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Monday, May 31, 2004

NEW TREND?: BLOG your way to a job!

Career MetaSearch Creates Job Search Blog Feature Internet-based employer only recruiting destination Career MetaSearch(tm) has added a job search blog feature to allow job candidates to show employers their true selves. Blogs enable the job seekers to talk about experiences, such as team-building or creativity, in a personal way that allows employers a glimpse of the attitude and thought processes of a potential employee. "We believe that employers will take notice of the candidates full level of experience on www.jobsearchblogs.com and take advantage of another avenue to source candidates,'' said Jason Gorham, CEO of Career MetaSearch. "We launched this site to highlight creativity and skills. It's just one more tool in the comprehensive toolbox offered by Career MetaSearch." Click here for more information.

One more joblead for veterans...

This looks like an interesting site... Helmets to Hardhats

Veterans! Know your legal rights when leaving a job to serve...

Since the time of the Civil War, veterans of the Armed Forces [as defined in 38 USC 101(10)] have been given some degree of preference in appointments to Federal jobs. Recognizing that sacrifices are made by those serving in the Armed Forces, Congress enacted laws to prevent veterans seeking Federal employment from being penalized because of the time spent in the military service. Click here to know your rights.

Jobs For Veterans

These are a few online resources available to veterans...
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  • Recruit Military
  • Military Jobs
  • Department Of Veteran Affairs
  • Disability Info
  • Friday, May 28, 2004

    Bodytalk - Speaking the language of mannerisms...

    Ever wonder how you are doing in an interview? Are you winning them over or did you just crash and burn? One way to gauge your progress is to monitor the body language of the interviewer. Check out Speaking Body Language

    CARTOON: The Future Of Jobsearch

    Thursday, May 27, 2004

    Take this job and shove it! (In this economy?)

    Wharton professor Peter Cappelli, who's studied attitudes among New Economy workers, says people couldn't help but notice that "employers cut employees faster and harder [during the recession] than during any previous one." As conditions improve, why should employees feel loyal to bosses who ruthlessly swung the ax? Sure, the boss may give better raises or more "attaboys" to try to make up—but like a spurned lover, employees remember the mistreatment, and they're unlikely to forgive and forget. "It's like being in a bad relationship," says Manhattan recruiter Sunny Bates. "People are saying, 'I just want out. I want to start over'."Click here for more info

    I want to work for me!!!

    A new survey indicates that about one quarter of self-employed workers in this country derive income from large corporations and government organizations; and the sponsors of the study think they may be hard to hire back in a turning economy. Hudson, a division of Hudson Highland Staffing, released the findings of the survey last week. Nearly three quarters of the respondents said that being self-employed is their dream job. Click here for more info

    What's the deal with outsourcing?

    Outsourcing jobs to India is a controversial topic in the U.S.A. A documentary entitled "The Other Side of Outsourcing" with Thomas L. Friedman will premiere on Thursday, June 3, at 10 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel. Video excerpts from the program may be previewed by visiting the NY Times website. Click here

    AUDIO: Elizabeth Howe Speaks

    COMMENTARY: Elizabeth Speaks!
    Elizabeth Howe comments on the best Jobseeker Revenge.(1:05)
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    9 No-No's you should know

    If you ever said on an interview, "My last boss was a jerk so I left," or "If you hook me up with this gig, that would be da' bomb!" Well, you committed two of 9 no-no's. Click here to see the other 7

    Wednesday, May 26, 2004

    AUDIO: 3 Trick Questions Every Recruiter Asks

    INTERVIEW ADVICE
    Jim Stroud reveals 3 trick questions every recruiter asks. Be prepared and know the answers before your next interview. (2:40)
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    Maturity matters to employers...

    In a period that has seen the economy move from recession to recovering, workers 55 and older have shown the biggest job gains of any age group in California and at the national level over the last two years, according to government statistics. Experience does matter...

    Mr. Recruiter, I'm ready for my closeup now...

    Picture this!

    The executive candidate is picked up from an airport hotel by limousine early in the morning and whisked to the suburban headquarters of Development Dimensions International where a full work schedule awaits.

