Tue.Apr 03, 2012

9 Ways to Make the Wrong Impression on Your First Day

Career Realism

We humans are judgmental beings, and we judge fast. How fast? When it comes to hiring: Recruiters spend six seconds per resume before deciding whether an applicant is a good fit. Interviewers “know” within 10 seconds whether a candidate is right for the job.

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Search Engines Every College Student Needs

Resume Bear

While the big names like Google and Yahoo will likely always rule the search engine market, sometimes you want something a little more focused when it comes to finding what you need on the web. That’s where these niche search engines come in handy.

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How to Cover Employment Gaps on Your Resume

Career Realism

At some time in our careers, we will all have a gap in our employment history—maybe a few weeks or months, maybe a few years. A gap can occur because of a layoff, a family emergency, a health issue, a desire to further education and many other excellent reasons.

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13 Best HR Metrics Formula Examples


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3 Doors Down: Where Do People Like Keith Olbermann Go After a 3rd Firing?

HR Capitalist

Talented people who don't suffer fools well in your organization. They can't keep their mouth shut even a little bit and get along, and over a relatively short period of time they wear out their welcome in your organization. Eventually, you have to fire them. They got voted off the island.

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Don’t Be A Jerk On Linkedin

Tim's Strategy

Do you smell something? Every once in a while I have an interaction on LinkedIn that I simply can’t explain. I work back through how it all got started, tracing my steps, my comments and the way that I attempted to reach out to someone. I did it right. .

Why You’re Not Called When You’re The “Perfect” Candidate


If you've ever been frustrated that you weren't called (or emailed) when you were "perfect" for a job. there's probably a reason you weren't called. Learn why employers and recruiters don't see your perfect fit. Continued at [link]. Featured Resumes reCareered Blog career career change career coach cover letter employer getting noticed hiring Job job search Planning recruiter research Resume

“Does an employee have a right to privacy about performance reviews and performance improvement plans?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Question: Hi, Alan. A co-worker of mine named Mary is on a Performance Improvement Plan. Her former manager, Lisa, has left the company, but is sharing the fact of Mary’s Performance Improvement Plan with other people, both inside and outside the company. Mary feels that what Lisa is doing is an invasion of her privacy, and a violation of the company’s confidentiality policy. Mary has asked HR to intervene, but they have not done so.

Get Comfortable with Interviewing: ResumeBear

Resume Bear

Hiring managers and recruiters are just like you, people too. As the old saying goes, “they put their pants on one leg at a time,” just like you do. It’s true. With that said it is important not to get overly nervous or psych yourself out of an opportunity for a great interview.

Ear Contact: The Power of Listening


I sat in a dark theater not too long ago, listening to the pre-show announcements. The final words before curtain were, “Please refrain from using your electronic device during the performance. It not only distracts other patrons but may affect the performers on stage.”

How to Prepare for a Salary Negotiation

Position Ignition

Do you think that you deserve higher pay? Have you been meaning to ask for a pay rise but aren't quite sure how best to go about it? Salary negotiation is a tricky subject which is why we've put our heads together to produce 2 comprehensive eBooks to help you through this situation.

5 Qualities Every Interviewer Looks For in Candidates

Boomers Next Step

Getting in various companies is all perfect, but there is no guarantee that you will be given the chance to get job. The truth is that securing a job interview is just part of the process, and though you may have won a battle, there is still some effort required if you are to win [.]. Careers Interviewing

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First Things First – Before Writing a Resume

Resume to Referral

The job market is tough these days. Really tough. And the bad news is that it’s not likely to get a whole lot easier any time soon. As a job seeker (or future job seeker), where does that leave you? In an ideal world, you could count on one of your personal connections or past

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How to Know if a Career in the Medical Field Is Right for You


Deciding what career path you wish to take will inevitably be one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make and for many graduates as well as job seekers searching for a new challenge, it can be a particularly difficult thought process. Motivation.

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5 Reasons Why All Job Seekers Need to Have a Work Portfolio

The Undercover Recruiter

Let’s face it: the old way of job searching is a thing of the past. Answering a job ad won’t get us a solid career anymore. We must go to networking events, shape our professional brand, and prove that we’re the sort of candidate to watch.

Marketing and your resume

Guerrilla Job Hunting

I subscribe to several e-newsletters. One perennial favorite is Dan Kennedy's. Dan is a professional marketer like my co-author Jay Levinson. His latest newsletter contained the following quote which is applicable to job hunters: "The spider looks for a merchant who doesn't advertise so he can spin a web across his door and lead a life of undisturbed peace!" " The two main reasons businesses of any kind fail are: 1. They don't market and advertise.

Be Careful Of Facebook When You begin Job Seeking


Facebook And Your Job Application… It is estimated that over 80% of employers conduct background checks on potential candidates that they are looking to hire, and some of these background checks now include social media checks on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

Risky Business: The 7 Most Dangerous Jobs in the US

Career Alley

“ An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” ” – Oscar Wilde. Not everyone heads into the office each morning wondering whether or not they are going to make out alive, but for some, this is a reality.

3 Skills Job Seekers Need in 2012

Career Realism

Last week on JT on Jobs , I shared with viewers a very important job seeker mindset for 2012: As a job seeker, you are an outsider who is trying to earn their place in an employer’s tribe. (In

employee keeps tagging along on my smoke breaks

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: I am a manager of a mid-size team. The team has smokers and non-smokers, and unfortunately I am one of the smokers. I do make an effort to smoke less and my goal is to quit someday, but it has proven to be very difficult for me. One of my employees has the habit of tagging along to my smoke breaks. This can add up to several times a day, since we are both heavy smokers. I am worried about how this looks to the other employees.

Advice for the new recruit: don’t undervalue the first days


10, 20 years ago, you would do a job interview and then you had the job and that was that. Today, things have changed. Today, when you ace a job interview you’re really only being granted the opportunity to interview for the job with pay for a little while. There are more qualified people than ever before looking for fewer jobs than ever before. This means that those first few days on the new job are very, very important. For about a century, mediocrity reigned supreme.

Absolute Trust

Resume to Referral

Years ago, a great teacher explained to me that “Absolute Trust” was the most liberating and invigorating means for achieving success and happiness. He also told me that “Absolute Trust” in no way guaranteed success; but that “Absolute Trust” was the most liberating and invigorating means for achieving peace and happiness in the wake of

What is ‘Job Swooshing’?

Career Realism

Last week on JT on Jobs , I shared how we are seeing more “job swooshing” taking place. It’s a common sign the economy is recovering and it is very good news for job seekers. Watch the video above to learn why.). 84% of Americans Hate Their Jobs = Lots of Job Swooshing.