Category Archives: Career Planning

Sealing the Deal With Strong References

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With the current challenges of today’s job market where there may be a couple of hundred applicants for each position, it vital to pull out every possible tool to ensure that you stand out from the rest. Just presenting your knowledge, skills, and abilities along with perfectly pressed clothes and a new haircut are not enough for the most discerning employers to make a determination on which candidate they would like to hire for the position anymore. The market is flooded with cookie cutter applicants all competing for the same position. What many candidates forget about are strong references. They assume that it is their eloquent answers and their MBA from a respected college that will land them the job and that the references are an inconsequential hurdle to complete prior to their start date. This is not so. Good or poor references can give you the needed edge or be a deal breaker for most employers. Continue reading

5 Tips on How to Impress Your Boss

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We have all heard the jokes about colleagues attempting to “brown nose” or “kiss up” to their supervisors in an attempt to gain recognition. While it is never suggested to be insincere or fake, these aforementioned colleagues may be on the right track when it comes to their career path. Team members that like to stay under the radar; may do just that. When it is time for commendations, promotions, and even raises, it is strategically intelligent to be in the forefront of your supervisors mind. The following 5 tips are a few proven methods to ensure that your boss notices you and for all the right reasons. Continue reading

Why Do Employers Check Your Credit Report

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For many employers, handing over the reins to the financial aspects of their company to someone may be the most fundamental and important management shift that they will ever face. Ensuring that the capital that funds the organization is safe and secure must be paramount in the minds of every owner, manager, president, and CEO. Therefore every individual that has access to these funds must be screened carefully and diligently through one of the country’s major credit reporting agencies. Why you ask? What does the fact that you have had three cars repossessed have to do with your application for employment? Why would it matter that you claimed bankruptcy last year? Well all the experts agree that what takes place in your personal life finances are highly relevant in relation to your work performance. How responsible you may or may not be with your debts and finances is a personality and behavioral indicator of how you will likely perform the essential functions of the position. Continue reading

4 Strategies in Preparing For a Job Layoff

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Whether you have received the dreaded proverbial pink slip or there are simply rumors floating around the office water cooler, you must prepare to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to preparing for a layoff. Even with the billions of dollars in bailout and incentives being pumped into the economy by the White House, thousands of businesses across the country are feeling the pinch in these economically challenging times. Continue reading

What to Expect From a Background Check

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Employers in many industries are now performing background checks on all of their employees for various reasons, because they are required by law to do their due diligence in screening applicants for a position. Concerns regarding negligent hiring and litigation can be a nightmare for hiring managers and Human Resources professionals who do not perform these checks. Workplace violence, post 9/11 security, and fiscal responsibility are all factors that employers must take into consideration when making an offer of employment to legally ensure the safety of their current staff. This means that if the employer has to provide evidence in a court of law, they must produce certain proof of how they attempted to obtain information on the applicant diligently with what information is now available to them by doing in-house or third party background, reference, criminal, or credit checks. Continue reading

Why Volunteer Experience Can Enhance Your Resume

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Volunteer work can be very rewarding. You can help other people and improve your resume through this work. There are many reasons why volunteer experience can enhance your resume. It helps to list volunteer experience because it can show how you work with people. In many jobs you will need to work with other people for certain tasks. By working with volunteer services you can come in contact with people while volunteering. Your prior volunteer experiences can show how you have worked with people in the past. Continue reading

Survival Tactics for Job Seekers in a Down Market

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Take heart and do not be discouraged when you see the news reporting daily about the gloom and doom of the latest unemployment numbers. The country is still fully functioning and a hotbed of opportunities are still available. Stores are open, the stock market is on the rise, and every child still wants that high ticket electronics item for Christmas. All of these products and services are being delivered by someone. The question is how does one find out about the many openings available without looking in the newspaper or pounding the pavement? It may not be easy or handed to you on a silver platter, but they are out there. The following are a few survival tactics that may assist job seekers to leap a few feet ahead of the other applicants in line. Continue reading

What You Should Do Prior to Accepting a Job Offer

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Well you did it! What an exciting and wonderful time in someone’s life when you hear those magical words “You’re hired.” Whether you spent months pounding the pavement or you were hired through the “good ‘ol boy” network, accepting the job offer is the last piece of the new employment puzzle. Some job seekers become so excited regarding their offer of employment, that they forget to ask vital questions regarding the new company or position or do not take their current employer’s needs into consideration. All of which are extremely important. So before you give a resounding “Yes,” ensure that you have taken these few questions into account. Continue reading