Eight Reasons Why You Need a Personal Brand
by Stacey Lane - Feb, 2014
I used to be skeptical about personal brands. They felt contrived and a bit manipulative – and far too self-promotional for my liking. I like to think of myself as discerning – I hate feeling like I’m being sold on anything. I was wrong. Personal branding is just another way of saying that you’re clear about you. Your brand is your authenticity. It’s that simple. What shifted for me is that I see branding as a way to...
3 Key Tips to Customize Your Resume
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
In an era in which you can send off 100 resumes in just a few minutes, I’m always getting the question, “Do I have to customize my resume to each job application?” Sorry folks, but the answer is yes. Here are three ways to customize your resume each and every time. Hiring managers get so many resumes that they will easily discard the resumes that don’t meet their specifications exactly. Fortunately, though, you don’t have t...
Career & Job Search Networking Made Easy: 14 Excuses NOT to Network And How To Get Over Them
by Michelle Dumas - Feb, 2014
If you do not yet see the value of career and job search networking, this article is not for you. If you do not like job search networking, that is poor excuse for avoiding the key to your future career success. Developing, strengthening, and sustaining professional network relationships is at the center of your growth – or not. You are not the only one. You are not the only one who does not like “working” people you me...
Salary Negotiation Trends
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2014
It used to be that we said, “The first person who mentions a number [for salary] loses.” Is that still true today? Not according to Liz Ryan, whose article on Forbes titled “How to Negotiate A Job Offer” labels that advice as old-school thinking–true maybe as recently as 1995 but not anymore. As Ryan says, “For the most part, job offers today are surprising on the low side, if they’re surprising at all. Once a lowball offe...
Get Noticed with a Resume Focused on Your Achievements
by Mindy Thomas - Jan, 2014
The number one fatal flaw in nearly every resume I review is that they are written in what I refer to as the “80s” style. By this I mean that every job and every “given” responsibility is listed in a bulleted format. Are you telling your career story in this way? If you are nodding your head yes, then stay with me because I promise to provide solid information to help clarify how to tell your readers (the hiring folks)...
The OFCCP Digest Volume 4, Issue 1
by Local JobNetwork™ - Jan, 2014
Volume 4, Issue 1 Is the OFCCP Just Making Things Up As It Goes Along? by Cara Yates Crotty, Esq. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its revised regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment As...
Affirmative Action by Default - Achievements without Trying
by Debra Milstein Gardner - Jan, 2014
Affirmative Action (AA) has been around for more than 60 years and it has been demonstrated that there have been advancements in the employment of minorities and women associated with affirmative action. Therefore we might argue that, YES, affirmative action is taking place and we are seeing women and minorities make headway in the workforce. HOWEVER, it is unclear whether the contractor's AA efforts are influencing these su...
Algorithm of the OFCCP Enforcement Trend - Part 1 of 3
by Ahmed Younies - Jan, 2014
This first part of three, addresses the enforcement practices in 2013 and what it means for 2014. Let's begin with some of the highlights from 2013 that give us an idea of what makes the OFCCP tick: The OFCCP in general has focused on what it calls "systemic discrimination", in selection and hiring and particularly paid attention in 2013 to non-traditional victims. Goodwill Industries of Southern California settled for...
Contract Compliance in the Context of Transgender Discrimination
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - Jan, 2014
I recently received, from former OFCCP colleagues, a copy of an article posted on Buzzfeed.com on December 4, 2013. The headline read, "Federal Official Refuses to Say Whether Office is Protecting Trans Workers." Apparently, the only response the agency was willing to offer was a reiteration that, "OFCCP follows Title VII precedent in everything." The purpose of this article is to shed some light on what that response may actu...
Preparing for the Revised Veterans and Disability Regulations - What's Due on March 24
by Bill Osterndorf - Jan, 2014
Federal contractors and subcontractors across the United States are preparing to implement revised regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in regard to protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. These revised regulations were issued on September 24, 2013. Some of the requirements in these revised regulations must be implemented by March 24, 2014...
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