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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Merry New Year! (Or is it Happy Christmas? I forget...)

Happy (fill-in-the-blank) Holiday and have a Merry New Year! (or something like that.) Plus, a big congrats to my fellow bloggers who walked away with the prestigious Best Blog Awards from Recruiting.com. (I am just happy to have been nominated.)

Special Kudos to Shally and my co-bloggers: Gretchen, Jenna and Julie. See you all at Starbucks!

Personal Loans For Self Employed Applicants

By: Joseph Kenny

Many people are attracted to the benefits of self-employment, from setting your own hours and being your own boss to having control over the development of your business and career. The control over your lifestyle and work is a good reward for the risks involved in setting out on your own. But there are definite challenges involved also. One of the most daunting aspects of self-employment is finding credit. Lenders are often wary of lending to someone who is self employed, particularly if they are new to it and cannot provide proof of steady income.

However, as the character of the UK economy continues to change, and lifelong employment from a single company becomes ever more rare, banks and other lenders are becoming increasingly willing to lend to the self-employed. In fact, now, a self employed person is just as likely to get approval for a mortgage or other loan as someone in more traditional employment. Improvements in credit checks, which allow lenders to see how you cope with debt in general, as well as other changes in lending practices mean that borrowing for the self employed is now easier and faster.

Your Credit Score

Today, lenders can make immediate decisions on whether or not to lend, based exclusively on your credit score. Credit reports are becoming more important than proofs of income, and a self employed person who pays all bills and monthly payments on other loans on time, will have every chance of obtaining a loan. These same credit reports are what allow banks to make rapid decisions for lending to traditionally employed applicants also.

As self employment increases in popularity, lenders are beginning to compete for a market share in this increasingly lucrative market. The terms and rates available are pretty much the same as for other loans and definitely far better than what they used to be. In fact, if you have borrowed as a self-employed worker in the past, now may be the time to refinance such loans with better rates and terms.

Secured or Unsecured Loan

Another issue to consider is whether you want a secured or unsecured loan. Secured loans generally offer better rates and are secured over your home or automobile usually. However, if you are unable to repay the loan, the security is used instead. Now that unsecured loans are becoming easier to obtain, you should perhaps consider this option, particularly if the loan is being used for business purposes as it means you home or car will be less at risk from repossession.

The bottom line is that today, the self-employed have more options than ever before so don’t let this become something that discourages you from seeking credit or makes you accept less than ideal terms or rates.

About the author: Joseph Kenny writes regulary for the loan information sites http://www.selectloans.co.uk and also http://www.ukpersonalloanstore.co.uk/.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Get Yourself Ready To Impress During A Phone Interview

By Heather Eagar

Preparing for an interview over the phone is primarily a mental exercise, and something that is easy to prepare for. It is the second impression that you will make on a hiring decision maker – the first impression was obviously made for you by your resume and cover letter, and must have been positive, or you would not have this interview appointment. That being the case, it is worth while to prepare for it and be ready to put your best foot forward.

Step one in getting yourself mentally prepared is to rehearse. Practice in front of the mirror, or with a friend or your spouse listening to you, asking questions and playing the part of the interviewer. Make a list of questions you expect the interviewer to ask and have good answers prepared, but have them on the top of your head in general and not memorized. Memorized answers can sound canned and not real, and will not help you. You need to appear genuine and real.

Step two is preparing and practicing two or three ideas that you want to get across to the interviewer as to why you are the right person for this job. If you are having trouble thinking of ideas, read your resume again. Look for the key points, qualifications or accomplishments you have written, and be ready to discuss them.

Step three is think of what you can do for the company. The hiring manager really doesn’t care why you would like the job; he cares about how you can help his company if you are hired.

Step four, on the morning of the interview get dressed. Wear the same clothes when you are on the phone that you would wear if you were in front of the interviewer in person. Dress for success and your attitude will reflect it. Dress in your pajamas or an old sweat shirt and your attitude may reflect that as well.

Step five is to smile. Smiles are contagious, even if they can’t be seen. Good salesmen know this and practice smiling on the phone. There is something in your voice and attitude that is conveyed when you smile, and the person on the other end of the phone can sense it. There is truth in the old saying, “Smile and the world smiles with you.” It is basic human nature.

