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Archive for September, 2010

September 30th, 2010 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Job Search

istock_000001353732xsmallStatistics show that only one in seven or eight new hires find their job through publicly available classified ads. The rest get hired through connections, or through identifying job opportunities that eluded most other people. Assuming you’re already working all of your connections to the utmost, here are some suggestions to help you be one of the elite group who find jobs that others don’t.

Target A Few Companies

Match your strengths and experience to specific industries, and within them target the companies that seem most likely to need someone like you. Then read everything you can about those companies. This includes any public filings, like 8-K and 10-K forms filed with the SEC, as well as any news reports in the business and trade publications, even reports from stock analysts that cover those companies.


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September 28th, 2010 by Juliana Weiss-Roessler   Posted in Resumark News

Out of Office on VacationEven if you’re only going to be out of the office for a few days, it’s a good idea to set up an auto-responder for your email. It’s not only a matter of courtesy, but it can also help to prevent unnecessary delays or upset feelings while you are away.

Here are a few important things to think about when drafting your message:

Include the date you are leaving and returning. These are the most important details to add. This way, people know when to expect a response and won’t get frustrated by the delay, and it can also reduce the amount of email piled up in your inbox when you return. Instead of asking you a question, they may find someone else on staff to handle their concern. Avoid using numerical dates. Instead write out the full date, so you don’t confuse foreign customers.

Let them know if you will be checking your email. Sometimes people select a time or day to check their email while they are away. For example, you might decide to check your emails on Fridays or every day at 7 pm ET. If so, be sure to include those details, but if you’re uncertain that you will be able to commit to a certain time to regularly check your email – or if you are going completely MIA while you are on vacation – it’s often best to say you’ll reply to your messages when you return.
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September 24th, 2010 by Andrew Kucheriavy   Posted in Humor

istock_000011413597xsmallHave you ever wondered what your boss really thinks of your performance? Following the success of Job Evaluation Terminology Translated into Plain English, we have translated some of the “big words” used into job evaluations. Enjoy:

AVERAGE: Not too bright.

EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED: Has committed no major blunders to date.

ACTIVE SOCIALLY: Drinks heavily.

ZEALOUS ATTITUDE: Opinionated.


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September 23rd, 2010 by Linda White   Posted in Career Advice, In the Workplace, Most Popular

Diverse Business Team 3One thing many people overlook when they are on a job hunt, and particularly when jobs are hard to come by, is company culture. Usually, people only pay attention to this when they are at a company in which they really don’t fit in, and it is becoming a problem. At this point, most people realize just how important company culture is and start to pay attention to it.

What is company culture? In short, it is the company’s personality. It is the things that make up your work life – whether people are expected to stay late every night, or everyone is out of there at 4:30. It is whether everyone takes a lunch in a well appointed lunch room, or gobbles sandwiches at their desk while fielding phone calls and typing with one hand. It is the happy hour that is held when a project is finished, or just for fun or to blow off steam. Or being invited over to the boss’s house for a summer cookout. It is whether or not birthdays, wedding or babies are recognized, and what you are expected to do in these cases.

There is no sure way to tell exactly what the company culture will be like, but there are some clues you can pick up while in the interviewing process to give you something to judge by.


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September 22nd, 2010 by Robert Moskowitz   Posted in Job Search, Most Popular

Female student with applicationWith unemployment rates at alarming levels and business headlines screaming bad news about the economy, finding a job takes a little more creativity than it did when all you had to do was present yourself at the doorstep of companies looking to increase their employment rolls.

In fact, today it’s probably counter-productive to go after job opportunities that are easy to find, because scores of other candidates have found those job opportunities as well, and the competition for each opening will be fierce. To an outsider, it looks like children under five playing soccer: they abandon their designated field positions and form a crowd chasing the ball from one place to another.

Today it makes more sense to stop chasing the ball by following advertised job opportunities, and instead to develop a “personal guide to jobs” that will help you locate wide-open employment opportunities that most other job-seekers will never see. When you present yourself for one of these job opportunities, you’ll have relatively little — if any — competition.


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