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.”

 

How to Deal with Job Search Frustration

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search

How to Deal with Job Search FrustrationCollegeRecruiter.com

By William Frierson, staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com
Author Website: http://www.collegerecruiter.com/

Is your job search getting the best of you?  With so many people competing for jobs, it is understandable that you are frustrated about not having landed some opportunity.  However, you can’t give up on your search.  Instead, learn how to deal with frustration productively.  Remember these tips:

Create a goal list which includes target companies, people you have networked with, and any follow ups with job applications you have completed- By knowing what you want to do and tracking your progress, you will have this information for future reference and a reminder of your goal, which is getting hired.

Have your resume reviewed by a professional recruiter or resume writer and make the adjustments needed- It can’t hurt to have someone else look at your resume for mistakes that could make a difference in getting more interviews.

Take a day off- While you should spend much time on your job search, it might be beneficial to take a day away from it.  Focusing on something else will loosen you up, and release any stress you’re feeling before returning to the job search.

For more tips on dealing with job search frustration, see the source below.

Experiencing job search frustration is a possibility.  How you handle it will factor in to whether or not you land a new job.

Information provided by Paula-Anne Sherron.

-Source-
http://thecareernews.com/newsletter.php?news=2656

 

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Job Search 101: Without a Well-Written Resume, You Won’t Get Results

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Job Search 101: Without a Well-Written Resume, You Won’t Get Results

By Christina Archer, Executive Recruiter, Resume Writer, Social Media Consultant and Author

Author Website: http://icareersearch.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/job-search-101-without-a-well-written-resume-you-wont-get-results/

I often hear candidates say they’ve been applying for numerous jobs, but all they receive is an auto-responder message from the employer or recruiter, stating their resume has been received. As a candidate, you need to realize that you won’t get answers to every application; neither employers nor recruiters can respond personally to each and every resume they receive.

If you do not get a response, re-evaluate your target and approach. It may be that you did not meet the exact specifications for a position. It may be that your resume isn’t properly presenting your experience, talent, and qualifications.

As a job seeker, your resume is your marketing brochure, with the goal of selling your skills and experience. I review many resumes that simply list in chronological order, all of the positions an individual has held over the span of their career. Does that really market you?

A quality resume has to spotlight and focus on your most relevant skills and experience, to the position you are targeting. One of the biggest mistakes I see candidates regularly make, is creating a one-size fits all resume, and actually thinking this will land them interviews. It can’t.

Here are 3 tips to ensure your phone starts ringing with interview appointments, today!

1. Know what your target job is. You cannot apply for every position out there, when you don’t meet the qualifications. Be deliberate in your approach, and know what position you want to get. Don’t give up too quickly; if you meet the qualifications, and your resume is crafted appropriately, you will receive calls.

2. Do your research before writing your resume. They can vary greatly, based on your industry and specialty. If you’re writing your own resume, look at the job description for the position you want, and include keywords you see within that description. In order to get results, your resume must be very focused and specific.

3. Consider hiring a professional resume writer. When you’re out of a job, it may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it’s literally one of the most important investments you can make in your career. Once you have a well written and impactful resume, you can easily update it as your career expands. Many candidates who utilize the services of a professional resume writer, find they obtain interview invitations and job offers exponentially faster than candidates who did not.

 

Receive your complimentary resume analysis now, and receive feedback via email with specific instructions on how to improve its performance.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Secrets to Impressing your Recruiter and Landing the Job

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Interview, Job Search, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Resume

Secrets to Impressing your Recruiter and Landing the Job

Rob Reeves

Rob Reeves

By Rob Reeves, CEO, President

 

Whether you are applying directly to a company or working with an independent search firm, you need to impress the recruiter! The recruiter is likely your first point of contact, you need to impress them and do your part to streamline the process.

How? Read more »

Do You Have Your References in Hand? You Should!

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Do You Have Your References in Hand?

You Should!

 

Whether you are an active job seeker or not it is always good to be prepared.

Obviously if you are on an active job search, you want to be prepared. Some hiring processes are lengthy, but sometimes a job offer can come faster than you anticipated. If you have your references together, you demonstrate your professionalism and preparedness to move.

What if you are perfectly happy where you are and haven’t even thought of looking? Read more »

How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Interview, Talent Acquisition

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

How to Hire the Best Candidate: Get Out of Your Own Way

By Shannon Tinker

Last month, I offered some pre-resume reviewing steps for preserving time and sanity during the hiring process.  Hiring isn’t rocket science.  You get approval, decide what you want and need and then go about finding “It.”  What’s surprising is what happens when you do find “It.”  Managers make tough decisions daily, yet when faced with a viable candidate they don’t always make their move.

Even veteran managers accumulate reasons for why they shouldn’t extend a job offer to the right candidate. I’m not suggesting that you should jump on any candidate with Java on his resume and a pulse.  (This isn’t 1999!)  But it is interesting and heartbreaking when “best practices” and fear get in the way of hiring your next star employee. Read more »

Things to Know Before Reviewing Your First Resume

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Hiring Strategies

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

Things to Know Before Reviewing Your First Resume

By Shannon Tinker

Hallelujah!  You’ve been given the green light to add employees to your team and not a moment too soon.  Your team has been in the trenches since the economy’s infamous downturn and despite your efforts, your hiring budget has remained nonexistent.  Your new hiring breakthrough is exciting and it’s tempting to start the candidate search ASAP.  Evaluating some key elements before jumping into the candidate pool with both feet can ensure a successful search, and minimize the level of frustration for you and your team. Read more »

When is the Best Time to Look for a New Job?

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks

Beth Cliff

Beth Cliff

When is the Best Time to Look for a New Job?

By Beth Cliff, Executive Recruiter, High Tech Engineering Talent Manager

The old adage follows that the best time to look for a job is when you already have one.  While this may still hold true, the reality of today’s economic climate dictates that many excellent candidates are finding themselves unemployed and in the midst of a job search.  There are pros and cons to both classifications of candidates – those who are employed and those who are not, when it comes to identifying your next career opportunity.  What I have found over the years as a Recruiter is that no matter what your motivation for seeking a new opportunity, preparation and attitude are key. Read more »

How to Write a Resume. (Yes, another article on writing your resume!)

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Resume

How to Write a Resume.

The number of words written on writing resumes is astounding. Just Google “resume” and the results go on forever. This article attempts to summarize some resume basics and put forth some ideas based on several decades of cumulative experience and countless thousands of resumes read.

Let’s start with the basics.

Why are you writing a resume? You are trying to sell yourself for an opportunity. You are the product you are marketing, so sell yourself! Why does a prospective employer need you? Explain your value proposition. Remember, your resume is typically your first opportunity to introduce and sell yourself; it is often also your last opportunity.

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