Staffing Advisors Blog

Filling Multiple Open Positions in One Department

Posted by Bob Corlett on December 9, 2016

In small organizations, it’s fairly common to have 2 or even 3 open positions in the same department at the same time. This occurs for a variety of reasons: sometimes a bad manager causes team members to leave, or one disgruntled employee makes everyone’s life miserable, or a failed business approach causes everyone on the team to feel like a failure, or sometimes it’s just the bad timing of unrelated factors.  

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How to make a career jump to a new industry

Posted by Bob Corlett on March 12, 2015

Interviewing is fundamentally an exercise in risk management. As a job seeker, your goal is to reduce any appearance of risk in hiring you.

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Teasing out whether your future manager is truly toxic

Posted by Mitch Corlett on January 30, 2014

 

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.

—Malcolm S. Forbes.

It is possible to tease out how toxic a potential manager will be from your brief interactions in an interview setting? It’s certainly not easy, especially since their toxicity is often odorless and hard to detect like carbon monoxide. Yet teasing out the truth of the manager’s behavioral tendencies is an important element of your interview strategy. Like with determining cultural fit, fully preparing for this aspect of the interview is vital, because you’ll come well-informed on the basics and can spend more time asking pointed, tough questions to tease out the truth.

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Exit Your Job Gracefully, Even If You Think You'll Never Come Back

Posted by Mitch Corlett on September 30, 2013

I've had my share of terrible jobs, and if you're reading this, I bet you have too. There are entire industries that elicit grimaces and horrible flashbacks for their former (and sometimes current) employees. The mere mention of jobs like "fast-food worker" or "call center representative" often invoke a tacit understanding that your job was terrible - entire industries elicit grimaces and painful flashbacks. Bring up an old terrible job, and watch a former employee shiver as if a Dementor entered the room.

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Are you perfect for the job? Don't be so sure about that

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 17, 2013

When looking for a new job, most openings might not sound very appealing. Occasionally you hear about a job and think to yourself, "I am perfect for this job. It’s tailor-made for me." Excitedly, you dash off your cover letter and apply right away because you know your resume is ideal for the job.

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Do you speak the language of the CEO? 

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 4, 2013

My client called me right after he interviewed two people. "I just don’t see Mike being very effective with our CEO. He just doesn't have the chops for it." Then his tone brightened, "But Susan would be perfect. She’d fit right in with our executive team. They’d hit it off right away." So Susan was scheduled to meet the CEO, and Mike’s interview process was over.

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Are you betting your career on the wrong industry?

Posted by Bob Corlett on October 22, 2012

My friend Gary asked me, "How did I let this happen?" He had just been fired from his job, but I knew he had been worrying about losing it for many years. When he called, he told me that he had been "off his game" over the past 6 months, "I was so worried about losing my job that I ended up making stupid mistakes."

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How to handle the 'desired salary' question when you apply for a job online

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 20, 2012

Recently, I wrote about how to discuss your salary requirements in a cover letter. A reader emailed me because he was regularly encountering the “desired salary” question even when he applied for positions online. He said, “All the consulting jobs I'm applying for now have a required box in the application page in which only accepts a numeric response to the ’Salary Desired’ question. I don't want to be hemmed in by a number for which I'm by definition going to low ball---but I also want the job. Any advice?”

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I Am Perfect for this Job

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 15, 2012

You saw the job advertisement and thought to yourself, "I am perfect for this job. This is tailor-made for me."  Excitedly, you dashed off your cover letter and applied right away. Your resume is ideal for this job. You know you have a mortal lock on it.

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How long will your job search take?

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 23, 2012

Have you ever heard this advice? “For every $10,000 in annual salary your search will take a month, so if you want an annual salary of $70,000, your search will probably take seven months.” Or perhaps you’ve heard that the average job search takes four, six, or eight months.

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