So you made it through the pre-screens and phone interviews, and got the call. The one that says show up at this place and this time for the big interview for the job you’ve always wanted. So on “Interview Day,” you are pumped and ready to hit the starting line and get the interview underway. But where exactly
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
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
We’ve all been there. Rejection hurts, and although the ego blow is a bit harsher in the dating world, it’s no fun in business, either. And it’s not just your dignity that smarts. Companies can spend hours of time and resources on courting the perfect candidate only to be left at the altar. On top
Do you ever wonder if all those resumes you’ve submitted are being held hostage in a virtual prison never to be seen by human eyes? If so, your suspicions are partly right.
“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
You finally land an interview for a job you really want. You spend hours prepping for the meeting. You thoroughly research the company, practice responses to common interview questions, and develop a well-researched list of discussion topics.
Job seekers have long been advised to send targeted resumes and cover letters. By tailoring your application materials and playing up the skills and abilities most relevant to a specific position, you’re likelier to pique the interest of employers. But your customization efforts shouldn’t end there
Disclaimers: Two points need to be made at the outset: 1) Columbus was not the first jurisdiction to implement banding, and 2) what will be presented is not meant as an indication of how it necessarily should be done, but rather to share how we got to where we are today. Demographics: The City of
Social networking sites offer some possibilities for finding candidates, but there are downsides as well.
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
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
Are you mentally putting up roadblocks to your search? A top human-resources executive left his employer of 20 years to consult independently, but he didn’t do well, so he began job hunting. I’m a career-management consultant. We met and he became a client after he had been searching for 10 months. He was 50 years
“Do well in school, work hard, and always try your best. Success will take care of itself.” It was the advice my mom had given my three sisters and me, and it’s the advice I now give to my two young daughters. They are great rules to live by, both traditional and effective. However, in
Haven’t worked for “the man” yet? No matter how far along you are in your career, you may be able to change course to boost your income. In 1999, after five years as a college-football coach in Chicago, Jerry Bowden took up a career in public relations, seeking an increase in pay and job security.
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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