Breathing New Life into Affirmative Action to Grow Your Company’s Bottom Line
by Ahmed Younies - Jul, 2013
Affirmative Action burst onto the American employment landscape about 45 years ago as a means to combat decades of racial discrimination by employers. That year, all Federal agencies were required by Federal law to put into place certain programs meant to ensure that all job applicants were considered without regard to “race, creed, color, or national origin,” and to guarantee that these factors played no role in the treatmen...
How to Set Priorities for an OFCCP Review - Part 1
by Bill Osterndorf - Jul, 2013
How to Set Priorities for an OFCCP Review Part 1 - Understanding How OFCCP’s Focus Areas Affect Setting Priorities This article is the first of a two-part series. In this article, we’ll provide some general information on how to set priorities in preparation for an OFCCP review. In the follow-up article, we’ll discuss a number of specific items that should be priorities for all federal contractors...
Obesity and the ADA
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Jul, 2013
Disease vs. Disability On June 18, 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to classify obesity as a disease. According to all reports, this decision does not, by itself, carry any legal weight. However, it could influence the way obesity is treated in developing public policy on the issue. In fact, public policy has been trending this way for a while. One of the earliest cases discussing obesity and disability...
What You Need To Know: Employment Implications of Key Recent US Supreme Court Decisions
by Valerie Hoffman, Esq - Jul, 2013
The United States Supreme Court ended its October 2012 term with a flurry of high profile decisions. A number of those will have significant implications for employers. Among other noteworthy opinions, the Justices handed down one opinion regarding affirmative action and two dealing with Title VII. Employers should be aware of the precedents established by the respective cases, but should remain watchful for developing tre...
Why Legislating Resume Writing Is Wrong
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jul, 2013
While I write resumes for a living, I realize (and prefer) that it isn’t “my way or the highway.” How bland of a career marketing world would it be if every resume was written by some formulaic approach? Unfortunately, though, myriad people seem to want to legislate resume writing into a tiny pigeonhole. As well, many social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google Plus) conversations center on Do’s and...
How Ignoring Personal Branding Is Costing You Opportunities
by Rich Jones - Jul, 2013
Personal branding has been the talk of the town. Whether you’re a blogger, writer, job seeker, or whatever, you need to develop your brand. At least that’s what some folks believe. I happen to be one of them. But there’s a large group of people that are tired of hearing about personal branding. They find it overrated, cliche, and a punch to the gut of real talent. Something limited to talentless bloggers with big personalit...
Reflections on the Summary of Qualifications-Objective Debate
by Kristen Carter - Jul, 2013
You stumble upon a job that could possibly jumpstart your career, but you must first update your resume and tailor it to the specific vacancy announcement. The age-old question when it comes to resume writing is whether to use an objective statement or an executive summary. In the past, no resume was complete unless an objective was included at the top of the document. As times change, resume practices are also updated. Thus,...
4 Tips For Overcoming Career Fear
by Lisa Adams - Jul, 2013
Are you paralyzed in fear over your current or future career? Or are you in the middle of a job search and it just isn’t getting you anywhere? Which FEAR is holding you back? We all have them. Here are my three tips for overcoming career fear: 1. Name It Name the fear. Here’s a list of the few I have seen or experienced myself. Rejection Failure Heartache Missed expectations Missed opportunities The what ifs...
The Deadly Resume Trap that Stops Most of Us Reaching Our True Potential
by Louise Fletcher - Jul, 2013
Writing a resume is tough. After all, getting it wrong could spell the end of your dreams. But in trying to avoid making a bad impression, most people make a very dangerous mistake. I call it the conformity trap and it can kill your chances of getting the job you deserve. The truth is that when we are frightened of doing the wrong thing, we tend to play it safe. And the safest thing of all is to look at what others have...
How Many Years of Experience Should I Include on My Resume?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jul, 2013
Writing your resume and trying to figure out how far back you should go? I can help with that. In general, I advise my job seekers not to go back further than 10 to 15 years of work history. But are there exceptions to that “rule”? Absolutely. When is it OK to go back further than 10 to 15 years of career history on your resume? When you have relevant experience, but it isn’t recent. We work with job seekers who have e...
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