Friday, August 22, 2008
I've been recruiting for a long time, and I still take delight (almost glee), when I run into something new that I can add to my knowledge base.
Could be something that has to do with business, or it could be something non-business related.
It gives me a new sense of accomplishment in what otherwise might have been just another mundane day!
It's exciting, and it should be for you also.
Everyone should have a little bit, at least, of an inquisitive mind, and be open to new ideas and learning.
It will not only reinvigorate you on a regular basis but it will also do the same for your career.
Time and again I get references on candidates that say they have 10 years of experience times 1.
In other words... while they've been in the industry for 10 years, their knowledge base hasn't progressed past the first year.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Job applicants are stretching the truth less frequently on their resumes, but more creatively these days.
Some 40% of resumes, according to 3000 hiring managers who were polled, had a lie of some sort on them (down from 57% in 2000).
38% exaggerated their job responsibilities, 10% listed academic degrees they hadn’t earned.
At even 40%, this is a terrible figure.
Be forewarned... that these untruths , if uncovered after you have been hired, can (and often will) result in being fired.
I had a insurance defense attorney candidate some years back who almost lost their new job when it was discovered they had understated (not overstated) their prior salary, in fear that what they had been making was more than the new employer would want to pay!
Friday, August 8, 2008
I get requests from new candidates (on a regular basis) to find them a position where they can telecommute.
Wouldn’t almost everyone love to do that?!
But... while it is much more a reality today than it was just a year ago, still only 18% of employers allow it.
While I don’t have the statistics to support it, my consensus is that for those that are in this 18% category, the majority are either allowing it for long-term employees that have proven that they can work independently and be trusted, and that the only newly hired ones given the privilege are for positions that are typically not “in-office” jobs in the first place.
For those of you that don’t fall into either of the above categories, all is not lost.
The trend-line is moving up dramatically in your favor, and in a few short years to come my consensus may be outdated.