You’re Going to Wear That?!

What you wear when working for a municipality affects how coworkers and your manager perceive you. Dressing in an appropriate manner shows you’re professional, respect the municipality, and are serious about your job. To communicate the right image, follow these guidelines to determine what you should and shouldn’t wear when you work in a municipality.… Read More »

Here Are 4 Ways to Reduce Hiring Costs

Lowering the hiring costs can be challenging. Advertising, interviewing and training expenses quickly add up. However, because a bad hire can cost as much as 30% of the employee’s first-year earnings, you need to spend the money needed to find the most qualified candidate. To lower your expenses while hiring top candidates, here are four… Read More »

Top 4 Skills Municipalities Seek in New College Graduates

If you’re a recent college graduate interested in working for a municipality, there are specific skills you should focus on in your resume. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employer’s (NACE) Job Outlook 2019 survey, strong communication, problem-solving, collaboration and analytical skills are among the top skills employers look for. If you want… Read More »

You Need These 5 Skills to Be a Successful City Clerk

As a City Clerk, you serve the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and all administrative departments. Your role demands versatility, alertness, accuracy, and extreme patience as you fulfill general office duties, keep records, provide customer service, complete meeting preparation, and election duties. Due to the complexity of these responsibilities, a variety of skills are needed… Read More »

Here’s a Checklist You Need to Follow to Get Your Next Contract Position

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.8% of employed people in May 2017 held contingent jobs. These workers are defined as people who do not expect their jobs to last or who report that their jobs are temporary, as in the case of contract workers. As a contract worker, you move among projects… Read More »

How Do You Become A Building Official?

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 117,300 people worked as building officials in 2018. A building official divides their time between finishing evaluations of buildings on location and drawing up conclusive reports in their office. Although most building officials work full-time during weekdays, they occasionally work nights and weekends.   If you’re looking… Read More »

How to Use To-Do Lists When You Feel Overwhelmed

Realizing you have a pile of work to do and no idea when to complete it can be overwhelming. When you have too many tasks to complete, knowing where to start can be difficult. Feeling you have too much to do and too little time can paralyze you into not taking action. Rather than giving… Read More »

Here’s How to Motivate Employees with Constructive Criticism

As a manager, being able to provide precise feedback is important. Giving rewards and consequences motivates employees to perform and achieve the results you desire. To maximize effectiveness, your feedback should be tailored to the employee, thought out and delivered close to the event. Learn how to motivate your employees with these guidelines on giving… Read More »