Category Archives: Executives

Why 15% of People Get Hired…

A recent Harvard University study states, “The reasons why 15% of people get a job, keep a job, or advance in a job are technical skills and job-knowledge. Eighty-five percent of the reasons why people get a job, keep a job, or advance in a job are PEOPLE SKILLS.” We’ve known, for years, that employers […]

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The Millennial WhipperSnapper Interviewing the 50+ Aged Worker!

Or vice-versa! Just like people from different parts of the world fundamentally think, eat, talk, and act differently – so go people from the same part of the world, but from different generations. In today’s workplace, we have The Silent Generation dubbed The Greatest Generation (born before 1946); the Baby-Boomers followed; then, Gen-X and now Gen-Y, called […]

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Black Hole Gulping Your Resume?

Inundated with résumés both paper and electronic, recruiters and hiring managers have for a long time resorted to scanning  machines that try to cut through the clutter. Fifty percent of job hunters don’t possess the basic qualifications for the jobs they pursue and a majority of the rest don’t know how to tell the scanner, […]

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What’s a Company’s Most Important Asset?

 A company’s most important asset? Plant and equipment? Patents? Products? What about the organization’s people and their relationships? When I was about 5 years old, I loved my grandparent’s flat brown wooden wagon with bright orange wooden wheels and a rope pull. In the wagon were fascinating arrays of wooden building blocks. How high could I […]

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2012 Tips for EVERYONE Contemplating Job-Search — Part III

Some obscure tips: ~Second-Place Blues? If you were runner-up for a position that was exactly in your sweet spot, you have nothing to lose by calling the hiring manager 90 days later and asking how that new hotshot is working out. You may be surprised to learn that she wishes she had gone with you after […]

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2012 Tips for EVERYONE Contemplating a Job-Search — Part II

PUT YOURSELF IN THIS SITUATION:  How YOU will respond to an important hiring manager who tells you, “I don’t care what your last employer told you to do…if you kept  your job, I know you did that much. I want to know what you did for your previous employers that were standout, made things better […]

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2012 Tips for Everyone Contemplating a Job-Search — Part I

 References: ~Distribute references only if someone asks, listed in a separate document –not on your résumé, and only after securing permission from your reference. ~Like to have a written reference letter? Seldom there is time for your reference to write anything, but if you offer to write it and simply ask the reference to edit […]

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Are You An Expense? Or, An Investment?

Employers are in business to produce $$dinero$$. As YOU navigate the web-of-work, your efforts should be directed to the company’s sensitivity…its bottom line and how you can influence it. Are you an expense, or an investment?  Unfortunately, many employers don’t comprehend how their employee’s individual and collective actions impact their bottom line on a daily […]

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A Friend of Yours Knows A Friend of the Hiring Manager!

 “When considering even the most distant Facebook user in the Siberian tundra or the Peruvian rain forest, a friend of your friend knows a friend of their friend.”  I’ve blogged, pleaded, begged, and implored the virtues of word-of-mouth job-search. Here are the new stats from The New York Times:  Six Degrees of Separation Exists No […]

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Onboarding?

Onboarding. The word is reminiscent of the golden days of train travel and is mindful of a PC naughty word. But it’s also the current shorthand for new employee orientation. In Job-Search: Will YOUR prospective employer ‘onboard’ new hires for success? (From Maxwell, Locke, and Ritter – see below and read for objectives of effective […]

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