Employers Increasingly Rely on Internal Referrals In Hiring

talkingFrom NYtimes.com (1/28/2013)

Riju Parakh wasn’t even looking for a new job.  But when a friend at Ernst & Young recommended her, Ms. Parakh’s résumé was quickly separated from the thousands the firm receives every week because she was referred by a current employee, and within three weeks she was hired. “You know how long this usually takes,” she said. “It was miraculous.”

While whom you know has always counted in hiring, Ms. Parakh’s experience underscores a fundamental shift in the job market. Big companies like Ernst & Young are increasingly using their own workers to find new hires, saving time and money but lengthening the odds for job seekers without connections, especially among the long-term unemployed.   Read the full article from NYtimes.com…

Four Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job…And What To Do About It

icon_badinterviewFrom Early Careerist (1/23/2013)

You kicked BUTT at the interview (or so you thought!) and were CERTAIN you’d get the job…but surprisingly, you DIDN’T!? So what happened?? It’s easy to feel bad or get upset, or take it personally…but DON’T!  Various reasons at hand could have been the deciding factors, and they might not have even been in your control.

Hiring Managers and Recruiters/HR Professionals are usually under a lot of pressure to consider MANY candidates within a rather small time period, ensuring that the chosen candidate is the person who is unquestionably THE best FIT for the job, who brings the most potential for results, and whom is the company’s best value in their investment (i.e. the Hiree will stick around for a while and not ‘jump ship’). And this FIT can be one of several “dimensions”.  Specifically, it is usually one of these FOUR:  Read the full article from EarlyCareerist.com…

10 Questions To Ask A Recruiter (And One To Avoid)

icon_questionsFrom TheLadders.com (1/6/2013)  (By Marc Cenedella)

Every once in awhile, the phone rings, and it’s a recruiter on the other end. While you might not be interested in what he is offering, you have to admit that it’s flattering to get the call. (“Someone thinks I might be right for a job!”) Once you get past the initial compliment, though, you have to get down to the serious business of determining if you are interested.

The recruiter wants to know about you, but before you turn over your resume, there are things you should know about him. Here are 10 questions to ask a recruiter and one question to avoid.  See if you can figure out which is which.  Read the full article from TheLadders.com…

How To Survive A Merger

questionmark3From WSJ.com (1/13/2013) (Wall Street Journal)

When Pittsburgh-based Alcoa, a manufacturer of aluminum, and BHP Billiton, a mining company in Melbourne, Australia, decided to merge their money-losing distribution units, Jack Smith was contracted to help with the human-resources transition. His job involved deciding who would stay on to work at the new company or be offered a severance package. “In many merger situations, the decision on who to keep can be pretty clear,” says Mr. Smith, who is now president of Sanford Rose Associates, an executive search firm in Milwaukee. “But there was one employee who wasn’t the obvious choice to take over as an executive VP. Two other people had better credentials for the job. This guy worked very hard at anticipating the organization that would be needed to pull off this transition. He made a case for the people that he knew and about the roles they might serve. He was smart, did his homework, so we gave him the job.”

Few events are as stressful for employees as news of a merger or acquisition. Regardless of how brightly the “marriage” of two companies is presented, jobs will be lost. But mergers can also open new opportunities for employees who may end up succeeding their laid-off boss. Survival just takes some careful planning. Hopefully, you’ve picked up on some reliable early scuttlebutt about a possible merger. If so, formulate a survival strategy and act quickly.   Read the full article from WSJ.com…

Facilitate Your Way Up!

icon_compassFrom Early Careerist (1/13/2013)

I hate to say it, but the attention span of hiring managers seems to be getting shorter. In fact, I was speaking with an executive-level employer the other day (who regularly reviews resumes), and he commented about how quickly he can scan through a stack of resumes and choose the candidates he plans to call. He admitted that it really is an unfair process—that so many job seekers are judged solely by the quality and presentation of their resumes (documents that too often are afforded a review of only a few seconds).  And if it’s a poor presentation, or boring to the reader, or just doesn’t communicate the right message—they are quickly passed over.