    But this is no ordinary day at the office. The candidate will report to a hypothetical company set up by DDI to simulate a real-work environment, complete with challenges, distractions and interruptions."The Apprentice" reality tv show becomes umm... real.

    Would you hire SexyChocolate@yahoo.com?

    Sexy Chocolate, 2Sweet, Bubbalover may be cute email names to you, but they can come back to haunt you on a jobsearch. Check out: You've Got E-mail, but Will It Cost You a Job?

    Tuesday, May 25, 2004

    AUDIO: Lisa Alexander Of Pharm Rep Select

    AUTHOR INTERVIEW
    Jim Stroud interviews Lisa Alexander, author of "Pharm Rep Select: Your Complete Guide To Getting A Job In Pharmaceutical Sales." Lisa Alexander began her career as a sales rep and manager, and later moved on to recruit more than 4,000 salespeople for such companies as Big Pharma and Pfizer. (2:35)
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    Monday, May 24, 2004

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jim Stroud

    Jim Stroud is the keynote speaker at: The Layoff Lounge Tuesday, May 25, 2004 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Location: J. Christopher's 5482 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Dunwoody, GA 30338 770-395-1642 Visit: http://www.thelayofflounge.com for more details.

    AUDIO: Pamela La Gioia - Telework Recruiting

    CEO INTERVIEW
    Jim Stroud interviews Pamela La Gioia, President of Telework Recruiting. Her company was recently cited in Fortune Magazine as a resource for obtaining professional telecommuting jobs. (3:03)
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    Friday, May 21, 2004

    A paycheck is not enough...

    Learn this early! A paycheck is not enough to retire on. Click here for details

    For Interview Success Start by Asking the Right Questions

    Good article..."For Interview Success Start by Asking the Right Questions"

    We've been outsourcing since the 1800's. What have we learned?

    Check out this article. History May Offer a Solution To the Outsourcing Dilemma Outsourcing has been an issue since the 1800's. What have we learned since then?

    United States Economy at a Glance

    Tired of all the spin politicians are giving you? Check out the United States Economy at a Glance chart and come up with your own conclusions on how we are doing.

    And you thought you were underpaid!

    Click here to compare hourly wages across multiple countries. Find out that a job paying $21.37 hourly in the USA comes out to $2.61 in Mexico? Ouch! The comparison dates are from 1975-2002. Interesting reading...

    Thursday, May 20, 2004

    People Quit Managers, Not Companies...

    With the nation's job picture improving, employers should take a "retention reality check" in coming months to prevent the loss of top talent. That, at least, is the advice of Ed Boswell, the CEO of The Forum Corp., a manager development and employee training company. Boswell says "people quit managers, not companies," and encourages executives to monitor five drivers of employee satisfaction, from contentment with their work load to their approval of the company's team building strategies. Forum Corporation

    Employers: Please read

    "As you leave the interview, you're walking on air and fighting back tears of relief because you're finally going to have the means to end your creditors' calls...you may have lost your home but there's a chance that you won't lose your car too. You rush home, call your friends and family to tell them the good news...and then you wait to hear from your 'new' employer. When you can't bear waiting for another second, you phone but the hiring manager is unavailable. You leave a voicemail and then wait again and, eventually, it sinks in that you didn't really get the job...the interviewer was just the type pf person that needs everyone to 'like' him/her. I've had this happen several times and it never fails to send me into a deep depression that takes everything I have to overcome...and sometimes I haven't succeeded in shoring up my self esteem before I have to go on another interview and 'sell' myself yet again. " Employers: Please read

    Wednesday, May 19, 2004

    Are job blogs the future of jobsearch?

    Internet-based employer only recruiting destination Career MetaSearch™ has added a job search blog feature to allow job candidates to show employers their true selves. Blogs enable the job seekers to talk about experiences, such as team-building or creativity, in a personal way that allows employers a glimpse of the attitude and thought processes of a potential employee. “We believe that employers will take notice of the candidates full level of experience on www.jobsearchblogs.com and take advantage of another avenue to source candidates,’’ said Jason Gorham, CEO of Career MetaSearch. “We launched this site to highlight creativity and skills. It’s just one more tool in the comprehensive toolbox offered by Career MetaSearch.” Click here for more info

    Tuesday, May 18, 2004

    Did you REALLY apply to a job on Monster? Or was it a scam?