Step six is to speak clearly and enunciate. Use a good quality phone, a land line not a cordless. If at all possible do not use a cellular phone for the interview. Crackling noises are distractions and bad cell sites, leading to dropped calls, are a negative. You only want positives during your phone interview.

Step seven is the interview itself. Relax, be yourself and do your best. When it is over remember to thank the interviewer for his or her time, and offer to provide any other information they might need to make a decision. Be professional and you may well be rewarded with a job.

About the Author: Heather Eagar provides reviews of the top resume writing services that put you in charge of your career so that you can get the job you deserve. sign-up for your free Job Search Tips E-course.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Try not to break it 007!

A little birdy told me about a new toy Indeed has released. If you have GTalk, send a 'hello' to indeedjobs. Then follow the directions and find yourself a new job!

If this sounds a little cloak and dagger to you, give Indeed a buzz (through GTalk) yourself and see what happens.

Job Hunting On The Sly

By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC

So you want to look around for your next career step but you are concerned that your current employer will find out and give you an early exit? Confidentiality in your job search is a reasonable concern and makes the way you approach finding your next position all the more important. Confidentiality and privacy issues in today’s hyper-informative world are issues that should be taken seriously.

Keeping your intentions of changing jobs a secret is a challenge but secrecy is in your best interest. Case in point: Hilda was a highly paid pharmacist working for an independent pharmacy in Atlanta. She was approached by a new independent pharmacy who was a direct competitor of her current employer. The word leaked out that she was considering taking a directly competing position and her employer terminated her employment out of concern for operational security. As pharmacist-in-charge, she had full access to retail/wholesale pricing, future plans, insurance reimbursement rates and customer information – all data that would be highly desirable by the competitor. Hilda’s employer just could not take the chance that she would leave and take all that information with her so they terminated her. Unfortunately, the competitor did not make an offer of employment to Hilda and she was left out in the cold – not hired, and fired. If she had taken greater pains to keep her options confidential, she may not have ended up in the predicament of suddenly being unemployed.

On the flip side, it may be tempting to let slip to your current employer that you are looking around for new opportunities to provide some leverage for a raise or a promotion. Fishing for a counter-offer is a no-win situation. In a survey by the Wall Street Journal, 93 percent of employees who accept counter-offers to remain with an employer leave anyway after 18 months. If you are unhappy enough to spend months hunting for a new position, dealing with recruiters, and going on interviews, the true value of a counter offer should be questioned. Employers make counter-offers for their best interest – not the employees’. Employers need to make sure projects are completed, that deadlines are met, and that production does not lag. An employee who accepts a counter-offer has branded himself as disloyal and possibly a gold-digger and will forever more be viewed as such by superiors.

Common sense rules when going about a confidential job search. Do not use your work phone, email, or company cell phone to conduct any job search activities. Do not surf the job sites during your lunch hour or at anytime on your work PC. Be careful of the conversations you have within earshot of other co-workers. Do not leave your resume lying on your desk at work. Keep your plans and intentions quiet, even from close office friends whom you feel you can trust. Request confidentiality from all potential employers until an offer is made.

Beyond the obvious, consider the following tips for keeping your job search hush-hush:

Remove identifying information from your online resume. Replace your name with a generic title such as “Senior Marketing Executive”. Use only your cell phone number and a web-based email address that can be dropped after your job search. City and state is sufficient for address – no need for street address or zip code. Remove your current employer’s name and replace it with something that is descriptive, yet unidentifiable such as “Major Manhattan-based Financial Organization”.

Be careful in your networking. Networking is essential to an effective job search, but indiscrete networking can breach your wish for confidentiality. Networking carefully can be even more difficult in closed industries or highly-specialized fields. Ask more questions than you answer in group settings; talk about possible employment options with decision-makers only; and provide your resume only to someone in a position to assist you confidentially.

Protect your references. References should only be provided in an interview, and preferably not at a first interview. You don’t want your colleagues getting wind of your intentions before an offer is imminent.

