- Producer22/01/2017"Get Up Offa That Thing," and Upgrade Your CareerJames Brown implored us to get off our behinds in order to dance `til we felt better. It's even more important advice when considering the future of your career. Getting up off our behinds, that is, not dancing.What do I mean when I urge you to "get...
- 19/01/2017As you look through job listings, you’ll start to see the same format popping up again and again. These phrases may seem standard, but they may not mean what you think. To help you out, here are some tips for reading and responding to job descriptions.How to Read & Respond to Job Descriptionstheundercoverrecruiter.com As you look through job listings, you’ll start to see the same format popping up again and again. If you’re just starting your search for your first job,...
- 19/01/2017My feet are still swollen today - but grateful that 350 talented people came out to our job fair to talk to employers about getting a job!
- 18/01/2017Luc Jones (Partner at Antal Russia) article on finding a job in your 50s, titled 'jobhunting for the greyhaired':Jobhunting for the Greyhairedwww.moscowexpatlife.ru By Luc Jones Not so long ago, I turned 40, which back home (In Britain) would be an excuse for a huge party yet in Russia this particular anniversary is considered superstitious and isn’t...
- 16/01/2017HELP ME HELP YOU! I've planned our job fair for Wednesday at the Neshaminy Mall so I can help as many people as I can find a job.
Now help me, help you by showing up! :-)
New Year, New Career Job Fair this Wed, January 18th, 2017 - 9am -1pm Neshaminy Mall -Sears Court http://www.recruitmentqueen.com/pages/5615-new-year-new-career-job-fair-january-18th-bensalem
- 15/01/2017Dreading going back to work tomorrow? Could be the right time to look for a new job. Check out the new jobs posted this week on RecruitmentQueen.
#jobs #BucksCounty #Montco #PhiladelphiaRecruitment Queenwww.recruitmentqueen.com Recruitment Queen is the top local website for finding jobs in Bucks County, PA. We help employers and job seekers connect with our website and in person job...
- Producer13/01/201720 Tips to your CV enlightenment, Part 1: Style - Tips 1-8 (with illustrations!)Having written over 5000 individualised and, we’re happy to say, interview-winning CVs for clients of all levels and sectors all over the world since 2005, we’ve seen a LOT of different CV styles and approaches, and have ourselves gone through many...
- Producer13/01/2017Resumes are Useless (Almost)Strange words coming from a professional resume writer, but that's a slightly less profane rephrasing of a 2012 article in TechCrunch that promotes HireArt's method of recruiting. Recruiters are all familiar with HireArt, and I, for one, wonder why...
Comments14/01/2017 #11 Lynda Spiegel#5 if that's possible, Mike, sure. But I'm not convinced that AI will ever overtake human intuition. Some of the best hires I've ever made have been outliers who would have never made it through ATS because they didn't match the job requirements at all - they just struck me as being interested and capable of learning.14/01/2017 #7 Gerald Hecht@Lynda Spiegel I think everything is and everyone is now at maximum potential by taking as a given that its all a "sharing economy" now --also; we should make sure not to use anachronisms (such as "pre-agricultural barter system" rather than "Internet of Things Based Sharing Economy Human Interface Protocol" (ITBSEHIP)13/01/2017 #4 Lynda Spiegel#1 I think what you've always been told is bad advice! Every person has a value proposition; the question is for which employer? When a candidate is authentic, he or she may not have as many opportunities, but the ones that match the value proposition are the right ones to target.13/01/2017 #3 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsTwo statements jump out at me Lynda:
1. "This means that you cannot and should not tailor your resume to fit a specific job opening, but instead that you be very clear about what your value proposition is" I've been told this so much it's frustrating. Plus there is this little caveat: The Internet. If you have your resume out there anywhere; BAM, you're busted! My diversity is usually my selling point. Some employers want someone who will think outside the industry box.
"we exhorted employers to look beyond credentials and instead focus on what a candidate had actually accomplished."
Not only credentials but THINK about how one skill would be so easily transferable and add real value to the job, but also what isn't what they want. This is one reason I think Key Words are the worse thing to ever to hit the search process. Not only when they are missing but when they are misinterpreted. Example: I'm not a Qlikview developer, no where on my resume does it say I developed software or an application; just that I took a developer course so I could Project Manage an application development. I get dozens of "job opportunities" a week for recruiters looking for a Qlikview developer. They are few and far between and I ain't one of them :o)13/01/2017 #2 Jared 🐝 WieseThanks for sharing, @David B. Grinberg and @John White, MBA. If you hadn't, I would've. This is spot-on advice from real-world experience.
