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
Managers often terminate employees with phrases like “not a good fit,” “just not working out,” and “maybe there’s something better for you out there.” While these words can be painful, they may also be the catalyst you need to take your talents, and quirks, elsewhere.
Does your boss sneer, scream, or intimidate? If so, you could be working for a career-damaging bully. “When the bullying comes from the boss, the aggression has its strongest negative effects,” says Sandy Hershcovis, a researcher at the University of Manitoba who reviewed 110 studies on workplace aggression.
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.
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
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
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
Are you self-employed and attempting to re-enter the workforce as a W-2 employee?
Most graduate students have the skills it takes to succeed in business – some just need help navigating the world outside of the Ivory Tower. “Most of them are wrestling with academic life verses non-academic life,” says Paula Foster, creator of WRK4US, a job-help listserve for academics considering alternative careers. “Because the academic world is
The Star Trek transporter has just been invented. Spell out some of the effects on the transportation industry. Here’s another (actual) case which calls for strategy analysis. First of all, remember not to make any assumptions. Don’t apologize for not watching the show – ask your interviewer (who, if they’ve given you this question, is
Ok, now I have an informational interview… what the heck do I ask? While it’s true that an informational interview is based on the assumption that you don’t know a ton about the industry and you want to learn more, common sense tells you that you should know something about the industry. Your questions will
The following sample interview questions and answers are for the types of questions you should expect during an interview for a business development research analyst position.
What is a Resume? A resume is a summary of a person’s business or professional qualifications, educational background and work experience for a particular position. The purpose of a resume is to market capabilities, qualifications and credentials to potential employers.
Whether you’re casually or doggedly conducting your job search, know that with each resume and job application you submit, your online persona becomes fair game for prospective employers hoping to gain greater insight into who you are and what sort of life you lead. But, what if you haven’t even applied for any jobs? It’s
If a job interview doesn’t cause you even the slightest amount of stress, check your pulse – you might not be human. Job interviews are at the top of the list of stress inducers, and the ups and downs of the interview process can kick your hormones into high gear. The best way to reduce