Consider a confidential job search agent. If you have an annual salary of greater than $500,000 and/or you are well-known in your industry, hiring an agent to conduct your job search might be a good idea. The agent can extend inquiries without breaching confidentiality. An agent is not a recruiter, but rather someone who works for you individually to act as your liaison with potential employers.

In addition to confidentiality in a job search, everyone should be concerned about protection of privacy. Never, ever give out your social security number, driver’s license number, or bank account numbers to anyone during the job search process. There are scam artists out there who will take advantage of your vulnerability as a job seeker to steal your identity, your money, and your reputation. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has some helpful tips for protecting your privacy during your job search at http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs25-JobSeekerPriv.htm.

The World Privacy Forum has an excellent article about an Internet job scam that is a must-read for anyone considering using the Internet for their job search. This particular job scam involved 23 Internet job boards including Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and PreferredJobs.com. The scam involved a posting that required the new hire to transfer money into their personal bank account and then transfer it back out to an account overseas via Western Union, keeping a percentage of the total amount for their work. According to victims of the scam who responded to the article, the interview and application process for the position was extremely convincing and they were totally taken in. The article can be found at http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/jobscamreportpt1.html.

The bottom line is that confidentiality starts with you. A secret shared is no longer a secret and cannot be controlled. If you are serious about keeping your career ladder climb quiet, you must take the precautions that are necessary. Employers have a great deal to lose when they lose employees – human capital investment, corporate information, competitive data – so keeping your intentions to leave might well be in your best interests until the time is right.

About the Author: Published in 25 career books, Alesia has been cited by Jist Publications as one of the "best resume writers in North America" and quoted as a Career Expert in the Wall Street Journal. Serving as the Resume Expert for over 50+ organizations, she has numerous media appearances to her credit and is a frequent keynote speaker. http://getinterviews.com

Monday, December 19, 2005

Do not hit the copy machine!!!

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Friday, December 16, 2005

“Hey Donald… Does ‘You’re Fired’ Constitute Some Type of Employment?”

By Daniel (Danny!) Parrillo, Strategi LLC
San Francisco, CA

Like others, I’m looking forward to the season finale of Donald Trump’s “Apprentice” show… Had this funny thought pop into my mind…

Just finished an HR Law course and remember chatting about what constitutes employment. Talked to a few professional associates – and asked them this question:

“When Donald Trump says ‘you’re fired’, isn’t he implying that there was some type of employment involved? How can you fire someone who’s not an employee?”

A member of my online HR Law class was John Koenig, an attorney with the Maryland based firm, Robinson & Koenig. He responded as follows: “that’s a good question! Certainly some type of implied understanding of employment – whether it was a employee, trainee, recruit or whatever… if not with Donald Trump directly – another alternative theory could be to say that they (the Apprentices) were fired from the show.”

Talked with Joan Ehrilich, District Director of the San Francisco EEOC. “It’s dramatic license in my opinion. He’s using it as a cliché`- and it’s very important and effective for television. He uses the language to make a point on the show. Anyone can use any form of terminology in interviewing or termination of employment. What someone does need to be concerned about is - was the terminology sensitive and done in a manner that would avoid lawsuits? Was an explanation given for the termination of employment or contractual services? Was an explanation given for not hiring that person? Was the explanation justified and not ‘just a smoke screen’ for another reason that could be interrupted as discrimination or illegal?”

Karen Mattonen C.A.C. of Advanced Career Solutions, Inc. is a major force in the staffing and recruiting circles I corral around in… and she reminded me that an employer could offer the job to anyone they seem fit and most states have “At Will” employment status. It is within the interviewing and hiring process itself where especially the candidates that didn’t get the job can interrupt actions as discriminatory and/or illegal activities.

Regarding the “Apprentices” and my good pal Donald… the legal contracts are in place for this specific example as well as the FCC because these people appear on television. It is my understanding that they are basically classified as “talent” and are technically “actors” – covered by all legal aspects of that industry.

But I think we all could agree that we deal with “talent” when recruiting and trying to staff technology-based requirements. We all know about the Microsoft lawsuit that spurred a huge amount of discussion on what constitutes an employee and a contractor – but do all staffing professionals in our industry know exactly what constitutes employment? (Check out the IRS Federal-State Reference Guide Publication 963, Chapter 4 “Determining Worker Status”). How about an understanding beyond the IRS SS-8 form? Does the SS-8 cover you, no matter what?

