Category Archives: Career Planning

Tips for Managing Multiple Job Offers

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If you are one of the lucky few to experience the situation in your career of having multiple positions offered to you at the same time, there are several factors to take into account to ensure that you handle the situation professionally, fairly, and ethically. In our attempts to procure the right position, we always utilize all opportunities that are presented to us as job seekers. We may apply and interview for many positions for months before finding the position that is a perfect for our skills and personality. Occasionally, after interviewing with several organizations, multiple job offers become part of the scenario. Following a few simple guidelines can ensure that you create a winning situation for yourself. Continue reading

Tips for Writing Career Changing Resumes

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Not all resumes are created equal, and not all resumes will be written for the same purpose. For some, their career will never change throughout their working life. But most of us are not so lucky. Many of us will find ourselves out of work and faced with a job market that will not offer anything that directly relates to our past experience. Writing career changing resumes contain many of the same elements as any resume, but some things are different. Continue reading

Steps to Avoiding Online Job Scams

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The first rule of thumb when considering online jobs is to determine whether or not the offer seems too good to be true. If a company is listed online and does not have a physical address, does not have a working or valid phone number, asks for a small “processing fee,” and then says that they will pay you $30,000 month to participate in some type of marketing forecast production product, IT IS PROBABLY NOT TRUE. Continue reading

Tips For Dealing With A Recruiter

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Many job seekers turn to recruitment professionals when searching for that perfect job. Others who are already employed find themselves contacted out of the blue by a professional recruiter. In either case, there are some dos and don’ts for dealing with a professional recruiter that can make the difference between getting a job and being passed over. Continue reading

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