I love HireArt's method! I tell candidates to go into an interview and DO THE JOB.
(It may be a bit easier when your title is Business Analyst so I'm inclined to start asking about requirements and giving solutions for, ahem, the job! ;)
Do it as soon as you can - in a letter, résumé or interview. That's where networking, word of mouth and personal brand come in too.
This can show your value, skill and interest/enthusiasm. If it's not a job you'd want you won't have much passion for it. Believe me, that comes across. I trained young guys out of college and you can tell they'd rather be anywhere else. Do that in an interview, and you're out!
Randomly tailoring your résumé for each job waters down your value and will not pass the ATS, as it is looking for consistent keywords.
Thanks for sharing that hard lesson, @Lynda Spiegel! Again, GREAT post.
- Producer12/01/201712 ways to show emotional intelligence in your job searchSince I wrote this very popular post more than a year ago, I've added an additional sign of emotional intelligence (EQ). How you conduct your job search determines how short, or long, it will be. Recently I was leading a Résumé Writing workshop in...
- Producer11/01/201750 and over, shall you work again if laid off or loss your present job, inquiring minds would like to know.Hello to one and all, here is a question: Why is it harder for someone, male or female, at the age of fifty and over to find a good job? I don't mean a part-time or just a job, but a good or at least decent paying job. As a hiring manager wouldn't...
Comments11/01/2017 #1 Migdalia BurgosHi, @wayne-white.
Good question.Yes, companies want loyal, competent employees, but there are a few hindrances:
1) Ageism/prejudice - Let's face it, many managers come with certain attitudes, assumptions that can taint their decision making;
2) Candidates can be their own worst enemies. - Note that image is everything because - especially if people don't know you - opinions will be based on that first, superficial impression. Looking the part matters. Ex: You could be 55 and look hip or be 40 and look like you're stuck in the 90s. It will make a difference;
3) Keeping Current - Again, you could be Tom Ford is who is 55 but is always innovating, very creative, and always open to learning; or you could be 40 and set in your ways, not be open to change, training;
4) Your innate abilities and will - Let's face it. If you show that you're willing to roll up the sleeves and hustle, it makes a difference.
Note that most hiring managers are NOT strategic when it comes to hiring, and recruiting is totally strategic. They also depend heavily on HR instead of owning the process, and HR is not your best recruiter: They, too, are not strategic. Their main concern is managing employee and company issues, not hiring. They don't know all the roles and their functions, and they shouldn't have to.
Okay. What does that mean for the average job seeker? You have to forge your own destiny.
Reinvent yourself. Be open to change. Take MOOCs (many are free). Learn new skills, get up to date on apps, programs, software, methodologies. Small changes can yield big results. If you're in Finance, brush up on FinTech, for example. Just like a product, you have to differentiate and promote yourself. Communicate like all get out. Be strategic and get on social networks and show what you have and connect (really connect) with people. Be where your targets are, and change how you get to them.
- 09/01/2017Seeking K9 Veterinary Technician Middle EastK9 Veterinary Technician Middle East - Military-Civilianwww.military-civilian.com K9 Veterinary Technician Middle East Iraq Afghanistan Military-Civilian 310-455-2002 minimum SECRET level clearance jobs 4 veterans we hire...
- 07/01/2017Let this be your year to find a new job! We've been lining up employers from our area that are HIRING and want to talk to you! Check out the list of employers who will be at the New Year, New You Job Fair on January 18th from 9am - 1pm at the Neshaminy Mall in Bensalem. Share with your network! #jobfair #jobs #BucksCounty #GetHired
- 03/01/2017beBee, the perfect network to create a personal online brand that will lead you to success 👨💻👩 Check out this infographic!
- Producer05/01/2017Follow-Up Smart After Your Job InterviewRodney wanted to know if "the" cover letter and "the" follow-up email are included in my fee. Well, you already know how I responded regarding the cover letter, but it never occurred to me that job seekers want a template for following up after an...
Comments05/01/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich"As we discussed, I was able to meet a similar challenge" This is the exact concise point of the follow-up - to write down and trigger in the hiring managers mind why you are the best candidate. The closer you can do this to the timeframe they might have mentioned for making their decision, the better. You want your top qualities fresh on their mind as they sit down to make a very complex decision.
- 02/01/2017There are over 400 reasons why you should attend the job fair on January 18th at the Neshaminy Mall! Share with your network #jobfair #Jan18 #GetHired #BucksCountyNew Year! New Career! Job Fair | Recruitment Queenwww.recruitmentqueen.com Looking for a job? Come to the BIG! Bucks County Job Fair, September 21st, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Langhorne,...