As recruiting and staffing professionals, I believe that we should be aware of the legal issues that confront our industry right now. Topics regarding overtime for contractors, use of H1-B candidates and converting them to employees… lawsuits about employers using contractors to substitute employees…. Know about the recent settlement made by Electronic Arts here in San Francisco for $15.6 million (October 2005)? And hopefully, the Bay Area Technology Recruiters Group and the Electronic Recruiters Exchange (www.erexchange.com) will be the venue for you to receive that information… (how do you like that for a plug ?)…

It’s all about how things are perceived during the interviewing and hiring process – as well as during employment. If an action, response or behavior during the interviewing process could be perceived as discriminatory or illegal, you’ve got a problem on your hands – and perhaps, legitimately so.

As staffing and recruiting professionals, it is imperative that we sincerely realize the importance of our role in the hiring and recruiting process… and that our clients and/or employer understands that how the process is conducted is imperative to the bottom line of any business (know what settling out of court for some recent lawsuits have cost technology employers recently? Know how much time dealing with an EEOC complaint takes away from your HR staff?)…

It’s heading back to an “employee market” and if prospective employers don’t conduct themselves in a proper, ethical and legal way – they may not only find an in-box full of EEOC complaints, but they will also find many quality, top-notch talent saying “You’re Fired” to that organization for prospective employment consideration for that person’s career (not just a single employment search).

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Are you a weekend warrior?

Some say weekends are for relaxing, sleeping in or traveling. But if you're a full-time employee and you dream of entrepreneurship, weekends can be for that, too. Take those 48 weekend hours (and, let's be honest, those precious weekday evening hours, too), maximize your efficiency, and build your startup.

Brian Eddy and Chad Ronnebaum did that very thing when they built Q3 Innovations, a product design, development and distribution company that specializes in the personal safety market. These Eagan, Minnesota, entrepreneurs started in 1999 when both had full-time jobs--in fact, Eddy, 30, a lawyer, just recently left his law firm to work on the business full time, while Ronnebaum, 30, still works full time in the pharmaceutical industry. Friends since the sixth grade, the pair decided that even though they both had successful careers, they wanted to own a business and bring products like the Alcohawk, a digital breath alcohol screener, to consumers.

During their six-year startup phase, says Eddy, "We worked about 50 hours a week at our careers and about 40 to 50 hours a week at our business." A typical weekday for Eddy was getting up at 7 a.m., doing business activities until 8:30 or 9 a.m., then heading to the office. After getting off work at 6 p.m., he spent about an hour with family and went into entrepreneur mode for the evening and most of the weekend.

How can weekend entrepreneurs ensure startup success?

READ: Weekenders

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Are You Doing Great Work? Or Merely Good Work?

By: Milton Glaser

You may not know the name of Milton Glaser, but you probably know at least one of his works of art – the “I 'Heart' NY” logo. In his book, Art is Work, Glaser provides these provocative definitions of work:

1. Work that goes beyond its functional intention and moves us in deep and mysterious ways we call great work.

2. Work that is conceived and executed with elegance and rigour we call good work.

3. Work that meets its intended need honestly and without pretence we call simply work.

4. Everything else, the sad and shoddy stuff of daily life, can come under the heading of bad work.

I combine Glaser’s second and third distinctions to have just three categories: Great Work, Good Work and Bad Work. (And by “Work”, I’m talking all of “the stuff you do”. It’s not only about what you do in the office, but what you do 24/7. Work includes looking after your children, watching TV, preparing meals, exercise, being with friends, being by yourself, and so on).

How do you know what’s what? Here’s my litmus test.

Great Work

Great Work brings with it both exhilaration and terror. You’re delighted when someone asks you what you do, and they have trouble getting you to stop talking about it. You tap into reserves of courage and chutzpah to get done what needs to be done. You often have no idea how to do what needs to be done – and are only a little fazed by that, because you are certain that this is truly what needs to be done.

