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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hiring Managers Seeing More Lies on Resumes

Editor's Note: In a survey of 3,500 employees by HireRight, it was reported that 88% of those tested had lied on their resume compared with 70% five years ago. In this article in Fortune, Anne Fisher interviews Mary O’Loughlin, HireRight’s vice president of global customer experience, to find out why people are exaggerating on their resumes.
Yet another reason for inventing whole chunks of a CV: Embarrassment about having lost a job to the recession. “Candidates think there is a huge stigma attached to unemployment,” notes O’Loughlin. “So they make up things to fill that gap in their work history.”
She notes that it is a far worse stigma to be dishonest than to lose a job! Click here to read more.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Forward - Daylight Saving Survival Guide

Recovering From Your Lost Hour of Sleep!

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as many as 30-35% of adults could suffer from temporary insomnia which can be caused by the start of Daylight Savings Time.
In fact, the day following the start of Daylight Savings Time has been proclaimed Insomnia Awareness Day by the AASM to raise awareness about the widespread problem of insomnia that affects as many as 10% of adults. From the AASM:
"By raising awareness about insomnia, and by letting people know they are not alone and treatment options are available, I hope that people who are suffering will seek help and improve their quality of life. You do not need to let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well."
• After the switch forward, head outdoors for some early morning sunlight. The bright light will help set your internal clock, which regulates sleep and alertness.
• Stick to your usual bedtime on Sunday night to get plenty of sleep before the workweek begins on Monday.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Unemployed Blacklisting: 4 Ways to Overcome Long-term Unemployment on Your Resume

How to get a job
when you don't already
have a job? ...

4 "known-to-work" ideas

By Lawrence M. Light, ejobcoach.com

The trend, for some time now, has been for employers (and recruiters) to want to go after those who already have a job before they'll consider hiring them for a new job.

The New York Times, in a recent article entitled "When Being Jobless is a Barrier to Finding a Job" formally identifies this practice and suggests that New York City may adopt a law to allow such applicants to sue the employers in question (eighteen other states seem to be close to adopting similar laws).

BUT, and a big BUT, we all know that it's hard to prove that such a practice exists and, if it surfaces, it would be a long battle for an individual worker to successfully pursue it.

From an employer's point of view, by the way, this thinking is completely justified. Their belief is that people who are employed are among the best candidates because, unlike those who have been unemployed for some time, they aren't dispirited ... are using their skills successfully ... aren't "rusty" ... and don't have outdated skills. So it follows that, given the terrible competition out there, when a job listing gets hundreds of responses, an employer can be as picky and choosy as he or she likes.

So ... what can you, as an individual, do about it, especially if you're one of those people who haven't been able to find, or get, a job for some time now?

This is the question I've been asked by clients regularly. It's not an easy question to answer, and it's not always easy to do what I'm suggesting. But I honestly believe, if you'll follow these suggestions through with me, you'll begin to understand what you, as someone who really wants to get back to work, can do when presenting yourself to a recruiter and/or a potential employer.

To prepare yourself, you have to be brutally frank with yourself, not always an easy thing to do. If you were an Olympics contender, a runner, but you hadn't run a race in a year, you know you'd have to work extra hard to get back in shape. Think of yourself in such a race, up against the best of the rest, and begin doing the following to make certain you're the one who will pull out ahead of the pack.

#1 SHOW NO GAPS ON YOUR RESUME. Many of my clients build "consulting" engagements around their skills. Do bookkeeping for a local business. Program for your local church. Teach a Sunday school class. Work at a friends' business. Take a part-time job and show achievements in it. Fill that time up seamlessly. One woman I worked with was an excellent highly paid sales person who took a year off to teach Pilates. She was afraid of the "gap". What she finally realized was there was no gap in what she's done because the Pilates gig meant she had to keep her clients satisfied, selling them regularly on coming to class and working out, and it was even more demanding than her prior sales position. So, because she "got" it, there was no gap, not in her mind. (She also networked very well -- more on that.) She got the job and was back earning the top dollar income she had before she left.

#2 NETWORK. Network, network, network! Learn how to do it. As my friend, an astute coach himself, says, "If you have a job opening, and you know about somebody out there who's a friend who can fill it, you'd be stupid not to call them (even if they're out of work)." Networking is one of the most valuable habits you can develop. The woman mentioned above also networked right back into the job, even though she'd been "off" for a year; the best employer in her field knew of her reputation and their employees still knew her because she had maintained contact with them. But, please, learn how to network correctly so you don't "burn" up your network.

#3 MAKE SURE YOUR SKILLS ARE ALL UP-TO-DATE. There's nothing so pathetic as a person who isn't up to date on the skills his or her profession demands. If it's computer skills, take a night course. If it has to do with being up to date on what's happening in your industry, networking can serve as a learning tool, believe it or not. Practice without pay, maybe by temping at a local merchant or "interning" at a non-profit. Nothing spells "being too old" as not being current. And show these current skills in your resume.

