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Reputation Management – The New Career Currency

Reputation management matters more than most job seekers realize. While it is still mind-boggling to me that many people continue to resist getting onto social media platforms, the future looks even more technologically-oriented. As the information uploaded, posted, stored, and mentioned on the Internet continues to grow, what starts to emerge is a composite picture of job candidates and their reputation management. Think of it as a giant resource that adds up to the sum of you and the reputation that you have built. And employers / recruiters / headhunters are turning to this resource as a way to cloud-source… Read »




Why Should I Hire You?

All too often, when asked this question, clients and job seekers start squirming. Even CEOs, actually. So why is it that we have a difficult time answering this simple little question, especially when there is so much riding on the outcome of your answer? The problem goes pretty deep, actually. We are taught not to boast about ourselves by our parents, and those words of wisdom are reflected in our overall perception of ourselves. However,consider this: In a job search, the target employer is a blank slate and knows nothing about you.  If you can’t even articulate what you offer… Read »




Why Salary and Job Negotiation is Like Buying A New Car

Two years ago, I bought a new car.  I was pretty excited, because it was the first one I had purchased in about 5 years – we all know that giddy feeling!  All the new bells and whistles looked especially shiny, and I was pretty stoked about having such a sweet ride with all the new technology add-ons. But unfortunately, something bad happened along the way to happy car ownership. The vehicle ended up being a complete and utter lemon. I kept making the 40-minute round trip back to the dealer trying to get the problems fixed, but to no avail. Frustrated,… Read »




Be Specific in A Job Search

Knock Knock. Who’s there? Iwanna. Iwanna who? Iwanna job… any job… I know… I get it…This joke falls totally flat… just like a generalized request for employment you might put out to your friends, colleagues, and network contacts. The WORST thing you can do is say, “Help… I need work… any job will do!”  People want to help you, don’t get me wrong, but none of us are job boards and aren’t repositories or list trackers to keep tabs on every single job opening out there.  We’re human, remember? Your network WANTS to help you. But until you get specific, our hands… Read »




The Process and Pitfalls of Education Verification

This is a guest post was generously provided by Gordon Basichis, Co-Founder of Corra Group (http://www.corragroup.com/) which specializes in pre-employment background checks, business research, and corporate investigation. Corra Group services companies throughout the United States and around the world.  Thanks, Gordon, for providing a very insightful post from a recruiter point of view on education! *************************************************************************** While employers have long conducted education verification checks on their employment candidates, it appears that increasingly more staffing and recruiting groups are being made responsible for conducting this and other background checks as part of the employment screening process. Education history, of course, outside… Read »




The Real Reason Some Employers and Applicants Stink at Interviewing

We’ll tackle both of these groups in this article in a moment, but first, let’s think about your career history. Have you ever bombed an interview? Or, have you had an experience where the people on the other side of the table made you want to run away from the job, based on their behavior / dynamics? What about this gem: Ever walked into an interview only to see the interviewers obviously scrambling at the last minute trying to skim your résumé… giving the impression they haven’t even looked at it until you sat down? Chances are, you have. Let… Read »




Salary Negotiations: Playing Poker with Your Financial Future

Would you laugh if someone told you to put down how much you’ve earned under each job listed on your résumé? Obviously, yes. Why on earth would you do that? But what if an employer directly asks you to tell them how much money you made in your previous positions? Um… excuse me? Chances are you’ve had this happen before. This request is an all-too-often ploy used by many employers to try to force job seekers’ hands into showing their salary ‘cards’ and effectively sweeping any negotiation power out of the candidate’s hand. Many unemployed people are so desperate that… Read »




What You Absolutely Need to Know About Applicant /Keyword Tracking Systems

As a résumé writer, I encounter people from all walks of life in virtually all levels of employment from entry level to CEO. It’s continuously amazing to me to see how many people aren’t tuned into what’s going on in terms of the human resource side of the hiring process. And what you don’t know can truly hurt you! Many companies have resorted to applicant tracking systems (ATS) which is an efficiency measure put into place to enable the HR manager or hiring director to separate qualified applicants from those that are not. To wit: the first round of the… Read »




Dodging the Age (And Any Other Discrimination) Bullet In A Job Search

Employers are not willing to admit it, but discrimination happens all the time during the search for a candidate to fill an open position. Most candidates don’t realize that there are clues that they provide every step of the way to employers that can ‘tip’ off prospective employers about personal attributes. Sometimes, employers don’t like what they see based on a variety of personal biases, and this can lead to the callous ‘round-filing’ of a résumé that puts your career document at the bottom of the heap or worse yet, in the garbage can. Some employers shrug off dumping of… Read »




Is There A “Good” Way To Lay Someone Off? Employers Should At Least Try, But Most Seemingly Don’t.

In an era of people going ‘postal’ in the workplace as an expression of their anger / frustration or as a result of multitude of personal emotional problems, most companies have adopted fairly rigid layoff procedures as a precaution against such radical behavior. The problem is that these layoff tactics, including the element of surprise then banishment seemingly comes straight from the cold, empty heart of a lawyer who has no connection to the relationships that a company has with its workers. Many of these employees have put in countless hours, poured their heart and soul into doing a good job,… Read »





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