- 30/12/2016New #Job! Client Services Coordinator - Feasterville Do you possess the skills to both work alone and as a team? Do you enjoy working in a small and friendly office where everyone enjoys working together? Learn more about this job and apply on RecruitmentQueen.comClient Services Coordinatorwww.recruitmentqueen.com Client Services Coordinator (Full-Time)$11-15 per hour based on experienceDo you possess the skills to both work alone and as a team? Do you...
- 29/12/2016If you find yourself wishing and hoping for a new job, don’t waste your effort on letters to the North Pole. You need to lay the groundwork now to make that goal a reality...5 Steps to Land a New Job in Januarywww.business2community.com The hustle and bustle of the holiday season have taken over. It’s often hard to feel productive this time of year and job searching seems like the last thing on anyone’s mind. But if...
- Producer22/12/2016Whose Career Does Your Resume Really Describe?Gary emailed me his resume, and we sat down over Skype to discuss it."Who's looking for the next step in his career?" I inquired. "You?""Of course," Gary stammered, doubtless wondering how I make a living when I ask such silly, obvious...
Comments26/12/2016 #5 Mohammed SultanTwo things are required from Gary ;First,he has to show the synergy that might exist between his personal and career objectives and the new employer's objectives.Second,he should show the hiring manager why he considers the new role the next logical step in his career advancement?and how he is going to add value to their business.Today,the hiring managers are more interested in the candidates future "core interests" rather than past "core skills".They are interested in people and tasks and in how the candidate will be able to handle them in different situations.The ability of the candidate to differentiate people and tasks and show a balance in meeting both will to a great extent determines his work style and prove his value.25/12/2016 #3 Mohammed SultanI think that beBee has a peer group of outstanding talent in resume writing.This talent when driven and integrated or supported by operational experience can help building exceptional careers and keep job seekers sharp,focused and motivated by their core interests and passion to achieve more. We need to combine the best of resumes writing with the best of tech expertise to deliver quick results.22/12/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThe interesting paradox is that this willingness to describe the company, and how the person fit within the overall business, demonstrates how great a team player Gary is, but learning about the company is simply extraneous to a well-crafted resume that has to get the most important points about the person across in a very succinct fashion.
But when someone edits this type of detail out of their resume, they should paste it into their interview preparation document, as contextualizing what they did, how mission critical their work was, is an important point to discuss during an interview.
This was such a clear story, @Lynda Spiegel, that should help a lot of people see the change of perspective necessary to navigate the two different sections of the job search process with more efficiency and success.
Thank you so much for the mentions! It means a great deal to me.
- Producer17/12/20163 Tips for Defining Your Personal BrandWhen you’re on a job hunt, it seems like everyone is telling you how important your personal brand is. The fact of the matter is, you already have a personal brand — you just might not be aware of it. Your brand is essentially your image and the way...
Comments19/12/2016 #5 Jerry FletcherJanna, Your advice is spot on. I've been researching the area of Personal Brand Development for www.BrandBrainTrust.com. I've been looking for an expert who works with people to build their own brand to feature on the web site. This blog makes it obvious that you know how to build a personal brand. Do you have an example we could use on the site? You can e-mail me: Jerr@Z-axisMarketing.com17/12/2016 #3 Deb 🐝 Helfrich@Janna Kefalas - this is a thoroughly invaluable buzz. I suggest you put a tickler in your calendar and reshare early in the New Year when folks are through the holiday season. I am bookmarking this as I prepare my own marketing materials for my little enterprise.
I do want to highlight that I wholeheartedly believe in what @Mohammed Sultan has said below in comment #2
"Don't consider the job search as an opportunity to show the merits of your past "core skills" but as an opportunity to to show them why you consider this job opportunity the next logical step of your career advancement"
Part of why the current job search process is broken is too much focus on the past - it is important, but we currently do not focus enough in interviews on taking about the future - how we would go about aspects and tasks in this potential future job. It would be so much easier to evaluate the best candidate if the hiring manager asked them all a small set of pertinent questions pertaining to what they would do to accomplish 4 upcoming deliverables that they would be required to work on in the first year on the job. Same questions, evaluate the candidate based on how they think about the upcoming work.17/12/2016 #2 Mohammed SultanWhat makes the job search difficult is that you are the product and the sales person.You not only need to hit the boundaries of the current HR selection criteria ,but also hit their imagination.In order to be able to stick in the hiring managers mind you should think of positioning your personal brand as a brand with feeling and passion.Don't consider the job search as an opportunity to show the merits of your past "core skills" but as an opportunity to to show them why you consider this job opportunity the next logical step of your career advancement,and also away to conceive the new role for the future and in different boundaries.To differentiate your personal brand ,get away of showing your past "core skills" and experience by showing your "core interests",the synergy of objectives that might exist,and above all your passion .Instilling the value of market research in the search process will enrich the value of your personal brand and keep it out of the reach of other job candidates.Thanks @Janna for your advice which will make the search process a paradise,as titled by the meaning of your name Janna in Arabic.
