How to Win At a Phone Interview
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2013
Companies often use phone interviews to screen candidates before meeting in person. Seize your chance to impress the interviewer so he or she can’t help but want to meet you in person. Consider the following do’s and don’ts. How to have winning phone interviews Don’t miss the details. What time is the interview? Is the interviewer calling you, or is it up to you to place the call? Does everyone have the right phone num...
How Twitter Can Help You Find a Job
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2013
Can you find a job using Twitter? Maybe you’ve heard that “Google is the new resume” and that your online presence is the most important thing hiring managers will consider when you apply for jobs. In reality, most companies are not abandoning the resume, and hiring is still done using traditional methods in most companies. However, social media should still be a key component of your job search. Why? What many people forg...
The Fox OFCCP Report
by John Fox, Esq. - May, 2013
May 2013 The New Rules for OFCCP Onsite Audits: How Much "Cause" is "Probable" Enough? I think many readers are going to be very surprised by this column because OFCCP has recently completed a very BIG change to its audit procedures, but did not tell anyone. No News Release. No Federal Register Notice. No Webinar. Not even a "podium policy" announcement. And yet, the change...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 3, Issue 5
by Local JobNetwork™ - May, 2013
Volume 3, Issue 5 The OFCCP Digest is a complimentary resource for those who do business with the Federal government. Industry leaders from throughout the country share their expertise on a range of topics including affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, and government compliance....
Applicant Tracking Systems and OFCCP Compliance
by Bill Osterndorf - May, 2013
The vendors that provide applicant tracking systems routinely suggest that their systems are “OFCCP compliant.” Yet, federal contractors and subcontractors are frequently cited for record-keeping issues associated with applicant data. How can companies ensure that their applicant tracking systems will help them successfully navigate through an OFCCP review? As a starting point, it is important to note that no applican...
Salary Negotiation as Disparate Impact
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - May, 2013
In presentations I have made around the country, I have occasionally raised the question of whether the practice of permitting negotiation of starting salaries is susceptible to challenge under a disparate impact theory. This article explores that question further. Disparate impact occurs when a practice that is fair in form -- because it applies equally to all employees or applicants -- has a disproportionally negative...
The Affirmative Action Conundrum – How to Communicate AAP Results to Managers When Everyone is Protected
by Debra Milstein Gardner - May, 2013
Is OFCCP, only now under the Obama administration, valuing the full scope of E.O. 11246? We all know that E.O. 11246 prohibits government contractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. But in the past, has OFCCP ever fully evaluated employment decisions impacting all racial groups? The first two definitions of affirmative action below are represe...
Writing for Readability
by Jill Kurtz - May, 2013
Can your readers understand what you have written? This is a bigger challenge than you might think. The 2003 national Adult Literacy Survey found that 43 percent of Americans rank at a basic or below basic level for prose literacy and 34 percent were at those levels for document literacy. Of course, not all audiences will represent the national averages. When gauging the comprehension of your target readers, consider facto...
8 Ways To Turn A Lead Into A Job
by Marty Nemko - May, 2013
You're looking for a job and someone tells you, "Speak with Joe Smith. He may be able to help you." But if you're like most people, you don't know how to turn the lead into a job. This plan will maximize your chances: 1. Ask for an introduction. Rather than contacting the lead, ask your referrer if s/he'd be willing to introduce you to the lead. Chemistry is usually best in-person but a Google Hangout or even teleconferenc...
Advice for the Mature Job Seeker
by Courtney Bousquet - May, 2013
Are you trying to reenter the working world after a hiatus, or are you an older individual who wants to change careers? There are a few tricks that you can utilize when developing your resume to show employers that you have what it takes to work for them. Careerealism writer, Robin Schlinger, writes about some of these tricks in a recent article, Resumes for People Over 50+, but her advice can be used to benefit any job seeker...
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