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Even if no one else is taking the first step, you can be a leader among colleagues and prove to the business world that your skills are valuable and necessary for company growth. Take your work to the next level with innovative tactics that set you, and your company apart. Try these ways of ramping up innovation in your every day work life.

If you want to attract great employees, evaluate the employees you already have. Even if you’re a one-woman band, do the evaluation to determine what the strengths and weaknesses of your business are because you’ll want to add a candidate who brings talents that you don’t currently have. The biggest mistake employers make is hiring people that are like themselves. You would be surprised at how many companies have employees with the same personality type of the person who did the hiring.

Choose someone to compliment your business. If you are confident in your marketing skills but not as keen on accounting, find someone who loves the numbers. If your strength is not organization, find someone who enjoys keeping a detailed planner. If you do business over the phone, look for an employee with exceptional customer service skills who is not afraid to reach out to potential clients.

Olympic champions wouldn't win medals without practice. The same can be said for job seekers. Preparing for interviews is one way to put your unemployed self ahead of the pack. Prepare for circumstances like these before you step foot in the HR office.

First impressions are everything, and when applying for a new job, your resume is the first contact a potential employer will have with you, so make it good! Linda Groves works for Directions of Grand Rapids, and she goes through resumes with a fine tooth comb looking for common blunders, and making sure the unemployed get back to work.

Does your website need to be updated/changed to reflect the current needs of your business? If so, this type of change comes with looming feelings of anxiety, dread, and procrastination. So many questions need to be asked, and quite often it's just easier to put it off until you have more time. However, you will never have enough time to commit to this. You just need to make it happen.

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