Minimize the ‘Hops’!
by Harry Urschel - Nov, 2009
I received an email from someone trying to figure out how to minimize any negative impressions his resume may make to potential employers because he had worked a number of contract and consulting projects. When he lists his entire job history, it looks like he’s been hopping jobs way too often when in fact it’s the nature of the project work he’s done. Some of his assignments were a matter of days and others for several months...
Pushing Your Career Passed Waiter’s Syndrome
by Todd Rhoad - Nov, 2009
Waiter’s Syndrome impacts many careers, creating a sense of frustration and forcing change that isn’t in your best interest. You may have and don’t even know. It can be defeated by following a few simple steps, which I’ll share with you in this article. The first step to cultivating a good career in the face of, what I like to call, Waiter's Syndrome is recognize that this is a motivation deficit. Of course, one must als...
Why You Are Not Ready To Find Your Next Job Even When You Say You Are
by Scot Herrick - Nov, 2009
Most people think that if the unthinkable happens -- they get laid off or their company goes belly up -- that they are immediately ready to look for another job. I know this because Robert Half published a survey that asked -- and 82% of the respondents said they were ready right now. Next, they asked this question: "When did you last update your resume?" That's when things got interesting: ...if they lost their jobs ...
Create an 'Ageless' Resume To Avoid Discrimination
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2009
If you’re job hunting in your 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s, it’s certainly occurred to you by now that age discrimination is alive and well in the market. Employers spend considerable time filtering out the candidates that they consider outdated and expensive in order to focus on the right demographic for their businesses. When you're trying to get your foot in the door to explain why you’re MORE agile and ready to work than yo...
Job Seekers Beware: Companies Frequently Break Reference Policies
by Liz Handlin - Nov, 2009
With the national unemployment rate holding steady near 10 percent, it should come as no surprise there is a lot of competition for jobs across the country. What is perplexing, however, is how many people have bad professional references that can derail even the most qualified candidate, according to Heidi Allison, president of Allison & Taylor, the nation’s leading reference checking and employment verification firm. “Peop...
Ten Ways To Treat Your New Job Like a Product Launch
by Rob Taub - Nov, 2009
Securing a new job is akin to a success product launching! All the time spent running a well-organized marketing campaign and now the product is in the market. Well...You’ve landed your new job! As in the product launch, you want to countinually work on product positioning and posturing for long term success, right? Likewise, you want to do so for your long term career success. 10 Rules For Starting Your New Job On The ...
Turn Around Your Floundering Job Search by Discovering Your Good Luck
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Nov, 2009
Imagine having consistent good fortune. What would that be like? Let’s see...You lost your job—not the end of the world, you'll find a new one! You always look great in white and serendipity seems to be your best friend. Nice way of life, right? I consider myself a pretty lucky person and I know others who seem luckier than I. Then there are those poor souls for whom nothing seems to go their way. So, I began to ponder, wha...
Five Essential Things To Know When You Start Your First Job
by Shweta Khare - Nov, 2009
Congratulations! You are on the way to join your new job, but do not do so before reading these very essential tips. “Welcome Aboard” – Don’t Fall Overboard As a new employee you may find yourself in a “honeymoon” period for some time when you join your new job – the time period varies for each one of us. In general terms it may last for a couple of days or a week or ten days.. seldom more. This period is all “welcomy” h...
Define Goals to Keep YOU in Control of Your Job Search
by Kris Plantrich - Nov, 2009
Watching the Ohio State University vs. University of Michigan football game over the weekend, a comment from one of the commentators stuck with me. It was during the 3rd quarter and Ohio State was really creating some space between them and Michigan and Michigan had begun to make a lot of mistakes. The commentator said, “Mistakes happen to all football players but it’s how you respond that makes the difference” – well said. It...
Five Tips to Better Recruiting
by Caitrin O'Sullivan - Nov, 2009
Having gone through the worst economic period of this generation and now beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel, it is quite possibly the most interesting, exciting and difficult time to be a recruiter. As with all other aspects of life, recruiting and HR are increasingly turning to technology and automation, moving away from manual processes and paper piles. A focal point of technologies being leveraged are applica...
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