New You Resolution

What did you accomplish this past year? We all set goals for ourselves such as weight loss, saving money, buying a new car, home updates, etc. Now how many of us actually stick with these goals? As 2015 begins, I encourage all of you to look back and think about what you’ve accomplished, how you’ve grown (or haven’t grown depending on your goal), and how you’ve developed over 2014 personally and professionally.

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Social Media: The best answer to your job search

Social media has definitely arrived to stay. It is not a fad anymore. We spend uncountable hours on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and others. Social media has become part of our daily lives, and I have to admit I am a social media junkie myself. If you are in the job market, the time you spend snooping the life of your friends, acquaintances, coworkers, and getting up to speed with the latest and greatest celebrity pictures can be spent productively when it comes to your job search.

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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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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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Job Search Secrets from a Pro

As an individual who spends my entire professional life screening, interviewing, and referencing potential candidates for a variety of industries and career tracks, I have seen first-hand the good, the bad, and the downright ugly when it comes to employment seekers. With the recently released stats that the United States has reached double digit unemployment rates, the competition is tougher than ever. However, some very simple tips can help you stand out above the crowd. Here I share my “Secrets for Success” based on thousands of successful job placements and a variety of candidate backgrounds.

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