posted Wednesday, April 24, 2013 9:34 AM
Since it's Wednesday ("hump day"), I thought we could all use a bit of levity to see us through the day. So I got to thinking about some of the flippant answers I have kept stuffed inside all these years that I would have loved to have let loose on those managers who got on my last nerve:For instance for the manager who said to me in the most condescending way “we don’t appreciate your sense of humor” – I say to you – if you ask ... (Read More)
posted Tuesday, April 9, 2013 9:33 AM
It seems lately every time I turn around there is an article predicting an explosion in employee turnover – these articles scream about how employees have suffered through a long and painful recession where fear has kept them chained to their desks and jobs. Now the dawning of a new age is upon us and employees are about to burst free and will search for new jobs, no longer afraid. Well, maybe. I am not sure yet. But what if all these ... (Read More)
posted Tuesday, April 2, 2013 7:51 AM
Get ready – I am jumping on my soapbox (again!)
People don’t leave companies they leave bad managers – yeah yeah yeah how many times have we heard that. Oh and by the way before you start – I was one of those bad bosses before I met the best boss in the world (Carol Denton, thank you Carol) – who showed me what a great boss looks like and my Industrial Psychologist husband, Bruce Saari, who helped me understand all about ... (Read More)
posted Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:32 AM
When I work with candidates, I am always amazed by the fact that so many still do not understand the power of social media. Yes, Debbie (you know who you are) I have fully bought into social media!
Many candidates think that if they just post their resume on a couple of job boards that recruiters will magically find them.
NOT SO FAST!
The direct hire job market is heating up, clients are calling me to source candidates. Am I posting jobs on line? No ... (Read More)
posted Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:24 AM
Every now and again I have to ask myself "what are people thinking"?? I usually like to provide serious advice, but today we had a good laugh in the office so I thought I would switch it up and provide my reader's some light amusement by giving you a sampling of the worst interview questions and answers we've heard lately:
How about the one where the candidate got defensive when I asked why he was an hour late and he said “look dude I left you ... (Read More)
posted Wednesday, March 6, 2013 6:55 PM
Last week I read a statistic that 70% of currently employed workers are now actively searching for new jobs. Little wonder. My clients are telling me that they have 2-3 people a week leaving for other opportunities. We all knew this was going to happen once the economy stabilized and the job market started to pick up. What does this mean for you? Well, I suggest a little spring cleaning might be in order!
Clear out your mind of all ... (Read More)
posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:29 AM
So a couple of weeks I put down my thoughts about how to choose a staffing firm. Now I am going to ask you to consider what's most important when hiring an outplacement firm.
Why am I thinking about this? Simple. Yesterday I was meeting with a client who told me that when she was laid off from her job (a major employer) she was given "outplacement" services but was basically left alone with no help at all. She called for an ... (Read More)
posted Monday, January 28, 2013 10:24 AM
A bad interviewer can hurt you as much as doing poorly on a job interview. Just because you are being interviewed does not necessarily mean the person you are meeting with knows how to conduct a good interview. Here are some thoughts and suggestions:
1. Interviewers are not always prepared. People are in a hurry and have many things to do so preparing adequately to conduct an interview may not always happen. In that case, you cannot rely ... (Read More)
posted Tuesday, October 23, 2012 11:08 AM
In discussing references with my outplacement candidates I give them the following advice which I thought you might find useful:
1. Do not share references until an actual job offer has been made.
2. Do not write “References available upon request” on your resume. Trust me, when the hiring company wants to offer you a job they will ask you for references.
3. Do not use personal friends as references, and do not use personal references at ... (Read More)
posted Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:08 AM
A word to the wise. When responding to a job posting or sending a resume to a prospective employer or staffing service - you need to customize your resume to closely fit the requirements of each job you apply for.
Once you have customized the resume, save it with a different name in a separate file under each job so that you do not make a mistake when you go for the interview and take the wrong resume.
Make sure you put all the “key words” from ... (Read More)
posted Monday, July 16, 2012 7:51 AM
Being a Certified Career Coach, I was recently invited to participate in a local job fair by the organizers to act as an advisor to the attendees. With resumes in hand, hundreds of people were in search of a new career opportunity. Visiting each table, prepared to tell their story to employers, everyone was hopeful this would be the day they land that new position.
Most everyone attending was aware that it was important to dress well for the occasion. Who knows, your new ... (Read More)
posted Wednesday, May 2, 2012 5:27 AM
I am always surprised when outplacement is provided as part of a severance package and people decide not to take advantage of this tax free, employer paid benefit.
Why is outplacement a good idea?
1. You get a powerful resume which puts you ahead of your competition
2. You get interview preparation which helps you understand how to position yourself and put your best foot forward
3. You get help with how to ... (Read More)
posted Sunday, April 1, 2012 9:17 AM
There are a number of important steps to take after you go on any interview:
1- Send a thank you note after the interview to each person with whom you spoke, thanking them for their time and the information they provided to you. If possible, mention something of interest to you that was said during the interview. This is an opportunity to keep the relationship going and keep you in the mind of the interviewer. You can send either a ... (Read More)
posted Wednesday, March 14, 2012 5:12 AM
I recently had someone in my office who was going through a bit of a career “crisis”. This person had been in the same profession for the past 30 years. She now is less than 10 years away from retirement and does not want to do the same job again. I always feel really bad for people when they feel stuck. Her options were to either start at the bottom in a different career but take a huge pay cut or find a job doing the same thing ... (Read More)
posted Friday, January 27, 2012 4:40 AM
Ask not what your company can do for you – let the company know what YOU can do for them!
OK so I butchered President Kennedy’s famous quote – but hopefully for a good cause. What is my point? If you cannot explain the value that you bring to a job/organization during the interview process, chances are you are not going to be perceived as a potential valuable resource. More and more companies are focused on your understanding of how ... (Read More)