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Still Sending Out Resumes? You’re Doing it Wrong

25 January 2012

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Yesterday on Marketplace, Kai Ryssdal interviewed Jai Damian, a hard-working American working part-time though she wants a full-time job.  The article was about her predictions on the State of the Union Address from President Obama that aired later in the evening (Damian shared her comments after hearing the SOTU address in this follow-up piece). The [...]

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How to Annoy A Recruiter

17 March 2009

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Its not fair, but recruiters pwn you when it comes to getting an interview. Until you’ve moved beyond the screening stage and your recruiter is actively working with you, TREAD CAREFULLY or some of these behaviors might lead to an eternal busy signal when calling your recruiter. If you want to hurry up and wait, [...]

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What Are The Best Companies to Work For in America?

10 November 2008

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Annually, Fortune Magazine highlights the 100 best companies to work for in the US. Thanks to the economic downturn, many people are looking to recession-proof their jobs, and part of that includes changing jobs. Here’s the latest list (below), from the February 4, 2008 edition.  Find the full Fortune 100 list online. It’s worth noting [...]

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Standing Out From the Crowd

15 October 2008

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If you’re vying for a position at a company, there is a fine line you must walk between looking like everyone else and being so different you don’t fit in at all. Here’s a few simple ideas I can suggest for getting around the gatekeepers, receiving straight feedback, and (if you’re right for it) the [...]

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Don’t Be A Know-It-All

9 June 2008

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A provocative post about Helicopter Parenting on Modite this morning reminded me of some advice I frequently give to job-seekers, but I don’t know that I’ve ever really mentioned it clearly here. Don’t lie. Admit when you don’t know something… but immediately prove to me that you can assemble the resources to get it figured [...]

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Anonymity Challenge for Passive Seekers

29 April 2008

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Today, I listened to Peter Clayton’s Total Picture Radio interview with Jim McGovern of ItzBig.  In the interview, he addressed something in a way–I am embarassed to admit–I never fully grasped before: The Anonymity Problem for Job Seekers The simple fact of the matter is, the Recruiting Industry has long been too sympathetic to the [...]

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Three Things Jobseekers Need

15 April 2008

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Over and over again when I meet people seeking a job change, there’s three basic things everyone needs: A Purpose – I am amazed at the number of people that don’t quite know what they want… they just want something different. Well, that’s a start, but won’t get you far. A Resume that Works – [...]

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Bestest Blog Post Evaaaar?

4 March 2008

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I think I just wrote the best blog post of my life… and it wasn’t even on MY BLOG.  It was on Jason’s… down in the comments. It’s how to get yourself noticed by a hiring manager when you have too many skills, or you’re overqualified, or you  are a round-peg in a square-hole. Related [...]

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Interview Rules for Designers

27 February 2008

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Since I’m currently recruiting for a Web UI & Graphic Designer, the following caught my eye and I thought to share. Jessica Petersen, Senior UI Designer at local tech company Omniture, posted the following to the local Utah Graphic Arts Foundation email list, which I think is a great set of rules for interviewing if [...]

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What’s It Like Working for SOS Staffing…

3 January 2008

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I was asked a question from someone who found me on LinkedIn about what it’s like working for SOS Staffing, my parent company. Here’s most of my reply, as I thought it would be valuable. Note also, that this blog and all its content are solely my own opinions, and may at any time prove [...]

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