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    Trouble in a Stiff Job Market

    Trouble in a Stiff Job Market
    A reader writes: I'm a recent college graduate. I apply to countless job postings per day. Most of these are through online job boards. In recent months I have gotten crafty and researched (via Google and online networking tools) those in the department I would like to work for and emailed them directly in tandem with applying online through the proper ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Legal Implications of Negative Employee References

    Legal Implications of Negative Employee References
    What do you do when a soon-to-be former employee asks for a reference letter as he or she goes out the door? Does your company have a "no comment" approach to references for employees? Are there risks in giving someone a half-true recommendation? Some companies, fearful of discrimination and slander suits from former employees, will only verify dates of employment, salary, ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Ace That Interview (By Not Doing This).

    Ace That Interview (By Not Doing This).
    One position, multiple applicants – but still one of them has to be and will be selected, what gives? To complicate things further some of them might even have the same educational qualification and experience, what’s the deciding factor? Selecting the younger of the two is what happens at the Universities, not necessarily at the workplace. The interviewer will not feel ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    How to Let Potential Employers Know You're Off the Market

    How to Let Potential Employers Know You're Off the Market
    A reader writes: I got a job that I really wanted and I'm happy and grateful. My question is what's the best way to let other prospective employers know? These are places where I put in resumes, but haven't gotten interviews. (If I had interviewed for another job and was still waiting, I would call the hiring manager when I got ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Fall of the Handshake

    The Fall of the Handshake
    At a recent conference, the emcee announced that some attendees might be reluctant to shake hands (with all of the media talk about colds and flu) and suggested it was perfectly acceptable to find an alternative greeting such as the fist bump. At first, I thought this was kinda weird. I mean, a public declaration that it’s OK not to shake ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Networking at Work is Important for New Hires

    Networking at Work is Important for New Hires
    After you’ve successfully completed a job search, shouldn’t networking be the last thing on your mind? Not so, say networking experts. In fact, internal networking, right from the beginning, is key to maintaining the upward trajectory of your career. Here’s how to successfully launch your networking campaign at a new job. Why Network from the Start? “When you start in a ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Seven Tips for Jump Starting a Stalled Job Search

    Seven Tips for Jump Starting a Stalled Job Search
    A growing number of jobseekers find themselves in the midst of a long-term job search. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. jobless rate soared to a four-year high of 5.7% in July 2008 and the average job search took more than four months to net results. However, some critics would put this number and the number of the unemployed ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Three Key Traits of Successful Jobseekers

    Three Key Traits of Successful Jobseekers
    The current job market is challenging for everyone. Job hunters are finding themselves in a long, grueling job hunt – despite years of experience and impressive degrees. Yet, many job hunters are finding success. There is no single formula for job search success. However, Daniel Johnson, Jr., host of How I Got My Job, has noticed that successful job hunters do ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Creative Ways to Deal With Unemployment

    Creative Ways to Deal With Unemployment
    When Erik Moser was laid off from his job in public relations in January 2009, he improvised to keep his finances afloat. He scaled back on eating out. He picked up a few odd jobs, like babysitting for his sister and dog walking for friends. He even got out of the lease on his Chicago apartment and moved back in with ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Calculate Your Benefits' Worth to Evaluate the Offer

    Calculate Your Benefits' Worth to Evaluate the Offer
    The best way to put a dollar value on benefits as part of a job offer is to ask the prospective employer to do it for you, says management expert Lonnie Pacelli, author of The Project Management Advisor: 18 Major Project Screw-Ups, and How to Cut Them Off at the Pass. Jim Greeley, director of career services at Merrimack College in ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Ready to Hire? You Have Many Employee Options

    Ready to Hire? You Have Many Employee Options
    NEW YORK - Even though the economy is still suffering and many small businesses won't be hiring for some time, some companies are thinking about taking on more workers. The question for many is, what kind? Some business owners will hire full-time or part-time employees, while others will consider going the independent contractor route. Temps are another option. Each kind of ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    You Don’t Have To Blog To Rise Up

    You Don’t Have To Blog To Rise Up
    I know my blog has certainly helped me rise up. Other’s blogs have helped them rise up. I am going to an unconference that is going to focus on HR people who are interested in blogging. Someone may ask me if they should start a blog. In the past, my answer was an unhesitant yes. Of course you should. Why shouldn’t ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Handling Employee Resignations Gracefully

    Handling Employee Resignations Gracefully
    A reader writes: I've worked at a large non-profit for 4 years. I've recently interviewed at another non-profit and expect that they will make a job offer soon. I'm concerned about how I'll resign if offered the new job, and I'd appreciate your advice based on the following: * My manager and vice president constantly say they don't want to be ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Gap Between Pay and Performance

    Gap Between Pay and Performance
    The media coverage of exRBS chief Sir Fred Goodwin's huge pension pot triggered much debate about the connection between performance and remuneration. But 'Fred the Shred' is far from alone in securing enviable rewards for failure. Research in September 2008 by corporate remuneration consultancy Patterson Associates found that CEOs of under-performing FTSE 100 companies tended to earn more than those delivering ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Employer Won't Give Job References

    Employer Won't Give Job References
    A reader writes: I have recently been on two interviews with a company. "When can you start" and "will this salary be acceptable" have been discussed. My issue is that my former employer of 12 years has a strict reference policy that only allows them to confirm dates of employment and salary. I provided additional references at the potential new employer's ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Job-Seekers Find Their First Task is Jumping Through Hoops

    Job-Seekers Find Their First Task is Jumping Through Hoops
    Employers can be very choosy. With about six unemployed people for every posted job, hirers have the luxury of large, and often quite talented, applicant pools. And, boy, is that frustrating the applicants. In the quest to find the perfect hire, many employers are putting candidates through hours, days or even weeks of tests, interviews, presentations and tryouts. Many job hunters ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Tricked Into Resigning?

    Tricked Into Resigning?
    A reader writes: I work at a small company for now. 3 and a half people (the half being a part time contractor). There is no HR. The boss is HR. I have had several therapy sessions trying to figure him out. My therapist thinks he is an attention-deficit narcissist. He won't apologize, take responsibility, or listen. He disregards years and ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Women Urged to Tap into Green Jobs

    Women Urged to Tap into Green Jobs
    Oct. 22--Launched Wednesday, the new Women's Economic Security Campaign will be advocating nationwide to help women and female heads of household rise out of poverty and tap into job opportunities created by the emerging "green economy." "Good jobs for women are not only critical for family economic stability, they are a key component of lasting economic recovery for our nation," WESC ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume

    Just Fired? Don't Put it on Your Resume
    A reader writes: I was just terminated from my job. I was five days before being off probation and two days away from my first big job event (I plan and run conferences). Without any prior notice, meeting, or confrontation, I was ushered into my department head’s office and told that in order to make a strong team, she needed to ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    10 Awkward Interviews and How to Handle Them

    If you're a hiring manager, you've seen a variety of colorful job candidates and heard many interesting answers, creative excuses and witnessed strange interview behaviors that have left you exhausted and ready to tear your hair out, if you aren't already bald from the stress. As for interviewees, it isn't that much easier for you either. Your lack of success ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +9

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