Kiss, Bow, Or Shake Hands?

Before taking the leap into the staffing and recruiting industry, I held a career in international travel. As I hopped from place to place, I often referenced a book gifted to me by a former boss entitled Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands. I found this book to be invaluable as I assessed the country’s culture and tried my best to “fit in.” I found myself reflecting on a battery of questions as I assessed the culture. What is the hierarchy of the culture? What are the unspoken rules of the culture? Overall, are the locals happy? What makes the locals happy? Could I see myself living here?

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Bridge the Gaps

With the unemployment rate dropping, hiring managers are looking closer than ever at candidates’ resumes. Consistent and stable work history speaks volumes to a candidate’s dedication and work ethic. To the contrary, gaps in employment tell employers that there might be something wrong with your work performance or work ethic. As a candidate, you may not notice the gaps in employment but hiring managers will. Life does happen and these are the best ways to handle work gaps both on your resume and in an interview.

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Phone Interview Hang-Ups

Phone interviews are not exactly my forte; however, I’m not sure if it’s just a natural preference or if it’s because of the countless phone interviews I’ve conducted that have completely given me a less than desirable first impression of the candidate. The background noises, phone connection imperfections, interruptions, and inappropriate phone manners all make it difficult to establish a well-rounded evaluation of the candidate.

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Win Your Dream Job with a Resume that Brags

“I won! I won! Yesssss! I am awesome! Oh, yeah!” My 5 year-old son can barely contain his excitement. As he continues to jump around, arms raised high, moving the victory parade from our dining room to the living room, my oldest son Kobe, looks distraught. It instantly sunk in. He lost an all-important battle in the Parker Brothers classic board game of “Sorry”. A couple more seconds of celebration continue before he finally chimes in, “Eli, stop it. Nobody likes a bragger.”

I grew up with the same values instilled by my mother at a young age. The concepts of humility and being modest were nothing new. However, while family board games may not be the place to brag, the job market is and it’s not a game.

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Kickin’ it Old School with “Thank You” Notes

One of your goals on the way to securing a new job should include making yourself standout in a positive light. The application and interview process has been evolving at warp speed during the past few years. While technology makes it easier than ever to apply for a job and land an interview, there is one simple step you may have left by the way side that will put you ahead of the pack: a simple handwritten thank you note after an interview.

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