Staffing Advisors Blog

How to (Finally) Quit your Job

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 23, 2012

As you wait for the elevator to arrive after another mediocre day at the office, you give yourself an all-too-familiar pep talk. "I'm better than this, and I've completely had it with this job," you tell yourself. "I'm outta here for good."

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How to Turn Failure into Future Success

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 18, 2012

We often hear about the necessity of failure: “If you don’t fail, you’re not trying hard enough,” “You learn from your failures,” and “Don’t trust people who say they don’t fail.”

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Looking for a new job? Expect to get some really bad career advice

Posted by Bob Corlett on June 18, 2012

You’re going to get some bad career advice, even from well-meaning people. So who should you listen to? The people who know you best? Experts and business leaders? Who?

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Why you didn’t get the job

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on March 10, 2012

Interviewing for a new job is an exercise in humiliation and uncertainty.  Whether you’re interviewing for a job at a new company or just changing roles at your present employer, the process is difficult.

You do everything you can to look your best, act your best and be the best you can be. You meet with several people who act like they’d love to have you as a co-worker.  At the end of the process, you’re super excited to get that offer. Then the call comes:

Rejected.

You hear the "reason" you didn’t get the job (e.g., "You were a perfect fit but we had a hard choice between two great candidates." "You’re overqualified for the job.")

Do you want to know real reason you didn’t get it?  Here are some possibilities, from an article by Mike Figliuolo of thought Leaders LLC:

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Managing Your Expectations During a Job Search

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 18, 2012

It's human nature to form expectations. We all create expectations all the time, but we rarely do it consciously. The problem is that most job seekers have unrealistically high expectations, and therefore often find themselves disappointed.  To make matters worse, when your expectations are not met you feel much worse than the good feelings you get when your expectations are exceeded.

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How to Ace Online Testing

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on January 13, 2012

Before you get the job, you have to get through the recruitment process. Some companies make it more difficult than others - with long applicant tracking system applications that take over an hour. And some companies require that you do online testing before they offer you the job. As frustrating as it may be, it's a necessary step between you and your dream job. So might as well figure out how to ace those online recruitment tests. Mervyn Dinnen of the jobsite Insider gives us 5 online testing mistakes to avoid:

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Another hurdle for job seekers: social media checks

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on January 10, 2012

Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the lives of prospective employees. Now, some companies are requiring job candidates to pass a social media background check.

According to Jennifer Preston in an article for the New York Times, a company called Social Intelligence scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.

Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks or violent activity; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos.

“We are not detectives,” said Max Drucker, chief executive of the company. “All we assemble is what is publicly available on the Internet.”  The service alarms privacy advocates who say it invites employers to look at information that may not be relevant to job performance.

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How to Avoid Saying: “I Was Fired”

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on January 6, 2012

Something about the words “I was fired” makes prospective managers’ blood run cold. If you left your last job on less-than-sensational terms, there’s got to be a way to address that issue positively, right? Longtime HR director Liz Ryan, writing for Bloomberg’s Businessweek.com, says there definitely is.

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20 Questions to Consider Before Accepting the Job

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on September 8, 2011

In this grueling economy, it's easy to become desperate and just take whatever job comes your way.  If offered, you want to accept it immediately!

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Didn’t get the job? Sometimes You Never Had a Chance

Posted by Brooke Lockhart on September 7, 2011

Even though managers concede that favoritism has a role in deciding who gets promoted, few will admit to playing favorites.

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