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  OFCCP’s Revised Veterans and Disability Regulations: The Affirmative Action (“Subpart C”) Requirements
by Bill Osterndorf - May, 2014
As we approach the summer months, companies are continuing to implement the revised regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in regard to protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. By now, federal contractors and subcontractors should have implemented the items that were to have been in place by March 24, 2014. There are various other requirement...
 
  Similarly Situated in Termination and Promotion Cases
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - May, 2014
The determination of who is "similarly situated" is critical to the outcome of a discrimination case. It is the agency's burden to prove that its calculations are correct and based on appropriate pools for comparison. The most obvious and common avenue of defense for a contractor is to challenge the construction of the pools used in the discrimination analysis. In order to successfully mount this kind of challenge the contract...
 
  “What are your salary requirements?” Here’s how to answer.
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
Most careers experts will tell you to never reveal your salary requirements in an interview or when responding to an ad. Like a lot of career advice, this is fine in theory but almost impossible in practice. When the job posting states that you must give your salary requirements, or when the interviewer asks you directly, what are you supposed to say? “I’m sorry but I don’t want to answer that question” will probably not go...
 
  11 concrete ways to use Twitter for networking
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
I don’t know how many job seekers are strategically using Twitter to network and advance their job search, but I do know that it’s a very small percentage. If you already use Twitter, you can easily switch to the more strategic focus I am going to teach you. But if you have never used Twitter before, don’t worry. It is easy to get started. It’s completely free. And once you understand the potential, I know you’ll be eager t...
 
  4 ways to write powerful LinkedIn job descriptions
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
I’ve written before about how to write great LinkedIn headlines and how to create awesome summaries. Now it’s time to talk about job descriptions, because these are a key part of how you present yourself on LinkedIn and most people get them wrong. 1. Don’t cut and paste from your resume LinkedIn is not your resume. Your profile should be less formal than your resume, because web communication in general is informal. That...
 
  How to Write a Cover Letter that Works
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
Do you think of your cover letter as a summary of your skills and experiences? If so, you’re making a common mistake. The truth is that your cover letter is a sales letter – much like the ones created by direct marketers and copywriters to sell products and services. Just like those letters, your cover note must be compelling, easy to read, and must convey clearly why you are a perfect fit. (hopefully it goes without sayin...
 
  Get Your References in a Row
by Carl Savino - May, 2014
Your references are an important component of your job search. They are the people who will vouch for your character, skills and experience, and ultimately help you land the job. Usually the employer asks for references when they are seriously considering you for a position. Therefore it’s important to plan ahead, get your ducks in a row and prepare a robust list of current references who can attest to your abilities and exper...
 
  How Savvy Executives Use Twitter to Land Jobs Faster
by Lisa Rangel - May, 2014
Twitter seems to be a “love it” or “hate it” kind of platform. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on one thing remains certain: Twitter is a powerful tool that can help you build your own personal brand and expertise. It’s also a gold mine of job opportunities. Using Twitter effectively involves a lot more than just sharing random status updates. Use these tips on how savvy executives use Twitter to land jobs fast...
 
  REFERRALS: The New Currency in Job Search
by Louise Garver - May, 2014
It’s common knowledge that about an average of 75-150 executives apply for every job opening. It’s not a surprise that half of the people who apply for a job are not qualified. In the mind of the executive recruiter or hiring manager, a referral is more likely to be a qualified candidate. When it comes to choosing the final five candidates, typically two of those five were referred. In three to five years how many out o...
 
  Email Etiquette Mistakes That Are Costing You The Job Offer: Tips For Emailing During Your Job Search
by Michelle Dumas - May, 2014
Looking for work can itself feel like a full-time job. Gone are the days when one only had to review the classified ads, call for an appointment or simply just drop by the hiring employer and speak to someone about the job (yes, this actually used to happen!). Today there are recruiters, job boards on the Internet, online forums, constant reminders about the importance of networking, and various and sundry other things, a...
 
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