How to write a great job description

Writing a great job specification requires a little thought, because to attract great candidates you need to know what the perfect candidate looks like. A job specification should do the same job as a CV: catch the eye of great candidates and persuade them that your company – and specifically this role – is for

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Should You Work with a Recruiter?

Some people estimate that only 1 percent to 3 percent of all resumes sent will result in actual job interviews. That translates to sending out 50 resumes resulting in no more than two interviews. Many positions are confidential replacements, so you may never hear about them because the company seeking to hire is working with

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The Most Annoying, Overused Words in the Workplace

“Could you interface with that team on its ad campaign that’s gone viral, and then circle back with me? If we can leverage similar assets, we’ll have a game changer.” Ever heard talk like that in your workplace? If it sounds familiar, it could be the buzzwords. “Leverage,” “interface,” and “circle back” are among the

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Is It Time to Bail From The ‘Parachute’ Book?

Since “What Color Is Your Parachute?” by Richard Nelson Bolles was published 31 years ago, it’s become known to many as the job-hunters’ bible. The book, published by Ten Speed Press, has topped business bestseller lists and a new, revised edition is reissued annually. But does this book really deserve its iconic status? With unemployment

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Don’t Be a Casualty Of These Career-Killers

Have you ever fallen victim to a career-killing move? You know the feeling — realizing that what you’ve just said to a client may have been inappropriate, or the outfit you’re wearing might look better on the beach than in the boardroom? Or, perhaps you hit the “reply to all” button on your e-mail, instead

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Effective Interviewing Key To Making A Good Hire

The ability to conduct an effective interview is a critical skill for all hiring managers. Knowing how to screen for the right candidate will save you the headache of a bad hire and help you assemble an all-star team, says career coach Cynthia Shapiro, author of the book “Corporate Confidential.” The goal of every hiring

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Questions to Expect: Teamwork

The quality search Interviewers, inevitably, seek the ideal candidate. To become this perfect hire, put yourself in the mind of the interviewer. Take a good look at yourself. What does this person look like? How does this person dress, and carry him or herself? Which qualities does this interviewee demonstrate in his or her answers?

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