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Mitch Corlett

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How To Respond To Negative Glassdoor Reviews

Posted by Mitch Corlett on May 27, 2015

CEOs are increasingly alarmed about their reviews on Glassdoor and other employer review sites, and how it affects their careers and recruiting prospects. We've dubbed this phenomenon Glassdoor angst. And if you're embarrassed by those reviews, it's easy to overreact. Who likes being made profoundly uncomfortable by someone anonymously bashing your organization? No one wants to have their staffing affected because of some disgruntled former or current employees.

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Career Development and Advancement Aren't the Same Thing

Posted by Mitch Corlett on December 8, 2014

Most of us still associate career development and advancement very strongly -- that the only way to develop your career is to keep climbing up that ladder. We even imply someone's in a failed career when we say they are in a "dead-end job."

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Welcome to the Failure Age! - New York Times

Posted by Mitch Corlett on November 26, 2014

From The New York Times:

 "Innovation is...terrifying. Right now we’re going through changes that rip away the core logic of our economy. Will there be enough jobs to go around? Will they pay a living wage? Terror, however, can also be helpful. The only way to harness this new age of failure is to learn how to bounce back from disaster and create the societal institutions that help us do so. The real question is whether we’re up for the challenge."

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How to decline recruiter outreach letters (politely)

Posted by Mitch Corlett on November 20, 2014

When a recruiter reaches out to you, it's in order to determine:

  1. If you're a match for the more nuanced aspects of the position. (Because words on paper are a poor indicator of overall ability.)

  2. If you're at all interested in having that conversation.
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The 7 Principles Of The Future Employee

Posted by Mitch Corlett on November 13, 2014

My previous office was straight out of Office Space -- a grey office of cubicles, key-cards, and strict scheduling, where the constant murmur of other voices drifted through to break up the silence. It was a big, prestigious company. At Staffing Advisors, everyone in our company works from home. There's no other option (by design) -- we don't even have a central office to report to.

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What Recruiters Notice About Your Resume

Posted by Mitch Corlett on October 27, 2014

Originally posted on Quora, one user asked:

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When Can an Employer Consider an Applicant’s Criminal History?

Posted by Mitch Corlett on October 22, 2014

In an attempt to lower criminal recidivism, various states and municipalities around the country are enacting new legislation that changes how employers can ask about an applicant's criminal history. Asking if someone has been convicted of a crime on their initial application for employment is still currently a common part of the employment application process, but DC has already changed their policy, and other local governments around DC are also considering it (don't worry, it's not being eliminated altogether - but the timing of when you can inquire is changing).

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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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How to Think Strategically About Your Career for the New Year

Posted by Mitch Corlett on December 19, 2013

With New Years' fast approaching, you may be thinking about those pesky resolutions. If one of them is to make a change in your career, but you're struggling to come up with an achievable, fulfilling resolution, here's a few of our favorite ideas to help get that Resolution Engine running again:

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5 Steps To Build A More Innovative Organization

Posted by Mitch Corlett on November 20, 2013

Are you struggling to get your new initiatives off the ground? Do you wish your organization was more nimble and entrepreneurial? Do you yearn to build a team of people who don’t need a rule-book ... people who can handle ambiguity? Do you daydream about having a team of fearless innovators who bring you great ideas, and then leap into action to make their ideas a reality?

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