My New Awesome Productivity Routine — and How it Can Work for You
by Dana Sitar - Nov, 2012
I’ve recently adopted a new work routine, inspired by the increasingly-popular Pomodoro Technique, but modified for my particular purposes. It’s made such a difference to my sanity and productivity working from home or from the road that I’m eager to share it. Take the tips that work for you, and, as always, modify it to fit your life/workstyle. The Rules Rule #1: Set a timer for 40 minutes, and focus that time on a pa...
Tips for Making a Short and Succinct Elevator Pitch
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2012
Everyone knows how to introduce themselves, right? It's just like those name tags organizers pass out at networking events, "Hello, my name is…" Unfortunately, a lot of job seekers have a tough time getting beyond that very basic introduction. Sure, they can chat about where they grew up or their favorite book or movie, but when it comes time to say something smart and relevant about their job search interests, it gets a littl...
Top 5 Things Recruiters Hate
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2012
Okay executives, no matter what phase of your job search you are in, a time will come when you will cross paths with a recruiter, whether it is an in-house recruiter, retained recruiter or contingent recruiter. A quick review of the three types of recruiters: In-house recruiter is an employee of the company whose job is to recruit employees for job openings. This recruiter may have other HR duties or talent management resp...
Tips to Turn a Temporary Position into a Full-Time Job
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2012
When most people think of temp work, they picture young professionals with no or very recent college diplomas working a series of low-level administrative jobs. I’ve recently learned that this perception is very outdated. In New York City last week, I sat down with Rebecca Cenni, CEO of Atrium Staffing, to talk about how the new kind of temporary worker is actually a mid-level professional who takes on a short-term consul...
How to Answer Interview Questions
by Ozzie Saunds - Nov, 2012
This formula, known as CAR, will greatly assist you in becoming an effective “storyteller” while discussing your past experience and successes. It works very well with answering behavioural-based interview questions. Context = First, you give the hiring manager a brief description of the situation that you were in. Action = Second, you describe the specific steps and strategy you implemented to deal with the above situati...
10 Reasons Employees Resign
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2012
Good managers know very well how expensive employee turnover can be and work diligently to keep those costs at a minimum. It is a fact that not every employee can be retained no matter how fairly they are treated, and some are actually welcome to leave. Below are ten reasons employees resign, along with suggestions for retaining those valuable players that are hard or impossible to replace: 1. Employees Feel Underapprecia...
Career Change: Expert Advice To Help You Achieve the Change You’ve Been Dreaming About
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2012
Years of college or university, then onto your first full-time job. You may switch companies and advance in your industry. But as the saying goes, change is good, and you are ready for a shift in a completely new direction. Exciting as it is, consider the factors below before taking the plunge: Why? A simple word with a possibly complicated answer. Why do you want this career change? Are you simply bored with your curr...
If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2012
I had a great conversation with Jamie Harrison at Black Enterprise magazine recently. She wrote a very interesting article, If the Job Doesn’t Fit, You Must … Well … Quit, about knowing how to evaluate job opportunities and whether they’re a fit for you! This is a process that’s different for every individual, so keep that in mind. Here are some additional thoughts I wanted to share with you… 1) GET A JOB: As a college stu...
Lessons from the Shark Tank: How to Lose an Offer in 15 Minutes or Less
by Rich Jones - Nov, 2012
We can learn a lot of lessons from the hit show Shark Tank, both as entrepreneurs and as job seekers. Haven’t seen the show? Think a panel interview with five no-nonsense CEOs, except that you’re seeking investments for your company instead of a job. If you don’t know your stuff, they’ll tear you apart. If you do, the world—or at least some of their money—could be yours. During this past Friday’s episode, we saw an emo...
3 Job-Search Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making
by Robert Chen - Nov, 2012
Want a job you love? Jumpstart your job search with our online How to Get a Job bootcamp. How long has it been since you either became unemployed or began looking for a new job while stuck in one you hate? If the answer is somewhere between “a while” and “way, way too long,” it’s worth rolling up your sleeves and asking some uncomfortable questions about why you haven’t landed somewhere new yet. Is it the 8.3...
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