Ten Ways To Tell If Your Job Search Is a Joke
by J.T. O'Donnell - Apr, 2010
In celebration of April Fool’s Day, I was asked by my fellow bloggers with the Career Collective to address foolish job search tactics. However, it’s hard to write something funny when what you’re seeing is no joke. We’ve got 15 million job seeker right now. I’d argue more than 70% of them are conducting a weak job search. I guess the good news is, if you are reading this, you can avoid the lame job search efforts below and ge...
If You Don't Find Me First, You're Too Late
by Lou Adler - Mar, 2010
There are three basic types of metrics that should be used by recruiting departments to see how well they’re performing. Historical metrics like cost per hire and time to fill, tell you where you’ve been, but not where you are or where you’re going. While the trends of these are important, the information is too late to take preventative action. Process control metrics like interviews per day and job postings viewed and...
Hiring Trends and Tips for Spring 2010
by Kevin Donlin - Mar, 2010
Whether you’re a new college grad or a seasoned executive, if you’re hitting the pavement in search of work this spring, here’s good news... After more than a year in the dumpster, hiring appears to be on the upswing with employers in the Twin Cities and other metropolitan areas. “Things are ramping up exponentially. This year, we’ve seen a lot of upper managers and directors being hired,” says Linda Forseth, President o...
I Don’t Wanna
by Julie Walraven - Mar, 2010
The commonality of lack of energy and lack of motivation strikes a cord in many professional people today. I would guess a day doesn’t go by when I don’t hear the words, “I’m overwhelmed.” Someone said that overwhelmed is the new busy. We have so many forms of stimulation coming at us from all angles on a daily basis that frequently we suffer from being tired, and well...overwhelmed. We don’t sleep enough, rest enough, g...
Many College Students Need An Employment Coach
by Bob Roth - Mar, 2010
When students head off to college, most have expectations of graduating with a good paying job. They can see themselves in a nice apartment, having a new car and with plenty of money for fun and entertainment. If that is your dream too and you want to improve your chances for job hunting success, an employment coach is an option that you should consider. Unfortunately, too many students don?t believe that they must compete...
How To Manage A Job Interview For Maximum Impact
by Ramon Greenwood - Mar, 2010
It's a cardinal sin to go into a job interview without planning and preparing to manage the opportunity for maximum impact. First of all, be aware of the six criteria by which most interviewers will rate your interview skills and qualifications for the job. 1. Personal impression you make: neatness in dress and manner; self-confidence; and maturity. 2. Preparation for the interview: knowledge about the business of the...
Courageous or Kamikaze?
by Suzanne Bates - Mar, 2010
I have a theory about why people say stupid things in meetings. Having said a few stupid things in my own career, I went searching for an answer that didn’t malign overall intelligence. So my theory is that most of the time when people say something dumb they’re doing it out of courage. They believe whatever they have to say has to be said. Of course it is important to encourage people to speak freely. If the CEO has not...
How To Research Your Way To a Networking Contact
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2010
Is it socially acceptable to go up to random people on the street and invite them to coffee? Typically, no. You need to have a reason to meet, and it is up to you to come up with the reason before you do the inviting! Research is a key factor for successful networking. I like to tell my clients, “Don’t look for a job, look for a company.” Similarly, networkers should not first try to identify a list of people to meet, but...
Five Questions to Ask BEFORE You Start Your Next Job Search
by Tai Goodwin - Mar, 2010
After many anxious nights and frustrating days you’ve finally made a decision: you need to find a new job. Over the last few months you may have gone back and forth, thinking and rethinking, questioning if you should just stick it out or is now the time for you to get your resume updated in plans for finding a new home for your talent. The perfect timing for you to start your search is before you begin feeling a desperate need...
Managing Your Daily To-Do List
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Mar, 2010
Do you ever find you get so caught up in your list of things to do that you don't seem to get anything done? Following these four ideas to help you manage your daily tasks and long range projects will result in lots of checkmarks on your chore list! 1. The Daily To-Do Priority Technique: Look at your list of tasks. Put an "A" next to the items that absolutely have to be done first. Put a "B" next to the items that really ne...
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