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Dec 01 2014

Employers Recognizing Abilities

It was with great admiration and respect that I recently witnessed a number of instances of employers recognizing the abilities of their employees with disabilities.  In my lengthy experience, I have too frequently seen workers with disabilities placed in positions far away from public view.  But on this excursion through the Northeastern US, I witnessed [...]

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Feb 03 2014

For Your Benefit

While talking with a couple of Gen X’ers the other night, they questioned if it was a good idea to find new employment in hopes of bettering their benefits?  Certainly a good benefits package is among the reasons people accept particular jobs.  But if all you want to do is improve your benefits without trying [...]

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Feb 25 2013

Closer Than You Think

These days, it’s more important than ever to talk with the people in your network and ask them about openings where they work.  In doing so, your next job may be closer than you think because increasingly employers are sourcing appropriate candidates through the networks of their current employees.  And more and more employers are [...]

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Jan 28 2013

Culture Or Capability?

Recently, I read an article from Bloomberg Business Week about how many employers believe it to be more important for prospective hires to have a strong cultural match with a company’s existing staff, than it is for applicants to just have strong skills.  Really?  I guess I didn’t get the memo on this edict.  When [...]

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Sep 03 2012

Labor Day 2012

Published byHank under hiring, retaining employees

If you are employed, hopefully this Labor Day you are enjoying a day of leisure; a day off from your job.  But you’re probably not giving a lot of thought to all those who must work today.  Not just those who devote the working part of their lives to retail, emergency services like police and [...]

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Apr 02 2012

Your Privacy Is At Stake!

Published byHank under hiring, privacy, social networking

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal (links below) started a firestorm of reactions across the country from both employers and job seekers, as well as from legal corners and privacy rights groups.  There is a growing trend by employers to demand that applicants provide their logins and security passwords to their Facebook and [...]

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Nov 14 2011

Prospecting

There was a time not too long ago when job seekers routinely sent out their job search documents to unknown recipients. More times than not job announcements instructed job seekers to send their resumes and cover letters to blind addresses – Post Office boxes or routing numbers in care of the newspaper that ran the [...]

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Oct 03 2011

No Shame and No Justice

Unless you’re devoid of any feelings, one of the toughest things to hear from someone is that they lost their job.  This is a hard thing to hear from anyone, particularly if you know the person well, and know that they have committed themselves for a long time to that gig.  And even if you [...]

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Sep 05 2011

A New Look at OJT

Happy Labor Day to all!  Here it is September again, the year is ¾’s over and students are returning to their classrooms.  While colleges and universities struggle to maintain standards because of their rising costs, curricula continue to evolve.  Instruction of business and entrepreneurial coursework is on the rise, and many programs are focusing on [...]

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Feb 21 2011

Tick Tock!

Published byHank under Communication, hiring, interviewing

My client Lanni called the other day sounding quite frustrated and angry.  I encouraged her to take a few calming breaths.  After a long pause she finally blurted out, “They wouldn’t let me interview!  I sat in their reception area listening to that insipid instrumental background music for over 45 minutes, and the assistant finally [...]

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Nov 15 2010

Follow Up and Follow Through!

What do the following scenarios have in common?

Making a new contact at a networking event
A job interview
Sending out your resume
A date that went better than expected
When you say, “I’ll call you later.”

These and so many other circumstances involving your career and your personal life require that you “make a showing” [...]

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Jun 28 2010

Emphasis on Ability

If think you’re having a hard time looking for work, imagine what its like for the many people with disabilities.  What was the first image you had after reading that sentence?  Was it of a person in a wheelchair or on crutches?  Was it of someone who is blind or hearing impaired?  Did you flash [...]

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Jun 14 2010

No Comparison!

Have you ever read a feature (online or in print) that claimed to offer two views of the same idea, topic or product?  There are all kinds of examples of this “two sides of same coin” column in a wide variety of publications.  But upon reading them, frequently the questions asked are not the same [...]

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Apr 05 2010

Do You Want Fries With That?

The concept of up-selling (trying to sell the customer more than just what they asked for), has been around for a long while.  Whether it’s the waitress asking, “Do you want fries with that?”, or the appliance vendor asking if you want the matching stand for the plasma TV, offering more to the customer than [...]

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Oct 19 2009

Above The Crowd

Recently I attended a very large, and very crowded free outdoor 3-day music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.  Moving between six stages of exceptional talent proved to be an arduous and exhausting experience; that thankfully wouldn’t diminish the inspiration and invigoration fueled by the great music.
But I was thinking that it might have [...]

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Sep 07 2009

Labor Day

Here it is Labor Day!  This is the day we honor and celebrate the hard working factory people of yesteryear, who fought and struggled for fair wages and hours.  The growth of factory work during the Industrial Revolution paved the way for many of the rights and privileges workers of all stripes receive today.  Competitive [...]

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Jun 01 2009

Adventures In Hiring

The gentleman sitting next to me on a recent cross-country flight was in a talkative mood, so after learning that he was a small business owner, I got him to discuss his hiring practices. He proudly told me that in addition to recent college graduates, and experienced professionals, he regularly hires applicants from disadvantaged and [...]

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Mar 09 2009

Are You Ready For Your Closeup?

Recently I met with a small business owner and we discussed recruiting for his growing business.  When I asked him if he did any of his recruiting online and if he looked at resumes posted on job search sites, he answered with a very enthusiastic “Yes!”.  He told me he has been successful in filling [...]

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Jan 26 2009

The Object(ive) Of Your Affection

An Objective statement on your resume, and reiterated in your cover letter is a concise way for you to communicate your career goals.  Too often Objective statements are written as flowery batches of verbiage that convey little or nothing about the job seeker’s real aspirations.  Once upon a time it was OK to use a [...]

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Nov 16 2008

Nice n Soft – Conveying Your Soft Skills

There’s no question that one’s skills, experience and qualifications should be the primary consideration by an employer when selecting a candidate for hiring.  But one of the most important skill sets any applicant can bring to a job is far less recognizable from interviewing alone.  The qualities one brings for being able to deal with [...]

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