Prepare Your References For Job Search Success
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2010
This month’s question relates to preparing for success...What should job seekers do now to prepare for interviews? Let’s face it, sometimes a long-time job search winds up in an interview scheduled with little lead time. Be sure to follow the links listed below for answers that may include information regarding: • References (Whom to ask? Do references even matter, when everyone is busy Googling?) • Interview preparation/r...
How To Give a Great Presentation
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2010
Over the last several years, I’ve given a few hundred presentations. I like to think I get better each year, but that doesn’t happen automatically. As a result of consulting experts and reading a lot on the topic, I’ve compiled some best practices that I try to use in my remarks to conferences, corporations, and universities across the country. Interact with your audience in advance Learn as much as you can about the p...
Shift Your Career Into High Gear With This Tip
by Andy Robinson - May, 2010
Whether you work for a global corporation, a small business, or for yourself, it is absolutely essential that you THINK and ACT like an "owner" -- "own" your job, own your role as a leader or manager, own your roles and responsibilities -- put yourself in the shoes of a business owner, and think and behave as any owner would do. This is not new advice; many of us have heard this before, and many of us have probably given this...
Five Ways to Screw up Your Sales Leads
by Barbara Giamanco - May, 2010
Companies invest sizable chunks of time and money implementing lead generation campaigns that are designed to deliver high potential sales opportunities to their sales force. The idea is that sales activity becomes more focused when reps are responding to qualified leads that have the highest potential for close (as identified by specific factors designed into the led gen campaign). In theory, this is exactly what should happe...
Take a Ride in the Elevator Before You Interview
by Barbara Safani - May, 2010
Everyone needs an elevator pitch which is a quick overview of who you are and the value you can bring to an organization. This overview of your competencies was coined the elevator pitch because the message should be succinct enough to deliver to an important decision maker if you had the chance to ride up in an elevator with him or her. The elevator pitch is also the perfect response to many interview questions including:...
Avoid These Reference Mistakes
by Dawn Bugni - May, 2010
I was having lunch with a friend a few years ago when a former coworker of hers entered the restaurant. It had been years since they worked together or even seen each other. They exchanged hugs and “how ya beens” quickly catching up on each other’s lives. The former coworker (we’ll call her Janet) shared that her family was moving to Raleigh in a few weeks and she would soon be looking for a new job in a new town. What she...
How Corporate America Can Win Back Employee Trust
by J.T. O'Donnell - May, 2010
It’s no surprise 55% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Recent events have taken the employee-employer relationship to the breaking point. Millions of people have been laid-off, giving them plenty of time to watch the news and see the corruption that contributed to their situation. The average length of unemployment is now 7+ months. Meanwhile, those who weren’t let go are dealing with survivor’s guilt and excessiv...
Stop Being Creative in Your Job Search
by Kevin Donlin - May, 2010
“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” That’s according to economist and Harvard professor, Theodore Levitt. And that’s absolutely correct. Especially in job hunting, where too many people think too much and do too little. Want proof? According to surveys cited by David Wessel in The Wall Street Journal, “The unemployed in the United States spend 40 minutes a day looking for work...
The Seven Secrets of Passive Candidate Recruiting
by Lou Adler - May, 2010
Between 1978 and 2002, I personally made 457 placements. These represented a combination of retained and contingency searches ranging from professional staff to general management. In addition, I was actively involved in another 283 search assignments where I either got the retained assignment, or had my candidates as finalists. In total, about 60 percent of these were true passive candidates. The others were hot tiptoers who...
The Perfect Antidote To Discontent Is A Proactive Approach
by Patricia Erickson - May, 2010
Ever asked yourself what is really important in your career? If you’re not content or fulfilled, now might be the perfect time to do just that – take some time for personal-reflection. Read on and you’ll get a sense of how to take a proactive approach to career change, which could lead to a career filled with personal satisfaction and fulfillment. Consider the following as you reflect: Discontent sets in when you do not...
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