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Archive for August, 2009

If I Were A Job Hunter I Would…

- Immediately make sure my voicemail delivered a professional message. Featuring MY voice I would mention MY name and welcome the caller indicating that I would return all calls. - Stop the privacy manager function on my phone allowing restricted calls in. Many recruiters use restricted caller ID because those who call at work cannot put a candidate's job in jeopardy. - Conduct all phone interviews on a land line

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Why Not Trade Surplus Talent with Other Firms? A Lesson Learned From Sports

If you want to be strategic and make quantum steps in performance, look outside your familiar zone. Step beyond the best practices in your industry and find new ways to leverage your resources, including talent. In fact, the best way I know to learn about radical new approaches and innovations is to examine the best practices from organizations operating completely outside your industry. I call this practice of adapting “unheard of” practices from other industries parallel benchmarking.

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Do You Have to be a Self-Serving Pig?

At Six Pixels of Separation, Mitch Joel’s latest post is You Self Serving Pig . Read the whole thing because it’s great, but here’s a snippet: If there’s one cultural point of interest that is quickly emerging from the online social channels and platforms, it is that you can’t “win friends and influence people” if you all ever do is talk about yourself. It comes off as self-serving and much too self-promotional

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Best Buy: Why (some) UK retailers should be scared

How many UK retailers really display this kind of open, forward thinking, modern leadership?

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Translating Military Service For The Civilian Work World

As Johnny and Jane come marching back from war to prepare for the next chapter of their lives, they face the daunting challenge of turning their military experience into machine-readable resumes and elevator speeches that convince corporate recruiters to give them a second look. “The novelette of their experience in the military,” says Sherrill Curtis , doesn’t always translate clearly. Agrees Carl Blum, “The hardest problem they have is translating their military experience into civilian language so a recruiter can understand what they have to offer. Curtis, Blum, and Blum’s partner in an organization called Tip of the Arrow , Bob Deissig, and Sgt.

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Message to Candidates: Cheating Works … Sometimes!

How many applicants fake test results and assessments? Does cheating work?

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Three Surveys Show Economic Confidence Is On The Rise

New surveys this week are stoking optimism that the worst of the worst recession in (insert your choice of years here) really may be behind us. The Conference Board, which issues some of the most watched economic indicators in the U.S., reported that consumer confidence jumped 14 percent between July and August

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Blogging as Management, not Marketing

Most "how-to" guides for company blogging focus on marketing and PR objectives: positioning your organization as a thought leader, or using it as a "free" channel to get company news out there. We have a blog like this at our RISD , but we also have another, behind-the-firewall blog that is used for management, not marketing. The blog covers vast territory, from the intellectual to the mundane

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