Great work is a place where impact and effect trumps over efficiency and process. It is often a place of waste, because creativity needs waste to thrive. It is a place of inspiration, where suddenly all your past makes sense (“A-ha! That’s why I did that, learned that, experienced that”). It is a place that honors your skills, your passion and your experience.

Great Work is also a difficult place to be. The temptation to “downgrade” to the comfort of Good Work is constant. Your “inner critic” is rampant, whispering “Who are you to try this? Who do you think you are to be this ambitious? Don’t you know you’re doomed to failure?” Great Work can also be elusive, because it can degrade in a moment to be simply Good Work. To do Great Work, you must be ever vigilant.

Good Work

With Good Work, there is no shame attached. You’re doing work that uses your skills, it gets stuff done, it may well pay you a wage. It’s comfortable, because you know what you’re doing. It is probably something of a routine or a habit.

So it’s not that you’re having a bad time. It’s just that when you’re asked by strangers what you do, sometimes it feels like you’re trying to convince yourself more than them that this is great. Good Work is often about “being efficient”, without ever asking the difficult question “is this the right work to be efficient with?” (Peter Drucker says this: “Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things”). In a year’s time, you won’t remember the Good Work you were doing a year ago.

And as for Bad Work, the test is simple. It’s when you have that sudden flash of realization and you ask yourself: Why exactly am I wasting my life with this?

Take action

Here’s a quick exercise. Draw a biggish circle on a piece of paper. Now, divide it into three segments that represent the proportion of each of these types of work in your life today.

How much Great Work are you doing? More than 80%? Less than 20%?

In my experience, many of us are doing a fair amount of Good Work – but very little Great Work. The goal is to remove Bad Work from our lives, and continually increase the amount of Great Work.

What would you have to say “no” to, to double the amount of Great Work in your life? What would you have to say “yes” to, to halve the amount of Bad Work in your life?

Resources for Great Work

- Peter Block, The Answer to How is Yes - Michael Bungay Stanier, Get Unstuck & Get Going… on the stuff that matters - Richard Carson, Taming your Gremlin

Copyright 2004 Michael Bungay Stanier, Box of Crayons

About the Author: Michael Bungay Stanier, is a certified coach, Rhodes Scholar and author of the best selling coaching tool, Get Unstuck & Get Going available at http://www.GetUnstuckandGetGoing.com . Sign up for Michael’s free Outside the Lines ezine at http://www.BoxofCrayons.biz.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

For the roadwarrior on your Christmas list...

The Ford F-Series has remained the undisputed leader in pickup trucks for 28 straight years by always pushing the limits of towing, hauling and cargo capability. Today, at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Ford unveiled its new mobile office system – the marriage of “Built Ford Tough” brawn with Microsoft and Stargate Mobile brains to create the ultimate work truck for contractors.

The foundation of the new mobile office package, which is featured in the California Custom “General Contractor” F-250 Super Duty built for SEMA, is a GPS, wireless broadband, printer and digital camera-equipped mobile computer that will allow a contractor to bid jobs, order and purchase parts and materials, and process payments while ‘on location’ from their truck.

The Ford mobile office system is in development for inclusion as a dealer-installed accessory through the “Genuine Ford Accessories” program in 2006.


Monday, December 12, 2005

Merry Christmas Katrina!!!

This is what Katrina looked like from space, a collective mass of swirling marshmallow clouds. It is a curious and wonderful thing to observe from space. However, those who lived beneath it had a different point-of-view.

No need to show to show the devastation Katrina caused.No need to be reminded of the children crying. It was not so long ago and we do not all of us forget so soon.

This is why I have posted this comment. It is because some refuse to forget and not only that, many more still want to help. The vehicle of that assistance is a virtual class: “Job Hunting Is A Team Sport.”

In a nutshell, it is a simple strategy for finding work by teaming up with other jobseekers (as narrated by me).

If all has gone according to plan, then you downloaded this document and the audio that came with it from a link on a blog. (Maybe someone made a copy and passed it to you, or sent the whole thing to you in email. Either way, its okay with me.) The whole purpose of this lesson is to help any and everyone looking for work, but especially those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. So if you would, please do one (or all) of the following:

1. Trackback (or email) this link (and the MP3 that goes with it) to anyone and everyone looking for work, but especially those displaced by Hurricane Katrina. (Pointing it out to Career Ministries, Charitable Associations and Jobseeker Networking Groups would be a good idea too.)