- 13/12/2016LinkedIn Profile article improvement tips using Game of Thrones characters by @strazzaque #GoTLinkedIn #onepicwonder
- Producer12/12/2016To Get Hired Avoid Asking These Painfully Awkward Questions In The InterviewWe were are all told in school, "there's no such thing as a stupid question." While that may hold true in academia, there are certainly questions that, when asked in the context of a job interview, can hurt your chances or outright disqualify you...
Comments15/12/2016 #9 Jared 🐝 WieseGood stuff, John.
Couldn't agree more that the interview is a two-way conversation. Both parties have to be comfortable with the 'fit'. Some candidates are so desperate for 'a job' that they practically say anything to get it. Then, at some point, neither party is happy.
I also like to advise people to 'do the job' in the interview. From my own perspective as a Business Analyst (BA)
(click HERE for the rest of the story)
(Sorry, I couldn't resist :)
... You may have guessed it, I start asking questions - smart ones that show I've done research, can critically think and can get at the true requirements - just like a real BA should.13/12/2016 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThis is a helpful and timely post, John (not to ditto David's comment), but things have changed and the cookie cutter questions haven't kept up with the times. Employers and employees are experiencing major changes in ideas and practices which are generating new challenges for both. Useful buzz, John.13/12/2016 #2 David B. GrinbergKudos, John, on another excellent article containing very helpful advice for job seekers. This is indeed a timely topic as millions of people continue to unemployed across the America, while others have dropped out of the labor force entirely. Moreover, a large number of unemployed individuals are not even counted within the unemployed rate, which is generally low. That's because if they're no longer actively looking for work then they are not counted within the official government stats.
I agree that some candidates ask too many questions which are not necessary during an initial job interview. They should at least wait until a conditional job offer is made to discuss such specifics -- or until they take the job and begin working -- lest they risk the employer considering that person self-centered not a team player. Thanks for more good buzz!
- 12/12/2016Today's post on Inc.To Get Hired Avoid Asking These Awkward Questions In The Interviewwww.inc.com Asking these questions in an interview will immediately disqualify you from the...
- Producer11/12/2016Your Employee Brand - and Why It MattersJeff Bezos famously noted that your personal brand is "what people say about you when you leave the room," but does that concept need to carry over into the professional sphere? Do each of us need our own employee brand? Clearly, I'm going to say,...
Comments13/12/2016 #3 Jared 🐝 WieseExcellent advice:
"Your professional brand consists of four elements: who you are, what you do, what you’re known for, and where your influence lies.
...there are a gazillion other people out there who share the identical title and/or responsibilities with you.
Your employee brand is what differentiates YOU"
"many... are reluctant to represent themselves being 'only' ... whatever title might apply. That’s where a talented resume writer has value - knowing how to convey your multiple talents into a branding statement that will make headhunters and recruiters take notice."
- Producer07/12/2016Job Seekers Beware: Scammers Out To Steal Your IdentityI am registered in one of the freelance sites called Guru, and I applied for a freelance job yesterday. I was shocked to receive a reply the same day and even more shocked when they wanted to communicate with me via Yahoo Messenger immediately for...
Comments09/12/2016 #6 Randy KehoI've had three friends hacked on Facebook over the last two weeks.
At least you know when you get a friend request from someone who's already a friend that they're being hacked and you can alert them.
Just yesterday, I had a short conversation with the person who'd hacked the account of Johnny Cash's eldest daughter, Rosanne. I wanted to see what they were up to. The conversation was of a trivial nature, but I could see that it might lead to something sinister.
I alerted her via Twitter and she told me she was already having it investigated. You can't be too careful these days.08/12/2016 #2 George TouryliovThanks for sharing this knowledge Migdalia.
