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Did My Resume End up in the Black Hole?

Resume Bear

I have often heard job seekers refer to the application process as a “black hole where resumes go, never to be heard from again”. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOL), there are 6 job seekers for every opening. Today’s job market is about visibility and differentiation.

2011 256

things you don’t need to apologize for … or, don’t kowtow to your interviewer

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: Some time ago, I interviewed for a job. I sent a nice thank-you email and didn’t hear anything for a few weeks, so I followed up with an email reiterating my interest and asking for information on next steps. I am still searching for a job in my field, so I replied and said that I was absolutely still interested in the job. Now, as for what to do next, background checks take a while. job searching

2012 55

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Ep 93 – Why You Should Hire Employees with Criminal Backgrounds


Episode 93: How Much Should Criminal Background Checks Influence Hiring Decisions with Stephanie Hammerwold ( @hrhammer ). She says most people are locked up because of drug related offenses. Stephanie talks us through Ban the Box which eliminates the criminal conviction question on the job application. The guidance while not enforceable is another reason for employers to re-evaluate their current hiring efforts and criminal background check processes and balances.

2016 64

interviewer is worried about my “big personality”

Ask A Manager

Note that a former boss of mine (who has been a great mentor to me) now works at this same company and has given me a glowing recommendation. It has been a month since the last interview, background check, and reference request, and I haven’t heard a thing. The former boss thought it would be a good idea for me to reach out to the hiring manager and set up an informal meeting so we could further see if our work personalities would be a good match. job searching

2012 58

Interview Tips: The Five T’s

Career Rocketeer

From recent HS graduates to C-suite executives, a job interview can be an overwhelming experience for job seekers if they are not fully prepared. THINK: Never go into a face-to face job interview without giving considerable thought to what questions you will be asked and the responses you will offer; and if you are not capable of preparing for an interview on your own I recommend finding a coach to help you.

2011 61

delaying a start date, resigning at the wrong time, and more

Ask A Manager

I’m assuming any job offers I get will happen in June (so, finish current role mid-July, relax four weeks, start new job mid-August). I’m also just considering giving notice in June without a job (yes, there is backstory), spending a month winding things down, and then taking the rest of the summer off, except for some job hunting. Back in my accounting/finance days, I used to apply for jobs all the time. The HR manager encouraged me to keep following up.

2015 60

my friend doesn’t approve of my work and will be my new boss, what happens after a rude response to rejection, and more

Ask A Manager

My friend moved sideways 18 months ago into her current role, at which point I got my friend’s old job. She recommended me for the role. Would you be up for talking to her about your assessment of my work, and what you found effective about my approach? Furthermore, they wanted this spreadsheet in a very specific format, which they described, but didn’t give us the common courtesy of providing some sort of template to follow. It’s five answers to five questions.

2016 40

should you dumb down your resume, volunteering for a layoff, and more

Ask A Manager

I recently had a disagreement with a family member about how I should approach a job. The family member said I basically needed to “dumb down” my resume because otherwise I seemed too overqualified for the job. I realize you always should tailor resumes to better fit a particular job, but I really don’t think taking away a variety of skills that I have that aren’t directly related to the job is going to make me stand out more.

terse answer Thursday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

It was, however, an extremely difficult decision, and the candidate, while not the right fit for what our team is looking for, would be a clear good fit for several other jobs in our office. In addition, the candidate and I share similar (very unusual and on-the-surface not very “marketable”) educational and work experiences–I really feel for how hard it is to find a position coming from that background! Links to other job posts?

2013 55

short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

The job is an entry level job. To my surprise, they actually called me back and asked to set up an INFORMATIONAL interview. I’ve already asked for a job so why did they offer me an informational interview? Should I follow up to correct a mistake in my resume?

2011 67

am I not getting hired because I'm gay?

Ask A Manager

For the most part the interviews go really well and some go so far as to say they will contact me in the following days for a second interview but never do. And that whole “we’ll contact you soon&# followed by never hearing from them again? Best wishes with the job search.

2011 66