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  Should you go back to school? 4 factors to consider
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
An article published earlier this month showed that more than half of recent graduates from college did not receive a job offer prior to graduation, regardless of their undergraduate major. September 2010 data showed that the average length of unemployment was more than eight months. Scary statistics such as these have left many wondering if now is a good time to return to school. Here are some things to consider when makin...
 
  What NOT to Do in an Interview
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
Last week I had lunch with a colleague who had recently hired someone for a part-time position for her office. My colleague was interested to observe the wide variety of people who applied for a low-paying, part-time position. She was even more intrigued by one candidate’s behavior during the interview. Apparently this candidate had called on her way to the interview to say she was en route. Based on her supposed whereab...
 
  You Landed the Interview – Now What You Need to Know to Land the Offer
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Oct, 2010
I recently met a recruiter for a Fortune 50 company who interviews at least 10 candidates every day for her employer. As we all know, hiring managers are receiving anywhere from dozens to hundreds of applications for most open positions these days. Given that atmosphere, this recruiter offered the following piece of advice: If you get an interview with a company, your resume has already convinced them that you could do the j...
 
  5 Success Tips for Gen Y
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2010
It's been a while since we've talked generationally, and since these ideas came up in two media interviews this week, I thought I'd share them here: *Focus on acquiring transferable skills. You have all the time in the world to get promoted and have the responsibility of a senior executive. Enjoy not having to take care of anyone but yourself and focus on acquiring skills like project management, budgeting, sales, mark...
 
  Career Today—Gone Tomorrow. Now What? | Finding “Right-fit” Job Options
by Dawn Lennon - Oct, 2010
Read the paper. Watch the news. Get an endless dose of pundit certainty about the uncertainty in the job market. If you have a job, the news makes you uneasy. If you don’t, it makes you sweat. You can let the job market control you or you can step up! Who’s making the rules? When times are tough, we can allow ourselves to be paralyzed or stoke ourselves to act. We can choose to see the options or imprison ourselves...
 
  How to Make a Great First Impression
by Judith Lindenberger - Oct, 2010
In the Concise Oxford Dictionary, image is described as “the character or reputation of a person or thing as generally perceived.” Within seconds of meeting you, based on a single observed physical trait or behavior, people will assume to know everything about you (Social Psychology by H. Andrew Michener, John D. Delamater and Daniel J. Myers). Furthermore, according to research by Dr. Albert Mehrabian of UCLA, appearance and...
 
  Improve Your Health at Work
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2010
Today’s business environment can be a harsh place, and in addition to being difficult to cope with, it can also negatively impact your health. Check out this eye-opening research courtesy of U.S. News and World Report’s Liz Wolgemuth and learn what you can do to improve your situation. Stop eating at your desk According to the Royal Society of Chemistry, workers who sit at desks covered with crumbs from the last few week...
 
  The Job Seeker’s Death Knell—Believing Your Own Excuses
by Dawn Lennon - Oct, 2010
Beating the pavement does more than wear out your soles. It can wear out your self-confidence. Rejection is strength sapping. When the reward for trying hard and staying the course keeps netting a big fat zero, we become frustrated beyond belief, plagued by that nagging question, “Why?” Hiring decisions are the great unknown. When we walk out of a job interview, we usually have a sense of “how it went.” If we think i...
 
  What do You Mean My Organization Is Stepping Stone?
by Judith Lindenberger - Oct, 2010
I remember the moment I swore that I would always value my employees. It was the late 90s, I was the head of sales and my boss was sitting across the table. “Sales people are a dime a dozen,” he said. “I could replace anyone working here tomorrow and not miss a beat.” That told me everything I needed to know about my value to the organization and it didn’t take long before I left and started my own company. My boss’ thinkin...
 
  What Your Job Search Says About You. Sometimes It Isn’t Pretty!
by Dawn Lennon - Oct, 2010
I hear a lot of excuses, justifications, and whining from people looking for a job. It’s always the same things: -“I hate networking.” -“I followed up on a bunch of leads and nothing!” -“I’ve got my resume out there but don’t hear anything.” -“I don’t know what to put on LinkedIn or how to use it.” Come on now! Face reality. Jobs rarely find you. They don’t call it a “search” or “hunting” for nothing. The pr...
 
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