Category Archives: Career Planning

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

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

Steps to Getting a Six-Figure Job

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Most industry giants and some of the CEO/Presidents of our country’s largest firms all have different advice when it comes to how to shoot to the top of the food chain or make a six figure salary in business. However, reviewing the history of some of our nation’s most prominent businessmen and women seems to reveal the same few traits over and over. Some of these methods are new, some are time honored and tested, and lastly some are just plain common sense. In addition to the traits and methods listed below, they all seem to have one thing in common. Self confidence or highly valued self worth was found in each individual that believed they could do more than the traditional paycheck and 9 to 5 routine. This is something that many psychologists will say that is developed and nurtured from a young age and is inherently a strong foundation to success. 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

Tools for Calculating Your Salary

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It is important to know not only how much of a salary you will require to sustain a certain quality of life, but also how much you are actually worth within your field based on experience and education factors. People range from feeling inadequate where they never ask for enough salary to those who exaggerate their skill sets and demand a salary that is far beyond their range. Hopefully as a job seeker you fall somewhere between. Employers are prepared to negotiate salary, but they do not act favorably when it is demanded. So utilize some of the concepts listed below to be a diplomatic negotiator and acquire the salary you not only want, but deserve. Continue reading

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 Stepping Out of Your Career Comfort Zone

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We are not called creatures of habit for no reason and even the most daring person will often admit that they would rather know what challenges lie ahead than face the fear of the big bad unknown. However, most successful professionals have said that you must be able to take chances and allow the universe to take hold of some of your ideas and actions. If you have a white knuckled death grip on your life it will never have the opportunity to expand. We are afraid that our boss may not like our idea or that it may fail. We are afraid of being laughed at by our peers and not being taken seriously. 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