to applying for the job. Sometimes, it can be tricky to find detailed knowledge about the company culture, in which case you simply talk about your assumptions and why you feel you fit in. One relatively new website that offers a glance inside companies is Glassdoor. The site is still in its infancy but provides a growing amount of data and information about what it is like to work for different companies. You want to map the culture of the company or the team you are planning to join and compare this to your personality traits, style and behaviors. Again, once you have done this you can use it to answer questions such as:

How would you describe your work style?
How would you describe yourself?
How would your colleagues describe you?
What makes you fit into our company?
What makes you a good team member?
If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
Of course, any interview is a two-way process. In the same way the interviewer wants to find out that you are right for the company, you need to assess whether the company is right for you. Each of the questions can be turned around so that you can assess:

By joining this company, will I make best use of my skills and expertise and will they help me to grow them further?
Is the company excited about having me work for them and will they give me the necessary support?
Is the company culture the right fit for me so that I can flourish and be myself?
If you ask relevant questions from your point of view then this will make the interview more balanced and create a more natural conversation.