Go For It!

January 12th, 2010

I recently attended my husband’s high school reunion .  I won’t say how many years, but enough to be past the need to impress or hold a clique grudge.  My vantage was an interesting one because I had not attended the same school or lived in the same area to have attended a rival.  I could just sit back and take in the conversation.  One of the attendees said something that continues to amaze and amuse me even as I am writing this.  After all of these years and countless real life experiences she remarked that how amazing that she would find herself having a lively conversation with a group of people she would have never  spoken to in high school.  What lost opportunities!

Life in all of it’s manifestations is all about networking.  In the work world networking can make or break careers.  It is crucial that anyone looking for a  … Read More

New Hires and Speed Dating

January 8th, 2010

Just when you thought you had the whole interview process under control the rules change.  In a competitive job market the employer has had to become as creative as the prospective job applicant.  Employers are seeing huge numbers of applicants for very limited job postings.  The cost of hiring is expensive both monetarily and in man hours needed to find the ideal candidate.  As an applicant what can you expect?  As an employer what can you do to maximize your resources and limit your risks?

First the employer;  you have less than ten jobs and more than nine hundred responses to your posting, rather than read each resume try to scale down the pool of candidates.  Send a group email to each of the respondents asking for a next step, ie. send in writing sample, references, come to an informational open house etc.  Then wait to see who responds.  Chances are, less … Read More

Looking for a Job? Maybe You Should Stop

November 20th, 2009

It is true the job market stinks.  It seems everyone is either laid off, early retired, or not able to get their foot in on the “entry level”.  In our earlier blog we talked about the problem of having been out of work too long.  We have also covered securing gaps in the resume.  If you have been actively seeking employment for some time now maybe it is time to STOP!

How dare I suggest such a thing? I know you have no intention of not working.  You feel more fulfilled and have a greater sense of self worth when you are doing something, preferably compensated.  My real point is maybe you need to STOP and reevaluate how you are approaching your job search.

If you have been at this for several months to a year or beyond maybe your search and search habits have become stagnant.  Take a step back and … Read More

Explaining Gaps in a Resume

November 18th, 2009

One of the hardest obstacles many a job seeker encounters is how to explain gaps, (a period of time without relevant experience) on a resume.  For the newbie (recent college graduate) the gap may be absence from school and not the workplace.  For the career changer it may be due to any of a number of reasons.  The best way to get around the gap is to not avoid it but address it head on.

If you left the work place to focus on family, raise a family or care of an ill family member, it is alright to say that.  A more creative way to address it is to quantify that experience into work place transferable skills.  Capitalize on any volunteer positions you had during that time.  Use any classes or workshops you may have attended and the skills you learned or kept current by doing so.

If your gap is … Read More