2. Listen to the presentation, learn and teach others this job hunting strategy. (You have my permission as long as you do not charge any fees for it.)

3. Drop me a note and let me know if it has made a difference. I would really appreciate that.

Jim Stroud jstroud@microsoft.com ---

Click here to download the presentation notes.
Click here to download the MP3.

Listen, learn, pass it on...

The future of resumes is... video?

I predicted that people would add video to their resumes or blogs as a means of promoting themselves. Interesting... Although it could be a bit shorter (and more relevant to the actual work he does), I like his willingness to take risks. Click here to see for yourself.

Are you really working at home?

It’s getting harder and harder to drag myself out of my warm bed and face the cold commute each morning. I think it’s a safe bet that I’m not alone in thinking working from home is looking better with each windy, snowy day.

But after learning about this CareerBuilder.com survey, your boss might think twice about letting you take the office home regularly if you’re not a productive worker. According the survey, 25 percent of workers spend less than one hour on their professional duties when working from home, 53 percent spend less than three hours and only 14 percent put in a full 8 hours.

View the full post...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

You like me! You really like me!!!

Jobseekers Revenge and The Digability Blog (my other blog) were both nominated for a "Best Blog Award" by Recruiting.com!!! (Big yay!)

Voting on the Best Blog stops on December 21, 2005 and will be announced on December 26th. Since my blogs were nominated, its now up to a panel of judges to make the final decision. (Keep your fingers crossed for me and my fellow bloggers - especially Gretchen Ledgard, the "first lady of Corporate Recruiting Blogs!" (Don't let anyone else tell you different. SHE is the woman.)

Click here to check out the other nominees!!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

How to Find a Telecommuting Job on the Internet

By: Danielle Hollister

Most people who use the Internet to search for a new job are probably familiar with the various career websites, like Career.Net, and the popular job boards, like HeadHunter.com, which allow the user to customize their search for job opportunities by specific professions, direct companies, or a defined geographic area.

These folks have possibly obtained list after list of jobs available for workers seeking employment in industries like, computers, engineering, Internet technology, management, sales, and secretarial services. But the majority of people using these well-known search engines and career links probably haven’t located a lot of results featuring lists of jobs for telecommuters.

It’s actually possible that some job hunters haven’t even considered searching for telecommuting jobs. But the reality is there’s potential opportunities for employees in many professions to explore options for telecommuting or working from home doing the same types of jobs that traditionally required traveling to an office or store to work at least eight hours a day five days a week in order to earn a living in their chosen career.

Times are changing and the trends are shifting toward more employees wanting to work from home and more employers offering telecommuting job alternatives.

Professionals in fields like consulting, data systems, graphic arts, Internet services, research, travel and writing have already established new careers as successful telecommuters.

According to a recent article in American Demographics magazine, people are starting home businesses at a rate of 2 million a year. Although estimates of the number of people working at home and the definitions of a home office worker vary greatly, several studies report an increase in telecommuting employees.

Working from home is not for everyone. Some key elements that are essential to a successful telecommuting career include: self-discipline, organizational skills, computer access, functional office space, the ability to work alone, and the dedication and desire to focus on career objectives from the comfort of home.

If the idea intrigues you, investigate any of the following web sites for more information about the telecommuting industry, suggestions that show you how to succeed as home worker, and, of course, a list of telecommuting jobs.


Telecommuting Job Opportunities
http://www.tjobs.com/jobopps.htm *Site offers lists for artists, data entry, desktop publishing, photography, sales, web design, writing and others.

Telecommuting Home Page at About.Com
*Site provides links to various related resources, job sites, telework centers, and a new page posting job openings for telecommuters.

*Site provides job search, resume help, employers and much more.

How to Find Telecommuting Jobs My Way
*Site supplies expert advice on telecommuting based on her proven methods.

Most sites furnish job seekers with other tools, like newsletters about the growing industry, tips from experienced telecommuters, business ideas, and articles designed specifically for people, who want to work from home.