It’s a given that the average employer will invest only a few seconds—literally—in his or her initial resume scan. So it’s critically important to your candidacy to ensure that the part of your resume in which he or she is willing to invest five seconds of attention grabs—and keeps—their attention. So where is the employer’s attention going first … and how can you make the most of that section of your resume?  Read the full article from EarlyCareerist.com…

How To Crowd-Source Your Job Hunt

imageFrom Mashable.com (12/16/2012)

Any job seeker could tell you the job market right now is tough. This makes it even more important to go into your interview — whether it’s in person or even through online video — prepared for anything. “Be Prepared” might be the motto of the Boy Scouts, but it should also become your job search motto. Good research can be the difference between wowing in the interview and falling flat.

With social media tools and the interconnected web, much of this research can now be crowdsourced through social channels. Considering 91% of online adults are using social media and approximately 750 tweets are sent out every second, the social web is a huge potential resource for you to tap into. Your online pals and social media connections could hold the key to your dream job if you know who and what to ask. The following are ways to get a little help from your friends in order to impress in the interview.   Read the full article from Mashable.com…

Thank-You Notes You Haven’t Written…But Should

importantFrom GlassDoor.com (12/12/2012)

Thank you notes aren’t just for after the interview.

Some people use the holiday season as the time to reconnect with their friends and supporters. Yet if they want to get a head start, Thanksgiving provides a wonderful time to show your appreciation for those who have helped you in your career or job search. “Everybody likes to get a thank you note,” said Pennell Locey, vice president at Keystone Associates, which helps managers with career transitions.

Sometimes, a carefully written note of appreciation may spur the individual to help you again if you’re in the midst of a job hunt, she added. Even if you’re not, you could send an appreciative note to someone who opened doors or promoted you a few years ago as a way to reconnect.   Read the full article from GlassDoor.com (via AOL Jobs)…

Job Dissatisfaction And How To Deal With It

icon_questionsFrom Early Careerist (12/15/2012)

While job-dissatisfaction is not at all uncommon, the recent lack of jobs has left many people feeling guilty the moment they feel a little dissatisfied.  Being glad to simply have a job is the way we are supposed to feel at the moment and thoughts of moving on, or up, can seem like a luxury.  Being stuck in a career or job that is not for you, or seems to be going nowhere fast is, however, an unpleasant situation.
Regardless of whether the jobs market is buoyant or lack luster, you shouldn’t ignore the feeling; nor should you simply hand in your notice and run for the hills.  Career planning should involve a heavy element of just that; luck is well known for being a combination of preparation and opportunity and planning your career leaves you well prepared to take advantage of an opportunity when one does come along.    Read the full article from EarlyCareerist.com…

Flourish As An Influential Leader – Think Like A Negotiator

From Forbes.com (12/11/2012)

What do employee reviews, vendor selection, venture funding, and project planning all have in common? They all involve persuasion and negotiation. Although most business interaction is not formally labeled as a negotiation, communication in the workplace is most often used to reach an understanding, resolve differences, or produce an agreement on a course of action—these are, by very definition, the goals of a negotiation. As a leader, it is essential to your success to use the skills and mindset of a negotiator.

Whether you are an entry-level manager, entrepreneurial leader, or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, you already spend more time negotiating than you currently realize. Research from my firm MarketWatch Centre For Negotiation shows that even people who don’t believe they negotiate engage in some form of negotiation between 8,000 and 10,000 times a year. In fact, up to 80% of your communication could be described as a form of negotiation.  Read the full article Forbes.com…

Five Tips To Recover From A Bad Answer To An Interview Question

From Early Careerist (12/4/2012)

You can feel the sweat pooling near your hairline. You’re trying to feign a smile, but your lips are quivering. Wait, your mouth’s not just trembling – it’s speaking. Like a pull-string doll, you’re spewing out words uncontrollably. Tuning back into the conversation now could be terrifying, but you’ll give it a shot anyways…

Crap. You’re talking about your fantasy football team. That can’t be good.

Step one: shut up. Immediately. Step two: save your interview from this nine-foot hole you’ve dug yourself into. But how? You can’t wait until afterwards to send a “thank you” email and fruit basket. You need to bounce back from that interview-killing response right now. Luckily, there’s a way resurrect yourself. With the following tips in mind, you’ll be back in contention for the job.  Read the full article from EarlyCareerist.com…