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  10 Surefire Ways To Blow An Interview
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Interviews: They’re all about pressing the flesh or running for office, or a first date. You are talking to a complete stranger. Sweat comes out of glands you didn’t know you had. Relax: It’s probably easier to just blow them off. If you want to know how to “blow” an interview, be sure to take any or all of the following actions: » Don’t prepare. Your intention to be spontaneous is important. Let them talk about thei...
 
  Time to Retire the "Elevator Speech" For Job Seekers
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Time to retire the term “elevator speech” from the job seekers lexicon. Does it really work for job seekers? Isn’t a “speech” about 30 or 40 minutes? Most elevators are very short rides here in California. So what is the standard definition? From Wikipedia: “An elevator speech, or elevator statement is a short summary used to quickly and simply defines a person, profession, product, service, organization or event...
 
  Being Over Age 60 and a Job Seeker: Is Securing A Fulltime Permanent Job Your Priority?
by Randy Block - May, 2016
Are you sending out resumes, and answering advertisements on company websites? Did someone tell you that you could upset and turn-off Human Resources if you bypass them? You have been “good” by following the “rules”. You say to yourself, “I’m perfect for the job.” You wait. It’s now weeks later and you’ve received no reply: “How can they miss my great background? If I could just get to the manager…” Here’s an important f...
 
  9 Mistakes Boomers Make In The Job Search
by Randy Block - May, 2013
“I just want a job” is a familiar refrain I hear at my presentations; usually from someone with gray hair. My reply is: “Apply at Costco, Home Depot or Target – and get at least 30 hours for the benefits”. You know how challenging the job market is out there. And you can only make it harder on yourself. In my work with Boomers, they may even know better but their execution is less than stellar – far less. The Nine Mist...
 
  Job Seekers: Help Yourself and HR in Your Job Search!
by Randy Block - Jun, 2012
Are you sending out resumes answering advertisements on company websites? Did someone tell you that you could upset and turn-off Human Resources if you bypass them? You have been “good” by following the “rules”. You said to yourself, “I’m perfect for the job.” You wait. It’s now weeks later and you’ve received no reply: “How can they miss my great background? If I could just get to the manager…” Here’s an important...
 
  10 Ways To Blow An Interview
by Randy Block - Mar, 2007
Note: This is a humorous look at what not to do in an interview. Interviews. It’s pressing the flesh and running for office. It’s a first date. It’s talking to a complete stranger. Sweat comes out of glands you didn’t know you had. Relax. It’s probably easier to just blow it off. If you want to know how to blow an interview, take any or all of the following actions: Don’t prepare. Your intention to be sponta...
 
  Job Seekers: Help Yourself and HR in Your Job Search!
by Randy Block - Mar, 2007
Are you sending out resumes answering advertisements on company websites? Did someone tell you that you could upset and turn-off Human Resources if you bypass them? You have been “good” by following the “rules”. You said to yourself, “I’m perfect for the job.” You wait. It’s now weeks later and you’ve received no reply: “How can they miss my great background? If I could just get to the manager…” Here’s an important fac...
 
  Networking For Everyone
by Randy Block - Mar, 2007
I hated networking. And I was a high tech recruiter. To me it meant glad handing, selling, asking for a job (or a favor), bothering people, talking to total strangers, manipulating people, keeping score and it took a lot of nerve. For others I knew, it was looking needy or being ashamed that they are out of work. Then I realized that the world turned on relationships. Just like the long-term relationships I built in m...
 
  The New Normal
by Randy Block - Mar, 2007
“The job search game has changed--has your strategy?” Welcome to the Global Economy In the last three years, productivity in the United States has increased dramatically (at a rate of around 6.8% per quarter), but where are the jobs? The recession was supposed to be over in the Fall of 2001, yet there is relatively little hiring. Earnings are on the rise but not sales. Demand for goods and services is relatively weak and G...
 
  The Odyssey of the Salary Offer
by Randy Block - Mar, 2007
You’ve made it through several rounds of interviews. You have been notified that the company has made their choice. Congratulations! You have been chosen. Now it’s time to negotiate an offer that will make you feel good about working for the new company. You will be in good shape if you made the right moves from the beginning of The Odyssey of the Salary Offer. The Screening Process Much of the groundwork is l...
 
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