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Finding Your Dream Job

You studied what you love, right? And you want to find a job doing what you studied. You want to find a job that can utilize your talents and interests; one where you won’t be bored, underutilized or blown off. But there is just one problem: there are no jobs in your field. Everybody is telling you to find a temporary position; something you can do until you find your elusive perfect job. No. You don’t want to do that. You don’t want to be stuck as a peon for the rest of your life. But you don’t want to starve either.

How can you find your perfect job? How can you resist the temptation to just find something, anything that pays? Here’s how.

From Hot Dogs to Metro – Finding Your Way around National Recruitment

During a recent business trip, I passed five states and multiple cities between New York City and Washington, D.C. within a matter of 4 hours on Amtrak. As my company breaks into new markets, I too have expanded my recruitment portfolio along the eastern seaboard as well as into the Midwest. When recruiting from a national pool of candidates, it is the HR professional’s responsibility to serve as the liaison between the candidate and company as well as be a representative of the state or city.

Here are some tips to help you do that.

Getting Managers to Execute Your Talent Management Strategy

As HR professionals we often hear managers discuss their desire to develop their leadership skills, and take on more senior roles within the organization.

Yet many people managers fail to see or understand their responsibility in one of the most critical leadership areas – communicating the organization’s vision to employees. Or, conveying how the work of the team supports the strategic objectives of the organization. They get lost in the tactical execution versus seeing themselves as coaches mentoring their team to success.

Businesswomen and Recreational Drug Use

The days in which drug abuse was primarily associated with males are well and truly over. Nowadays, an increasing number of women are turning to recreational drugs and alcohol to relieve the pressures of everyday life. But these women aren’t the dregs of society, nor are they “on the streets” they are highly intelligent businesswomen in powerful positions with a lot of pressure on their shoulders.

There are many alternative methods of de-stressing for busy women who are trying to juggle their work and home lives.

5 Tips to Prepare You For Salary Negotiations

You can never underestimate the importance of negotiating salary during the interview process. Unfortunately, many people are self-conscious or too shy to ask for what they believe they deserve. Others hate the thought of confrontation with a new employer and think that if they negotiate they are starting things off on the wrong foot. Even though salary negotiating can be uncomfortable, preparation will ensure you are satisfied with the outcome.

Preparing Your References

Easily forgotten, the 10 minute reference call can make or break your candidacy. We pick our references, but do we prepare them? By the time you get a job offer, it may be months since you gave your old supervisor the head’s up that you were searching.
The worst thing a reference can do is not respond, but a vague response is just as bad when impacting a hiring decision.

Don’t let this happen to you.

A Job Today is No Guarantee of a Job Tomorrow

You have a job, so you’re not really worried about your “digital footprint.”

You received so many invitations to join LinkedIn, you finally got yourself a profile. Now, if you could only remember your password. People keep talking about social networking and personal branding, but you are too busy to keep up with all of that; you’re working. Don’t be complacent. A job today is no guarantee of a job tomorrow.

Three Impressions that Keep Women from Advancing

The U.S. Department of Education says that women have been earning more degrees than men for more than 28 years. And yet, the studies prove that women still aren’t moving up the corporate structure very quickly. Last year, Catalyst updated their statistics regarding women who sit on Fortune 500 Boards and found that the percentage (approximately 16 percent) is simply not changing.While I don’t profess to have the answer to these challenges, I am fascinated by the profiles of women who reach the top.

Millenials, Onboarding and Ice Cream Cones

There are a couple ways to look at Millenials entering the workforce today. Either a) you have a bunch of delusional, texting, Facebooking employees who have unrealistic expectations that they will be CEO in 2 years and feel they are entitled to getting everything they want, or b) you have an emerging number of employees full or energy and enthusiasm who want to find new ways to break into the corporate world and make a difference.

No matter how you look at it, working with Millennials is an inevitable truth of your career now and in the future.

Finding Your Next Job

When you went to work this morning, you had a job. When you came home, you didn’t. Whatever the reason is, you’re back in the job market again. The job may be gone, but you’ve still got your skills and will be a valuable employee to an appreciative employer. Here are a few tips to get you back in the game.