Challenge ACCEPTED

Do you ever dread looking for a new job because of the process involved? Do you get nervous about interviewing because you aren’t sure what types of questions the interviewer will ask? Do you hate online applications and/or online personality assessments? For those of you that fall into any of those categories, this won’t be changing any time soon.

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Keep It Professional

What impression are you leaving behind as you interview for a new job? Candidates often wonder, “Did I explain my resume clearly? Did the interviewer like my response to that tough question? Did I score well on those assessments?” But what many people fail to realize is that those are not the only things that can affect the hiring decision.

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New Year, New Career

How many of you decided that 2014 would be the year that you finally made that career change you’ve been thinking about? This past year I managed a career change of my own, and I’d like to share how I was able to do so. I asked my co-worker (that originally interviewed me) as well as my manager for some insight into how I “stood out” from the crowd and why they were willing to take a chance on someone with a different background. Here is what I learned:

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The Myth of 7 Years

Would you be surprised if you actually knew the truth about the number of criminal convictions among adults these days? I recently read on yubanit.com written by: National Employment Law Project, “More than one in four U.S. adults — roughly 65 million people –have an arrest or conviction that shows up in a routine criminal background check, and a new report from the National Employment Law Project finds that these Americans are facing unprecedented barriers to employment.” But one thing I’ve heard from a number of candidates I’ve interviewed is that these convictions magically “go away” after 7 years. Well where does it “go” is my question. I’m here to tell you that your criminal history never “goes away”. I’m also here to help, both candidates and employers, with how to go about correctly putting down their criminal background history and questions you can ask in the interview process.

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First Impressions

First impressions are everything. Whether it’s a date or an interview, how you come across in the first few minutes of your interaction will most likely determine your future relationship. For candidates who are job seeking, they spend hours of time going over their resume to make sure it says exactly what they want it to say about them. They focus on their attire – finding the perfect “interview outfit” can be a process. Candidates also spend time going over potential interview questions and rehearsing the ideal answers. As an employer, are you investing the same amount of time to make sure your first impression to candidates is accurate? Is your first impression drawing candidates to you or away from you?

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Necessary Steps

My wife and I recently decided to do some work on our house. It’s the first time either of us have explored any type of remodeling, so the process has been, at times, overwhelming. There are hundreds of contractors in Kansas City who all claim to be able to give us quality work, the experience necessary to do the job, and an eventual return on our investment. How were we able to choose? Our steps were remarkably similar to those most employers make when selecting from hundreds of applicants for one of their job openings. Here are some things to consider that may help you stand apart from your competitors in the job search.

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Clearing Up Misconceptions For College Graduates

I graduated from the University of Nebraska with my bachelor’s degree in 2010. Ideally, I should be working my dream job, own my own house, drive a foreign car, and perhaps even be on my way to starting a family. Instead, I work two jobs to pay for student loans, drive a car with no air conditioning, and can barely afford to move out of my mom’s house. This is a conversation I have multiple times a week with friends, old classmates, and coworkers. I’ve often questioned, was a college degree really worth the debt and time?

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Five Simple Tips for Acing Your Next Phone Interview

One key step in the hiring process is the phone interview. Unfortunately, it is a step that can be easily overlooked. Job seekers often underestimate the power and importance that a phone interview can have and do not always take it as seriously as an in-person interview. A phone interview is viewed by many as an “easy” interview. However, it is much more than that. Sure, you don’t have to dress up, you can use notes, you get to have your resume right in front of you, and you don’t have to worry about traffic; the list goes on and on. However, for many people, it is where they miss out on opportunities and are cut from the consideration process.

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LinkedIn: The Missing Piece in Your Career Search

I was struggling to think of a topic for my newsletter article when the following situation popped up in both my personal and professional networks in the past month. I figured, ‘Hey, if I’m running into this during my day-to-day activities I bet a lot of other people are as well’. I’ve been asked the following question in one form or another by over a dozen people in the past month:

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Opportunity Is Calling

The following nuggets of information are meant for active job seekers. You know who you are active job seekers; you have applied online or submitted a resume via email or perhaps left me a phone message about a position I have posted on Craig’s list. What I am saying here, is that it should not be a total surprise that a recruiter may be responding to your job searching overtures.

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