    Job seekers using online career sites, even well known and reputable ones, may be getting more than they bargained for. A recent scam, reported by the New York Times this week, involves a number of people who were duped into taking jobs as money launderers after responding to a job posting on Monster.com. Click here for more info

    Okay, this guy must REALLY want a job...

    Eric Stringer is undergoing drills at a training camp in Houston to assure he is prepared to survive a biological or chemical attack. But he's not a soldier — he's a truck driver, training to work in Iraq where the salary is outweighing the safety risks for some. Stringer will soon be driving fuel trucks for KBR (Kellogg, Brown and Root (search)) a subsidiary of Halliburton (search), the company that has a $10 billion government contract to help rebuild and reshape Iraq. It's the same company that Thomas Hamill (search) worked for when his truck was attacked and he was kidnapped on April 9. So far in Iraq, 35 KBR workers have been killed and 75 have been wounded. Two remain missing. But for Stringer and the rest of the KBR recruits, the $80,000 they'll earn — tax-free — is just too good to pass up, no matter the dangerous conditions. Click here for more info

    2800 Jobs are coming to Michigan

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) -- Nine major expansions and relocations by companies will create or retain more than 8,600 jobs for Michigan workers, Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Tuesday. Click here for more info

    Monday, May 17, 2004

    Rumble in the office! Nightowls vs Early Birds... Who wins?

    Every morning, Margaret Wong does something that will be heartwarming to some and horrifying to others: She rises and shines at 4:30 a.m., long before the sun comes up in her hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio. By 6 a.m., the 53-year-old immigration lawyer has arrived at her office and is sipping coffee, responding to e-mails, reading the paper -- any tasks, she says, that don't require interaction. That's because, at that ungodly hour, many of her colleagues are still bunked down. Eventually, the late sleepers will wobble into work. To accommodate them, Ms. Wong has moved the 8 a.m. staff meeting to 9 a.m. She adjusts, she says, but she doesn't understand the night owls -- "I just think they're not disciplined," she confides -- any more than they understand a morning lark like her. Click here for more information

    Media Buddies - UK's Answer To LinkedIn?

    The first global media "word of mouth" jobs service was launched today by Mediabuddies, the only worldwide reunion and networking club for media professionals, in cooperation with RealContacts, the social networking pioneer. By connecting journalists, broadcasters, advertising, marketing and public relations executives through their trusted extended network of past and current colleagues, Mediabuddies and RealContacts. Click here for more info on Mediabuddies

    Friday, May 14, 2004

    A Brand New 4-Letter Word

    Introducing a brand new 4-Letter word for commuters.: "It takes Jeffrey S. Wallace an hour-and-a half to drive from his home in Chesapeake City to his job in West Chester, Pa. -- longer if he hits any TARC.

    "The word I use is TARC. It stands for traffic, accidents and road construction," said Wallace, a supermarket general manager. "I try to avoid TARC at all costs. If you're a commuter like I am, TARC is the enemy."

    Thursday, May 13, 2004

    "THEY RULE" is cool!

    THEY RULE allows you to create maps of the interlocking directories of the top companies in the US in 2004. The data was collected from their websites and SEC filings in early 2004, so it may not be completely accurate - companies merge and disappear and directors shift boards. Still, the way this web operates is VERY nice and useful. I suggest using this to research companies you want to get leads on.

    Sherlocking Leads

    Every day, Eliyon Networking scans millions of corporate websites, news articles, SEC filings and other online sources for information about people and the companies for which they work. The information is then combined automatically into an easily searchable database. Great way to finds leads into a company. Oh, did I mention that this service is FREE. Thanks for the tip Elizabeth!

    Jobs are coming back, but not how you may think

    "Trying to preserve existing jobs will prove futile — trade and technology will transform the economy whether we like it not. Americans will be better off if they strive to move up the hierarchy of human talents." The New York Times
    Preparing the frustrated jobseeker for the market's inevitable return.

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