Our Top Tips for a Great Performance Review

In my experience, I have had two performance reviews since I started at Snackbox. The first performance review happened while I was an intern and the second time was as an Assistant Account Executive. On both occasions, I learned a lot about Snackbox and about myself. I learned that even though I am dedicated, I make mistakes from time to time. The most important thing, however, is that I learn from my mistakes and I always try to excel in my craft.

At Snackbox, we love to provide valuable information that you can carry with you throughout your career. Getting hired is one thing, but proving yourself time and time again to earn that promotion or raise takes a lot of effort and skill. The following is a list of our top five tips towards achieving an excellent performance review.

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The Ins and Outs of LinkedIn

LinkedIn….You have one collecting cyber dust, or you’ve heard of it amongst your colleagues.  LinkedIn is no Facebook— you can’t browse hundreds of fun pictures or stalk people’s personal lives. What you can do is a thousand times better. LinkedIn was created for networking opportunities amongst professionals. Whether you’re a job seeker, a hired employee, or an employer, LinkedIn boasts all the tools you need to network within your field WITHOUT leaving your desk. 

Did you know that the Pew Research Center found that the majority of LinkedIn users were bachelor degree holders, or people making over 75,000 annually?  This means that LinkedIn is optimal for educated people looking for job opportunities, and utilized by high earning professionals with ample amounts of experience.  So the next question is—how do you use LinkedIn to network and further your career?

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Conference Call Business Etiquette

For some folks, being on a business call comes as naturally as riding a bicycle, but a conference call is another ball game. Why is that? When you are on a business call, you are in a more controlled situation, whereas when you are on a conference call, you are trying to juggle a conversation with multiple people that may all be as talkative and attentive as you are. 

Whether you are experienced or not, conference calls can be intimidating for several different reasons. You may get easily distracted during these calls, or you may have the bad habit of calling in late, and so on and so forth. These happenings are quite common but learning how to successfully participate in a busy conference call can make a world of difference in the way you present yourself during a business meeting.

By following the guidelines below, you can soon enough handle your upcoming conference calls like a pro.

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Casual Friday Fashion Tips 

Friday is a favorite around Snackbox HQ. Not only does it kick off the weekend—but it’s also causal Friday around these parts.

If you work in a creative environment, you often have a business casual dress code that allows you to dress a little less “corporate” and a little more fun. If you work in a corporate environment and get the casual Friday privilege but aren’t sure how to rock it--  read on! Team Snackbox loves stylish, but professional work clothing and we have a few pointers that will help you rock casual Friday and transition right into the weekend!

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Business Meeting Etiquette

Picture yourself at a business meeting, you are deep in discussion with your bosses and coworkers when all of sudden you notice a loud ringtone coming from across the table. The person grabs their phone and shuts it off. This scenario is just one of many poor etiquette habits that commonly occur during a business meeting. 

Not everyone enjoys sitting at a business meeting, it can be long and boring but you have to display proper etiquette from beginning to end. Sure, mistakes happen, and your colleagues may forgive the first one but ongoing mistakes can make you appear unprofessional.

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