March 24, 2010
If you applied for a job with me and I Goggled you, what would I find?
Do you have a blog linked to your name that shows me all your brilliant thoughts? Or perhaps you blog about your personal relationship drama?
Are you on Twitter? Do you share interesting thoughts, or do you talk about how much you drank last weekend?
If I look you up on Facebook, will I be able to see all your photos and posts? If so, what will they tell me about you?
What is your online presence? Do you know what’s visible? Are you proud of what is visible?
If not, go look.
The way you present yourself to the world could play a big role in the perception people have of you, whether fair or not. Not just for hiring managers, but even your network, your past, present and future co-workers and any other professional contacts you have.
Again, take a look. Set up a Google Alert even. But pay attention to how you allow yourself to be presented online and edit where needed.
September 29, 2009
There is a lot of information online about potential interview questions, but not as much about “no no” topics and comments. Given that, we thought it would be helpful to have a “What NOT to talk about in an interview” list.
Below are some examples of topics to refrain from discussing. To some, they may be common sense, to some a surprise. To all, take note.
- You were fired from your last job for violating the NDA, but who cares, NDAs don’t matter
- How much you enjoy drinking on the job
- You are planning on moving out of the country in the near future
- You’ll sue anyone if they make you angry
- You really need a job, any job
- You beg for the job
- You ask if you can wear pajamas to work
- You got in a fistfight with a co-worker who disagreed with you
- You discuss your previous boss’s personal problems
- You discuss your religion and ask the interviewer to come to your church
- You don’t have references because you never got along with anyone at any job
January 16, 2009
If you are one of the (many) thousands impacted by ongoing layoffs, know there are still companies hiring!
Granted, we hear about companies downsizing everyday, but less publicized is the fact some major corporations are still growing. Hrguru.com , a site geared towards Human Resources professionals, published a list of 15 companies not participating in the mass layoffs in this economic downturn- 15 Companies Hiring Despite the Recession. You don’t have to be an HR pro to check out these companies, this is a valuable resource for anyone caught up in the frustrations and fears of losing your job.
Check out the companies listed, look through their open positions. Touch base with anyone you know working for or with any of these companies.
If you find you are stuck or need help, contact us.
January 12, 2009
A few days ago, there was a link on the front page of cnn.com titled Keep your job: A 10-point survival guide. It was on the front page of the top headlines- highlighting the importance of the issue (and fear). Fear about job security is everywhere, in all types and sizes of companies, throughout all levels of employees.
A few of the points stand out prominently. They echo the advice we give our clients and are worth expanding on.
Keep your network active.
Your network includes people you have worked with in the past, met at conferences or meetings, friends, etc. You never know who may know of an open position that is prefect for you. At the same time, you will find that you can help those in similar situations. Stay in contact!
Make sure your work serves the larger goals of the organization.
Be relevant. This is advice we often give to clients. Take on tasks that not only directly relate to the company’s immediate goals, but go one step further and do the things that have to be done that no one wants to do. Sure, it may not be fun, but it will serve to highlight your value to the company. Another idea is to find solutions to problems the company has currently. Or, go one step further and find the solution to a problem the company doesn’t know it has, especially money saving solutions.
Update your skills.
This doesn’t mean that you need to spend money on classes. Stay current on industry trends and changes. Read articles, blogs, websites. Join industry related groups, and go to meetings, or participate online. Even comment on blogs (this could help expand your network!).
The main point here is – do something. Don’t let the fear freeze you. Be proactive, find ways to learn more, add value and at the same time, make yourself more valuable.