The Job Interview and Your Ears, By Carole Martin

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Interview

The Job Interview and Your Ears

By Carole Martin

If you thought interviewing was only about answering questions, you’ve been missing the point. You’ve also been missing an opportunity to gather valuable information. Listening is one of the skills most underutilized by candidates. Most people go into the interview thinking and worrying about how they will answer the questions, and they forget that they are there to find out about the job and the company. They forget to listen, observe and read between the lines.
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Positive Job Creation Indicators Revealed in the 20th Anniversary Executive Job Market Intelligence Report

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Hiring Strategies, Human Resources / Capital, Salary, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention

Positive Job Creation Indicators Revealed in the 20th Anniversary Executive Job Market Intelligence Report

Companies are planning on growth, both via new management hires and trading up new hires for existing executive roles to fill gaps or improve teams. Recruiters weighed in on executive job creation reporting they expect 51 percent of employers will be adding headcount through “trading up” with new hires for existing executive jobs and 27 percent will create new executive roles over the next six months. Only 2 percent of companies surveyed intend on continuing the management cutbacks that have been in effect during the economic downturn. Read more »

5 Reasons Why You Need More Than a Good Resume to Stand Out from the Crowd

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5 Reasons Why You Need More Than a Good Resume to Stand Out from the Crowd

Source: CareerAlley
http://CareerAlley.com

It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Whitney M. Young

 

You’ve probably heard hundreds of times that your resume is the most important document in your job search, and, that is so. But if you want to stand out from the competition, I say you need more than a great resume. In the end, only technically qualified candidates will get to interview for any open job. And, while your resume may (or may not) help you get in the door, you will need more than your resume to get the job. So, you may ask, what else do you need? Lots of research, interview preparation and (unfortunately), additional “documentation”. Read more »

The Best-Kept Secrets of Successful Job Seekers

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The Best-Kept Secrets of Successful Job Seekers

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

By Jessica Hernandez

Do you ever wonder why other candidates are bombarded with calls for interviews and are fielding offers for jobs left and right … while you’re struggling to garner any attention at all from hiring managers? It could be as simple as the resources these candidates have available to them and how they utilize them. Read more »

How Do You Evaluate Compensation At A Startup Company?

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Job Search, Salary

How Do You Evaluate Compensation At A Startup Company?

Salary evaluation is an initial part of looking at any new opportunity. And despite the various salary calculators and Bureau of Labor Statistics tracking, compensation evaluation is not cut and dried by any means.

Large companies and public corporations often make available salary information based on roles, experience, and tenure. It may be fairly easy to compare remuneration between some of the large players because of this. But how do you evaluate the right level of compensation at a startup company? Read more »

The Long Road Back – 5 Links for Starting Your Job Search

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search

Article Title: The Long Road Back – 5 Links for Starting Your Job Search
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

Journey

It’s not about where you started, it’s about the journey” – Joey Trebif

Losing your job sucks. There’s just no other way to put it. Whether you are part of a downsizing, merger, “job mismatch” or plain old Read more »

May the Equity Packages Be Forever in Your Favor

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Interview, Job Search, Offers / CounterOffers, Salary

May the Equity Packages Be Forever in Your Favor

By Joseph Walker.

Joanna Bradley, IT Sales & Marketing Recruitment Manager, was interviewed for this story on evaluating opportunities at start-ups. This article was originally published on the FINS (Wall Street Journal Digital Network) website.

 

You’ve decided to join a start-up. You’ve gone through a rigorous interview selection process and have been deemed worthy of joining a small band of brothers dedicated to nothing less than ringing the Nasdaq bell and becoming millionaires many times over. Read more »

How to Beat the 10-Second Resume Scan

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How to Beat the 10-Second Resume Scan

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Global resume authority Jessica Hernandez of http://www.greatresumesfast.com is a former HR Manager who partners with professional- and executive-level candidates to create authentic, branded resumes and cover letters.

 

It’s hard enough to get past the ATS software scanning your resume for the right keywords, but if you can get past it and get an actual human to review your resume, then you have about 10 seconds (on average) to tell them what they want to hear. If you can get their attention during the first ten seconds, then you have a greater chance of them investing more time into reading your whole resume and getting a call for the interview. So what are some strategies you can employ to up your chances of successfully getting past the initial ten-second resume scan? Read more »

Puffing, padding, lying, – What a yahoo!

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Recruiter / Recruiting, Resume

Puffing, padding, lying, –

What a yahoo!

 

The Merriam-Webster Online defines the noun yahoo as a boorish, crass, or stupid person. And while we certainly wouldn’t want to call former Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson a yahoo, he did make a very stupid decision.

 

How his bio dating back to his PayPal tenure came to include a computer science degree from Stonehill College is still unclear. This fictitious degree has replicated itself throughout two companies’ bios and into corporate documents recently filed with the SEC.

 

Scott Thompson tried to blame the introduction of the fictitious degree on the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. “We’ve are often asked to help candidates with resumes, to give feedback on organization, content, style,” said executive tech recruiter Rob Reeves, Redfish Technology. “However a recruiter would never add or invent information. It is absolutely an absurd claim.”

 

Ultimately, whether you puff, pad or lie, a day of reckoning will come. And the loss of credibility that comes on the day of reckoning will be severe. The collateral damage in this case is pretty large, disrupting a large company, interrupting focus on business, calling into question judgment, and undoubtedly damaging morale at Yahoo!.

 

Between the internet and background checks, it is never a good idea to puff or pad, and certainly never to lie. Interestingly, with the public-ization of resumes via the internet, especially sites like Linkedin, there has been an improvement in the honesty practiced on resumes.  At least in terms of prior work experience and responsibilities. This is according to a Cornell article “The Effect of Linkedin on Deception in Resumes” by Jamie Guillory and Jeffrey T. Hancock. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. March 2012.

 

“Compared with traditional resumes, Linkedin resumes were less deceptive about the kinds of information that count most to employers, namely an applicant’s prior work experience and responsibilities, but more deceptive about interests and hobbies.”