Archive | August, 2010

The For-Benefit Company: Will It Catch On?

Got a short but thought-provoking snippet to pass along today… According to the compelling article you’ll find here, written by Will Patten for Harvard Business Review, a pocket of business leaders and legislators around the globe are starting to wonder whether it’s time to create a middle path of some kind between the traditional “selfless […]

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Interview Dominance Issues: Important Stuff!

Want to know how to absolutely blow an interview, no matter what occupation or industry you’re in?  All you have to do is shake hands, sit down, politely answer the questions you get asked, and let the interviewer control the entire meeting. And yet, that’s what an awful lot of job candidates do.  They treat […]

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Career Poll: Toughest Internal Job Hunt Obstacle?

While it’s been a while since I’ve posted a career-related poll here on my blog, I’m kind of glad I waited, since I always found the WordPress poll application to be extremely tricky to use — versus the wonderful new option I’ve discovered, which is to use the LinkedIn Polls tool to create and distribute […]

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Working With Recruiters: Part 4

Okay, let’s bring this four-part series in for a landing with a few final thoughts about how to work with the recruiter channel, if you happen to be a professional currently seeking a new opportunity.  Again, I’ll emphasize that 1) I’m just sharing my own personal recommendations on these matters, not claiming there’s a perfect […]

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Working With Recruiters: Part 3

Okay, now that I’ve shared some ideas (in the last posting here) on how to locate a set of appropriate recruiters in your field, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.  How do these kinds of firms work, exactly, and how does the average professional in transition work with them effectively? For starters, let me clarify […]

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Working With Recruiters: Part 2

Okay, it’s time for the second installment in what I suspect will be a four-part series dealing with the “recruiter channel” and how professionals should approach this often-misunderstood segment of the hiring market.  In retrospect, I’ve realized my agenda is rather backwards, and it would probably would have made more sense to discuss HOW to […]

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Working With Recruiters: Part 1

As the marketplace has grown increasingly complex and turbulent, there has been a corresponding rise in the number of job openings now being filled by “intermediaries” of some sort — typically recruiting or staffing agencies that have developed special expertise in finding certain types of professionals and placing them with organizations facing an appropriate need. […]

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Candidate Blacklisting: A Real Concern?

Let’s say that you really want to work at Microsoft.  Or Boeing.  OR T-Mobile.  Or Starbucks.  And you keep seeing numerous positions listed on the “employment” pages of these companies that fit you like a glove, but that you can’t seem tp get a response around, for the life of you, even after carefully tailoring […]

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LinkedIn Tip: 25 Possible Uses!

While the LinkedIn.com networking website is hardly a “best kept secret” anymore, with 75 million members (almost 700,000 in the Seattle area alone) having joined the system to date, the vast majority of folks I come across still seem to underestimate the site’s true potential — and the number of useful things you can do […]

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Job Satisfaction: Are Your Priorities In Order?

Inputs and outputs.  That’s essentially what careers and jobs are all about.  You input your time/effort/smarts into a company, to solve certain problems they face, and hopefully you get rewarded by a series of “outputs” that enrich your life and make you a happy camper. The funny thing, though, is that I don’t feel most […]

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