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Overestimating the Value of Experience

I taught a mature jobseekers workshop earlier this week in which quite a discussion ensued  regarding a person’s work experience. Why would an employer not want to hire me? I have 24 years of experience, I know what the employer needs, and if I’m that qualified, they should be banging down my door! It does seem … Continue reading

6 Signs of a Bad Hire – Make Sure You’re Not One!

With employers, recruiting is all about two things: COST and RISK: the cost of the recruitment and the risk that you won’t work out. According to National Business Research Institute (NBRI), a bad hire can set an employer back from $25,000 to $300,000! (Yes, that’s a lot of zeros.) The five main factors to help … Continue reading

4 Killer Marketing Quick Fixes for Job Hunters

These days looking for a job is less about the traditional “pounding the pavement” and more about marketing yourself. Now unless you have worked as a full time marketer, you probably know as little about marketing as I did when I was looking for a job. That was 5 years ago, and things have changed … Continue reading

Identify Yourself!

I sent an important email to a large number of jobseekers this morning, requiring a quick response from interested individuals. It concerned a job that needed to be filled by the end of the day, if possible. I received a couple of responses back from emails I didn’t recognize, and they didn’t sign their names at … Continue reading

Personality Tests

I met with a jobseeker today who showed me the results of a personality test he had recently taken while applying for a sales job. It was well-worded, concise in its findings, and presented him quite clearly as an outgoing and social person with high standards in excellence and a strong moral compass. Perhaps that is why he … Continue reading

Presenting Yourself to Employers: A Novel Approach

It’s election season again. I can tell that because yesterday I found my local voter’s pamphlet and a ballot in my mailbox. The county in which I live is preparing for Primary and Special Elections, from what the pamphlet says. To be totally honest, I don’t really follow those things very much– probably not as … Continue reading

How our Recent Recession was a Blessing to Jobseekers

The Great Recession of 2008, as it seems to now be known, took a heavy toll on workers as millions were laid off or otherwise found themselves jobless—some for the first time in decades. Following the old adage, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” I’d like to point out that coming out … Continue reading

Show And Tell– Job Search Style

  Richard Bolles, in his book What Color Is Your Parachute? (ed. 2012) describes the order of preference in which most employers hunt for employees. First, easily enough for the employer, is to hire from within the existing company structure. The employer’s thoughts: “I want to hire someone whose work I have already seen.” The … Continue reading

GET OVER IT!

When I go bike riding I often listen to music by the 70s rock group Eagles. There is a song I listen to quite frequently, called “Get Over It.” It helps me remember to keep my mind on the positive side. Don Henley and Glenn Frey, the writers, didn’t pull any punches!       “You‘re making … Continue reading

Those Fickle Employers!

Just when you think you got ’em figured out… Articles on newest trends in resume writing say it’s passé to include the words, “References provided upon request.” I tell people if they don’t have room at the bottom of their resume for this statement, not to worry about it for the same reason– these days, it’s … Continue reading

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