Best Way to Have Outstanding References
by J.T. O'Donnell - Oct, 2013
Last week, I thought I had a phone stalker on my cell. I didn't recognize the number and the caller ID had a weird name. Finally, I picked up the phone. It turned out to be the head of HR for a company in NYC doing a reference check on an intern I had 5+ years ago. I was totally caught off-guard. I hadn't heard from this person in over two years, was given no warning I'd be contacted, and didn't even know what position he was...
Your Brand Could Get You a Raise
by Valerie Sokolosky - Oct, 2013
“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier.” -Oprah Winfrey Here are a few points I made when I was the guest Personal Brand Expert on KTXD-TV in Dallas, TX. 1. Have a story to tell. When was there a time that you used your brand strengths to reach a departmental goal or affect the bottom line of the company? Too often, we reach a goal and...
Two Useless Words Every Job Seeker Loves to Use on Their Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2013
I’m on a mission this week to attack ineffective words and phrases job seekers love to incorporate into their resumes. Watch out resumes … apparently I’m on the war path. =) Success and results—two words job seekers seem particularly partial to including in their resumes. My hypothesis is that candidates want to be perceived as successful or able to deliver results, and so they think that by using these words on their res...
Important Questions You Can Ask When You Are Interviewing For a New Job
by Michelle Dumas - Oct, 2013
“Interviewing”. Yes, we know. We feel your pain. No matter how much we try to tell ourselves otherwise, a job interview is usually not a good time, ranking somewhere below attending traffic school among things we look forward to. Sure, interviewing for a new job can be exciting, but it’s hardly ever fun (an example of how those two words don’t mean the same thing). Now, we’re not suggesting that a job interview should...
Resume No No’s
by Lorrie Boyer - Oct, 2013
In a recent study done by Harris Interactive, there are several common mistakes that job candidates make on their resumes. With over 2,000 hiring managers and Human Resources representatives taking part in the study here are some of the things that you should not do on your resume: Using text-speak. For example, job seekers should spell out the word “you” and not use “u” on resumes or any other job seeking materials....
Leave My Job Now? Are You Crazy?
by Georgia Adamson - Oct, 2013
Here we are at the beginning of October, with the end-of-the-year holiday period not quite staring us in the face but close enough to inspire some thought about what’s next for us. If someone said to you now, “You should consider leaving your current job in the near future,” would your reaction be “Leave my job now? Are you crazy?!!!” Mind you, I’m not exactly advocating that you should leap into the unknown and chuck your...
Prepared for the Job Interview Finale? Getting Caught Off-guard Can Kill Your Chances.
by Dawn Lennon - Oct, 2013
It’ll get you every time. That last question in a job interview that catches you off guard. Serious job candidates spend lots of time preparing what they’ll say to make a positive impression on the interviewer. They work hard to: Anticipate the questions to be asked and the experiences they’ll draw on to answer them Master the behavioral interview process (those situation, steps taken, and results/outcomes...
Your Career Fair Checklist
by Hallie Crawford - Oct, 2013
I was excited to be on the radio again with Matt Jones, of Q100, Rock 105 and the Cumulus stations in Atlanta, regarding career fairs. Here is your checklist to know that you are ready, an expanded version of one of our previous posts about career fairs. Prepare mentally first. Career fairs can be mobbed and overwhelming. Fighting the crowds can be intimidating as well as the prospect of making an impression in the first...
25 Things Students Need From Career Services
by Bob Roth - Oct, 2013
As students go through college, they should be doing many things that will help them identify, prepare for, pursue and land a good job when they graduate. At most colleges, that means that much of the needed information and training will come from the Career Services Office. Of course, each college is different. Some do a better job than others. The better colleges provide students with the following: 1. Adequate Care...
5 Toughest Interview Questions Executives Need to Master
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2013
If you have been an executive for any length of time you have probably been involved with the interview process in your company at one time or another. Whether you are part of hiring a new employee or not, you know that asking the right questions of a candidate is key to extracting information so you can identify if this person is the right fit for your organization’s culture. Put the shoe on the other foot. You are the jo...
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