Although you may be inclined to limit your focus to websites with job listings, you may be surprised by what you can find in some free publications from helpful hints to make your search for work simpler to loads of links to other informative websites.

A word of caution for you to seriously consider - Read the terms and conditions posted on all web sites offering job lists or related publications very carefully. Some sites that advertise FREE information actually mean FREE IF YOU... buy this book, join this group, purchase this product or become a member of this company.

Generally speaking, you should not have to pay a fee to be eligible for employment with any legitimate business or career resource.

If a company captures your attention by claiming to offer anything FREE and you find FEES hidden in the fine print somewhere on their website, chances are you may be disappointed with the services or products they offer.

If a company promises that you will earn millions by becoming affiliated with their business, pay close attention to the particulars.

There are numerous web sites that charge a fee or require membership for their job services based on the claim that they provide the most extensive resources for finding telecommuting opportunities.

Some are real and others are scams. It’s hard to tell the difference.

One step you can take to try to find out if the company is legitimate before you sign up for anything they offer is by contacting the Web Assurance Bureau (http//wabureau.com/) or NetCheck Commerce Bureau Consumer Services Center (http://www.netcheck.com/) Both of these companies have lists of websites, which meet the basic standards of good business practices. Consumers can also file complaints about Internet sites that they feel failed to fulfill contract terms or promote professional operating procedures. These virtual advisors give consumers in cyberspace an avenue to voice legitimate positive or negative comments about web companies for other Internet users to review to minimize their risk of being ripped off.

For more insight into telecommuting, consult these other online resources that offer free information.

Gil Gordon Associates-(http://www.gilgordon.com)

June Langhoff's Telecommuting Resource Center-(http://www.langhoff.com)

My final suggestion for potential telecommuters is don’t give up on finding a way to give up the nine to five forever. If you are determined to abandon the traditional trek to the office, devote your time and efforts to discovering a different road to career success.

As you stand at the crossroads, consider this: Your journey to freedom as a telecommuter can easily turn into a jaunt to failure, if you don’t have the focus, discipline, and desire required to work from home.

If you’re serious about this quest for a successful future as a satisfied, financially secure professional, who can sit in the corner office and see his own backyard, and the feeling of hope and hunger for change are alive in your head and your heart, the sky is the limit for your flight into the future as a professional telecommuter.

Monday, December 05, 2005

What would you do if you had a million dollars?



Come learn from the best. Cindy Cannon, once awarded as the # 3 recruiter in the Nation by the largest recruiting firm in the world, shares 20 years of proven secrets.


· What 6 things should you bring to EVERY interview?
· 9 out of 10 hiring decisions are based on what?
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Thursday, December 01, 2005

A shout out to Gary Bremermann...

Here is an interesting item forwarded to me by soon-to-be author David Wright. Check it out...

1. If you get a call from a recruiter, be polite. I know it can be irritating sometimes when you get a "cold call" at work, but the person calling may just be calling you to offer you a dream opportunity. Most good recruiters will understand that you may be in an open office and unable to talk. They just want to introduce themselves and find a time that you can talk in private, either by telephone or by a face to face meeting. If you can't talk, at least ask them to send you an email, or if you are reluctant to provide your email address, ask for theirs and do follow up. If you can talk, give the recruiter a few minutes of your valuable time to hear what they have to say. If you're not interested, at least be polite about it because in a year or two you might be interested in something and you don't want to have left a bad impression on the recruiter. I know of a few cases where a prospective candidate has missed out on an "opportunity of a lifetime" just because they were very rude to a professional consultant calling them.

2. Before moving forward with a recruiter, find out about them and their company. Sad but true, there are quite a few unethical, poorly trained recruiters in the Tokyo market. Before you commit to actively work with a recruiter (i.e. send them a resume or agree to be presented for a specific job) do some due dilligence and find out whatever you can about them. What is their area of expertise, what is their process/approach to recruitment, what kind of success they have had in your specialized field, etc. Also ask them about their confidentiality policy. A recruitment firm should NEVER send out your resume to a client without your prior knowledge and approval. Trust and high ethical standards are critical, so ask yourself if you can really trust the person you are working with.

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