February 26, 2014
The U.S. unemployment rate continues to fall (6.6% as of January 2014) and many people who had lost their jobs because of corporate downsizing are returning to their former employers for job opportunities.
While it may not be possible to get your old job back, if you enjoyed working at a certain company (and left on a positive note), then getting rehired is definitely an option. But before you apply for any positions, here are eight tips to consider: Read the rest of this entry »
December 11, 2013
You’ve made it through the job application submission process and received notification for a telephone interview by a Human Resources recruiter to screen for “cultural fit.” Uh oh. Do you know the differences between a cultural fit interview and a job interview to assess functional fit? Here’s what you need to know about each type of interview… Read the rest of this entry »
November 13, 2013
There’s a lot of misinformation on the Internet about electronic resume submission. To find out what’s truth and what’s hype when it comes to resume-screening software, I interviewed three experts: A recruiting consultant, a senior corporate recruiter at a Fortune 500 company, and the CEO of a company that uses technology to help recruiters source candidates. Read the rest of this entry »
November 6, 2013
As the use of social media in the hiring process has grown in popularity over the last several years, recruiters and hiring managers aren’t hiding from it. In fact, they’re using technology tools such as LinkedIn as a pre-interview tactic to narrow down candidates for job openings.
To find out what they’re looking for, I interviewed technology recruiters and HR experts. Based on their comments, you might decide it’s time to polish your LinkedIn profile. Read the rest of this entry »
September 6, 2013
As college students begin school this fall, one question they’ll contemplate and be asked again and again is “What’s your major?” While I’m an advocate of finding your passion and pursuing it, I also recommend thinking strategically about whether or not your passion can pan out as a career.
It’s important to determine both future job availability and if the salary is one you can live on. With these factors in mind, two fields currently offer great opportunities for college students and those considering a career change – healthcare and technology. Read the rest of this entry »
July 31, 2013
Imagine this… you arrive to your interview confident and excited. You sit across from the hiring manager and he or she says, “Oh, I don’t have a copy of your résumé. Do you have an extra one with you?” Only to realize, you didn’t bring any. Yikes! Being prepared with key documents can increase your chances for a successful interview. Read the rest of this entry »
July 24, 2013
Still not obtaining that coveted job, even though you’ve been doing the right prep work? Maybe it’s time to find internal “sponsors” or “coaches.” These are company insiders who can provide tips about the company and potential positions. They can also serve as your personal advocates or references as you compete for jobs within the company. Read the rest of this entry »
June 12, 2013
One day I was conducting interviews for an open position in my department. During an interview it became very obvious that a candidate hadn’t even bothered to read the entire job description that was posted online. What that told me is that the candidate wasn’t very interested in the position. It also gave me some insight into what their work habits might be, for example… Read the rest of this entry »
March 6, 2013
This month I want to take it back to the basics with my “Career Boot Camp” blog series. First up, ensure you have your job search fundamentals down!
Over the last few years I’ve seen and heard it all when it comes to the crazy things people have done to get a job, everything from auctioning themselves off on eBay to purchasing online ads boasting their work skills to singing their résumé in a YouTube video, even mailing hiring managers their name and contact information in frosting on top of a gigantic cookie.
I don’t disagree that these are creative ideas, but while sending hiring managers your résumé in a pop up box that explodes glittering stars when opened might get you noticed, it probably won’t get you hired if you haven’t already mastered the job seeking basics. Read the rest of this entry »
January 26, 2011
A woman recently emailed me and asked the following question, “I have two job opportunities but I’m at a loss as to which one to choose. Do you have any suggestions that will help me decide what I should do?” I think at one point or another in our careers, we will all face this dilemma, so I decided to address this topic in a blog. Read the rest of this entry »