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Phony References Will Get You In TroubleRead the rest of this entry »
Resume burnishing is a common practice. Unless it crosses the line into falsehoods, there's every reason to put your best foot forward. If you were a contributor to a highly successful project, that's worth noting. If you claim you led the team, that's a lie that will trip you up.
Now what recruiters are seeing more of is phony references. And they're not being fooled.
There's nothing new about falsifying ...
Don't Let a Long Job Search Get You DownRead the rest of this entry »
We had an acquaintance who was a software engineer with a security clearance who regularly complained about all the calls he got from recruiters. It's a problem most job seekers only wish they had.
For most job seekers, the opposite is true. They send out tons of resumes only to hear little. Many will go on several interviews before getting an offer. (The average, depending on industry and job, ranges ...
20 Things To Do After the InterviewRead the rest of this entry »
Now that the interview is over, every job hunter knows -- or should -- to send thank you notes to the hiring manager, recruiter and everyone else they spoke with.
But don't stop there. There are plenty of other things -- 20, to ...
Alexa, Get Me a JobRead the rest of this entry »
Ask Alexa and she'll get you the weather report, turn on lights and order groceries. Now, she can get you a job.
Just say, "Alexa, get me a job at McDonald's," and in seconds you're answering a few basic questions and bingo, you get a text with a link to the rest of the application.
McDonald's became the first company in the world -- at least that's what they say ...
Starting Pay For Grads Little Changed Since 2015Read the rest of this entry »
Last year's college graduates earned an average starting salary of $50,944.
That's a healthy bump above the average personal income for all workers, which was $46,550 when last measured in 2016. However, the National Association of Colleges and Employers says starting pay for college grads has barely budged over the last three years,. The 1.4% increase from 2015 to 2018 is a "further illustration of the sluggish ...
How to Answer Interview Questions That Cross the LineRead the rest of this entry »
Monster recently posted an article listing 5 illegal interview questions so obvious only a hiring manager living in a cave for the last 50 years would ever ask.
Is there an interviewer who doesn't know that asking something like “When are you planning to have children?” will all but guarantee hearing from the EEOC? Ditto for asking about a military commitment. Asking “How often are you deployed for Army Reserve ...
Why We Make Bad Job DecisionsRead the rest of this entry »
Have you ever been disappointed in a new job? Lots of people are. Multiple surveys tell us that 3-in-10 new hires quit in the first 6 months. An astounding 16% quit in the first week. "Buyer's remorse" leads some to simply not show up for their new job, which has given rise to the growing "ghosting" phenomenon.
Most of us, though, don't ghost and we don't quit. We may be ...
What a PhD Discovered About Hiring Everybody Should KnowRead the rest of this entry »
It wasn't that many years ago you'd read about college grads tending bar or working as janitors. Bloomberg even headlined an article "Why Are So Many College Graduates Driving Taxis?"
These days, with recruiters practically begging for applicants, you don't much hear about PhDs driving for Lyft. But don't let that fool you into thinking that just because you have a college degree finding a job is easy ...
What Do You Need to Earn to Rent?Read the rest of this entry »
To afford a two-bedroom rental in New York City's fashionable Chelsea neighborhood you'd need to earn at least $49 an hour. Drive north 80 miles to Poughkeepsie, and you can get two-bedrooms for little more than half that.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition has compiled HUD data from across the U.S. on the fair market rent for one and two-bedroom rentals by state and right down to individual ...
New England Is Best Place for Working DadsRead the rest of this entry »
Just in time for Father's Day, comes a report from Wallet Hub declaring Massachusetts the best state for working fathers.
On each of the four broad categories Wallet Hub looked at – child care, health, work-life balance and economic and social well-being – the state ranked either 1,2 or 3 among the 50 states and District of Columbia.
Multiple elements were weighted in each of the categories, giving Massachusetts an overall ...