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:Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
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?Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
Sometimes as employees and candidates we need to stop over thinking everything and go back to doing the things that made us successful in the first place – get back to the basics. Whether it is updating our resume, applying for jobs, interviewing, or even our current work, take a step back.Continue reading »
How long does it take to land your “dream job”? That depends on your definition of “dream job”. Perhaps it based strictly off of your salary? Maybe it is the flexibility. Is it the service you provide? “Dream job” means something different to everyone, and there’s no concrete formula for how long it takes to get there.
Are you considering a job change? According to a recent CareerBuilder survey conducted among 2,000 employers, the future is beginning to look bright again. The data findings state that 23 percent of Midwest employers are planning to add staff now and into 2013. But, have you thought about factors driving your decision to search for new opportunities?Continue reading »
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.Continue reading »
“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.Continue reading »
When applying for a new job, you have a very small window of time to make a first impression. In almost all cases, that first impression comes in the form of your resume. Your resume is probably the largest determining factor whether or not you will be chosen to interview for a position, or even get a phone call to discuss the opportunity further.