There are another one kind of scam, very popular now in Russian segment of LinkedIn (may be wider). You receiving invitation to connect on LinkedIn from fake recruiter (for example Vera Lomakina or Мария Почкина), positioning themselves as a part of famous hunting companies, but never worked for. With absolutely identical texts like «I’m looking for BI developer for the Ozon company. For details mail to Olga Silaeva - olgasilaeva19@gmailcom ???». Fake recruiter’ profiles are empty - no photo, no phone, no skills, no endorsements, nothing, just increasing number of shared connections). All of us love recruiters, really love - so we're accepting invitations, despite the fact what we are not BI developers and don't wish work for Ozon, but future... In short, aim of these persons (scammers) is to get maximum number of victim connections, in short period of time. And after... you may see the ad in Russian (on LinkedIn groups or somewhere on the web), which looks like - "LinkedIn accounts for sale – 14,5K verified connections - 1,500 - 2,500 USD" or "Price per request". Reason - LinkedIn allows you to add and change everything - photo, gender, phone, company, institution, e-mail, etc. when necessary. Good scam business – isn’t it?
You may ask – How I got this. I've a lot of real recruiters connected, so after at least 10 invitations with identical texts from different fake persons – I just pick my phone and make some calls to real companies and asked "Do you know such persons? I would like to discuss amazing job opportunities they mailed". Silent scene...Curtain... Lights off... :-)
So, accepting this we’re not only help scammers with "monkey business" - additionally, we're losing our privacy. Don't be surprised by tons of spam to all of your e-mails and advert SMS's to your cellular numbers (everything that listed in your LinkedIn profile).08/12/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThanks for sharing this experience, @Migdalia Burgos. Scams around employment are especially heinous as we are taught that the employer always has the upper hand. In my experience, it is also important to be cautious of recruiters who immediately want your social security number in order to submit you to the client. Unfortunately, this is a legitimately legal practice, but it makes candidates very vulnerable to random phone calls from those with malevolent intent.
- Producer29/11/2016What do You, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Bono have in common?It's easy to tell you what you likely DON'T have in common with them - fame, fortune, and good looks...Okay, Fame and fortune... ... but here's what you DO have in common with Bill, Warren, and Bono. 24 hours in a day, and a sphere of influence....
Comments05/12/2016 #18 Ken BoddieUndoubtedly, Kev, as mature leaders in our chosen career path or discipline, we have a duty to ensure that "passion will drive us towards doing something in the service of something larger than ourselves". But let's spare a thought for the many less fortunate out there who, for various reasons, are trapped in survival mode from day to day, and are slowly being robbed of their passion. How can we recognise them and include them in our "service of something larger"?05/12/2016 #15 Jared 🐝 WieseMore to think about from the author:
http://www.danpink.com/2012/04/50-centuries-of-work-5-important-lessons/ View moreMore to think about from the author:
"Here’s what Pillemer calls the “refrigerator list” of the five lessons gleaned from all that experience:
1. Choose a career for the intrinsic rewards, not the financial ones.
2. Don’t give up on looking for a job that makes you happy.
3. Make the most of a bad job.
4. Emotional intelligence trumps every other kind.
5. Everyone needs autonomy." Close05/12/2016 #14 Jared 🐝 WieseThanks for this, Kevin! I loved your summation, your passion nudge and RSA Animate's animated version of the book!
(I am CC'ing those who found my share of RSA Animate's video relevant in https://www.bebee.com/content/983566/934468 View moreThanks for this, Kevin! I loved your summation, your passion nudge and RSA Animate's animated version of the book!
(I am CC'ing those who found my share of RSA Animate's video relevant in https://www.bebee.com/content/983566/934468:
@Javier 🐝 beBee, @Julie Hickman, @Allison Obrien, @Suzanne Dwillies-Khan, Pharmacist and Musician)
I had heard or read the amount of money most people need to feel happy at work caps out at $70-80,000. Then I saw this video and learned more about the research that makes so much sense.
I've also heard of studies that show more than 75% of people are unhappy at work. Why?
Dan Pink "demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it's precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today's challenges."
You asked after working hard to be successful, "How will you know you've arrived?"
Today, people need to use their passions and be fullfilled. Otherwise, they are "unhappy" - without really explaining why - but consider themselves part of the 75%. Close30/11/2016 #12 Mohammed SultanKevin Pashuk.I always like such light posts which feature the real meaning of success.Although each one of those titans was driven by different motives,all were able to go against the logic of many others and their unprecedented success took place in the framework of their high expectations about their business.
They have achieved spectacular success not because of their core skills or experience or qualification ,but because they have the passion ,the will and the motivation to keep going and not to regress to mediocrity or spectacular failure.I wonder whether those people have applied their own creativity or have been inspired by Aristotle when he quoted-success is a state concerned with choice,laying in a mean and being determined by reason and practical wisdom.30/11/2016 #10 Kevin PashukThanks for the kind words April. Conversations over coffee (or other beverages) tend to work for me. Taking on serious issues without getting too serious is my intent. There's enough esoteric things out there that will give you brain blisters. My writing won't be part of that.