#3 FIND OUT WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN OFFER AN EMPLOYER. This can take some digging. I usually work with clients on this when writing or re-writing their resume. Every person has a special talent but are often much too close to it to recognize it or to verbalize it in their resume. Once you understand this, and can show it to the world, you can stand out in a crowd of applicants. NOTE: ... Whether or not you've been unemployed for sometime! It's important, mind you, not to let the length of your unemployment drag you down mentally (exactly as the Olympic runner can't let his/her morale slacken in training or the actual race.)

#4 FIND OUT WHAT 'PROBLEM" THE EMPLOYER HAS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP HIM/HER SOLVE IT. If you can learn how to "read" and deconstruct a job description, and you have networked enough to have inside knowledge of what's really happening in your field, you can often smoke out the real reason a given job has been posted for the public. By understanding this, you can present yourself (through your resume and cover letter and during an interview) as someone who can solve that problem. I'll never forget the HR group that hired someone I worked with; they did so strictly because he had experience dealing with unions (which they were deathly afraid of) and strikes (which he had settled); please note that he had taken ten -- yes, ten -- years off to run an antiques business before returning to HR!

We'd love to hear about your experiences, pro and con, in connection with this very unsettling subject. Please let us know in the space below. And, if you want more information about any of the subjects implied here, from "Powerhouse" Resumes, to Cover Letters, to Interviewing, to Networking you can Learn More Here or Buy Larry's Workshop Instantly Here.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

5 Ways to Find a Job on LinkedIn

Are you making the most of LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a professional networking site which offers unique features for both businesses and job seekers:
  • Businesses can easily post jobs, find prospective clients and check references. 
  • Job Seekers: A good knowledge of this platform gives you a great chance of getting a job within the shortest time possible.
Here are five major ways to find a job in just sixty days on Linkedin
#1 Make Yourself Easily Found on LinkedIn: According to a survey, 90% of recruiters and their sources ( both within companies and external headhunting agencies) make use of LinkedIn to spot ideal candidates. And for several reasons these recruiters prefer sourcing for talents rather than assisting desperate job seekers. In other words, you have to make them come to you by making yourself easily found on the platform. You can achieve this in several ways including:
  • Creating a strong and compelling profile summary.
  • Completing your employment history.
  • Completing all other sections of your profile such as education, certifications and more.
  • Including samples of your work to showcase your accomplishments.
  • Joining groups and participate in discussions.
  • Properly filling out the skills section of your profile
#2 Job Board: The LinkedIn’s job board offers you several ways to access the numerous ads posted by recruiters and employers. They get paid for featuring these ads on their site and others that the site aggregates from across the internet.LinkedIn leads you through a process whereby you can create your profile of the kind of job you seek based on the industry, location and more. You are allowed to edit your profile at will, but that also determines the type of ads you will get from LindkedIn. Another way of getting applicable positions is by clicking on ‘Advanced’ at the LinkedIn’s homepage. After this, click on ‘Jobs’, and filter jobs through keywords, location, title, country and more. However, when conducting an advanced search, it is advisable to avoid searching on title, as different firms have different titles for the same role.
#3 Group Jobs: With LinkedIn, you can join up to 100 groups at once. These groups are numerous and each based on anything imaginable such as hobbies, location, school alumni, industry and more. Each of these groups has its own menu structure which includes; discussion, promotion, jobs members and search.The job menu in each group is meant for job listing which could be posted by any of the group member as well as job discussions. This makes making it faster for you to find a new job.
#4: Company Pages: All you have to do here is to search for companies. Typically, on a company’s page, there will be a listing of vacant positions at the company or a link to the company’s employment portal on its site where the open jobs listing is provided. When you find a job opening it is advisable NOT to simply apply to multiple jobs in a relatively short period by clicking on ‘Apply’ numerous times. Instead, take your time by checking each good job prospect. Make use of the features provided by LinkedIn to see who posted the job and who you may know that works in the company. Develop these contacts into networking partners. Most companies use employee referral bonus program. You will be at an advantaged position if your company contact brings your resume to the attention of the recruiting manager or human resources staffer assigned to fill the position. Consequently, the probability of your resume disappearing into thin air is minimized and your chances of getting the job significantly increased.
#5 Feed Update: Updates are at the center of your LinkedIn homepage. What you will get here are not just articles that the Pulse feature thinks you should be interested in but also the status updates of your contacts or connections. Take your time to scroll through these updates on a regular basis as there are often some posts from hiring managers or recruiters calling the attention of qualified job seekers to some vacant positions in their respective companies
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