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Treating Others Badly Will Hurt Only One Person… You

Treating others can come back to haunt you. Late in February, a firestorm erupted online. You may have already heard about this as many media outlets and people on social media worldwide started discussing it as a stunning example of unspeakable arrogance. The situation: The head of the Cleveland job bank, Kelly Blazek, responded to a job seeker’s very reasonable email request to connect to her group… with a scathing and battering reply.  Personally, my heart aches for the young careerist (and anyone else who reached out to Ms. Blazek who was treated with the same reaction). Do you remember… Read »




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 »




Guarding Your Reputation Requires 24/7 Attention

I got thrown for a loop today…   Real-life situations always are mind-boggling on the twists and turns they take because the truth is, as we always know, stranger than fiction. Such is the case today, which underscores a point I like to make about how we ALWAYS need to be vigilant about our own reputation management. So here’s the scenario on what happened to me: ______________________________________ One of my career industry colleagues received a curt voicemail from a company requesting a complete employment verification on me. (How very odd, especially as I have been in business almost 5 years… Read »





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