Applicant Tracking Systems and OFCCP Compliance
by Bill Osterndorf - May, 2013
The vendors that provide applicant tracking systems routinely suggest that their systems are “OFCCP compliant.” Yet, federal contractors and subcontractors are frequently cited for record-keeping issues associated with applicant data. How can companies ensure that their applicant tracking systems will help them successfully navigate through an OFCCP review? As a starting point, it is important to note that no applican...
Salary Negotiation as Disparate Impact
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - May, 2013
In presentations I have made around the country, I have occasionally raised the question of whether the practice of permitting negotiation of starting salaries is susceptible to challenge under a disparate impact theory. This article explores that question further. Disparate impact occurs when a practice that is fair in form -- because it applies equally to all employees or applicants -- has a disproportionally negative...
The Affirmative Action Conundrum – How to Communicate AAP Results to Managers When Everyone is Protected
by Debra Milstein Gardner - May, 2013
Is OFCCP, only now under the Obama administration, valuing the full scope of E.O. 11246? We all know that E.O. 11246 prohibits government contractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. But in the past, has OFCCP ever fully evaluated employment decisions impacting all racial groups? The first two definitions of affirmative action below are represe...
Writing for Readability
by Jill Kurtz - May, 2013
Can your readers understand what you have written? This is a bigger challenge than you might think. The 2003 national Adult Literacy Survey found that 43 percent of Americans rank at a basic or below basic level for prose literacy and 34 percent were at those levels for document literacy. Of course, not all audiences will represent the national averages. When gauging the comprehension of your target readers, consider facto...
8 Ways To Turn A Lead Into A Job
by Marty Nemko - May, 2013
You're looking for a job and someone tells you, "Speak with Joe Smith. He may be able to help you." But if you're like most people, you don't know how to turn the lead into a job. This plan will maximize your chances: 1. Ask for an introduction. Rather than contacting the lead, ask your referrer if s/he'd be willing to introduce you to the lead. Chemistry is usually best in-person but a Google Hangout or even teleconferenc...
Advice for the Mature Job Seeker
by Courtney Bousquet - May, 2013
Are you trying to reenter the working world after a hiatus, or are you an older individual who wants to change careers? There are a few tricks that you can utilize when developing your resume to show employers that you have what it takes to work for them. Careerealism writer, Robin Schlinger, writes about some of these tricks in a recent article, Resumes for People Over 50+, but her advice can be used to benefit any job seeker...
Expecting to Find a Job? Manage Your Expectations & Get Hired More Quickly
by Michelle Dumas - May, 2013
Are you conducting a search to find a job? It's said that satisfaction is a function of expectation, that your level of satisfaction is largely determined by how far from the expected outcome you end up. This could apply to a relationship, your finances, your favorite teamfs playoff hopes, even whether you find a job. Of course, there are those who believe that the solution lies in having no expectations at all. Makes...
How To Tone Down Your Resume For Better Results
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - May, 2013
Has your resume run amok? Has attention-deficit diluted your writing prowess as you seek for the latest, hippest ways to market You, Inc.? If you have watched television programs or read articles from some of the major media lately, you’d think that “resumes gone wild” is the way to go. Here are three examples: 1. Six-second “Vine resumes” have crept through the latticework of the career landscape. 2. An Amazon resume...
The 5 Biggest Myths About Networking
by Pete Leibman - May, 2013
If you’re getting ready for graduation, or if you’ve already graduated but you’re looking for a new job, you probably know you need to spend a lot of time networking. But, do you really know what networking is and what it’s not? During my teenage years, I was painfully shy, and I thought networking was a practice used only by the elite and powerful, a group I definitely did not feel part of. What I learned was the opp...
Make Different Choices In Your Career
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - May, 2013
Your career is filled with choices. Some of them will empower you, and others will hold you back. Wherever you are now in your career, you have arrived there by choice. Maybe your choice was something you chose outright. Or, you chose not to choose, which was also a choice. Either way, if you are unhappy in your career, you must realize that your choices have contributed to your unhappiness. Of course, no-one intentio...
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