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What Other Experts Are Saying – Refocus Your Job Search, Cover Letter Secrets & Recruiters’ Methods

In this week’s Friday Feature – “What Other Experts Are Saying”… How to re-energize your job hunt; are you smarter than a 6-yr old?; and recruiters are finding candidates differently these days….

The Legality of Using Credit Reports in Hiring Decisions

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A couple of months ago someone in my professional network posed this question: “How legal is it to use credit reports to disqualify otherwise good quality applicants?” Interestingly, when this question was posed to me, I had just been networking with a small group over coffee the week before when this very topic came up. One of the people there, a recruiter who is with a financial services company, brought up the challenge that they have with hiring people with good credit scores. Obviously, this is a criteria for their company. This recruiter’s comments led to an informal discussion about the desire in their HR department for lightening up those kinds of hiring restrictions, especially in light of the economic…

Are you doing the work that was born in you?

“No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him.” -James Russell Lowell. A few months ago, a woman at one my workshops was stumped with a series of questions during the group-sharing portion of the module. The answer to these questions would reveal her childhood gifts and early interests, which would point the way to her work and the way she would…

How To Use Social Media To Get A Job

Great 5 and a 1/2 minute video on how to use social media to get a job. Advice given by a social media expert and a recruiter… with a cute little sock puppet thrown in for fun. I know, it sounds weird, but, hey, it’s Friday. Enjoy!…

7 Things You Need to Know to Work Well With Third-Party Recruiters

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How do you work with third-party recruiters to get optimal consideration for positions with their clients? Here are my seven best tips on working with recruiters: 1. Using more than one recruiter at a time depends on the size of the market and if they do regional or national searches. Don’t sign up with everybody…

Job Interview: 9 Etiquette Tips For A Great 1st Impression Handshake

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This is basic stuff, but sometimes it’s the basic things that will make or break you. So, if you already know these things, great! Consider this a review! 1. Make sure your hands are clean and your nails are well-clipped and manicured. 2. You don’t want to offer a cold hand, so be sure…

Avoid Becoming A Stalker and Other Useful Networking Tips

A client is using LinkedIn for her online networking, and she is doing a lot of in-person networking as well. She says she is having a “heck of a time” keeping track of all the people she is networking with and hoping to network with. She also wants to be sure she is following up without bugging them, especially when they haven’t responded to her initial outreach. Does this sound familiar? Are you feeling overwhelmed by…

The Value of Seizing the Moment

Carol Gibson was just trying to get back home to Austin after the Christmas holidays. Hanging out during a layover at the airport, she wasn’t focused on trying to find a job, but, somehow, a job found her. Here’s her story. It involves crazy weather, Twitter, the media, an inspired moment and serendipity…

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