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Archive for March, 2009

March 31st, 2009 by Tatiana Varenik   Posted in Humor

Rejection Letter Response Template

The next time you get a rejection letter from a hoped-for employer or publisher, just send them the following:

Dear [name of the person who signed the rejection letter],

Thank you for your letter of [date of the rejection letter]. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me [employment with your firm/a contract to publish my book].

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals. Despite [name of the co or agency that sent you this letter]’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting [applicants/manuscripts], I find that your rejection does not meet with my needs at this time.

Therefore, I will initiate [employment/publishing] with your firm immediately following [graduation/job change, etc. - get creative here]. I look forward to working with you.

Best of luck in rejecting future [candidates/manuscripts].

Sincerely,
[your name]
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March 28th, 2009 by Tatiana Varenik   Posted in Career Advice, Employee Rights, Job News, Unemployment


The companies are still shipping jobs overseas further impacting U.S. high-tech unemployment.

IBM Corporation laid off about 2,800 U.S. employees after announcing great financial results in late January. Job cuts continued this month impacting 5,000 more people. Besides IBM, the list of companies that have announced job cuts includes Advanced Micro Devices, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Sony, Nokia, and others. Union officials are claiming the companies are sending jobs offshore.

High-tech industry is using euphemisms like “rebalancing”, “restructuring” and “resource action” to blunt the growing chorus of complaints about layoffs. Regardless of how they say it though it means: you’re out of a job.

U.S. engineering unemployment was at a historically low 0.5 percent, but jumped to 2.8 percent last year, and this year’s rate is expected to go up substantially.
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March 26th, 2009 by Tatiana Varenik   Posted in Job Search, Resume Writing

An effective letter can draw a recruiter to your resume. If done the right way, it also can showcase your initiative, creativity and writing skills. A cover letter should contain three main sections:

FIRST PARAGRAPH
  • Identify the position for which you are applying.
  • State how you learned of the position and why you are interested in the position or organization.
SECOND PARAGRAPH
  • Summarize why you are a strong candidate for the position.
  • Target the job description and specifically discuss how your skills relate to the job requirements.
  • Highlight one or two of your accomplishments or abilities that show you are an excellent candidate for the position.
  • Detail positive characteristics and past experiences that illustrate how your qualifications will benefit the organization.
CLOSING PARAGRAPH
  • Thank the person for considering your resume and offer to provide additional information.
  • Include your phone number and when you can be reached.

Source: www.michigan.gov
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March 25th, 2009 by Tatiana Varenik   Posted in Job News, Unemployment

Number of layoffs since Nov. 1, 2008, at America’s 500 largest public companies: 514,931

Mar. 24: Cummins fires 127 workers.

Mar. 22: Freeport-McMoRan lets go 50 employees.

Mar. 19: Lam Research cuts 375 jobs (10% of the company’s workforce).

Mar. 17: Caterpillar adds another 2,454 layoffs to a growing total.

Source: Forbes.com
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March 24th, 2009 by Tatiana Varenik   Posted in Humor

Several weeks after a young man had been hired, he was called into the personnel manager’s office.

“What is the meaning of this?” the manager asked. “When you applied for the job, you told us you had 5 years’ experience. Now we discover this is the first job you’ve ever had.”

“Well,” the young man said, “in your ad you said you wanted somebody with imagination.”

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A man applied for a job as an industrial spy. Together with several other applicants, he was given a sealed envelope and told to take it to the fourth floor. As soon as the man was alone, he stepped into an empty hallway and opened the envelope. Inside, a message read: “You’re our kind of person. Report to the fifth floor Personnel Office.”

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Employer to applicant: “In this job we need someone who is responsible.”

Applicant: “I’m the one you want. On my last job, every time anything went wrong, they said I was responsible.”

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A Manager of a retail clothing store is reviewing a potential employee’s application and notices that the man has never worked in retail before. He says to the man, “For a man with no experience, you are certainly asking for a high wage.”

“Well Sir,” the applicant replies, “the work is so much harder when you don’t know what you’re doing!”

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“During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate’s brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologized and said he had to leave for another interview.”
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